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Re: The Coniston Railway
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2019, 01:11:11 PM »
Phew !!!

Having made all the baseboards and transport cases/legs I did a test fitting in the car this morning - and my measurements worked out OK, they do all fit in;



Each of the flatter boxes will hold half of the scenic side of a baseboard and also double up as one of the legs upon which to stand the fully assembled board. The box at the top-left will hold up to two fiddle yards, a total of four half-boards.
I've even got about  a foot spare either in front of or behind the stack for fitting in stuff like stock boxes, cables, control panels, etc. Definitely no room for Coniston as well, though.

A test fitting has also confirmed that I can fit them all in the spare room, including Coniston, with a  few inches to spare - although it will be a bit of a shimmy to get through between the foot of the spare bed and Woodland when I set that up.

Just a few more mods to do to the cases/legs - adding retainers or fixings to stop the contents rattling around - then I can set Torver's board up ready to start tracklaying.

However, before I start that, I have a few jobs to do on Coniston - mostly wiring. I've a couple of "issues" to fix, wiring and cables to add for the signals, the control panel to finish and cabling to add for power takeoff for the other stations. I also need to break the existing track to insert the points to allow connection to the other stations.
When I want a break from wiring I can do a bit of tracklaying/testing on Torver, then go back to the wiring, etc.  As I get further along I may add the Woodland boards and have three on the go at once. Hopefully I'll really have Coniston finished before I start on Broughton.

The plan is to wire each of the other stations so that their power and control can be varied;
I'll set them up initially so that they can all be powered and controlled from Coniston, although with their own mimic boards for points, etc., but build in the option to plug in a controller so that they can each be run completely independently. I'll then add a further option to have Torver powered and controlled from Coniston and to have Woodland powered and controlled from Broughton so that more than one train can be run at once, crossing at Woodland.
There's no point in having independent control for Torver in a full setup since Woodland to Coniston was all one block section so more than one train at once wasn't permitted. Even a stop at Torver to pick up or drop off some freight in the goods yard wouldn't allow another train to pass whilst the first was in the yard because the first would still have possession of the entire Woodland-Coniston single line section.

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Re: The Coniston Railway
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2019, 01:20:17 PM »
Hi chris. Thank you for sharing . Glad you managed to construct boards, legs, cases that fit in. Looking good. Just had an interesting conversation with daffy mike at fawley last weekend and he had seen you. He mentioned this phase and certainly you have described all in the update. Chris

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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2019, 01:29:39 PM »
Thank you for describing the various control plans for all and each section. Good luck with the wiring and electrics chris

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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2019, 01:31:51 PM »
In between all my own work, of course, I've also got work to do for the club's next project - the Lakeside branch.
I've got the track plan scaled up and printed out for Haverthwaite and we finished assembling the baseboards on Monday, so we can start on the trackwork for that.
I've also got track plans for Lakeside and Greenodd now, so I need to get those scaled up and printed out ready for when we want to start on them.
The plan is, like I'm doing with the Coniston Railway, to build them in such a way that we can link them together and display/run the whole line or, at least, all of it from Greenodd up.

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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2019, 01:32:44 PM »
Good luck with the wiring and electrics

Cheers, I think I might need that  ;)

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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2019, 01:39:07 PM »
Good luck too with the club project on lakeside. Wiring and electrics have never been my strong point

 

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