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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 08:42 pm
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Tested and programmed the Digitrax DS52 stationary decoder,
for the east end throat turnout switch machine.

Very simple and it worked great. 
Now I just need to install everything.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 14th, 2019 08:18 pm
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A vexing problem got solved today.

The problem is based on my wishing to return to my long held routine of manually controlled turnouts. 
I really like the feeling of being part of the action and manually controlled turnouts contribute to that.

The On30 layout featured remote controlled turnouts. 
Switchmaster switch machines to be precise. 
They worked well (except they tore apart the flimsy commercial turnout kits),
but I missed the manual controls.

So on this HO layout, I have returned to manual turnouts using Caboose Industries great little ground throws. 
They are a bit out of scale for HO, but they work well, are reliable, and inexpensive. 

But a problem raised its ugly head.  





You may note that the throat turnout for the small yard at the east end of the layout,
is west of the peninsula on which the mill is being located.

Operations, with the manual turnout control, involved continually walking around the peninsula. 
That got to be a bother.

Upon doing a little research, I learned of the magic of fixed DCC decoders. 
So I ordered up a Digitrax DS52 and installed a Switchmaster on this throat turnout.  

The Switchmasters are very easy, and quick, to install. 
The real magic is that the switch machine can be controlled from the standard controller,
and even more wonderful, the DS52 operates off of track power. 
So I did not have to re-energize the switch machine power bus. 
More "wow" factor, the screen on the controller tells me if the turnout is closed or thrown.  

This mod has increased the fun of east end operations by a very large factor.

The last photo illustrates all that is visible of the Switchmaster.





Another observation...this is an Atlas turnout. 
I have come to prefer the MicroEngineering turnouts for their appearance,
and the Atlas turnouts for their operation.  

Back to work on the engine house.

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 Posted: Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 11:02 pm
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I have had to do some traveling lately. 

While looking for my motel in Ritzville, WA,
I ran across this little beauty.





Track side view:





It is the original NP depot turned into a museum.
Unfortunately closed during the week.

I put the above on an SD card I haven't used in awhile. 
I came across this one.  
A chilly fall day in 2014 in Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad...





I couldn't resist.

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