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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2018 07:21 pm
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Good work so far!
I love the harbor area, but I was wondering how far those bridges go into the harbor or is that a ferry dock?
I also like the actuator rods for the turnout points.
I used ME track/turnouts and found them to be amazingly fragile when installing them and the rods for the blue points on my own layout.
(I'd have gone with Peco track had I known how fragile ME stuff was)
I also removed those springs as the rods for the blue points didn't want to overcome the resistance they provided.




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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2018 09:07 pm
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" I couldn't find a way to delete the old image "



Hi Reg :wave:



If you click on the 'EDIT' button, to change your original Post ...

... all you have to do, to REMOVE a photo ...

... is CLICK ON IT, and then when it's selected, hit BACKSPACE, and it will be ...

... GONE !  :shocked:



Lookin' good Reg. :thumb:

Going pretty well by the looks of things. :)



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 Posted: Thu Apr 19th, 2018 12:53 am
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Lee:

Going with the "finger flick" arrangement is in direct response to the problems I had with some turnout kits being destroyed by the switch machines.

The bridge goes all the way across the little slough.  It is really too long for a plate girder bridge, but is kind of temporary.  A more believable bridge or trestle will be going in at a later date.

Si:

Thanks for the tip.  The obvious is obviously so obvious as to, obviously, be overlooked.   :)

It is coming along, but not nearly as rapidly as I could wish.  I could probably have the trackwork done and wired in one long day.  The problem is that I never get one long day to devote to the railroad. 

Which reminds me...none of the vast collection of locomotives I inherited are DCC equipped.  A couple of the Kato locos are DCC ready.  I need to hop to it and order a couple of decoders.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 30th, 2018 05:43 pm
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I spent about three hours on the railroad on Saturday.  Definitely good for my state of mind.  

But I managed to completely mess up a Cornerstone 90' turntable.  I set a goal to get the turntable complete that day.

Very bad idea.  I rushed and made a couple of irreversible mistakes.  I have another one on the shelf, so I can tackle it with a greater measure of experience and wisdom.

I will still need to buy another one eventually.  The engine terminal at the other end of the layout will need one. 

After determining that I had ruined the turntable, I turned my attention to the wiring for the western end.  The DCC bus is still in place from the old On30 layout.  So I didn't need to do that again.   I was going back and forth on how to hook up the feeder wires.  Historically I use terminal strips, one for each length of track. I experimented with the suitcase connectors and, much to my surprise, found that I really like them.  They seem to make very secure connections and they install VERY fast.  I was concerned about troubleshooting problems, but one can pop the cover to get a multimeter probe on the actual connector very easily.  

So I got most of the west end wiring done using those connectors. I had to end the day before the wiring was completed, but I only have four more connections to make, I think. 

Two of the locomotives I inherited are DCC ready Kato GN GP-35's.  I ordered a couple of basic Digitrax decoders for those locomotives.  They arrived and I will get them installed about the time I have the wiring complete.  So I will be able to do some test runs and find out where I screwed up.

I also have an SD-9 in GN paint (Life Like if memory serves) that I really want to see on the layout.  It is not DCC ready.  I ordered a decoder for it, too.  It will require quite a bit of work to get that decoder installed.  

And that is all for awhile.  The upcoming week will be very busy, as we are preparing to take the whole crew (My wife, my son, my youngest daughter, her two kids, and myself) to Disney Land.  I also have to complete the installation of a handrail on the stairs leading to my wife's sewing room.  

We are flying to California.  Secretly, I would rather take a road trip to Ely, Nevada to spend some time around the Nevada Northern Railroad.   Maybe next year...

Reg

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 Posted: Mon May 7th, 2018 01:47 pm
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Have taken the grandkids to Disneyland.  I will check in here in the mornings.
There won't be anything left of me in the afternoons.

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 Posted: Thu May 10th, 2018 04:01 pm
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" There won't be anything left of me in the afternoons "  :y:



Hi Reg :wave:



A lot of energy , these young folk, so I've noticed !  :rah: :glad:

Hope you made it OK up to lunch anyway.  ;)



Please don't waste all your valuable time there Reg ... :time:

... on Cinderella, Snow White, cotton-candy & all that girly stuff ! [whack]



We need a FULL REPORT with lots of  C :cool: :cool: L  photos ...

... of all the " known to be FANTASTIC " awesome DISNEY PARK TRAINS !  :bg:



:old dude: We are depending on you !



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 Posted: Fri May 11th, 2018 03:19 pm
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Si:

Just packing up getting ready to fly home.  

It has been a good time.   The new Cars section, especially the "Racers" ride is very fine stuff.

Getting good photos of the little steam engines is difficult.  They always seem to stop in some inaccessible location.  

I learned that the river boat is a genuine steamer.   I missed a chance to ride it and sneak down close to the engines.   This trip, is, after all, for the kids. 

But the whistle is a treat.  I managed to find a quiet corner of the park (I really don't like crowds) that was a good vantage point to watch the river boat go past.

I will lift some of my wife's photos.  I tend not to take pictures during experiences.  I prefer to experience the experience.  But she took quite a few and posted them to Facebook.

We will be home late this evening.  Tomorrow is dedicated to the layout and the shop.

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 Posted: Tue May 29th, 2018 03:25 am
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Trains are running!!!  At least at the west end of the railroad.



The handrails are off the locomotive because it took some trial and error to get the decoder installed correctly.  The eight-pin medium DCC plug is great, but it is not keyed. 

The locomotive is a Kato GP-35. It runs very nicely. I have a second Kato GP-35 that is DCC ready.  It will be next to receive a decoder. 

I really want to get a decoder into the SD-7 (well, it is an SD, I think it is a 7) that I have.  It is a Life Like locomotive and is not DCC ready.  So that one will be a bit of a chore. 

I have some work to do on the rolling stock I inherited.  A couple of cars are occasionally picking frogs.  That is probably a gauge problem.  It is not a big deal.  All the freight cars have plastic wheels and all of those are going to get replaced with metal wheels. 

Lots of work yet to go on this part of the layout.  Especially since my original goal was to have all the track laid by last Thanksgiving.  Too many schedule conflicts.
The buildings are just set in place in likely locations.  They will get foundations once scenery is started. 
 
I ended up using the suitcase connectors to make the track connections to the main bus.  They worked out very well.  Not quite as neat and tidy as terminal strips, but whole lot faster.  A lesson learned...if the blade does not click down into position as it is supposed to, you do not have a connection.  You can mash the dickens out of it and all you do is distort the blade.   No contact.

I came across a very simple approach to wiring a program track.  In my instance, the leads from the command station go to terminal strip TS01.  From there they go to the center terminals on a DPDT toggle switch SW01.  From SW01 one side goes to the main bus, the other side goes to the programming track.  So, in one position, SW01 routes power to the programming track, and in the other position, power goes to terminal strip TS02, which is the starting point for the main bus. (All my switches and terminal strips are numbered.) 

All well and good if you have a dedicated programming track.  I don't.  My programming track is the lead to the PeEll turntable.  I awoke at 2:00AM with the realization that configuration would not work.
The fix was simple.  I moved the leads to the programming track from SW01 to TS01, upstream from the toggle switch.

So the programming track always has power from the command station, but power only goes to the main bus if the toggle switch is thrown in that direction.  The DPDT toggle has been, essentially, turned into an on-off switch. 

Not sure which steps I will tackle next.  The decoder on the GP-35 needs some programming.  Right now it has the factory default address (03).  I want four digit addresses.  There are some other CV's that need tweaking as well.

I really want to get some rudimentary scenery started on this end, but I am jazzed about getting the track laid all the way to the east end.  That job starts with ripping up all the On30 track.  A task to which I am not looking forward. 

Reg

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 Posted: Tue May 29th, 2018 10:57 am
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Yippee!  :glad:

Always nice to have trains running Reg.
My deadlines come and go like commuter trains, Thanksgiving wasn't too long ago.
Glad to see things running.




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 Posted: Wed May 30th, 2018 08:05 pm
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I have to share a track cleaning secret (again) that I learned about some two years ago.

I hate track cleaning.  And my basement is a text book example of why you want to make your train area a finished room.  My problem, back 18 years ago, was that I could finish the basement in sheet rock or build a layout.  I didn't have the resources to do both.  So I have a layout in a rough basement. 

My On30 layout was a constant source of irritation due to dirty track.  I had to clean track before running anything, every time.  Even then there were often hitches in the gitalong. I tried all the usual remedies.

Then someone (I forget who) turned me on to the magic of graphite.   The routine is to give your track (and wheels) a good cleaning.  Then rub some artist's graphite (available at art supply. I got mine at the Variety Store, in Elma, WA.  If I could find it there, you shouldn't have any trouble finding it anywhere) along the track.  Light pressure is all you need.  I did that on the On30 layout.  For 18 months, until I started tearing it up to build the HO layout, I never cleaned track or wheels.  I could operate my locomotives at their slowest speeds with no hiccups or hitches.  I checked out the HO locomotives I acquired on a stretch of the On30 by using alligator clips to the track and an old DC power pack.  After months of sitting unused, still, no hesitations.

It is magic.

I did that on this part of the HO layout, too.  Once the trackwork was all in place and wired, I ran my little abrasive track cleaner (the one like a big eraser.  I actually have several) over all the track, and then ran the graphite lightly over the track.  Theoretically, you only have to apply the graphite to a short stretch of track on which everything runs.  The wheels will spread it around the layout.  But I figured for a new installation I would apply the treatment everywhere.  It is a treat watching that GP-35 barely creep through the turnouts. 

Reg



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