Well, I got the mainline loop powered and running. I was running trains around it with and unpowered Athearn GP-38-2 leading. It skipped over a frog and went straight to the floor 60+" below.
Now, if this had been N-scale, the loco would have been pulverized. With H.O. the number 5s and the clips holding them went flying and the body popped off, the DB insert popped off, but nothing broke. It all went right back together.
Still, some engines are skipping
Autoracks still flakey. This is ridiculous. They should work on a 4% grade. I think I'm gonna muff a little low on the NMRA couple heigh standard and see if I can get them reliable. Otherwise I'll devise an alternate means of coupling.
I went to the San Diego Model Railroad museum today and it just reminded me of my biggest pet peeve about Model Railroading. Lighting!!!!
GAH, 90% of the model railroad photos I've seen are horribly lit and even if they have enough light, they're so far into the yellow spectrum that pictures look horrid. The only shots I see that look right are taken outdoors.
In my garage, I replaced all the bulbs with GE daylight 6500K bulbs and It's made a huge