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by martink
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Dauntsey

The heavy scenic work has started, with the corrugated cardboard base layer now in place. Test prints of the pointwork are also underway, looking reasonable but still lacking checkrails and frogs. The layout name has also mutated into Dauntsey Lock, with the two-word pattern fitting in better with m...
by martink
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Dauntsey

The initial one-section-at-a-time test software has now been replaced with something a bit more elaborate, allowing the full set of train and other movements to be demonstrated and tested, though on a simplified basis. The final version will manage up to a dozen trains on the main line instead of th...
by martink
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Dauntsey

The full set of buildings are now more-or-less complete, with only final cleanups and fragile details such as station signs and lamps still to do. The usual cruel closeups...
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by martink
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Dauntsey

Some more progress - the electronics and wiring are now complete, and the layout has passed all of its basic operational tests. The trains, lorries and narrowboats are all doing what trains, lorries and narrowboats are supposed to do. I will do a first rough pass over the scenery and write a bit of ...
by martink
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Dauntsey

All the track has been assembled and installed. All the electronics modules have been built and tested. There are currently 75 3-wire cables dangling beneath the layout, all of which plug in to those modules.
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by martink
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Dauntsey

Making some progress again - the canal loop is ready to be installed on the layout. The layout should be functionally complete (albeit only with test software) by the end of January. Then it will be the scenery, the trains and the software.

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by martink
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: 2019 Christmas Update......
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: 2019 Christmas Update......

Well, Doug, Merry Christmas and such back at you... I'm glad things have turned out alright in the end. I am waiting to see Saltash finished, and would be greatly disappointed if real life intervened! As for this site and general T Gauge activity issues, I can toss in my 10c worth. I generally only ...
by martink
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Dauntsey

Steady progress - the Down main line is built, wired, and tested with its final electronics. The Up main line and the dummy branch to Malmesbury are built and fit-tested, with wiring and electronics under way. The electronics are my new all-purpose plug-together modules, slightly customized for this...
by martink
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: Coupling
Replies: 7
Views: 1522

Re: Coupling

The answer is "tweezers". After the train is on the rails and coupled up (with some carriages lifted off the track by the couplers), squeeze each pair of couplings together and into proper alignment.
by martink
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Dauntsey

Back to work on the layout after the usual distractions... The track for the down main line (outer loop) has been assembled into roughly 1m sections and fit checked. The next task is to wire and install it before doing the same for the up main. The Anyrail track plan shows the full design for the ra...