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 Posted: Fri May 27th, 2016 01:23 pm
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I tested the ground signals yesterday with the TT301 before I contemplated installation - one of them worked correctly (though the light produced was very dim on both red and white) and the other I could only get the red light to work.  I might have to ditch them and just use some others that I bought, but these I have to construct first.



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Back to the 3rd rail installation and to some photos I promised. First is the track across one of the boards in the shed doorway.



Next is some of the pointwork on the first Oxsea station board I have installed 3rd rails -



And last a view of some of the station trackwork -



You will probably notice that the right-hand track has no 3rd rail as this is primarily intended for goods traffic.  You might also spot that the station canopy top corner is upside down - wholly intentional!!  I'm still working on the canopy lighting!!




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Looks good John:thumbs, but now I feel even more guilty.

Must be really fiddly and all I'm trying to do is stick a few wires on some posts :oops:


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Very neat, John.  :cool:



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Hi John Very nice track work, I like 3rd rail idea very impressive

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Thanks for your comments guys - and yes, it is fiddly, which is why I can only spend short amounts of time doing it!!

Today I have finished wiring up one of the Eckon ground signal kits I have put together, linking it to the TT301 for DCC control.  Assembling the kit is also a fiddly task.  The first kit I unpacked had a damaged central light bar;  I also lost one of the LEDs into the jar of liquid flux I was using!!  I just put the tail ends of the LEDs into the flux before soldering and the led just dropped out of the assembly into the bottle and I haven't managed to get it out again!  So I wrote that kit off - good job it was only a fiver when I bought it.  Assembling the little light bars into the 2-part signal shell is quite difficult when hands are shaky - you have to keep the light bars in position whilst gluing the back of the signal head into position.

Well the result is shown in the photo below:-



The three LEDs for the signal (2 x white and 1 x red) come preassembled (but not stuck, as I found out above!) and one leg of each LED is covered in blue heatshrink.  I soldered these three legs together and then attached a piece of blue wire, this being attached to the GND terminal on the TT301. The coloured LED (I discovered that I had a mixture of red and yellow LEDs in the kits I bought, not having realised (or forgotten(!)) that they were available in both flavours) I attached a red wire to and this is attached to the red terminal on the TT301.  The outer white LED was then attached to the green output of the TT301.  The three output terminals are shown at the top of the TT301 in the photo above.  Although resistors are provided in the Eckon kits they are not required from the TT301 outputs as the device has the required resistors in its circuitry.

The top white light is a different matter, though, as this is on permanently, so a resistor was soldered to the leg of the central LED and then a piece of yellow wire.  The yellow wire is then attached to the yellow power feed into the TT301, shown at the bottom of the photograph.

Just to prove that it works, the photo below shows the signal with the yellow LED activated.



I next have to disassemble the wiring to the TT301 and cut a slot in the baseboard for each signal.




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Aha!  Electronic wizardry!

Now you really have my attention, John.



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Hopefully more to follow, Max. One of the things I'm waiting for to see if it will simplify things for me is the new DCC Concepts Mimic Panel.



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Yesterday I had another thought about the disappearing LED from the first kit I tried, and also the yellow LEDs in the other kits.  I really want red LEDs in my ground signals, so I have replaced the yellow and missing LEDs with some 3mm red LEDs I found and these seem to work quite well.

I'm now running out of TT301 boards but I'm going to Bournemouth this week so will call in at Bournemouth Model Centre to pick up a few more.



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I managed to get to BMC last week and pick up 10 x TT301s but haven't had time to do anything with them, and won't for a couple of weeks.  Sadly Derek at BMC isn't in the best of health at the moment, with some mobility problems.

I have managed to put some Preiser passengers in position on a couple of the Oxsea platforms but with the weather the way it has been this week have only managed to get to the shed for one short modelling stint since Saturday.



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I have been away in France for the last 3 weeks, hence the lack of updates.

Since getting back I have been pondering the Metcalfe station canopies I have already built and I'm not really happy with them.  I think the canopy roof should be elongated so that the apex is parallel to the platform - the ones I have already built have the apex going side to side and the roof supports are too close to the platform edges.  So I'm now on the lookout for some good quality station canopies and some suggestions as to what might fit the bill...........

I have also sketched out a schematic track plan of Chelford........



and I have also been trying to decide on the track layout for the turntable board at the far end of the garden shed.  I think I have decided on the location for the turntable and this gives me a direct input to it from Chelford, as shown above, as well as a link to the shed roads.  However, I have run out of small right hand points so I can't finish this until next week (hopefully!).

I have also managed to fit the bufferstops and some bufferstop lights (though not yet wired up) to the three sidings at the left hand end of the Chelford diagram.

One other thing I have spent some time on is trying to get Cobalt and Tortoise point motors running from a DCC Concepts AD4 which I have had for some time and used for testing slow motion point motors when I ran the business.  However, although power goes into each of the 4 AD4 inputs I can't get any outputs to the motors so I need to investigate this further.



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Good to hear some progress is being made John. A nice neat schematic there. Are those point numbers! Do you actually have that many on your layout?
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Marty wrote:  Are those point numbers! Do you actually have that many on your layout?
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Marty, my layout has  88 turnouts.

And yes John, a nice neat track plan.



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ummm... yes, but you have an empire in your shed Sol...:lol:

Mind you, I've just counted and I've got 18... surprising how they accumulate!
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Hi Marty

No, I don't have that many yet!!  The trackwork on the right hand side is fairly complex and links with both the left hand sides of the Oxsea and Battenham boards.  When I was at the computer I couldn't remember where I had finished numbering previously so I decided to start numbering the points on the Chelford board from a new point (no pun untended!) - however, there are nearly 60 points across the Oxsea and Battenham boards and I haven't even started on the loco shed board with the turntable!

I have been looking around at station canopies again and have found one which might fit the bill from Ratio.  Has anyone got any experience with building these kits? I assume they are plastic.



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Too hot to get into the shed today - well over 30 degrees C!!  It feels like an oven in there and I can't leave the door open as the sun just streams onto the layout and I don't want any more sun related modifications to anything!



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No way I'll get into the shed today - 38 degrees C and rising!  The greenhouse, with door and all roof vents open is currently 46 degrees C.



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Sun dried tomatoes then John?

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They would be if I had any!!  Fortunately the greenhouse is empty - we are away so much at the moment it wasn't worth planting anything this year.



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Apologies for the lack of updates but we have been touring soggy Scotland for the last 3 weeks. Hopefully I might manage to get to the shed sometime later this week but have a couple of funerals to attend first............



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