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You'll notice some bunching and then taking out the slack. The trestle bridge is out of frame to the right. It has a pretty good hump (mistake), which makes for a lot of push-pull with the helper loco in the middle.

 

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Thanks Michael.

Not as super slo-mo as yours, but not bad for a pair of Bachmanns... and there's four turnouts being traversed. :)
 

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WS Windmill Kit

Broke out the WS windmill kit for the farm. The tower in the kit was scale ~ 15', which wasn't even as tall as the farmhouse, so it went in the scrap bin.

So, using 1/16" balsa sticks I started building a ~ 36' tall tower.

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Horizontal braces cleaned up.
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Diagonal bracing started. 3 sides to go.
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Sine the windmill tower is a lot of glue, wait, glue, wait... I have a 1926 White flatbed and mine carts from Wiseman going at the same time.

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"Vintage" Athearn Flat

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Stainless steel stakes. A new one for me.
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Kadee couplers and metal wheelsets added.
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A little aging on the deck... ready for the load.
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Wow, I've been looking back thru the thread and you've accomplished a ton! Very beautiful layout with an equally attractive season, the autumn colors really bring life to everything. Hopefully I can eventually create a layout half as decent.
 

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Load o' Gravel

Finally got around to correcting the gravel load in the Virginian hopper. On the first try it settled more than planned and didn't look right. After I had it looking right I did the alcohol then 50/50 glue/water just like track ballast, which is what it is.

The car is an old Varney. The car body was in the shape you see in the pics when I got it, and you can see - in the 3rd pic especially - that one end of it is warped. Probably stored away in a hot attic for years. I was going to toss it, but then said, WTH, it's already "distressed". Put on Kadee couplers and trucks and it rolls and tracks fine.

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