In a post I did on new years eve, I asked everyone what their goals for their layout are for 2013.  Most of you said lay track, do scenery, or work on projects that are long over due.  Forum member david1 gave some great advice, and said work on the layout every day, if it is only for 10 minutes or 3 hours.  It doesn't matter just do something. 

 

I took that advice and am running with it.  1st day I started a simple custom bridge and cut the river out of the foam that the bridge will go over.  Day 2 I did a little plaster cloth on a small section of my layout.  Day 3 I did a little more plaster cloth.  Tomorrow I might wire up a switch that isn't done yet.  All small projects that take 10 minutes or less.    

 

My point is normally I would have waited until I had 3 or 4 hours free to do all of this in one chunk, and it wouldn't already be done.  After an hour or so I might get a bit bored and find something non layout to do, like waist time watching TV.   I am much farther ahead then I was just 3 days ago and if I keep up this pace I can really accomplish a lot this year.  

 

I was thinking we could have this thread to just post each day what we accomplished on our layout.  Some days we would get more then others.  We could look at this thread as encouragement to do more each day.  No a layout is never done but by just putting in 10 minutes or 3 hours each day, we can all be a big step closer to being finished.

 

So what did you do today on your layout?


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I plan to "plant" a few more bushes and remove the smaller, more fragile trees along the base of the layout. All too often they are bent, damaged or knocked over from my leaning over them. The slightly large trees will stay as they work best around the edges and are less fragile. That was today's plan but never got to it. 

 

I did run the track cleaning car around for an hour or so. Picked up a huge amount of crude, even without fluid. Excellent products (Centerline car). 

I've been looking into the possiblity of tearing out my mountain and redoing it with skiers and maybe a cabin if I can squeeze it in. Lot's of napkin scribbling and measuring so far but it's looking like my next project. I did sandblast a pretty beat up set of Lionel 2440 passenger cars today, was going to paint them red and black but my grandson is really pushing me to do a Ravens passenger set since no one makes them, along with a red and black set, along with a red and green Christmas set, along with a orange and black Orioles set, etc., etc. ,etc.

 

Jerry

I've been working on projects for fellow forum member's and enjoying it ,  so I haven't had anytime to touch the layout. Maybe in a month or two.

 

P.S. Jim I haven't forgot about you, I'll email you by Monday

 

Alex

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Today, installed the West throat for an 8 track pull through Chicago Union Terminal.  Friday finish off three boxes of track and a case of Homabed. Saturday, do the East throat,  providing Murphy stays away.

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Started installing the newly arrived girder bridges from my friends at Silk City Bridges.... The Mrs was putting down plaster cloth - like 25 feet of it so we can finish off that section.....

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I have installed the last of 500 plastic ties under my tubular track. It certainly does make it look better. Unfortunately, that only accommodated about half the trackage on the layout. I should have ordered 500 more.

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I didn't do a darn thing.  Spent the day working on the next issue of the magazine, clearing ice off the driveway when I got home, fed and walked the pooch, and then just vegetated on the sofa for the remainder of the evening.

 

I hope to find some play time this coming weekend, after I put some of the outside Christmas lights and wreaths away.  They are now just taking up space stacked up on the garage floor.

I went up to work in the train room for just a few minutes after dinner last night--emerged several hours later.  But did get to work on several things: cut out and super glue pieces of packaging plastic onto people feet, landscaping around the church and Granato's grocery, and final detailed painting on a laser-cut garage.

 

Time sure flies when you're having a train moment!

Steve

Yesterday - Cleared off the rolling stock and engines that were on the layout but not on track, and dusted them.  Vacuumed the layout.

 

Today's Schedule - Hook up the 364 lumber loader, the illuminated 133 station and 157-type platform.  Play with trains.

 

Overcome with ambition the past couple days. 

 

Pete

I just received my MTH R36 NY Worlds Fair subway set the other day. I was doing a good run of it today along with setting up all the station stops for "auto mode". Added the correct MTA logos (thanks to Steve (SIRT) for the artwork). The cars really look great with those logos added. Next project is to add passengers to the cars.

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I have been designing my new Super O Layout.  I designed my way out of a few issues today, and now have a very workable layout design.  22ft x 46ft for phase 1, which is about like the last layout, but now with some room to grow in the future.

 

Will be up late tonite working on benchwork which is about 1/2 done.  I should be gandydancing in a week or two!

Bob

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worked 8+ hours, Picked up kids from daycare, Cooked them supper.

Then ran the Christmas loop for the younger ones for a half hour while I ate.

They still love it despite it being just a elongated loop.

Then I went into the Computer room and worked on designing the corner liftout for my benchwork in Solidworks 3D modeling software. That is ongoing, eventually the entire layout may be modeled. 

Getting this corner liftout right is the key to the new layout. Without it I am dead in the water, I must have access to the basement behind it.

Once It is in place and working I can convert to around the walls for lots more space and trackage.

Built a true o scale BOF complete with bag house and caster&installed it on my layout.

                                                                                                                             

After several false starts I made my control panel for the South side. I started with a 1/4" ply but it was warped. It's only an 8 X 12 piece.   Anyway I was going to use a piece of 1/2 ply; but the toggles are too short. So I gave up my idea of a wood / paper/ plexiglass sandwich and used a recycled lamenated sign. I'll have to etch the diagrahm on there.  Now I don't like that screwhead on the switch control so I stopped work until I find better screws.

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I finished the plywood roadbed for a 3 track yard this week, and have started to lay track. This yard wasn't in the original plan, so it was more difficult to work on. I'll be happy to have this project done.

 

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Just for kicks I'm making a gauge panel that lifts up. It's out of site when not using. It contains:
Amp meter
Volt Meter
Timer (it logs the hours and minutes I'm running trains with running total)
Kill button ( big red knob you twist and shuts everything down except TIU)
Thermometer (attached to brick)

I run mostly command and prefer all electronics out of sight. If someone is visits that's interested I lift panels and remove covers to show all the cool electronics. I love this hobby. Just felt like doing it. Total time to complete: 3:45 min of fun? I hooked timer up quickly last week and I'm at 11 hours track time. Cool toy but don't let wife see it...kidding

Jeff

I swapped a 180 watt brick with a 135w one. Then I took the 135 watt brick and hooked it up to a Powermaster which is now feeding power to all the accessories. After that was up and running, that freed up the last circuit I was using on my ZW, so it's ready to be removed from service.

 

Of course I was "testing" the new configuration, so I didn't want to unhook any wires from the ZW while the trains were running So for now the ZW is still in place with wires hooked to it.

 

J White

 

 

My railway time was mainly spent on locomotive maintenance. I had been awaiting some replacement parts from Lionel which arrived in the post yesterday. So I was busy swapping out a smoke fan motor and replacing the pilots on my F7s. The Legacy F units are such an absolute dream to work on, they are my favourite locomotives. 

Nicole. 

Not quite dead yet.

I re-wired up a CW80 transformer that will power all my accessories on the layout this morning.  I also am running trains with my son again.   Tomorrow i am off of work and hope to get a few hours while the kids nap to get more plaster cloth on.  


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Bought some metal shelving at Ocean State Job Lot to organize my "warehouse" room of trains. At $20 to $40 they are a great buy and I haven't been able to find them anywhere else. These are ALL METAL, no partical board so they are light in weight while still strong enough for storing boxed cars, engins, accessories etc.. The room is a mess right now and I have to get it organized!!!

 

Paul Goodness

Converted from conventional to legacy today.I am going to sleep with my cab2 remote.

                                                                                                                             

Hey, I like this thread so much I'm posting to it !

 

I am trying to work on the layout every day. Not drudge jobs, though. I did too much of that prior to the Holidays.

 

Today I finished the wood planking for platforms by Munoz Station and weathered the tracks with Bragdon powders. I also started work on a small section house. Took some photos of the interior detail of my diesel shed.

 

eliot

 

Grandson Micah arrives 7:00AM (Sat. 1/05/13) with his GP20.  We spent some time hooking-up a TIU, Passive mode, signal only to the tracks.
The GP20 did not smoke well so we spent some more time improving smoke output. Re-arranged the fiber wading in the smoke fluid chamber. Added smoke fluid to the dry fiber wading.   By the time his father came, 1:00 AM, we had the GP20 running well. Still a little gear noise, but I think it will wear in.

What did I learn today from a 10 year old. ?
(1.) You can crash you engine without crashing it. Apparently there is a DCS crash sound sequence.
(2.) There are (3) different smoke volume controls.  Low, medium, high.
(3.) The number boards can be turned on an off.
(4.) There is a special place on the train shelves for his engine.

(5.) We'll run the engine "shiney" for awhile, until it gets older, then we'll weather it with grimmy black to make it look used.  
(6.) Lunch is at 11:45AM.

 Now that was a GREAT Day

Mike

Originally Posted by pennsyfan:

Mike,

Isn't it great to share the hobby with the little ones? I never had so much enjoyment before my Grandson's got interested.

 

Great layout pics, thanks for sharing!

I 100% agree.  I have a 2 1/2 year old son and his eyes just light up every time he sees a train.  I have really enjoyed just running trains with him, and he is learning how to use the Legacy remote to control his favorite train, the PM 1225.

 

As for the work ont he layout today I was able to switch out some pins on some of my Fastrack Switches to make it mate better with my Gargraves track to leads to the wye. I used some Gargraves to Tubular track pins that a forum member sent me and it worked great.  I had to open up the switch and pull out the Fastrack pins.  Took me about 10 minutes per track and now the transition is so much more smooth then what it was.  


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I haven't had much time to work on the layout over the last 2 weeks with my inlaws in town.  But they left on Wednesday and my progress has started to move forward on the layout again.  I have started to install a covered bridge that forum member Alex Malliae has built for me.  He also should have a water wheel done for me by next week, and after I receive it I will finish cutting my river out exactly how I want it.  I will spend the next 2 or 3 weeks laying plaster cloth over the entire layout.  

 

What have you done on your layout today?


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I started applying Roberts Brick Mortar on my new MTH Heartbreak Hotel.  Started building a new Clever Model's structure, just waiting for my lights to show up from China. Started scenicing a yard area on the layout.  I am going to work on another Clever Models Structure tonight and probably weather the Hotel and a Lionelville structure.

 

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Stared at it, daydreamed, coughed 23 times, ran out of Kleenex, returned downstairs for more meds and water and to continue rassling the recliner

 

So, the answer is I did nothing to the layout. But I will catchup.

[there is no bacteria on this post---cough, cough].

 

 

Some mighty good looking work shown up above.

A&Y RY[NC's Southern/N&W connector].

I put together a dummy K-line MP-15 today.

Last Tuesday a friend showed up at my layout with 2 K-line Alco FA's and 2 K-line EMD MP-15's. Only 1 FA would run. By the end of the day I improved the Alco FA that would run. Replaced the E unit in one of the MP-15's with one that I had, Installed the trucks from the damaged MP-15(broken shell) on to the second FA. Just like the 1 to 1 scale railroads we had to do some cutting on EMD trucks to get them under the Alco FA.

For my repair work my friend gave me the MP-15 frame and the broken shell.

Today installed Lionel dummy trucks under the MP-15 frame and added my good non-damaged K-line shell to make a new dummy engine. The engine will go to the paint shop in the near future. For now it looks like "Johnny Cash" built it. 

Keith Johnson

All I did on today on my portable O-gauge layout was look at it because I am working on some N-scale projects right now.

 

I got the painting and track completed over the last few weeks. The weather is going to be great this weekend and I have three days off, so I will get a good start on the scenery starting tomorrow.

Michael DeSandro

Troy, AL

Making a switch control panel out if oak. It will control 16 turnouts. Indicator lights will be tiny LEDs. Keeping it very small so it tends to blend in with the layout front. I  have Legacy control of the switches also. These are just for fun.  Using different color LEDs to represent different areas for turnouts; such as yards, crossovers, coaling area. Routes will light with different LED colors which I'm hoping my mind will recognize after using for awhile which patterns set which routes. Time will tell. Just blew first try by drilling one hole out of place. I'm staining and sanding second attempt now.

Jeff

I like the beer garden.

 

I ran trains.  My 5 year old wanted to run trains.  He likes them but is more interested in the "guys" on the layout.  It was entertaining as I have a nice bridge and he is more interested in the guy fishing by it than the 5 engines running around him.

 

John

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I’m trying to finish my engine service area. This weekend, I hope to add some handrails and ground cover around the water spout. I may not get the whole service area done since I can’t seem to find a suitable product for sand. All part of the fun!

 

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I took a major step in the creation of Pennsylvania station on my layout. I met Alex Malliae at Trainstock 5 and delivered the MTH banks so that he could begin construction. Now I’d better get going and build the upper level to receive this masterpiece.

Regards, Bob

 

 

Originally Posted by ARC:

 

I’m trying to finish my engine service area. This weekend, I hope to add some handrails and ground cover around the water spout. I may not get the whole service area done since I can’t seem to find a suitable product for sand. All part of the fun!

 

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 Looks great man.

 

                                                                                                                             

We got to Train Central about noon; ordered "sandmiches" and then being it was a no-school-holiday we had visitors back to back all afternoon.... So we just ran trains and taught 4 or 5 lads how to use the remotes..... we had a couple of engines drive into the caboose in front of them - but no damage..... even when we lost a dozen hopper cars off the track in a tunnel..... One gentleman was an HO guy and he said that it must have cost a fortune to add DCC to all of these engines..... LOL....  

 

These guys grabbed seats on the stairs to the attic for a bird's eye view....

 

 

 

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Today I uploaded photos to Shutterfly of work I have been completing since mid December.  I have been rather dormant for months and then the “get busy on trains bug” bit me.  I have considered making up a train with some coal hoppers and tank cars.  Several years ago I purchased nine 2 bay coal hoppers.   So in December on a lark I started looking on ebay for tank cars.  I like the K-line versions because they are relatively inexpensive, the trucks are tolerably close to the steam era and the tank cars are close to steam era as well.  I bought a few here and there on ebay that were in good condition but as inexpensive as I could buy them.  I bought 10 at an average cost including shipping for $23.00 each, but one of them was a heavy model that I chose not to use for my project.  I disassembled nine of them and painted them flat black.  I made up some signage on the computer with a black background and white lettering and glued them on the cars.  They are not as good as decals, but it works for me.  I have completed other projects that I will post later.  Here are a few pics.

 

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Started painting the frame for the new control panel. Mounted up the broken control panel so that when I'm done paiting the new one, I can just remove a few screws from the piano hinge, and attach it to the new frame.

 

My Dad took these curves out and smoothed them out as they were just toooooo much for the 4-12-2. With flanges on the 1st and 5th driver.....this "S" curve just wasn't cutting it!

 

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Another project that wanted to get into was making PRR design signals.  I did some research on the web and found this sight.   http://www.railroadsignals.us/signals/pl/pl.htm

The design specs on the signals were just what I needed to start building.  I used , masonite for the bases;  9/16 inch wood dowel for the poles for rigidity (painted nickel to mimic weathered aluminum);  ¼ inch grid screen for the ladders;  Hobby Lobby wood discs that were just a little less than 1 inch in diameter for the faces.  I tried to drill holes in the discs that were properly aligned but even with a template it was quite difficult to do.  Then I glued bright yellow paper on the back of the disc.  It looked pretty good from a far, but the faces were just a little bit too small and the yellow did not stand very well.  Eventually I settled on a different method.  I used the drawing feature on the computer and made close to one inch circles, filled black. Then I was able to make very small circles for the lights filled in yellow and dragged them to precise locations on the black circles.  I did the same for the lower signal arms and cut them out.  The paper was quite thin and was white on the back.  I had some 3M spray adhesive that I sprayed on black hobby stiff paper and placed the print out on the black paper.  I cut each signal (32 round, 32 arms!!!) then glued the round on the discs for the upper signals and skinny stick pieces painted black for the lower arms.  I know that the actual signal displayed are in most cases not appropriate and would result in havoc in the real rail world but I can tolerate the fiction. Here are some pics.

 

 

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Track surgery: been shortening the diverging track on a bunch of over long Atlas #5 switches for 3 7/8" right of way centers and compressing overall lengths for a shorter ladder track.  Also, cutting one in half between the frog and points for a lift out. 

Eternity is a long time to have been wrong.

I finished weathering and installing the stockade fence for my scrapyard.  Cleaned the track with ISP alcohol and some old flannel.  I also unpacked and ran the caboose and box car I got from a plankowner110 yesterday.  Bill it was nice meeting you, they look great on the layout! Then just sat and watched the trains run for an hour.

 

Kevin


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I looked around the layout half way through spending significant time underneath it rewiring accessory leads and dismissed the thought of continuing today. I looked at the projects on my table and thought "maybe tomorrow" I thought of going to Lowes for more wire. Nah..too cold out today. I ran trains instead. No wonder I have a backlog of half finished projects as I spend too much time playing with trains. 

Originally Posted by Kenai:

My dog, Layla and I have been building the Kenai Mining Company in honor of my dog Kenai who passed away 18 months ago.

Kenai,

 

Looks fantastic (talking about the dog)!  More photos of the layout would be greatly appreciated!

Originally Posted by Super O Bob:

I just finished all the benchwork on my new layout.  Tonite is cleaning all the table tops off so they can be painted.  And starting to glue some foam down to prepare for roadbed laying.

Bob, I loved all your You Tube videos of your previous layout. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do this time!

I put Woodland Scenics risers under the loop on one side of my layout.  The loop is O84 and O72 Fastrack.  I raised the upper level on six inch blocks of styrofoam around to the other end of the layout and stuck a few pieces of foam under that loop.  I test ran one diesel around the whole setup.  I have a spot that I need to extend the benchwork so there is support under the track, and three corners that I need to fill in.  I installed another  O72 cross over, bringing the total to three, and installed a turnout for the yard lead.  Yesterday evening I unpacked the Big Boy and tested the fit on the outsid loop.  I needed to make a little clearence adjustments, but everything checked out OK.  Now I need to finish the benchwork so I can start on the other side.     

Originally Posted by electroliner:

I looked around the layout half way through spending significant time underneath it rewiring accessory leads and dismissed the thought of continuing today. I looked at the projects on my table and thought "maybe tomorrow" I thought of going to Lowes for more wire. Nah..too cold out today. I ran trains instead. No wonder I have a backlog of half finished projects as I spend too much time playing with trains. 

You sound like me. 

 

Art

well let's see...planted about a dozen or so people last night as well as putting on/off switches to several sets of lights etc.

 

dusted off some of the bldgs and accessories.

 

also added more lights to some of the bldgs and hopefully will get them wired up later today.

 

thop......

Hi Everyone,  Really enjoy this post!  I don't have an Iphone yet, so I can't easily post during my daily comute.  I hope Jumijo was kidding about putting a flat screen TV where his layout is located!

 

This is more of a "what i did over my summer vacation" than what i did today.  My house was built in the 1960s and for lots of reasons I decided that the popcorn ceilings needed to go, unfortunately, one of the rooms had my layout in it, which needed to be dismantled.  So, I am attaching a few pictures of that layout,  which I had built on four kitchen cabinets in the bedroom of my oldest son, who finally moved out a few years ago.  About 10 years ago, in a basement storage room, I had built a layout that has the look and feel of a Lionel Display Layout. It has Atlas track and the curves are not big enough for my bigger engines, so i will be adding a loop of track with 54 inch curves on extensions added on to this layout.  Over the Christmas break, I added more storage, on a shelf in the storage room closet. Take care,Dave    

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I always get inspired after attending Trainstock. Have been working on my mountain and cleaning track and wheels. 

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Wired my Gantry Crane (thanks, Doug!). Relocated the drum loader, to make it more accessible for reloading.  Both working fine. Installed some new peripheral terminal strips to ease further accessory wiring. 

 

Went to LHS (Klein's) and spent my gift certificate.  All in all a fine day!

B&O Bill

I spent a long time planning my layout. I realy got into the layout construction phase after winter settled in here inNorthernNew YorkState (and after my wife threatened to use my train room for quilting if I didn't get moving!) My lower level basically consists of a folded dogbone with the right side containing a five track yard and a ladder track, and the left loop containing a reversing loop. I have plans for the upperlevel, but that part of the project is a long way off. I used Gargrave track and Ross switches. I installed Gargrave uncoupler tracks on all the yard tracks, and also on a siding coming off the reversing loop on the left side. Included are some photos. I have spent the last several days (including today) on my knees under the tables running and connecting the wires for the electrical system. I am learning to do the electrical as I go.

EL BOB

 

Finally got the 2nd attempt at the control panel to the point where it could be installed and wiring process began.

 

Did some of the wiring at the bench where it was easy to get to and work on. 

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Built the frame work for the panel and got it painted.

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Started wiring up the Tortoise Switch Machine toggles with LED switch point indicators (green/yellow) for normal and diverging routes.

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Originally Posted by Rixster:

Brewman.....where did you get that extra wide tunnel portal?

 

Rick

Hi Rick and Harry, I used the heavy clear plastic container that the K-Line tunnel portals came in as a mold, which I then poured modelling plaster into. I made two and spliced them together.  You can see from the picture that it lacks much of the detail, but it looked ok after painting.  To give it extra strength, I added a wood brace on the back.  If I had it to do over again,  I would not have put the portal on a curve.  I had to trim the sides a few times to allow for overhang from some of my larger engines. 

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I didnt do any actual work on the layout today, but ran trains with my son. 

 

I also have started talks with Alex Malliae about building a new feature of the layout.  This will require a large rebuild of the corner closet that cover the sump pump.  It will also cut down on my asile space but I think the end results will be well worth it. 


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Really worked on the railroad yesterday setting up a newly acquired ZW-L to replace my two ZW's.  Had to run some new wire under the layout as I have the railroad divided into two power districts and the ZW's were in different locations.  Now the ZW-L powers both districts.  I was up until 3:30 this morning running trains.  So I guess I did do something on the layout today! 

 

Tom, like the new vignette.  Well done!

 

Worked on my wesite this afternoon and wrote about the new ZW-L.  Bo 

 

Visit my website Bo's Trains at http://www.bostrains.com  

I have decided to upgrade my layout wiring to operate all my switches and uncouplers using the MTH AIU. I have also removed my switches from track power and will be running them from aux transformer power.  I am also adding track detection blocks by isolating one of the outer rails. This will allow for realistic block signalling.

 

I have rewired 2/5ths of the layout and have used up 800ft of 4-wire phone cable so far.

 

In the pictures below, I have mounted my AIU's to a movable pannel (1/8" plywood) so I can do all the wiring on my lap while sitting in a chair. This only requires that the wire runs have an extra 3ft length so I can pull the AIU pannel out from under the layout for easy access. I have found this very practical, since there are about 100 wires to teminate for each AIU.

 

 

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Isolated outside rail by cutting rails and removing track pins on Lionel Fastrack, to create a train detection circuit. this will allow for block signals

0005 AIU out for wiring

AIU with extended wires, so you can do all the wire connections while sitting comfortably in a chair.

0006 AIU board wired

Wire labels and color codes, created using excel spreadsheet, allows for easy tracking of wire connections. Each 4-wire phone cable is labeled, and the colour codes indicate where each strand color for the cable should be connected.

0007 mounted under layout

AIU is hanging on 2 screws, under the layout. this view is in a closet, so there is no scenery and skirt. The AIU's in the rest of the train room are hidden by a skirt that hides the under table mess. In my train room, there are bankers boxes under the layout that store all our "stuff". This demands that the train table be as large as possible in order to store the many bankers boxes.

Joe K

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I rewired 4 switches on the fasttrack and secured the wires under the layout.  Today gonna do four more.  Gotta get the switch wire under the layout so I can start doing scenery, and wiring the buildings,light posts,yard lights......

 

Stay frosty my friends,

laz57

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Originally Posted by Putnam Division:

I fired up my new Railking New Haven Hudson.

I re-wired the inner loop at the far side of the layout (where I was noticing slower speeds).

 

 

 

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I wrote down a plan of projects for the coming 6 weeks.....that is sure to be broken at some point!

 

Peter

I like your idea of the old rail line leading to the scrap train, I'm going to steal it!

Originally Posted by Jdevleerjr:
Originally Posted by Super O Bob:

finished the roadbed on a 46ft long straight double track main.  It is perfectly straight, thanks to a laser sight!

Wow Bob, I wish I had the room for a 46long straight!

 

this layout is long and skinny.  It gets very hard to keep such a long straight perfectly straight.  I set up a datum line with a laser and measure off that.

 


 

Bob

Lionel Fan and Super "O" Track Enthusiast

While I watched the Red Wings game I decaled a Legacy 0-8-0 for a Grand Trunk Western.  I will clear coat it tomorrow, 1st witha  gloss coat to hide all the decal edges and after that dries with a semi gloss or dull coat.  Havent decided on that yet.  Just have the front number board to do and paint the cab window frames red and it will be all done.  Next up a Soo Line Mikado.  

 


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Yesterday I drilled holes in the platform to insert Christmas lights in the buildings on my layout. When my Dad gets a chance, he is going to build me a dimmer box for them (it's handy having an electrician in the family) so I can dim them.

 

Today, I used my rivet press to make the screw holes bigger for my American Flyer track. Tomorrow, I finish laying it out and securing it down.

-Michael R.

 

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Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

-Will Rogers

It wasn't exactly on the layout, but it was in the train room. I finished the ramp that leads up to the raised floor.  I didn't even realize that was the final piece until just now.


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I always hated having to do that 12" step up. The ramp was always in the plan, and now it's done.

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Last night I plaster clothed part of my river and a hill that will go behind my grist mill.  This morning I installed the motor to my Grist mill and the mill.   I will do more plaster cloth this week when I get to the hobby shop to pick some up.  


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I worked on my "control stand", and getting some RMT 70 ton hopper ore loads ready for repainting.  For some reason they look uniformly pink/rust. 

 

And I ran trains for a combined 1.5 hours. 

O Gauge: the IMAX of Model Railroading, and a multi-sensory experience.

I made a video using two new wireless mini video cams that I installed on my Grand Central subway station. The images are broacast to my TV and the cams can be changed by remote control. I now have a total of 4 cams in three stations.

 

Also added besides the two cams are a third rail right by the station track.

Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in Him. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters and never fails to bear fruit.                                                                                      Jeremiah 17 : 7-8

                                                                                         

                                                                           

                                     

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I am still wiring my layout. I am living under layou for about the last two weeks. I feel like the troll under the bridge from the story books. Part of my problem is obtaining sufficient supplies at my local stores. Radio shack only stocks a few of any itm I need, and ordering direct from their warehouse in Dallas takes forever. Because of where I live in extreme Northern New York, I am not close to the larger suppliers. But, I am making progress every day.

EL Bob

I almost chucked my CAB2 at the wall today!   Again the screen went out and now it is "forgetting" my locomotives cab numbers!   I purchased a Legacy Expansion 993 set off of a forum member so I have a working CAB2 while I send mine it for repairs to Lionel.   I hope they dont make me send my legacy base also.  


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I spent 45 minutes running trains with my 22 month old son while his brother was at swimming lessons.  My two boys giving me the energy to work on my layout, after they go to bed of course. Now I'm off to wire in the smoking switch tower the wife got me for Christmas. 

I stayed up late last night to work on a section of track that typically gives me derailments with my scale Legacy berk.  I found that the track wasn't 100% level and it caused it to go out of gauge when the heavy berk went though it.  

 

So I was using my Legacy ten wheeler pulling 3 MTH scale passenger cars though that section to test if it would stay level.   The very last passenger car split the frogs on a switch not even near that section and the wheels came in contact with the center rail.  The Legacy ten wheeler then went crazy and a bunch of static came from the tender for about 3 seconds before my MRC breaker tripped.  

 

I think I fried the RS system.  The loco runs normal but no sound except static!  I tried a factory reset with no joy.

 

Guess it will have to go to Lionel for an out of warranty repair, since I am a 2nd owner of this locomotive.  Frustrating since I only have had this locomotive for a week.  I typically have good luck with electronics, train and non train stuff.  Frist my CAB 2 goes nuts now this.  

 


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I used the platform as a surface to repair the landing gear mount of my Mini-Pulse XT electric powered RC plane.  When it was done I ran some trains.  Conventionally.

 

Don't understand why brushless motors, LiPo batteries and spread spectrum radios aren't used to power and control toy trains.

 

Pete

Pete

I don't understand it either but then again maybe an upstart from the G gauge world will enter the O market. Then again, maybe like the manufacturers I simply have too much already invested in what I have.. to begin considering reinventing my little O world if it were available unless I had bottomless pockets of disposable cash. Then again, I thought weather proofed outdoor O gauge trains were a great alternative to G and that was a decade ago. Of course I still haven't figured out how to keep critters from messing up my outdoor layout. I could see my lab walking away with an O gauge engine in it's mouth. I guess be careful what you wish for is still true.

The wide open floor look of the Plasticville Frosty Bar always kind of bugged me, so I made a few additions:

-Ice cream freezer and ice machine formed out of sheet aluminum (no painting) salvaged from a microwave.

-Table out of scrap plastic.

-Mop bucket sawn from a plastic Venetian blind cord end.  With a thin wooden dowel stuck in it with white glue (which turned brown).

-Tile floor made from sheet plastic and painted in black and white squares.

Originally Posted by TrainsRMe:

The wide open floor look of the Plasticville Frosty Bar always kind of bugged me, so I made a few additions:

-Ice cream freezer and ice machine formed out of sheet aluminum (no painting) salvaged from a microwave.

-Table out of scrap plastic.

-Mop bucket sawn from a plastic Venetian blind cord end.  With a thin wooden dowel stuck in it with white glue (which turned brown).

-Tile floor made from sheet plastic and painted in black and white squares.

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Nothing, again. I have been fighting a cold for the past week and have not felt like doing much on the layout. Last week I did cut some masonite to finish around the shelf I have my transformer, TIU, TMCC base, etc on. I need to now screw it in and give it the first coat of paint. Maybe I will be able to work on it later in the week.

 

Originally Posted by clem k:

Installed 6 Tortoise switch machines

I have 25 switches on my layout, and while I'd love to use torsoise machines and get rid of my DZ ones, I sweat when thinking about the pain involved in installing them.   I'll bet after the first 6, the rest are easy!

If anyone else is going to use Tortoise switch machines I have quite a few, New In Box, and controls for them.
Decided to go with ROSS after purchasing them ... new,never opened.
 
If anyone is interested please send me an email and we'll chat.
 
Originally Posted by clem k:

Installed 6 Tortoise switch machines

I finished my roadbed for the first two loops of track on my new layout.  I also just got down about 75ft of track.  I am about 40% done with the track for my first loop.  Hope to have the first loop done in a week or so.

 

Too messy for pictures!  Hopefully soon I will post some.

Bob

Lionel Fan and Super "O" Track Enthusiast

Originally Posted by swise:
Originally Posted by clem k:

Installed 6 Tortoise switch machines

I have 25 switches on my layout, and while I'd love to use torsoise machines and get rid of my DZ ones, I sweat when thinking about the pain involved in installing them.   I'll bet after the first 6, the rest are easy!

This six is part of the expansion. It is pretty easy went you do all the prep work right, only under the table 15 min. per motor. The hard part was finding the right size phillips head screw driver bit for the #4 mounting screws. 

Encountered my first real DCS problem. Spent hour and half trying to solve. Ended up resetting TIU and remote. Removed TIU from layout and set up single test track from fixed output one. Powered TIU seperately with 18 volt AC transformer. Followed Barry's steps. still could not add any engines. Put project to bed and ran Legacy only for another  hour. Nice to have separate systems when one goes down. 

Jeff

Continued a BCR and BCR2 battery replacement process for older MTH steam.  Only problem encountered so far was a first generation Rail King Berkshire that appears to be locked into neutral.  A battery set in a Rail King E-6 started to leak at the top but was replaced in time with a BCR2 before it could do any damage.  More battery replacement lies ahead.  Replaced some O72 Real Trax with O82 Real Trax.  The Lionmaster Challengers and Rail King Alleghenies already looked good on O72 with minimal overhang and now look even better on O82.  Long heavy freights are less likely to derail due to less tension on the broader curvature.  Will continue to replace as many O72 with O82 as I can given space limitations but each new O82 installation helps the layout a lot.  The CN Turbo will also look nicer on O82.

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