Thursday, April 7, 2011

Trains Running – Service restored to Waterbury!

A significant milestone in the development (or re-development) of the HO scale Central Vermont Winooski Subdivision took place last night when Central Vermont S-4 8015 ran under its own power through the newly-laid track in Waterbury, Vt. Power was a provided by an old MRC Tech II power pack connected to the buss wires with alligator clips. I learned a long time ago it’s better to perform the initial “smoke test” with a DC power pack than the 18 or so volts the DCC system cranks onto the rails. 

A lot of work remains – but at least Waterbury has been declared “operational." The track gang will enjoy a well-deserved rest for the weekend before starting work on extending the mainline. 

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