Front-End-Friday

It’s a day late, I know, but here’s a couple photos of my newest engine:

This GP-38 will be used for light duty freight: a few box cars, a reefer, an open hopper, a couple tankers, log+lumber etc.  I bought this Atlas engine on e-bay.  It came with DCC+Sound and cost me $94, including shipping from Alaska.

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Track Plan

Here is a look at my track plan.  It consists of two outer loops and various sidings for industries.  The spur on the left will be expanded down to a coal unloading dock on the coast.  Industries in the center will include a sawmill where logs will be dropped off and lumber will be picked up, a liquefied propane unloading station and various shipping depots.  In the upper right corner, the cut out shows the two loops traversing a mountain via a tunnel.  There is a spare switch in the mountain for a potential helix.  This helix may eventually lead to a future upper deck where passenger service will be managed.  The layout is currently in one corner of my home office, there is a lot of potential for expansion.

NScaleLayout Grampy

Engineer

One of my nephews, Ben, came to visit today; and he wanted to run the trains!  Of corse, for a six year old, this means maxing out their speed!  I don’t have many sidings in my layout.  Since converting from Kato Snaptrack, I haven’t invested in many yet.  Maybe that will be a goal for this year: build up some sidings and industries to make operating a little more fun.  Then Ben can do more than run the train around the loop as fast as he can…

Migration

I’ve migrated my blog over to WordPress.  As a result, it may look slightly different but I feel its an improvement.  WordPress will provide me with greater flexibility and more options in the future.  One big feature I already like is the ability to share posts with multiple social media outlets.  Google’s Blogger more or less limited you to sharing with Google+ only, which I didn’t care for.

Box Car

Picked up box car # 8019.  Like with the refer, it got new wheels.  Almost every car I buy needs a wheel upgrade.  The factory flanges are tall and ride on the railroad ties.  Such was the case with this car. #code55problems

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Refer Gets an Upgrade

I upgraded the trucks on my reefer.  I removed the stock trucks and installed Micro-Trains Bettendorf trucks with short extension couplers. (PN# Micro-Trains N 00302021).  I also replaced the plastic wheels, which come stock on the trucks, with BLMA N PN# 9810 33″ precision metal wheels.

Plastic wheels replaced with metal wheels
New Truck with Knuckle Couplers Installed

Trinity RD-4 Hoppers!!!

I’m very excited!  Look what arrived in the mail today…