Baldy Peak the town takes shape

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Baldy Peak,

the board tops are in for the town and work has started on the buildings more details to follow

 

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Burns Junction

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Over the Easter Holiday, Burns Junction has been upgraded to DCC Point control

 

more info and pics to follow

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Caboose and Combines

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

I am currently adding Sound cars to the mainline fleet as used on the RFLC. When these are all fitted and adjusted, I will add sound cars to the RFLC cabooses

Sound Cars, are sound chips from Soundtraxx. the above picture shows the sound chip on the left and the stay alive on the right. The stay alive is very useful on these cars as there is only 2 wheel pickup for each rail.

If the stay alive isn’t enough to stop the sound cutting out I will add extra pickups to the trucks, but I’m hoping the stay alive does its job.

I have also added a lighting strip to light the passenger end of the combine. this will be controlled by the chip.

I am going to install tail lights onto the cars as well.

Sound wish, I have added the gong and air whistle. the normal rail noise is already there and I’m altering the other background noises.

I will try and upload a video at some stage

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Working Day on the RFLC

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Had 4 people turn up for the working day on the 23rd July. Jobs completed included track joints re-aligned on Simpson’s Peak. A new passing loop installed at Skinners Creek. The track all cleaned and most of it hoovered. Point numbers and magnet locations cheeked and any missing indicators replaced. he last job was some tree stump casting. IMG_1164

This work was all nearly complete before lunch, with just a few bits needing finishing after lunch. of the after lunch session was spent testing two FremOn30 modules that were brought along.IMG_1165

Work was also started on the low bridge after Bouviers Peak, but more strengthening work is needed to the ply boards for this to work better. Not sure if it will be a swing bridge or a lift bridge. Need to look into this.IMG_1167

As we were all busy working I forget to take many pictures, so only a few to add.IMG_1168

 

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Progress on the RFLC

Friday, June 10th, 2016

There haven’t been as much progress this year as id have liked, mainly due to working on the modules for the FremOn30.

Have had 2 operating sessions and after the last one it was agreed to change the next session into a maintenance session.

Its been over 5 years since Simpson’s Peak was set up.

list of chores to make and material to buy

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A late Happy Christmas and happy New Year

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Seasons greetings to all

last operating session is on 30th Dec. 8 people plus me. Hope I have enough trains and controllers>

 

more updates in the new year.

 

Brian

Happy Modelling

 

 

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FremOn30 set up for first time

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Busy afternoon on the deck. All five of my modular boards connected together for the first time. Track joins across baseboards all adjusted and soldered. Inter baseboard connectors tested. Final track laid on depot board. 3 tracks laid on the traverser. More testing to do but hopefully power tomorrow. It’s a pity I have had to take it all apart for the night.image

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New wagons for the RFLC

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

For a change here is a quick post on some new wagons I’ve been working on. Last week I was after on my hols and took some simple kits and tools with me. They are all Mountblue models kits.

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These came complete with the chassis. The flat car came with trucks and couplers. I have used Kadee trucks and couplers. i found the instructions clear and easy to follow. the prts were easy to remove and required very little clean up.

I know it is normal to paint these before they are built but as said at the start I was on my hols. I will use paints so any glue on the body shouldnt be a problem. I was very careful to ensure any glue on finished surfaces was removed before it dried.

I still have detail to add to all these cars, but this will be painted before adding and the car bodies painted.

I enjoyed building these in the evenings when away. I have 6 more to build that require the Bachmann 18 foot chassis and a Drovers Caboose to build.

 

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wiring updates for the FremOn30 boards July 2015

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Not the most interesting sides to the hobby but one I do enjoy. 3 boards are now mainly finished apart from some point wiring to feed the frogs or cross vee’s.

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This is one of the main depot boards. seen in this picture are the 5 point motors and the DCC sub districts. also seen on the right are the two point controllers.

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This is the second depot board with the DCC bus lines and point motors fitted

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This shows the tree boards that are complete. The board top right is the main fiddle yard board with just 5 plain tracks. I have wired both ends of each track for belt and braces. it will take 2 wires to be disconnected before a track will lose power.

 

The forth board is awaiting points from the USA, but the guy is ill and I may have to think about only having 3 tracks working for the first show.

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To this end I had a play with hand point throws on the baseboard, they will allow me to control the points but the frog will be dead.

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The last job i have done is add adjustable feet to the bottom of the legs. this should allow for any uneven floors at shows

 

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FremOn30 June update

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Progress has been slow with other things getting in the way. 2 3 way turnouts have been ordered  from Cream city  One will form the throat for the fiddle yard. The other will be used when the fiddle yard is expanded.

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The depot boards are taking sharp, with nearly all the track laid. I still have to do the baseboard end tracks and solder to copper clad sleepers. These are nearly all cut and ready.

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All the the tortoise point motors are fitted and I have started fitting the DCC Specialists turnout control. I’m using the Wabbit I’ve not used either of these before so will post how I get on.

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I have also been working on legs. I have reused the legs from Bouviers Peak. These have been turned upside down, the cross bar adjusted to sort these boards and a new location peg fitted. I have also made from spare material that I used to build the boards. This maybe the design when the modules get raised to the full FremOn30 height. I have 3 more legs to adjust and enough material to make another trial leg.

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The he boards are fitting together nicely. This join is my home made version of the standard end.

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The two boards have now been set up in the shed allowing for more work to be undertaken. The next job is wiring. I’m hoping this won’t take to long and too have trains running soon.

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