What did you do on your layout today?

RSJB18 posted:
KRM posted:

At last,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Here is the completed elevated level less the Lockon wire up. That will come in the next few days as they are calling for rain.

 Also the new back up ZW.

Bet your grandson can't wait to run trains on the new  line! Looks great!

Bob

Thanks Bob, The word is he is coming out on Friday so I had to put it on push!!!  

At least it is all up and running. Last night wifey and I ran trains for about an hour before bed. Works great considering there is only one power tap for now.

 

 

Work continues almost daily on the new club facility mostly by Harold, the proprietor. His 'style' of construction has made it quite difficult to get any decent photos of progress due to the mess, but we are coming along nicely.

Last evening we shot a few photos for our new business card and brochure so we cleared off a space near a MTH station and shot this old PW 773 Hudson.

Our lady graphics designer will 'light' the headlamp and use this in her work for us. She's a smart, nice-looking blonde Trump supporter who is painting all the wall murals and likes trains!

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Thanks guys!

Bob - This isn't an operating session, at least not the way I see them. This is an open house for a specific audience, with display running. An operating session is when a small group of people come over and trains are made up and broken down, with cars being switched at industries. I hope to host at least one of those before 2018.

Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Thanks guys!

Bob - This isn't an operating session, at least not the way I see them. This is an open house for a specific audience, with display running. An operating session is when a small group of people come over and trains are made up and broken down, with cars being switched at industries. I hope to host at least one of those before 2018.

As long as trains are running Elliot you have been successful! Good luck.

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Murphy's Law of model railroading: trains don't run when guests are present.

Too true.

The last op session I had, I had tested everything that morning and when people showed up and I hit the master switch, nothing. Turns out, one of my throttles was causing the DCC system to re-boot, and was an easy fix. Thank goodness the guy who wired my DCC originally was one of the people running that day!

Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Thanks Pat.

Bob, that's the real trick. Murphy's Law of model railroading: trains don't run when guests are present. (Hope I didn't just jinx myself)

<crosses fingers, toes, eyes and knocks on wood>

We will all say a collective prayer for Elliot now.......

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

RSJB18 posted:
Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Thanks Pat.

Bob, that's the real trick. Murphy's Law of model railroading: trains don't run when guests are present. (Hope I didn't just jinx myself)

<crosses fingers, toes, eyes and knocks on wood>

We will all say a collective prayer for Elliot now.......

Amen!!

Trying to solve my Lionel stalling and flickering light problem in just one particular curve. I upgraded my DCS to 6.0 and this problem started with my Legacy and TMCC engines.  I do not have any side by side tracks or over and under tracks.  I do have a number of buildings underneath, MTH wifi, TIU and wiring.  I had no problems until I upgraded DCS which may just be a coincidence.  Anyway that has been what I have been doing on my layout!

Steve Hill

WOW everyone must be at York!

Well I finished off the wiring today on the elevated loop so I guess I can say it is done.

 I ran 35' of 14 gauge feeder line to 3 lockons one on the center of each loop and one in the center of the straight that connects them. I used 18 gauge 12" drops from the lockons to the 14 gauge feeder lines. Why, because you can't hardly get 14 gauge stranded into a lockon, too big. So it runs very well and does not slow on the far end from the ZW like it did with only one power drop. I also used power junction blocks at the drops from the feed so I can add extra lockons if need be. I Put a 10 amp auto reset breaker at the ZW in the feed line so it should be good. Then I hooked back up some lights and other accessories I had to move for the placement of the elevated level.

One thing for sure, rolling around under that table on the creeper gets old fast on this 64 year old body.

 

I am beat. 

Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Thanks guys!

Bob - This isn't an operating session, at least not the way I see them. This is an open house for a specific audience, with display running. An operating session is when a small group of people come over and trains are made up and broken down, with cars being switched at industries. I hope to host at least one of those before 2018.

Elloit, my schedule is not working out for this Saturday.   Hope you can get along without me.   Hope all goes well and have a great day.  So sorry to miss the event.   

Dave

Finished wiring the grade crossing signals and tested them. I still need to fine tune things a bit but I am happy with how they came out. The video is a bit shaky but you get the idea.

On to the next project now.....did someone say gantry crane?????

Bob

 

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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MaxSouthOz posted:

They work well, Bob.

Thanks Max- the relay chatters a bit when a single car is on the block so I want to see what I can do about that. I have to touch up the scenery and add stop lines on the roadway too.

Bob

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

While I wait (and wait) for a window contractor for the train room, I did start an "engine intervention".  I found an MTH RS3 that had allowed itself to be lured off to the circus !   I performed the "rescue" of the poor bright red RS3 and am in the process of restoring it's dignity by repainting it CNJ Deep Sea Green.  It's my 1st repaint and 1st time with an airbrush (Hobby Lobby cheapie) so it's interesting.  My touches of "rust" look more like red so they will be weathered away. Decals and weathering are next.

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#C.SAM realtyphoto shoot. Very nice Sam. I appreciate a good photo angle! (I did home stage/photogs long time, Like the sellers... good folks.) QUICK question sir, I notice that hafl the steam engines (few photos for our new business card and brochure so we cleared off a space near a MTH station and shot this old PW 773 Hudson) Have gloss black Steam Chest, with pistons/steps and accessory areas a Flat black? Do you have thoughts or opinions please as I have a 675 to repaint. Many Thanks! Again, Very nice shot, sir.Screenshot_20170429-082803

 

-miggy-  frank

"...be a kid.... 5 & 1/2 years old....... The more I know, the more I know how little I know.."

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#KRM....WAIT.........WHAT???? "Wifey runs trains with you...." ( is that what you and your wife call "cooking", or, she runs TRAINS WITH YOU??.....) She sounds like a keeper, definately a keeper... <smile>  

 

-miggy-  frank

"...be a kid.... 5 & 1/2 years old....... The more I know, the more I know how little I know.."

c.sam posted:

Work continues almost daily on the new club facility mostly by Harold, the proprietor. His 'style' of construction has made it quite difficult to get any decent photos of progress due to the mess, but we are coming along nicely.

Last evening we shot a few photos for our new business card and brochure so we cleared off a space near a MTH station and shot this old PW 773 Hudson.

Our lady graphics designer will 'light' the headlamp and use this in her work for us. She's a smart, nice-looking blonde Trump supporter who is painting all the wall murals and likes trains!

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Sam,

Great photo!!  I'm glad to read that the new club layout is coming along nicely!!  We will excuse you for not posting photos because of Harold's 'style'.  My wife is like that, she starts a project and everything is everywhere, then she has a 'red alert' and in short order the room is pristine again!  After going on 33 years, I as a minor OCD person have adjusted well I think!   She is a keeper!

Big_Boy_4005 posted:
brwebster posted:

Elliot,

Good luck and have fun running trains tomorrow.  Have a mop at the ready....all those jaws hitting the floor might create slippery areas.

Bruce

Thanks Bruce, just an hour and a half away now. Miggy will be here in 45 minutes.

Good luck today Elliot

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

Preparation!

We needed to add some receptacles for the exercise equipment area in the basement.  Needed to add breakers.  Since he was here, we had the electrician run two new 20A feeds over to the corner of the basement where the trains will be!  Bonus...it forced me to clean the area so I am a bit ahead of schedule there.

I think it is now time to start serious work on the plan. Got all this power...need to run some trains with it!

Miggy posted:

#KRM....WAIT.........WHAT???? "Wifey runs trains with you...." ( is that what you and your wife call "cooking", or, she runs TRAINS WITH YOU??.....) She sounds like a keeper, definately a keeper... <smile>  

Kyrian not only runs her "own" trains, but also helps with the building of the CL&W.  Yesterday she graduated to track bending and installing, completing "Kyrian's Curve".  And she cooks like an upscale chef!  I'm one lucky guy.

IMG_0282IMG_0493IMG_0497IMG_0498IMG_0499IMG_0500IMG_0501Took a few more steps forward on my Oil depot.  Originally, I laid it out flat with the lower level.  I found it really difficult to try and fit some reasonable scenery around the edges do to the space constraints.  At some point it dawned on my that if I stepped it up a bit it might look better.  Finally, this morning I tried to set it up and used some paper to simulate where the ground would be.  The cans are the oil tanks and I'm thinking the truck will come down from the upper level to load up.

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

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Kerrigan posted:
Miggy posted:

#KRM....WAIT.........WHAT???? "Wifey runs trains with you...." ( is that what you and your wife call "cooking", or, she runs TRAINS WITH YOU??.....) She sounds like a keeper, definately a keeper... <smile>  

Kyrian not only runs her "own" trains, but also helps with the building of the CL&W.  Yesterday she graduated to track bending and installing, completing "Kyrian's Curve".  And she cooks like an upscale chef!  I'm one lucky guy.

Sounds to me like you both are lucky to have each other!!! Some of us can only wish to be that lucky!!!

Construction Superintendent, Woodson, Clinch River, and Southern RR.. (O Gauge Line)

Coming down the home stretch on my Lionel Dealer Display D-105.  Although it's not faithful to an original display I had some Mianne 5x9 benchwork available so used that for the framing. What to do for a control panel? Lots of discussion in previous threads about what to use with Mianne. They make a rolling cart for underneath but didn't want to go that route.

I made a simple frame and anchored it to the benchwork by adding some cut 1x4 pieces underneath. It's mounted at one corner and next will add a piece of fiberboard on top. This will hold the ZW and assorted control switches.IMG_20170429_154654555IMG_20170429_154702473

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