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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LAYOUT UPDATE: Finally…back to the layout!

After a quiet month on the layout building progress, I finally had some time to get back to work! Wiring up the main Western Avenue Yard board (including the Western Avenue Metra Station), ready for the track laying. Printed out the latest track plan (although added another yard track in front after printing this), testing out the turnout positions to make sure nothing interferes with the location of the switch machines. All good to go!

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PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: Showcase Miniatures Type D Hooded Signal

An exciting new product line has just been announced! Showcase Miniatures, well known for their quality HO and N scale vehicles, buildings and signals, have just released their N scale Type D Hooded Signals, perfect for modern outline model railroads – finally we can have modern prototype signals on our N scale layouts. This kit is actually 3 separate items (purchased individually), meaning you can customise it as you want, whether you want a single head on a mast, double head, just use the signal heads on a gantry…the choice is yours. Here is a short introduction to this signal […]

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LAYOUT UPDATE: Weekend layout update

Managed to get a few projects done this weekend #acoupleofhoursaweekendFinished installing the LED lighting for the lower staging yard. Really happy with how this looks – just shows how important layout lighting is.I also installed decoders in 2 of my Metra MP36PH’s and tested my Amtrak advanced consisting as those two locos will always run together. Just need to sort the speed matching now.

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