The Bridge

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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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You will have to do a photoshoot of all the trophies :P
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Set up day at the TrainWest show is over.....and I'm sure this is a world first....the very first T Gauge layout at an exhibition utilising DCC operation!!

The slow running performance is absolutely stunning. The demo rig that Alan had on display at Warley and Doncaster did not have the DCC decoders set up to operate the power cars correctly...and didn't show the great benefit of DCC. I have set up the four DMU power cars so that they are speed restricted, and have a smooth acceleration and deceleration curve.

I#ll try and get a video shot over the weekend and post it when I get back home.
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dkightley wrote:Set up day at the TrainWest show is over.....and I'm sure this is a world first....the very first T Gauge layout at an exhibition utilising DCC operation!!

The slow running performance is absolutely stunning. The demo rig that Alan had on display at Warley and Doncaster did not have the DCC decoders set up to operate the power cars correctly...and didn't show the great benefit of DCC. I have set up the four DMU power cars so that they are speed restricted, and have a smooth acceleration and deceleration curve.

I#ll try and get a video shot over the weekend and post it when I get back home.

Look forward to the video Doug. ;) Hope it is all trouble free.
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Hi Doug

Can not wait to see vid.

Glad that you have done it now all in DCC .

Well done.

Regards
Graham :D

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I've managed to get time to put together the few clips I took of DCC running at TrainWest:


Most of these clips are after a full day's running...which will explain the very occasional stutter. I have some fine tuning still to do on the acceleration and deceleration settings within the decoder......and to the control script which drives the throttle changes to slow the train down, etc.
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That's wonderfully smooth running Doug. Great stuff.
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Great to see the layout running so well Doug. You are continuing to push forward what can be done in T.

Just need some decent points now then so many more layout options will become avaialble!

I noticed you have on e of my 'Corgi' Autin Cambridges outside the station in the video. Does this ever generate any comments from anyone old enough to know and who sees the humour? I suspect that it would do on my layout, but I can well imagine it would not on yours as there is so much else to see and talk about.
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I've been pointed to YouTube by a colleague as he had found a few videos featuring The Bridge at Trainwest 2018.

Here's a link to one of them:
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I've finally got round to being able to post a few photos from the marvellous show at Locomotion.....the NRM's northern museum site in Shildon.

Here, the Bridge has been nestling amongst a few famous real life railway museum pieces:
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The prototype Deltic pokes it's nose over the end of the layout

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Two of the carriages from the original APT...the first tilting train!!…..within touching distance.

Out of sight, round a corner was a replica of Sans Pareil, Timothy Hackworth's entry in the famous Rainham trials.

It felt as if the layout was surrounded by railway history...and looked as if it was "at home" according to at least two people I spoke to, one of whom was a visitor guide at the site.

The DCC worked its magic again. I had one DMU running unattended and continuously all day both days, slowing and stopping at all stations......reliably and very smoothly!

And I had at least two enquiries re shows in 2019 during the show....and one via Alan @ TGauge.com in the past day.....
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Re: The Bridge

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Hi Doug,

I loved seeing The Bridge at the CMRA show earlier this year!

I'm trying to get in touch regarding DEMU Showcase. Perhaps you can PM me regarding contact details for the layout?

Kind regards,

Guy

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Hi Guy

You will have received a PM.

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