So on we go, around the room. From one dogbone on one end to the other dogbone at the other end and all the vistii in between. Or course, this RR build is nowhere near done, but some basic scenery & stuff is laid in and I can run 'em! I would like to take a series of short videos in the next month to post on YouTube and point to from this blog.
02/01/2011: I finished with all the drop-down feeder wires this afternoon. Now I'm wiring up the accessories I have. I would also like some illumination for the buildings as well.
02/04/2011: I have a lot of the accessories wired up and working. I still have illumination and a semaphore to connect.
On this essentially forward-only running layout, I decided to remove the reverse units. As we all know, they are tempermental. They are also electrical junction boxes. Their job is to flip polarity on the armature while holding the field polarity constant. But sometimes full voltage does not get passed through and that can cause some problems. That can be fixed, but in may case, why bother? After I did all the drop-down feeder wires I thought I needed, I still had a problem with inconsistent speed on my die-cast Atlantic. When I took the reverse unit out and hot-wired the loco for forward-only, it greatly improved the consistency of the speed. I also took the smoke leads straight from the tender and now get full smoke. Hot-wiring the loco only needs two wires from the tender. I used the two outer wires on the jack panel for that. I used the middle two wires on the jack panel for the smoke box.