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From an Idea to your Layout. Our our kit designing process explained. Part One

Right On Track Models ·
Kit design is not so much unlike scratch building but with the end product in mind for mass producing. We try to make each structure unique with one exception, use parts and materials that we stock and or easily obtained. Our kits all start as an idea from a photograph, or a real structure. In this series of posts we will be working with an upcoming kit "Broadway Freight House". We currently produce this kit in HO so the actual drawing stage was much less time consuming. This kit was based...
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From an Idea to your Layout. Our our kit designing process explained. Part Two

Right On Track Models ·
Several hours later, six sheets are cut . All of the parts are laid out and then a decision of where to start with the assembly of the kit. We try to start with the largest part of the structure and build from there. Important aspects of the kit are observed, such as strengthening walls, gluing what part to what part and most important is how to explain in detail to the end user so it is as clear as possible. We build as this will be on our own layout but keeping in mind that others will be...
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Fictional Trains

Andrew Boyd ·
This is one for ideas regarding fictional railroads. Or simply, fictional locomotives for real railroads. If it's not something that really existed. You can talk about your ideas here. I had wanted to make this because there was simply no good place for me to talk about it. Real Trains was selected because these are typically supposed to regards things like alternate timelines for various railroads, and none of the model forums fit. So here we are. It doesn't matter how outlandish your idea...
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EDIT: New Layout Ideas - 8x12

GF93 ·
Hi all, I'm new the to forums. I am beginning to plan a new layout -- 8x12 in size. I have a basic 4x8 with three-tracks currently (two ovals and a figure-eight in the middle, o31 and 27). Ideally, I'd like to create a layout that can be separated by THREE 4x8 boards for easy transportation (moving, storage, etc.) until I find a more permanent spot for the layout. The tracks would then connect where the three 4x8 boards meet, though not super required. I began toying around in SCARM, and a...
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Changing Sound Files On Engines

Ricky S ·
Hello, I had an idea the other day and I was wondering if it would work. If I took out the sounds on a Railking PS3 Engine, would I be able to insert Premier sounds on the engine? Thanks, Ricky
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Bridge abutment ideas

Kitbasher ·
I need several stone bridge abutments for my layout. Can anyone give me ideas on how to make my own or who might have some reasonably priced ones? They need to be about 5" high. I'm looking for something that is, or can be made to be pretty realistic looking.
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Ideas for switch diagram on my layout

Cowboy53 ·
Hello, I have a layout with 13 switches around the set. They are Atlas-O and until recently I had been using the switches that came with the set (little toggles). They work, but my problem is, it is too hard to tell which little toggle goes to which switch when there are so many and they are lined up in two rows. I came across the Touch-toggle system from BarettHill trains and have been trying to get them to work for the last 3 months. I drew the layout on computer, printed it on paper, and...
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Re: Ideas for a train shed / canopy ?

Moonman ·
Plastruct has exactly what you need for the steel framing and roof material in styrene sheets. Download the catalog and flip through it. You could get the same look with less detail using basswood for the framing and the styrene for the roof panels. A couple of members have posted photos of theirs. Quite a project, indeed.
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Re: Ideas for a train shed / canopy ?

Joe Fauty ·
I echo what Carl says - check out the Plastruct web site. For some ideas see below. I cover my sheds but you could substitute open web trusses for the I-beams inside the shed (see the shed front). Alan Graziano built an open shed a while back that mimics the photo you posted. If you can find his photos take a look. Joe
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Nick12DMC ·
Try these guys, http://www.ogauge.co.uk/canopy-components_c5742.aspx Nick
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Dansgnrr ·
Joe you do fantastic work this is so great.
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Gilly@N&W ·
You may want to touch base with Bridgeboss
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colorado hirailer ·
The closest thing to that likely to be found on my model railroads would be something like that run-through station on the Maine two-footer, but I'll be interested in seeing the completed model.
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Re: 12 x 6 Fastrack Layout Plans

Joeceleb ·
Also working on 12x6 layout....have been through several designs and still not settled on one...I am going to use Atlas O track....you can use up to O63 minimum curves without a problem...I plan on using O54 to leave some room on the sides for scenery and/or sidings...I am also looking to operate rather then just running my trains...so there will be an inner loop of O54 with 3-4 sidings...within that I want a small town on one end and mountain scene on the other....a 4x3 section can be added...
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Re: 12 x 6 Fastrack Layout Plans

DoubleDAZ ·
Here's a link to a thread for a 5x10 that should give you some ideas. https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...out-complete-for-now
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Re: Ideas for a train shed / canopy ?

Bridgeboss Jim ·
See below several examples of the three different size train sheds available, 24, 29, and the 48 inch width. The last three are Alan Arnolds 48 inch sheds from his great looking layout.. Thanks for looking. jim r
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PeterA ·
I will echo what Jim says about his Bridgeboss train sheds. I've never found a kit that more duplicates the look and feel of a big city train shed than his kits. My station has not nearly the number of sheds that Alan's does, but still gives the "big city" feel. And that is an advantage of buying his kits, you can add more to your station over time if you wish.
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John DeAlto ·
Beautiful :
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prrhorseshoecurve ·
Don't forget the Weaver Models/ Ace trains metal canopy that you may find used on the market.
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TrainJunkie ·
If you have little skill, less time and no money that project seems unlikely, just kidding Make a drawing, build the structure and then detail it out. Not as difficult as it seems. It can also be constructed in sections.
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DrTrainDad ·
Thanks for the references and encouragement. I looked around a bit and frankly, I have not found anything as beautiful as Jim's bridgeboss structure kits (PeterA- your station is gorgeous). The Plastruct catalog is great- what a resource, but since I don't have much tooling in my "shop" yet, I think we will definitely go the bridgeboss route. Just bought some elevated track structures from Jim and was very impressed. Well worth the investment. So, we will be saving our allowance...
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Re: 12 x 6 Fastrack Layout Plans

Joeceleb ·
Thanks for the link DoubleD.....that is one nice layout....I will look to expand on it using the additional space......
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Re: Changing Sound Files On Engines

Barry Broskowitz ·
Ricky, As long as you play by the riles, you can change sound files till the cows come home. Just be aware of the following: T he rules for which sound files may be loaded into which DCS engines are as follows: A PS2 5 volt Sound File may only be loaded into a 5 volt PS2 engine. A PS2 3 volt Sound File may be loaded into a 3 volt PS2 engine or a PS3 engine. A PS3 Sound File may only be loaded into a PS3 engine. This and a whole lot more about DCS is all in MTH’s “The DCS Companion 3rd...
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RJR ·
Do also be aware that the speeds probably will be off, since the "sound file" is resumably" created with consideration of gear ration and wheel diameter.
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Ricky S ·
Hi, Thank you for your help. Ricky
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Ricky S ·
Hello, I tried uploading a new sound file. The process finished, but it did not come up with new sounds. The engine had no sounds but it moved. No headlight or smoke. How do I fix it? Thanks, Ricky
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Ricky S ·
Hi again, I forgot to mention this. DCS is recognizing the new sounds because the soft keys are the same. Should I try in conventional? Thanks, Ricky
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Re: Changing Sound Files On Engines

Barry Broskowitz ·
Ricky, I forgot to mention this. DCS is recognizing the new sounds because the soft keys are the same. Should I try in conventional? Perform a Factory Reset of the engine which will also delete it from the DCS Remote. Then re-add it to the DCS Remote and see if things improve.
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Ricky S ·
Hi, I tried that and it did not work. Thanks, Ricky
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Ricky S ·
Hi, I just re did it and the engine starts up but there are no lights and it does not move. Thanks, Ricky
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Pantenary ·
Hi Ricky: Just curious, any errors or warnings of any kind with the upgrade / transfer process? Did you load the chain file corresponding to your sound file with similar success, (if there is one)? In other words, did you follow the guidelines in Barry's book to the letter? The upgrade process is not hard, but you can run into issues if the procedure is not followed exactly. It seems a matter of your locomotive not being recognized properly by the remote (as Barry eludes to), or an issue...
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Ricky S ·
Hi, After it stopped the first time I tried again and it worked. There was an error message. It works fine now. I might do another. Thanks for your help, Ricky
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Pantenary ·
Hi Ricky: This sounds very much like what happened to my PS3 unit. There were some errors, then there wasn't, then the motor had sound but no lights, etc., etc. I actually had two motors with these symptoms. I started them both again from the top, and took it slowly through the process as Barry and MTH laid it out. For the first motor, there were no errors loading the sound or chain file, and I was able to add it to the remote and it worked again as it should. The other one had no errors on...
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Ricky S ·
Hi, That’s what happened with me. Thanks, Ricky
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Pantenary ·
Have a look at this thread , which outlines my sound file issues in detail. It might not be totally applicable to your situation, but may be at least educational.
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RJR ·
Ricky, let me suggest one more thing. A conventional reset. This is not the factory or feature reset. It cannot be done if there is a DCS signal on the tracks. If you can hook up a transformer direct to a track with no TIU, power up. Then ress whistle button on transformer once and bell 5 times, all at 1/2 second intervals. Timing is critical. When successful, loco should respond with 2 toots. If it fails, try it again--timing is VERY critical.
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Re: Ideas for switch diagram on my layout

chris a ·
Here's the one photo I have on my hard drive of what I did... I used single pole double throw Momentary NO toggle switches ON-OFF-ON... They have to be Momentary so that as soon as you stop pushing, they open and don't damage the switch coils... I went the somewhat complicated route and wired them through Atlas Snap Relays which are double pole relays.... Reason I did this was so that I could power Green and Red LEDs both on the control panel and on the layout if I wanted to add a dwarf...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Here is a picture of my layout main control panel. I used momentary push button switches to throw the switches and located them on the line on the diagram where the switch should be to make the train follow. The red and green buttoned switches are for the turn outs. One can used lighted switch buttons. The blue are for uncoupling magnets. The black slide switches control track power to the section of track they are on. I used cheap mini push button switches from Radio Shack but now get them...
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Re: Ideas for switch diagram on my layout

Cowboy53 ·
Thanks Chris and Choo Choo Charlie for sharing your ideas. I spent some time looking at various options and spdt momentary switches. I am going to take some time and plan this out, looks like a good fall project for me. Appreciate the responses.
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Laidoffsick ·
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Cowboy53 ·
Very extensive and well explained. Thanks for the guidance.
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Re: Bridge abutment ideas

Avanti ·
Carve them from pink foam insulation.
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Bob ·
Scenic Express also has them if you'd rather have them ready-made. http://www.sceneryexpress.com/...ments/products/1078/
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Kitbasher ·
Pete, the abutments under your girder bridge look great. Can I ask what tools you used to make the deep divets/contouring?
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John H ·
It almost looks like the results of spray paint😉. I have four MTH piers if you’re interested. I mortared the ones installed and painted the base concrete.
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Avanti ·
I can't say that I remember in any detail. But, I do most of my foam-carving with a cheap manicure set. They come with a variety of spoons and blades that work very well. You can often find them at the Dollar Store. In that particular case, I got the "raw shattered stone" look by picking out bits with the point of an Xacto knife. That whole project probably took 3 or 4 hours. Gotta love pink foam. Here are a few more shots of that scene:
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Avanti ·
Not in that case. But, I often do use a light dusting of clear coat when I want an "old weathered" look. The concrete caps in the Bascule Bridge scene are an example.
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Erik C Lindgren ·
after some exhaustive research my friend and I came up with this solution to my bridge installation
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Kitbasher ·
Looks great Erik. Thanks. Where did you get the truss bridge and girder bridge or did you scratch build them?
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Kitbasher ·
John H, I would be interested in the MTH piers. How tall are they?
 
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