As things change, as they seem to do, I've gone from a possible room sized layout to a two car garage dedicated to my "habit". As of late the plans have changed into a layout that will almost half of a 3400 sqft basement.
All I need now is a track cleaning system that will make the chore easier. Since I'm not all that impressed with the current offereings, I guess I'll have to "make a better mouse trap".
Don't get me wrong, there are cleaners out there that are ok (passive weighted wheels/drums, wet/dry, DCC controlled polishers, etc) but i want more... flexibility without having my own MOW fleet. I like the idea of a self propelled unit that looks and behaves like a MOW monster. One that vacuums the loose ballast, video for inspection of track (down the line, as well as, under the unit) does all the cleaning chores AND can negotiate a 20" radius. I don't ask much. Oh yeah, and the thing doesn't cost any where near $1000, more like $300 or less ($299.99 is NOT less!)
My prototype is loosly based on the Camas Prairie RR in Northern ID.
I will list a more complete list of my "Givens and Druthers" when I have more time.
For now, I can say that I will have:
Here is my current Layout
I know that it is pretty pathetic, but I needed something to run locos on to keep them tuned.
NCE PowerCab for DCC and and an OLD MRC 770N for DC ops.
It is a 2x6x8 mounted to the back of racks the wife is using for a pantry. Just one more way that she supports my "habit"...
My current stable of engines:
That is all for now.
A few Links to other sites:
Texas Northern Model RR Club My old Club in Dallas.
The place for all sorts of answers! A great forum for Model RR's (the best IMHO)
This site is obviously under construction...
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