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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2013, 07:46:03 PM »
Decided today that I would get the extra droppers in and connected. I used long lengths of wire so I could get right to the bus and not have to add choblocks or anything.
Dropping to my knees I got ready to link the droppers to the bus  :-X :-X  :veryangry: my back !!!
Leaning over the board with my elbows taking some of the weight wasn`t to bad so I hatched a cunning plan  :worried:
Reaching under the board with one hand I grabbed one wire and pushed it back up through the baseboard. I managed with plenty of rest breaks to do the same with all the other new droppers.
A good wire trim back and each dropper was connected to a good section of rail.
It`s not a way I would advise but it does work.
I hope that at some time in the future I can redo it properly. Till then I can now test the whole track and get on with things. Next job tough is to service all my rolling stock after months of storage and try running stuff 1in DC and then the big hook up to DCC before Christmas
 
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2013, 10:02:13 PM »
I know where you are coming from with back problems, which is why my 8 x5 layout is hinged on one side so I can prop it up to get underneath.  I swap the hinges from side to side to get at the rest of the underside.
The years have been good to me, it was the weekends that did the damage.

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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2013, 11:03:04 AM »
 :( :( This weeks turned out to be a non work week thanks to bad back, doctors and dentist appointments.
It has though given me time to ponder and reflect on whats been done so far and plan out a sort of timetable for future work.
Much time has been spent reading up on DCC etc. here, in books, on fleybay  and model shop websites.
I came to the conclusion that my unused (so far) Dynamis and I are not compatible for some unknown reason (my fault not Dynamis ) so I shall have to sell it.
What I have done is ordered a Prodigy Advanced 2 from Hattons as they have a very good price on it at the moment.
All my old point motors were surface mount Peco ones that look awful and I cant really justify buying yet more seep motors so I`m trying to modify the old peco ones to be under board
5 points will be DCC but the rest will traditional wired switch control.   
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2013, 11:37:29 AM »
To tell you the truth I find the Dynamis simples to use, is it the fact that there is a nice big screen with your display your engine name your address for the locomotive, it does let itself down with being write only and no connection to a PC and no direct connection to the rails it is all infra-red, but I have the sprogg for all my programming needs then I use the Dynamis to drive trains and points, I was thinking of the eLink from Hornby but that is lacking so much equipment from its decoder range, and it does not support a Kato crossover, so there loss. I do feel If I changed I would either go to the Power Cab or the Digitrax Zephyr.
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2013, 09:31:50 AM »
I take your points Geoff and may try both systems out before deciding which I like best. PC connection wont happen because I use a desktop PC which is in another room and I have no intension of moving it.
I wish my arches would arrive from International Models but I guess they might be busy at this time of year.
I actually managed to cut a sheet of foam yesterday to form the front of the raised section. Today with luck I may glue a tunnel mouth to it and open up the 'hole in the middle' to give a road entrance to the village on the layout.
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2013, 10:07:38 AM »
I wish my arches would arrive from International Models but I guess they might be busy at this time of year.

Funny you should mention that, we're waiting for some super-elevated underlay.  Been a month now and it's part of SWMBO's Christmas prezzy for me :worried:

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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2013, 11:04:51 AM »
I wish my arches would arrive from International Models but I guess they might be busy at this time of year.

Funny you should mention that, we're waiting for some super-elevated underlay.  Been a month now and it's part of SWMBO's Christmas prezzy for me :worried:
They redeemed themselves today.
Mr Postie called twice just now. first time it was bills and trash posts and the second time.....................................
My arches. They are fantastic--better even than I had hoped for and flexible so I can see me ordering more in the new year.
My Prodigy Adv. from Hattons...ordered Wednesday   :bounce: :bounce:
and a bundle of Amazon pressies from us to other people.
Must go and read the instructions for Prod. now
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2013, 12:54:54 PM »
I know I recommended International Models for the Merkur retaining walls but I should have added they are not particularly quick in turning orders round :sorrysign:

Having said that, maybe they are experiencing higher orders as a result of my post.
Where's my commission? :D

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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2013, 02:13:54 PM »
I know I recommended International Models for the Merkur retaining walls but I should have added they are not particularly quick in turning orders round
I just knew it was your fault  >:(
   :worried: :doh: :-[ A word of warning the foam that the arches are made from is very soft and the surface needs careful handling. Mine has just had a thumbnail mark appear on it from when I was sticking it down >:( so handle with care
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2013, 09:19:42 AM »
Finally managed a couple of hours working on the layout over the weekend. No pictures yet but I`ll try and take some later.
The upper level was lifted out of its sockets and a 3/4" wide strip added to the back edge because the rear track was so close. to the edge there was no room for low relief buildings behind it. Now its off I think I will fit the point motors and do some scenic work on it including adding the factory loading  platforms to it  :)
At least with it off and out the way I can wire a couple of extra droppers for the main track through the connections to the bus.
I think it may be possible to run it as a shelf layout in its own right if I 'tack on' a  length of fiddle yard track. I shall investigate the possibilities. 
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2013, 07:56:39 PM »
A boring few days  with odd half hours every now and again to get at the layout :(.
I think all the track is now live with all the extra droppers. Taken the upper level off (it fits in slots so it can be removed for working on.
Even managed today to build my programing track but its not wired up yet. The tunnel that the road vanishing into had a backing made and painted today and it looks ok.
Tomorrow I`ll try and run a coulpe of locos round the track and start programing a loco or two  :dunce:  (be ready to answer my stupid questions)
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2013, 11:39:57 PM »
Looking good John I like your reverse loop and higher level, its given me idea's for my layout which is based on a bigish junction. Not sure how long it has taken you to do this but you seem to have done a lot more than me in a far shorter time.
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #27 on: December 15, 2013, 03:54:38 PM »
I planned a nearly full days of work on various bits of the layout on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and good old Sunday.
Thursday PM found me chilly and slightly 'wobbly' so not much got dun.
Friday started at 2-30 with a quick nip into the bathroom. I staggered back into the bedroom and hadn`t got enough air in me to even reach for and use my inhaler +I felt as if I was in the freezer but eventually got back to bed and by 5-45 I had warmed up a bit  :(. Guess what-------------hardly anything happened layout wise but I was sure a rest and lazy day would see me fine.
Well I started off OK today laid some filler and stuck down some cork.
Lunchtime the grandkids and their parents arrived for lunch.
I was delighted when they left 2 hours later and I could crawl back to bed. shivering, head pounding and dizzy  again.
TOMORROW I hope to catch up on lost time but I`m not counting on it despite having come up with a few good ideas whist I rested  :hmmm:
« Last Edit: December 15, 2013, 04:11:08 PM by jonclox »
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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #28 on: December 15, 2013, 04:02:11 PM »
I think you would be better off staying in bed till you feel a lot better, that way you will get more done on your layout.

cheers John.

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Re: Ruleoneshire
« Reply #29 on: December 15, 2013, 08:41:27 PM »
Hi there john all I can say is get well, then you can work on the railway, health has to come first. I m lucky, well I won't say luck as I have no grandkids yet and the way my two sons carry not sure when. I have been ballasting, a bit more soldering, back to ballasting etc. Hopeully when I have the track running smooth I can start on the scenery.
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