The Blue River & White Water Railway
Indiana Large Scale Railroaders
Update – Mar 15, 2009
Hello David, thought I'd take advantage of the afternoon weather and installed a couple of buildings. The Plumbing Shop has solar lighting so I am waiting for it to get dark so I can see how it lights up. The trestle rebuild is coming along and I have one leg to finish and then I am back in business with both loops. Finally set the Bait & Tackle Shop in the pond, guess if the pond freezes we will see how it does. Have you made any progress on your layout or decided if you are using track power or R/C? Full Steam Ahead, Mike
I am spending more time building the web site than building my layout; it is still two wires and a prayer.
Update – Mar 4, 2009
Hi David, With today's warmer weather I thought I'd see how my new Bait Shoppe & Dock looked in the pond. It is not finished, still a lot of detail to add, but coming along. Also I've attached some other pictures of new buildings built this Winter and some shots from the summer. Full Steam Ahead, Mike
Some spectacular modeling, Mike!
Update – Feb 1, 2009
I also have almost completed my scratch built Mallet that I made out of two Bachman 0-4-0 Porters. It makes a great looking locomotive considering that I used 1-1/2" PVC pipe for the boiler. With both motors working together it pulls 10-12 cars with no problem. I did keep notes, drawings and measurements and can explain in detail how it was done. One has to start with two 0-4-0 Bachman Porters. I got the idea from David B. Pedersen's article on "Large Scale On Line" back in 2002. Here are some pictures of it. Mind you it's not finished, still some weathering, road name & #, etc Thanks, Mike
Let us know if you are interested and we will do a Technical article on Mike's engine. David
I am sending you a couple of pictures of my scratch built (not finished yet) snow plow at work today. I just couldn't resist trying it out. Works better when snow is fresh and like powder. It wanted to pack up today, but the 0-4-0 was working at it and the remote control worked well. This model is a copy of a snow plow that is sitting on a dead siding in Terre Haute. Mike. Jan 31, 2009
Introduction – Jan 25, 2009
The layout is difficult to access with my knee replacement so I decided to go with battery power and remote control for my 10 locomotives. I am against cleaning track. I converted my first locomotive using a Futaba radio designed for use with 1/8 scale race cars, since I had a couple of them laying around, but switching back and forth from controller to controller got to be confusing to say the least. I am now using the CREST 75 Mhz system powered by lithium ion batteries. I get anywhere from 2 to 3 hours on a charge and considering that there are few level areas on the layout and some of the grades exceed the 3-4% rule I am very satisfied.
If you have the room and enough money this system can operate up to 100 trains at one time. Just don't forget which channel and frequency you have assigned to which locomotive. I have had as many a 3 trains operating on the same track at the same time which makes operating a challenge and fun. The layout is under reconstruction as a result of severe damage cased by an ice storm last year and most of my trestles, bridges, and buildings have been or are being rebuilt.
As we speak, my Crest System by Aristo-Craft is becoming outdated with their introduction of the new 2.4 gigahertz radio system. This system will not only send commands to the locomotive, but also receive feedback from the receiver, i.e. the Transmitter will show the locomotive name and what is going on system wise. Range has increased to 400 feet, and it will use the same textual information that us used on keying cell phones. Operation can be accomplished with one hand. The nice thing about the new system is the spread spectrum radio transmission provides immunity from interference caused by radio sources that are in the same frequency range.
I will have to have one of these in addition to my current system. The new transmitter will handle up to 50 locomotives and multiple transmitters can independently operate additional groups of 50 locomotives (NEAT). The current Crest System can have multiple operators at the same time, just have to make sure that others aren't on the same frequency like we did with the cars and planes. Since you are just setting up I thought you might be interested in the information. If you don't subscribe, I get alot of this from Large Scale Online (LSOL) web site, and they have now hooked up with POLK Hobbies who distribute Aristo-Craft. Lots of information, videos, articles, and Tuesday night chat. I haven't entered the chat area yet, but considering doing so before long, Mike.