Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday Night at the Huff and Puff 8/8/17

Sparky got the answer to our shorting problem. We needed to slow the trip speed on the command station. After doing that, Wellington was changed back to quad 1. Then we tested it by shorting out Wellington and then Elsewhere and the quad tripped as it should. Another problem solved. In fact we now have all the quads shorting out properly.
Still having derailing problems with a 6 axle diesel. If the track is not perfectly level just before a curve, especially the outside rail, it will derail coming into the curve every time. I guess we could use it to find all the uneven track on the layout.
This is where a group layout differs from a home one. With all the different operators, rolling stock and engines, if your track is not bullet proof, someone will find the flaw, eventually. But eventually the track will be bullet Proof and problem rolling stock repaired, and the Trains will roll along problem free.

Friday, August 4, 2017

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In this age of scams and robot emails,  I will not reply or post any comments that do not have contact info like all the ones from anonymous asking for contact information.  If anyone is interested in the blog or our layout please use the comment section, including any questions or comments you may have. We are always interested in legitimate comments, it may even be used in the blog as a post.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff 8,2,2017

Members were brought up to date on the improvements being made. These include additional feeders, adding a ground wire between the quads and their power supply  (which corrected the shorting 1 section tripping out the entire quad), extension cord to power quad 2 and it's booster  ( now turns off with the rest of the system) and replacing the track on the Quarry trestle. Then the crew went to work. Springbank feeders worked on, grade crossing to the Lincoln church reworked, and the shorting problem on the loops was investigated. Moving Wellington power to quad 2 fixed it. The turntable power will be moved to quad 1. So ended a hot August night.
Working on the loops power supply.

Wiring Springbank. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday 7,30,2017

Quarry trestle and approaches were on today's work schedule.  We knew that the trestle and it's approaches needed feeders, but it got more involved when a certain triple axle engine derailed at the West end of the trestle. The hand layed track was a little out of gauge but fixing that did nothing to fix the problem. The executive on site decided to remove the rails and replace them with flex track. The approaches were raised and re-alined to match the new track height. New feeders were also installed. Meanwhile Sparky found that reversing the polarity to Wellington and Elsewhere solved the problem of engines stalling after crossing the gaps of the reversing loops. The gap on the tracks into the tunnel leading to the passenger station in Wellington were reworked so they were across from each other.  All of the feeders to the loops and Wellington and Elsewhere were checked, but no solution to a short in either town kicking out the booster was apparent,  Help DCC experts.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff July 25, 2017

After some research Sparky found out that there should be a ground wire from the quad units to the boosters. Once installed all sections shorted out properly while doing the quarter test. Other things he discovered is that there should be good power on each side of the gaps on the reversing loops, and that these gaps should be directly across from each other. Another interesting fact is that if your engine speeds up unexpectedly it may be that it has entered a section of track with low power. Apparently when the engine loses it's signal it speeds up (hope I got that right).
Meanwhile back on the layout several types of trains were busy moving freight with some engines out on test runs. Next Tuesday is a meeting/work night. The list includes wiring the 2 trestles, checking the wiring on the loops, checking the wiring at the loop gaps, start rewiring Springbank, repairing rolling stock, and track cleaning. See you then.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday Night at the Huff and Puff July 18, 2017.

With only a few members on hand, only a couple of trains were run, but on the other hand at least 1 new engine had lots of room for it's trial run. No problems were encountered with the areas rewired. Below is a picture of  Zorra Cement being switched.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Layout Cabview Now On Utube

We have recently taken a cabview tour of our layout using a Sony camera with a wide angle lens mounted on a gondola. This offers a unique perspective of our efforts to both members and visitors. Simply google Woodstock Model Rail Layout 001 to enjoy the ride. Let us know how you liked riding "behind the scenes".