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badlandnp Mar 17, 2013

  1. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the videos. It's nice to see trains running again. It's something that seems to be disappearing around here in northeastern cheese land.
     
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  2. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    A bit electronis is right! I do have to spend more time programming, after I get the tracking issues resolved.
     
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    Can you show some pictures of your home made track cleaning car? :) That is exactly what I'm trying to come up with and this seems to work quite well... I'm getting a lot of errant lint/cotton stuck in tracks to figure out.
     
  4. mfleagle

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    [QUOTE=" affectionately known in this house as the Trainshed. There is more siding repair to do, windows, and interior framing and insulating. Heat is electric with a woodstove, no plumbing. In the end it will yield a 9'6" x 41 ft area to build a rr![/QUOTE]

    You lucky dawg. I'm working in a corner of the garage. :)
     
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    I hope I'm not beating a dead horse, but I couldn't make it through all the pages, but beware. Don't overdo the wood heat. It can really suck humidity out of a room, and you don't want the plywood moving around that much.
     
  6. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    All I use is a 50 ft gondola, with two dust monkeys attached and extra weights in it so it weighs as much as a small loco. Put alchohol on the dust monkeys and go, pushing it around with a loco. I did that after hand cleaning all the track with a Walthers cleaning tool. I'll get some pics up later.

    Thanks! Sometimes it's a blessing, other times, it's just work! But fun! :whistle:
     
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  7. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Some days it does get warm in there! We have a very dry clime here most winters, anyway. I have a humidistat in there and try to keep it up around 40% or so, It did get some cracking in the scenery plaster over the year it sat waiting on the move.

    Was there a problem with the site?

    In other happenings, I slipped on the ice yesterday morning and landed hard on my right shoulder. :oops: It hurt a quite a bit! So I took yday off and rested that shoulder. It is mildly swollen, but is better today. At least I could go out and run trains some yday! Which the daughter said was a good thing!

    So, I figured out my tracking problem with the 844.The tiny wires for the firebox LED are entirely too stiff to flex enough between the tender and cab. So, will have to do a bit of disassembly and replace those two with something more flexible. Always some positive out of having to sit!
     
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    This here is what I use for pushing ahead of the locomotive. It worked pretty well. The syringe I use to pull isopropyl out of the bottle and apply to the wipers. PIC_0290.JPG And I watched this loco in action some more today. The wires for the firebox flicker do bind the cab swing a tiny bit now, but the slightest touch would correct that. Hmm. A bit more finagling with that should help. And I added some weight to the nose of the loco with that new stuff. We will see if this all helps. PIC_0291.JPG PIC_0284.JPG The bit of weight on the lead truck helped, PIC_0285.JPG
     
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    These finally arrived today. I won them on ebay 13 Jan! They got hung up in Philly until 17 Feb and arrived today!

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    Did some fitting on 844 then came in and am heading to snooze city.......
     
  10. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Found another pair of the little loco's! PIC_0307.JPG
    And worked on the 844 some more. The really fine red/green pair, (not the duct tape warrior show :eek:) were causing trouble with the cab swing, PIC_0308.JPG So I replaced the wires and added a second orange LED to help project some light down to the rails,
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  11. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Didn't play with 844 too much today. Am going to have to do a bit of milling for the wires under the cab. They bind up which will not allow the cab to swing on corners, causing the lead driver to pop up over the rail.
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    That means that I got to just run trains instead. Which was immense fun, of course!!! The Cab Forward needed a lot of cleaning, and still needs more.


    But the 5448 got to pull a Pennsy train,


    And, yes, the T1 decoder is dead. No manual reset helps or anything. So, I will have to get a Loksound for it. The switcher #5 is cleaned up and doing ok also. And the 11 is rolling along with freight, too. All in all a good day of just driving trains.
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  12. MK

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    Are those 32(ish) gauge decoder wires in the 844? They look a little thick but that could just be the close up photography.
     
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  13. badlandnp

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    Yes, 32 by TCS. Have a new set of hopefully finer and as flexible 36 on the way.
     
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  14. mtntrainman

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    Just think...

    If you had to tear down the layout to move...you would still be in the planning stage of the new one. It sure is nice to just move it...park it...level it...plug it in...and run trains eh? !!! (y)(y):love:
     
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    That was a part of the plan to build the way I did! And.....it even worked out! Sometimes things just go right!

    On another good note, the 4292 is running better and without the extra weight! I have some keep alive caps ordered for it, the Tsunami in it needs them. But it runs much better now the wheels are cleaned and such!
     
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  16. BoxcabE50

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    I really like the photo angle of 2511. Very prototype.
     
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  17. badlandnp

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    Thanx! I like looking up at them from such an angle. It just makes them more 'real' and is part of the fun!

    Yesterday was an exhausting day. So, this morning I took a bit of decompression time and ran a few trains,





     
  18. Calzephyr

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    Which model brand is that Mikado you are showing off in the video? Looks real good.

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  19. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Model Power. I did quite a bit of work modifying the boiler to make it more correct for a CNW. These things pull hard and run solidly with very little attention. A good DCC chip and they crawl. The only 'drawback' is the amount of cast on detail, but that is easily remedied.

    I have several KATO mikes, but have yet to convert one to DCC to run a comparison.
     
  20. Calzephyr

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    Wow... the much maligned Model Power Mikado. I couldn't say enough 'bad things' about the Mikados and Pacifics I had acquired in 2004. Later versions were said to be vastly improved... but... I had already been 'snakebit' so I was not ready to take any chances. I guess yours is a later 'improved' version.

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