Cleaning And Care Of Your Model Train

This is something you con do yourselves, but I’m going to suggest you take it to the train store and ask them to show you how. The reason is that each locomotive is a little different. They come apart differently, they use different materials, and so forth.

The basic concept is fairly simple. Remove the locomotive shell. Clean out any dirt with a can of compressed air is often handy for this, though in some cases a solvent may be desirable. This is where things can get hairy; because you want to dissolve unwanted dirt or corrosion and leave the locomotive parts intact.

Once the moving parts are cleaned, they are lubricated. Light oil is usually used, but that can be bad for plastics. A 40-year-old locomotive is unlikely to have a lot of plastic in the running gear, but they might have some. They were just starting to make worm gears out of plastic then. There are some modern lubricants that are specifically made for use with plastic.

So, that’s why I’m suggesting, you have the train store demonstrate the cleaning/maintenance procedure to you. Also remember to purchase the correct lubricants from it. I advocate establishing a good working relationship with a good train store, if you really want to enjoy the hobby.

Yes, you can use G scale models/tracks indoors and out. 8’x8′ is not a lot of room for G scale, but you should be able to get an oval, or maybe a bent oval with a couple of sidings or spurs and still be able to move around the room. Remember that you may need access to re-rail cars and locos on occasion.

I personally have little use for a simulator except as a toy or surrogate for actually building a layout and running trains. By all means get one if you want to, but careful thought, planning and imagination will do just as well for much less money. I think the intellectual effort multiplies the satisfaction of accomplishing a layout design. I also will readily admit to old school tendencies.

There are several different ‘G’ Scale manufacturers, but each uses a little bit different scale ratios. LGB uses 1:22.1; Aristocrat seems to run about 1:28. Bachmann used to run about 1:24. There may be others. But, what I’m leading up to is that trains made up of pieces from different manufacturers may not look quite right. Now that doesn’t mean that you can’t purchase from more than one manufacturer, but watch how you interchange cars if you care about the way they look together. If you just want to run trains and don’t particularly care about looks, which is OK, then don’t sweat it.

If someone else objects, then don’t let them play with your trains. As far as recommending one brand over another, I would suggest that you go shopping for a locomotive or a starter set. Find one that looks good and is a price that you can afford and buy it. If you want more cars, buy them; make sure that they are made by the same company. If you don’t have a starter set or even if you do and you want to build a big layout, you’ll need to buy track and a power supply.

The power supply that comes with a starter set won’t be strong enough for a big layout, so you may want to purchase a bigger, better power supply. But you’ll want to wait until you decide whether you want DCC before you make your final selection.

It depends upon how you will power and control your layout. In general, yes, some form of control for each train will be required. But whether you want or need it to be remote is largely up to you. One factor to keep in mind when building garden railroads is that while the rolling stock can be put away in inclement weather, the buildings and structures have to be able to stand up to wind, rain, possibly ice and snow, and ultraviolet radiation. Many people don’t realize how destructive UV can be to plastics.

So, whether you are building with wood or plastic, everything will need some sort of protective barrier, paint, varnish, etc., or must be naturally weather resistant, such as cedar. When you buy a model train set make sure to ask if it can stand up to the weather in your area.

Armorbearer Training: I’m Tired of Holding the Cup – I’m Ready to Rule!

Has God called you to go to the next level in service? Are you feeling a bit restless and dissatisfied with being an assistant to the leader? A few years ago, a young woman wrote to us saying, “I think I may be out growing armorbearing. What do you think?” We advised her to seek the Lord. And if she discovered Father God was indeed calling her to the next level, then it was time to stand steady and train a successor. Rarely, if ever is it time to run off pursuing something else if there’s no one to take your place.

Of course I realize this does not apply to everyone. For some, it may be a life time assignment of helping their leaders. For them, I can say it’s a great honor to do what God has asked you to do.

On the other hand, there’s a good portion of armorbearers that God has called to go beyond their initial call of armorbearing. If you fit this category, consider this; your dissatisfaction may be God calling you toward your next level of service.

You may be what I call divinely dissatisfied’ with where you are. In my own life, I’ve discovered God used his divine dissatisfaction to cause me to search for Him as a solution. The writer of Acts instructs us, “God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” Acts 2:21

After discovering, it is God calling you to your next level get ready for the process. A good friend of ours tells a story that explains well the process of going to the next level.

He was visiting an uncle on his farm. He got up early the first morning excited to look around and see what he could see. He went out to the barn and noticed a baby chicken struggling to break out of its shell. He curiously watched it peck, struggle and strain to become free of its shell. It seemed so hard on the baby chick that he decided to help it along.

He reached over and pulled away the rest of the pieces of shell; making it completely free. He thought it was going to hop up and start walking around like the other little chicks that had broken themselves free. Instead, it lay there dying not having enough strength to raise itself up.

Puzzled, he told his uncle what he had done and asked why the chick died after he freed it. The relative explained that the birth process of the chick was a part of what strengthened the chick to be able to hop around and get food after the process. If anything interfered with that process; the chick would likely die.

Do you see it? I see us in that little chick. Pecking, struggling and straining through God’s process to the next level. You know sometimes the next level is nothing more than a new or refreshed character that He wants us to operate in. Is God calling you to operate in a greater level of love or patience?

Or perhaps God has called you to the next level of armorbearing, helps, leadership. Won’t you join me in discovering new ways to cooperate with God as he readies us for the next level:

God is raising up next level helpers and leaders in His Church and all over the world. Have you noticed the spirit of servanthood sweeping the Church today? Stay in step with God; let his blessings of service flow through your life. While you are growing a great team of leaders and helpers, remember to cultivate the spirit of servanthood. So, when God leads YOU to your next level, you can expect his power and anointing because you’ve taken the time to become the ‘SENT’ not the ‘went.’

  • Seek the Lord: If God has truly called you to the next level, he will communicate it to you. Go to him; pray and find out. You’re his sheep and his sheep hear his voice. I know we’re all at different levels of hearing God. But I firmly believe he’ll meet you right where you are.
  • Embrace the process: There’s a group of scripture the Holy Spirit often whispers to me during my next level process. The writer of Hebrews says, “…My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord…Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields…fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees…” Hebrews 12:5-14
  • Get instructions: I am saddened when I see young ministers accept the call of God then straight away, put out their sign or pass out their ministry card to accept ministry gigs without proper training. I’ve learned zeal without wisdom can really bring damage to yourself and others. Instead, accept the call, then study to show yourself approved, get instruction, II Tim. 2:15 seek mentorship from the men & women of God. Allow Father God to send you. Seek to be among the ‘sent’ not the ‘sent.’
  • Write the vision: One of the most powerful ways of cementing in your heart what God has said to you is to write it down. The writer of Habakkuk eloquently said, “Write the vision and make it plain…” Habakkuk 2:2,3 If not already, ask the Holy Spirit to confirm it with Scripture. He will; he knows our weapons of warfare are not carnal but mighty in God to accomplish every task.
  • Acknowledge God’s timing: A pastor friend of ours says, “Impatience can be another form of rebellion.” I agree. You should acknowledge and yield to God’s timing. Learn to exercise patience. Even if Father God has called you to another level, it will take time for him to ready or prepare you. Submit to his process. After suffering much trying to operate out of God’s timing, I’ve finally prayed, “Father, your timing is perfect. My times are in your hands. Help me be prepared for my next level.”
  • Train your successor: Begin to look for and pray for your successor. Invest your best in the person you are training. Don’t hold back from them out of fear. Since you’ve fulfilled your current position in excellence, you want to leave a legacy with your leader or pastor. You want to leave them well cared for while you enjoy and embrace your next level.

10 Reasons Why Solar Power is the Next Big Thing

There are several compelling reasons why solar power is going to be massive over the next few years. Enrolling on a solar training course and why getting into this industry could be the best thing you ever do.

10 Reasons Why You Should Do It

– Solar power is better for the environment than fossil fuels and once it reaches cost parity it will explode.

– It is growing in popularity and can be used to heat swimming pools, power cars, mobile phones, ipods and other small appliances.

– Solar energy is a renewable resource that will never run out.

– The earth receives more energy from the sun in just one hour than the whole world uses in an entire year.

– Shell Oil predicts that by 2040, 50% of the world’s energy will come from renewable sources such as solar panels. Many major companies like Shell run their own solar training courses.

– Two billion people in the world don’t have access to electricity. Solar panels can solve this.

– If you produce even more energy than you use, your utility company will buy it back from you.

– Solar power is not affected by the supply and demand of fuel and is therefore not subjected to the ever-increasing price hikes.

– By not using any fuel, solar panels do not add to the cost and problems of storage of radioactive waste or pollute the environment with the transportation of fuel.

– Once your solar panels are installed, there is no more outlay! Its just savings. They are immediate and will last a lifetime.