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Building a switch panel - part 3

Posted by ifoulds , in Electrical 22 September 2017 - - - - - - · 387 views

I now have the switch panel, points motors, and electrical all done for the main part of the station. Very happy with how all this came together. I built a frame from the same 1x3" lumber that I used for the benchwork, so it fits in nicely: 
I tried to keep the wiring as neat and tidy as I could, but it pales in comparison to some of the work...


Building a switch panel - part 2

Posted by ifoulds , in Electrical 06 September 2017 - - - - - - · 425 views

Slow but steady progress with building the switch panel. I have all of the LEDs wired up to the connector blocks, and all of the jumper wires for the toggle switches and common power from the capacitor discharge unit. The rear of the panel is starting to look pretty busy! 
All of the point motors and electrical work on the north side of the s...


Building a switch panel - part 1

Posted by ifoulds , in Electrical 26 August 2017 - - - - - - · 438 views

Slowly been making progress on point motors. All 23 motors around the main Newcastle Central station are installed, and I've planned out wiring for the capacitor discharge unit, frog polarity, and LED status indicators. I need to then get all the point motors wired up in order to correctly run trains, as I don't want to keep manually throwing the motors w...


Initial electrical work and first trains running!

Posted by ifoulds , 10 July 2017 - - - - - - · 218 views

Pretty exciting events at Newcastle Central - trains are starting to run! 
I ran the mains bus power and attached the first dropper wires which meant a large portion of the track became electrified and I could start to run a few trains up and down the main lines around the Tyne Yard. 
The bus power is 12-gauge solid core and I'm planning on drop...


Trackwork all complete

Posted by ifoulds , in Laying Track 09 July 2017 - * * * * - · 230 views

It's taken a little while to get all of the Woodlands Scenic TrackBed foam underlay in place and then all of the Peco code 100 track attached, but Newcastle Central is now starting to really take shape! I had a couple of areas where I had to re-lay the track underlay to get the curves around the platforms on the north end of the station just right, but pr...


Laying track and underlay

Posted by ifoulds , in Laying Track 19 June 2017 - - - - - - · 482 views
track, peco, underlay
Lot of work and progress in the past couple of weeks. After receiving delivery of all the Peco track from Hattons, I've slowly started laying it down along with foam Woodlands Scenic Track-Bed. Here's a couple of photos from the track work going in to place. First, from the north of the station: 
And then another the shows an overview of the...


DCC conversion of older Hornby locos

Posted by ifoulds , in Locomotives 07 June 2017 - - - - - - · 439 views
dcc conversion, electrics
As I've started to slowly lay down track and I'm waiting on some more supplies for that, I took the time to fit DCC decoders to the fleet of older Hornby locos. I'd already completed a decoder install a few months ago on one of the HSTs using a Bachmann decoder, but was a little concerned as to the cost outfitting the remaining locos. I'd read good things...


Starting to lay track

Posted by ifoulds , in Laying Track 31 May 2017 - - - - - - · 378 views
track laying, planning
First delivery from Hattons came in at the end of last week, so I started placing down actual track. I'm still trying to decide what to do for track underlay, so I haven't actually attached the tracks to the baseboard yet. I'm torn by between strips of cork or Woodlands Scenic Track-Bed foam. I've used the foam underlay before on previous HO gauge builds...


Track templates and rough layout

Posted by ifoulds , in Planning + Design 23 May 2017 - - - - - - · 390 views

Little quiet the last few weeks as I've waiting to to order track. But, that order has now shipped and should arrive in the next couple of days! 
I'd originally been planning on using Atlas HO gauge code 100 track since that's a lot more available here in the US, but when I was then trying to figure out point motors, there are no electrofrog points i...


Benchwork - Part 3

Posted by ifoulds , in Planning + Design 01 May 2017 - - - - - - · 438 views

Final steps on the benchwork and baseboards completed this weekend. Now it's all starting to look like something you can run trains on :) After sanding down all the top of the benchwork to make sure it was smooth, I laid the sheets of plywood down. I screwed these baseboards to the benchwork, then ran two or three passes of different grit sandpaper to smo...


Benchwork - Part 2

Posted by ifoulds , 24 April 2017 - - - - - - · 375 views

More benchwork completed this weekend. I built the the left-hand side benchwork that will carry the express lines around the layout and the area where the Tyne Yard will sit. I'm still trying to finalize plans for what I want the yard to look like, but at least have the dimensions pretty much set for the area that I'll make available. I need more 1x3" bef...


Benchwork - Part 1

Posted by ifoulds , in Planning + Design 18 April 2017 - - - - - - · 379 views
building, benchwork
After leaving the shed for a few weeks once the weather sheeting and siding was put up, I was pretty confident I now had something that was going to withstand the elements and I could start on the benchwork. I chose to work with 1" x 3" lumber for all the benchwork, partly through research and partly from experience. With my first 8x4ft build many ye...


Design and prep work

Posted by ifoulds , in Planning + Design 18 April 2017 - - - - - - · 468 views
planning, design, scarm and 1 more...
This build has been a long time coming! I've made a couple of different 8ft x 4ft builds over the years that I was never really happy with once I started making progress on them, mainly as they just weren't what I was truly wanting to model. Space limitations and then a few different moves also didn't help. Now that I'm in a spot where we're likely to rem...

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