Favourite Photos...

Favourite Photos...
Reading Lines GP35 #3647

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Customisable Roads - Version 2...

Today I began working on the second version of my roads, this one is a modern crossing with rubber & concrete.  The line marking has been done to the MUTCD (manual for uniform traffic control devices) Standards.

The brilliant part of the system I'm working on is the ability to work in layers, meaning the possible combinations and variations that can be added are only limited by your imagination.


I'm waiting on some matte paper to arrive so I can do a test section and see how it handles scenery along the edges and the use of a sealer such as Dullcoat.

Jas...

Monday, 11 May 2020

Next Project - Roads...

Have been experimenting with a new concept for scalable, customisable roads, that can be installed in minutes...

First versions below:

Plain suburban street, basic road markings...


Railroad Crossing with detail road markings...



More soon as I perfect the technique...

Jas.


Thursday, 7 May 2020

MRH Article - Building a Helix & Staging Deck - Part 1...

Latest article completed for Model Railroad Hobbyist (MRH) on how I built my Helix & Staging deck.

The article is on Running Extra which is a pay per view read (about $1.50 USD).

Building a Helix & Staging Deck - Running Extra - May 2020


Sunday, 19 April 2020

Layout Upgrades...

Time for another upgrade for the layout tonight, reconditioned desktop PC with triple monitor setup.



Two screens running the JMRI Panel, and the third for dispatcher information - operations paperwork and the layout camera system.



I’ve also upgraded to the latest production release of JMRI too.  Upgraded all the drivers and everything has fired up on first go...

I’ll be able to use my laptop now with TeamViewer to upgrade the blocks that need reinstalling too.  Life just got a little easier.


Jas...

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Latest Reading SW1500 to join the roster...

After sometime in storage I decided to break out my Athearn RTR SW1500 - Reading #2673.  This was a rare find some years ago that I just had to have.


Reading #2763 was the only SW1500 to be repainted in the all green scheme before it was absorbed into Conrail in April 1976.  It was repainted after it was wrecked.


This switcher has been updated to DCC with a ESU LokSound - Select Direct V4 decoder, Sugar Cube speaker, ESU - Power Pack Mini, LED lighting upgrade, and Athearn - Power Truck upgrade.  It has also been programmed for running with the ProtoThrottle too.


These are such great runners when converted to DCC, operating them and switching with the ProtoThrottle has taken the enjoyment level of operations to another level of realism.



Jas...

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Installing micro 0402 LEDs...

Over the last couple of days I have been working on installing some micro 0402 LED's as part of my upcoming article.


The new style are are fantastic to work with, in fact they have made the process of installing & upgrading a lot easier.  They are pre-wired and just need to be glued to the light pipes I've installed to replace the stock Athearn light bulbs.


I've also managed to add a cabin light to the SW1500 switcher too.



Having such a flexible LED opens many more possibilities to install in various locations on my locomotives and switchers.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Next article on the way...

Working on the next article for MRH today...


A decoder install with sound & LED upgrades.


Friday, 21 February 2020

Wiring of the Shippensburg Yard lead...

Continuing on today with more wiring of the Shippensburg Yard entrance. This is also the interchange from off layout staging into the Shippensburg Classification Yard, it is also the yard lead entrance from Harrisburg.

To ensure reliability into the future I have wired all of the PECO - Code 83 switches with power to the stock rails so that they do not rely on the points for power routing.

With the upcoming addition of ESU Power Packs to all locomotives this should eliminate any dodgy electrical issues.


The entrance to the classification yard will be one whole block controlled by either the yard master and/or dispatcher for inbound and trains. Next step is to wire in the power feeders & connect the Tortoise wiring.

The bottom switch has the Harrisburg Yard Lead on the left, and the Main from Gettysburg (off layout Staging) on the right.


Next task is to wire is the switch stock rail power feeds & wire up the Tortoise Motors to the SE8C's and push button on the fascia panels.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Back to the layout for 2020...

After nearly a 3 month break with school holidays & renovations taking up any spare time, I finally have made it back onto layout.
Today was spent checking over what needed to be completed since making the changes to the Shippensburg Yard entrance & yard lead.



I also managed to re-install some of the Tortoise motors that had been removed.