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3/31/20 Edition

Modeling Starks WI

*Woodboro WI*

PL&S Photos

Passenger Cars

Pickle Tub Cars

PLL Caboose #3

Logging caboose

Corn Crib

Black Jack's Bar

Ore Car Frames


NMRA Car Frames

Winter Project


Choo Choo Store

Pickle Salting Station

Moen Lake Bridge

Scale House

Photo Backdrops

Brainless Modeling

Other Projects

Fab Lab 3D Laser

Fab Lab 3D Printer

AP Projects


DCC Help Link (NCE)

DCC Testing

Current Control Issues

Current Control Part 2

Help From DownUnder

Current Update

Club Projects

Modular Layouts

Meeting the Masters

Achievement Program



At The Clearing

Paul at the Forge


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The new configuration of my upstairs office This is the New Demo / Testing Lab for DCC, LCC and Arduino.

The Demo / Testing Lab is designed to having 3 blocks on the track to test detectors and allow for programming and testing locomotives.

DCC is supplied by a NCE PowerCab with a USB interface to JMRI. This allows me to program and test locomotives and well as experiment with WIFI connections via JMRI.

The LCC system is set up with, from left to right, A BOD4-CP, control point, a Signal LCC interface card, an 8 output Stall Motor Driver (SMD-8), a Tower LCC Interface card, and an I/O Test board. All these components are from RR-CirKits, Inc. An LCC USB Buffer connects the LCC network to the computer for configuration.

The Orange wires feeding the blocks with DCC have a Current Transformer (CT) that detects current passing thru the orange wire and reports back to the BOD4-Control Point (CP). The White wires have NCE BD-20 Detectors that work with the Arduino Signal System that we use on the TLMRC Modules and teach at Make It! Camp.

There are currently power supplies for the PowerCab, LCC and the Switch machine.

The locomotive may be controlled by the PowerCab or JMRI cabs as it moves across the track each block that is occupied will show up on the BOD4-CP via a LED. If I have the network monitor screen active on the computer I will also see all communication between the LCC nodes. This allows me to view the events that any change in the track or the pushbuttons on the test board create as well as the events that are a result of the events that occur. (The train enters block 1 and the event ending in o7 is displayed but that event (occupancy of block 1 causes the signal board to send an event to the turnout control to move the turnout motor) an event ending in 31. MT01:

Thanks to Daniel Kubarych of the ARHS for his guidence on the configuration of this project.


Why Do I look Like This? Because I am in here with my close-up glasses on. In order to replace the track in front of me The Red X Marks the Spot where I was working. The issue was that I had to replace a section of track that was code 70 where there should have been code 83. I believe we added that section of track where a #8 turnout will go later. The code 70 was mixed with the remaining code 83 while we built Rhinelander Yard that has code 70 rails. There were bumps going in and out of that section of track. Back on 3/21 this car, in the middle of a train, left the track and hit the floor. The cars in the train ahead of this one kept going and the ones behind just stopped on the track. 3 of the 4-wheel sets from this car flew across the floor and had to searched for. Looking for a reason that this car would have departed the rails I only found the section of code 70 track between code 83 that could cause a car to derail. Replacement was the only answer. Because we are all on our own these days, I moved all the tools I might need onto the Bradley Yard so I could do the track work with only 2 trips under the layout. I also spiked the yard tracks while I was under the layout and cleaned the points on the commercial turnouts at that end of the yard. I believe the corrosion that showed up in between the points and stock rails contributed to locomotives stalling at that location. In addition, I found that I had wired the #8 turnout with 8 conductor wire but had yet to wire the frog. I have setup the parts and tools to correct this which should help the movement thru this section of the main line. I have also found that the commercial turnouts from Walthers frogs are able to be connected and conduct around the plastic insulation. I am installing frog power wires and new connectors to the Tortoise switch machines to power the frogs at that end of Bradley yards. .010" Evergreen plastic is inserted into the green connectors to prevent them from sliding sideways and shorting the SPDT sections. CAT 5 wires connect the turnout socket to an eight-connector barrier strip for each turnout.



LCC Development for Layouts and Modules Started Friday 8/16/2019 with Clinics in March 2020. The DuPage Division Clinic was successful but the rest have been postponed or canceled due to the restrictions on gatherings greater than 10 and for the health of our fellow Model Railroaders.


Check out Club Projects for the rebuilding of Mantua 4-6-2 and more


Structures under Construction for Scenery


Printing Ore car frames for MDC Ore Cars


*Passenger Cars*


Laser Cut UDP Panel for DCC controls

Note the connections are at the top to avoid dirt and shorting


Super detailed Kadee Logging caboose


Woodboro Warehouse

Photos of scratch built PLL #3

Here are some of the parts going into the model. Interior walls were cut from .020" evergreen siding and painted a light green which conforms to the interior of prototype caboose. The floor is also cut from Evergreen plastic and painted with Floquil Foundation as is the underside of the roof. Die marks in the roof were removed and extra bracing was added before airbrushing. The doors were only detailed on the outside so i added frames and 3 panels to the inside before painting. Hand rails and grab irons were paint black as were the steps. Windows and doors, inside and out were painted Boxcar Red.

Additional cars under construction include Way cars for HO and HOn3 from my own drawings and including interior details. These were cut on the Laser cutter at the Fab Lab in The Three Lakes School. Drawings are available to scale these cars to S or O scale.

These are test sets of cars cut and assembled to look over the size and shape.(left is HOn3 right is HO in each photo)


*Woodboro Store Progress**New Warehouse Drawings*



Taking a ride on my Private Car to the BSA Merit Badge Session



"Current News" Help Me I am Melting

Using Circuit Breakers on DCC layouts


The WC / SOO Line Rhinelander Scale House


Atlas Signal Tower Kit bashing Project

tower2The Kit-A-Long Projecttower box


Kit bashing a boxcar into a Fictional Prototype near Wolf Creek MT

Black Jack's Bar


Lelah Starks Certified Seed Potato Warehouse, Starks WI (SOO MP 227)

Modeling Starks WI


Woodboro WI founded by the Woods Lumber Co.

Building a model of Woodboro WI, General Store and Warehouse


**Building Pickle Tub Cars in HO and HOn3**

Scratch Built and Kit bashed rolling stock


Modular Layouts


pl&s logo Perch Lake and Superior paw




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