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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:24 pm

Settling down after a busy day at my local model show...a one-day show held at a village hall about two or three miles from home.

It was a well attended and busy show...and as with previous outings, there were a good number who had not seen T Gauge before. And to round the day off nicely.....the layout won the "Best in Show" trophy...which was voted for by visitors.
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Re: The Bridge

Postby Nutter » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:54 pm

You will have to do a photoshoot of all the trophies :P
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:48 pm

Mike...I can't do a photoshoot of all the trophies as I've started returning them. The first went back a few weeks ago, and the next return is due next month! The bay window in my lounge still has several on it gathering dust.

Having tidied things away and checked for damage, I have a short list of things that need doing...

Replace one distant signal
Re-glue one house (and conservatory)
Find where it belongs and re-glue one tree

The next outing is three weeks away....so I'll have time to sort them.



But will I get time to install the DCC system in time for then?????? Hmmmmm....I'll have to see! ;) ;)
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:25 am

Apparently, the April 2018 issue of Railway Modeller has an article featuring T Gauge....and one of the layouts featured is The Bridge!

I'll have to get a copy and report back. I knew nothing about this...and am pleasantly surprised as I've had somewhat of a cool reception from the media at shows!
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Re: The Bridge

Postby mattd10 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:00 pm

Have you seen the article yet Doug? I've subscribed for a month on my ipad and just had a read, overall very positive for the scale and a very brief mention at the end for the bridge! Hopefully will bring the scale a bit more attention!
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:21 pm

Hi Matt

Yes, I have. I managed to pick up a copy in a Tesco store when I had to call in to top up on food!

But I've not yet had chance to read the accompanying article...I'll have to do so!
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:21 pm

I've been somewhat busy over the past few weeks. The layout made it's 17th outing over the weekend of 24th & 25th March....to Sheffield, where it was very well received by the public. I've also been very busy involved with the Easter WW2 Home Front event at the Crich Tramway Village, where I was one of the event organisers...and other personal responsibilities have kept me busy as well.

Despite all of the above, I'm now in the final phases of upgrading the layout to be fully computer controlled using MERG DCC and CBUS control systems. All trains will be DCC operated and train operations will be controlled via a CBUS command system run on a laptop connected to the layout.

Unless I'm mistaken this will be a couple of "first"s.....the first T gauge exhibition layout to feature DCC, and the first T Gauge layout to be operated with the MERG DCC system!

I'm working to a tight timescale, so I may not have time to post many details until after the next show....which is TrainWest at Corsham over the weekend 14th & 15th April.
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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:38 am

I've made positive progress on upgrading the layout to DCC.

I've installed the system boxes onto the board on layout section 1, and connected up the CBUS input box connections to the existing LDR sensor wiring & cables and tested them all..and they all work. I've also connected up the DCC power connections to the four track blocks, connecting in to the existing wiring and have tested that I can drive a DMU power car under DCC control.

I've also done some basic testing of the train running script.....and it seems to be working. I need to retest after cleaning the track.

I have still to wire up and test the signal lights. I'm having to make up a new set of cables and install a CBUS output box at the layout section 8 end. I will need to make up connecting cables for this box as well.

The final task will be to get the rest of the power cars I want to run DCC chipped. I have bought four new 23M power cars so I can have brand new units DCC powered.

Hopefully, I'll have this list of jobs done in time for packing the layout on Thursday evening!
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Re: The Bridge

Postby gbtrains » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:05 pm

Hi Doug

That sounds brilliant for what you have been doing Bridge Layout. :D

So does mean full Automatic on all systems now with onlt the soket to plug in? :?:

Well done


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Re: The Bridge

Postby dkightley » Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:57 pm

All jobs on the hit list completed....bar one! I still have one defective aspect on one of the distant signals. But, all other jobs done!

The only minus is that I'll only have two DMUs that I can run on the layout this weekend.....but they'll be running more realistically; better speed and acceleration/deceleration, and trains stopping at all stations.

Just final packing to do.....and collect & load the hire van.
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