2020_03_29 Playing with lighting

2020_03_29  Graeme helped me fit more lighting

As before, we used 3M backing to secure strips of Led's to aluminium angle. The angle was very short on one side which tilted the throw of light about 15 deg.
The 3M from China is not reliable, so we secured the strips with hot glue, every foot or so.
Be careful not to heat up the leds, because they are constructed with low melt solder and hot glue can "unglue" them from strip. Ask me how I know?

A Jaycar hot glue gun using 11mm glue sticks was a great improvement on the cheap reject type I was using.

 Join the strips together, and as I needed 10 m of strips we added the power to the middle where we joined the strips together


 After feeding the power through a pair of 16 amp dimmers I now havethe ability to change my (light) colour. Here we have dimmed white with room lights off.

Both strips on full output.

both full on.

Just the warm white on full.

Full on warm white. Early morning?

 Just room lighting

Just full white.

Again full white.

Both strips full on. The warm white softens it just enough, I think.

Again same as above.

Thanks  Graeme, glad to see a friend, and I guess after tonight, that will be the end of visits, till we find out what really is happening  in this strange world of ours.
Thankfully, I have plenty to keep me occupied. AS I hope you all do too. Stay healthy my friends.


2020_03_21 Track to light

2020_03_21  Darkness to light!!  Thanks Q

We just keep plodding along

Graeme  called in for an hour or four and we got the Albury side lighting working. It's  dark outside, and the interior lights off.

You can see the clamped on fascia?  This will be full height and cover the lights and the timber frame. Painted green to match other fascia. It does not stop the light reaching edge of layout and yet the control panels will be clear of light and reflections when installed.

 Interior light on

And now the layout lights are off.

Track works

 (sorry about fuzzy pic)

 Still trying to sort out the helix and of course I need to install another reversing loop. This is mainly to keep the negative wire towards the wall. This started off because I used 45amp bus wires because I thought I had to run a continuous bus line. Knowing better now, however I maintain this restriction, because I am not prepared to completely change all the previous wiring and disconnect and reconnect those thousand odd droppers once more.  The cause of all of this was I could not get 45amp matching black bus wires (at a price I could afford. Two hundred meters of copper cable was $60 and one hundred meters of black aluminum (could not get copper then) was $190. So I spaced the bus a foot apart. The red wire nearest wall was a black wire and the reversing sections allowed this to be maintained... stupid... stupid...... stupid!! Anyway its all spilt milk, or water long under the bridge.


  Al day Thursday :)

 We added the last track to the coal siding (At least Al did)

But first,
 Although Albury has only one crossover allowing the XPT to move from platform road to the main, we found the reversing loops were sending freight trains back along the platform. And so we added a second crossover to pass them through the through road. 

 At the coal siding we need to add the second arrival road and runaround.  And that completes the BG track on the whole layout...Yippeee!!!!

Well perhaps just a little more so I can fit the cement and Super Industries in place.

So a little more progress, hope you all enjoyed.
Spent two days rewiring the top level from top of the old helix to Allanvale and around the Peninsular via Bullarto and Trentham to Honeysuckle.
And now my Digitrax system refuses to start up, and I have no idea what changes I made to cause the fault. I only found out after those two days when I tried to start it up and run a train or two.
Next week will be a difficult one.


2020_03_10 Two Exhibitions this weekend. Video about IDR W

 2020_03_10 Slow times with many interruptions

 Hi All
Not much to report, as I had to head to Melbourne account a family illness and various other interruptions.

The German designed Diesel hydraulic Class W
This rebuilt version lost its Mercedes motor for a GM. Lifted body mods including a new exhaust.

 In real life it was a useful VR engine, however the fitters and especially the drivers thought they were crap. They worked for a long time and as depicted even got rebuilt.

 Doing what they were built for! Shunting.

 In both guises they were able to shift loads between yards and deal with the job at hand.

 Spartan inside with seats added as what would seem an afterthought.

 10 hoppers and that's a short 1% grade its climbing easily.

 In olden times it would move a lot of tons between Brooklyn and Tottenham. and Sunshine Grain silos. And take a load home to North Melbourne when the job was done.

This is a magnificent model. IDR a small manufacturer has lifted the bar and now we can hope the others will take notice!
In this picture the capacitor is holding the lights on, even 30 secs after turning power off. With sound turned on, it still stays alive for several seconds and that's a great reason for all manufacturers to include "stay alives" on their lighting boards,

Video is here (Double click)
IDR release the VR W Class



2020_02_13 Working hard still ...

2020_02_13 Working but not a lot to show.

Since my last post, Graeme and Grant from Murray Modellers visited and we installed another long length of lighting. I have to upgrade the power feed though, and need to upgrade the wire size to cope with the amps being drawn.

Al has returned each Thursday and we are working through a long list of faults.
As an example two weeks ago we tore out the four crossovers at the north end of Albury  and replaced them with new ones as the old recovered ones from my 1982 layout in Melbourne, were electrically and mechanically playing up.

As well we noticed that 4 wheel vehicles were not running into Bullarto from either end. They were tracking straight at both ends refusing to take the diverge when it was set.

We removed track from the troubled areas and checked the convergence of the tracks and in one case, levelled the track. Both problems fixed.

At the same time I noticed the last point motor fitted at Bullarto to the race was firing, and the blades were not moving.
I removed the motor and reset it, only to find we had broken the plastic tie bar and now the point was useless. Fortunately I had another point in stock, which needed repairs. The curved rail had parted the sleepers at the end. Easy fix was to super glue the rail back on, then paint the super glue to seal the bond and install the track. Works just fine.

During the week on my own, I decided to have a bit of break. In between the mundane things like shopping etc, I started installing sound into some locomotives.
 I found a C Class, G Class and an 81 which had been started, and never finished, for one reason or another.  I had all the components and so I put them together with mixed results.
The G Class runs well with sound off, but jerks and crackles with sound on. Unlike my other ESU products this Select was very quiet on full volume. I will reload the 645 Turbo today and see if that fixes the problem.
The 81 Class also seems to have a connectivity problem. I will do a video after and see if you can see what is wrong with this older Tsunami AT1000

THe C Class is work in progress and just for a change has an older WoW diesrl chip in it. Looking for a speaker that fits in the cab at the moment. So back to it ....


2020_02_05 Still pro...............

2020_02_05 Trying to tidy up one more time

 Nearly there!    Nice to see you again Wodonga :D

And so two things were needed. More space so lets get rid of the computer?
But where to?
The tray under the desk top was taken out to make room for the armrests on chair. The tray hung too low.
So I cut the sides of the slide down and lifted the tray about 2 inches. This left just enough room for the lap top, and more room for my knees underneath, whilst sitting at the correct height. Good job done here.

Ok that works for me. See the handy storage box lower right?  $13.98 at Bunnings!

Took a little more than  an hour to build and install and like I thought at Bunnings, it was exactly the right size for this space.
In addition it stored most of my unfinished projects.



2020_02_02 Procrastination!!

2020_02_02 I need to wire the old helix :(

Instead I find lots  to do, but the layout is finally back together and working better than it ever has, except for the helix which was stripped and never rewired.

In the last week....

Al finished the track work at old Bullarto

And I rewired it and fitted the point motors.


OOPS!!  I had not noticed that the backdrop had fallen in. Better fix that today :(

Al refurbished his namesake station that was suffering. He did such a good job, I think I might have to move the track and turn the building to face the aisle :)


I guess I cleared the table. Its a big table and it accumulates a lot of stuff. It gets in the way and has never worked out for me.

But what am I going to do with all those unfinished jobs sitting on the layout?

 They certainly will not fit here, which was found under years of collected rubbish which was sorted and mostly thrown out.

So this is my work station.  To use it, I am just going to haveto learn to store stuff between jobs.
I think I will move the storage boxes on the left and build some shelves to hold all the unfinished stuff to keep it off this very small work place, to enable me to get some projects finished.