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@ADCX Rob:

I suggested the vertical mount to dad after seeing you mention it in other threads. Dad's the boss and he didn't like the idea. So we'll just have to get used to it.

However, I'm not sure it's going to work for us. I just posted in the electrical thread, but I'm wondering if the KW is underpowered for us. I wouldn't think so, but not sure. Is it unusual to trip the breaker running a single motor PW diesel+ 6 lighted cars on one side and a small modem steam on the other? Maybe my breaker is bad.

Anyway, got the track 100 percent wired now and we had some fun running both loops and testing all the turnouts!



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Jeff, I'm glad you fellows got everything running!  I can't blame Dad.  It is tempting to move around once trains are running at speed, and you just want to get a different view or have a thought about checking something else.  That's one of the things I like about using a remote after probably 45 years running conventional.  That is a handsome control panel!  Did I miss something on how you made the panel front?  I see the photograph of the backside with the wiring on 12/6 and looked at the thread you linked about switches and indicator lights on 12/24, but didn't see how the front of the panel with the track plan was made.  I confess, I was too lazy to reread all your detailed descriptions; I just skimmed. 

I looked at your topic about the KW breaker.  The folks who replied made good suggestions.  It seems it must be something simple.

Oh!  One more thing.  Do I recall a mention that your dad has some buildings, maybe Plasticville?  What plans are there for scenery?

@Mark Boyce: not going to build out the Plastic town until all the wiring is done.

Although all the power runs were finished last week, were ran out of cable for the turnout switches. So we spent yesterday running some more turnout cables.

I'm not exactly a gymnast these days, so I was really glad that my oldest son offered to help this week, and he spent a couple hours crawling around down there and saving my knees!

Still have to finish building the toggle panel and still have about a dozen more switches to wire, but we're getting there!



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@Mark Boyce posted:

Your dad can run some nice long trains. 

Yeah! In the video, we were actually trying to max out the current to check out our new breaker we installed in the KW. We kept adding more and more lighted cars until the Amtrak FP40 couldn't drag them up the incline anymore.

I think you're seeing it before we added one more of the green Lionel aluminum Great Northern cars. At that point, with the long freight on the B line, we were doing around seven and a half amps. KW kept going like a champ for at least an hour, so we figure we got the breaker problem licked.

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