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Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:44:49 pm »
Progress!

For the whole sorry story so far, see my thread under Layout Planning: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=37172.msg439965#msg439965.

I now feel I can officially class it under Layout Construction as I now have the bulk of the track laid and I completed the wiring this afternoon. The next task is to tidy up all the odd bits of wire, connectors, tools etc cluttering up the room (including the floor - I'm a messy worker...), then lower the layout to the horizontal again and test it thoroughly.

Photos to follow in due course.

Cheers,

Chris

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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 08:02:29 pm »
Spaghetti alla elettricitą...



Not as neat as my Dad would have done it, but I'm quite happy with it. Except that there was a fault... When I plugged in my Morley controller, the CDU light didn't come on, although it was perfectly OK when not plugged in. I came to the conclusion there must be a short somewhere - and I found it! All by myself!! Tracked it down to rubbish soldering in the control panel. Resoldered the joint and it all works.  :)

Onward and upward!

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Chris
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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 08:26:27 pm »
That's the third gratuitous pic of wiring sent to traumatise me today! :help:

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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2018, 08:28:01 pm »
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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2018, 12:03:54 pm »
Testing continues...

The good news - the points all work correctly now.

The bad news - absolutely zippo to the tracks. I've tried 3 different locos and nothing happens.  :confused1:

The next session will involve a wet towel round the head and concentrated reading of @Innovationgame 's Fault Finding guide, but that's not likely to happen for a few days.

Back after the break.

Cheers,

Chris
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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2018, 02:09:02 pm »
Found where the fault was (connector screwed into insulation instead of wire...  :dunce:) so now I have power to maybe 20% of the track! A few more track feeds required, methinks, plus further investigation of the connections.

Gratifying to find that at least 3 of my locos still run well despite being stored away for 25 years!

Cheers,

Chris

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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2018, 06:50:49 pm »
Well, I did a few more checks, found a couple of wires installed incorrectly and put in a couple more feeds. Now absolutely nothing works again...  >:(  :'(

Grrrr.....

Chris
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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2018, 07:47:02 pm »
Hi Chris,
I understand your frustration, I had a similar issue on my layout, turned out I had placed a couple of metal fishplates on the frogs on the electro frog points where I should of put insulated ones.  All compounded by painting the track before I finished testing.  Hope you work it out soon.

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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2018, 08:27:15 pm »
You have my sympathies, Chris. 'Tis a black art, this electrickery stuff, doncha know.

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Re: Nine Mile Hill (continued)
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2018, 08:37:32 pm »
Funny how the brain works things out while you are asleep...

I woke up yesterday morning and my first thought was "I know why nothing's working!" A couple of the extra feeds I had put in were causing a short-circuit via the electrofrog points. I managed to grab a spare hour this afternoon, took the feeds out and it works again!  :claphappy: The success rate has gone up to about 80% - just two sections have no power now which should be relatively easy to fix, I hope.

Roll on tomorrow.

Cheers,

Chris
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