Discussion in 'Members Personal Layouts' started by elimatta, Feb 18, 2016.
Hallelujah Paul, I'm beginning to see that!
After all that discussion about manual points, in the end I decided on old fashioned DC point motors, clunk clunk. I did it so that my 6 year old grandson could have a job in charge of points. I'll later do something similar for his 3 year old brother, putting him in charge of turning on layout lights.
You can also doctor thier locos, and set low top speeds, so they can drive as well.
By looking at the different systems, have a look at systems that offer "engineers" throttles, these tend to have limited functionality and tend to be smaller in size - ideal for smaller users like Toto
Does that work for ham fisted people like me too? I'll look for that, thanks.
Engineers throttles ..........
I see you have used a load of momentary push buttons to control the point throw. Are you using a CDU, or have you a 'heavier' power supply ??
On my Kelly Bray layout, I have utilized an old 16V slot car transformer for the points motors (solenoids).
Hi Bruce any updates on the layout build.
Also did you get any further with a DCC system choice
Gary and I will be at the brick pit exhibition with our layouts plus the Platform1 stand between us pop by and say hello run some trains
Bruce - if you go I'm sure you will be able to ask for a try of the hand sets.
Unfortunaetly, we are a little biased towards NCE, and that was before we knew each other. But have a hold of the controllers, after all if it feels uncomfortable, then you'll never be truely happy with the system, I'm sure members of the other faiths (infidels) would be happy to try and convert you, but we are confident the one true faith will come through
Back now from our slacking around for 6 weeks. Back to taking grandchildren to preschool, mangling the piano and most importantly, restarting the layout. Yes I'll be at the June exhibition, probably with Stuart again. (He looks after our house while we are away, and puts his foreign looking (Australian) locos on the layout downstairs.
I'm still using the basic Hornby DCC controller, and can really see its limits now.
In the meantime, I've taken a few photos...
Here's what I have been doing. The idea is to have the back scene run down the middle of the larger baseboard, so that it becomes two sided. I'm happy with the idea but not with the way I have stuck the backboard down. Live and learn, I now realise that it is better to stick it on with spray on glue, when the backboard is vertical. I'll stare at it for a while and might bite the bullet and buy replacement back scenes...
In the meantime, here it is, left to right, around the curve. Then two photos from the opposite side showing how I've done it.
Er, having said all of that, I can't upload photos again. I'll look again at the tutorial. 6 weeks away and everything flies out of my head.
So it DID work. Here are some more, left to right.
Got it now.
Around the corner. When I finish the backboards, I will dig out holes for the tunnels.
Last one for this side.
Now for the reverse side.
I realised that I didn't answer the question about the points. I just use an old DC power supply which I had lying around. It works well enough, clunk clunk.
Some Good progress Bruce the backscene looks good curving round
Wow. You have certainly made some solid framing for the baseboards. Nice job and I like you backscene.