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  1. Getting the PM's onto the track

    Made it into a New Year (as did all of you folk)! To sustain that burst of enthusiasm and push forward all those items I wish to carry out this 2024, I'll catch up with the car side builds. In a word, I'm disappointed with my own efforts to produce 'flawless' cars. Okay, we all want nice, positive results, but as a 'learn as I go' project, the lower expectations I'd set for myself weren't even reached. But there have been results.
  2. Weekend Update (27th Oct 2023)

    Quote Originally Posted by Woody709acy View Post
    This will be a multiple week progress update, catching hobbytime as foster parenting a couple of young ones allows.
    I've had a few AM Ltd and South Park brass sides/core kits for passenger cars, C&O mostly for forever it seems, and felt the need to get them started before there wasn't any more time.

    Now while not true to prototype, but close, I've applied that broad scope modelers'
  3. Finding the best Kato Unitrack track planning software that is free

    Hello Fellow N-Scalers,
    I was looking through some track planning books and I came across two layouts in a book called 101track plans. #58 Grand River Western RR & #97 Philadelphia &Reading System. 1st of all I don't own a Computer, 2nd I couldn't draw a straight line If my life dependent on it.
    I suppose I would have to use a Computer in order for me to see how many pieces I will need to design the Layout of my choice. Which ever Layout I choose I plan on making some minor ...
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  4. Video of a milestone for me- 8 trains running (with one out of view)

    Running on DC, I managed to get things running on all available routes. In order, they are-
    Santa Fe El Capitan
    B&O Capital Ltd
    UP City of San Francisco
    PRR freight transfer to B&O yard
    Santa Fe Grand Canyon
    Great Northern Empire Builder
    Santa Fe El Capitan (2nd section, sort of)
    CB&Q Twin Zephyr

    Out of view is a CNW bi-level commuter out of La Salle Station (I haven't the room to stick Northwestern Station on the layout, so ...
  5. Tiny Sensors for location detection

    So, one problem I don't like about N scale, is that to get reasonable sized sensors for things like location, you don't have as many options. I wanted a way to put a notification sensor to tell me when a train passes a location. Use IR or Hall, right? Well, they are big and clunky really. I did find a Youtube of a guy who did something clever. He put an IR and Photodiode into a tiny package to fit in between the tracks. Well, that would work for me, so I tried the same thing, and it works.
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