Rick - To answer your question
Well, week 4 of my Thing-a-week challenge draws to a close (yes, I know the weekend starts tomorrow, but I usually work weekends and have little time for modeling). What have I accomplished? I disassembled, cleaned, lubed, and repaired the drive mechanism of the little 4-wheel AHM/IHC switcher I am bashing into an On30 electric locomotive.
A new layout with only 2 switches....
The time has come in my modeling journey to try something new. I have decided to follow the minimalist approach of less track and more operation. Thanks to Lance Mindheim and others online, I have decided to build a layout with only two switches.
A tour of a great model railroad done by a life long modeler. Don has a world of the Rockies he built since retirement. I had the privilege of operating on this layout. It takes 14 people to run it. Two Part Video.
This a link to my you tube channel. If you are interested in the videos of the many model railroads that I have visited and will in the future please connect and subscribe to my channel that way you will get to see all of them and receive a notice when one is posted. To the 100000s who have watched and asked all of the great questions thanks.
Those that have requested specific videos I have a list and will shot it as I do it on my layout. Like the last one Track painting.
Work is progressing on the CN Longview Sub.
A few weeks back I received my Fast Tracks #6 Jig for making my own turnouts. I'm very impressed with how simple the process for making a turnout has become.
The current project on the layout is installing the Cochrane yard ladder. Although still in the "Plywood Pacific" stage, I'm happy with the progress so far.
So you have heard all kinds of things about what modelers are doing with 3D printing to assist in their rolling stock, locomotive and structure builds. How about some some more basic items to spruce up your layout?
The "Thing-A-Week" challenge... is something a friend turned me onto. Basically, the concept is that in order to make progress on anything, be it gaining skill, pushing yourself, or maybe, say, building a model railroad, you need a goal. Essentially, the Thing-A-Week challenge is thusly: Each week, do SOMETHING towards accomplishing your goal. Doesn't have to be big, doesn't have to be important, just has to be SOMETHING.
A rather momentous occasion occurred recently, when my South Australian Railways Rx class 4-6-0 entered traffic.
The prototype loco entered traffic in April 1915, and was built by Walker and Co. of Maryborough in Queensland. Some 80-odd of the Rx class loco's were operated by the South Australian Railways, and were basically a jack-of-all trades, go-anywhere loco's and weighed in at 80 tonnes and were equipped with Belpare fireboxes. Some loco's received superheated boilers, however, Rx224 (as I have modeled), remained a saturated loco.
The prototype on which my layout is based used the telegraph to connect stations with the dispatcher.
It should make for interesting operating sessions...
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