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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.
Looking for something to do I took on a project to build while staying at home in April / May of 2020. I started by repairing a frame and building straps to hold the tank to the frame. Put the ends on the to check out the fit. Added some detail to the dome. […]
After the Winter comes Winter Fest in Florida Started from the house. Added Wayne’s to the trailer. Moved every thing over the axles and covered it all. The weather was calling for SNOW in North Carolina. Started at Ridge live steamers with a temp of 76 degrees. Great bridges to cross over. Orange trees to […]
The Concord Area Model Railroad Club was going to come to the KK&L Railroad in April for their monthly meeting. This has been canceled because of the stay at home order from the Governor of the state of NC.
When you need a project for the winter. Think BIG Checking out the seats on the riding cars made me want to ride instead of sitting on my butt. Made a mock up of a flat car with a seat. Welded the car up.
RMU is coming January 25 2020. To register go to www.carolinasouthern.org Division of the NMRA. You can find it on my links page. This year it will be at the Northside Baptist Church, 333 Jeremiah Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Doors open up at 8:00am. You do not have to be a NMRA member to […]
It’s official Master Model Railroader # 641
7.5 Gauge bug I was looking for something to change and still work with the trains, so I Jumped gauges from 1/87th to 7.5 gauge. Click on any photo to enlarge the photo So in comes 7.5 Gauge work shop. The body of the switcher engine is cut on a plasma cutting table. Holes […]
In 2019 there will be several Operation session to give everyone time to get engineer running points for AP Chief Dispatcher at the KK&L Railroad. A class will be given before the run session for 4 people working on their Chief Dispatcher. (4 will be trained at a time) Click on any photo to enlarge […]
The MER Convention has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 virus and resulting quarantines.
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.