The Diesel Repair Shop
Some time ago I built an HO DCC (Digital Command Control) switching layout (1950's Era) that I then mounted on a feature wall in my home, where I also feature various track side scenes that I photographed while chasing trains throughout southern Alberta.
Although this switching layout is operational, and 90% complete, it continues to be a work in progress that gives me much enjoyment when I want to spend time messing with it.
Recently I acquired a new Rapido HO 1950's era SW1200RS diesel switcher, that once I unpacked it, I discovered a couple of tiny pieces that had come loose from their mountings, one being a stanchion that I can be seen making repairs to, and the other a brace located at one end of the forward truck beneath the engine.
Once the repairs were completed, I then placed the switcher on the programing track for programing the decoder that resides beneath the engine shell, allowing the engine to be controlled by the DCC cab.
Beautiful looking engine on the track with wonderful authentic sounds that faithfully replicate the original prototype full sized switcher. Very cool to hear the prime mover (engine) rpm's ramp up when accelerating, and ramp down when de-accelerating.
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The engine hard at work switching cars on the layout...…