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Offline Dsolds

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And so it begins
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:53:02 am »
OK, so as I mentioned in a previous post I bought a layout in a good state of construction to save me some time. I collected it yesterday and had to break it into 2 pieces for transport which I knew when I bought it.

So the 2 pieces just stood in my garden cabin ready to start doing something. I know where I am going to start which will be the main piece. Once I get this sorted and into position it will allow me to run trains as well as do the modelling. There is something really therapeutic about the sounds of a running train whilst I'm in my tinkering zone.

I will update the thread with progress as it moves along and I do know the previous owner is on this forum so will likely be watching this too. That also means I can't be too unkind about his wiring skills  :no: I have to say his modelling skills are extremely good, but the wiring side is less good, so 'M', if you read this,  :D :D  :sorrysign:

Anyway, on arrival. On it's side for some reason too.



An idea of the quality.



And my first job which I shall do as it stands presently, I hate soldering from underneath.



So, for those interested I shall make updates as progress is made. Hope it's of interest.

Dom

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 10:55:27 am »
Good luck.
Looks to be a good idea to get you started.
Please keep the updates a coming.
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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 03:08:15 pm »
I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing more about this 'mystery' layout

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 09:03:13 pm »
Right, so my task for today was to make a start on the wiring. I can't complete it as my new soldering iron tips haven't arrive yet, Christmas Post no doubt. I would much rather do this job with it stood up on end as it allows a much neater finish.

Anyway, all identified and ready for suitable treatment once I have a working soldering iron.



I know it might seem obvious but not all the reds are positive  ??? (They soon will be though)



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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 11:04:49 am »
I hope you enjoy restoring that layout as much as I do on the one I inherited (Tiree).

Your wiring seems simpler than mine was...

 Is it built on Melamine covered Chipboard planks? if so that will be heavy!!

It will be nice to see a picture of it assembled to get an idea of the full layout...

good luck...

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2017, 11:12:28 am »
Thanks, and yes. 9mm MDF which was built on to an old table. I have removed as much of said table as I can without destroying the layout and there was over 40 kilos of detritus once I'd finished so even though it's still heavy it is now 40KG lighter than it was.

The wiring is fairly simple and will be even simpler once I'm done. It will be all DCC and (for now at least) all the building lighting will be on an old Bachmann controller to be able to set the light levels. I've worked out what LEDS need which voltages and have a load of resistors to fit on the 5v ones so they can all run from a 0-15v DC controller. At some point they will go in groups on to DCC decoders.

At some point in the future I shall replace all the turnouts with motorised electrofrog units but that's another day in the future. I shall also re-assemble the board in a way that it can be separated again without any damage so it will become a modular layout. Just wish the Postie would hurry up with my soldering stuff.

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2017, 07:46:42 pm »
WooHoo, the Postie brought me goodies, chief among them was a bag of 5 assorted tips for my soldering iron. I had an hour free this afternoon and this is what I managed to achieve. One more day of this and it will be ready to lift into place. Good thing I kept some lengths of OO gauge flexitrack. I will add another for the lighting bus and then make a panel to connect all the various controllers to it. Happy days.

It's also just dawned on me that I have no N Gauge DCC locos to run once this first section is ready. Sadly my eyes aren't good enough to fit a decoder into the 2 Farish ones I have so if anyone has something steamy which is DCC fitted they would like to exchange for some folding stuff I am all ears.





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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2017, 09:29:31 pm »
I have never seen anyone else use or suggest the use of a piece of track as a tag strip.
What a nifty idea! :claphappy:

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2017, 09:30:42 pm »
Just what I was going to say. Neat idea.  :thumbsup:

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2017, 09:37:05 pm »

What a nifty idea!

Have to agree.  Makes under board wiring relatively easy. :thumbsup:
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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2017, 12:34:59 am »
Hi,

All looks great and looking forward to the bigger picture.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2017, 01:35:32 am »
A very interesting thread. I too am impressed with the use of OO track as a power bus.

At least it's good for something!  :D
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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2017, 02:31:03 am »
That TRACK BUS (sorry, bad pun) is genius.

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2017, 11:58:26 am »
Well that surprises me TBH, I've done it before and seen it done by others. Cheap to do and reliable if soldered well. Does this count as my first contribution to the good ideas bucket ?

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2017, 03:37:33 pm »
Does this count as my first contribution to the good ideas bucket ?

A 'good ideas bucket'. Now there's a thought :idea: ;D

 

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