Yesterday, I joined friends Doug Currie, Mark Hill and Ryan Mendell at Pierre Oliver‘s house for a work session on Pierre’s Wabash Railroad.
Pierre organized the work session with one major task in hand: to pull the troublesome QSI decoders from his fleet of 20 Wabash F-units, and replace them with LokSound decoders from ESU. (UPDATE: After reading this post, Pierre has posted this morning on his own blog to explain why he decided to swap decoders across his fleet.)
Mark, Ryan and Pierre worked on this for most of the day at a table set up in the layout room:
(Diesels disassembled and prepped for work)
(The pulled and piled QSI decoders)
(Plenty of room for a LokSound unit)
(For this type of work, a professional soldering station is your friend: The Weller WES51)
(With new decoders, Wabash cab units in the west staging yard are once again ready to race across southern Ontario)
Mark, Ryan and Pierre managed to re-decoder about half of the fleet before we had to leave, but Pierre promised to keep the momentum going and tackle the rest in the coming days.
While those three were busy at Soldering Central, Doug and I were given other tasks.
Doug made significant progress installing foam board insulation along the mainline east of St. Thomas:
Meantime, I devised, built and mounted a push-rod for a switch in a tricky situation: right on the end of the steel trestle at the east end of St. Thomas yard. This required adding a styrene box around the mechanism to prevent scenery material from gumming up the works. It also required splicing in a new piece of fascia, which Pierre makes from 0.060″ thick styrene sheet. Pierre will shape the fascia after doing the scenery behind it. We mocked up the scenery with some green poly fiber to prove that the mechanism can be hidden under the hillside:
All in all, an excellent day, including lunch at the Sunset Cafe and dinner at Boston Pizza. As always, work was accomplished and much hilarity ensued. Definitely a grand day out!