Friday, October 31, 2008

Bachmann HO scale Union Pacific GP-40, late 80s...

...with the Kader (pronounced with a noticeable hiss by knowing modelers) drive...not exactly a shining moment in model railroading history. This one I rebuilt from---you got it---more bits found in the barn loft lot. It combines drive bits salvaged from an earlier release found in the same lot. This one featured the notorious cracking plastic axles common to '80s era Bachmann. The earlier release had steel axles sharing a gear box that dropped in place of the newer, less desirable drive parts. A detail to note is that the number boards are painted over with a black background to represent how they would look in real life, a detail not often done 'til recently even on upper end models.





Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bachmann HO scale Santa Fe extended vision caboose...

Rebuilt from parts found in the barn loft haul, I don't know if it's an accurate model but it has a very nice multi-tone paint job nonetheless. I've since changed out the trucks to roller bearing type. Shown here compared to Tyco's massive model of the same car, I find it interesting that Tyco put a see thru stack on the chimney---a detail found on very few high end models, much less toys---yet still made it at least 15% too large.




Yep...the stack on the Tyco car was installed that way in the factory...sigh...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday's Word...

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

As I write, it seems the prevailing concern among people everywhere is – what's going on with the economy? I've probably been asked more questions about the economy in the past two months than in my entire lifetime. People are watching their wealth dissipating and dwindling away. Reflecting on these material losses reminds me of a story about a lady who perished in Pompeii in the first century.

Pompeii was a flourishing city in Southern Italy until 79 AD. Suddenly, for two days Mt. Vesuvius erupted and completely destroyed Pompeii in all its pomp. The city was covered in meters of ash and pumice for 1700 years until it was accidentally discovered in 1748. When archaeologists began excavations in 1910 they uncovered a petrified woman clutching some of the finest jewelry ever recovered from the ancient world. She was apparently attempting to flee the doomed city, and in her haste, holding desperately onto her valuable possessions – she lost her life.

During its time Pompeii was a magnificent city, yet it's destiny was destruction by a nearby volcano –- and so it is with our world today. There's so much beauty on our planet earth –- yet its destiny is certain! The day is soon coming when it's elements will be destroyed with fire, the earth and everything in it, laid bare, [2 Peter 3:10] –- and our earthly possessions will not come with us into glory, (only what we have done with them).

As the Apostle Paul said, we came into this world with nothing – and when we leave this world, we take nothing with us. We can make the mistake of holding too dearly onto our earthly possessions, making them our "treasure", (rather than storing treasure where moth and rust do not corrode etc.) – but this is a costly error, as illustrated by our "petrified lady". Instead, let's remind ourselves that we are stewards of God's possessions, responsible to use them with His interests in mind, to further His Kingdom with the things He has entrusted to us. With so much work to be done, let's never allow our earthly possessions to petrify us with greed or fear thus preventing the eternal work we were preordained for, and stealing our eternal rewards.

Worthy Ministries

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

How to keep dust off of your model trains...

Oh yeah, it can be done...

My workbench...

Sometime ago, I came up with this brilliant idea to incorporate my hobby work area into a cherry chest I was given that sits in my living room. I keep all my paints and supplies in there, as well as any ongoing projects. Because of my Bible studies, My chest is now a literal literary catchall and my work is now done on a 10" round stool in front. That's a G.I. Joe locomotive getting hacked up into an On30 Climax at the moment.


It would seem that, at this time, Matthew Poole, Matthew Henry, A.W. Tozer, Derek Kidner and James Strong are ensuring that my priorities are kept straight.

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Minneapolis and St. Louis HO scale boxcar...

This one came by way of a evidence locker cleaning, three cars and a Tyco "Spirit of '76" Seaboard Coastline Alco Century 430 locomotive. It has the original sprung trucks and opening doors. I weathered it with dirty thinner that I keep especially for such effects, streaking a bit of flat gray and rust in with the downward strokes. I finish it with a dusting of light gray pastel chalks and straight Testor's rust/rubber/flat brown paint on the running gear and wheelsets, topped off with a coat of #1311 Krylon Matte Finish.


Monday, October 27, 2008

Fine Scale Miniatures Barnstead Lumber Company...

...$49.95 back in the day.

Mainline Modeler Jan/Feb 1981 original ad

Yes, there was a time when they were somewhat affordable...sigh...this one is located at the club layout. My Athearn Hustler is switching it out this day...




Sunday, October 26, 2008

A.W. Tozer, 1 Timothy 5:24- 6:21

Failure and Success: Crowds at Any Price

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge-by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith...---1 Timothy 6:20-21

The crowds-at-any-price mania has taken a firm grip on American Christianity and is the motivating power back of a shockingly high percentage of all religious activity. Men and churches compete for the attention of the paying multitudes who are brought in by means of any currently popular gadget or gimmick ostensibly to have their souls saved, but, if the truth were told, often for reasons not so praiseworthy as this....

Our constant effort should be to reach as many persons as possible with the Christian message, and for that reason numbers are critically important. But our first responsibility is not to make converts but to uphold the honor of God in a world given over to the glory of fallen man. No matter how many persons we touch with the gospel we have failed unless, along with the message of invitation, we have boldly declared the exceeding sinfulness of man and the transcendent holiness of the Most High God. They who degrade or compromise the truth in order to reach larger numbers, dishonor God and deeply injure the souls of men.

The temptation to modify the teachings of Christ with the hope that larger numbers may "accept" Him is cruelly strong in this day of speed, size, noise, and crowds. But if we know what is good for us, we'll resist it with every power at our command.
---The Size of the Soul, 117-119.


(24) Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

(25) Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

(1) Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

(2) And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

(3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

(4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

(5) Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

(6) But godliness with contentment is great gain.

(7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

(8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

(9) But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

(10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

(11) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

(12) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

(13) I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

(14) That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

(15) Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

(16) Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

(17) Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

(18) That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

(19) Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

(20) O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

(21) Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
---The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.---

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tyco GP-20 kitbash, Part II...

I found from Colin in the Netherlands that Life-Like offered one in their Proto 2000 series, along with Walther's. An interesting note is that P2K locos are usually equipped with Athearn drive parts, making this a less than original idea.

The frame is cut and reassembled. At this point I hard wired the motor, one of the most basic modifications one can do to improve the performance of Athearn Blue Box locomotives.





I then filled in the front and rear pilots and built up coupler mounting pads to take Kadee #5 couplers. I modified their draft gear by filing off the backs of the boxes to the spring to help make clearance for the trucks. I also installed stops for the body shell. I hope to figure out a way to screw mount the shell, it fits snug but I'm still unable to lift it from the track by anything but the fuel tank.




The rear only needed a few bits trimmed flat for the drive to sit even...


Here it is, assembled and ready to go...


As I figured, it pulls like an ox and runs even with my Atlas GP-40, making for a good mu'ed pair pulling long trains at shows. At this point, I'll be pulling back as I haven't decided the next course of action. I still need one handrail and I'm pondering just how detailed I'd like to go---grabs, lift rings and all or, a simple touch up and run it as a "stock" Tyco sleeper? I still have to come up with paint matches as well. Time will tell, until then, I'll be running it as is just to enjoy the sight.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tyco GP-20 kitbash...

...while the folks at the Tyco forum hash out the rules to their contest, I'm already going ahead with my bash. I'll be melding a Tyco GP-20 "Chattanooga" diesel shell to an Athearn GP-35 mechanism. Initial tests show a near drop in fit that lead to the next step---cutting a perfectly good Athearn frame up.

I started by cutting a gap into the front and rear footboards and plugging the slots on the shell...


...then lopping off about a half inch of the Athearn frame, front and rear.



No Athearn trains were harmed in the making of this How-To. I received the locomotive in a good ol' boy trade. It came with a paint job that would make a school girl sob at the carnage. When I received the barn loft haul, it contained no less than 6 of these Tyco geep shells. As far as I know, Tyco was the only company to ever produce one in plastic. Noting the close dimensions of each locomotive, I felt the Athearn would rather spend its daze toting a Tyco shell than hiding in shame in the corner of my work bench. The "Chattanooga" paint just screams to be released onto an unsuspecting crowd of rivet counters at the local train show...

No, I don't take this hobby too seriously, do I?

No blog is an island... amazes me how far one's work can reach in this computer age...

free counters

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Blue Angels 2008

Took the family to see and meet the Blue Angels Navy flight group yesterday, always a treat...







What's that got to do with model trains?

Not a thing...ain't it great?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday's Word: Psalms 119:97-114

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word. Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law. The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end. I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tyco, Talgo trucks and horn/hook couplers...

In May, 1967 they were not considered anathema but a legitimate solution to rolling abilities and coupling issues. While truck mounted couplers soon showed themselves to be less than desirable---the forces of pushing and pulling a train are applied to the truck and not to the car body, making them prone to derailment---the horn/hook became an industry standard and is still found on 85% of new HO rolling stock sold today.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Bachmann HO scale Santa Fe MDT Plymouth 6 wheel diesel...

...yup, 'nother barn lot rescue. Somewhat larger than HO scale, many of these end their lives as On30 kitbashes.


I had to replace the horns, other than that, it is as found.

UPDATE: As is typical with most 80s Bachmann, the plastic gears were found to be cracked on two axles, something most of their locomotives back then were notorious for, even when brand new in the box. I can live with that for now as a switcher of this size in real life was only good for 5-8 cars in regular use anyway.

After a clean and lube, I took a moment to swap traction tired drivers as one was put on a brass wiper contact point. By moving it, I kept the traction ability of the tire but still improved electrical pickup, since the rubber tire would limit pickup only to moments when the flange would touch the rail. As you can see, the locomotive had been run very little in the last 20+ years.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Deuteronomy 10:11-11:28

(11) And the LORD said unto me, Arise, take thy journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give unto them.

(12) And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

(13) To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

(14) Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD'S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

(15) Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

(16) Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

(17) For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

(18) He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

(19) Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

(20) Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

(21) He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

(22) Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.

(1) Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

(2) And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

(3) And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

(4) And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;

(5) And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;

(6) And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

(7) But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

(8) Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;

(9) And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

(10) For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:

(11) But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

(12) A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

(13) And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

(14) That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

(15) And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.

(16) Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

(17) And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

(18) Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

(19) And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

(20) And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:

(21) That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

(22) For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

(23) Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

(24) Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.

(25) There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

(26) Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

(27) A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:

(28) And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tyco #248-21 Twin F9 diesel in Santa Fe's classic "Warbonnet" paint...

...easily one of the best loved and most recognized locomotive/paint combinations, regardless of brand. Yet another recovery from the barn loft box lot, these were mint in the box. The only real flaw on these would be the coupling. They are spaced 8 scale feet apart, in real life there should be about 3 feet between them.


Friday, October 17, 2008

AHM HO scale Alco RS2 Southern Pacific... of the later ones with 8 wheel drive, yet another barn loft junk box rescue. The Southern Pacific never owned any RS2s.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Psalm 30

---A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.--- I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Mattel HO scale Mach 5...

Still reeling from the outstanding flop of his first major motion picture, Speed Racer takes up delivering pizzas for some part time coin, hoping the DVD sales will make up the rest. He's been spotted around Selbyville recently, hoping the economy hasn't hit the girls in the clothing store and Sternly Hardcase at his garage so hard that they can't cough up a good tip...



Now, while you Mattel folks are at it, how about making...

---"Batman Begins" Tumbler
---"Back to the Future" DeLorean
---Racer X's car (the real one, not that goober movie thingie)
---"Better Off Dead" '67 Camaro SS

All in 1/87 of course...I can think of more but this'll be a good start.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday's Word, A.W. Tozer...

Failure and Success: Quantity Rather Than Quality

But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness-God is witness.---1 Thessalonians 2:4-5

Time may show that one of the greatest weaknesses in our modern civilization has been the acceptance of quantity rather than quality as the goal after which to strive....

Christianity is resting under the blight of degraded values. And it all stems from a too-eager desire to impress, to gain fleeting attention, to appear well in comparison with some world-beater who happens for the time to have the ear or the eye of the public.

This is so foreign to the Scriptures that we wonder how Bible-loving Christians can be deceived by it. The Word of God ignores size and quantity and lays all its stress upon quality. Christ, more than any other man, was followed by the crowds, yet after giving them such help as they were able to receive, He quietly turned from them and deposited His enduring truths in the breasts of His chosen 12....

Pastors and churches in our hectic times are harassed by the temptation to seek size at any cost and to secure by inflation what they cannot gain by legitimate growth. The mixed multitude cries for quantity and will not forgive a minister who insists upon solid values and permanence. Many a man of God is being subjected to cruel pressure by the ill-taught members of his flock who scorn his slow methods and demand quick results and a popular following regardless of quality.
---The Next Chapter After the Last, 7-8.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My 2 Guyz contest entry for the month of October...

Help me out here, it's been awhile since I took home the trophy...

The orders are, "Bring it down." Too close to the main and Tower 2GZ, Hyram goes to the backhoe to get the chain saw out...

A crepe myrtle gave up this twig for my shot.

What do you think?

A hobby for the whole family...

...'nuff said.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fine Scale Miniatures HO-HOn3 Branchline Water Tower, $4.95...

...back in May 1967. Gotcha...


George Sellios is one of my favorite modelers, his Franklin and South Manchester Railroad has dazzled me for years. One can find the Gospel plainly spelled out in some of the signs on his beautifully crafted and weathered buildings.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

1 Corinthians 10:1-15

(1) Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

(2) And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

(3) And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

(4) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

(5) But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

(6) Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

(7) Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

(8) Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

(9) Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

(10) Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

(11) Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

(12) Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

(13) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

(14) Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

(15) I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

HO scale Campbell's Soup caboose, 1982

The Pennsylvania Lake Region blue caboose is a Life-Like issue that happened to match the Campbell's Soup one. Because the Campbell's one had a missing handrail, I swapped the two frames. If you'll look closely, you'll see the railings are mismatched on the Pennsy car, replaced with one from the junk box---a perfect fit but not a perfect match. I do not know who originally manufactured the promotional set.



It is a fascinating sub-hobby to figure out who had what mold and when. Everything was a drop in fit, even though the handrails were of a different design and manufacturer. More intriguing still is that the Pennsy car I have is not on Tony's page...hmmmmm.

Friday, October 10, 2008

AHM HO scale U.S. Army wide vision caboose circa 1980...

That's not a broken window frame, it's an incomplete injection. Quality control was a bit lacking, it appears they took over the Cox molds around this time. Maybe this one was made on a Monday morning or a Friday afternoon...



And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men...

Yup, still gotta get the barn dust offa that one...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Life-Like HO scale Black and Decker promotional boxcar...

The green stirrup step is a graft from a damaged #8490 car...still a bit dusty from its cardboard sarcophagus.


AHM/Rivarossi HO scale 0-6-0 Saddletank locomotive circa 1973...

...part of the box lot I recently received from up north. It has since been cleaned and lubed and a set of Kadee #27s installed. The silver accents are not original to the #5155-B model, lining it up to be the next candidate for a future weathering clinic.

The original owner knew enough about tinkering to add four OOO buckshot pellets---one under each dome and another under the fuel bunker---to aid in traction. It is quite a puller, pulling a 10 car train from a dead stop, even though one of the cars is one of my Masonite pad track cleaners.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wednesday's Word...Behold the Lamb...

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.---(Genesis 22:7-8)

John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.---(John 1:26-37emphasis mine)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tyco HO scale #354-A Santa Fe Piggyback flat...



Interestingly, the trailers were not interchangeable with their #903 Piggyback Loader/Unloader accessory. Note the Union Pacific trailer that came with my set has a small lip added to the roof line for the crane to lift it with, the #369A Sea/Land trailer does not.

As an aside, the dirt on the roof of the Sea/Land explains why I can get many of my trains free. It could be a compilation of chicken house dust, bat guano and/or any number of other organic (and sometimes living) ingredients found only in barns and old sheds.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Life-Like HO scale GP38-2 in Conrail and Santa Fe colors, circa 1980s...

...more from the barn loft treasure chest. The Conrail Geep had a broken step that was easily repaired, the Sante Fe unit was spread out in pieces between two boxes. Once reunited, it only needed a couple of #2 1/4" self-tapping screws to stand in for the retainer clips that went missing in the distant past. When cleaned and lubed, they will actually run quite well for toy train set stock.

Note the effort to make a more realistic product...the deeper relief on the truck side frames and the color matched handrails all speak of a marketing effort to draw and keep model railroaders, not just kids playing with trains. Also, the number of the Conrail unit is correct, an unusual bit of detail for a toy. The Santa Fe does not appear to be correct though Life-Like now offers the same unit number in Santa Fe's blue and yellow paint.



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Sunday, October 5, 2008

A.W. Tozer...

Failure and Success: No Past At All!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.---2 Corinthians 5:17

In our churches we often sing, "Arise, my soul, shake off thy guilty fears." But nothing happens and we keep our fears. Why do we claim on one hand that our sins are gone and on the other act just as though they are not gone?

Brethren, we have been declared "Not Guilty!" by the highest court in all the universe. Still there are honest Christians, earnestly seeking the face of God, who cannot seem to break loose and find real freedom. The grave clothes trip them up every time they try to move on a little faster. Satan uses their past sins to terrify them.

Now, on the basis of grace as taught in the Word of God, when God forgives a man, He trusts him as though he had never sinned. God did not have mental reservations about any of us when we became His children by faith. When God forgives a man, He doesn't think, 'I will have to watch this fellow because he has a bad record.' No, He starts with him again as though he had just been created and as if there had been no past at all! That is the basis of our Christian assurance--and God wants us to be happy in it.
---I Talk Back to the Devil, pp. 6-7


Psalms 103:1-22

(1) ---A Psalm of David.--- Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

(2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

(3) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

(4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

(5) Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

(6) The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

(7) He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

(8) The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

(9) He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

(10) He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

(11) For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

(12) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

(13) Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

(14) For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

(15) As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

(16) For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

(17) But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

(18) To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

(19) The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

(20) Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

(21) Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

(22) Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tyco #349 Autoloader double deck w/6 cars circa 1980...

Part of a box lot found in a barn by a close friend. Sure it's a toy but you know you want one...


The cars vaguely resemble an AMC Javelin and a Chevy Camaro. There were three of each included.