First Video of the CNJ Bronx Terminal Operating

HD Video of Bronx Terminal

I cleaned up the layout and got out all the rolling stock so I could take it for a spin. It runs well and is a lot less difficult to operate than I thought it would be. I numbered all the routes in a logical order. Routes 1 through 17 select each of the yard tracks. The 20 series routes reset the yard tracks, or set the loops to closed. 30 series select the crossovers individually. 40 series are for unloading the car floats. In total there are 31 routes.

The locomotive shown on the video is my brass boxcab model of GE/IR 300 HP CNJ 1000. Its not yet painted, and needs work. It now has a QSI sound decoder installed, which you hear on the video. I am hoping to tweak it a bit before the show so it runs well.

This short video is the debut of it running.




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About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: warrisr | 06-17-2009 | 07:06 PM
Posted in: Benchwork Construction | Track Construction | Video | wiring


  1. What a tease! ; )

    Comment by Chris — June 18, 2009 @ 12:25 am
  2. I really want to visit that train show! Problem is I live 6000 km (3730 miles) from Hartford. Hope you will post a video that shows more of the operating after the Train Show! As far as I can see now, it looks great!

    Comment by Anton Torstensson — June 18, 2009 @ 5:42 am
  3. Oh you tease!
    We have a name for people like you…
    Well done.

    Comment by Pierre — June 18, 2009 @ 5:52 am
  4. Magnificent… and, you obviously would have made a world-class strip tease artist, if you hadn’t have become a world-class model railroader…

    Comment by Jim Yaworsky — June 18, 2009 @ 8:36 am
  5. A few questions and comments

    1. Did you use thinner ties under the rail joiners?
    2. Why couldn’t you use the contacts in the tortoise?
    3. Did you try using different Frog Juicer for the close turnouts so they would not have common controllers? Did you talk to Tam Valley Depot http://www.TamValleyDepot.com it probably could be fixed with miner change in the code?
    4. How many soldering iron tips did you use? The wire brush shortens the life of tips considerably, the damp sponge will increase the life of the tip and storing a clean tip also helps.
    5. Why did you turn all your templates to waste paper don’t you care about the trees and going green? Isn’t the #4 turnout a 18” radius and not a 15” as the data that you added states which are nice and you should still be able to get most of them on 8.5×11 or even change all to 11×14 one page.

    Comment by Larry Wodell — June 18, 2009 @ 4:48 pm
  6. Congratulations! I have been watching this project with great interest and I am happy to see you reach this point so soon! I’m looking forward to seeing the finished building and scenery. Great modeling! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Carol Alexander — June 18, 2009 @ 5:53 pm
  7. Hi Larry,

    1. No. But I should have…
    2. I did use the contacts on the Tortoises for all the “normal” turnouts. The crossings however need a form of interlock to work correctly. Very difficult to do and still be simple to build and operate.
    3. I worked closely with Duncan at Tam Valley. The complexity of the crossings makes it impossible to do with a basic unit, would require a custom piece to work, again, it would be difficult.
    4. One. I’m still using it.
    5. No, I don’t care about going green.
    The NMRA standards have a #4 HO scale turnout at 15″, which is why we added a #4.5 with a 20″ more forgiving radius.

    Comment by Tim — June 19, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
  8. Fabulous Tim, and a lefthander too!!

    Comment by Dean — November 4, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

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