Here’s one for Chris Mears, who is a big fan of CNR’s 44 Tonners:
(You can also watch this directly on YouTube, where you may be able to enjoy it in larger formats)
As I’ve noted in previous postings about CNR 1, I installed a Soundtraxx TSU-750 decoder and Current Keeper module – and the video demonstrates just how smoothly this combination controls the motor in this unit. I think it sounds pretty impressive, too.
(This video may also be watched directly on YouTube, where you may be able to view it in larger formats)
I’ve written a lot about my RS18 project to describe the modifications, the painting, and the installation of DCC, sound and lighting. This short video pulls it all together, to provide an idea of how this beast performs and sounds on the layout.
I’ve written many posts on this blog about how I hand-lay track. But if a picture is worth a thousand words than a 38-minute video must be worth about 68,400,000 (at 30 frames per second).
On the latest episode of The Roadshow – which documents the construction of two Free-mo style modules for use with The S Scale Workshop – I demonstrate my track-laying techniques. These are the same techniques I used for my Port Rowan layout.
By popular demand (well – one or two requests), here’s a video of CNR 15815 – my recently-completed gas electric – running as M233 to Port Rowan:
(You may also view this movie directly on YouTube, where you may be able to watch it in larger formats)
The decoder is an ESU/Loksound Select board, loaded with an early GE diesel prime mover – the kind used in the 44-Tonner. While I’m sure a gas-electric sounds different – in the same way that a gasoline-powered automobile sounds different from a diesel automobile – I’m happy with this unit’s “voice”. It burbles appropriately to my ear – and it should be noted that most of the CNR’s self-propelled passenger carriers were diesel-electrics (or “oil-electrics” as the railway called them).
If ESU ever produces a gas-electric sound file, I can simply reload it. Or I can swap out this decoder for one from QSI, which does offer a gas-electric.
The sound escapes from the model primarily through the windows in the baggage doors, which do not have glass installed for this reason.
I’ve reduced the maximum voltage (CV 5) to about half of the available range, with a suitable adjustment to the mid-range voltage (CV 6). I’ve also added a fair bit of momentum to both acceleration (CV 3) and deceleration (CV 4). This unit runs very smoothly at realistic speeds.
Enjoy if you watch the movie, which will take less time than it did to pop the corn in the microwave…
… and that means the second episode of The Roadshow is now online and available to TrainMasters TV subscribers.
In this episode, Pierre and I build benchwork for my two S scale modules. Okay – truth be told, Pierre does his famous “Benchwork in a Day” magic trick, and I do the Tool-Time equivalent of Vanna White.
Click on the image, above, to find out more – and enjoy if you watch!
My friends Pierre Oliver and Jeff Young visited on Thursday night for an operating session and dinner.
The layout had not been run since my last operating session – with Jeff Smith at the end of July – so I was worried that there might be a lot of problems. But fortunately, the problems were relatively few.
Our freight extra had fairly light duties, which was just fine at the end of a summer’s day. CNR mogul Number 80 left Port Rowan with just two cars and a van and looked smart as it rolled sedately through the southern Ontario countryside.
I had a great time – not spoiled by a couple of derailments on the team track switch in Port Rowan (what is it about team track switches?) and a couple of sticky couplers. I will investigate both.
Afterwards, the three of us headed to Harbord House(now with a revamped website) for pints, a meal and a chance to solve the world’s problems – in several scales.
It was interesting to put Pierre (HO scale, freight car enthusiast, operations enthusiast) and Jeff (live steam enthusiast, large scale builder) in the same room and look for common ground. I think we all learned interesting things from each other’s unique perspectives on the hobby.
I need to bring together people from different facets of the hobby more often.
Great to see you both!
While Pierre was here, we took the opportunity to create a fresh drawing of his layout. It’s the first digital version of his layout design, and he’s now posted the plan to his blog.
I’m glad I could help with that. Each of us brings strengths to this hobby and Pierre has certainly helped me on many occasions.