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.
As we work towards 2020 the MER Convention, that is coming to Charlotte North Carolina. I will have to put a lot of work into it because I’m the Chair of the Convention. More news to come.
This years RMU will be Saturday, January 19, 2019 — 9 am – 4 pm — Christ the King Church, 13501 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28278. Go to www.carolinasouthern.org to the registration page for more info.
In January their will be a class on getting your AP Chief Dispatcher Award at Railroad Model University. Also in January will be a Operation session to give everyone time to get engineer running points for AP Chief Dispatcher. A class will be given before the run session for 4 people working on their Chief […]
The Concord Area Model Railroad Club is coming to the KK&L Railroad in April for their monthly meeting.
The MER Convention is coming up this October. I will be giving two clinics and Judging the models in the contest room this year.
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. 23 members showed up. 9 went to lunch. Great to have the group over. 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 […]
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 […]