HO Layout Progress

Garry West showing how pleased he is with progress!

Main line track laying on the HO Layout is progressing at a great pace! The guys have found cans of soft drink make the perfect weights for holding the track in position while the glue dries. Fortunately we have many full cans on hand in the storeroom as we sell soft drinks when open ot public on Sunday afternoons (and Wednesdays during school holidays).

All photos in this update courtesy of Garry West.

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Locos Running on New HO Layout

Test loco running around the storage track layer of the new HO layout. President John Kinson (l) and Vice-President Keith Millward visible in the background.

Another significant milestone in construction of the new HO layout was achieved this evening with the successful running of a test loco all the way around the storage track layer of the new HO layout!

Construction of this layout is being done quite differently to club layouts in the past. Until now, track and point motor wiring was very much an afterthought — inevitably leading to problems with access and obstructions making the job much harder. This layout is being designed and built progressively with all electrical wiring and point motors being installed at the same time the track is laid. Theory is this should lead to a much more reliable result in the end!

The bottom layer of each helix is actually a run-around loop allowing a train to transfer from the ‘Up’ storage tracks to the ‘Down’ storage tracks — and vice-versa.

Main HO Layout Storage Tracks Complete

Storage tracks on the lower layer completed 23/04/2022

A significant milestone in construction of the new HO layout was achieved last weekend when the storage tracks were completed on the lower layer. Electrical wiring, including point motors and test running are all being completed as the layout is being constructed to avoid having to rework things once the top layer is in place (which will obviously be much harder!)

To see more photos and review progress to date, take a look at the Main HO Scale Layout page.

DCC Circuit Breakers

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The DCC circuit breakers (PowerShield X’s)on the main HO Gunyidi layout have now had the optional short-circuit buzzers fitted (the round black things in the photo above), so they now make a noise when there is a problem. If you are operating on the HO layout and your train stops — listen out for the buzzer. If you hear it you have a short circuit and lost power — if you don’t hear it, it is probably just dirty wheels and/or track!

The next step will be to install LED indicators up on the end wall so you can tell at a glance which finger of the layout it is that has the problem.