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Here's a little video of some of my trains running by the fireplace... what I call a fireside chat. Turn it on and talk trains. Happy New Year to all my friends here on MTF!

 

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Neat video, thanks for sharing. You need to get one of those Polar Express Bi-Polars for the passenger train.

Bill
 

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Nice! what ya got going on there?
Folded dogbone outside, loop, and trolley on inside?
Outside main is two large reverse loops with one in the den-formal living room and the other loop is contained in my library.

The inside main is a single direction loop only, but connected to the outside main by 4 O-72 switches in a crossover.

The 18 ft trolley line runs from the right side of the TV (just out of frame) and forms a large U. The other end terminates behind my couch and through my engine shed. The trolley pauses 15 seconds at each stop for passengers. Ya gotta be quick! :laugh:

The trolley line is a seasonal line only. The rest of the layout is part of my home. ;)
 

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Nice video, friend! And as my NYC 783 chugs its way through a foul and snowy New Year's Eve night, I wish all my fellow passengers on this forum a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 

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Here's a look with the lights dimmed. Happy New Year's my friends! Many happy polished rails in 2020!


 

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This could be the sequel to the Christmas Eve "Yule Log" telecast.

A little scenery management, some camera direction ... I could make you a star :)

Note: I'm not sure if many of the members know of the Yule Log program. It was local to the New York television market. The ~4 minute film of a yule log burning in a grand fireplace was played in a loop for hours on end on Christmas eve and/or Christmas day - a background for holiday festivities. A sound track of easy listening holiday music was broadcast by radio. The first version was filmed at Gracie Mansion, the NY City mayor's residence. It was created in 1966 and aired by local television station WPIX, New York channel 11 through 1989. And revived in 2001.

 

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Nice. There is no way that my wife would let me take that much livingroom floor for a layout - unless is was there and gone in less than 6 hours.

BTW, what is the boomstick leaning in the corner on the left side of the fireplace?
 

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Nice. There is no way that my wife would let me take that much livingroom floor for a layout - unless is was there and gone in less than 6 hours.

BTW, what is the boomstick leaning in the corner on the left side of the fireplace?
That's an old French broomstick... a Chatellerault Mle 1874, 11mm. I have it's matching pointy end as well. ;)

It was what Germany copied to create their Mauser.
 

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On another note, It couldn't hurt to move the transformer further away from the fire. Heat is the bane of electronic devices like you modern transformer.
 
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