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mauricejg18704



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know if you will ever get to read this, but couldn't let you go with a word or two. I am not sure how things are where you live but many Libraries in The U.S. have free Internet, so you may consider occasionally checking in with us through that option. Thank you for sharing your modelling with us.
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Jordan



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mauricejg18704 wrote:
Don't know if you will ever get to read this, but couldn't let you go with a word or two. I am not sure how things are where you live but many Libraries in The U.S. have free Internet, so you may consider occasionally checking in with us through that option. Thank you for sharing your modelling with us.

What he said. Thanks for all the pictures and inspiration Peter, & all the best.
Happy modelling!
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giles b



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So sad, Peter. Thanks for all your encouragement over the years. Perhaps see you behind "Sisters" at a future show.
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Blackcloud Railways



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maurice, our public libraries usually have free internet, unfortunately our villages are (if they have any library service at all) catered for by mobile libraries. Basically a horsebox filled with books.

Plenty of pubs and similar establishments also provide free WiFi but again the problem in rural areas is that there is a pitifully poor connection. It's not just rural areas either, my own internet connection is often slow and I live on the outskirts of a fair sized market town.

Peter, as Giles says there's always exhibiting with Two Sisters... And you could take your laptop along to shows just in case they do have a decent WiFi service at the venue.

Either that or hop on a bus! My local service from Crewe to Macclesfield boasts free WiFi and it does not have a long flex trailing behind so I'm assuming it is using mobile phone technology. One advantage of being old enough for a bus pass!

Anyway, thanks for all the inspiration over the years. Cool
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Broadoak



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you can see I have returned with a new much cheaper and faster set up with Vodaphone.

I looked in from time to time at my local library, one hour free on Fridays. It was £3 per hour at other times, it was not always working on a Friday due to heavy demand which seemed to catch the server out at times.

I am now seeking somewhere to upload photos that doesn't upset my antivirus set up and is free of charge.

Glad to be back regards to you all Peter M
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Blackcloud Railways



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Peter. Very Happy

I use Wordpress.com for uploading photos, the site allows third party hosting so I can use the URL of the images uploaded to my blog to copy them here on MTI.
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allegheny1600



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Peter,
Welcome back!
I've really enjoyed looking through this thread, it took me back to many happy hours doing my US outline modelling. I never got as far as you have done so it always pleased me to see your layout and wonderfully varied stock.
I use Flickr, it is free, can store many, many pictures and when you get used to copying the bbcode, is very easy to use.
Cheers,
John.
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Broadoak



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that John, it's good to be back.

Regards Peter M
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Broadoak



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



While I was without a web connection I tried a small experiment which frankly didnít work as well as I hoped it would. The fiddle yard on my shunting plank is about four feet long and 8.5 inches wide it has three straight tracks leading from a three way point at the right hand end. The two middle tracks have a cross over at the left end. It sits at eye level when I am sitting at my desk using the PC.
I drew a typical feed and seed merchants premises on cartridge paper and glued it to some thin card. This I pasted to the back scene to give a low relief background for the trains. I was now able to sit at my desk and shuffle cars up and down using the station area of the plank as a fiddle yard. I will post a few photos to give an idea of what it looked like. Here is first by way of an experiment.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote











A few shots of a Mopac EMD SW1200 end cab switcher working in what I called Broadoak yard.

Peter M


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Broadoak



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There follows a selection of photographs of the various locomotives and cars that have worked the Broadoak yard area at one time or another.
They are in no particular order but show that anyone who is starved of cash or space could with a minimum outlay build a small switching layout. You only need a small baseboard, some track and a hand drawn/painted backscene to make a start. You could probably download some suitable material for a backscene if you didnít want to paint it yourself. All very basic I know but it works, the cars and loads have a destination and purpose which makes operation more realistic.












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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A selection of pictures featuring an SP Baldwin S12 switcher built for working in San Francisco. In reality the SP traded them in for more modern power, but with modellerís licence I have assumed this one is working out its days in south west Arkansas. The model is a basic Athearn blue box job with added details and modified headlights and is fitted with a Mashima motor.













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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These photos show that a small area at the front of the baseboard represents a sort of team track that allows trucks to bring in pulp wood to be loaded on bulkhead flats. The switcher then takes these to the interchange sidings (in my imagination) where they are made up into a larger train for onward shipment to the pulp mill in Louisiana. The team track can be used for any other loads in or out that take your fancy, it all helps to give the model a reason to exist.












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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favourite roads this time, a Rock Island a chop nosed jeep shuffling cars around.









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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the risk of being accused of favouritism I am posting some more photos of my pair of SP F7ís. I donít care, I really like them, they have a certain grace about them to my mind while still looking purposeful. The fiction being that the I&W are considering purchasing them for the regular pulp wood trains to the mill in Louisiana. Just like the real Louisiana & North West Railroad did.











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