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 Posted: Sun Jun 28th, 2020 11:46 pm
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" Yeah I was put onto a DCC system that is well priced "


Hi Tony  :wave:


I think I have vague memories of something digital like that.  ???


As I do a fair amount of electronic stuff already ...  :!:

... when it comes to my 'hobby time', I tend to avoid electrons !  ;)

As for programming steam engines ...  :brill:

... I thought you just shoveled in coal & they go !  :P


I have tinkered with some nice 'FlySky' Radio-Control bits recently though ...

... & done some upgrades to my 1980s D.I.Y. throttle !  :cool:



:java::moose: :dt:



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 Posted: Mon Jun 29th, 2020 01:40 pm
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Si.  :wave:

Christmas is along way away, have to carry on with DC.

I wish I had the skills to do my own electronics,
just manage to get around the bus wiring and making my own signals,
don't know how to wire up three way signals, only two way.

Be using my two remote control throttles till I swap over, but still can operate DC,
because of the older locos I have can't take DCC decoders, it can be done.

Have never wired up my own throttle, got enough,
I be able to run three trains on the layout using a block system,
at least the control panel is wired up ready to go, can't wait to use it.


Keep an eye out Si on my bridge Thread, more update pics to be uploaded.
 
Looks like a bridge now, spent all afternoon Saturday screwing the arches in place,
next job is to drill the holes top and bottom for the arch hangers,
wow the bridge is nearly finished.


This week be getting the modules out,
and starting to nail down the track on the four station modules,
tomorrow be buying a sheet of 12 ply to make the other corner module.


Tony from cold down under.


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 Posted: Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 01:12 am
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At long last the construction of the layout is well under way.

Last Saturday I cut a 6 inch wide by one foot length, and cut the end of the first module,
new but old idea on joining up the modules.

It took a bit of filling so the ply on the other end of the module can slide in with ease.
I unscrewed the end panel, replaced it.
It had too many holes and cut the groves at 12mm high, next module be 13mm high.

The first two pics of how the two modules will join up together.
Thought of this idea years back, didn't want to do all the work and not turn out well.

The second module with the bus wires and block strips,
I screwed the ply in place so the wires can be stapled in place.
 
This time all the block strips be screwed in one full line, instead of apart.
Be much neater than the mad DC wire madness.
Has to, because I be switching to DCC at Christmas.

Second pic with both modules pulled apart.















Second last pic of the top of the module joined up and lined up side down.





Lucky last, me taking the pic of the two modules joined up,
ready to nail the next lot of track, solder in place and cut the rails.
Will do a video on how I do that.

Sadly no work week and weekend, rain coming in.

I would like to nail the track down, and solder the brass strip in place, in the garage,
my wide wont let me do that, will have to wait to Monday.

Might continue on modifying the modules and finish them,
then start nailing the track down.


Tony from cloudy down under.


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 Posted: Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 03:30 am
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Your "wide"?

Seems that you will have to set some space aside
to park your beaten body into the shed for some time.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 04:28 pm
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Looking good.

I struggle with preliminary work, like benchwork,
but you have to have a solid foundation.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 25th, 2020 12:35 pm
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Hi Jose,

Good to hear from you.

I have being pretty busy at night working on my RO-RO ship 'Corona Sea' project build,
nearly finished the hull, 4 more bulkheads to go, and the detail fun begins.

Sure going to be puffed indeed, yet another track design,
yes have enough room to rest my beaten body, wont be.

Take care Tony


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Hi Reg,

I actually have decided to move the whole layout,
to having the main bulk of the layout station complex at the side of the house.

There is a four foot wide concrete pathway to the clothes line on the side of the house,
and more perfection from the sun, with better access to the power point in the garage.
I also will have gravel to walk on and not grass.
 
Might be able to leave the layout for a couple of days,
so I can make the most of running trains.


It is raining here and cold, can't do much outside.

Wish my wife let me back the car out, then I can join the two modules,
and move on with track layout and soldering of the rails on the module join.
 
Yes power points in the garage, none in the shed.


Take care Tony


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 Posted: Mon Aug 3rd, 2020 01:49 am
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The new layout is well under construction, with yet another move to the best spot in the back,
using the side yard for the station modules, a bonus 20 feet of concrete pathway,
hoping I don't have to level the modules.

Saturday I cut the legs for the station modules to 18 inches in height,
only had enough timber for two modules, tomorrow I will buy more 19mm pine for the legs,
and check out Bunning free bin to see how much off cut timber I can take,
for the rest of the layout out in the back yard.





The first two pics is how the modules be joined together, for the track on the joins to line up every time.


  

Next two pics of the mock-up curved decking,good thing is be level,
grass will be replaced with gravel, hopefully happening in the next few weeks.










Next two pics of the modules set up to see how they sit,
the next job is to mark where the modules will sit.

There will be another foot wide ply going between the house and modules,
for two more tracks and platform.










Lucky at last, the new track plan, layout length is 62 feet by 24 feet wide,
for sure my dream layout.

Basing the layout on GSR corridor,
between Adelaide and Darwin and Sydney by Adelaide to Perth Indian Pacific.





Very happy with final track plan,
full stream ahead, all the track decking has been cut out,
only one module to replace the module top.


Tony form sunny down under.


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 Posted: Mon Aug 3rd, 2020 06:33 am
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Good to see the progress Tony,

between the bush fires, and the wet season, you are going well.

Keep the pics coming....

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 Posted: Mon Aug 3rd, 2020 01:04 pm
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Hi Peter, many thanks.

Yeah pretty happy the way the modules are sitting on the concrete pathway.

Not the wet season here, but rain coming in Friday,
so I will make the most of the nice weather the next few days,
crazy we are having 27 degrees Wednesday.

Lots to keep me busy for some time, not just wood working,
wiring and art work on a back scene, I am planning to hide the side track.

Where are you on the Forum.  ???

Take care Tony


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