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SavaTheAggie

The Big Texas Train Show 2014

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Here are some photos from last weekend, where Texas Brick Railroad (TBRR) displayed at the Big Texas Train Show in Houston, Texas. I think this was one of our best solo displays yet.

Full Gallery: https://www.flickr.c...57647344446181/

14988873690_54c553c9e8.jpgBTTS2014_12 by SavaTheAggie, on Flickr

15172508061_a9831cabb3.jpgBTTS2014_18 by SavaTheAggie, on Flickr

15175135862_632bf2e85b.jpgBTTS2014_23 by SavaTheAggie, on Flickr

14988853540_373336d7d2.jpgBTTS2014_30 by SavaTheAggie, on Flickr

14988744409_d877f961f9.jpgBTTS2014_39 by SavaTheAggie, on Flickr

--Tony

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The train station is simply incredible, as is the terrain around it. I can only dream of ever building or owning something like that. Thanks for sharing!

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This whole layout is gorgeous, I really like all the fantastic landscaping. Great job TBRR group, you all deserve a good applause. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Thanks all. I don't know when our next show in Austin will be, though there's talk of putting together something for Brick Fiesta in Austin summer 2015.

Our next displays will be Galveston, Texas City, and Orange, with the possibility of a display in New Braunfels mixed in there somewhere.

We try to keep our website updated.

Http://www.texasbrickrr.com

--Tony

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That is very impressive, the large trees really make the landscape and you can never go wrong with a monorail

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I assume you guys are running PF trains on the plastic track? What do you do about batteries, just keep swapping them out? Does it become a problem in a continuously operating layout?

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On the subject of lego rail shows..... What are the measurements to have it to hook up.... Rail height and distance apart ect

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Thanks all.

Yes, we run batteries - I run PF Battery Boxes filled with Eneloop brand rechargeable batteries - they are awesome. The rest of my club-mates use the LEGO rechargeable PF battery. Since we have many different sets of batteries to choose from, and even more locomotives, a single train running low on power is simply an excellent excuse to swap out trains and keeping it interesting for the club members and public alike (alone I have over 7 PF capable locomotives). And since Eneloop batteries and the rechargeable PF battery both provide constant output of power until the last few minutes of run-time, the trains never start slowing down or stalling through tight curves. They just kind of... suddenly die.

We don't usually run our trains at full speed (they tend to derail on standard LEGO curves at full speed), we can typically get about 2-3 hours of run time out of them running the AAA batteries. An average show will last about 8 hours a day, so that's only 3-4 trains worth of batteries, and we usually ask for an electrical drop to charge batteries as needed. At the last show, I ran my Allegheny at half-speed. It doesn't run on AAA batteries, but AAs, so with a higher capacity, and my not running it at full speed, it meant I got over 6 hours of run time in one day - it just kept chugging along.

Regarding rail distance - we use the standard track placement - 4 studs from the edge of the baseplate, 8 studs between tracks. Nothing too fancy. The height of the rail is dictated by the type of track ballast we use, which is the PennLUG standard. It lifts the track two plates off the baseplate.

Our club standard height for elevated rail (monorail or otherwise) is 20 bricks baseplate to baseplate (track bed to track bed).

I hope that makes sense.

--Tony

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