Up and running after three days

The weather was coldish with winter waning and I knew that any thought of being on the road for the next year had to be dismissed. I needed something to do so decided to begin a sort of art project. The idea of combining an old hobby came to mind and I began a model railroad—that was nine months ago. The whole thing has been like a bad pregnancy and finally giving birth a welcome relief.

I've covered in other posts how bad Peco's 009 turnouts are, so won't bother about it again. Then decided to get all my track from Germany and bought some Roco flextrack and switches (that's covered here). I got some other Peco turnouts and they too failed, so started from scratch again with the Roco stuff. I abandoned any idea of having more than one loco serving the industry on the layout.
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You can see where the base had to be cleaned off from previous failures. I altered the track plan a little to allow more room for stuff.

It took three days to get the track down, painted and tested. It runs fine. If only I had known about Roco back in March, the whole project would working by now and I'd be a happy bunny.

Where's it gonna go?

The entire layout will represent a small mining community, in the mountains somewhere and be a shoestring operation. The kind of thing where if something needs fixing, they use whatever is at hand.

I can now begin the scenic stuff and getting things running. The creative juices need to have their field days and my loco's made along with other rolling stock.

Initially I will use Peco arch bar trucks even though they are not even close to what I want. I've ordered some Kadee HOn3 trucks and will alter them to work on HOn30, once they arrive. There's a lot to be done but at least I'm finally on the way.
Dec 03, 2020


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