Watch in High Definition! On January 7 and 8, 2012, the La Mesa Model Railroad Club had a 2 Day modern operating session at their Tehachapi Layout in the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. The modern operating sessions are when the club tries to most accurately repplicate a real railroad in a day’s operations. The Modern operating sessions take advantage of the amazing technology that the club owns; the real CTC dispatching machine that was used on the actual Bakersfield to Mojave line and the associated signals and switches. All are wired together to behave like the real thing. The machine detects trains in the blocks, and the machine controls the signals and switches. This setup is supplemented by the trains’ advanced DCC system and having detection installed in every car. In mainline areas of the layout that don’t have CTC, real track warrants are filled out and followed. All other areas are considered yard or restricted limits. All trains and engineers follow real world railroad rules. The trains stay in contact with the yardmasters and dispatcher through radios. The dispatcher and yardmasters communicate using the line’s original telephone and intercom system. Participants will be assigned to any number of jobs including yardmaster, switch engineer, local engineer, road engineer, hostler, dispatcher, chief dispatcher, and road foreman. This video includes footage from both days of the session and has videos from around the layout. Included are Switiching operations in … Video Rating: 4 / 5
Question by ace: Help with how to install/mount Kadee no. 5 couplers on HO scale tyco operating hopper cars?
Hi, I am building my first HO scale model train layout and right now I am in the process of changing all of the couplers on my cars. I have 8 tyco operating hopper cars, but they have different types of trucks. Some of them have a metal truck with a permanently attached draft gear box. I can not get it open to exchange the couplers. Some other hoppers have Bachmann couplers (I think they are called horn hook) that are not magnetic, they just couple themselves when they are forced together. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Answer by takari_60087 do you have an NMRA coupler guage for HO
they can be found in your local train shop
for most couplers you can open up and replace the old one for a kadee
unit but watch the spring inside doesn’t go flying
set in place and check the height with the guage
for those trucks you can’t open consider replacing the whole truck with a new one that has a kadee unit in it already
most modellers who replace their couplers also reposition the coupler onto the carbody so the truck can freewheel through curves without the twisting that happens with truck mounted ones
this will provide a stronger mounting for the coupler and reduce derailments
I also reccommend replaceing all trucks and or wheelsets with good quality free rolling ones as most tyco trucks dont roll freely
this is an easy thing to find out as a car with free rolling wheels will roll down any non-level track as soon as you put it on
if it doesn’t roll replace both sets
this will reduce the wear on your locomotives and allow you to run longer trains
This is my model railway well under construction now, the name ? Reborne Road 7mm scale featuring many of my kitbuilt locos, stock and some scratchbuilt stuff too. all the buildings here are scratchbuilt, lots of lovely detail to see and ideas for you.
Detailed instruction on how to move the Gantry Crane back and forth are in the November 2009 “CLASSIC TOY TRAINS” magazine. This is a video of the Lionel 2316 N&W Operating Gantry Crane on my home layout. I have modified the crane to include a homemade electromagnet and the addition of a simple motor control to allow back and forth operation. The crane has been set on 2 027 rails.
Question by ace: How can I build an operating HO scale model train conveyor belt to feed coal to a coal tipple?
Hi,i recently got into HO scale model railroading. I would like to add action to my layout. I already have the life-like brand coal tipple (http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/lif/lif8306.htm) and was thinking about running a conveyor belt to feed it so I wouldn’t have to refill it all the time. I have never tackled a project like this one before, so any help at all would be great! thanks!
Answer by Turtle 6 Try this:
First, purchase the conveyor belt [of course]
Then, browse through the Model RR catalogs or websites to obtain a small electric motor. Hook up the motor shaft to the conveyor belt and wire it to a switch on your control panel.
If it doesn’t work; well, at least I tried.
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