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
Visiting friends in Colorado, I was able to further my ongoing summer visits to full scale and model railroad sites. First was the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley CO, and then the Buenavista model railroad society in Buena Vista CO, both of which I will put up further posts in the near future, but the real unexpected treat was a tour of the
Intermountain Railway Co. the model railroad manufacturer in Longmont CO. Kirk was very gracious in showing the whole operation, from their milling the molds for injection molded parts on their CNC milling machines
To explaining their process and inventory.
To talking about their quality control, including a final visual inspection of each and every HO engine and actually running each engine through various track situations. A very impressive commitment to quality, and not releasing anything that is not absolutely right.
All in all an enjoyable morning and an appreciation of a quality company
Here is the FA2 and FB2 with their shells off.
Will put up additional shots of the finished installation once completed. There is room in the B unit for a speaker where the cab appears in the A unit. They used the same chassis for both.
After receiving my package from Tonys Train exchange, with my DCC system and sound decoder etc, I started the installation in the Vanderbilt tender which has limited room in width to install a round speaker. So here are some shots following Erik from Tonys Train Exchange advice , using 2 new mini speakers.
This decoder has many choices of bells, whistles, engine types, all manner of mechanical injectors, pumps, generators, brake squeal, air release as well as light control and great control of the running engine including very slow speed right out of the box.
Holes need to be drilled through the tender bottom to allow the sound exit.
Checking the fit of the mini speaker enclosures.
Showing the decoder installed in top of tender with strong double stick (Scotch exterior mounting tape)
The 2 mini speakers and their enclosures mounted and wired in the tender bottom.
Engine after install and really pleased with the result, the sound and control.
Excited to get started hooking up and installing DCC and sound decoder etc after receiving my package from Tony’s Train Exchange, with great help and guidance from Erik at Tony’s, and thank you KEVAN and ERIN.