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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, September 03, 2017 6:30 PM

TrainzLuvr

What kind of LED strips are you using (I assume those are LED strips hanging from the ceiling) and do you find the light suficient to adequately illuminate the track level?

 

I designed and built my own led strips, you can read about them here: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/magazine/mrh-2015-03-mar/michael-roses-led-boards

And yes, I'm very happy with the brightness and the quality of the light.

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Posted by TrainzLuvr on Sunday, September 03, 2017 9:04 PM

I must be living under a rock to have missed this!

Thank you.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, September 04, 2017 7:50 AM

TrainzLuvr

I must be living under a rock to have missed this!

Thank you.

 

No comment Wink!

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Posted by rrinker on Monday, September 04, 2017 12:05 PM

 Unfortunately the recommended LEDs have been discontinued, so an alternate will need to be found. Digi-Key does list 800+ in stock so if you need less than 38 feet of lighting...

                       --Randy

 


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, September 04, 2017 1:43 PM

Working on closing the gap:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, September 04, 2017 1:46 PM

rrinker

 Unfortunately the recommended LEDs have been discontinued, so an alternate will need to be found. Digi-Key does list 800+ in stock so if you need less than 38 feet of lighting...

                       --Randy

 

 

You can use these: https://www.digikey.com/products/en/optoelectronics/led-lighting-white/124?k=STW8Q14BE&k=&pkeyword=STW8Q14BE&pv1614=428&mnonly=0&ColumnSort=0&page=1&quantity=0&ptm=0&fid=0&pageSize=500

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, September 04, 2017 4:55 PM

I'm done with all the plywood! I can't say it often enough: I'm done with all the plywood Big Smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, September 04, 2017 11:17 PM

Lookin' good Michael!

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 5:19 PM

I have glued down a lot of the roadbed today, at least the easy part. Next comes the yard with lots of turnouts and lots of holes to drill for the switch machines...

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, September 07, 2017 6:22 PM

I have glued down about half of the roadbed at the Barnesville yard:











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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, September 07, 2017 10:41 PM

That's going to be some yard!

Dave

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, September 08, 2017 5:24 PM

Most of the day I spent preparing for the hurricane. It's amazing how much loose stuff accumulates on a 5 acre lot...

Still I managed to complete the Barnesville yard:

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, September 08, 2017 11:55 PM

Stay safe down there! Looks like nowhere in the state will avoid this.

                --Randy

 


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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, September 09, 2017 10:05 AM

rrinker

Stay safe down there! Looks like nowhere in the state will avoid this.

                --Randy

 

 

We'll try our best!

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, September 09, 2017 10:07 AM

I painted all the roadbed first thing in the morning:

 

 

 

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Posted by Bis on Saturday, September 09, 2017 10:38 AM

Be careful, our prayers are with you.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, September 09, 2017 2:11 PM

I started laying track for a so far undefined industry that will sit between the main and the branch line here:

 

 

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Posted by rrinker on Saturday, September 09, 2017 2:54 PM

 Clearly it will be a battery plant Big Smile

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, September 09, 2017 3:24 PM

rrinker

 Clearly it will be a battery plant Big Smile

                 --Randy

 

 

Good idea!

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 8:08 AM

Here's an update on Irma: it's raining but not much and so far no wind.

 

I'll be laying more track and hope we won't lose power.

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:53 PM

While it's raining outside I'm inside laying track Big Smile. I started with the outer track of the big mainline curve:

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 3:54 PM

Here comes track #2:

 

 

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, September 11, 2017 3:45 PM

Michael, how is everything in the aftermath of the hurricane?

Rich

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Posted by Brunton on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:03 AM

For those who follow Michael's thread, a compatriot of his posted on another forum that Michael, his family AND the layout survived the hurricane just fine. Apparently he has a few downed trees on his property, but that was reported to be the only significant damage.

Michael has no internet connection right now, but I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty more when he gets that restored.

Mark B.

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Posted by richhotrain on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:11 AM

Thanks for that info and update, Mark.

Rich

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Saturday, September 16, 2017 11:59 AM

We're back. We lost power on Wednesday morning when a tree decided to fall and destroy the power line to our street (better late then never...). Power came back yesterday afternoon, cable, phone and internet came back late morning today. 

We have no damage to the house or the office railroad building but plenty of broken off branches and a few trees that toppled over. 

Without power and with a layout room that has no windows I couldn't do any work for almost a week and today I don't even seem to be in the mood. But it's good to have A/C again!

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Posted by HO60s on Saturday, September 16, 2017 7:55 PM

Good news and welcome back!

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 8:14 AM

Our yard still looks terrible but at some point this week it will be cleaned up. And don't you worry, I'm not doing it myself. I leave chain saws and anything related to professionals... The only size tree I like to deal with are trees in 1:160 scale Smile. Even 1:87 is already too big for me Big Smile!

I don't know how much sense all that cleaning will make anyway as the next storm is already underway and so far is following Irma's track. More fun to come!

Before the power went away last week I laid more track. The 3 track main line loop is complete and the track made it across the bridge into the next tunnel as well:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 6:20 PM

This afternoon I found some time to lay more track:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:10 PM

I added more track to the tunnel behind the Barnesville yard today:

 

 

If everything goes well I might reach the Barnesville passenger station tomorrow.

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