Friday, 22 February 2013

A tour around the Sunset North Eastern Railroad

Here is my N Scale layout ready to roll. The track has all been tested and the DCC electrics are all OK. A few trains have been run to test the track layout and some changes have been made to ease the running in the industrial area of Webster. What I don't explain in the video is that the staging area (which is normally stored away so I can use the room) is what we refer to as Sunset. Being that the railroad is the Sunset North Eastern, one would expect Sunset to be a major centre for the railroad and would be too large to model.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Oh Blast - just when I thought the budget was spent!

Yesterday, my N Scale Bachmann RS3 ran away. The only way I could stop it was to turn the power off to the track. Fortunately my Digitrax Zephyr has a button for that. Unfortunately, when I turned the power on, the loco was dead. Now I have two feelings about this. One is that, having told the wife that I didn't need anything else for the railroad, I now have to admit to needing a new decoder. The second is pleasure that I am replacing the decoder as the built in Bachman decoder is quite limited and the loco never ran very well.

As you can't get a drop in board for this loco, I am looking at the TCS M1 Miniature decoder - details here:

Kevin at Coastal DCC has these in stock so I should be back and running with it soon.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

The SNE is back up in the new apartment

Well here it is in its new home. I have added some painted back scene for two reasons.
1. It looks better and
2. It stops me marking the walls when I do the scenery.

The back scene is not brilliant - I am no artist, but it gives a bit of a feeling of an overcast day, I hope - grin.

The small board on the left of the layout is portable. It has some dowels for location and would normally have a clamp to tighten it to the main board. It is purely a staging area. I will probably give it some minimal scenicking so it doesn't look too out of place.