On to Track Laying

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beiland

Well-Known Member
Been looking into dimmable LEDs, not cheap. My attic has knob and tube right now, wanting to update a separate committed line of 12/2, got to update breaker box and service line for 200 amps first…. lol got a list of to dos

Have a look at the relatively in expensive LED lighting I bought off of Amazon
https://modelrailroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/train-shed-layout-lighting.29921/

What do you need 200amp service up there for?? sounds like overkill
 

Topherisme

Chris wants more hobby time!!!
Have a look at the relatively in expensive LED lighting I bought off of Amazon
https://modelrailroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/train-shed-layout-lighting.29921/

What do you need 200amp service up there for?? sounds like overkill
lol yeah, would be overkill…. House is 120 years old, when I moved in was mostly knob and tube, outdated push reset breakers. I updated breaker box and breakers when I moved in, converting to 12/2, but is only 100 amp service and house is big and all electric, electricians I have had over can’t believe I am not constantly resetting main. I hate to keep adding stress to the electric, can’t be good or safe…
 

beiland

Well-Known Member
Are you wiring for DC or DCC?

One thing I did recently is I took my electrical meter and clamped the leads onto the two tracks. Then I set the meter for ohms which should continue to read max,...unless you create short which will take the meter to zero (no resistance across the rails). I continued to monitor the meter as I made new connection along the trackwork.
 

Topherisme

Chris wants more hobby time!!!
Will be DCC…. Not so much worried about shorts as I am derailments due to poor laying of track, not real experienced..,
 

beiland

Well-Known Member
Maintenance building and workshop.
I have a couple of them listed here,... https://modelrailroadforums.com/for...intenace-repair-buildings-bachmann-csx.33743/

I also have some Bachmann fueling and sanding facilities. Don't have them listed at the moment, but they will be relatively cheap.

I was originally going to get fancy with one of the Diamond Scale kits,..
https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/40746
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But I dropped back to a much simpler arrangement that I will eventually add some overhead plumbing to
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beiland

Well-Known Member
Just take you time laying the track, and look carefully for any 'kinks' in the curves, and for any slight variation in heights of the rails at the joiners. These 2 items are critical to good running with few derails.

......and as careful as I was at times, I still found mistakes when I first ran some trains around!!
 

Rico

BN Modeller
Assuming the loco shop will be where you said earlier (top photo lower right), if you had another right hand switch laying around you could make one of the tracks a run through for service?
You have a great opportunity for an MOW yard on the opposite end!
 

Topherisme

Chris wants more hobby time!!!
Unfortunately I have to sound ignorant again…. What exactly do you mean by MOW? Looked it up but I don’t see anything corresponding to the acronym…. I do have what’s needed for a run through track, see what I can do…
 

santafewillie

Same Ol' Buzzard
MOW = Maintenance of way.
Changes that I would make - I would eliminate that crossover between tracks 3 & 4 on the RH side. I don't see that it serves any real purpose and there is a switch at each end of track #4 that will accomplish the same thing. It can also be a maintenance nightmare. Maybe I missed something along the way, but I would also extend the 9th track from the right to the end..
 

Topherisme

Chris wants more hobby time!!!
MOW would be cool with the specialized equipment…. Eliminating the crossover frees up 4 turnouts, I can live with that lol…. Track will be extended, was getting late for a work night, will get all that cleaned up in the “fine tuning”…
 

Topherisme

Chris wants more hobby time!!!
Anybody recommend a site or a particular structure for both a drive through engine shed and fuel/sand station? Been looking but either the selection is pretty limited or I am limiting myself…. Need to check beiland’s thread as well, almost forgot about that…
 

Topherisme

Chris wants more hobby time!!!
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Was thinking this for run through, and get the duplicate with lighting effects for more serious repairs on a stub end track beside it…
 




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