Come on back to the caboose and get a cup of coffee [or sweet ice tea] Part III

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  1. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Dennis, Glad to hear you got it. The pictures are not fancy, a lot of them are so I could remember where the wiring tape was after I covered it up with wall paper. One thing I will point out is that I don't always do things in the order the instructions call for it to be done, as you will see, in the instructions. Also remember any painting you can do before assembly is much easier than after.

    BTW, my daughter called a few minutes ago to let me know that she took granddaughter to AC Moore's to buy some dishes and silver ware with Christmas money. She told her Mom she wants to get a job so she can buy more dollhouse stuff (she is 6! ;-))
  2. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Don, You sounded sruprised when I told you our grass is still green, so here are some pictures to show you what green grass looks like. If it weren't for the stray leaves lying about and the bare trees, it would look like summer. In fact the grass is greener than it was in August.



    Chief, I mailed in my seed orders today. Need to get Geraniums started in January. Time flies when you are having fun. Speaking of fun, I finished taking down the Christmas decorations outside this morning and packed everything away except for the one snowman that stays put until winter is over. That is one job that I hate. Don't mind puting them up but hate taking them down. The weather was so nice today that it was the perfect time to do it. 45 degrees at 1:30 and Sunny, almost shirtsleeve weather.
  3. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Doug, Did you cross PA on route 80?
  4. kpolak

    kpolak Member

    Wow John, you must have a big basement! I've seen photos of your layout and it looks bigger than your house! :rofl:

    Welcome back Doug! Glad you had a good trip!

  5. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    Kurt, That is my garden shed, everyone thinks it is a playhouse. :mrgreen:
  6. Dr. John

    Dr. John Member

    John, when we lived in Mobile we built a playhouse for the kids that eventually became our garden shed when the kids grew up. Similar to your shed but not quite as large (or as nice!)

    Speaking of shirt-sleeve weather, we're having it here in Prattville today. Still overcast (and most of the state under a tornado watch) but pretty warm. I'm wearing short sleeves today and feels comfortable when I'm outside.

    Been playing around with my Garmin GPS. The bride couldn't have picked a better present for me. May purchase the extended antenna to avoid signal loss in valleys, tunnels, under bridges, etc.
  7. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Aren't those things neat? My FIL got me a Tom Tom and we spent the last couple of days playing with it.

    We used it yesterday going to the museum where my wife works and we may have found her another route that could save her a few minutes and also an easier left turn onto the main highway.
  8. ozzy

    ozzy Active Member

    El Camino?????? what year?
  9. Dr. John

    Dr. John Member

    Tom, yes they are! I'm a minister and do a lot of driving visiting members, prospects, etc. It will make finding addresses so much easier. Mine also allows me to download and play MP3 files and audiobooks. I'm downloading a book right now. I'll need to get a memory stick to add if I do much of that.
  10. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    BFOC threw a rod again :curse:


    At this point, the rods will come off and go into storage in the box. Lionel really screwed this up - pun intended. I really like this little train, but for the price the rods should stay on. I guess they saw this as a display only item, but I only buy trains to run them. Maybe I will try to glue again, but right now I'm not a happy camper.

    On a nicer note, Thomas and his people stopped by the Yard to check out the Hogwarts Express. It's taking a nap, recupperating from a recent replacement of the #20 car due to Newtonian physics.


    The BFOC (Buford) hopes that someday he can be a Really Useful Engine as well....
  11. Jonadel

    Jonadel Member

    Nice pic of Thomas, that's the one we have here for our granddaughter, she like to take the tops off of the passenger cars and take people for a ride. They are the old Fischer Price people her Dad and Uncle played with :) Sure glad we saved them.

    Dr. John--I think your GPS will work in the Valleys without an optional antenna, ours does. When you are in a tunnel it will cut out and nothing will help but it pops right back on when you are in the open again. My wife reminds me every now and then about what a wise purchase it was!

  12. wrmcclellan

    wrmcclellan Member


    The BFOC should still be in warranty. Give Lionel a shout and see what they can do?

    We have had one running on the Grand Central Terminal display since Thanksgiving and no issues. We have been impressed with its durability for such a fine thing.

    Been working on a Bowser 24 inch turntable for a layout. What a project. Everything requires extra effort and design-arounds to make it work properly. I must have about 2 weeks of effort on this thing and still a few hours to go. It does look very nice however and is pretty cool when it turns.

    Off with the missus to see Charlie Wilson's War.

    Later all.
  13. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    Jon, my brother and I blew up all the old fischer price people when we were kids - put lady fingers in the little hole in the bottom and the heads would shoot off like 100 feet or more. It seemed like a good idea at the time...

    Roy, the little screws keep unscrewing. I guess I could call them, but I was trying some of that blue goop that is supposed to lock a screw. The first one I did it on worked great. I'll probably just redo the 2nd one and do both front ones and then see what happens. They aren't stripped, they just won't stay put. Did you lube up your driver rods? maybe mine are a little too tight and so that's why they are unscrewing the screws?
  14. Laz...Yes, again this year I received coal, but we believe we have remedied the situation for future years. Chuck, instead of the Chief, will be providing my reference to Santa.

    Doug...Did you do the north or south route across NY?

    Roy... After over a year of running the TPC 300, everything is working perfect. Thanks again.

    Dr. John...T-Shirt weather?

    Jon...I'm glad it is your turn this year.

    Chief...When did I start to look like an elf? :confused:
  15. ozzy

    ozzy Active Member

    you talking about blue locktite? get the red locktite, its better/stronger . the blue dont hold anything, i use red to hold all the nuts and bolts tight on all my bikes,
  16. dbaker48

    dbaker48 Member

    Thought would try to catch up on a few thoughts......

    Jeffrey - Make sure your printers are connected to different ports on the computer. If you have more than one USB port you should be OK. Go to the printer and fax setup screen, then check properties. Have the printers designated for different Ports, and your problem should be resolved.

    John - Really surprising the grass is that green, should be brown if not covered with snow. The only thing that makes it look like winter is the abscence of leaves.

    Ozzy - The El Camino is 87, I bought it new, has new engine, tran, paint job. Got it when the '86 was stolen. (Had that one 8 months) The 87 has been stolen once, was very fortunate to get it back. I think we have 4 levels of security on it, takes about 3 minutes just to get past all the devices. Son currently is driving it, he's got racing stripes on it, and flame decals on the windshield. (Sun Visor area).

    Roy - I came reallllly close to buying one of those a year ago. Glad I didn't, we have one at the club and it has never worked. But noone has sat down and made a project of it either. Now its just a picture location.

    Tom - Don't need the GPS system here. Just travel toward the sun, then turn left or right. All you need to know, either end up with snow-balls, or tamales.

    Buckeye - I took a closer look at the REA Sound Car this morning. We are running it with the PE around the Chrismas Tree, conventionally. There is a magnet and a wafer switch on one of the axles, hence the chugs. Can't adjust the rate, but can adjust the volume. The whistle AND bell do well. We have it set so when the whistle blows it sounds like an echo. And the bell does well too. So far I am aware of 2 messages from the dispatcher telling the train to hold for clearance. It probably could be reconfigured with a different body. But it doesn't look bad either. I've really liked it and run it with a lot of different engines.

    Doug - Welcome back, glad it was a safe trip!!

    Chief - Now with this parade.... New's Years Day? Is that right? If so I will have to cancel our schedule with the Rose Bowl, and Pasadena.

    Going to Bed Bath and Beyone and pick up a home-brew kit, makes 2 gal, promotional discount now is $11.99 (Mr. Keg)

    Looking forward to a LONNNNG weekend, going to be closed on Monday. Need to see about checking the stores for that magazine.
  17. Jonadel

    Jonadel Member

    Ozzy--I would bet the farm that you ride an HD, right? That would explain why you use the red :mrgreen:

  18. cnw1995

    cnw1995 Member

    Hey, I was able to hack into the church's network. I'm over here whilst the bride directs a drama rehersal (sp), I will be video directing it - what a team. Glad I drove her over as I was the only one who knew how to unlock the front door and turn on the stage lights - LOL.

    Jon, that is the name of the hobby store in Cedar Falls where my wife bought my Christmas gift !! Are you far from it?

    John, yes, we took I-90/80 through IN, OH, the top of PA, NJ where it turned into 95, then NYC and Conn. 922 miles one way - sheesh. I am jealous of your green grass after plowing the neighbors driveway -

    Nick, I got a copy of Railway Modeller from my son for Christmas - the Dec. issue - only $13 -- it came with the neatest CD showing layouts and Peco-rama - that would be a neat place to visit.

    Brutus, sorry about Buford. Great to see Thomas!

    Don, is your El Camino in a parade?
  19. cnw1995

    cnw1995 Member

    Do those GPS units require a subscription or continuous connection to work - or are they self-contained?

    Roy, the GCT layout looked marvelous - I found another one sponsored by a Long Island hobby store in the NBC store. Running PolEx and NorthPole trains.
  20. ozzy

    ozzy Active Member

    i had a 1978 and a 1980 , wish i had an 1987 SS now.
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