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Sorry, I'm going to butt in with an N scale video. :p

I recently installed a drop-in sound decoder from XL Systems into this Kato SD70ACe. The sounds are bit muted, as I have not made any holes in the shell to let the sound out yet. Overall, I'm happy.

I also cleaned the locomotive really well for the first time since I bought it a little over a year ago. There was some fuzz up in the axles. Boy want a difference a little cleaning made in it's pulling ability. Easily added 10 cars in the consist just because the loco is clean.


 

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Sorry, I'm going to butt in with an N scale video. :p

I recently installed a drop-in sound decoder from XL Systems into this Kato SD70ACe. The sounds are bit muted, as I have not made any holes in the shell to let the sound out yet. Overall, I'm happy.

I also cleaned the locomotive really well for the first time since I bought it a little over a year ago. There was some fuzz up in the axles. Boy want a difference a little cleaning made in it's pulling ability. Easily added 10 cars in the consist just because the loco is clean.


That's an impressive consist, how many cars? And that's gotta be one of the nicest N scale layouts I've ever seen! Please post more pics/videos to show more details!
 

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Thanks!! I believe I have 37 cars being pulled by that one loco. There is one area with a 2-foot long 2% incline. I wanted the Victorian mansion to be up on the highest point, so I raised one area up a half an inch. It slows down a little bit going up the hill and speeds back up going down. And I just got done cleaning the loco, so it's pulling at its strongest right now.

I still have a lot to do with ballasting, and so far there are no people on the layout yet, and very little small details like shipping crates, and other "dock" items along the riverfronts.
 

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Thanks!! I believe I have 37 cars being pulled by that one loco. There is one area with a 2-foot long 2% incline. I wanted the Victorian mansion to be up on the highest point, so I raised one area up a half an inch. It slows down a little bit going up the hill and speeds back up going down. And I just got done cleaning the loco, so it's pulling at its strongest right now.

I still have a lot to do with ballasting, and so far there are no people on the layout yet, and very little small details like shipping crates, and other "dock" items along the riverfronts.
I didn't even notice the 'missing' stuff like people or crates. I was too busy trying to take in what WAS there. I'm guessing you've put a few years in... nice work. 馃憤
 

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Actually, the majority of that was done between November, 2021 and April 2022, but I started building structures 6 months prior to that.

I don't get to work on it much in the summer... I'd rather be outside than in the basement.馃憤

The only significant thing I've done this winter is to pour the river. For the longest time, the river was white sheets of styrene, waiting to become a river, lol.

I will say, that taking up this hobby has been really good for me spiritually. It is relaxing, and keeps my mind active. I like building it more than running the trains.
 

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Actually, the majority of that was done between November, 2021 and April 2022, but I started building structures 6 months prior to that.

I don't get to work on it much in the summer... I'd rather be outside than in the basement.馃憤

The only significant thing I've done this winter is to pour the river. For the longest time, the river was white sheets of styrene, waiting to become a river, lol.

I will say, that taking up this hobby has been really good for me spiritually. It is relaxing, and keeps my mind active. I like building it more than running the trains.
I agree, there is a very soul satisfying quality to the creative aspect of the whole building process. Even though my layout is small, I've definitely benefited. And though I also love running trains, I'm always tinkering with some 'improvement' at the same time.
 
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