Happy Easter! What is the AAR-approved method for tying giant Easter eggs down anyway?
You’ll note in the cover photo that I still haven’t put #10’s tender back together. After the recent Battle of Pembroke Hill, I drove this little train into town. To say it was a success would be overstating matters significantly.
Despite tuning, the engine is still not smooth, and singularly fails to evoke a feeling of mass and realism. In short, it completely refused to do this:
The decoder has to work extremely hard to overcome the mechanism’s rough spots, and the result is that the exhaust is far removed from the wheels’ reality. Finally, by the time the train made it to the station with its precious load, the drive gear was slipping on its axle, and the train was stalling.
I’ve always felt that #10 was a good first effort, and that the next engine will be better. However, I never thought I would abandon it completely! Yet, now I find that the best thing for #10 might be to replace the chassis. This will be very difficult as the superstructure was largely built to fit the chassis.
Ironically, the NMRA thinks I’m a Master Builder, Motive Power. Mastery means command of a subject and yet I know that such a challenge is beyond me. So, I think I will go on to building a second engine instead. Once my skills have grown to a point where I am confident to work more on this little jewel, I may return to it.
In the meantime, I promised back in December that I would get some rough scenery in place so that casual visitors to the railroad can appreciate what I’m aiming for. My sister is coming in a few weeks; let that be the deadline.