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ejshelton - Sun 16 Jul - 11:49

I haven't done a lot of work on my Z but I took Z to a show yesterday. Have plans to be at a show this coming weekend and also at the NTS. I also have plans for a display in Sept. So I'm busy with Z

ZRailFan - Mon 10 Jul - 21:48

Busy! For sure. But the good part is our hobby will wait patiently. (Thanks, Walt, for the kind comment in my blog...it's OK if nobody comments...I do it for myself...).

fairbanks - Mon 10 Jul - 00:58

I have not done any of the fun things I use to do.. I still love Z Scale and N Scale but now I need a layout to put them on.. It will come with time & I look forward to the time I can have free time.

fairbanks - Mon 10 Jul - 00:57

I think people are busy. I know my world has turned topsy turvy with both of my parents {Father With Severe Alzheimer & my mother broke her hip in March 2017} in a nursing home in Plainview NY.

southernnscale - Sat 8 Jul - 12:38

It seem people loose there interest in Z scale I thought they were all decated to the Z world, so they jumped track and headed for the town of Facebook and now that's doing the same thing. slowly !

circusbuilder - Mon 3 Jul - 12:24

I agree with you Walt.

southernnscale - Sun 2 Jul - 01:28

Happy 4th of July to every one this week end! We need to get back to the Z scale spirit!

tealplanes - Tue 27 Jun - 01:20

First time on in months. Also glad to see new photos........need changing more often.

ejshelton - Wed 21 Jun - 20:42

And I thank you for listening.....

soccrdad30 - Sun 18 Jun - 09:21

Happy Father's Day everyone!

soccrdad30 - Fri 16 Jun - 22:06

I got some ribbing from Ellen :) to change them.

ejshelton - Wed 14 Jun - 20:04

I agree Thom.....new photos are great!!!

rvn2001 - Wed 14 Jun - 14:37

It's good to see new photos cycling on the home page!!

southernnscale - Sat 20 May - 21:12

Prices changing for the better! but getting models to pass are getting harder for smaller models!

stonysmith - Tue 9 May - 19:47

Shapeways FUD prices are changing - many items will be cheaper.

southernnscale - Mon 8 May - 00:14

Johnathan you need to be more like 220% then you will be good to go! and on the right track!!!

stonysmith - Mon 1 May - 21:34

Catt's Back!!

GNFan - Sat 29 Apr - 21:05

More on Johnathan (Catt) from Facebook: "Hi everyone,the good news is I am finally home.,does it feel good. :-) I'm not 100% closer to 85% but I will take [t]hat for now."

stonysmith - Thu 27 Apr - 11:32

News of Catt from Karen:Good morning everyone John is doing fine. He has been at Mary Free bed. He should be coming home tomorrow (4/28) I hope.

stonysmith - Wed 26 Apr - 23:46

Shapeways Sale: http://www.shapeways.comThursday 4/27/2017:Enter promo code KINGSDAY2017 at checkout to save 15% on Orange, Red, Blue and White StrongFlexible (not FUD)

soccrdad30 - Tue 25 Apr - 20:39

Sorry Walt, I have not heard anything.

southernnscale - Sun 23 Apr - 21:02

Has anyone heard any more about Catt! prayers are with him!

masalowe - Sun 16 Apr - 21:26

I just listed 2 AZL AJIN BRASS engines on Ebay. They are an SD45 Brass Milwaukee RD and an E8/9A New York Central Diesel. Thanks for the privilege of using the shout box. These are beautiful engines.

masalowe - Wed 12 Apr - 14:40

I just listed a Z-Thek Brass Z Scale Electric Freight Railcar ET 194.11 in Wooden Presentation Box on Ebay. If anyone is interested. Lajos was a true Z genius!

masalowe - Sun 9 Apr - 16:13

masalowe has 2 AZL Brass engines on sale on Ebay and 1 Z Thek Brassworks engine. 6 days left on those auctions...

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NHRS 1887-07-23 ICC hears a complaint of racial discrimination brought by William H. Councill against the Western & Atlantic Railroad. Commissioner William Morrison finds 'That colored people may be assigned separate cars on equal terms, without disadvantage to either race and with increased comfort to both.'
NHRS 1918-07-23 US Military Railways orders 510 standard gauge locomotives from Baldwin. Destined for war service in Europe, their construction takes priority over USRA orders.
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My new AZL MILW Bay Window Caboose.

Is so awesome!! Not exactly prototypical, but Milwaukee Road none the less! So glad someone made this!!

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Milwuakee Road 40' Log Bunks

Here's a pic of the six, so far...

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Milwaukee Road in Z!

Hi all! I am attempting to model the Milwaukee Road in Western Wa during the early 70's. Lot's of Milwaukee to come!! My one problem was the Milwaukee road used old boxcars, cut down to flats, welded on uprights, and used them for log trains-no one makes those! So I did, using Micro-Trains flats and Stone Bridge Designs "Log Bunks". Looks good for me! I've made six so far, just need a trip to the paint shop!

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Turf Club

I am a bit timid about certain things, making changes to my layout among them.  I note that my previous blog entry said I painted the layout was in July and now in November I can finally say I have taken the next step.  

This past weekend, at GTE (Puyallup, WA), I brought my mountain layout, a bottle of Woodland Scenics turf powder, a bottle of white glue, and a spray bottle.  On Saturday, just as I was starting an inconsequential corner of the layout, Jacob, the son of the folks running a neighboring layout came over, asking what I was doing, and could he help (I felt like Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence).  Once I showed him what I wanted to do, he was at it like a wild man.  In under 45 minutes, my "chocolate" mountain was replete with turf.  Jacob approached the task with a concentrated abandon.  The result was that we had to spend about half the time it took to add turf to clean up powder from the table, the floor, and spots on the layout that didn't get the prepatory glue.  The latter was actually an advantage, as it left some bare spots where the raw earth poked through the turf - just like the real thing.

Jacob going to town:

By the following day, the glue was dry enough that my Sounder commuter train was making a special Sunday run:

(Next task: asking Becky Thatcher to the dance!)

 

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