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 Posted: Fri Mar 6th, 2015 09:03 pm
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Nice building John,I am glad you have survived the ballasting.
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Hi Derek

Regrettably not yet!!  I have to get to the Leamington show this weekend to purchase a lot more from Greenscene so that I can move on with the ballasting - I can't do any signal location/installation until the ballast is down as the Traintronics signals will sit on top of it!  I'm also after some more of the Train-Tech buffer-stop lights to complete the trackwork at Oxsea station, but not sure who will be there selling those.

Hopefully my eyes will have cleared enough by then to enable me to drive there!!



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Well I managed to get to the Leamington Show on Sunday and pick up what I needed (as well as some other bits I didn't really need!).

The Train-Tech lamps have now been installed.......



and I have already managed to use a couple of the packs of ballast I purchased.  Don't know where it all goes!!



Will do some tidying up and paint the rails once the bulk of the ballasting has been done.



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It's amazing what limits we can push ourselves too where the hobby is involved.... now if it was work?!!!
Hope your feeling better, those buffer stop lights look very good.

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Going well John,Those buffers are a neat job as well as the ballast.It seems our hobby tends to use things in bulk if you build more than a cameo plank.I am casting my eye on different brands of budgie grit these days!.
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Well, ballasting goes on unabated!!  Must get some more Woodland Scenics liquid glue tomorrow when in Kidderminster.



Whilst ballasting yesterday I decided to fit the Bachmann loco/carriage wash I had in place. God knows what the two metal plates that came with it are for - I thought they should go between the rails but they fit too tightly for that, so I have left them out completely.  Getting the precise position took some time and also some trimming of the rubber "splash guards" in order to get carriages through without fouling the thing.  I tried a number of different coaches to make sure all was well.  I have ballasted up to the edges of the "concrete" base of the model in order to mark its exact position.  Today I was successfuly able to remove the structure, leaving the ballast mould in place, and return the structure to its correct position.  I have also infilled some of the gaps a little more than shown in the photo above.  Unfortunately the carriage wash looks a little wonky in the photo but this is more to do with the angle of the camera than the actual position (I hope!!!).



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Definitely the camera angle John, looks good to me :thumbs

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Hoping so.... haven't even had any alcohol this evening!!!



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Ballasting continues.....  seems never ending and I've almost use up the 6 bags I bought recently.  I have also started to install some of the signalling where ballasting has been completed, but none of them are wired up yet.  They are all Traintronics signals and will each will be controlled by a TT301, so hopefully signals and point motors will work in tandem!! Ever the optimist!!!  Wiring them up will be fun as the wires are extremely fine, so I'm thinking of tinning the end of each wire with a little solder to make each contact on the screw terminal more positive.



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Well I've done as much ballasting as I can at the moment, having run out of said material!  So yesterday I thought I would start to program the TT301 and connect up some of the signals.  Silly thought!!  I switched on the power to the layout and...............


.......constant buzzing.  Moved some of the stock but no difference.  What's frustrating is that I have been moving stock around with the controller over the last few days and no problems.

So my task now is to find the source of the problem as I can't realistically do anything else until problem is solved.  Don't you just love electronics!!!



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It didn't take too long to find the culprit.  I removed all of the locos from the Oxsea station board then switched on the power.......     

..........silence!!

So then I re-railed the locos one at a time until I found the cause of the buzzing - a Heljan Hymek fitted with a Zimo sound decoder.  My next task will be to take it apart and try to find the cause of the problem.



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That's what I like about this hobby.... entertainment and problem solving at every turn.... who needs jigsaws! 

Ballasting is therapeutic isn't it? :lol:

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I prefer to think of ballasting as character building, Marty.  :lol:



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Marty wrote: That's what I like about this hobby.... entertainment and problem solving at every turn.... who needs jigsaws! 

Ballasting is therapeutic isn't it? :lol:

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Agree about the hobby, though a bit more expensive than jigsaws!  Not sure I'm regarding the ballasting as therapeutic at the moment, though............

I lifted the middle board yesterday and as it tilted there was the sound of little grains of ballast trying to escape!! :mutley



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Spent overnight in Kent, so a long drive back today.  Feeling rather tired now so won't do anything to the layout today.  However, when I arrived home I found these waiting for me......



two sheets of Oxsea station signs produced by Stationsigns.  Very crisp signs printed on thin shiny card.  I think the small ones might be a b**ger to cut out and fix!!!



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Hi John

Try an offcut, and see if varnish will work as an adhesive, just need to see if it discolours the white.
Other wise spray mount on the rear of the sheet, or double sided tape stuck to the rear before you cut them out may work.

The layouts comming together nicely tho'.

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Thanks for the tips Paul

I might well try those.  The problem these days is holding things still!!


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Today I took a look at the Heljan loco with the Zimo sound decoder.  I couldn't see anything wrong inside, and was particularly baffled as it had been working perfectly.  I put it back on the track and.........  bright light in the centre of the decoder and poof... a puff of smoke.



You can just make out the burnt hole in the centre of the decoder.

So I have now turned to the signals on the centre board.........



which have been positioned and now need wiring up to the control boards.




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First two two-aspect signals shown on the left of the photo above have been wired up direct to the respective point motors rather than a DCC control board, so the signals change when the points are set right. 

Now started on those signals requiring a control board.  Power is taken from point motor bus.  However, connecting up the signal wires to the boards is extremely difficult as the wires are so thin - like hairs.  My hands are rather shaky which makes it difficult to align and keep the wires in place whilst the screws are tightened - then the screws don't grip and the wires fall out!!  I have tried putting a little solder on the ends of the wires but the solder seems quite reluctant to take on occasions, even though they have been fluxed.

Eventually managed to do a two-aspect and have now ventured on to the 3-aspect with feather shown on the right of the photo.  Red and green work OK; I don't really need the yellow LED to work (I didn't have a two-aspect with feather in stock) so might reconfigure the CV settings appropriately.  Haven't yet managed to get the feather to work.  I know what I'll be doing tomorrow!!



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Sadly I have had other priorities the last couple of days but hope to get to the layout tomorrow with a little time in the afternoon.  Did manage to attempt gluing down those pesky loose ballast chippings........



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