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Author Topic: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage  (Read 5806 times)

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #90 on: May 14, 2018, 11:52:17 AM »
Excellent, Dave. Thanks for taking the trouble.

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #91 on: May 16, 2018, 08:03:09 PM »
Who cares if:
There's no scenery
The wiring is a lash up
The camera work is shaky
The speed is not to scale etc. etc.
There's a certain paternal satisfaction in your inaugural run. Charlport Junction sees its first departure and a big sigh of relief that the insulfrog points in the fiddle yard are behaving. Must stop now and get on with "proper" wiring.

Indeed - who cares!  Thank you for the film with everything tickety-boo.  That's a jolly nice engine which is running so well.

Thanks again, Dave: congratulations and best wishes.

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #92 on: January 18, 2019, 09:46:07 PM »
Can't believe it's been 9 months since I last visited here - Good to see you're all still hanging in there. I had some significant setbacks with Charlport Junction last Spring and so took a 6 month sabbatical (and a lot of deep breaths). My design for point control using peco point motors extended by piano wire and ptfe tube appeared to fail. I initially put this down to poor alignment as throwing the points varied from erratic to a complete "no go" - leaving me somewhat deflated. After a busy summer and lots of holidays, I rekindled my enthusiasm and by the beginning of December, I revisited the problem. I experimented with Seeps, under board mounting etc. etc. In summary, it seemed after all these experiments, the issue was not poor alignment but lack of power to the motors. I had used long printer cables to link the layout to the control panel but the current carrying capacity of these was insufficient for the point motors. So - a complete rewire was needed, along with disposal of the "portable" control panel which had taken weeks to build (sob sob). Rewiring, a brand new control panel (and rekindled enthusiasm) is now progressing well and hopefully the points (and even some trial running) should happen in a couple of weeks. I've even prewired some options for operating signals using servo controllers (ambitious but hey, plan ahead). Pictures to follow. Will probably go to Stafford too in order to fuel the momentum.





« Last Edit: January 19, 2019, 03:26:39 PM by DaveGlew, Reason: Pictures added »
If it looks right and it works then I'm happy.

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #93 on: January 19, 2019, 09:56:15 AM »
It's great to see you back, Dave.

I had been wondering where you had got to...

I'm looking forward to hearing of progress on your layout.

All best wishes.

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #94 on: January 19, 2019, 01:08:00 PM »
There will be at least 3 of us at the Stafford show on the Sunday (weather permitting)

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #95 on: January 19, 2019, 02:08:25 PM »
Sounds good @Newportnobby. Not sure which day I'm going yet. Is there a team hat or something so we can spot each other :wave:
If it looks right and it works then I'm happy.

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #96 on: January 19, 2019, 02:59:21 PM »
@DaveGlew
Dave - I'll be there between 10 and 11 am and will be sporting a forum T shirt or polo shirt + a forum beanie hat if it's cold.
Coming down from Lancashire, if it's icy/snowy all bets are off!
I believe Malc and DaveG will be there around 11 ish

 

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