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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Railroad (sorta) part V (preview) on: December 29, 2019, 08:45:35 PM
The Boss is a hard one to negotiate with, eh? Wink

Are you eventually going to weather the newer hoppers like the rest, or are they just for show?
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Christmas layout 2019 on: December 28, 2019, 02:15:52 PM
I know that face you're making Terry.  "You worked perfectly when it was just me, so don't bugger up when the real audience is here."
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: December 22, 2019, 08:07:07 PM
Thanks all.  "My" section of next year's layout will be even bigger. Someone donated some Rivarossi (AHM) Santa Fe long passenger cars and a combine, so I'll change out the couplers to McHenrys (sorry Bachmann, but they work in Rivarossis better than EZMates) and switch the couplers on an old Bachmann B-Unit to put it behind the A Unit that runs well, and run that on a double loop...
Well, that's the plan, anyway.  When I settle on a definite track plan, I'll upload the screenshots.
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Donít buy me a train. Please. on: December 22, 2019, 07:57:10 PM
Streetlights and a train order post, obviously. Or it's a telephone pole...
Prolly an off-brand to go with the little magnetic trains that go on the wooden tracks.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Bethlehem Steel 0-6-0 - Out of Stock on: December 18, 2019, 09:07:01 PM
Hey Bachmann, any chance of this one coming back in stock as a DC version?  It would be nice to add it to the Sparrows Point layout next Christmas... along with some of those 70.5' drop-end gondolas for Patapsco & Back River RR.
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: December 18, 2019, 09:04:17 PM
Track finally went a little wonky this past Sunday evening.  Been waiting for this to happen.  Train would slow down at a certain point then pick up speed.  After the Society closed one evening, I got up on the layout and looked at the track (because of course the slowy section is 4' back... Why would it be in the front?).  It was practically black!

Went home and got my little TrackBrite eraser doodad and came back.  Lightly ran it along the tracks until they were nice and shiny again and ran the train...

Nailed it.

Come on and see us some time!  We're in Dundalk, Baltimore, Maryland.  Center Pl. and Dundalk Ave.
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 0-6-0 wonít smoke? on: December 04, 2019, 08:14:25 PM
No.  But you also won't be able to produce smoke.  After putting smoke juice in my 0-6-0, I have to run it around at almost full speed for a bit of time before I hear a slight pop and a shot of smoke shoots up from the chimney.  First sign that the coil is heating properly.  Then most of the smoke escapes from under the plastic shell instead of through the stack.
Now in reverse, the speed is a bit lower to smoke, and it actually escapes through the smoke stack instead of the underbody.

Honestly though, you're better off taking the little unit out.  More power will be available for your motor as well.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: December 01, 2019, 11:55:49 PM
Got some photos on flickr now. the ones with the date of 16th were when I put the buildings up. The 25th were testing the wiring of lights and things.  28th was hiding the wires.  I came up with the idea of folding part of the tape over on itself so it wasn't sticky on a portion of it, then putting another piece of tape over that, creating a "speedbump" in the "road".
On the 29th of November, the final day before opening, I brought in some buildings of my own and filled out a bare section of the layout.  I also populated the area, putting three different "hidden" (read: naughty) scenes in my HO section.
On Opening Day, all went smoothly.  At least... until the end of the day.  One of the couplers 'malfunctioned', breaking the train.  Since I was creating a building to fill a space-filler, I didn't notice until I heard the sound of impact, barely audible over the loudness of the other 11 O-gauge trains.  I rushed over in time to see that the engine had bashed the caboose to one side of the tracks and the last loaded hopper to the other side.  So I came in early today and played a bit, setting up a permanent wrecksite.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Railroad (sorta) part IV on: November 22, 2019, 02:57:27 PM
Looks great!  Keep up the good work.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 22, 2019, 02:51:39 PM
Anybody have other suggestions besides photobucket for free file hosting?  'Cuz the lag is getting ridiculous...
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 13, 2019, 08:52:25 PM
So after only six hours, thanks to the track planning software, the entire railroad was unpackaged and laid out.  The next two to three hours was spent with testing the turnouts (manually) and the tracks.  The tracks are DC powered for simplicity.  The main track is one segment, and will operate only one train at a time.  The inside tracks are on another "circuit" (with plastic connectors on both rails), for operation by another train.  The inside track on the bottom side is a dead track (plastic connectors on both rails, both ends), and will store another train in case of an accident to the mainline.

During track testing (all the tracks work perfectly, as do the two donated engines), I realized that the inside track will need a longer 'neck' and had a spare 6" straight Atlas track.  Since I will only be storing one small car on the three stub-end tracks near the top, and the small US Steel loco will be on the inside, that should be enough.  And it was just the right length for me to be able to set up a small 2-track yard in the upper right, behind where the Rolling Mill will be.

More information and pics as it goes!

Thanks Len, I might do that.  In fact, I have some extra at home somewhere...  I think.  If not, less than $5 at Home Depot for a whole pack of smalls.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 13, 2019, 08:42:46 PM
4 hours even later, and all the track for the inside was unpacked and connected.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 13, 2019, 08:38:17 PM
Less than two hours later, and the main loop of track was put down, and there was even a little 'Golden Spike' ceremony.  Somehow, even the governor (Gov. Hogan in the gray suit Wink ) showed up...

14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 13, 2019, 08:34:21 PM
So... construction is finally taking place on the HO portion.
A couple of pictures before construction began, just for spatial awareness...
(I didn't bother to change my camera over from Daylight Savings Time.)

15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Wake up Maggie I think I got trains to show to you. on: November 13, 2019, 07:44:45 PM
He had an article in Model Railroader a few years back showcasing some of his work (and work ethic).
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