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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2016 09:59 am
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At about the 9 minute point (before running on the yoga mat) the video ends  ??


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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2016 03:21 pm
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Herb Kephart wrote:
At about the 9 minute point (before running on the yoga mat) the video endsĀ  ??


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Hi Herb,
yes, I found out about this problem late last night.
Working on a fix and hope to have it up tomorrow (?) soon, anyway.



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Sunday afternoon at our model RR club I had the impulse to pull out a binder of 1940s and 1950s Model Railroader magazines.
November 1949 issue editorial on page 17, by John Page, "Sound - A New Challenge"
Used my camera to take a 'spy shot' of the page, and the last paragraph.
"Good railroad sound effects would be a fascinating auxiliary to any pike. If they are possible at moderate cost, the time may come when a "silent" pike will be as outdated and "flat" as the silent movie today. But if sound is worth having at all, it's worth doing right, and that's going to take suitable recordings and more "know-how" on the subject than we have at present.
Who has more ideas to keep the ball rolling?"

Interesting, was being plotted over six decades back.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2016 11:28 am
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Here's another area of noise that needs considering...inside boxcars!

Basically what we have is a drum, or set of drums, rolling around the layout. I ran a train the other day with various types of cars (box, tank, flat, etc) and noticed as the boxcars went by the sound seemed to increase :shocked:

What I intend to do is place some foam rubber blocks inside the boxcars and take readings to see if the noise decreases.

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Forrest...That same MR editor, John Page, commented back then about someday model railroaders would use radio control. Goes around, comes around.

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This post is over a year old but could use some new ideas.  I found that lining a plastic car body with various amounts of Dynamat worked well to reduce the noise.  Decoupling the wheels from the car body (mount the trucks with screws isolated with o-rings and rubber tubing) may also have some effect. 



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Bob,I had completely forgotten about this :dope:
You think a single sheet of dyna mat (how thick is it?) laid on a Boxcar floor would work?
I'm planning a complete redo of my layout, going real 2-rail, code 148, and I'll be using the 3/8" thick anti-fatigue mating (I found a number of rolls at Lowes).  I'm not sure that I'll use ballast, it definitely makes things louder.
Battery power also cuts down on the noise level (mainly because I use no sound system), but the more cars I add behind a locomotive the louder it gets.
When/if I get going on my new layout I'll keep this topic in mind and try to provide updates.



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