The rest of the LED order arrived. Thats another 25 m of white LED strip to add to the 50 m of sunny white still in stock. As well 4 12v 30a dimmer switches. Still have no idea what the 30a Amplifier dimmers are for? Anyway thats for another day.
Al went back to Albury to lay track. However I detected a huge shudder when I showed him how it was to go.
Whilst Al was working at Albury, I went looking for a persistant short, that I keep thinking I have sorted, and alas keeps coming back. First I had to move masonite and perspex from under the layout to gain access and then sweep up another huge amount of sawdust and foam discovered lurking underneath :(
I then started removing connections until the short went away. Recently I purchased another 10 NCE circuit breakers. I am now sorting out the wires so that each section is protected by one of the 20 circuit breakers I have to use. I will set up 5mm RED LED's which will light up when a short occurs, to stop this time consuming search, which takes up so much of my time. I might have feeds coming from two different directions, causing the shorts, maybe?? Reverse loops that only cause a short when a particular point is thrown? Who knows, but its long since time I sorted this out.
So what did Al face today? Possibly the most difficult bit of trackwork he has faced. Lets show you how he fared.
Back adjacent to station, the two tracks closest the blue wallare BG tracks heading for Bunge. To do this they must cross the SG track via three diamond crossovers.
The first crosses the 'runaround track' which becomes the 'coal road'
The second diamond crosses the 'through track' which becomes the 'main line'
The third diamond crosses the 'platform track' which becomes the 'loop road'
After the diamond, the runaround enters a point for access to the top yard and loco.
Looking forward to all the wheels clicking through the diamond crossovers :)
The platform track passes through the diamond befor running through a high speed point (80KPH)
switching trains from loop track to the Junee main line.
The track in the distance is just sitting there. It will look perfect after Al cuts it all in.
Just roughed it out so Al can see where he is going. from bottom to top. The BG is fixed including the first point.
The SG crossover is fixed in but the points at top right is just sitting there.
The "Bunge" BG access track forms a loop to allow the pilot to drop off , run around or pick up wagons to return to Victoria
And Al had to leave for home as I pondered where the double slip needed to go. Soon after he left I worked it out. Now I have to work out how to wire it up. Here it is Al, See you Tuesday.