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 Posted: Fri Apr 3rd, 2015 11:45 am
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BromsMods wrote: 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.


Had exactly the same problem with the two cheap signals I bought John, when I was trying to use a choc block connector.

Soldered some 16/0.2 hook up wire to the signal wire which solved my problem.

Might be worth a try, as a short length of hook up wire from the signal wire might fit in the board's screw connection a bit better.

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Thanks Ed.  That thought had already occurred to me and I had to resort to that yesterday.  Eventually got the feather lights working (after reading the instructions again!!) and making a small jumper connection on the TT301, but they now only work with the green light and I haven't managed to separate out individual green and green/feather operation.  Back to some more experimentation later today!



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More experimentation with changing CVs, using modellers mode as well as signalmans mode (both are modes which can be set on the Traintronics TT301) but I still can't get individual lights to work on the 3-aspect signals with feather.  I even set up a test rig with signal which hadn't been installed and TT301, but no luck there either.  I'm sure it is something pretty basic which I have somehow missed but it has become very frustrating, so have given up for today.



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Apologies for the lack of updates but I have been away for a few days - been "up north"!!  Well, north of here, anyway.  Visited part of the East Midlands I have travelled through previously (when driving HGVs) but never had the opportunity to stop and take in the scenery. 

Anyway, one of the places I visited was Lincoln - if you have never been I can recommend it, especially the cathedral and the castle, the latter of which has recently had a new walkway installed around the castle walls - some really fantastic views (fortunately it was a clear sunny day when I visited).  Whilst in Lincoln I managed to find Digitrains, from whom I had bought the previously mentioned exploding sound decoder installed in the Hymek.  They were as puzzled as I was to try to explain the puff of smoke and Roman candle imitation!  The only thought was that somehow something on the main circuit board had shorted against the metal chassis, but difficult to accept this explanation when the loco hadn't moved and had previously been working correctly.  Jeremy offered to replace the decoder as part of the Zimo exchange scheme and also offered the latest sound offering from Paul Chetter for this particular loco.  He also offered to install the decoder.........



and put in plenty of insulating tape around the board to try to ensure the same thing doesn't happen again.  Many thanks Jeremy - saved me a job. The Digitrains premises are impressive - very neat and tidy with a good range of models and accessories, so well worth a visit.

Whilst in Newark I came across a model shop I hadn't heard of before - Access Models.  Quite a good selection of model railway stuff and an excellent range of paints.  I picked up some more ballast (not exactly the same colour as that already used but a similar grain size so can be pained over) and a can of matt varnish spray.



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Apologies for the lack of updates but I won't have access to the layout until the end of the month. Currently in a location with poor wifi access!



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Have managed to start experimenting with the Rusty Rails Painter now that most of the ballasting has been completed on the first two boards.



Not too bad, I think, though it hasn't been quite as easy to use as I remember as I've had some difficulty getting the paint through, it being several years since I last used this tool so I will try thinning the paint a little before going any further,



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Have continued with rusty rails painter and also experimented with a static grass applicator.  Not sure I've been using the applicator correctly as instructions are VERY sketchy.



Also added some stone walling and vegetation on the other side of the wall.

On the folding link section which goes across the door I have started to add some hedging alongside the track.  I originally thought of using the walling here but I'm limited with the height of what I can use as the hinged sections fold against each other.  The hedges are just the right height.




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Looking good John, I too am experimenting with static grass of different lengths. There must be a knack to it so I will keep on trying!! :):)

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Thanks Ron.  I have added a little more at the sides of the track length shown above, varying the colour a little.

I have spent the afternoon adding sound to a couple of locos - all using some Loksound 3.5 decoders which I have had for some time

Class 50 "Sir Edward Elgar", which had a Lenz 1014 decoder in it
Class 108 DMU power car - old Lima model
Class 52 "Western Musketeer", a new Heljan loco which has been waiting some time for a decoder.

I also replaced an old Hornby decoder in another Class 50 with the Lenz I took out of Sir Edward!



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Perhaps I should have been a little clearer in my last post! I actually only managed to finish the two class 50 locos that afternoon.  The DMU and the Western needed additional wiring work, so took me a little longer.  They are now finished, though.

The DMU sound was actually on a Loksound Mini decoder, so I had to cut off the 6-pin plug and hard wire into the power car.  As I already had a hard wired TCS T1 decoder in it I decided not to desolder the connections on the motor and pickups but cut the existing wires and then soldered the new wires to them (using heat shrink, of course, to insulate).

The Western was a little more difficult as I wanted to use a 100ohm base reflex speaker.  This wouldn't fit on top of the circuit board in a Heljan loco so it had to go underneath.  I also didn't want to drill through the chassis so ran the wires through existing tiny gaps to the underside of the loco.

Since doing the last Western with a Loksound decoder I have since installed a Zimo MX645R sound decoder in another new Western (I collected quite a few new models when I was running the business!).  I much prefer the quality of the sound project on the Zimo as well as the fact that the momentum isn't anywhere near as delayed as on the Loksound.  When I can find a moment I will have to look at the Loksound project and see if I can reduce the length of time it takes to get the loco moving but more importantly get it to slow when I want it to, not 2 minutes later!




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This afternoon I have solved the problem I was having with the Traintronics TT301 accessory decoders when using then with anything more than 2 aspect signals.  Reading the installation and usage notes I though that I had to add a resistor between two of the terminals if 3 or 4 aspect and a link with two other terminals if using a route indicator.  Not so, apparently.  Just wire up and program using the notes for the appropriate type of signal then use the NORMAL switch to change aspect and the REVERSE switch to turn the route indicator on/off.  Simples ..............!!



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Yesterday I started to replace the decoder already installed in a Lima Class 121 which was also fitted with an Express Models lighting board.  I replaced the existing decoder with a Zimo MX640 sound decoder and the sound and motor control are fine.  However, I am having the devil of a job getting anything out of the lighting board.  The problem seems to be that the LED switching takes place on the board and not from the decoder.  You would think that companies producing products for use with DCC systems would be aware that decoders can do the switching and that, usually, common positive LEDs are used.  This isn't the only product I have come across with similar issues!! 



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Well I have given up on the lighting in the Class 121 for the time being.  I have been having a discussion with Paul Chetter about  adjusting CVs and we managed to get the lights to work in one direction but not the other.  It is either a problem with the Express Models circuit board or the output on the green wire from the decoder.  I will revisit this when I can find more time (and patience!!).

Today I have been working on trying to finish "rusting" rails on the centre board of Oxsea and also trying to get a 3 aspect Traintronics signal to work, which I did eventually.  I thought I had set up all of the CVs correctly on the TT301 board so went ahead and wired up the signal.  Couldn't work out why I was only getting the green light to work!  Eventualy I realised that I had installed a Y/G/Y signal instead of a R/Y/G one!!  Then I couldn't get the gory red wire to stay fixed in the socket with the screw, so had to solder a piece of short wire to the signal wire and put that into the screw terminal.  All very frustrating and time consuming, in addition to which it isn't easy working almost upside down!!

Tomorrow I will attempt to get a two aspect signal installed and working - should be a doddle after todays escapade - and then a more adventurous 3 aspect with feather!!




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Just returned from 2 weeks away - update to follow when I have managed to get to the shed!  Unfortunately the weeds don't stop growing whilst I'm away - I thought they would have learnt by now not to take over the vegetable patch when the owner is away!!



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Still haven't managed to get to the inside of the shed yet!  Whilst trying to complete all of the gardening tasks and other things on "the list" I noticed that the window glazing on the shed needed urgent attention, so I have had to remove all of the cracking putty and put new in place around the 4 windows.

I have, though, received the half dozen SR/BR station nameboards I ordered several weeks ago from Dart Castings (sample below)......



I bought enough nameboards to enable me to add them to both Oxsea and Chelford stations.  I had hoped the station names I had printed would fit without any modification.......  silly me!!  Another set of jobs on my railway "to do" list - removed flash from castings, assemble nameboards, paint nameboards, cut out and fit station names, fit boards to platforms.  Shouldn't take too long.........  famous last words!!



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Well disaster struck last Friday - I was moving stock around on the layout and had control of my Bachmann 2EPB when it derailed on a double slip.  The wheels on the lighter carriage became impossible to re-rail.  Closer examination revealed why.......



The inslulating plastic between the two halves of one of the axles had completely melted as well as one side of the bogie.......



and also part of the running board on the bodywork!!

The short didn't last very long, only a second or two, but the amount of power/heat which must have been generated during that short time must have been immense to do that amount of damage so quickly.

I have tried inserting another axle but there is still a short so it looks as though this carriage is now completely useless.  I will now have to look for another 2EPB as a replacement and also (probably, though I haven't taken the loco apart yet) a new 21-pin decoder.



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I haven't really had a lot of time to do very much with the layout of late as I have been away from home so much.  However, I have managed to assemble some of the station nameboards for Oxsea and these now await an undercoat of grey matt paint.  I have been pondering what is the closest SR/BR colour available for the top coat but I haven't yet found one in the Humbrol range which really matches what I need.  I might have to look at the Precision Paints range, unless anyone can come up with a suggestion.

I have also been experimenting a little further with some scenic materials.........



Not sure the materials used work that well, so will have to rethink this when I have more time.

I managed to take all of the remaining diecast and railway models I had left over from the business as a donation to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway yesterday so I hope they might be able to make somewhere over £3,000 from the items at their Toddington station.  I now only have a few (hundred!) electronic bits and pieces left to dispose of (sell!).  I also have a Zimo wireless DCC system (including 24v transformer) and ZTC511 to sell if anyone is interested!



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That's a very kind donation John, as a shareholder I thank you for your generosity, a very worthwhile cause... :lol:

As for paint colour... Even with modern paints I doubt that a consistent shade was ever achieved between tins, and then there is the effect of weather, and light. You could mix up your own and be close enough as to not know the difference.

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Hi Marty

Thanks for that. I hadn't considered mixing paints but might give that some thought. What I'm really aiming for is a colour that matches as closely as possible the station signs shown in a previous post and the DCC Concepts station lamps in SR/BR green.  I'm fairly sure they aren't the same colour, but something in between would do the trick.



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I'm using Jo Soja's Acrylic paint. You used to be able to get it at hardware stores but now I can only get them at Spotlight stores here in the West.

A big range from which I choose something close to GWR dark stone and light stone for NE. Works for me.

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