Tracks-4-23 -- Model Railroading Newsletter
Articles in This Issue:
Round the Curve to Altoona
How to Make a Waterfall
Creating Rivers and Rapids
New Tracks Modeling
Make a Touch Toggle Control Panel
How to Program an Arduino
Install a Flashing Crossing Signal Using Arduino
More Great Videos
WELCOME to the April 2023 issue of Tracks - a monthly newsletter published by Building Your Model Railroad, devoted to providing breaking news and tips to model railroaders of all ages and all gauges in a quick and easy-to-read format. Resources are always credited where appropriate.
Mark your calendars for the MER 2023 Annual Convention!!
The 2023 Annual MER Convention, "Round the Curve to Altoona," promises to be one of the most exciting and educational events for model railroad enthusiasts this year. The convention will take place from October 19 to 22, 2023, in the beautiful city of Altoona, Pennsylvania.
This year's convention will feature a wide range of events, including clinics, layout tours, operating sessions, and vendor displays. Attendees can expect to learn from experts in the field, exchange ideas with fellow modelers, and discover the latest techniques, products, and trends in the hobby.
One of the highlights of the convention will be the layout tours. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit some of the most impressive model railroads in the area, including several multi-level layouts, realistic scenery, and intricate track work. They will also have the chance to meet the owners and operators of these layouts and learn about their construction and operation.
The convention will also feature a variety of clinics on topics such as scenery, weathering, operations, electronics, and more. These clinics will be led by experienced modelers, manufacturers, and industry experts, providing attendees with a wealth of knowledge and skills to take home.
For those who love operating model trains, the convention will offer several operating sessions, including prototype-based operations on local railroads. These sessions will provide attendees with a realistic and challenging experience, as they work together to move freight and passenger trains across the layout.
In addition to the clinics and layout tours, the convention will feature a vendor display area, where attendees can browse and purchase the latest products from manufacturers and retailers. They will also have the opportunity to meet representatives from various companies and ask questions about their products and services.
There will be a Contest Room where modelers can present their entries of buildings, railcars, locomotives and dioramas for judging. Many of these entries are breathtaking realistic renditions of the prototypes.
The White Elephant Room is always a favorite for modelers hoping to pick up a good deal from other model sellers. You might find that one particular item you have been looking for.
Overall, the 2023 Annual MER Convention promises to be an unforgettable experience for model railroad enthusiasts. From the layout tours to the clinics and operating sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to learn, discover, and have fun with like-minded hobbyists. So, mark your calendars, and "Round the Curve to Altoona" for an exciting and educational weekend in October 2023!
A waterfall can add a realistic touch to your scenery, making your model train journey feel more immersive. Here is a description of how build one for your layout.
With these steps, you can create a beautiful and realistic-looking waterfall for your model railroad. The key is to take your time and pay attention to the details.√
Along with your waterfall, you may want to create river rapids to go with it. Adding river rapids to your model railroad can add a lot of visual interest and realism to your layout. Here are some general steps you can follow to create river rapids:
Remember to take your time and work carefully when creating river rapids. With a little patience and attention to detail, you can create a realistic and eye-catching feature for your model railroad.
This is a great educational program that allows you to learn from model railroading experts in real time every Wednesday evening at 7pm Eastern Time. It was started by Jim Kellow, MMR a few years ago and has developed into a wonderful program. All shows are recorded so it you happen to miss a show, just go to their YouTube site and watch it there.
The live show allows you to interact with the experts as they demonstrate the models they have created. On some shows, they have visitors watch and put together their own kits while watching the experts do theirs at the same time. What better way is there to learn how to model than that.
Our Model Railroad Museum group was interviewed recently on one of their videos to explain it all so that we could get some recognition in the model railroading community about what we were doing.
Jim, in turn, talked about their scholarship program that "New Tracks" is developing, targeting students that excel in the STEM concept of education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Since our Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads is promoting the same concepts, we have decided to collaborate our efforts in furthering this program together.
For more information about News Tracks Modeling, check out their website at https://newtracksmodeling.com/
And their YouTube Page: www.youtube.com/@NewTracks
Here is a basic guide to help you get started:
With these basic steps, you should be able to build a touch toggle control panel for your model railroad. Remember to take your time and be patient as you work through each step of the process.
That's it! You've successfully programmed your Arduino. Repeat these steps to write and upload new code as needed.
To install a flashing crossing signal using Arduino, you will need the following components:
Here are the steps to follow:
The 2-8-0 consolidation steam locomotive is a type of steam locomotive that was developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was named for its ability to "consolidate" the power of smaller locomotives into one larger, more powerful engine. The consolidation was an important step forward in the development of steam locomotives, and it played a key role in the expansion of railroads across the United States.
Its wheel arrangement sets it apart from other steam locomotives. The 2-8-0 designation means that it had 2 wheels in front, 8 driving wheels in the middle and 0 wheels in the back.
Before the consolidation, most steam locomotives were smaller and less powerful than the ones we see today. They were typically used for local and branch line service, and they were not well suited for long-distance hauling. As the railroads grew, however, there was a need for larger, more powerful locomotives that could handle heavier loads and longer distances.
The consolidation was developed to meet this need. It was a type of freight locomotive that had a larger boiler and a larger firebox than earlier models. This allowed it to generate more steam and produce more power, which in turn allowed it to haul heavier loads over longer distances. The consolidation also had a larger, four-wheeled leading truck that helped to support the weight of the locomotive and provide better stability at high speeds.
The consolidation was first introduced in the late 1800s, and it quickly became a popular type of locomotive for freight service. It was used by many different railroads across the United States, and it played a key role in the expansion of railroads into new areas. The consolidation was especially important for the development of the western railroads, which had to deal with steep grades, long distances, and heavy loads.
Over time, the consolidation continued to evolve and improve. Newer models had larger boilers, improved fireboxes, and more efficient steam engines. They also had larger tenders to carry more fuel and water, and they were equipped with better brakes and other safety features.
Despite its many advantages, however, the consolidation was eventually replaced by newer types of locomotives, such as the 2-8-2 Mikado and the 4-8-4 Northern. These locomotives had even larger boilers and more advanced steam engines, which allowed them to haul even heavier loads over even longer distances.
Today, the consolidation is remembered as an important step forward in the development of steam locomotives. It played a key role in the expansion of railroads across the United States, and it helped to make rail travel safer and more efficient. Although it has been largely replaced by newer types of locomotives, the consolidation remains an important part of railroad history, and it continues to inspire and fascinate people today.
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