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Advise on Signal / Track Blocks
« on: May 13, 2019, 12:24:30 AM »
Would love some input on signals / track blocks for this layout.. I have no idea other than the reversing loop. Doing a DCC layout, and want to computer control the whole thing if needed, and would like to use block detection / transponding.  This layout is circa 1960s, figured I would use semaphors, although I am guessing I could use a combination for early 1960s with mix of steam + diesel.. Looking for input/suggestions.. Love this forum already..

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Re: Advise on Signal / Track Blocks
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 06:07:54 AM »
Maybe worth looking at whats available in the retail section of railway modeller, joining MERG. MY tip like newport nobby is no track near baseboard edges and plan with care

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Re: Advise on Signal / Track Blocks
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 08:55:49 PM »
MY tip like newport nobby is no track near baseboard edges and plan with care

Track close to baseboard edges is no crime against railway modelling but, and at the risk of boring some members to death, please ensure you have a safety barrier of some sort to avoid your prized stock plummeting to the floor in the case of a derailment. Whether you make that of wood or perspex is entirely up to you.

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Re: Advise on Signal / Track Blocks
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 09:28:00 PM »
MY tip like newport nobby is no track near baseboard edges and plan with care

Track close to baseboard edges is no crime against railway modelling but, and at the risk of boring some members to death, please ensure you have a safety barrier of some sort to avoid your prized stock plummeting to the floor in the case of a derailment. Whether you make that of wood or perspex is entirely up to you.

Was going to use some plexiglass (perspex).. I think it is the same..

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Re: Advise on Signal / Track Blocks
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2020, 09:59:52 PM »
Hi Chrispix,

This depends on your budget and what you want the computer to do, signalling (Track circuits) are based on the following criteria;

1. Safe non conflicting movement of rail vehicles
2. Operational requirements

 and for us modellers;

3. Budget
4. Knowledge vs complexity vs achievability

I use a combination of detection method for DCC; inductive coil type circuits purchased from MERG and my own design using an OpAmp + Shift register and an Arduino.

Not sure if this helps but I can offer advice both for Models Railways as well as British Rail/ Tram signalling due to my employment.

Kindest regard

Scott

 

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