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 Posted: 10 Mar 2016 20:02
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An Inglenook in O, for garrets, not much change outa 20ft then http://www.click

Boooootifull model

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 Posted: 29 Jun 2016 13:02
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Hi chris

What was the backing for the panel made out of?

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cmcan wrote:
Hi chris

What was the backing for the panel made out of?

Cameron


Hi Cameron
The backing was cut from a sheet of MDF 3mm I think.
The laser cut Perspex panel was too thin to support the switches on its own so I made the backing with a frame at the back to support / stiffen, then the front has a dress edge made from quad angle turned out very strong.
It's mounted at an angle and the controller sits at the panel above the layout controlling all the mainline points.http://www.click



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The Garret kit looks amazing. Brave man.

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Hello All,

re Panel Design from someone who worked on the real thing for many years.

SMR Chris has done a beautiful job on both the design and the presentation , i particularly like the colour coded lines , for a model railway i think this is a very helpful feature, especially when a layout is multi user and the users are once a week or less.

Re background colour, panels were once black or a dark olive green with the tracks in white, track occupied,red;points,green for normal, yellow for reverse; route set white or sometimes flashing white whilst setting up.

Then Westinghouse B&S (xMcKenzie&Holland) thought bright blue would make a nice background colour. At daylight in a well illuminated signalbox, trying to read a bright blue panel on a sunny day could be difficault.

Then we went to Video Display Units / VDUs and the background was always black, lines light grey, routes set up either green or yellow, the latter for low speed routes. strong colour contrast, though some of us found that a bit tying.

These days background colour can be varied to one's choice, with grey being popular, probably because colour contrast is less harsh.

In mechanical signalboxes, BR used colour coded lines in a set sequence, on a white background as part of the signalbox pull chart. As was their want BR WR, BR SR, were different , so a reference to The Signal Box .Org will indicate your preferred Region's colour codeing practice.

These days you can create a signal control panel on your computer screen , and operate it from there, so wiring panels has been simplified in that regard.

regards, Echidna.

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Thanks Echidna for the nice comments
I can't take credit for the pannel overlay re. The colour combo The pannel colours were what we got it was a foreign order.

Interesting information re how the real railways do it.

This pannel has now been in service for over a year with out fault or failure sure beats the old situation if some one sneezed something in the spaghetti of the pannel would short and no ratios would run as the points and DCC power suplay were linked :facepalm: so short the pannel tripped the DCC supply and every thing stopped

We have been slowly rewiring the layout As it's been a patch work of wiring that has some issues with reliability due to people just adding random wires to the layout and DCC bus to patch underlying issues
Now I'm about to convert the layout from Lenz to NCE wireless controll



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Chris. having read this http://www.wyongmodelrailwayclub.com/layout-operation
how do the operating crew request turnouts to be changed if they have to run aground using the main line for any shunting moves.
The reason I ask is that I am part of operating group and the layout owner has a similar concept even will be having signals for drivers to follow and shunting at some stations requires main line access a lot and we have to speak up loudly and at times 2 or more are trying to attract his attention.



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 Posted: 6 Sep 2017 06:36
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Hi Ron
Well we did have a rule that there is no general chatter to the controller, doesn't seem to work:mutley2: so occasionally a raised voice is required to request a point to access a yard
Then once in the yard points are local control from layout mounted panels

Running sessions to a time table, well that hasn't occurred for some time either however the idea is the train driver follows their train and is given the road by the controller to there destinations as they go and requests mainline access as required.

My self and about 2 others are the only ones that set up and run trains around the layout picking up and dropping cars on a regular basis now most of the members just turn up and run a train round pack up and go home

we havnt got a full set of signals yet working on that at the moment.
I ordered a set via the bay great looking Signals but the LED's are wired in a way that requires some work to have then all work properly and as I'm the only one doing the control side of the layout it has to wait until I get to it.
Most of the members just like running trains



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Thanks Chris.



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