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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1650 on: April 03, 2018, 07:41:22 pm »
ALLELUJAH ALLELUJAH ALLELUJAH!  :bounce: 
:D   :beers:   :laugh3:   :claphappy:   :laugh:   :smiley-laughing:   :pint:   :laugh2:   :headbang:
Both mainlines now working, and all four passing loops with isolated sections.
All a-ok
The idea I had for calling forward trains through the loops works perfectly, so I could in fact now run 8 separate trains on the two mainlines.

I'm having a week's rest now before I start on the branch lines.
I need to recover, my energy levels are seriously depleted.
The most I am going to do is some ballasting!

I got the result of my heart scan today, and it hasn't been damaged, which is good news.
I see the consultant on Thursday, it will be interesting to hear what he has to say about it all, and my continuing angina.

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1651 on: April 03, 2018, 07:44:42 pm »
Excellent news, Mike. Now, take it easy.

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1652 on: April 03, 2018, 08:04:04 pm »
That is indeed good news on both fronts.
Take it easy. Donít forget that ballasting usually requires a lot of bending.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1653 on: April 03, 2018, 08:14:08 pm »
Good news all round. A rest day and lots of tea (enamel mug of course) works wonders. Easy tiger  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1654 on: April 03, 2018, 09:19:33 pm »
I think we need some more smileys for Mike :)

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1655 on: April 04, 2018, 10:20:16 am »
 :D :D :D Excelent news! Am following with interest ... and good to hear the old ticker is still going!  ;D :D ;D :D

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1656 on: April 04, 2018, 11:12:41 pm »
 :hellosign: All good news Mike, glad to hear, now take it easy  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)
      regards Derek.

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1657 on: April 05, 2018, 12:22:39 pm »
Very glad to hear your good news, both healthwise and layoutwise.  :D

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1658 on: April 11, 2018, 11:01:56 am »
Well, having had the promised few days rest from the wiring, I have been back out there for the last couple of days. After some initial fun and games, I now have both branch lines running as far as the station approaches, including the three isolated fiddle yard wiring - even the one that exits into the main line!
These sidings are far too long now for branch line trains, so I will chop them in half and isolate each section. With DCC I could store several trains in each lane.

The next job will be the station area, which will be even more complicated!
I have learned the hard way that I need to wire a section, then test it, then do another section and test it. Wiring the whole lot then testing it means you have no idea what's wrong. It is a pain because boards have to constantly lifted, lowered, joined up etc. The worst part is constantly wiring up the Gaugemaster, but I now have some D-connectors to fit which will make this a quick plug in operation.  :D

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1659 on: April 11, 2018, 12:11:42 pm »
The worst part is constantly wiring up the Gaugemaster, but I now have some D-connectors to fit which will make this a quick plug in operation.  :D

Those D connectors can be fiddly little so and sos to solder. What I do is buy 25way printer cables (M-F)  and cut the cable in half. You can then wire the open ends to a tag strip (or wire them directly) thus saving the hassle of soldering the plugs and sockets.  ;)

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1660 on: April 11, 2018, 03:32:29 pm »
Pleased to hear of our good test results.good news on your wiring too.
Lil Chris
My layout here East Lancashire Lines
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=29492.0

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1661 on: April 11, 2018, 05:30:00 pm »
Those D connectors can be fiddly little so and sos to solder. What I do is buy 25way printer cables (M-F)  and cut the cable in half. You can then wire the open ends to a tag strip (or wire them directly) thus saving the hassle of soldering the plugs and sockets.  ;)

That's a clever idea, but too late :(
Are they single core wired, or multiple?

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1662 on: April 11, 2018, 05:33:58 pm »
Those D connectors can be fiddly little so and sos to solder. What I do is buy 25way printer cables (M-F)  and cut the cable in half. You can then wire the open ends to a tag strip (or wire them directly) thus saving the hassle of soldering the plugs and sockets.  ;)

That's a clever idea, but too late :(
Are they single core wired, or multiple?
Usually multi-stranded so the cable remains flexible. Works fine for points, controllers, LEDs, etc. etc. I've used them for years on my 00 efforts
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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1663 on: April 12, 2018, 08:01:46 pm »
I spilt two of the branch line fiddle yard sidings in half today, and fitted them with isolating switches.
Then I had a good testing session over all the tracks wired up so far. All now working AOK except over the point that takes the inner mainline back into the branch line sidings, where there was a conflict. Nothing that a quick cut in the rails with a Dremmel won't put right tomorrow  :D

Tomorrow I'm hoping to fit the d-connectors on the Gaugemaster and modify the shelf that it sits on so that it doesn't keep falling off!  :no:

I've been having a think about my long term intentions for Wookery.
It was always intended to be an exhibition layout, but I'm thinking more and more that I don't think it will be. It is now quite big, and has so many highly fragile (and loseable) parts that I don't think I fancy it now. Even if I can raise the enthusiasm to build cases for the modules (not an easy job given the unusual shapes) there's no guarantee that it won't get damaged either in transit or by some overenthusiastic kid. They can't keep their hands off our lights display on our sales stand, and parents just let them do it!

Up until now I've mostly stuck with the 1965 WR theme, or something that may theoretically have turned up there in that year.
I keep getting the urge for other nice engines though - I would particularly like a Sir Nigel Gresley, having seen the real thing at Goathland.
I think RULE ONE may soon be coming to Wookery  :smiley-laughing:

Oh, and I'm already thinking that once we have cleared out all our show sales stuff from the train room that I could add an L-shaped module to fit in a nice TMD  :o

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #1664 on: April 12, 2018, 08:07:54 pm »
You touch on a very valid point there Wookie.
Little kids with itchy fingers at exhibition are a nuisance especially when parents do nothing, as you say, to stop them touching. Grrrrr
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