Back from Timonium GSMTS and ready to test and figure out my control panel for the yard
Excited to see what I can do with the Berrett Hill Touch Toggles. Will need another 8 pack to complete the whole panel, maybe even an 8 and a 4 pack
Tracks and switches going down with Dynaflex 230
All the switches are either Micro Engineering (and Dcc ready) or Shinohara altered to be DCC friendly. Also wires soldered to frogs and fished down through holes to connect to tortoise contacts below the layout
Decided to add wood planking to a New Jersey International signal bridge. Thought it would add a bit of color and some signal bridges did include that feature.
Back after a summer of visiting various railroad venues, and getting down to finishing trackwork. I am modifying Shinohara code 70 # 8 switches, to work on DCC.
I am using Micro engineering Code 70 flextrack and # 6 switches, but need some # 8s and also some # 4s on the logging branch, which ME does not offer. On the Shinoharas, I am changing to gapped PC board throw rods and connecting the running rails and closure rails with wire jumpers soldered to the bottom of the rails.
Also cutting gaps in the rail on either side of the frog, filling the gaps with CA glued plastic, formed to fit, and soldering a wire to the frog rails underneath to connect to a Tortoise switch machine contacts as the switch is thrown to guard against shorting.
Just a few more examples of the things on view at Steamtown national historic site
Another area that I am working on, both for operation reasons and for photography, is the yard and engine service area. Still have some final pieces to add to the concrete coaling tower, as well as definite weathering. This is the first of several structures to be completed for that area as well as track and signaling
Also working on Sanding tower, water tower and stanchions, small sheds, as well as the switches and trackwork.
As a photographer, I am starting to look at sections of the in progress layout to work up into completed photographs of scenes, looking to do this in different weather scenarios, time of day, etc. I will put up several in the next few posts and then later I’ll recall them and the finished photographs.
Finishing the highway underpass leading out of town. I added led lighting and safety railings, as I have made the sidewalks higher above the road surface.
Here the railings have been added and some random trash added. (might add more later)
View from road under the bridge showing lights, railing and a poster on the wall
Will add a wall surface from sidewalk to the Road before installing the underpass
Needed to have risers at different angle than the standard 2, 3 or 4% for replacing lead up to bridge and overpass.
Cutting risers lightly glued to board on band saw.
Ready to install.
Here is a general view of the layout, more detailed views coming soon. Working on several areas, including the Town and Logging area as well as the Yard.