Visited the model train store in Pasadena today. They had a good selection of G Scale trains and scratch building supplies. And the staff was friendly.
On the layout, when I first put track down, I poured concrete to set it on. I thought this was the best way to keep the track from settling and to prevent the ballast mixing in with the soil under the ties. I built and leveled forms and poured concrete to form the roadbed. Trains have been running on it fine since then. However…
I think this came out pretty good.
I’ve been working on my logging scene, which is a lumber mill, lumber warehouse, and small wooded area for the last few weeks. One thing I thought it needed was a work crane–but I wasn’t thinking I’d actually spend money on one at the moment. Shoestring budget and other priorities.
Continue reading Kitbashed Crane
Bought these from Reindeer Pass. They always have fair prices and good service.
Here’s my LGB 2015D and powered tender pulling some boxcars and gondolas around my layout.
You can see the modified cars at the front (getting power from the tender) and the bubble-blowing elephant and lighted Christmas tree car at the end. Pretty fun–and the kids loved it.
Those little brushes on older LGB locos, where the spring and brush are loose, are hard to change. If you’re not careful, the spring tension will throw the brushes across the room when you’re trying to get one on the opposite side. I got tired of chasing springs and brushes, so I made up a little tool out of brass sheet.
I’ve finally got my streetcar track down
I’ve got my first servo-controlled switch on the layout. I’m using a Tam Valley servo singlet,
which gets both power and DCC signal from the track. The amperage draw is nominal when the decoder is just listening, and since at most I would ever move two of these simultaneously I think it’s ok. My layout is rather on the small side–small enough that I don’t expect to ever run more than two locomotives at a time.
I’ve been meaning to post a video of this for a while…
I’ve been wanting to have a visual indicator for switch direction and I decided on these Ozark Miniatures harp stands. The points are being moved by a servo on the other side of the track, which also moves the harp stand.
Here’s the interior of one of the cars I bought. I painted the seats, added passengers and a conductor, and am finishing up.
Here’s another of these cute little guys.
Sorry the video is a little short…
I finished adding the rest of the dining car interior, including table cloths, food, a waiter and cook. Also a lot of other little stuff–glasses and bottles, boxes on the kitchen shelves, etc.
This is the waiter with the cheese plate
Continue reading Dining Car Complete
Here are a couple more shots. I’m especially fond of the waiter with the cheese tray.
Here’s video of a Christmas Eggliner making the loop 🙂
Here are the passenger cars (along with the LGB baggage car and kit-bashed dining car) passing along the mainline.