Monday, November 21, 2011

Thompson’s Old Fashioned Train Show

Byron and I along with family friend Jacob attended the 2nd Thompson’s Old Fashioned Train show in Clemmons today. Lots of O and S. Some HO and N layouts. Then there was my Z scale one. Although massively incomplete, it was well received. Finally got a cheap old N scale boxcar to compare to one in Z and then people really appreciated the size more. Alright, enough talking, time for pictures:

Jacob working the control. Control is Arduino powered. The cheap powerpack is for the AC to the switch machines.
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Byron enjoying the show.
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The yard with all the stock I have….at the time. Picked up 2 more MTL intermodal units at the show.
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Closer view of the Engine House and Yard office.
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A view from the other end.
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Another view of the yard.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Why are these cars jostling???


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I checked the track before gluing it down and I don’t remember the cars jostling like this. I purposely did not glue the turnouts. Anyone have ideas why the cars are jostling and any solutions?

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Arduino controlled Z scale


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An Arduino Duemilanove, 16×2 LCD, and Qik 2s9v1 motor control in a fairly simple circuit. I’m not much of a solderer, so the jumbled mess is a mess and the joints are blobs. But, hey! It works! Need to get the voltage readouts working, test using different PWM settings, and probably use a better (read alkaline) battery.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Shapeways arrived!!!! Woohoo!!!

For Sierra and Stony!!

Sierra’s engine house. I’ll need to shim under it, but it looks GOOD.
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Yard office by Sierra. Truck cab and trailer for container by Stony. Container is MTL.
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Boy, I have some painting to do…. :)

Pictures from layout progress…

Pictures of the layout’s progress. Re-posts from the lost blog…

Track on the doorslab….
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Risers in place for the main loop…
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Test run of train on loop…
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The view begind the backdrop where the “yard” will go…
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Plaster down for the yard with a few randomly placed buildings. Don’t you love my paper engine house?
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