"Scale Tinplate" Christmas

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Lady_Railfan

House Mother, Cheerleader
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Oh, My! She's beautiful!!! That is one fine paint job. I wish I could be a bug on the wall and watch the way you produce that kind of perfection.
 
#42
Believe me Claudia, you wouldn't have wanted to be around me during all the whining that went on while I trimmed the paint mask on the boiler. "Tedious" doesn't quite describe it. These AF boiler shells are more detailed than many hobbyists appreciate.

This diesel horn equipped boxcar was much easier to mask. The circuitry within it is designed to work with a regular AF diesel horn generator. Crude by today's standards, it still makes a nice, reliable "HONK".
 

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#43
The "official" Christmas shopping season is already a few days old. Occasionally, a local celeb or two may be found assisting shoppers...
 

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Sheesh. Some people are so anxious to get their Christmas trains they won't even wait for the trucks to be unloaded!:eek:
 

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CBCNSfan

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#46
It just keeps getting better and better! Thank's Chuck. BTW on our local newscast there was a guy with 2050 pieces of the three track O scale equipment, shelves full of it. I believe he said it was worth about $250,000. He had trains going all over the place. It was a rather large room, he built and wired the layout himself. One item he had was a guy shoving ice blocks into the hatch of a Reefer, pretty neat. Do they have somthing like DCC for that stuff? I noticed there was a crossover between two of the tracks he had trains on. It was a nice interview and quite interesting, but it was way too short. :D
Cheers Willis
 
#47
Thanks for the kind words, folks!


Willis...

There seems to be a relatively large number of people into 3-rail 0 gauge, and many of them seem to be "comfortably well off." If you hear about a huge, valuable collection and layout, chances are better than even it's 0 gauge.

There are a few guys with big AF S gauge collections, too.

The icing station you mentioned sounds like the Lionel accessory, which I believe was first made in the 1950s. Lionel currently has their own proprietary digital control system called something like "Train Master Command Control" (TMCC). If I'm not mistaken, it can control accessories as well as multiple trains.
 
#48
The holiday season can get a bit hectic in Tinplate Corners. Tourists, car clubs, shoppers, the whole place can get pretty busy. This particular local prefers to avoid it all by "going home to see Ma." Since penguins can't get driver's licenses, he's forced to hitchhike.
 

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Lady_Railfan

House Mother, Cheerleader
#49
Delicious, delightful detail!!! I look forward eagerly to each day's installment, and I'm never disappointed. I hate to think that everyone over at our Other Forum is missing all this. How about putting a link to this thread over there?
 
#51
As a local freight rumbles through Tinplate Mountain Tunnel, Cowabunga the Snowboarding Christmas Rabbit attacks the mountain by another method, bringing new meaning to the term "bunny slope"...;)
 

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Speaking of "comfortably well off," somebody in Tinplate Corners must be doing ok, 'cause they're getting some very nice Christmas presents...
 

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CBCNSfan

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#53
WOW!
Wonder if it's too late to move to Tinplate Corners for this Christmas and get some of the real cool gifts.
 
#54
The children of Tinplate Corners and the surrounding area are quite accustomed to the presence of rail traffic. Here a couple of locals prepare to resume their cross-track snowball fight as soon as the line clears...


Aahhh... Christmas vacation!
 

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#55
Many do not know that Cookie Monster is a railfan. He enjoys hanging out at RR stations, especially the freight station where his bulk cookie loads are delivered. There's not much room on the apron this time of year, what with all the Christmas shipments.

This prewar Chicago Flyer station is another building which was "somewhat less than mint" when we got it. After straightening and repainting the roof and base, the only parts left with their original finish are the walls. Usually this accessory carries different lithography, but it seems AF used the walls for their signal tower on this piece instead of the usual freight depot walls. I prefer the colors of this version, but there are no doors on the place! :confused:
 

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Lady_Railfan

House Mother, Cheerleader
#56
Chuck, you never cease to amaze me. Have you ever thought of putting this all together in a book? Your posts are always the high point of my day!!!
 

CBCNSfan

Registered Member
Staff member
#57
Hey! that's another new one!
Your posts are always the high point of my day!!!
I agree Claudia and right now I needed that to sweeten my sour disposition. Sheesh! you just can't deal with a dingbat. ( Not my wife) It's one who is supposed to be arranging a Christmas party. First it was a gift swap ( no one knows each other very well) then someone told her there would be problems so then it was off. The someone said something else then it was on again, so I spent $50 on a couple of gifts and some one told her maybe we should take something for the food bank, when I read the email I blew the cork! AH! well! life's like that. Thanks for the smile Chuck, cookie monster is always welcome around here.
Cheers Willis
 
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Well, shucks.

That's quite a compliment, folks! But if I put this stuff in a book I'd get sued by the producers of Sesame Street, Star Wars, Gumby, Rudolph the RNR, and a few others, not to mention Hallmark. Lionel would probably hit me up for a few bucks too. I'd be in big trouble, that's for sure.
 

Lady_Railfan

House Mother, Cheerleader
#59
Oh Darn!! I guess we'll just have to be satisfied to count ourselves among the lucky few who can enjoy your delightful creations!
 
#60
Back when a certain nephew of mine was a little tyke, he was heavily into Lego. He joined the club. Literally. As a result, he could buy special edition sets that weren't sold in any store. Since his uncle (me) is in "the biz", he decided to get me this TV truck set, complete with a camera operator, whose producers are always on the lookout for local talent...

Hmm. I'm thinking "flatcar load"...
 

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