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Chris - if you think the stuff above the baseboard is untidy........... :lol: :lol:

(Note to self - don't submit or use photos that include anything work-in-progress!!  Even the plugs in the corner are neater than they looked in this picture.)

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Haha. The camera is also harsh as well. You can always notice more in a photo after you’ve taken it than when you set up the photo. 
Don’t worry about the wiring, keep up the great work! 



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I'm not sure you can view other members galleries Barry.  I could of course, be wrong but those "in the know" seem to have gone AWOL for the time being ................ :hmm



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Barry Miltenburg wrote: HELP!

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Barry,on both Home & Recent pages, on the RHS side of the main photo is Photo gallery & all members are listed there;  for instance  click on S  & all members whose member name starts with S appears



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Barry Miltenburg wrote: HELP!

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You can also click on the 'view photos in Gallery' option under the member's avatar, to the left side of any of their posts.

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Having taken a bit of stick for my wiring, I thought I had better sort myself out.  Therefore, I have re-wired the storage area control panel - removing the tag-strip and making end-on soldered connections for the wires.  Now that it has been finished and tested, I didn't really need to have the tag anyway.  Hopefully, the couple of days spent will be appreciated by the complainants (via my YouTube video channel comments as mentioned previously).  The funny thing is, I think it works better without the tag-strip.  Perhaps I had a few dodgy soldered joints?



This is what came out of the back of the panel once it had been rewired.  You can see why its neater!!



This is how far the layout has got.  The two tracks on the right are the up and down main lines - the Yarslow platform starts at the end of the short brake van siding in the middle of the picture.  This is all wired so an engine can run from here, right round into storage.  Platforms 2/3 between the main lines and the loop will be about 6 inches wide here, giving that spacious look so common on interchange stations.  The storage loops are also complete now that the right colour wire has arrived.  The slow-down zones and isolator sections are all wired and tested.



All of the track feeds put in so far now congregate at this tag-strip, situated inside the approach curve to Trinity Square.  There are 14 sections in all.  By connecting the controller to this tag-strip using test leads, I can make sure the track is OK and the frogs are wired correctly.  The face of the Master Cab Control Panel is being made for me by a local graphic design company.  I have given them the dimensions and layout of the switches and knobs and they will print that design onto a sheet of 3mm metal.  I drill out the holes and each switch will then have its own legend.  It is going to cost about the same as a Mk I coach - I thought that was a bargain considering the importance of this panel for the layout.

Bashing on..........



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I mentioned that Oxford Rail had finally released their J27 and that I had received the first of the two I had ordered.  This week, the other one turned up.  They are both very good runners although the tenders are extremely light and will need some weight under the real coal load when its added.  Magazine reviews expressed concerns about the fall-plate, suggesting that it interfered with the loco as it went into corners.  My sharpest radius is 24 inches and I have not had any problems.

The third engine is a Hornby Q6 0-8-0.  I have one of these already and although its a noisy runner, it would have pulled the old shed down if required!!  This latest one is a poor runner.  I have oiled it round and will take it to the club tonight for a good run on our test track which, luckily, is the same size as my shed.  Half an hour there should sort it out hopefully.

I am still waiting for two J26's from Oxford Rail - promised Xmas 2019 and now due for delivery later this year or Q1 2022.  Hattons are also having issues with their Genesis coaches - my ex-GNR full brake is now due 2022 as well.  I cannot get excited about these delays.  After all, if the worst thing I suffer from is a delayed engine or two after all that has gone on during the past 18 months, I am truly a lucky boy...........



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To complete this trilogy, a view from our back sitting-room into the embyonic garden showing how the shed is beginning to melt into the background.  Lawns, shrubs and patio are all the preserve of Mrs M who has had the landscapers hard at it!!  The smaller "garage" in front of my empire is for the motor cycle, tools etc.  The back of the garden will be screened off to create a veg-plot.

Garden railways and outside extensions to Yarslow have been vetoed :cry:




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Garden railways and outside extensions to Yarslow have been vetoed 

Hahaha, same here! 

Great update, it looks really neat now. Glad it has given you some performance improvements also.



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I can't imagine who would be rude enough to comment on untidy wiring Barry  :roll:  - this new setup looks amazing - it reminds me very much of the telephone junction boxes one sees scattered around built-up areas.  Very professional. :pathead


I wish I'd had your clean sheet to work with when I started Maxmill.  It was built rather piece-meal from ideas way to grand for the space I had at my disposal.  I also envy you your patience in getting things right before continuing.  My aim was to get something running as quickly as possible, then add to it .............

I pondered waiting for the OR Class 27 recently - I'd read some glowing reviews of it although, as you say, there had been adverse comments about the fall plate.  I'm awaiting delivery of their N7 to which I shall fit a sound chip.  I do hope it turns out to be a good purchase - returning stuff to UK isn't a simple operation anymore.





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Thats amazing Barry……..very impressive. I am so envious of your storage yard. I have many regrets about the design of Granby but undoubtedly one is inadequate space in my storage sidings. I am constantly trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot :cry: 
I think you made the correct decision re wiring the storage panel. There is nothing more frustrating than being forced to trouble shoot wiring once the layout is up and running.

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Thanks guys.

I have had a few suggestions about reducing the storage area and adding more scenic sections but that is not going to fulfill my requirement for "Variety of Traffic" - the ability to show a range of trains covering the major types (A, B, C etc).

In each direction I wanted 2 x A class through trains, 2 or 3 x B class ordinary passengers, 2 x C class freights (oil, fish etc), 2 x E class fast freights, 2 x F class slow freights, 2 x H class positively pedestrian freights and 2 x J class minerals.  Thats 28 trains to start with.  Add in a couple of J class empties and specials like the Bolsters train (class H) and you soon end up with my 34 main line offerings.  On top of that I have the "specials" - engineering, Inspection saloon, "Boys" school train, Horse Box special, Pigeon special - occupying the cartridges.  Trinity Square needs 3 passenger trains, the "Coastal", a trip freight and a parcels.  The reason I wanted a behemoth of a shed is to fit all this in. 

Us meglomaniacs need space, you know :twisted: :twisted:

Peter - the mess I made of the control panel was exactly because I was trying to rush it through and get something to move.  Had I taken my time at the outset, I would have saved myself a load of time and grief of course.

The upside of all this is that my soldering skills are on the up and I am feeling more confident about tackling an MSE brass signal kit that I bought in a fit of bravado about 3 years ago.  At the time I thought "how difficult can it be" - and then I opened the packet!!!  At least now, armed with my iron and a bit of confidence, I am happy to give it a go.

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Ooooooohhh - an MSE signal kit !  One of those has been on my to do list for some time.
Will it be an LNER  lattice post signal I wonder ......... :hmm



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'Fraid not Peter - its a tubular post home signal.  Ideal for a starter methinks (see what I did there?) :lol: :lol: :lol:



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Today is the last day that I will be in the shed for a couple of weeks as we make a trip cross country and then two of my best mates from "down south" come up for a few days.  I spent the day completing the track joins to this board and wiring everything through to the tag-strip for the Master Cab Control Panel.  I have now added the Yarslow Yard and Branch Loco feeds meaning that every piece of track on the layout is powered.  I can run an engine from the end of the storage yard (just off camera to the right) to the track ends seen here.  That includes crossing back from the up line into the yard and departing from the loop up to the branch loco shed.

When I get back out here, I will complete the filling, sanding and caulking ahead of painting the entire upper half of the shed in blue emulsion.  I should have done it yonks ago but, as usual, rushed ahead to get some track down. 

September has been nominated as my "consolidation" month.  All those jobs I should have done will be done - like the control panel and the painting.  Then, I will get back to the tracklaying to complete the circuit and get Trinity Square built knowing that there are no "little jobs" waiting to bite me!!

Bashing on (but away for a while) ...........



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