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what did you use for the cables for the pipe loads. im gunna start building me some pretty soon. very nice photos too.
 

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Thanks, Sid...I used elastic bands, from a craft store to make elastic bracelets. It’s to easy. Easy to reposition, 1/16th width, and hold loose loads together. I assembled the brass as groups, the red load is 3 brass pipes soldered together, and then I stack them together. You can put wood between the layers(glued or not glued), and then slip the bands on. The bands are pulled till they lay flat. I could break down the pipes to two layers very simply by removing the yellow bands. I don’t use wood on the bottom pipes and the flat cars, as the elastic bands hold the load securely in place. Check out on the forum “pipe loads/flat cars” in HO scale section for more info. The internet is great for finding pipe load colours, and banding placement. That being said, I banded to what I liked.....the multi-colour elastics were perfect, 3 common banding colours.....
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ok very nice. im n scale but im watching every Pic i see to get more ideas. Thank You for sharing that info. you have some very nice pics.
 

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Just got a Walthers mainline Milwaukee caboose to protect the rear of my pipe load train...
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Picked up off Amazon some static grass tufts that have “flowers” attached to the ends. Added a nice burst of colour.
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In previous posts, my benchwork 2 by 4 supports came across as to noticeable. I removed them, and attached to the wall and painted. Next project is to paint the “duck under” black...cheers
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My favourite part of model railroading is finding a “real” photo and recreating it. I love the look of a D&H PA1. But there was no way to get it on my layout, till I saw the photo of one (#19) pulling a Amtrak train. 1st and 2nd photo are from the BN annual, and 3rd is my train..cheers
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I finally got around to adding a access road to my grain mill. It also gave me the opportunity to add my variety store to the layout. Still need road lines, curbs, and other details added.
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Looks good! It’s always interesting to see the different techniques various people use for building roads and landscaping. It shows there are lots of ways to get a job done.
 

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I moved a curio cabinet into my train room, and using for locomotive storage. It’s nice having quick access to them, and better dust protection. Also now motivates me to take the 10 or so in their boxes to finally take them out and use...cheers🍻
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I like your bulkhead cars with pipe. I worked in a pipe making facility for 30 years. Many of those years were spent in shipping, as a crane operator, as a loader/laborer, and as a shipping lead hand. I have loaded many, many bulkhead cars and gondolas with pipe. I will be including a small pipe mill on my layout somehow when I get past the planning and benchwork phases. I would offer a suggestion, if you don't mind. Bulkhead cars would have to be staked on each side for pipe loads. Same for gondola cars. Just an idea you might consider. Anyway, great layout. Very inspiring.

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Thanks, that’s a great photo. For me, once I see the photo, it becomes real..cheers👍
 
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