Andrew came over last Wednesday, and glued down most of the rest of the rail in the staging yard. I followed him with the soldering iron and wire strippers and added feeders to all the rails. Some of the wiring trenches got pretty crowded, but I only had to carve one a little wider to get all the wires in. The frogs will all be … Continue reading Wiring the Staging Yard
In Model Railway Journal 234, Howard Bolton has a super article about building complex trackwork. It would have been great to understand more about what he does, but even in this relatively short article, I picked up a nugget, which I’m going to capture here so I remember it the next time I go to build track. Where I fit the points to my track … Continue reading Points First?
Andrew and I made great progress on the staging yard on Wednesday evening. This was at least partly due to me mixing up the times, and thinking the clock downstairs hadn’t been changed yet. So, we got an extra hour of time in before quitting for the evening. Andrew, you have permission to tease me about this for years to come. Thanks again for your … Continue reading Slave Driver
The new sound decoder for #10 arrived last week, and I just took it out of the box. Wow, it is a lot smaller than the old decoder! This should be a cinch to fit into the tender, and may enable me to add a little more lead to bring the tender up to NMRA standard weight. After not very much research, I went with … Continue reading What a difference a half-decade makes
When Al Feguson stopped by the other night, he was treated to a view of the locomotive without its tender tank (and associated weight), and with the cab roof off and a piece of tungsten sticking out. The extra weight really helps, but it’s not satisfying to have it sticking out like that. So, I finally got around to cutting it up to fit in … Continue reading Hard stuff!
Al Fergsuon, of Black Cat Publishing gave me a lift home on Sunday night after the train show (the team put on a super show again this year, thanks for organizing it). Thanks again, Al! On the way, he asked for a precis of my clinic, and to make a long story short, I invited him in to see the layout. He was very complimentary, … Continue reading Thanks for Stopping by, Al
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there are a number of things that need to be resolved before I’ll be anywhere near satisfied with operations on Pembroke. I find it rewarding to share progress, and every little bit of motivation helps when you’ve got a job you’d rather not do. So, I’ll apologize for subjecting you all to the minutiae. I’ll use a … Continue reading Sorted: Engine House Switch