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Yard Master & Research
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I upgraded the table with some MDF and painted the surface. For track I still have the 027 oval trestle, and double circle with the 45 degree crossing. I added an O scale loop and an L for an auto mated trolley. The next step is a shelf to hold the power supplies. This time I did screw down the track. I may add an HO loop it will save me from setting up a separate table to test engines.



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This was an in process picture with the grass still on the table The overall dimension is 8 by 8. I may try painting the the paper black and see how it works for roadway. I lost my work space. I will just have to clean some more.
 

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Update

The upgrade is going fine. I have a workbench. I bought some foam squares to keep my feet happy. The table does have a lot of glare from the paint. I guess my faded grass was better. I reduced the glare with added accessories etc. I am in the process of making a shelf for the power supplies. The trains are currently stored on the table with unconnected track sections. I will need to make a shelf to complete my HO loop. So far I have not found the MDF board to be quiet. There is more noise with the track screwed down.
My base of the table is 2 by 5's bolted to craftsman table saw legs. I did bevel the edges.

 

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My shelf is completed. I mounted it on rollers. I can barely slide it under the table. I powered more of the the track. I am up to running three trains at a time. A record for me. I think a display wall shelf is in the future. Also I need to add another power strip too.


 

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Bridges

Another transformer was added to the desk A 1040 90 watt jobber. It has two red handles and dates to the 1957 era. Also I got another Marx bridge. The bridge was repainted. I want to expand my trestle lop and clear away some turf for an HO loop. The bridges will do just fine. I had to make special trestles using a proven method and attaching them to the bridge.





I managed to save the Boston and Maine Sign.
 

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Table Update

With the rain, railroading pours. I redesigned for an On3 loop(HO). I added the two bridges to the trestle loop and a switch for the outer loop. On the turnoff I am isolating track sections to make a signal. That idea was listed in the O scale How to's. Now I will actually get to build a signal.



 

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It is weird, if you study the variations on the table. The pieces span 80+ years. 3 rail has been around since the beginning of O scale. More than half the cars here are Prewar Lionel. Some buildings came from a paper cutout book from the 50's. I have more accent to history and collecting.
All I can say is stick around, a lot of the ideas came through this forum. The best part is finding out what other people are doing and thinking.I have a friend Matt who has HO projects for me. So technically I am broadening my expertese. Then I have electronics to occupy my spare time.LOL My caveat is to promote the hobby, learn from others and have fun!
 

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Ho Loop

I finished the HO Loop. The Table has one O loop, two 027, and the Trolley. In all 5 loops including the HO. I used the liquid nails for the cork. I had to be careful not to get the bed lumpy. For cork and rails over 20 years old the engine went around. My Pere Marquette didn't show any signs of life. I will have to clean it again. The engine shown is an AHM bought in the 80's I am just breaking it in finally. I cleaned it within the last few years and it runs great.




Next I am working on my end lights for the O branch off shute. Last page of the thread.
 

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^ Say the least. That is some serious eye candy for kids of all ages there T-Man, diffidently designed with fun in mind :thumbsup:
 

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Time for a third level above the other.:D:thumbsup:

Wheres the N scale track?
 

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You truly have the idea down to what fun model RR is all about!:thumbsup::thumbsup::cool:
Naa:p Naa:p Naa:p to the rivet counters!:D
 
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