Time to run!

Keith Mar 11, 2015

  1. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Smoothed out new grade a bit. Had a wicked grade in one spot!! And it was noticeable!!
    Then ran a 6 car test train over the entire section. Leveled out the curves that hung over
    a drain, from the roof downspout.

    Now, lots of fine tuning of the track is needed! Coupler trip pins on locomotives snag a
    few track joints in places. Have a couple of rail heads that need to be tweaked slightly as well.
    Just gotta work on getting track smoothed out better. Have a few high spots at a number of joints.

    Overall, while it DOES run, it's gonna require major work getting it adjusted right!
    However, the new section needs to be watered in a bit, to help get the dirt settled in a bit!
    So, there may be more dirt work for a while, as it settles in. Before ballast work is started!

    A few problems to iron out yet. Almost satisfied! Lots of tuning to do now.
    Will see how I feel, before continuing on.
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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    RE: Track tweaking- You'll get it all done. hen something such as weather and/or the season will "un-tweak' it again! :(
  3. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Well, tweaking could be one of the following:
    Getting dirt settled in more.
    Slightly warped track, that results in sagging between the joiners/clamps.
    Coupler trip pins hanging a hair too low and snagging on a high rail joint!
    GP40 coupler trip pins follow centerline of outer rail perfectly! Any high
    spots, you can hear the couplers hit.

    Still gotta adjust the grade. Think there's still a steep spot or two that
    tends to cause trouble! Before the trip pin on one unit snagged a turnout
    and totally broke the coupler, things ran within reason.

    If I need to, I can test things it's 3-4 cars, locomotive and Caboose.
    It's enough to let me see where the potential trouble spots are!! Without
    having to sacrifice an entire train!!
    Short and slow, OK. Long and slow, chancy!
  4. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Way too hot lately, so nothing done outside.
    Isolated storms possible for the next week or so.

    May test the first GP30, after I get wires tied back, and the body back on!
    Finally got the thing to work! Stock battery plug wired backwards, from the
    batch I got today. That one thing caused all my problems!

    Operating test later tomorrow, maybe! Weather permitting.
    Although, I may try test running, if I'm up early enough.
    Could be an interesting day!
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    From the factory? If so, my confidence would be shaken.... :(
  6. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Yep, backwards right out of the box,
    Gotta check closely, the other two, and
    make the change, before I get too far along!
    Nip it in the rear, before it bites me!! Again.
    At least nothing was damaged as a result, when
    I connected and tried testing it. Coulda been worse I guess.
    Test ran it earlier, after I got it put back together, twice!
    Got a plug caught between the body and frame! Had to loosen ALL
    screws again, so I could tuck the wires back under the body!
    But, it runs pretty good. Needs a little tweaking I think. And it
    needs to have both boards changed to locomotive address. Once
    I read up on how to get that done!
    Now, need to start working on getting the 2 Burlington units converted.
    Now that I think I know what I'm doing!
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  7. f2shooter

    f2shooter TrainBoard Member

    I've spent too much time on other things this year and my CBAM&J got neglected. First a small name change to CBA&MJB. There is a new dog in the house....I got started measuring for a trestle off one corner heading for parts unknown. Got all the strips cut and my Dad is assembling sections. Today I finally got out and started cleaning the place up, weeding and clearing sticks, putting the town back together. It's been so wet this year and hot. Tomorrow I plan to go through each car and locomotive and make sure all are in good condition. Maybe by the weekend I can actually do some running!!

    Rick H.
  8. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Have a squirrel around here, that digs small holes trackside.
    Also eats/chews small tree branches. Have to pick a few of those
    up every now and then, before I can run!

    Hasn't been wet here, just too hot for my liking!!
    Test run the first of 3 USATrain GP30's finally converted to Airwire RC and sound!
    Gonna take a little getting used to operating them, as they have a delay, when
    you change direction. Gotta wait at least 35 seconds before you can move again,after
    a direction change!!

    When I'm ready to start on the other two, I gotta figure out HOW I'm going to successfully
    remove 2-3 screws with stripped out heads!
  9. Greg Elmassian

    Greg Elmassian TrainBoard Member

    There is a wrong setting if you wait 35 seconds... that's way too long.

    What speed step does the loco start moving at?

  10. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I agree with Greg. You have a problem!
  11. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Actually, I seem to recall the instructions stating as such.
    I need to locate them, and check on board programming, so
    I'll be able to double check. Gonna be crashing soon. Train Show
    at the Forney Museum today, and tomorrow. Been on the go since
    just after 1:00AM.

    But, a test of the locomotive, after I finished installing stuff, it works!

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