Crystal Creek Module - Progress Report - 2005-08 Report
08/30/2005
08/30/2005
The two spur in the back center of the photo are now finished. I have made the frog where they meet at their turnout, but the turnout's rails are next.
2005-08 Report
However, I decided to first focus on completing the module's "box" itself. Here I am gluing 1/8" Masonite hard board to the exterior of the box.
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I cut the ends at a nice 45-degree angle to give a finished look to the module.
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Next up are the bus wires. I am installing a pair for the DCC track power, a pair for the 12-volt accessories line, and a pair for the 3-volt Tortoise switch machines' power. I prefer 3 volts because the Tortoise moves very slowly and makes little to no noise. Both the 12- and 3-volt bus wires were be connected to standard wall-warts.
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The blocks are now glued to the under side of the module. All properly labeled.
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One end of the bus wires are terminated with some screws.
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Each are then routed through the blocks.
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Here's the under side view as it stands now.
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The feeder wires are connected to the bus wire using suitcase connectors.
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At the other end of the module, I installed a barrier strip that connects to each of the bus wires. This provides the power connect to the various power sources.
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Everything is now hooked up. I also connected the handful of pieces of rail that I already had installed.
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I could then hook up my Digitrax DCC system to the main power bus and watch the engines' headlights light up. I could move them back and forth on the two spurs I have completed so far. Cool!
2005-08 Report