Obama’s Cost Of Concern and Care

Obama’s Lack of Concern and Care.  

An Editorial

Count the cost?   His plan will overtime… get more expensive to you and I.

What is it going to cost you?

I don’t know if everyone has heard or got the news yet so allow me to share somethings that will, not maybe, change the kind of Obama Care we are going to get in 2016. I saw this coming and raised the red flag but no body listened.

In 2016 for those of us on set incomes whether it be disability or social security, we will not receive a raise and that being the fourth year out. That’s old news I realize but hear me out. If you didn’t like that wait till you hear what’s coming next. You won’t. I promise.

Our copay for prescriptions will more then double and some of the medications that have been in tier 1, will now be moved to tier 2 an even costlier proposition. Did I spell that out correctly. Reviewing: 2016 no raises to help offset the cost of increased copay’s for prescriptions. Our copay’s will more then double and in some cases will triple in cost. Can you afford to do that?    Can you pay the cost?

The Democrats used to be the party that represented the working man, the working family and those who retired after paying into Social Security – which the Democrat’s started. To include Medicare and Medicaid. Now when it comes to those of us who have retired and are dependent on said programs. It’s safe to say they are turning their backs on us. You know, the Retired Americans and in essence flipping us off. If there’s any “Care” in the program it will disappear in the year 2016.    What will be your out of pocket cost?

My set income along with set expenditures isn’t flexible enough for me to rearrange them in such a way as to pay the increase. My budget has no horizontal, vertical or lateral movement in it. How about yours? For others as well as myself, I sit here wondering what drugs I can come off of and what drugs I can cut in half? Even my insurance provider called to ask me to consult with my Dr. and see what can be eliminated. Is this an acceptable option? How can I responsibly cut or reduce my drug costs?   How can you reduce your cost?

Have you heard? That you will be able to go (you get to go) to your local pharmacy and order a 90 day supply. You will get a three months supply for the cost of two months or so it appears at first.    In Tier 1, that may be true but in the other tiers.   Well, let me share with you what I’ve learned.    The cost is about to go up!

You can go to Express Scripts and  order by mail which will cut your over the counter cost.   Over the counter:   Tier 1, At $12.50 a month.   More then double last years copay.    Tier 1, the new cost for a 90 day supply 2016 will be $24.00 or better to fill one 90 day prescription.   Compared to last year 2015: I spent $5.00 a month per prescription and was able to purchase a three month supply = 90 day for $15.00. Is my math correct? The increase is an over all $7.00 a month, I did say “An increase for one prescription” and that’s just for Tier 1.

I then learned three of my medications now qualify for Tier 2. At $15.00 or more a month and the cost for a 90 day supply at $30.00 or better. Can you afford such a cost increase???   I can’t.

Do the math for yourself and you tell me what this will mean to your personal monthly budget? Don’t take my word for it check it out with your insurance provider and see if I’m lying or telling the truth.   Let’s hope your insurance provider can do better then that.   The cost?

Did I just hear you ask, “What the #E!! ?????”

I just checked my monthly, Dec. 2015, Prescription Drug Summary, as provided by Scan, my insurance provider.    I’m already paying full price MSRP, for most of my prescriptions and the plan for 2015, isn’t picking up a dime.     Why, Omeprazole and  Acid Reflux,  is going into Tier 2 is beyond me as my current cost is $5.52 a month and if I read the Formulary correctly,  next year I will pay $15.00 a month or better.

Whatever happened to “Advantage Programs?” Obama by his own declaration and carried by the media, “Put them on notice”. I wish I could of been in on that conference call. Believe me when I say the “Advantage” well….there just isn’t any, anymore.  Gone!

One fact that stands out and should slap you in the face.  The drug companies have increased the cost of drugs for most Americans while keeping the cost low for other countries.

Begging the question who sold out to the drug companies?

One more thing you need to be aware of. This New Revolutionized Health Care Program is not Obama’s. Using a football analogy it’s Hillary Clinton’s and she simply handed off the football to Obama and he carried it in for a touch down.. Those of us in health care fought this back when Bill was in office. The system we had was  solid and worked well.   Yes,  it needed some refinements but NOT a complete overhaul. Believe me when I say health care providers didn’t want to see this happen. We fought it and won the battle but we didn’t win the war. We saw precisely what is transparent to every American Today, we saw it coming back when. Allow me to warn you:  Hillary if elected as president, she will protect it like a mother hen and her chicks and/or  a mamma wolf protects her pups.    The cost?    What about the cost?

If you think things are going to change because I wrote this…phhht…everything normal…all messed up….fubar! You don’t mind if I spell that with the letters FU? The folks in Washington DC., are totally out of touch with reality.   Then I hear that Obama pointing to gas prices edict-ed no raises because the cost of living hasn’t gone up.   Gas prices, the biggest yo,yo out there and that justifies…. no raises? I would of fired someone on my staff if they had made such an analogy and used that to justify no raises when preparing their departmental yearly budgets.

If you aren’t waking up to what’s happening in and to America you better sit up and take notice.

Socialism is sweeping the political mindset of America and this is just the beginning.    It hasn’t worked anywhere else it’s been tried, what makes us think it will work here.     What are we thinking?

May I suggest? Let’s bring them back to reality with our pocket books and votes.     Better yet. let your voice be heard and swamp the phone lines and mail boxes of our representatives in Washington, DC  and our State Capitals. 

I promise it will only get worse unless we change course.

For those who voted for Obama, or any other Democrat……you’ll hear me say, “You get what you deserve.” You asked for it and you got it. I hope your happy.

Where are the Republicans?   Do we still have a Republican Party?       Are they all in bed… together?     They all seem to be pushing for “A One World Order.”     Have we forgotten how our families that first set shore in America came here to be independent of European Rulers, mini-gog’s, demi-gog’s, land-lord’s, war-lord’s and otherwise tyrant’s.     Right now our politicians are opening the door to European Treaties and governments, who desire to govern the U.S. of A.  from outside America.  For example the U.N.   Do you really want to go backwards to our past?   To be ruled by someone who wants to take away our freedom’s and choices to live as we choose away from us.    Someone, other then an American.    I don’t!!!!!!

An Unhappy, Frustrated and Disappointed Democrat, in Big Bear Country.

This Time…Vote your conscientious.


Posted 11-29-2015 rh  Updated:   3-9-2016 rh

Locomotives and Diesel Engines – Designations.

Locomotives and Diesel Engines-Designations.

Where do we start?

Perhaps a good place to start is the acknowledgment  that in the past and the present there is and has been  bad information, poor terminology and  confusion in the ranks of Toy Train Enthusiast, Model Railroaders and Rail Fans.   Not to be left out,  there is the  “I heard it called,”  by a friend of mine and his friend said that we should listen another friend who read in a book, no it was a magazine that they called it a  ________.  Now there’s a bunch of experts?   You can fill in the blank with almost anything.    The “I Call It,” “They call it,”  “They told me,”   “I heard it from someone who knows,” syndrome.   Now if you want to depend on all of that as your authority, you go right ahead.    Who is “They,”   a committee who’s intent it is to tell you and I, what we should do and what to believe?  You’d think so.

Getting back to the subject at hand.    Not that you and I are going to sort it all  out here on BarstowRick.com but we can at least take a stab at it.

Terminology and the proper use of such, is what makes it possible  to communicate one to the another.    It would be a good idea if  we could, “Come together right now.”    Wasn’t that the title of a song?

Head End Power.

What do you call your head in power?    Locomotives?    Engines?   Prime movers?  Most of us who’ve used these descriptions and have done so as though they were interchangeable or synonymous.     One example  is “Prime Mover,”  to describe motive power.    It doesn’t ring right at all.    Although, it’s been used that way and I’ve been guilty of such.

“Prime mover,”  is in reference to the diesel engine inside the Locomotive.  EMD, GE, Alco and today’s Caterpillar prime movers. It’s the diesel engine that drives either the alternator or generator.   It’s what’s under the hood, the heart, soul and core of what makes it possible for everything to work.  You won’t be going anywhere to quickly, if you can’t get the “Prime Mover,”  started.    Having said so, that should set the tone of this discussion.

Rails (Railroad Employees) are the ones I believe we should be emulating.    Model a railroad then why not use the lingo of the rails and model their verbiage, linguistics and lingo.   Why not add that unique dimension of realism, to your train layout?    Keeping in mind lingo is era and railroad specific.

Unless!    As a good friend of mine says, “He doesn’t care he just wants to run toy trains.”  A member of the DGAS committee.     DGAS=Doesn’t Give A $#!+!   Thanks for your input George, Greg,  Ivan, Billy Bob,  Martha, Myrtle and Johnathan.    Then go ahead and do that.    Somethings are just a matter of selection and choices you decide to make.    Terminology and what you want to call something railroadie is something you define.   The I call it syndrome.

For the rest  of us who do care.     I will attempt to share  what these ears  heard and eyes saw  as I grew up in a family of Santa Fe Rails.   Although, I’m not sure they would appreciate my hanging them out here like this.

Era specific from the late 40’s through to the late 60’s.   It was in the 80’s when Rails started to adopt a new set of terms and terminology.    Today, disappearing is the lingo of old to be replaced by the new.       Yes, it can be confusing  as we reflect back in time.

What did the Rails (Railroad Employees)  call the diesels or head end power?    This will give you cause to go hummm?    The Rails referred to the diesels as “Motors”.     The steam engines as “Locomotives”.    Oh Yes, the diesels?  They do hummmm, and that puts you in good company.  Take your arms and move them forwards and backwards…that’s locomotion.   Can you find that on a diesel or motor.    No obvious locomotion to watch, no side rods flashing in the sun and no chuff to listen to.   No locomotion visible.  Just hummmm… with an occasional hiss of an air valve..

Without a doubt we should be referencing our diesels or motors to the designations the builders gave them.     However, knowing the correct designation can often be difficult to sort out.    For example:   I remember a time when Rails and Model Railroaders referred to the  Alco’s PA,’s as an A, B, A set of units.    The A unit as having a cab and the B unit as being cabless.

The real railroads and the terminology they use can be a mind bender at times.   As a youngster, I learned that Santa Fe referred to the PA’s as an L. A. L.  or L.A.C.,  or L.A.B.C. set of motors. They  did, honest!    L=Lead unit with a cab,  A=the first cabless unit,   B = the second  cabless unit and  C =  a trailing unit with a cab.         Santa Fe’s Ft’s, F3’s and F7 types was also labeled as an L-A-B-C set and no I’m not kidding.     For more information regarding ATSF & the diesel designations see one of the best resource out there  Q Station:   http://atsfirc.qstation.org/atsfrost.html

FYI a short tutorial or reminder:   If the print is bright green or red you can click on it and you will find yourself  high-balling down the internet track to the next presentation.  Check out the following  links.   Do come back as we aren’t done with this discussion.

So what’s a modeler to do?  Make up your or our  own diesel designations and ignore the best resources out there?  At first glance it looks like that’s exactly what we modelers have done.

On the 1:1 foot scale, over the years there’s been quite an  assortment of various types and styles of head end power with all kinds of designations.   Most arrived on railroad property with a designation IE.,  EMD’s, GP 7, GP 9, GP 20, GP 30, GP 35 and more.   As they aged the railroads would  rebuild them and give them  new designations.    IE.,   ATSF’s GP35u.s.

Improvements in control stands and electronics and you’d have a – 1 (dash one) tacked onto the end.   You’ll find “Dash 1, 2, 3, 4 and more” added on to the designations.   Never mind Phase 1, Phase 2 and etc.  I’m not sure where the use of “Phase” came from?  Most often it was used to discuss the various rebuilds as performed by a specific railroad. If you don’t think the real railroads make it confusing enough wait till you see what we model railroaders have been up to or added to the mix .  

As in mixed up?     We moved through F units, PA’s, FA’s, GP’s, SD’s  AC’s and a list to long to share here.  Along with  today’s confusion over what is a Locomotive.   Begging the question, “What do we call all our head end power, “Locomotives?”   Is it a catch all phrase or term?  Would you agree, we need some definitions?

Past Tense:   Definitions of train equipment as per the Rails of the Railroads.

Locomotives:    A steam engine with all the side rods, drivers and connecting rods when in motion creates an awesome picture of locomotion.          Saying it another way anything powered by a steam boiler, driven by pistons and has drivers with connecting rods all moving to the poetic motion of  locomotion.    You guessed it, that’s a Locomotive!

Motors:    Diesels, are not so exciting.    Not much locomotion going on other then the wheels turning.   A Motor or Diesel,  powered with a diesel engine which in turn powers a generator, electronics, with power finally arriving at the  electric motors in the trucks.        No locomotion in sight but interesting to watch.   You can say with certainty there’s no cause to call them a Locomotive.    None!

Yeah but!    There’s a member of the “Yeah But Committee,” heckling me.    Did you say, you’ve heard the Rails of today refer to the latest beast of the rails as Locomotives.    That’s true!   The latest dictionary’s includes both the diesel and steam engines as a locomotive.   What?   What?   What did he say?  Yep, I did say that.   Don’t think for a minute, I’m happy with that.

Confused yet!

If you haven’t thrown your hands up in disgust by now, then may I suggest something here.      It never hurts to consult those who are in the know and have  researched the subject of  locomotives and diesel designations.     Perhaps,  a visit to your local book store or hobby shop where you can look for a number of  Diesel Spotters Guides.   For you Santa Fe fans,  books published by Dr. Cynthia Priest.    She has it together and the most accurate descriptions are available thanks to her thoughtful and thorough research and presentations.

Allow me to make an observation.    I don’t think I will make a lot of friends but someone needs to put this out there.    The internet and model railroad terminology is taking a turn for the worse and will eventually be totally out of control.     Misuse of terminology is prevalent and is what we need to focus on.   Hopefully, to  correct it….or not, that’s up to you.   Looks like it’s up to you and I to reign in the horses and stop the nonsense.    Starting with your layout and any influence you and I might have on Club Layouts.   Time for a Check-up, which I hope will eventually lead to a Check Mate.

The internet and Wiki, reflect today’s thinking and is full of errors.   I’m always cautious when reading something published by a rail fan, model railroader or toy train enthusiast.    And I’m one of them!  They aren’t always the best authority on railroading.   Oh they know the area in which they model but even within the superfluous fantasy world, there is confusion in the ranks.  I’ve done my best to provide my research… with various links, so you can follow along.  I will attempt to sort some of it out but I’m going to leave the bulk of the information for you to sort out.   Mission of Self Discovery!

Allow me to give you one example of what I’m talking about.    I recently purchased an HO Set of  A&B, Alco PA’s.     The sellers (there was two of them) called the PA B Unit a PB1.    The paper work that comes with the model from Athearn,  labels them as an Alco PA-1,   A & B units.   Prompting the question, “What should they be called?”

There’s one resource I want to share with you,  authored by  Adam Burns, of the American-Rails.com.   So, before we go any further check out the following:   http://www.american-rails.com/american-locomotive-company.html

Did you find mention of any PB’s?

I’ve read and listened to various discussion where train enthusiast (Toy Trains, Model Railroaders and Rail-Fans) referred to the Alco PA unit as PA1’s, PB1’S, and other designations that may or may not be appropriate.    The PBY came to mind but that’s a flying boat.     How and when “PB1,” became so popular to use I have no idea.    The author in the following link,  makes a statement regarding PB’s and this may hold as an explanation for such.    Again we turn to, Adam Burns:   http://www.american-rails.com/alco-pa.html

In the world of model railroading it was typical to refer to any Cabless unit as a B unit.    The toy train and model railroader enthusiast pretty much started this creating their own lingo.     It simplified things but isn’t necessarily correct.   To simplify an Alco PA, B unit to PB is just wrong.   The  designation I heard as a youngster is an Alco PA, Cabless Unit or as the model railroaders tagged it, a B unit.   Later shortening the designation to a PB unit and then adding the (1).     It looses something in the translation.   Gone is Alco’s original designation.

I’d like to say in the next video, here’s an example of two properly labeled PA-1’s,  (PA dash 1) and a B unit.    That may not be so.     The two cab units are models of  Santa Fe’s rebuilds that   once operated on the San Diegans.  Should you finish reading this posting here on BarstowRick.com, you will learn the proper designation.   I promise!

Check out the roof top of the two A units.   There’s a new EMD prime mover hiding under the hood.   Gone is the smooth roof line replaced with some odd looking angles.  We aren’t done yet.  Take a look at the B unit, check out the roof line, pretty standard.    It may be a rebuild but lacking the EMD prime mover under the hood.

TopHobbyTrains Overland HO DCC Sound ATSF Santa Fe PA-1 / PB-1 / PA-1 Soundtraxx Tsunami

Published on Jun 9, 2013

This video is of the Overland Models HO Scale Brass ATSF Santa Fe PA-1 / PB-1 / PA-1 3 diesel powered set installed with TopHobbyTrains sound and lighting package. The Tsunami AT1000 Alco 244 decoder was used in each of the locomotives and all bulbs were rewired and replaced with TopHobbyTrains LED assemblies. The sound is amazing from the 3 units and the bright lighting bring this wonderful model set to life.    Thanks for tuning in here THT.

In the video whether they are labeled correctly or not they are good looking PA’s.     A shout out of thanks to TopHobbyTrains, for posting this video on You Tube.    Just don’t go out and buy them all up leave me a set.  Did they make any  in  N Scale?

What is the correct diesel designation for  the PA’s  as illustrated in the last video?    PA-4, PA-1 B unit, PA-4?    See if you can find evidence of such.      It’s possible the rebuilds as seen in the previous TopHobby video, have been  renamed by Santa Fe.    PA-1 refers to an earlier version or second run of Alco PA units,   The odd ball designation is the PB-1, as it was never used by Alco or the railroads.

PA, A unit listed as a PA-1.  Click on the underlined  red print and you will link to  an example of what I’ve already shared.   The PA-1 was a former Santa Fe PA and may have been rebuilt, thus the designation PA-1.    Usually a dash (-) preceding a number has something to do with improvements in the control stand and electronics.    Kind of like saying Phase 1, or Phase 2 and etc., but … I will get into that issue and discussion  later.

Wiki has only added to the confusion as it’s submissions can be made by anybody and anything can be added or deleted.     Not always correct but often times close enough.   Suspect is an apt description.  Approach red over yellow.

EMD A Wiki Submission:  You will be surprised at what you learn about EMD and EMC’s Diesels.

Alco Locomotive Works, Diesel Electric Engine designations by Wiki.   You will find a PB1 designation but no picture of said Motor or Diesel Electric Engine.    Don’t let that confuse you.   This isn’t an official roster.

There’s no question the  PA-1’s are rebuilds and Greg M., confirms such saying, “They are rebuilds.”   When it comes to the PB1, we both think that model railroaders picked up a bad habit of calling the PA B units, PB’s.    If Santa Fe or any other railroad  rebuilt them and tagged them as PB’s, I’d be ok with that… BUT, I’ve yet to find proof of such.

This next video is a promo.     I happen to have this video and watched it recently.      The commentator refers to the PA sets as the “Alco PA Series”.    Downside in the promo you won’t see the last rebuild of the PA’s as found in TopHobby Video’s.    I can assure you they are authentic replications of the last Santa Fe Rebuild and I think that was done by Morris Knudsen.

Diesel Power on the Santa Fe.

Diesel Power on the Santa Fe Preview – Charles Smiley – TrainVideoDepot.com

Uploaded on May 28, 2011

The Santa Fe we knew is gone but the imprint it left on the west is celebrated here on brilliant color film that has been digitized and edited with care. A number of film sources show the late-great Santa Fe through a variety of motive power changes that reflect the Santa Fe’s ability to respond well to an evolving industry. Few roads could compare to their quality of service. They left a positive and lasting impression on the public. The railroad industry in general maintained credibility through their efforts. Even in the rough times. TRAINS MAGAZINE comments Diesel Power on the Santa Fe gets off to a rousing start, with a fast-paced montage of motion picture and still images set to suitably dramatic music. Many of the scenic feature the classic places of the Santa Fe-Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal in days of the F’s, Tehachapi, Cajon, and Barstow Yard. The careful editing (and excellent maps and graphics) do justice to the subject. This is a fine tape and one that will appeal to the Santa Fe’s many devoted fans.-C.S The Cast: GP20, GP30 & GP35 SD24, SD26 & SD45 CF7, FP45 & F-units ALCO PA – ALCO’S & RSDs U-boats & cabooses at all the great hot-spots Visit Old Cajon, Tehachapi, Mojave, Barstow Yd. plus the Stockton and Pasadena Subdivisions. See LAUPT and many other locations with both passenger and freight trains. Vignettes from Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona. See the Santa Fe in the evolving years from 1965 to 1985. Special sections on the F-units, Cowl units, Super-c and ALCO power.    Thanks for lending us your eyes and ears.    Tune in by purchasing one of our videos,  Charles Smiley.

Santa Fe sold off the last of their fleet of Alco PA’s to D&H.     Note the roof lines.     Note the Alco PA designations they use.

Alco PA’s, and E8 powered D&H Adirondack passenger train in 1976,

Published on Nov 6, 2012

The first clip was taken on the east shore of the Hudson River, and shows a north bound Amtrak E8 powered Adirondack. This is on the NYC Systems Water Level Route just north of the station at Peekskill NY. Starting with the second part in the clip, we watch a single D&H Alco PA, #18 leaving the Colonie shop area in Watervliet, NY. The D&H had four rebuilt PA-4’s that started life as Santa Fe PA1 units. It will head over to back against an Amtrak dome car (which we don’t see) to be placed on the north bound train. With only 3-1/2 minutes of film per cartage, it never fails to end at the most inopportune times. The dome car is taken off before it heads farther south because of clearance issues at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. We then head over to catch the train north bound, with Delaware and Hudson #18 leading, near Mechanicsville, NY. On another day, we catch the Adirondack with PA #17 leading. These clips where shot in 1976. This is from my collection of Super 8 sound movie camera I had taken in the 70’s. Video, and sound quality is poor, not to mention, camera shake, but may interest some people. To have the films re-edited would cost a small fortune, as I have eleven 400′ reels of film. Let me know what you think, and maybe I will edit more classic films from the 70’s…

This is an updated version of my other clip on the PA’s with footage added, and the film restored and transfer to DVD. The quality is a little bit better than the original posting.
Thanks for watching. Jackmp294

From the side door Pullman:  I guess all of this begs the question what do you call the B units?  May I suggest Alco PA’s, B Units.

Excellent videos that illustrate the locomotives we’ve been talking about.    Now that we’ve straightened everyone out!   We did?   I dont think so.   Don’t expect anything to change.  Do expect someone to come along and rename them.   Sigh!   Same old, same old…everything normal…fubar.       I said looking over my glasses barely  making a grin!

The “I call it,” “They Call It” and “I will call it ________ because I don’t know what else to call it.” syndrome.

Go sort it out and I wish you lot’s of laughs and fun as the universe of railroading reveals itself to you.     As always it’s up to you to decide because, “You make the rules……”

Now go have some fun and let’s get some trains operational.    I want to see pictures of your Train Time at the Station.     How about some Alco PA’s?

Locomotives as a synonym for Diesels?     Not on my layout    Not in my lifetime.    Notta going to be heard from the lips of this-a momma’s baby boy.   Grin!

Did you find the proper designation for the TopHobby’s, Alco PA’s.    Here’s a hint go back to the subheading for the last Video regarding the D&H, Alco PA’s.      Does PA-4 ring a bell?

More to come as this is a work in progress.


Switchbacks – How They Work

Track – Switchbacks and How They Work.

If you aren’t inspired by this next video.    If you don’t get  all kinds of different  ideas from watching it ….I give up.     Look for those enticing, awe inspiring  ideas that jump right out at you.

Colorado Springs, Colorado is known for it’s switch backs as is Silverton, Colorado.

Visiting the prototype you can learn much about how these work and the purpose they serve.     I’m sure you’ll like the first part of the video interesting and if you stick with it long enough you’ll get to see how the D&RGW used the switchbacks.


Published on Jan 14, 2015

Thanks for stopping in to view this video, Jonathan Cordova.

I’d say the trial video is a success and yes, I’d like to see more.    Maybe purchase a copy,  if it ever makes it to the market,

Switchbacks for the narrow gauge and standard gauge railroads was a bit of an operations conundrum.       Railroads found themselves asking:    Are they worth the expense to build them, will we be able to move the tonnage over them to justify the cost to build and maintain them  and is it safe?     They must have thought so, as they built them.

Model Railroaders have tried over the years to  replicate switchbacks with little to no success.     Most have failed because they tried to replicate the grades and none of the stoves available, on the market, allegedly new in the box had the ability to pull themselves   up those grades.    Let alone pull ten or so hoppers, gondolas or other freight cars.

While visiting a friends layout in Kettering, Ohio.   I watched in frustration as several attempts were made to move a train over a series of switch backs.   I think it was safe to say everyone in the room including the operator of the train was frustrated.    The  Shay, wasn’t going to get the job done.

If you are going to attempt to replicate such on your model railroad I would highly recommend  2% grades and no steeper.      Keep the curves fairly wide as the drag on the trains is significant and can slow a train down.

That concludes our introduction to Switchbacks.    Oh wait!    Here’s a question for you.     What do Model Railroaders call Switchbacks?    Uhh….err besides all the negative stuff I’ve either shared here or seen on various layouts.    If you answered “Turnout-backs”.    Gosh, I have no idea how to respond to that in any appropriate fashion.    Heads up, you won’t find such a word in the dictionary.     So….. let’s not make the mistake of screwing this up.   I said looking over my glasses and gritting my teeth.    They are called “Switch-backs.”   Nothing more, nothing less.


Control Panel Wiring For Switches w/LED’s

Control Panels Wiring For Switches with LED’s as direction indicators.

If you clicked on  “Control Panel Basics,”  and up came this post, that’s ok as everything presented here on BarstowRick.com,  is geared to presenting various ways and means to make up a control panel.   Basic information that most toy train enthusiast and model railroaders use to control their trains.   Here  in this post and others I’ve submitted you will learn the ins and outs of several different types of wiring techniques and types of control panel’s you can use.   So don’t give up and stop with this one post by throwing up your hands saying I can’t do that.     I think you can.

The most basic thing you need to know is how to solder-in all those wires  and make sense of them.

Luke Towan., presents Control Panel Wiring (with LED’s) – How To.   Here he illustrates how to wire in your switch machines and use LED lights to indicate which way the switch is thrown.

Control Panel Wiring (with LED’s) – How To – Model Railroads

Published on Sep 29, 2014

A quick how-to video on the process I use when wiring up LED’s and switch machines on the layout. There are many ways to wire a layout and this is just one of those ways that works for me.  Its easy, fast and cheap to do. If you can solder a wire then you will be able to make this control panel. Thanks for watching and feel free to comment or subscribe, Luke Towan.

There you have one of the most unique ideas for wiring in your switch machines with indicator lights.      Something many of us wanted years ago.

Do keep in mind you won’t/don’t need an electrician to help you wire in your layout.    What we do is fairly simple.     On the other hand if you want to make it complicated the sky is the limit.

There’s more to learn here on BarstowRick.com.     Make yourself at home  and let’s see what you can do with your train layout.    You won’t know until you try.