|I am on a high, powered up the control panel yesterday, wow my friend did a great job in the wiring up of the rotary switches.
Still I have to do my bit in connecting to the track on the layout from the panel, wire up the throttles as well.
The first pic with the first colours to run a train around the whole layout.
Next pic with the rotary switch at different positions of the rotary switch.
Controlling three throttles, two remotes for the main line and a local or one remote and two local throttles.
I will be closing in under the panel and extending out for the receivers for the remote throttles and local throttle.
Transformers will be in a cradle with a four switch power board and only one lead to the power plug.
Big day today, setting up all the cut decking and modules to see how they will go with the decking plan and if I need more ply, hopefully not.
Slightly warmer last night 4 degrees, 17 degrees now to a nice 25 degrees day, wind is building up, hope not too colder a wind.
Once all the decking is in place, will begin joining them up with the way I join the smaller sections together.
Am thinking of doing away with plug to make it quicker to set up the modules and sections.
Looking into those switched you use for lift out bridges.
On the smaller deck sections will cost the same as the speaker plugs I am using.
I will use the double plugs and single plugs to connect the panel to the layout, any ideas.
A bit like how slot car track power join up together.
Will have to do a video clip once the decking is up, don't have a wide angle lens.
Tony from cool down under.
Spiral construction is well under way with the bridge filling the gap between the spiral and corner module.
I plan to do a river scene will look good and build in under neath the bridge with an arch.
I have now painted the bridge and set up the corner module and bridge on two saw horses and an adjustable stand,
works well so I am not bending down getting a sore back.
Next pic showing my level jig how I level the grade on the spiral, every 3 feet goes up 3 quarters of an inch, better with a longer level.
The curve deck is 5 feet long, I have clamped and bracket to the balcony hand rail post, saves on a timber leg.
I will screw on a piece of ply so I can get the grade height right making it easier for the next curve,
which is 12 foot quarter diameter curve, 7 feet in length,
then onto a straight 3 feet long and onto 7 foot diameter 3 quarter curve onto a straight and final curve onto the bridge.
Last pic is how I line up the curve and straight deck join so the track will line up every time.
I found I had to clamp a piece of ply to the bottom of both legs to keep them upright until I join the second curve to the post bracket.
I have to gain 9 inches to the bridge, sure have the length to achieve that.
The spiral looks pretty close the Tehachapi loop I first started working, so I could model the Tehachapi farm there as well.
Next port will have the track down, it is down under's turn to be rain till Tuesday, plenty to do under the pergola track laying and wiring,
Tony on a high, from down under
Track is down on the bridge connecting to the main line on the spiral corner module.
First pic I set up the bridge so I can nail the track down,
ready to solder the fiber glass coated brass strips onto the rails, screw the strip down and cut the track.
It is very dull here and cold still 16 degrees outside, don't think I will get anything done today,
I have a nerve issue that plays havoc when it gets cold especially when the westerly winds hit.
Still on pic one, I also swapped the curve point for a straight point on the corner module and moved the curved point a long more,
so I can fix the track between the two points.
Pic two I unscrewed the front side off the module so I can cut the ply to raise it up 5mm's,
so the grade doesn't have that kink in it where the train would uncouple.
Last pic looking down the module and bridge, can see much better,
I will have to glue on the bridge leg and first spiral curve deck 5mm piece of ply.
Two boxes of Peco flexi track arrived today.
With the other full box and 6 single lengths of track have 82 lengths,
plenty of track to complete the layout.
Tony from cold down under.
How is your summer treating you, has that heatwave gone and back to mild weather.
Here are some more point pics that will blow you away,
the points to the right of the pic with the small cross over is access to the block siding,
that will have a turntable at the end of the module and a auto carrier wagon load dock at the other end.
I tested a 12 wheel drive diesel loco and had to change the small point close to the right end of the module with a bigger one,
a 0-8-2 ran through with no problems.
The big test is when I run my NR class diesel, onto the small 6 inch point, fingers crossed ok,
don't think the DD40AX locos go through that point, will have to go a bit further down to the next point, with a bit of shunting.
Thought I will put in a pic of my turntable,
needs a bit of TLC getting her back in shape, a few broken parts need to be glued back in place,
the turntable can be motorized, will look into it .
Have started making up the last two block bus wire harness,
one is already in place working on the last for the car port corner module.
Still a lot of wiring work ahead before I can put any power into the tracks,
and with the approach have to finish soldering the feeder wires to the track, getting there.
Track arrived Tuesday, got plenty of track to complete the main line and station platform track.
Tony from cloudy down under, wet Monday.
The wiring is coming along well.
I decided to have a go and took out a track joiner for an isolated track joiner,
so I can switch off part of the block before the the 3 way point, using one side of the DPDT switch.
To my shock it worked, yet on another big high.
A test run switching of the track after the 3way point so I can uncouple the lead loco for it to drive onto another block,
switch the track back on and the second loco will drive off on the right track onto the right side island platform.
Pic two, the switch set up.
I drilled a hole big enough for the switch and made up and dissension, not long enough.
The best way to protect the switch for when storing the modules, worked out well.
The next pic.
A test run of the SF loco driving up beside the first loco.
When I have all the modules set up I will be driving in my Indian Pacific to that point making sure the first loco has passed,
switch off the track after the point uncouple the first loco and drive it off onto another block.
Then be able to drive the second loco with half of the IP passenger cars onto the right side of the island platform,
and the second half get backed in with another loco.
A lot of mucking around happens in real life, will find a video of it actually happening at Sydney Central.
The IP has 28 passenger cars with one Auto car carrier wagon.
In between that all happening,
the auto car carrier wagon is uncoupled from the back of the train and shunted onto the auto car unloading dock siding.
Can't wait to drive in my train, still a little way off.
Lucky last pic.
Few changes to the points for the best and swapping the diamond for the double slip crossing,
easier access for the island platform from the right hand 3 way point and the track close to the edge of the module.
Be adding an extra 6 inch length of ply for the auto car wagon siding to the end of the first platform.
The point between the 3 way and double slip is an electrofrog point, was sold the wrong point, not knowing at the time,
wondering why it wouldn't work till a friend told me.
I have seen enough videos to be able to fix the shorting issues, a bit of mucking around.
With the prices of the points these days not going to throw it out in a hurry.
Will post a video of the point working in next post .
I bought some 7 foot paling for the bridge sides.
Will sand them tomorrow paint, nail down the double track and solder in the bus wire harness's, four sections for the bridge.
Tony from down under, getting closer to the big day, worth the big effort.