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badlandnp Mar 17, 2013

  1. DeaconKC

    DeaconKC TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the new videos!
     
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  2. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Those backdrop photos sure bring your railroad to life! Wow!
     
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  3. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Took some more today for future use in other corners of the layout!
     
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  4. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Finally made time to run a couple of units around AND get pics and videos. Fun! I have had a bit of time here and there to just run a train around to keep the tracks clean, like about once a week! But today I drug out a pair of ten-wheelers to pull two sections of a freight around. The NPBH bought another good used one from the B&O, put it right to work without even painting out the lettering yet!

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    A couple of weathered freight cars in front of more backdrop,
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    And a couple of the videos,


     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Nice job on the car weathering!
     
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  6. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Here's a few more in front of the backdrop,
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  7. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That backdrop really changes the feel of the layout to more of a finished feel.
     
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  8. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Yes they do. Will need a bit more refinement as I go along. A bit better resolution camera and a reduction in size of the image will help it be even better.
     
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  9. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    And took a few to run the #7 through the yard and out on the main for a quick trip this morning,



     
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  10. DeaconKC

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    Looks really nice! Say, what was the thing sitting on the tender of #5 in the yard video?
     
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  11. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    That is a bit of 'sand' for added traction! :LOL: Actually, it is a bit of weight for balancing alloy auto wheels. I have them on the tender due to the wiring putting 'up' pressure on it until I feel like tearing into it a bit and correcting that issue.
     
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  12. badlandnp

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    Did some repairs to track joints yesterday morning. It never ceases to amaze me just how much the track joints need resoldered due to temperature variations out there. So, after the section crew finished, the Empire Builder made time,

     
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  13. sidney

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    badlandnp you could solder a wire across the solder joints to alleviate that solder joint problem( the joint would still be un soldered so to speak but at least it wont lose conductivity . just a small piece would work like a ground strap sorta .....
     

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    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Like this? It is a good method I learned somewhere, maybe here. I found another few splits elsewhere, which will be obvious in the videos I made this morning earlier. Uploading those now...
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    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    And so this morning, I did a couple of more repairs where trains were having hiccups, then started a bit of fun switching. Here's some longish video's of said 'fun!'


     
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    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    And in the switching at Cabin Creek, I discovered another cracked solder to be fixed....
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    You can see the trouble it causes here n there in the switching..
     
  17. sidney

    sidney TrainBoard Member

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    no dont solder at the joint just at the ends of the wire so the joint is free to move with expansion ect
     

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  18. BigJake

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    Note that the wire should not be straight across the rail joint, but have a bit of slack, as is shown in Sidney's graphic. That way the rail ends can move apart a bit without loosing electrical contact by breaking the wire or one of the solder joints.
     
  19. BoxcabE50

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    Wow. You have some nasty gaps.....
     
  20. Shortround

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    Yes a U shaped wire with flats at the top works best to release stress at the solder joint. Put the loupe down under the ties to hid them. That's what we used for O gauge.
     

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