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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 12:35 pm
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Tony M
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HI Bob, I should of asked before replying, my friend he was PMG tech as well on QLD, he helps me out a fair bit with the wiring get a lot of advice from him, he is retired now.

Had a busy day working on my layout completed the decking for the spiral and rebuilt the frame for the spiral module, it had a bow in it fixed now ready to be repainted and finish the bus wiring.

How was your day , it was  perfect up here.

Tony.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 10:55 pm
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Tony, data wire will be ok,you get 8 conductors in a cable,just be care full not to use it where you have a lot of movement( near a hinged lid opening and closing)because single strand wire will eventually break.You can minimise the problem by having a loop of wire near the movement area to absorb the movement(allow the cable to flex)As I said earlier try your local contractors that usually throw out shorter lengths of cable(especially data cable)With my 48 years in the comms industry,I prefer by far to use security cable for wiring a layout because it is east to use,carries more current and less voltage drop.I hope this my help you .....Peter

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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 12:40 am
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Morning Peter, many thanks, the wire I use has 10 or more strands even the smaller feeder wires has about 7 strands, the reason I bought the Irwin wire stripper for got fed up of when I  cut the wire coating mid stream was using a knife and cutting the strands.
Jar-car sell 10 metre rolls of 7amp rated  wire for $7, not too bad but I yet to talk to my nephew to ask him that question what they do with short length of wire they can't use, he is a sparky.
Perfect morning here was cloud free earlier not now, cooling down in Victoria, morning are cool here to nice days.
Tony from SE/QLD



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 Posted: Tue Apr 18th, 2017 04:47 am
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The 79 class tests out the as yet unballasted sidings with a bogie bolster wagon a long way from home.
For the more observant, there is a reason why the loco looks like a GE 44 tonner :>;)
A modified Bachmann dual motor bogie one I did many years ago. Needs re-powering.

Very tempted to treat myself to another duplex radio transceiver (UR92D) for the bedroom layout. Got used to radio throttles with the outdoor one.

cheers
Bob

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 Posted: Wed Apr 19th, 2017 12:22 am
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Here a couple more snaps from the layout as I figure where everything will go.
The first, a couple of buildings that have been on many a layout before.The shop is from an AMRM article and I have built copies in N,S and O over the years.The brick building just out of my head.cheers Bob

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 Posted: Wed Apr 19th, 2017 12:33 am
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The second shows a Trainorama 44 class ALCo  hauling a load. A big step up from the Lima ones so many of us spent hours improving which was a step up from the cardboard version I once started to build. :>;)cheers BobC

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 Posted: Wed Apr 19th, 2017 12:43 am
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Morning Bob, I like your latest set of three pics , how I would love to own a Trainorama 44class I have two Lima 44 class locos one in the same colour scheme both quite noisy like to remotor them  also have a 422 class as well in Lima.
Can access my gallery posting pics with windows 10 edge awesome just posted four new pics this way.
Nice morning here cooling down..
Tony

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 Posted: Wed Apr 19th, 2017 07:17 am
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Hi Tony, glad to hear your posting problems are solved.
Still quite mild here, no frost yet. Usually get one before ANZAC day so might be late this year.
Spent the afternoon running the O gauge.
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 Posted: Wed Apr 19th, 2017 11:22 pm
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Tony the cheapest way to fix stuff such as Lima, Trax, Powerline, Hornby etc that come with dodgy mechanisms is to make them dummies. Run them in consist with a quality loco.
The 422's body is an accurate model and the 44's when tarted up look great, just don't run them in consist with a Traino one!

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 Posted: Thu Apr 20th, 2017 10:59 am
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Hi Bob, I have a friend that has re-motored his Lima and Powerline locos with whole complete  chassis he built himself  and running gear from US SD45 locos.
It is good to post more than one pic in my posts now.
I bought some 12mm ply off cuts from a timber mob today for $13, one piece  measuring  2.4m by 500mm other 4ft by 15inches wide to replace the piece of ply lift out I joined together on the first station module, cut that one up tomorrow.
Want to go back and buy the other two sheets they are the same measurements, to be cut up for the bridge frame work, need 8 lengths 6inches high by 6foot long, going to be a cable stay double deck bridge.
Very windy here today was quite warm in the sun,, cold snap heading our way.
Tony.






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