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    • September 21, 2017 11:05 PM EDT
    • I did. Forgot   MIB was a great series. II runs a lot on the tube.

    • September 21, 2017 10:37 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      Very nice Andy. I was just wondering; did you get an OK from Elvis before you moved Memphis?

      Jon, if you watched the movie ""Men in Black"", you should remember that Elvis went back to his home planet....

    • September 21, 2017 9:00 PM EDT
    • Very nice Andy. I was just wondering; did you get an OK from Elvis before you moved Memphis?

    • September 21, 2017 8:34 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:
      Andy Clarke said:

       

      This first required moving the dirt...  Running a tractor bucket full at a time would have taken all summer, hence the idea to load the 18 ft car hauling trailer with dirt and move it to the area in which the power plant would reside..

       

      Isn't THAT why you run a train? 

       

      It was a train (of sorts)..   Truck was the locomotive and the trailer was the freight car....       Tail lights was the ""FRED""...

    • September 21, 2017 8:32 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Wow!  That looks good!  Are there any walls to be built in this area in the future?  That really adds to the ops with both trains!

      Ric, no more walls...   Will work the slope, cover it with landscaping fabric and rock..  The steepest of walls will then be covered eventually by planting a few Blue Rug Junipers on the wall, to cover over the rock, much like the drainage area on the east end of the driveway island...

    • September 21, 2017 8:25 PM EDT
    • Andy Clarke said:

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      This first required moving the dirt...  Running a tractor bucket full at a time would have taken all summer, hence the idea to load the 18 ft car hauling trailer with dirt and move it to the area in which the power plant would reside..

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      Isn't THAT why you run a train? 

       

    • September 21, 2017 7:32 PM EDT
    • Wow!  That looks good!  Are there any walls to be built in this area in the future?  That really adds to the ops with both trains!

    • September 21, 2017 5:06 PM EDT
    • One of the main goals of moving Memphis, was to create an area for the power plant to give the unit coal train a destination..  One of the first main concerns was to move dirt to create the area...  Fortunately, my neighbor had dug out a pond in his front yard, and had plenty of dirt (Clay) that was available..

       

      This first required moving the dirt...  Running a tractor bucket full at a time would have taken all summer, hence the idea to load the 18 ft car hauling trailer with dirt and move it to the area in which the power plant would reside..

      The trailer would hold approximately 13-15 buckets of dirt on each trip..  The picture above shows it about 3/4's loaded..

      Trailer was moved into the area, then offloaded..

       

       

      Working from both sides, about a bucket and a half was left on trailer during the day trips..   At the end of the weekend hauling dirt, the trailer was aligned so I could drive up on it and scrape the trailer bed clean, as shown in the below picture.

       

      Once all the dirt had been moved, track was laid out so the roadbed area could be marked and trenched out..

       

      Below picture shows the area with the roadbed installed..   The inside loop will be the offload loop for the unit coal train at the power plant..

      The outside loop will be a turnaround loop for Memphis trains, such as Amtrak and Thru freight trains..

       

       

      a little closer look..

       

      Track was all laid and ballasted, and used during the Sept 2017 Operations session...  On Sat, a 25 car unit coal train delivered their loads to the power plant and returned...    On Sunday, Amtrak made the run and used the return loop..

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • September 21, 2017 7:54 PM EDT
    • I guess all of this could also be called "visible staging".  That is, if it is one number train going out and a second numbered train coming back.  Cool! 

    • September 21, 2017 4:46 PM EDT
    • Updating this topic, Below are the update pics...

      Below is a shot with the bridge connecting to Memphis.

       

      View of the Memphis yard from the side of the hill, looking southeasterly...

       

       

      Basically, all tracks are in for Memphis...  The 2 center tracks are the mainline, tracks to the right are the southbound yard tracks, and tracks to the left are the northbound yard tracks...  The passenger depot is at the south end, away back in the picture, just before the bridge at the back..

      Tracks are in and ballasted..  Mainline tracks have concrete ties, Yard tracks have wooden (plastic) ties..

       

       

       

       

    • September 20, 2017 8:07 PM EDT
    • Matt Doti said:

      Looks great.  Really nice looking pictures.

       

      And I tend to agree that the 4w - 11w bulbs give a much better color then LEDs do. We use Malibu style bulbs in the 4 to 11 watt range depending on how much light a building needs.

       

      And yes, cameras definitely exaggerate the light from these bulbs.  In person they do not look as bright as they do in pictures.  I like that you took the pics when there was still a lot of natural light outside to minimize the "exaggerated" building light.  I'll have to do that next time I take pics.

       

      Some pics of our lights:

       

      x

      Link 1

       

      Link 2 (go down a bit for night shots)


      Matt the lights look great. It really makes a difference. Its fun looking at the layout at night. Really brings it to life.

    • September 20, 2017 8:04 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:
      david bunn said:

      I noticed that B and M, a discount store brand over here in the UK, while in town today have a set of white miniature leds around fifty I think that run off two AA batteries for under £4.00. I bought a similar set last Christmas for the tree from another store, at greater cost, and they are really good. The leds are strung on thin bare wire and it seems to me that they would make a good cheap way to light buildings etc.

      Regards

      David

      I'm familiar with the ones you speak of. I saw some in a shop last weekend. They would work great with a couple of things to consider.  As stated above, the color will be bright white, but these are tiny LED chips so they are not overpoweringly bright.  Second, plan on changing batteries regularly. You can expect to get about 24 hours at full brightness from the LEDS then perhaps a week or more of gradually dimming light as the batteries go flat.  My wife uses a similar set in the bathroom as a night light. They are always on. We use really cheap Heavy Duty carbon-zinc batteries. Alkalines may last a bit longer, but I get these free or really cheap from Harbor Freight. Of course, if you switch them off when not needed the batteries will last a lot longer.

       

      I originally planned to use some similar sets in my buildings, but decided I wanted them on all night at full brightness, so chose to plug them in.


      I had thought about solar and battery but I didn't want the lights to die after so many hours. Using the electric gives me run time from dhsk till Dawn without having to worry about replacing batteries and not seeing the lights in the morning. I'm like you, I want to see my light when I come.e home for work and when I'm leaving. I had good luck with the 4watt bulbs. Imost lasted a few years on .y old layout. I might experiment with painting the LED bulbs for a warmer glow. I went with the 120watt power supply. I'm up to about 60 as of now.

    • September 20, 2017 7:57 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      when you said ceramic wedges, is this something Malibu ( or whatever the brand) offers to make the contact? I am familiar with the old wedges that they used a long time ago that Mike mentioned. and will soon be looking at installing the wire for my layout. Great pictures Shawn, love the buildings.


      I got these from Amazon. I just splice the main wire and tap the ceramic wedges into the main with wire nuts and electric tape. Here's what I use https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/mlt/B000XVM88S/ref=psd_mlt_dp_click_B000XVM88S?showV2=0

    • September 20, 2017 7:04 PM EDT
    • david bunn said:

      I noticed that B and M, a discount store brand over here in the UK, while in town today have a set of white miniature leds around fifty I think that run off two AA batteries for under £4.00. I bought a similar set last Christmas for the tree from another store, at greater cost, and they are really good. The leds are strung on thin bare wire and it seems to me that they would make a good cheap way to light buildings etc.

      Regards

      David

      I'm familiar with the ones you speak of. I saw some in a shop last weekend. They would work great with a couple of things to consider.  As stated above, the color will be bright white, but these are tiny LED chips so they are not overpoweringly bright.  Second, plan on changing batteries regularly. You can expect to get about 24 hours at full brightness from the LEDS then perhaps a week or more of gradually dimming light as the batteries go flat.  My wife uses a similar set in the bathroom as a night light. They are always on. We use really cheap Heavy Duty carbon-zinc batteries. Alkalines may last a bit longer, but I get these free or really cheap from Harbor Freight. Of course, if you switch them off when not needed the batteries will last a lot longer.

       

      I originally planned to use some similar sets in my buildings, but decided I wanted them on all night at full brightness, so chose to plug them in.

    • September 20, 2017 6:49 PM EDT
    • On bulbs Vs LEDs.  There is no argument that the color from an incandescent bulb is much more desirable if you are modeling anything other than present day.  The problem with bulbs is current draw and life expectancy.  I want my buildings lit an average of 12 hours/day - Dusk until dawn so I chose LED. To deal with the color I devised methods to modify the color to the more yellow/orange of incandescent by bouncing the light off colored glossy surfaces or through tinted plexiglass.  In two structures I kept the bright white LED as I model an operating museum in the present. I figure that the railroad would have used fluorescent lighting for efficiency. The bright white LEDs are pretty close enough in color temperature for me to represent cool white florescent.

       

      I am also using some incandescent bulbs, especially where the bulb will be visible.  The one I put on the Wall Station has burned out already. I have yet to put my Amazon 12V grain-of-wheat bulbs in service to see what their life may be.  I will need to limit how many of these I put out as I max out my 12V supply at 60 watts total.

    • September 20, 2017 6:48 PM EDT
    • I noticed that B and M, a discount store brand over here in the UK, while in town today have a set of white miniature leds around fifty I think that run off two AA batteries for under £4.00. I bought a similar set last Christmas for the tree from another store, at greater cost, and they are really good. The leds are strung on thin bare wire and it seems to me that they would make a good cheap way to light buildings etc.

      Regards

      David

    • September 20, 2017 2:23 PM EDT
    • Looks great.  Really nice looking pictures.

       

      And I tend to agree that the 4w - 11w bulbs give a much better color then LEDs do. We use Malibu style bulbs in the 4 to 11 watt range depending on how much light a building needs.

       

      And yes, cameras definitely exaggerate the light from these bulbs.  In person they do not look as bright as they do in pictures.  I like that you took the pics when there was still a lot of natural light outside to minimize the "exaggerated" building light.  I'll have to do that next time I take pics.

       

      Some pics of our lights:

       

      Link 1

       

      Link 2 (go down a bit for night shots)

    • September 20, 2017 10:04 AM EDT
    • How come you didn't light the outhouse by the ranger station? It looks like you lit everything else!

    • September 19, 2017 10:59 PM EDT
    • Looks real nice, Shawn, gives a warmth to the buildings.

       

      Did you use opaque or clear bulbs?, or were they colored, like Christmas lights? Just wondering which give off a better aura.

    • September 19, 2017 10:25 PM EDT
    • when you said ceramic wedges, is this something Malibu ( or whatever the brand) offers to make the contact? I am familiar with the old wedges that they used a long time ago that Mike mentioned. and will soon be looking at installing the wire for my layout. Great pictures Shawn, love the buildings.