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 Posted: Mon Jan 23rd, 2017 12:04 pm
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Tony M
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Hi Bob the first pic I to explain what I am doing and the next pics  just a couple of lines.
The problem is more than the wheels, the bogies are the issue too not enough swing and the couplers catch as well so on those hot days I will work on each coach could go as far are replacing the bogies all together with good Bachmann bogies as the coach is a cheaper vision of the  Bachman British coach.
Did have  time to set up all of the spiral comes around on the pathway to the garden shed  and on the other side of the pergola post to a six foot radius curve S bend.

The main spiral has a 7ft radius double track curve on a 2percent grade HO scale locos will handle the grade with no problem.
Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 23rd, 2017 12:13 pm
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Next pic is what I use to solder the track down on the module joins those b PVC computer circuit board cut in quarter inch strips works well. Iam not actually down on my knees nailing track  down cutting the modules joins, do that on saw stools with an extra height extension to get it up to the right height where I am not bending down too much same with the wiring as well.
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 Posted: Fri Jan 27th, 2017 12:28 pm
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Is this thr right way to wire up a 3pole 4 position rotary switch, switching three throttles and fourth position  centre off and later DCC.

The bottom of the switch has 12 pins the first 4 are used fro LED indicators, this the plan pin5 to pin 12, second pin6 to pin 11 third pin7 to pin10  centre off or DCC pin8 to pin 9.

The pic I have found isn't the same but pretty close difference is the pic has four poles do away with pole C and, pole A is used for the common pin on LEDS  and other two to the track, I will have to experiment or someone can help me out be great.
The track plan stage one has 10 blocks, am thinking of  one big panel b too many wires  design the panel   so it can grow with the layout, point motor switches be on a different panel., a new project on the way.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 28th, 2017 02:15 am
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I find it a bit hard to give any advice based on your description.

First off do you have a basic outline of your proposed layout?
Also how many people do you realistically expect to be running trains at any one time?

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 Posted: Sat Jan 28th, 2017 12:09 pm
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Hi Bob I did a drawing of 12 pins of the rotary switch, didn't get a chance to make a start on the control panel will tomorrow, went to Jar-car to buy those terminal strips and LED holders to make the front of the panel neat.

Also bought a new gate latch bloody cost $71 but when I got home from Bunning I found that there was a missing part the gate latch for the other gate, my spotted that the package was retaped up, took it back great they gave me my money back.
How are you going with your station building repair??
 Tony

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 Posted: Sat Jan 28th, 2017 12:17 pm
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Forgot to answer your question, I will be running two trains at once should be easier with rotary switching, layout is 53ft long by 30ft wide stage one ten blocks added on with another five later, the control panel  be plug and play all block wiring numbered.
The other throttle be a local throttle for shunting in the station all throttles have their own trannie, I like to have a DPDT  as a direction switch as well.
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 Posted: Sat Jan 28th, 2017 09:57 pm
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Looks like a recipe for a nightmare as the layout expands changes. Step back and take a deep breath. Can you draw me a block diagram of your proposed layout. e.g.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 28th, 2017 11:05 pm
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Morning Bob, no worries I will work on a track block plan  as soon as I can, working on the control panel today drilling the holes for the rotary switches and LED holders.Yeah that is the trouble with DC to run more than one train all the wiring switches and so on, correct a nightmare but worth the effort, DCC is the answer cuts out half of the wiring.one day will switch to DCC.
It is a nice morning here low 30's, I am going to be buys for sometime:P
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 Posted: Sun Jan 29th, 2017 12:29 am
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My suggestion for a dc layout would be to consign that rotary switch to the spare parts bin until a better use can be found for it and buy yourself some DPDTCO switches and some SPST switches for isolating tracks in loco storage sidings.
This will allow a consistent and expandable method of layout wiring.

Most home layouts and a few club layouts I have wired have rarely required more than keys up/down for two road throttles and remote local /switch for any dedicated yard throttles.

DCC can be added as an option on either the keys up or down feed using a DPDT switch. The power should be pulled on all dc throttles before plugging in the DCC power supply to prevent an expensive ooopppss!!

Over the years I have found that the big and bulky switches such as Jaycar ST0576 and ST0570 to be cheaper and more reliable than the miniature switches. The screws are removed and connections soldered to the ST7056 tags.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 29th, 2017 05:10 am
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Guess what I got the rotary switch to work only wired in two throttles and used a 12volt test light and bingo on a high but my friend was wrong on how he said to wire up the other two poles to the track,(light). Go back 5 posts on the drawing the poles ABC. I had to solder the Blue wire to A as well as the LED using A,B  in the red wire pole for the track, tomorrow I will start on the control panel and have it ready to take it to AMRA as one of the members is  an Energex linesman  he has done a lot of the wiring on AMRA's layout, show him to make sure it is wired up right.
Do you still want to see a block drawing of my layout, mowing the yard soon, gee mowing every week now I don't like to see the coach grass to grow to high, I don't the yard low  at all burns the grass and weeds take over, haven't got a weed in the yard now end of Feb going to top drew the yard.
Tony.

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