Thank you guys. I am thinking of setting up a temporary layout outside in the designated permanent layout area to see how it looks and have a spot to run the train(s). Christmas decorations are taken down tomorrow, so a good time to move it outside.
The bad news is that I am not sure when I will be able to start on my permanent outdoor layout, my employment ended on the 31st (no sadness, I knew it was coming - the sadness is for all the employees I had to terminate although they also knew it was coming) and there is no extra cash for purchasing track, etc. I am glad enough to have a bit of stuff already to be able to run something.
I may be able to start on something On30 in a newly opened spare bedroom (another sad thing, I had to put down my feline companion of 19 years). I think I have most everything I need to start on a module that I can add to later. Those On30 4-6-0 loco's that are on sale at Trainworld are EXTREMELY tempting although they do not fit into my current ideas. I will start something in the On30 forum when I am ready to ask a bunch of questions and run ideas past you all.
Well it looks like this outdoor G scale layout is a no go. My social engineering skills must just not be good enough. Every time I think I have properly negotiated something and I get started, I run into "construction" obstacles. I am frustrated but not yet giving up.
I am selling off all of the G scale stuff I have, and will see if I can go to the other end of the spectrum, likely N or maybe HO as I do not think On30 will give me what I want in the spaces available.
Maybe I am giving up too easily as I enjoy the research and determining what is possible as well.
Last edited on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 08:48 pm by Helmut F
Here are the promised pics of the Loco internals with 4 cell lipo battery and s-cab eco200 installed. I will use links to the pics since the gallery thumbnail insert is not working with Win10 and I do not want to make the post too large,
The cab must be removed to get the battery out to charge it; I have run for over 2 hours (with sound) and it shows no sign of drain/slow down yet. The cells are 2350 mAh, 18650 size. The battery pack is held in by friction. The decoder is inserted into the steam dome antenna high to get it above the lead weight. All of the original weights are used and intact except to cut out a hole for steam dome access and a spot to install the switch. The switch is hardly visible and is accessible at the top rear of the firebox in front and below the gauge you see in the last pic.
Ask away with any questions.
Last edited on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 12:23 am by Helmut F
Si, yes I found that and am well versed in html, bb code, image posting, cutting and pasting. But, that does not do thumbnails and 12 hi def images would make the post pretty unreadable, which is why I said I would post links. It also gives the option for people to not load the images even if they view the thread.
Alternatively, is there a way to post a link to one's own gallery, or a folder within one's gallery? That may be even more elegant.