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Author Topic: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway  (Read 16325 times)

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2015, 07:18:34 pm »
and you always tell me I have too much time ;), well done George, start is brilliant.


and too much money  :-X

Thank you, I just hope it all works Ok.
Amazing progress George - I really need to get my finger out and get on with my layout. Great stuff. :beers:
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2015, 07:22:42 pm »
The last two days at work taking stock to Knightsbridge for the green bag buying brigade. Now a few jobs at home and back on with Geominster, I think the front fascia and switch panel need completing then onto track laying.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #32 on: December 30, 2015, 11:04:03 pm »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:     cracking start George all looking good, admire your speed & tidyness.
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2015, 11:37:34 pm »
Very nice neat work George. Great progress.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2016, 07:14:52 pm »
Some more progress on Geominster, I have now completed the curved fascia and fitted the NCE Powercab sockets along with the switch panel for controlling the supplies to the track and four other outlets probably mainly lighting. The fascia now needs screw heads filling and painting but this will wait until the track is laid.




I started track laying today, I have decided on Javis granite mat, I like the colour and also the relative simplicity of ballasting, I have decided this time to mount the point motors directly to the points so this requires a hole be drilled in the baseboard which I will conceal later. The benefits of fitting the motors directly being that it is easier to align them and on test they give a resounding snap when changing. I have numbered all the points with the proposed decoder number for simplicity later, I am also using as before crimped spade connections to the motor which saves soldering.



The track laid so far complete with work in progress mess. The granite mat will be trimmed and shrubbery added to conceal point motors.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2016, 06:38:34 am by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #35 on: January 02, 2016, 11:05:50 pm »
Nice work, George :thumbsup:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2016, 11:14:15 pm »
Yup, very neat.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #37 on: January 03, 2016, 12:03:18 am »
George, I very much like your attention you have paid to layout table design and wiring strategy to ensure relatively easy and straightforward implementation of your layout's electrics. All of this seems like a whole lot of extra work at the beginning, but I'm sure that anyone who has struggled with wiring systems under baseboards appreciates what you have done. Personally, I dislike the wiring tasks on my layout, not because the electrics are difficult, but because crouching down and having to fiddle with something just above my head hurts. Perhaps I should have designed myself a special chair on wheels for under the table that I could sit in while performing these tasks.

I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on this layout.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #38 on: January 03, 2016, 12:11:43 am »
Agree with all of Webbo's comments above. Working under the layout is a real pain and not getting easier as the years roll on.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #39 on: January 03, 2016, 06:37:42 am »
Agree with all of Webbo's comments above. Working under the layout is a real pain and not getting easier as the years roll on.

Thanks Webbo and Bealman for your kind compliments it has added work at the layout stage but hopefully payback time is in the not too distant future.
As some of you who followed my earlier layout thread will know I used to be a carpenter who worked on kitchens and bathrooms and having spent most of my life trying to work in a cupboard or under a bath I know only too well how difficult it is. Add in my advancing years and less suppleness it makes any way of avoiding inverted working a big must have so a lot of thought has been built into avoiding this. The entire board will need to be lifted onto the back edge for fitting the DCC bus wires and DCC Point Decoders but that should not be too difficult and working in a standing position. The lighting items will be fitted from above when ready and the same process will apply to threading them through to the control panel and then they can be fitted from above.

Any additional items needed will be again fitted from above and the wiring threaded through and pushed upwards through the control panel from below.

I really want to complete this layout without the dread of having to face tasks that would make me want to delay anything making the whole build a pleasure without chores. To date that has been the case, I did not really want to fit the fascias yet but by doing so the electric panels are done and wired, in fact if I connect any of the dropper wires I can test drive what has already been done. I just need to slacken the switch panels to paint behind and the fascias will be complete but at the moment the risk of dirty fingers will mark clean paintwork.

Hoping for some more progress today .....
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #40 on: January 04, 2016, 06:58:27 am »
Some more track laying today, the dropper wires all fitted as the track is laid.





Platforms will be where the wood blocks are. I need to fix the other return end before laying any more mainline track.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2016, 07:15:35 am by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #41 on: January 16, 2016, 06:54:58 am »
I have made quite good progress over the past week, all the dropper wires connected to the bus,  the points wired and connected to the DCC Decoder PCB's and the Hornby Railmaster also connected to the Decoders as well, wires all tidied and strapped.

I plugged in the NCE Powercab and SB5 but somewhere there is a track short. As I used pre soldered fishplates for the dropper wires they are nicely concealed beneath the track, useless for trying to sort out whic or where I have created a short, I have disconnected a number of the droppers and the short seems to have stopped, I ran out of decent daylight yesterday so had to stop and will continue later today. Sorting out the short circuit seems a massive task as it is compounded because the points direct a circuit to whichever direction they are set, I think the best way to track this out is to visually inspect each set of dropper wires from the top and try and establish how or why this has happened, and of course put it right.

I wouldn't mind but I was careful to keep the dropper wires the correct polarity, well I thought I was!

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Hopefully the next post will be positive with updated photographs.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #42 on: January 16, 2016, 07:19:59 am »
i know the feeling, hope you can get its sorted today



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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #43 on: January 16, 2016, 07:38:12 am »
i know the feeling, hope you can get its sorted today

Thanks Maurits, spoilt yesterday and I am off to Astolat Show in Guildford this morning but back on the case after lunch.  :worried:
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2016, 10:52:30 pm »
Mimic panel done and ready to allocate the DCC point codes.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

 

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