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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #420 on: November 25, 2017, 02:29:55 PM »



Fanfare:  The last clump of DCC for the first phase of the layout is sitting on the floor waiting to be fitted.  Two Lenz LR101 feedback modules and two Lenz LB101 block detectors.

This gives four train detection sections for the last bit of track, the return loops of which only the stubs exist so far.  The remaining twelve inputs will be used for push button route selection, letting the computer know which road in the yard you'd like to access.  Computer, of course, may well say no! :D

Once in place, everything I've built so far will be linked to the DCC system/computer and workable, although much software fiddling remains to be done.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #421 on: November 25, 2017, 04:18:03 PM »
Blimey, Tut!

Does it get Radio Caroline as well?  :dunce:

Totally impressed with you chaps & chapesses that can do such stuff. More than 2 wires gets me all of a fuddle!

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #422 on: November 25, 2017, 04:22:06 PM »
Totally impressed with you chaps & chapesses that can do such stuff. More than 2 wires gets me all of a fuddle!

Two wires are all you need for DCC.

The trick is knowing WHICH two...  :D

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #423 on: November 25, 2017, 10:16:08 PM »
Two wires are all you need for DCC.

Yup. Just like starting with two rabbits :o

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #424 on: November 26, 2017, 07:54:14 AM »
Two wires are all you need for DCC.

Yup. Just like starting with two rabbits :o

That's when I start being fuddled!  :worried:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #425 on: November 28, 2017, 11:23:53 AM »


While I was up the stepladder cleaning the Velux windows I took an overall view for posterity, so this is the progress to date (sparkling windows not shown!)

You can see how ballasting has been creeping through the station and yard area and the prominent manual levers on the Kato points are largely history :thumbsup:

Everything to the left of the red line is glued down, wired in and running via either a handset or the computer.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #426 on: December 03, 2017, 11:46:40 AM »


This track plan schematic is a screen grab from JMRI Panel Pro, so it's a somewhat straightened out representation rather than a scale diagram.  Useful, though :thumbsup:

Everything on the screen exists on the layout and is linked in, so clicking the points changes them on the layout and the red sections show where trains are at the moment 8)

There are now some extra bits of track on the layout itself, but as they're not fully wired in they're not visible to the computer as yet.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #427 on: December 03, 2017, 12:46:39 PM »
Highly impressive.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #428 on: December 03, 2017, 07:11:33 PM »


3 years since the last video, which is pretty scary!  I hope I can remember how this YouTube malarkey works after all that time ::)

Just a quick run round the layout to bring things up to date.  Other than extending the layout lighting I think my "resolution" for 2018 must be to get a higher res camera :camera:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #429 on: December 03, 2017, 07:36:01 PM »
Thank you, Steve.

The video is very realistic and signals will add greatly to the scene.  Like many of us on the Forum (I expect) I have spent a bit of time at the 'front end' - officially and otherwise! - and this recreates the experience.

I found that I was watching the position of the points (drivers are not required to do this, of course, but, recently, it saved the day at Cardiff).  I did not look much at the trackside buildings but knew they were there.

Two questions, please:

How do you clean the rails?

Did you have any bother with slightly uneven rail joints?

Thanks again and all best wishes.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #430 on: December 03, 2017, 08:53:15 PM »
Great video. Lovely smooth running. It's more like a man cavern than a man cave! :thumbsup:
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #431 on: December 03, 2017, 09:10:56 PM »
"To infirmity and beyond"  ;D
Love it.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #432 on: December 03, 2017, 09:12:29 PM »
Good fun Steve

I'm a big fan of on board videos. Might I ask what camera you are using?

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #433 on: December 03, 2017, 09:33:53 PM »
I'm very envious of the space you have. A cracking layout indeed.

That mug of tea, seen from an N gauge perspective, seems huge, more like a gas holder.  :o

Silly question, but from someone who has zero experience of Kato track, it looks like the points all have live frogs. Is that right?

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #434 on: December 03, 2017, 10:10:32 PM »
 :hellosign: Many thanks Steve, a most welcome return of your superb videos
        regards Derek.

 

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