2019_10_12 Social Day!

2019_10_12  Al continues with track in Albury and.....

 With the BG platform roads completed, Al starts to feed in the loop servicing Bunge's as well as the transfer roads

Their was a dead end road this end, but I never saw it used. So at this stage I left it out.

Scenery and Valences

And Graeme came to show me some protected switch fittings he constructed using cable tidy covers and 3D printed tubes.

 He simply pushed the 3D printed tube into the  tidy cover and I screwed in a wired switch.

 Graeme drilled out the Valence and the switch protector just needs to be glued in.

 Simple hole saw used but here the switch did not fit in, so I used a spade bit and opened up room behind switch.

We simply popped out the cover that came with the surround.

 Looks pretty good eh?

 After installing the new valence and gluing in place, I waited for glue to dry , removed the clamps and undercoated the valiance. This time we exposed the back side gluing the white plastic side to the edge of base board. Paints much easier.

I stuffed this up yesterday when I drilled small holes and mounted switches before seeing Graeme's beaut covers.  So we cleaned the paint off the plastic surface and glued a new strip on top.
Then Graeme drilled out the necessary holes... much better :) Going to need about 50 of these, I wonder if Graeme is regretting showing me these? Ha Ha. Thank you for your help my friends. Its only happening because you are pushing me along, and I am so grateful



2019_10_10 Albury continues and theres more!

2019_10_10 Its Thursday and Al is roaring to go.

(BG = Broad Gauge and SG = Standard Gauge)
Can't help myself :D  Running trains over part of the line is taking up a bit of time :)

The R shunted out of way, as it awaits repairs (need to add a capacitor to smooth out running)

BGM D3 helps the T haul the goofy's up the grade.

Still mixing trains on the gauges, however this will stop when the second helix starts working ;)

Laying track in Albury

Al laying track,  He seems to like it, and his track is superb too.
You can see how he "volunteers" to lay track, can't you

This is about 2/3 of the Albury SG platform. The BG platform is slightly reduced in length.
Was going to cover platform with sandpaper to simulate asphalt. However sitting the whiteboard on the cork is just level with the doors on the carriages. I might have to paint it instead.

BG and SG (top) enter Albury. The BG divides with one track crossing the SG and the other track enters the BG platforms

Painting and fixing up points

Its time to see how the fascia is going to look.



2019_10_05 Point Control video

 Had a bit of a search to find all the Tam Valley stuff I have purchased over the years. Sorted them out into two plastic boxes.

 After an inventory was taken, i was surprised when I discovered just how much stuff I had in stock.

 And so I created a temporary control panel and started installing the point controllers.
These controllers can be programmed to operate on DCC using the throttle (switch position) or computer operated or these push buttons and all together.

The back of the switch has a servo connection, a run/align position and can be locked when set up.

 The Lock pins are next to the plug carrying powr to and from the servo point motors.

Starting to install Albury Station and Yard

And so Al gets back to Albury. This job has been waiting for him for over a year. Not only does he like laying track, I like the results as well. He has become a real expert and all his track is excellent. So why not wait for him :D

 From the South BG and SG arrive over the Murray River and separate before entering the station.
Main feature is the 3 way point accessing platform, Through Road and Runaround.

 But first of all I had to clean down the benches and the floor.

 It wasn't long before Al had moved 4 meters down the yard, as I prepared the platforms and started to arrange the BG track spacing's.

He is pretty good, don't you think?

 Need to set platforms in place to fix BG track down. Point marks out where BG runaround exits.

To be continued......

2019_10_05 Tam Valley Point controllers

Press on title for video.



2019_09_13 Catch up or clean up?

2019_09_13  Accumulation of jobs and rubbish..what to do?

Ok a few days ago we had another Al-Day and accomplished a heap of work. Al seems to enjoy building a railway, but still recovering from his year long illness, makes me worry that he suffers a bit trying to twist in to places more suited for younger folk. Thank you Al you inspire me to finish this railway.

And so we installed 9 point motors and wired them all in including the live frogs.

I also completed the control panel and began adjusting the point throws using Tam Valley DCC singlet switches.

This morning, I started to complete a couple of wiring jobs and all of a sudden the accumulated rubbish caught my attention, finally.  :(

Plastics into garbage bags and wood and burnables into the fire place and burnt. But although the first picture shows a mess, the second actually shows work was done.  :)

This is about 30 minutes work, and I guess I have at least 8 hours more to do? However the major "tripping" hazard has been eliminated. (once I sweep up the dust and small bits)
  Had a fall yesterday inside the new helix, which fortunately did no damage, to me or the layout, however poor Al endured a typical PTSD gob full. Sorry mate.

I also attempted to get Al's Lima 38 Class working, however it appears to have a short and only goes a few inches and stops and starts. The tsunami sound decoder might be causing it, as I cannot find the short. Next job might be to return it to DC and see if problem persists?

Then I found a brand new Austrains T Class never been opened. I believe its one from EBay , forgotten among all the other boxes.
Forgotten how I used to add sound to these, but here I am trying to work out if a sugar cube speaker will go into the body instead of the fuel tank.

Unfortunately the loco failed on DC, and the armiture was very tight, not rotating with power applied.

Took it apart and everything looked ok

Until I found this jammed inside the motor dragging on the armiture. Perhaps the reason why it was sold and I hope I got it cheap :D

So back to the T Class. I will now fit a Liksound V4.0 with a Mike Walters sound program that I must have bought for this when I purchased it. now can the decoder fit in place of the lighting board?



2019_09_07 Finished trackwork above Helix

2019_09_07  Trackwork, wiring and some scenery discussions ;)

 Ok so on Thursday Al and I completed all the track work and connected up all 46 pairs of droppers. I dare this section to develop a dead spot!!

 Apart from the terrible curve at the far end of the platform, I am happy with how this all turned out. It is a very difficult thing to create a station on a circular board, even if it is 2.4m diameter. The servo motors which control all points here will be controlled, at least at first, with the small panel leaning up against the wall. Long 3 core aircraft wiring cables connect the servo to this switch panel, simple plug and play :)

 Because the goods shed shares the approach to the engine shed, I created a road that will hold car loads to and from shed to clear approach to engine shed if required.

 Another road was created to coal and oil locomotives and water them too.

 R707 loads with Maitland coal before watering and setting aside for next turn of duty.

Extended the shed road to store an engine till required. Was going to put a pit here, but the curve was necessary.

 Peco pit was utilized. Need to dirty it up, I guess.

We ran all sorts of trains and tested all track. To finish it off, I need to install point motors and switch the dead frogs with them. Going to use servo motors here.

To start to fix up and add the scenery it was decided to get all the fascia panels in place.  This will enable the ground cover to finish and it should work out well, visually.

It will also tidy up the tired old black masonite and allow a change of colour, probably a dark olive green. 

I like the bottom two :)

So we just glued the new white craft wood to the old masonite, with liquid nails and clamped it for 24 hours. Graeme trimmed the top off with a Stanley knife to match the scenery base, making adjustments where necessary.

 We also noticed that the black top valence had given way here. Re glued it and see if it holds this time. The bending might be over stressing the construction. We will have to see.

 Graeme starts to shape the tops after clamping the fascia after applying liberal amounts of glue.
Graeme also has worked out a way of recessing the point motor switches. We can drill them in when the glue drys.

 The board cut fairly well with the knife. Watch the fingers please!

We lowered the cut in front of the bridge, as the creek was flowing up hill here. Now its looking good.

It should be nice when painted green.

So thats all for now as I continue to test the new track..  eh run trains, which is something that has not happened much around here for many months :D