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    Good one, Rodney! Gives me some inspiration for doing something similar to my Geep 38s. Make 'em pick up power for each other. Perhaps easier or as easy as wiring in keep-alive caps.

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    For me it was easier than trying to find where to wire in the caps and then find enough room for them.
    Rodney

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    I got the first 4 signals installed on my layout and working with the TrainController software.

    Question: Iím not a railroader by trade so I was wondering if someone could tell me what other type of infrastructure is usually found along the tracks around signals.

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    These days it would be a PTC transmitter tower and one of those omnipresent aluminum sheds. https://trn.trains.com/railroads/abc...-train-control

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    Quote Originally Posted by African Pirate View Post
    I got the first 4 signals installed on my layout and working with the TrainController software.

    Question: I’m not a railroader by trade so I was wondering if someone could tell me what other type of infrastructure is usually found along the tracks around signals.

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    First, you need a signal bungalow. Holds the batteries, relays, signal logic controllers, communication equipment, etc. And there would be switch machines on any switches inside the control point.

    As for antennas, depends. If you're modeling today, then a PTC antenna is appropriate -- sends info from the signal logic controllers to a microwave base station, and from there to a back office, which in turn sends info back to the same base station and then to locomotives.

    An ARES or ATCS antenna is also appropriate; this connects the control point to the dispatcher via the microwave base station. If the location is on fiber optic, you don't need either ARES or ATCS.

    I see you do have the two-aspect signals correctly located at the crossovers. Nice attention to detail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    First, you need a signal bungalow. Holds the batteries, relays, signal logic controllers, communication equipment, etc. And there would be switch machines on any switches inside the control point.

    As for antennas, depends. If you're modeling today, then a PTC antenna is appropriate -- sends info from the signal logic controllers to a microwave base station, and from there to a back office, which in turn sends info back to the same base station and then to locomotives.

    An ARES or ATCS antenna is also appropriate; this connects the control point to the dispatcher via the microwave base station. If the location is on fiber optic, you don't need either ARES or ATCS.

    I see you do have the two-aspect signals correctly located at the crossovers. Nice attention to detail.
    Thanks Paul. I never knew about the PTC antenna and how they work. Iím going to see if I can find one somewhere to add. I have seen some models of the signal bungalows that I will have to pickup. I really appreciate the information.
    Regards,
    Warren

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    Mocked up my plastic bottle / container manufacturer module (on my totally messy workbench)...

    Film containers -> plastic pellets silos
    Brown cardboard + blue card -> Manufacturing hall
    White paper + masonite -> Shipping building and loading dock (going around the building corner to also load trucks - or I'm going to put truck doors there, not sure yet)

    That random piece of track in front of the covered hoppers is meant to be there - it's the reason the railroad built this crazy trackwork with crossing, even though it's been abandoned later...

    Option 1 with low manufacturing building (about 2.5 inches -> 30 feet prototype)





    Option 2 with high manufacturing building (about 3.5 inches -> 45 feet prototype)




    And this is what it would look like from street level without boxcars:


    I'll put a railing on the part of the loading dock that extends parallel to the semi trailer and a couple of steps to descend from the loading dock to truck parking level at the end of it. Feels like this going to work out, now I'll have to make a list of Pikestuff / Rix Products and Evergreen sheets to build it and decide on a color (probably not Pikestuff blue, but...)

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    My train club has been putting together eight FreeMo modules for the depot museum here. I've spent the last two days with a knife in one hand and a static grass applicator in the other while everyone else was on track duty. All together it will make a 24' x 8' layout.... in HO. I did convert the new guy to N scale so there is that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastergeebo View Post
    I did convert the new guy to N scale so there is that.
    That's a success in moose book. Good job!
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    Decaling is done. Final details and touch up painting - next weekend,




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    Quote Originally Posted by SP-Wolf View Post
    Decaling is done. Final details and touch up painting - next weekend,

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastergeebo View Post
    I did convert the new guy to N scale so there is that.
    Well, yeah, you were wielding a knife in one hand and a static grass applicator in the other. I'd convert too!
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    No modeling.

    But had a good weekend of railfanning in snow!

    The corn field is awesome! Shucks! And add the DME power, I am surprised at how few kernels of corny wisdom were harvested! I suppose the root of the problem is stalking us somehow.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    I am surprised at how few kernels of corny wisdom were harvested! I suppose the root of the problem is stalking us somehow.....

    Oh, no ....here we go.

    I'm surprised at the speed with which Mark cob-bled it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    I am surprised at how few kernels of corny wisdom were harvested!
    It's quite amaizeing, ain't it?

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    A whole CORNucopia of corny jokes!
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    Very nice looking corn field.
    Yes I talk to myself, I sometime need expert advise.

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    See what I started Marks being Stalked now

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    We had better de-tassel this purty quick! Or we will all end up just empty husks!
    Northern Pacific and Black Hills RR in N, of course!!
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