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My intention for this thread is to document progress on my layout.

On a previous (and now defunct) forum I had documented progress from the first benchwork construction to the point where the forum ceased to exist. I still have all the photos filed away, but I am not going to start from the beginning.

Just from where I am now.

A big hurdle that was impacting my motivation was a difficult to mount switch machine. That problem was solved this afternoon.

The next step is to work on the wiring for the east end of the line. The first step I have undertaken is to assemble the terminal strips for the four yard tracks at LeBam. Rather than wire bus power to each track, since they are close together, I decided to install a terminal strip that routed power to all four from a single bus connection point.

In the photo the short terminal strip will terminate the bus. The longer strip distributes power to each track. This is DCC wiring, by the way. Lots of folks like to use the "suitcase" connectors. I prefer terminal strips.

The wires between the bus terminal and the distribution terminal are a bit long because I am not exactly sure yet where I want to mount the bus terminal.

Starting from west and going east, all right rails have red wires leading to them. Left rails have any color I might have handy except red.

The notebook in the background is my "stuff" notebook. It contains planned and as-built wiring diagrams, notes on anything that comes to mind, photocopies of articles of interest, instruction books, etc. In short, any information that might be useful in the future.

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In a previous post elsewhere on this forum I mentioned that I planned to "hunker" all my Bachmann freight cars.

Some time ago I hacked up and hunkered one of the cabooses.

The result:

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Reg--

Improves the looks a lot, but now you have the couplers to deal with. Ideas what you are going to do there? The whole platform floor removed in the area above the coupler box, box fastened to remaining platform level with platform floor. Box fastened with epoxy on the sides- then a scribed piece of heavy paper to cover the whole platform, is the way I would tackle the problem.


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Actually easier than that. I just cut off the Bachmann coupler pocket and screwed a Kaydee pocket in its place. Ended up at the perfect height.

I have just started engineering the freight car approach. It looks like I will cut off the raised center of the bolster. It is just about exactly the same dimension as the stock coupler pocket. Cut off the stock coupler pocket and screw on a Kaydee.

I will document my first attempt and let the forum know how it worked out.

On the caboose the approach was to replace the Bachmann wheels with HO wheels.

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I need to get some of this stuff weathered.

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I spent some more time on the layout today. The wiring for four of the tracks in the LeBam yard is now complete. They are not connected to the main power bus yet. I have some thinking to do on where other connections to the power bus for other yard tracks will happen.

The current wiring serves the full length of the two outside tracks in the photo, and the two inside tracks beyond the crossover.

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Here are the two terminal strips installed. The two-connection strip is awaiting connection to the main power bus, not visible in this photo.

You can see where this would have been kind of messy using the "suitcase" connector approach. This way I know which wires attach to which pieces of track in the event I need to track down a problem.

I have a conceptual sketch as to how I was going to run the power bus, but now I am under the layout, things look a little different. I need to figure out where the next bus terminal strip will go and which tracks it will serve and how the main power bus will be routed.

I apologize for the wax paper box. This end of the layout is close to the workbench, so there is considerable under-layout storage.

The thick wires on the left side of the photo are the switch machine power bus.

I need to get all this under-the-layout work done before I am much older. Crawling around under here is not easy for an old fart.



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Today is a red letter day on the Henderson Bay Railway & Transportation Company.

The first train into LeBam.

The project started on July 9, 2009. So it has taken awhile to get this far.

The Excitement is palpable!!

Here it is at the edge of town.

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And pulled into the yard.

The interchange station between the HBR&TCo and the GN will be just on the other side of the train. The station will handle both passengers and freight.

For now, everybody has to get their boots dirty.

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Excellent!! I love it when that first train runs. It makes all the work worthwhile. Carry on, sir...

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