Sunday, 5 February 2017
Sunday, 29 January 2017
The ones I had were "day white" but I wonder if they are just a bit too white. I've ordered some warm white which I know will be at the opposite end of the spectrum of whites but I'm hoping that a run of these on the front batten will give a warmer reflection off the river that is at the front of the layout.
Monday, 16 January 2017
There's been plenty of thinking in this time. Despite now having a much larger railway room to play with I knew that any layout would have to be relatively small to give me any chance of finishing it. I knew it would be 009 - I have made so many friends in the 009 Society and they are such an easygoing and helpful bunch of people.
Within 009 there is a huge range of prototypes. Having been a standard gauge modeller for so many years I have really struggled to mentally adjust to the really tiny stock that many lines had. Fortunately there are two lines that have some fairly chunky stock, the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway and the Leek & Manifold Light Railway. The other attraction for both these lines is that they have a interaction with standard gauge which widened the modelling possibilities.
I looked at both and settled on the Welshpool line as being the more interesting. I then did the standard thing and looked at the stations to see which could be modelled. In truth only Llanfair Caereinion can fit into a moderate space but it didn't give me what I wanted, the ability to sometimes watch trains go by.
In the end I flipped my thinking on it's head and made watching trains go by the major requirement. Looking along the line I came to Melin Dolrhyd, where the line weaves between the mill and the river. Could I model it? I don't know but I'm going to give it a try. I've built the main board as can be seen. The eagle eyed will notice it will be in cameo form.
Watch this space for another post. Hopefully in less than 3 year's time.
Monday, 26 August 2013
I've continued with DCC and used NCE components from Coastal DCC. In this case the control box consists of the standard connector panel with an EB1 short circuit protection board and a mini panel.
I wanted to simplify the control of the points away from switches or buttons for each point and make use of what would traditionally be done by a diode matrix. In this case the mini panel takes up to 30 inputs and you program it to drive whatever accessories or macros you want. In this case it took me about 10 minutes to program the 7 switches.
I've still got a couple of points that are not switching the frogs reliably. I've not had this problem before but for some reason I'm not getting enough throw on the seep point motors to allow the sliding switch to make reliable contact. I've even had a point motor collapse on me, something that has never happened before.
It's quite expensive to have this electronics, probably £100 as opposed to £10 for a diode matrix but this is re-programmable and so mistakes are easily rectified.
All in all this probably took around 4 hours of the bank holiday weekend, not a bad few hours work. However, now it's back to work, plus a holiday, plus trying to move house means blog posts are likely to be even less frequent than ususal.
For reference, all the documents for the NCE components are available as pdfs on their website so I keep copies of them in Evernote on my Nexus tablet. It's a great way to carry all your documents with you when out and about.
Saturday, 10 August 2013
- removed all the scenery
- upgraded the legs to a quick release system I devised
- expanded the front of the layout to have a harbour
- laid nearly all he track
- wired up the track
- run a train
The next stage is to wire the points in so I can confirm that all the trackwork is properly live and there are no dodgy places that will let me down in 2 years time. This is where the time needs to be spent to create a quality foundation.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
- Shops across the middle
- Industry at the sides
- Land rising to each side so buildings have to rise with it
Saturday, 30 March 2013
It's day 1 of York show. I'm up here with Tony and Richard and we're operating Clydach. It was a trek getting here. Due to the knock on effects of several accidents our 3 hour journey yesterday became 5.5 hours.
Still, the layout went together quickly and is running well. As the picture shows, the public arr enjoying it and 3 or 4 deep is par for the course.