On Track, with Deano

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by UP SD40-2, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. zachary

    zachary Member

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    deano those two streamlied locomotives are awesome e6a and a fseries im not to good at spoting funits but i am with the e units cause ive seen a lot of the southern railway musem thats close to where i live if i can find them ill post some pictures of them till next time zachary flowe
  2. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    logicman, it would have been no big deal to post more of those steamers on here, this thread takes a turn or two at times, but it always ends up back "on track":winki: .

    Ralph, i fully agree, the Silver Pilot IS an AWESOME engine:thumb: .

    Zachary, the first pic is an E9, the second pic is as you mentioned, an E6:thumb: . i only have one UP F unit, its an F9, I'll post a couple pics of it below:winki: .

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  3. zachary

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    deano ive only seen up to the e8 havent ever seen a e9 and what type of snow plow is on that f9 that is cool man thanks for posting those
  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Nice photo's Deano.
  5. logicman

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    thank you, deano.:thumb:

    I'm working on a Chapelon Nord model, so I'll post a link later. Meanwhile:

    Our most famous heritage railway, the Bluebell Line has special events on a regular basis. Photographer Derek Hayward is very generous with his beautiful copyright photos of the Bluebell line. Please read his comments at the foot of his web page.
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    E8's & E9's are essentially the same on the exterior. I think the only thing that varied was the motor.
  7. zachary

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    jbaakko thank you for clearing that up for me i didnt know that was the only change made im still trying to figure out that snow plow that deano has on that f9 till next time zachary flowe
  8. jbaakko

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    Can't help you with the plow, sorry. Hopefully Deano knows!
  9. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    Matt, THANK YOU!:mrgreen:

    logicman, GREAT LINK:thumb: , i always thought the steamers on your side of the pond were real neat looking:thumb: . i would really like to see your project when your done:winki: .

    Josh, there is one more tell tell sign on spotting an E9...but it only works on the "late model" ones, on the "later" E9's they dropped the light in the front door, leaving only the light at the top of the hood:winki: .

    Zachary, as for the actual name of that type of plow, i am sorry, but i don't know it:oops: . i can tell you in model form its made by Holgate & Reynolds, and its Walther's part #340-51. only a few roads used that style plow, mostly Eastern roads, and you could find them with or without the side skirting. they were specifically made for F units, though i wouldn't doubt it if some road put one on an E unit.

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    MY PLOW STORY...
    I was searching for UP pics online one night, and i came across a pic of a UP F unit with a large plow with skirting on it, i thought it was the biggest, gaudiest, most awesome plow i had ever seen, and knew i had to model it:mrgreen: .

    I immediately went to Walther's website and began searching for that type of plow, luckily, they had one, but it didn't have the side skirting on it like the ones UP had, i bought one anyways. I know its kinda weird, but honestly, the WHOLE REASON i have a UP F unit was so i had an engine to put that style plow on:119: .

    now that i bought the plow, i needed an F unit to put it on:119: , i decided to go with a Stewart brand F9, Stewart models makes a very well detailed shell, the motors in them run GREAT, and they are real easy to put sound decoders in:thumb: .(two pics of the Stewart engine before i detailed it are below)

    once i got the plow, i decided to make the skirting for it out of styrene, it wasn't hard to do, and i have some pics below to give you folks an idea of how i did it:thumb: .(i am sorry the pic quality stinks:oops: )

    SUMMARY...
    Well folks, all your previous assumptions are now confirmed, i AM a little off my rocker:toug: , i ask you, who else would by a plow first, and then by an engine to put it on:rolleyes: , thats right...Deano:119: .
    ANYWAYS, i have reposted 2 pics of the final results(again) below.

    till next time...STAY ON TRACK!:winki:
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  10. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    DOH!!!, THANKS for the info Charlie:thumb: , i thought i read they dropped the door light on the E9's, guess i am loosing it:oops::119: .

    after thought...i probably read UP dropped the light on the later E9's:winki: .
  11. viperman

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    Deano, is that Zephyr you posted, the one thats at IRM? It looks VERY familiar!
  12. zachary

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    deano thank you four your detailed explenation on that snow plow ill have to get a funit and that plow that is awesome looking till next time zachary flowe
  13. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    Steven, YOU BET that Zephyr is the one at the IRM:thumb: , its the ONLY Zephyr they have there, its the Nebraska Zephyr:winki: .

    Charlie, MY friend, again, THANK YOU for the prototype info:thumb::thumb: , i can always count on you for just about all my prototypical info needs:winki::smilie: .

    Zachary, THANK YOU:smilie: . just a note, not all roads had the side skirting on that type of plow, depending on the road your doing, a search would be advised:winki: .

    :deano: -Deano
  14. zachary

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    im modeling up and bnsf from all time frames from steam to modern times with some ns thrown in to till next time zachary
  15. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    Tsunami

    When i got my Y3, i wanted to try a Tsunami sound decoder for a few reasons, i have bought MRC's steam sound decoders, and Loksounds, both are good, but as with any sound decoder none of them are perfect, their are good points and bad points with all of them. i had herd many good things about the Tsunami, so i figured the Y3 would be the engine to try one on.

    i bought the Tsunami sight unseen online, i figured it would be like MRC & Loksound decoders, they come with a speaker, and with an 8 pin DCC plug attached to the wire harness...boyu was i ticked off when the Tsunami came and i found out this was NOT the case:eeki: . i couldn't believe it, Loksound is pretty darn expensive, but the Tsunami was $20.00 higher, and i got it on sale even:eeki: , so i paid more, for less:madd: . my only thoughts was "the sound better be playing some golden notes for the cost of it, and having to go through all the extra work to get the Tsunami to work in the engine".

    now folks, don't get me wrong, hot wiring a sound decoder in an engine is not hard, i have done it to EVERY Athearn diesel i ever had:winki: , the problem was, when i buy Athearn Diesels, i KNOW the "DCC ready" circuit board in them are junk, so i fully expect the job ahead of me:roller: , but this sound decoder was going inside a P2K, and they have FANTASTIC DCC ready boards in them, so hot wiring a sound decoder in it was NOT what i wanted to do:cry: .

    now i have a Tsunami that has no speaker or 8 pin plug on its wire harness, what am i going to do? well, luckily i had some extra speakers on hand, and since i have backdated my layout to 69-79, the extra MRC "modern" diesel sound decoder i had was the perfect candidate to steal the 8 pin plug off of:thumb: , so i guess my problems were solved:119: .(see pic below)
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    the first thing i did was to cut the 8 pin plug off the MRC sound decoder, notice i was careful and cut the harness so that i had enough wire left on both ends. doing this enabled me to use the 8 pin plug so i could attach it to the Tsunami wire harness, and i still have enough wire attached to the MRC sound decoder to hot wire it into a future Athearn diesel:thumb: (pics 2 & 3 below)
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    next i bared the ends of the wires, ready for soldering.
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    soldering the 8 pin plug to the Tsunami's wire harness was a snap, its just a matter of matching each color from both parts to each other, EXAMPLE: red to red, gray to gray, etc.
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    HELPFUL TIP: when wiring a bunch of wires together, i always tape down the wires i have soldered, just to get then out of the way:winki: .
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    now you folks might want to use heat shrink wrap to seal off the soldered part of the wires, but i found a couple years ago that hot glue works great for this:thumb: . after i hot glued each set of wires(pictures 7 & 8 , i hot glue them all together to make a cleaner looking install(not pictured).
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    now that the wire harness was ready, i soldered the speaker to the speaker wires. i am finally at the point to where i can install the Tsunami into the tender of the Y3:mrgreen: . i pulled the "dummy" plug from the DCC socket in the tender, and pushed in the 8 pin plug i had just attached to the Tsunami into the DCC socket in the tender. the Y3 had TONS of space in the tender for the Tsunami and the speaker, so installing it was a snap.
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    After putting the tender back together, the job was a done deal:thumb::mrgreen: .
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    All the extra work i went through to put an 8 pin plug on the Tsunami was well worth it:thumb: , the wheel spin to chuff sound is spot on:thumb: , the performance is GREAT, and the bell & horn is FANTASTIC:thumb: , all in all, i ended up really liking the Tsunami:thumb: . Using the DCC ready circuit board in the P2K Y3 was a GREAT IDEA:mrgreen: , but honestly, if the engine wasn't DCC ready, the story would have been MUCH different:eeki: .

    for engines that are NOT DCC ready, putting the Tsunami in would have been a nightmare:eeki: . on NON DCC ready engines, you would have had to buy a "cam kit" in addition to the sound decoder:eeki: , then you would have to pull a set of drivers off, attach the cam kit to the inside of a driver, then wire up a wiper to "read" the cam so the Tsunami could get the chuff rate right:roller: , CRIPES, i would have been so ticked off had i had to do all that, ON TOP OF hot wireing in the decoder & speaker in, i would have chucked the Tsunami in the trash and just bought an MRC or Loksound sound decoder and hot wired it in and been done with it:119: .

    FORTUNATELY, it worked out the way it did, and honestly, i an quite happy with the Tsunami:thumb: ...though i doubt i would get another one:119: .

    Till next time...Stay on track!:winki:
    :deano: -Deano
  16. viperman

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    Thanks for the pics Deano! Maybe I'll have you superdetail and add sound to my BN Athearn GP40-2 ;)
  17. jbaakko

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    Heck Deano, you about ruined the point, using an MRC speaker. I've heard nothing but bad reviews about the MRC ones. Seemed most people focused on the decoder, but I've read that replacing the speaker helped...

    Kidding about ruining it, hope it sounds as good as they claim.
  18. UP SD40-2

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    Really?:confused: , i have never herd that before about MRC's speakers:confused: ...well, I'll be the first to tell you then, that thats the biggest crock of...i have ever herd:eeki: , i think they sound just fine, and have never had ANY problems with them:thumb: . i guess its just a matter of "different strokes for different folks" type of thing:winki: , take Digitrax for example, MANY like their products, personally though, you couldn't pay me to use their decoders:roller: ...go figure:119: .

    :deano: -Deano
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    I'd still set my opinion, after I buy an MRC sound decoder... But the reviews make me leary...
  20. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

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    Deano....could you help me with THIS install?:gaptooth:

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