Dave has been in touch with his Walthers bascule bridge:
My name is Dave. I’m 73 and still play with toy trains.
So impressed with your site that have decided to discontinue my subscription to train magazines.
Kindly allow me to introduce you to the ITARR:
ITA is the name selected because it resides IN THE ATTIC.
As a test, I will try to show a few pictures of the bridges on the ITA.
The first bridge is the bascule bridge. It is controlled by a motor too small for the job and thus the need for two sets of counter weights. One set of weights to help the deck go up the other set to eases the pain of going down.
The second bridge swing up to open from the right side The third bridge swings open like a gate when needed. All threes bridges operate with the track wiring in tact from scrap material that I was able to locate without cost.
Next on to Hall of Fame Mark:
My “Tip for the Day” is that when a scene on the layout is complete, or even fairly close to completion, take a few minutes to snap some pictures and perhaps even a short video. Study these and they will reveal any items that need correction.
Then enjoy you creation with some “run time”. Attached is a short video of some action down at the roundhouse early one morning. Turn up the sound and wait for the action
Model railroading is FUN!
I thought Dave’s layout looked fantastic – and no wonder the kids the love the Walthers bascule bridge, I did too. It’s funny how one feature of a layout really can transform it. More pics please, Dave!
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.