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Test Run on the USMRR
« on: September 24, 2010, 09:51:16 PM »
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I've have just about finished wiring the track from Aquia Landing to Falmouth.  The Stoneman's block is the only one not done. There is just one more turnout to finish gapping and a switch stand to install. Then run the bus wire for that block and solder on the already dropped feeders.

An astute observer might say, "Wait a minute, you showed us a video in April of trains running at Stoneman's?"

Yes, but that was temporary wiring with alligator clips and spiked down turnouts. This is the real deal.
Of course, I still need to lay track in Aquia Landing. But, once this section is wired up, and I get a few more cars built,I could try a simple op session.

Here is a short video showing a test run from Aquia Landing to Stoneman's Station. Note that the train speed is probably a bit fast. The USMRR instituted a 5 MPH speed limit on the whole railroad. So when operating, the trains should move much slower.



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Re: Test Run on the USMRR
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2010, 10:36:31 PM »
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Very cool, although the locomotive is crying out for sound. I've found it really does "make" the larger scale stuff.


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Re: Test Run on the USMRR
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2010, 08:08:37 AM »
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The modeling is outstanding from the cut ties and fine rail to the beautifully executed truss bridge.

I agree with Ed that sound would make it a little more fun...

I know there's more to it beyond Stoneman's.  After doing some reading on the USMR, it'll be fun to see how an ops session goes.  For instance, will there be a crew responsible for blowing up the bridges after the last train passes? :D

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Re: Test Run on the USMRR
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2010, 01:21:09 AM »
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Very cool, although the locomotive is crying out for sound. I've found it really does "make" the larger scale stuff.



Sound is coming. I learned that soundtraxs tsumanis don't have sufficient current. So we are looking at QSI. Mitch Oldham is helping with tech advice on the DCC aspects.

I just got a copy of the usmrr 1863 rulebook. Whistles were an import an part of operating according to the rule book. So sound is becoming more important than just ear candy.  
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Re: Test Run on the USMRR
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2010, 08:07:09 AM »
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Fine modeling, to be sure. Even though the era might not be right, it might be fun to do a sequence of scratchy/sepia film effects with title cards cut in.
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Re: Test Run on the USMRR
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2010, 11:07:10 AM »
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Awe man this is hot
I WANNA SEE THE BOAT MOVIE!