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    F&W071: 20′ & 40′ Container von PT Trains
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    F&W071: 20′ & 40′ Container von PT Trains

    October 12, 2019


    I brought some new containers because you can’t have enough of them And this time I brought the debut work from new Portuguese manufacturer PT Trains that outstrip everything you might have seen to date. Stay tuned! The container arrive in a more wagon or locomotive like packaging They feature a slipcover box and are double protected in plastic First a deep-drawn piece and then the container itself is also wrapped into plastic foil The packaging is one of the major negative points Of course, it’s a bit contradictory as a plastic model builder to brag about too much plastic in the packaging but a little bit less elaborate packaging would have been fine, too. Especially since a container packaging is different from that for wagons or locomotives something that will end up in the trash very likely. However, there is nothing wrong with the containers themselves. They are very true to scale, have a matt finish, printed absolutely flawlessly on five sides using the pad printing process, which includes opaque surfaces printed door rubbers and easy-to-read small lettering. And in terms of the retail price, they are on the same level as the container models from Kombimodell, which are also very good The 40′ is at 17 Euro MSRP and the 20′ at 15 Euro, but they are also available for 14 and 12 Euro respectively. But all of this was obviously not enough for PT Trains. As a special highlight, you can open the doors on all models And also the inside of every container is painted, this is also true for the floor. Wait, why’s that a highlight as there are containers by PIKO ………there are plastic boxes by PIKO they call „container“, but honestly… Whereby it is almost an Afront to compare the toy from Sonneberg with the models by PT Trains. Because even with the doors they stick to optics and function known from real containers. Each door consists of five individual parts, as you can see on the unpainted model. In addition, the containers have individually attached and, depending on the prototype, varying number of vent covers, which in the end sums up to up to 20 individual parts per container. That the corner castings are opened up is almost a side note. And if that’s not enough for you, you can enjoy the fact that PT Trains has implemented both the 40′ and the 20′ container in two different basic forms. One with square openings at the front and rear next to the corner castings. And on the other hand with the triangular openings typical to MSC. I might be mistaken, but according to my knowledge it’s the first time that something like this has been realized in H0. Differently corrugated doors however we have seen before, but even here PT Trains distinguishes three variants. The door with five beads comes with external or internal locks depending on the prototype. Even more variants will appear with the new releases announced for December. The price you pay for this: The containers are only partially compatible with most container wagons. Only the wagons from Kombimodell really fit. And most likely their announced very own wagons will fit. While for most of the other wagons the containers need to be reworked, for example by gluing in small pieces of wire as pins for loading onto MäTrix wagons, because these are models, not simple cargo complying to NEM 380 The containers also only fit on the container chassis by herpa by expanding the corner castings. In the case of the 40′ containers, the Goose Neck Tunnel, which is too flat, must also be deepened or removed, respectively. There are two more or less trivial issues Each container is currently only available with exactly one container number. Several numbers, such as offered by Kombimodell, would be desirable. And many large shipping companies are missing. In addition to Maersk and MSC, containers in the colours of COSCO, CMA CGM, Evergreen, OOCL, Hapag-Llyod or ONE or the merged companies NYK, MOL and K-Line, would be desirable. And not to forget Hanjin, containers in their colours can still be seen from time to time even today. But the December announcements will improve the situation on these issues, too. Hapag-Lloyd will be added, and there will be alternative container numbers for Maersk, MSC and Hamburg Süd. In summary, the negative points for these containers are not really any as they are either negligible or the issue is already being addressed by PT Trains. These containers are not just simple cargo, they are real models and PT Trains has given them all the attention that one needs to give to a model to make it good. PT Trains has thus launched the first product in the company’s history that can confidently be described as THE reference for the coming years. This is how you construct a container model today (I’m curious to see if you’ve paid attention to B-Models)…

    The Little Model Tramway in the Province of Namur in Belgium by Jan Martens
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    The Little Model Tramway in the Province of Namur in Belgium by Jan Martens

    September 7, 2019


    When Pilentum visited the great model railway
    exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” in Belgium on the last weekend, he met Jan Martens,
    a very nice Belgian model railroader. I guess, Jan is fascinated by trams,
    tramways and narrow gauge railways. So he decided to create a
    nice model railroad layout of a former tramway in the
    province of Namur in Belgium. He calls his model railway
    display “Le Vicinal á Vresse”. This means something like
    “The tramway line at the city of Vresse” in
    the English language. [ Music ] You have to know, these tramway lines
    were a system of narrow-gauge tramways and local railway lines in Belgium,
    which covered the whole country. In the last century, these
    tramways had a greater route length than the
    mainline railway system. The model railway layout of Jan Martens was
    inspired by tramway line no. 553 of the national Vicinal tramway
    company, which was opened in the beginning
    of the last century. The layout is more of an impression of
    “how the railway line could have been” than an original presentation of “how
    the railway line really once was”. However, the intention is to show the
    atmosphere of the Ardennes in the 1930’s with the tramways cruising between small
    villages and beautiful landscapes. [ Music ]

    A tour of “Grand Funk Railroad”, built by ImagesRR.com (Dan & Armando Vargas)
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    A tour of “Grand Funk Railroad”, built by ImagesRR.com (Dan & Armando Vargas)

    August 31, 2019


    Welcome today.
    Today we’re at one of our projects. I’m the owner of the Images Railroad Company
    and I wanted to have a chance for the public to see our private layouts we build for client
    and this one is very unique. It’s for Steve Funk, it’s called the Grand
    Funk Railroad and as you go along the tour what’s really nice about it is there are very
    unique scenes. One is a hockey stadium, the other one is
    a carnival, small carnival that comes to town. There’s a haunted scene with the Adams family,
    the monsters and the psycho house and O C H A O S so we hope you enjoy the video A little bit more about the layout.
    The layout, what’s really nice about it, is featured in San Francisco, the historic Presidio.
    It’s in a downstairs basement. The dimensions are 20 by 8 and we used creative
    license to create a lot of unique scenes which we hope will inspire you if you’re building
    your own railroad, to see how we put together the accessories and the structures and see
    how everything works out when it is blended. The hockey stadium was based on the client
    living in Canada and it’s got the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks and it’s unique
    it has animations. The layout has a very unique animation.
    It’s got a construction crew, with a steam roller and a working dump truck.
    Also it’s got an animated baseball field, it has an animated windmill and as you look
    at the video you can enjoy the scenes in operation. Another unique scene in the layout is, the
    client wanted me to capture a lot of his personal places he lived, placed he visits, so there
    are about 5 or 6 different vignettes, if you go through there’s like a Chicago, it’s just
    a flavor of Chicago like the elevated train, the little trolley car, the down town.
    Also I mentionned the carnival, which is a carnival that would be coming into town, big
    carnival, small carnival, some Lemax and other accesories.
    The other accessories would be… there’s a very nice Mel’s drive in and some personal
    touches: his son’s Bennet bike shop and his daughter’s Caroline pet shop and if you look
    at the scenes you can see them working. OK so the hauted scene features the monsters’
    home, with the monsters grandfather car, the monsters coffin car, also the psycho home
    with the grandmother at the corner left window, and the Adams family home, and a couple other
    scenes such as cementary, witches brewing stirring a pot, so it’s kind of unique. One the things we wanted to be able to share
    with you in the video about this layout is the creation, the artistic license, to help
    you know that since we do this a lot we have to deal with the same accessories, and it
    gives us a chance to be versatile, so when you look at the scenes please look at all
    the Woodland Scenics structures, all the custom Lionel and MTH houses and see how we can of,
    we didn’t have space but we have put them in a setting where they look believable, where
    you’d accept them artistically, where they look nice, there’s a lot of shrubery, there
    are a lot of automobiles, gives you a chance to take it a little bit further maybe than
    most people haven’t gotten that far, so we want to help the hobby and help inspire you
    to get into railroading. We’re very pationate in our business because,
    this is a specialty company and we love what we do and we want for you to love what you
    do at your railroad so we want to inspire you so this is more like, gives you, you know,
    open inspiration to see other projects and put them together into your own way. Everything’s’ custom and based on our clients
    what they ask of us, and we just take their ideas, mixed them with our ideas and put it
    all together and add some finishing touch.

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    A tour of “Grand Funk Railroad”, built by ImagesRR.com (Dan & Armando Vargas)

    August 31, 2019


    Welcome today.
    Today we’re at one of our projects. I’m the owner of the Images Railroad Company
    and I wanted to have a chance for the public to see our private layouts we build for client
    and this one is very unique. It’s for Steve Funk, it’s called the Grand
    Funk Railroad and as you go along the tour what’s really nice about it is there are very
    unique scenes. One is a hockey stadium, the other one is
    a carnival, small carnival that comes to town. There’s a haunted scene with the Adams family,
    the monsters and the psycho house and O C H A O S so we hope you enjoy the video A little bit more about the layout.
    The layout, what’s really nice about it, is featured in San Francisco, the historic Presidio.
    It’s in a downstairs basement. The dimensions are 20 by 8 and we used creative
    license to create a lot of unique scenes which we hope will inspire you if you’re building
    your own railroad, to see how we put together the accessories and the structures and see
    how everything works out when it is blended. The hockey stadium was based on the client
    living in Canada and it’s got the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks and it’s unique
    it has animations. The layout has a very unique animation.
    It’s got a construction crew, with a steam roller and a working dump truck.
    Also it’s got an animated baseball field, it has an animated windmill and as you look
    at the video you can enjoy the scenes in operation. Another unique scene in the layout is, the
    client wanted me to capture a lot of his personal places he lived, placed he visits, so there
    are about 5 or 6 different vignettes, if you go through there’s like a Chicago, it’s just
    a flavor of Chicago like the elevated train, the little trolley car, the down town.
    Also I mentionned the carnival, which is a carnival that would be coming into town, big
    carnival, small carnival, some Lemax and other accesories.
    The other accessories would be… there’s a very nice Mel’s drive in and some personal
    touches: his son’s Bennet bike shop and his daughter’s Caroline pet shop and if you look
    at the scenes you can see them working. OK so the hauted scene features the monsters’
    home, with the monsters grandfather car, the monsters coffin car, also the psycho home
    with the grandmother at the corner left window, and the Adams family home, and a couple other
    scenes such as cementary, witches brewing stirring a pot, so it’s kind of unique. One the things we wanted to be able to share
    with you in the video about this layout is the creation, the artistic license, to help
    you know that since we do this a lot we have to deal with the same accessories, and it
    gives us a chance to be versatile, so when you look at the scenes please look at all
    the Woodland Scenics structures, all the custom Lionel and MTH houses and see how we can of,
    we didn’t have space but we have put them in a setting where they look believable, where
    you’d accept them artistically, where they look nice, there’s a lot of shrubery, there
    are a lot of automobiles, gives you a chance to take it a little bit further maybe than
    most people haven’t gotten that far, so we want to help the hobby and help inspire you
    to get into railroading. We’re very pationate in our business because,
    this is a specialty company and we love what we do and we want for you to love what you
    do at your railroad so we want to inspire you so this is more like, gives you, you know,
    open inspiration to see other projects and put them together into your own way. Everything’s’ custom and based on our clients
    what they ask of us, and we just take their ideas, mixed them with our ideas and put it
    all together and add some finishing touch.

    How To Use A  Breadboard For Your Model Railroad Lighting
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    How To Use A Breadboard For Your Model Railroad Lighting

    August 30, 2019


    if you want to light up your model
    railroad and want to see how to get this breadboard assembled so you could do it
    easily you’re gonna want to watch this video right now I’m Tom Kvichak and this
    is Toms Trains and Things this channel was created to help other modelers who
    are in need of guidance in pursuing their dream of building a model railroad
    and we’re going to take this breadboard that I showed you the other day I’m going
    to disassemble everything on here and rearrange it and show you how to do it I
    figured out a different way of doing it when you’re doing a breadboard you’re
    putting the components on there just to test it out and to see how it would work
    and experiment with it but since I have the design of a correct I figured out a
    way to rearrange it on there a little bit better so we have the LED on one
    side of the breadboard and everything else on the other side of the breadboard
    and I also made one for the mini breadboard that doesn’t have a power bus
    along the side on each side of them so I put a little connector on there
    transferring this to a circuit board is a next step after I show you how to put
    it on these little bread boards here now that’ll be another video after this
    showing you how to put it on a circuit board something similar to this where
    you have to put jumpers on the back of it this has holes similar to what’s on
    the breadboard now you can buy circuit boards in different sizes I have I
    bought a pack of circuit boards that have I think one two three four five
    assorted sizes you can also get circuit boards that have the traces that are
    similar to the bands that are on the breadboard now on the breadboard you
    have the power buses on either end you can see how the power bus works and then
    the working area everything is common in that direction
    right there here’s the schematic diagram of what we’re working with I’m going to
    show this battery here as our power source with the plus and the minus right
    here now we have the first resistor here R 1 which is the 680 ohm resistor this
    one right here is the 150 K ohm resistor and this is the the trim pot this is our
    variable resistor this is our q1 it’s a SS 8:05 oh and this is our LED we
    could use any LED we want right there now we’ll go over to what it looks like
    on the breadboard and we’ll see the same thing over here this is r1 which is the
    680 ohm resistor this is the R 2 which is the 150 K ohm resistor and you’ll see
    that they are both connected to the positive terminal there okay now this
    680 as you can see goes all the way up to the anode of the LED which is right
    here okay this resistor right here 150 k ohm
    goes on to one leg of the potentiometer right here right there the center post
    of this one goes up to the transistor the base of the transistor which is
    right here the other leg of the trim pot goes down
    to your negative and it also goes to the emitter of your transistor now on the on
    the actual breadboard that I’m working on I moved it down to these terminals
    right here I’m just showing it right here because
    it’s it’s a little bit clearer like this but I put these two leads the base in
    the emitter right here in here and I put the collector in this one I just bend it
    up to fit over on this one right here but it’s the same thing as coming down
    like this okay and then moving this up to there but anyway that’s what that is
    right there that’s the emitter which comes on to the other side of the
    variable resistor and goes to your negative terminal on your power source
    and then the other side of the transistor which is right here goes up
    to the cathode of your LED right there so that’s the entire wiring diagram in
    there you have two fixed resistors a variable resistor a transistor and an
    LED and that’s what it looks like here I’m going to I’m just showing you one
    instance of it but when we do it we’ll put a couple of them on here and the
    video after this one we’re going to show you how to put all of this on your PC
    board we’re going to start off on his breadboard on this side we’re going to
    do a couple of them and the first thing we’re going to use on here is the 680
    ohm resistor and how we’re going to do this is we’re going to connect it to the
    positive rail and we turn this around this way so it’ll
    make it a little bit easier and we’ll just take it for the positive rail and
    then come up here like that and then we’ll take 150 K now we’re gonna not
    going to trim a lot off of here and we’ll stick it in the next slot down on
    both the positive and the working part of it now we’re going to put a jumper in
    here and this jumper is going to go on the want the opposite leg of the
    potentiometer but it’s going to go from the negative terminal so we’re going to
    put it like right here okay so now we got that you can see our potentiometer
    here and they have some slots in there to set it and it’ll set it back just in
    case there you have some wires in there and the way and we’re gonna put it in
    there is like this we’re gonna put it up as close as we can to the front maybe
    that’s a little bit too close I’ll try this one right here okay right there and
    that gives us enough in the back for our transistor we’re going to do on this one
    here we’re going to bridge the gap in there
    and move it over some but before I do that let me put this other jumper in
    here I’ll put this one right here and we’ll put that jumper right there okay
    and that’ll connect this resistor all the way up and put it on this side all
    right now with this transistor right here like I showed you
    in the diagram before we have the emitter on the side where the side of
    the potentiometer that goes to the negative this is the base and then this
    is the collector so we’re just going to put it over here we’re going to try to
    bridge this over and I might have to get this a little bit further out and so as you can see right here and let
    me use my exacto this is the emitter in this pin right here on the base of this
    one is the base of the transistor and the collector is on this side over here
    now we’re going to put our LED we’re going to take our long one and put it
    where the jumper is and we’ll just stick it right up here I’m going to stick the
    power supply on here there we go you know on these longer ones there’s no
    connection between this side and this side here so you can see that that one
    works and let me get my screwdriver these always have slots in them and if I
    would have cut these resistors down they would bend down lower but just for the
    sake of doing this we’ll show you how that increases so we’re testing it out
    right away okay so we’ll take the power off of it
    that’s our first one now we’ll go over to the next one and we’ll do the same
    thing we’ll go from here to right there here we go got it in there and get my
    other resistor put that in the next one let me get my needlenose and I’ll just
    shove that in there with that okay there we go okay so we got those two resistors we’ll
    skip one and put in a jumper and put it on the negative let’s turn this in just
    a little bit it is no there we go I think it there we go okay we’ll take
    this potentiometer I put it right here and I think what we’re gonna do here
    we’re going to put a couple of okay when we take yes see if I could find if I got
    the right length jumpers here let me put another white one over here for the one
    end of our LED Esther bend it down a little bit more I’m going to speed this up a little bit
    while I put the transistor in there and what I’m gonna do is place the
    transistor like I showed in the diagram across from the center gap so just just
    to show you that it works just like I had it in the diagram on here the
    emitter is on the left the base is in the center and the collector is on the
    right and we’ll put the LED in there so we could apply power and watch this
    thing light up again and we’ll apply the power and adjust it so we can see the
    difference in the brightness of the two LEDs and there we go the brightness and
    the dim on both of them okay there it is all the way up to the
    brightness on there let me turn the lights on here I’ll show it that way and
    then we’ll bring it down let me put it to about right there so
    you could see them so even that not quite halfway there still pretty bright
    and we’ve spent so much time on this one here that I’m not going to have enough
    time I mean we’re already at about 16 minutes going on 16 minutes and this one
    here I’m gonna do on the next one show you how to do this I’m gonna do the same
    thing you show you the diagram well the diagram is going to be the same but I’m
    going to show you how to put it on the on the mini breadboard and then after
    that we’re going to put it on the PC board like one of these right here we
    might do this one here or we might do one I think we’ll do this
    one right here we’ll see on this breadboard here you could run as many as
    10 circuits on here as far as this one goes like here I only did the two we ran
    out of time with these two on the next video I’m going to show you how to do
    this and I may show you how these transistors work to increase the
    brightness on here while we operate the potentiometers on there so take a look
    for that coming up in the future episodes and we’ll see ya

    Newark Valley Depot | Path Through History | WSKG
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    Newark Valley Depot | Path Through History | WSKG

    August 30, 2019


    It was 1870, when freight and passenger railroad
    service began in Newark Valley. The Southern Central Railroad, later the Lehigh Valley
    Railroad, brought continued service to the area for one hundred years. Today, the original
    train depot has been restored and now serves as a museum of railroad artifacts and memorabilia.
    An HO scale replica of the Tioga County segment of the Lehigh Valley Railroad is one of the
    most popular permanent exhibits of the museum. The depot is located in the picturesque rural
    village of Newark Valley on the East Branch of Owego Creek. Just over the bridge and within
    walking distance of the depot is the Village Green — a beautifully landscaped park where
    flower gardens, antique lampposts and a bandstand are surrounded by historic buildings, including
    the Tappan-Spaulding Memorial Library and Newark Valley Municipal Building, both listed
    on the National Register of Historic Places. No longer a stop on the old Lehigh Valley
    Railroad, the Newark Valley Depot is now a very important stop on New York’s Path Through
    History.

    An Epic Model Railroad Recreates The Columbia River Gorge
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    An Epic Model Railroad Recreates The Columbia River Gorge

    August 29, 2019


    AARON SCOTT:
    The Columbia River Gorgeis full of natural wonders,but barreling along its banks
    are also wondersof human engineering:
    trains.Combined, the power of trains
    and the grandeur of the Gorgeis enough to inspire awe.For one group of Portlanders,
    the combinationhas also inspired a project of
    epic proportions in miniature.CHILD:
    That is humongous!The Columbia Gorge Model
    Railroad Clubis the biggest model railroad
    in the Northwestand one of the oldest clubs
    in the country.Since 1947, its members have
    built a meticulous replicaof the tracks that trace
    the Gorge,from Stonehenge…to Crown Point…to Union Station.There’s no way in the world
    I can build something like this at my house —
    couldn’t afford it. So you join up
    with everybody else and we come down here
    and just have a blast. [ chatter ]When the full majesty
    of the railroad gets chuggingin its North Portland
    warehouse,you get a sense of just how far
    model trains have comefrom a circular track
    in the basementwith a stop-and-go button.– This is just the entire
    main line in white, and then the red spots
    are tracks that are occupied by a train. It’s pretty accurate for when
    you can’t see your train. It takes around 30 people to run
    the entire setup, from individual conductors
    to dispatchers buried deep inside the model. – What train do you have? You have the crossover
    at Horse Thief. Let me know when you’re clear. The nice thing about this club is that there’s a whole variety
    of people. We have some people
    that all they want to do is run trains. And then there’s the opposite,
    in my case, is to where I just enjoy
    doing scenery.The club chose to set the model
    in the 1950s,because that was a golden erawhen steam and diesel
    locomotives overlapped.Members make most of the
    scenery themselves,working off photos
    and even architectural plans.For Cynthia Leonard, no detail
    is too small.CYNTHIA There we go! This is a new animation
    that we put in this year, which is chickens feeding. It’s a little magnet
    that goes around and makes them peck. There’s something about
    recreating the world in a very small sort of way. It makes it very manageable. AARON SCOTT: Do you ever have
    fantasies of King Kong or Godzilla? [ laughs ] Yeah, everybody —
    that’s one thing that we’re always talking about, is, like, walking across like
    Godzilla, actually, and yeah, doing the whole
    Tokyo bit, yeah.Like Godzilla, trains
    are captivating in partbecause of their size
    and power.They roll over the landscape,
    reshaping the mountainsand cities around them.There’s something rather awesome about these massive, huge
    machines that are moving tons of material
    and people, and they’re elegant.The goal of the club
    feels like a paradox, then,to replicate that same sense
    of aweon the smallest of scales.[ train whistling ] – Oh! That’s not moving.That requires not only
    realistic-looking scenery,but also an intricate web
    of electronics and soundscapesthat hides just out of sight.I have just completed wiring
    all of the headlights, taillights, and streetlamps
    on this section of bridge. They’re a low-voltage DC light-emitting diode type
    wiring. So don’t look at this
    and say, my god, I would never let him
    wire my house. This is a little different.It’s a constant process
    of tinkering and upgradesthat feels like you crammed
    all the Christmas presentsfor 130 train nerds
    into one giant room.They’ve recently upgraded
    the trackfrom analog to digitalso operators can control
    any trainfrom anywhere in the setup.[ train whistle blows ]And they’re constantly tryingto make the scenery more
    accurateby adding things like the
    Native fishing platformsat Celilo Falls.The emphasis on new technology
    and changemeans that the club continues
    to attract new members.The stereotype is old,
    retired white guys. There’s quite a bit of truth
    to that. But the hobby is expanding. You know, my father
    used to wake me up and say, “Train’s going by.” And I would get up
    and watch the train. I did that to my grandson. And look what he’s doing now. I have to go over
    to the power and then when we
    turn on the layout, flip a switch that turns on
    all the building lights, and then this whole board
    should light up. Well, check it out. Which ones did you do? Um, I did basically this
    whole street right here, all the houses. The church is lit up
    right now. Oh, yeah. The drug store
    is lit up. That looks good! Good job! Thank you.Club members put in thousands
    of hours of work every year,but it’s with one big moment
    in mind:November, when they throw open
    the doors to the publicfor their annual fundraiser.There goes another one! There’s the fast one!
    They go so fast. – Since he was one year old,
    we’ve been coming to the trains. He knows all the bridges
    in Portland. That’s the Broadway Bridge
    over there. That’s the Steel Bridge
    over there. It has a yellow level.It’s nearly impossible to take
    in every scene in detail.– Oh, they’re moving! The chickens are moving!So club members have drawn up
    a scavenger huntwith some of their favorite
    items,plus some sci-fi Easter eggs.– Find the lookout towers. – Find the lookout! – So that would probably be —
    wouldn’t that be up on the top of the hills? – Is that another dinosaur
    up there? I can’t tell. CYNTHIA: We have things kind
    of just as a little wink and a nod to the fact
    that this is a hobby. It’s not work. Let’s have fun.Just as the beauty
    of the Columbia Gorgehas been preserved
    for generations to come,the Columbia Gorge model
    railroad clublooks to drawing in
    these emerging train loversto keep their model railroad
    runningfull steam into the future.ISAAC: That way we constantly
    have younger members coming up through the system,
    learning how to do things, so when it comes their time,
    they get to take over as we move on
    off into the sunset. Back to the caboose
    and down the track, you know? [ laughs ] [ train whistle blows ] [ train chugging ]

    What Connectors Should You Use For DCC On Your Model Railroad
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    What Connectors Should You Use For DCC On Your Model Railroad

    August 27, 2019


    we’re gonna talk about electrical
    problems on your model railroad and what causes it and how to fix those problems
    so let’s get going with this right now I’m Tom Kvichak and this is Toms
    Trains and Things this channel was created to help other modelers like you
    who are in need of guidance in pursuing their dream of building a model railroad
    and a lot of people have been writing to me in the past two months about their
    problems with conductivity and their wiring on their layout I’ve determined
    that most of the problems that everybody was haven’t was through their connectors
    it could be that they are not using their connectors the way they should be
    so I’m going to show you the connectors that I have here some of the ones that I
    use that I have some that I won’t use anymore and I’ll tell you why and
    basically it’s this kind right here and I think this is the kind that
    everybody’s having the problem with the suitcase connectors and I’m going to
    show you other connectors like wire nuts and these little deals right here I’m
    not exactly sure what they’re called but they were originally made for
    fluorescent fixtures where you could use on your layout also and these ones right
    here they come in two three or four conductors terminal strips the screw
    type and where you tighten the screw down on the wire terminals that you use
    on the screw type terminals this is a little red Spade connector 18 to 22
    gauge what I think it is and if you have any circuit boards or bread boards that
    you want to use on air you see me use these on another project you have a
    screw on the top that tightens down on the wire inside so we’re going to talk
    about those and I’m going to show you how to use those properly so let’s get
    going with this right now since most of the issues have been
    coming from these suitcase connectors I’m going to cover these first and the
    reason I don’t like these is as you could see down into the hole you have a
    large hole in here and if you’re using two different wire sizes say you’re
    using a 14 gauge for your bus wire and you’re using maybe a 22 gauge or 18
    gauge for your feeder wires those are have two different diameters in there
    and when you press down on this blade that’s on here to make contact with your
    14 gauge wire it may not always hit that 18 or 20 or even 22 gauge wire these
    were originally used in the automotive industry to splice in on your cables
    using the same size wires now that is why these aren’t that good using two
    different wire sizes now I don’t have a tool for it but they do make a tool for
    crimping this but I use my channel locks and as you could see now I’ll put it on
    this side where you can see that and I’ll crimp down on that all right now
    even though there’s a little slot inside there for the wire you don’t always hit
    that and your wire may be smaller than that little slot in there and not
    penetrate the insulation on your wire all the way so when that happens you
    don’t have conductivity and once you quote once you close this up and you
    forget about it and go on to the next one and the next one as you’re running
    your feeder wires down your layout and then you try starting it up and you
    don’t have any DCC signal going to your tracks or
    you have bad DCC signals this is the reason why because in that little slot
    right there and let me see if I can get any closer
    with that right in here and this one right here it’s slotted but that may not
    penetrate the insulation or it may just barely penetrate the insulation on there
    and not make good contact on your feeder wire now they make these in different
    sizes now this one the red one right here and this is 18 to 22 gauge wire now
    as you can see this is a lot smaller then the blue one now the blue one is
    probably 14 and 16 gauge wire if it uses the same color standards as everything
    else like I said if you use a 14 gauge wire and you’re using a lot smaller wire
    on your feeder wires it may not penetrate the insulation I’m gonna take
    a picture of this and pull out one of these blades on here so you can see it
    better and I’ll put the picture right up here so you can see the slot in there
    compared to the wires and that’s why you’ll have bad conductivity on your
    layout the next connector I’m going to show you is originally made for
    fluorescent fixtures and I wish I had these when I had to change the ballast
    on many many light fixtures but what they didn’t didn’t come out with these
    until later on but what I use it for is for my bus wires if I have a section of
    my layout that I know that I’m going to be taking apart I’ll use this as the
    connection between it and you could only put this in one way because it’s slotted
    and it has a ridge on the one side and you put your wires in there and
    you’re good to go and what if you ever have to move it this would be good on a
    modular layout where you’re taking the part you could use these on here and
    just put it in there for your bus wire now there’s another type that I use
    similar principle where you push it in on a contact and that art that is these
    right here now I also use this hooking up my bus wire to my feeder wires and if
    I am using stranded feeder wires I solder maybe three or four of them
    together I only use these where I have multiple wires that I need to put
    together like near a turnout or in a yard where I have multiple tracks
    together now these will go in just as easily on your bus wire it just pushes
    right in and you’re good to go now they say on this type right here that they’re
    reusable all you have to do is twist them like this and it may take some
    doing but you could take it right back out and use it over again now the only
    problem with that is if you do that more than a couple of times you might lose
    the spring action in there it’s just a little piece of metal that’s down there
    on an angle and as you put your wire in it catches it now when you’re twisting
    it around your pull and pulling it out you may Bend that back up and you may
    cause it to be wider than what it originally was so I would I mean these
    are pretty cheap and I would recommend only using them once but you could use
    them in multiple size wires like I said this is made for salt this is made for
    solid wire either one of them and it’ll take a large wire and it’ll take small
    wires the only thing with the smaller wires you have to be careful with it
    what I do is on the smaller wires if it’s not
    if it’s not solid wire and if it’s too small now a 20 gauge and I don’t have
    any 20 gauge right here but what I would recommend is on a smaller wire
    especially on a stranded wire is to is to tin the end of it and stick it in
    like that and like I said when I use it on the stranded wire I usually put maybe
    two or three together and I’ll show you a picture of what I have over here for
    this type of connector but these are good connectors for running your bus
    wire and feeder wires you have a real good connection in there and they work
    excellent wire nuts come in all different sizes here’s orange in the
    yellow and depending on the manufacturer if you have if you stick with one
    manufacturer and you know the color codes on them but you could use this in
    solid wire and stranded wire solid wire works better but you could also use it
    on stranded wire so whoever you talk to they’re either going to tell you that
    you can leave them straight like that or start out twisting it make sure your
    insulation on each one of the wire is cut close to what the other wires are at
    the same length and put the wire nut on there and twist
    now some manufacturers put wings on it to make it a little bit easier like on
    this yellow one here and you’ll see why whenever your tighty tightening down on
    some of the wires and you’ll actually need these little wings on there to get
    them tight but just from tightening tightening them like this would be
    enough to have a good connection on there they’re not gonna go anywhere on
    this type of terminal strip right here where you tighten down the screw on your
    wire now you put one on each you can put one on each side or you could tip if you
    if your wires are small enough you could put a couple of them say like if you
    want to jumper from one to another you could put multiple wires on there
    but all you do is you strip it down as far enough what I you normally do is
    measure the distance to the center of it strip it that far and then just put it
    in and all you do is tighten down on them and you’re good to go on there now
    these come in different sizes this is a smaller one it’s a European size and the
    the ones that are made in North America they’re a little bit bigger and I’ll
    show you a comparison right here you could hook up your bus wires on here you
    could even hook up your wires going to your which machines or anything else on
    your layout on here as far as the feeder wires go you can take them and cut these
    down and use these on your for your feeder wires too you could run your your
    bus wires through here and then put your feeder wire on the terminal on one side
    or on both sides now another kind of terminal strip is the screw type now and
    I put a a terminal on there already and I’ll show you how to crimp the wire on
    that terminal here in a second and all you have to do is just take your needle
    nose pliers and then just bring it around into a circle just like that you
    want to put this in the direction that you’re tightening the screw you just put
    it underneath there and then bring it around and once you tighten the screw
    it’s going to tighten your wire up also but you can see right there how it turns
    around in there you could also do that with stranded wire but it is much more
    difficult with stranded wire because the stranded wire will come apart as you’re
    doing it if you’re going you stranded wire I would suggest tinted
    so you could manipulate it just like solid wire this little connector right
    here that has the screws in it and it’s similar to this terminal strip but it’s
    made for circuit boards and if you have small circuit boards or breakout boards
    with holes in them you could use this in there and actually solder them on there
    and these connectors have a little Ridge on there so you could slide more than
    just the two together if you’ve been working with servo motors or hobby
    motors then you may be familiar with this type of connector right here this
    is what you normally get on a servo motor and on the Hobby motor you have
    the little two pins on there similar to the jumper wires that you use on a
    breadboard now these are very simple you just plug it in and they are really good
    connectors I don’t have to show you too much about them but it’s usually on more
    delicate stuff and just a regular jumper wires or the standoffs that I showed you
    in another video and I’ll show it to you on here but say you have a board now
    this is a relay board but I’ll just show you that these fit right on the pins
    just like that on if you’re using a dort Arduino board or anything like that
    they’ll have them on top now we’re going to talk about this kind of connector
    right here now this is the kind of crimping tool that I have they’re made
    in many different styles this is one of the styles that I have right here when
    you’re stripping your wire you want to make sure that you strip it shorter than
    what the insulation is right here so when you put it in there you don’t have
    any bare wires showing out the back and if you do you can push your wire in
    just a little bit so it shows through it’s not going to hurt and what I do is
    if you could see on there there is a slot where the metal is folded over I
    take my crimpers and I put the slot in the side that has the notch in it and
    just crimp them down on it like that it’s not going to go anywhere and then
    you could put this on your terminal strip right there like that I hope with
    this demonstration you come out with a better understanding of the connectors
    that are available for use on your model railroad and how to use them that’s my
    intention to show you how to make things better on your model railroad so if you
    like what you see here and would like to contribute go ahead and take a look at
    my patreon account patreon.com slash Tom Kvichak or PayPal me slash Toms
    trains and things where you can contribute to this channel where I could
    give you better videos so you could make a better model railroad thank you very
    much those that you have contributed so far I’m going to try to do a live show
    at least two of them a month either on Friday or Sunday so I’ll let you know
    ahead of time but on this Friday it’ll be coming up there
    so take a look for that and we’ll see ya

    Lakeside Railroad #FoodForThought
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    Lakeside Railroad #FoodForThought

    August 27, 2019


    -Yeah, yeah (laughing)
    -Did you know that, did you know this used
    to be a tourist town? Hey guys it’s Kyle with
    Whissel Realty Group and Everything East County. Did you know that there
    used to be a train station right here in the heart of Lakeside? Ran all the way from Lakeside
    to downtown San Diego? We’re meeting with Gary with
    Lakeside Historical Society, we’re going to learn all about it. Gary, how are you my friend? Good to meet you. I’m excited to be out here because part of our new
    show, Everything East County, is we want to tell everybody
    everything about East County. Especially some fun little
    facts they maybe didn’t know. So we’re standing here,
    there’s a train behind us. There is a train. So what are you going
    to teach us about today. Well, I’m going to teach ya
    that the train came to Lakeside because people wanted to come to Lakeside and they needed a better way to get here. Train got to town in 1889, few years after the town was established. It ran regular service from
    downtown San Diego to here. Up to eight trains a day. Cost 85 cents one way and it cut down the wagon
    trip from an entire day to about 90 minutes. -Wow, very cool.
    -Big improvement. [Kyle] And so talk to
    me about this building that we’re in front of right now. [Gary] This building was
    actually built in 1912. The builder was a train, the station agent for the train depot. And he bought this property, built the candy store and confectionery. So he also sold ice cream and then he built his
    house right behind here. Okay very cool. It looks like the buildings
    been restored a little bit. I used to own a property right
    around the corner from here and I don’t remember it looking like this. So talk about some of the
    restoration that’s been done. Yes it really fell into ruin and there was some kind of big plant
    overgrowin’ the front, the false front, which
    is pretty significant. So we got ahold of one of our
    artists in town, David Ebara, and contracted with him
    to fix this place up and paint it up really nice. Cause people always asked
    about this building. It’s obviously old and they
    want to know what it was about. So we decided to improve the look and give people an idea of
    what it used to look like. [Kyle] Yeah so lets go
    over to the candy shop. -Let’s check it out.
    -[Gary] Okay. Great. Here’s the candy shop. Open in 1912, candy, ice
    cream, all that fun stuff. What else was it used for? Well after the train
    stopped comin’ to town, they used it for a church for awhile. And then after that it was the office of the Lakeside Irrigation District. Which was dealing with all
    the water issues in town and it was that for quite a bit of time. And then it became vacant,
    just kind of fell into ruin. Nobody was using it for a long time. All right very cool. And so then the train tracks
    were standing out here, 67s right in front of us. So the path kind of hugged where the 67 -runs through right now.
    -Yes. In fact most of the 67
    was railroad right of way until the railroad gave it
    to the state highway system. But the train used to come down here and then it would kind of, it moved off towards Moreno Valley. And went all the way to a
    little town called Foster that was at the base of what
    is now the San Vicente Dam. Okay. And then people would get off there, cause it was the end of the road. They’d get on the stage
    and go to Ramona or Julian. All right, so this is the old depot. Yes. So tell me a little about
    the story behind the depot. Okay this is actually the
    second depot for the area. It was built in 1912 to 1913. And Spreckels, John D. Spreckels, actually owned the railroad at this point. And he got one of his favorite
    architects, Eugene Hoffman, to design this and build it. And originally it was canted about 45 degrees
    away from this street, to be parallel with the railroad tracks. But once the tracks were
    eliminated they moved it to parallel this street. That was part of the
    design, the sculptures. And they were original
    part of the building. And the owners over the years
    have taken good care of them. And so they look just
    like they did in 1913 when the place opened. [Kyle] Do you know how many people on an average day came through the depot? Well not exactly, but the numbers dwindled because as Lakeside grew
    fewer people were coming here. And the train was used more for freight. [Kyle] All right. Because we had quite
    a few businesses here. Dairies, orchards, farms, and the train was a way to get the produce and other commodities
    out of Lakeside quickly. Okay and then I know Mary’s
    Donuts is right behind us. [Gary] Yes. [Kyle] So the Lakeside Mary’s Donuts. And so there used to be a
    lumber yard there I hear. Yes right behind there,
    there was a big lumber yard. Which was tied into the railroad. In fact, some tracks
    went right through there so they could get the
    lumber coming in and out directly to the storage areas. Okay and then there was
    a big hotel in town too. Yes actually at the South end of town it was built same time
    the town was created. Big, it was called the Lakeside Inn and it was built here so
    people would come to town and do something. Yeah. Tourists mostly, it was a resort town. Yeah. People would come out and the
    lake was right next to it. So they would hunt, fish, boat, hike, and that’s why people came to town. It’s interesting that you
    don’t think about those things about Lakeside anymore. That people came here
    just to have a vacation. Right? (laughing) See that’s why -we’re doing the show.
    -Yeah, yeah. -Did you know that?
    -(laughing) Did you know this used
    to be a tourist town? And so Gary, if somebody
    wants to learn more about the history of Lakeside, you’re part of the
    Historical Society here. Where can they get more info? Well they can call 619-561-1886 or they can stop by our offices. We’re open pretty much
    Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00. All right. And we’re right in downtown Lakeside at the big ol’ church. Hey guys, I’m Kyle Whissel
    with Whissel Realty Group and Everything East County. Hope you guys learned
    somethin’ today like I did about the train that used to run through East County here into Lakeside. Thanks so much for
    tuning in to this episode of Food for Thought.

    EnterTRAINment Junction Highlights | Kids Toys Play
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    EnterTRAINment Junction Highlights | Kids Toys Play

    August 27, 2019


    Kids Toys Play! Hey Liam, where are we today? EnterTRAINment Junction! It’s milk delivery time! Beautiful! Hey William, do you think that they’re
    filling those milk cars full of sodor fuel? Yeah, maybe. TRUCKS! This might be my favourite train. He has Joby wood it looks like. Think that’s Ol’ Wheezy? That’s huge up there. How many trains are there? You think he’ll fall off?t This guy is trying to escape jail! They’re trying to hang a piano. We have Reg’s scrap yard. I can’t believe how fast this thing goes. Isn’t that
    a roundabout? Wow!
    This trolly says it’s time to go. look like you want to go on here. I like the
    Trolly’s. How about the ferris wheel? That’s nice. Really?
    Love this train! What’s the first thing you see? Tidmoth Shed? Hey look at this guy backing out on the
    turntable. I think he’s gonna get going. I love those Vanderbuilt tenders, it’s so
    beautiful. I’m not gonna get to a while he is going. Flora the tram.
    Two trains moving on the same track. Hey, do you think you can race this train?
    This train is gonna win. This is gonna win. Trains…, oh you’re
    winning now! Oh it’s this guy, I love this guy.
    is he gone that empty berth? I hope it crashes another train that we
    have to run out of here fast. he’s doing it. how many different trades are out here
    I got no idea like this is a green train here’s that brown one of the blue one blow their to me oh look a train for new this is absolutely huge William you name
    everything you can see I think your tree might become we think while I mean up
    top look we have two trains look at this three trains on once car racing let’s go okay wait Lily gets
    going it’s hi Coco quickly quickly quickly please it isn’t about to be betrayed
    he’s changed the story I’d love this place so much there’s so much detail and something going on inside
    every single one the night train and live you can see
    these guys working inside their offices late at night don’t hit the bottom whatever you do you
    immediately get messages and you stop the train hey did you
    operate the stream this is a huge train dip shop I can’t
    believe how huge this is man look at this all the model railways stuff for
    Thomas and Friends as well hey William I’ve never seen this before the battery
    charging station was Stafford that’s kind of cool it’s not fun so are you guys ready to go
    on this which which colors you’re gonna choose you want pink and you want purple?
    okay are you ready hey go on is that fun Ferrante’s yeah do that again hey guys click here to watch another
    video and like here to subscribe to our channel bye