“Al: Thought I would pass along this tip for members who are still old school and using block sections to control their trains:
I’ve been in the train mode for over 50 years and of course during that time I’ve torn down as many layouts as I built and reused track, insulated spacers etc.
A few day ago I was trying to fix a section of track that caused constant derails. It was the end of a curve going into a switch with an insulated connector on one of the tracks.
Several readjustments of the curve had no effect and it wasn’t until I finally took a real close look at the connector that I found the problem.
The insulated connectors, which as most know, looks like a regular one but have a short pin that sticks up to block the space between the rail almost like an upside down “T”. (—/—)
To my surprise I found that over time and reuse, the “T” pin had worn down or broken off at the base and left too much space at the top for the rails to join without a wheel being caught while passing over!
Replacing it with a new insulated connector solved the problem immediately and of course reduced the number of civil suits filed by injured passengers against the Damnit Railroad to zero!
So my tip to others…is check the “T” to make sure it’s still intact. Sure saves a lot of unneeded worry and concern.
I have heard people say my favorite track bed, Woodland Scenics Road Bed is hard to work around curves.
Hearing that, and having the need to install some around a curve today, I put together a short 4 minute video demonstrating how I do it.
I love this stuff because it is such a great acoustic barrier between the track and the wood of the bench that supports it. I don’t want to hear wood reverberating when my trains run over the track, I just want to hear the wheels. I have absolutely no connection with the company that makes this stuff.
I hope this is helpful to someone out there,
All the best, Rob – Farland Howe”
“Hi alistair thought you might like to see the progress of my 6’ x 3’ layout still a lot of work to do, with careful planning and the right choice of track it can be achieved as I could not find any track plans to fit my space
Some folk ask me why I keep posting pictures of layouts that are bearly more than a bench with some track. I’ll tell you why: this hobby is all about making a start. It’s more than half the battle.
And speaking of making starts, the Beginner’s Guide will point you in the right direction – it’s cram packed with tips.
But now on to something else – something I do get a lot of mails on: finding stuff on the site.
If you fancy ferreting through years and years of posts and would like to find the pages relevant to your layout, then I suspect you’ll like this: a search box! I’ve called it the Golden Key.
In a nutshell, it lets you search through every post I’ve ever done (and believe me, there’s a lot of them).
But it comes at a cost. Sorry. Don’t worry though, it won’t break the bank – just $9.97. And that’s for life too. So one payment gets you a life time of searching. You can search until the cows come home, it’s yours for good.
And if you’re in to warm fuzzy feelings too, you’ll also be supporting the site. Truth be told, without the Golden Key there wouldn’t be a site at all.
Anyhow, here’s what ‘the golden key’ will do for you. Press play and have a look:
And just to soften the blow, I’m throwing in with it, one of the printable buildings – this house below:
(If you’re new to the print out scenery, you just download it, print it and stick it together. It’s a lot of fun. Here’s John making one of the prints:
My word, I don’t think I’ve ever posted 3 youtubes in one go before.
So there you have it, the Golden Key and the green house, all for just $9.99 – but only until Monday.
Just so you know, the Golden Key sells for $19.97 on the site, and green house $9.97, so you saving just under $20.
And what’s more, you’ll be able to search and ferret through the site until your hearts content.
That’s all for today folks, please do keep ’em coming.