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    Hi Chris,

    Your layout is awesome, I enjoyed watching the train ride video. The LED lights you picked out are perfect. Please do more videos, I would love to see a cab run from Mojave back to Bakersfield as well.

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    I love these cab ride videos. It has actually made me think pretty hard about how any layout I might do should look. Not only does it need to appeal to me from 3 foot, but it needs to be fun from a cab ride perspective. I think this is going to be more and more common going forward. Thanks for the inspiration @ChrisKLAS!

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    The passing trains a so fun to watch. I've been in plenty of cabs, and it's like there.

    Then, when you show GCOR 9.1.3 for a Clear at the start of the video, it lends yet even more to the air of authenticity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    Very COOL!
    Can I assume that none of that run is repeated in the video? (honestly did not have time to watch in entirety except at 2X) 52 minutes.... that's a long run!
    Sounds add a nice dimension. Love the "long" shots with other trains running through, passing trains, tunnel interiors and weathered cars. Very cool to see signals in operation.

    Can't wait to see this with landscaping, etc!!!!

    Ed: Probably mentioned in previous posts but what camera are you using?
    Thanks! The camera is a Replay Mini XD mounted on a Trainworx 85ft flat on a small block of wood to raise the perspective to that of the cab.

    Edit: You're correct that no trackage was repeated. My mainline is about 19 scale miles, so it takes awhile to go from end-to-end (especially at 20mph)!
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    More fun with signaling! I've been interfacing the Grade Crossing Pros (which power the lights and gates) with the signal system. Almost every crossing on the layout resides immediately adjacent to a control point and, as in the real world, I don't want trains creeping up to a stop signal to trigger the gates. Luckily, with JMRI, this type of interfacing is pretty easy. I essentially say "if signal A is red, disable 'far' sensing section; else, enable it." Simple, but fun to watch in action!



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    When can i come over and play?
    Seriously it looks great. Will look better when its all scenicked for sure though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisKLAS View Post
    More fun with signaling! I've been interfacing the Grade Crossing Pros (which power the lights and gates) with the signal system. Almost every crossing on the layout resides immediately adjacent to a control point and, as in the real world, I don't want trains creeping up to a stop signal to trigger the gates. Luckily, with JMRI, this type of interfacing is pretty easy. I essentially say "if signal A is red, disable 'far' sensing section; else, enable it." Simple, but fun to watch in action!
    Is there such a thing as too cool? Awesome!
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    Pretty amazing Chris. Is the switch tied to the signal as well? (i.e., It won't go green until the switch is aligned?)

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    Dupe...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    Pretty amazing Chris. Is the switch tied to the signal as well? (i.e., It won't go green until the switch is aligned?)
    Thanks, Dave!

    Yes. Sort of....

    The switches are tied into the CTC panel, which won't allow a route to be lined until it's safe to do so (with no trailing point open switches). Once the dispatcher lines a route, the system looks at the route and surrounding traffic and gives a signal aspect accordingly.

    In this case, once the east crossover at Tehachapi was lined back to normal after the stack train crossed over, a route could then be lined westbound from Tehachapi to Cable on Main 2. Had I tried to line the signal for the rack train without lining the crossover back to normal, the system would have displayed an error and the route would fail to line. Also, since I already had the rack train lined westward beyond Cable, the signal immediately went to clear. Had I only lined the train as far as Cable for another meet, or whatever, the system would have automatically displayed a flashing yellow (advanced approach) aspect instead. Here's an older screenshot of the DS workstation for reference.

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    Chris, someone on another forum said you were tearing down your layout and selling it. Is this true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex95 View Post
    Chris, someone on another forum said you were tearing down your layout and selling it. Is this true?
    Chris may not make it here right away, so I will confirm for him. It is the end of the line for this layout. If you are interested in buying hundreds of engines, thousands of pieces of rolling stock or hundreds of signals, contact Chris through the layouts FB page.
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    Well this is a sad day in the N scale world.

    Life often changes and things like large layouts are hard to adapt with those changes. I hope this means Mr. Chris is still staying in the hobby, possibly starting something new at the new home. I do not think we would judge if he held onto a couple of those locomotives and maybe 20 or so freight cars
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    Very Sad indeed, so much work...

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    Whaaa?! Sad day indeed. Very sorry to hear...
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    Work? When train show spectators comment on how much "work" I've put into the layout, I tell them that no work was involved. It was all play. I hope that Chris has the same attitude, and goes on to another source of enjoyment - whatever it might be.
    Cheers!
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    What a shame to see your layout come to an end, Chris. I'm new here and just spent a couple of really enjoyable hours looking through this thread. Thanks for sharing all of your work here, it has inspired some great ideas for my upcoming layout.

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    I got to dispatch the last ops session, it is amazing how well this layout worked. The fact that he took the time to tune it to perfection was awesome. To give you a mental image, image 8 operators moving 20 foot long trains an hour or more (if you catch all clear signals you can make it staging to staging in an hour) up and down 2% grades with no derailments. 120+ working signals and working grade crossing gates. It was all Code 55 Atlas, every car (over 800) had metal wheels, with a resistor per car for the block detection. It really was amazing to see.

    I’m excited to see what Chris’s next adventure is. I wish him the best no matter what he decides.
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    @jpwisc

    Karl, did you manage to capture any photos of that ops session? Would be quite interesting to see!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
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    Karl, did you manage to capture any photos of that ops session? Would be quite interesting to see!
    I only had a couple but our friend Shaun (owner of the Modern DT&I in HO) got a bunch. They are all somewhere on the FB page.
    https://www.facebook.com/NScaleTehachapiPass/?fref=ts
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