Progress on the Perth and Exeter

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  1. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    After all this time, I think I should give a little update on what I'm doing.
    I'm installing control panels. The two small stations are getting Atlas controllers, but the large station is getting a full panel.
    I had help and finished wiring the panel (not hooked up to track yet) and last night started testing the connections. There were only 2 problems -- both push buttons. One of the dead end tracks had a normally closed button, and one of the others didn't work at all -- looks like we melted the button when soldering. Of course, it was in the middle of a string of 4.
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    Exeter (St. Dayle's)

    Attached should be the track plan I used for Exeter (St. Dayle's) station.
    I had to drop a few tracks. Oh, and it's reversed.;)

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    shamus Registered Member

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    Hi David,
    Always have to alter/change in the middle of something:D Nice looking plan. BTW, seen that plan before I think, is it one of "C.J.Freezers" plans? In reverse.

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    Shamus: it is, from one of the Peco books. The reverse just fit (I have a sixteen foot wall).
    It took me a while to reverse it, till I photocopied it on a transparency and turned it over.
    There are a few problems, because the original plan expected left hand running, and I had to drop a vital crossover.
    (My wife was allowed to vet the plans, but when it was done she said "It's all TRACK! Where's the scenery?")
  5. interurban

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    Nice David, Did you ask your wife for more room to accomadate the scenary:D :D :D :D
    You did`nt:eek:
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    Chris:
    The scenery came on the next few walls (I've got 3 3/4 walls.)
    Two items I meant to mention in the first post:
    Push buttons are fragile (at least, Radio Shack's are) and if you don't use a heat sink you can melt the terminals far enough out of position that they don't work.
    What use are normally closed push buttons to a model railroad? I carefully examined the packages and picked up the wrong one.
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    Exeter (St. Dayle's)

    Here is the station from the end, taken from the basement stairs.
    (camera has no adjustments, so focus is not the best)

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    Alright!

    Way to go David! Looking good.

    :D Val
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Hi Dave, nice to see the Perth and Exeter picture and track plan.
    You posted a photo of a bridge elswhere. Does it fit into this layout?
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    Robin:
    The bridge is on the opposite wall to Exeter.
    I've been working like mad, and Extere now has new platforms. I used 1/2" styrofoam, cut to fit between the tracks (only two of them are straight) painted charcoal on top with white edging.
    The track on the right now is the start of a 2% grade which will go up a removable section to the high level station, completing a continuous run. (maybe I should call it an insertable section ;) )
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    Glad you are "working like mad":D David, the results are great:D
    Lots of room at the Station.
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    Perth town

    Picking up the thread over a year later. :rolleyes:
    A side street in Perth, just beside the market.

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    Perth High Street

    This is the length of the town. Taken from where the market building usually sits. The station is up above the town, on the left.

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    Control Panel #1

    The control Panel for Perth.
    Left hand panel is track diagram and point (switches) controls. Right hand is blocks -- Atlas components.

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    Control Panel #2

    Controls panel for St. Mary Ax (pronounced Simmery Ax).
    Only 3 blocks, all points by hand. Buttons control dead ends in platforms.
    Rotary switches select one of 4 power packs, Atlas component then picks a rotary switch. Avoids jumping when the rotary passes a live power pack.
    There is also a paper track diagram that I didn't get in.

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    Control panel #3

    Exeter (St. Dayle's)
    The big station on the line. See track plan above.
    Block controls and point controls on same panel. A monster, dangles from the benchwork but can be pushed in.
    (Afraid to show the back, and I don't think I can photograph it.)
    I need to rewire bits of it.

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    I love to see the work of a person who has talent and determanation hard at work. Great job!!! Post more photos !!!!!!! must see!
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    Uh, there hasn't been much done on the line since I completed the continuous run. Between my mother-in-law's death and my detached retina (now a cataract), I've missed both the time and inclination. With one eye tempararily wonky, I don't feel I can do decent modelling. I have been running trains, though, and playing with the digital camera. Sorry the pictures came out so small.
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    Looking Great David!

    Graham
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    Control panel #3 is masonite face on a 1x2 frame.
    You can make out a board at the left side. This is screwed on to the panel (one each side) and there is a dowel or broom handle joins the two pieces and sits behind the legs of the shelving. The top shelf has enough clearance that the panel can be pushed back in. The dowel holds the control panel when it's out. You can see the wire for the switch machine studs dangling down the front.