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Hi, Golly new to this forum, but not to HO modeling, Have a layout ,
The "Blue Ridge Mountain Railway, ( BRMR ) that I build up over a number
of years, but now getting ready to rearrange, and redo all control systems,
with both manual control, and an automated control system using a PLC for
automation. ( I do this for industry, so why not be able to hit a start button,
and have a system that will run by itself ). I am looking for input and ideas
from others on setting up the blocks, signaling, and detection of a train in a
block.

I have gotten away for the direct modeling to some extent, as I have been
doing development work with train simulator, But now wanting to develop a
cab control system on the PC, through use of "Man Machine interface
graphics" and have it control the model layout, through the PLC. I know,
far out, but I like playing with automation controls.

I am also more of a technical modeler, in that I do a lot of work on track
and switch’s. along with rolling stock suspension systems, so that any
piece of stock can and will operate on any section of the system, forward,
or backward, without problems. I worry about esthetics after the system is
functioning totally.
 

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Welcome aboard

Hi Tom, Welcome to the world of model train reality. You are entering a world where creativity is only limited by your imagination and pocket book.

I am currently doing testing and program writing on automating a switch
yard ( will have both manual control overrides, of automated controls, and
train operations ).

push the start button, and let it run.

I have never worked in T scale, only in HO and "O" gauge, but if I can help you, let me know.

Welcome to the Group.

Viking

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Hey everyone I'm Jeremie. I play around with HO stuff. I can't make up my mind on a track plan so I don't have a layout yet. I do weather and detail alot though. Mostly paint and modify my own versions of lease diesels. I'll throw some pictures up in a bit.
 

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I thought I had done this already...I've been in the hobby for over thirty years. I prefer the lower end kits and equipment, though I wouldn't mind an MTH Erie Triplex running around my tree. I do both HO and N, collecting HO vehicles from Walmart and dabbling in European models.

Some of my scale work...a 70s era AHM/Rivarossi 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" I rescued...



...part of my European segment...a Marklin E94 "Alligator"...



...even some ...eee, gad!...Tyco...one of their interesting GG1 issues...



Looking forward to stopping by more often. Blessings, BC
 

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Viking03a said:
Hi, Golly new to this forum, but not to HO modeling, Have a layout ,
The "Blue Ridge Mountain Railway, ( BRMR ) that I build up over a number
of years, but now getting ready to rearrange, and redo all control systems,
with both manual control, and an automated control system using a PLC for
automation. ( I do this for industry, so why not be able to hit a start button,
and have a system that will run by itself ). I am looking for input and ideas
from others on setting up the blocks, signaling, and detection of a train in a
block.

I have gotten away for the direct modeling to some extent, as I have been
doing development work with train simulator, But now wanting to develop a
cab control system on the PC, through use of "Man Machine interface
graphics" and have it control the model layout, through the PLC. I know,
far out, but I like playing with automation controls.

I am also more of a technical modeler, in that I do a lot of work on track
and switch’s. along with rolling stock suspension systems, so that any
piece of stock can and will operate on any section of the system, forward,
or backward, without problems. I worry about esthetics after the system is
functioning totally.
Hi Viking, do you have any pictures to share of your work? Sounds very interesting, especially the trackworkd and rolling stock suspsension.
 

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Thanks, TR...nice snow shots...I'm still working in tee shirts and shorts...:D My latest European acquisition also happens to be G scale, LGB specifically. Got it about a month ago at a yard sale for next to nothing and it runs like a watch.
 

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Shay, nice pickup! A Black Stainz is really nice, and not as common as the green one, and those passenger wagons don't look like the typical ones you get in the starter sets.

LGB is really really nice stuff. It's so much fun and BIG and the quality is next to none. I find people of all ages love them, and running them outside is icing on the cake.

LGB actually encourages you to run them in all conditions, they are so well built I have no concerns running them outside.

Looking forward to more LGB purchases! :D
 

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Shay, nice pickup! A Black Stainz is really nice, and not as common as the green one, and those passenger wagons don't look like the typical ones you get in the starter sets.

LGB is really really nice stuff. It's so much fun and BIG and the quality is next to none. I find people of all ages love them, and running them outside is icing on the cake.
Thanks, it was one of those, "You want how much for that?!" moments that I couldn't pass up. I loved the black over the green and, no, I haven't seen those coaches either. They're wired up for lighting, I only wish I could get inside to place a few passengers. I just love the heft and size.
 

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You should be able to pry off the tops of the coaches without difficulty, that's how mine seem to work (most anyways) my 24" RhB coaches are a little more tricky.

Also, I have archive of all the LGB technical diagrams, maybe I should put them up on the site. They're handy for when you want to do maintenance, or just get a idea of how things go together :p
 

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Stan , new here

Hi old members. Moved to Fla. 5 years ago. Built an overhead around the den room for a 10' X 20" oval, 2 seperate rails in HO.

Built a 4X8 table out in the porch with 3 levels of HO, al3 layer have tunnels, bottom has a pr. of switches. City scenery on bottom layer.

Moved 4X8 into den room and extended width to 5' and length to 10'

Extended mid level onto new extension. Added 2 more rails on outside of 4X8.Freight yard and engine stops added.

Can now run 5 trains on tgable plus 2 above on shelf.

Coffee table, 18" by 48" has an "N" oval with scenery and town.

No Dcc setups yet. Plan to improve all f above thru the years.
 

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2nd intro.

Didn't see my 1st posted. belong to a 35 member, all size, train club here in space coast Florida. It is amazing how all the members have put together layouts completlly diffenent from others. I can help on basic AC/DC theory, soldering techniques, WORKING track layout, and lighted scenery. I can show newies how to have a good toime without spending a lot of money.
 

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Hey, I am from southern New Hampshire... I have loved model trains all my life, although I currently do not have any space to get a layout set up, so I really do not have too many trains, LOL :(

Anyways, if you are wondering about my name I actually live right next to the old B&M rail-road bed (the tracks have been torn up in this area)... I love when I find left over stuff on them... Over the years I have accumulated two rail joints with bolts, two metal plates which go between the rail and tie, and of course lots of spikes :D
 

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Boston & Maine.

"They call me timetable Mable, the girtl who is is love with a train, with a train from Boston to Maine." Commercial from the 1950's. I lived next to a B&M tracks in Malden Mass, 6 miles north of North Station, in Boston. I left when I got married, and no doubt B&M is gone. The tracks have been taken over by a computer line, MBTA of greater Boston. Memories of the old Steamers chugging thru Malden and leaving soot all over the place. We used to stand on the overhead street bridge whick hgad a wooden plank sidewalk. As the steamer chugged thru, the smoke came thru the boartds. We pretended we were in heaven walking thru the clouds. Fun
 

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New guy here. From Broken Arrow Oklahoma. I just recieved a Life-Like 36" kit for Christmas. Not my first kit but the first one that made me really think I could enjoy the process of building my own town. I'm going to start with this and expand to make sure its really something I like befor going all out. Thanks for any future help and i look forward to gaining to useful info.
 

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Hi, Mark here and I'm a n00b...:eek:

I had trains when I was a kid, but haven't messed with them. I've recently gotten bit by the bug and am really interested in HO scale.

I look forward to getting to know all of you on these forums.
 
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