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by Mike_R
Sun May 01, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Modular Topics
Topic: 23rd Street
Replies: 49
Views: 25721

Re: 23rd Street

The particle board plant is coming on (still needs a name!) I bought a Pikestuff M.A.C. kit, which is a kitbash in it's self. I laid out the wall pieces on the layout. http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm127/mikeruby_photos/23rd%20Street/23rd%20Street%20board%20plant%2030-04-16_10%2037%2040_zps0kt5...
by Mike_R
Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 16874

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

You can also do braking on decoders with ABC (many European makes) by inserting diodes in the track feed, I had thought of doing this for 11th Avenue if it had done exhibitions, for automatic passenger running. Still this is all too complicated for a simple switching layout such as Dean's, keep it s...
by Mike_R
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 16874

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

You really don't want dc and DCC on a layout at the same time, if they get connected together (a loco or piece of stock bridges two blocks) one or both may be damaged. I would have a power plug that connects the layout to the power source. With a matching socket on both the dc and DCC power units ei...
by Mike_R
Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Modular Topics
Topic: 23rd Street
Replies: 49
Views: 25721

Re: 23rd Street

Do you mean uncoupling and switches? My layouts are generally are hand uncoupled using a sharpened wood skewer. 11th Avenue does have a magnet on the rear most loop, useful in use at home, and my home layout has them on the upper level, which are not so easy to reach. 23rd Street has no magnets it i...
by Mike_R
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 16874

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

Peter meant that if you installed cab control blocks (blocks that can be connected to several cabs) DCC could be connected as another controller. But it is not a good idea to have the possibility of both types at the same time so it is just as easy to make it so that either the DC or DCC power is pl...
by Mike_R
Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 16874

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

Lifting the mainline can look good, it only needs to be a bit, I raise mine (HO) by layer or two of card, it is surprising how noticeable it can be. Here is 23rd Street's curve the main (middle track) is raised and super-elevated, the siding (right track) is starting the climb to meet the main just ...
by Mike_R
Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Modular Topics
Topic: 23rd Street
Replies: 49
Views: 25721

Re: 23rd Street

A good day on the industry extension. The two turnouts are installed. http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm127/mikeruby_photos/23rd%20Street/IMG_0081_zpsssr9k2t8.jpg I'm using a very basic control for them, a toggle switch moves them, the switch powers the frog. http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm...
by Mike_R
Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Modular Topics
Topic: 23rd Street
Replies: 49
Views: 25721

Re: 23rd Street

The new board is now attached to the main board. Here it is in position http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm127/mikeruby_photos/23rd%20Street/IMG_0078_zpsgy1yva0k.jpg The hinges are behind the two ply blocks. Once down it is locked in place by two loose butt hinges, one at each end and a hand wheel...
by Mike_R
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Railroad Media
Topic: Michael Portillo
Replies: 2
Views: 5946

Re: Michael Portillo

Some continuity errors, but many views of Amtrak and BNSF freights, should be some East states next week,
by Mike_R
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Modular Topics
Topic: 23rd Street
Replies: 49
Views: 25721

Re: 23rd Street

Another weekend and back to layout building! I've attached the wedge to the main board. Here folded for transport. http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm127/mikeruby_photos/23rd%20Street/IMG_0098_zpsb7mgzhlg.jpg Unfolded, I plan to add a drop down flap in the wedge's space for a log unloading area. h...
by Mike_R
Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Modular Topics
Topic: 23rd Street
Replies: 49
Views: 25721

Re: 23rd Street

A bit of a jump as 23rd Street is now sceniced, but after deciding to not use the line off the side for a branch I'm now making an industry board for it. This will be a particle board (MDF, OSF, Ply) manufacturer. This gives a good range of cars, box, centerbeam flat, covered hopper, wood chip hoppe...
by Mike_R
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Railroad Media
Topic: Michael Portillo
Replies: 2
Views: 5946

Re: Michael Portillo

And now Billy Connolly is doing a trip on Amtrak, Chicago to New York the wrong way (via LA).
Quite a few BNSF freights along with the Empire Builder in the first episode. Should be the Coast Starlight next week.
by Mike_R
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 16874

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

I think it is more important that the track is well ballasted and painted. That makes the rails and ties merge into the track bed and the type of track is less noticeable. I use HO code 75 tie spacing to make lighter laid track in spurs and yards. Use fine ballast, a lot of it is too coarse, I sieve...
by Mike_R
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Analogue wiring
Topic: Thunder and lightning
Replies: 2
Views: 4434

Re: Thunder and lightning

For my exhibition layouts I made up CDs, one with city sounds and the other out in the woods. I used free to download sounds, edited them in a sound program and burnt them to CDs. I then played the CD matching the layout on a CD player under the layout. The city one had a police chase, fire engines ...
by Mike_R
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Analogue wiring
Topic: Thunder and lightning
Replies: 2
Views: 4434

Thunder and lightning

I like this one http://www.broadway-limited.com/1598lightningandthunderaccessoryforany-scalelayout.aspx I had an exhibition layout which played a thunderstorm every 40 minutes or so, along with traffic and aircraft sounds. But flashing lights would look great. I did see a layout at Warley that relea...