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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2014, 09:08:36 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.


Excellent idea. Many thanks.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2014, 09:11:12 PM »
Only need few offcuts, I put elastic bands across it to keep dowel in place as despite being tight fit it kept jumping out and the band also keeps tension on the rolls, drilled a hole on side of drum to tuck wire in to stop it untangling when using another roll.
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 #32 on: January 08, 2014, 09:20:59 PM »
The removable hill removed lol !

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 #33 on: January 09, 2014, 07:06:50 PM »
Here is the proposed extension module to Geominster which will probably be amended and altered in the coming months before I actually start the build.



The intention is to join the module to Geominster at the bottom left of the module to the bottom right of Geominster.



The module to form a fiddle yard and also attach to other modules currently under construction within the family.


Just completed the first phase of lights all powered from the breadboard and all work brilliantly, so simple too.




Geominster at night - lighting up time to test the overall appearance.  :)

« Last Edit: January 09, 2014, 07:13:04 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 #34 on: January 09, 2014, 07:37:32 PM »
Very nice lighting; something else on my list to learn. Could you write an "Idiot's Guide" for those of us who also want to light our buildings?

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2014, 07:43:26 PM »
Very nice lighting; something else on my list to learn. Could you write an "Idiot's Guide" for those of us who also want to light our buildings?
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That really would be the blind leading the blind, but I am sure there are plenty of good people here to advise on the type of light, even exterior lights are the same principle.

Basically all I have done is take a 12 volt transformer and taken both cables to an illuminated switch on the control panel and taken the switched feed to terminal block  from where it goes to my breadboard distribution panel so one switch puts all the lights or whatever you connect to the switched feed goes live.
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 #36 on: January 09, 2014, 07:54:48 PM »
Err, thanks. Which sort of 12 volt transformer? I seem to recall mention of old mobile phone chargers being suitable (of which i have a few). Switched Feed? Terminal Block? Breadboard?

I'll have to look for a real Idiot's Guide!  ???
« Last Edit: January 09, 2014, 07:58:11 PM by whiteswan, Reason: corrected smiley code »

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2014, 08:16:21 PM »
I use a variable output transformer like this


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231080502206?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Cut off the end fitting, take an illuminated switch, one cable to one side of switch, other to ground usually centre connection and return that one to a terminal block, from the remaining connection to adjacent connection on terminal block, then when switch is on, the light in it illuminates and so will any lights connected to the terminal block. You can then adjust voltage on transformer and make sure if lights you are using need resistors they are fitted in correct wire of the light, if doesn't work then resistor on wrong cable to light.

Probably plenty of people here with better ideas and better explanations than above though. Take a search through the dc section.


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 #38 on: January 09, 2014, 08:32:38 PM »
Many thanks indeed, George, for this very clear explanation.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #39 on: January 09, 2014, 09:25:35 PM »
I have a particular liking for night shots and yours look excellent, George :thumbsup:
In fact, so realistic there seems to be a diesel nodding off under the overbridge :sleep:

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #40 on: January 09, 2014, 09:27:52 PM »
There is indeed and a few more scattered around :-)
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 #41 on: January 12, 2014, 08:25:50 AM »
Managed to spend some time yesterday wiring in some signals that I have had for ages controlled by passive infra red switches attached to small variable pcb . I have been putting this off for a while because it looked complicated and basically I was nervous of it, should have known better and all worked well and I managed to fit five of them along with two yard lights I found in the storage drawer.



Daylight shot showing signals and the sensors before concealing them.



Close up of sensors secured in place waiting for shrubbery or anything else I can find to disguise them.


Night time at Geominster





Shot showing the yard lights giving the locomotives a highlight.

All a bit bright but looks effective in real life, must try and brush up on night time photography. The changes from green to red on the signals is great as a locomotive passes, and then returns to green all by variable adjustable settings on pcb.






Pictures show how I must get the platform furniture fitted and some of Geominster population waiting for trains. Hopefully can progress with some more scenery shortly.

So pleased all the lighting works OK from the "breadboard" panel though,
« Last Edit: January 12, 2014, 08:30:51 AM 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 #42 on: January 21, 2014, 08:39:13 PM »


Update on the breadboard supplying the streetlights individually, needs a little more work replacing the supplied linking cables, the power module provides 3 or 5 volt regulated from dc supply. Maplins supplied the plug fitting.

I use pluggable terminal block so the hill which conceals the breadboard is easily removed simply by pulling the terminal block apart and putting safely away.

Probably frowned upon by many but it all serves the purpose for me and saved hours soldering resistors.
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 #43 on: March 17, 2014, 05:04:07 PM »
Well it has been a while since I posted here, reason being that I decided that I would take the Hornby Railmaster route with elink to control the layout, this of course created a lot of work and quite an expense mainly on the DCC Decoders. Pleased to report that all is almost complete and running again, a lot more space in the "train room" by doing away with the mimic control board.

Still getting to grips with RM but I believe I have taken the right decision, I have made a small modification to Geominster - the layout to accommodate an extension fiddle yard in the future, I will post some more information as soon as I can.

The original fiddle yard layout has been extensively reworked and is much improved giving both a larger track and a lot of siding storage which is desperately wanted.

See you soon, Geo.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2014, 05:06:33 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 #44 on: March 20, 2014, 06:06:58 PM »
Well tested layout yesterday and the RLM is useless now due to elink pathetic output, all trips out on points, so now have to abandon the loop and have a terminus instead. Not good really and more work, will post findings as and when.
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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