2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:20 pm

Vancouver Train Expo 2015 is over. I don't know whether so say aaww or yeah!
As the store was busy I did not get to spend any serious time at the layout.

However the crew: Bjoern, Terry, Tibi, Richard, Graeme and Xenia did a good job of running things.
With a few exceptions everything appeared to run well.

Friday setup went well. I was able to drive in and unload right beside our tables. There was a bit of a shuffle while we found all our tables.
As usual reality set in and we had a different setup than we planned.
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We juggled tables to make the reverse loop fit. This resulted in a short staging yard and a layout that was a module short in both dimensions. After some fiddling and using the spare section of the staging yard we were able to make the display one module longer. Perhaps a need for another straight module?

There are several flags on the diagram.
At the end of the show I went around the display and put flags where there were problems. The blue flags indicate track work problems. The red ones are for another post.
Pictures of the display show that a lot of scenic detail needs to be added. Right now too many of the modules are plain. Much to do.

It was a good display. The new venue was great and the show pulled in almost double the normal number of people.

My thanks to everybody who came and helped out.
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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby CN-TT » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:49 pm

There is one thing I would like to see in the future. We should make the whole layout 1 module 'deeper' to get rid of the tables in the middle and make room for an operator. To get this done we would just need a new 4 track module between the station and wye module. This would give us a chance to rearrange the turnout coming from and going to the wye from the station module. Right now there is no way comming from the the inside track to the wye via the station mudule.
I would volunteer doing all the work.
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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby CFRiad » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:40 am

This weekend was awesome. The layout was larger than I was prepared to see, the team was great and the public bigger that I've ever seen. The venue was very good, except the lighting.

The weekend was so awesome that the reality of going back to work on Monday was a true shock. Anyways, I survived two very busy days of client meetings and planning sessions. Pfew...

Here are a few photos from the show
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The big layout

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Coal train on the main

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The freight yard

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The CN sidings

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Tankers are coming
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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby CFRiad » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:45 am

And some more...
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My favourite car this weekend: the 60' boxcar

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We are in Europe now

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DR freight

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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby CFRiad » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:59 am

Bill Dixon wrote:There are several flags on the diagram.
At the end of the show I went around the display and put flags where there were problems. The blue flags indicate track work problems.


Bill, please add two more blue flags at the tank farm:
  1. the two switches on the right giving access to the tank farm need tweaking: they keep derailing the cars when they are in diverging position and are approached facing the points.
  2. the two sidings at the tank farm have a big-enough grade to make the parked cars roll towards the main; the only way to keep them in place was to derail the first bogie.
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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby CN-TT » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:25 pm

Here is one more thing we have to do for the next shows. It is hard to remember all the engine DCC addresses. We should create some kind of DCC address library here in this forum. Maybe in the gallery? Maybe a special thread that can be printed for the show. Every TTnutter who is bringing DCC equipped rolling stock to the show has to post his stuff there with picture, address, funktions ... This is also important to prevent using the same address for two different locos. And it gives the guys who are comming to the show a chance to create their own library in his or her desired throttle in advance.

What do you all think?

@conducTTor: Is there a chance to do something like this here in the ttnut forum?
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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby dileTTante » Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:15 pm

CN-TT wrote:We should create some kind of DCC address library here in this forum. Maybe in the gallery? Maybe a special thread that can be printed for the show.
A list like that would require someone to sort through it to get the ones participating in a particular show, and then separate out which locomotives might be brought to the show.

Just make a list in each discussion for an upcoming show.

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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby j p » Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:08 pm

How about a shared spreadsheet?
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Something very simple like
Engine / owner / digital address / show XX / show YY / show ZZ

Then you can select easily all the engines which would be at a particular show.
Delete the show column after the show is over.
Don't post the address of the spreadsheet here, just pm or e-mail it to the relevant people.
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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby Marquette » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:22 pm

Suggestion - make it easy and use the engine's road number as the DCC address. Then you look and the loco, and know right away.
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Re: 2015 Vancouver Train Expo Nov 6-8

Postby dileTTante » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:47 pm

Does every SW1200 have a different number?
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