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Old 26-06-2018, 10:22 AM   #21
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Hello OS- how are you finding unifrog points? I haven't spoken to anyone who has used them yet.
I am finding them really easy to use.
Thus far I have only installed them and tested on DC so cannot comment on DCC or polarity switching as I have yet to connect up any sidings as such.
I will keep updating this post so keep watching.
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Old 07-07-2018, 09:31 PM   #22
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Not many updates recently but I've been hard at work with organised chaos over on the layout.

Small video of the layout


I have had a minor in the grand scale of things problem with my only electrofrog point and sadly it ended up becoming a test subject in Alex's lab of melting stuff by accident with a soldering iron.....
I will be replacing it soon, on that note I have had to put on hold laying the inner loop of the layout so it's onto the outer one for now.

Over the last 3 days I have laid and stuck down the section of track you can see in the video above.
The two sidings on the left of the video will have isolating sections at the end so until I go DCC I can store a loco in the siding whilst one is running and then swap it out whilst the other is in the other isolated section.
I will use a SPDT latching switch to control which siding is live. The isolating section is long enough for a 2 (maybe 3) car DMU to fit in in easilly so any steam loco will be fine.

I've had some trials and some testing of patience laying this track, I have had to take some time out and come back a few hours later and then things seem to work, maybe this hot weather doesn't help.

I've just got myself an LMS brake van, a 1st guard mk1 maroon coach and another mineral wagon from a model rail show.

The brake van I am thinking I may use it on my abandoned siding and weather it up a lot and make it look grungy and forgotten.
That or just remove the LMS decals and use it as is.
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:40 AM   #23
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After a little bit of playing with laying track I am going to have to adjust the baseboard not just the track placement.

I have found that my outer loop in one corner which is meant to be 3rd radius is actually as tight as a 1st radius.

I have spare ply in the shed from the build and I will be adding another 150mm wide by 650mm long piece onto the end.
It actually gives me more scenic variety as I now intend to have a raised town area in one corner and I can have a double tunnel portal under the town and then they diverge (no points just wider wider curves) and come out seperatly with some hills and such between, so Nodinson Hills will have its two hills easily now.

Due to not wanting to cut 15mm off the
end of the board I already have a small overhang on one end which I can add support to without any extra hassle.

Wednesday will be the build day, so for now due to work restrictions all track laying is on hold.


I have added a photo of the proposed add-on.
The black outline is the extra ply, the red/brown is the supports I intend to put across it. It wont support much weight but wont have to.

If you have any suggestions on improvements please let me know.
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:43 AM   #24
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Like I’ve said before you can draw as many plans as you like but it is best to get some track down.

If I want a 3rd or 4th rad curve I use set track. Can’t go wrong.

Good luck with you changes.
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Baseboard extension project is complete.
Well used day off and i'm happy as anything with the results.
Hats off to the amtech mini clamps for just being awesome and under 4.



Track laying can continue.
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Old 13-07-2018, 09:46 AM   #26
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After the baseboard extension project was finished I had a mad afternoon of track laying, I was going to do it in sections but thought it would be easier just to lay the final half of the loop in one go.
So I did

Video here


I am so happy that this works as well as it does, for my first layout.
There was a slight shorting problem first thing this morning but that got sorted.

As you can see at one point and only one the loco slows down on a bend, it is not over tight as it is 3rd radius for sure.
I cannot see anything obvious to cause the slowdown but it only happens more pronounced going forward than in reverse.
I've cleaned the track with my rubbers and after work I may have a go with IPA, any thoughts?
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Thanks for the video, it is inspirational to see peeps getting on laying down track and running trains. . It looks good.
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Does look tighter than 3rd rad but not easy to be sure on a video.
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Add a couple of power feeds where it slows.
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Add a couple of power feeds where it slows.
It's the same exact curve as the next one on that leads onto the back straight.
That end of the layout is just a simple half circle with a straight bit in the middle.

Really don't know how it could have gone tighter than 3rd but if it has its unusual that it has issues as the inner loop is 2nd radius and it has no issue with it, even coming off the (now ripped up for replacement) curved point.
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