I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Hopefully things are getting back to normal now. Updates will be more regular, but with the layout approaching complete except for detailing, there may not be enough for a post everyday.
I'll start with the biggest first. I am very happy that I finally finished my GP7r conversion project. #23 is finished, weathered, and in service on the layout. It started life as a standard Atlas GP7 just like #60 behind it in the pictures. Like all of the locos in my roster, it has DCC and sound and a current keeper.
I built and installed a variety of track bumpers and stops this week.
I built a wooden stake body for a Promotex tractor that I had on hand. This will eventually carry propane tanks for delivery.
Speaking of trucks... I can't believe how competitive the market for HO scale trucks for the grain industry is. I have finally managed to acquire 3 bulk grain trucks and the first arrived this weekend.
I grabbed some ties out of the bag that are stained to look new and glued up some bundles for the MOW work train that I am detailing. Still need to figure out banding. Will try cutting kapton tape into strips and see how it looks.
I got a couple of generic houses in a lot recently. I had an empty spot and decided to plant a few house lots. I started on the first one this week.
I have started building a few unloading racks for tank cars this week. Here is the first one getting its base coat of paint next to a batch of spike kegs destined for the work train.
That's it for this week! Thanks for looking. The blog will be going back to updates being posted on the day I do the work, so check back often. See you soon!