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 Posted: 16 Jan 2016 10:01
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SMR CHRIS
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One of the model railway clubs I'm involved with has a fair size club layout, it's double deck with helix between the levels
The layout has a dedicated signalling position that the controller sits and has control of all the main line points on the layout"CTC"
Opperators request the route they want and the idea is the CTC wil let them know if they can proceed and throw the points etc.
last year we started a modernisation program and part of this was to update the Controler/signal persons control panel and provide the CTC tower yes it really is a tower up above the layout with CCTV of all the layout and a new Control panel.

The old panel being 15 plus years old has many intermittent issues due to some previous repairs dodgy soldering and it looks like was a temporary get trains running effort and we'll do it later property etc etc.

A member of the club who is in the defence forces started the project some time ago and made up nice etched plastic panel however due to "active service commitments" he has been unavailable for some time

So silly I said ok I'll finish it off.
Was duely given the panel so what dose it need everything
31 point switches 62 LED indicator lights for the points
And 6 power districts isolation's on a seperate panel.
Luckily all the yards have local control panels that would have been another 50 plus points :eek:
The plastic etched panel was very thin so needed a backing more work

Top level mainline plan
Club control panel replacement nice new panel won't have wiring like the old one by CHRIS, on Flickr

Bottom level mainline
Club control panel replacement nice new panel won't have wiring like the old one by CHRIS, on Flickr
What's involved so far just in the backing plate 186 drilling events pilot hole main hole,

All marked out
Club control panel replacement nice new panel won't have wiring like the old one by CHRIS, on Flickr


31 switches each has 2 nuts and washers per item=124 actions,
next 62 LED's each has a Bessel =124 actions to install the led's
STDP switches to control Tortis motors 6 posts = 186 solder joints just for the point switching then add LED route lights 2 for each point another 155 soldering events wow the numbers are stacking up here. 589 individual events so far not counting striping insulation for each wire cutting heat shrink etc.

The there's the connectors between the panel and consol.
:facepalm:
It will all be worth it in the end the old panel will be gone and the new panel should be easy for anyone to use as all is Clear no hand written numbers or lines

And no wiring like this :facepalm:
Club control panel replacement nice new panel won't have wiring like the old one by CHRIS, on Flickr

Now the layout train control is DCC
But the CTC is traditional DC style when a dozen people are asking you turn points you don't want to be pressing a sequence of address # :avatar:

As modern as it gets in Australian modelling this loco was released during 2015 as the prototype was under trial before entering service, I saw it on trial whilst driving to the hobby shop and as I walked in the owner was unpacking a box and there it was, it must have been fate, so it came home with me.
A scene on the club layout
Upper Hunter Model Railway with SSR and CF wheat train by CHRIS, on Flickr

Will update over the next few days I want to have it installed this week as the club is hosting another local group for a running session on Thursday.

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Hi Chris,

the panel schematics are neat. Easily readable and not too fussy. Nice work. The loco is a bit of a beast as well.

good luck pulling all the wiring together.

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Panel complete and all lit up
Control panel for club layout ready to be installed new wiring all goes to plugs so it can be removed if requires work to be done by CHRIS, on Flickr

Installed on the club layout on Friday afternoon and on Saturday the boys ran trains for 5 hours without a short circuit or point failure to throw.
I forgot to take a photo of the panel installed after taking the photos of the trains running.
This beastie was one of two running on the layout this weekend
AD60 Garret a big British Ozzy
DJH 60 class running on club layout built by club member Gary as a commission by CHRIS, on Flickr

DJH 60 class running on club layout built by club member Gary as a commission by CHRIS, on Flickr



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Stunning model Chris.



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Not mine unfortunately Kim
It is built from a DJH kit by one of the club members Gary for Chris (not me) from one of the other clubs on the Coast.
Gary was doing the hand over of the model on Saturday at one stage they were double heading with Gary's own 60 class as well.

DJH 60 class running on club layout built by club member Gary as a commission by CHRIS, on Flickr



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 Posted: 25 Jan 2016 07:22
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589 actions in less than a week, you must have an electronics past to be that fast. I had about 150 actions on my little panel, I took me months (an hour here, an hour there).

Garratt....nice!

Marty

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Excellent panel, I wish I could work to those standards.

The locos especially the Garratt are beautiful I would have loved to have seen the double header!

Great photos thanks for sharing, cheers, Pete.  



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The number of individual actions to build the panel ended up being far more when you account for all the connections to the layout as well and every wire strip pre tin the wiring etc it goes on and on my mind was boggling by the end.

I was involved with Toyota as a HighTech diagnostic tech so have just a little back ground in making things work with wire connections and the like.

The end result was worth it as with no short circuits and stopages over 5 hours of running on Saturday proved it was well over due the members had just accepted that all the faults caused by the panel were just part of running trains on the club layout.
Nice neet switches and wiring.
Control panel for club layout ready to be installed new wiring all goes to plugs so it can be removed if requires work to be done by CHRIS, on Flickr

I did take a short video clip of the double Garrets here is a screen shot of them

Screen shot Double Garrets on upper hunter by CHRIS, on Flickr

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Fantastic, thanks Chris :thumbsup:.

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Great shots of the Garrets Chris and good thread.

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The Garratt running past the milk bar is sublime.

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Great photos. The Garrets are a fine sight. Great work.

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Toto wrote:
Great photos. The Garrets are a fine sight. Great work.

Toto

Thanks Toto the Garrets are DJH kits, see even our Ozzy trains are British the real ones and the Kit :mutley2:



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The last time I looked at a DJH kit (+20 years ago), they were heavy, a double headed garret, I hope those baseboards are strong.

They look absolutely gorgeous :mrgreen:

Paul

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paul_l wrote:
The last time I looked at a DJH kit (+20 years ago), they were heavy, a double headed garret, I hope those baseboards are strong.

They look absolutely gorgeous :mrgreen:

Paul

How about one in Oscale Paul it's a DJH kit too
The best thing about a garret they have a lighter axle load than most small to medium locos so can run on quite light lines..

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