Rural electrification

ModelRailroadForums.com is a free Model Railroad Discussion Forum and photo gallery. We cover all scales and sizes of model railroads. Whether you're a master model railroader or just getting started, you'll find something of interest here.


wombat457

Well-Known Member
Staff member
Charles,

Your layout and the attention to detail you put into it is amazing ... As Toot'n said, the next thing you need to do is automate that level crossing ;)
 

new guy

Active Member
Top Notch! The faded/worn look to the markings on the road and the tire tracks in the driveway. Excellent!
 

Charles Smiley

cspmovies
Thanks for the comments. BTW... the management decided to use a flagman at that crossing since it's a remote county road with minimal traffic. All the other roads have lighted crossings.
 

jim81147

Member
Looks very nice Charles . What did you do to dim down the camper light? I cant tell if you have some film over the windows or if you used a colored light but it , to me , looks a little yellow and not as bright as the barn .
 

Charles Smiley

cspmovies
Camper light is a little 2x3 mm surface mount LED in "warm white" color mounted in the ceiling.

I used a common 4700-Ohm external 1/4-watt resistor on my 12-VDC common supply to the LED. LEDs are great because if you greatly reduce the light output. it does not shift the resulting color into a reddish color. I rarely ever use regular incandescent lights (eg. Grain-of-Wheat" lights) for that reason -- among others.
 

MikeOwnby

Active Member
Thanks for the comments. BTW... the management decided to use a flagman at that crossing since it's a remote county road with minimal traffic. All the other roads have lighted crossings.
That would actually be much more prototypical, so management made a good choice there :)

The house where I grew up was in a rural setting, and even on the fairly well-traveled UP mainline there the rural county roads just have crossbucks, nothing automated at all. Considering that, not much chance at all that a railroad would invest in an automated crossing not only in a remote rural area, but most especially when it's on a low-speed siding with infrequent traffic.
 

tootnkumin

Well-Known Member
Staff member
That would actually be much more prototypical, so management made a good choice there :)

The house where I grew up was in a rural setting, and even on the fairly well-traveled UP mainline there the rural county roads just have crossbucks, nothing automated at all. Considering that, not much chance at all that a railroad would invest in an automated crossing not only in a remote rural area, but most especially when it's on a low-speed siding with infrequent traffic.
And here was me thinking it was because the property owners served by the siding, wouldn't pay for it's electricity bill. :p
 

Charles Smiley

cspmovies
Thanks.

Floquil Rail Brown with an industrial grade of Q-Tips ( they don't unravel as easily). Wood stain in dark walnut would work as well. Color the wood before gluing and building. Use Yellow carpenter's glue.
 




Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)


ModelRailroadForums.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

RailroadBookstore.com - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section.

ModelRailroadBookstore.com - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

Top