Monday, April 30, 2018

Hey everyone,

Work on my layout as been slow, but now I can tell you why. I’ve created, I think, the ONLY weigh station that REALLY works for less than $25. This is NOT a random weight generator, it really weighs your freight cars. It may not be obvious to set up because of the preparation you will need to do, but it sure will add operations to your layout. You can use it in your yard or in a large industry were weighing is required, such as coal, grain, etc.

So how does it work?
Since cars are not the same length, it was impossible to conceive a track that could fit all cars without having the wheels of the other freight being on the weight unless all cars are of the same length. So, the weigh station I built, accommodates all cars if they are unhooked and push individually like they use to do in yards. In an industry since all cars are the same length, they can stay hooked up. Once the car is on the scale, I press a button and the weight is revealed. I then move the next car and press the button again for the weight of the next car.

What type of preparation needs to be done?
Since most of you adjust couplers, change wheel sets, weather your cars and had weight, well adding weight will become very important. In one of the pictures, you’ll see a spread sheet of my freight. I not only weighed all my cars, but measured them, wrote down the empty load and full load. I also included the NMRA suggested weight. 

First let me tell you that I disagree with those numbers. Probably those suggested weight were for tight radius, cheap wheels, cheap couplers, but today, the material used is much better and people are going with bigger radius. Another point is having light and heavy cars on the same run could cause derailment. Again, I disagree because if you’ve match your good couplers and change the wheel sets and have bigger radius with good track laying, you shouldn’t have derailment. I’m not saying to have a great weight difference, but enough to match the weight written on the cars.

My cars will vary between 100 and 400 grams or 3.5 and 14 ounces. I decided on grams because I’m Canadian, just kidding, I went with grams so that I can have a more accurate weight with the specs written on the cars.

Some cars already come with extra weights, so I will need to shave off some weights for the empty car specs or add for those that come under specs. As for loaded freight, I will need to add more weights.

During operations, I would make sure that the weight of the cars is similar or as close as possible for all cars on a train haul. My fleet of freight cars will be 50% empty and 50% loaded. The loaded cars don’t need to be weighed at its full capacity.

What’s next?
I’ll finish assembling the whole project, make a few more adjustments and make a video.

Tortoise time

I'm ready....
31 tortoises to install in the next few days
32 done
43 to go

Thursday, April 12, 2018

More ballasting

Yes very boring work, but it as to be done, 4 days of ballasting.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

I everyone, I would like to post more of my progress, but it's very boring progress. Installing tortoises and more to install, ballasting and lots more to ballast. Still working on my gorge and will start working on the access road to the Ann's flour mill from the town of St-Eugene.

Some might think it's not prototypical of having two types of ballast besides each other, well, you need a bit of imagination here. The brown/grey ballast track was done in 1958 and the grey ballast for the double main line was done in 1972.....LOL

I still need to weather the ballast and add static grass here and there....later.

That's it for now.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Testing tracks in the town of St-Eugene

I was testing the tracks in my town of St-Eugene after having painted the tracks. The train is arriving in the town yard which will take place in a winter scene.