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deemery Posted - 04/11/2018 : 10:24:02 AM
I'll start a blog to talk about constructing my new layout.

First, the space. We finished part of the basement to serve as layout space, shop space and some extra living space. It's my 'playground' but that doesn't mean I get to use all of it for the layout.

This room is dedicated layout space. Unfortunately the building inspector insisted I had to build a closet around the electrical panel in the left corner, and that really messes things up.

I can also extend into part of the general living space.

The shop area is against the back wall, and I'll use the near right wall for the main yard.

We also built a 3/4 bath in the basement (and that drove the construction budget well over estimates, since we had to do an up-flushing drain system to the septic field.)

I did some special electrical arrangements in the basement. First, one of every pair of outlets is switched. That means I can hit one switch and make sure all tools and DCC equipment is turned off. I also added some ceiling outlets for layout lighting, and those are switched separately from the main room overhead lights. The flooring is high quality vinyl plank with integral thick cork base. This stuff is supposed to be 'waterproof' (but the basement is very dry), and it's a lot more comfortable to stand on than the concrete slab. The oak color matches the flooring in the rest of the house, and more importantly it's relatively easy to find most things I drop on the floor.

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deemery Posted - 05/31/2020 : 5:21:29 PM
I'm using Tam Valley SwitchWrights, with the relay (and DCC receiver, not currently using that) http://tamvalleydepot.com/products/switchwrightmachine.html The relay powers the frogs. I got a couple of the similar Walthers products to experiment with, there are some places on the standard gauge where I might well use them, even if most of the standard gauge I end up using 'manual' turnout controls.

For the standard gauge staging yard tracks, I'm looking at Berrett Hill (relay) controls http://www.touchtoggle.com. And for the track power interlocking at the standard/narrow crossover, I'll use a custom Arduino-driven set of relays (and hopefully also the automated ball signal, still design work to figure out how to best convert a servo rotary motion to vertical motion to raise/lower the ball.)

Bob, any thoughts on servo motion to vertical motion?

Oh, and today I ran the test loco through all the turnouts and on both runarounds.

railman28 Posted - 05/31/2020 : 4:04:34 PM
Dave, which switch machines are you using?

deemery Posted - 05/31/2020 : 3:59:54 PM
In order to label the switch machine power feeds, I needed to figure out a naming scheme for the turnouts.

If/when I do powered switch machines for the standard gauge, I'll do a schematic and naming scheme for them, too. If nothing else, I'll have switches to power on/power off each standard gauge staging track, and those will need power. (The board is the Tam Valley 12v-5v converter board.)

Back to running the 12v DC auxiliary power bus around the layout....

Dutchman Posted - 05/31/2020 : 10:53:59 AM
A milestone for sure, Dave.

BurleyJim Posted - 05/31/2020 : 10:33:55 AM
Congrats Dave!

deemery Posted - 05/31/2020 : 09:28:00 AM
Some of the bumps are due to a slight track height mis-match. The reworked Peco turnouts are code 75 or maybe even code 80, the rest of the rail is ME code 70. I've tried to smooth out those bumps, but more work there may be needed.

Bill Gill Posted - 05/31/2020 : 07:59:02 AM
A moving experience captured on video, Good Going, Dave.
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/30/2020 : 11:35:14 PM
Alright!! Itís N-ergized!!
Orionvp17 Posted - 05/30/2020 : 10:49:49 PM
Congratulations, Dave! It runs!

in Michigan
railman28 Posted - 05/30/2020 : 9:39:11 PM
all right Dave! Congratulations. It's looking good.
jbvb Posted - 05/30/2020 : 8:13:24 PM
Yay progress! Careful application of needlenose pliers and a 4" knife file will often do wonders for bumps in the RoW.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 05/30/2020 : 7:17:56 PM
Not bad for the first run!!
deemery Posted - 05/30/2020 : 6:55:48 PM
It's alive! http://www.earlyrail.org/hon30-firstrun.m4v The test loco is a nice heavy Kato N scale F unit. Not sure how well my small & lighter HOn30 locos will do, there are definitely rough spots and hesitations. But at least it moves!

deemery Posted - 05/28/2020 : 09:13:36 AM
If it's too tall, I'll bump my head on the benchwork. That's the probelm with my current 18" homemade stool.

jbvb Posted - 05/27/2020 : 9:12:11 PM
Search for 'mechanics rolling seat'; most are a little higher than 12", but they can carry tools with you under the layout.

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