Louville Lane Cameo

Discussion in 'Entries' started by Alan, 6 June 2017.

  1. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    No progress on layout but I have just taken delivery of an 08 shunter to act as the pilot for the station/parcels part of the layout courtesy of Hattons second hand dept. It runs nicely and already had the wire goalpost couplings I use on my other locos and it is lightly weathered.



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  2. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Today another very small step. I glued down the cork that will cover the yard on the scenic section.
    I will be using wire in the tube point control buried in the cork and operated by a SPDT slide switch which will operate the polarity of the frog. A slight problem, I'm finding it difficult to source said switches which can be screwed into the baseboard top. Anybody any idea of a source please.
    Reading the Mercontrol site I'm not sure that will work for me as they recommend drilling a hole near the pip on the tie bar, I would much prefer to use the hole that Peco have already put in the centre of the tie bar. So it may be brass rod and tube. Any thoughts.
     
  3. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    At last I've started work on the layout. Cork has been laid on the lower level and today I wired the points so that I can change the polarity of the frog when I change the points. It will be done with slide switches and wire in the tube. The tube will run on the surface buried in a slot cut into the cork to the slide switch which will be on the baseboard edge hidden under scenery. When I start laying the track, hopefully very soon, I will put some photos up. The slide switches have been sourced.
     
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  4. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Today I have been laying the first piece of track. The entrance into the refuelling yard.



    The first photo shows the arrangement with 0.8mm brass wire led through 3/32inch plastic tube which has been sunk into a groove in the cork. The switch will be hidden under scenery and a cut out will be made in the fascia panel.



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    The second photo shows the slide switch which as well as changing the point will switch the frog.



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    And the final photo shows the tie-bar end and if you look carefully you will see the brass rod just poking through the hole in the centre of the tie-bar.



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    The weights you can see are to hold the point in place (it handed been fixed down) to ensure there was enough movement in the slide switch to change the point. All is now glued down and is drying with weights on.
     
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  5. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Laid a bit more track over the weekend, Now only one more point and the 3 way to go. when they are down and the resulting straight pieces I'll tip the layout on its back and join the wires up.



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  6. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Last two points laid, the rest of the track coming towards the engine is just placed at the moment. I feel I have to cut another hole in the end board to allow a easier access to the re-fuel point, the hatched red area in the second photo. This way no loco should get blocked in.

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  7. Easterner

    Easterner Active Member

    That's suddenly come along Alan - Would "Blocking" a loco in not make it more interesting to watch and operate?
     
  8. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Possibly Josh but apparently it didn't happen too often, so I'm trying to get it fairly prototypical. By the weekend I hope to have the last bits of track laid and then tip the layout on its back and connect all the wires up and hope it all works.
    By the way how is yours coming along.
     
  9. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    I have finally finished the track laying in the yard. The next bit is cork and track laying on the upper bit (just 2 lengths of straight track, followed by connecting the wires.



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    The knightwing shed acts a a view bock and if it stays will certainly have a new roof. the grey piece of plastic is the base to the refuelling point.
     
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  10. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    I have spent the last few days making a simple small control panel and wiring the refuelling yard. I'm not the best at this sort of thing (although all my previous layouts worked). This was the first time I have wired in points to change the polarity of the frog and also the first time I've done wire in tube operation. I was pleased and dare I say slightly surprised that it all worked .. I still have to lay the two lengths of track on the upper section.

    A poor quality photo of control panel.

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    The four empty holes at the top of the panel are for the upper level switches> The four larger lower switches are the section switches for the yardand the 4 smaller ones set out in a square are the isolating sections in the yard.
     
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  11. jonte

    jonte Western Thunderer

    Neat panel. Well done.

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