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    • July 18, 2017 11:28 PM EDT
    • Thanks Andy and John!

    • July 17, 2017 7:00 AM EDT
    • i wish this this was my back yard!!!!

       

      great addition!

    • July 16, 2017 11:59 PM EDT
    • Nice video and run, Matt...   

    • July 16, 2017 11:23 PM EDT
    • I really like the new sounds. The only thing I don't care for is the horn. But, for me this engine will be third in line. So, that doesn't matter.

       

    • July 16, 2017 3:48 PM EDT
    • The current end of the track (pictured in video), is planned to receive a second crossover of the opposite hand.  While this will allow run-arounds, the intention is to transition the mainline down to two different paths, a freight yard and a continuation of mainline in single track.  

    • July 16, 2017 2:28 PM EDT
    • Daktah John said:
      Todd Brody said:

      Nice.

       

      But I was hoping to see the engine to decouple, do a run-around, recouple on the other end of the train, and pull it back to town.  

       

      Besides, automatic reversing kind of rules out a run-around.

       

      Don't they run push-pull in the commuter operations in the big CA cities?   Saves a ton of switching and extra track work at each terminus.

       

       

      It could be done and that's what would make it way cool.  

       

       

      Yes, they do it all the time.  But there has been controversy as to not having the "protection" of the engine at the front when they inevidably hit something or derail.

    • July 16, 2017 9:58 AM EDT
    • Todd Brody said:

      Nice.

       

      But I was hoping to see the engine to decouple, do a run-around, recouple on the other end of the train, and pull it back to town.  

       

      Accurate representation for MBTA operations that is being modeled. Besides, automatic reversing kind of rules out a run-around.

       

      Don't they run push-pull in the commuter operations in the big CA cities?   Saves a ton of switching and extra track work at each terminus.

    • July 15, 2017 4:11 PM EDT
    • Actually, I'm thinking of the Verde Canyon Railroad where they do this with a diesel.

       

      https://www.viator.com/Arizona-attractions/Verde-Canyon-Railroad/d271-a2081?pref=02

       

      This is the "end of the line" for the passenger excursions where they do the run-around.  Been there/done that several times.

       

      https://www.google.com/maps/@34.90128,-112.1927313,363m/data=!3m1!1e3

       

       

    • July 15, 2017 4:07 PM EDT
    • Todd Brody said:

      Nice.

       

      But I was hoping to see the engine to decouple, do a run-around, recouple on the other end of the train, and pull it back to town.  

      Maybe they do that in California, but here they use the MU cabs to run with the power at either end.  Or perhaps you're thinking of steam engines, which are difficult (but not impossible) to operate from the other end of the train.

    • July 15, 2017 2:18 PM EDT
    • Nice.

       

      But I was hoping to see the engine to decouple, do a run-around, recouple on the other end of the train, and pull it back to town.  

    • July 15, 2017 2:15 PM EDT
    • Nice....    

    • July 15, 2017 1:35 PM EDT
    • I am so jealous of the space you have to make a nice big layout, had to watch other videos on youtube. Nice job

       

    • July 15, 2017 12:53 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys!

      Yes, the RDCs were converted into coaches (the MBTA actually did this with the old B&M RDCs).  I used Aristo' s old-style AAR diesel sideframes instead of the Budd frames.  The old style trucks accomodate 35mm Piko wheels in the sprung bushings which gives the cars working suspension and it allows me to lower the cars a bit, by mounting them higher on the A-frames.  

       

      And yes, there are definitely plans for a platform in the future.  Yesterday was the first day of operations across the new bridge and over the new crossover.  There will be one more stop further down the line some day in the future. 

    • July 15, 2017 12:34 PM EDT
    • Good looking train Jeff :)

    • July 15, 2017 11:51 AM EDT
    • It certainly is good looking.  I assume those are dummy RDC units operating as coaches?  (Maybe a platform at the end of the line would help the commuters go home?   )

    • July 15, 2017 8:55 AM EDT
    • That is a great looking train.  I like your terrain and bench work that makes the train look so good.

    • July 15, 2017 7:28 AM EDT
    • MBTA commuter train crosses the Rockwall Canyon viaduct, stops at the final station, reverses direction, crosses over to the inbound track and heads back to the city.  

      Notes about video quality...you may need to adjust to a higher quality (720) for best viewing.  Color temperature is a bit off, so the stripes look a little more blue than normal.  

    • July 14, 2017 9:23 PM EDT
    • Todd Haskins said:

      That is a neat tram.   Did you hand lay a duel gauge track and if so what else do you run on there?

       

      It was originally two rail.  I laid the 3rd rail for a Hornby clockwork engine, but nothing runs on it now. My clockwork empire remains just a dream for now 

    • July 14, 2017 1:36 PM EDT
    • Todd Haskins said:

      Did you hand lay a duel gauge track and if so what else do you run on there?

       

      Todd, SVRR sells dual gauge track.   Jim Stapleton has quite a bit of it on his innermost loop.

       

       

    • July 14, 2017 9:49 AM EDT
    • That little porter has no trouble pulling those cars and it looks pretty good doing it.