Tea, feeders, caramel

Last night’s layout work began with installing what feels like a lifetime’s worth of feeders tied into each piece of rail.

Humbrol matt #62 reminds me a lot of Testors “rust” despite looking more like the former’s label of “leather” and not much at all like the latter. Starting on Coy, and mostly because it was paint I had on hand, I have been using it as a base colour for painting rails. Later tonight I’ll start washing on darker colours.

I love that this layout is a series of tiny modules that I can move around to access it from any side.


Categories: How I think, Victoria On30

2 replies

  1. Excellent ideas – thanks for sharing. One reason I’m intrigued by the “dead rail” concept (battery power on board and remote RF control) is the freedom from worrying about track conductivity. Rails could be “allowed” to rust over, be contaminated with dirt and debris and so on, without affecting train control. I’m still exploring that route…

    • I was always opposed to dead rail because it felt too much like radio control cars and too little like model trains but also know that in the last couple of years I’m starting to change that attitude. This layout is DCC with power through the rails and its a method I’m comfortable with.

      In any of these options it’s not so much the complexity of running power through the rails that I think about but the investment in complexity compared to the thing I’m trying to do on the layout: how much technology do I required to enjoy running one engine here to switch cars in and out of the one siding.

      The size and weight of these On30 models seems to offer so much flexibility when navigating track laid not straight and often buried in debris because those flanges are quite shallow. That would leave whether or not I need to clean the rails and this is where DCC’s constant and rather high voltage (compared to analogue control where we vary voltage in the rails to modulate speed) seems to burst through dirt build up and cleaning the rails just isn’t a thing that’s a trouble.

      I think what’s left behind is shiny railheads in photographs I take and in those cases I’m okay painting the railhead with a quick wash of colour for that moment and, soon as the photo is taken, polishing that back off.

      Powering the models is such a fascinating conversation. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the choices you make and path you choose. Thanks for the comment–I really appreciate it.


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