HELIX BUILD: Wiring and track layout – Episode 8

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I complete the wiring and track laying in the helix. I explain how I did the blocks for train detection and how I wired the helix. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my layout building progress. Also please follow my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscale as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout.

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Helix completed!

Productive day today – finished the wiring of my helix and connected it to the Digitrax BXP88 block detector. Successfully ran 2 shuttle schedules using Railroad & Co, testing two locos up and down the helix. Now just to wait for the first baseboard kits to arrive and I can get started on my yards.

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Building a new (N scale) Model Railroad – Episode 7

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I do a test of the helix using a freight and passenger train, as well as giving an update on my track planning using AnyRail. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my layout building progress. Also please follow my Facebook page, as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout.

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HELIX BUILD: Building a new (N scale) Model Railroad – Episode 6

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I unbox the laser-cut N scale helix kit, and then progress with the building of this kit. I’ll show you all the steps and explain the process as I build this helix. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my layout building progress. Also please follow my Facebook page as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout. The laser-cut helix kit was bought from Gleiswendel Shop (Track Helix shop) https://www.gleiswendelshop.de/ This is a […]

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Building a new (N scale) Model Railroad – Episode 5

Following on from my fourth video, in Episode 5 I finally start on my track planning, beginning with the helix, which will be the anchor point from where the track planning starts. Follow on as I explain why I’m doing this, as well as what track I have chosen for the helix, and how I’ve decided on a size for the helix. More to come in the following months (& years!), including researching and photographing locations, deciding on a track plan, and then the fun bit…the actual construction! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to follow my progress!

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Building a new (N scale) Model Railroad – Episode 4

Following on from my third video, in Episode 4 I continue the research and give you a very brief overview of what I want from my new model railroad, what features I want to include and the considerations for the various features. More to come in the following months (& years!), including researching and photographing locations, deciding on a track plan, and then the fun bit…the actual construction! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to follow my progress!

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Building a new (N scale) Model Railroad – Episode 3

Following on from my second video, in Episode 3 I continue the research and give you a very brief introduction to the freight operations on the Chicago Sub, with maps showing the yards and some footage from a recent trip. More to come in the following months (& years!), including researching and photographing locations, deciding on a track plan, and then the fun bit…the actual construction! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to follow my progress!

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Building a new (N scale) Model Railroad – Episode 2

Following on from my first video, in Episode 2 I continue the research and take you through the METRA stations I have chosen for my model railroad, with photos and maps, explaining why I have chosen each station. More to come in the following months (& years!), including researching and photographing locations, deciding on a track plan, and then the fun bit…the actual construction! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to follow my progress!

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