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1  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Short passenger cars on: Today at 03:18:17 PM
I like those. Cool project. Looks perfect for a smallish layout. Thanks for sharing.


2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: September 26, 2020, 12:54:06 PM
Thanks, Sid.

I also have a tough time with rock colors.  I started  by spraying them black, then dry-brushing increasingly lighter shades of gray, brown, tan, white, and so on.  I'm thinking they're too light.  Maybe we think too much about it.  Grin


3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-6-2 sand dome removal on: September 26, 2020, 12:48:49 PM

It's been a while.  As I recall, only one dome had to come off.  And I was able to pull it off using my fingernails on both sides at once. Surprisingly little pressure was required.  Don't use a tool.  The dome may be a bit sticky due to age.  Be patient.

As for lack of motor response.  I had the same issue.  There was a bad solder joint from the red motor wire to a small circuit board in front of the cab.  Simple fix.  Don't know if you have the same problem.

If you search 2-6-6-2 and my name (jonathan), using the search button on this forum, I believe I posted some photos and descriptions of the work I performed on this loco.  Good luck.


4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: September 26, 2020, 09:10:15 AM
There is a train store called Star Hobby, in Annapolis, about 70 miles away.  I had some free time last Saturday, and made the trek to do some real shopping... a special treat.

I picked up mostly scenery materials, as I have about all the locomotives and rolling stock I'll ever need (wishful thinking).

My next project is to complete the middle of the layout. I've made 100 trees, ranging from 2" to 7":

DSC_0492 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

Also took a rock mold, a gallon of plaster, various paints, and made some rocks:

DSC_0495_01 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

Finally, I set up a little carving station to cut the rocks to fit where I want them:

DSC_0496_01 by Jon Vogel, on Flickr

Not too exciting, I know, but wanted to record some of the prep-work prior to planting the next batch of scenery.


5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Electrical Considerations with Figure 8 Track Layout on: September 16, 2020, 06:45:16 PM
If you have your heart set on that configuration, you will have to gap the tracks in the middle, starting at the end of the divergent rails at each turnout. You will also need some sort of way to change the polarity of the oval while the locomotive is running through the middle of the figure eight. It can be done, but I wonder if you will find this troublesome or a fun challenge.

I like reverse loops just enough to use one on my layout sometimes, but it's not a regular requirement to operate my layout. It's a personal choice we have to make.


6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ken's Railroad on: September 16, 2020, 06:41:14 AM
I like the carboard hill project.  That's pretty neat.

Do you intend to create a "sky" background at some point?  Seems to be the only thing that keeps me from getting lost in the scenery.

Great stuff!  Thanks for sharing.


7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Electrical Considerations with Figure 8 Track Layout on: September 15, 2020, 07:09:03 PM
Your initial assessment is true.  You would be creating a 'reverse loop' on a figure 8, causing a short.  There are ways to electrically deal with a reverse loop.  However, if you are just starting out in HO, that may be a frustrating way to start out.

Your other description sounds like you are thinking about a 'double-track' figure 8.  This would require using 4 crossing pieces, but will remain electrically sound.  Then a 'crossover', using two turnouts, is a little easier, moving from an inner loop to an outer loop.

Another option is to keep a figure 8 on the inside, then lay an oval on the outside.  A single crossover from the inner to the outer loop will be relatively easy.  Two crossovers could create another reverse loop situation.

I hope that answers your questions. I hope I understood what information you were after.


8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: If you don't see me posting for a long period I have probably passed on. on: September 07, 2020, 12:44:00 PM
Hoping for a speedy recovery, Terry. Hang in there.


9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: September 05, 2020, 06:31:09 PM
Well that was a nice trip down memory lane! I had some of those Tyco motorized structures when I was a kid. Thanks!


10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ken's Railroad on: September 03, 2020, 07:50:50 AM
Really nice covered bridge! Some serious effort.

Enjoyed watching the build.  Thanks for sharing...


11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Motors on: August 31, 2020, 06:40:32 PM
Adding weight does help with pulling power.  That being said...

It's difficult (read nearly impossible) to add weight to diesel models.  Usually, the only dead space is in the cab, which means taking out the crew to make room for lead or whatever heavy material.

The F units have some dead space where a speaker would be installed. As long as you don't want sound...

I tried to add weight to my S-2s.  I managed to to add such a thin slice, that the slice wasn't worth it... no significant improvement.

Steamers always seem to have dead space, little nooks and crannies, begging for more lead.


12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Motors on: August 31, 2020, 01:40:37 PM

The Bachmann F and GP units all come with motor #8812A. Also, if you look at the on line diagrams, the trucks are identical.  I suspect their weight is very close to the same, too. 

I don't have their GP units, but I have 5 of the F units and they all pull quite well.  I tend to double-head my trains so pulling a long train (20+cars) up a 2% grade is no problem.


13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Layout Help on: August 28, 2020, 04:35:49 AM

Crossing over does not have to involve “crossover” turnouts. And you can use other manufacturers’ turnouts with EZ track. Just need to add some roadbed and a little card stock to align them.

I don’t have any turnouts leftover from my layout construction to show some different configurations. However, you just need to get a bit creative. Perhaps a curve turnout can create a crossover onto a straightforward turnout.

Sounds like your layout won’t have much for straightaways. Our club layout was like that, and we used curved turnouts all over the place.


14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: how to replace couplers/drawbar assy on car for acela passenger cars on: August 27, 2020, 06:20:27 PM
I had the same problem.

I called the parts dept and they sent me exactly what I needed to replace the whole coupler mechanism.

Dunno if the pandemic is still affecting the parts people.

The fix was a touch complicated, but I figured it out.


15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: August 22, 2020, 07:12:45 PM

Done enough modifying in my own connies, making them B&O, that I'm about burnt out on it.  But thanks all the same.

For Sheldon -- trees:

I use Woodland Scenics armatures.

1. Twist into shape.
2. Mist with gray primer
3.a. Use clump foliage and glue a clump to each branch, one at-a-time, or
3.b. Spray armatures with adhesive and dunk in a box of course ground foam. I did both. Honestly, the one at-a-time clumps look better.
4. Some of the trees get sprinkled with fine yellow ground foam for highlights.

I've used light, medium, and dark clump foliage.  I've tried to mix it up randomly on my layout.

500 trees leftover from last layout that I am planting now.

Think I'll need another 500 to cover every area needed.


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