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#126 ozamrr

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 22:59

Hi  Owd Bob and Satan's Goldfish, UK can get quite hot in summer, you would fell it in the low 30's and than bad humidity, I have never seen snow, hopping to get down to the Snowy Mountains in the next couple of years, even though it just be for a weekend, don't know if I will go skying.

Be looking forward to see those pics OB, grass is growing fast, once it dries out I will mow, battery mowers don't like wet grass, I don't let the grass especially in the back yard get too high it is Coach and gets pretty thick as well.

 

Thanks for the kind words SG, can't believe it be 3 months on Monday 11th, it feel like our son is still alive and he is in his room or on the computer, last few months before he died he got ear phones and they had a mike so he could talk to his gaming friend while playing games, was good for us no gaming noise.

 

Storms predicted for this afternoon, hope to after the mowing will paint the new lift out bridge and nail down the track, solder in the track plastic brass coated strips to hold the track don in the module bridge joins so the track can be cut  and then the bus feeder wire soldering again, never ending.

 

The ship project  drawing is under way, the ship is quite long 2.150 meters in 1/87 scale, building the ship  in four sections and join the sections up, out of 1 mm cardboard, she is a water line model., will sit proudly  passing under the double deck bridge.

 

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 12:02

The lift out bridge has being painted with track down and used fiberglass coated brass strips to solder the track at the module join, works well, I still need to cut a grove in the brass so it wouldn't short .

 

Pic one, I saw on a video they used a rubber band but that didn't work, then I came up with the idea use a piece of dowel bingo it worked, I marked on the top of the paint tin rim where to screw in the screws that will hold the dowel in place, it worked, no more  paint in the rim making it hard to seal when banging the lid in and no more splashing of paint on my legs or shorts.

 

Tomorrow I will be connecting the bus wires to the other the back end of the bus wire plug temporary soldering wires to the track on the bridge both ends and putting power into the track to run the first test loco  across the bridge onto the station module will do a video.

 

After all that will unscrew the bridge lift it  out the way, fold in the module legs so the two modules can be packed in the shed, when I come back from our holiday to up the north coast Caloundra I will be setting up all the modules   and sections long enough for a three car DMU set .

 

Nest job after that the spiral, I now have proper ship plans of the Ro, Ro ship I be modelling, she will sit coming out under my double deck road rail bridge being 18 inches high, the spiral will climb 6 inches onto the bridge, other end be a long 30ft ramp  

 

The next two pics is of the 12 wheel coke tank wagon a good wagon to test having two 6 wheel bogies and wanted to see how the wagon go through the single slip cross over passed in flying colours.

 

I am having trouble with the picture folder again, at the moment we are slowly getting my picture folders and links over to my sons computer, my lap top is running out of HD space  only has a 256 GB 's HD 

 

Tony from hot down under., I will be taking the lap top with me , keep an eye on the forum., must check how much space I do have, might hav to put the pic folders onto a  portable HD.

 

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 11:06

Happy new year 2018 to everyone on the forum, hope you all had a good Christmas, I have made some big changes to the layout switching the station complex to the back of the house giving it more protection from the weather and shift the bridge to where the station was suiting the ship scene a lot better. Sadly where the approach module car port end is now going a pergola post is in the way, so will have to modify the module and shift the track and points which I have done, not cut the module yet, waiting to a cooler day.

 

The space between the three sets of track to the left of pic one and the five sets of track is where the post is going to be cut out, 15mm clearance on the right side should be ok will check first before cutting where the two passenger cars are will be the second station I be modelling, will have two different stations on the same modules, just a matter of lifting the first one off and replacing with the other when running the Indian Pacific, that is the plan. Have decided not to model Sydney Central far too much detail, cost a lot of money, looking at union station building from the US.

 

Pic four I recycled my sons old computer deck and cut the shelf end in half to make adjustable module stands has worked out well, but need to screw the tops down to stop them moving when lifting the module onto them, no more looking for pieces of ply to level the modules, may build two more replacing the saw horses, this saves me bending down getting a sore back and knees, only time I will have to is plugging the bus wires to the other module, even thinking of doing away with the bolts.

 

The last pic is why I want to shift the bridge for, the ship will look heaps better in the middle of the bridge, the bridge hopefully be higher.

 

It has being pretty hot here the last few weeks, in the low 30's now but it is the humidity  the killer, lots to do having to re-level the station modules shouldn't take long, aim for  June on my birthday the first train to run around the whole layout, rain coming in Wednesday.

 

Tony from down under.

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 05:51

Well under way with the changing of the station modules and bridge around for the  best, citing out the square hole for the post went well, to hide the pergola steel post, a friend came up with the idea of an HWY over pass, can go two levels and make the post wider to match the other track.

 

Yesterday was a lot cooler than the day before, should of started earlier, didn't till after lunch still was humid, far better today, crazy 40 degrees Wednesday and it was 19 degrees earlier on, be the same again for the next couple of days but raining as well, can't cut the timber outside with the battery saw, could inside, sawdust the issue, will see what tomorrow be like.

 

I levelled three modules to see how they will look  height wise,, the measurements be 12 inches from the floor on the first module close to the door, sadly the pergola floor isn't level all to with my sons electric wheel chair, have to deal with that, too costly to redo the floor.

 

If I get a chance tomorrow will cut the new module legs to size and continue down, about inch and half difference, also bought a line level string and line level to get the levels right for the bridge,  works out to 19 inches in height plenty would like to go higher, will wait till the other three modules are levelled as I be putting in a spiral around the car, might be able to go to 24 inches the right height to scale on the bridge.

 

The last pic is the brass strips I use to solder the track down on the module join works out well of course will have to cut a grove so there isn't a short when switching the trannie on, the sheet is used for circuit board very messy job, I wouldn't have a go.

 

Be a while of now before a train is running, once the modules are level will put power into the track and run a loco or even a train, hope it doesn't get to hot next week.

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:10

Slow going on the layout, being very hot here only  a couple of days relief and back into the heat right into next week, storms every day, need the rain bad, so long as the storms don't do a lot of damage, some suburbs weren't lucky from last nights storm.

 

Saturday I managed to level the station modules to 12 inches in height, happy with the progress, now which end to move onto, will have to run the string line with the string level to get the level mark on the front pergola post to for the height of the bridge, other end it is 19 inches, 6 inch climb from the station modules, I like to put in a spiral, haven't decided which end, probably the car port, to gain the height and extra length, double track onto single track to the bridge. One day I may be able o extend the width southern end more single track running and the 

bridge become double track.

 

I temporary set up some track in the terminus platforms to see how the Indian Pacific train go, as the real train Sydney Station platforms 2 and 3 splitting  28 passenger cars, next post I will find a video clip of the train being shunted int the platforms what i be doing the same. The train consist is 28 cars long,one auto car carrier and two locos same as I have in the pics, what they do is the first loco is uncoupled driven onto another track  and second loco drive half the train into platform, another loco backs the second half into platform 2, on the return journey back to Adelaide and onto Perth they switch replacement locos, can't wait to actually drive my train into the platforms be fun.

 

All up I will have 5 platforms and three suburban  through platforms, where the IP is be three tracks, middle track for shunting, needing 24 lengths of Peco flexie track and 5 points, will have to wait till my birthday for birthday to buy the trac.

 

No work on the layout this week, working on the model ship too hot outside

 

Tony from hot down under

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 02:47

Have had a busy month, working on the approach module car port end, had to cut the square hole  quarter of an inch wider and pull up the track, shift the double slip crossover down closer to the module join and did away with the small cross over because i  out that much, sadly the track has to be on an angle  the module join, pics to follow next post.

 

Decided to replace the bolts on the adjustable module stands with sliding legs which has worked out much better no needing pieces of ply for the bolts to rest on, also have done away with bolting the station modules together, using half inch dowel to line u the tack on the module join and using clamps same as in the third pic to clamp the modules together. Be a lot quicker to set up the modules, before joining the modules together plugging the bus wires up to the bus plugs on the next module, improving the bus wire panel as well.

 

On a weeks holiday down the Gold Coast QLD, where we are staying the Wi-Fi is ADSL and it is shocking today, this is the fourth time I have tried to send this post, switched over to 4G ,

gee I miss NBN broad band, going to be a while before it comes down here a big  issue with the line speed, they have to sort out before anyone else are conncted.

 

Tony from wet down under.

 

 

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 01:11

Full steam ahead, I have done away with using bolt to bolt the station modules together replacing them with 12.5 mm dowel  and using clamps like in the last post pic, my aim is to quickly set up the layout including plugging all the wires with ease,, now I can do that, I didn't have the right size drill bit had o make the hole bigger, worked out well,, am thinking of using the  1/2 inch drill and filling the hole with Sterne to a good fit.

 

Have also completed in nailing down all the points and cross over, that' makes up the maze heading into terminus platforms,5 all up, station buildings have being sorted out, there be building change, Indian Pacific leaving Sydney Central on its way across down under via Broken Hill first stop, Adelaide, Cook onto  Kalgoorlie onto East Perth terminal. I be modelling East Perth terminal first , station building to be modeled on Dallas Union station building Texas US and the East Perth Terminal station building, Sydney station be modeled on Walther's Union station building kit or buy the kit, not modeling Sydney central station building now.

 

Pic one is the adjustable saw hoses set up, I am going to make it easier when leveling each stand, a bit hard at them moment bending down and up when checking the level, pic the two dowels, I may now glue them in permanent, so the can back into the module when stored. Pics three and five and six  the clamps I am using , quite cheap $3 each, will get two more, pic.

 

The last two pics is temporary new bus wire plug panel, will have mark  out, drill and cut a new panel for this module and the other two, since I have shifted the station modules t the back of the house, it is the other bus wires coming from the spiral to the bridge, the bridge and other section will come in from the car port to the last station module, I t will also house the main panel connection the control panel, will have to start on that soon but wiring job using 3 pole 4 way rotary switches to switch the blocks, only have three throttles, two remote throttles.

 

Tony from cloudy down under, more to come.

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 01:39

Should of put this post first, pic 9 I took out the two points not needed , will see why in the couple of pics, pic ten I never did want to cut track on an angle to the module join , went  well, big test when the test loco runs over the join, pic 11 is why, I wanted to use the 3 way, double slip and diamond cross over.With the new track plan after the car port back corner module the track will be single running and the bridge being at the front of the layout be double track.

 

The next two pics , pic 0910  with the curve track after the diamond cross over I fixed by switching the points to make that track straight in pic 014, the second cross over s a single slip, be a lot of fun shunting the locos around the Indian Pacific, the station is East Perth terminal.

 

The very last three pics, I have started construction on my double deck ridge, it is modeled on the Mersley Gateway single cable stay bridge, mine be a double deck, I think the Mersley River is in Wales UK, will b center piece of the whole layout sure stand out .From the road deck the towers stand four and half feet high [125 meters], under neath they say is 25 meters, mine be 19 inches 

 

Now I have worked out the measurements of the first tower, it wont take long to cut them out, mine reassuring  3 inches square, split in half for storage, main span 14 feet, in four sections, is there any scratch building threads I could start anew tread on the build.

 

I am going out in the afternoon to make a start on the new bus panel, pics to follow, enjoy, my ship build  is well under way as well playing a part in the river scenery.

 

Tony from down under.

 

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 13:11

The track decking is nearly complete, I  have joined the  decking coming from the car port to the bridge, pics 006 and 001, in an afternoons work, coded and marked where to sit when I level the sections, that will have to wait till I build the back of the house car end corner module this weekend and next week the back door corner module completing all the modules.

 

Have also started work on drawing a full size drawing mo my bridge to measure the length of the  dowel  I be using for cable stays, at this stage I will only be finishing the rail deck so I can speed up the construction, buying a full sheet of ply this week, I have all the track decking for the spiral and 7 ft radius curve coming off the bridge in the garden and only one 6 ft section to fill the gap to the spiral, getting there. I am planning a tunnel on that curve to  cover the point , looking at modeling a castle and possible cable car , be awesome indeed..

 

So close but still a lot of work ahead , aiming for the end of June for the big event, be doing a video, cooling down here now, still 30 degrees.

 

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:29

Have progressed some more since the last post, I have finished building the back of the house northern end corner module, one more car port end corner module and that is it for all the modules that make up the station and approach modules, leaving one gap  to fill for all the track decking, wow being at this layout for 4 years, with the set back last year .

 

On Sunday I did a mock-up on how the new spiral will look like to the track plan, can't  wait to see a train tackle the spiral , it is modelled on Union Pacific's Williams Loop on the Feather River route California, I need to gain 7 inches to the bride from the back of the layout track, other end will have a ramp, got plenty of room for a 2 percent grade, or I could have a spiral at the car port end.

 

Pic six I also did a mock-up of the points and track of on the corner module, I may motorise those points as they are a fair distance from the control panel, even though I be using remote controls, I could follow the train around or sit in a chair, even more fun with friends coming over.

 

The last two pics I have decided to scrap the Mersley river cable stay bridge, changing to a coat hanger design arch double deck bridge, will look better with the scene I am planning to cover the point  on the curved deck with a tunnel and decent size hill and may be a small castle.

 

All goes well tomorrow will level the corner module with the first station module filling the gap with a rail bridge over the road, rain predicted for the next few day, always happens when you plan to work half out side the pergola.

 

Tony from down under.

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