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  1. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    Have now installed the tortoises, still to be wired. Track has been connected to the right hand side of the double slip, again issues with having to pack it because of the base board but test running with a coach showed no issues. And the old wiring has been stripped out completely ready for wiring up the new track. These are two groups of 16 feeds that go to two Digitrax bdl168s, each 16 outputs have a different coloured wire and the commons are group in 4s for each zone. Because I got detailed records and the colour coding this will be a simple task.the legs with the holes in is for shelving
  2. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    All 12 Roads of the storage sidIngs are now laid and it’s certainly been task. Now point motors need to be added and wiring to be done next.
  3. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    This is a roco double slip point, it was certainly a challenge to put the bonding on to it but I’m fairly pleased with the final effect. But does it work electrically that’s to been seen. I did have issues with the levels as you can see I had to put quite a bit of packing in, the issue is where I added a past bit of base board and there where slight differences in the plywood and Sundela thickness, which was cause the blades to bind. The copper bridges at each end were cut and will eventually form part of the frog wiring.
  4. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    More track laid, I managed to squeeze in another point which is the one closest, but this resulted in a slight dog leg on each siding over. The reason I added the point was there was quite a gap between the far left siding and the next siding so decided to add the point. It takes a bit longer as the track is being reused and needs to be tidied up removing old wire feeds and previously soldered rail joiners.
  5. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    Update from photos posted yesterday at0033. running tests completed after wiring and one mistake made, for some reason I wired up one point section with reversed polarity. Simple correction with two wires swapped, but that’s what you get when wiring when tired, but that’s what testing is for to find these errors. Track laying has now started for the 12 road storage siding all points for it now down but not wired as yet or any point motors fitted.
  6. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    These photos are of the roco track Points and shows the preparation of them. If you look there are two small bonding wires and a bond wire soldered to the underside of the blades. The wires are not directly soldered to the blade but I put a .7 mm copper wire soldered to the blade and the wire thus soldered to it. These bonds are just looped back up to the side of the point, it does not really matter how pretty they look as they are being installed in the storage sidings currently being built. peco points are prepared the same way but on the underside of the blade there is a channel wh
  7. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    Thanks that certainly works
  8. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    I will take a photo of the white board in its current state, although Im not sure what sense your make of it.
  9. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    I don’t actually have a track plan. What you can see is a white board with a design concept giving a rough outline, I use this to determine how train running would work or not. The one in the photo was a very early drawing and has changed quite a bit from then. I also use this drawing to determine left and right rail around the layout.
  10. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    The next phase of the changes have now been completed. The track to the outside has been added, so it allows the 4 sidings to be multifunctional in that trains can enter from either end from different locations. In other words each siding is divided into two sections so two short commuter trains can be stored In each siding from one direction. Or one Long train can be stored from the other direction. It can be seen in one photo that there is a copper clad sleeper section, this is the method I use to transition from code 100 to code 83. ps I can’t seem to do anything why the photos
  11. I have to disagree a bit with the constant speed downhill with bemf. I have a push pull train that shows up with a kind of yo yo effect going down hill because bemf is trying to compensate the weight of the train , so it speeds up then slows down and speeds up ect ect. Even going up hill a constant speed on a level track is much faster than going up the hill so as more of the train gets onto the helix it starts to slow down until such point a balance is achieved.
  12. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    I thought a post the power tools that I use may be of assistance, I use various tools from a table saw to a fixed belt sander and plainer thicknesseser, remains somewhat outside what the average modeller will use. More basic is a drill and a right angled drill, and a multi tool this is one of the most handy tools I have ever got and I don’t how I survived without one and of course a jigsaw. Occasionally I use a router when I can be bothered to set it up but the multi tool has reduced use of the router. I do use a hand sander and hand belt sander aswell. All the above may be overkill but it do
  13. Andymsa

    Llamberg

    I have found L girder benchwork extremely flexible, when i originally started the planning I found this book from kalambac titled model railway benchwork by L wescott. Which described all the current methods at that time and seemed the best suited to my needs. The lip of the L is about 3/4 inch and as you have seen is mounted inwards, no issues with the drill chuck as I use those interchangeable screwdriver bits and for screwing into the lip I have various length extension bars. For even tighter areas I have a similar interchangeable socket Handel. I also use a selection of drill bits And coun
  14. Hi, I think we need a bit more detail of the types of trains and there lengths, is the ramp one way or will it be two way traffic.
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