Deadman Struttin

This website contains my random thoughts, reflections and musings. The content is completely haphazard, and any deep, intellectual significance is purely accidental.

Oct
29

Model Trains – Mountains

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The mountain range is in, as well as the opposing side ridge. Plaster cloth, wadded newspaper and pieces of rigid foam were used for the basic support. I’ll shoot some spray foam along the inside for more structure and support for trees later on. The back and sides will remain open, but will be framed with some wood and have access panels (see through?) in case of a derailment inside the mountain. The tunnel openings are rough until I decide on portal(s) and final positions. A bridge will span the main mountain and the ridge, with a track passing below to behind the range.

 

Oct
22

Model Trains – Incline

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The outer track incline has been cut. I’m still trying to get the grade tweaked, but it’s pretty close already. The C420 managed seven cars but struggled a bit going up. The grade is around 2.5%, so it may need to be lowered a  tad.

 

Oct
16

Model Trains – Rolling Stock Additions

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The first addition to the rolling stock is four Bachmann AAR 40′ steel boxcars under the PRR road name. I got them for $10 each and may modify the road numbers sometime later on. The rub with different manufacturers of locomotives and rolling stock is of course the couplers. Of the five locomotives I currently have, none have couplers that will work with these Bachmann cars except the DCC equipped Atlas C420. I really wanted to see the new cars in action, but the C420 doesn’t care for my homebrew PWM power to the track. As a quick fix, I dug out a plain old DC powerpack from a ModelPower set and hooked it up. Eventually, I’ll need to swap out couplers on the locomotives and cars.