Penzance 1913

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martink
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Penzance 1913

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After considering several possibilities for the next layout, I have settled on pre-1914 Penzance. At this time the station had only 2 platforms, but still had its small loco depot with turntable and the single-track timber viaduct running along the beach.

The size will be 6' x 2' and the scale 1:480, the same as Dauntsey Lock. It will be set up for automated exhibition running, both passenger and goods. Chyandour Cliff will have working road traffic, mostly horse-drawn at this period.

The track plan shows both the real and dummy tracks, almost complete except for one crossover and two short stubs off the turntable. The main technical challenges with this design are the reversing loop (already up and running, and just as tricky with a linear motor as with normal DC), the turntable, and coupling/spacing issues with reversing trains in the station.

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After a break over the new year, it is back at it again. The reversing loop is up and running, and so is the first attempt at a turntable.

https://youtu.be/PXay57VdjaI

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The trackwork for the station area is now complete, all soldered together into a single piece. These are the live tracks, and additional dummy tracks for the rest of the loco depot and the headshunt / carriage siding next to the main line will be added as part of the scenery. The next tasks are cutting out the plywood trackbed to support it and attaching the electrical connectors to the underside of the track, then some initial testing.

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Another spurt of activity has moved things along a few steps...

The basic timberwork is complete, with only the backscene still to be added. All the track is done, including the road along Chyandour Cliff behind the station, but final installation won't occur until after the new electronics have been built so that it can have some all-up testing. The first parts of the scenic structures have been printed and assembled: the east end of the sea wall and the beachfront viaduct. The next jobs are the backscene timberwork followed by a complete revamp of the electronics, which will allow much more complex layouts than the previous models.

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The new electronics have been designed, and some basic tests done, but I am now waiting for the blank circuit boards to arrive so I can move further towards getting things running. In the meantime, I have started work on the structures, beginning with the main station building. Some deliberate distortions here, mainly widening the building and overall roof to cope with the over-wide track spacing.

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waow ... awesome !

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That looks fantastic !

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As Doug said in his latest comment in his Saltash thread, it is difficult to get motivated in this era of few or no exhibitions, but things are progressing on Penzance once more.

All the electronics have now been built and tested, and their installation and layout-side wiring is under way. The road loop is working, and the next task is making and fitting 100+ cables linking the track to the circuit boards for the rail side.

While this layout is primarily intended for fully automatic exhibition running, the more powerful computer I am using for it gives me additional possibilities. There will also be a simple control panel that will allow full manual operation, including shunting, as a test-bed for using this technology on a future home layout.

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The basic wiring is now complete and tested, the turntable is installed and turning, and trains and road vehicles are running over the whole layout (although with a temporary control panel for now). There are a few minor jobs still needed to round out this stage, then I will see about making a short work-in-progress / first-signs-of-life video.

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And, finally, trains are running. Still rough, with minimal scenery, but the video should give an idea of what the finished model is intended to look like and do.

https://youtu.be/aozfzeXyuBo

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Re: Penzance 1913

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Very impressive Martin!

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