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 Posted: Fri Sep 15th, 2017 08:40 pm
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I've built is small board to test out various radius turnouts before embarking on the new main layout build. I'm going to be working in On30/0-16.5 and as these scales are new to me I want to establish what locos will traverse the turnouts. I've used five different radius turnouts one Peco 0-16.5, two from Roy Link ( left and Y)templates and two from fast track templates ( 1:4 & 1:6). Turnout building isn't new to me so these have been knocked up quickly, with the Roy Link ones the switch blades pivot making a very free moving tie bar.Next is to wire up the various bits.These are the rough plans for the layout, its the first one in over 30 years and I'm looking forward to the journey. I've not worked in narrow gauge before and want a challenge. Forgive me if you've already seen some of these photos on Facebook.In the next post I'll give a better run down of my idea's.
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Hi Simon :wave:



Looks like a great start & some inspiring track planing !



As a bit of a North Kent lad myself, freelance cement looks like a winner for 'O' scale industrial to me.

Nosing around Northfleet & Southfleet in my yoof, was my early industrial archeology classes ! ;)



Good move, doing the turnout testing. :thumb:



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I have to ask, why do so many people in the hobby hand-lay the turnouts, then use flex track for the rest?



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I've only used flex track on the test board, on the NKLR layout all the track work with the exception of the hidden yard will be hand-lay

Simon

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Lee- because there is no challenge with the rest!

Simon-

First, and most important, welcome to our little patch of railroading mixed with insanity.

With the radii that you have chosen (been forced to use) coming off the switches (points) you are going to be restricted to 0-4-0 steamers, or petrol/diesel  "critters". Might get away with double trucked small diesels also,  but they will fit right in with the general idea of a cement plant also.  A lot of interesting things can develop here. Please keep us supplied with pictures--some of us don't reed two gud.

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Herb, thanks for the welcome, small locos is the plan for the quarry areas with something bigger on the main line.

Simon

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ON30 is completely new to me, it's a challenge that I'm looking forward to and it fits into my workshop. I've done most scales and gauges in 4mm and 7mm and also run a 7mm casting company which was good fun, but when a business takes over your hobby it quite challenging. So getting my hobby back after retiring from the casting company and kit building this layout is about enjoying the hobby again. It's designed to fit above the machinery in my workshop and is basically a large shelf layout on several levels. A lot of work is required to achieve this, lowering workbenches, rebuilding storage racks and a few holes in the walls. With the work to reorganise the workshop ongoing I've wired up the test board which has enabled my to test various locos and importantly understand DCC a bit better. I've done a lot of DCC sound installations with the kit building I did but not anything with layout control, and as I've already got some Digitrax  and Tam Valley stuff I'm planning on using it on the layout. Some of the requirements are track detection, motorised points, wireless controllers and JMRI for dispatching and signalling. Well after wiring up all the bits it works OK, one of the problem areas is the servos for the points which don't give any feedback of position to JMRI which would be a problem, and I suspect that the servos supplied aren't the best quality which results in some positioning issues. The fix is to use Tortious motors which are more expensive but bulletproof. Another problem is using hex frog juicers which can't be used with the detection areas. Overall playing with this test board has paid off give my better direction with the electronics.
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Hi Simon :wave:



Very impressive wiring ! :brill:


Not sure what it all does ...

... but it looks like enough to run the 'Central Line' during rush-hour !! ;)


I hope Woodie :cb: didn't choke on his Captain Krunch. :shocked:



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Wires? Holy moley, dat's a buncha wires! I'd hate to post a photo of my wiring, I have a Klingon cloaking device that makes everything invisible.

Nice work however, carry on.
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 Posted: Fri Sep 29th, 2017 10:42 am
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Thanks Woodie, I actually enjoy wiring.

Simon

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