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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Wessex Wagons

I like to collect the odd Private owner wagon from time to time, especially if it's from the local area.

Here are two recent addition ideally suited for "Pine Road" Both are from Wessex Wagons.

The first is a Five plank wagon J.H.Rose & Son A coal merchant from Gillingham in Dorset. It's good to see that this company is still alive and kicking. You may want to read more about the company and it's history, some relating to the Railway  Here

The second one is a Grain hopper of Rollerflour mills of Dorchester. I couldn't find anything relating to the wagon but this proved to be interesting

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wiring DCC Concepts point motors

I ordered a set of six DCCconcept's S levers from Platform Models. These duly arrived, so sat down to work out how one wires these things up.
  They give you this nice piece of PCB to solder everything to (good idea)
 Now, this is where it gets interesting. DCC concepts ask you to use there PSU2 power pack. It is a double wound transformer that gives you +9v and -9v so you only need to use one set of contacts on the S lever. Not having one of these power packs you need to use both sets of contacts on the S lever to change the polarity.
This is what you have to do.

Are you sitting comfortably ?

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are a momentary switch ie: Peco, seep point motors. You won't need these for slow action point motors.

Terminals 4 and 9 go to your power supply.
Terminals 5 and 8 go to the other side of your power supply. This is the one that reverse's the polarity on the S lever
Terminals 6 and 7 go to your point motor
For more than one switch you will have to loop these over to each switch make sure terminal 4 and 9 are connected together and 5 and 8. Hopefully you can see how i did it in the photo.

      All plugged in under the layout

 Top side of the PCB all soldered up

Screwed to the bootom of the box i made to house the lever frame

Think i will get around to painting these at some point (sorry for the pun). I believe that DCC Concepts are going to make a set of signal box windows to put around your lever frame.

Tried and tested and yes, it all works, "Yeah"

Sunday, 11 September 2016

"It's been a hell of week under the baseboard sir"

"It's been a hell of a week under the baseboard sir"

Parkstone was originally wired for Analog, but decided to rip everything out and start again, Re-wire for DCC 
As Parkstone is my first soiree into DCC, What to use to connect one's wires to one's Bus ?

After years of using the old blue scotchlok things in the days of fitting a car with an actual radio, i seem to remember that they didn't always connect to said wire properly.

So i was looking round for something else, ok, same sort of thing but at least you have cut the odds done by 50%  


 You can get them here for about 10p each Note that the spade terminals are sold separately.
Also Rapid electronics do them and no doubt other places as well

All hooked up. blow me it all worked

Also, as it's now DCC all the section switches have gone, so apart from the five switches for the points there is no real need for a control panel anymore, so i have dispensed with that as well. It's something less to hook up at exhibition.

The point switches miraculously turned themselves into this  gorgeous little lever frame placed in the fiddle yard. It's not called a fiddle yard for nothing   

They need finishing off and wiring up but doggie needs a walk so that will have to wait for another thrilling episode of,

"It's been a hell of a week under the Baseboard sir"

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Dorset group

First of all, i must apologize for the quality of these pictures, they are shocking. I am not quite sure what happened but will promise to do better next time.

Anyway, we had our monthly meeting of the Dorset 3mm Group  at the weekend. along with the usual of who has done what, bodged, broke, fixed, built, painted,

 One member brought along this 3mm scale 08 shunter which i have to say is superb. And runs beautifully.

 And then produces a second one in the making. I'm sure this will
be  a good standard if not better. Definitely the connoisseur of the 08

And then he produces these exquisite mineral wagons.

Some 4mm scale shenanigans. Another member produces the Kernow Class 205 (Thumper) set in green as seen here on "Parkstone" This is a superb model but oh the price. ££££

A good and enjoyable afternoon was had by all, Including some really odd sounds coming from a certain Class 73 more of which later