|Model courtesy Bill Schneider|
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Friday, June 24, 2022
Friday Fun: Layout Update Video & Name That Location
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Programming a LokSound v5 Decoder for the ProtoThrottle
- CV179 from 128 to 237 (adjusts time it takes to stop; adjust to taste)
- CV182 from 126 to 0
- CV180 from 128 to 0
- CV183 from 126 to 0
- CV181 from 240 to 0
- CV184 from 126 to 0
- Disable RailComm (if you don't have Lenz, etc - I use NCE)
- Confirm 28/128 speed steps
- I set CV3 to 30. This CV controls the time it takes to move between notches, so adjust to taste. A value at the lower end of the range makes the engine more responsive - perfect for a switcher.
- Set CV4 to 255 (maximum momentum - this way you have to use the brake)
- Uncheck starting delay
- Front Light  (this is the headlight on bright)
- Changed from "Dimmable" to "Ventilator"
- Changed Acceleration Rate from 16 to 2
- Changed Deceleration Rate from 0 to 1
- Front Light  (this is the headlight on dim)
- Changed brightness from 31 to 3 (adjust to taste)
- Check LED mode
- Confirm "Dimmable Headlight, Fade In/Fade Out"
- Enabled motor overload protection
- Used 3 point speed curve with the following settings (remember this is a switcher):
Wordless Wednesday #399 - Cromwell at a level of "Done-ness"
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Quick Update: NER Convention & Around the Layout Podcast
Wow - what a couple of weeks! After a huge flurry of activity to prepare for the layout tour during the NE Proto Meet (aka NERPM) - and of course the 'meet and tour itself - I've been a bit sidetracked catching up on some stuff that the Missus graciously let slide while I focused on railroad stuff.
At the risk of its being old news by the time I get around to it, I do plan to do at least a short post on the NERPM - especially since it was the first one I've been able to attend since 2018(!) - but before getting into that, I wanted to do a few quick things:
1) First off, a huge WELCOME! to any folks that are discovering this here blog for the first time, whether from the 'meet, from the tour, or elsewise. I wish I'd had a chance to post some more up-to-date content lately, but stay tuned - more is coming :^)
2) Speaking of content, be sure to check out the the Valley Local website where I've done my best to archive the most helpful content, and for the most up-to-the-minute goings on (like my daily posts of layout progress leading up to the NERPM %^) be sure to join the Valley Local Facebook Group. It's free and we welcome all passengers!
3) And at the risk of over-saturating the internets with Valley Local stuff, be on the lookout for Ray Arnott's Around the Layout podcast. He had me on recently and our discussion will post around July 5.
4) Last, but not least, be sure to make plans to attend this year's NMRA Northeast Regional Convention, which will be held in Windsor, CT September 15-18. It just so happens that the convention email that went out today (copied/pasted below) features a few items you may find familiar...
Now that the end of the (I must admit, very reasonable :^) honey-do list is on the horizon, I'm looking forward to getting back to some RR stuff. I've already started programming the SW-1 and hope to be converting that from a PRR unit to B&M very soon (click here for more on that strange story). And I'd like to get some more layout progress done in time for the NER.
So be sure to stay tuned and thanks again for coming along for the ride!
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Friday Eve Fun: ProtoMeet and Scale Sound Systems SW-1
Howdy Folks! You're getting this week's "Friday Fun" a day early since there's a LOT of fun going on tomorrow and this weekend that will keep me too busy to post later...
"What..." you may ask "...is going on this weekend?" Well, if you're a prototype modeler and live anywhere within a couple hours of southern New England you either know the answer already or you've been really out of it... for about 3 years . . .
Yes, this weekend - finally - the
Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet
is what's going on! After being cancelled for the last two years, and losing its venue, the Phoenix has risen from the ashes and the next 3 days are packed with modeling clinics, displays, layout tours, and general camaraderie. And if you've been following the Valley Local Facebook Group, you know I've been making a major (for me) push to get some scenery and general layout progress done in time for the weekend.
If this is the first time you're hearing about all this, it's not too late to join us! You can register at the door for either or both days - and your registration gets you admission to all the layout tours on Sunday as well. So be sure to click here for the details - and if you're able to make it, be sure to connect with me when you're there!
In other news . . .
If you're up-to-date on the blog, you know I recently acquired an EMD SW-1 (thank you again Philip Taylor!). "Why..." you may ask "... did you get an SW-1 when the New Haven didn't have them?" Well, you can read that story here (it's actually pretty good, if I don't say so myself...).
The next step was for me to install DCC and sound. Unfortunately, the Scale Sound Systems speaker (WLML-SW1X-RC1) didn't quite fit. But to his GREAT credit, owner JT Burke not only offered to fix the speaker, and not only did he issue a recall for other SW-1 speakers that likely had the same issue, but he also offered to do the entire install for me at a steep discount.
While I was actually looking forward (at least a little bit) to trying the install myself (and to the blog fodder that would produce), no way was I going to pass up a professional install of such a high-end speaker (not to mention teeny tiny components - an ESU v5 micro decoder, TCS KeepAlive, and microsocket/plug, thanks to Kaylee Zheng!).
So, ANOTHER reason to post "Friday Fun" on Friday Eve is that I just got the SW-1 back in the mail from JT today. I couldn't wait to put it through its paces and hear how it sounds - and I brought you along for the ride!
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend if you're able to make it, and if you're not - here's hoping you're able to get to some modeling!