I’ve got a couple of questions for you today – I think they touch on something we’ve all scratched are heads over, at one time or another:
I admit to lurking around in the background and reading the blog for the past couple of years.
Each time I am about to start the project I come up with something that stops me.
This time it is wanting to use some passenger cars (Empire Builder) that require a 24” radius curve. I thought I was OK with that but those curves take a huge amount of space. I was planning on a a dog bone shape with 48”x48” end sheets to allow for future helix installation but then the scale just sounded wrong 2 helix units separated by 10’.
Should I just give up on the long cars and radii curves?
Thanks for the advice.
“Hi Al–I hope you or one of your readers may be able to help me with this question:
I currently have an old dc layout with the traditional block method where a single rail is connected throughout the layout and the other rail is insulated with plastic track connectors and used to define blocks–each with a separate on/off switch.
This way I can stop a train on a side-track-block,and run other trains around it.
I’m trying to convert to DCC where all rails are always powered and train movement is controlled through each engine not the track. I really don’t want to go through the hassle of removing all of the insulated joints.
The question is: can I just turn on all the existing switches in all the blocks without removing the insulated jointers, wire the transformer and controller for DCC and have it work properly.
I’ve asked this same question several times in other forums but have never gotten an answer. Hope your folks can help.
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Whenever I get a tree / plant ‘how to’ sent in I’m always reminded of Martin’s trees. They are stunning. If you haven’t stumbled over his ‘how to’ yet, it’s here.
And of course, his tunnel ‘how to’ is one the most popular on the site.
That’s all this time, folks. Who can help Terry and Dan? Please do post a comment below if you’d like to help.
Or if you want to jump in with your own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
Keep ’em coming.