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 Posted: Fri Mar 22nd, 2013 06:33 am
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The video certainly shows the size of the layout Eric.

Looking forward to a trip around the whole circuit.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 22nd, 2013 09:39 am
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Lovely long smooth curves and transitions. That railcam is going to be fun. keep it coming. Marty



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As requested, I did one of the whole upper level. I managed to tweak the video settings so that the whole thing is visible with the existing room lighting. There are some obvious distortion issues, but I'm hoping that I can improve the quality in the future. If you can take eleven minutes of Gershwin, enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT308Il6twA



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Thanks Eric, that is one "ell of a long way round for an N scale loco. Plenty of room to stretch there legs.

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Too long has the scent of caulk been absent from my basement. The Gandy Dancers came over last night, and we checked off a surprising number of little projects, given that there were only three of us. First off, we trimmed the coach yard benchwork so that it can lay flush. That's been bugging me for over a year. Next, we located a piece of scrap that turned out to be a 15" radius cookie-cutter section followed by a short straight and reverse curve. I have no idea why we cut it in the first place, but it filled the bill nicely for the SP runaround behind the C&H refinery. No sooner had we trimmed and installed it then the caulk and cork came out. Before I knew it, the whole C&H complex was ready for track.



We spent the rest of the evening prepping the tortoises in the California section to power their respective frogs.

This afternoon I went back down to the basement with the intention of laying track. I always underestimate the prep work that is involved in this task. First, I had to sit down and make some terminal rail joiners. Next, I had to lay out the location of the turnouts one by one in the ladder and drill holes for the feeders, frog wires, and tortoise throw rods. Finally, I could commit caulk to cork. I managed to lay the entire ladder and the two stub tracks before the CFO came home from work.



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Now that I'm home again and Photobucket is cooperating, an update on progress is in order. Two weeks ago I managed to get the rest of the track down in the C&H refinery.



Unfortunately Photobucket wouldn't let me upload the photo before I left for a little railfanning on the east coast.



From there I flew out to meet my parents, and we drove to Ely, NV and the Nevada Northern to check an item off the bucket list.



Oh yeah. The 15-MPH thrill ride of a lifetime.

My parents then drove me home to California, where my dad and I got to work on the railroad. We finished off powering all of the mainline frogs on the upper level, and oh boy what a difference they make. We also got cork down for the beginning of the passenger terminal throat.



I'm a little hesitant to lay track, because just doing the crossovers where the throat joins the mains will consume 3 of my 4 righthand #10's. I don't really have any other plans for them right now, and there's a lot of track to build (like the whole helix) before I come to another mainline crossover, so I'll probably bite the bullet and lay the track, because it will give me room to park two more trains.

This afternoon I dove in and wired up all of the feeders for the C&H refinery. Here's a BS10 making the inaugural run.





With that done, I indulged in a little switching.



Except for a few tortoises in the industrial areas, I'm just about ready to give the upper level local a test run and see how it works out.



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I'm hoping to get back to construction updates in the next few weeks. In the mean time, I had a brainstorm about how to represent position light signals on the facia. Well, it started with a germ of an idea and a conversation with a friend who owns an ABS plastic 3D printer. Next came this thing, which is designed to hold five 5mm LED's in alignment through the facia, with a cap in front. The cap was designed to replicate the look of the cab signals in GG-1 4935.



A little 3D printing, a trip to Radio Shack, and a little rattle can black later,



A little assembly and testing later,


(this shot is the most realistic as far as the lit aspect is concerned; the rest of the photos are much more washed out than in person)

Finally, mount on a test platform that can be clamped to the layout to test visibility, and it's ready.



I'm using a selector knob to generate the different aspects.

http://youtu.be/Tzp7vfhNSFw

The results are pretty encouraging. In practice, these would be driven by the same circuits that power the on-layout PL's, so I just have to buy the LED's, get the 3D printing done, and assemble. The printer used to make this prototype is not quite FUD resolution, to put it politely. On the flip side, for the investment of the ABS thread (something to the tune of $25), I can have as many of these as I want. The savings are significant enough that I think it's worth experimenting to see if I can get better results through reorientation.



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Thats a super railway empire you and your team are building Eric.
Its going to be a beauty to operate by the looks of it.
Thanks for shareing.

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Nice to see the 3d printing being used. Glad your back into building too.

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After months of inactivity, there has finally been a work session on the PRR! I hosted the Gandy Dancers last night. Half of the crew worked on wiring up block detectors. I'm planning on building the JMRI panel to drive the signals as one of the next steps on the railroad. The idea will be to install the facia repeaters as we install the facia, thereby giving us a fully signaled railroad without having to build 100+ scale signal heads on scale bridges over the tracks. The scale signals can then follow as time and availability allows.

The other half of the crew began work on the passenger terminal throat. I installed the switches leading from the mains to the throat several months ago, but now I've got double track almost up to the main throat that DKS was so kind to help me hash out many moons ago.



Now I've just got to hook up the feeders, install a little more cork, and I can lay down the #10's to test run the main passenger terminal throat.



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I've really been slacking on the empire here. I've been doing some wiring here and there, and the facia repeater project is nearing a live test stage, but there's nothing terribly photogenic or newsworthy. Instead, I thought I'd update the thread with the latest iteration of the full plan.

The upper level (which is built except for the passenger terminal and facilities):


And the lower level:



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Just to show that I haven't been totally slacking on the empire... Nothing above the plywood to show, but I have been busy on some behind the scenes stuff. Over the last year or so (OK, so I have been MOSTLY slacking) the Gandy Dancers have hooked up the block detectors to the RR Cir-kits detector cards from the west end of the layout through to KEY interlocking in Colorado. Last week I buckled down and did epic battle with programming the Tower Controllers until I had all of the block detectors reporting unique numbers. Tonight, I made a quick'n'dirty test panel that simply shows the occupancy on a diagram of the layout.



This shows the Pennsylvania Limited coming down the decline into upper staging. It's rudimentary, but it shows that the sensors are working reliably. The final implementation will look very different.

The next steps here are to acquire another Tower Controller to which the rest of the block detectors for the upper level will be attached. At the same time, I have enough detection here to proceed with my signaling experiments. More on that later...



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A really impressive layout. What kind of track are you using and from which manufacturer? It looks really good.

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I'm using Atlas code 55.



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It seems that I have found more time to work on the railroad. This afternoon I finished up the station throat.



Or as seen from the glad handle:



And before anyone makes any jokes about the CSX-worthy track work, everything is just lying in place temporarily at the moment. Final installation may vary.



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Very impressive piece of track work ! :thumbs

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:patheadMate what a great well thought out layout.

Plenty to keep you going of a considerable time yet.

Very impressive indeed....

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I have not been idle these past few weeks. I've been working on the facia repeaters, and with input from some of the guys over at The RailWire, I got it to here:



They've helped me realize that the PLs will not work the way they're currently wired up. I'm going to have to go back and redo all of them, and that's kind of dampened my enthusiasm for the project for the moment.

In other layout news, I've been installing the cork sheets that will go under the passenger terminal. I got the last one in this afternoon, and I laid out and drilled all of the needed holes for the turnouts in the throat.



Next, I need to take stock of how many supplies I have for installing the track. Some, such as caulk and tortoises are easy enough to replenish, but others, like C55 rail joiners, may be harder.



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Got a little more work done this morning. The Pennsylvania Station, River City throat is fully installed.



Everything beyond the rerailers is only temporarily installed, so again, no CSX track laying jokes.

I backed the Pennsylvania Limited consist through all 10 routes with nary a hiccup. (I even accidentally ran through an 11th alignment that won't be used.) Keep in mind, there are no turnout motors installed yet, so the points were floating. The clickity-clack of the metal wheelsets across the frogs and the snaking of the train through the turnouts was pure railroad porn!



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I got a request for a video of the throat, so enjoy!

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