Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Building work

Session is over, time to get back to scenery. I spread a lot of goop in Bucksport and Searsport. While that was drying I went back to some under construction buildings. 

The brick one is part of an old building, with an addition to hide a hole in the wall. 

The grey building was partially completed and needed much more panting of the parts. Now that that is done I'll get that one completed soon.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Helix Hill

Finally got around to scenery on the small part of the helix that shows. I was hoping not to have to use tunnel portals, but the things I tried didn't work. Things are drying now, so I'll test this section out later.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Scenery in Progress

The Bucksport city planners have made up their minds for the city improvement project and things are underway. The first section is on the south side and we will be working north from there. New roads have been planned and started. We even got a few light clouds over the city.

This area is where the trains come out of the helix for a short stretch. It was long time coming to get this project going.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Commuter Service Commencing

RDC's purchased from the Boston & Maine were recently seen on a test run over the system in anticipation of the staring of commuter service.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Time to scenic Bucksport

The mainline and staging is done. It is time to see if I get a couple of towns with buildings and scenery before the convention.

I spent the day moving the buildings I had around to see what worked for me. I got a very rough idea of what I wanted for Bucksport and Searsport.

This is one of the buildings I had started but broke when I was careless is this one. It will go in Bucksport. The current industry is Ellsworth Supply. One of the new industries for Buskport will be renamed Huey Wire & Cable for the help that I was given by Dil Huey through out my early stages of construction. It might be this building, but I have another place that would be fine. Not sure yet.

The small section is to cover a hole in the wall where track goes. The big section was meant for the old layout, but will be used here. It is probably a little large, but it was already started.

It will get sturdier bracing to help hold it together better than the last time.

Monday, August 29, 2016

First Class Service Expanding and Schedule Headaches

Part of the reason to add staging tracks is to get away from using the same train for a morning and afternoon runs. My trains 33 and 34 where the afternoon potato train became # 73 and 74. These are now a fast freight of any kind. It could be piggy backs, a tank train or whatever. That was easy enough.

Then there was the other Canadian trains. Since this train went into St. Albans, which was full. I had to go through the new staging tracks.. CN3/4 now becomes 87 and 88 the more realistic milk train. Southbound will pick up full express reefers and make some passenger stops. Northbound will set out empties at the dairies and make some passenger stops.

The evening passenger trains 12/13 will not work dairies and becomes a more express train stopping at just the bigger cities.

The morning passenger service no longer works dairies and becomes more of a commuter train.

With these changes comes the inevitable schedule changes. These are a headache no matter how you do it. Change one thing and it affects everything else. Then once you are happy you actually run the schedule and you must make more changes.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Control Panel and staging addition is done

Today I finished wiring the control panel and tested the panel and I/O without hooking it to the rest of the layout. Tested the buttons and lights with the computer. Fixed a couple of bad solder joints and retested. All is good.

Then I proceeded to connect up to the layout. I had to move a few existing wires first. When all was connected and components added to JMRI. I retested again. All was still good.

Then I spent about 4 hours programming the buttons and lights for use and testing to see that I have achieved the desired goals.

Now for the cleanup.