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Thanks for looking, it's seems to be a hard slog moving forward at the moment but once in a while I think, I'm pleased with that. Yeah I'm pretty chuffed with my fiddle yard.

 

It's a bit of a weird one as I'm suggesting the lines that terminate on the outside of the shed are at the Exeter end of the layout and those on the inside are near Penzance. I've deliberately left one line running through the middle so I can run loco's continuously for running in/testing purposes.........well that's my logic

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Not so much as a model railway related post but one that hopefully others could learn from.

 

Lessons learned.........don't trust anybody!!!!!!

 

So we moved into our new house in the middle of winter and of course I'm keen to get the shed ordered and the base made for it. Shed was duly ordered from Olympian Garden Buildings (awesome) and a local landscaper booked to build the base. As per Olympian's instructions "make the base flat, no run off". So the base was built, looked fab but of course being winter and cold, wet and dark, did I ever check the level..........of course I didn't!!!!! So Olympian came to erect the shed and the slope was duly found, fortunately it was at least flat. Olympian said they had installed on worse slopes and so the installation went ahead. If I'd have had time and money I would have paused the build but that would have meant paying for another installation day and an argument with a landscaper with no idea how that would end. 

 

The result is I've had to make the railway level in a sloping shed.............Thank goodness for a Laser Level and my trusted camera tripod last used at Paddington in the 1990's :laugh_mini:

 

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So another brief update of random progress! 

 

As I have previously mentioned, earlier on in the year before all the levelling was done I could turn the layout easily on its side and so I took the opportunity to make sure there was a reasonable bus for accessory lighting and so I thought I would have a quick go and get something in the depot

 

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So here's a big question amongst the pictures of what I have been up to, before the move I had always been against doing point motors as I felt it was beyond my capabilities. That said they make the railway look so much better and after a chat with a few people I was convinced to give them a go. Now I would have loved to have gone down the cobalt route but costs and being out of work last year sadly took me down the cheaper route.

 

Now, here's the question, is it just me having problems with Seep point motors. I seem to have 2 issues.

 

1. The actual rod that goes through the point isn't at a right angle to the polished bar that runs through the solenoid, as a result the solenoid fires and it becomes hit or miss as to whether the point moves or the rod just rotates within the polished bar

 

2. I think combined with issue 1. things become even more of an issue with the Seep with switch for electrofrog points...........don't get me started on that one with an additional GM500 to help

 

Am I doing something fundamentally wrong, if others have had similar issue what have you done or should I be looking at other point motors please? Too many of you out there still seem to be using solenoids so I'm guessing they can be reliable?

 

Help!!!!!!!!!!! Please...................

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5 hours ago, Iron Horse said:

..... after a chat with a few people .....

 

I guess I'm included in that, but sadly I can't help, all ours are surface mounted, and work a treat ! :P

 

Cheers,

Phil.

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11 hours ago, Iron Horse said:

1. The actual rod that goes through the point isn't at a right angle to the polished bar that runs through the solenoid, as a result the solenoid fires and it becomes hit or miss as to whether the point moves or the rod just rotates within the polished bar

Something to try if the rod is rotating in the solenoid is to put some glue on to hold it in place.  Others may be able to suggest something suitable, and care will be needed to make sure it doesn’t go too far and glue the solenoid solid.

Paul.

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