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Ruleoneshire
« on: November 17, 2013, 11:17:07 am »
Ruleoneshire is located somewhere on central southern England  soon after Mr Beeching axe had been at work. It follows closely the Rule 1 form of layout Some would say its going to be a 'train set' type and it maybe but it is my trainset
With bus wired and top firmly screwed down construction could begin  :claphappy: :claphappy:
Enter mistake No. 1  :doh:
Using the thinner of the 2 cork sheets (1.5mm?)I covered the top glueing it down bound the edges with one or two dabs near the centre.
The track a mixture of reclaimed from layout 1 and new flexi lengths commenced by pinning and gluing the track as I went along. Quite long lengths needed laying before down as I was laying as the whim took me with only a vague plan in mind. Now gluing track down to cork soon showed up my error  :'( the cork 'floated' away from the board leaving humps and bumps.
A smallish hole punch was used and pretty soon the cork was peppered with 3mm holes.glue (dilute PVA) was run into the holes and the  filled with the cur out discs. All was now left to dry.
All the tracks now laid and 5mm holes driiled ready for seep point motors at some future date.
Dropppers fitted and connected  and a couple of locos run round the system with a DC connection to check thing out.
Now to clean what is a very dirty track and set up DCC  :drool:
Photos will follow but Ive bought a cheepo camera purely for  :ngauge: shots and not got it sorted yet
« Last Edit: November 17, 2013, 11:50:10 am by jonclox »
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2013, 11:44:10 am »
Nice one John, when I started glueing cork onto my baseboard I soon learnt a generous supply of heavy books was a necessity.  ;)

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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2013, 11:53:09 am »
Nice one John, when I started glueing cork onto my baseboard I soon learnt a generous supply of heavy books was a necessity.  ;)
Very true but a sheet of thin plastic sheeting placed between the cork and the books can save book covers etc. from damage and lift off the cork easily
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013, 01:16:56 pm »
Very true but a sheet of thin plastic sheeting placed between the cork and the books can save book covers etc. from damage and lift off the cork easily

The poly bags loo rolls come in are good for this, I just leave the books weights inside until I'm done.

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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 11:20:17 am »
 Just a few 'snaps' to
1 check the camera out,
2 to check that I could remember how to use P Bucket and
3 to show you how far Ive got with things
The upper part at the back was the 1st bit built whilst the main board was on order. Its based on a layout in the Peco Setrack layout book. I will be backed by an industrial scene.

The main terminus on the left was connected to the main railway network via the 2 tunnels till Mr Beeching came along  :veryangry:

The 3% incline to the upper station and meandering line including the reversing loop shown.
The village/Road etc. will be built in the two empty spaces

The upper level has 2 surface mounted point motors and the rest will be seep motors.The whole unit is lift off with just one 2 wires which plug down into the main bus

The left hand end of the kit bashed bridge is fitted with a fleischmann extending rail section so that it can be disconnected when the upper level is taken down for scenic  or point wiring etc

« Last Edit: November 21, 2013, 04:46:38 pm by jonclox »
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2013, 11:43:47 am »
Thanks scotsoft that looks better and is as I intended it to be  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 10:34:41 am »
Todays going to be checking to make sure theres no shorts, cleaning the track and connecting it up to DC and then onwards to install and test things in DCC.(my 1st ever DCC try-out) :hmmm: :-\
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2013, 03:58:28 pm »
  :( Work delayed today because kitchen needed a ceramic tile back splash to the cooker to save the paint getting splattered so I was volunteered to do it this week. I thought I had finished but no it seems not because we still have a few spare tiles  ::) .
(Strange its not needed a tiled backing for the last 39 years but now it needs one now !!  ::)
« Last Edit: November 24, 2013, 04:24:02 pm by jonclox »
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2013, 02:17:00 pm »
This morning I finally got round to cleaning the tracks and running a loco (minitrix croc.) to find out where all the problems are. Being a DC loco I stood more chance of finding and correcting faults before connecting to DCC.
With my old farish controller fitted I turned on the power, set the direction to forward and..............................nothing  :'( :'(.
I checked everywhere for shorts and that all my droppers were connected then decided to turn the power off and think things through :confused2:
It was at this point that I happened to notice that only 1 of the 2 wires leading to the track bus was plugged in  :doh: A touch of the old screwdrivering and power turned back on and I had a moving loco  :-[ It only failed to run in two places and negotiated all the setrack points perfectly.
One thing it wont do is operate round the reversing loop despite my following all the instructions of setting the module up ok.
I`m guessing its back to the manual and a spot of reading up for me tonight  :hmmm: :hmmm:.
Still I`m glad the whole thing isn't riddled with short circuits and that encourages me to get on with things. 
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2013, 08:38:41 pm »
Right  :claphappy: :claphappy: I think Ive sorted out the revese loop. It seems that I had overdone the main droppers and 2 sets of them were inside the isolated section for the loop. [The easy cure was to cut the track beyond them and bridge the gap with a fillet of no-nails (might change that to epoxy glue tomorrow)
Also spotted that I needed an extra pair of points at the front to complete the overall outside loop.
 :doh: The only pairs of points that I have 'in stock' are the wrong hand :veryangry: what a surprise
« Last Edit: November 25, 2013, 09:00:30 am by jonclox »
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2013, 09:04:48 pm »
looking good, keep up the pictures. will be watching with interest
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2013, 03:57:45 pm »
Oh dear  :( what a week.
I moved the breaks in the return loop to be away from the points which should sort things out only to find that I then had 2 stretches of 'dead track' so that's 2 more pairs of droppers need.
Rather than lift a section of track in two circuits to install an extra link via two sets of points I very carefully cut the track back with a mini rotary grindstone. Then I had to sit back till the points arrived via post. They turned up on Tuesday but my back wasn`t in a modelling mode it had decided to have a few 'off' days. Still with careful measuring and fiddling about I was able to trim the tracks back to a very nice snug fit. I eased connecting fish plates onto the existing old track and pushed it on 100% Next I layed the points in and slid the fishplates back onto the points giving 50% on track and points. Perfect (nearly) fit and nice and tight.
Tuesday PM not only saw me with back problems but sons girlfriend had an op. on her back and we ended up baby sitting and are still lumbered everyday with the kids.
OK so the points fitted a treat but left me with 2 more dead tracks to sort out tomorrow so more droppers needed  :uneasy:
Still my 2 GWR Auto coaches and my ebay 73206 and 7309 class 73`s have arrived  :bounce:  :claphappy: so I have something to get the tracks ready for ASAP 
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2013, 07:43:53 pm »
Glad you're getting the track sorted, Jon :thumbsup:
Sympathise with the back problem as Tuesday I sneezed violently and ricked my back :doh:
On anti inflammatories again :(

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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2013, 09:13:51 pm »
I did that last week but missing a step down a kerb, went to a chiropractor after 2 days of agony, best 50 euro I've ever spent, sorted in one visit.   :thumbsup:

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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2013, 10:19:15 am »
Very impressed with the way things are going John, especially like the girder bridge. Keep it coming!
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