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Sun Oct 25, 2020, 06:57 PM

Model Railroading - My O Gauge tribute to Canada's greatest passenger train (a short video)

Happy Sunday DU'ers,

Hope everyone is keeping safe. Thought I'd post something for distraction's sake for viewers here in the DU lounge.

Due to the Covid pandemic, VIA Rail (Canada's version of Amtrak) has temporarily curtailed service on some of their long distance routes but has reported that it will resume service on the Vancouver-Winnipeg portion of the route of its flagship train, "The Canadian", as of Dec. 11.

Since it's not currently possible to watch "The Canadian" pass by from trackside until then, I've been busy instead running my own O-gauge version of the train in Canadian Pacific Railway livery - before the service was taken over by VIA Rail.

For those interested, I thought I'd share a short 6 minute video showcasing my O-gauge tribute to the Canadian Pacific Railway's legendary transcontinental passenger train - "The Canadian":


A pic of the set on my shelves:


And on the layout:


One more:


The engines are a Lionel #8365, 8469 & 8366 Canadian Pacific F3 three-unit diesel, and a Lionel #2380 Canadian Pacific GP9 roadswitcher diesel. The headend power is followed by a Lionel #9228 express boxcar, a K-Line "Empress" dining car, a K-line "Skyline 505" dome car, K-Line "Blair Manor" & "Craig Manor" sleeping cars and Park-series dome-sleeper-lounge-observation car "Tremblant Park" on the tail end.

For more pictures & videos of my train collection and layout, see my website at: https://northamericabyrail.info/model-railroading/

Hope you enjoy!
Cheers, Pete

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Reply Model Railroading - My O Gauge tribute to Canada's greatest passenger train (a short video) (Original post)
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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:08 PM

1. Thank you for these amazing photos of your incredible setup!

And I greatly enjoyed the video too. You must have spent 100's of hours assembling all the components of the trains as well as the little town and all the surrounding buildings!

A labor of love, I'm sure. Thank you so much for bringing this glimpse of another time to all of us.



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:47 PM

7. Thanks California Peggy!

It's my pleasure to share my efforts with such a wonderful audience. The layout construction started back in 2008.

Lost track of the weekends I spent tinkering with & adding to it. In 2017 we moved to a new house and the entire layout was dismantled - lock, stock & barrel - then reassembled in our new home.

Still would like to add a backdrop to it, I had one in the old house but it was destroyed when I stripped & repainted the walls to show the house for sale.

Thanks again for checking out my post!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:09 PM

2. thank you for this

A great moment of Zen for me.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:48 PM

8. No problem MercuryBlues!

Thanks for checking out my post!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:12 PM

3. Awesome! Thank you for sharing.

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Response to mobeau69 (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:52 PM

10. Thanks for the compliment, Mobeau!

Always a pleasure to share a post with the wonderful folks here on DU. Thanks for checking out my vid & pics!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:03 PM

13. HO is 1/82 scale. What is 0 scale? TIA.

I haven’t had a chance to watch video yet but I’m looking forward to found so. My phone can’t handle a lot and I too lazy tonight to get up and turn my computer on. BTW, my satellite internet service sucks to but it will eventually download you video. Joys of living in the country! LOL!

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Response to mobeau69 (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:16 PM

16. O is 1/48 scale FYI

LOL! I can kind of relate, we live basically right on the edge of the service area of our provider. Our mobile phones usually will work ok in the living room towards the front of our house but not in the kitchen towards the back

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #16)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:27 PM

20. Neat. You can get so much more in per sq foot.

I used to love “Model Railroading” back in the day.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:16 PM

4. Incredible! Thank you for posting this.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:56 PM

11. No problem - my pleasure, Kaleva!

Thanks for checking out my post! The folks here on DU are such a terrific audience.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:38 PM

5. I LOVE travelling overnight in a private compartment. Back in the'60's, Turkey had bought the old

French wagon lits and that was our transportation from Istanbul to Ankara... Heaven!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:00 PM

12. Wow, talk about traveling in style, Karadeniz!

What an interesting journey that must have been, and in those luxurious old sleeping cars no less.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:40 PM

6. I loved my trains. Thanks for bring back memories

Dad made a tunnel like in your video. It was chicken wire and paper mache. It was pretty good.

My favorite was the Pennsylvania Electric

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Response to alfredo (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:10 PM

14. Hello again Alfredo, good to hear from you!

I love the old Lionel Pennsylvania Railroad GG1. Saw the full sized one preserved on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

It's great to have family memories like that. The paper mache method is a great way to make mountains and tunnels. Mine is made of spray foam, with chunks of cedar mulch thrown in while the foam was still wet. Once painted it makes a reasonable imitation of a rock surface. Lastly I added ground foam scenery and trees.


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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #14)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 11:35 AM

32. At my age, it didn't matter if it was realistic, my imagination made it real.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:52 PM

9. I had a distant aunt who grew up on a ranch that had the CPR running through it.

She used to race the trains on her horse. LOL.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:24 PM

18. LOL! Thanks for checking out my post, Applegrove

To be honest, when we took the train to Vancouver in 2017 your aunt just might have been able to catch it - our train was delayed by the forest fires in BC and we ended up arriving in Vancouver 23 hours late. The train was supposed to arrive Vancouver at 930 am, we arrived at 830 am... on the following morning!

Our cabin on the train was nice though and we wisely did not book any connecting travel for the same day the train was due to arrive

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:34 PM

22. Wow. What a journey. Some day i may do that. Trains i feel secure on.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:15 PM

15. Lots of fun! Thanks for sharing! nt

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #15)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:25 PM

19. No problem, Reactionary, my pleasure!

Always a pleasure to have such a great audience!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:19 PM

17. I like the sound track! nt

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:27 PM

21. One of the Lionel diesel units has Railsounds

The rpm's of the engine change with the speed plus I can control the horn & bell

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #21)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:39 PM

23. I was wondering if that was part of the layout..

.. or dubbed in. That's a great feature!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 05:32 AM

24. My boys always loved model trains...

... and that includes the one I'm married to! (Nice display! It looks like an expensive hobby!)

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #24)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 09:18 AM

25. Thanks for checking out my post, Nurse Jackie! My wife would agree...

...some of us never grow up! It can be expensive but I've come across some good deals. For me it helps that this has been a lifetime hobby- trying to limit myself to one new engine or a handful of cars per year helps make it more affordable, though that's not always possible

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 09:50 AM

26. "The Canadian" is on the back of the CDN $10 note, Series 2013.

Beautiful vignette of it.

The Series 2013 CDN $5 has a nice vignette of the Canada arm from the space station.

I really LOVE what is depicted below on the Earth really well.

MICHIGAN!

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #26)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 10:02 AM

28. Good Morning Roamer65, That pic on the $10 bill is really neat isn't it!



A few years back I did a road trip across the northern United States to Seattle, WA. Started at Port Huron, MI after crossing the Blue Water bridge.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #28)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 10:16 AM

29. Yes it is.

I carry one around in my wallet.

Yup, I know the Blue Water bridge. I used to dive a few meters downstream of it in the St Clair River.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 09:50 AM

27. Nice layout

I'm envious. I have a bunch of HO stuff socked away, but haven't had time to start a layout.
I'm taking a different approach than most though, I'm not modeling a location, but I've been acquiring pieces that represent places I've been or if I find something that makes me remember a particular time in my life.

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Response to rwsanders (Reply #27)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 10:19 AM

30. Thanks, RWSanders!

I agree 100% about modelling places you've been or that bring back memories, rather than a scale model of one particular location or region. That's been my philosophy also and what makes it fun. For example, the log cabin at the front of the layout represents Lake Louise, where my wife & I have vacationed - just one example.

Time can be a challenge, I've been adding to my layout sporadically - a weekend here, an evening there.

Thanks again for checking out my post.


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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 11:08 AM

31. Just a bit off topic, but it is about a movie concerning trains. The Station Agent

starring Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson , and Bobby Canavale. A warm and wonderful movie about a man that inherits an old train station in Newfoundland NJ. ( it is still there on Google Maps) It is about alienation and friendship. And trains. Very good. May be on Netflix or Prime. Sometimes it pops up on HBO

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Response to dugog55 (Reply #31)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 11:36 AM

33. Thanks for the heads up Dugog55!

I'll try to see if it comes up on netflix.

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Response to dugog55 (Reply #31)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 11:44 AM

34. A list of good train movies

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Response to alfredo (Reply #34)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 12:23 PM

36. Thanks!

Many of these I haven't seen yet -at least a dozen, the remake of Murder on the Orient express probably being at the top of my bucket list to watch. Also I had no idea there was a 1926 movie on the 20th Century Limited.

Ones I have seen:

Source Code -check
Unstoppable -check
Darjeeling Ltd - check
Pelam123 original & remake - check
Silver Streak - check
Murder on the Orient express original - check
Buster Keaton in the General -check

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #36)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 12:51 PM

38. I want to see the Buster Keaton movie.

Many years ago I worked with his nephew.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #38)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 01:04 PM

39. Wow! You worked with Buster Keaton's nephew - That's amazing!

FYI I found the movie very enjoyable.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #39)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 04:53 PM

41. He was an amazing athlete and actor.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #34)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 02:27 PM

40. It missed my favorite train movies.

Narrow Margin
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100224/
Very intense movie. Not as much action as is popular now, but a great cat and mouse game on a train. Highly recommend.

And of course Back to the Future III

I would also include the newest Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp. I know the reasons it was criticized, but I think the real reason is the underlying political statements made in the movie (it takes a big shot at the MIC).

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Response to rwsanders (Reply #40)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 07:13 PM

45. Thanks for the advice!

I'll keep an eye out next time I'm surfing through the netflix menus

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 11:58 AM

35. Thank You.

I loved this and have bookmarked your site to enjoy at leisure. I grew up in a town that was a crossroads between north and south for the railroads. You could not drive across town without being stopped by a train at least once. My father built us an HO gauge train set up which was used for Christmas every year. Both my Grandfathers worked for the railroad. This is a very nice gift, Hiawatha Pete.

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Response to MAJones (Reply #35)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 12:40 PM

37. No problem, MA Jones, my pleasure!

It's great to have those family memories. I grew up in Toronto & my dad would take me on the pedestrian footbridge that spanned the tracks into Union Station to watch the trains. This was before VIA Rail became a "Crown" corporation and you could still see the liveries of the original railroads that ran their trains into Union Station, it was a kaleidoscope of colors. Here's a pic of the location from another photographer: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=13802

Though some might get frustrated by all the level crossings, your hometown sounds like a railfan's paradise!

Thanks also for checking out my site!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 05:36 PM

42. ohm myy. very nice .

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your photos remind me of when amtrak first took over

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #42)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 07:14 PM

46. Thanks for the compliment, Allan01Bear!

And for checking out my post. Best Regards!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 05:59 PM

43. Superb

Thanks for posting. Great looking layout and rolling stock! Well Done!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #43)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 07:19 PM

47. Thanks for the compliment, & for checking out my video, Sherman A1!

Always a pleasure with the wonderful folks here on DU, makes for a great audience!

Best Regards,

Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 06:45 PM

44. K&R

All aboard!

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #44)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 07:19 PM

48. LOL, Thanks for kicking & checking out my post, Blue Owl!

Best Regards,

Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 10:45 PM

49. K&R

Love it! Thanx for posting.

Nothing blew up, Gomez. You're quite the Train Master.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #49)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 08:37 AM

50. Thanks JohnnyRingo!

LOL! I cringe every time I see the Addams Family crash those beautiful vintage Lionel trains!

That said I've had my share of mishaps - switch not lined correctly, train backing into another train kind of thing...

Thanks for checking out my post

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 10:03 AM

51. My husband and I rode The Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver in early Oct 2015

This is my favorite shot from all the photos I took while on the train




It was a delightful ride but I've always been fond of train travel.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #51)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 11:24 AM

54. Thanks for sharing that pic, Mnhtnbb!

I like that view back at the "Park" car from the mid-train skyline dome car that you were obviously in. Plus the autumn scenery. Sounds like you & your husband had a wonderful trip.

My favorite train ride for sure- I've ridden the Canadian several times, including the summer of 2017 when the "Canada 150" traffic swelled the train consist to a whopping 30 cars: https://northamericabyrail.info/a-trip-on-via-rails-canadian-2017-toronto-on-jasper-ab-banff-ab-vancouver-bc/

Thanks again for checking out my post!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 10:31 AM

52. Can you fix the shelf that's bent, it's driving me nuts.



Nice job, looks good.
Needs a bridge and some dynamite to channel Gomez Adams. I had HO cars and trains as a kid. I'd park a car at a crossing and when the train came by I'd ram it.

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Response to Hotler (Reply #52)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 11:15 AM

53. Thanks for checking out my post, Hotler!

I'd have to go back and check to see if the shelf is actually bent - the 35mm lens I was using tends to cause keystoning of the image.

Channeling your inner Gomez Addams, I see

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 06:22 PM

55. being a fellow model railroader in tinplate / h.o and n. i just subbed .

youtube channel.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #55)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 06:45 PM

58. Thanks Allan01Bear!

And thanks for checking out my post! Always a pleasure to meet a fellow model railroader. Tinplate (namely O gauge) is by far my favorite scale but all are interesting.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 06:42 PM

56. Gorgeous layout!!

I’m very impressed. Thank you for the tour!

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #56)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 06:49 PM

59. No problem PCIntern, my pleasure!

Thanks for checking out my video!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 06:44 PM

57. Way cool! Brings back my youth with a Lionel train set around the Christmas tree!

Nice diorama work indeed.

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Response to machoneman (Reply #57)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 06:56 PM

60. Thanks for the compliment, Machoneman!

Glad it brought back memories! At one time a Lionel train around the Christmas tree was as much a part of the American Dream as a house with a white picket fence & a car in the driveway.

Thanks for checking out my post

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 08:33 PM

61. I had a train set growing up

wanted to be an engineer.

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Response to llashram (Reply #61)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 09:50 AM

63. Thanks for checking out my post llashram!

That was also one of my childhood aspirations.

At least now I can be a "hoghead" in 1/48 scale

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 11:19 PM

62. I had a Lionel since I was 2, it's what I wanted.

It has a locomotive, cattle car, box car and red caboose. My mother wanted me to have a doll. I hated dolls, my father understood. It got stolen from storage when we went to Spain. It had little smoke pellets to imitate steam. Thanks for jogging memories!

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #62)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 09:55 AM

64. Cool! Thanks for checking out my post Burrowowl!

That's neat that you had one of those vintage Lionel steamers, they used pellets initially - then switched to smoke fluid in later years.

I got my first Lionel when I was 8.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 06:12 PM

65. Pete...great set up..great work..Let's take a closer look..O Scale house in the background of lower

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picture...O Scale phone poll in front of Union Pacific Diesel..bridges, signs, scale cars crossing the tracks,
lots of extra trains, train signals..etc. Now, I am a model train buff..Yes, I know what it takes to build a scale model house on a train set...(HO Guage)

I haven't set it up in a long time. (Last time set up in the mid 90s) Had a 5 by 10 foot board, but I took it down. It was set up in the living room. I had a street, buildings, station, homes etc. under board wires, etc. I even found and constructed a HO Guage Mc Donalds..Oh
well .....................................and................................................

When I was working on the model RR, or building a train car, a building, or wireing the board,....... the process took my mind off of everything else.....politics, work, news, money (except to buy new stuff for the
train) ..all kinds of relationships, worries about this and that and that & this.


Great fun, the entire process, and when I got it going..more fun....& I showed it to all my friends and
it was set up in a way that any one could run the train, slowly or fastly.

Yes, I got lots of pictures of the model train & everything, but I haven't figured out how to post pictures yet...
I guess that is my next job, after I set up the train again???(no...wait...maybe??..on the floor is ok, got lots of track for the floor, Lionel and HO Gage trains...Lionel for the floor..) ...maybe..? got Lionel...when I went to the floor, and cut up the board.......... ....the HO gage was not good for the floor..OOOOOHHHHH!!!!! I FORGOT....................................................................................

....GREAT WORK ON A GREAT LAYOUT,,AND I KNOW HOW MUCH WORK THAT LAYOUT TOOK...K AND R,,,

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #65)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 10:22 PM

67. Thanks for the compliment, & for checking out & kicking my post, StuartG!

Like you said, getting involved in the hobby is a great way to get your mind off things for a while - I find an operating session or an afternoon of tinkering with the layout to be refreshing & relaxing.

Many of the buildings are Plasticville kits, which came of age in the 1950's & 60's - around the same time as the 'golden age' of Lionel trains - so complement the layout nicely I think. Being kits they aren't too difficult to make, fortunately.

If you're looking for a way to post pics online, the easiest way might be to sign up for an account on Imgur ( https://imgur.com/ ). IIRC you just pick a username & password, provide an email address and they send you a verification code to your phone which you then type to confirm your account on your computer.
You can then post pics by clicking on the 'new post' tab on the Imgur website and click & drag the images from your desktop to the website's window. Once uploaded, you can right click on the image and select "copy image address". Then you can paste the link to the pic into your DU post.

Good to hear from you and thanks again for checking out my post!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 06:25 PM

66. I wouldn't know the exact models or anything but ...

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I love the way scale model trains are crafted!

Maybe bc as an artist I love and make 2-D art drawing, painting, but also 3-D art - sculpture; I love looking at
scale model train landscaping esp with bridges, underpasses, over passes, track switchings, around, up, and down mountains, etc! Cities, towns, countryside!
So much fun !!! 🥰

Bucking the stereotypes of the time I as a girl in the late 50's I had the wooden train & tracks set. ❤️ 😁

I still love them! 👍👍👍

Nice to see your set up. 👍


ETA:

😲 I just found nano trains! 😈 🥰

'cept I spent much of my stimulus $. And I still need a TV!
Guess I might have save. 😁 I would build my own rocky hills, and flat countryside w trees, clay, and paint! 😄👍

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #66)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:40 PM

68. Thanks for checking out my post, Electric_blue68!

That's neat! My niece had those European-made wooden trains with the wooden tracks...

That's interesting to hear about your interest in painting & sculpture. One think about this train hobby is it allows one to get practice in so many fields: like sculpting (mountains and hills), painting (the structures, scenery and backdrop), carpentry (building the benchwork), and electrical (wiring the track, switches, signals and accessories).

That being said- my layout doesn't have a backdrop (something I'd like to add) and could probably use a few more trees. I'd also like a few more hills, mountains, rivers and other terrain features but there isn't a lot of space left on my layout because I tried to cram in a lot of track & trains

Thanks again for checking out my post!




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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #68)

Fri Oct 30, 2020, 12:09 AM

69. There's always time for tweaking in the future. 👍

And you're welcome.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun Nov 1, 2020, 12:17 AM

70. Lionel makes a great train. I had a Lionel three-rail train when I was a kid.

I have no idea where it went, but it was a great train.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #70)

Sun Nov 1, 2020, 08:38 PM

71. Agree 100%! Lionel are my favorite, by far.

I like both the the quality and size of the models. Everything about them seems just right.

Thanks for checking out my post!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Nov 3, 2020, 12:19 PM

72. Beautiful!

I found this very calming to watch & listen to your wonderful trains. Most welcome diversion today!

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Response to klook (Reply #72)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 06:44 AM

75. Thanks for the compliment!

And for checking out my post! Glad I was able to offer a diversion.

Best Regards,

Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Nov 3, 2020, 12:41 PM

73. That's Quite A Treat, Sir

Very impressive lay-out. The scenics and groundwork are superb. Is that flock grass or a grass mat?

Looks like you had an awful lot of fun creating that masterpiece!

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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #73)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 07:06 AM

76. Thanks, Magistrate!

Good to hear from you again!

Sorry for the late response, I've been busy running a few errands yesterday and following this nail-biter of an election from north of the border, and even though it doesn't affect me directly as a Canadian - fingers still crossed for Joe!

Thank you for your very kind compliments, indeed the layout is a labor of love. The 'grass' is Woodland Scenics ground foam that's made to simulate grass, which I sprinkled onto the layout benchwork after painting the surface an earthy color while the paint was still wet. And the railroad ballast is kitty litter - which our beloved cat generously donated (and of which there was still plenty left for her litter box).

Thanks again for checking out my post!

Best Regards, Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #76)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 11:04 AM

82. Sorry To Have Missed This On Its First Pass, Sir

It is very well done.

Woodland Scenics is a good line. I use that flock grass in bases for display of models. A very small amount is a lifetime supply for me. I also get good use from their dry-transfer lettering, putting it onto clear water-slide decal film and giving it a sealant coat. It is often 'close enough for government work' to fonts and sizes needed for serial numbers and the like.

One thing I have found useful is colored grout powder. There are colors which make excellent dirt, and give a fine grain texture that strikes the eye as proper, even in the small scale I work. My old local hobby-shop (alas now moved far away) was one of those 'general stores', and had a doll-house section. People actually do grout miniature tiles, apparently, and the place sold the stuff in small packets, some of which had quite suitable colors. Again, very small amounts make a lifetime supply for my use, but the sort of containers one gets at a hardware store might come in useful in model railroading. I paint a surface with white glue, sprinkle it on, then turn it over to let the excess fall onto some foil so it can go back in the packet. Though I have not yet bothered, I expect a misting of spray adhesive or matte finish, such a Tamiya or Krylon, would do well as a sealant, but it would need to be sprayed from a distance, so as not to blow some of it off.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Nov 3, 2020, 07:38 PM

74. I was just thinking of what could be done with 3D printing.

Everything from bushes to locomotives could be made at home.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #74)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 07:17 AM

77. True that

I've seen 3D models for sale online of things that used to come in plastic model kit form (cars, airplanes, military vehicles ect).

Thanks for kicking my post by the way!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #77)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 07:38 AM

78. Always willing to help a member of the Onondaga

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Response to alfredo (Reply #78)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 08:11 AM

79. Hello again Alfredo, FYI my DU avatar is named for the Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha passenger trains -

- which in turn are named after the First Nations people that you refer to that live on both sides of the border .

As for myself, I'm a Canadian who is primarily of what would likely be considered Caucasian descent. I'm sorry if my handle caused anyone to believe that I was a member of the First Nations, that was not my intention at all - I chose it being the railfan that I am.

That being said, I sympathize with the cause & struggle of First Nations people everywhere. Water is life


Regards, Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #79)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 08:26 AM

80. That's OK. There is Blackfoot on my mother's side, but no blood

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Response to alfredo (Reply #80)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 08:30 AM

81. Cool! On my wife's side of the family there is native Carib.


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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #81)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 12:29 PM

83. Celt German and Russian. .

I got my DNA done and it exploded some family myths, but learned my line goes all the way east to Mongolia. Genghis Khan may have dipped his toe in our gene pool.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Mon Nov 9, 2020, 12:54 PM

84. We hike a trail that's under the tracks that go up the Flatirons east of Denver,

and we frequently see the Zephyr above us. It looks like a big silver caterpillar climbing the mountain. It's super cool.

Thanks for sharing!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #84)

Mon Nov 9, 2020, 12:59 PM

85. Thanks CrispyQ!

We'll be sure too look out for you and give a wave next time we ride it.

From my web page https://northamericabyrail.info/usa-west/the-california-zephyr/




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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #85)

Mon Nov 9, 2020, 01:09 PM

86. And thank you for those great photos!



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