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  • #76
    Very nicely done, Russ. Craftsman ballast!

    Vagel

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    • #77
      Very nicely done, Russ. Craftsman ballast!

      Vagel

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      • #78
        Thanks for the kind words, everyone...Now, if I can just remember how I got that color! [:-bigmouth] [:-dunce]

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        • #79
          I only have a few short sections of rail to put down and I ran out of spikes and ties. While I wait for another track materials order to get financed, I started the first of the track wiring. The great thing about a shelf layout is that it can be worked on without climbing underneath, thusly....




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          • #80
            Russ

            Without question, the beauty of a shelf layout .. and no aching back. Perfect!

            Peter

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            • #81
              Now that is the way to do wiring. You are making good progress.

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              • #82
                Thanks, Guys...

                I'm going to shift over to the building of a base here soon. Mark (MAP) from here on RR-Line and I are going to come up with a design for a base so I can ditch the sawhorses. Regular legs on a narrow shelf layout doesn't protect it from accidentally falling over because the support base is too narrow. Ummmm....can't have that. [:-dunce] I also have to get Tortoise motors, too, but that'll require financing along with my additional track supply list. Spending right now when I'm facing a layoff in 6 weeks would not be a smart move if I want to avoid the flying frying pan from my wife. [:-fight] What I can do is hook up as much wiring as possible, temporarily hook up the DCC power, and check the track for power to all of the sections. Another inexpensive thing I can do is build a control panel. We'll see...stay tuned!

                Russ

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                • #83
                  Great progress Russ! I just read through your

                  whole thread. Nice trackwork & I like the

                  "Flip-top-box" idea.....shudda thought of that

                  before I started.

                  Anyway, looking forward to more progress....

                  Bill

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                  • #84
                    Great way to wire Russ!

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                    • #85
                      Looking good, Russ!

                      Chuck

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                      • #86
                        The wiring is just plain ol' red 'n black power wires coming down from each section of track and hooked up onto a terminal strip. All of the turnouts are going to be powered, so I have a wire for each frog to connect to the turnout motors to switch polarity when thrown. I don't want to go too much further before putting 12v to it and check for continuity on all of the track sections.

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                        • #87
                          I finally was able to get enough materials together to start on the control panel. It's 8" X 32" made of black plexi mounted on a piano hinge attached to the bottom of a wood frame. The panel front drops down so that I can access all of the wiring. I have some more white striping tape to add for the turntable and enginehouse. I also have to add a cut out on the panel to mount the plug in for my DCC cab. From here I'll be able to add the toggle switches and colored LEDs to control the turnout motors, power switches for track where needed,etc.


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                          • #88
                            That's a good looking control panel, Russ.
                            Bruce

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                            • #89
                              I think I'll install a myriad of mini-panels on my renewed Sn3 layout. Same goal : to be close from what you operate when you operate.

                              Where do you find these black plexiglass boards in the US?

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                              • #90
                                Hello, Frederic...

                                This is 3/16" thick opaque gloss black plexi. The piece is 'saw cut' but the edges and ends are very clean and can be left exposed. This piece was about 30.00 USD with delivery. Here's the link:

                                http://www.estreetplastics.com/

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