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 Posted: Sat Jul 11th, 2015 12:15 am
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The photo suggests these are typical toy market points built with curvature on the closure rails so I am not surprised the guard rails are being used to drive the wheels the correct side of the crossing nose. Still I am sure you will achieve satisfactory running in the end. Once you have the needed dimensions other similar points will present no problems.

That's the problem with leading the way, you get to find the bumps first Bob :>)

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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2015 12:09 pm
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Thanks again Bob, you guys have inspired me onwards :moose:

Here's a section of track where I've applied some latex caulk in the grooves left by the middle rail, followed by blackening with a black Sharpie pen.  I then rubbed some pastel chalks onto the ties followed with a rub down using a piece of foam rubber.  After vacuuming away the chalk dust and anything the foam rubber loosened up I think it's looking better.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2015 02:20 pm
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Bob-

The only improvement that i could suggest would be to use a brown ''Sharpie'' type marker on the ties. An art supply store will have the things in a wide assortment of colors. More expensive than a common Sharpie, but only a small dab on each tie is needed.

Other than that--great job!

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Herb,

Funny you should mention that.

I tried a brown paint pen I had but it was too light a shade.

This morning I ran out of the black Sharpie and knew I had some more in the desk downstairs. When I went to get them I found 3 BROWN Sharpies in the drawer!!!

The brown did work better, didn't have to give it the chalk treatment afterwards.

I also tried India Ink which worked as good as the black Sharpie.

I finished about an hour ago, now to ballast!

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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2015 11:18 pm
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Looking better every day Bob!

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 Posted: Mon Jul 13th, 2015 01:10 am
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Modifying those 2 054 turnouts to 072 has eliminated derailments so far, as long as I go slow thru the "engine yard".

I'm still getting used to having only 2-rails AND no power supply/voltage going to the track. I have 2 wallwort transformers, 1 for the turntable and 1 for 4 powered turnouts, I keep forgetting to turn them off and have had to put a night light on the power strip so I can see it if I forget.

I haven't kept records of how long I'm running on the batteries, but the 9v that's in the Tx is the original one I put in when I got it last month (or was that in May?!?!?!). It's been a 2 weeks since I recharged the 4 engine batteries, so I have no worries about how long they'll run. Right now I'm basing which type (NiMh or LiPo) I used solely based on the amount of room I have for it.

My "problem" now is if I want another engine is what to get. I either try to find a conventional engine (with enough detail to suit me) or a nicely detailed engine that I'll have to pull the electronics out of when I get it.

For now though I need to concentrate on ballasting and not wander off on a tangent :Crazy:

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 Posted: Tue Aug 18th, 2015 12:43 am
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Hows the track conversion going Bob. Any recent shots of progress?

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Bob,

The middle rail is GONE!!!

I had to rebuild 2 switches (I modified 2 054 switches into 072 switches, simply by using some of the 072 middle rail I removed and relocating the frogs).

I've filled in all the grooves left by the middle rail, but haven't done any ballasting yet (need to go to the LHS and get more ballast).

All 7 of my steamers are now BPRC, 5 with LiPo and 2 with NiMh batteries. I've started keeping a log of sorts of when I recharge the batteries, I may keep track of hours of operation but that might be an illusive quest.

I lubed all 7 the other day, I need to install backup lights in 3 of them as soon as I get the brass housings.

No photos as such yet (I really need to get on the ballast brigade and need to stop running trains so I can get to work!).

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 Posted: Tue Aug 18th, 2015 11:00 pm
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Bob ,if you are having fun just running trains at the moment don't interrupt it to take photos.  :>;)

For ballasting I have been using sieved roadbase from of the side of a local dirt road. I sieve it into a variety of sizes with 4 sieves I have. The finest is almost flour,  I use one size for HO and another O. Each size has a different overall colour I have found. Much cheaper than those little packets of ballast.
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Keeping a log, if you can keep track of it, is a good idea Bob.  All batteries have a lifespan of some kind and a specific number of cycles before they break down.  Keeping a log might be able to tell you what brands work best with your locomotives.

However, I wouldn't get too worried about being technical.  When a battery starts to go dead, it'll be sluggish, warmer than normal, and discharges quicker (or doesn't last as long) and you must replace it, a small price to pay for not having wires under the layout.  At the price copper is these days, you can run batteries for decades before they become more expensive than using standard wire.

As long as you're having fun and are satisfied with the results of your efforts, that's all that counts.  I'll second what Robert says, although we'd still like to see pictures, in your own time of course.

Have fun running trains!

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