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    • October 6, 2019 7:34 PM EDT
    • I mentioned in chat, LSC doesn’t like mobile pictures. 

    • October 6, 2019 7:33 PM EDT
    • Interesting wrong side up pictures.

    • October 6, 2019 6:40 PM EDT
    • Had planned on running my A-B Rock Island consist with a decent length freight train behind, alas, my TE transmitter died. So, you get photos of what likely will be how my layout finishes the season.

      Added the switch house, bumper, telephone poles, box car storage building, roadbed and bridge this summer. Hoping to do more gardening and detail/populating next year.

       

      *edit*  Got back to my computer this morning and re-attached.  Should be right-side up.

    • October 6, 2019 7:31 PM EDT
    • The pick up shoes can, and sometimes do, touch both rails that terminate in the frog. I solved the issue with my USA F3 by bending the pick up shoes so they angle upward a bit from the inside to the outside. That way the shoe cannot contact both rails that terminate in the frog.

       

      On my LGB Porters and similar sized locomotives, I removed the shoes entirely.

    • October 6, 2019 7:22 PM EDT
    • …...NOT a fault of the track....probably a short caused by a poor understanding of electricity, and how it applies to two rail, track powered model trains...DC, or DCC...

       You need to learn more about ELECTRICITY, and "How to wire a model railroad".

        Show a track plan, and the wiring plan you are using...it might help those that may have answers to your problems.

    • October 6, 2019 6:35 PM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      Oh if the track has been outside for more than a week, it needs cleaning, adding a behind the engine electrical pickup car that is electrically tied to the engine will eliminate 99% of you problems example is LGB 2015 and 2017 with powered tender ( although the powered isn't important )the space that the electrical pick up covers is. A mogul with traverse dirty track, shorts, connection problems, where a 2010 or 2020 wont. Clean weekly with a drywall sander using a scotch bright pad and add a pick up car. you will have a lot of fun, Bill

       

      the falls

       

       

      Hi, track is all new, never used inside or out.  I personally think it's piko's cheap track or cheap locos.

       

      Thanks for the tip on the scotch bright, I'll have to pick up a few.

       

      Thanks

       

    • October 6, 2019 6:08 PM EDT
    • Oh if the track has been outside for more than a week, it needs cleaning, adding a behind the engine electrical pickup car that is electrically tied to the engine will eliminate 99% of you problems example is LGB 2015 and 2017 with powered tender ( although the powered isn't important )the space that the electrical pick up covers is. A mogul with traverse dirty track, shorts, connection problems, where a 2010 or 2020 wont. Clean weekly with a drywall sander using a scotch bright pad and add a pick up car. you will have a lot of fun, Bill

       

      the falls

    • October 6, 2019 5:12 PM EDT
    • ok, so I need some help.  I've been testing the layout and I'm having a problem over switches and my two crossovers.  What happens, is on occasion once the engines pickup shoes crossover the plastic frog and starts to come in contact with the rail, I get a huge spark and the it triggers my dcc system and shuts down.  I have to turn my remote of and then back on...  it happens with both locos I have tested.  Doesn't do it all the time.  Also, sometimes it's not as bad as in the first few minutes of this video.  It'll stop and the continue on its way, other times it'll just stop..

       

      Help, and thanks

       

      Ps, all new track, so it's not dirty.

    • September 24, 2019 6:26 PM EDT
    • Tim said:

      next step: fire up the industrial strength weed wacker to solve the bamboo problem....

      Just cutting bamboo down won't eliminate it. It is very aggressive. You have to dig out ALL the roots if you don't want it to regenerate! Don't ask me how I know.

       

    • September 24, 2019 5:31 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Or we could use Napalm, or Agent Orange.....

      It's some tough plant!   And fast growing!  We measured a cane every day for a few weeks and it averaged 7 1/2" a day!  Also it can spread underground 15-20' in a season and I'm in the Northeast (zone 6a)

       

      Oops! are we still on topic?

    • September 24, 2019 4:41 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Or we could use Napalm, or Agent Orange.....

      I have some gasoline handy ;)

    • September 24, 2019 4:19 PM EDT
    • Or we could use Napalm, or Agent Orange.....

    • September 24, 2019 7:17 AM EDT
    • Vic Smith said:

      LOL I like the pandas idea. Once I cut it back I'm going to have to rent a rototiller to clear the roots out and keep a bottle of Roundup handy to blast any new sprouts.

      I control mine by cutting with a shovel, pulling em up and tossing the roots in the firepit.  Any bit of rhizome left in the ground will grow more.  If you want to kill it, use the super concentrated roundup poured down the hollow of shoots cut close to the ground.

    • September 24, 2019 5:45 AM EDT
    • Won't a rototiller chop up and mix in the root bits, causing more sprouts?

    • September 23, 2019 9:26 PM EDT
    • LOL I like the pandas idea. Once I cut it back I'm going to have to rent a rototiller to clear the roots out and keep a bottle of Roundup handy to blast any new sprouts.

    • September 23, 2019 9:10 PM EDT
    • Or get a couple pandas  

      Tim said:

      well, you managed to work in a bit of straight track this time.

       

      next step: fire up the industrial strength weed wacker to solve the bamboo problem....

       

       

    • September 23, 2019 9:01 PM EDT
    • well, you managed to work in a bit of straight track this time.

       

      next step: fire up the industrial strength weed wacker to solve the bamboo problem....

       

    • September 23, 2019 3:08 PM EDT
    • Stock Mack, the circle is the last of my Aristo 31"diameter

    • September 23, 2019 2:35 PM EDT
    • What is the radius of the curves?

      Is the Mack motor block stock HLW or is it modified?

    • September 23, 2019 1:07 PM EDT
    • Reworked part of the backyard to get rid of an old fountain that we discovered was a mosquito factory. Added some raised 2x6 boards and gravel and moved the Aristo circle of track and 2x4 buildings from the wine barrel layout. I replaced the wine barrel with some HLW circle track so I'm hoping it will be more durable now. This is now a permanent fixture in the yard. Going to relocate the wine barrel layout but I have to transfer it to a better roller base. This is the same raised bed planter technic I am planning to use for the bigger layout, which I am trying to clear out the rabid bamboo and the tree that grew back after cutting it down after last years rains.