Working the Float

More HD Video of Operation

While at the Train Show I didn’t get a chance to make any video of the layout running, I was quite busy for every minute of all three days. To make up for the missing train show video I promised to shoot, I made this one up last evening.

This is a bit HD video of operation on the Bronx Terminal, focusing on the process of unloading a carfloat following prototype practice. The fully loaded three track carfloat holds about 17 cars, two rows of 6 cars on the outer rails, and 5 down the centre (depending on car size). To unload a float, three cars are pulled off of one of the outer tracks, these three cars are then coupled onto the cars on the opposite outer track. All nine cars are pulled and stored into the adjacent yard. The final three cars from the first track are pulled and coupled onto the cars of the centre track, these 8 are then stored. This keeps the float balanced when loading or unloading and reduces stress on the floatbridge.

Occasionally idler cars were used at the Bronx Terminal, but not always. The main use for idler cars wasn’t to keep the locomotive off the float, it was to aid in visual clearance and safety. It was not uncommon to drive the loco’s onto the floats at the Bronx Terminal, as I do here.

The loco was re-worked at the train show by the guys at Tony’s Train Exchange. Lew White installed a new High Bass speaker, which improved the sound of the engine dramatically, the speaker that was in there initially was very tinny sounding, the new one is very clear. Josh Shedaker tweaked the sound samples in the QSI Revolution decoder in the loco and improved its operational abilities with some modifications in the CV’s. It now has white LED lights in it, before they were green. They are also very bright and operate correctly.

At some of the major train shows, Tony’s Train Exchange sets up a workbench where you can have a decoder installed in your loco right there at the show, its a great service as the work performed is top notch, done by professionals.



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: Tim | 07-27-2009 | 10:07 AM
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