Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sketching For The Skeleton Crew

A couple of us decided that in November, when the Division has their annual train show, we should have an On30 layout display available.  I have very little room for building a large portable system so it has to be very compact.  For this I'll need a very tight radius.

For the radius experiment I'll need the help of my two assistants, Taylor and Katie.  We are going to test a tight radius for On30 that will fit in a two foot wide space.

 The girls marked off a two and a half area of the card table using masking tape.

 Next, the girls marked off another two and a half grid.

Using a small On30 locomotive, a stretch of track and a DCC system, we'll test a 10.5" radius curve.

  I've added an 18' ore car to give us a feel for the coupler swing.

  I had not put the car on the track correctly, so Taylor assists in getting it back on track.

Bump! Bump! Bump!  What the heck is that?  We looked and looked, and discovered that the locomotive has a gear bind that is making it operate problematically.  The radius at this very tight 10.5" radius does work, so we can build a tight layout.

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