My new NCE operating system

I finally sold my Digitrax system for a very reasonable price and purchased a new NCE system, including a Power Cab, SB5 command/booster and Cab 06r for radio control. I like the NCE system better and it’s the system used by the Willamette club where I’m a member.
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1st run on the NP/PCRy main

This week I finished laying the NP main through Yakima and ran a small freight around the line. Lots of track laying ahead. I can now start installing and repairing engine decoders in several of my engines. I’m also hoping to receive my new NCE system this next Friday.

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Building my turnouts

I’m learning how to build my own turnouts using a paper template and spiking the ties and rails before soldering. I have to thank “Fast Tracks” for their videos which taught me the basic steps to build a turnout. But, with several different sizes and shapes of turnouts on my layout I could not afford to purchase their metal jigs. With each turnout built I am improving my method and speed. Who knows, some day I may actually get to run a train.

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Working on the NP main

For the last couple days I have been laying roadbed and track for the Northern Pacific main line through Yakima, on my layout. I now have to start building some curved turnouts that lead into the NP yard and the interchange track with the PCRy yard.

You can see the paper templates I use to help identify where turnouts and track need to go.

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New CAD drawing of the Yakima NP yard

I’ve made a major change of the Yakima NP yard on my Anyrail CAD file. I moved the ladder tracks and yard lead to the south end of the layout. I did not like the way the yard lead at the north end of the layout looked or functioned.  The problem I am now seeking a solution for is that the Fasttracks switches in the CAD program appear to be smaller than the templates I downloaded from their site. In my CAD I can get six leads but on the layout, with the templates, I can only fit in five leads. I’m going to ask the CAD user group to look into the problem.

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