2017/10/18

2017_10_18 Postie is here :D

2017_10_18  Air Mail from Inonesia! Thank You Evan :)

As always let your eyes check out the candy (I hope)


Extremely nice packaging survived the mail staff very well.


This is the man, who runs this business. Prices are good and build time is quick, quality is "expert mode" Well worth the price and this time I received a bonus (ask me by pm)




almost matches order. Hoping their is a pair of points?


oh you got me Evan :D. Check out the elastic bands on the ends!


Left and right junctions, just as I ordered :)  They look really sweet ,dont they?


Heres where they go!  Remember the new helix :)


With Kilmore East's Steve and Ron, setting up the helix and orientinting it into correct position.
And Evan understanding my rough instructions. (Australian slang hinders communications, however we are teaching Evan how to understand us :) )






First junction feeds or reieves trains from reverse loops,
Second junction feeds or recieves from other end of reverse loop and sends trains up the helix.


Here points line up with on ramp perfectly. (ouch the box blocking and I did not notice it till now, but I am sure you all get the picture?

Thank you guys Really appreciate it all.
Cheers
Rod

2017_10_17 Video Bookmark (coming)

2017_10_17 Learning a new video editor...not!!

Check back for videos when I learn how to save them :{

2017/10/16

2017_10_10 still plodding along

2017_10_10   Wiring still !!


Amazingly even though trains run through here and have for some time, I found missing droppers.




I just cant seem to get my head around the resulting spaghetti now hanging underneath...maybe tomorrow?
Cheers
Rod

2017/10/06

2017_10_06 written updates?

2017_10_06 Still wiring. This time in the House creek area Wodonga. 

Lefy Bullarto till Al is able to return in a few weeks.
So moved on to Wodonga. Things were a lot better there than I thought. Existing wiring is permanent. All I have to do is remember my wiring codes so I can connect all the new work up to point motors and DCC bus. Going to use "Juicers:" on crossovers and point motors on the rest.

Also need to start work connecting the helix to the layout. So a trip to Bunnings to purchase the connecting timber and now its just a matter of seeing when Roger has a spare few days, and we can get into laying track...oops I forgot to organize the  cutting of the extra.curved ramp road bed pieces. I need another 10 to complete the helix.


Use the craft wood to bridge the gap between BG main line and new station on top of helix.
Have cut off pieces to use as templates to get exact curve on these boards.


Using piece on top, I can cut new sheets to fit existing curvature and then extend top level along wall to the existing main line, out of site on the rhs.
Second board will get same treatment and fill the gap under the spirit level.

Ok on the trolley for a few more days, and continue to connect up points and block wiring for Wodonga yard.
Cheers
Rod

2017/09/28

2017_09_28 Making a video

2017_09_28  Shunting at Trentham (Yes I know playing instead of fixing?)

However when you think you got it right, its time to test it and make sure.
Spent about 3 hours finishing off up here (and an hour cleaning up the mess :( )

And for Al, I thought I should film the results.
Al relaid all of the track and helped me add the point motors last time he was here.
He did a great job, apart from one fish plate not connected, smooth as silk!! Well almost :)

Trentham test

Click here for video>>  Vimeo video of Trentham Test

What the heck this is fun. Her is another one

https://vimeo.com/235872028


Click here for video 2 Block Rock picks up at Trentham


Cheers
Rod

2017/09/26

2017_09_25 Whats up?

2017_09_25  A bit quiet around here as Al has to be elsewhere for a little while.

So I am just adding on to work done recently.  And also fighting the dreaded short bugs I have let loose on this layout.

Last visit, Al finished off the Trentham points, and today's job is to finish off the wiring.


Al adjusting the tracks on Saturday


That's better The wagons clear the goods dock.

Bloody three way points!!

Spent a week or more sorting it out first time. And on Saturday, out of the blue, it failed again! Damned if I could find out why. So   testing wires, changing polarity. Testing for continuity? Nothing obvious...So.... ripped out the new wires and  located the Peco wiring diagram. Rewired it, and it works :(  No idea why it stopped though  :( Thing I did notice is that Peco have an Asymmetric three way point and a medium radius three way. They are built differently. You need to find out which version you have, as Peco have changed their specs several times since scale "electrofrogs" were introduced.



De Ja Vu?


Finally tests ok, and train runs through in both directions on all three routes.

Tidying up?

Yes for about 1 day, I cleaned the desk down, loading everything into boxes after sorting it all out,
I also decided to have a break from wiring, and so began finishing off some sound projects. This took time to accomplish though as the Decoder Pro program gave heaps of trouble. Fixed now, but look at the bloody queue!

Fitting sound?

 
Found a CL I was looking for, as I promised to sell it, to another. However it has been fitted with sound, which I did not remember doing. I was going to remove the sound, however it is hard wired in, and I cannot locate the lighting board that fits it.



A new flat top and a modification to speakers used. Be interesting to see how it works.



My clean work bench :(  Does not last long around here.

I just got word from Indonesia that Evan has finished my double line junctions and they are ready to mail, so next job is the helix :)

OK back to Trentham. 3 points done, 4 to go!

Cheers
Rod

2017/09/16

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.

Scenery


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
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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
Rod