This time a few questions – as well as some tips.
I’m sure the ‘collective’ can help!
“I’m designing a Colorado mountain layout including an ascending/descending Durango-Silverton route, weaving “in the valley” Denver Rio-grande passenger train and an “along the edge of the mountain” coal train with tunnels, bridges, etc
Any ideas for this 6 foot by 13 foot project would be really appreciated.
Here’s a concept (see below) but adding the coal train, etc.
Thanks and Blessings
I am on my 4th layout and probably have tried most ways of fixing my track down to the baseboard before ballasting. This is the latest and while I am certain that others have tried this, it was a first for me. Instead of using “track pins” I tacked the track in place using a small (very small) hot glue gun. A spot of glue every 8″ or so between the ties. This method holds the track in place, is easily moved if not quite right and does not distort the track by pushing pins through or having to drill sleepers (ties) every few inches. The spot of glue is eventually covered by the ballast.
I happen to use a dense foam as track bed but the idea would work equally with cork, homasote (softboard) or commercial track bed.
The foam I use is a cheap camping mat available from camping stores and Walmart .
Not sure if anyone has posted this tip yet, not seen it yet but still reading
I make a lot of card kits, both in N and OO for friends and now myself
I have taken a 6″ and a 12″ Rule and stuck using doubled side sticky tape Fine Wet & Dry Paper around 600 – 1000 grade this dose two things 1st give you a non – slip cutting straight edge and 2nd a bed for sharpening your scalpel blades I can make a scalpel blade last 4 – 5 times longer. Great for card and plastic card both.
Excelent! Thanks Bob – I shall try it out on the next print out kit. My boy has also posted a youtube video to show you how easy the print out scenery buildings are to put together too. It’s here
“About 40 years ago in Model Railroader magazine there was an article on how to “pickle” live plants so that they would be preserved and never deteriorate. Does anyone know how to do that successfully?
“I have a tip. It is for track and wheel cleaning. Get automobile transmission fluid a brush or felt; brush or rub the tracks with the fluid let dry. This increases electrical pickup and cleans the track and wheels. Just have to use about every month if not a high traffic area. All it cost is about $3. and you have a cleaner for many years.
“Hi i have added pic’s of layout’s i have made over the year’s witch i’m happy to let other’s see.
I have many other pic’s that im happy for you all 2 look at so fill free to email me for more.
Wow! Thanks Chris – there’s a few years of layouts there! Al.
“Help Al! I bought a Bachman freightliner DCC. But I run Hornby. I bought a new decoder and installed it. But the error message I get on my hornby controller says the decoder I bought isn’t programmed for Hornby – or anything, come to that. How do I get it programmed?? Should it have come programmed What have I done wrong? I have a train that cost me a small fortune which I can’t use 🙁
Please do post your answers! And keep those tips rolling in.
Thanks too for all the comments on the ebay cheat sheet page. Glad it’s working out for you.
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