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Author Topic: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice  (Read 84534 times)

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2013, 08:53:10 PM »
 :greatpicturessign:

Looking really good, like everyone else, I love the idea of a swivelling board to allow for easy wiring etc.
Look forward to seeing more.
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2014, 07:39:49 AM »
Time for a few more photos of progress as Geominster makes it indoors from the workshop before it gets too heavy.



still very much work in progress and time to have a little play and check all runs OK.



I must remember on future projects to put ballast mat down under the track before fixing and also to drill point motor spindle holes.

Really impressed by the complexity of the layout, a puzzle and challenge which has turned out better than I had hoped, will post a plan soon and you will see that the tracks cross over and merge, not prototypical but hey this is my train set! All seems to run OK just one section where I missed out dropper wires which went dead when a point was changed, sorted in a few minutes and connected to power bus easily.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2014, 08:22:20 AM by georgehgv, Reason: Updated »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2014, 10:48:40 AM »
Mate, that is some of the neatest work I have ever seen and a credit to you.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2014, 11:35:11 AM »
That's looking really good, and the mimic panel is very neat :envy:

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2014, 08:37:52 PM »
While a lot of the work on Geominster has been progressing over the past few months I have been on a steep learning curve particularly with the mimic panel, the original one was almost impossible to follow so I printed this one from Anyrail and coloured in the tracks in different colours, the two loops being green and black, the other colours used to separate them so it was simple to programme two running loops, leaving shunting operations to take place separately.



Here is the amended mimic panel which was also amended to accommodate a link to a proposed module fiddle yard I intend to build later this year. The blue track bottom right now contains point leading to the fiddle yard.

As I said earlier I am on a learning curve and there have been a few alterations and improvements, the platform lights are currently under replacement due to their fragility and placement being susceptible to damage.

I am presently working on the lighting and electrical circuits, as I am not as supple as I used to be I have taken all switched 12v supplies to the removable hill where I am experimenting to the disgust of a few with a breadboard for connections to each light, signal, illuminated cars, yard lamps etc etc. All lighting is controlled from the mimic board, there is also a switch which diverts the power supply from the main track to a straight removable programming track, the other 12 volt supply to the CDU is also switchable.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2014, 10:11:24 PM »
That panel is treally good. Where did you get the coloured pushbuttons? Here in Australia I have only ever seen red and black in local electronics outlets.
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2014, 10:18:13 PM »
Hi Buddy, Push buttons via Fleabay, great for showing routes, just need to follow the colour code, press them in turn all set to go !

Think I may have the link for coloured push buttons from Seller, I can PM it tomorrow if you wish.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2014, 09:35:55 AM »
Trying to get the project up to date so here are a few more photos.



The incline to the top track loop with a row of low profile warehouses giving a small scenic backdrop, as can be seen a long way to go with the scenery, the signal box conceals a surface mounted Peco point motor which had to fit at track level because there was little clearance in the tunnel.



View in opposite direction showing the new link on the right to proposed fiddle yard my next project, I had intended to store rolling stock on the main layout but have outgrown that before completion :-[

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2014, 09:48:03 AM »
Looking very good already. Looking forward to learning from your experience.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2014, 09:50:47 AM »
Plan of Geominster below kindly extracted by whiteswan as I cannot get it to show. :claphappy:

Thanks for that.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2014, 08:20:07 PM by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2014, 10:02:44 AM »
To assist members to easily access the image here is the plan of Geominister extracted from the pdf


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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2014, 10:05:41 AM »
Thank you, how did you do that?
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2014, 02:54:30 PM »
It is all done by magic.  ;)  PM sent

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2014, 09:03:04 PM »
Still playing catch up on progress so I thought would share a few ideas and easy tips.



Cable tidy keeps the wire on the roll, pull off what you need and thread accordingly.

Have been playing with a simple way to connect multiple lights and came across breadboard, whilst probably frowned upon by many this works for me as no soldering needed to connect cables and a regulated 5v or 3v supply from 12 volt transformer.
Correct sized wire means a snug push fit connection. Also no fiddling soldering resistors in place etc. Will eventually have two breadboards controlling anything that needs resistors, signal, lights etc. A power input each end means I can have four switched sections of lights signals etc. on the two boards.




Partially connected and disappointed with the supplied tags so will swap to 50mm short pieces of wire looped to connect across the tags.



All concealed under the removable hill access panel so can deal with derailments and now also play electrician!

More tomorrow
« Last Edit: January 08, 2014, 09:18:55 PM by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2014, 09:05:40 PM »
Thanks George - I'll be investigating the garage tomorrow to see what timber I have lying around :thumbsup:

 

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