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Hello, a short update.

I've contacted Robin after perusing his posts and he has kindly made available what he is using.  His spreadsheet workings look very similar to those which I have been reviewing but considerably neater, less cells to fill in.  Extra detail can be added should I get the time or have the need but initially I will be able to describe the wagon, its load, its ID and where it's bound for.

Seems ideal so thank you Robin that will save me a lot of work, and I've already started to modify it to my ideas.

 

I'll be continuing with this in the background and as a change from layout work.

 

Best

 

EDIT:  a quick link for ref  >>>  http://www.westportterminal.de/operation.html

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3 hours ago, Barnaby said:

Hello, a short update.

I've contacted Robin after perusing his posts and he has kindly made available what he is using.  His spreadsheet workings look very similar to those which I have been reviewing but considerably neater, less cells to fill in.  Extra detail can be added should I get the time or have the need but initially I will be able to describe the wagon, its load, its ID and where it's bound for.

Seems ideal so thank you Robin that will save me a lot of work, and I've already started to modify it to my ideas.

 

I'll be continuing with this in the background and as a change from layout work.

 

Best

 

 

 

Hi,

I'm glad you found the spreadsheet useful.

I've found that it can used for all sorts of layouts from quite simple to much more complicated ones with multiple destinations and exchanges. Its also very easy to change, and adapt to your own way of working, unlike some of the software based ones.

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Hello. 

After some chatting with George T of this parish about his various uses for FOAMEX sheets I have ordered a small selection of 3 & 5mm A4 sheets as a nice to have supply.

Over on George's layout build for Moss Lane you can find that George has used FOAMEX as track underlay, made buildings from it and also a tray/shelf to hold his DCC control unit on so it is very versatile.

 

First thing I will build is a custom fit tray unit for my DCC control box which is some 10" x 7" & 11/2" thick so some A4 sheets should be just right.

 

Best

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Hi Barnaby - I haven't posted much on here for a long time but my ironstone layout is making slow (actually very slow) progress. You may recall from that layout (and my previous 'Minimum Space' layout) that I have used both 3mm and 5mm Daler Rowney foamboard.  I use 3mm for buildings and 5mm for boards, including the traverser I made some time ago and posted on here. I've uploaded some of the pictures here again in case you can't find them. I've also recently made a tray for my DCC box, with a lift out panel for the Peco Smartfrogs. This panel will be covered and the whole of the front of the layout will be hidden by a black foamboard fascia.

 

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Hello Warspite nice to hear from you.

 

Thanks for the heads up and I will certainly review your builds for sure.  Yes that tray is what I am going to do and coincidently I have the same Sig-na Trak DCC controller as you.

Looks like a bit of a fuddle to make the wire outputs work as they pop out of the units back. 

I'll set it down a little and maybe tilt the tray slope so that I can run the leads under the layout board directly which I should be abler to do as I have the board top set at 30" off the floor.

 

I'll have to go and revisit your model world to re-enjoy your work again and to check I've not missed anything.  :sungum::swoon:

 

Just to finish on FOAMEX has a subtle difference to foam board in that it is faced with PVC not board and gives a more solid cut line and overall strength to any build.

It is a little more expensive but not much more.

 

Best regards

 

EDIT  EDIT  EDIT

I had missed that you had been unwell, quite seriously so it looks like.

 

 

 

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Thanks for the tip on FOAMEX.

 

I forgot to say that I included a cubby hole underneath the SmartFrogs to keep my uncoupling pen and the Sig-na Trak stylus. Just stops me losing them! 

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"Losing" instead of "using"!
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Of course, I meant to say "I included a cubby hole underneath the SmartFrogs to keep my uncoupling pen and the Sig-na Trak stylus. Just stops me losing them!" Not "using" them.

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Knock knock It's the postman.

Got my 10 off PVC foam sheets 3mm thick today, thanks for the insight George T it is a very stable product with a good feel to it.

I'll have a play about with making up a dcc controller shelf first. 

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1 hour ago, Barnaby said:

Knock knock It's the postman.

Got my 10 off PVC foam sheets 3mm thick today, thanks for the insight George T it is a very stable product with a good feel to it.

I'll have a play about with making up a dcc controller shelf first. 

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Regards

 

Great news Barnaby,  to join the pieces together l use 'Zap-A Gap' superglue it sticks very well, remove the protective coating and you will find a really nice surface underneath, they use the board for printing signs on...

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Back to changing over the point control to surface mount DCC Concepts SS point motors.  Strip out the old push-me-pull-me wire in tube operating Blue point actuator parts.

Now to wire up the hinge down PCB control board once I've cut out wire entry/exit holes.

Each PCB controls 2 point motors.

 

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