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Old 10-05-2015, 11:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I wish one of you guys with some experience lived close enough to me in Shelton Washington that I could make visits to your railroad or invite you to mine.

I know of no other model railroaders in my area. There is an HO club in Olympia but so far they have not responded to my request for membership information.

I really need to see some of this stuff actually done so I have a better idea of what I am dealing with.
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It's not all that tough, don't let it seem like a huge mountain to climb.

I had a friend start in DCC, and I talked him through his first installation over the phone, and he had his NCE system up and running a train in 15 minutes.

You can start as simple as you like, just run the train, it has a decoder in it already.

Hook up a circle of track, connect 2 wires to it and run trains.

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Old 10-05-2015, 12:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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JB,

We are in the same boat. I am just down the road from you in Lacey. I have started and stopped a couple of times with layouts. I know Paul Birch is over in Gig Harbor and there is the Kitsap Live Steamers over there too.

I am not really drawn to clubs, but have been giving the baby scales more thought lately. My issue is time management. One of many hobbies includes wasting time. But since fall is closing in on me, I think I will be focusing indoors, until spring.

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Old 10-05-2015, 02:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Fil,

I am currently living in Germany. We return in April 2016 from our Church Mission.

It would be nice to keep in contact and maybe we can assist each other when I get back.

I am really getting excited about starting this On30 DCC layout.

Greg,

Thanks for the encouragement. I still have lots of time to learn. I will remember you when I finally get back home and start building.
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Old 10-07-2015, 04:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Regarding Cork Roadbed -- several questions.

I plan to have no grades on my railroad. I plan to have a base of 1/2 plywood with a 1 1/2 inch foam surface on top of that.

Can I lay track directly on top of the foam or do I really need the cork roadbedd?

How easy is it to work with the cork? Can it easily be bent into 16 inch radii? Do you just bend it or do you have to cut it into sections?

For On30 would I use the HO or the O cork roadbed?
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Old 10-07-2015, 05:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Hi JB,

My track is sitting on the foam. The foam seems to work almost as good as cork to deaden the noise. Use HO cork, it is a bit thinner than O scale and will curve fine down to some pretty tight radii.
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Old 10-08-2015, 02:06 AM   #17 (permalink)
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What type of foam do you use?

Do you just glue the track to the foam?

Then you mentioned using HO cork. I am confused whether you actually use cork or just the foam.
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I just ordered some rolling stock from Wholesale Trains: short caboose, 4 Maintenance type boxcars (I have a plan for them - I am going to remove the trucks and use them in a logging scene as trackside buildings. The trucks will then be used on some other items I am planning to order that comes without trucks. 2 passenger cars (I really wanted a Combine but cannot find one anyplace), 3 log cars and 3 mining cars. The mining cars will be put in storage for awhile but I wanted to order them before they became impossible to find.

With that order and a previous order of six unlettered box cars from MicroMark my basic rolling stock necessities have now been met.

I have a radical idea for lettering these unlettered box cars. I will outline if after I have given it some additional thought. It will probably make you purists cringe but I think it will work well.
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Hi JB,
Sorry to confuse things. I use white styrofoam insulation. The track is nailed to a layer of 1/4" mahogany plywood that was medium temp hot glued in a notch in the foam. I do not use cork, but if I did I would use the cork designed for HO track.

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Old 10-18-2015, 09:57 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I think that track directly applied to foam would tend to cut into the foam, remember that the ties are open below and those relatively sharp edges will concentrate the weight on a small area.

I'd have a thin layer of something, like that cheap thing luan plywood.

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