My T gauge addiction

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mattinair
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My T gauge addiction

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Thanks to T gauge I'm able to play with toy trains for the first time in my life.
I got this layout running about 3 weeks ago... What incredibly addictive fun.
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I' m totally naive about this internet thing and haven't a clue what a "URL" is. I've put photos in my emails but not clear what to do here....bummer
Can anyone help ?

mattinair
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first layout attempt
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The trains seem to work well with 1 or 2 extra motors hidden in line
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Keeping it simple with 4 blocks & 4 switches
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Figured the cheap servos should be easy to replace
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Starting on the fun part (for a watercolor artist)...the scenery
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mattinair
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I've been able to "shunt" the little freight cars around coupling & uncoupling manually using N type couplers...anyone thinking about automating the couplers....I think it could be done (not in a scale manner...but still it looks possible)....

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It is good to see another layout concept, and between RTR and 3D there now seems to be enough US and general bogie freight stock available for a decent variety of trains. That HST really gets around, but always looks good!

How well are the servo-driven points/switches behaving? You seem to have a reversing loop between the two lobes of your dogbone - how are you handling that? One of the red toggles on your panel?

As for uncoupling, you might be able to do something by removing the spring from one of the couplers and attaching a very small magnet to it - an electromagnet beneath the track could then force it to lift. A lot of trial and error experiments needed for that one, I think. The coupler would also have to be a loose fit - all of mine are tight enough that I use tweezers to squeeze them together when coupling up.

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The switch servos are a bit noisy but other than that they work great. Albeit I had to massage the blades on one of the switches with a wooden toothpick before I could back unattached cars through consistently. The little box pwm controller with the extra slow motion is a godsend. (bit dramatic...but still).
On the decoupler thing.... I'm thinking of something(?) coming up between the rails and actually lifting the end of the car so the hoop (N type) on one car clears the peg on the other car. I found the springs have to be on to push the uncoupled cars around. Oh well I'm having so much fun obsessing on the scenery & structures right now I'll have to get back to my theories on decoupling & coupling later.
I have to say what a joy it is seeing all the neat stuff everybody is doing...
Thanks for turning me on to teenytinytrains.. I found that I could move a single magnet on the driver strip. Instead of cars & trucks I want to try moving people & animals ....(Ed & Dan will be getting back to me in march)

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Oh yeah, the reverse line is controlled by one of the "red" toggle switches (guess I should put a different colored sleeve on it)
Here's a photo of a single magnet going around a teenytinny track
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Sorry about my functional illiteracy.....And my oversize photos (got to figure that out)

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Single magnets do work fine with the linear motor track, but lack any directional control - whatever you have stuck on top will point in unpredictable directions. Two magnets (one flipped so that you have a north and a south pair) will track correctly. I use 3mm diameter x 2mm thick discs, but the 1mm thick discs might be more suitable for tiny objects. The diameter of 3mm makes it very easy to get the required 3mm spacing - you can use smaller magnets, but then have to get that bit right yourself. Possible future applications I have in mind are adding a pair of jousting knights to a medieval fair scene in front of New Sarum castle, and a small working canal boat layout. With imagination, there's lots and lots of potential.

For a quick way of shrinking photos, since you seen to be using Windows, you could just try good old MS Paint. Edit a picture file, select Image/Stretch-Skew and set both horizontal and vertical to 50% (or whatever), then save the file.

mattinair
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Thanks for the great tips....
Jousting Knights....mind boggling !!!

ConnorL
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That is really cool! I can see the layout coming together nicely.

Impressive use of servo switches, also what are those blue boxcars?

mattinair
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Thanks.....
The blue boxcars are pieces of photo glued together to form the box (at this scale the heavy paper makes a quite sturdy structure)

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Hello Matt(intheair)

I do really like your achievments so far, and you have brought me back into T. Almost immediately my radar was locked on these little Geeps. Now I have found that TrainaidsA are selling them. So I will now buy a pair.

Thanx for bringing me back.

Goran
HALMSTAD/Sweden

mattinair
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Another neat thing about T gauge (scale) is I'm able to do the scenery in removable pieces allowing me to do the messy business of shaping and coloring away from the track....
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mattinair
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I've been having a blast roughing in the scenery. It's so small if an experiment messes up I can just grab another piece of foam and try again..
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...My wife says it's beautiful....
Also I've been putting small pieces of lead on the underside of my freight cars it really helps pushing rows of uncoupled cars around.

mattinair
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Fun wise this t gauge layout is close to the top of my list>
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Lately I've been roughing in another scenery module>
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Still so much to learn>This web site has been such a useful resource>
Thanks to all of you>and keep posting
I really think t gauge is going to grow much more popular in the near future; it's just too much fun not to....

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Really having fun with NeilM's tiny Land Rovers....whew!....still a long way to go figuring this paint thing out
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That is very impressive painting. I have, of course, tried painting quite a few of these, and know just what a steady hand (and a good magnifier!) it needs to to paint in the wheel centres and add the headlights etc. I confess that my first attempts all had solid black wheels! Also, close up photos can be quite cruel to such small models.

I have a few models nearly painted which I will photograph soon and post on the site. One of these I had to clean the paint off and start again because I had not fully cleaned the print of all the wax used during the manafacturing process. In fact that would be the one tip I would give with these models - clean the print properly first. It is very annoying otherwise for all the carefully applied paint to just flake off.
Neil

T gauge items in my Shapeways shop http://www.shapeways.com/shops/t450

mattinair
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I'm amazed out how fast many of you build your layouts.......I spent at least a month "thinking" :lol: about this barn....
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My friend who owns a dairy farm tells me this is a loafing barn. I'll still need a milking barn for all those cute little cows.....

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Very good job :geek:

mattinair
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My layout is really a TOY train. (having only a whimsical stand off scale connection to any kind of reality at all)....I spend a lot of time playing with it but not much time working on it....For the last 3 months I've been very slowly "working" on the dairy farm scenery module....Still in early mock up stage
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I've been trying to make different types of trees>Redwoods(?)
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Made a milking barn to go with the loafing barn...
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Experimenting with magnetic couplers...I'm able to putt around and gather individual cars onto the train.....NO idea YET as to how I'm going to decouple them :P :roll:
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already realized these magnets need to be ground down quite a bit. They're way to stong

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It's splendid. The barn and environs are most impressive, specially how you got the textures on the building. Just starting to work on buildings in this scale I can appreciate the intricacies!

Superb.

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