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 Posted: Tue Sep 29th, 2015 07:26 pm
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Electrofrog points removed and found the wiring for the frog switching via the point motor.  God know what I was thinking about when I wired this up but the two track wires weren't where they were supposed to be on the track.  So desoldered them and soldered to the correct positions. Problem not solved!!

Switched the two track feed wires for frog switching on the Traintronics point motor.  Problem not solved.

Switched the two track feed wires back and checked that the two short connecting links under the Peco point were cut.  Problem not solved.

So not sure now what is causing the problem.  The only reason I can come up with is that the frog switching of the point motor isn't working correctly/at all.

Next option is to disconnect frog switching wires and re-establish the under point links and do away with frog switching.  Unfortunately I don't have another point motor I could experiment with, nor do I have the time or will left to do that!!



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The gremlins are working overtime today!  I went back to the layout, switched it on and thought I would give the frog switching one more go.............

.........silly me, I thought.......... but it worked!!  I couldn't believe it!!

At the weekend I ordered 4 pieces of Shinohara converter track from Scalelink.  This arrived very promptly today and will be used to link my standard code 100 track to the track on the Heljan turntable.



Thought I would also post a photo of the turntable board in place.



Ignore the mess underneath!!  But it gives some idea of the gradients to both upper and lower levels.



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Haven't had time to do any modelling this week as I have been in Brighton visiting my oldest surviving relative who is now 99 but sadly doesn't have a clue who I am or what day of the week it is.  I just hope I never reach that state.......

However, I have had time today to visit the Great Electric Train Show at the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon and managed to pick up a few things I need.........



Goodies include some paint from Phoenix Precision Paints so that I can paint station nameboards and other things, more ballast and vegetation from Greenscene, some figures and signs from P & D Marsh and Noch, a Team Digital SMD84 for controlling point motors on the Chelford board and a couple of the new point motors (PM10) from Gaugemaster to try out.



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Haven't had a lot of time to do much over the last few days, but I have managed to create the station nameboards for Oxsea....



but unfortunately  the camera has created some relfections!

I have also repainted a Hornby signal box to create a BR Sr green version for Oxsea.  I did take a photo of before I started painting to show before and after  but stupidly deleted the photo from my camera thinking I had already downloaded it!!  Yet another sign of age I'm afraid!!



Must do something about the broken finnial on top of the box........!




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Life really does get difficult when you've retired - there just isn't enough time to do everything....... so modelling has taken somewhat of a back seat over recent weeks and looking at my diary it doesn't look as though the situation will improve over the next 4-6 weeks!

However, whilst waiting for a computer to do some Windows updates yesterday I did manage to complete a little task I investigated several months ago.  I came across a number of Base Toys large Cable Drums which were left over from my model retailing days and I thought these could be used as some wagon flat loads.  I decided that I should add some weight to the drums... problem was I couldn't separate the outer edge from the drum on some of them, so that meant I couldn't use the lead weights I had originally intended using.

Then I came across .........



some Real Rocks Ballast from Joes Trains, which I had left over from a smaller layout created several years ago, and in conjunction with some scenic cement used for ballasting I decided I could use this on the drums I could open.



By filling the drums almost half full with the ballast and then adding the cement this should provide sufficient weight to stabilise the drums and help to prevent them rolling.

The completely sealed drums required a similar solution.  Handily the ballast bottle comes with a tapered nozzle so it was possible, with care, to get the ballast into the centre of the drum through the centre hole.  Using a dropper I then managed to squeeze the liquid cement through the centre hole, hopefully adding sufficient to prevent any ballast loss.

The intention is to use the drums thus.......



but I just need to create some cradles for the drums to fit onto to prevent them moving.

Also yesterday I visited Footplate in Kidderminster again - the shop seems to have more stock ranges every time I visit!  Sadly Derek wasn't in the shop as he was unwell, but I still managed to find most of what I wanted without too much hassle - came away with some Code 60 track and insulators for creating the third rail on much of the layout, some more ballast glue and a couple of brake vans.



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John Bromsmod said;-

"Handily the ballast bottle comes with a tapered nozzle so it was possible, with care, to get the ballast into the centre of the drum through the centre hole."

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Tapered nozzles also come in handy when ballasting track and the most readily available seem to be those provided with tubes of silicone or other sealer. Slice a bit off the end at an angle, fill with ballast, seal the big end with some insulating tape and you've got a nice little ballast spreader - point it where you want it and just tap the pointy end for as much or little as you need, which is handy for getting in those awkward little places.....



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Hi Mike

That's a useful tip and something I hadn't thought of.  I've been using a ballast spreader I bought from Greenscene at a show a couple of years ago.  It works very well on straightforward track, but I have used foam underlay and this has a fairly steep gradient along the edge so I have to go back along and add some more ballast to fill the missing patches.



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Hi John

All my track is on raised foam underlay - either Gaugemaster or DCC Concepts - and I came up with this nozzle thingy for the same reason you give, ie ballast falling off the shoulder.

I put masking tape along the baseboard about 1/16th inch from the bottom edge of the foam; paint neat pva onto the shoulder (about 12" at a time) then gently sprinkle ballast on the glue; to make sure it sticks, I go along the new ballast and press it flat into the foam with a small piece of stout card; then, before it dries I gently pull up the tape and use another piece of card to neaten up the edge by pushing any stray grains back into line.  Once this has set (usually about 24hours) I then ballast the edges between rail and the now firm ballast shoulder with my nozzle, same again between the sleepers brushing stray ballast off and; using a 10ml pipette, flood it with 70/30 water pva with a bit of meths in the mix.  Probably needn't tell you but for info of others - tape over the tie bar before ballasting - sleeper before to sleeper beyond covering all the slot - which prevents ballast going down through the baseboard. Makes for a neat job with hardly any cleaning up to do after.....

In true Blue Peter style - here's some I did earlier;-



Takes a little longer than the ballast spreaders but far less faffing about to do afterwards.....



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That's a beautiful bit of track laying and ballasting John :):)

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Thanks Ron

That's what I was into - making my own track - when Doctor banned me from inhaling soldering fumes as it's bad for my health, I now have to do it outside in the fresh air fully masked and protected - I look like something from Star Wars just to dab a bit of solder but it causes great amusement amongst my neighbours...

and, sorry John, didn't mean to hijack your thread, I'll go away now.....



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Hi Mike - I don't mind being hijacked when it's by someone who shows how it should really be done.  I wish my trackwork looked as good as that.  I just don't think I've got the patience you obviously have to produce such exquisite modelling technique.

I see, though, that you've gone from inhaling soldering fumes to meths!!



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Afraid I haven't had time to do very much to the layout over the last couple of weeks but I'm hoping things will be less manic over the next week or so and that I can make some more progress.



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Managed to get to Warley exhibition today and unfortunately took my plastic card!!  I think it might have melted a little during the day!  Bought a replacement 2EPB for the one burnt out (above) though this one is blue r
ather than green (so will probably swap the bodies over), a sound decoder for a Merchant Navy loco, some suspended station lights (from Kytes Lights) for use under the canopies (when built!), several packs of station figures and a sheet of 2mm polystyrene board for use with one of the display panels (thought I really ought to start on these!).

Just need to get to the shed now!



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Well I didn't make it to the shed today but I did manage to do a couple of things - I painted the shades of the suspended lights I bought yesterday in BR green, started to prepare for assembly of one of the Metcalfe station canopies by separating all of the parts and also managed to (almost) complete the installation of a Zimo sound decoder into a new Heljan blue Western (just need to solder in the capacitor).  I doubt that I'll have much time tomorrow to move any further with the latter tasks - on grandparent duties!!



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I have now managed to complete the sound decoder installation in not just one but two Westerns:



I have also been working on the Metcalfe station canopy and just tested it for size:



The first one isn't yet complete - I need to add the roof glazing panels, which are ready to go on, together with the roof capping and guttering but I can't complete that until I have added the adjacent unit.  It also appears that, with two long platforms, I'm going to need a large number of these canopy structures which is going to be quite expensive!!  I also need to work out how I am going to join these on to the canopy for the main station building, most of which has been completed.



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I haven't got any photographs yet but I haven't been sitting idly by the last few days - I have been adding sections to the station canopy shown above and adding a little more to the station building.

I bought some more canopies at Footplate in Kidderminster yesterday and hope to get going on those tomorrow!



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Don't you find it an incovenience John, having to go out to buy things for your model railway when at one time you could just walk into your shop for it?

The station is coming along nicely - at a true life time scale....



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Ah Mike, if only that were true!  I only ever stocked a selected range of products so never had everything I would need for my own railway.  But I have got a lot of stuff I collected whilst in business!!  Problem is finding somewhere to put it all!!!

And yes, the station seems to be taking for ever to finish (a bit like the new Bromsgrove station which is being built with completion having been put back from November to March because the bridge they are having built was the wrong size - I will post some photos of that development in another thread when I can find some time) but other things get in the way - yesterday I spent the whole day trying to find a solution to a problem with the email package on my wife's computer which suddenly stopped working - having upgraded the machine to Windows 10 a few weeks ago the software had been working fine now it won't load.  What's really frustrating is that the software works fine on my computer!!!



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Windows 10??????... MMMmmm... Jury's still out for me on the free upgrade... I'm fully conversant and happy with W7 which seems to do everything I want... have read some iffy forum type press on W10 with MS wanting to compel you to have things, or not, as the case may be... for example I understand with W10 you now only get mandatory automatic updates and no longer have a choice with regard to selecting 'critical' or 'advisory' updates, being amongst several things I'm not 100% happy with. I understand some of the reasoning MS is moving to a 'service platform' and that this will be the last of the many new Windows programs with support gradually being removed for previous versions, but I'm not totally happy at being told what to do, what I can have and what I can't - freedom of choice seemingly evapourated.

My Sister-in-law recently purchased a new set up moving from XP to W10 and it was mind boggling - we spent 4 very frustrating hours experimenting with what we could find, which at the end of the day was not very much... so a very steep learning curve is required and it wasn't helpful that as soon as we connected to the 'net she picked up a potentially unwanted program (pup)... heaven knows where that came from.

I wonder just what MS have hidden or built into their new platform which reports information back to HQ and how it might affect ones privacy or identity... and I ask you... what intelligent adult would choose to install 'Candy Crush Saga' it beggars belief... but suppose I'll get round to upgrading eventually as there's not much time left on the 1 year free offer and, if I don't do it, I'll eventually have to buy it or move to a Mac!!! don't get me started on the Apple business model pleeeease.....

Time, as they say, will tell.....



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Hi John

I must start by declaring an interest, because I do design and sell model canopies and components for building canopies. Obviously Metcalfe make their kits to hit a price point that I just can't achieve, but I am struck by how far out of scale the valancing is to their platforms. Each plank looks to be about 18 inches wide. I presume it is to reduce the amount of laser cutting to keep the price down.

I have a similar end valance available for about five pounds fifty per pair. If they were adjusted to suit the dimensions of a Metcalfe kit, do you think there would be any market for them as a substitute component? I'm still waiting for 3d printing technology pricing to drop to a point where it becomes mainstream. It will happen, but maybe not for a few years yet. In the meantime I just keep adding to my library of bits and pieces.



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