Please help a beginer

Please help a beginer

Post by Jim Pitche » Sat, 11 Jul 1998 04:00:00



I'm just starting to build a layout in my garage. I was wondering if anyone
had some tips for me. I'm looking to put in duel cab control, so if anyone
has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated. The other question I
have is about the bogies on some old locos I have. They are old Tri-ang
Railway engines and the flanges on the wheels are too deep for normal ho
track. Any help will be fabulous.

Thanks
Ben Pitcher

 
 
 

Please help a beginer

Post by William A Moi » Sat, 11 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Forget the dual cab control.  Been there done that.  Go with command
control.  It will be just as cheap in the long run as all the wiring and
toggle switches for cab control and it will save a ton of time.

Quote:
>I'm just starting to build a layout in my garage. I was wondering if anyone
>had some tips for me. I'm looking to put in duel cab control, so if anyone
>has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated. The other question I
>have is about the bogies on some old locos I have. They are old Tri-ang
>Railway engines and the flanges on the wheels are too deep for normal ho
>track. Any help will be fabulous.

>Thanks
>Ben Pitcher


 
 
 

Please help a beginer

Post by Pat Lawle » Sun, 12 Jul 1998 04:00:00


I doubt there's much help for your old Triangs.  Personally I would
drop-kick them into the middle of next week and buy a few Athearn
locos.  They're reasonably priced and work far better than any Triang
ever did.  One other poster suggested command control.  Command
control is great, but it might be a bit of a handful for a beginner. I
also wonder about his comment that there is no difference in price. By
the time you have 10 locomotives, all with receivers, I can't see it
being as cheap as a few toggle switches and some wire.  For overall
advice, I would say: 1: Don't lay down too much track -  spaghetti
layouts are boring.  You need room for scenery, buildings, roads, etc.
2: Buy hobbyist grade locomotives and cars.  Stay away from the train
set stuff.  It runs like ***and has frustrated more people out of
the hobby than can be counted.  It's not enjoyable to run trains that
constantly derail, or engines that have two speeds: Stop and 200 scale
miles per hour.  3: Get a decent power pack, like an MRC or such, that
has pulse power. This will make even a non-overhauled Athearn run
quite well.  4:  Before you lay any track, decide on a theme for your
layout.   What industries are going to be on your layout, and what
kind of traffic do they need.  It will help you plan sidings, spurs,
buy cars, etc.  It's best to build a model railroad that  can be
operated as a real railroad, as it will remain entertaining much
longer than a railroad that just goes in endless circles.  5: HAVE
FUN.

Pat Lawless

"To err is human........boy am I human!!"



Quote:
>I'm just starting to build a layout in my garage. I was wondering if anyone
>had some tips for me. I'm looking to put in duel cab control, so if anyone
>has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated. The other question I
>have is about the bogies on some old locos I have. They are old Tri-ang
>Railway engines and the flanges on the wheels are too deep for normal ho
>track. Any help will be fabulous.

>Thanks
>Ben Pitcher