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Offline Bob Bryce

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Re: My Next Track Plan
« Reply #60 on: April 06, 2018, 04:23:51 am »
After a LOT of work I am starting to see progress on the upper level. 

I printed the track plan for both the outer mountain rail and the passenger rail at 1:1, taped it all together and used it to mark the position of the foam risers.  Then I pinned the risers in position and laid the paper track on top to verify the foam was in the correct locations.  Then I laid the real track (temporary) over the paper track and tested my engines pulling up the 4% right side slope.  My weakest locomotive (Bachmann GP40) pulled at least 16 cars without a whimper.  I even stopped the train in the middle of the grade and it pulled out fine.  I did have 2 areas that showed coupler misalignment on the slope transitions to the point where they tried to uncouple the cars.

I marked these locations and glued down the risers.   Because I was using foam risers, I bought some Woodland Scenics Foam Putty and filled the problem transition areas and sanded them to an almost perfect slope change.  Then I re-laid the temporary track to test the slope transitions for any area that even came close to showing a coupler misalignment.  After that, the couplers hardly even moved out of position as the train started and finished transitioning any of the slopes.  To further achieve a smooth slope transition, I cut and glued 1/8" foam board on top of the Woodland Scenics risers in 4' long segments.  This further improved the transitions and also provided a solid surface to lay the roadbed to. 

This evening I started gluing down the roadbed, then I will be sanding the roadbed and painting it.  After that I can lay the track for the last time.  The bridge is in position for a final fit-up once the roadbed makes it up to the bridge.  It's a 44" bridge span.  I'm not sure yet if there will be any roadbed on the bridge itself or not.  I can decide that when I get ready for the final fit-up of the bridge.  Here are some photos, pardon the mess.

Offline Bob Bryce

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Re: My Next Track Plan
« Reply #61 on: September 07, 2018, 02:22:02 pm »
I'm now a happy camper!  ;D   I have the first of six railroads on my layout up and fully running, including roadbed and track, bridges, slope transitions, DCC connections, Block Detection devices, signals, one engine yard and DCC remote control of all the turnouts!  Lots of work went into the slope transitions and I have had practically zero coupler misalignments when entering and exiting the sloped grades.  The two times I did have uncoupling issues were found to be due to the Bachmann plastic shaft couplers.  Replaced them with Kadee and everything worked fine.  Only 5 more railroads to go on the layout! Since it took 6 years to actually get to this point, including planning the layout, revising it 400 times, building the framework and finally getting started, I hope it does not take 30 years to build the others!!! :P

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Re: My Next Track Plan
« Reply #62 on: September 07, 2018, 02:31:12 pm »
One interesting issue I did have was it appeared that pulling a train of 5 cars up one of my grades was overloading the electrical system, as the light bulb in my CP-6 current limiter was glowing bright.  Turned out it was only happening when I ran my Bowser F7 Diesels.  I replaced them with other locomotives and was able to pull over 15 cars up the same grade without a single hint of a glowing light bulb.  Even the Big Boy worked flawlessly.  It looks like I either need to only use the Bowser's on flat track or get rid of them.  I have 3 of them and all 3 show the same problem.  Anyone else have problems with Bowser diesels?  Thought they were a really good brand.

Not sure if it is the gears, motors, decoders or a combination.  Running by themselves with no cars, they each work, but I cannot pull 4 cars up even a 2% grade without having a second sun glowing under my layout (the CP-6 bulb) and cannot even consist them together as they drop track voltage so low, the just sputter.
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