Time to run!

Keith Mar 11, 2015

  1. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    A few shots, of the rebuilt section in use!
    Coal train in action. Ran great, without the problems I was having before.

    A little minor grading to do, from what I see.
    Rocks in wye moved, and other rocks dropped in place and filled in.

    Coal train in action, over rebuilt area.

    Stretched out along house! Caboose at one end. Middle Burlington unit at the other!
    Exceeds length of house, by at least 1 locomotive length here. If straightened out, it would stretch a bit farther!
    Again, total length of train is about 30 feet!

    Another general shot of the coal train in action.

    More updates of today's work later.
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  2. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Managed about 90 minutes play time tonight.
    Needed to test out some of the recent track work done.
    Set up a short freight train this time. Didn't have the time
    or motivation to set the coal train up!

    USA GP30, AML and USA boxcars and USA caboose.

    Cookie cars are the newest additions to the collection, as
    are a couple of white Aristo Craft Cookie cars.



    IF I can be up early enough, I'm gonna set up and run the coal train again! Adjusted some track in back
    that was causing a few minor issues!

    Also had someone stop by, and comment on the railroad. Asked if I knew someone down the street, which I did not.
    Used the railroad as a landmark! Was headed down the street, to do some electrical work. Asked friend where he
    was, in relation to the railroad out front!
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  3. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Latest locomotive, Rio Grande GP30 #3017 is now ready to start
    earning its keep! The Airwire R/C board and Phoenix sound was
    installed a little earlier tonight! Works and sound as it should!
    Gonna test it, with the rest of my units tomorrow, or Friday.
    Did a quick coupler swap as well. Swapped an LGB and Kadee coupler
    between units, so I have Kadees on the front of both Rio Grande units.
    Until I can get a set of Kadees to finish the coupler swap!

    With railroad club meeting tomorrow night, I might not be doing too much
    as far as the railroad goes! Maybe a quick test of the 4 GP30's.
    Maybe some quick track work Friday. Getting ballast groomed a bit, where I have it!
    Full coal train test run Friday sometime as well. Gotta make sure everything is
    gonna run good for club open house over the weekend!
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  4. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Love those GP30s. Nice work so far!
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  5. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Got the radio control and sound in the other Rio Grande unit Weds night.
    Have a total of 4 GP30’s now. 2 Rio Grande(3001/3017) And 2 Burlington(949/950).
    Gets quite loud, when sound is on, on all 4 units! Just wish that RPM’s would
    increase/decrease on units, when set up in a consist.

    Have to shut sound OFF on 3 units, so it sounds right, when increasing/decreasing RPM’s
    when climbing or descending grade(s). Not gonna complain though! Whether 1 unit, or all 4, the sound is great!
    Here’s hoping everything goes good, for railroad club layout tour this weekend!
    May set up a short, second train, for folks to operate, if they choose to. Plus the coal train!
    Will try to get photos over The Weeknd, of any action.
  6. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

    Keith, you aren't violating any "no horn blowing" ordinances, are you?


  7. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    I don’t need to stinking ordinances!

    However, the horn and bell are preprogrammed to activate
    for the following:

    1 honk when power first applied.
    1 honk when train comes to a complete stop. Bell rings.
    2 honks when moving forward. Bell rings.
    3 honks when moving in reverse. Bell rings.

    Can’t do anything about this! Other than turn master volume down some!
  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Your roster keeps expanding... What all do you have now? At least three D&RGW GP30's???
  9. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Roster consists of the following:

    1 Bachmann K27
    1 BLW Goose #6
    1 LGB DRGW #50
    1 USAT ALCo PA
    1 USAT SD70MAC - DRGW heritage paint. Not correct, but looks good!
    2 Aristo GP40
    4 USAT GP30 - 2 DRGW, 2 Burlington
    1 USAT NW2 cow/calf.

    And an array of standard and narrow gauge freight and passenger cars.
    And cabooses.
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