Red Star Railway's Comments

16 October 2017

Dear Friends,

Since I got home from the Timonium train show, I've been sorting through my purchases to figure out how many powered chassis I got. Per my previous comment, the news is good: I thought I came home with five powered chassis, but found that I actually had seven powered units. Cool!

So I went on to evaluate my stock of non-powered underframes. After all, I'm now producing 2TE10U models in the format of one powered and one non-powered section.

I now have seven powered sections.

Today I went through my stock of non-powered 2TE10U parts. It was pretty slim, but I looked over the parts I have on hand (frankly, I've had these parts on hand for many years). I found that it would be helpful to create a retainer plate to hold in place the axles of a non-powered bogie. If this works out, I'll have the mechanical parts for seven 2TE10Us, each of which would have one powered and one non-powered section.

Good news -- if I don't screw up!

Let's hope.

Cheers,

Chris


16 October 2017

Dear Friends,

Since I got home from the Timonium train show, I've been sorting through my purchases to figure out how many powered chassis I got. Per my previous comment, the news is good: I thought I came home with five powered chassis, but found that I actually had seven powered units. Cool!

So I went on to evaluate my stock of non-powered underframes. After all, I'm now producing 2TE10U models in the format of one powered and one non-powered section.

I now have seven powered sections.

Today I went through my stock of non-powered 2TE10U parts. It was pretty slim, but I looked over the parts I have on hand (frankly, I've had these parts on hand for many years). I found that it would be helpful to create a retainer plate to hold in place the axles of a non-powered bogie. If this works out, I'll have the mechanical parts for seven 2TE10Us, each of which would have one powered and one non-powered section.

Good news -- if I don't screw up!

Let's hope.

Cheers,

Chris


16 October 2017

Dear Friends,

Since I got home from the Timonium train show, I've been sorting through my purchases to figure out how many powered chassis I got. Per my previous comment, the news is good: I thought I came home with five powered chassis, but found that I actually had seven powered units. Cool!

So I went on to evaluate my stock of non-powered underframes. After all, I'm now producing 2TE10U models in the format of one powered and one non-powered section.

I now have seven powered sections.

Today I went through my stock of non-powered 2TE10U parts. It was pretty slim, but I looked over the parts I have on hand (frankly, I've had these parts on hand for many years). I found that it would be helpful to create a retainer plate to hold in place the axles of a non-powered bogie. If this works out, I'll have the mechanical parts for seven 2TE10Us, each of which would have one powered and one non-powered section.

Good news -- if I don't screw up!

Let's hope.

Cheers,

Chris


14 October 2017

Dear Friends,

Okay! It's a week since Jim Corrigan and I attended the Timonium train show last Saturday. When I got home, I was crowing about scoring five powered IHC chassis at the show, plus two non-powered units. I finally got around to breaking down the stuff I bought into relevant component parts. I'm crowing even more now!

It turns out that the two supposedly non-powered units were actually pretty close to functionality as powered units. The only thing keeping them from working was a lack of geared axles. Guess what? Over the years, I have amassed drawers full of Mehano parts. When I triaged my haul from Timonium, I found that my two "non-powered" units from Timonium required only a switch-out of axles to render them powered units ready for service.

So now I have the power bogies for two more units. And now I can make more loco models. Yeah, I'm happy.

Regards,

Chris
ex-RSR
08 October 2017

Dear Friends --

Okay! The Timonium Show is over, and with it my first visit to the show solely and purely as a shopper, not a vendor, since the 1990s. It was a very enjoyable and very productive day, in every respect.

First, I picked up Jim "Cap'n Jim" Corrigan at his home near Chestertown, Maryland. We arrived at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium (a little North of Baltimore) just before 11:00 a.m. -- sufficiently long after the 9:00 a.m. opening to avoid the initial crush, which is like a stampeding herd of water buffalo, but early enough that the vendors haven't been picked over.

It was interesting (at least for me it was interesting) to note the changes in the show which have taken place since the original organizers, Howard Zane and Ken Young, sold out to new owners. Some changes were minor: paper wrist bands instead of hand stamps to permit re-entry, different arrangement of vendor tables. Some were more poignant: all the old crew who ran the show are gone, replaced by new folks whose names I have yet to learn. Maybe this is a good place to tip my hat to the members of the old crew, who helped make my eleven years as a vendor at the show so enjoyable.

I don't intend this as negative commentary about the show as it is now. I think it's more a reflection of the fact that I'm sixty-six years old, and I don't deal as happily with change. Hell, I don't feel like doing so.

Next: people! It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends whom I hadn't seen for too long. Our first stop, before starting a methodical combing of the vendor tables, was to check in with George and Eugene Sherbin at Euro Train Hobby. I've known George for fifteen years, and for most of the eleven years I "did" the Timonium show as a vendor my tables were co-located with his -- sort of a European train ghetto, perhaps. As always, his stand was very impressive. I did question why there was so little Russian-prototype stock on his tables; he said that when he receives it into stock, it sells! For me, this is reason to celebrate.

The portable layout of the Keystone Chapter of ETE (European Train Enthusiasts) was close to George's stand, so I checked in with my friend Geza Hanniker. The first thing he said was "What are you doing, wearing that paper wrist band like a visitor? You're a vendor! You belong here." It was a very kind thing to say.

But on to the main event -- sourcing parts to make more HO locos.

Cap'n Jim and I started the traditional aisle-by-aisle search, starting in the southeast corner of what's called The Big Room. Of course, I was looking for IHC/AHM six-axle diesel mechanisms, with which to power more 2TE10U and TEM2 models. Frankly, it was pretty slim pickings. I found one -- one! -- AHM six-axle model. I was ready to impale myself upon any available sword.

Then Jim and I went on to the stand of my friends, Ray Garcia and Joe de Angelis. If you're looking for AHM/IHC stuff, this is where you go. Here, I hit gold -- five six-axle EMD locos' trucks, which will allow me to produce more models. Joe and Ray, thanks!

And that's it. It was a good trip. I sourced parts to make more models, and I met with old friends. What could be better?

Cheerio,

Chris
ex-RSR