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Offline Chris6382chris  
#101 Posted : 05 July 2012 00:51:42(UTC)
Chris6382chris

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Originally Posted by: Caralain Go to Quoted Post
Hi Chris:

You made two beautiful videos of your new layout. It is not only interesting to watch, but also it is well filmed. Congratulations and thank you for sharing with us.

I have a question: is your layout entirely digital, or do you have same analog sections? I am asking because you showed a few locomotives from the sixties or so, like the DB green shunter. As for your two cranes, you did a wonderful job in restoring them. They really add something to your layout.

Please keep making more videos!

Regards,

Pierre


Pierre:

Thanks for the kind words. My videos are still a work in progress but I appreciate the compliments. With regard to your question about my layout, it is all digital. I have converted all of my locomotives. I used a combination of ESU Lokpilot and LokSound decoders and permanent magnets. I find that the existing motors work really well with the ESU decoders and I don't need to upgrade to the 5 pole motors (just my opinion).

With regard to the cranes, one was like new out of the box, even though it was 40 plus years old. The other one was bought on eBay and was a wreck that had to be taken completely apart, cleaned, unbent, restrung, rewired in some parts and repainted. I am very pleased with the results. The only thing I haven't done is replace the piece that connects the crane arm to the cab, you can't see it but it is actually a piece of coat hanger that I painted and and bent so that it works just as the original. One of these days I plan on buying a replacement part for it.

Chris
Offline Chris6382chris  
#102 Posted : 05 July 2012 20:46:37(UTC)
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Hey I finally made it to the multi page club on this forum. Two pages, yes! Woot Thanks everyone.
Offline GTSE800  
#103 Posted : 05 July 2012 23:37:45(UTC)
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Thats a good idea on the oil tanks, I think they look good ........
GTSE800
Offline Chris6382chris  
#104 Posted : 06 July 2012 01:56:57(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GTSE800 Go to Quoted Post
Thats a good idea on the oil tanks, I think they look good ........


Thanks, I can get each PVC coupling for about $3 at Home Depot and they have a bunch of different diameters. I simply sand down the edges and paint with flat black or with flat white and then cut the tops, paint them and glue them in place and I am all set. Instant tank farm.

Chris
Offline RayF  
#105 Posted : 06 July 2012 07:54:47(UTC)
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Great video, Chris!
Ray

Mostly Marklin.Selection of different eras and European railways
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Offline Ian555  
#106 Posted : 06 July 2012 08:14:42(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great video, thanks for showing the cranes in operation. ThumpUp

Ian.


Offline Chris6382chris  
#107 Posted : 06 July 2012 17:32:17(UTC)
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Thanks Ray and Ian.

With regard to the cranes, I must say when I have visitors they love them, the kids can play with them and the adults are amazed that they run. They have turned out to be a real crowd pleaser and alot of fun.

Chris
Offline pab  
#108 Posted : 06 July 2012 18:55:07(UTC)
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Very nice video with those cranes in action and the trains running.
Offline Chris6382chris  
#109 Posted : 08 July 2012 03:22:27(UTC)
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Thanks for the compliment Piet. Today I did some work on the lights for the town and the station area. I put up some street lights as well as put lights in some of the buildings. I still have more work to do but it is progressing and I am pleased with the outcome so far.

Here is a picture of the town at night.

Chris

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Offline foumaro  
#110 Posted : 08 July 2012 03:52:02(UTC)
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Very nice result,congratulations.
Offline Ian555  
#111 Posted : 08 July 2012 05:23:15(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Looks great. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline utkan  
#112 Posted : 08 July 2012 11:10:13(UTC)
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Both the video and the night shots are very cool,Chris....ThumpUp ThumpUp
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Offline pab  
#113 Posted : 08 July 2012 13:12:28(UTC)
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Nice scene.

Maybe the lights in the picture are a little bit too much.

I saw you used an exposure time of 0,8 sec and an aperture of 2,8.
To create a more nightly atmosphere you could use a smaller aperture (like 16 or higher) and a longer exposure time.
Shut of the lights after 2 or 3 seconds (maybe less). I thinks the outcome may surprise you.
Offline Loadmaster  
#114 Posted : 08 July 2012 13:51:22(UTC)
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Chris,

Have you thought about installing a riastat (sp) which would give you the adjustability of light intensity.

Rob
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#115 Posted : 08 July 2012 14:31:12(UTC)
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Thanks for the comments. After I installed everything that is something I am considering, installing a rheostat to drop the voltage on the street lamps a bit. All my lights are run off of an older big blue Marklin 30 VA transformer. To be honest I am just happy to have lights. Piet, as far as exposures and timing for my camera I have no Idea how to do that, I will check into that, thanks for the suggestion.

Chris
Offline Shintaro  
#116 Posted : 09 July 2012 09:33:32(UTC)
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Hi.

Why not plug the active (yellow) into the Bahn (red) socket instead, that will make the transformator act as a rheostat (trimpot, or variable resistor - depending on where you are). And leave the Ground (Brown) as is. Just an idea.

Cheers.

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Offline RayF  
#117 Posted : 09 July 2012 09:56:33(UTC)
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Nice street shots!
Ray

Mostly Marklin.Selection of different eras and European railways
Small C track layout, control by MS2, 100+ trains but run 4-5 at a time.
Offline Chris6382chris  
#118 Posted : 09 July 2012 13:58:54(UTC)
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Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I could plug the lights in to the post for the track and use that to turn the voltage down but that would reduce the lighting on everything and I like some of the lights bright. ThumpUp I think I will put something in between the street lights and the wire bus and turn the lights down that way. We shall see, right now I am just happy to have lights. Woot
Offline Loadmaster  
#119 Posted : 09 July 2012 14:03:06(UTC)
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Let me know how you proceed.
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Offline LMS800  
#120 Posted : 09 July 2012 18:05:13(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Chris6382chris Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for the comments. After I installed everything that is something I am considering, installing a rheostat to drop the voltage on the street lamps a bit. All my lights are run off of an older big blue Marklin 30 VA transformer. To be honest I am just happy to have lights. Piet, as far as exposures and timing for my camera I have no Idea how to do that, I will check into that, thanks for the suggestion.

Chris


Hi Chris,
I use the Märklin transformer as a rheostat for dimming the light. I connect the light with B on the transformer (normally current for the tracks) and dim the lights.

Wolf
Offline Joe Meiring  
#121 Posted : 09 July 2012 18:26:45(UTC)
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WoW!!...Thanks Chris, simply an awesome layout....well done
Joe
Offline Chris6382chris  
#122 Posted : 10 July 2012 16:06:11(UTC)
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Thanks Joe and Wolf for the comments. I just ordered some very small fiber optics cable and some modified blue LEDs, so the next step for the town scene is to light up all of the headlights and then I want to make either an accident scene or fire scene with my emergency vehicles and I will light up the emergency lights. I tried this on the last layout and wasn't completely happy so I am hoping to do a better job this time.

Chris
Offline Chris6382chris  
#123 Posted : 14 July 2012 05:22:58(UTC)
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Finished some decoder conversions today on engines I just bought off of eBay. I took a quick video of them running through the passenger station on my layout. You will see two V200's and one BR 212. One of the V200's has sound. All the decoders are ESU and I kept the 3 pole motors in each of the engines, the only change was to use LEDs for lighting and to add the permanent magnet. I hope you like.

Chris

Video of BR 212 and V200s on my layout
Offline Ian555  
#124 Posted : 14 July 2012 05:39:38(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Enjoyed watching the video. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline DV  
#125 Posted : 14 July 2012 06:07:01(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Chris6382chris Go to Quoted Post
Finished some decoder conversions today on engines I just bought off of eBay. I took a quick video of them running through the passenger station on my layout. You will see two V200's and one BR 212. One of the V200's has sound. All the decoders are ESU and I kept the 3 pole motors in each of the engines, the only change was to use LEDs for lighting and to add the permanent magnet. I hope you like.

Chris



Very nice looking V200's Chris.

Welcome to the V200 (and their offsprings) ClubThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp

Hope you have many years of enjoyment out of them, I know I have out of mineWink Wink Wink Wink
Dusan V
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#126 Posted : 14 July 2012 14:21:56(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DV Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Chris6382chris Go to Quoted Post
Finished some decoder conversions today on engines I just bought off of eBay. I took a quick video of them running through the passenger station on my layout. You will see two V200's and one BR 212. One of the V200's has sound. All the decoders are ESU and I kept the 3 pole motors in each of the engines, the only change was to use LEDs for lighting and to add the permanent magnet. I hope you like.

Chris



Very nice looking V200's Chris.

Welcome to the V200 (and their offsprings) ClubThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp

Hope you have many years of enjoyment out of them, I know I have out of mineWink Wink Wink Wink


Thanks Dusan, I must say that after buying two of them and seeing them run on my layout I am happy to have joined the club. Next on my list is a Blue and Cream one, I will be looking on eBay.

Thanks Ian.

Offline Chris6382chris  
#127 Posted : 25 July 2012 02:16:17(UTC)
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Here is another video of the layout. I have added catenary to the layout and added another engine, a BR 216, to my roster. You will also see in the middle of the video the lighting of my emergency vehicles. I ended up making a simple circuit I found on the internet that gave me a great flash rate and found some perfectly sized LEDs for the blue emergency lights.

Chris

Link to the YouTube Video
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Offline Ian555  
#128 Posted : 25 July 2012 06:15:55(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great video. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline RayF  
#129 Posted : 25 July 2012 09:54:05(UTC)
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Great video Chris! ThumpUp

I have to say I'm a much bigger fan of the V160 family of locos than of the V200s. I'll probably get hate mail now for saying that! Anyway, I like your new 216!

Your LED flashing lights are brilliant too!

Ray

Mostly Marklin.Selection of different eras and European railways
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Offline petestra  
#130 Posted : 25 July 2012 10:28:44(UTC)
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Excellent video and trains, Chris. PeterThumpUp Smile
Offline Chris6382chris  
#131 Posted : 25 July 2012 17:20:02(UTC)
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Thanks for the comments. I am adding a few additional pictures showing some engines and the catenary in place. For those who are zealots about catenary, I am not running my trains on them and I did indeed bend the catenary to match the curves, I was going for the overall look and feel of an electified line. My biggest desire was to have it up on the routes where I plan to run my electrics, I am pleased with how it turned out. ThumpUp

I hope everyone likes.

Chris

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Offline petestra  
#132 Posted : 25 July 2012 20:28:22(UTC)
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Great pics, Chris. PeterThumpUp
Offline RayF  
#133 Posted : 25 July 2012 21:46:31(UTC)
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Nice photos!
Ray

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Small C track layout, control by MS2, 100+ trains but run 4-5 at a time.
Offline hennabm  
#134 Posted : 26 July 2012 21:38:39(UTC)
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Hi Chris

nice pictures of the E loks where they should be - under catenary.ThumpUp

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Offline Ian555  
#135 Posted : 27 July 2012 05:27:52(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great photo's of your layout. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline steventrain  
#136 Posted : 27 July 2012 05:42:06(UTC)
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Excellent pictures.ThumpUp
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Offline kimballthurlow  
#137 Posted : 27 July 2012 06:53:17(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Bewdy, mate! The catenary certainly looks the part.

regards
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#138 Posted : 27 July 2012 13:48:04(UTC)
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Thanks everyone. Things are coming along pretty well. BigGrin
Offline river6109  
#139 Posted : 27 July 2012 14:44:44(UTC)
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Good stuff, Chris.

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Offline Johnvr  
#140 Posted : 31 July 2012 06:20:22(UTC)
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Chris,

Well done on those conversions, and the layout looks great, what a difference the catenary system makes !

Regards,BigGrin
John
Offline Chris6382chris  
#141 Posted : 31 July 2012 17:36:21(UTC)
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To John and John thanks for the comments. I agree the catenary adds so much to the look.

Chris
Offline kweekalot  
#142 Posted : 31 July 2012 18:41:02(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

You have a beautiful layout !!
I wish I had a bit more space for a bigger layout than the one I have now.

Marco
Offline Chris6382chris  
#143 Posted : 25 October 2012 07:23:30(UTC)
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Thanks Marco. Sorry it took me so long to respond. I just posted a new video on youtube, the link is below. I think the room was a little dark so things could look a bit better. Anyway, you can see a few of my engines traveling through my station area. Since the last time I posted about my layout I have added several engines, including a Blue E 41, and a BR 50. Both have ESU LokPilot 4 chips with the original 3 pole motors in them. In addition you will see a BR 212, V200, BR 23, an Italian Steam Engine, a BR 38 as well as my green E 41.

YouTube Video of trains running on the layout

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Offline Ian555  
#144 Posted : 25 October 2012 07:50:31(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the video and the update on your new Loco's. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline river6109  
#145 Posted : 25 October 2012 09:36:10(UTC)
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Chris,

enjoyed the video can we have more in future ?

John
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#146 Posted : 25 October 2012 13:56:35(UTC)
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No problem John. I haven't been updating as much as I should have in the past but I will be catching up as winter approaches. I also have to improve upon my video skills. More video's will be coming.
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Offline RayF  
#147 Posted : 25 October 2012 18:04:36(UTC)
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Great video, Chris! ThumpUp

I really enjoyed watching your locos doing their stuff!

Maybe next time you could try with the light on? BigGrin
Ray

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Offline utkan  
#148 Posted : 27 October 2012 20:17:00(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Another enjoyable video.....ThumpUp ThumpUp

Cheers,

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Offline Christoffer  
#149 Posted : 09 November 2012 04:33:19(UTC)
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Hello Chris! Smile


Very nice layout you have created here ThumpUp ThumpUp Keep up your good work, hope to see more in the future ThumpUp
Offline pab  
#150 Posted : 09 November 2012 20:40:21(UTC)
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Very nice video of the station area.
Offline Chris6382chris  
#151 Posted : 10 November 2012 15:28:08(UTC)
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Thanks everyone for the comments. And next time I will turn on the lights. BigGrin
Offline Chris6382chris  
#152 Posted : 11 November 2012 21:35:06(UTC)
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Some new pictures taken today.

I found this Ford Wagon at a train show and really liked it, the previous owner weathered it a bit.
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My BR 50, I bought from one of the members here on the forum. It was a bit rough and needed some work so I stripped the engine down, cleaned it up and repainted it and added LEDs to the front and used fiber optics to add lights to the tender. I am using a Lokpilot 4 to run the engine. After cleaning it is a very smooth runner.
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This picture shows some of the work that has been completed on the upper part of the branch line. The station platform has been put in and the people and vehicles have been added. I still need to light the station and do some lighting and around the platforms. I picked up the locomotive second hand at an area hobbyshop. It runs great and has no problems on my inclines pulling 3-6 cars.
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A picture of my coal area with a couple coal cars waiting to be unloaded while a couple V200s wait on the other track.
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My BR 86 parked in a spur with a local passenger train as the box car is being unloaded.
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Offline Christoffer  
#153 Posted : 11 November 2012 22:01:48(UTC)
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Hello agin Chris Smile


You pictures looks fantastic ThumpUp Very nice progress, The BR86 looks amazing! is this the loco with telex? Smile
Do you have any future plans for you layout?

Anyways, keep up the good work, and thanks for postingThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp

Christoffer
Offline Chris6382chris  
#154 Posted : 11 November 2012 22:21:08(UTC)
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Thanks for the nice comments Christoffer. Right now I have a lot more detailing to do to the layout, finishing scenes and improving others not to mention adding a lot of lights.

Here are a few more pictures.

Some of my tank cars in the tank farm area of my yard.
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This picture is for Ian. I think I have 12 Banana wagons on my layout now.
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Reefers in the brewery area.
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My BR 85 and BR 38 in the engine servicing area.
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Offline petestra  
#155 Posted : 11 November 2012 22:50:20(UTC)
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Very nice photos, Chris. Looks like you and Ian have the market corned on the Banana vans. Laugh
Layout looks super!

PeterThumpUp Smile
Offline Ian555  
#156 Posted : 12 November 2012 07:19:26(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great photo's of your layout and new Loco's. ThumpUp

And thanks for the Banana shot, looking good.Smile

Ian.

Offline Loadmaster  
#157 Posted : 12 November 2012 16:41:54(UTC)
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Can't wait for EuroWest 2013 and see it in person.
I need to disassemble my railbus power car and adjust the coupler swing action.
Marcie asked how your little "Furchild" is doing and waiting for his Thanksgiving treats.

Rob
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Offline kweekalot  
#158 Posted : 12 November 2012 16:54:25(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great pictures and layout !! ThumpUp

Marco
Offline Chris6382chris  
#159 Posted : 13 November 2012 15:45:53(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Loadmaster Go to Quoted Post
Can't wait for EuroWest 2013 and see it in person.
I need to disassemble my railbus power car and adjust the coupler swing action.
Marcie asked how your little "Furchild" is doing and waiting for his Thanksgiving treats.

Rob


Hi Rob, the Furchild, our Mini Dachsund for the benefit of the group, is doing great. I have met up with a couple of Northern CA ETE members and we are now meeting on a semi regular basis so that has been fun. I met them both at Eurowest.


Everyone else thanks for the comments, more work to do still, will keep the pictures coming.

Chris
Offline TrainIride  
#160 Posted : 17 November 2012 22:53:32(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

your layout is so great !
Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

Best regards
Joël

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Offline Chris6382chris  
#161 Posted : 18 November 2012 01:59:40(UTC)
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First, thanks Joel for the nice words.

I did some work today on my layout creating an addition in the bedroom closet. I removed the doors, and created the benchwork. See the picture below. I need to do some trim work still but I added some shelving and about 2' X 4.5' of space for a small addition. I have the track plan ready and the track is on the way. I am going to move my brewery over to this area and put a different factory where the brewery currently sits. I figure the new addition will allow me to hold another 20+ wagons in that area.

Here are the pictures.

Here is the track plan for the addition. The brewery will sit toward the opening of the closet which is at about the Vertical #2 in the track diagram. UserPostedImage

Here is a picture of the closet with the rough benchwork. The track will connect via a switch to the branchline, just past the house on the right in the picture .
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Offline Loadmaster  
#162 Posted : 18 November 2012 02:36:43(UTC)
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Offline Johnvr  
#163 Posted : 18 November 2012 06:03:30(UTC)
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Chris,

Great pictures again !
I scrolled throught this thread again to see how far you have come with your layout over the year, and you have made fantastic progress !

Regards,BigGrin
John
Offline Ian555  
#164 Posted : 18 November 2012 07:54:36(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Great additon to the layout. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline petestra  
#165 Posted : 18 November 2012 13:24:26(UTC)
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Great idea, Chris. Isn't it funny how we think of these ways to increase the space of our great hobby?
PeterThumpUp
Offline iPeter  
#166 Posted : 18 November 2012 17:43:26(UTC)
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Layout looks great, Chris.

Peter
Offline Chris6382chris  
#167 Posted : 18 November 2012 18:45:15(UTC)
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Thanks for the compliments everyone. I am simply waiting for more track and other parts.

Chris
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Offline Christoffer  
#168 Posted : 24 November 2012 08:17:46(UTC)
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Hi Chris Cool


Very nice plans you have ! Hoping for more content soon ThumpUp keep up the good work ThumpUp

Christoffer
Offline Chris6382chris  
#169 Posted : 24 November 2012 23:17:54(UTC)
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First, thanks Christoffer.

Ok, so the track I needed arrived and I have laid it out with some minor changes. I have attached a picture. I will have a large goods warehouse toward the left which will serve the three tracks toward the back of the closet. In addition I will have either a small concrete plant or some type of grain silos toward the front right of the closet. In the back right corner I have enough space for a small elevated city section that will have an alley and a couple buildings looking over the track area.

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I am also including a couple pictures of a couple new locomotives I added to the layout.

This is my new DHG 500. AJCKids had it a for a very low price and I really couldn't say no. It runs very smoothly, is digital and will serve my industries well.
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Below is my "new" old electric. It is an Austrian Electric, model # 3036. The body is all metal. I had to repaint the top and bottom as the engine was really beat up and in sad shape (the center could use some work as well). I also had to buy new pantographs as they were missing. I converted it to digital with a Lokpilot 4.0 and after extensive cleaning of the engine it is a very smooth and silent running engine. I also replaced the lamps with LEDs. I have a few extra functions left on the decoder so I might also add cab lighting to the locomotive eventually.
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#170 Posted : 24 November 2012 23:39:43(UTC)
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Very impressive Chris ThumpUp
Offline Ian555  
#171 Posted : 26 November 2012 10:41:28(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the photo's. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline petestra  
#172 Posted : 26 November 2012 11:21:21(UTC)
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Hi Chris, very nice OBB E-Lok. I think our imaginations run overtime when it comes to expanding
our railroads. Nice work. PeterThumpUp Smile
Offline Chris6382chris  
#173 Posted : 07 January 2013 00:18:12(UTC)
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First, thanks for the comments. I haven't been checking the list as much as I like so I am sorry it took so long to respond.

I had a couple visitors over and they pointed out I needed to add some sand for my Locomotives. So today I decided to add a sand tower to my engine servicing area. I scratch built it with left over pieces I have had from other kits. Once that was done I painted it flat black, built a little area for the sand and my engines now have sand. I might add a roof to the sand pit, so as to keep it dry but for now I am happy with the addition. Oh and as you can see I added sand to one of my wagons.

Here are a couple pictures.

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Offline obxbill  
#174 Posted : 07 January 2013 01:25:48(UTC)
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very cool! nice job scratchbuilding!
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Offline Loadmaster  
#175 Posted : 07 January 2013 06:24:59(UTC)
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Hope you had a great Christmas.
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Offline Ian555  
#176 Posted : 07 January 2013 07:45:54(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Looks good. ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline steventrain  
#177 Posted : 07 January 2013 18:28:49(UTC)
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Look great, Chris.ThumpUp
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Offline Herrfleck  
#178 Posted : 07 January 2013 18:34:53(UTC)
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Hello!

Very nice.ThumpUp

Bertil
- since my lack in english I don't write so much here.. but learn by trying right? :) -

//Bertil
Offline Chris6382chris  
#179 Posted : 08 January 2013 16:11:26(UTC)
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Thanks, I am pretty pleased with it. Sometimes you get lucky. BigGrin
Offline NZMarklinist  
#180 Posted : 13 January 2013 09:45:04(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Just found your thread here and have read it right thru and viewed all your videos too BigGrin I've had an entertaining few hours Wink

I must say really excellent progress, and results in just 12 months, you have every reason to be proud of yourself especially seeing you were restoring and digitising Loks as well as building and scenicing the layout. Well done ThumpUp ThumpUp
Glen
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" Every Marklin layout needs a V200, a Railbus and a Banana car", not to mention a few Black and red Steamers, oh and the odd Elok !

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Offline Chris6382chris  
#181 Posted : 14 January 2013 00:11:57(UTC)
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Thanks Glen. Glad you found and it and glad you like the layout and engines.

Chris
Offline Loadmaster  
#182 Posted : 14 January 2013 22:32:02(UTC)
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Chris,

This is the Glen that attended EuroWest in 2010 or 2011 and posted a video of the event.

Rob
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#183 Posted : 15 January 2013 01:31:24(UTC)
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Oh, ok. Thanks Rob. So you are going to have to bring something up next time you are in N. CA to run on the layout.

Chris
Offline kc6uvm_George  
#184 Posted : 15 January 2013 05:53:49(UTC)
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Evening Chris,

Enjoyed browsing through your thread. Looks good. ThumpUp
George,
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#185 Posted : 26 January 2013 23:57:12(UTC)
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So here is another video of some of my engines. I used the ESU lokprogrammer and changed the sound files on my V200 (very happy with the changes), BR 38 (Very happy with the changes) and my BR 23 (still a work in progress but I like the whistle). I also have my E63, BR 50 and BR 212 pulling trains. The E63 needed some oiling and now runs more smoothly.

Here is the video and some pictures.

Chris

Here is the latest video.

One of the warehouses with a few older wagons at the loading dock including an italian one.
UserPostedImage

Here are some of my banana wagons. I think I am up to 11 now. Look out Ian I am catching up. Huh
UserPostedImage

My locomotive area is filling up, I might have to start looking for more room and consider a turntable and roundhouse.
UserPostedImage

My newest switcher pulling a few silo cars.
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Offline Ian555  
#186 Posted : 27 January 2013 06:56:53(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

Enjoyed watching the video and great photo's. ThumpUp

Very nice collection of Banana vans.

Ian.

Offline petestra  
#187 Posted : 27 January 2013 11:28:29(UTC)
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Excellent photos and video, Chris. I really liked seeing your many Loks together.

PeterThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp Smile
Offline obxbill  
#188 Posted : 27 January 2013 12:47:39(UTC)
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Very good video clip! The sound really brings it to life! ThumpUp
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#189 Posted : 25 August 2013 17:32:45(UTC)
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Well it is official, the layout will be coming down in the next few months as our landlord has informed us that they would like to move into the house once our lease is up. As a result we will be moving. The wife and I are looking at buying a house so we are now taking the next few months to find the right house and the perfect train room.

I would expect that the move will be complete in January assuming we find a house that we like. So expect some final photos over the next couple months for this layout and expect a new thread to begin next year with the creation of yet another layout. While moving will be a bit of a hassle I must admit I am looking forward to the opportunity to build yet another layout and try some new ideas and improve on some things that I felt was lacking in this layout.

I want to thank everyone for their kind words, suggestions and encouragement, I have really valued the input and enjoyed sharing my layout with best group of Marklin Fans I know. Thanks again.

I will be sure to keep all of you updated on the planning process, track plan and concept once that part of the planning begins.

Chris

P.S. Sorry I haven't updated my section in so long, work has been really busy
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Offline Ian555  
#190 Posted : 25 August 2013 17:46:04(UTC)
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Hi Chris,

If you're looking for someone to look after your Banana van collection during the move, you know where to send them.....Smile

This should be a good time to buy a house, are they a bit cheaper.

All the best.

Ian.
Offline Goofy  
#191 Posted : 25 August 2013 21:13:18(UTC)
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Good luck to find a new house. ThumpUp
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Offline Chris6382chris  
#192 Posted : 26 August 2013 19:49:05(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Chris,

If you're looking for someone to look after your Banana van collection during the move, you know where to send them.....Smile

This should be a good time to buy a house, are they a bit cheaper.

All the best.

Ian.


Thanks Ian, looks like your layout is coming along really nicely. I probably have a month or two of running the trains before I have to take everything apart and pack away the banana van collection. If I get the urge to send them on a vacation I will be sure to let you know.LOL

Thanks Goofy, the important thing is finding a place with a big enough train room, along with all the other things you need in a house. Luckily the wife is very supportive.
Offline petestra  
#193 Posted : 26 August 2013 20:19:34(UTC)
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Hi Chris, best of luck to you and the Mrs. in your house-hunting. Don't forget to tell the

realtor that you need a train room. Very important! Cheers,Peter ThumpUp Smile
Offline Yumgui  
#194 Posted : 26 August 2013 20:31:36(UTC)
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Good luck with the move Chris !

You built a very fine layout in a rented space ... that is always fraught with risk related to temporality ^^

But as you say, you should surely take advantage of moving to fine tune some things that didn't work quite the way you wanted ... train modeling tends to go that way, try stuff, tear it up, try again, tear it up again ... this process is what really keeps us goin' ... I think.

All in all, sounds like a good thing happening to you,

So plz enjoy (just think: you're looking for a house with a train-room in it, so cool), !

Y ThumpUp
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Offline Tom Jessop  
#195 Posted : 26 August 2013 22:04:33(UTC)
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We moved house about 10 weeks ago, the FD did the leg work around all the Real Estate agents with a requirement list & the first 2 items were a 36 square meter room minimum for the train room & a off road area to park the Motor Home with a big plus if it was undercover. Eventually a home was found which had been owner built but way way out of our price range on initial walk thru. We went back home & did our sums & decided to sell our 3 investment properties & the present home & realised we would be able to afford this palace on the hill with views overlooking Lake Macquarie [south of Newcastle ] . We have been here now for 10 weeks & slowly getting things organised to our likeing along with installing solar electricity panels ,security screen doors, replanting various parts of the garden etc, when I am not slaving under the FD's direction I have been able to start on new layout benches & finding treasures which had been packed away for a few years .

Have fun finding a house with your ultimate train room size & don't fret if it dosent appear first up ,walk in to a property with your wish list & don't take a lesser property .

Regards

Tom in Oz
Offline Chris6382chris  
#196 Posted : 06 January 2014 03:57:03(UTC)
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Well I think it is time for an update. My wife and I ended up renting another house in our area, didn't like we saw for sale and liked the area so I am still a renter. The good news is that this will be a long term rental, most likely 3-5 years.

Second, the house does have a nice room for my future layout. It measures 11ft by 20 ft. So I have plenty of room for my new layout. I have a track plan and will be building the layout in as much a modular way as possible. So 3-5 years down the road should a move take place and I want to keep the layout I will be able to move the entire thing.

Finally, I must apologize for not being active on the forum. In addition to the move, I suffered an injury while serving as a volunteer firefighter that left me pretty banged up and out of commission for a couple months but I am almost fully recovered so I will be back on here and participating again.

So Happy New Year everyone and stay tuned, I should start construction on my new layout very soon. I will also be posting track plans soon also.

Chris
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Offline BrandonVA  
#197 Posted : 06 January 2014 20:56:05(UTC)
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Wow Chris, glad you're ok! Looking forward to your updates as well. I think modular is the way to go. My layout is barely moveable for the moving contingency...I just don't want to do the work again!

-Brandon
Offline PierreGILLARD  
#198 Posted : 06 January 2014 22:52:23(UTC)
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Take care of you !

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Offline Chris6382chris  
#199 Posted : 08 January 2014 03:12:08(UTC)
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Thanks Pierre and Brandon. I am doing much better. I am going to be starting construction new soon on the new layout.

Chris
Offline foumaro  
#200 Posted : 08 January 2014 07:28:30(UTC)
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Wellcome back,we are waiting for photos.
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