Handful of new acquisitions. Firstly, I won a Hornby Dean Single & two clerestory coaches in a raffle through one of my clubs;
This did not come in the original box, so I don't know how old it is. Doesn't look half bad, though. Open armature motor, but there was an 8-pin decoder socket. Odd combo, in my mind. Backhead was detail-painted, as well. Runs fine, though she will creep with the throttle closed. I don't think I'll pursue super-detailing, but the ten
I just received a Kato Portram I had ordered;
Adorable little thing. Somehow, when I bid on eBay for it, I hadn't noticed the adorable articulated cat motif. I bid on this with the intention of using the bogies for RT Models Lister Autotrucks. But, I just can't ruin such a charming little tram. Oh well. I'll need to keep an eye out for another on the low end of the market. Shame they're out of print, from my knowledge. I probably spent too much on it for breaking it, anyw
I had picked up a Cooper Craft GWR diagram V5 'Mink' at my club's swap meet some time back. Decided I would start on it, feeling on-trains but not interested in bringing the iron back out.
I didn't get too far in one evening. I set the top-hat bearings in the W-irons, glued an end to the side. I know I need to alter the bracketry on the solebars. Sadly, apparently an accurate V5 isn't possible with just this kit. Pertinent parts for the DCI or II brakes aren't present.
No fault on Jidenco, but man am I bad at this soldering thing. Real happy I didn't dive straight into the 3F.
Old kit, methinks. I have option B, the 12t 1-planker. I also don't have wheels for it.
I fussed with it some years ago, when I first picked up the $10 stick-iron from Radio Shack. Back when there were Radio Shacks.
The mess on the bottom is from back then. Trying to tin the thing. Never got it quite clean.
I bought an N20 motor a couple of weeks ago, along with a pair of 3D printed gears to fit 1/8" axles & the N20. My original thought was to fit it to this small LNER tank I picked up at an estate sale;
While the motor would probably fit, it won't fit between the frames. Which means needs to angle into the boiler. Which hasn't enough space.
Playing around with the brass chassis, I think it was made undersized. The chassis will 'walk' on my test plank.
I've gone as far with the coupler project as I can now. I've run out of couplers. Well, mostly. I have two packs of #31, but that micro draft box is impossible. Not worth the trouble.
These are what I converted during this push;
I feel rather accomplished, cranking this out in a couple of weeks.
I piled the old couplers...
...for no purpose other than to dump the pile in the trash. I have no use for them.
I managed to bo
I've dug into fitting Kadee's to my wagon fleet.
I've found longshank underset works well. I don't plan on using these for shunting. I'm using Kadee's more due to availability & reliability. Also, trying to take a 30-wagon train off the line at a show is a pain with tension locks. I'll keep working on this for now.
I have some OO9 out. My Heljan L&B Manning-Wardle, suitably modified per the pertinent thread, and a Bachman USA Skarloey. I will say, Skarloey is the sweeter runner. I was double-heading do to constant stalls with the M-W.
This long shot shows the relatively easy load. Skarloey struggled with it on his own. Also, the little bit of American I have breaks scale.
Just after Thanksgiving, I ordered a Heljan 1366 when Rails
The holiday season means I get asked to set up a loop at the office. New office this year means I'm no longer beholden to doubled-desks next to a leaky window. I have two 4'x8' sheets of chipboard laid in our attic, with about a 3'x8' oval. Not as much running as before. I don't like to have it run where I can't hear or see it.
I also found out the Japanese caboose I have (code WaMu, I believe?) has automatic directional lights. Absolutely cool. I'm so used to UK
I found this line-up by absolute chance on Friday 9/30. Actually, I suppose to most of this sites' userbase, the date was 30/9. Either way, seeing an E-unit in the wild is incredibly rare. I don't recognize the line, though. Discussion with my one train club suggested a commuter line in Maryland. Makes this find even more unusual. I live outside Chicago, and found this on my way home from work. Still, cool.