“Dear Mr. Lee…
Thank you for sharing my cardstock boxcar…
I have now done a locomotive…
A few details need to be added…
Sincerely, John from Cali..
Chatsworth California USA”
If you missed John’s last post, it’s here.
“Hi Al, you say you enjoy updates, well not much to report here but I have been adding some LED platform lights and a first set of 12v DC streetlamps.
They had to be wired in pairs to keep the intensity and the heat under control, these have been deemed a success so I shall have to get another pack for the rest of the layout, luckily the Italians are fairly sparing with their streetlights.
However I am rather sorry now that I didn’t make provision for adding lights in some of the buildings, it would be too much of a faff now they’re done and installed I fear.
I am just now trying to fathom a mystery cross feed in my fiddle yard sidings, every now and then I get a train moving when it should be isolated by points, resulting in some “interesting” (ie alarming but not really expensive so far) sideswipes.
I suspect it comes of stock with metal wheels bridging gaps somewhere, but to identify it I really need a full wiring diagram.
Like an idiot I didn’t do one as I was going along, thinking I’d remember. Blowed if I do!
And if you can help Rod, please leave a comment below.
Now on to John:
“It’s been 20 yrs in the making, just never had the “gumption” to do it.
I always thought that because of the seasons we have that the maintenance would be a real pain.
Now that I’m retired what else do I have to do but put the effort in. Really, my adult son’s doings, I think they want to keep me busy !
I’ve shared what you have sent me on all the projects under way and that got them psyched. So my wife and I went away for a brief vacation and the boys went to work.( I’m still trying to figure out what they did that I haven’t found out about ! lol lol )
I will send you progress pictures and videos as we go. Awaiting for some what will be nice additions, Bridges and more rolling stock. Waiting till it all gets balanced and secured before we break out the real expensive toys.
Really a big work in progress every time I speak with the boys there always either a slight change here, siding there, new track coming for extension areas, I never know.
This I do know it will be a triple bridge extending over the pond stream, a tunnel which was planned years ago when doing the pond, a small rail yard and long runs with limited switches although there are a few manual/ powered.
So I guess you can call it an “Over under 8″. Hope to have track laid in beds this weekend ? Lot of rain is to be coming for the next three days as well as a holiday so I’m not sure why that does to the schedule.
Keep the ideas coming !
That’s all this time folks!
A big thanks to both Johns and Rod
Please do keep ’em coming. And if you’re feeling inspired, don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here.