Jeff has a shorting track problem – can anyone help?
I have been receiving your emails for several years and have enjoyed them greatly.
They have encouraged me in model railroading. I am from Ohio and a novice to this hobby.
I’m sending you some pictures of an attempt I am making at an O scale layout.
As you can tell I am running a loop within a loop. I have connected them with entrance and exits turnouts.
I know I’m supposed to use insulated track sections. But I don’t know exactly how to place those sections or configure the wires underneath.
When my locomotive exits the inner loop to the outer loop or vice versa, it shorts on the insulated track sections.
I would be grateful for any advice on this.
Thank you so much for your encouragement in this hobby. I have included a couple of pictures so that you can see what I mean.
Have a blessed day.
Please do leave a comment below if you can help, Jeff.
Now on to Pete who has been busy with some revisions:
Some revisions here.
I made the fence from northeastern strip wood products, then aged with a greying solution. India ink and alcohol. It’s getting real close now.
After the benchwork of a particular scene is complete, I grid it with 1 x 3’s to accommodate buildings, the rest is sectioned off with cardboard strips or metal light screen for the plaster cloth to adhere to.
After all plaster has been put on (1st the gauze then fill in with pre made plaster (mud) in tubs) It is all painted with a latex earth tone. When dry, texturing begins. I use a combination of a lot of things as you see.
Lot’s of ‘Wood scenic products, etc. grass tufts, many different shades of texture, rocks, sand for roads, and so on.
I scratch built the farm house and barn, though the barn was a spinoff from an old Campbell HO kit, I just built it up from scratch to 1/48 O scale that I model in.
Trees are mostly commercial, I just grab whatever, whenever it suits my aesthetic needs.
The water for the garden hose is woodland scenic products for water falls and still water combination.
The rest by viewing is self explanatory, sooo, if you could kindly post these pics of both the standard gauge & narrow gauge, it would be most appreciated.
A big thanks to Pete (his last post is here). His layout just gets better and better.
I love your site and I can’t wait to read the latest installment each morning.
I have learned a lot from your blog so I thought that I would contribute a little with this power supply and hookup units “manifolds” as I like to call them , that I made.
Under my layout are 8 of these “manifolds” shown in the first picture.
They are daisy chained together to form an expanded hook up for my lighting.
They are hooked up to a computer power supply that I converted to light my layout.
The supply has 12volt,5volt and 3.3volt supplies perfect for supplying whatever voltage is needed to light the entire layout!
All of my lighting is Led from the buildings to the street lights and the vehicle lights.
Hope you enjoy these pictures and hints ,maybe some of your readers will learn something as I have done from this site!!
Thank you for all of your hard work to keep this site going strong!!
Bob ( From Pennsylvania)”
That’s all for this time, folks.
Please do leave a comment below if you can help Jeff.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to join in with the fun.