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Here is a First, My First Video

I was discussing how to get a throw rod into my N scale throw bars with a fellow modeler from the US and told him I would attempt to do a video on how I made my throw rods small enough so the hole in the throw bar isn’t so big it would break. What came out of this was I had another modeler ask me to do one on how I install my Moles on their side. As soon as I have everything ready I will be making that one and posting it as well.

 

Here goes…. Making my Grand Debut

 

See Ya

Al

Micro-Managing My Time

Since June I have not found much time to do any work on the layout. Between work, Family, a flood at our church (which created way more work than we first thought) I have had a very busy summer. I knew I didn’t have time to go down and spend an hour or more at any point on the layout so I didn’t even try. It wasn’t until my 22 month old Grandsons (Ben) came for a visit one day and went straight to the top of the stairs, reached up for my hand and said “Come” (I knew what he wanted) ,  with that I knew I had to get things rolling somehow.

I spent a few minutes the next day going over what it was that I needed to do to get my trains running again so Ben would be able to see the trains run again as soon as possible. All my turnouts were in place off of the mainline into the yard and also enough to get through the three Arrival/Departure tracks at each end of the yard. The problem was no power to the rails and no way to control the Moles that controlled the turnouts. I had some time earlier this year to build my control panel for the yard so I could mount the switches in it and start wiring the turnouts and connecting feeders to bus wires. I made a list of things I needed to do and in what order I wanted them done in but also realized that this is going to take a lot of time that lately I just don’t have . What to do???

I decided at that point I need to micro manage my time. If I can spend 10 minutes or even 20, it doesn’t matter as long as something is being done. With spending 10 or 20 minutes here and there and a few evenings that I could spend more time plus a Saturday afternoon I now have all but one turnout finished and functioning properly. All this in about a month and a half of just here and there work!!! I have a short in the frogs of one turnout that I have been trying to troubleshoot. I have one more thing to try with it before I have to do what I don’t want to do and tear it out.

What was actually funny to me was that as I was reading the October issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist e-zine. I read the editorial Hobby Time by Assistant Editor Don Hanley. As I’m reading through it, it was like he was reading my mind just a couple months ago. I kept thinking to myself as I read it “Your preaching to the choir”! I am now a firm believer of micro managing your time. If all you have is 10 minutes to spare, it’s better than nothing at all and you would be surprised as to how much you can get done in short burst like this!!!

Now Ben is a couple month older and his words are getting a little clearer but he doesn’t go to the stars and say “Come” anymore. He gets his jacket and shoes off and looks at me and say “Trains?” It is said in a question but I know it is more of a demand.  😆

See Ya

Al