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 Posted: Tue Jan 26th, 2016 04:01 pm
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Nice neat wiring there Max, makes mine look like my grannies knitting basket!



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Thanks, Ron.  :cool:



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Are they sticky backed cable guides Max?
And if so how confident are you of them remaining stuck?
I'm having the devils time with some double sided sticky tape that is MEANT to be holding my relays to the underside of the baseboard.
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Yes, Marty.

I have occasionally put one in the wrong place and they are the very devil to get off again - even after a few seconds.

I have to scrape the DST off and cut some more from a roll that I have.

I have DST holding lots of stuff and it's very strong.

Maybe you have the "cheap" stuff.  :lol:



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More than likely... I think I found it in a box somewhere and thought it might be useful. :lol:


Glad yours works.


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Thanks, Marty.

Now, the last of the LB 101's is in.

Here's a shot, showing the working arrangement.  I've got a wooden box with a couple of cushions on it.  Perfect.  I can sit there for hours.



This is under the centre module, and shows the Lenz and its power pack and the 12 Volt Regulated DC power supply on the left.

The two buses are visible at the top, and the dark cable is the XpressNet bus.

The little gizmo on the left is the HotShot HS-31 speedometer from Boulder Creek Engineering.

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There is a 12 pin plug assembly in each corner to transfer power and/or data to and from the other modules.

The next job is to install the LR 101 feedback units.

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MaxSouthOz wrote: Thanks, Marty.

  I've got a wooden box with a couple of cushions on it.  Perfect.  I can sit there for hours.




Would that be sit or sleep Max? 

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There's too much fun to had to waste time sleeping, Allan.  :It's a no no



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OK  Modules one and three completed.

Here's a shot of module one . . .



Here you can see three of the four Block detectors.  Each one services two Blocks; so there are eight Blocks in module one.

The detectors are fed from the DCC bus above, and they in turn power the track in each Block.  They monitor the Block and detect any variations in the current, which they pass to the feed back unit - which is the grey box on the right.

The FBU reports to the computer via the DCC command station.  I have addressed this one 71 so all of the Blocks are now identified as 71-1 through to 71-8.  Now when a train enters or leaves a Block, the software registers that happening.

The turnouts are fed undetected power, as the trains are only passing through.  The computer is expecting the train to appear in the Block next to the turnout and continues to run the programme, once it sees it.

Clear as mud?  :lol:




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...and it is that simple...! Well, maybe to some. I admire the work going on here but it will take me a while to understand it all, and ofcourse RR&Co ! :roll:

The wiring under the layout is well thought out and very neat. Do you label your wires or is that all on a wiring schematic ??

Cheers, Gary.



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Hi Gary

The wires just go where they go, I'm afraid.

The Blocks are labeled and then connected up.

I hope to post up something explanatory once I've finished wiring the last module.



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MaxSouthOz wrote: Hi Gary

The wires just go where they go, I'm afraid.




I wired a layout up like that once and the electricity didn't know what to do when it got there so set fire to everything.

Allan

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Hi Max,

Your wiring always impresses me. If I am ever tempted into into O-scale again (much bigger bang for the money than HO/OO) I think I would forget the track wiring and go for radio DCC control and battery power with a recharging spur.

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Ha Ha  Sounds familiar, Allan.  :lol:  Been there.

Thanks, Nigel.  I do like the idea of battery power - no track cleaning.

I don't know if it will work with RailRoad & Co?



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There will be a short intermission now that the track laying is done.

I'm off to scratch build some rolling stock.

I'll start a new thread when I get going.



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While I'm waiting for the last shipment of muscle wire, I've extended the gauntlet tracks, as they were too short for couplers to line up when retrieving wagons.



I've added another 14" (355 mm).  It will encroach on where the shipwright's building was to go, but it can't be helped.

My next job is to get the mimic panel built.



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I have been caughtlikethat with uncouplers quite a few times.......you think it will work but just a slight departure from the straight and you are screwed.

I like the boat on the hard.......looks great......how are you going to model the barnacles on the ground around it?:lol:



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Blown away by this Max.  The board engineering is awesome - makes the boards I just built look sick.  Loving the hand built track, you must have a closet full of hair shirts.  The standard of modelling is also excellent from what I can see.

Genius!

Having just turned 60, I had a Paul on the road to Damascus moment and decided to have a flutter with O gauge myself.  Nothing so grandiose as yours but something to play with and maybe show.  I've ordered the Dapol Cl 08 w/sound which I should get in a couple of months.  I'm sure the purists will knock it but the model seems to be pretty good value, esp. if I get away without paying tax (I usually do).

Great fun.

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Yes, John D.  The track has to be straight.  Uncoupling on a curve is no trouble with the muscle wires, but it's a fine thing to get them to stay together on bends.  Still working on that.  :lol:

There are lots of possibilities for the area around the slipway.  :cool:

Thanks, John B.  I'll look forward to seeing your efforts.



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Viola!  A mimic panel.




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