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SteamGene

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« Reply #180 on: November 16, 2008, 07:38:07 PM »

Where did the homostote come from?  I think Yampa Bob got into the Colorado Mountain High a bit too early in the day. 
OTOH, I have one totally electricly dead turnout.  To make it worse, it's the head turnout for the east end of South River Yard.  I get either no or very faint voltage readings on it and all locomotives stall on it.  Should I drop leads from it?  I have no idea why no power comes to it. 
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« Reply #181 on: November 25, 2008, 05:29:12 PM »

To answer my own question, the leads work fine. 
Today I put VT&P 125, a USRA 0-8-0 (Proto 200) on the layout and ran it into the west end of South River Yard.  It cleared the first turnout and then slammed to a stop passing the second.  A bit of investigating showed that the slide switch controlling the turnout was too close to the track and blocked the loco.  That was an easy fix - not like some other problems I'm finding.  Ah, well.
BTW, I have three different ways to control the turnouts.  The most common are Caboose Hobby ground throws, followed by slide switches in a similar manner as Sheldon uses them.  I use these only in yards where track clearance is such that a ground throw won't work or to control turnouts in either staging or the reverse loop.  The other controller is the old Atlas remote, which is used only on a few turnouts in staging.  I was going to use Atlas underlayout controls, but found them impossible to adjust correctly.  The Atlas tech said he didn't use them.  I may install Tortoise at some point - some of the Caboose are hard to reach! 
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« Reply #182 on: December 03, 2008, 03:04:06 PM »

C&O T-1 leased to VT&P pushed VT&P X -2TC  as Track Maintenace extra to complete the first circumnavigation of the Valley sub.  Not without some problems, of course.  But they seem to be getting fewer, rather than more. 
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« Reply #183 on: June 10, 2009, 08:45:26 PM »

The first section of track has been ballasted.  It's the C&O mainline at Nick Junction just to the west of Gordonsville, Va.  (this is non-powered track)
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« Reply #184 on: June 16, 2009, 12:10:22 AM »

Sweet like sugar...

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SteamGene

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« Reply #185 on: April 17, 2010, 05:13:49 PM »

Well, for the first time since before November, I actually put down some plaster cloth this afternoon, working on the Blue Ridge Mountains between Nicksburg and Bradyton.  I need somebody who is at least six feet tall to help me!  <g>
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« Reply #186 on: April 17, 2010, 06:37:27 PM »

Gene, glad to see you are back at it.

I will send you those pictures as soon as I get a small break in a busy spring work schedule.

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« Reply #187 on: April 18, 2010, 03:09:39 PM »

Thanks, Sheldon.  No great rush. 
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