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 Posted: Sat Jun 24th, 2017 02:02 pm
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Hi ken bingo gee I wasn't far off, typing in San Pedro station gave me a far better  clearer picture, nice indeed can't to what you come up worth modelling that terminus station.
Saw the turn table too and loco shed .

Had a look on street view there must be markets across from the station lots of people around the entrance.

Where the Zig-Zag is the double track main line is an actual S bend and just past the Zig-Zag is a tunnel, I would love to spend a week in Sydney, so I can visit the Zig-Zag railway,as you worth modelling a scene I can plan down the track.

Those curves are actual 12foot quarter curves, meant for the Tehachapi loop, I scrapped the spiral wasn't working out.

Bought a Austrains DL class loco second hand from a bloke in the NSW, GSR use the DL's to double help with the NR's over the Blue Mountains very hard loco to get hold of now, a loco I missed when it came out, may get it repainted in the latest PN blue colour scheme .

I did some wiring today stripping the bus wires mid stream and wrapping the feeder wires on ready for soldering tomorrow.

Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 25th, 2017 11:33 am
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Have found a quicker way to splice the bus wires mid stream and solder the feeder wires to the bus wires, I don't use tape any more use heat shrunk much neater and lasts for ever.

What I do is cut a small cut in the piece of heat shrunk push the feeder wire through and same with the bus wire and  twist the feeder wire around the bus solder then push the heat shrink piece to the middle of the spliced bus wire touch the iron to melt the heat shrink pure magic. Continue on and once done pair the bus wires off and push the feeder wires into the hole in under the base board to the track ,too easy, cut the time from the old down by half, last of all staple the bus wires in place, turn the module over and solder the wires to the track.







The two wires red and blue in the base board makes it easier the put in the right colour code.

I am glad I last out and bought the wire strippers, money well spent.




The third pic with the bridge the wires  hanging down is blocks 6 and 7 they connect to the front corner module and the double plug, blocks 1 and 2 connect to the speaker plug, when I set the  two modules up the wires be cut to length .

The last pic with the bus wires out, I tinted the wires making it easy to push into the plug and better connection as well, Also handy to keep the off cut wire to use as ties, I actually put in staples for the wires to tie too

Rain coming in this week I was planning to work on the curved ramp heading up to the back corner module, will have to work on the first approach module car port end and the next two approach modules, depending on how long the rain lasts will move onto the spiral, still hopping to run the very first test train  next week end.

Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 1st, 2017 12:40 am
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Have to start again I went to my favourite folder to get a video link and  tried to get back to the new reply post and came up with that error message cant' access the page so los the four pics and typing, anyone have the same issue. 

This time I will put the video link on first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG3bSldkgn0



The DL class loco is of the first colour scheme Australian National orange and gray , gone through three colour schemes, latest colour scheme blue and yellow Pacific National, I am thinking of getting the loco repainted to the new colour scheme, depending on the price..

Can't wait till when I build stage three of the station complex where it will have platforms one to four and actually shunting the same as in the video clip, I now have all three locos including the newest one off colour scheme NR18 Indian Pacific .




I have always wanted to try the way I have done in the mock-up pics for ages wasn't possible till I changes the approach modules car port end where the new spiral be going to be able t access five platform tracks using a double slip and three way point very expensive module.

Not sure if I will motorised points as the main control panel be close by, would like to use the point lavers added costs, thinking of those model plane servos.

  The set of points and cross over  in front of the others I may have some issues there with the main line bus wiring, an ideas be helpful.


Last pic I will have to wire in a short block that way I can shunt with ease and not affect the main line, the last module in the car port is where platforms one to four  track feed onto the main line, be cut to size.


I am working on a cross cutting jig for my circular saw so I can cut a square curt every time making it a lot easier and  quick at the same time will finish it today pics to follow.

Tony from very cold Down under

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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 12:19 pm
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Here is the latest pic of my circular saw cross cutting jig, a it  like a radial saw arm only cost me $ 12 for the aluminium angle line I already had the timer, since my circular saw is a 18volt battery saw it is a lot lighter than an electric saw is. The thickness of the angle line is 1.5mm , the saw only has a 45mm cut, designed the jig to cut 42mm square timber posts.

I didn't want to make the cutting area any longer for storage in the garden shed, later I plan to screw in an extension later so I make a clamp to cut a lot of pieces the same length, the plan is to also be able to cut the timber at different angles, my other hobby is woodturning and now I be able to cut pieces of timber  at the right angles to turn a segment bowl or platter, different colours.

Might get the chance tomorrow afternoon to test the jig out in cutting pieces of ply to screw onto the modules legs for the hinges, need for pieces the size of the hinge.

Tony from down under on a high



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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 12:22 pm
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Here is another pic, I am thinking of buying some heavy tape to cover the screw holes, has saved buying a sliding mitre drop saw.

After I made the first cut I got the hand saw and made the wider.

Tony from down under

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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 12:29 pm
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Hi Tony :wave:


Interesting jig for the saw !! :bg:


I have a couple of those saws.


I would like to mount 1 upsidedown on a small bench.

Your jig idea is very C :cool: :cool: L



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I guess the temps. are a bit kinder is Aus. at the moment ! ;)



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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 01:49 pm
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Hi Si:rah:, thanks  I got the idea from you tube and the amount of ideas that is out there to do with wood working on you tube is incredible.

What you need is a Triton saw bench they can take any saw brand, I had one, was getting dangerous when trying to rip full sheets of ply, I needed to extension benches cost more that what I bout the portable saw bench for, Bunning may still sell tem .

Sold it and bought the Ryobi 18volt saw, great for ripping sheets of ply.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbGG1jbbqUA

Year warm week here this week in the mid twenties going to make the most of it, drooping down again next weekend, Jack Frost hasn't paid us a visit as yet, when he does  that be the end of the green grass.

What is the weather like in England hot.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 02:08 pm
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Hi Tony :wave:



Well ... a 'mini heatwave' a week ago !

The hottest single period since the summer of '76 ( which I remember ! )

Was around 35c ish for a few days & then 30c then back down.



Kinda low to mid 20s here this week. :bg:



My friend has just got some 18v tools, he likes 'em very much.



I would like to somehow set up a saw for 'miniature wood cutting'.

Like 1/8" 1/4" 3/8" sizes or thereabouts.

Will get a round tuit one day ! ;)



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 Posted: Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 10:29 pm
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Hi Si, warmer morning 11 degrees to a nice 25 degrees during the day, in rain in site.
That is pretty hot 35c degrees our mild summer days, we go into the low 40's.

Build your own saw bench the way to go just finding the time, here is a very good you tube link give you some ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF5RjNDCKlU.

The beauty of 18 volt tools no more leads to get in the way  I have  an electric drill don't use it much now mainly as a bench drill, it is hand as well to buy the more powerful 18volt batteries especially with the saw which need more grunt, I use 5amp batteries for the saw and impact screw driver drill, once my jig saw packs up be buying a battery one stick to the one brand Ryobi, can build a module in one day now complete with legs.
Don't think I get anything done today, Physio coming after lunch  to see my son, can't do any work while she is here, wait till tomorrow , after brekkie going to the local  hobby shop to buy the single slip cross over $60 will complete the first approach module southern end.

Can't wait to use the cross cutting jig tomorrow finish screwing the hinges in place on the module legs then I can paint the module ready to start laying the track and points, never ending , wiring after that , worth the effort.

Tony from down under

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 Posted: Thu Jul 6th, 2017 09:51 pm
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What a find, when I buy  a diesel or steamy I like to do a search if they are still in use on the main line, I was looking at another link on you tube and saw the Indian Pacific link checked it out. WOW the second loco is my loco I just bought DL41 with a different colour scheme and new owners Pacific National yellow and blue,  I am thinking of getting hold of Pacific National decals can change the name which you can buy.

The day I want to test out my circular saw cross cutting  jig it is dam raining, no rain going to stop me do the cutting in under the pergola, only got four pieces of ply to cut for the module legs hinges to screw onto.

Before that I am extending the table top past the saw blade so I have an adjustable clamp to short strips of ply, be safer as well and get rid of the off cut ply, next step is to set up to cut different angles will have to buy an adjustable set square.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ijcfj9L3XY

Enjoy the video clip and more to check out as well on the Indian Pacific, sadly too I found out the time table for the Indian Pacific only one service a week and they don't use platform one any more either, have to model in after 2000 and before.

The train is so long they split it coming into central using platforms two and three, I have enough carriages the same colour to make up 28, what ever era I model can't wait all that fun in shunting, there is on the side video clip links  of that happening splitting the IP.

Tony from down under

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