The 009, however, was another matter. Back in the day, I had a fleet of 009 engines that all ran on DCC. Now, most of the fleet have been sold one. Hence as well as the other work, it needed converting from DCC to DC. An easy task you'd think. Nope. The way the layout sits on the windowsill, getting underneath it to remove something from the main wiring is a nightmare. Fortunately, two little tugs pulled the track feeds off the main DCC power bus with ease. One quick rewire later, now the 009 runs on DC. Seeing as it's the only 009 section of track I now have, running it on DC is probably for the best/involves the least risk.
The overall layout
The newly DCed 009 section. Now working better than it did on DCC!
The Main Station area. Not bad for effectively a glorified inglenook with coaches!
The 4 stars of the current Passenger Fleet. Bachmann 4575, Bachmann E4 and Oxford Rail Adams Radial. Other locos do see use from time to time.
The two current 009 stars. A pair of until now unrun. Now running nicely.
When you need bigger engines, these 2 and the C class tend to get used. The fact they're both sound fitted has nothing to do with it. Honest!
What needs doing, the back of the layout needs tidying up as well as sorting out an engine shed for the 009. Then its Backscenes, detailing and sorting out the fencing as well.
It's getting there is the phrase I'd use. Now, onto the next one (the N gauge test track/009 running in area). Then I should have 3 working indoor layouts (On30, OO/009 and N) plus the 'outdoor'. Outdoor in inverted commas because it needs some serious work to sort out track issues.
Hopefully, there won't be too long a gap until the next post!