LAYOUT UPDATE: Weekend layout update

Managed to get a few projects done this weekend #acoupleofhoursaweekendFinished installing the LED lighting for the lower staging yard. Really happy with how this looks – just shows how important layout lighting is.I also installed decoders in 2 of my Metra MP36PH’s and tested my Amtrak advanced consisting as those two locos will always run together. Just need to sort the speed matching now.

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Episode 19 – Layout lights and video top-downs

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I show you two projects – installing lighting under the 1st level to light up the lower staging yard, and the new frame I’ve built to shoot top-down videos for this channel. Be sure to view my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscale as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout.  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chicagosubnscale/

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Underpass update

This evening I added the 3rd Walthers Steel Overpass kit to the two I’ve already assembled, and now the underpass is ready for painting. Next step is to spray a layer of undercoat, then concrete paint for the walls and road, and a ‘steel’ paint for the columns. It’s going to look great once painted, weathered and detailed with graffiti. I’ll also be adding LED’s to light the interior

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Episode 13 – layout build progress update

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I give you a brief progress update on my layout build, plus news on a new video series. Be sure to view my Facebook page as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscaleInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/chicagosubnscale

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Episode 12 – The electronics under the layout

Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I show you the electronics that control my yard boards, including the block detectors, accessory decoders and power management. Be sure to view my Facebook page as I will be adding photos and updates to that as I build my new layout. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicagosubnscaleInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/chicagosubnscale

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Track laying on second staging lower yard board

Not much done on the layout this weekend as the weather was so nice, so plenty of garden time, but I did manage to start the track laying on board two of the lower staging yard. I’ve almost finished laying the track for the Metra yard. The Freight yard will have to wait as I am short of a few turnouts, so need to get those ordered. That will be next week’s project (assuming I can get turnouts as stock has been scarce lately!). Hoping to get another video edited and published this week, so keep an eye out for […]

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Signalling

I’ve starting adding the two signals for the lower staging yard. The Metra yard does not really need one as that passenger service will be run automatically by Railroad & Co’s TrainController, but it’s nice to have anyway. I’m using SignaTrak’s SIGM20 signal controller for this as it has all the logic built in for automatic signals (as opposed to Digtrax’s SE8C which requires JMRI to provide the signal logic). These signals will protect movements up and down the helix, making sure there are no cornfield meets…as long as the engineers obey the signal indications! I will be adding another […]

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