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    • July 1, 2020 10:42 AM EDT
    • Jon,

      I built in a similar car storage area under the indoor yard, works well.

       

       

    • July 1, 2020 10:29 AM EDT
    • I always envied the folks with storage sheds AND room for tracks inside.   The problem is that when you handle the cars it's just too easy for something to break.   An ideal solution is to have enough room to store your cars on tracks so they never need to be handled.   (Heh, you MAY HAVE to move! )

    • July 1, 2020 9:37 AM EDT
    • Most of the passenger cars I keep on a shelf above the storage tracks. 3 of them are lettered for Bruce's RR. (When he gave them to me I had plans to change them to my RR colors, not so much now. Maybe use'm for a tourist train.) And a few other cars are on a shelf that isn't connected, that aren't used that much. 

      And there are other shelves in there I could use too, they would just need to cleared off. 

      I haven't gotten to the point where I would need to use Al's storage method, but that is a good idea. 

    • July 1, 2020 9:36 AM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:
      Bob McCown said:
      Ken Brunt said:

      So, it's time to add a fiddle yard to the operation. I think I have a good idea on how to work this in the software, but if anyone has included storage shelves in their active car roster and has suggestions, I'm all ears.

       

      I have the car ferry at Williamsport set up as an interchange yard, not an industry.

       

      OK. During op sessions I remember working the ferry like an industry.  Do cars leave and re-appear on the ferry via the Mark 5 crane?

      I've considered using "cassettes" similar to what is done in small scales. Ric talked about this a few years ago. Trouble would be finding a place to install it!

       

      When I build the first set of trains in the morning, I only put on the float the cars that are going to be needed in that session, the rest I mark as OOS.  That *seems* to work well enough for us, though I suppose I should have all the cars that *belong* there nearby for the 0-5-0 to put them on the ferry, but that just seems messy.

       

    • July 1, 2020 9:21 AM EDT
    • Bob McCown said:
      Ken Brunt said:

      So, it's time to add a fiddle yard to the operation. I think I have a good idea on how to work this in the software, but if anyone has included storage shelves in their active car roster and has suggestions, I'm all ears.

       

      I have the car ferry at Williamsport set up as an interchange yard, not an industry.

       

      OK. During op sessions I remember working the ferry like an industry.  Do cars leave and re-appear on the ferry via the Mark 5 crane?

      I've considered using "cassettes" similar to what is done in small scales. Ric talked about this a few years ago. Trouble would be finding a place to install it!

    • July 1, 2020 9:14 AM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:

      So, it's time to add a fiddle yard to the operation. I think I have a good idea on how to work this in the software, but if anyone has included storage shelves in their active car roster and has suggestions, I'm all ears.

       

      As you should be aware of Jon, my entire shed is where I store my cars. It's also an Interchange, so cars are moved in and out of there on a regular basis. During an operating session it's usually only half full. Porter also has an Interchange track. But that's only used during an operating session. 

      But do you have off-line (not on live rail) storage in there as well?  I know you have a ton of track space that's connected.  I've run out of room in the basement to add more track without major demo/construction so I am opting for shelf storage above or below the existing bench / track.  Similar to what Ric did in his garage, but organized like Al has set up in under his basement benches in NH...

       

      I already have a bunch of car storage shelves, but they are jammed with locomotives stored for projects that haven't been envisioned yet, so new shelves are needed.  I like the way Al did it, with cars organized on the shelf so ends are visible which allows for easy access to more cars in a small space.

       

      I scoped out locations last evening.  I'm undecided about above or below existing bench. If I go below, I'll need to find new winter storage for summer stuff that lives there now. Above will be easier to see and access. I have lumber in stock to build them. Just need the MOJO to get started.

    • July 1, 2020 8:48 AM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      It's probably been 2 months since I've used JMRI to create a switch list. During that time, no thanks to LSC & Facebook, I have acquired quite a few more cars.  Being a mostly rainy day today, I wanted to run a train on the indoor division. JMRI refused to build a train with more than one car. A quick look at the build logs showed why: There is only one open car spot at each end of the railroad. JMRI has tons of cars wanting to move, but no where to put them!

       

      So, it's time to add a fiddle yard to the operation. I think I have a good idea on how to work this in the software, but if anyone has included storage shelves in their active car roster and has suggestions, I'm all ears.

       

      What I plan to do is to dedicate one track in each yard as an arrival/departure track where nothing is stored. Then, in the software,  I will add one or two more yard tracks that represent the storage shelves accessible from the arrival/departure track. Hopefully I can open 5 or 6 car spots this way and get things moving again.

      I had a yard at one end of the railroad and we would start there and build out train #1.   Train #2 started at the other end, but was already built and just lived on a staging track.   The theory was that building a train was lots of fun the FIRST time.

       

    • July 1, 2020 8:40 AM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:

      So, it's time to add a fiddle yard to the operation. I think I have a good idea on how to work this in the software, but if anyone has included storage shelves in their active car roster and has suggestions, I'm all ears.

       

      As you should be aware of Jon, my entire shed is where I store my cars. It's also an Interchange, so cars are moved in and out of there on a regular basis. During an operating session it's usually only half full. Porter also has an Interchange track. But that's only used during an operating session. 

       

      I have the car ferry at Williamsport set up as an interchange yard, not an industry.

    • July 1, 2020 4:32 AM EDT
    • So, it's time to add a fiddle yard to the operation. I think I have a good idea on how to work this in the software, but if anyone has included storage shelves in their active car roster and has suggestions, I'm all ears.

       

      As you should be aware of Jon, my entire shed is where I store my cars. It's also an Interchange, so cars are moved in and out of there on a regular basis. During an operating session it's usually only half full. Porter also has an Interchange track. But that's only used during an operating session. 

    • June 30, 2020 8:04 PM EDT
    • Rick Marty said:

       

      "I have acquired quite a few more cars."

      Jon,

      I like your solution, don't liquidate rolling stock, build more yards

       

      I just can't pass up a deal   A few years back I was converting couplers on Delton Classics cars to fill-in for my lack of cars. I don't have a problem with the size difference and keep a picture of two generations of box cars together as justification for the size difference. Detail-wise they aren't far off. If they were I would liquidate them first. Just wish they were lettered correctly for an early generation wood car.  Oh crap, another project.

    • June 30, 2020 7:59 PM EDT
    • Rooster said:
      Rick Marty said:

       

      "I have acquired quite a few more cars."

      Jon,

      I like your solution, don't liquidate rolling stock, build more yards

       

       

      Another solution is to just get out all your stuff and go roundy round while taking scenic video or pics of the RR.

       

       

      ROOSTER NOTES: that is an all day (meaning ALL DAY) event for him.

       

      I did have a plan to enable a version of RR, loop to loop...

      But when I went to actually build it, terrain surveys proved it unworkable with better than 5% up and down within the loop.  The part near the border stones was built as the Engine House lead a few years ago and Walk Crossing Trans Load was built ending at the flagstone path. The bridge across Deep Cut was placed a few years ago as an abandoned section of track. I was going to connect it as a spur to a coal dock, but I think I am done expanding on the ground.

    • June 30, 2020 7:20 PM EDT
    • Rick Marty said:

       

      "I have acquired quite a few more cars."

      Jon,

      I like your solution, don't liquidate rolling stock, build more yards

       

       

      Another solution is to just get out all your stuff and go roundy round while taking scenic video or pics of the RR.

       

       

      ROOSTER NOTES: that is an all day (meaning ALL DAY) event for him.

    • June 30, 2020 7:02 PM EDT
    •  

      "I have acquired quite a few more cars."

      Jon,

      I like your solution, don't liquidate rolling stock, build more yards

    • June 30, 2020 6:44 PM EDT
    • It's probably been 2 months since I've used JMRI to create a switch list. During that time, no thanks to LSC & Facebook, I have acquired quite a few more cars.  Being a mostly rainy day today, I wanted to run a train on the indoor division. JMRI refused to build a train with more than one car. A quick look at the build logs showed why: There is only one open car spot at each end of the railroad. JMRI has tons of cars wanting to move, but no where to put them!

       

      So, it's time to add a fiddle yard to the operation. I think I have a good idea on how to work this in the software, but if anyone has included storage shelves in their active car roster and has suggestions, I'm all ears.

       

      What I plan to do is to dedicate one track in each yard as an arrival/departure track where nothing is stored. Then, in the software,  I will add one or two more yard tracks that represent the storage shelves accessible from the arrival/departure track. Hopefully I can open 5 or 6 car spots this way and get things moving again.

    • June 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT
    • Just a quick update.  I was looking for some different information in the on-line JMRI manual when I found this listed as a normal condition with aggressive mode as it assumes all pick ups scheduled are complete when it looks for set-outs.  As Ray noted above, Normal mode should solve it, but I have new problems which I will discuss in a new thread that need to be addressed first.

    • June 5, 2020 5:40 PM EDT
    • Ray Turner said:

      I have seen this when I had set "Aggressive" mode for scheduling. "Normal" mode seemed to fix it. Also, note that a location can be listed twice for one stop, the first with pickups only, the second with setouts only. I have found that useful.

      Welcome to LSC Ray!! And thanks for chiming in.

       

      I will need to try that. I've always been set to "Agressive" mode, so you may have something!. I'll have to look at the tweaking route Pick-up/Set-out settings as well.

    • June 5, 2020 2:32 PM EDT
    • I have seen this when I had set "Aggressive" mode for scheduling. "Normal" mode seemed to fix it. Also, note that a location can be listed twice for one stop, the first with pickups only, the second with setouts only. I have found that useful.

    • May 25, 2020 9:26 AM EDT
    • When the Bachmann trolley motor block fails, replace it with the USA trains motor block, add weight and pull a second dummy trolley.

       

    • May 23, 2020 11:31 PM EDT
    • Using a lgb reverse loop pair as the signal tracks I wired up the reverse unit and powered it up. It worked perfectly and the switch Is the 10x multiplier. Set up a test track and ran my new climax loco on it. It will be used for my trolley that will run from Dartmouth to New Bedford. It originally ended on the Dartmouth/Westport line at the Lincoln Amusement Park. My goal is to have it run the width of my layout disappearing into a tunnel heading back to New Bedford. The trolley ran down the middle of rte. 6 and my dad road it as a kid. I have a Bachman trolley that will be running the route.