I’ve been on the lookout for an inexpensive stereo for the train room for some time now. Today was the lucky day! On the way home from an appointment, I stopped in at a garage sale and found a stereo. I figured they would be increasingly flexible on price as they came closer to closing, and so, the Boy and I set out with some cash just before 1 PM. We came back a short while later with the stereo, a new appreciation for the distances in our neighbourhood, slightly longer arms, and deep satisfaction at having fulfilled our needs with minimal environmental impact.
Okay, I think I’ve got this problem with throwing both the switch and the switch stand for the turnouts on the window sill licked! The trick was to think about the parts that have to move the same distance and to design something that would hold them rigidly together. Then I remembered Pembroke’s Victorian or at least Edwardian roots, and realized that there is no … Continue reading Remote Turnouts Solved
This week I managed to get the two Bullfrogs for the remote switches installed. After an evening’s head-scratching, I actually managed to get the switches themselves to move relatively sweetly. The secret was to add sufficient screws to the near end of the sliders to keep them from lifting or twisting at all. So far so good. Then I turned my attention to the switch … Continue reading Failed Bullfrog Mutation
One of life’s bittersweet experiences is watching your child grow up. On the one hand, it’s wonderful to see them grow into increasingly independent and self-sustaining people. On the other, they no longer want to be with you as much, being increasingly independent and self-sustaining. So, when the boy invited me to play Lego with him last weekend, I jumped at the chance. Usually, I … Continue reading Raking Through the Lego
As you might recall, the first two turnouts on entering Pembroke are actually on the windowsill. I think when I made this design decision, I figured I would use ground throws for these two turnouts. However, since then, I changed my mind and decided they should be remote from the front of the fascia like all the other turnouts. My thinking is that if they … Continue reading Those Remote Turnouts