Northwestern Pacific Railroad Network

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Comment by Mitch Valder on June 27, 2015 at 5:18pm

My favorite is "cold" beer.  Served "Lost Coast" for the open house.  Seemed appropriate.

You guys are always welcome.

Comment by Ed Merrin on June 27, 2015 at 5:10pm

Hopefully there weren't any geological shifts at the Scotia Bluffs there in the background.

Comment by Nick Lorusso on June 27, 2015 at 3:19pm
Mitch I'll bring the beer. What do you drink?
Comment by Mark Drury on June 27, 2015 at 11:56am

The next time I'm in Sacramento I want to visit your layout and drink your beer, too, Mitch -- well done!

Comment by Mitch Valder on June 27, 2015 at 9:25am

The National N Scale Convention came to Sacramento.  Two busloads of folks stopped by to see the NWP in my basement.  Lots of laughs.  And they drank ALL the beer.

Comment by Mitch Valder on June 27, 2015 at 9:24am

Comment by Trevor McGinnis on June 5, 2015 at 11:23pm

This week, I worked on two maintenance of way vehicles that will be on my NWP layout.  I used a Trident Miniatures Ford F-350 Crew Cab pick-up truck and an Atlas 1993 Ford Explorer.  Both were painted all white and were undecorated.

I added the detail parts to the F-350 and even managed to get a figure inside the driver seat.

The final step was applying the railroad herald to the vehicle doors.  I used Microscale's older decal set in N-scale (#60-4188).  This decal set is no longer available from Microscale.

I purchased three sets on e-Bay for a pretty good price.  The third set of herald decals will be placed on the Bachmann HI Rail Equipment Truck with Crane after I get it for Father's Day.  These vehicles will be placed around the layout, but mainly parked near Petaluma station.

Comment by Ed Merrin on May 11, 2015 at 6:28pm

If you mean by first run, the two motor type, the answer is yes. There may be a little fitting necessary because the lights are LED in the newer ones and the stick out a little.

Comment by John Peers on May 11, 2015 at 6:21pm

 Thanks Ed. I have been looking for information on the Bachmann GE 44 toners. I have two undecorated units from the first run.

I would like to know if the bodys are interchaingeable with the newer modles?

Comment by Ed Merrin on May 5, 2015 at 10:02pm

A very important question. These were the newer ones that came with their own decoder (which are dumbed down Lenz things that have little programability). I did have one older two motor guy that I installed a decoder in following an old MR article, but that was years ago, before I was doing any heavy operating.

I do have friends that use these 44 tonners on their layout, but their role in op sessions is very limited and they don't get a real workout. When mine ran well they were great. A durability issue. I still intend to use them in photos - I have more scenery to do before I can get that going - the P&SR part of the railroad is relatively naked. Maybe I'll get a second wind and overhaul them again sometime.

Meanwhile, I found a die cast 44 tonner by Keystone on eBay. It has a larger motor and the drive train parts look more solid. The detail is not up to the same standards as this is an old model. Might be worth putting a decoder in a trying out. If it worked out I'd have to find another somewhere in the world.


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