Layout update: Yard wiring update

Yes, it’s been quiet…but finally got back into the railroad room again this weekend! We’re having a heatwave here in the UK and we don’t have air conditioning in our houses…or layout rooms…but today I fired up the portable aircon in the layout room, and it struggled away enough to just about make it comfortable enough to get some work done. So…wiring on the final Western Avenue board is now almost complete…just the block detector to install (just waiting for the breakout board for it to arrive…well, after I have ordered it tomorrow!). Then, as promised, I’ll start on the […]

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Layout update: Western Avenue yard trackwork all done!

I’ve finally finished the trackwork on the Western Avenue yard! Just need to wire up the last section (the West end throat) and add the switch machines, then it will all be done. Next step, as promised, is to start the scenery on this level, from the top of the helix to the West end of the Western Avenue yard, before I continue with the rest of the layout. Update video to come soon!

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Layout Update: Trackwork complete on main Western Avenue Yard board

A very productive evening…all the trackwork on the main Western Avenue Yard board is now complete, with feeders added. Now just to connect the feeders to the two bus wires (main line and yard buses) and test. Next up will be the short 3ft board for the west end of the Western Avenue Yard, and then this first part of the main layout level is ready for scenery.

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Western Avenue Yard update

Well, after a few weeks of doing nothing on the layout, finally managed to put aside an hour tonight to continue working on the Western Avenue Yard. I’ve laid all the mainline tracks and am halfway through the yard tracks. Once I’ve done this board, just a short 3ft board to do to finish this yard, then I can start the scenic work for this part of the layout, before I continue with the rest of the layout. I’ve got quite a bit of free time coming up, so hope to get all the trackwork done this week.

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Signals

Well, a tiny update is better than no update! I’ve installed my first two Showcase Miniatures hooded signals, connected via a Digitrax SE8C signal decoder. They look amazing! I’ve also been working on the main Western Avenue board, all track buses in place, along with accessory bus and LocoNet cable. Next is to start laying track. I’ll hopefully get an update video done next week…have literally had no time to shoot any video this past month..! Mind you, I hadn’t done any work on the layout till last week!

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