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 Posted: Thu Sep 5th, 2019 12:39 pm
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It is now time for everyone to see my power supply for Camdale.
 
It has being a long time in the planning,
and with help from a friend wiring up the control panel switches,
I now have power to the layout.

It took me a few weeks to actually build and set the rotary switches in place,
wasn't easy, with the help of a bench drill made it easier,
my friend offered to wire up the LED lights, the rotary switch is a 4 position switch.

I could of had four throttles, but decided to only have three,
two main line and one for shunting,
leaving one as a neutral position being blue indicator.

Each throttle has it's own transformer,
two 6 Amps for the main line and a 2 amp for the shunting,
the forth trannie is for the LED lighting power supply.





I will have two remote control throttles.
 
If I have a friend over for a running day even better,
three friends can run trains on the layout at once.

The layout is wired up into 20 blocks all up,
but there be three blocks not needed for the first main line circuit.

I haven't plugged up the trannies as yet, till I finish rewiring the station modules,
have re-alinned the track and points on some of the modules.





Next pic the control panel plugged into the first station module.





Next pic the control panel powered up, on a high.










Lucky last, I did have spade connectors,
but changed to terminal block strips,
to make it easier and quicker to plug the wires in.

The transformer cradle isn't finished as yet,
leaving that now so I can get stuck into finishing the bridge off.

The last few weeks I have had a lot of trouble with bad asthma,
over it now, can't wait to finish the bridge off at long last. 


Tony from very dry and now warm down under.


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 Posted: Thu Sep 5th, 2019 04:04 pm
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That is an impressive control system.  

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 Posted: Thu Sep 5th, 2019 04:16 pm
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Crikey Tony,

with all that electrickery it looks as though you're going to fly it,

rather than trundle it along some rails!




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 Posted: Sun Sep 8th, 2019 12:21 pm
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Thanks Reg and Doug

Quite a while in the planning of that panel,
and there is the points panel yet to come.

Started work on the second bridge pier,
to find out I made a mistake in the marking out of the arch centre,
had to end up buying more timber.

I was hoping to use the last of my son's old computer table timber, for the best now.
Because instead of trying to make the most of the timber,
now the arch that will make up the pier be cut in one full piece no joins.

Tomorrow will mark and cut the 400mm wide by 18mm by 1.2 long, dressed pine,
too expensive to buy the 19mm pine in the same size.

Tony from warm and windy down under 


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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2019 11:51 pm
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At long last well under way moving away from the bridge yesterday,
setting up where the first curve section be going.
 
Needed to hit in some smaller stakes,
to mark where the main adjustable stakes be going, to get the grade height right.

Don't know if I get anything done after brekkie will see, going to peak 32 degrees today,
if not will wait till the afternoon, cooled down pretty quickly yesterday.

The curved deck will have another 4 foot piece added to it, will do that today,
will have hinges so that piece will fold up onto the the other,
would make that curve 10 feet in length too hard to store away.

Didn't need to set up the bridge, but will need to,
when leveling the grade with my level jig.

Wont get any work done the next couple of days,
peaking 40 degrees tomorrow, be working on the nice cool hobby room,
have a new work bench set up working on the ship project.

Tony from down under





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 Posted: Sun Oct 6th, 2019 01:59 am
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Crikey Tony, with all that electrickery it looks as though you're going to fly it,

rather than trundle it along some rails!

We have 240 volts in our mains power in Australia, so things do go faster.  :brill:  :shocked:  ;)

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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 01:12 am
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Hi Peter,

Yeah I have moved ahead since last update.
 
So using that 240 volts helped, ha, ha  :P

I have now moved into the lower garden coming off the bridge,
can't go no further till I make a start coming from the back corner,
which I have done so, no pics on that progress though.

Had trouble with the legs,
and keeping the curved deck level, after getting the grade right,
I need to build bigger legs, hopping that will sort out the issue.

I also have to keep an eye on the clearance from the middle hand rail of our balcony,
be 4 and half inch clearance, will cut out a tunnel portal to hide the middle hand rail .










First two pics of the curved decking coming off the bridge,
took some thinking, the stakes I used are only designed to last about 12 months.

We are not sure on how long we will be saying here in Ipswich,
put in for a unit and hope to move the layout to my mums house, if we get a good offer.
 
Hope a while off yet, want some running time with the layout.
The northern ramp is the hardest ramp to build, with the garden being in two levels.
Southern ramp be a lot easier.




















Last three pics of the curve deck moving to the lower garden level.
 
The curve radius measurements is 12 foot half radius,
and is 10 feet long in one whole piece.

Should be working on the ramp now not too hot, got the sprinkler on,
will start after lunch, once the shade is over more, still hot in the sun.

Days be warming up till it peaks on Saturday 37 degrees,
wont be home that day .


Tony from SE/QLD down under


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Making progress Tony, looking good.

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Tony,


How well will those wooden stakes hold up in the weather?



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 Posted: Sun Oct 27th, 2019 01:46 am
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Hi Peter and Michael

Hopefully 12 months, after that be a bonus.

We are waiting for a unit, no idea when that will happen, could be next year,
and the layout will go to my mums as we wont be far from her,
be in Brisbane close to the major hospitals.

Made some great progress on the curve decking from the back corner module.
All I need to do now, is add on a 3 foot piece, which be permanently screwed in place,
so the track be nailed down not needing those brass plates.

Making the length of the curve 9 feet on a 7 foot radius.





First pic of the start of the ramp and curve section,
the fancy bit of carpentry on the balcony hand rails took some thought,
didn't want to screw the timber to steel hand rails,
came up with the aluminium strips, was able to bend pretty easy, and did the job.

It made it easier to level the curved decking, on the grade was a challenge.

I plan to have a tunnel portal there to hide the second hand rail and hill on the curve,
coming out onto a bridge viaduct bridging the gap from the curve coming off the bridge,
is working out well.

The car port end be a lot easier, be putting in a spiral to gain the height,
as I want to be able to have a second station, with three tracks and two platforms.





Next pic with the level, showing the decking is level.

I still need to put in a leg to support the curve for sagging,
wont be till next Wednesday which be a cooler day.










Last two pics showing my nifty level jig to get the grades at quarter inch a foot,
every 3 feet risers 3/4's of an inch, needs to gain 7 inches on about 40 feet of ramp.





The clearance height from the deck to the hand rail is 4 inches with the height of the track,
when I cut out the tunnel portal face be as high as the top of the middle rail maybe a bit higher,
will have some scenery, the hill won't be permanent either, has to come off for storage.


Very happy with the progress, sure is slow with only me doing all the work.

On the warm days, can nail down the track and do the wiring in under the pergola,
have a set where I can solder the brass strips onto the track deck section joins, and cut the rails,
pics to follow how I do that.


Tony from hot down under.

How is the weather in Victoria Peter ?


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