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    Agree. That looks very good. I can see those back hills again.

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    That did the trick, I think!
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    OK, finally got up the nerve to go downstairs and pretend it was Arbor day.







    Can you find the stretched poly fiber?



    This afternoon I caught the SB Winnfield local picking up a few bad orders that train #35 left on a siding in Haskell, AR. the previous night.





    Last edited by Allen H.; 7th Jul 2019 at 10:28 AM. Reason: Google photos
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    OK, finally got up the nerve to go downstairs and pretend it was Arbor day.
    Nailed it! Looks great!
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    Photo's in your last post not showing for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    Photo's in your last post not showing for me.
    Nor for me as well, Allen.
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    Ditto, compadres. No photos.
    Cheers!
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    Well if that don't beat all!

    That's weird that Bronman and aflica could see them not long after I posted them, but now no one else could?
    Ok, I went back and redid the links like I normally have in the past, copied them directly from the blog post.

    Makes me wonder if some of the previous posts I've made about the trees and backdrop ordeal are not showing?

    Ever since Google went with Google+ you couldn't link from your Google photo album.
    Recently though they got rid of Google+ and I thought I was able to link from my Google photo album again?

    Evidently not, oh well. But thanks for letting me know.
    The images should be up now...
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    Visible now and looking absolutely great!
    Cheers!
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    My wife leaned over and asked if that was a real photo and not a layout. Excellent job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastergeebo View Post
    My wife leaned over and asked if that was a real photo and not a layout.
    If I had a wife, she would have leaned over and said the same thing!

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    I had to lean over to show my wife the photos. She says it looks great, and I concur!
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    What everyone else said. It looks great. Color variation really helps the depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    Nailed it! Looks great!
    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Visible now and looking absolutely great!
    Quote Originally Posted by mastergeebo View Post
    My wife leaned over and asked if that was a real photo and not a layout. Excellent job.
    Quote Originally Posted by WP&P View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    I had to lean over to show my wife the photos. She says it looks great, and I concur!
    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    What everyone else said. It looks great. Color variation really helps the depth.

    Thanks for all the kind words and helpful input with this project guys.
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    Wow , I'm glad I can see them now , what if I had missed those great prototype photo's
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    Looks great! You definitely nailed it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    Wow , I'm glad I can see them now , what if I had missed those great prototype photo's
    LOL! Thank you Jan!

    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyS View Post
    Looks great! You definitely nailed it!
    Thank you sir!
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    This weekend I'm planning for another OP session.
    So far I've had three test sessions using the simplified OP scheme and so far it's been working out good. This one should be a full session.

    I've just about have the new Wheel Report wrapped up.
    It's based off the same one I've been using but a the friend who helped me automate it has helped me condense it further.
    It's still automated but this one is broken into two sets of sheets.
    The first one shows the cars that need to be setout in order of each train, I just run down the list and it tells me how many and what types of cars are needed for each industry/spur.
    This way I can just place them in order on one yard track and then come back and place the proper tabs on each car, blocking done!

    The second list shows what cars need to be picked up at what industry/spur.
    After getting them placed, the list also tells me if they need to go north or south. Then a white tab that's marked with NB or SB gets added to the car.
    This has turned out to be very cool. Since each train only works trailing point turnouts each way (no need for complicated moves), regardless if a car is going NB or SB it gets picked up. For the SB train, if a NB car is picked up, it either drops that car off at El Dorado (my halfway point yard) to be picked up by the NB train or if it gets picked up after the train passes El Dorado yard, that car gets drug to the south end of the layout and then gets added to the NB train before it heads back north.
    The same things happens when the NB trains runs. This adds interest to the run and also a bit more action for the crews.

    For this session I chose 6 locos and made two 3 unit consists. I went back through them and reset the speed matching. As I was doing this I also tore each unit apart and gave it a thorough cleaning and lube job. While I was doing this I decided to try something using NO-OX.
    Since it seems to work so good on the tracks, I added some to the phoser pickup strips and the nubs of the axle pocket nubs that stick up above the trucks.
    If I could the pickup strips removed, I'd use and eraser to polish them and then added a tiny bit of NO-OX to the side that contacts the nubs on the trucks.
    If I couldn't get them out, then I rubbed a small amount soldering paste to them, rubs them with a toothpick and then cleaned them off using a Q-tip soaked with WD40 contact cleaner, then I applied a tiny bit of NO-OX and rubbed it in.

    If it works on rails, then it should work on the contact strips? We'll see how they do?


    The last thing I did was to reset the speed table so the units would have a slower top end speed. My typical speed table use to start at a value of around 20-30 and then end up at 140 using a LOG CURVE.
    This table would give my locos a top speed of about 68-70 mph, and then I'd fine tune them using the Trim CV's.
    This new one starts the same but ends at 100, this should allow for a top speed around 35 mph. About 3/4 through the speed table I took the last 6 CV's and ramped them up from 100 to 140.
    I did this so if I needed to get them somewhere a bit quicker I could, also if I want to clean the wheels on a coffee filter they'd run at a top speed of 70 like they use to so the wheels would spin faster.

    He's an shot of the way I sat the speed table up this time in JMRI



    I chose to reduce the speed this time because I had a chance to run on a friends HO layout a few months ago.
    He has a Proto Throttle and the road he models has a restricted speed of 25 mph. He very much enjoys prototype modeling and tries to copy his prototype as close as he can.
    His road power has a top speed of 25 mph, his yard power has a top speed of 12 mph. At first it was very frustrating running his trains at this speed but after the second session a few months ago, I started to take a shine to it so I thought I'd give it a try this time around and..... since he is coming to OP on my layout for the first time I thought I'd see how it works.

    We generally keep our train speed low when OP'ing my layout, but this will keep them slower and I'm hoping that if we spin the knobs a little too far, the consists won't lurch as much as they did before. The knob should have a bit more spin before changing the speed.
    Depending on how well this works, I may reduce log curve a bit lower, say 85?



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    Allan,

    I've been doing the no-ox to my axle cups for a month or two now, and it does seem to help as far as I can tell. I use a mushroomed toothpick in a Dremel to polish the cups before no-ox. For the nubs and pickup strips, I use a brightboy to polish them before the treatment. So far it worked very well. Like you, we'll see have to see how long it will last.

    Can't wait to here how well the ops session goes. I've been working on mine layout almost every wakening moment to get ready for my first real session Sept 7th. Then I have to have another before the 15th of Oct to get the layout on the list for KC area Prairie Rail invitational in February. I hope to have a session every other month after Oct.
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    There is a gotcha if you try to limit your locos' top speed using DCC speed settings. I decided to set my loco's speeds to the max speed listed for that loco in wiki. I did this by timing how long it takes the engine to travel 6 feet and doing the math. Problem is, 60mph full throttle pulling zero cars becomes 35 mph pulling a string of freight. But then again with the curves on my layout there is no way the speed limit would be 60 anyway.

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