I bought my first steam engine, the MTH Premier L4b Mohawk, in late 2009. It’s a great engine but it’s always had some power issues going through multiple switches and so forth. Unless the track has just been cleaned, the 2 power rollers on the locomotive just aren’t enough to give consistent power to the engine. To fix this, I used some leftover parts from an MTH dummy engine lighting kit and added a 3rd roller onto the front truck of the tender. It worked like a charm and the engine is now running like a champ!
Things are going a little slower on the layout right now, which is fairly typical for summer. You get busy doing all sorts of outdoor family stuff and there just isn’t as much time for the layout as there is when it’s cold or nasty out. Nevertheless, there has been some work taking place. I’m going to start shooting the next layout update video next week, so look for that on my YouTube channel in the near future.