The Bridges at Saltash

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By the time I post this it'll be as near as damn it 1st March and 167 days left before the layout needs to be ready....and a recap of where I am with things is needed. Anything in black was on the last list and is not done. Anything in green had already been done or has been done since the last list ( and will disappear from the list next time), and anything in red is a new item to do.......

Layout boards:
All boards made and jointing methods finished.
Backdrop boards (5 off) made and most theatre hinges fitted. Boards yet to have cut-outs done for track & Tamar Bridge; boards to be surfaced with cotton sheet and image applied using tee-shirt iron-on transfers ( already bought).
Some lights already obtained. More needed & quick-release fittings needed. Lights to be powered from as few power supplies as possible.
Both left & right front covers made & painted.
Shelf for PC yet to be made (posts already printed).

Trackwork:
All track laid and joints made. Power connections all made & wires to power boxes done.
Saltash point installed and initial set-up done. Power switching board for pointwork built and tested.
Flexi-traverser built and initial set-up complete. Some more work on ensuring free-running needed. To fit stop screws to traverser & springy links on servos.
Track not yet tested.....to progress at an appropriate time. Clean track, check points, etc, & test run train.

Electrics & Automation:
All system boxes commissioned, & wiring loom made up.
All sensors commissioned & tested okay. All trigger correct LMRI sensors
All TOTIs (train on track indicators) function tested & trigger correct JMRI sensors.
JMRI throttle control script created & simulation tested.
Train blocks identified & reference info documented for scripts. One script (shuffle up/down Tamar branch from Trav1) written and tested under simulation.
Existing script requires testing. Additional scripts to determine and write/test.

Scenery:
Foam scenery shaped to rough shape and glued down.
Road sections defined and detail on a couple almost completed. Next step is to start fitting road sections to foam.
All identified buildings have been designed and printed. Two require splitting over layout joint and reprinting. Remaining building yet to paint.
Start made on painting buildings, etc. Appx six completed to date, plus Saltash side boatyard.
Number of trees required to be estimated and trees made & fitted
Beaches on both sides to be laid down.
Water surface to be painted.
Complete fitting of buildings into scenery foam.


Royal Albert Bridge:
All viaducts completed and painted.
Saltash side lower piers fitted to board and upper viaduct (removable section) assembled.
Plymouth side assembled & fixed to board.
Bridge arches assembled and 90% painted. Both end piers are still to be final fitted.
Small retaining piece on Plymouth end pier requires refitting.

Tamar Bridge:
All main bridge components printed. Sections require checking & holes drilling for fittings, etc.
Under-deck girderwork sections printed. All require cleaning & checking for fit, etc.
Both drive sections have most parts printed. Parts need support removed, checking & cleaning up.
Main frame sections and roadways needed reprinting; need to establish which have been done & what printing is left to do.
157 vehicle drive chain sections printed...another 600 needed.
Suspension cable need building. Need to identify what cable/wire to use.
Transport board to be established....probably using back section of layout board with lightweight cover.
Reinforcement to deck to girder frames required.

Rolling stock:
Class 800/3 shells printed & decals designed. Power units purchased. DCC chips to fit.
Class 150 DMU shells printed & decals designed & applied. Power units purchased. DCC chip fitted to one unit.
Class 170....two shells require printing & decals to design. To use existing 170 power units.
To decide on freight loco & wagons at a later stage. Aim is to have a minimum of four trains set up and running under automation control.....

Mics items, set:
Appx 140 cars & vans printed. More cars, vans & lorries/buses needed.
Already have a number of people...to identify more as required.
Transport rig for layout and track sections, etc to be determined.
Trailer to be serviced/refurbished by JB. Cover needed.
Doug Kightley
Webmaster here and volunteer at the National Tramway Museum http://www.tramway.co.uk

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Re: The Bridges at Saltash

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After a heavy week or two working on Tax data for the Tramway Museum Society, I've finally managed to get a bit more building painting done:
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Looking more like the real thing...…

And to release my laptop from train running duties I've invested in a little bit of technology,,,,,a Raspberry Pi. It will run the Linux version of JMRI so should work quite nicely. Just under a hundred quid for the Pi and its power supply, etc, and a monitor....less than a third of the price of a new laptop!.
Doug Kightley
Webmaster here and volunteer at the National Tramway Museum http://www.tramway.co.uk

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Re: The Bridges at Saltash

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This is all coming along great! Really pushing the boundaries and showing what can be done in T!

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This is just one 3D printed building....a terrace of ten town houses....complete with front gardens! There are back yards on the other side...and a few extensions. Its been a long day painting...….
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….but worth it! ;)
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Re: The Bridges at Saltash

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