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 Posted: Fri Dec 28th, 2018 05:06 pm
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Since it was close to Christmas and many suppliers were on reduced hours or closed,
I decided to wait a couple weeks to order some BPRC supplies.

Just so I didn't totally neglect the layout I did a little more work on the Meat Market/Land Office building.
The building was not designed to add interior detailing but I try to build my structure to add interiors/lighting someday in the future,
if I ever feel competent to do so.

Anyway, I could not come up with a plan that I liked for making the roof removable on the building.
Since I wanted to add a wood porch to the front anyway, I decided to make a foundation/ floor for the building.

I started by building a foundation from balsa.
I designed it to try to look like the "foundation" had been extended twice,
first to add the rear part of the Land Office (left side) and then to add the shed to the rear.
I then started to add balsa floor boards that fit inside the walls to help block light leaks.










The "slot" in the floor is where the wall fits.
I had to stop on it for now as I need to solve a problem with the left side wall before I can build its floor.
In the meantime, I have added rafter ends and the battens to the shed.





I haven't designed the porch yet as I need to have a better idea of where the building will be sited first. 

Tom


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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2019 10:23 pm
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Another update:

I had decided to remove all of the track from the layout and replace it with hand-laid track.
While I was doing that, I started really looking into BPRC and what I wanted from the hobby.
The upshot of that was that I have decided to change to BPRC and not wire the new track.

I got to this point before sanity prevailed. 





Since I have decided to go "all in" on BPRC, here is my new, improved, track plan.





Still needs a little work...

Tom


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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2019 09:05 pm
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Hi Tom  :wave:



Your new building is  L :cool: :cool: KIN'  C :cool: :cool:



Radical decisions on track, layout & new R.C. elektrickery !  :shocked:



You seem to be finding your 'mojo' after much experimentation.


:thumb:


It probably all seems like 'work' now ...  :f:

... but I'm sure that you will be congratulating yourself later for it.  :bg:



Less is more ... a rolling stone gathers no moss ... how many grains of sand on a beach ?

What the hell am I on about ? ...  ;)



:java: :P



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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2019 10:25 pm
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Si,

Major paradigm shifts have a way of letting you reflect.

I did do a little more on the building (and the Porter) between other activities.

I finished the floor.





The "empty" area is a piece of the shed that is completely sealed off, no doors or windows,
that I left open in case I decide to add self-contained lighting.

I also started to add some of the trim and battens.















I also finished disassembling the Bachmann Porter 0-4-2 that will be my first attempt at BPRC conversion.

Once I set the new layout board (currently 8 foot by 32 inch) in place,
it occurred to me that the tracks were now only going to be a suggestion to the train as to where I would like it to go.

That opens up all kinds of ideas, some pretty strange.
I thought about just putting a fence around the outer perimeter, maybe add steerable axles, and play Bumper Trains...
Hmmm, maybe I'm onto something there.

Seriously, the decision to change to BPRC has re-enthused me for the hobby.
I plan to de-clutter and simplify all aspects of the hobby.
I'm dropping out of several DCC and related forums and re-kindling my electronics genes.

Now if I can just get some parts...

Tom


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BPRC will set you free!

I'm glad I made the switch from DC.

Since I'm building my own switches, BPRC makes life easy. 
The idea of trying to gap those stub switches would be just too much for me.




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Michael,

Even though I don't have equipment yet, I'm committed to BPRC.

Gapping switches doesn't really bother me,
but all of the non-railroad-related electrical minutia like reverse loops, powered frogs, etc,
just cause us to design layouts based on electrical connectivity instead of something simple and railroady like
"we need to be able to spot a car over there".

On small layouts like mine it isn't really much of a concern but it does interfere with the creative process.
I don't have any creativity to spare for powered rail nonsense.

Tom


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That's a fine looking building you're developing Tom. I love all the angles.



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Doug,

Thank you for the complement.
I wish I could take the credit, but it is a Roger Malinowsky (Stoney Creek Designs) laser kit.
I'm building it with very minor modifications
(scribed the inside walls to simulate planks, added floor/ceiling between first and second floors and added a floor/foundation for the building)
so the credit goes to Roger and his wonderful kits.

Tom


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Another update:

I have started to assemble a test track to get all of my equipment operating correctly again,
play with using "ground throws" to see how I like it (I've always had either solenoid- or servo-powered switches in the past),
to see how I like operations-based "playing with trains" to see if going to point-to-point agrees with my idea of fun,
and to performance test each loco in anticipation of butchering it for BPRC.





The switch that is blue-taped in the middle of the table is the heart of my new testing center.
It is the DPDT center off switch I was using for my programming track.





To the left, DC. To the right, DCC. In the center, wait for it..., BP.

Since I took the photo above, I found a 5-0-5 Amp meter in my parts and have added it to the DC circuit.
The goal is to profile each engine to figure out their requirements for BPRC.

For the record, this is still an expansion of the Yellow Creek Western.

The square footage of the old layout was about 19.5 sq. ft. whereas the "new one is currently 21.3 sq. ft.
and will probably grow by another roughly 7.5 sq. ft.
so a whopping huge 28.8 sq. ft.

Tom
 

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Hi Tom  :wave:


How's things going down at the Yellow Creek Western ?  ???



:)



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