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Re: A New Start
« Reply #45 on: September 30, 2015, 10:47:10 am »
Hey there, Novice41. Welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Nothings frightening here, mate (except perhaps some of our mugshots), so how about you post a bit about yourself and your N gauge plans in our welcome section?
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #46 on: September 30, 2015, 11:01:47 am »
For a novice it all looks a bit frightening. I shall look forward to some progress photos.

Welcome to the forum :wave:
Don't worry - it looks a bit hair raising to me as well (and I haven't got much hair to raise :-[)

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Re: A New Start
« Reply #47 on: September 30, 2015, 11:05:00 am »
And that's when the hips workin'  ;)
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #48 on: October 25, 2015, 07:55:57 am »
Lightweight layout update 25th October 2015 No15

Have this week completed the installation of the PCB boards to operate the whole of level 1 of this layout so from these pics you can see the 2 No. CML DAC20 turnout controllers, Frog Juicers for the 2 Xovers and the reversing loop, car number plate bulbs to provide current limitation to sections of the layout, and the addition of 2 No. NCE BD20 block detectors that will switch the colour light signals for the through station at the front of the layout.

The problem that is now becoming apparent with this construction method is that one cannot install items such as signals and lighting at the latter stages of the project as there is NO access to the underside for such installs. Therefore one has to plan for all of these requirements and install them as each stage progresses. Hence the need to have added Block Detectors and the wiring for signalling at this early stage.

I have for the first time had the opportunity to put all of my rolling stock onto the layout and have it all working. Although most of it is ‘Parked’ it is all live and can be individually driven on to the Up and Down lines and run individually.

Encouragingly the standing current of the accessory decoders and trains is only 0.34Amp (340 mA), so under current (no pun intended) prediction, my NCE PowerCab rated at 1.9amps will be more then adequate for the completed layout.

What has also become apparent is that when operating the layout from the front with the control boards at the back, the operator cannot see when the current limiting lamps illuminate under an overload condition, I will probably need to relocate them to the top edge of the backboard so that they can be observed from nay viewing angle.
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #49 on: October 25, 2015, 08:24:09 am »
This indeed most interesting. Great pics!

Just looking at your wiring along the bottom of some of your circuits.... that's multicore copper and not single core, I hope?

George
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #50 on: October 25, 2015, 09:40:22 am »
I'm very impressed with your wiring set up and more than a little envious of your Pullman rakes :drool:

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Re: A New Start
« Reply #51 on: October 25, 2015, 09:52:41 am »
This indeed most interesting. Great pics!

Just looking at your wiring along the bottom of some of your circuits.... that's multicore copper and not single core, I hope?

George


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The cables I think you spotted i.e. the twisted pairs, are stripped from flexible CAT5 and are 7 core rated at 3Amp nominal.

Great for signals and turnout motor (including solenoids) wiring.

DCC Track power to the Star Points is 0.75mm Brown & Blue mains cables from TVs, CD Payers etc usually found in reasonable quantity at the local electrical recycling drops. (I always carry a pair of side cutters in the car for such opportunities).

Wiring from star points to track sections is stock 7/0.20mm from Rapid Electronics.
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #52 on: October 25, 2015, 09:54:41 am »
I'm very impressed with your wiring set up and more than a little envious of your Pullman rakes :drool:

Thanks, Perhaps later this week I will put each rake at the front of the layout and have a 'Catwalk Parade'  8)
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #53 on: February 28, 2016, 06:15:55 pm »
Hi All, I have returned to the layout build this past week and have achieved the following.

Firstly I have sprayed all of the track work with Rail Grime to give an even base colour from which to progress.

Secondly I have fabricated and installed the through station at the front of the layout, having extended the original design intent and extended around the curve to accommodate five car rakes.


The rearward light from green signal is because it is only temporary and the LED back is open.

 
 
Check clearance of coaches on the curve.
 


 

Two views from the rear of the layout.



I will run another train into the station later and post pictures.
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2016, 06:33:19 pm »
Looking very good.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #55 on: February 28, 2016, 11:03:24 pm »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: All looking excellent, thanks for sharing
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #56 on: February 29, 2016, 06:28:55 pm »
Another train at the newly installed New Start Station










Pullmans just for NPN, glad he is back with us.
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #57 on: February 29, 2016, 08:33:08 pm »
 :thankyousign:

I do like the 'Golden Arrow' kitted out Brit as well :heart2:

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Re: A New Start
« Reply #58 on: March 07, 2016, 05:17:38 pm »
I have started to lay out the first part of the upper level starting from the top of the slope.






I hope that the progress over the next few days will see the laying of track and point work on this section of the Left Hand board.
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Re: A New Start
« Reply #59 on: March 07, 2016, 08:09:00 pm »
Great progress!  :thumbsup:
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