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Reading Lines GP35 #3647

Middletown, Pa

Wednesday 30 September 2020

Fascia Install Tonight...

First section of the final run of fascia panel installed.

There is a duck under to the left, near the first curve.  This is also why the width of the fascia narrows too.  

This area which represents Reading, Pa already has most of the scenery completed, but not fully detailed.

Last of the Fascia Panel work...

Working on the last section of fascia panel today, this is Rutherford & Steelton.

Once the fascia's are secured I’ll work on getting the fascia panels installed.

Until last week, I still hadn't decided what this area would be.  It was only after a suggestion of having Steelton on the layout, that I did a little research, and decided to add the Steelton - Steel Works.  This will add another major industry, and another source of traffic from the Harrisburg Foundry & Rolling Mill area.

Monday 28 September 2020

Re-installed & Updated Fascia Panels...

Finished off upgrading all the fascia panels tonight.  They now all represent both the track work & signals as they are on the layout.

I have one section of fascia to install at Rutherford & Steelton, and when this is completed the last two fascia panels will be installed.

Saturday 26 September 2020

Installing missing ties...

Moving right along, last night I began the task of installing the missing ties from the track work.

It's a little tedious, but it moves along pretty quickly.  It also means that once completed I can begin painting the track.

This two metre section at Carlisle Junction took about an hour to complete, it changes the look so quickly, it's starting to look like track work...

Friday 25 September 2020

Last section of Backdrop...

Finishing up all the little jobs before moving onto painting the track.

Even after nine years I’m still doing backdrops & plastering, this one section is the transition area from the helix to the main layout, and also into the locomotive shops.

It was a by-product of the layout before the extension was done. Up until today I hadn’t figured out how I was going to finish this off.

You can actually stand up behind this section, which will come in handy when I have to install the MP5 switch motors for the crossover.

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Smart Layout Automation...

So tonight was something a little different, one of the processes in having a layout is the vast amount of electrical equipment that needs to be powered up.

Turning on a DCC command station & booster, separate power supplies for detection & signalling, layout PC, three monitors, PC Sound, LokProgrammer...

Can after awhile become a PITA!  When you have everything tucked away nicely under the layout too, it can start to become a little bit of hassle to turn “everything” on at the start.

Not anymore, I just open my DLink app, press the “on buttons” for Layout Power & Layout Operations and we’re away...!

All controlled through Wi-Fi, I’ll be purchasing some more to control the Staging Deck lighting too.

At $35 AUD each, the Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug are a great addition for any layout...!


Sunday 20 September 2020

Railcar Builder/Re-builder...

Tonight I started the installation of the track work for the Shippensburg - Railcar Builder / Re-Builder workshops.

It will be based on the Walthers Cornerstone - Car Shop -- Kit 7 x 5-1/4 x 4-3/4" 17.7 x 13.3 x 12cm.

Walthers Cornerstone - Carshop Kit

The complex fits into the lower side, of the West end of the Shippensburg Classification Yard.  It will be used for bad order/RIP track work throughout the layouts operation.

It will add another level of diversity & interest to the layouts switching based operations theme.

The track work is installed & wired, all I have to do now is completed the structure at a later date.

It also fills in the dead corner that had been bugging me for some time about what to place here, and help with a scenery block for the large curve behind...

Saturday 19 September 2020

Shippensburg Classification Yard - Signals...

Finished off the Shippensburg Classification Yard, signals tonight. This cantilevered signal bridge protects the West end of the yard before it re-enters the main.

It is again a BLMA - Searchlight with a RRCirKits - Tri Coloured LED. The bridge was built out of brass by Vic Fitzpatrick who is one of the operators on the layout.

Friday 18 September 2020

First Train for the Shippensburg Classification Yard...

The first train to be broken down in the Shippensburg Classification Yard.

Great fun switching the various pieces into their staging tracks.

Operating with the ProtoThrottle makes operations so much more enjoyable...

Finishing Off the Shippensburg Classification Yard...

Today I also worked on finishing up the West end of the Shippensburg Classification Yard.

It has four storage tracks, and also serves a Rail Car maintenance/re-builder facility too.

This will add another level of operations for the Yard Master & switching crews when it’s operating.

More Fascia Panel Work...

Being a extremely productive day, I also installed the new fascia panel for Carlisle Junction, these are printed on gloss inkjet sticker sheets.

I stick them to the backing board, which a 3mm - 1/8" MDF and then centre punch the push button switch holes, then drill out the hole through the backing plate and install the switches.

This panel is for local control, and all turnouts can be operated by the dispatcher via JMRI & PanelPro.  These were redesigned so that the nameplate is now on the top of the panel so that all of it can be seen.  Once I've painted the fascia I'll also add a name plate with Reading herald above the fascia panel on the fascia.

Saturday 12 September 2020

Completed the BLMA Signal Install...

I completed the install tonight, after I found one of the LED's in the bottom head wasn't working.  Luckily enough I had some spare RR CirKits - Tri Colored LED's on hand, and replaced both heads with these.

The detail on these is outstanding, once weathered these will look even better.

The signal bridge now protects the diamond leaving the Shippensburg Classification Yard.  The aspects can also be seen from the western end of the yard across all three storage tracks, and the arrival/departure track.

Friday 11 September 2020

Shippensburg Classification Yard - Track work...

Shippensburg Classification Yard - track work being finalised and secured into place today.

This is a East & Westbound yard with a central set of two yard ladders located in the middle.

There is also a Railcar Repair facility to be built off the lower left side of the eastbound storage tracks.

Wednesday 9 September 2020

BLMA Searchlight Head...

I needed to add another double head dwarf signal to the exit of Shippensburg Yard today and went hunting for a Tomar housing, instead I found a NJ International cantilevered signal bridge that I made up, but hadn’t used, along with some BLMA single head - searchlight signals.

I’ve made the signal bridge up and letting the glue set overnight before I wire them up, the BLMA heads are really highly detailed, and look great with the detail of the cantilevered bridge.

The mast post, brackets and finial are all from the old IHC Signal Bridge kit.

Friday 4 September 2020

More DS64's...

With the alterations to track work completed for the entrance to the Shippensburg Classification Yard, it was time to connect another DS64 for the operation of the Tortoise Switch Machine servicing the two yard leads & yard ladder.

This install was made easier using Team Viewer as I could do all of the programming of the DS64 whilst in front of the turnouts, this makes checking the operation and if they need to be inverted much easier.

Because I have triple monitors Team Viewer will show each monitor as a separate screen, I have the JMRI - Configure DS64 setup window & JMRI Tables window set on the third monitor.