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Hope you Get Well Soon Kev, we sure enjoy you being a part of the forum...for many years to come!
And Micheal ^^^ love the video ...and the consist of logging loads, did you make the logs yourself?
The chains on the BIG logs are a nice touch.

Today I started working on a few gondola cars I had gotten a while back, from the train show, on the cheap!
One was derailing for no reason.
So running around the track I found the back truck was screwed too tight to the bottom of the car.
Fixed that issue and got both car rolling smooth with metal wheels.
Train Vehicle Sky Rolling stock Track

On a side note about the car loads...
I bought a shoe rack for my dress shoes and the poles were captured in these plastic ends.
I thought it would make for a good gondola load and I used all 4 of them here.
Could be plastic coated wire bundles, plastic tubs, or something?!?!?
Anyway, my lifelike Proto 1000 GP30 was hammering going forward but checking those pesky wheel gears, I did not find any broken or split gears! I determined which truck was causing the hammering and changed out both gears to stop the noise but again both gears looked fine.
Train Rolling stock Vehicle Track Locomotive

I am guessing the teeth sckewed as it ran in that direction too long?
IDK...but thank my insite that I have a "stash" of those gears!
These GP30's are still selling (old stock) on E-bay for $75!!! Amazing!
 

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The logs are plastic on the first three wagons and wood on the last three. All of the loads were included with the wagons, the smaller diameter logs are from a company in the Czech Republic (or whatever they call it this week) and sold to PIKO.

The first three are Roco NOS from the late 80's. Chains were included, but I need to weather them. All of the wagons are 72'. The stakes fold down parallel to the length of the car so different loads can be hauled or unused stanchions stowed. These are all wood floored and there is a more recent model with steel flooring.





 

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Hope you Get Well Soon Kev, we sure enjoy you being a part of the forum...for many years to come!
And Micheal ^^^ love the video ...and the consist of logging loads, did you make the logs yourself?
The chains on the BIG logs are a nice touch.

Today I started working on a few gondola cars I had gotten a while back, from the train show, on the cheap!
One was derailing for no reason.
So running around the track I found the back truck was screwed too tight to the bottom of the car.
Fixed that issue and got both car rolling smooth with metal wheels.
View attachment 594843
On a side note about the car loads...
I bought a shoe rack for my dress shoes and the poles were captured in these plastic ends.
I thought it would make for a good gondola load and I used all 4 of them here.
Could be plastic coated wire bundles, plastic tubs, or something?!?!?
Anyway, my lifelike Proto 1000 GP30 was hammering going forward but checking those pesky wheel gears, I did not find any broken or split gears! I determined which truck was causing the hammering and changed out both gears to stop the noise but again both gears looked fine.
View attachment 594845
I am guessing the teeth sckewed as it ran in that direction too long?
IDK...but thank my insite that I have a "stash" of those gears!
These GP30's are still selling (old stock) on E-bay for $75!!! Amazing!

Thx hopefully my next surgery takes I just need to take it easy which is hard for me to do lol.
 

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I did but no cool videos.
Getting ready for company tomarrow so I made sure nothing derailed or looked hinky.
Wish I had finished the fiber optic stars on all 6 backdrop panels, only half is done.
Back to making cookies! 😉
 
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Wow, two Pennsy classics. That yard track looks like some pretty fancy footwork. The $60,000 question is do you think you will be attempting catenary?

Nice views, Dennis. Those steamers look so nice, like swans gliding over a pond.
 

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Wow, two Pennsy classics. That yard track looks like some pretty fancy footwork. The $60,000 question is do you think you will be attempting catenary?
There is no attempting I will be doing it eventually! I will stop right before the chimney as there wasn't and catenary past Harrisburg...
 

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Who makes US outline catenary in HO? I've seen it before on layouts, but don't know if it's scratchbuilt or commercially available.

European layouts have a variety of sources, but not sure about North American outline.
 

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Who makes US outline catenary in HO? I've seen it before on layouts, but don't know if it's scratchbuilt or commercially available.

European layouts have a variety of sources, but not sure about North American outline.
I forget who makes it but I plan on making the poles with my 3d printer and somewhere I have the other parts saved or I'll scratch build the wires...
 

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You can use Sommerfeldt or Veissmann wire. Wire is wire, but using raw wire will require soldering if pre-made sections are not available commercially.
 
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