In this update I talk about activity over the summer including building a Metcalf Station building, the retaining walls behind the station area, and the tunnels.
While on the road trip we did come across the occiasional railroad and here are some short videos taken on the spare of the moment.
Two short clips of the MBTA Commuter Rail going through a crossing in Framingham, Massachusetts on 19 Nov & 17 Dec 2015. I had hoped to get a good video while I was here but due to various reasons we didn’t have time to go rail fanning. Sharing this mainly for the sound of the horn which I felt was worth it.
20th Dec 2015 in Nova Scotia, somewhere on the way to Halifax.
EMD SD75I CN5688 leads with GE C44-9W CN2650 and another EMD SD75I CN5660.
Sorry about the wind noise, it was very windy and very open area.
Canadian National Intermodal Freight heading into Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on December 21st 2015.
Featuring CN GE ES44AC locomotives 2831, 2888, 2891 & 2821.
Note that due to the loud background chatter during the first part of the video I had to cut out some of the containers passing, but all the locomotives are shown. For the second part of the video I was able to get closer to the track, but unfortunatly all the locomotives had already passed at this point (I had hoped for more power mid train or at the rear but sadly not).
@4:05 closer look trackside.
First run on the inner loop, the loco was sent half way around light engine to test the power to track all way around and it got further than expected right up to the freight cars which were parked on the previously working part of the inner track which I was using as a siding. I therefore hooked up the cars and reversed the engine to pull the train round, totally forgetting that the dual stack well cars will derail on the first corner after the lift up section because the curve is far too tight. These would never normally be sent round this loop and so its not really an issue. I realised this and started to run for the controller, but was too late and for some reason they managed the curve without derailing and only making the squeeling noise you can hear in the video. I then reached for the camera and filmed the next runs which they made without derailing. I have no idea why they managed to work these short number of times, but here it is, probably a one off! Sorry for the loco still having its packing foam on and facing the wrong way, it wasn’t expecting to be filmed! Also, the TTX well cars only have containers in ‘single’ stack due to the tunnel clearance on the inner loop. There is a freight bypass track under construction around the back of the station which is built to dual stack height and this connects to the outer loop.
This is sort of a ‘preview’ of the layout progress, I will be making a proper update soon with details of the latest work.
A quick layout run around with my new Broadway Limited Paragon 2 GE AC6000 CSX road number 634 and BLI number 2604.
I test out some of the sounds and run it around the main loop a little. Amazing loco, fantastic sound and really great detail, really well made, solid model. I picked this up from Hobby Emporium Inc, Tyngsboro, MA, which is a super store with great friendly staff and were really helpful. This was during my trip to the US and then later Canada earlier in the year.
Just a short video showing how I clean the track. The CMX rubs the track gently with a cloth pad while it drips the Goo Gone onto it from the tank part of the wagon. This is by far the easiest way and the most effective way of cleaning the track, the Goo Gone really gets rid of all the dirt and makes for very smooth running. I never need to use track rubbers or anything else to clean it. This method also cleans the wheels of anything running on the track at the same time, simply have a dirty train following and the Goo Gone on the rails will clean the wheels. The next circit of the cleaning train will then pick up the dirt previously on the wheels off the track.