lionkingcmsl: (hardday)
On Tuesday I will tender my formal resignation to the Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club, not that I want to.

They are great group of guys and had welcomed me with open arms. They are very impressed with my electrical knowledge and wiring skills. Many had opined the layout has never run better.

So why quit? Simple; money, or rather the lack of it. It is not just $25 a month dues, but the gas it takes to run back and forth. I burn a little over a gallon in one round trip. The truck needs new front tires and a front end alignment.

I am seriously thinking of giving Maggie up because I lack the financial resources for her "upkeep". That being said how, in good conscience, can I give her up and still be a member of an organization that is costing me money?

As far as they know a "friend", who is a financial adviser, called me today and told me that I had to give up all unnecessary financial commitments, and that meant the club. They understood, especially when I told them that I was thinking of giving up my pussycat that I have had for 14 years. Kamau, your phone call was in perfect timing so they knew I had gotten a phone call and stepped outside to talk.

I'm not looking for pity or help, just laying the facts out in the open.
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
Here is a short video of the 17 car Coast Daylight near "Summit" of the Patcong Valley Model RR Club:

The train is being pulled by a set of PA-PB-PA units. The tri-unit diner is missing from the train as it was being a "problem child". The problem of the shorting of the layout disappeared; partly due to he fact I oiled all of the cars' journals (bearings) and not running sound equipped steam locomotives. The locos are Life-Like Proto 2000 units, with only the two A units powered.

I did get the tri-unit diner in the consist, and the PAs pulled the train without problem.

In the background you can see two of the members of the club. The gentleman on the left, in the orange shirt, is Gene and I've become his defacto second on signal related problems. :=3

The unfinished area will become a city/seaside scene which is now under construction.
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
I've been going to the PVRR Club for three weeks now and they've readily accepted me, though I'm not a full member, yet. It seems they are impressed and grateful for my skills and being able to grasp problems quickly and then knowing where to look to solve said problems. A lot of that comes from working in 2-way radio. :=3

On Saturday, May 23rd, I did a little more running of my equipment. It was decided to run only 8 cars of my Daylight set, so they could be broken in a few at a time. Here is a photo of the GS-4 nosing around a curve:

After running that I got out the RDCs and let them take their laps.
Here are some shots of them sitting at a passenger station:



In the second shot the glare is from the plexiglass that is used to protect the layout from visitors. The station is the first thing a visitor sees when they enter the layout room from the "ticket office".

here is a short video of the RDCs passing "Summit Station".

Yes, I know there is a window missing on the last RDC. I have to glue that back in as well as paint the under carriages black.
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
Some of you may remember last year when I finally got all the cars to complete the 20 car SP Coast Daylight and groused that my bar was not the proper place to photograph it, as seen in this photo:

Just for s&g I set up the train on my 4x8 (1.2192m x 2.4384m) layout to see how it looks. Here is the photo of a 20 car train on my layout:

Well, I've been going to the Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club, which is local to me, and applied for membership. Now, before anyone yells, it will be at least 6 months before I can become a member, as they are at their membership limit, and start paying the $25 a month dues.

However, they were kind enough to say, "If you come around on Saturdays and we're not doing anything, you can run your equipment." :=3

That was on Thursday night. One of the guys was running equipment after the meeting and I asked if I could run my Daylight set. He asked if I had it with me, and I said, "Of course."

After a bit of a problem with the tri-unit diner staying coupled together we got everything on the move and it became readily apparent that the train is very heavy and the stock BLI GS-4 will not haul it. So we spliced in a club owned E8, after the GS-4, and it was off and running. However it became apparent that the club layout doesn't like 20 lighted cars on one train. Every so often the overload buzzer would sound and everything would shut down for a moment or two.

Here is a photo of just the GS-4 and the 20 car train:
The observation car has just cleared the fascia board in the background.

After running that a bit and realizing it was more problems that it was worth I got out my 4 car P-RSL Budd RDC set, from Walthers and Life-Like Proto 1000. The end cars are the newer Walthers units, while the middle ones are the older Life-Like ones.The end cars have people in the seats. Here is a photo of the cars running:

So, with the Daylight I have a place to run it. I also have a MTH GS-4, with traction tires, that could possibly haul it. If not, I'll double head the two GS-4s, as the SP did on occasion. :=3
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
I'd thought it be neat to show the passenger train differences from the 1840s to today; a difference of 175 years.


In front is the John Bull and its normal consist of 3 coaches. Behind is an Amtrak P-42 Genesis loco with three Superliner(tm) cars. From front to rear: coach, sleeper, Sightseer Lounge(tm). While the Amtrak equipment may not be in the current scheme it is equipment that most U.S. residents have seen, at least those outside of the NEC (NorthEast Corridor) where the Superliners won't fit through the tunnels into New York City and the platforms are "high level" and you could not access the cars. The sleeper and lounge were probably not even a gleam in somebody's eye in 1840. I'd wager that you could probably put the entire passenger load from the John Bull's cars into the Superliner coach alone.

It is interesting to note that the entire John Bull train set is just over 1.5 Superliner cars long. Each modern American passenger car is 85' long, except for those that Colorado Rail Car built for the Alaska Railroad and the Acela(tm) cars, which are semi-permanently coupled together and would not be seen combined with regular passenger cars.

EDIT: After checking I found that each John Bull coach can have 48 passengers for a total load of 144 passengers. A standard Superliner coach can handle 74 passengers; 12 on the lower level and 62 on the upper level. So it would take 2 Superliner cars to handle all of the John Bull's passengers. However a standard bi-level coach, with no toilet, for NJ Transit, which operates into New York City, can handle 140 passengers: 60 seats lower level, 20 seats mid-level, 60 seats upper level. So one regular NJ Transit bi-level coach could handle the entire John Bull's passenger load with only 4 standees. A normal week day commuter run from Trenton, NJ to New York City. :=3
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
I thought it would be neat to compare the lengths of the John Bull locomotive, acquired by the Camden and Amboy Railroad back in 1831, and the largest steam locomotive that the SJ&W owned, a Challenger 4-6-6-4, first built in 1936, 105 years later. I also have a model of the DeWitt Clinton, built for the MoHawk and Hudson Railroad also in 1831.


The DeWitt Clinton is in front, then the John Bull and then finally the Challenger. All three are even with their front ends. The only reason that the DeWitt Clinton seems to be further ahead is because it has no pilot, while the John Bull and the Challenger have one.

Some interesting notes about the trains.
The DeWitt Clinton was the first steam locomotive to be operated in the state of New York. It was built in New York and only operated from 1831 to 1833, after which it was scrapped. The M&H RR became part of the New York Central System which had a replica built. The replica still survives and can be found at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The John Bull was built in England by John Stephenson and then shipped to Philadelphia. When it first was operated it did not have the cab or pilot. Its original number was 1 and its name was the "Stevens" to honor the president of the C&A. It got the name "John Bull" because of where of it was manufactured and a reference to the cartoon personification of England, John Bull. Early on the smokestack (chimney) was changed due to wood embers setting fires along the track side and to passengers clothing. Early additions included the cab, headlight, bell and leading truck. Circa 1840 chief mechanic Isaac Dripps (I love that name) added the now famous "cowcatcher" or pilot. The train set, as pictured, is how it would have looked between 1840 and 1866, when it was taken out of revenue service. The famous picture of the John Bull and train was actually taken after the locomotive was taken out of revenue service. Amazingly the original John Bull still exists at the Smithsonian Institution in the National Museum of American History in Washington D. C. There is a replica, that was built by the Pennsylvania RR, that is displayed at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasburg, PA. The original John Bull is still in operating condition and was last under fire in 1981 for its 150th birthday! At that time it was the oldest operating steam locomotive and self propelled vehicle in the world.

The John Bull under steam in 1981!

The Challenger type locomotive was first designed by the Union Pacific Railroad and the American Locomotive Works (ALCo) and was first delivered in 1936. There are two surviving examples. One is on static display in North Platte, Nebraska and the other is in revenue service for the Union Pacific Railroad.

It is interesting to note that the Challenger is almost as long as the entire John Bull train set, while the DeWitt Clinton's entire train set is only as long as the John Bull's engine, tender and first coach. Also the U.S. went to two four wheel trucks (bogies) very early, as the 1840-1866 coaches, as shown on the John Bull cars, had them. Also note that the U.S. went to "corridor" coaches early as, again, pictured in both John Bull photos
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
In case someone was wondering what 314 H-O scale freight cars, all boxed up, looks like: I submit the following:

There are 313 boxes for 314 cars, as the bottom box on the far right holds two cars, as it was a double set.

This occurred because I was putting some cars away and I was looking for just one box. :=/

I am also rearranging the shelving in the hobby workshop to make more room.

To save anybody from counting the Athearn "Blue Box" boxes there are 169 of them, of all 5 different lids. :=3

Somebody commented my collection was "valuable". Extensive? Yes. Valuable? Maybe.
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
As those that have been to my den know I have a "hobby workshop" in the basement. This is where I do most of my model related work, as well as some electronic work.

Those that have seen it know it tends to be a class 1 disaster site, as you could barely walk in the room without stepping on something.

Well, last fall I decided enough was enough and I cleaned up said room and, horrors, did a wholesale bag and trash of things I didn't need or were just junk.

Surprisingly said room and workbench have stayed clean. 8=0

To that end I present pictures I took today of my hobby workshop. :=3

Looking into room towards workbenches:

Looking into room towards rolling stock shelving:

Looking towards hobby workbench from inside room:

Looking towards "tool holding table" from inside room:

Note the tool table and workbench are about as clean as they get as I'm always puttering around on something.

Now the shop in the shed is a different matter and I really need to get a 20 yard trash dumpster to get that straightened out. :=/
lionkingcmsl: (3d)

by LionkingCMSL on deviantART

This is a regional headquarters for the police department of my model/fictional railroad, the South Jersey & Western.

All skins are custom by me, as is the sign.

Building Set: Dreamland Models' City Block Eight
Crown Vics: DP Models
Motor home/Forward Command Post: KPL Original
Service Truck: IW Vehicles
Light Bars on truck and Command Post: S3D

Posed and rendered in Poser Pro 2014. Skins done in Paint Shop Pro 8
lionkingcmsl: (3d)

SJnW PD at station
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This is a 3D version of the Crown Vic that I posted yesterday.In translating from a 2D drawing to the 3D model I did not get everything exactly the same.

I can see this as an actual police car.

Station model from Dreamland Models, over at Renderosity. Ford Crown Victoria from DP Vehicles.

Posed and rendered in Poser Pro 2014. Skin done in Paint Shop Pro 8
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)

SJnW 90000
by LionkingCMSL on deviantART

A now for a photo of a real piece of South Jersey & Western rolling stock. :=3

This is an ex-Pennsy N8 Cabin Car that I acquired and painted for the SJ&W. I had planned to turn it into a mini-business car, but the car proved to be more rust than steel and it has been scrapped, though I still have bits and pieces of it in my collection.
The markers are Handlan-Buck kerosene powered lights, and they are marked for the SJ&W as anyone to my den can attest.

For more on the SJ&W you can visit
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)

SnJW Crown Vic police car
by LionkingCMSL on deviantART

Here is a SJ&W PD regional commander's car. As you can tell the "new image" scheme works well on a Crown Vic.
As a note the letters in the unit designation refers to what state the car is based in; in this case Illinois.

Tomorrow I will be posting a 3D render of same unit.

Painting blank by MisterPSYCHOPATH3001 .
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)

by LionkingCMSL on deviantART

One idea for a SJ&W police car. The scheme harkens back to the original scheme for the railroad. I could not get the "new image" scheme to work on this car.

The phone number may be an actual phone number, but in this instance it is a fake number as it would spell out, in the U.S., SJW RR PD.

Painting blank by the ever talented MisterPSYCHOPATH3001 over at Deviant Art.:=3

Done in Paint Shop Pro 8.
lionkingcmsl: (3d)

3D SJnW Material Handling van
by LionkingCMSL on deviantART

This is a 3D version of the paint scheme on the 2014/2015 E-350 Vans.

The model is from Vanishing Point (VP) Models, over on Renderosity, and is based on an old E series van.

I like how the "new image" scheme works on the van.

Skinning done in Paint Shop Pro 8. Posing and rendering done in Poser Pro 2014.
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)

SJnW 2014/2015 Ford E- 350 vans
by LionkingCMSL on deviantART

A material handling van and an employee shuttle van for the SJ&W.
For those that may be wondering why the two different shades of gray, the darker gray is used on freight equipment while the lighter shade, almost silver, is used for passenger equipment.

The van bases and light bars are courtesy of Misterpsycopath3001. He did the van bases after I requested them. :=3

My skinning was done Paint Shop Pro 8.

It lives!

Oct. 28th, 2014 02:06 pm
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
I "frankenboxed" an old computer because I wanted one with a 5.25" floppy drive. Remember them? :=3
I then installed the most modern and up-to-date version I could find - Windows 98. :=3

The reason for this was I have a lot of 5.25" floppies around and I knew there were some files I wanted to re-visit. One of them was dated July 11, 1985 and has my count of H-O scale freight rolling stock on it. No passenger equipment is tallied, but I know what cars I owned then, and it totaled about 40 different pieces compared to the 405 pieces I have now. Also there are no locos listed and I have only a vague recollection of what locos I owned at that time.

As for the freight equipment it totaled 92 pieces compared to 335 now. The car type I owned the most of was box cars with 20; today it is still box cars with 70 total.

It is funny to note that I had a total of 5 pieces of work equipment then. Today I have a total of 42 of which there are five 250 ton cranes, the total amount of work equipment then. :=3

In other news I am waiting to hear from Amtrak about a possible position. I have taken the first step, now I am in a wait-and-see position.
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
After thinking about the increased HP of a PA-9 it dawned on me that the radiator area on a traditional PA would probably not be enough. There is some over cooling capacity on a PA, but I don't think it would be enough to cool double a PA-4's (re-built D&H PA-1s) 2400 HP.

I re-imagined the PA-9 with a third shutter panel and a second fan. You lose the characteristic rear porthole, but that isn't required as there is no need to have natural lighting in the back, as there is no steam generator.

So here is the new version of a PA-9:
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
[ profile] jfox and I have had numerous discussions on how rail history would have turned out if the SJ&W had, indeed, been real. I envision the SJ&W to be on equal footing with the Pennsy; and the two railroads battling it out between the east coast and the mid-west. The SJ&W's headquarters would've right across the river, in Camden, NJ, from the Pennsy's HQ, in Philly.

One of those discussions turned to the American Locomotive Company, aka ALCo. I had always maintained that the SJ&W would have manufactured their own crankshafts to replace the ones in the 244-16 engines, to mitigate engine failures. In the same way the UP showed EMD how to turbo charge the 567, the SJ&W would've shown ALCo how to improve the 244's reliability. It was thought just as UP supported EMD in the lean years the SJ&W could have supported ALCo.

We discussed how ALCo might have continued the PA line to the present day and now would be offering a PA-9, with a 5000 hp 251-16 K series prime mover. It was also thought they could have replaced the traditional car body frame, with its truss work, with something like a frame off of a Century series, as was done with the Cowl units from EMD. I thought they would offer the traditional PA styling in a monocoque carbody.

To that end I present a conceptual version of a PA-9:

You will note that the steam generator hatch is missing; it is equipped with an HEP alternator. It is in the current SJ&W "New Image" scheme with FRA mandated retro-reflective safety stripe along the frame.

For sale?

Aug. 17th, 2014 11:22 am
lionkingcmsl: (hardday)
I am in the midst of cleaning up the hobby workshop. Horrors! The thought of a clean room and work table. The reason is that I'm unable to find things without digging through piles of stuff.

I had a thought as I looked around the room and in the the adjoining basement, where I have shelves of buildings and other things; "I have too much crap!

So the possibility exists that I may sell 99.9% of my model railroading stuff, save for a few select pieces. This would include buildings and everything in one lot. I'm not going to piece meal it out. Those that have been to my den know how much stuff I have. Would benefit a club. I would consider selling the different scales separately. I have H-O, of course, N, Z, S and O scale equipment. The one piece of G gauge I would keep, as it was a gift from [ profile] smrgol_t_kirin, and is a P-RSL Budd RDC.

Thoughts on what I should do?
lionkingcmsl: (Model Railroading)
I have bought a H-O scale movie theater and in keeping with model railroaders "honoring" friends and family I came up with this marquee:


I figure by this time Leona has accepted Tiffany's super star status and with Athena's help has gotten over her "issues".

I even converted the color Kitten Kaboodle shirt image to a movie poster. Once I get the movie theater built I will post a picture of it. :=3
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