Sunday, January 6th, 2013

DSC00401[1]It’s been a little while since I’ve been working on the railroad, mostly because of the place where the tracks cross on the foreground. I’ve built that crossover three times, and even though it gets better each time, I still can’t reliably roll cars through that crossing with confidence that they won’t jump off the tracks, because about half the time they will. I don’t know if it’s because the rails are out of gauge or not in line, or both. Whatever the reason, I don’t get no kick out of laying that particular stretch of track no more.

Also, I haven’t been able to figure our how to wire it. My choo-choo trains are very simple. The little electric motors inside them run because they get power from the rails. The rails have to be separated from each other. If they touch, they create a short circuit and the engines don’t go. Obviously, when they cross over one another, they touch. There’s a way to insulate them from one another in a situation like this, but I haven’t figured out how it’s done.

While I was searching for a solution to these problems a couple days ago, I found a company in Buena Vista, Colorado, that makes crossings like this one. I searched for these last year but never did find them. Guess I wasn’t searching in the right places. I asked them to send me one of their crossovers and might get it by next weekend, or maybe sometime during the week after that. When it comes, I’ll have to tear up all the track that runs through the crossover and rebuild it.

Assuming I can get the crossover working so that trains can run through it, they’ll eventually end up looping around the big curve in the background and up around the bend that turns toward the camera in the photo. When that happens, I’ll have to throw a party and invite you over to see it.

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Category: entertainment, hobby, LoCo Rwy
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