Monday, April 7, 2014

Work Schedule Update. Decoders, Couplers etc.

New Year!  It's now January 22, 2015... New update on loco work.  Here's the latest.
Finally, everything on the list below is completed.  The final shipment should be going out in a couple of days.

I'll be accepting new work again shortly.  I have a couple of  warranty jobs I'm working on, so contact me if you have some engines you'd like me to perform surgery on.  I have updated my price list, feel free to check it out here

As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at wm3798@gmail.com.


Model
Loco
Number
Decoder
Received
Installed
Shipped
Santa Fe 4-6-4 3460 Sound 4/18/14 7/8/2014 7/9/2014














Mikado
UP

M-1
8/15/2013
10/25/14 11/12/14
WM
BL-2
81
CN-GP
8/15/2013
4/7/14 11/12/14
WM
BL-2
82
CN-GP
8/15/2013
4/7/14 11/12/14
B&O FA-2
FA-2
4032
DZ-125
8/15/2013
2/28/14 11/12/14
B&O FB-2
FB-2
5016
DZ-125
8/15/2013
2/9/14 11/12/14
B&O FA-2
FA-2
4019
DZ-125
8/15/2013
2/15/14 11/12/14
B&O FB-2
FB-2
5002
DZ-125
8/15/2013
2/10/14 11/12/14
WM BL-2 81 (FB) DZ125 3/13/2014 10/20/14 11/12/14
WM BL-2 82 (Speed) DZ125 3/13/2014 11/11/14 11/12/14







RS-3
B&M
1539
CN-GP
4/6/2013
12/4/2014 12/17/2014
RS-3
B&M
1539
CN-GP
4/6/2013
12/4/2014 12/17/2014
SW8
B&M
802
Z-2
4/6/2013
12/4/2014 12/17/2014
PA1
NH
762
DZ-125
4/6/2013
6/6/14 12/17/2014
Bach 280
B&M
2360
Couplers
1/27/14
4/14/14 12/17/2014
LifeLike BL2 B&M 1552 CNGP
Couplers
1/27/14 4/7/14 12/17/2014
Atlas RS3 B&M 1545 CNGP 1/27/14 12/4/2014 12/17/2014
Atlas GP7 Undec xxx CNGP 1/27/14 12/4/2014 12/17/2014
Atlas GP9 BayColony 1751 CNGP 1/27/14 12/4/2014 12/17/2014







Atlas GP10 Conrail 5863 CNGP 12/1/12 6/6/14 6/7/14








Kato GP38 UP 2059 M-1 6/23/14 1/22/2015
Atlas GP30 Chessie (C&O) 3022 CNGP 6/23/14 1/15/2015
Atlas GP30 Chessie (C&O) 3030 CNGP 6/23/14 1/15/2015














Friday, December 13, 2013

Decoder Work Update 12/13/13

I've pushed the last couple of engines across the work bench I can push before I stagger headlong into the Christmas Season.  There's family to see, highways to travel, and a million things that are going to be a higher priority than tinkering with little wires and blobs of solder.

I do have a break from work for about 10 days, so it's possible I might fire off one or two easy ones, but I doubt I'll be able to do that, so I won't promise anything.

You can check back at the November post for updates to the completion/shipping schedule after the first of the year to see how things are shaping up.  I'm feeling good about the progress I'm making, especially on some older ones, such as this trio that first came into my life in the fall of 2011.




Their owner had requested a fairly complex installation to provide for rotating beacons.  After a couple of months, I finally got the small LEDs I needed, then I took them apart to prep the frames, then they sat and sat and sat while I pulled myself through the muck of straightening out my personal life.

Well, they're done!  I had dreaded all the tinkering the beacons would require, but once I got the first one done, the rest of them went pretty easily.  So they're in the mail tomorrow morning, heading home to Michigan.

So, onward and upward, and into the New Year.  I'm looking forward to finishing the remaining handful of engines soon, so I can feel better about accepting a few new ones to work on at a more leisurely pace.  I'm also plotting and scheming about developing a new, albeit smaller, layout project.  As always, stay tuned.  Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel!

Friday, November 8, 2013

I'm Still Standing

I want to thank everyone who has stayed in touch with me as I've made this transition in my life.  By way of a brief update, the layout has been completely dismantled, parts of it are stored in the garage of my new home, part of it have been disbursed to friends and former crew members, and parts of it have, like so much historic railroad equipment, met the torch...



It was quite cathartic to set the old east staging yard alight...  It performed admirably when it performed, but it was one of the many engineering nightmares I endured due to my desire to have 10 pounds of railroad in a five pound room.

On the personal side, I'm doing quite well.  My relationships with my kids are stronger than I think they ever were, and most of the rest of the people who care about me are happy that I'm happy in my new domestic arrangement.  I think I've found someone quite special, and we are both enjoying life quite fully, as well as each other.


For the several people who have sent me your locomotives to work on, I will continue to apologize for the delays in finishing them up and returning them to you.  Between work at the ReStore, working on my old house to prepare it for what ever's next, and making sure that I don't miss a sunset, my productive workbench time is quite limited.  However, one of the things I'm trying to do is keep all the promises I've made to everyone, and fulfill all my obligations as quickly as I can.

To that end, I will be using this space to keep everyone posted on the progress of the work, so you will be able to see what I'm working on.  I have a spreadsheet of all the projects currently on the hook, as well as those I've completed in the last year which I will be sharing with you.  I'll post the information referencing only locomotive types and road names to protect the innocent, (which after all this time certainly is NOT me!!).

Again, thanks for all your feedback on the column in N Scale, which will be continuing, as well as the support you've shown to me generally.  I'll have the spreadsheet available shortly.