A rats nest in a diesel

There has been a collective decision that the excess rolling stock and motive power should be made available to whomever might like them provided they make a modest donation to the club’s coffers. The excess diesels, which are too modern to be used on our layout, have been stored in my train room for nigh on two years. I brought them in and Chuck spruced them up by removing the accumulated dust and external detritus. The locos had a piece of green on top which I assumed meant that chief electrical engineer, Jim Williams, had given them the thumbs up. When shown to Jim he said he had never tested them.! We agreed that making them available without testing was not cool. Here’s the loco before testing ……

The loco before being checked

The loco before being checked

Looks fine, right? Well …….

First peek inside

First peek inside

Oh s%#t!!!!!!! Better have a good look see……..

Whew! No dead bodies!!!!

Whew! No dead bodies!!!!

Chuck repaired the wrecked wiring in the top part of the loco and Jim cleaned and restored the “works” to operating condition.

After cleaning with wiring  repaired or replaced and tested

After cleaning with wiring repaired or replaced and tested

Never a dull moment!!!!!

Wiring the Layout and Renewing the Sea Wall

It takes a lot of effort to have the layout operate flawlessly four hours a day. seven days a week, two hundred and eighty days a year. In this picture you can see several projects going on at the same time. Frank Davis is on the floor working on wiring. The sea wall, as you can see is being replaced (in our imagination the layout runs around Mendo Cove -the floor being the sea). The original sea wall was more “artistic” but “the little people” liked to hang on to it and it deteriorated over time so …….. replace in toto.

Workin' on the railroad

Workin’ on the railroad Frank Davis style

The stack of boxes o0f screws are for use on the addition to the west wall. The black “plate” enables us to step on the main tracks whilst working on the next level.