I did some troubleshooting, and one of the joints had a little bit of solder on top of the rail, and the other end has a kink in the rail. The 2-8-0 now is able to run through it fine going forward northbound, but derails any other way. I pulled out my L cab SD-40-T2 snoots and they went through without any issues pulling 5 MTL freight cars. Looks like I am going to be doing some track work. I already need to lay three sidings and get some ground throws.
So today I wired up the layout today and I ran the 2-8-0 around the layout today. Most of it is fine, one small electrical dead spot and a pair of rail joints to smooth out….but it works
A few weeks ago, the rail wire announced a prototype weathering contest. I happened to have a prototype picture of my MTL Union Pacific hopper. I decided to also weather a Southern Pacific ACF hopper at the same time using washes of acrylic paints, first fade coats of ivory white followed by burnt umber. The UP hopper also got some pavement black on the trucks.