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@Mark Boyce posted:

Kevin, it all looks great!  You are much more steady with the video than I am on mine.

Mark, the real fun was (1) holding my cell phone steady with the right hand, (2) using the left hand to aim the IR remote "somewhere" to the receiver beneath me to operate the horn & bell, and (3) keep my balance on the ladder while turning around without falling off

Mark, the real fun was (1) holding my cell phone steady with the right hand, (2) using the left hand to aim the IR remote "somewhere" to the receiver beneath me to operate the horn & bell, and (3) keep my balance on the ladder while turning around without falling off

Kevin, yes that’s the problem in a nutshell!!  And I get dizzy!  😄😄

[UPDATE 3.7.21]

One of my thoughts last year was to make the ceiling layout multi-scale when I considered using G Scale on the outer loop before determining that the ceiling clearance from the track bed was not high enough and went with double O Scale loops instead.

So now there is a “course adjustment”, this time using an HO Scale track replacing the O-63 Inner Loop.  My Bachmann Amtrak Acela (yes, not a Lionel O First Generation one ) arrived in the mail yesterday so I put it up for a look see.  Used the Bachmann E-Z Track that came supplied with the Amtrak Acela box for the photos, but have no intention on using it.  I prefer and use Kato UniTrack for my HO and N scale pursuits so will be using Kato's 790mm (31-1/8 inch) radius track on the curves. I took some shots of Atlas HO Flex Track concrete ties for noise level comparison by pushing the coaches back and forth.  Not interested, however, in repeating the trying to keep the track straight, fighting with rail joiners, etc., effort while craning my neck to look upwards.  Not to mention soldering.  Lesson learned the first time - Do all of that track laying on the boards before putting them up high. I’ll take the plug and play approach with Kato here.

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Keeping sectional track straight is hard enough, the flex track bending be very evident here.

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I like how the scale of the HO train blends with the MTH arch bridge making the distance between the top of the arch and the train look in realistic scale almost like the **** Gate bridge in New York like in these photos at this link:

https://www.123rf.com/photo_82...n-new-york-city.html

Maybe I should two sets of posts at either end to resemble the **** Gate’s masonry towers

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No “Front End Photos” of the Acela locos here.  I will reserve those for the next rendition of Front End Friday.

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Last edited by Amfleet25124

Kevin,

Looks real good. As a frequent traveller on the Acela between DC and NYC, I was highly interested in the new Lionel Acela until I realized it would cost $3000. That's far above my benchmark for either play-value or display-value. I've been looking at the HO Bachmann Acela which is literally a fraction of the cost of the Lionel version. Reading the reviews, quite a few people are complaining about its couplers. What are you finding? In my situation, I would just put in on the wall for display anyway.

@Bruce Brown posted:

Kevin,

Looks real good. As a frequent traveller on the Acela between DC and NYC, I was highly interested in the new Lionel Acela until I realized it would cost $3000. That's far above my benchmark for either play-value or display-value. I've been looking at the HO Bachmann Acela which is literally a fraction of the cost of the Lionel version. Reading the reviews, quite a few people are complaining about its couplers. What are you finding? In my situation, I would just put in on the wall for display anyway.

Bruce, the drawbar couplers are garbage.  Having to lay the entire 5-unit consist down on its side in order to couple them and make sure they're coupled and then put it in on the track is awkward.  I've been reading online on various sites and the couplers people say to replace it with at Kadee #17, #18, #19 or #20 couplers.  I'm looking those up to see which ones I want to get and will go that route.  I'm going to buy the other 3 cars to in order to make the full 8-unit set.

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