Originally, the layout was illuminated with 75 watt incandescent bulbs. Over time, more energy-efficient bulbs were tried, but the lighting remained uneven and tough on the eyes. Finally, a solution was presented, using 3w LED bulbs housed in used cat food cans. The illumination is now consistent and yet does not strain eyesight when viewed for long periods.
One of the main curves of the layout had a switch at either end of the single track which no one could keep straight, resulting in head-on collisions and derailments. The fix was to hand-lay and install a Gauntlet at that spot. This is how it went.
In Howard yard I have a narrow area to put in some side tracks to run some cars into to make the area more interesting to work. So I designed a building that would take three cars on one side and two cars on the other. This turned into a Z building that when using plastic kits ended up being 2 inches wide. Each of the sides ended up 8 inches long.
I needed to go from one height to another in a small area. The way to do this is to run the track back and forth on the wall or fold it over its self. The track is at a 2.3 % grade with the height between the decks at 4 inches in height. It took some planning to get the front tracks to clear the rear tracks going down the grade. Each on of the sections had to be leveled and set to 2.3 % grade.
4 Scratch Build Cars 1. Flat Car 40′ HO Scale I started with a old sign that was thrown away. It was cut into strips to be able to move it around. Even set up a work table at the railroad, so I can use the LED lights on the railroad to see. Went […]
This is a heads up, the date for the NMRA is July 21/2018 to have a rail ops. Let me know if you will be going. This is what’s happening, we’ll be going to the railroad first, and operating after the meeting is over. The meeting will be at 9:30am just like always. Running the […]
The Concord Area Model Railroad Club is coming to the KK&L Railroad in April for their monthly meeting.
The SER Convention is coming up on May 24-27,2018. I will be giving two clinics at this event, as well as having some models judged for my AP Awards. Hope to see you there. Scratch built flat car in 1/87 scale. Scratch built Flat car in 1/8 scale.
Started working on my AP Awards in 2017. I have worked on them instead of the railroad. On some of them it was just filling out the paperwork. In January I picked up five AP Awards. Master Builder – Scenery Model Railroad Engineer – Civil Model Railroad Engineer – Electrical Chief Dispatcher Association Volunteer Photo […]
It all started with the trains running so long that the modules in the Club layout wouldn’t let but 4 trains run at a time, and when more were added there were problems. The Club made the rules follow the NMRA standards set for modules. This is a lift bridge to let members get in […]
For several years I have been working on making up two new modules for the Concord Area Model Rail Road Club. This is just to let people know that I have started them. The first one is the left side transition. Because there will be three tracks on the new modules, a track is needed […]
Adding Loads to the Coal Cars is a way to show different trains. One that has empty cars and one that has full cars. I had a problem with the weight of the cars to. I had to add more weight to the cars so this helped. After some thought I came up with a […]
Weeds to Trees is what starts in or around Labor-Day weekend. The weeds start out on the side of the road in uncut fields on the east side of the United States. I’ve seen them in North and South Carolina, Tenn, Kentucky, and Ohio. I have found the lost photo’s to show you what they […]
Railroad Modeling University, Charlotte’s one-day program of clinics and workshops on model trains, is held on January 21, 2017. I will be presenting two clinics this time around. See the schedule of classes and register to attend by visiting the RMU 2017 page at the Carolina Southern Division of the NMRA. Hope to […]