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Author Topic: The Train Shed Project  (Read 34989 times)

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #75 on: September 30, 2016, 09:24:13 pm »
Not just a good size mancave but also a cosy one, Laurence :thumbsup:
I suggest you resist any attempt to have electronic communications between house and mancave.

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #76 on: September 30, 2016, 11:52:00 pm »
Very, very nice indeed. That looks like a very high quality shed.

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #77 on: October 01, 2016, 12:23:31 am »
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #78 on: October 01, 2016, 06:40:07 am »
Not just a good size mancave but also a cosy one, Laurence :thumbsup:
I suggest you resist any attempt to have electronic communications between house and mancave.
The trouble is these days, the mobile phone always works.  I can't even drop it in a bucket of water because it is waterproof (I dropped the last on in the pond and it had to be replaced).
With kind regards
Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #79 on: October 01, 2016, 07:30:17 am »
Looks fantastic! Bet you cant wait to get lost for hours or days at a time in there!

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #80 on: October 01, 2016, 10:04:13 am »
Today's the train shed warming.  I put up some pictures to give people an idea of the project.




With kind regards
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #81 on: October 01, 2016, 10:20:58 am »
I am in the planning stage of a similar project, what company have you used for the building? They seem to vary in standard and price significantly.

best wishes and good luck for the developing fun times ahead
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #82 on: October 01, 2016, 10:45:06 am »
 :hellosign: Many thanks for the updates, looking forward to the build
 regards Derek.

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #83 on: October 01, 2016, 06:53:54 pm »
I am in the planning stage of a similar project, what company have you used for the building? They seem to vary in standard and price significantly.

I used Pro Workshops.  They are very good, the workmen quick and reliable and the customer service is very good.  You can find them at http://www.proworkshop.co.uk/garden-workshops/index.html.  Go into the configurator and you can see the price change as you configure your workshop.
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With kind regards
Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #84 on: October 02, 2016, 07:49:14 am »
Thanks but got a 404 Not Found error on that link but this shorter one worked OK:

http://www.proworkshop.co.uk/garden-workshops/

HTH

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #85 on: October 02, 2016, 10:18:28 am »
Thank you for the link, wil look into their options as well as others I have found.
best wishes
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #86 on: October 02, 2016, 11:23:45 am »
Sorry about the link.  It worked when I did a preview but, somehow, a full stop had crept into the URL tag, which messed it all up.  I have corrected it now and the original link works OK.
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #87 on: October 20, 2016, 01:34:35 pm »
Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for the first baseboards to arrive, so I've nothing to show about the construction progress.  Martin is producing the three boards to go along the back of the shed first, so I await their arrival with anticipation.  In the meantime, with the pound dropping like a stone, I have already purchased my Digikeijs accessory decoders from Holland.  Here they are


and here's one in close up.


Each will operate 8 sets of points.  They are smaller than I had expected, so I will be able to mount them directly onto the baseboard frames instead of having to mark out the underside of the boards.

I've just ordered five reels of wire (red, black. blue, brown and green) from RS together with solder tags to secure the bus lines to the boards.  I've also ordered some plug and socket sets via Ebay to make the connections between the boards.  Fortunately, there's plenty to do in the garden at the moment, so boredom hasn't set in yet, but I do want to get started in earnest.
With kind regards
Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #88 on: October 23, 2016, 01:24:27 pm »
There's still no sign of the baseboards.  So I've included a picture of the rest of the vegetable garden from the front door of the train shed.


However, the wire and solder tags from RS have arrived (the green wire is on back order, but I won't need that until I start to wire the point motors and frogs).  I guess I need to get out my old Antex 15W soldering iron and start practising soldering the bus wires to solder tags.  It's over 40 years old, but it still works.  My other soldering iron, of a similar age, is a Weller solder gun, but I think that might be a bit too much for track soldering!  I'll post some pics of the results.

With kind regards
Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #89 on: October 23, 2016, 05:42:44 pm »
I've completed the test bus for the baseboards.  I used two RS tags screwed to a piece of chipboard off-cut and connected them via a length of 22 SWG tinned copper wire (TCW). 


I used M4 tags and fixed them to the board using Number 6 wood screws.  The tags were bent upwards at 90 degrees and the TCW was attached to each tag with a sound mechanical joint.  Finally, my trusty Antex was used to heat the joint while applying Multicore solder to the other side of the joint in the manner that I used to teach when I trained technicians.  The 15W Antex struggled a bit and I had to leave it on the joint for longer than I would have really liked.  If I had been using insulated wire, the insulation might have become heat affected near the joint.  Of course, with TCW, I could have used my Weller without fear of harm.  However, I think I will invest in a 25W soldering iron, particularly for soldering to Code 55 rails.  Here's a close up of one of the joints.

With kind regards
Laurence

 

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