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My shunting plank layout has RailRoad & Co software and the vans have decoders which allow remote control uncoupling.

The locos are all fitted with Loksound decoders.

Also, the loco shed has a Loksound decoder inside, which plays relevant workshops sounds at various times.

So far I have made movies of the shunting part of the operation.  The two movies record the two halves of the exercise; heavily edited to include the salient parts, but to remove gratuitous running between the stops.  It was necessary to do this to fit the movies into the 15 minute time limit allowed on YouTube.

The movie of the Schedules involving the other locos and the shed are currently in production.  I will post it as soon as it's done.

I thought members might like to see the result of my work of the last year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DByzsZ8-xQs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9BvdhmYh00

There is a slight overlap at the start of the second movie.  Watch for the movement of the loco and the coupler closing right at the start.

It's close to a half an hour, so you might need to open a bottle of something.  :lol:  :cool:

I must acknowledge the immense help I've had, particularly from John Dew, Dave Pearson and Pete Waugh.

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Oh.  I forgot to mention that the movies were shot using an iPhone 5.  The originals look great, but after uploading to YouTube, they've developed some quality issues.  :lol:

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Thats very civil of you Max.........it was a pleasure:lol:

I am certainly going to open a bottle of something :cheers:cheers:cheers

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I appreciate the amount of work that went into that  display,well done and thanks for showing, :doublethumb
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Thanks, Owen.  :thumbs

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Great videos Max. Some lovely slow running , well impressed ! Ummm where's Kate Winslet ? Toto promised me Kate!

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Thanks, Matt.  Kate was holding the iPhone.  :lol:

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Awwww Max. Not even a selfie ??? Ya spoil sport no Max. MAX NO !! I meant of Kate.....too late he's posted one "in the buff ":roll:

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Fantastic to the max ! Love the sounds and the dcc Kadees are an excellent addition. :thumbs

Cheers, Gary.

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Thanks, Gary.  :cheers

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This is the third section of the programme.  Two locos run between the fuel depot and the loco shed.

There is a Loksound decoder inside the shed.  At the start, the two outside lights are switched on and the inside lights come on as the first loco waits for clearance to enter.

The decoder also plays the sounds of hammering and grinding as repairs are made.  Sound spill from the two way radio in the red loco can be heard as it stops in the shed.

I've edited out the long delays to make the movie a bit more bearable.  These delays break up the parts - and when the shunting is in operation, gives a counter point.  They are small distractions designed to make it a bit more textured and interesting.

At the times when they are running alongside each other, it looks excellent - if I may say so myself.  :lol:

At the end of the sequence, the lights in the shed are switched off; and then switched back on after a long delay when it starts again.

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as before,like the shed sounds,but where are the welders??? mine still work ok,
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Thanks, Owen.  I've already got two welders elsewhere.  I thought that another one would be a bit much.  :lol:

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:doublethumb Double thumbs up !

The radio chatter is a nice addition :thumbs. I recall when the AMRA in Sydney displayed their O gauge layout at Liverpool, that their big American locos had the similar driver/train controller chatter going on. It was a pity that the chatter was happening during every lap of the roundy roundy and not just occassionally. I suppose you need to keep the crowds entertained, although it was quite impressive to say the least.

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Thanks, Gary.  Now I'm looking forward to doing some scenery.  :cool:

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Excellent work Max. Looking forward to the scenic version. Don't forget the pigeons and seagulls.

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Thanks, Mick.  I'll try to remember.  :lol:

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Great video again Max...lovely smooth running. Your trackwork looks spot on


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Thanks, Matt.  YouTube is very kind.  :lol:

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Excellent videos Max., but I think as you may have mentioned earlier, ballasting is going to be a bit of big job :thumbs

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Thanks, Ed.  This is the third iteration of this layout; so it's been ballasted twice before already. :roll:

I bought one of those plastic ballasters from Turkey, so hopefully it will be a bit easier this time.  :lol:

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Forgot to ask, this plank wasn't were you were using code 100 track on the main lines and code 75 in the yards was it ?

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Yep.  That's the one.

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Hi Max

(Sorry for the delay, had to get some kip)

Yes, I can see the difference now.

Think I might pinch your idea as although I've used code 100 I've got one length of code 75 I bought for testing, which might look pretty good as my coal ground/siding.


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Max,

I keep meaning to ask if the Superintendent at Olpharts Crossing is that well know Rudolph Hucker?

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Hi Max I have been enjoying your plank series.I love the way you have it running and those locos are smooth runners.
Also did not hear any clunks from the switches.
Thanks,
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Yes, he is Doug.  He sends his regards.  ;-)

Thanks, Derek.  Atlas is the go for locos and servos for the turnouts.   :thumbs

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Hi Max.    Very good. But about the code 100 and code75? I purchased a length of code 100 , the 100/75 adapters , and rail joiners, to aid the Kadee between the rails Uncoupling magnet. Still awaiting installation , but is there such a difference in prototype track? Best wishes. Kevin

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Not meaning to step on Max's hour in the sun but in South Australia where Max lives and  I am from had in many cases a transition from 80 lb per yard rail to 60lb and lower.  
Examples include Karoonda on the Renmark line where the 41lb rail was used on the transition from 60lb,  Monarto South where 41lb rail was transitioned from the 94lb Tailem Bend line to Cambrai and Sedan before it was relaid to 60lb,  Riverton where 80 lb rail became 41 to Clare and Spalding and Hamley Bridge where the transition to Gladstone was 80lb to 60lb and there are other examples just in that state, let alone the rest of Australia and the world.

Hope this helps

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Thanks, Trevor.

Hi Kevin.

As this is ostensibly a US layout, I followed the style of having lighter rail in the yards, compared with the heavy rail on the passing mainline track.  I didn't bother with adaptive rail joiners.  I just crushed one half of the Code 100 joiners in the pliers and then soldered them under the Code 75 rail.

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Thank you Max , very inventive , too clever for me.  Best wishes. Kevin

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I'm sure I've seen it all in "another place" Max - is it really 3 years ago !!!

Super-smooth running. Is that just down to clean track and wheels or do you have stay-alives fitted ?

Also, I love the hammering and walkie-talkie sound effects in the shed. :thumbs

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Thanks, Peter.

Along with everything else, we've decided to have a sea change . . .

http://harcourts.com.au/Property/744401/SVH27628/7-Chandos-Street

Nice big shed - there's room for a mezzanine!

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Wow - are you moving there Max ?  Looks like there's a shed there for Maxmill too - will you take lodgers ?

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Absolutely, Peter.

You don't mind living near the ocean?

Actually it's the mouth of the River Murray, so it's fresh water.  ;-)

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It looks very smart Max.  When are you planning to move in ?

Yes, being a Brit, we're a seafaring lot so the ocean would be fine and a freshwater river for the canoe...............  Might play havoc with the Plimsoll Line but, in a house like that, who cares .................. !!

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Dead tasty.  Well done Max.

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Thanks, guys.

The contract date is the 24th June, Peter.

That gives us time to tart our Blackwood house up before we go to market in August.

Modelling is suffering, but it will be worth it.

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Congratulations Max.....your new home looks absolutely idyliic.....I wish you both many happy years there
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Thanks, John.

Our bank is doing the numbers.  Waiting with 'bated breath.  :lol:

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Looks a great place to be, congratulations, I'd need a second shed... to put the boat in when working on it...

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That must be some boat, Q.  :lol:

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Hi Max. I heard of a couple that were planning on buying a new house, they thought they may get more offers if they did some home improvements . By the time they were done, the wife had fallen in love with the old house, and said to her husband “ I always did like this house, can we stay?”   Best wishes. Kevin

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