Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

About this blog

This blog is about my current model railroad layout project; The N scale "Summit" layout, which is a freelanced interpretation of the Southern Pacific Tehachapi tunnels and their surroundings. Or at least, that is what it is meant to be. What it will turn out to be is another matter. The banner photo above shows what I want to recreate in N scale.

Hillsides forming

SceneryPosted by lennart Sun, January 23, 2011 13:33:13

You might think that activity on my layout has come to a complete stop. But it has not, even if progress right now is (really) slow. Anyway, I have started to shape the hillsides on the far side of the mainline. Here is a photo of the hills around tunnel #15.

The general shape is still a little to "roundish". I need to get the hacksaw out and reshape the hill-top to the right. But you can begin to get a feeling of the correct relative smallness of the train, compared to the surrounding hills.

Apart from scenery I have been struggling with a pair of Atlas U25B engines. When I bought these engines (over a year ago) I fitted them with TCS M4 decoders, but never got the chance to really break them in. When I now tried to do that they hardly moved at all. But if I got them to creep forward they would eventually pick up speed. When left unused for a few days or a week it was the same thing again. I disassembled both of them and put them together again and tried a whole lot of things. In the end the only thing I really did was to solder the motor wires directly to the motor contacts on one of the engines. I had earlier only soldered the decoder wires to the original PC board, resusing the original contacts. After this change the modified engine runs OK. So I guess I need to try the same thing on the other one.

Another thing in the coming is the arrival of some search light signals I ordered from Scale Model Divisions. More on that when the signals arrive, which sould be this week or the next.

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