While the future is already set, it is also unknown. I had all intentions of building an HO-Scale freelance model railroad based on the Alaska Railroad. That has all changed. With the inheritance of a substantial N-Scale layout and boxes of supplies, I will probably switch gears. Amongst the stuff I inherited from my grandfather, were a couple N-Scale engines, a DCC switcher and 3 DC diesel engines. In the few HO parts he had, were three DCC engines: a Steam Engine, a Diesel engine and a switcher. He must have had an HO layout set up for DCC control at one time. With the exception of a few odds and ends, everything was N-Scale.
|Atlantic Coast Line HO|
|Maine Central (MEC) HO|
|L&N HO Switcher|
After setting up Cy’s layout and extending the loop of track, I got his DCC equipment working. He had his layout wired for DC so I converted it. The switcher he had was DCC, but the diesel engine he had was DC. I was able to locate a DCC chip for it and upgraded it.
|Boston & Maine No. 1502 with New DCC Chip|
Its been fun watching the ol Alco RS2 run around the tracks…but my mind keeps drifting. I’m dreaming of watching a pair of ARR SD70MACs pulling a line of hoppers around the track. There is something about them. Their size, their power, their color scheme….
I just might have to make this new N-Scale layout a freelanced Alaska Railroad theme.