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Author Topic: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]  (Read 13696 times)

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #285 on: June 02, 2020, 05:23:00 PM »
IMO the Berkos are much more toy like, and Gaugemaster's own offering is simply woeful for the money. Fewer 4-aspect options out there too. CR Signals still the best bet.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #286 on: June 02, 2020, 05:26:27 PM »
Mentioned that as a comparison as I was given a berko and accepted it but its fiddly wiring needs 4 hands and agree nick.im seating myself after  long day to say c  r signals is the way forward.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #287 on: June 02, 2020, 06:40:03 PM »
The N Brass signals are crazy fiddly - the whole thing comes as a flat etch, including the lens hoods etc, which all need individually building and soldering to the faceplate.

CR Signals may be a bit overscale, but they're the best thing we've got IMO. Shame Absolute Aspects stopped doing N, particuarly as CR are scaling back their operation!
  I would agree with nick . Be honest I would go with cr signals or see if gaugemaster have any berko eckons

From the pictures that I have seen, the Berko signals seem cruder than the CR signals, and also more limited in range.

I think that I shall have to do with improving the CR signals.
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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #288 on: June 26, 2020, 10:04:16 PM »
I have been busy of late setting up the small section of layout whose track laying and wiring is now complete, representing the branch and the small branch fiddle yard, to run a full week's timetable in real time. Quite a lot of work has been necessary to set up the individual schedule items and deal with some TrainController complexities, but I have this evening finally succeeded in setting up a real timetable which, so far, seems to be running well (as it is in real time, it will take a full day to test it fully; and I have not added the Sunday timetable yet). There are one or two hardware and software issues yet to be overcome, but the timetable can run those notwithstanding.

As this is based on the then single track Bicester branch in the late 1980s, there are only 6 trains a day in each direction (not counting the one return through working from Reading, which I have not added yet as the track for that part of the layout has yet to be built), so this is not a particularly intensive service, but it does give a good idea of how the systems that I am in the process of setting up (automatic announcements, timetables calling macros which in turn call schedules, a manually overridable TRTS system, optional manual or automatic route setting for signalling fun, etc.) are working.

Here is a screenshot of this in action:

TrainController signalling display by James Petts, on Flickr

I have modified the signalling for the representation of the Bicester branch to match the signalling of the real life Bicester branch as it was in 1989 (and I believe remained until the 2010s), being tokenless block, and have removed the signal that I had planned to have on the entry to the branch as a result (this signal would have been appropriate for track circuited single line working, but not tokenless block where only one train may be in the section between our station and the junction beyond Bicester at any one time).

I have also added a representation of the "train on line" indicator (the white dot underneath "Bicester train in section" on the right) and an indication of the reporting number of that train.

Here is an extract from the WTT that I am putting together for this layout using LibreOffice Calc, showing the up workings on weekdays:

Model railway working timetable by James Petts, on Flickr

As will be seen from the signalling display, 2H19 is currently in section and the current time is 09:25. There is a message at the bottom indicating that 2H19 left Bicester right time 2 minutes ago and is due into Oxcott at 09:48. (In fact, it arrived a few minutes early at circa 09:45 layout time as I was writing this pot; I think that there may be some slack in the WTT). At 09:49 layout time, it will become the 5H19 and will go to the up carriage sidings for stabling until its next turn. The down timetable (not pictured) shows that this is not due to happen until 11:15, with a departure from the carriage sidings at 11:00.

It is very satisfying sitting in my layout shed and having a working, timetabled railway running in the background, with automated station announcements to match the services. All that I need to do now is finish the layout and complete the timetable...(!). This might take a while.
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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #289 on: June 28, 2020, 12:04:16 AM »
Here is a video showing all of the above in practice.

The 9 minute fully narrated video covers:

(1) computer control;
(2) the IECC style panel;
(3) reporting numbers;
(4) timetabled working;
(5) train detection;
(6) the virtual extensions to the layout;
(7) automated control of carriage lighting,

and some more besides.

I am hosting it on PeerTube to promote that free, distributed and open source platform over the centralised YouTube, so do have a look and see what you make of it.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2020, 12:39:32 AM by jamespetts, Reason: Modified video link as original video contained an error »
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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #290 on: June 28, 2020, 12:19:54 AM »
Here is a video showing all of the above in practice.

The 9 minute fully narrated video covers:

(1) computer control;
(2) the IECC style panel;
(3) reporting numbers;
(4) timetabled working;
(5) train detection;
(6) the virtual extensions to the layout;
(7) automated control of carriage lighting,

and some more besides.

I am hosting it on PeerTube to promote that free, distributed and open source platform over the centralised YouTube, so do have a look and see what you make of it.
Hi James - I only see 20 seconds of video. Don’t understand how I can find the other 8mins, 40 seconds..

Stick to YouTube at least that works properly..

Cheers Derek
Cheers Derek

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #291 on: June 28, 2020, 12:40:18 AM »
I think that the video may have been transcoding; I spotted an error in the video originally uploaded, so I have corrected it and re-uploaded the video. The new link is here.

Do let me know whether you can view this any better this time.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2020, 01:41:32 AM by jamespetts, Reason: BBCode error »
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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #292 on: June 28, 2020, 12:43:43 AM »
Hi James,
The link does not work, however by cutting and pasting the URL, i can see the video, there is however this message on the video "The video is being transcoded, it may not work properly."
Also the download from PeerTube is very slow, so a lot of buffering.

cheers
Graham

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #293 on: June 28, 2020, 01:41:57 AM »
Hi James,
The link does not work, however by cutting and pasting the URL, i can see the video, there is however this message on the video "The video is being transcoded, it may not work properly."
Also the download from PeerTube is very slow, so a lot of buffering.

cheers
Graham

Thank you for spotting that: I have amended the link above.
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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #294 on: June 28, 2020, 01:59:18 AM »
Yes, that link works fine, and I was able to view the entire video no problems.  :thumbsup:

Very impressive. A 2020 version of the Reverend Denny's Automatic Crispin!

I must admit I enjoy driving the trains myself, though.  ;)
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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #295 on: June 28, 2020, 02:33:35 AM »
just watched the video James, excellent.

cheers
Graham

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #296 on: June 28, 2020, 05:41:49 AM »
Hi James,

Very impressive. Great stuff.

Cheers, weave  :beers:

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #297 on: June 28, 2020, 07:48:56 AM »
Hi James,

Now that is what I call impressive, but for me I enjoy controlling the trains and “playing”.

Look forward to seeing further updates

Mike H  8)

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #298 on: June 28, 2020, 09:07:52 AM »
I like the look of the IECC. I'm using iTrain and I'm not sure if it supports customisation of the actual switchboard.

I had to smile when the platform announcement fired, the voice sounded familiar!

I'm also working on a WTT; so I'm watching your progress with interest.
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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #299 on: June 28, 2020, 09:19:13 AM »
After a good dose of 'spinning circle' I ended up seeing a 1 second clip of a socket :'(

 

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