Another new face from Ontario, Canada

Jacekts Jan 15, 2020

  1. Jacekts

    Jacekts TrainBoard Member

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    Hi all,

    New to the site and looking to learn, seems like a great crowd here for that.

    Pretty much starting from scratch, i have a ~25 year old HO Bachmann kit that was hidden away at my grandparents recently found when the farm was sold. A gift from years past, currently in storage but im sure missing parts. Was one of the simple oval kits with a CN Diesel, 4 cars and caboose if memory serves right.

    I have been trying to sort what direction i wish to go, if to stay with HO or go N. I will be wanting better track i know, and lots more of it ha.

    I do know i want to be running strictly DCC, using DCC++ and JMRI. Tying points and block detection into JMRI.

    I have not decided on a layout size or plan, still looking/reading on thoughts and ideas from the community like - The best radius is the largest you can fit - and others that come with years of building.

    Anyways enough rambling in a single post,
    Cheers all
    Joe
     
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  2. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member

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    Welcome to Trainboard. Glad to help out where needed.
     
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  3. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard Joe!
     
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  4. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Joe, welcome. Glad to have you on board,
     
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    gmorider TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to TB.
     
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  6. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard, Joe. Help abounds here.
     
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  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard! :)
     
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  8. dualgauge

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    Hi Joe
    Welcome you might be able to meet some fellow modelers around your area. If can see and operate on layouts of both scales. Can see what you like best without buying both scales.
     
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  9. IronMan1963

    IronMan1963 TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome aboard Joe. I think you will like it here. Lots of good and friendly folks.
     
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  10. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    If you want to compare different scales, become a Snow Bird and visit coastal Mississippi. I see lots of Ontario plates on the highway. Our high temp today was 81*F. Though the other reason is to visit the Mississippi Coast Model Rail Museum in Gulfport. We have every scale on display and operating, Z, N, HO, S, O, Lionel Standard, and G. You can even ride on a 7-1/2" gauge train. Send me a PM if you want more information.
     
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  11. Jacekts

    Jacekts TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks all,

    Thought i would drop in an update, as i had time to pull the set out of storage 45km away.
    I was wrong on CN though its CP, and has 6 rolling stock

    Engine GP35 CP 5004
    Boxcar CP 202143
    Livestock CP 203581
    Quad Hopper CP 359163
    Gondola CP 5322
    Tank SCCX 1754
    Caboose CP 438862 Missing a truck.

    Track is in rough shape, fairly corroded and a few locks broke and a few connectors missing. I cleaned up 18} of straight and that took a fair bit to get clean. its the standard 12x 18" 30* curves, 3x 9" straights and a 9" rerail/power section.

    I ended up pulling the loco fully apart an cleaning pickups and re-soldering wires as 2 were off from crappy solder joints.

    I will be staying HO, no point in changing to N.
    Upside is that a DC to DCC conversion on this loco will be simple. Only one truck is motorized, and its all externally wired/isolated from the track.

    Most likely i will be switching to Atlas or Peco track and turnouts.

    Still a ways out for a build tough.

    Cheers all,
    Joe
     
  12. Dogwood

    Dogwood TrainBoard Member

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    Hey Joe, welcome aboard!
     
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  13. vince p

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    Welcome Joe
     

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