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After months of preparatory work I have finally got the inner line of double track finished. (Well nearly finished; there's still the small part that crosses a gap where you walk into the layout.) Of course I had been testing parts as I went along but only to check current was getting through or that an engine ran through pointwork etc.

A few minutes ago I ran a standard 2-6-4 tank (bought a couple of weeks ago) with three airfix non-corridor coaches (bought about 25 years ago) from the storage sidings right around the layout which is 11' 6" by 9', stopping only at that gap.

It was a wonderful feeling that it all worked without a hitch. I put a fist in the air and shouted "yes, yes, yes, wonderful." My wife hurriedly told me to quieten down as the neighbours might get ideas about what we were doing!

Another day or two should have that gap finished then I shall be in seventh heaven. Do others get the same sort of feeling the first time you run a train around a new layout?

Cheers, Robert
 

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It was bought second hand from Rails in Sheffield so I don't know whether it has ever been run in. I only ran it round the track once pulling coaches. When I have the circuit completely finished (which may even be this afternoon) I will let it run on its own for quite a while.

I would like to put photographs here but I don't know how. My two sons, who are both computer programmers, will be visiting over Christmas so one of them will show me how to do it. Actually, if it's easy and one of you could tell me how to do it (I do have a digital camera and can get the pictures saved onto my computer) then I could impress them with my new-found knowledge.

Cheers, Robert
 

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When you've found out you can let me know.
The reason for the question.
When I had my shop I used to get some customers buy locos, then bring them back complaining they were poor runners.What they did was as soon as they got the new 'toy' home they would immediately put them behind half a dozen coaches, and expect top running.
Bachmann, more so than Hornby, locos can be weakened by incorrect running-in.
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QUOTE (bike2steam @ 14 Dec 2007, 12:45) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>When you've found out you can let me know.
The reason for the question.
When I had my shop I used to get some customers buy locos, then bring them back complaining they were poor runners.What they did was as soon as they got the new 'toy' home they would immediately put them behind half a dozen coaches, and expect top running.
Bachmann, more so than Hornby, locos can be weakened by incorrect running-in.
Paul M.

One of our regular customers likes us to run his locomotives in for him before we install the decoders - so 1 hour in each direction on the GM rolling road, decoder fit & then same again on the track with a moderate load.
 

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My wife was out for several hours today acting as a volunteer at a charity shop so I was able to spend quite a bit of time on the layout. (I love being retired!). I managed to finish the link across the gap where you walk into the layout. I had built the frame previously so it was only a case of putting down cork underlay and then track laying. The engine is doing lots of solo laps around the inside track as I type.

I don't think it will take me many days to get the outside one of the double tracks finished as well and then I can have another new engine (not second hand this one) doing its run-in on that track. What degree of rapture will I be in then?

Cheers, Robert
 

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congratulations Robert!!
a word of warning though! Don't expect it to last :) unless you are one of the few totally mathodical people who check everything a 100 times as you go, then sooner or later something is going to go wrong! but actually finding the problem and the solution can sometimes be even more rewarding that everyhting just working.
Easiest way to add photo's is to join a web site such as photobucket, upload your pictures and then just paste the link into your forum entry.
 

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A few more hours work and my new layout should be ready to receive electricity for the first time


It's a great feeling to get all the track down and then review your days work. Plus I have had minimal derailments so far during stock testing - all of them so far can be put down to speed or the early extending coupler system on the first batch of the Hornby super-detail Pullman coaches.

Regards,

Dan
 
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