“And such an instrument I was to use…”

“Is this an Olfa knife which I see before me / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.”

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(Chris recites the Olfa knife soliloquy)

Over the weekend, Chris Abbott joined me in the TrainMasters TV studio to demonstrate some best practices and neat ideas for wiring the two modules I’m building and documenting for the show. We covered a lot of ground – from installing drop feeders and track power mains… to using Anderson Power Poles for connections… to building our own cables for the throttle network and mounting the throttle panels… to adding strain relief to all wires and cables.

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TrainMasters TV brass hat Barry Silverthorn captured the process in electrons and seemed most pleased with our presentation, too. He even bought us lunch! (To be fair, he does that for everyone who takes part in the show…)

And of course, there are always trains to watch, since the studio is located next to one of the busiest mainlines in Canada:

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(Me and Barry, taking a break from making TV)

When we got home, my lovely wife invited Chris for dinner and – knowing that wiring is thirsty work – she’d even slipped out to grab some Cameron’s Auburn Ale for us. (Yay – beer!)

I’m really pleased with how the day went – and, it gets me closer to being ready for the exhibition at which I’ll join other members of the S Scale Workshop to entertain the public for two days. Thanks again, Chris!

The time is running out, however, so I’ve been working ahead. Today, I added ballast and started on basic ground cover on the two four-foot sections that are now wired:

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(Brown areas will receive crops while some of the green areas will be further enhanced with static grass – and a lot of fence lines will be required…)

I don’t consider this anywhere near finished, but if I get all sections done to this point they will at least be respectable enough to show.

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(I will have to go back over my track to scrape the ballast off the tie tops once the glue has dried: A single-edge razor blade makes a great scraper)

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(I opted for a gravel road through the underpass: The surface needs more work but this is a good start…)

I may have to cover some scenery-building techniques after the exhibition – fabricating dioramas as needed to demonstrate various approaches. We’ll see how things go.

Chris is coming over this week to help me with the wiring on the rest of the module sections. With luck and focus, we’ll get it done in an evening. That will give me some breathing space to demonstrate some basic ground cover during my next visit to the TrainMasters TV studio.

The clock is ticking…

7 thoughts on ““And such an instrument I was to use…”

  1. Nothing like a deadline to get you motivated! That said, there is always more that can be done on a module. I recall having several places on an On3 module where scenery glue was wet when the first NNGC at Valley Forge opened for business.

    Party on!

  2. Well, thou Marshall’st me the way that I was going. You will, of course, note that most of my blather was proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain.

    Fun stuff. We’ll get the wiring sorted forthwith.

    Great progress on the ground cover!

  3. Love your postings.

    Two things:
    Just wondering where along the CN main between Toronto and Montreal are the TrainMasters TV studios located? Being in Kingston, it’s always fun watching the trains at the VIA Rail station.

    Second point:
    Have you tried any of the fine brews from the Barley Days Brewery near Piction? Some are offered here at the local LCBO. Not sure if available in Toronto.

  4. Michael,

    I too am in Kingston. I live close to the tracks near Montreal Street and enjoy the show here as well. Barley Days brews are first rate. I have been to the brewery and highly recommend them.

    Love the progress on the modules.

    Cheers.

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