2020_06_13 Quick update

2020_06_13  Still plugging away.

Wiring is still my biggest headache. However I have been maintaining locomotives, mainly to do with sound and split muffs on drive train.  I have Austrains X Class, T Class as well as Trainorama S an 44 Classes that need upgrades. Have plenty of wheel sets but finding the T Class offset muffs to be a problem.

I ordered 3 new B Class with sound fitted, a heap of Tam Valley as well as some new Digitrax controllers.

Parts for my Wodonga and Albury control panels have arrived. Should get into that soon.

Wanted to buy the new Powerline Z Cars but as usual, they messed them up. They just cant help themselves  "they are good enough the sheep will buy them anyway"

Peter shows the prototype A car and below is the model

Can you see what I am griping about? We waited over 25 years for these!

And I really am sick of paying premium prices and getting lima quality toys :( I wanted 6 of them) and will end up giving them a miss, I think unless Auscision decides to build them as part of their SOP sets.

Anyway hope to show you more next time ;D


2020_06_19 Wodonga Station

2020_06_19  McKenzie Signal bridge test fit (Oakliegh Signal Bridge)

Tony K visited today and brought a new signal bridge so that we could see if we had room to fit one

Success!!  One has been ordered!

Oakliegh Bridge obviously not right for here.



2020_06_01 Track laying? Wot?

2020_06_01 Have I forgotten?

Well I guess Al will complain that its not right Ha Ha.  I keep letting him do it because he likes it so much ;)

Anyway the frustrations of wiring this up is keeping me well and truly occupied.

So lets see how I did?
This little yard is needed to store some of the NSW rolling stock that I have accumulated to make Albury a little more interesting. NSW 4 wheel vintage rolling stock, will not normally run on the Victorian side and basically will run to and from Albury via the two reverse loops, and store in these 5 new sidings to keep the layout clear for thru modern bogie operation through to Dynon.

 Ok first find the tools. Now where did Al hide them?

Check to make sure it will fit in place, that point motors are not obstructed.

Yeah, this will work.

ok straight along backdrop? I have a block of wood that appears to work. Now lining the points up this way the straight roads need straightening.
The electro frogs have wire shorts to remove for live frog operation.
And I wire the blades to each dropper to guarantee continuity.

 Mark the positions of the droppers and drill through the base board. Mark location of the point motor and drill the board out for that.
  Push the wires through and give them a test tug.

Stand back and admire the work. It looks great to me :)
Go inside and check head for bleeders? Oh not needed :) Did not hit it once Ha Ha

Yeah I am happy with that...  But what will Al think of it?


ps the New Helix is next, and that finishes off all the track to lay.

pps notice that all lighting is from the overhead LED's Maybe first job should be to build a canopy and light your layout? Sure makes working on it easier (except when its low and chops up your  head, eh Al?)


2020_05_28 Al Day Thursday more track?

2020_05_28  Almost all track down?

You can see Al was not going to have a painless day of it. The track is at the back board and the top level is in the way.

The track along the wall, is SG and was used by NSW shunters to combine trains arriving from Melbourne and because of space limitations I am going to add a BG track in the space between, to simulate transfer of wagon loads between gauges.

to the right of the bottle the BG track points lead to the new transfer roads.
The point work is from SG make up road and leads to SG wagon storage.

BG refers to broad gauge track which was the Victorian Railways standard of 5 ft 3 inches. and SG refers to the NSW standard gauge of 4 ft 8 1/2 inches. Here simulated by running code 100 track for all SG track and Paco code 75 for all BG track. The only place on this whole layout that a SG or BG train can transfer to the other gauge is the Coal Sidings Bogie Exchange roads.


2020_05_21 Al-Day returns to HB Nth

2020_05_21  As the Government relaxes its power grab, Al-Day Thursday can return.

So we have two jobs today.

Rewire continues for me and I am inching along after not working out why a diamond crossover was shorting yesterday. I hoped to get it finished before Al came over.

Anyway between soldering up the rails and points for the new siding so Al could lay the track along, I did manage to fix the crossover. Now I only have 2 feet of dead track to reach the old helix which thankfully is still wired and working properly. Maybe tomorrow will see trains running on top level once again.

Al went back to the coal siding, and did finish off his project (unlike my efforts)

However it was great to have some company and a chat :D

 I modified the second yard runaround to try and make room for the Super shed. Here al fits the points ready for point motors.

 We added the new siding into the bogie exchange road north of the fuel siding roads. Not like it really was, but remembering the shunts we did at Coal Siding, I think it will work ok

I ran out of Peco code 75 points so we fitted a code 70 Microscale crossover, which worked out ok.
The new Peco rail joiners are advertised to fit code 70, code 75 and code 83, and they do just that. Surprisingly, joining Microscale code 70 and Peco code 75 with these joiners matches height and inner rail edges with no filing required.

 The tracks are spaced about 5cm apart to allow hands to be used to re rail, uncouple etc.

 And all track is in and fixed down.

Still leaves room for the road access and a few weeds ;)

 I decided to extend the run around road to access the cement silo, which again had to be relocated account of the narrow bench work. The Super shed will go over the hole to left of bent road.

 I bought some new legs for the layout yesterday, so I can both firm up the bench tops and level them out. Trying to set up a cement hopper which wanted to roll away rapidly, proved just how out of plumb this end of layout is.

  First pic set hopper at end of track.
second run back and focus and shoot
third take another shot Ha Ha


2020_05_15 ok track in at Alanvale.

2020_05_15 Allanvale.

 ok so I took my own advice, and started from the other end. Have not done enough track work, of late :D

But to get the minimum 36" radius (915mm) I had to cross some dense foam. So I used the sanvic file to level out the foam and glued the foam in place after marking its position in texta. After attaching foam, I relaid the track, and glued it to the foam as I was unable to tack it down.

A bit of weight and see tomorrow if it is level and stuck fast.
The 36 inch (915mm) radius looks ok. The space between the tracks should scenic up nicely. 



2020_05_13 More shorts, and rebuild Alanvale

2020_05_13 Alanvale turned about.

Ok as usual quick and dirty :)

Plugs used to connect Tortoise machines into system

 This plug is correctly located allowing connection to the system.
Outside pins are 12v DC connections from operating toggle switch

 This plug is incorrectly fitted and is causing a full shut down of DCC system. Notice it is moved to one end. pins 5 6 and 7 to right carry 17v AC that is, DCC track power to the frog.

 The tortoise machine circuit card is narrower than the plug allowing it to slide from side to side.
At the time I bought them, there was no alternative. However now you can buy an expensive blue connector that fits properly. I have been waiting their arrival from USA for over a month now,

Ways and Works taking advantage of shut down, to rearrange track at Allanvale.

Not finished, as I might need Al's cleverness to connect up the east end.

 Al renovated the station and as it has a subway, it needed to be turned around to face the viewer.

 Their is a platform edge along the back of the station, and clearance for all trains.

Just a small adjustment to swing 36" radius curve into main line to right of picture. I should have started laying track from that side, I guess?