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A model railway line layout with angstrom unit huge dead end railroad terminus station and angstrom nice trackplan t. John Martin of Red depository financial institution New Jersey has created a modelling railroad based on an actual urban branchline Indiana Jersey urban center The Westside arm is a 5×16 atomic number urban model railway layouts. Latest update: Have got most of the control panel wired up, and just need to wire in the CDU for the points, and some form of connector for the 12v DC and 15v AC from the controller - possibly using a 5 pin din plug and socket.
The first track laying has taken place, with the track and points (all 2 of them!) pinned to the boards - track pins will be removed once electrics are fitted and the track has been ballasted. Work has also started on the fiddle yard, with the first "cassette" being made out of wood and aluminium angle - a total of 5 cassettes will be made to allow variation in stock. Points will be electrically operated from a mini control panel, and the rails will be powered by a Gaugemaster controller, with specific sections of the track plan switchable to allow for isolation. A siding near the front of the layout can be used to either stable a 2 car DMU, or for speedlink style freight, or a refuling point, and I plan to make the front section modular to allow the specific "scene" to be placed on the board, further adding to the variety possible. The station building to the far right of the layout will cover the end section of the platforms, by up to about half of the rear unit of a 2 car DMU, and full lighting by LED's will be fitted in to the underside of the station building to provide realistic lighting effects. Passenger TOC's: Central Trains, Midland Mainline, plus stock which could be "on loan" to the area such as a Southwest Trains or Anglia Railways turbostar.
Photo note: Many of the images have had their brightness and contrast altered, due to poor lighting, and so the colours and sharpness of some images has been reduced. For those wondering how one might go about creating a model based on (surely) a subterranean location, Abbey Road exhibits a four platform, split-level open air station like those found on shallower London Underground lines. At each end of the layout, tracks disappear into deep tube tunnels heading for central London in one direction and the northwest suburbs in the other.
Buildings and scenery reflect a mixture of retail and scratch-built products, with some recognisable highstreet names represented including Tesco, Marks & Spencer and McDonalds. November 3rd 2005: The end of October seems to have bought about a return to modelling after a slight summer break - Steve Jones has posted on his site about his mini-layout that has formed over the past few days, whilst Nigel Burkin has photos of the new baseboards for Dudley Heath and Nick Gurney's posted on his Dyserth Road website mentioning a summer of no modelling but that there's "some news" coming soon - maybe the new "Midland Road" freightliner layout that I found a few months back whilst searching Google?? June 10th 2005: My Bachmann 66 in GBRf livery is now fitted with a Lenz Gold decoder - it's the first time I've used one of these new decoders (having bought two of them and some function decoders at Burton last week) and I'm very impressed with the running qualities which the higher-spec decoder offers. May 12th 2005: There's been quite a bit of progress on the layout during the past few weeks, some of which is pictured below.
Ballasting of the main line in to the station, and the siding has been done - the grey turned more "green" than I was hoping, and as seems to the norm with granite chippings - but as I'll be weathering the area with the usual oilly grimey mess that you get in sidings and terminus stations it won't really matter. The two platforms have been constructed out of a block of wood fixed to the baseboard using a large cheap tube of UHU glue, and allowed to set overnight to ensure the base was a strong base which wouldn't shift.
After this pieces of 1mm thick plasticard were cut to suit the shape of the platform and placed on top of the wood, glued in position again with UHU.
The Peco platform edging was glued together in to a single long piece (for each platform facing) and then a bead of glue was run along the underside of the facing so as there was a blob of UHU on each mounting lug. A similar beading was run along the lugs on the top edge of the facing, before being put in to position and slid backwards under the white plasticard platform top, and again left overnight to set solid.
Any glue that oozed through between the gap on to the white plasticard was left to go off for about 30-45 minutes before being rubbery enough to simply remove by rubbing a finger over the blobs which needed removing. The result was suprisingly good, and I've now got two strong and sturdy platforms which look like they'll last well.
Once the platform was firmly in position the ballasting throughout the station are can be done, and so far just over half of the rear platform has been completed, with shorter platform remaining to be done within the next few days. The next main scenic work will be the addition of the retaining wall arches along the rear of the layout, and positioning of MAS trunking before further ballasting takes place to fill in the gaps.
April 21st 2005: After several hours of trying to remove the four tiny screws that hold the body on to the chassis of the Bachmann 66, I ended up just pulling the body apart from the underside - two of the screws simply wouldn't undo, and official advice from Bachmann was that they probably weren't gripping the mountings inside the body anyway. And sure enough they don't appear to have been holding the body on, with one of them gunked up and just the six lugs near the cab windows holding the two parts together. Unfortunately it seems another case of poor quality control and product assembly on an otherwise excellent Bachmann model - possibly the most impressive I've seen from them for a couple of years.
April 20th 2005: Bachmann's second batch of Class 66's have arrived in the UK, after the initial four-per-trader sold out almost instantly.
February 6th 2005: Last Sunday I went to the British Toy Fair at ExCeL in London's Docklands, and whilst there took a look at the Hornby and Bachmann stands which were showing some of the forthcoming products due for release during 2005. Amongst them were a selection of six Class 66 locos from Bachmann - three of them, GBRf, EWS and Freighlinter had been announced last year but didn't get released in time, whilst further DRS Malcolm Logistics, EWS and Freightliner versions are being added for this year. On first impression they were very impressive - so much so that they appeared to be the excellent modern loco that is really needed. It'd also appear that Bachmann have either got the orange too yellow-ey on the GBRf example, or have missed off the orange, although photos taken by other visitors to the show seem to show that the orange is correct, meaning Bachmann appear to have missed the warning panel yellow from the cab ends. Despite these annoyances, the Bachmann 66 is a very impressive model, and as long as they correct the obvious problems of the windows (by painting the window seals on the ridge outside of the window area) and correct the GBRf livery, then I'll definitely be buying one. January 23rd 2005: The rails on my "shelf layout" have now been painted, using Humbrol matt Chocolate colour, the same as was used on Shopleigh. Work to be done in the coming weeks will include finishing off the platforms (they're near enough complete but need properly fixing in place) and fitting the MAS Trunking and equipment boxes, before ballasting the track.
Unfortunately though it's not been pulled off quite as impressively as the other DMU liveries that Bachmann have done in the past few years, and uses a square dots method to represent the fade-out on the bodyside. To complicate matters, photographs of the model seem to make the turquoise colour look much lighter, a slight ridge in the paintwork (the fade-out almost appears to be like a transfer over the main colourscheme) causes camera flash to emphasise the ridge even more, and camera focus makes the fade uneven when it's actually more consistent dots right along the length of the unit. I've also fitted a Bachmann 36-550 (Lenz LE1014E) decoder to Hornby's 50007 today (it'd appear that although there was a plug socket fitted in this new model, they didn't give as much thought to the positioning of the actual decoder), and have also fitted number 18 Kadee couplers to the front and rear of the loco - strangely the NEM pockets included with the loco aren't the same size as Bachmann ones, as the plastic triangle that fits in to the mounting is slightly smaller on the Hornby pockets. Decemer 15th 2004: A selection of White and Orange LED's arrived in the post today from Express Models, after I forgot to buy them at Warley. Decemer 10th 2004: This morning saw me driving a couple of locos with the JMRI Throttles on my laptop, connected to the layout via the Lenz LI101F computer interface and some LA152 XpressNet faceplate adapters.
Decemer 7th 2004: I've been re-wiring the layout to be more suited to DCC in preparation for the Lenz LI101F computer interface which was purchased from Warley at the weekend for my Birthday this Friday - it didn't really need any changes, but there were far too many wires under the two boards before due to there being numerous separate track sections to allow for isolations, and I've managed to now do-away with the control panel and all of the cables that linked it with the boards.
Now all I've got is the two feed wires and five return wires wired in to two pairs on each board, and then connected back to the LZV100 control centre via a further two wires.
I've also been looking at some orange LED's out of an LED Lucky Bag from Maplin, with the thought of fitting door warning lights to my Turbostar's. November 17th 2004: The last few weeks have seen the re-wiring of the Lima 156 to use a 3-pin computer cable from Maplin (item A01BF), which once the retaining lugs have been cut off with a craft knife, just manage to squeeze through the window area of the corridor connections between the two cars.
I've also just seen that the Anglia Turbostar is finally arriving in the UK from Bachmann so I'll no doubt want to try and get one of those between now and Christmas, probably at Warley in a few weeks - along with a load more dcc decoders! October 4th 2004: Since fitting the DCC lighting kit to my Lima 156, the unit has gone to two shows - both times the 3-wire connector between the two cars has proved to be a major letdown, with the same wire breaking on both occasions and resulting in no rear lights in the non-powered car.
I need to find a way of having three wires run between the two cars, whilst also being able to negotiate cross-overs in pointwork. The more likely solution for me will be to extend one set of wires and have the plug and socket inside the rear of one car, rather than between cars - All my future DMU upgrades will have a decoder per car, like the Central Trains 170 - it costs more, but it's a lot more reliable! September 26th 2004: Another Central Trains unit has been added to my fleet, in the form of the latest Bachmann 158 two-car unit, which features the central trains website address down the side instead of the 0870 phone number which the previous model had. July 21st 2004: I've fitted a Lenz 1025A decoder to the powercar of my new weathered Central Trains Turbostar, and a LF100X "lighting decoder" to the non-powered car, following the excellent guide from John Humphries website. For some reason there seems to be a slight amount of light showing through when the red lights are showing, making the white light lenses slightly glow, and I think this is caused by how un-usually bright the lights are due to being under full power. July 13th 2004: The newly released Bachmann Turbostar in Weathered Central Trains livery is now out, and mine arrived this morning. Other differences between the two units are that the 0870 phone number has been replaced with the website address, as it has been recently on the real units, and it'd appear that Bachmann have used a slightly different colour roof to give a weathered look to it without having to weather the roof itself. June 27th 2004: My Lima 156 in Central Trains livery now has an Express Models lighting kit fitted with head and tail lights in each car, and all fully working on DCC using a Lenz 1024 decoder. June 18th 2004: Installed a Lenz 1025A decoder in to a Bachmann 08 shunter today, following the excellent guide on Electric Nose. June 5th 2004: Got a few items for the layout today at the DEMU Showcase, including some extra Code 60 rail and conductor chairs for the 3rd rail on Shopleigh - the shelf layout will also have one of the platforms fitted with a dummy 3rd rail to allow the running of the Connex 466 EMU's. Turns out (after poking just the 4 main wires from another decoder in to the NEM socket to test the loco) the chip may well have been faulty, so it's been sent back for a replacement. To start with I'm going to upgrade my Heljan 47, a Bachmann Turbostar (with a chip in each car), two Bachmann 08's, and a Lima 156 which will use an Express Models lighting kit which I hope to buy this weekend at Burton. December 10th 2003: The newest addition to my fleet of locomotives is the Rail Express limited edition Heljan Class 47 in Direct Rail Services livery.
December 6th 2003: Several bits and pieces needed for the layout were purchased at the Warley exhibition at the NEC today, including the Peco third rail chairs (no rail though as no one seemed to have any), and a pack of Bachmann track workers which have apparently only just come back in to stock in the UK - no wonder I couldn't find them anywhere! October 13th 2003: Despite there not being any updates since early September, there has been some progress made on the layout, as it slowly moves towards at least being runable, even if it's far from finished.

I've also purchased myself a Panasonic KXHCM10 IP Network Camera, which has remote pan and tilt controls, and I'm hoping to set it up pointing at my layout which sits above my PC, and letting net users see the layout whilst it's being operated. September 3rd 2003: After a break of over a month (due to the weather being far too hot to work on the layout) I'll now be returning to get some more bits and pieces completed. July 27th 2003: Some more platform construction has taken place, with most of the plasticard tops cut out to be the correct sizes, and nearly at the stage to be glued to the Peco edging.
July 8th 2003: No new progress has been made on the layout since last week, as Shopleigh was at the Sandy TCS exhibition over the weekend. July 3rd 2003: The platforms are rapidly taking shape, and can be seen in the photo below whilst the plasticard tops are being cut to fit the width of the platform surface. The gap which can be seen in the far corner won't exist once the platform edging is glued in place, and also the plasticard surfaces are slightly lower than the coping stones on the platform edging, although this isn't obvious from the above photo due to the camera flash, and the fact that they're not glued in place yet. June 29th 2003: Started to build the platform shells today, which will make use of the Peco LK-62 concrete platform edging packs.
June 27th 2003: Spent my lunchtime fitting missing sleepers, where the rails are joined with fishplates.
The photo above shows a "before and after" view, with the extra sleepers added to remove the gaps, and also the orange pipes in place. June 24th 2003: Isolation breaks have been cut in to the rails this evening, meaning that the track circuits all function correctly, with nine separate switchable sections. Next I'll be moving on to painting the sides of the rails a rusty brown, and the backscene a greyish blue sky colour. June 21th 2003: The layout is downstairs on the living room floor, after having wooden blocks fitted between the backscene and inner side of the fascia frame. June 19th 2003: Got all of the wires in the control panel connected up last night, and it's all looking much more like a control panel should do (instead of the mess that it was!). I'm planning on some test running this weekend so as I can work out exactly where I need to place isolation breaks in the rails - something which I'll only really know from operating it with various items of stock. June 18th 2003: Fitted number 19 Kadee's to the four VGA's which I bought at the weekend, along with the Bachmann RES 08 shunter which I'd forgotten to change the couplings on when I was doing my other stock a couple of weeks ago. June 15th 2003: Went on another spending spree today, and bought four new Bachmann VGA's (3 of the weathered Railfreight Distribution livery, and 1 of the red ended Railfreight), and eight new Bachmann MFA's in a combination of the EWS Red, Blue, Black and Grey liveries - now means another 24 NEM pocket Kadee couplers to fit, so I'll probably have to buy some more number 18's and 19's as I'm running short having only planned to have enough for the stock I had plus a few spares. June 12th 2003: Further wiring of the control panel has been done, and this time there seemed to be some real progress - all of the common return for the track is wired in and working, as are all of the feeds and isolation switches. It still looks like a mess of wires, but compared with the photo taken on May 30th, it's now using smaller connector blocks and has the red wires soldered to the centre tag of the switches instead of going back to a central connector block, which cuts down on the jumble of unnecessary wires. Hopefully once this is done and I've done some test running, the layout will be able to take a big step forward with the start of scenic work such as ballast, arches, platforms and the general structures. June 10th 2003: The wiring of the control panel doesn't seem to be going well - I'm glad I'm not an electrician, although if I was it'd probably have all been done over a year ago!
June 7th 2003: Bought several bits and pieces from the DEMU Showcase today, including some more Kadee NEM pocket couplers so I've got a good supply after using up most of the NEM ones that I bought the other week.
June 3rd 2003: All of my VGA's have Kadee number 19's fitted to them now, and despite finding it a bit tricky to pop the existing tension lock couplings out of the NEM pockets using tiny watchmakers screwdrivers (didn't want to break the pockets by trying to remove them from the stock first) I've found the fitting of Kadee's to be very easy. Also been looking at the wiring I did a few days ago, and just realised that I needed to pass the wires through the slots in the back of the control panel before I connected them up, as there's no way to push the d-sockets through - means I've got to unscrew half of the wires, thread them through from outside of the box and reconnect them again. June 1st 2003: Started to fit Kadee's to some of my stock after getting a delivery of them arrive over the weekend. May 30th 2003: Most of the control panel wiring is done, after spending a few hours solid connecting wires from the switches to connector blocks, and the corresponding wire from the 25 way plugs to the connector blocks within the box.
March 2003: Bought a few more bits and pieces for the layout, and also got my first Express Models lighting kit, which I'm going to fit to a Hornby Class 58 which needs new pick-ups fitting as it doesn't run well enough, and so will have the lights fitted whilst it's all apart in pieces. March 2002: Bought some modern Viessmann lights for the platforms, and also some Peco pre-cast concrete platform sides, as I'm not too happy with the wooden platforms that I've built. February 24th 2002: Built the backscene boards on to the baseboards, and also the fascia frame which goes around the front of the layout to give it a "picture on the wall" look that I am hoping to end up with. February 18th 2002: Some photos of the layout in the early stages showing three of my Central Trains DMU's, and the cassette style fiddle yard which is made from a strip of wood, two lengths of aluminium angle from B&Q and two blocks of wood along the side to make it more rigid and help prevent stock from toppling over the side when it's lifted. January 2002: Built some platforms out of wood, which will have plasticard brick stuck to the side and a sandpaper surface painted asphalt colour.
August 28th 2001: The first track laying has taken place, with the track and points (all 2 of them!) pinned to the boards. August 8th 2001: Baseboards constructed out of 6mm ply, using a box-frame construction - this involves creating an outer edge, with an inner edge 6mm lower on the inside of the frame, and then the top of the baseboard dropped in place. July 2001: Decided that I want to create a new layout at home, and have very limited space to build one.
Using some Peco point templates and lengths of flexitrack (and endless sheets of A4 paper with rough sketches of designs on) I started to work out how I'd fit a layout that could be used to provide me with something to run a selection of my stock on, mainly including Bachmann's new Turbostars which were just being released at the same time. The siding needed to be long enough to stable either a 2 car DMU, or for speedlink style freight - I also decided that it'd be nice to use it as a loco refuling point allowing for more variety in the scene. Only the latest photos Mary Lindsay Railroad Developing pose Railroad dedicated to modeling Amtrak Trains and Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg Model railroad layout Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg located.
It is being built to provide a way for me to display and photograph my models (especially DMU units such as the Bachmann Turbostars) and to provide me with a small-size layout to run my stock when it's not running on Shopleigh. Once this is done and I've tested the electrics then I can get the arches for the retaining walls put in place, and complete the construction of platform shells.
This should also hopefully allow for the quicker changing of stock to allow for more variation. Once constructed, a webcam showing the operation of the layout may be set up, due to my PC being directly below the layout! We found it in Abbey Road, a wonderful miniature railway layout located somewhere in northwest London, featuring a fictitious station with classic 1930s building. The layout measures 20 ft long by 18 inches deep, including two hidden fiddle yards at each end for storage of rolling stock. A variety of model trains run on the layout, which wonderfully captures an above-ground section of the world’s most famous underground railway network.
The basic Bachmann LE1014 decoder in my EWS 66 will be swapped to use my other Gold decoder so as both locos offer similar running characteristics. Some loose chippings and those stuck to sides of rails will be removed once all of the ballasting is complete.
The wooden blocks were used to both give the right height for the platform - there's just enough of a ridge to allow for a thin layer of sandpaper to be positioned as a tarmac surface - and also so as I can drill holes through the plastic and wood to position my Viessmann platform lighting. Once the body was off I found that one of the high-level headlight cables had been severed by one of the screws during assembly, which was causing a very random flickering of red lights when the white lights were showing, and at the other end of the loco the other black wire leading to the high-level light had come unsoldered whilst fitting a DCC decoder - seems the soldering was minimal and so it'll need some DIY to re-solder it to the circuit board which fills the innards of the Bachmann 66. Thankfully the front cab windows are also more correct than they were on the pre-production models seen at the British Toy Fair earlier this year! So far all I've done is given it a test run round a circle of track using an old DC controller to check that it works, and shall be fitting it with a Lenz decoder this evening - if I can get the body off, which from the inital batch sounds like it might be tricky. They appear to be far too small compared with photos of real locos, and it's not helped by the fact the window seals have been left yellow instead of black, with the glazing having the black painted on them instead. Although the layout is only viewed from one side, I've painted both the front and rear of the rails - partly because whilst I was painting them I might as well do the whole lot, and also because there's a chance that the rear of the rails might get seen in photos that I take once the layout is complete, in which case I'd regret not painting them! Hopefully by this stage it'll look more like a layout than a few bits of track pinned to plywood. It's an impressive bit of kit and I'm looking forward to the 08 and 60 which are planned for relase during 2005.
The orange LEDs will be used for the door warning lights on units, whilst the white lights will be direct replacements for yellow LED's as factory-fitted by Bachmann to their 158's and other items. My layout isn't really big enough for full computer control but the DecoderPro software will help fine-tune the settings of decoders, such as creating speed curves which are otherwise numerous complicated button presses on a standard handset. Impressively it all ran first time without fault, and there's no shorts which although I didn't expect them, was a slight worry due to the fact I've got electrofrog points facing each other on a cross-over (clearly I wired it correctly for DC in which case DCC should be no different!).
It looks like a fairly simple addition as Bachmann have already included dummy light housing which is a dark smoked plastic colour but see-through so simply putting a LED behind it allows the light to shine through as if you'd fitted proper lights.
I don't know how effective it'll be, but atleast there's more chance of it working than the far-too-short wires which came with the kit as standard. Steve Jones on his Electric Nose website suggests using DCC plugs and sockets although I'm not convinced this would work either as there simply doesn't seem enough room between the two cars (although admittedly the pre-soldered components are far less likely to break).
I plan on fitting DCC chips to this unit, and possibly changing the yellow headlight LED's to white ones as part of the conversion. However unlike John I didn't go for the connecting cable between the cars and decided two decoders was the better option - albeit more expensive. To solve this I'm going to try setting the output voltage on the chip to something a bit lower so the lights aren't quite so bright.

The photo below shows a comparison between the original un-weathered version (170515) on the left, and the weathered version (170514) on the right. They have also blackened the end of the exhaust, and sprayed a small amout of diesel smoke on the roof. It's the first loco I've fitted a lighting kit to, and also the first that I've chipped to work with DCC without any guide to follow, so it's pleasing that it went so easily - the only slight mistake was that it went in the wrong direction when first tested, but this was soon fixed by swapping the orange and grey decoder wires around on the motor terminals. I also managed to pick up another 1024E decoder (at 10% off the usual price, which near enough matches what I paid on Thursday) and a 156 lighting kit from Express Models' stand, and I've fitted this decoder straight in to my Heljan 47 - that one worked fine straight away, so it must have been the other chip that was at fault.
I know I've installed it correctly, insulated the purple wire, and got the socket in the right way round - everything is correct and I've followed the manual a dozen times over.
Bit of a rocky start to DCC, but at least I'm not left with a faulty chip that simply doesn't work. I've been looking at getting DCC for some time now and the past few weeks has seen me read almost every PDF manual about Lenz, along with several other manufacturer's main product manuals, just to see which system would suit me best.
DCC's not quite as simple as just "two wires" but it's not far from that, and should make things much less complicated both under the layout and in the wiring in general. The past few months has seen numerous bits and pieces being added to Shopleigh before it's next exhibition apperances during the Summer - the break of a few months has allowed us to fit a (dummy) 3rd rail to the rear platform line, complete some more of the modern station building, add more small details to various parts of the layout including some people from the excellent Woodland Scenics range. Lenz appears to be the system of choice, but it's just down to which set to start with, whilst adding on the cost of all the decoders for items of stock that I would want to convert to DCC operation - initially several DMU units, shunters and locos. The photo below shows it in just out-of-box form, without the extra detailing pieces being added. The platforms are near enough exactly how they were two months ago (July 3rd) and will probably be the first item which I try and get to a more complete stage, as once completed will allow for the fitting of the platform lights, and also the building of the brick arch backscene.
I've also been trying to find somewhere that has stock of both the Peco 3rd rail chairs, and the rail for them, but haven't been able to find anywhere that has both items in stock.
I did however buy the recently released Hornby 466020 in the new Connex livery - this now makes me want to have 3rd rail on the layout, and possibly on the rear line of Shopleigh too, so I'm now looking in to what the options are for fitting a dummy third rail to my existing trackwork. This will be glued to the small lugs on the rear side of the Peco edging, and then fixed to the small block of wood which will provide a solid support at the edges of the baseboards. My plan is to have the plastic edging, then a sheet of plasticard forming the base of the platform surface, and a block of wood providing the support at the back of the platform so as I can drill holes down to the baseboard to fit lighting. Also fitted some orange under-track-pipes to represent the plastic tubing which protects cables when they run under the tracks - this was made from lengths of orange plastic sleeved electrical wire (item BL05 from Maplin) which were cut to just longer than the length of a sleeper and then pushed through the gaps between a few of the sleepers. The sleepers aren't ideally spaced, but they are near enough and look much better than none at all. This will, for the first time in the construction, allow me to run trains on the layout as they will do when the layout is complete.
I also need to fit some missing sleepers and the orange under track pipes, which are made from orange plastic sleeved wire.
I found that there was a bad solder joint inside the control panel where the track feed connects to the isolation switches, and was causing the break in the circuit. Each of the platform roads can be split in to two isolated sections, and the front siding has 3 seperate sections. This evenings plan is to get the rest of the control panel to a state where it's not got any loose wires dangling in the box and provides power to the rails, so as the first test running can take place.
Also noticed that the new VGA boxes allow space for the tension lock couplings, which the old ones didn't and was one of the reasons for my change to Kadee's due to damage caused by the tension lock hook bending down the coupler pocket when in the box.
I just need to tidy up the point, signal and platform light wires, and the control panel should hopefully be complete - it'll need a few changes later such as a capacitor discharge unit fitted for the point motors and a few other bits and pieces.
It should become much tidier once I've sorted out the remaining wires and used cable-wraps to hold them together.
I've connected and disconnected endless wires inside the control panel trying to get them to work based on the wiring diagram which is in my mind - I've even drawn it out on paper so I can follow it, but when every wire is drawn in black ink and they're all jumbled together it's not very clear. Also looked at how Kadees have been fitted to a Turbostar, and that's what I need to do on my stock fairly soon. Have also fitted number 19's to my Bachmann 08, and when propelling VGA's around curves - such as over points - the sprung buffers move inwards in a very realistic way as they rub against those of the wagons. So far have a couple of Bachmann VGA's converted using the NEM 362 pockets and the Number 19 coupler.
It's the bit that I dislike the most, and looking at a huge padderbag of bits that have arrived from Maplins doesn't make it much easier - 8 rolls of different coloured wire, a couple of 25 way computer cables and connectors, switches of various types, and a small pile of LED's. After burning my fingers too many times from trying to solder tiny wires in to even smaller holes on the 25 way connectors, I almost gave up. Now got quite a collection of bits and pieces to add to the layout - nearly two stackable curver boxes full of card and plastic kits and detailing pieces, most of which I've got in mind for use on the layout, and a few were bits that I hope to modify in some way to be of use at a later date.
The fascia should also hide some flourescent tubes once the layout is more complete, allowing for better photographs to be taken.
The majority of track pins will eventually be removed once electrics are fitted and the track has been ballasted, as was done on Shopleigh and proved very sucessful. Options are the garden shed, or a very handy 9ft shelf which runs the length of my room, above my computer - it didn't take long to decide that the shelf was the ideal option. I soon realised that 9ft by about 6 inches soon dissapears when you want to run trains over 2ft long, but eventually settled on a basic two point layout with a station area, and a small siding.
A roadway is likely to be at the front on the station, with a typical London style scene - lots of traffic, and people.
If I'd have gone DCC earlier, I'd not have wasted nearly two years wiring the layout up and trying to build a control panel whilst burning my fingers with the soldering iron - and would have been much further on with the progress of the layout which until now has stalled badly. The 158, 156 and other units however will all need the holes drilling and filing, so they aren't likely to receive the same treatment for quite some time. The wires do seem a bit too rigid and springy, and this in itself might restrict the amount of freedom in movement on points, so I've got a feeling the plastic mouldings of the corridoor connectors might need to be removed and replaced with something similar made of paper. The way the Turbostar has been wired up now lets me have the unit running with white lights in the direction of travel and red at the rear, or red at both ends - useful for when the unit is parked up. There's also the small green "stickers" now visible in the windows, which is new to the 2004 range of models and can also be seen in the forthcoming Anglia Railways turbostar which is due for release later this year. Might even wire up the point motors to work via DCC, although at about ?35 for a 6-point decoder unit, it's maybe a bit excessive on a layout with only two points.
On top of the plasticard base I will glue a layer of wet-and-dry abrasive paper, which gives a good textured effect similar to asphalt. Most of the track pins will be removed once the track is ballasted, and are currently raised proud so as they can be removed with a pair of pliers once the ballast is firmly set. An 08 shunter in EWS livery from Bachmann can be seen in the photo below during the test running.
Double checked that the direction switch was flicked, and that control knob had been turned to give about 50% power - red LED glowing on the controller, but still nothing on the tester. The far track which provides the connection to the fiddle yard will have two isolation sections, with one at the far left end providing a way to isolate power to stock whilst it's waiting "off stage" on the cassette.
Luckily they all got completed in the end (along with the control panel, which had all of the switch holes drilled out and fitted where required), but I got busy doing scenic work on Shopleigh and so the layout-on-a-shelf sat idle for a several months - where does the time go? The MMRS is one of the oldest example railroad clubs inward the UK beingness founded inward 1925 This is home to half a dozen layouts in most of the popular scales deuce-ace existence largely It features. Use at your own risk!All mentioned brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. One switch doesn't appear to work as yet so I'll need to check a few connections, and as yet the point motors, signals and platform light wiring isn't complete as none of those items are fitted to the layout. Might take another look tonight to see what could be wrong, otherwise it's going to have to wait until tomorrow. Think I've fitted most of the NEM pocket stock that I use regularly, so now it'll be a matter of moving on to fitting Number 5's to my DMU's and locos. Mannikin Railways Model Railway Layouts theoretical account Railway Scenery Dioramas Model Railway Layout Builders urban model railway layouts.
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