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16  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.
17  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.

18  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...

19  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.)

20  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).
21  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: November 03, 2019, 07:43:44 PM
Off topic a bit, but jonathan, did you see the helix table in the south room?  the foam-backed helix templates that you put together.
neat stuff, and really rigid.
22  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: November 02, 2019, 10:47:03 PM
Any particular prototype's bents are you copying, or just the Atlas-style?
23  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 02, 2019, 10:22:24 PM
The buildings used were donated years ago, and I picked from the ones in best condition, trying to keep with the "the steel mill is our past" theme.  The track that was used for the HO section was a little bit of this and a little bit of that, brass, steel, and nickel-silver, from all different makes and models.  So I nixed that and over the past year have been steadily buying NS track to fit my plans.

Here's the plan for the mainline run, in 4' x 8'.  Bachmann Nickel-Silver EZTrack.

And one for the "exhibit", a take on the local steel mill.  Atlas Nickel Silver, just for separation.

The two tracks next to the blast furnace will continue alongside it and end in bumpers, as will the track going around the rolling mill.  I may elongate and curve the single track from the workshop if space allows, just for switching purposes.  And no, I did not 'lose' a track coming out of the workshop.  I decided to dead-end the track inside, put an unworking diesel in there and put some ties leading from the other end, as a ripped-up track.  The track in the building will be used for 'major repairs' to equipment.
24  Discussion Boards / HO / Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 02, 2019, 12:54:55 AM
Last year, I became part of the Dundalk Patapsco-Neck Historical Society Train Garden "builders and hostlers", which means I help put together the train garden and run the trains occasionally.

Almost immediately, I became head of the HO division on what is mostly an O-gauge pike.  The division basically operates a loop of track around a few buildings that represent some of the Bethlehem Steel plant in Sparrows Point (plenty of Google-feed here...).  This year I was given permission to enlarge it a bit more, to a full 4x8 spread.  So I did some track planning on AnyRail 6...

Last weekend at the train show in Timonium I was miraculously able to purchase all the pieces of track I needed.

This weekend, we're going to be disassembling some of the exhibits in the museum to make way for the garden.

Once I figure out images on this thing, I'll post some of the track plan.
25  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: October 30, 2019, 10:19:26 PM
Yes, stable.  Translation: always cool and slightly damp, except by the furnace and/or water heater.

You might want to invest in some DampRid, or something of the sort available at a dollar store or en mass from
Take the lid off the container, set it on the floor out of the way (or between your first and second tiers) and forget about it until it needs to be replaced.
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wheel standards on: October 25, 2019, 02:02:17 AM
Why did my first readthrough read that as " one of you hoes can measure"?
27  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: October 25, 2019, 02:00:27 AM
What's the e for?

N gauge
HO narrow 30"
28  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Reverse loop on: October 23, 2019, 10:00:39 PM
Another option to consider would be a gauntlet track running the length of your single-track section.  A gauntlet track is two tracks on a slightly bigger space than one track.  One set of tracks is offset slightly, maybe 1/8 inch. This would negate the need for a reverse loop as technically, the train is not returning on the same tracks it used to get to there.
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Railroad (sorta) part IV on: October 23, 2019, 09:57:11 PM
I see a naughty sign! Wink
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: October 23, 2019, 09:54:17 PM
If you raise the third tier enough, you may be able to use N-scale things to 'fool the eye' even more.
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