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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 05:37 pm
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Hope the back's recovering Si. I know what it can be like if not in tip-top condition as a session of lawn mowing and leaf collecting has just shown me!

Yeah, we had a good meal and chin-wag and sent them on their way smiling - even with Twickenham station's development chaos!

And as for geese, well, Updah's got to have a couple of them flying around to tempt the bald eagles!

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 Posted: Sat Oct 27th, 2018 02:07 pm
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The Goose cab roof now has head and spot lamps, Wiseman castings with SMLEDs inserted although not yet connected to the decoder supply.


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I now need to pluck up the courage to fire up the soldering iron - again! - and make the necessary connections to the light bar. I say pluck up the courage as my shaky hands do me no favours working in small areas and this will be the third attempt to get it right.

P.S. Excuse the somewhat cruel close-ups - things don't look so rough at normal viewing distances! :w:

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 Posted: Mon Oct 29th, 2018 09:11 pm
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Well, with a streaming cold I was going nowhere today so I took a brave pill, fired up the soldering iron and sorted out the additional LED lighting on the Goose cab. Because the "special" V3.5 Loksound decoder doesn't offer any more AUX functions, the spot light had to be connected to one of the existing circuits and I chose to link it with the interior lighting. The cab now has two interior lights, one for each compartment and the new headlights are connected to the original headlight terminals, all conveniently located on the separate original light bar.

Amazingly, I managed to do it this time, the third attempt, without blowing anything up and it works! As a result of this small success, the light bar was cemented to the underside of the cab roof and the the cab roof cemented to the cab. It all still worked so the model was re-assembled together with its additional bits on the cab roof, the wiring loom from the trailer where the decoder is located was routed and connected, the cab body secured with its single bolt to the chassis and the trailer's connecting pivot arm, modifications to which were described earlier, attached to the cab socket. Much to my surprise and relief, the lighting and motor drive still all worked so the re-built Goose was sent for an initial trip around Updah's circuit.

Bear in mind it originally looked like this.


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In my down and dirty video it now shows its difference.

https://youtu.be/2sqpbVLvC5M

And joy of joys, not only did the contraption run on the track without hesitation, it negotiated Updah's curves and clearances without a hitch. It also looks as if it will be the one loco that will run in either direction around the circuit, taking the grades in its stride due probably to its weight. Lots of re-programming to do now to build in momentum, adjust the lights' intensity, try to bring in the gear changes at lower speeds and more.
 
Then on to the next project - whatever that may be!



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 Posted: Mon Oct 29th, 2018 09:48 pm
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" ... without blowing anything up and it works! "



Hi Doug  :wave:



Pleased to hear the new Updah contraption is  MELT-DOWN  tested !  :shocked:


V x A = W  :old dude:   It looks FAST !  ;)



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CHAPEAU!!!

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Thanks for the kind words chaps, always appreciated.



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Very cool! Now if you can just resist painting her in the "original" Santy Fay "warbonnet"...yeah, right!
I really love the lights, they will certainly frighten chupacabras from sitting on the track. Excellent.
Oh yes, one thing to remember...those old rail-autos didn't like to run in reverse, they would overheat easily. The passengers wouldn't like that.

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Thanks Woodie. 

Couldn't wait to get rid of the "warbonnet" livery, 
now dead and buried and certainly not a favourite of mine but each to their own! 

I'll remember the reversing issue - wouldn't want Updah's finest to become overheated,
they get enough of that in The Painted Lady or Madamme Molly's Comfort cars!




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Always a pleasure to revisit Updah's story.:2t:

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(Well, Daniel, it seems the virus of vagrancy has bitten the people of Updah ... :us:)



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