Monday, December 16, 2013

Euroa Goods Shed - 3D Drawing

Goods shed building time.. I drew the goods shed up in Google Sketchup from measurements and photographs. It looks great!  Although there is no drawn on bricks or corrugated iron pattern for the first attempt at 3D designing.

When looking into costs to have this little beauty printed.. it would unfortunately cost around $150 to get it 3D printed through Shapeways overseas. With the chance of it coming back wrong or broken and the fact that I have never printed something before, I just wasn't going to take the risk.  (this time)

So over the next few weeks ill tackle making it out of styrene sheet, should be fun! 


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

DCC wiring change

After some trials and a few errors with the help of a fellow modeller, I decided to remove the complex DC/DCC wiring. So no more control box at this stage (maybe it might come back for points in the future). 

So today I began removing the plugs and wiring those connections to the track power leads which run almost the full length of the board making it easy to wire up track droppers. These track power leads will connect straight to the Digittrax DCC control box.

The other little toy that I now have working is a 'frog juicer' a circuit board designed to change the polarity of the 'frogs' in points. Or in my case the double slips 'frogs'. Positive and negative power is wired into the side, while the leads that connect to the 'frogs' just get wired into one of 6 slots. ( I am using a 6 pin version - frog juicer). It's that simple when the train moves over frog the circuit board determines the correct polarity in milliseconds. 

Now to create a few more droppers and then it's onto the other two modules!! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gone to DCC

While at the Albury train show I was given a DCC lesson by the Sydney N Scale team and I thought I have to have this! 

So I purchased a Digitrax DSC50 I understand that it has now been superseded but I was told it was perfect for what I needed to run Euroa. 

I also grabbed a DCC ready Kato SD40 which will of course be converted to a C Class once I purchase the shell/kit from Aust-N-Rail.

How will it be wired? Well I plan to keep the control panel and re wire it just slightly to take the DCC wires. But keep the switches and flexible/safety to run DC if DCC failed in the future. (All switches will need to be 'on' to allow the DCC to travel through them. 


Thursday, May 23, 2013

First train to run on Euroa

After hours of wiring and testing the first train has ran on the two main modules.
Finding two sections of the track are reversed wired causing polarity issues.. Other wise it went well! 

Now to fix that issue and start with the next step! Further wiring and modules!


Monday, May 20, 2013

2013 Update

Well finally I have had time to get back into it! So I finished the basic wiring and I purchased two white folding tables to support the two main modules. Which at the moment is enough,
I joined the Murray Railway Modellers group and have been given wiring diagrams to make my own controllers.
The plan is to have the one main controller to control the whole thing. I added a switch in the control box to allow a second controller to take over the yard. 

Being a DC controlled layout.

More to come..