I hear a diesel engine on my layout again!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by interurban, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    The sparks had a lot of work to finish, and as the sun sets
    this G N is heading home. :)

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  2. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Chris, Great Photo's :thumb: :thumb:
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Hi Chris...

    How does that thing work? You say it uses some sort of combustion... ?!?! ;) :D

    Don't know too much about the diesels, but I think that's an RS-1? Nice looking loco...


    Andrew
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Hi Andrew, :p they go bing a bang a groan ;) then they shoot sparks from the wheels :D


    That is my R S 1. and a nice looking R S 1 it is. :wave:
  5. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    OMG :eek: :eek: :eek: what have you done?
  6. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Hi Fred, it`s o k mate, We allow a few strange things on the tracks.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Yes it is. I am for steamers all the way, but if I had to have a diesel, it would be an RS unit (well, a 1, 2, or 3, but not the -11 or -18... ;) ). Of course, I'd need another concession to my "era" and to my chosen road - CN did not have any RS-1's as far as I know.

    Andrew
  8. Tyson Rayles

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    Nice pics Chris!
  9. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Neat pics Chris...of course you know those towns people are looking at the future, don't you? :) :) :)
    Ralph
  10. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Yikes, he's startin' to stray....next thing you know, out come the wire cutters, some listings in the "Buy, Sell or Trade" forum and ---blamo---SD70MACs, pig trains and 85' auto-racks rollin' thru town.(sigh :rolleyes: )art imitates life

    Great shots, Chris :thumb:
  11. theBear

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    Yeah but, he has lots of "time" to go through to reach SD70MACs ...etc... a RS1 is a long ways from that [​IMG] .

    I've got to get a RS unit for my roster as both of my primary roads used them.
  12. interurban

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    The wire will not be coming down folks :p
    When my knee gets stronger I will be building a brand new Traction line in my newly aquired space.
    There will be a independent track for the steam /diesels to make an apperance, the Station for all to use and the odd sidings for photo ops.
    I am looking forward to the next phase in my modeling years.

    Got to take the old L/O down first ,,slowly and carfully so I can reuse a lot of the track and switches :wave:

    Keep modeling and posting folks.

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  13. jetrock

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    It's fun to run little diesels on my city streets, although they do cry out for trolley wire--I just need to score some single-arm trolley poles for my mainline.
  14. jon-monon

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    Don't think that's wize, matey, better mail her to me for disposal :D

    Great pics as usual, babe!
  15. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Ahhh Chris, you always find a way to keep us guessing. Can't wait to see what your new layout will be like
  16. NYC-BKO

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    Ya have to have some sort of back up for power outages!!!:rolleyes:

    Atleast it's the right type of diesel, Alco!:thumb:
  17. CN1

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    M.Interurban

    A stupid question, if you don't mind :oops:
    Do the "juice" comes from the overhead, on your layout? :confused:

    If so :thumb: how complicated is it to string live wires and to hook up a pantograph? :confused:

    I am installing some "non-operational" caternary and I am toying with the idea of puting real "juice" to it but I got no idea how to :eek: ;)

    thx :wave:
  18. CN1

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    Nice pix and loco by the way :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  19. interurban

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    Hi C N 1. yes juice from the overhead.

    First I installed a center on/off switch then ran the power to the center terminals.

    Then wire one side for overhead and the other side for two rail.

    ie + and - to the two rails on one sde of the center off switch .
    Then + to the pole and - to one rail. make sure the + = + on one side.

    The trick is to have the insulated wheels on the interurban on the side you dont want to pick up power .
    Then you can run both at a flick of a switch so to speak.
    I have no continuity problem to worry about. so it worked for me. :thumb:

    btw if running overhead all the time then it`s + to the pole and - to both rails making sure you CHANGE the wheel insulated set to opposite sides so you can pick up - from all wheels.
    Of course you have to open the unit up and rewire for overhead i e one pickup to all wheels other to overhead.
    Simple eh :p :wave:
  20. jetrock

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    Or you could install a DPDT switch into the interurban body--that would mean four different power modes, potentially quite confusing!