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Ed Merrin
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Walthers SD7/9
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As many of you probably know, the long awaited "prototypically correct" SD9s from Walthers, due in January (they say) are now joined by a pair of SD7s in the 3rd of four numbering series.  They are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Merrin Aug 23, 2013.

 

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Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Anybody know the history of NWP MW 850? That's the old water car that sat in Petaluma for years. It was previously an SP MW car, but I don't know the number. I also don't know when the NWP "acquired" it. Any help would be…"
Jun 17
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"They're as close as I could get them. Four of them still exist, the others were tore down. They have all gone through multiple identities over the years, with various modifications. It's fun to trace their histories. What you see is…"
Apr 18
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"In answer to your question, here's two pictures of progress on Petaluma's Water Street, circa late 1950s. More details and backdrop work are underway. I'm giving a clinic on this Saturday at the PCR convention in Bakersfield."
Apr 18
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
Apr 18
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Okay, here's another. This is from a branch line that connects with the NWP mainline on Ron's layout. Note the "trim saw" inside the structure. I know nothing about trim saws but Ron told me that's what it is."
Aug 29, 2016
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Here's a shot from Ron Learn's HO NWP layout in Santa Rosa. The Willits depot is scratchbuilt as are most other structures on his layout. I have a few more that I took last May. Ron is still busy working on scenery."
Aug 24, 2016
Ron Close left a comment for Ed Merrin
"Ed, I'd be happy to help with your presentation.   My email address:  ronclose@comcast.net Best, Ron"
Jul 23, 2015
Ron Close and Ed Merrin are now friends
Jul 23, 2015
Ed Merrin commented on Richard Todd's photo
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SP 5280 in better times

"Too bad the sanding track at Willits isn't around somewhere. I'll keep looking."
Jul 16, 2015
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Hopefully there weren't any geological shifts at the Scotia Bluffs there in the background."
Jun 27, 2015
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"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."
May 11, 2015
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"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,…"
May 5, 2015
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"For about six years I have been using the HO versions of those to run the P&SR on my layout. However, I found them to be difficult to maintain with any kind of heavy use (each op session involved two units together doing a big switching job that…"
May 5, 2015
Ed Merrin replied to Matt Jacobs's discussion Best Ops releated area for NWP/CFNR layout in the group Modelers
"I would definitely keep Petaluma on the radar, but I don't think there's enough action in Schellville other than trains coming and going. But the two together would be interesting. Willits is great, but in the CN era it's a dead end."
Jun 10, 2014
Ed Merrin replied to Matt Jacobs's discussion Best Ops releated area for NWP/CFNR layout in the group Modelers
"I'm not familiar enough with what kind of operations the CFNR did in Petaluma. There were industries and interchange with the P&SR in the era I model (1958) but things may have been quite different in the 90s etc."
Jun 9, 2014
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Nice weathering job."
Mar 23, 2014

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At 3:00pm on July 23, 2015, Ron Close said…

Ed,

I'd be happy to help with your presentation.  

My email address:  ronclose@comcast.net

Best,

Ron

At 3:04pm on July 1, 2011, Matt Jacobs said…
Thanks for the greeting, Ed. Used to visit family in Petaluma. Spent many a Spring Breaks watching SP Geeps and SD's and then CFNR units. Miss being out there.
At 1:15pm on May 19, 2011, Mitch Valder said…

It's all good, Ed!

Is there somebody out there who knows NWP ops from the late 50's?  I glean bits and pieces but have not met an EXPERT yet.  Maybe I need to attend one of those NWPRRHS get togethers.

At 10:11am on May 15, 2011, Mitch Valder said…

Second the comments for Ed's article in Northwesterner.  I've been hearing about Ed's work for years but haven't had the pleasure to visit.

Fred has my layout penciled in for the next issue.  But Ed's made it a tough act to follow. 

At 12:34pm on May 12, 2011, Mark Drury said…

Ed, I really enjoyed the article in The Northwesterner about your layout, and wish the NPWRRHS would consider featuring a layout in every issue of that publication -- there is certainly plenty of great work to choose from, given the photos I've seen here.  Please add some of your photos to this network if/when you get a chance -- I would love to see more.  Regards,

 

Mark D.

At 5:42pm on September 2, 2010, Cyrus Gillespie said…
Ed, Steve Gust forwarded an email from you with a few shots of your RR. Would love to come down and take a look. I could even bring the SP10 for you to look at in person.

Cyrus
At 5:35pm on September 2, 2010, Cyrus Gillespie said…
Ed, Richard Todd has a photo in his Eureka Photo album of a close up of the Eureka turntable girder and one of the electric or air motors used to turn it. Not an overall photo of the whole thing but something to get you started.

Cyrus Gillespie
At 8:48pm on September 1, 2010, Mark Drury said…
Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Ed! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. I'm adding content daily and am actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury
 
 
 

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