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    Far Far to the west of the Scilly Isles in the vale of Walnut Creek California
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    The Octopus-The Southern Pacific. Still lingering interest in Southern still some Great Western
    Mostly in the time period 1946-48 for England and 1947-54 for California, Nevada and Oregon.

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  1. autocoach

    Little Muddle

    "2251 and coal wagons moved under their own steam (pun intended) and jiggled about to get best position..." Just keep calm and try to Muddle on......
  2. Andy Alas, the WC MR Club has shown little interest in the developments in model railroading over the last 20 years. Unfortunately they would have to completely rip out their custom City Park building built in layout to upgrade it from remote fixed cab toggle switch block wiring (I guess sort of a CTC) to even go to DCC, Maybe when true easy to install and run dead rail comes, they can just cut all the wires. As it is not designed for walk around operations and has no focus other than a place to run trains round and round in cutesy scenery it will take a thorough change of mindset for the members. it's just not my style of modeling. I have given up even attending their open house events. The Carquinez club in Crockett has a much better layout based on the SP Western and Sierra operations and I visit occasionally. But I am pretty much a lone wolf modeler that that doesn't fit in with clubs. The LSWR diagram 1543 brake van needs to be repainted into a correct much darker Southern Railway service brown. I just took advantage of removing the leg of the R making a P would make it into a funny 4 wheel "caboose" for my Port Costa layout without painting.
  3. For the last year I have been modeling Southern Pacific pretty much exclusively but still buy UK products that I have long fancied. So I got the new Hornby RTR LSWR/SR Class 1543 brake van (sadly miss-colored) when they came out last year. The photo shows it running on the station/freight house siding of my in early development layout on Peco Code 70 track with a minor alteration in the lettering to fit the environment. I have not re-wheeled it so it has stock RTR Hornby wheels. It runs absolutely fabulous(ly) on both this code 70 and some Micro-Engineering Code 70. No evidence of riding on the plastic track fixing (aka spike heads.) Apologies for the detritus in the photo but have not cleaned up the area where I am experimenting with a craft store 2 mm thick foam material overlay as a base ground cover to bring the ground up to tie top level for ballasting. The Peco sleepers/ties are 2 mm thick.
  4. Port Costa (no it's not a Spanish holiday resort, but the Bull Valley Inn deserves a Michelin star or two) is progressing slowly. I have a major digression in the form of a new form of locomotive control eventually replacing DCC. WiFi command from a tablet to a receiver in the locomotive I finally got the WiFi router channel router issues sorted out and the new LocoFi control system is working in this F7 ABB set . The receiver was a bit tricky but just about as bad as putting a hard wired DCC decoder in like my old Bachmann SR N class 2-6-0. And it comes sound equipped with a micro-SD card under that circuit board for upgrading control software and sound recordings. Small enough to fit in hood units and eventually steam tenders when LocoFi puts out their steam version. For now the power is via the rails from the DCC NCE SB3a unit. I can run the DCC equipped locomotives at the same time without modification. With the F units I am going to experiment with LiPo batteries in one of the dummy (unpowered B units) thus starting the slippery slide towards the ultimate goal of dead rail operation with absolutely no worries about polarity or track wiring. For I have seen the future and it is now approaching like the Israelite's looking out upon Canaan for the first time.....appropriate that control is from a tablet's command(ments.) Freedom from the tyranny of electrical wiring for our model railroads/railways.....
  5. For LAUPT Southern Pacific was the major railroad. SP and ATSF were the big players in Southern California.
  6. The US Postal Service took 6 days for a small package for me to go 25 miles this past week. The only thing worse is FedEx and UPS. Amazon does far better but even they have their lapses where stuff goes into a black hole. In my area Amazon does the full delivery, not relying on the USPS for the final package drop on the doorstep. The delivery volumes these days must be horrendous as many of us here in California do not date venture to any form or retail beyond the grocery store even masked and latex gloved.
  7. autocoach

    Little Muddle

    They had thawed and dribbled away to almost nothing of much by the time we wrote them off.... (US Ice Refrigerator cars were cooled by chunked ice and salt mixtures in the end bunkers. Later cars had internal fans to push the cold air through false floors to cool the shipment. Fans were driven off belt attached to axle.)
  8. autocoach

    Little Muddle

    Are the hatches for ice or were they vents? If ice did they have ice docks to load them. (Professional note, back in the early 1970's I worked for 3 years in the accounting office for Pacific Fruit Express (owned by SP and UP) which had 40,000 ice cars-30-50 ton load capacity- at one time. Reefer blocks of up to 100 ice cars at a time going east from California to mid-west an east coast markets with fresh vegetables fruit and other produce. I did some of the accounting calculations of residual values of the remaining ice cars as we ended ice service and wrote them off.)
  9. Aren't those "ragged Victorians" fit only for a 3rd class standing only...
  10. All I can think is "B4 there was U", but that;s not the right order....
  11. I am not currently using bullhead rail having switched to modeling a US prototype. But my experience with Code 83 Unifrog turnouts that are not wired suggests that every locomotive whether DC or DCC should be outfitted with a Keep Alive/Stay Alive type of capacitor to ensure reliable operation through the turnout as you cannot rely on the somewhat flimsy stamped points to ensure reliable contact over time. Even Code 83 insulated Electrofrog turnouts with the newer stamped points are suspect and do not operate reliably even when wired. This includes longer wheelbase diesels.
  12. autocoach

    GWR Mallet?

    A Mallet has a mix of high pressure and low pressure cylinders reusing the steam on a usually articulated wheel arrangement. Otherwise if steam goes directly to both (or in some cases 3) sets of drivers it is just a simple articulated. The Mallet name is capitalized as it is named for the French designer of the high/low steam arrangement on an articulated rather than a compound. It was the Erie Railroad triplex 2-8-8-8-2 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triplex_(locomotive) that really caused a bit of stir.
  13. autocoach

    Little Muddle

    Freight Train shows the American influence on the GWR.....The CME's traveled across the Atlantic a lot.
  14. Question, not a challenge. When did the LSWR start to use the orange paint to to signify stove equipped brake vans? Both of my versions remain on Temporary reverse Lend Lease and probably will remain there for a while. I believe I was using Vallejo Model Color (colour) Dark German Brown when I was building Cambrian Diagram 1410 vans to replicate SR Service Brown. I like the Railmatch SR/LSWR dark brown color but I need a brushable color as I have given up the airbrush along with a lot of other things....I have to make do with what I can find in Tamiya rattle cans or brush it. Thanks for the inspiration, I may proceed to repaint my pair although they will be SR 1947 practice with a small SR.
  15. Thank you for the reminder. It was a while back. I really like the idea of the smokebox DCC decoder location. Didn't the now infamous DJM introduce this to 4 mm on his BWT. My North American modeling side could use such innovation. Unfortunately aside from Bachmann USA and Rapido, nobody is producing RTR small North American steam outline. (Dapol wouldn't care to take a flyer and make an SP C-9 2-8-0? Only came in black with two styles light grey lettering and had simple Stephenson valve gear. Could help UK balance of payments.)
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