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Morning Thomas, year can't wait that is for sure, be single track from the car port to the pink curve before the large curve with the double track, making the passing loop over 30 feet in length, I can have a long spine car train  and my 28 car, two auto wagons and two locos be a awesome site indeed, who cares if the spine car train is Union Pacific , two  AC 4400 class locos upfront.

I will have t buy a couple more  of the latest US locos  in BNSF  logo and latest colour scheme.

Have started work on my bridge cutting out one of three strips of ply that makes up the tower of the bridge, double deck, be the center piece of the layout, 28 feet in length, main span 14 feet, in four sections why I the tower in two sections for, for easy storage.

The bridge is based on a Mersley gateway bridge. in Wales UK .

Today I be making the cradle for the new bus wire plug panel on each module and the other smaller section that make up the layout  to RCA plugs I be using all the speaker plugs first on the main module panels .

Those curves be as large as your curves, how is your layout going and what is the weather like in Germany, my two sisters have arrived in Germany to join the Rhine river cruse., is it still snowing, a friend in the UK said it was starting to snow again, I said to them to make sure they take enough warm clothing .

Getting exciting not far away now once I have made up those curves, there is two straight sections past the last curve in the port and onto a 7ft radius curve  to link up with the back car port corner module, am waiting to buy a full 12 mm sheet of ply have cut it down to the back door northern corner module and the rest for the bridge  and  start leveling the spiral,have the decking for the spiral.

Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead

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Hello Tony

Weather in April is strange hier.

We say "im April macht das Wetter was es will" (in April, the weather does what it wants).

Last Thursday still snow, yesterday sun and 17 ° C, today stormy and rain ...

Hope your sisters have fun anyway.
From where to where do you cruise?

Thomas from the Rhine

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Hi Thomas, yeah very unstable wet Easter here, heavy rain for Sunday .

My sisters are in Paris at the moment site seeing, they are going to cruise on the Rhine, is that where you are now.

I had a busy afternoon, finely finished the first  new bus wire plug panel,  one more the same size, want to use up my speaker wire plus and switch to RCA plugs, for all the other sections and bridge.

First pic the finis the finished panel, haven't worked out the block numbers yet, 12 all up and two  25 way computer plugs for signal and point motor wires, I have a heap of point motors will use them especially the points at the other end of the layout, control panel will  link up this module.

Second pic now you on't see it and third, folded up in under neath the module, took some time to work out, those nuts are lock nuts, don't want to have to keep tightening up nuts., will have to start the bus wiring , they say going to be a wet April, good time to do that soldering job.

Yesterday I wan't feeling to crash hot, had a bit of a turn, must of being the humidity was very hot, was hopping to mow the  grass yesterday couldn't, stopped work on the panel  and packed up, finished off today, pure awesome.

Rest day tomorrow, get back to the bot build this weekend .

Happy waster everyone.

Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead

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Discovered I made an overkill on the  bus wire panel , got carried away :o  forgetting the speaker plugs are double ones, some time to I will unscrew the panel off and  unscrew off 6 speaker plugs, set up the circular saw jig and cut the panel to the right size , cutting in half, will leave the other six on and computer plugs, easy fix still plan to switch to RSA plugs  smaller panels .

Yesterday after mowing I came up with a great idea, had to fix the way I was bending down trying to undo the wing nut  and look at the level when levelling the adjustable stands I am using as saw horses, bingo worked.

Will have to put some plu on the first pic where I bent the angle line to sit on the legs so I can push the angle line down when levelling the   stans making it heaps better,  pic two I will will cut and screw four pieces of quarter inch pine inside each stand, so all I have to do is move he angle line up and down without holding the piece of pine.

Tony from humid down under keeping on moving ahead.

 

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Hi Tony,

The Rhine is a long river, also the navigable part.

So it may be that your sisters come by or even start their cruise here, but it also may not be.

Weather is very nice today...

Happy Easter

Thomas

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Hi Thomas, my sisters are leaving for there cruise today I think , going what they are wearing it is freezing there, does the Rhine go Belgium, that is where they are heading.

I would like to introduce  junior panel  here he is ha, ha xD¬¬, what the panel size should of being, turned out ok in the end , at least I will know that a bigger panel will work well with the the way I have worked out with the bolts, two more that size and will need to fill the screw holes with plaster and repaint.

Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead.

 

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Have finished the back of the house back door corner module, next step is levelling the module and cut the legs to size then drill the holes for the bolts and screw in hinges and paint ready for the track laying and wiring, then I can set up the spiral. One more module to build car port back of the house corner module completing all the modules, then the big task of levelling all the curve and straight sections for the layout, and back to track laying and the big moment, nearly there still a way to go.

I have decided to widen the rail bridge over the road 4 inches to 24 inches so I can out in a tram track, buses will be coming in where the trams would of being if I was modelling Sydney station not to be, a cross between New Orleans and Dallas station building, the modeller that build the New Orleans layout in Model Railroader Great Layouts 2013 mag is on Facebook,

I be  sorting out an account and join myself so I can contact him which he is on Facebook

The spiral will start after the  corner module on a 7 foot radius diameter curve, 24 feet in length and feed onto the bridge, based on the   Williams loop spiral Feather river route California, single track 

Next pic of the module upside down , didn't take me long to build, down to a fine art now, using corner clamps  to hold the sides in place while I screw the top down, I am glad I made that circular saw cross cutting jig, makes light work when cutting strips of ply or any other timber the fits in, can cut up to 42mm square pine posts with east, saves having to buy a drop saw.

Layout is on track, the bridge being a challenge, to speed up the  building of the bridge will use the third pier for the middle till the arch is built later, can't wait for the big day,gee being at it for 4 years now,edging closer and closer, to filling the last deck section bi day as well.

Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead.

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I am now under way beyond the corner module did a mock-up of the spiral to see how it will sit in the space I have, wow, can't wait to actually get stuck into working on the grade of the with my special level jig to measure and cut the legs for the spiral  curves, will be a lot easier when I level the corner module this week.

Pic 003 I set up the spiral with the module, wasn't easy, pic 004 I moved the module out the way and moved the spiral down 6 inches, which worked out better with the lower level deck of the spiral onto the module.

Tomorrow I will do a mock-up of the points to the track plan, 5 tracks on that module , running of the single track, pic 005 taken through the plants in the garden, of course the curved deck be higher than the balcony bottom railing..

Next job to paint the module after screwing in place the module legs, the spiral will begin after that in between working on the bridge,never ending.

 

Tony from down under keeping on moving a head 

 

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One step closer to running a train the full length of all the station and approach modules hopefully from   section of the spiral to the car por end after levelling the back door corner module today, getting excited, the first train be a Bachmann Virgin three car DMU set .

 All my hard work is paying off, will be so easy to sit the module in the right marked place on the pergola floor, so easy ofcourse facing the right way as well so what I have done is an extra screw on  each of  side  of  northern end of the module, the station modules are the same as well right to the car port corner module.

It has being pretty tricky to work out the bus and where the block end, the third block will end where the curved point is to the right of the pic  and longer feeder wire to the third point to the right of the pic and the second point plastic track joiners , the track to the left of the pic is to the suburban platforms and passing loop.

Tomorrow I will pull the track and point up nd Friday paint the module and nail the them back down and the the bus wiring.

The first station module the outer track to the right of the pic can straighten it and nail in another piece of track to link up with the track closest to the tape measure to the right of the pic, be an island platform and side platform, on three 7 foot lengths.

 

Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead. 

 

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