2017_09_16 Catching up and Sat Workday!

2017_09_16 Lot of work is happening but as for last post, hard to show it in pictures, But lets give it a go :)

Caulfield 2017

Victorian Railways  6 Ton Yard crane re-released by Lyndons trains  www.lyndonstrains.com

Latest version WOW sound for Diesels

Rolling Road test bed.

Nice little buildings for Bullarto.

Mike produced these tidy little electro point modifications. So I bought them from him. Thanks DCC Mike :)

 A lot neater than mine :(

SDS 40 Foot containers. Some (most of) metal plates rattled off in the delivery from China. Simple fix with a little silicon and they are fine now.

Nice stuff coming from this mob :)

And I got a pack of the J, 4 wheel cement hoppers from Austrains which I think I already featured earlier?

So by Saturday after steadily moving around the layout changing out wiring to help with fault finding we get to today with two projects going on.

Graeme came in to add some more cover on his scenery project.


Covering up the pink paper towels :) The cutting South of Wodonga.

House Creek.  Lighting changed colours.

Looking further South towards SG Loop (Beyond our mystery tunnel :) )

Need to finish the base of the fascia

Home Hill :)
 Down past the Loco and towards Coal Siding (North)

Wiring up the point motors we installed last week.

Running out of Tortoise Motors, but I found these, purchased a few years back, because they came from an Australian Business. They look great, operate well, and had a price advantage. A huge disadvantage is that they cannot easily be operated manually (like a Tortoise can) They can only move under power. Anyway these are ready to use when we actually run out of the green ones.

Whilst looking for more Tortoise machines, I also found these!
They are all provided with a DCC address, and so I will use them in Albury Yard for main line point control.

So when Al arrived, it was time to wire the Trentham points, all 7 of them.

Wiring went quickly, but one point motor failed to work. Replacing it lost us a heap of time. But eventually all 7 points were wired in and working.
The 3 way point needs the frogs to be wired. I have two point motors and three frogs. I don't remember which two get wired together. Will look that up now, and job finished.

Half these wires are obsolete. I removed them, and we were just adjusting some track, and getting to the tidy up stage, when I cut an actuator piano wire with the dremmel to clear couplings. The heat melted the tie bar, and I have to replace it with a brass one. I should have removed power from motor and centered it, because the pressure of the actuator which was red hot as I cut it, melted plastic bar and that was that :(


So instead of finishing the job, I had to remove the point and need to replace the bar to work the blades from side to side.

Well that's about it.
Thanks for the company Graeme and Al, we did great work. Cheers