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Michael asks readers:
“Hi, I am new to this hobby and I have built a base in my garage and plan to lay one single HO continuous track (something like a folded over dog bone with sidings coming off from it. I would like to ask if anyone could advise me if there is a way to run two or three locos on this single track and have individual control of each loco at the same time. For example, speed one up whilst slowing the other down or running one off onto a siding? All at the same time. Is this possible?”
Andre from Brazil sent in these photos of his railroad.
Says Andre: We have started our first HO layout. I and my girlfriend used Brazilian made material, like 3 of 4 locos and almost all wagons, tracks and buildings. Most of that is made by Frateschi.
There are also a loco made by Rocco and a lot of Faller and Noch stuff, and some old Majorette vehicles from the eighties.
In my figures the layout has 40 meters of track in 7 square meters. We have not put the ballast yet. We are afraid of some eventual damage to the tracks.
We’ve planned a savanna and mountain scenery, like our state (Roraima – Brazil) in the northern frontier, near Venezuela and Guyanna. It’s the land of the “Up” animation movie (2009).
So, our layout presents a fictional railway crossing a part of Amazonia and Gran Sabana.
Karl (a new member to model trains and the Online Model Train Club) asks:
“Does anyone have an suggestions for keeping under-benchwork wiring organized and tidy. I am just starting off in HO and am worried I’m going to end up with a confusing mess below the surface. Any suggestions appreciated?”
Phillip sent in these photos of his layout to share:
I have four photos of my 4.5 x 1.7 meter (15ft x 6ft) HO DC dual track model railway layout.
I would say it is a double 8, it goes back under the goods yard and back around as you can see in the pictures.
Because the Bachmann couplers are plastic, I cannot be used with magnetic coupling devices. I have to manually uncouple the carriages with a length of flat tin to push up the coupler. You can see the piece of tin sitting above the Vector dual control unit. That is one drawback with Bachmann couplers.
I made the track control panels myself and did all the wiring up to the electric point motors and track. I have tried to keep the weight down as much as possible for portability.
Stan asks readers:
“I I notice there is all kinds of track out there – Kato Unitrack, Bachmann EZ track and Atlas Flex track to name a few. My N scale layout under construction has Bachmann E Z Track, but a friend offered me some unused Atlas flex track and a small section of Kato Unitrack for a cheap price. I think he picked it up at a garage sale. The Atlas is code 80 so would it be ok? Any advice would be a help. Thanks.”
Joe sent in these photos of his model railroad to share with readers. He doesn’t say what scale it is but I’m sure we can all guess.
First pic is a railroad museum in New Hampshire that my parents took me to see when I was a child. I’m 68 but the memory came to life on my railroad.
The other pics are the three areas I originated.
Left side is more country design.
Middle area is my plateau area. If you look close you can see the climbers almost to the top.
The right side of the layout is industrial with a small town and a freight yard behind it.
Model railroaders are known to be ingenious when it comes to constructing, creating, and improvising. Creating water effects is a good example of this. Various techniques get used to create ponds, rivers, streams, and even beaches and harbors.
Although it can be cheaper to use an old mirror, a discarded pane of glass, or just gloss paint – it’s not usually as effective as using one of the many epoxy resin based products available from hobby or craft stores.
Resin products dry hard and clear so the surface under the resin still needs to be sealed and painted to add the illusion depth. However the final effect can be extremely realistic and closely resemble real water.
Products available include: Realistic Water by Woodland Scenics, Magic Water by Unreal Details, Aqua Water by Busch, KraftKote by Klockit. Other products are EZ Water (I’ve heard some bad comments about this product so would be interested in reader feedback), and Envirotex Casting Resin.
These 3 photos show how altering the base color can can dramatically change the perceived water depth.
If you would like to add your tips or comments on water making just click the comments link under this posting.
James asks readers:
“I have an HO BLI cab forward 4882 and am having problems with it running forward down the helix I just finished. It will stall 6 – 8 times going down the helix, but backing up the helix runs all 94 ft with no stalling. Track and wheels are clean. Any ideas please?”
Murray asks readers:
“I accidentally cut the wires between the loco and tender on my Berkshire N scale 2-8-4 Bachmann Kanawha train. Where can I find the wiring instructions. They don’t seem to be listed on either Bachmann’s site or Sound Traxx’s site. The decoder is marked with symbols R, M+, L+, L-, M- and L. What do they stand for. I’m new at this and any help would be appreciated.”
Allan asks readers:
“Hi I am starting an HO layout on 4×8 or 5×9 board and want 2 levels but my problem is I want the track to climb 100mm (4 inch) in a complete circle. What I want to know is what is the minimum radius that I can climb to achieve this please? I am using strong engines and only about 5-6 wagons so won’t have much weight to pull up incline. Thanks for any help on this please.”