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Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:17 pm
by Geeky Gecko
This is my entry in the 2015 challenge. I'll be amazed if I get it finished in the time.
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A simple layout design involving loading and unloading. I have started making the concrete legs that will support the loading hopper that will be at the back. The board needs trimming to size and shaping.

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The stub point is far from complete, but a pushed chassis negotiates them successfullly. Unfortunately little forethought was used when I fitted the rail resting directly onto the surface of the board which means the moving blades will need to slide on the same surface. The blades are soldered to rods which rotate in holes drilled through the board. At the moment they are not linked together.

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:39 pm
by Nevadablue
Nice start! Watching from here. :D

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:25 am
by Pierre Chatelet
Nevadablue wrote:Watching from here. :D

As usual, me too ! :D

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:04 am
by lesmond
And me :D

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:23 pm
by docnjoj
Me too. I'm experimenting with small radius turnouts that have no mechanical points. I have had success with Peco turnouts soldered points a la Prof Klyzir's Dinamite Canyou mine. I"ll be watching since I just bought some of Simon's trolley turnouts from 3-D printing.
David (Doc)

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:01 pm
by chris stockdale
Doc,

Are you meaning this kind of turnout, which I refer to as a 'Penrhyn' point since, amongst other places it can be found at the Penrhyn Museum? I am using a couple for my 7 1/4" Minimal line, see this thread:


viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8630

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cheers,

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:50 am
by Geeky Gecko
Yes, Chris, that's the style of points. I thought it might be easier to use a design that didn't rely on a frog. I'm leaving the design of the operating and inter connecting mechanisms of the blades to the future.

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:01 am
by chris stockdale
The great thing about 7 1/4" gauge is that one simply picks up the three pieces of metal in turn and plonk them down to change the direction of travel. No mechanism here, interconnecting or otherwise! :D

I suspect trying to do the same thing in 00 gauge would require some very fine work with a file.

Cheers,

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:54 pm
by docnjoj
chris stockdale wrote:Doc,

Are you meaning this kind of turnout, which I refer to as a 'Penrhyn' point since, amongst other places it can be found at the Penrhyn Museum? I am using a couple for my 7 1/4" Minimal line, see this thread:


viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8630

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cheers,

That looks like it is quite similar. My experience with turnouts that have no moving parts is that the train prefers one direction to go. This is fine for reverse loops,that I also love (with deadrail radio control) but it is not possible where you want a choice of direction. For those turnouts, you have to use moveable points, at least in my experience.
David (Doc)

Re: Stefan's 2015 Layout

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:01 pm
by Geeky Gecko
Well it's been a long time coming, but here's an update.
The points are now in an operable condition:
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The aluminium below the blades is just to reduce friction. You can just see pin heads that act as stops to prevent the blades travelling to far. The blades are held in position by friction.

Here is the view below the board:
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The various rods and links allow the blades to move as far as necessary and is operated by the push/pull knob on the right. The rectangular brass pieces are connected to the blades.