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Learning to Run the Trains

I had expected to be adding scenery and accessories to my new layout by now but ran into some issues... like, becoming proficient at running the trains.  I've gotten much better at throwing switches in a timely manner (getting use to the tortoises) but remembering to throw them back to the through position is still lacking.  With a small layout the length of the train is important.  I recently put 42' of train together and while entertaining it certainly wasn't practical.  16' of train is my practical limitation that allows utilization of all reversing loops, crossovers and switching.  Which cars can (and cannot) back up through a divergent switch path is another issue... it looks like 50lbs of lead is in my future.

There are many more issues that I have to deal with before I can start modelling in earnest, I hope I live long enough.   It has been 30 years since my last build and 25 since my last permanent layout... I've a lot of catching up to do.

Cheers!

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