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    Big toys for big boys.
    Pulls up to 10 ties per minute.
    inserts up to 6.
    I have 10+ to tend to with my maintenance crew.
    1956 M3, 51 Leslie Young Chang spinet, Korg Krome and Kronos

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    Now that's big iron. Got me beat - I only do modeling, in HO and G. Do you work for CN, CP, or a contractor?

    --- Tom
    Rodgers 660 with additional analog rack sets (practice), 36D/C in digital conversion, Yamaha CVP-107

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    • #3
      that is one of my smaller toys CN southern Ontario here is one of my Mega toys, currently in Coteau Quebec heading westClick image for larger version

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      • #4
        Mark 4

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        1956 M3, 51 Leslie Young Chang spinet, Korg Krome and Kronos

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        • #5
          Have been into Z for years but now live steam trains is more and more taking my time. Both gauge 1 (narrow and standard gauge) and now building my first 3.5". Funny how often trains and organs go together.

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          • #6
            same fascination with mechanical things I guess... Tesla's gadgets...Van de Graph generators...Theramins....Area51 (wow ...where did that come from LOL)
            ANY PICTURES?
            I love model trains and real ones and have been the conductor on a lot of freights when crew shortages happend until carpel tunnel made that risky. I have driven them for a few minutes only but was operator maintainer on a tie changing machine with 8 flat cars.
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            1956 M3, 51 Leslie Young Chang spinet, Korg Krome and Kronos

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            • #7
              Don't have much pics. This is one of the first live steam engine I made. Also the only one so far that is finished



              Don't have any of the 3.5" online yet. Not that there is much to see, just a frame with wheels. It is the same as the one above, but twice as large.

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              • #8
                I'm not working these days, since manufacturing support is obsolete in the all service USA economy. Trying to live on 3% of net worth until SSI starts in 5 years. Playing organ and piano is a cheap hobby. Fix things the rest of the time. Repaired and recapped a PAS2 preamp last winter, recapped and retubed an ST70 power amp. Modified an op amp driven disco mixer last year to sound as good as the repaired PAS2 on LP's and CD's. Have a Peavey 1.3K power amp apart on the coffee table, not finished when the rains stopped in May. You know when the power transistors blow, they get 25 -30 components on the driver PCB too? Installing fuses and zeners mod.
                Do house repairs & mechanical when it is not raining. Trying to find why the 59 Ford has compression but no vacuum this week, that is my primary ride. Need to get out to the 23 acres and mow, since it didn't stop raining this year until May 21. Only mower running right now is a 42" Murray rider, I broke it 4 times last year (quills, deck support needed welding, idler pulley, transmission pulley rehub) , so far this year I have only had to change a 1998 tire. Upgrading a 46" Murray rider to OHV engine, making a new drive pulley since I destroyed the old one getting it off the L-head twin.
                Got the floor in the passenger compartment of the 62 fairlane this spring, transmission is in, found the driveshaft last week. Too nice interior to drive to the country property and mow, though. No plumbing out there.
                Was into trains 20 years ago, helped (very low level help) the engine restoration crew on an L&N 1911 Pacific engine, #152 for Ky Rail Mus. Got some tender rides, hostlered a bit (night watch). when they moved 50 miles away to New Haven KY, I decided that hobby was too expensive, and I had enough steam for a while.
                And reroofing the house, 14 shingle at a day, 2 trash cans (days) a week. After 4 hours of that today, plenty of interest in organ forum until I got over the tired muscles. Use it or lose it!
                city Hammond H-182 organ (2 ea),A100,10-82 TC, Wurlitzer 4500, Schober Recital Organ, Steinway 40" console , Sohmer 39" pianos, Ensoniq EPS, ; country Hammond H112

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                • #9
                  Interesting that you should mention CAN bus. I'm currently designing a Hauptwerk/JOrgan-oriented USB console interface system for Rodgers or similar analogs that uses CAN for the inter-board connections. Very robust and available in a wide range of microcontrollers.

                  --- Tom
                  Rodgers 660 with additional analog rack sets (practice), 36D/C in digital conversion, Yamaha CVP-107

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                  • #10
                    1:20.3 live steam is in my future, but for now it's just DC. Can't quite bring myself to do butane, though, since I've run 1.5" scale (7.5" gauge) and 3" scale (14" gauge) live steam, and fired and engineered 1:1 2' and 3' narrow gauge locos, all at a steam museum I belonged to in NW Indiana many years ago. Came home many a weekend thoroughly covered in bituminous and steam oil grunge.

                    --- Tom
                    Rodgers 660 with additional analog rack sets (practice), 36D/C in digital conversion, Yamaha CVP-107

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by twnelson View Post
                      Interesting that you should mention CAN bus. I'm currently designing a Hauptwerk/JOrgan-oriented USB console interface system for Rodgers or similar analogs that uses CAN for the inter-board connections. Very robust and available in a wide range of microcontrollers.
                      --- Tom
                      I worked on the older machines but got to install a new "jambox" rushed in from 4 hours away and had it running 5 minutes to track time..
                      I thought a jambox was a place to keep jam but it is not difficult to change one out install the SD card and connect.
                      Never to old to learn I guess. (Lead Hand clearly labeled everything before he left too)
                      1956 M3, 51 Leslie Young Chang spinet, Korg Krome and Kronos

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                      • #12
                        I think the organ/train connection is in the mechanical aspects, old steam trains are fascinating and I wish I had the chance to restore one.
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                        1956 M3, 51 Leslie Young Chang spinet, Korg Krome and Kronos

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                        • #13
                          Recording and editing HD video. Started with a super 8 movie camera in the 70s, progressed through VHS then finally to a Canon HD video cam. Use a projector for playback. Beats those 60 inch LCD screens any day.

                          When not doing that, growing vegetables in the hot summers here, and enjoying time with my Beagle. Always plenty to fix around the house and after years in electrical contracting I'll have a go at most things. I don't know who say's retirement is boring, I don't have enough hours in the day.
                          Allen ADC 1000
                          Large Beagle

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                          • #14
                            I try to learn playing various instruments like tambourine, sax, piano, guitar and some others. I just can't get enough
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                              studying the tambourine..........that is a huge undertaking, I am currently working on the cowbell
                              Originally posted by Elnora80 View Post
                              I try to learn playing various instruments like tambourine, sax, piano, guitar and some others. I just can't get enough
                              1956 M3, 51 Leslie Young Chang spinet, Korg Krome and Kronos

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