Those of you who have followed my topic Osney will have seen pictures of The Shed at the start of that thread, and now that work has almost finished on that project they will also have seen my reference to having another look at TS.
To recap TS is a small 0 gauge layout measuring 6 feet by 16 inches overall with the scenic section being 5 feet. It portrays a small single road steam engine shed in the late fifties set in the western region of BR. It has a slightly larger allocation of locos than would normally be expected in a shed of this size. This is due to the fact that it is located on a junction of two secondary lines an also provides locos for a number of branch lines in the area.
Below are some recent pictures which managed to catch a couple of panniers in between duties on the Osney branch.
The reason I am returning to TS is that since it was completed I have been acutely aware that there is a glaring problem with the layout which I have been reluctant to put right until now. The layout has been referred to as a tuning fork and what people are not aware is that one prong doesn't have any power. Any loco on the coal stage siding is merely posed for effect!
When I was building the layout I layed the track, wired it and thoroughly tested it and everything worked. I then carried on with all the scenic work and my mistake was not testing the track again before almost completing the scenic work. When I did I had immediate shorting problems on the point and despite all attempts to resolve the problem I could only get the main shed road to work consistently. Research quickly showed that this was a common problem with DCC and that I should have rewired the point before putting it down. The next photo illustrates my problem,
You will see that the point is in an extremely tight location and even to try and rewire it in situ would be difficult, let alone taking it up and rewiring it properly. As I couldn't face doing anything, having so recently finished the scenic work I decided to cut my losses and operate with just the one siding. However when you know something is wrong it niggles away at you until you decide to do something about the problem, which is the point at which I am now.
I have been greatly inspired by the layout Abercynon (Fach), elsewhere on this forum, which is a beautifully modelled shed layout with great atmosphere, but which is entirely pointless. So I have decided to look at the possibility of taking up the point on TS and substituting a short sector plate. Whichever route I go down I am faced with removing much of the scenic work. I am hoping to do as little damage as possible so that at the end of the day you won't notice the 'join'.
Thats the plan which I will approach step by slow step and I thought I would share the progress with you all. I must be mad!
Edited by rcf, 12 April 2013 - 19:35 .