Semi-Retired; more time for trains.
- 23 Feb 2018
The OP was on the site yesterday midday (UK) time, hopefully absorbing the atmosphere.
Don't despair and give up. You have come to the right place for advice and help. This past summer I embarked on a garden railway but shuttered at the cost of locomotives. SOOOOO I opted for buy TOY train engines and kit bashing them to my liking. New Bright and Scienctific engines. This way my investment is minimal. But I did invest in LGB brass track. To eliminate the need for track power I am converting all my locos to battery and R/C control. Just like DCC but without the headaches.I have always loved trains. I always dreamed of having a train. A couple of years ago, I decided that the "average dummy" ought to be able to figure out how to make a train work. Apparently, I am substantially less than the "average dummy". Here is my pathetic story..... I purchased a G scale Bachmann Big Haulers set and launched into a frantic buying session of Bachmann brass outdoor track. I chose a HUGE section of my backyard and made a train garden. After mutliple layout changes, leveling efforts, etc.....I decided that the power source that came with the train wasn't hefty enough to supply power all across the track, so I purchased a different power source. The train went around the track once (while stuttering the whole time) and then stopped. Eventually, the engine began to smoke (not the good kind coming out of the smokestack!) and smelled like burnt toast. Literally, it was fried.
After giving up on the railroad for a season, the following season I decided to purchase a different locomotive and power supply. (Note, this is a simple power supply that connects to the track and is not programmable in any way (I believe that DCC is what you smart people call the layouts that are programmable). It works great when I have the time to clean the track and pull all of the plants that tend to grow up through the track out of the way. My landscape was designed for beauty and not so much for practicality around a railroad.
See what I mean? I did it all wrong.
I no longer have the time nor the patience to fight with my garden railroad. It brings stress, rather than joy into my life. I would very much love to salvage some of the items that I have already purchased, by having my train run at chair rail height in my spare bedroom. My issue is this.....with doorways and closets, it can't run in just a simple loop. I have a lot of brass track, an awesome power supply...so I really want to re-use all of this stuff. Essentially, what I have is a C shape area that it could run in (around the perimeter of part of the room. I would like for it to start at point A.....travel to point B....and then automatically change direction and return, in reverse, to part A.....and then start the whole process over again. Is there something that I can attach to the track to make it do this? I have searched online and am not really finding what I need. I might not be searching with the right terminology. Can anyone help this train idiot?
I appreciate you taking the time to read this lengthy post and apologize in advance for my lack of train knowledge/terminology.
Wholeheartedly agree about names, in my case my names are George Keith but only the Keith is used except in official documents.I was being slightly tongue in cheek - can't help myself at times.
I am referred to by various contractions of my user name - there's history with the real name, as I was named Michael Ian, then my parents decided that they wanted to call me Ian. Explaining all that at school to every teacher, every year at the beginning of term left me scarred for life so I personally don't give a Castlemaine XXXX about what people call me
.......... and after 48 years in the construction industry, they've called me quite a few names ...........
I know someone who changed his & his wife's name to Lord and Lady George Davis, causes all sorts of bowing & scraping at airports! All perfectly legal and valid.Wholeheartedly agree about names, in my case my names are George Keith but only the Keith is used except in official documents.
An endless headache.