Did you miss the last post? Not only is it a wonderful video by Cameron, it’s a fantastic ‘how to’ too.
I can’t remember when I post got so many comments is such a short time!
For some time I have read your letters with interest and much pleasure. Thank you.
I decided that it was time that I made a contribution and you may wish to share the following with readers:
For some time I have struugled with track cleaning (as have many others!) as my layout has a fair amount of hidden track. I have examined and tried various commercial cleaners but none has worked. My conclusion was that the only way to clean track is to scrub it in some way – the Dapol track cleaner with its revolving brush was the only one that made sense to me but the cost is more than I could justify spending. I have always had the attitude that if a manufacturer can make something then so can I – even if it’s not quite as neat and sophistcated.
Kim’s track cleaner gave me the boot up the rear end that I needed to get started on another one of my own.
I raided my boxes of odds and ends and put them all together to produce something that cost me the price of a battery and a kitchen cleaning pad but nothing else.
I started with a chasis from an old wagon, found a motor from a discarded loco, a gearbox from an electric toothbrush, some bits of scrap metal and plasticard, a metal washer from my washer tin, a pop rivet, nuts, bolts and screws and finally plasticard to build the outer box car casing. A small piece of wire from a paper clip made a convenient switch on the side. After some adjustment to the height of the brush. it works a dream and leaves gleaming track, The result can be seen in the photos.
There seems to be questions about how much slope to allow on our layouts so I thought I’d share my solution.
What I did before settling was to do my own testing. I laid out an oval of track on a piece of plywood about two feet by four feet, for n scale this was plenty big enough.
I set it on a table and put together a train as long as I expected to run on my final layout. (I used eight cars). I pick my favorite locomotive and started it around. Then I started lifting the end of my board in small steps looking for the maximum slope my train could go up at slow speed.
Once I had that I tested my other engines and adjusted the slope until it seemed everything worked well.
The final slope was then measured along the track using a level and ruler. That became the maximum slope for my railroad. It turned out to be three percent but I ended up not needing more then two and a half percent. (That’s is two and a half inches rise in one hundred inches of track.
Most of Shell Hill is done, but there is a considerable amount of tune up and landscaping left to do.
Most of my running videos in the past were filmed in one location on my layout. I decided to show a tour around it and while I was filming, I began to make up a story.
The story is about a Mrs. McCrain who is on her way to meet her niece in Kent and she must make a change of train in Shell Hill. I had a lot of fun with it, I hope you and your readers can enjoy my silly fun too. It is quite different than anything else I have done.
At the end, I did a little shunting exercise to demonstrate the shunting capabilities of the new Shell Hill goods facility. It is my first attempt at shunting so it is a little jerky, but it gave me a chance to do a few close ups around Shell Hill.
I really enjoy seeing what others are doing with their railways and the tips and pointers have been very useful. Keep up the great work.
Latest ebay cheat sheet? It’s here!
A wonderful collection this time. Thanks to everyone. Please do keep ’em coming.