I have seen a few garden railways, and must say that most didn't impress me. Usually had too sharp curves, and the same predictable cars and locomotives.
Today I saw an outdoor layout, that rivaled many indoor ones. Built by a gentleman in SE Pennsylvania, it has sweeping curves, realistic rolling stock and locos, both nicely weathered, and Colorado inspired structures where ever one looked
The proud builder/owner---Well done, Ken!!
____________________ Fix it again, Mr Gates--it still works!"
All the track in the Delores yard area is just old and weathered Aristo brass track that was left over from the previous layout. The new alum track I do spray paint with a combination of red primer and flat black.
All the track at this location is alum that's been painted and the switches are scratch built.
During the East Coast Large Scale Train show in York this past March, I found a good deal on the B'mann K-27 at Nicholas Smith Trains, so I just had to get one. It's the pre-wreck 455 that the RGS was leasing for awhile from the D&RGW. While at the show, I also ordered an RC and sounds system for it. A few weeks previous to the show, a gentleman in Kansas had been working on a reduction gear for this loco, which I had placed an order for. So when all this stuff finally arrived in the mail, the installation commenced.
This past Easter Sunday, the weather was beautiful, so I decided to take 455 out for it's maiden run. Being this was the first time anything had run on the rails since last year, there were a few easily corrected track issues and for a loco this size a few more that I will have to address, but overall, things went well.
No. 455 getting water in Hesperus.
455 stops at the depot in Delores.
and a couple of short videos:
Right now I'm waiting on an order for some white LEDs to replace the red ones on the front of the loco, and a back-up light for the tender.
With the hew reduction gearing installed the loco easily climbed the grade through Mancos with a 8 car train, the 10 wheelers are limited to 5 cars at this spot. What the new reduction gear does is change B'mann's gear ration of 14:1 to a more respectable 26:1. This adds more torque to the drive axles to reduce stalling on grades and the flying going downgrade.
The sound system is a Phoenix PB9, the RC is an RCS PnP-3BK and the batteries are 5600MaH, 14.4V LiOn from Cordless Renovations. I also removed the fan and smoke unit from the loco.
All this has been installed in the tender. I had to remove one of the posts that supports the circuit board in order to fit the battery pack, but that was minor.
The RCS unit just plugs into the top of the B'mann circuit board. After that it's just a matter of finding some space for the batteries, sound card, receiver and charging jack.
The K-27 comes with an optical sensor unit for the sound system. Unfortunately I couldn't get it to work, so I had to install a reed switch and magnets on one of the tender axles. I'm not particularly crazy about reed switches, but it was an easy alternative.
And last but not least, I had to build another carrier to to transport this beast from inside to outside.
Last edited on Wed Apr 27th, 2011 09:32 am by rgseng