Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The guy with the train in his basement

Well model railways in the basement is pretty common but this guy has built an actual replica railway carriage  in his basement. This is amazing, though i think i'll stick to HOe scale.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Gearing up for phase 2

Phase 1 of Project Eskalon may be coming to an end, i now have evaluated running my train on its test track and have decided on which couplings to use as well as useful information on clearances when i built my final permanent layout.

That will be phase 2 and can start soon, first step will be to build the baseboard of course. I am not blessed with the best carpentry skills but my planned board should be within even my range. It will have a simple frame as well as a retaining wall along 3 sides. This will be for the use of scenic wallpapers later on but will also allow me to lay a cover over the layout to protect it when not in use. Time to get some wood soon...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Soldering on

Why build a model railway? I'm sure many have asked modellers this over the years, of course one reason is that it allows you to explore many different skills including wood working, painting, planning and basic electrics. The latter can involve use of the soldering iron which is something i used a fair bit in the past when i did the odd bit of electronics but not for the last 20 years or so.

Until now, the power clips i was using were just a total fail so i decided to solder the wires onto a piece of track. Not the easiest task in the world trying to hold a soldering iron (and not a tiny one at that), solder, a wire and a piece of track with just 2 hands available! We got there in the end though, i managed to only melt a couple of sleepers! It was all worth it as the train runs great.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Time to switch

I bought a few more pieces of track today from a model shop, enough track (including a point or a switch if you prefer) to add a siding to my experimental layout. One complication of HOe gauge is while you can use N gauge track the geometry is different because the rolling stock is much larger. Thus a siding which would be perfect on an N gauge layout would not have enough space for clearance with HO size stock. However an extra bit of straight track does the trick.