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These photos are from runs over the last several days at my house....more pictures to come....

First, some pictures from today. Dwight, Henner, David, and Joel all showed up for some great running. Unfortunately my camera didn't come out until latter in the day. Henner supervises the junior engineers:



David's new toy:



which winds up leading an unusual double head:



while a small crowd gathers:

 

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Earlier in the week, a certain unidentified Steamaholic just couldn't wait for better weather to pull his new coaches:



his only complaint was the rain was not to scale.....



my son's BAGARS teapot the same day



And in slightly less humid conditions, two K's pull freight:
 

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Many of the runs have been at night, including Christmas Eve....however capturing the lights has been problematic, especially since I've been to busy/lazy to bring out the tripod. In addition to the Christmas lights on the house and track, all the (model) buildings have interior and Christmas lights, engines have headlights, my Christmas passenger cars are lit, and the breakman at the end of the Christmas train holds a working lantern...I'll keep trying to get some better photos...






 

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You guys are having waaaaay too much fun! Thanks for the pics.
 

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Posted By Mark Scrivener on 12/26/2008 10:31 PM
These photos are from runs over the last several days at my house....more pictures to come....

First, some pictures from today. Dwight, Henner, David, and Joel all showed up for some great running. Unfortunately my camera didn't come out until latter in the day. Henner supervises the junior engineers:








Mark,
Apart from supervising the younger engineers I also ran my Betsy (Saddle tank in progress):



Regards
 

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Thanks Henner. My camera duties were delinquent earlier in the day and I missed many fine locomotives. The rivet detail on the saddle tank and the end buffers are looking very nice.
 

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Henner,
That is a great little engine. I see you've used what looks like the standard accucraft Ruby cylinders again!
 

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Mark,
Great photo's! Wish I was closer and could have stopped by.

Thanks for all the advice earlier in the month with my front yard layout questions. All ran well. Better than any of the 2 previous years. And I have ideas already, of course, to make it better NEXT year. A few more evenings of running trains in the front yard before it comes down till next Christmas.

Happy New Year,
Paul H.
 

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Mark,

I like the Christmas lights on your passenger cars (like this section I copied from your photo).



I haven't seen "miniature" Christmas lights in the local stores (i.e. Target, WalMart, Sears, etc.) Were do you get them? Are they battery powered? Are they LED?
I'd like to try something similar for my passenger cars next year (actually this year since it is 2009 already).


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Hi Don,

My wife picked them up at Michael's. They run on 2 AA's (3V) and all the lights are parallel LEDs, so you could cut the string shorter if needed. I'm told they are available in white too. For the run with Joel's cars we simply placed the battery box on one of the end platforms and wrapped the lights around the roof vents to hold them in place - no tape, glue or modifications to lights or car. A single string covered 2 cars. On my buildings I have used some of these lights as exterior Christmas lights. The battery box is removed and power supplied by a transformer. The lights are glued to the roof line with CA.

Looking forward to see what you do with them next year!

Happy New Year!

Mark
 

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Hi Cale,

I was hoping to take some video of the teapot today, but it has been raining all day. Better weather is forecast tomorrow and my son and I plan to run his teapot.


Mark and Caelan
 

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OK, here it is, the final photos of the 2008 holiday runs, including Cale's requested tea pot photos, videos.....

First the teapot...



Caelan (my son) built the wood frame for this loco completely unsupervised when he was 7. I discovered him sitting on the garage floor during a steamup one afternoon with a small hand saw, a pile of scrap lumber, and some wood glue. When I inquired what he was building he said "a steam train". So, I drug out the Midwest stationary engine kit and helped him with the metal bits. The wood and weathering were all done without any assistance from dad. Three years later (and a boiler fire or two) she looks and runs great.



Here she pulls a work train build from Ozark kits - a shop car and an oil car.


And as promised, a video of the teapot in operation:
 

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Finally,

The Polar Express makes one last freight run and disappears into the great white north until Christmas 2009.....
 

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You must be very satisfied having stuck with the Berk and finally achieve the performance level that makes this engine not only attractive but impressive in motion.
 
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