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Very nice cars Tom. Gotta love heavyweights. A Hudson would look good pulling them. You may have coupler issues but at least you developed a fix for that. Where are you getting the 3 axle trucks? AM? That flickering light fix is an idea I had read about but never tried. Good to hear that it indeed works. It looks like you are going to stick with Nikon?

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Mopac I too have slowed down buying, as in nothing. I got enough to do for sometime. My 3 glass cases are full, I can't put up any shelving because I'd have to drill holes into 2 paneled cinderblock walIs, and the only wooden wall is behind one side of my layout that is 4' away and has mountains in the way. I got no room on the layout either. I don't want to put stuff in storage containers so I will forget about them like I have done. So no more buying......unless I find a bargain! Better yet, I'll just keep doing what I've been doing and stay off eBay and all other selling sites I've looked at. Oh, and stop looking at the Charles Ro ad and the Berkshire that is still listed like you have.

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Kenny, I do regret buying all the rolling stock I have bought in the past year. LOL, this does not include
old Gilbert cars like my MoPac car. Not sure why I bought the Lionel cars. You mention the Berkshire.
I still think everyone should have one. I still like it alot. I thought about buying another one. #1225. I won
1300.00 at casino saturday and then I thought about all the money lost before that. No #1225 for me. I
am on a train diet. If my freight trains and passenger trains were generating money I could see buying more.
 

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The standard 70' passenger cars are 13 1/4" long. The full scale 80' cars are 15 1/2". The upper viaduct the 6 passenger cars are on does not have a constant radius, the effective radius where the cars are staged is around 100". It tightens down to a 34"R at the top of the picture where the Passenger yard entrance is located. I now have ten full scale 80' passenger cars. I think they look much better on the layout than the shorter 70' cars.
For some reason AM puts three axle trucks under the combine and RPO, but two axle trucks under the coaches, baggage and observation cars. Their two axle trucks allow the high rail coupler to sit too low causing derailments when the weight catches on turnout point rails. I will order more replacement three axle trucks from AM and replace all the two axle trucks. They also look better.
Kenny, I did not know it was a requirement to display all the engines and cars. I guess I will need to buy another house to display the 1,000 items I have in boxes unless someone here wants to expand their Gilbert collection.
I usually take pictures with my iPhone because it is easy and convenient. Sometimes I want more depth of field to make the picture look right so I use my Nikon in Aperture priority mode at f22. Since I have the tripod set up with the camera on it I take more pictures with it. My wife is still thionking of self publishing a book on my layout and trains so she wants me to take more of the high resolution photos. I am not holding my breath it will ever get done. For reference, the exposure times at f22 vary between 5 to10 seconds when I shoot on the layout.
 

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Tom I'm sorry but I don't understand your comment saying you did not know it was a requirement to display all engines and cars.

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Great pictures. Somehow I expected there to be some racks or shelves in the baggage car to hold suitcases.
 

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That’s an excellent point, maybe this one was being upgraded or changed for some other purpose? I am not sure but I really liked the look and quality of the interior and light fixtures.
 

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A sitrep of the Sunshine Foundation charity build that members of our club are making great progress on.
Ballasting, bridge and finishing up the door being worked on today, will probably epoxy the ends of the styrofoam at the Door.
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Sorry everyone, I just noticed this was a “s” scale, my apologies
No matter. Trains is trains. I like your door opening construction. You wouldn't believe the time I spent and the different approaches I took to try and come up with a suitable, workable gate like you have there. Eventually I scrapped the whole idea and built a lift up bridge hinged on one end. Even that had to have perfect track alignment and good electrical connection.

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I got this car in the mail over a month ago. But have not taken a pic of it. Its a plain Jane car but I like it.
Its a 1993 TCA convention car. 6-48482. Great Northern. This car was only 19.99 plus shipping. A good
price for a convention car. No one else bid on it so I got it for start price. Car is NIB. Box has some minor
shelf wear.

We have a nice sunny day in Missouri today but sun was behind the car, not shinning
on this side of car, sorry but I have other things to do today and could not wait for sun to come around.

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