Dave, you have been wonderful in reporting and documenting so mu... moreDave, you have been wonderful in reporting and documenting so much of what goes on there. I am sure anything you post will be educational.
But the thing that has me perplexed is; how do the 1:1 guys rig the lead truck so it supports weight and leads the locomotive into curves? Maybe if us 1:24 guys could copy the mechanism, we could get lead trucks that don't derail every time they come across something they don't like.
Thanks for the input guys. The battery in question is in an Aris... moreThanks for the input guys. The battery in question is in an Aristo FA1. I am running two engines so that's four motors, no sound or smoke. I'm going to replace it with a battery from Cordless Renovations. Does any one know the dimensions of the following batteries? cr1605 cr1605b. Can't find it on the web site.
Good luck with that plaster and mesh, I won't be spending anythi... moreGood luck with that plaster and mesh, I won't be spending anything on this!
I wind winnow my ballast from coarse sandy gravel on site.
Hang on I have an idea!
David Maynard said:
Oh yea. Sure. Now where did I put that paper... moreDavid Maynard said:
Oh yea. Sure. Now where did I put that paper bag full of depleted uranium?
I looked last night. I didn't find the blue painted, depleted uranium, bullet shaped things, but I did find a box of dilithium crystals. But the crystals are for another mode of transportation that I haven't built yet.
Devon Sinsley said:
Well here it is after paint. At least for th... moreDevon Sinsley said:
Well here it is after paint. At least for this phase. I was in a hurry and had some over spray and you can see that I did cover the old lettering on the cab. I am going to paint that part black anyway I have decided. I also over sprayed the windows on the inside by accident so they will get re-glazed. But I think it is ready to go. I have to actually run it but I think its good to go. I will eventually need to revisit that tender for sure. Either an all new one or highly modify this one. The battery fits but way to tight and puts strain on things. So a taller coal load is in order if I keep this one.
I like the oil burner idea more and more and have little to no hope of having this loco make it in the shed. I would have to shave off over 3" from somewhere and I don't want to cut the loco anywhere ( I actually really like how it came out) so that would be a rather stumpy tender. So I will leave it alone for length. So likely will build a nice gas tank for it.
Fred Mills said:...it isn't that I have done "Much" around here;... moreFred Mills said:...it isn't that I have done "Much" around here; it's that so many great people, have each done a lot to make "Our" railroad what it is today.
...the important thing is that we all seem to get enjoyment from or labours, and work well together, as friends.
What a wonderful thing to say.
We attended an Anniversary party Saturday night and there were a... moreWe attended an Anniversary party Saturday night and there were a few men there who came over to our table to ask about garden railroads. They were all under 50 with teenage boys and ALL were very interested in getting into the hobby. The one common factor for these folks NOT getting into large scale was the lack of hobby shops and other vendors selling LS stock OR hobby shops JUST NOT selling train stuff anymore. All of these people blamed the electronic game technology as a major factor. One guy I talked to extensively is into remote control tanks (starting at lengths of 24 inches all the way up to and including the 1/4 scale monsters). These things can cost as much as a 1 inch or 1-1/2 inch scale live steamer. This guy commented about the Big Train Show being at the OCC and was thinking about going and taking his two teenage boys (BOTH very interested in trains) on Sunday. But because they attended last years show and it was so lacking in LS vendors, he was just reluctant to spend the money to drive 60 miles o... less
'Been off the grid since y2k (Batte... moreThanks guys!
'Been off the grid since y2k (Battery/steam). I do my battery stuff on the cheap though... I only have 2 road diesels with battery-RC (plus MU capability), 1 batt-RC switcher, and 1 battery-RC heavyweight combine. My other diesels (10 more) can be connected to either the combine for power or an rc-equipped road diesel.
I very recently removed the temporary battery-rc from the F40PH. In its place, I will be adding a battery and RailbossPlus to one of my MBTA RDCs. This will allow me to power up the F40PH or any other engine and it will give me the ability to make automated station stops.
I was never a huge fan of battery cars, since it ties down your ability to run ops. However, with passenger car-based systems it makes more sense. More often than not, passenger trains are kept together for the entire run. Plus its nice to have power onboard for intierior lighting and in the case of the MBTA, it gives directional lighti... less
I wanted to try the coal burning Ruby on the line, but with the ... moreI wanted to try the coal burning Ruby on the line, but with the wind and my anxiety being really bad(I get very shaky hands when its high), just wasn't a smart thing to try yesterday. I know my wife and friend who pitched in to get the steamer for me want to see me run it on the line soon. I also got our pool opened up for the season and the cover off my boat. Had to put a transom in the back last fall, its a 1969 Starcraft Falcon 16' runabout. Hope to get the engine going this week so we can take her out for the first time. Its been a long time getting the boat to this point. Got it super cheap(needed a transom), then its been work on it when we have a little bit of money for stuff it needs. My wife and I both enjoy fishing, also a very relaxing thing to do, but the skeeters here are so bad, fishing along the shore can be misrable. But dropping anchor out in the coves keeps them away. Mike less
I use a variety of sound files in our C-19s but the sound I like... moreI use a variety of sound files in our C-19s but the sound I like best is what phoenix calls "Older 2-6-0 Mogul (Bachmann)".
The reason is that the whistle in this sound file is a single chime which is the correct whistle for this locomotive.
While some of our locomotives use the stock speaker. I normally replace it if Phoenix has a good higher watt speaker in stock. They had a great one a few years ago but the last one I got was not all that much better then the stock one.
Ten times better than all the productio... more Ten times better than all the production stuff you see, color and detail and everything. A little rust on the beams like the pictures show and I don't see how it could get any better than this, Mike. I don't know, maybe rust the couplers?
I could never do what you've done. Thanks for keeping us posted.
KW Bonsai has a FB pag... morehttps://www.facebook.com/kwbonsaisociety/
KW Bonsai has a FB page complete with videos. This is very informative and a great source for out of the box thinking when looking for ideas. Regards, Dennis
Here's my thinking after a long rainy Saturday pecking away at t... moreHere's my thinking after a long rainy Saturday pecking away at this. I'll still be investigating the LED controller approach for a lower-budget solution for a small rail car, because it has so much bang for the buck. But for longer range and more robust connectivity, and after a lot more research, I'm leaning toward the Deltang system.
I've been learning more about it, and have had some good responses to my questions. In a nutshell, it would tentatively consist of: Rx41d receiver, Tx21 transmitter, and 2 1S 160mah LiPo batteries.
All of that, including the shipping from the UK, is $78 US (with the Tx being in kit form). And, from what I can dimly figure out at this point, there should be opportunity for headlights, horn and taillight, all controllable from the handheld. And for a few bucks more, the transmitter can select from up to 12 trains.
Lots more to figure out, but here's my initial schematic. less
For those of you who install sound in your diesel locomotive mod... moreFor those of you who install sound in your diesel locomotive models, here are a few links to websites that serve as an excellent guide to diesel locomotive air horns and whistles.
Five Chime Consultants
Horn & Whistle Magazine
Steve Weidner said:
Bob - no promises - but let me look in my ju... moreSteve Weidner said:
Bob - no promises - but let me look in my junk here - I've replaced a few timing belts the past year and may still have the old ones. I'm known for not throwing anything away.
Went through my vehicle junk last night and again this morning - no luck - but if I run across them somewhere else in the mess around here I'll drop you a note.
Hmmm.... I'll take a look at my stuff, only have 10' and 14' on ... moreHmmm.... I'll take a look at my stuff, only have 10' and 14' on the layout, so maybe they made tie strips differently for different radii...
Stan, I knew they were used in the past on shared rights of way,... moreStan, I knew they were used in the past on shared rights of way, bridges and tunnels, but I didn't know that they were still in use. Very cool.
Gee, I though a budget was like plan to properly allocate ones f... moreGee, I though a budget was like plan to properly allocate ones financial resources. Since I tend to work things out as I go, a plan is a foreign concept to me. As is, having financial resources (cash in hand). Although, with my new job, I am finding that I do have a bit of money left at the end of the month, instead of having a bit of the month left at the end of the money.