Big fan. Read all the daily postings and have learned a lot.
Like many of your posters, I too had a Lionel as a kid. It’s now gone, who knows where.
Started an HO double track oval for my kids in the 80’s. Still had everything and started up a new layout when the pandemic caused a lockdown.
Found out that HO was just too big for the room I had available. So I gave half of everything to my two son’s for my grandchildren.
This year I jumped in with both feet into N scale DCC. And so my problems Started.
I’ve read everything on line and bought a basic DCC wiring book and cannot grasp REVERSE LOOP WIRING.
I’m building my layouts as 4’x3’ modules. I’m attaching a layout photo of one of my modules and hoping you or one of your readers can educate me as to where I need to isolate the track and where to place my LOOP REVERSER(S).
Do I need a reverser for each loop???
Incoming train enters the module at the upper right left hand track and exits at the upper right, right hand track.
Thanks in advance.
Frank – 73 years old”
“Hi Al. The set is coming along.
I’ve sent a few pics of your printouts.
The layout has one central circle with two turn around on either end along with an upper residential level.
The ramps are slightly steeper than norm, I used different voltages for up and down controlled by photo eyes and relays.
I have a drawing that can be used for 3 rail or 2 rail, let me know if anyone interested. Next step is to move switch remotes to over by former, then put up using signals, then photo eyes for computer (plc) control.
My first of 3 surgeries is delayed because Medicare did not pre-approve the surgery.
So I spent the past week rebuilding my two Montana Eastern Railroad boxcab diesels.
As a reminder, these are 7.5″ gauge, 1.5” scale based on the 23T and 25T General Electric diesels.
I needed 4 new batteries, the new ones are much wider so I rebuilt the floors, and now have cut the bodies in half to widen them.
The job to hook up the electronics and get the diesels back on the track normally would take all of an hour, but it took all day long, as I have to find ways of leveraging everything into place.
It is extremely difficult to lift anything at all right now and especially to bend down, or get on my knees etc and having to crawl around until I can finally stand up again…
I have some pictures of the boxcabs new floors and how they look cut in half.
Also have a sound system, amp, and speakers on the way. I bought the sound card from “Mylocosound”, they are an Australian company.
Also, I was asked about my two riding well cars, so I thought I would send some pictures of them along with some henscratch showing measurements that should be enough to use to build some if anyone is interested.
So I will send the pictures along a small group at a time as usual Al.
I hope someone finds this interesting.
Thanks so much again Al for all of your work to keep us active.
I was very pleased to get the bodies and roof sliced through the middle and accurately for a change.
All pics show all sides and ends etc of this articulated set of well cars.
Lastly, Cassio’s been back in touch with his latest vid:
There’s no narrative with it, but that’s okay because his English is better than my Brazilian.
That’s all for today folks. Who can help Frank?
Please do keep ’em coming because it’s still painfully thin on the fround this end.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to stop dreaming and start doing.
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