As production began to ramp up at Lehigh Cement, the MFTR found themselves in need of additional pulling power to handle the increase in rail traffic. That power has arrived on the railroad as a lovely blue and white GP38-2 leased from EMD Leasing.
You guys are killing me with all these posts. Beet factories, coal yards, switching layouts, oil tank farms; it never ends and I'm out of room to add anything more. My wife has already put the "Kabash" on buying an old grocery store and my local club has no more room to expand - LOL!
I got a Kato powerpack as part of an M1 kit and hooked it up to my track. I was not able to get my Bachmann EMD GP50 diesel to work. I checked all connections, and used my multimeter to verify voltage across the track at various points. I removed the body from the locomotive. I verified that the front and back lights come on, but the motor armature will not turn.
After reading up on the Internet, I suspect the brushes aren't contacting the wheels properly. The wheels seem shiny enough to me.
Ken K wrote:
With beets, coal and covered hoppers full of chemicals being delivered, and freight cars of finished product being shipped the factory should be fun to switch.
Yes, I greatly enjoy the sugar factories. They provide huge amounts of traffic and use many car types. For those that are interested, I will describe the three factories on my Great Western layout and how they are switched.
Photos of the in-progress modeling can be found on my website.
This is a blast from the past and Frank takes us on a tour of his layout. He talks about DC systems shows us panels and wiring and we see how operations are conducted in the block system. A final run of trains demonstrates the method of layout building in the day when dogbone loops allowed for extra operations in a small basement.
Now that the basic bridge is completed and slots correctly, it is time for finishing touches. First is the electrical work of soldering drops to the power buss. I elected for one drop location on the back side (non-visible) of the structure that connects a short distance to the end of the buss using wire nuts.
Here is an update on my progress on the BNML. Letellier to Emerson...
This diagram shows the area covered in this update.
(Letellier is on the right and Noyes is off the bottom, on the left.)
There is some major changes coming to the JL&T soon...
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