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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #255 on: May 04, 2015, 09:44:06 PM »
I will try and measure it tomorrow, am on early shifts this week and finishing late.

The shortest reverse loop is only about 800mm on the Geominster layout so that does restrict things slightly but the design of the layout also permits not having to go through that RLM as I can now return via the Helix and another longer RLM.

There are a lot of points to wire in for DCC but I wil probably wire a lot of them in pairs reducing the number of decoders required.
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #256 on: May 14, 2015, 07:13:07 AM »
Great news from Geominster, the fiddle yard track is now all laid, the dropper wires all in place and connected to the track power bus. Despite using Peco Insulfrog Points upon testing with a class 153 with coach lighting I was delighted to report no dead spots on the track and no stalling.

I have had the fiddle yard connected to Geominster via the track bus and everything works well, I did spot one pair of crossed wires from the fishplates while fixing track so just had to ensure they crossed back again when connecting to the power bus.

Now I just need to connect 45 point motors and finish the Hornby Railmaster track plan for the Fiddle Yard and all can be joined to Geominster.

I will need to buy some more point motors and cable but managed to locate in box of spares enough crimps to connect the cable to the motors which saves hours soldering. Not a job I am relishing but at least there is an end now in sight so I can actually fill the fiddle yard and "play" trains.

For anyone interested the length of the storage does of course vary greatly but roughly the length of centre track of the sidings at the top are 750mm, the bottom are 900mm, the left side are  750mm, and the right side are  600mm and 500mm. According to Anyrail Design there is a total of 34 metres of track including curves and points etc.



An aerial view (taken balanced on top of steps) of the Fiddle Yard showing all the track fixed. Includes programming track balanced on Geominster and other items awaiting tidying away!

« Last Edit: May 14, 2015, 07:21:09 AM by georgehgv »
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

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

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #257 on: May 14, 2015, 08:09:29 AM »
Cool!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #258 on: May 14, 2015, 10:33:57 AM »
looking good George, that's plenty of space to store a few trains
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #259 on: May 14, 2015, 01:19:50 PM »
Very impressive, George :thumbsup:

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #260 on: May 16, 2015, 09:37:11 PM »
That is some pretty nice track work going on there!
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #261 on: May 21, 2015, 07:20:03 AM »
Not very much going on at Geominster apart from putting the Fiddle Yard back into place beneath the Main Layout and attaching a new control desk, this will hold the laptop controlling points and signals along with the NCE Powercab holder, a full list of locomotives and DCC Code numbers, a cup of tea or even a  :beers: or two.

Control desk fitted.





Laptop screenshot showing the schematic of Geominster.




Laptop screenshot of Geominster Fiddle Yard as yet the details and point buttons incompleted.



Close up of Fiddle Yard screenshot showing allocated storage sidings and DCC codes for easy access. I cannot complete the list until I have set up all the running stock to actually determine the best fit.



The next project is probably going to be the fitting and coding of the 45 points needed to run the Fiddle Yard, I will need a few clear uninterrupted days to do this. It does seem a shame to be indoors with the weather so nice and outdoor jobs piling up.
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

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

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #262 on: May 21, 2015, 08:43:19 AM »
Uber cool.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #263 on: May 21, 2015, 09:23:37 AM »
The next project is probably going to be the fitting and coding of the 45 points needed to run the Fiddle Yard, I will need a few clear uninterrupted days to do this. It does seem a shame to be indoors with the weather so nice and outdoor jobs piling up.

Can't you take the fiddle yard outside to do this and make it an "outside" job - best of both worlds then   :smiley-laughing:
In all seriousness though it is looking good nice to see it laid out on the pc
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #264 on: May 21, 2015, 10:10:09 AM »
It does seem a shame to be indoors with the weather so nice and outdoor jobs piling up.

Simple answer to that, George. Move to Lancashire :laugh:

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #265 on: May 21, 2015, 11:43:08 AM »
The next project is probably going to be the fitting and coding of the 45 points needed to run the Fiddle Yard, I will need a few clear uninterrupted days to do this. It does seem a shame to be indoors with the weather so nice and outdoor jobs piling up.

Can't you take the fiddle yard outside to do this and make it an "outside" job - best of both worlds then   :smiley-laughing:
In all seriousness though it is looking good nice to see it laid out on the pc

That is not such a bad idea, could pop the board back in workshop when it gets cloudy.
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

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

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« Reply #266 on: May 21, 2015, 11:44:10 AM »
It does seem a shame to be indoors with the weather so nice and outdoor jobs piling up.

Simple answer to that, George. Move to Lancashire :laugh:

Yeah NN doe s it rain oop therrrr? :o
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

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

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #267 on: May 21, 2015, 12:08:11 PM »
We worry about sun cancer here.... when I lived there I worried about cloud cancer  :D
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #268 on: June 05, 2015, 06:26:17 AM »
Well another couple of weeks have passed and no work to report on Geominster.

However a big decision has been made that I have now decided to retire from my part-time job in order to spend more time at home working on the house, the garden, playing with "Ollie",




visiting places I have only ever driven past, taking it easy, going to Exhibitions and having time to look round and of course get Geominster running so I can "play" with it.

Downside obviously is a great reduction in spare cash to lavish on trains, however I think I can manage to overcome that by trawling through boxes that haven't been opened in years and realise some from selling unwanted items.

Currently spending this week and next catching up on long overdue decorating, the place does look like new with shining white instead of fading white paintwork, the garden is up to scratch, just a little maintenance wanted and then possibly a good few days fitting points to the Fiddle Yard. I need 12 more point motors and three more DCC Supplies point decoders then I have everything needed to complete.

A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

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

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #269 on: June 06, 2015, 06:09:20 AM »
well sometimes enough is enough.  will not show the pics of 'ollie' to my daughter too avoid a long, long i want one weekend  :worried:
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