Welcome to the Broken & Mangled Operators’ website
DON’T BE A MODEL RAILROADER, BE A RAILROAD MODELER
RailRun 2017 will be held on March 31, April 1, and April 2
Web page established on 1/31/05.
I made an interesting discovery while attempting to fix my turntable, which has been acting up for the last three sessions. The Walthers turntable operates on a simple self contained computer. There are two terminals, one for turntable track power and one to power the computer and motor. The track power should be connected to the DCC track power, not brain surgery. The turntable power, however, is shown in two different ways in the instruction manual. One method is to simply power it with 10 to 16 volts AC from a stand alone power source. The other way is to power it from the DCC system, ie, tap the power from the base station. The second way is how I did it when I attempted to add sound to the table. I have found that using the DCC power causes problems because whenever a short occurs and a breaker trips it cuts off the power to the computer in the turntable, when the power is restored the table is automatically re-booted! Thus the failure of indexing properly if the table was in use at the time of the short. I now have the table running on a 9 volt AC wall transformer so lets hope the problem is solved.
The B&M Operators welcome two new members, Mark Pelletier and Thorsten Exter. Your enthuesism for model railroad operations is most appreciated.
Starting in July, the M&MC will be holding operating sessions for the Second Saturday operating group. I’m looking forward to becoming a permanent host layout in the rotation. There will also be occasional op sessions on some 4th Saturdays. They will be announced via emails as the opportunities arise. Since my layout is only about 40% complete at this time, I can only have around 8 – 10 operators. So the 7 regular Saturday night members and the 3 other host will max out my current capability. For this reason, if you know you can’t make it please let me know and I will contact the spare board to fill out the spots.
Looking forward to the first op session in July. Stay tuned for a possible 4th Saturday session prior to that.
Oft, when I feel my engine swerve,
As o’er strange rails we fare,
I strain my eyes around the curve
For what awaits us there.
When swift and free she carries me
Through yards unknown at night,
I look along the line to see
That all the lamps are white
The blue light marks the crippled car,
The green light signals slow;
The red light is a danger light,
The white light, “Let her go.”
Again the open fields we roam,
And, when the night is fair,
I look up in the starry dome
And wonder what’s up there.
For who can speak for those who dwell
Behind the curving sky?
No man has ever lived to tell
Just what it means to die.
Swift toward life’s terminal I trend,
The run seems short to-night;
God only knows what’s at the end —
I hope the lamps are white.
Cy Warman. “Will the lights be white?” 1897
Deeply saddened by the news of Don’s passing. Our heart felt condolences to the Howd family.