This past weekend the 'Hi-railers met for the first time in the New Year. Most of the session was devoted to trading stories about the holidays. A few people brought trains to run on the layout. Everyone had a really nice time. No work got done.
We did have one special guest with us, however. The youngster that won the train set at the December TCA show in Germantown was on hand with his family to meet everyone and see trains run on all the MMR layouts. We managed to get a couple of pictures to share with everyone.
Speakers are a common culprit in sound problems on older sound-equipped Lionel and MTH engines. I have several units in the 8+ year age range with speakers that have deteriorated and need to be replaced. Fortunately, replacing speakers is not a difficult repair on many engines. It's mainly a matter of finding a good source of replacements that don't cost an arm and a leg. Here's a post on the OGR forum outlining how I am approaching the problem with several MTH engines.
This past Saturday, August 12th the city of Collierville TN had its annual Train Heritage day. Several activities took place on the town square, in the old Southern Depot and in the Morton Museum. An N scale layout was set up in the old depot, a G scale layout was set up in a tent on the town square, and the Casey Jones Chapter TCA set up our Ron Williams memorial layout in the air conditioned comfort of the Morton Museum. The number of 700 + has been kicked around as a attendance number. The crowds around the Ron Williams layout were enormous the entire day.
We did have to stop the show for about 30 minutes - We actually "Smoked" a Post War ZW transformer. Apparently running two trains, one of which was a premier MTH Southern engine and 5 MTH scale aluminum passenger cars was a bit too much for the 60+ year old ZW. The ZW over heated and was smoking like a PW 681 Turbine. One of our members made a mad dash to his house that was not far from the museum and brought back a KW to use during the rest of the show. Thanks Mike for saving the day!
Here are a few pictures and videos. The accessories are set to switches on the side of the layout in order to allow the kids to operate the accessories. As you can see, the kids had a blast and really gave the accessories a work out.
Here are some short videos of our layout and the kids enjoying the trains.
Hats off to the Collierville Morton Museum for planning and sponsoring Train Heritage Day and thanks to all the Casey Jones Chapter TCA members who loaded up the layout Thursday, set the layout up on Friday, ran trains all day Saturday, then disassembled the layout Saturday afternoon and moved it back to our storage facility. It was a fun day for all of us, and the weather cooperated, it was not as hot as a normal southern day in August.
Thanks for looking at the pictures and videos. Our layout will be set up again at the October 7th Casey Jones Chapter TCA Train Show in Germantown, TN. More information can be found here.
The original Weaver Troop sleeper series of cars were subject Zinc Rot. The frames will warp and fall apart. Atlas has made replacement frames available. Here are a few pictures of the rebuilding of the new Atlas frames.
We will be working on the RW layout Saturday July 29th and August 4th. We will be working on the RW layout. Load out is planned for the evening of August 10th. Let's plan to be at AZO around 6pm.
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