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Reading Lines GP35 #3647

Middletown, Pa

Sunday 12 October 2014

Signalling Plan...

Here is the work in progress signal plan for the layout, it incorporates the new extension and is roughly blocked.  This is by no means the final version as myself and Brendan have some work to do fine tuning it.
The main is fully signalled, and the passing sidings will be to, but mostly with dwarfs.  It needs to be noted that I'm not following a prototype system, I'm not overly concerned if it also doesn't follow the RR's signalling systems that I'm modelling too.
We have decided to base the system around operationally what will work for the layout and its operations sessions.  So if you pick up that there are signals missing from places that normally would have signals, thats fine we have countered it in our plan to have plant protected in groups in places.  This significantly cuts down on blocks,  signals and the hardware required for detection & signalling.
The next stage is to install all of the Tortoise Switch machines on the mainline, then connect these to the SE8C's via push button, momentary switches and get these working through JMRI.  After this we will be looking at the wiring for the entire layout and reconfiguring this to work in with the common rail power for detection.

1 comment:

  1. I think that the area shown as "staging access" will provide a lot of very enjoyable switching.

    Without knowing how you're planning to 'run' the layout, I wonder whether the staging yard tracks are a little too short. Is it possible to extend the staging around the corner and along the wall on the right-hand end?

    If you ever need help to test the operation of the crew-room, I'll be happy to assist. :-)