I began the installation of the power supply for the SE8C's & BDL's and managed to get three (3) boards hooked up to power by the end of the night.
I am trying to keep a wiring standard across the entire layout, hopefully this will help out later on for troubleshooting faults or making further additions the system.
I also started making the LocoNet cables and so far have all three (3) boards hooked up and receiving LocoNet signals.
Last night I continued on and decided to wire up the first Detection Zone on of the BDL's, this involved the wiring of the four (4) detection circuits. I wanted to achieve this as part of the learning process for wiring the remainder of the layout.
After wiring the four circuits I ran one of our CR MP15 switchers across all four circuits and good detection across them all. To aid in checking the detection side of things I added one set (two pieces) of resistive wheel sets to our CR Widevision Caboose, each truck has one resistive wheel set on it located closest to the knuckle of the caboose.
The LT5 tester that comes with the BDL is a great way to test the wiring and the detection on each zone of the BDL. The below photo shows blocks 3 & 4 occupied and zone power on.
So after all the wiring the first zone is completed, the black wire is zone power from the NCE Booster and the red wires are Detection Circuit power feeds to the individual detection blocks. This BDL is covering the entire centre peninsula of the layout.
You know when things are all good when you get two occupied blocks on your Panel, the above screen shot shows the occupied main & passing siding with the switcher & caboose in each.
After checking a few things last night and playing around I've decided to actually detect each mainline & passing siding turnout as individual blocks. This will require the installation of another two (2) BDL168's to the layout.
More soon as we continue to install the detection wiring.