The Bridge

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Since my last progress post, I've made good progress.....

I got the board and panel fitted by the end of Wednesday with very few problems. I then spent the best part of Thursday setting up a shortened layout...in my lounge!!, cos its the only room long enough....and cleaning track, etc, essentially setting up for testing, which I started Friday morning.

The system didn't complain when powered up...and initial tests showed up a few funnies. Firstly, with power connected to just section one, a train ran round the complete loop!! Connect power to section 2 & three, and the train runs on all sections except section 4, and with power on section 4, just that section! I checked all the power wiring & the only thing I found was I had forgotten to connect one power connection...which made no difference when correctly plugged in!! I eventually traced the issue to products of track cleaning shorting all three of the cuts I had made to create the sections. I removed the crap with a piece of paper & things worked a bit better. I need to permanently resolve this one.

The second issue was that some of the sensors were not always being triggered by all of the trains I had running. I also found and cured a wiring issue with the signals on one of the board sections.

The final issue I found was that I'd placed three of the four stop sensors too close to the ends of the rail sections...a boo boo on my part, I'd cut the rails at the wrong marks in error and didn't notice until I'd located the sensors. Trains were over-running the end of the section....and powering on ahead of where they should be. This resulted in all three trains either ending up stopped at stations permanently, or one train catching up with the train in front!!

I had a day off on Saturday, but today I corrected the sensor positioning errors.....and ta-dah! I had three trains running round the layout, pausing and/or stopping at stations to wait for the train ahead to clear the next track section. Brilliant!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D I sat watching poetry in motion for the best part of an hour to prove things worked okay.

The next step is to tidy up the installation....I have wires underneath the layout sections to fix into their final position and protect from damage. I also need to insulate the sawn gaps in the track to prevent any possibility of shorts developing when I clean the track. And I can then carry on with getting the layout sorted for its first show...which is just under three weeks away!
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With just a week to go before the first show of the season, I'm getting very close to the end of the list of jobs I'm wanting to get done.

I've now completely finished the installation of the T-Control system designed by Martin. I did the last job this morning....filling the rail gaps! :) :) :)

I have five mark 2E coaches in ScotRail livery....and I'm working on the livery for the class 68 loco shell I finished a day or so ago.

Once I get the class 68 finished and the couple of final jobs sorted, I can start looking at getting things ready for the 11th......probably start prepping after the weekend.
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I am eagerly awaiting the show report for this one - and of course a new video! Needless to say, I hope it all goes well.

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Don't worry, Martin. There will be a video.....but it may not be from Newbury. It'll probably be Glasgow....with it being a three day show, I'll have more time.

And as I woke up far too early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep, I got up and made some progress on the paper mock-up of the decal for the class 68.

Its coming along nicely:
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This is the most complex one so far.....there's four separate pieces! And I'll need to paint the central roof section black before applying them!
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Doug, I'm loving all of the rolling stock you're churning out for the bridge! Some seriously inspirational stuff! Can't wait to see them in the T gauge shop!

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Congratulations Doug, you have made in into the pages of Railway Modeller.... The current issue (hits the shelves on Thursday this week) has a full page advert for the Nottingham exhibition, and the photo on that page is one of the bridge.
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Yay!

Thanks for the info, Neil. I'll have to get a copy.....
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I've finally got the three trains finished read for the auto-running of the layout.

A three-car class 170 DMU:
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A two-car class 158 DMU:
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a class 68 loco with Mark 2E carriages:
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All three are in current service over the bridge.....they should look good! :D

The shells are 3D printed and are finished off in a combination of inkjet decals of my own design and enamel paint. The shells will probably appear in the Talking T Gauge shop over the next few weeks....and will include downloadable generic livery files for modding into real liveries for printing, etc.
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The layout survived its outing to Newbury.....but did suffer a few mendable bits of damage.

Its possible that struggling with getting the track sections aligned with the sensor LDRs, I accidentally knocked a head off one of the signals....they're very delicate things. The other possibility is that I thought that this was the one signal that didn't need a travel protector making and screwing onto the board for transit!! Either way, one signal was "headless". :( I need to make a new signal now!

There was also some section edge damage to scenery...a severed tree, a couple of buildings dislodged, etc. This was possibly due either to the carrying distance between van and stand location or simply accidental knocks or poking fingers. Either way, such damage is inevitable...and can be remedied quite easily. You have to be immune to finding damage to your precious layout. ;)

The most serious issue I have to resolve is why one of my DMUs suddenly decided to stop running correctly. Its probably caused by dirt....but I need to resolve in the next week!

Some of the flexitrack has also suffered some more sleeper loss during the insertion process down the 17ft long slot in the bridge sections. This is something the track is not designed for...and is something I need to try and reduce for the next show. The job should really be a two-man job; one pushing and one coaxing the leading edge through misaligned joins in the bridge structure. So far I've had to do it on my own, and I can't see what the leading edge is doing...and if it snags, I don't know if its just binding....or the leading edge has hit an obstacle!!
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I'm making progress in preparations for the show in Glasgow.

I've sorted out loose scenery, etc and I'm part way through replacing the broken signal.....and I'm on track to get things ready for the trip north.

I'm going to be joined in Glasgow by fellow forum member Jim ( Ruskyviewer), who has volunteered his help throughout the show. Which is going to be most welcome.....as news I have had this morning is that the layout is going to be filmed as part of a publicity feature on Scottish TV. I've been asked to get the layout assembled in place in the SEC hall early so that filming can take place on Thursday afternoon.

So.....exciting times ahead over the next week!!!! 8-) 8-) 8-)
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All issue on the layout identified at Newbury have now been addressed.

Loose and compacted dirt removed from around the wheelsets on the class 170 DMU power units, broken signal replaced, loose & damaged scenery items sorted, transport boxes repacked, track cleaned, rolling stock wheels cleaned & checked.

I think I'm now ready for the trip to Glasgow! :) :)
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And the story of Glasgow can be read here...... http://www.talkingtgauge.net/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=402 .....and what a story!

Since the show, I've received three invitations to others shows, two of which I've accepted & I'm still thinking about the third. The two new shows are at Worthing in September and Bristol in April....which gives me two shows in two weekends. I should survive....provided nothing breaks at the first show!

I've finished damage assessment after Glasgow. A couple of the layout assembly captive nuts seized & had to be replaced and all threads have now been lubricated to prevent a repeat. And I've spotted another broken signal! :x :x :x I think I knocked a signal head over when we were packing away. They're very delicate things & seem to attract large objects to them!!!!

Very little other damage....a couple of paint touch-ups on the edges of layout sections done. And I intend doing a deep clean of the power car axles, etc...but there's plenty of time before the next show. Let's see.....11 days time! :shock:
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Less than a week to go before the next show...this time a local show in Nottingham.

Most of the repairs from Glasgow are now sorted. Just a loose caisson to sort out....and the usual round of track and rolling stock cleaning to do.

And following on from my off-show demands at Glasgow, on Thursday, I'm being interviewed for a spot on Radio Nottingham on Friday morning! The responsibilities of fame! ;) ;)
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I've just had confirmation of the 13th appearance of the layout.....and its a good job I'm not superstitious!!

In fact this show just has to be something special....its the nearest show to the real Forth Bridge!! I'll be able to give more of the locals an opportunity to see their homes depicted in miniature.
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With my media responsibilities dispatched.....an interview for BBC Radio Nottingham......I have the layout ready for transport to its next show.....at Harvey Haddon Sports Village.....the Nottingham East Midlands Model Railway Show, this Saturday and Sunday.

This is my local show...and I'm anticipating visits from friends, family and ex work colleagues....so I'm looking forward to the weekend. One minor sacrifice though...I'll be spending my birthday setting up for the show rather than celebrating. :cry: :cry: ;)

I wonder if they award prizes for the layouts...... ;)
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Hi Doug
Have a wonderful Birthday and a great weekend out with the layout. :D (LOL)
Hope they do awards as I think that you spent a lot of time and effort in the Bridge Layout.

Best Regards

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Day one of the Nottm over.....a busy day despite it being a bit wet! Chatted to many visitors....some who I've spoken to before, but many who were somewhat amazed with the layout.

Of the many highlights of the day was a gentleman who had travelled down from Motherwell (circa 225 miles away) specifically to see the layout as he'd missed being able to get to Glasgow!...and was so pleased he had done so! I also chatted briefly with a couple of ex work colleagues whom I'd not seen for approx. 18 and 34 years, both of whom had seen the layout featured somewhere and recognised my name.

The rolling stock used on the layout (classes 158 & 170 DMUs and GNER HST) performed flawlessly for most of the day once I'd ironed out a few dodgy joints. Mental note for post-show....I must change all rail joiners for new ones! The automation also behaved impeccably for the majority of the day.....with only a handful of times where timing dropped out of sync- most caused by shadows of one form or another triggering sensors.

Just need to do a deep clean on the rolling stock axles....and after a rest I'll be all set for day two.
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Day two of the Nottm show over and layout safely back home....but not stowed away yet!

The show was not as busy as yesterday, but still a lot of interest in the layout. Had the 158 & 170 running flawlessly all day bar the last half hour...and again joined by the 4-car GNER HST, which also ran very well. At the request of the show manager, I swapped out the tree train set for an InterCity 125 full set....which after a couple of minutes warm-up ran almost perfectly for half an hour without having to juggle carriages, etc.

The automation performed even better than yesterday....only marred by the 170 derailing when running out of the north end run-around loop a few times. When things work like this, it s not at all that much hard work manning the layout single-handed....and impresses the visitors far more than having a single train running!!

I need to check over things for damage, etc....but a couple of items to start off a "To do" list .....
- change as many track connectors as possible for new ones
- couple of broken glue joints on cantilevers to re-glue.
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The layout is ready for its next outing...a local small two day show this weekend. All of 13.2 miles away by road!

Should be a fairly relaxing couple of days if the trains behave themselves.....
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