3D Printing

I recently received an Ultimaker 3 Extended 3D printer. My plan is to print unique buildings and accessories for my Garden Model Railroad. I have all of my children and son in laws that can 3D program to help modify or create structures that I can print. We still have a long way to go…

Lightening Strike just before Simon’s Birthday Party

Well it had to happen but did have to happen 2 weeks before my grandson’s 5th birthday? On 7/2/17 we had a large electrical storm and lightening struck my next door neighbors yard. He lost TVs and other components. My house electrical was protected by my whole house surge protector but any networked component got…

Summer Vacations and A lot of Work Done

Brandon and Chele were home for a little over a week after the beach and we got a lot done on the train. We were able to wire up all the track electronics and the turnouts connecting them to the (8) DS64s abd (5) BDL168s which are Digitrax products.  Papa got to test the programs…

Test the Electronics

I finally got the first phase of the track, signals, and turnouts wired up. I was able to test out each of the boards. I had trouble with the BDL186 showing the occupied blocks. After a lot of checking I noticed the green network light was not behaving as the other circuit boards did. This…

Train Track Finished, Starting Electrical

With the help of lot of my children who were home for Christmas and Baptism of Betty Murry we made a lot of progress on the train.  After attending some railroad shows last year, I decided to add some additional track that would allow the trains to stop while other trains passed them on the…

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…