Bear Creek & Eastern - Progress Report - 2006-03 Report
03/29/2006
03/29/2006
I installed vertical supports to which the layout's backdrop and front fascia panels were glued. In this next photo the center section's backdrop is just positioned but not yet installed.
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The front fascia panel was cut to match a future profile of the scenery. Both the front and back panels are now installed.
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Here is an view of the center section.
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The layout's DCC bus wires and the 12-volt accessories wires were installed after drilling holes into the 3/4" plywood that hold up the roadbed. By feeding the wires through the supports like this I was virtually assured that none would touch each other in the future, and, of course, the bus wires are directly under the main line.
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The DCC command station was hooked into the DCC bus wires.
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About a month after starting the construction of this layout, I completed a basic turntable. I wanted to have one for this layout, as a challenge to myself, because I had never constructed a turntable. The actual construction of the turntable is a separate article on this web site. I glued the turntable to the roadbed, so they are now one piece.
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I installed a Miniatronics lamppost to light up the turntable in case of nighttime operations. This was connected to the 12-volt accessories line that was installed under the roadbed.
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Here are the lights in action, with just the room's main overhead light on.
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Next, I installed the Digitrax PM4 to handle the auto-reverse track power needs of the turntable. It was attached to one of the legs with screws.
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I then wired up the blue connector strip to get DCC power from the main bus wires, and control wires going to the turntable.
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Here is an updated overall view of the layout as it stands now. It is just a turntable, in foreground with a Kato E8 on it, and one long mainline (ballasted, but no track yet).
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I have never been a big fan of throwing countless switches to run a layout. I decided to install one big, heavy-duty switch in the front fascia of the layout that acts as the ON/OFF button for the entire layout. The DCC and accessories lines are controlled via this one switch. The switch is actually spliced into an extension cord, which provides the power to the layout. I used it for the entire duration of the layout, and I really liked it. The layout was like an appliance.
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By March 29, 2006 I had started to lay code 40 rail on the mainline, thereby connecting it to the turntable that was already installed. The headlight on the E8 proves that the power was on. I could now run off the turntable's bridge.
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