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 Posted: Tue Nov 18th, 2014 08:54 pm
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Hello to all!

My name is Dominic and have been into model railroading on and off since the mid 80's when I built an 8x12 ho scale atlas sectional layout. I've dabbled in n scale with digitrax dcc this past year with kato unitrack but the need for clean track, the light weight of the rolling stock and my over 50 eyesight and dead finger tips pushed me in the larger scale direction! Just this past month I have been experimenting with lionel three rail using DC power. I am looking to get better low speed control for somewhat prototypical operation. It works rather well but you still have the track wiring which I don't care for.

I am a perpetual tinkerer and I'm intrigued by Radio control for locomotives. The miniscule size of the lipo batteries and receiver/speed control seem to offer endless possibilities. And being familar with it from my days of racing RC cars should make the transition a bit easier.

As far as layouts go, i like more of a flowing kind of layout with minimal straights and lots of swooping curves.
My smallish for o gauge space limits what I can do as far as swooping curves but this and all hobbies are filled with compromise. I really don't care for squared off curves and straight symmetrical track. Pictured below is my current layout with a mix of 0-27 track with minimum diameter of 34 inch with a mix of 42 and 54 curves whenever possible. Switches are a mix of gargraves and lionel. Trying to do this on the cheap! I've had the fastrack and could not stand the noise of the plastic roadbed. And the price of the switches are outrageous for my budget. Anyway, that's it for now. I'll be back to follow up and post up whatever 'sperimnet i am working on. Later folks!

Well I have to shrink my pictures before uploading them here so below is a link to my youtube video with the Berkshire running on DC power. Enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzp2s5v4pWQ
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 Posted: Tue Nov 18th, 2014 09:04 pm
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Here is a link to my dropbox folder with layout pictures/.

https://www.dropbox.com/photos/album/4iHQ4B2j7avuTCA

I have plans to add ties, ballast track, add small yard with interchange track on the far shelf, ad some industries on spurs, blah blah blah. In time!!

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 Posted: Tue Nov 18th, 2014 10:21 pm
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Hi Dominic, :glad:

I see that kick in Herb's pants worked. Enjoy.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 18th, 2014 11:00 pm
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Bernd wrote:
Hi Dominic, :glad:

I see that kick in Herb's pants worked. Enjoy.

Bernd


Indeed it did! Thanks for that!!



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 Posted: Wed Nov 19th, 2014 06:11 pm
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I heal quickly Dominic----and Bernd's shoes don't have pointy toes, thank goodness!



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Thank you Herb! I hope to contribute something worthwhile while learning as well!

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Dominic, I have been doing something similar in S gauge with old American Flyer locos. I have gone to DC can motors to eliminate the reverse unit and replace the fifty and sixty year old motors. The can motors operate with a much lower starting speed, run far cooler than the old AC ones, and I eliminate the aggravating reverse unit and can operate by the flick of a toggle switch.

I have been rebuilding junk box locos and while replacing the old motors doing some kit bashing on them as well. They run great and look a lot more realistic. Unfortunately, some collectors hate me.

Stumpy in Ahia:old dude:

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Welcome aboard!

Stumpy, maybe you can save those old motors and sell them to collectors who need repairs.



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Mr Stumpy wrote:
Dominic, I have been doing something similar in S gauge with old American Flyer locos. I have gone to DC can motors to eliminate the reverse unit and replace the fifty and sixty year old motors. The can motors operate with a much lower starting speed, run far cooler than the old AC ones, and I eliminate the aggravating reverse unit and can operate by the flick of a toggle switch.

I have been rebuilding junk box locos and while replacing the old motors doing some kit bashing on them as well. They run great and look a lot more realistic. Unfortunately, some collectors hate me.

Stumpy in Ahia:old dude:


Hello Stumpy in Ahia!


Care to share your source for motors? I plan on doing the same thing. Also, would love to find a way to re-gear as well. I dont need 100 mph on my smallish layout!



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 Posted: Fri Nov 21st, 2014 11:52 pm
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I search for motors on E-bay or you can check out any of the robotic sites. They sell motors and gearing.

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