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Dennis models in HO scale and asks readers:
“One of my locos is playing up and won’t work when it’s on the track. If I lift it up slightly from the rear with the front wheels still on the track, the wheels start turning like normal. I’m only having this problem with one loco, the rest are fine. Does someone know a likely cause? Thank you in hope.”
Club Member Allan asks readers:
“This hobby is quite new to me so I need some advice. I am a bit confused with turnouts and how to control them. Do I need seperate wiring to control the switches or can I control them with DCC? I’m ok with making scenery and woodworking joinery, but struggle to understand technical wiring issues. Please help.”
Howard asks readers:
“I am getting to old (and decrepit????) to continue crawling under my OO table to get to my control panel. I thought of adding a lift-up hinged panel but wondered about movement, track alignment, connections etc. and how to hide the join. I haven’t built it yet, but I’m sure I can if I know what not to get wrong. Advice appreciated!!!”
Aaron sent in this tip to share:
“I have just recently gotten into railroading and I love it so much. I have run into multiple issues so far but see them as challenges and enjoy finding fixes for my issues. One thing I would like to share that I haven’t seen on any site yet that you will find your rail joining so much easier if you trim the little excess metal from the joiners after you cut them from the strip. This will guarantee that they don’t use up too much area in the joints and cause a gap. Thanks for letting me share and happy railroading.”
Thank you to all those readers who contributed captions for the “Santa at the Station” photo. There were some very amusing captions so it was a difficult to choose a couple to include in my Christmas video. Captions from Bob and Mike were finally chosen after some discussions with “she who must be obeyed.” Another favorite was Jay’s “I can’t believe they left without me!” caption. I hope you enjoy my video below.
And, a special thanks to all those readers who contributed articles, photos, and answers to questions. You’ve made a valuable contribution to the hobby!
Also, very importantly, THANK YOU to everyone who purchased products advertised on this blog. Without your on-going custom, this website would not exist.
A very Merry Christmas to all… enjoy your trains… and have a safe and healthy new year!
Santa at Station photo by Anneli Salo.
Barnaby asks readers:
“I thought I would live in this house til I die, but we’ve decided to move interstate closer to the son and daughter. Problem is moving my layout (HO) which was not designed to be moved… BIG MISTAKE! I can’t bear the thought of cutting it up, transporting it, and then trying to put it back together somehow. I made the scenery from chicken mesh and plaster of paris. I really don’t know where to start and hate the thought of cutting or damaging the track, trees and scenery. It is 4 foot by 3 foot one way and from the corner stretches 6 foot by 3 foot the other way. Can anyone else who has been through this type of drama give any suggestions on how or where to start? Also how to protect it from getting damaged by the removalists. Thanking you in anticipation.”