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 Posted: Fri Apr 17th, 2015 01:07 am
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There's an assortment of ideas I've had fro quick connectors, bannana plugs, 1/4 Jack like a mike or guitar, screws and clips.

I think the best I've come up with so far (but have yet to try) is the power connectors used inside PCs ... Unless I think of something better.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 18th, 2015 02:42 am
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All are good ideas George, but I just installed the cigarette plug and socket, the socket is rated for 12 volts at 15 amps and the plug is rated for 12 volts at 5 amps.

For N scale, 12 volts and 5 amps would be plenty for even a room-sized layout. But using the equation I = V/R where I is Amperage, V is volts, and R is ohms, the proper voltage can be related to the proper amperage as long as the resistance in ohms are kept the same.

the plug work well, but only time will tell how rugged this socket system can be. While I want to have battery operated trains in larger scales for future layouts, I think this plug and socket system could work for DCC lighting, switches, and maybe even sound systems.

Anyway, the train show starts at 10 am this morning (I'm writing this early Saturday) so time for a few hours of sleep and some strong coffee in the morning. I'm bringing the camera along and $100 as a budget for the weekend. Good thing train shows only occur every few months where I live, or I'd probably go broke ;)

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Finally, after 5 hours of sleep, two shots of 5 hour energy, and an entire day of rain, the train show and swap meet is half over. I got back to the apartment and put together this video to show successful operation of the layout!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3ggHeULWfQ&feature=youtu.be

I apologize if the music is not to your liking, I have a very limited number of sound files which I have been granted permission to use. However, there is the mute button... regardless, I hope you enjoy the video.

Surprisingly, the train ran without problems, it just needed some last minute cleaning to get rid of the gunk on the tracks from the scenery work. The layout was up and running within 20 minutes, including the unloading process, table set up, and the track cleaning. I bet that after a few more times, I can have this layout up and running within 15 minutes.

Like I said though, the train show is only half over. Tomorrow I'll be at the show from 10-4 and I plan to trade off or buy some N scale cars. With a $100 budget and two FA-2's I'd like to get rid of, I can trade the FA's for two Switchers and use the $100 to buy a boatload of modern N scale rail cars, vehicles, farm animals, maybe a building kit or two, telephone poles, more trees, and anything else I might want.

One last thing, I used two carabiners, two eye-loop screws, and a cheap guitar strap to make myself a shoulder strap for the layout. So not I can walk the layout in on my shoulder, set it on the table, connect power, and I'm ready to go!

--James:java:



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Well, now that it's tuesday and I've caught up on sleep, time to reflect upon my weekend.

The train show debut of this layout went off well. No derailments, no track cleaning, just running the train for two days straight. I still have to clean the flanges for the sidings in order to have switching operations, but aside from that everything is operating well.

I went in with a $100 budget and I came out with an almost new Kato NW-2 lettered for the Milwaukee Road and 20 freight cars of various types. In fact, it was 20 cars for $50, only $2.50 per car! All I have to do now is upgrade the trucks and couplers and I'll be golden!

So after all that, here are a couple of photos of the layout and my new rolling stock:











Train shows are proof that you can have this hobby on a budget. 1 great running locomotive, 20 adequate running cars, and 2 grain trucks for $100 bucks, and I still had enough left over for lunch!

--James:java:



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Looks like it's coming along nicely. Wished there were Shows & Swaps closer to my area to take my setup to and show it. 😒



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 Posted: Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 03:06 pm
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jtrain wrote:
All are good ideas George, but I just installed the cigarette plug and socket, the socket is rated for 12 volts at 15 amps and the plug is rated for 12 volts at 5 amps.

--James:java:


Another one I just thought of that might work for small portable setup.
USB cable and Port. I know the transformer isn't rated at much, but I'd think the cable and port could handle more.

Or just go all out and use a wall socket or extension cord socket and plug (hidden) as a connector, that'll handle loads of juice.

Don't mind me, just crazy ideas in my head as I still need a connector for my Pizza

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 Posted: Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 04:05 pm
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Thanks for the kind words George. The wall socket idea is one I've had for a while, but you'd be breaking the electrical code by using 120 volt AC sockets. Not only that, if some dolt decides to be helpful and plugs in an extension cord into your layout, say bye bye to all the trains on the rails as well as your power system, track, wiring, and car axles.

As for train shows, I suppose you have to do some thorough Internet searching for your area. Typically all the big websites only show the large train shows, and I doubt you'd want to spend all your time on the little Pizza layout at a national show. Look for any clubs in your area and they should all have events that are smaller and a lot more fun.

--James:java:



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Ask Woodie about the time as a ''try anything'' little tyke I put 120V to the Lionel standard gauge track and launched a 408E down the upstairs hallway.

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Nice layout James,thanks for sharing it.
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 Posted: Fri Apr 24th, 2015 01:09 pm
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Herb Kephart wrote:
Ask Woodie about the time as a ''try anything'' little tyke I put 120V to the Lionel standard gauge track and launched a 408E down the upstairs hallway.

Herbie


Lol, I would have loved to seen that. Model Train Land Speed Record



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