Engineer in Training
A far better use for small ash trays is they make great mixing cups for acrylic paints. They also give you a place to lay your brush in between painting.
Not sure about others, but the rusted track I will use on my layout will be for show only, a disused section that will never see a loco on it.Using real rust on tracks looks good but some of it is still magnetic and will likely get picked up by the magnets in loco motors and do bad things.
I read the same article and as I had just started a rebuild I thought I would try it. It is far easier to make joins etc, identify dufferent bus wires and mark relevent droppers etc. No more having to scramble under a layout to join up wires anymore.elsner203,
The March, 2014 issue of Model Railroader has a brief article on installing wiring on the front edge of the benchwork, rather than underneath. The gentleman who came up with it installed his main wiring on the front edge of his benchwork; he used 1x2"s (?) at the top and bottom of the front edge, forming a "channel" for the wiring to run through. He then attached his fascia boards to the 1x2's using screws; this way, the wiring was hidden, but he could remove the fascia boards to add to / troubleshoot his wiring. IIRC, his main reasoning was to eliminate under-the-layout wiring as much as possible.
To me, this sounds like an incredible idea -- and in a way, I'm surprised that this is the first time I've heard of such a thing. And the only possible "con" I can come up with is that it would narrow the "walkways" for the guy(s) running the trains by an inch or two.
I do believe that when I finally get around to building my next layout (currently, I don't have one), I will give this a try. It sounds like -- GENIUS! -- or "Why didn't I think of that?"
Grief, my OWN ROOM - that is something dreams are made of! I share my train room with two computers, my wife and a mouthy parrot. Actually my wife and I share the room with the parrot, when he lets us And believe me, if I were to point my finger and tell the parrot to leave, he'd probably leave WITH my finger - but that was your point rightIf your significant other ever comments that you're the only one in the house with their own personal room never tell her that she has one too then point towards the laundry, you'll need that finger for assembling couplers.
Okay another dumb question - how do you check that and what do you look for when checking?...Use a multimeter and check your track and switches often as you lay them to ensure the resistance is good through them. Especially between rail joiners and switches/crossings etc...
With power off I use the multimeter leads to check for good continuity passing throughout the rails. As I put down new track I put the leads on the same side rail with one lead on either side of the rail joiner. If the connection is good through the rail joiner I should read almost 0 ohms, if I have an open I would read OL on the multimeter. Can do the same through switches.
Okay another dumb question - how do you check that and what do you look for when checking?
Old or new green buffer pads for floors from H.D. or wherever. Cut to shape, spray with glue, dip in grass (or sprinkle) "WALLA"! Great for hedge maze on unused space, borders etc.How about everyone posting some free or low price things you use on your RR.
I'll start with a few of mine:
Take tin foil and cut into about 4"x4" and roll it into a ball then use pliers and keep pinching until its a square. you can paint with rust color paint and fill a gondola car. Looks just like recycled cars smashed into squares.
Another tip I use is PVC caps from home depot. use different sizes for tanks at a chemical plant. Put decals and even use leftover spruces from old models as pipes.
Your turn. come on post some tips everyone
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