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Building the Rock Ridge Railroad

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  • From: Reading, PA
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Posted by rrinker on Sunday, April 08, 2018 9:33 AM

 My paint was oil based, but I just used cheap foam brushes and threw them out rather than try cleaning them up to use again. And then I never got around to painting the pink foam before abandoning the layout, so much for hiding the supporting layers. My last layout, I didn't bother painting the frame (it was in an apartment on carpet and I didn't wnt to risk it) but I did paint the foam top in an earth brown. Looked much better.

                              --Randy

 


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

Visit my web site at www.readingeastpenn.com for construction updates, DCC Info, and more.

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Sunday, April 08, 2018 9:23 PM

Been slow going the last couple of days due to other projects, but I managed to get the program track installed and soldered and the Loco Buffer Interface installed. Unfortunately, the serial to USB interface requires a driver, which comes on a mini CD. Unfortunately, the dedicated Netbook I'm using doesn't have a CD drive. I've copied the files to a USB drive and will try to installing tomorrow. 

I'm looking forward to playing with the JMRI tools. 

Chip

"Rock Ridge and Rock Ridge Lumber are names that really stand for something" --Randal "Rock" Ridge, Mayor and Founder

"Mining is the very foundation of a free America." --Stanley "Stone" Ridge

"Give me Apathy, or give me something else."--Carlton Ridge, aka "The Cat"

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 8:28 PM

Okay, was able to get the Locobuffer working and the Decoder Pro was able to assign a 4-digit number to my troublesome Bachmann decoder. 

But... My DT400 only works on two of the three UB5 jacks I have. My cable tester says that my cabling is not the issue. Also, my UT4 works on all three UB5s. 

I still can't find my ternimal blocks. Time to hit EBay and find a new one I guess. I spent another two hours today looking for them. I'll find them about the time I mount the new one, I'm sure. 

So I started on the wiring I could do. This is the sub-facia that I have wired for my structure lighting. I have it pre-wired for 30 LEDs which I suspect will be enough for the town. If not. I have room for 18 more. 

The leads from the LEDS will enter one of the holes and attach to the coper strips on either side. I filed a groove between the resistors on the strip nearest the hole so the circuits are isolated from each other.

I'm sure someone will let me know if my logic is in error. 

Chip

"Rock Ridge and Rock Ridge Lumber are names that really stand for something" --Randal "Rock" Ridge, Mayor and Founder

"Mining is the very foundation of a free America." --Stanley "Stone" Ridge

"Give me Apathy, or give me something else."--Carlton Ridge, aka "The Cat"

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:34 PM

I worked for a while on my Zephyr problem. It seems the voltage drops dramatically on my LocoNet and my DT400 only works on the first UB5 out of three. If you have any ideas, I have a seperate post in the DCC forum:

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/744.aspx

Still haven't found my terminal strips. But I will soon because I drove 35 minutes each direction to Home Depot to buy a new one. Stopped off to do some birding so I didn't waste all that gas for a $6 item.   

Anyway, I didn't get much done, but I did get the terminal strip installed. 

So, with the LED pre-wiring done and the block in place, I figure I can finish the rough wiring some time tomorrow. Then again, EVERYTHING is taking longer than I plan. I can't wait to lay the plywood and start laying out the trackwork. 

I figure once that is done I have two projects before I can actually start laying track. I have to cut out the cookiecutter track to the mine and lumber camp, and I have to scratchbuild the turntable. Then I can fasten the plywood down and work toward running some trains. 

It's only taken 3 1/2 months to get this far. URRGHH!

 

Chip

"Rock Ridge and Rock Ridge Lumber are names that really stand for something" --Randal "Rock" Ridge, Mayor and Founder

"Mining is the very foundation of a free America." --Stanley "Stone" Ridge

"Give me Apathy, or give me something else."--Carlton Ridge, aka "The Cat"

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Posted by rrinker on Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:21 AM

 3 1/2 months? I've been here almost 4 years and all I've done so far is rip out some grungy ceiling tile and draw the basic mainline part of the first deck plan.

Or my previous layout, what you see there on my web page spans more than 3 /2 YEARS and that's as far as I got.

 I need to work faster.

                                  --Randy

 


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

Visit my web site at www.readingeastpenn.com for construction updates, DCC Info, and more.

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Friday, April 13, 2018 9:23 PM

Great forward progress today. The problem with my Loconet has been resolved. With the help of Randy and Stevert--actually I was clueless--they figured out that I must have assembled the UP5s backwards. I did, twelve years ago, when I was young and stupid. Of course, I'd never do that now Whistling.

Anyway, I had to make another run to Home Depot for supplies. Dang, I wish there was something closer to me. It always takes 2 hours to drive there, get in and out of the store, and drive back. And I was just there yesterday. 

Chip

"Rock Ridge and Rock Ridge Lumber are names that really stand for something" --Randal "Rock" Ridge, Mayor and Founder

"Mining is the very foundation of a free America." --Stanley "Stone" Ridge

"Give me Apathy, or give me something else."--Carlton Ridge, aka "The Cat"

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, April 13, 2018 11:43 PM

 The Lowes is like 5 minutes from my house, Home Depot 10. It still takes 2 hours to go there and come back, minimum. Laugh

                                  --Randy


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

Visit my web site at www.readingeastpenn.com for construction updates, DCC Info, and more.

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:04 AM

I used to work in the tool department at Lowes. I have no interest in Lollygagging.

Chip

"Rock Ridge and Rock Ridge Lumber are names that really stand for something" --Randal "Rock" Ridge, Mayor and Founder

"Mining is the very foundation of a free America." --Stanley "Stone" Ridge

"Give me Apathy, or give me something else."--Carlton Ridge, aka "The Cat"

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:44 PM

Didn't work on the layout today. Wanted a day where no new obstacles came up. 

Tomorrow's another day. 

Chip

"Rock Ridge and Rock Ridge Lumber are names that really stand for something" --Randal "Rock" Ridge, Mayor and Founder

"Mining is the very foundation of a free America." --Stanley "Stone" Ridge

"Give me Apathy, or give me something else."--Carlton Ridge, aka "The Cat"

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 9:38 PM

Another day, another obstacle. 

I found out today that my son had not yet ordered my wire strippers, He has an Amazon Prime account so I thought I would have had it today. I need them for working on my bus. I am waiting for 2.1mm jacks so I can wire my Loconet. I'm waiting for a DPDT MOM switch to pre-wire my turntable. And without that switch, I can't prewire my town lighting, because I don't know how to layout the plexiglass mounting plate. 

So I made a list of stuff I could actually do.

THe next logical thing seemed to be starting to work on a turntable. After testing, I decided that both the motors I had turned too fast--about 2RPM+ each. So I either have to order a new motor and figure out how to mount it, or order a drive belt for an Atlas I have. If I use the Atlas, I will recess it and build a more era specific bridge. The main reason I am considering the Atlas is that they already have the track wired correctly. The reason I'm hesitating is noise. I'm pretty sure I can muffle it if it is below the plywood and out of sight. 

So, further down the list I figured out there was nothing stopping me from cutting the plywood for the deck.

Nothing has not yet been secured down. I still have the pre-wiring to do, and the whole left side needs to be cookie-cut. 

Still it feels good to have gotten at least something done. 

Note: If you look in the upper right, you'll see what I call "Poor Man's Track Lighting." 

Chip

"Rock Ridge and Rock Ridge Lumber are names that really stand for something" --Randal "Rock" Ridge, Mayor and Founder

"Mining is the very foundation of a free America." --Stanley "Stone" Ridge

"Give me Apathy, or give me something else."--Carlton Ridge, aka "The Cat"

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 9:55 PM

SpaceMouse
Note: If you look in the upper right, you'll see what I call "Poor Man's Track Lighting."

Yea, I used them too, intil I got my fluorescent lighting up, and now I wish I would have used LED tubes.  Might still happen.

I think your doing great, you now have a bench to plan your track work, in full scale, along with planning scenery and such.

AND, you can set up some track, and RUN a TRAIN!  even if it's temporary.

Rock on!

Mike.

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:46 PM

Parts still haven't arrived so I found some more work I could do. I painted the tops of the plywood with what I hope is dirt color. 

It should be close enough to blend in with real dirt if I miss a spot. Normally I try to cover every inch of my layout with some sort of scenery, like I reckon you all do. 

I fugure all the parts will arrive soon. The reason I'm so sure is a big project got dumped in my lap and I have until the end of the month to finish it.

"It's always something. If it's not one thing it's another. If it's not missing tools and parts, it's having to complete and file an IBA for a nearby city." --Roseann Rosannadana 

 

Chip

"Rock Ridge and Rock Ridge Lumber are names that really stand for something" --Randal "Rock" Ridge, Mayor and Founder

"Mining is the very foundation of a free America." --Stanley "Stone" Ridge

"Give me Apathy, or give me something else."--Carlton Ridge, aka "The Cat"

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