Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff Mar 21, ,2018.

For the last 2 weeks I forgot to take my camera so no pictures. However the layout keeps moving forward. The 2 new turnouts installed in Herons Landing were wired up with only a few minutes delay in operations. The loss of power when running through these turnouts was very annoying so no one minded the break in operations.
When the system was turned on operators got right to it, including 2 exchange students who came up to see the layout.  They were both quick to grasp the basics although Montana had trouble with the momentum on Don's doodlebug. Waiting passengers got their exercise chasing the train down the tracks. The other student's train also suffered the consequences of momentum while switching his train in Springbank. Tank cars were exploding, people were running, .... OK 1 car was derailed. A fun night for one and all.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff Mar 6, 2018

Work night was a great success. Some rail bumpers were installed, these were 3D printed by 1 of our members. The turnouts in Miller were ballasted. The 2 broken turnouts in Herons Landing were replaced and ballasted. The electro-frog turnout in the Wellington yard was removed and replaced. It was also wired and ballasted. The repaired sawdust car was put back on the layout. Track cleaners were also hard at work. Many thanks for all the hard work.
Rail bumpers 

Replacement turnouts 

Ballasted track in Miller 

Replacement turnout 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff Feb 27, 2018.

Two week update. Other than a problem turnouts or 2 the layout is running well. Maybe these will be corrected next week. Finally had a comment on the blog. One of the newer members was explaining his frustration with or new sawdust car. I had thought a new set of trucks had fixed the problem. Turns out it is too tall so it's off  to the bandsaw it goes. A couple of backgrounds were also added. The oops photo below shows what happens when you socialize while you're engine it still under power.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff Feb 13, 2018

The mysterious hill in Miller was removed. It turned out to be a pond of hydrocal? It still has to be ballasted. Tabs were added to some turnout throw bars. The yards got congested by nights end so we moved out so cars to sidings. We have to remember that you switch car for car, not remove everything like the old system.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff Feb 6, 2018.

Meeting night. After a financial report and an update on upcoming events the floor was opened to a general discussion period. Because of a lack of time and material work night was postponed, although more over center springs were added. While doing so a problem area where two turnouts join together was found in Herons Landing.  One more project to be done. The lump in the siding to City Service in Miller was checked out. It will be worked on probably next week.
Problem turnouts 

Lots of engineers 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff, January 30, 2018

 A few of the members, including me, spent some quality time discussing our home layouts. Don wanted advice on the correct wiring of a wye, using electro frog turnouts. The recommendation was to insulate all the trailing rails on all 3 turnouts and pick 1section between 2 turnouts to connect to the reversing module. Jim and I talked about modular bench work and the best way to connect sections together. Back on the layout Cliff ran his passenger train while a few freights made their runs. Noticing a pair of piggyback cars on the turntable and an error message on its screen I found that the train had been turned on the lower loop and returned to Wellington. The loops are there to turn passenger trains not normal freights. It was great that this operator knew to turn the piggyback cars, but had missed the posted turntable instructions. This also shows we are not all operating the same way. Need to talk about that. Next Tuesday is meeting and work night.
Cliff's passenger train.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff, Jan. 23, 2018.

Even with the poor weather we had a full house.  I was busy working with a new member so no pictures. That experience highlighted to me how much a new member has to take in. It also showed me problems we need to overcome. We have trackwork problems, bad rolling stock, and operating problems. The fact that we still have these problems indicates our method for correcting problems is not working.  Even so, the Trains keep running, thanks to our great members.