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 […]
LAYOUT UPDATE: Episode 18 – Electronics, Track Testing and Test Run!
Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I show you the electronics under the Western Avenue yard board (east end), take you through a test run of the track work and finally run a train all the way from staging right […]
LAYOUT UPDATE: Episode 12 – The electronics under the layout
Follow along as I continue the build of my N scale model railroad. In this episode I show you the electronics that control my yard boards, including the block detectors, accessory decoders and power management. Be sure to view my Facebook page as I will be adding photos and updates […]
LAYOUT UPDATE: DCC drawer complete
I have added a drawer underneath the lower staging yard to hold the Digitrax Command Station (DCS100) and it’s power supply, my RaspberryPi which runs JMRI , the Tam Valley Depot 5A Booster for the accessory power bus and the power strip for the BDL160 & DAC20 power supplies (with […]
LAYOUT UPDATE: Board 1 of lower staging yard is finished!
It’s official…the wiring for the first lower staging yard board is finished!
LAYOUT UPDATE: Track bus & droppers installed
Well, a few days later than planned, but only a few more droppers to connect to the track bus and all will be ready for testing on the first lower staging board. Both the track buses have been installed (one for the Metra yard, one for the freight yard), connected […]
LAYOUT UPDATE: Track feeders, switch machines, block detection
Very productive Saturday! I’ve started adding the track feeders, switch machines and block detectors to the first staging yard board. So far I have added the feeders for the detected blocks (orange for the Freight yard, and yellow for the Metra yard), installed two Digitrax BDL168 block detectors (one for […]