Before I start asking questions I thought I'd introduce myself.
I've been modeling trains since around 1978. I started in HO and in 1995 went over to O scale 3-rail (HO stuff packed away, just in case). I also have 1 O scale 2-rail engine.
I mainly model the old Seaboard Air Line because they started here in my home town of Portsmouth Va.
Current day O scale offers some very nice, scale equipment, in 2 and 3 rails. I chose 3-rail at the time because I really didn't think there was much 2-rail available but now I know there is. Even with my 3-rail equipment I use Kadee couplers and fixed pilots. What I couldn't find already prototypically painted for SAL I either repainted/lettered, modified, or built from scratch. I currently have 14 engines and 60 pieces of rolling stock (freight and passenger).
I want to convert the 2-rail diesel (Weaver RS3) to RC/battery operation with no electricity to the rails and charge the batteries via a charging jack and charger. I also have a 3-rail 2-8-0 that will be converted if things go well with the RS3. If these 2 are a success, then the rest will follow.
My layout is 3-rail so that's going to be a problem for the 2-rail RS3 unless I can figure out how to make temporary shims for the frogs at each switch so the wheels don't drop. I'd have to pull them out to run the deep-flanged 3-rail equipment.
Anyway, most of my questions will be concerning what's available to do what I want. I've emailed Tony Walsham a few times about his RCS system so I'm not totally in the dark about some of the stuff that's available.
Thanks for having me and get ready for some questions!
By the way, which forum is the best one to discuss O scale?
OOPS! Looks like I put this in the wrong forum, can the admins move it please?
Last edited on Sat Apr 18th, 2015 01:13 pm by Bob D
Hi Bob, you would be best advised to stick with one standard. If you are happy with that big rail down the centre then stick with it. Apart from nominally sharing the same scale, 2-rail and 3-rail are not really compatible. If you must have both then a separate scale track for the 2-rail would be a good option, preferably make the 2-rail the outside loop.
There is no O Scale folder here. I have used this one too for my Australian outdoor layout thread.
Yeah, the 2-rail RS3 is my only "true" 2-rail engine, the other 13 engines are 3-rail.
The good thing about battery/rc is I can leave the 3rd rail in place or pull it up.
Unless I go to the trouble/expense of converting all 13 3-rail engines to 2-rail, I'll probably keep the 3-rail layout in place and make a 2-rail switching shelf layout. I like switching mostly anyway and wish I had made a big single or double loop to run passenger trains and a smaller switching layout for the real action. Could still do it but at some expense.
You don't need many engines to run a switching layout and you can go to town with small details if you want without bankrupting yourself on a small layout.
I'm planning on a small switching layout indoors in the future when space becomes available.