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916  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-8-2 Light Mountain DCC sound installation on: August 22, 2016, 02:55:02 PM
The L&N passenger and freight whistles are 3 chimes.  The mountains apparently mostly had 5 chimes, unusual for the L&N.
917  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-8-2 Light Mountain DCC sound installation on: August 18, 2016, 04:54:50 PM
Photos of the L&N light mountains show 5 chimes on many.  The reading 6 chime sounds like a 5 chi me as well.
918  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: August 14, 2016, 03:09:32 PM
Answered Brock offline.

Now.  Back to topic...... How about the wide sections Jonathan?

I purposefully kept my layout narrow, 15" wide, and found that, while along the line it is fine, you need more in settled areas for industries and non-railroad structures.  Wish I'd done 24" now ..... Along with code 70 rail.  This current layout has about a year to go, then I'm passing it on to a friend, then build a new one incorporating lessons learned.
919  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: August 14, 2016, 01:46:17 PM
We can't have basements in South Louisiana, the water table is too high.  If you dig a hole deeper than a couple of feet it will fill up with ground water.  Large construction jobs have 24 hr sumps running.   In a hurricane a basement wouldn't do you any good even if it was dry, the house would blow away from above you unless it was clipped down well as per new codes.

The right way to build a house down here is wood framed floor elevated 3' or more above grade on masonry piers, with a pitched roof with an overhang, and no gutters. The most important part, the layout room, needs to be a separate building out back accessible without going through the dwelling unit.  It should be at least 1.5 times the size of the dwelling unit (2 being much better) with its own bathroom, kitchen snack area, and a small bunk area for overnight crews to crash in when the ops goes beyond 2 AM.  It needs operable windows with screens to let in the fresh breezes for most of the year so you aren't in a dungeon on a beautiful clear 70 degree day.

Later I'll post pictures of how to build a layout without a saw.
920  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Uncoupling on: August 14, 2016, 12:08:25 PM
I use delayed action on EZ track all the time.  But no uncoupling ramp.  I disengage  the couplers with a pointed tool (in my case, a kabob skewer), re engage them with the tool in the delayed position, and then push the car into the location. 

It's all very brakeman like and fun for me.  I have all manual switches too, most with working switchstands, so it's all pretty  prototypical for my branch line setting, lots of hands-on crew attention.  If you have a large urban terminal, or a big mainline junction of some kind, that might be another story.
921  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: August 14, 2016, 12:00:44 PM
Back to the layout.  Any more progress, Jonathan?

I'm looking at all that carpentry and cringing.

After 15 years of continual rent unit repair evert weekend,  and two full renovations of my house (and looking at a third time around), I never want to see woodworking tools in any form ever again.  I built my entire layout with only one saw cut.  I'll put up some pictures of the method.
922  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: August 14, 2016, 10:28:19 AM
I spent my life in construction Brock , I know what a slab is.  They, like a flat roof, are not a good idea down here.

We have at least two months a year with days in the mid 90's and really high humidity.  It's all what you grew up with.  I'm very used to it.  I'd way rather be too hot than too cold.
923  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: August 13, 2016, 08:36:38 PM
Lucky guys up north, every house has a basement, a potential layout area.  We don't have basements down here, we have attics that get to over 140 inside unless you severely insulate and condition.  In my case the highest my attic is in the middle is barely 6', really unsuited for anything except junque storage.  Plus, access is by a pull down stair that blocks the hall when down.

Of course, in trade off, we have 50 degree winters. Shocked Cheesy Cool
924  Discussion Boards / N / Re: K-4 4-6-2 Steam loco Whistle on: August 09, 2016, 12:49:48 PM
Steam engines had whistles, not horns ..... Except a few modern engines at the end of steam had an additional air horn.
925  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / EZ app mogul on: August 06, 2016, 05:11:54 PM
Will it be operable on regular DCC ?
926  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-0 Oil Tender on: August 05, 2016, 08:11:00 PM
Look at the 2-10-2 parts list.

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/H833X-IS001.PDF

The KCS version had an oil  tender and it is shown there. This was a "long" version of the "short" USRA tender that the 2-8-0 had, but I bet only the water tank was longer, and that the fuel tank was the same.  I have that 2-10-2 at home, I'll check it when I get back.
927  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Model Railroad Season Down South on: August 04, 2016, 10:19:41 PM
James, the flood is really what got me.  If it hadn't flooded all that would  have happened would have been only lose  half my roof and the back half of the house and half my stuff instead of the whole house and all my stuff.
928  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Model Railroad Season Down South on: August 04, 2016, 04:20:11 PM
It was more like 25 or 30 miles of CSX gone, including the Bay St. Louis bridge.
929  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Model Railroad Season Down South on: August 03, 2016, 07:21:10 PM
Haha.  Shocked Cheesy  I'm from Louisiana and lived on the Gulf Coast all my life. I've lived through hurricanes since the first one I remember in  1954.

I had a wind speed gauge on the house in  1964. You haven't lived until you feel your house shaking in 115 mph wind, which I read on the gauge, in the middle of the night.  Shocked No electricity for 3 weeks.

 I was prepared every year, all the stuff, the plan, everything.  I was even prepared in 2005 but it didn't matter, lost everything , I mean everything,  in the flood that year. We left town just in time because the Big K took a last minute turn right at us.  All I had left after it was over was a guitar and a suitcase of clothes.  I lived in a FEMA trailer over a year.

I've bought my model railroad stuff and built the layout since then.  Life goes on.

All I do now is be ready to run.  And that means having the good stuff packed up.
930  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Model Railroad Season Down South on: August 02, 2016, 10:10:57 PM
This one isn't going to get us ..... But I'm always ready to run out.  That's why I keep cheep rolling stock on the layout in the summer and the good stuff packed up and ready to go.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at5+shtml/235907.shtml?5-daynl#contents
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