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Rochelle Railfan Tour Feb 2017

February 16th, 2017

A short tour of the layout, following an intermodal hotshot around the layout. Hopefully this gives you an idea of the locations of the various industries around the layout – not shown are the loco and classification yards (they are shown in previous videos).


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Tam Valley Depot QuadLN decoder & servo installation

October 25th, 2015

I’ve just uploaded a new video of the installation of the Tam Valley Depot servos and QuadLN servo decoder.  So far really happy with this decoder and the servos are a great size, really small and easy to fit.  Today I’ll be continuing with my scenery work around the tunnel and yard lead to get all the plasterwork done.

Here is the video:


Tunes & Tracks

November 30th, 2014

Well, quite a productive two weeks – Rochelle Intermodal train room now has surround sound, thanks to a surround sound system that has been in a loft for years! So now I can listen to decent tunes while working on the layout…as well as watch train DVD’s in full surround sound glory!




This weekend I also added a test track, with HO and N track, as well as an N scale rolling road, so I can program my locos easier while using DecoderPro and also run in locos while the layout is being worked on.  I still need to paint the wood and hide the wiring, but it is at least all working.  I have a Sprog II connected to the two test tracks, and the rolling road is connected to a Digitrax Zephyr.


In the coming weeks I’ll be making some adjustments to the track where the boards join – I’ll be adding 6 inches of track across the joins as I’ve been having a few issues with gaps and derailments. As the layout is not portable anymore, I can now do this. I’ll also be planning the track work for the new staging and classification yards as well as the loco depot, so keep an eye out for those track plans soon!


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