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 Posted: Wed Mar 7th, 2012 05:33 pm
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This is the facia at Augusta. The panels to the left and right are for the toggle switches for the turnouts.

I run an Operating session once a month where there is usually 10 to 11 of my mates around ready to operate the RR.

You can see a row of car card folders. These hold all of the cards for each train once they are made up.
They have the instructions of what to do for that train.




There is also a linear line drawing of the entire RR at each town to show the guys where they are at.

I have car cards for all cars each has a photo of the car for quick and easy recognition for the crew and for each loco so they get moved around the RR.




As soon as the locos arrive their cards are put into the "in for service" box for me to move at a later time.

If you haven't operated your railroad you are missing a whole lot of fun and enjoyment.

Rod.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 9th, 2012 05:25 pm
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Here's a view of the Town of Guthrie with Flynn on the right. Sorry about the quality of the pic.




I got the S / hand carpet tiles for a $1 each makes the room a whole lot better.

Hackney from the entry door.




Rod.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 12th, 2012 04:42 am
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In July 2009 I converted (with a lot of help from two close friends ) the SFRSD to DCC. It took the three of us just on 13 days to completely rewire the railroad. All of my DC town panels were reworked to remove all of the DPDT switches, remove all 18 home made throttles that were made with friends help way back in 1996 and drop all of the track feeders to the ground to get ready for the new bus wires that were to be installed.







I chose to go with the new Digitrax Duplex radio system as there is a great circle of friends all using the same system and the railroad has never looked back. It also helps not having to purchase lots of throttles as the guys bring their own on ops nights.




The layout was divided into 4 separate sections each controlled through OGCB's With all the work done we only had one pair of track feeders on the wrong bus wire. A great job done.

Rod.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 22nd, 2012 06:53 pm
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Here is a view of the area around Augusta East and Augusta both on the left with Hackney to the right. This view of the SFRSD is from the entry door.




The screen is being set up to run a fast clock using decoder-pro.

Rod.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 23rd, 2012 12:42 am
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To each his own.

These pictures are a good testament as to why I went to Radio Control with Battery power (NO Wire) if I ever saw one.

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I chose to go with the new Digitrax Duplex radio system as there is a great circle of friends all using the same system and the railroad has never looked back. It also helps not having to purchase lots of throttles as the guys bring their own on ops nights.




The layout was divided into 4 separate sections each controlled through OGCB's With all the work done we only had one pair of track feeders on the wrong bus wire. A great job done.

Rod.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 23rd, 2012 06:47 pm
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Nice layout most would think it was HO if you did not tell them otherwise.
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 Posted: Fri Mar 23rd, 2012 07:13 pm
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You are very kind Rich. When I started to build the SFRSD in 1994, DCC was still a way off so went with block control and radio certainly would not fit in N scale loco's then, golly it's hard enough to get decoders in some of the older units I own even now.

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I have been neglecting my SFRSD for some time whilst working on the Lost Creek so yesterday I did a little weathering on two Locos.

Both are Athearn one a FP45 the other an F45 both fitted with factory installed sound decoders.


I also added the roof air conditioners and radio stands.


I Thought that they looked too new so to satisfy my train crew who are due next Friday I thought is should make them look like they had missed the wash rack a few times.







Sorry the images could have been a lot sharper.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2012 04:36 pm
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What is your weathering process for your locos? I also model N scale along with ON03 and was just curious how you got such great results with such a small scale?

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2012 07:41 pm
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G'Day Cody

Good to see that you are into both N and On30. For the weathering on these two Loco's I used a very thin wash consisting of:- odourless thinner's and a very small amount of burnt sienna oil paint and just let it run down the sides of the loco with a bit of help from a soft small brush. As this was drying, (and it takes a while) I added a very small amount of burnt sienna and black weathering powders and rubbed them in along the top. Where I put too much and it is easy to do I just wiped it off with a piece of paper towel. Just remember less is best as you can build it up to the amount you desire.

I didn't but I would suggest you find a web site that has a pic of the model you want to weather and just try to copy it. You will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is once you get started and the plastic look of say a box car turns into something real looking.

If you have not done it before start with your oldest car and have a go.

Have fun Cody

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