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    • April 10, 2018 7:05 PM EDT
    • Thank you for the responses.  If i can figure out how to do it, the cleaning and truck swap sounds like a good solution.  thanks, Dana

    • April 5, 2018 1:40 PM EDT
    • Dana,

       

      What Greg suggested.... I had a friend with a like issue, he simply swapped the trucks to the 'A' unit; so it pulled a little harder than the 'B' unit worked for him.

       

      Michael

    • April 3, 2018 6:22 PM EDT
    • First, I would suggest "Rebuilding" the motor blocks, i.e. opening, cleaning, lubricating, checking for any problems.

       

      Then, if one unit consistently runs faster, ad a "voltage dropper": https://elmassian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=185:misc-electronics&catid=19:trainelectronics&Itemid=353

       

      look for the section called "voltage dropper"

       

      Greg

    • April 3, 2018 12:33 PM EDT
    • I am running them off a Bridgewerks Mag Mate 100.

    • April 3, 2018 11:54 AM EDT
    • It depends entirely on how you are controlling them - i.e. DC, DCC, Revolution, AirWire, etc. 

    • April 3, 2018 10:10 AM EDT
    • Hello, new to the forum.  I am looking for assistance with how to speed synch my Alco FA-1 and FB-1.  The B unit pushes the A unit.       Can anyone help with step by step process for Dummies?  thanks Dana

    • April 5, 2018 11:40 AM EDT
    • WOW! I though trees were just a nuisance for the leaves and droppings they tend to deposit on the track (I guess still being on rail power has its drawbacks, but hopefully in a few years I can change that)

      Hope the layout was not too damaged, that looks like a great setup!

      -Chris

       

    • April 5, 2018 8:45 AM EDT
    • It landed between the house and the garage. Talk about lucky!

    • April 5, 2018 7:24 AM EDT
    • I still look at that picture and wonder how there wasn't more damage.

    • April 5, 2018 12:41 AM EDT
    • Trees can be a real problem on railways.

      SPRUCE ON IPP&W

      Nelson Yard after a large spruce tree fell behind Fred and Gord in the spring of 2011.

    • April 4, 2018 8:32 AM EDT
    • Like Ken, we have been watching Doug's railroad grow and develop from when it was just a vision in his brain and he was trying to explain it to al of us.  Its a beautiful raised railroad built amongst the trees in a Japanese garden setting.  Great place to operate and he struggles with those trees that he built around.  I'm sure he'll be working to get it back to operational level as Summer approaches. 

      .

      Time to be planning travels and ops as the weather moves us toward that time of year.

    • April 3, 2018 7:43 AM EDT
    • ouch ... I hate when that happens..

    • April 3, 2018 4:38 AM EDT
    • We've also been following Doug's progress on his layout every year during our "Invasion" visits. Sorry to hear about the tree damage. Hopefully he will have it repaired in time for our next visit. 

      We had some very strong winds here at the beginning of March. Fortunately all that was damaged were a few buildings that got blown all over the yard. 

    • April 2, 2018 9:47 PM EDT
    • We have been fortunate to be able to run operations on a couple of great layouts in our community. Mike Hamer has just posted a story to his blog about recent doings at Doug's Layout were operations were curtailed due to Mother Nature part way through last season. Feel free to check out what Doug has been up to recently on his magnificent Northland RR in getting it ready for running trains this coming season. 

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2018/04/interesting-happenings-on-dougs.html

    • January 20, 2018 2:40 PM EST
    • Fred Mills. said:

      Time...????...after true retirement, time is whatever you want it to look like. Except for true responsibilities, like doctors' appointments, paying bills, or going to the cafe' for bheer, whine, coffee or breakfast, you are free to do what YOU want, and WHENEVER you want. True retirement happens when you suddenly realise  that you don't have to report for anything, in order to make a living. You can sleep when you are tired, be awake when it suits you, even at 02:00 in the morning...if you suddenly find your mind alive and active.  If in doubt, have a nap.

       You can find that the best time of the day is between the first few minutes of sunrise, until 10:00...you can enjoy silence, hear the birds sing, breath fresh air, and smell the flowers...even move at a slow pace...no need to constantly race...no competition...just plain relaxing and enjoying all the things you missed when you "Didn't have time"...

        Try it....you might enjoy it...live a bit longer, and enjoy better health.   You might even find time to build that model railroad...

        Fr.Fred 

       

      I am retiring in 18 months time, speaking to other retirees at my lawn bowling club the general consensus is when I retire I will be wondering where I found time to go to work with all the interests I have. 

      My wife is retired and she is on the go all the time with her interests.

    • January 19, 2018 9:37 PM EST
    • Fred,

      That is truly sage advice. Spot on. I have been retired since 2004 and love it.

    • January 15, 2018 4:14 PM EST
    • Time...????...after true retirement, time is whatever you want it to look like. Except for true responsibilities, like doctors' appointments, paying bills, or going to the cafe' for bheer, whine, coffee or breakfast, you are free to do what YOU want, and WHENEVER you want. True retirement happens when you suddenly realise  that you don't have to report for anything, in order to make a living. You can sleep when you are tired, be awake when it suits you, even at 02:00 in the morning...if you suddenly find your mind alive and active.  If in doubt, have a nap.

       You can find that the best time of the day is between the first few minutes of sunrise, until 10:00...you can enjoy silence, hear the birds sing, breath fresh air, and smell the flowers...even move at a slow pace...no need to constantly race...no competition...just plain relaxing and enjoying all the things you missed when you "Didn't have time"...

        Try it....you might enjoy it...live a bit longer, and enjoy better health.   You might even find time to build that model railroad...

        Fr.Fred 

    • January 12, 2018 2:23 PM EST
    • When I started planning my indoor layout, I measured 2 feet out from the basement walls and drew chalk lines on the basement floor. I knew 2 feet (3 tracks) was as far as I could reach without knocking cars over. Then I laid track and switches to see what would fit well and provided the most room for switching. When I was satisfied with the 30 x 22 foot track plan, I built waste-high tables for the railway.

       

      The 15 x 11 foot oval was the first section to be removed. Watching a large scale train chase its tail quickly got boring, and the oval took up a lot of space. That part of the room became my train workshop.

       

      The remaining U-shaped layout had a 2 x 30 foot yard (3 tracks wide) along the wall side, and a 4 x 16 foot yard (5 tracks wide) on the open side. As the house was on a ravine lot there was a patio door to back yard and pool. Each summer the U and it tables had to be removed so the patio door could be used. One winter it was not re-installed and the 4 x 16 foot yard was removed.

       

      I found the 2 x 30 foot Time Waster switching yard was enough to test locomotive projects and keep me amused during the winter. A few years later it was transformed into an On30 layout by The Muffin Gang.

       

      Three years later I moved to a small bungalow that has no room for a railway in the basement. But between operating seasons at Fred's, The Muffin Gang still meets at my place every Thursday morning for muffins and hot chocolate. There is also the occasional trip downstairs to my workshop to see the locomotive project I may be working on.

    • January 4, 2018 7:37 AM EST
    • Steve McKenzie said:

      Looks like Mike got one last kick at the cat as 2017 goes out and we welcome 2018 in, a cold one up here in the great white north! Happy New Year from all us here at the OVGRS.

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2018/01/happy-new-year.html

      A great review of 2017.  A Happy New Year to all OVGRS folk where ever you may be.  May 2018 be another great fun running year - once you have all come out of hibernation!   

    • January 3, 2018 10:49 PM EST
    • Looks like Mike got one last kick at the cat as 2017 goes out and we welcome 2018 in, a cold one up here in the great white north! Happy New Year from all us here at the OVGRS.

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2018/01/happy-new-year.html