Progress has been slow. the main fiddle yard board has all the tracks bonded together and wired back to the DCC bus. this will need repeating at the other end of the board, a belt and braces approach. it will take 2 soldered joints to fail before a track becomes dead.
All tracks on this board have had the ends soldered, mainly using Gap Masters, these have been easy to fit and provide a good solid end for the rails.
I have also ordered the 3 way point from Cream City Turnouts. I ordered 2, so that i can make the fiddle yard a through fiddle yard for all tracks. it will current be only a through track for the middle road. Im hoping the 3 way no. 5 point will fit on the current board. If it doesn’t i will build two short boards, one to fit this point and one to give a bit of a headhunt at the depot end. I’d hope these boards won’t be more than 300mm long .
hopefully today I will start laying the track on the depot boards, I’m going for the track plan number 3 I posted on Facebook with one additional point.
Progress on the modules has been slow, for which read non-existent. With the looming date of the Seaboard Southern show in September, at which these are expected to not only appear but be operational, it’s high time to extract the digit!
A sunny Saturday afternoon with fellow moduler Brian Daly saw:
said track pinned to the boards and soldered to the Gapmaster GM006 units used as end ties
droppers on the straight boards soldered to the slug tape on the underside
alignment tested by bolting boards together in various orders and running a skeleton log car
I’ve still got to add droppers to the curved boards and, having had some fun with the alignment, I think I’m going to make a jig for centring the track, just for my own sanity. The fact is that my eyeballs are rubbish at measuring!
Here you can see the two 45° boards and one straight all bolted up together, with the other straight board standing on its end to the right.
The flowing line of the track can clearly be seen. Module standards discourage connecting the two corners reversed without a straight between them.
Before paint is applied, I think I’m going to put the supplied 3mm plywood fascias on, if only to hide the finger joints and screw holes.
Then it’s time for some scenery!
Got home tonight and it wasn’t raining. So straight up the shed. Sanded down the filler on the last two boards. Washed all four boards and then painted sides and ends on them all. A second coat will be needed, but pleased with results so far.
This afternoon I worked on the first two boards for the modular layout.
This is is the first board with the gapmasters been glued in place.
what cannot be clearly seen is that all the tracks and clearances are marked on the board.
The centre track in place.
The second track in place. This hasn’t got gap masters at the ends. I will use normal copper clad sleepers.
The third track fitted, that’s one side down. Ply fascia still to add to this board and the next one.
The fourth track is added. The gap between tracks is the maximum loading gauge and is set using a standard on30 loading gauge.
Thats the the fifth and final track added. I have pre drilled holes for each rail 75mm in from each end. This will allow each rail to be connected twice to the DCC bus line fitted to the underneath.
To make the rails straight I used a long spirit level.
The second board was then added and the markings carried across. Gapmasters were added to the centre line track.
The he first point was then added and tracks linked up. The centre track is not fitted, just laid into rough position. I will need to order the three way point and may need to build a short extension board for this all to fit.
A good afternoons work. Hopefully I have enough turnouts and track to do the other 2 modules. I will check this one evening this week.
More work done on the FremOn30 modular layout boards.
1 board is complete with side fascia’s
1 board is complete waiting side fascia’s
2 boards end trim to cut and fascia’s to add
One set of end boards is made and one pair of boards are now boxed.
All boards have copper tape added for the DCC bus for track and another DCC bus for accessory’s