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 Posted: Thu Dec 26th, 2019 12:26 am
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Sometimes you have to REALLY be creative.





The long operating rod was simply too flexible.  

More Later.


I got interrupted by our family's traditional Christmas Day movie. 
This year it was Star Wars.


The operating rod and the stabilizing fixture will be less obvious once they are painted.

The ground throw closest to the tracks is going to have to be moved. 
It clears the NMRA gauge, barely, but every locomotive I run by it touches it. 

Speaking of locomotives,
I couldn't resist programming one of the Bachmann GE 70-tonners I bought.  
Very disappointed.  It does not run well. 
It looks good, but it does not run smoothly at slow speeds. 

I don't know what I am going to do, yet. 
But poorly running locomotives are not acceptable. 
At least they were very inexpensive. 
I guess I got what I paid for. 

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Reg,

I found that if I put the rod in a tube, then the flexibility is eliminated. 
This works really well for long runs on the Caboose throws.

Just an idea. :!:


I also had to pair up two 44 Tonners to make them run well. 
I had issues with them staying alive through turnouts.
 
I ran jumpers (MUed them) between them,
and went from 8 to 16 wheel pick up. 

I was happy after that. 




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Steven:

I thought of that. 

But I didn't twig to the flex problem until after I had fabricated the rod. 
I couldn't get a tube on the rod because of the multiple bends at each end.

I wasn't excited about fabricating a second rod. 
There are seven bends in that rod, each one having to be pretty precise.  

If I had to do it again over that long a distance, I would use a tube.  


My two 70-ton GE's don't seem to have a pick up issue. 
 
The first one stalled once,
but it was on a stretch where I hadn't done a complete job,
of cleaning the paint off the rail head. 

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After spending some time with the two 70-ton GE locomotives,
I have pretty much determined that they are not worth the effort. 

Since I paid for each loco about what a good decoder costs,
I shouldn't be too disappointed that the product does not live up to expectations.

I cleaned the wheels, lubed the gears, and programmed CV02 to 255. 
The CV02 setting is one that has reportedly improved slow speed operation. 
I might comment that "improved" does not equate to "fixed".

A decoder that included BEMF would probably fix the problem. 
The Bachmann decoder does not have that feature.  
So I popped a shell to see what might be involved.
 
All the electronics are on one board which is hard wired into the locomotive. 
No eight-pin connector. 
So replacing the encoder would be a rather major project in micro-soldering.


Then there is this little sweetheart.





This is an Athearn "blue box" SW7. 

It is one of the locomotives I acquired in the estate sale that launched this layout. 
It was practically free. 
I say that because I paid $400 for a slew of locomotives,
that included four DCC ready Kato GP-35s
(two of which are now DCC equipped and fully operational)
as well as several locomotives from several other manufacturers.  

I dug the thing out and tried it in the 00 mode.  It runs really well. 
Way better than any Bachmann diesel I have ever owned
(I had no issues with my On30 steam locos). 
It is also much easier to convert to DCC,
than it is to replace the decoder in the Bachmann GE locomotives. 

Of course, it will have to be stripped and re-painted, but that is not a major undertaking.
Some details need to be added.  I have visors. 
I am thinking it needs spark arresters.  "Behive" arresters would look nice. 
They would be, theoretically, easy to fabricate.  A straightforward turning job. 
But I am not sure about successfully completing such small details to my satisfaction. 
I may try.  Isn't that the point of having a machine shop?

You would think someone would make that detail. 
But I haven't found any yet. 

If anyone thinks they have a use for the GE locomotives,
you pay for boxing and shipping and they are yours.

Reg


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No sooner said than did.  Good old eBay.

I found some new old stock Details West spark arrestors.  

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Wow! 
Life changes can happen in a big hurry.

Due to a confluence of events, my family's financial situation has changed dramatically.  
For the better.  

The short version is that the events will almost certainly result in a move. 
We love our home.  But, due to health challenges, my wife has difficulty navigating stairs. 
And our home has plenty of those.

We have tried to come up with a plan to live on just the main floor. 
But the house is not well configured, or easily remodeled, to make that an attractive alternative.

The move will probably be at least a year in the making.  So work will continue on the current layout.
But I will be limiting how much time and money I put into aspects of the layout that would not survive the move. 

All of the structures are easy to remove.  Although I will not be finishing the log pond.
Completion of that would make removal of the mill and the log dump difficult in the extreme. 
I also may not build the woods end of the logging operation. 
But we will see. 

Work will continue, if for no other reason than I enjoy doing it. 
But I also have a good supply of scenery materials, and plenty of rolling stock projects waiting in the wings. 

In fact, I got started on the scenery around the mill complex over the weekend. 
I got stymied by my selective parsimony.  
I was incensed that Woodland Scenics wanted five bucks for an 8 oz. spray bottle. 
I got four at Walmart for about three bucks.  

Only to find that two of the four could not be made to work, and the other two did not work very well.  
Scenery work is on hold while I await the arrival of two Woodland Scenics bottles. 
I was fortunate to find them on Amazon Prime, so they will be here in a few days.  

Ah well.  

I started one of the Kadee log cars. 
I had played with the idea of setting up an assembly line.  I am glad I didn't. 
The kit is pretty involved to assemble.  I have made a couple of mistakes on the first one. 
So I am glad I didn't try to assemble all of my collection at once.

These are great kits, just not exactly what I expected. 
A lot of the assembly work is cleaning flash off the white metal castings. 
They are beautiful castings, but a bit flashy.  And REALLY small. 

The sequencing in the instructions is very well thought out.  I deviated once, and that was a mistake. 
The instructions, apart from the sequencing, are not well written. 
They are long paragraphs, so one has to be very careful in stepping through them not to miss a step.  

Photos will follow.

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Some views around the mill site.

The plan is to convert the SW7 to DCC and repaint to Henderson Bay Timber Company.















I ran out of Code 70 track.
 
If there was a hobby shop anywhere within striking distance,
I could just go buy a single length. 

But I don't have that option. 
So I don't know what I am going to do.





I was thinking of working on the woods end next, which does make some sense. 

But further thinking indicates that it makes more sense to get some work done on this east end,
the major part of which is the town across the tracks from the mill, or vice versa as the case may be.


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First log car.





Five more in this set to go.

I learned quite a bit building this kit.  The casting are superb.  

Some rivet counters may note there are some details missing. 
With my 70-year old eyesight and manual dexterity there are just some things I can't do.

Some may also note the modern brake wheel. 
I dropped the wheel that came with the kit and my shop floor seems to have eaten it.

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Reg,

I recall reading somewhere that the DCC board on those Bachmann 44 & 70 tonners was often a problem. 

Did you try using straight DC?




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I found someone who could use them.

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