Challenges of Electricty Outdoors

AS I built the track, it was raised on Hardiboard and had no dirt.  I ran the wires as needed to feed the power sectors of the track.  There are about 100 different sectors for the track layout and each of these had individual wires to feed the voltage to the track.  The wires feed…

Getting the Electronics to Work

After we got everything wired up with the Digitrax components we started to have several problems. When we moved the locomotives the sound would shut off and locomotives moved slower than I though they should.  We originally though it was because the layout was so big 600 ft of track. But the zone / sections…

Always Learning about Model Railroading

I attended the train show in Greenville SC several weeks ago.  It was a great show and I learned a lot. I attended a couple of great seminars and had some great discussions afterwards about signaling and block detection.  I realized that I did not have enough blocks and all of the turnouts needed to…

Finished Laying all of the Track

Yeah ! finished laying the final track tonight.  I was waiting on some Hardboards to finish up the side spurs.  I finally got everything finished and laid out.  Everyone keeps asking me when I will be finished and I tell them in about 3 years and they don’t believe it.  Laying the track is just…

Creating the Pool Siding

One of the sidings that I wanted to create was a place for the trains and locomotives to be able to go and be covered from the elements.   Because the back yard slopes down so much and because our basement is finished, I decided to create a siding that goes into the pool area.…