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50 minutes ago, Tony Teague said:

 

I shall have to consult my lawyers Messrs Sue Grabbit & B'stard as to whether my image rights have been infringed.https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_unsure.png

 

 

I'm inclined to agree with you there. It would have been better for all of us if your image lefts had been infringed. Much better.

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56 minutes ago, Tony Teague said:

I am pleased to see that Churminster will appear in next month's edition of Horn*y Magazine; the pictures were taken some months ago and just show Churminster and the immediate area around it.

This is about 25% of the layout as a whole but I was not yet ready to show more, so I hope that this part makes sense on its own.

I am less happy about the picture they used in this month's magazine as a trailer - not my best side (if I have one) !

I shall have to consult my lawyers Messrs Sue Grabbit & B'stard as to whether my image rights have been infringed.https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_unsure.png

 

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Great news - I was wondering when that was coming. Looking forward to it.

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11 minutes ago, Mick Bonwick said:

 

I'm inclined to agree with you there. It would have been better for all of us if your image lefts had been infringed. Much better.

 

The bad news is that he does have another shot from the other side - of me "using" an airbrush - its just as horrible so I hope he doesn't use it!

 

I can just imagine all of the comments from experts about how I am holding my instrument, etc! :crazy:

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A couple of weeks back, the residents of Churminster and nearby Stowe Magna awoke to a dreadful prospect:

 

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Yes, a rail-replacement bus service! - and for a whole week, no less.

 

So what had brought this about?

 

Well, long standing followers of this thread may remember that almost exactly three years ago I mentioned that a new Control Panel was being developed, with the help of Giles Walburn and John Freer, and that despite my impatience, they had persuaded me that we should start with a plywood top and paper template for the Panel, as they suggested that, during the development process, I might change my mind!

 

They were right of course, but having finally reached "stability" at version 26, :o I decided that it was finally time for us to go ahead with the new printed top - the tiny snag being that every single switch, push-button, LED and controller would have to be dropped out of the temporary top and re-fitted to the new one!:crazy:

 

So it was that on a Monday morning a couple of weeks back, we started to drop out the switches, buttons etc, until all we really had was a large boxful of tangled wires!

 

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Having carefully planned this exercise down to the tiniest detail (NOT!), I am delighted to say that after only one day we had the old top free and the new one in position!

 

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It was then that the fun really started, as Giles cut holes to mount the 10 Gaugemaster controllers in place whilst I screwed bezels in place to fit the multitude of LED's into their new positions.

 

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For the last two days of the week Giles had to work on his own, but I am delighted to say that every one of the 100 switches and 200 push buttons was in place and working by close of play on Friday, plus the first 40 of around 180 LEDs - and so the rail-relief bus service could be stood down and almost normal operations resumed - subject only to some hand signalling and temporary speed restrictions in place, until such time as the remaining indicator LEDs can be fitted to the panel - and some final cosmetic trimming completed.

 

A very significant step for the railway!

 

Tony

 

 

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Very impressive.

Hope it comes with an operators manual, it all looks very complicated!!!

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3 hours ago, KNP said:

Very impressive.

Hope it comes with an operators manual, it all looks very complicated!!!

 

Its all done on the "two wire" principal - two wires to everything!

 

(And yes, it is all documented, it needs to be!)

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16 hours ago, Tony Teague said:

A couple of weeks back, the residents of Churminster and nearby Stowe Magna awoke to a dreadful prospect:

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/SJPPB18000102191118.jpg.36a6032d09f2f3efba8167238c2d0cb0.jpg

 

Yes, a rail-replacement bus service! - and for a whole week, no less.

 

So what had brought this about?

 

Well, long standing followers of this thread may remember that almost exactly three years ago I mentioned that a new Control Panel was being developed, with the help of Giles Walburn and John Freer, and that despite my impatience, they had persuaded me that we should start with a plywood top and paper template for the Panel, as they suggested that, during the development process, I might change my mind!

 

They were right of course, but having finally reached "stability" at version 26, https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_ohmy.png I decided that it was finally time for us to go ahead with the new printed top - the tiny snag being that every single switch, push-button, LED and controller would have to be dropped out of the temporary top and re-fitted to the new one!https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_crazy.gif

 

So it was that on a Monday morning a couple of weeks back, we started to drop out the switches, buttons etc, until all we really had was a large boxful of tangled wires!

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/SJPPA28000102191028.jpg.7368112249aaa99ea635ef9a60517b0d.jpg

 

Having carefully planned this exercise down to the tiniest detail (NOT!), I am delighted to say that after only one day we had the old top free and the new one in position!

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/SJPPA28000502191028.jpg.cba428802621eff2621a1dd9e34434f3.jpg

 

It was then that the fun really started, as Giles cut holes to mount the 10 Gaugemaster controllers in place whilst I screwed bezels in place to fit the multitude of LED's into their new positions.

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/SJPPA31001002191031.jpg.8ec274c2f091114d90a483646c0aab8c.jpg

 

For the last two days of the week Giles had to work on his own, but I am delighted to say that every one of the 100 switches and 200 push buttons was in place and working by close of play on Friday, plus the first 40 of around 180 LEDs - and so the rail-relief bus service could be stood down and almost normal operations resumed - subject only to some hand signalling and temporary speed restrictions in place, until such time as the remaining indicator LEDs can be fitted to the panel - and some final cosmetic trimming completed.

 

A very significant step for the railway!

 

Tony

 

 

That looks mind blowingly complicated - I’m glad I went for DCC! With my messy wiring that would have looked even more ridiculous.

 

It now looks very smart...I just hope it works as efficiently as before the engineering works.

 

All the best

 

Andy

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10 hours ago, westerner said:

Too complicated for my simple brain.

 

Actually operating it is pretty simple - given that it is quite a complex layout.

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2 minutes ago, thegreenhowards said:

That looks mind blowingly complicated - I’m glad I went for DCC! With my messy wiring that would have looked even more ridiculous.

 

It now looks very smart...I just hope it works as efficiently as before the engineering works.

 

All the best

 

Andy

 

Andy

 

The wiring is being tidied up during the process, and once all of the LED's are in place, operation should be a little bit simpler - but yes, it is already working properly.

 

Tony

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My new O gauge layout Blakeney has 3 wire in tube operated points and just 2 feeds. That's about all I can cope with.

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Yes it's in the 7mm section under the title. A change of direction and scale, Blakeney (Glos)

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