Mark's Train Set

Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby Rich B » Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:22 am

CSD wrote:If you were to pursue this as a prototype we could nerd out big time.


It will probably be my next big project- something CZ/DE borderlands in all likelihood. As I mentioned in another thread, Furth im Wald has huge appeal, though I also have a fondness for Olomouc- probably my favourite Czech city.
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby Markus » Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:34 pm

Rich B wrote:
CSD wrote: I also have a fondness for Olomouc- probably my favourite Czech city.


Ahh! That´s nice to hear (I write, sitting at Sokolska street, downtown Olomouc, next to the tram depo)! :)

Pozdrav z Olomouce! (=greetings from Olomouc)
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby CSD » Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:06 pm

Markus wrote:
Rich B wrote:
CSD wrote: I also have a fondness for Olomouc- probably my favourite Czech city.


Ahh! That´s nice to hear (I write, sitting at Sokolska street, downtown Olomouc, next to the tram depo)! :)

Pozdrav z Olomouce! (=greetings from Olomouc)


Ahoj! Ozvĕte se!
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby Rich B » Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:44 pm

I'll meet you at the aeroplane for an interesting night out... :lol:

From a railway perspective, I love the forklift powered shunter at the freight depot by the station, and there are plenty of Grumpies about for some lovely noise.
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby CSD » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:36 am

So, I was playing around and decided to super-elevate my curves. This website provides the method used: http://csxdixieline.blogspot.com/2009/0 ... track.html

The tape in place. I added an extra layer to get a bit more angle.
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The angle is just enough to get the rolling stock to tilt.
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The tracks in place.
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Looks not to bad.
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:41 am

Kick Haggis man. I always considered super-elevating the tracks one of those things that take a layout to the next level. Once easements start getting added and "dropping" of branch lines to a lower level from the mains you're really cookin'!
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby Rich B » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:54 am

I totally agree- it's one of those aspects which really help a layout "flow" visually. Good stuff.
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby CSD » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:41 am

Work on the wiring continues.

The buses in the "industrial" section have been installed.
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Wiring for the staging is prepared. I'm waiting on a bulk order of micro switches so for the time being the wiring runs terminate in a rats nest. Each track will be individually fed and the turnouts will be controlled by a double pole multi position rotary switch. By the way if you order your switches in bulk you save a lot of money. For example, the DTDP switches are $5.50 each off the shelf at the local store. If ordered in bulk the price drops to $1.50.
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The DC and DCC power supplies have been relocated to the staging area. They used to live under the table, but since reaching the decision to install a lower deck, the access would be restricted.
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Of course with all this I've been doing a butt load of soldering. I never knew how much of a difference a heat sink made until I tried it. Employing some old car weights has made the difference for non-melted ties and good joins.
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:45 am

Using a heat sink never crossed my mind.....
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby CSD » Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:29 pm

Man, I am diggin' on that superelevation.
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