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 Posted: Sat Jan 23rd, 2016 10:39 am
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Doctor Solly has attended this afternoon and we spent a pleasant afternoon getting all of the bugs out of the system.

All good.   :thumbs



Now to install the buses on the other two modules, ready for the Block detectors, which are supposed to arrive next week.



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Where would we be without Sol eh? Major milestone there Max... Trains running over your hand made points! How did they go?

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It went well thanks, Marty.

We were able to eyeball the wheels with torches (flashlights), from both sides - to get the final tweaking done.

O scale locos typically have about 0.5 mm run out (wobbly wheels), so getting the back to backs right is nearly impossible.

The turnouts have to be pretty well spot on to allow for that.

Also with monster O rolling stock, any unevenness in the track is very obvious.

I'm happy that we've got it all running smoothly.  :thumbs

Now to get back underneath and install the buses.  :cool:



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Coming along a treat Max.
A lot has progressed whilst I've been away in Tassie. Must be thrilled having the trains/locos running. :thumbs Your trackwork looks as if it shouldn't cause any issue, as your work is very meticulous.

Cheers, Gary.



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Keeping a very close eye on all this Max. Looking fabulous - as expected of course !

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Thanks, Allan.

No pressure, then.  :lol:



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Do you buy your ballast in 1cwt bags for O gauge Max :lol:



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Pity he doesn't live in Dorset he could take a bucket or two down the Chesil beach (pebbles in 4th pic look about right for 0 gauge) and these's enough of 'em!


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:lol:  Most of the layout will have the rails buried, Phil - so no need.

I did do one tiny bit . . .



Interestingly, I used HO ballast because I liked the look of it.



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Dorsetmike wrote: Pity he doesn't live in Dorset he could take a bucket or two down the Chesil beach (pebbles in 4th pic look about right for 0 gauge) and there's enough of 'em!


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There's an interesting bit of track work about 1/4 of the way down, Mike.  :shock:



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That beach stretches for miles, in places it's quite steep; I recall fishing there a few years back when staying at a camp site close by, a mother and her kids strolled by about mid day when the tide was fairly low, they came back about 5 pm by which time the tide was near full, on seeing it one of the kids proclaimed "ooooh look mum, someone's filled it up" :roll:



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Finally.  The Block detectors and feedback modules have arrived.



Tomorrow is the Australia Day (the Aboriginies call it Invasion Day), Holiday so I should be able to get a good run at completing the track wiring.

Here is my working diagram . . .



Hopefully I've calculated it correctly.  :lol:



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What's a 'block' and what does it do ?

Duh.

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Hi Allan

The layout will be completely controlled by a computer, using software called Railroad & Co.

http://www.freiwald.com/pages/index.html

As trains enter and leave the Blocks, the detectors make the software aware of their presence.

The computer can then drive trains around the layout from Block to Block.

The computer acts like a cab controller and keeps tabs on the trains via the Block detectors while it drives them around.

I hope that potted explanation makes some sense.

It means that I can sit and watch trains.  :lol:

Here's my HO layout doing the same thing . . .

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=13158&forum_id=151

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The first module has four Block detectors.

Here is a shot of three of them.






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Extremely neat Max,almost OCD standard.Seriously though it looks great,nothing like mine at all.:thumbs



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Thanks, Alan.

Only six more to go - and then the feedback units.  :roll:



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