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Old 12-09-2018, 09:09 AM   #231
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Andy, the trackplan we were struggling to understand makes sense now Iíve seen the photos.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:16 AM   #232
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I've made some slight changes to the track plan and am happy as it has turned out.

Thought I'd share some photos of the exterior of the building before and after.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:04 AM   #233
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Cracking job there. Love the small water butt
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:55 AM   #234
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Got the 1000ltr water tank for £50 each, I have another round the other side of the workshop.

Not bad overall progress in 12 months.
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Second Helix built and track laid. Test train run and completed a full circuit of the layout without any problem. Next stage is to lay further track on the 2nd Helix and test.
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So this morning I finished laying track to the 2nd Helix, although not fixed down yet as I need to ensure spacing when locos pass. Have run a Class 66 in one direction and a Class 150 DMU in the other simultaneously - no problems to report so far. I'll keep testing and adjusting Helix clearances as needed and then secure the track (glue).

Progress being made....
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Old 15-09-2018, 06:30 PM   #237
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Nice shed.
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Old 16-09-2018, 01:33 PM   #238
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Small issue discovered today. Whilst running test trains, a Class 66 was performing flawlessly when suddenly it stopped and now won't run again. There is power getting to it as the sound and lights work. It just won't move though.

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Whilst the Class 66 is in the repair shop, I'm turning my attention to point motors, well how to power them actually.

I'm thinking of using the Gaugemaster M1 Cased Transformer but does anyone have any other suggestions or ideas ?

There will be 18 points in total.
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Old 19-09-2018, 12:14 PM   #240
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You can get much, much cheaper wall wart or ex-laptop power supplies for the job. In my opinion, the Gaugemaster units, while very well made, are over the top for model railway use nowadays.
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