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Kit Building / Re: Sierra West Loco & Service Shops:
« on: January 27, 2020, 11:25:47 AM »

Perfect, just wonderful.

Tom ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: DCC Help!!!!
« on: January 27, 2020, 11:24:49 AM »
I forgot to mention the top layout plan is perfect for the area. It has switching, small staging/yard and constant/continuous running.

And of course lots of structure space. 8) 8)

Tom  ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: DCC Help!!!!
« on: January 27, 2020, 11:21:55 AM »

Based on what area you have available, you should seriously consider going to DCC. You'll be much happier in the long run. One thing I suggest is to find out what other modelers in your area are using for DCC.

I personally very much like the Digitrax System. They have a starter set that will work very well for your space and their customer support is great.

The reason I suggest finding out what others in your area are using is for local support. This is what I did and it helped when I had an issue that i couldn't figure out.

Tom ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: DCC Help!!!!
« on: January 27, 2020, 10:11:32 AM »

Eight years ago I struggled with the same concerns. I spent two years thinking about DCC vs DC Analog or regular DC. I had quite an investment in DC Analog sound, ie, PFM Sound System. Then years later I invested in the PBL Fore Ground Sound.

After two years, I decided to go with DCC and sound. I started by getting a couple of DCC locos like small Switchers and Geeps. This opened a whole new way of railroad modeling for me.

With DCC, I was able to run multiple trains on the same track with all of them running at different speeds. With DC, when you turn up the throttle, all the trains on the layout or in the block will run at the same time and speed.

With DCC you control the decoder in each loco by way of a loco number and not the voltage on the track.  So, train #9 will run at a different speed than train #10 and in the opposite direction if desired.

You can start out small with a starter set and go from there. Once you do go to DCC, you'll never look back and say, "Why didn't I do this sooner."

Sound is good, but let me say that I will stay with DCC and never have sound before I ever go back (which is never) to DC.

As for smaller locos and the speaker issue, I have two small switchers and one steam loco with a Vandy tender. These three have cell phone speakers and they sound just fine.

One final thought on DCC. If your layout is small and your space is confined, you may want to stay with DC. However, as others have stated, sound to the loco like bell, whistle and other sounds are very realistic.

My two - four cents worth.

Tom ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday - 1/27/2020
« on: January 27, 2020, 07:47:43 AM »
Morning all,

Some layout work and general train room cleaning for me today.

Have a great day ya'll.

Tom  ;D

This is one beautiful layout. Any new updates Tom?


Thank you for the very generous and kind compliment on the layout. Yes, there are, I just haven't posted the updates. I'll do so within the next week.

Tom ;D


Once stated but worth repeating. Thank you very much for all the work and effort in sharing with us these fantastic track level views of the F&SM.


Layout Tours / Re: Justice City Layout Build
« on: January 26, 2020, 02:05:56 PM »

Nice videos, neat build also.

Tom ;D

Dioramas / Re: Augustus Beadlebaum blacksmith shop
« on: January 26, 2020, 02:03:38 PM »

Well done, love the lower windows.

Tom ;D

Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« on: January 26, 2020, 01:23:34 PM »
Looks like Peaches has a sexy attitude to go with her pulchritude!


OMG, is that a new old cutting mat, an old new cutting mat or a new new cutting mat? :o :o

Tom  ;D


I remember this kit although I don't think i have it.

I'll be following along.

I need to get my build challenge going also.

Tom ;D

Morning all,


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday Jan 25 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 07:43:49 AM »
Morning all,

Today is Babe day for me. She is getting her hair done and the Cutler's will babysit me for a couple hours. Later Bill, Kris, Pam and I will have lunch at a local watering hole in Eustis.

Ya'll have fun at Springfield and have a great day.

Tom ;D

Kit Building / Re: 2020 build challenge - wharf and cannery
« on: January 24, 2020, 08:08:19 AM »

This is really great stuff. The water and sea grass look fantastic. Did I mention you make it look easy.

Again, really fantastic work on this.

Tom ;D

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