So a productive (expensive) day had at TINGS today. Have bought the track + spare for my required layout plan. Kato track is so simple for something like this but I can see why a lot of the rivet counters do not like it as it is not the most realistic but I am sure with a bit of work it can look ok. On the 2.5hour drive to TINGS I had an epiphany about how I can make this layout computerised.
I am going to use 1 box lid as the "fiddle yard" and the other lid I am going to mount my wiring loom to. I spoke to Fiona at DCC supplies and she can get me spare connectors for the digitrax modules so I can have the wiring loom set up on a board similar to my main layout and then I can move the actual board for a PM42 and BDL 168 to my tiny layout. Yes it is overkill on block detection but why waste money on buying new stuff when I have this available. She gave me good advice as usual on the most cost effective way to purchase point decoders and what she finds has worked best for her customers with the Kato track. I then spent money on a couple of different but similar era pannier tanks and then thought i had best get decoders so back to Fiona who was happy to let me spend money.
I hadn't realised the crossover I put in the layout plan wasn't a double slip similar to what I have used with peco track so I have had to buy 2 points which is a bit longer but over all I am quite happy with the amount of track and the shunting space I will have. Very impressed with the kato overall for something like this I just need to make the top left "holding" lines feel right for what I want.
Pannier being run in on the useful wheel cleaner. I couldn't find a bit of track to connect to my DC controller and use my rollers but now I have so future ones can use the rollers. This loco now has a decoder fitted and after a bit of fighting with decoder pro I have remember how to set it up and I am very happy to say it is programmed basically and ready to run.
Now I have no excuse to crack on with this... however I am considering making a video diary of this build so.... I may use that as an excuse... I need better lighting, better camera, better..... you get the picture (no pun intended)
Must say it is exciting being enthusiastic again about this and I have this evening even managed to do some fault finding on my main layout which wasnt planned. Any hints and tips re laying kato and even prepping kato will be appreciated although i have started reading the dedicated threads
Edit - Also name for layout partially decided and will be sticking to my previous naming on layouts as this links to my father who got me into this hobby