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  1. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Now I can Park and stage some trains!!
  2. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    I really don't know. The whistle says "Mountainview, Arkansas"
  3. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    I had a customer come in and ask if I wanted it. I gave him $25.00 for it . :-)
  4. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Here is is a picture of the train horn mounted on the wall.
  5. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Well, I worked for about 4 hours tonight putting down the tracks. Finally ran out of track but I got most of the yard put down. Used sheets of cork and nailed the track down so I could easily remove and change if I need it. I think it looked pretty darn straight. Now to get some more track to...
  6. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    The airstreams I got from Walthers. The lady is pointing at a stack of wood and she is holding a shotgun and telling him "to quick drinking and get back to work! "
  7. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    The chain pull is a train horn. I'm glad you liked it and caught the Eat Mor Chkin Cow. LOL
  8. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Ok, this is just a rough layout, no criticizing the track is crooked. :D Even though I use all PECO track and switches I decided to use my Atlas code 83 switches recycled from my old old Central Midland layout from 5 years ago. Hopefully, I can get all my rolling stocked smoothly through them...
  9. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    I finally got most of the staging yard built. After 1 year of having the wood and not getting it done, it is looking like something. Such a busy year and so little done on the layout
  10. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    I had a chance to do some scenes on some corners that were not very detailed. I like camping so I made a campground. I moved my cows from one area to this corner and added some fencing. I am actually ready for the cooler weather that will keep me working on the layout. ( I know a few cows are on...
  11. Ericsauto

    Don't forget to Check the simple things on your DCC engines.

    I notice that a lot of people were saying Marklin's 100 Ohm were hard to find or not made anymore and the went to 8 ohms. Some said the sound was lower which is ok by me because I turn my sound down. I only like to hear my sound from 4 feet away. I appreciate the input.
  12. Ericsauto

    Don't forget to Check the simple things on your DCC engines.

    https://www.micromark.com/Railmaster-High-Quality-8-Ohm-Speaker-Model-No-DS28RND-8 From what I read these are the best replacement to get better sound. What do you think?
  13. Ericsauto

    Don't forget to Check the simple things on your DCC engines.

    I have a A-B-C EMD f3 units from Precision Craft Models ( Old BLI). I have lost the sound with LOK decoders. I have been frustrated trying to find replacement decoders. Last night I tore them down and did some diagnostics. The decoders operate fine for my use but I really miss their sound. I...
  14. Ericsauto

    Looking for steam locos that smoke

    I have mostly all BLI. I have two MTH Loco's ( K-4 and NY Empire Express) and it takes a lot of work to keep them on the rails. Just replaced my traction tires on the Empire Express last night for the 3rd time. Never have replaced the BLI's yet and I run them the most. BLI Big Boy is just awesome.
  15. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Wow, I like that video. I know I have been promising people I would get back to working on the layout but this first year of retirement has been really crazy. Twin girls that are going to be 4 months old this week, parents health not doing the best and then I have been running for City Council...
  16. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Ok I lied. I said I was going to work on this railroad more during retirement. Seems retirement and I butt heads a lot. I have been busier now than I was when I was working. I am a business coach for 12 auto shops in the area, I am now doing Software training for a company that sells Programs to...
  17. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Bradenton Florida, my in-laws live there.
  18. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    3 months into retirement and I barely have fired up the layout. Very busy handling stuff with my brother's estate and finalizing my business transaction. Just got back from Florida and I hope to get time to get back on this layout. Twins girls are going to be here May 10th if she doesn't go...
  19. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Thanks Greg, I really appreciate that. Eric
  20. Ericsauto

    A new beginning inspired from my old Central Midland Layout

    Just an update since I last posted on September 29th. Model railroad work has slowed down due to a big change in life. On October 2nd of this year, I lost my brother of 60 years old and I am the administrator of his estate. ( which is a complete train wreck, pardon the analogy.) At the same...



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