Industry Ave - a modular switching layout

ia Oct 8, 2012

  1. ia

    ia TrainBoard Member

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    I'm working on a modular switching layout and want to show you the first impressions. The team track is completed, also some waste land nearby. With the help of a small extension board switching is already possible.

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  2. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The details look good, nice touch with the abandoned car. Do you have a few wider pictures of the overall layout. What is the size and is that Atlas code 55 track?
     
  3. ia

    ia TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, it's Atlas Code 55 - and here is an overview, size is 100x40 cm:

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    Two buildings will follow on the upper half.
     
  4. ia

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    The turnouts are operated by servos:

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    Therefore a litte bit of wiring was necessary:

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  5. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Being into model airplanes as I am, I have often thought about using my micro servos as turn out controls. Can you tell us a little bit more of your turn out control and set up please?
     
  6. Frank Campagna

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    I like this. Very authentic look to the track.

    Frank
     
  7. ia

    ia TrainBoard Member

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    I'm using really cheap standard servos. The turnout is switched via a thin steel wire, the hole in the white plastic is the hinge. The springy steel wire makes it easy to adjust the servo and it presses the switch blades in the right position. The steel wire ends in a small brass tube and can move therein up and down - you can only see the tube from above:

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    (Look at the old newspaper blown by the wind ...)

    The servos are controlled via the ESU Switch Pilot Servo. I use simple push buttons in the front side:

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    One pair for each turnout and push buttons on either side of the module. The Switch Pilot Servo can control up to four turnouts and is easily programmable: left position, right position and speed. It's also possible to use DCC to control the Switch Pilot Servo.

    The Switch Pilot Extension is for adjusting the polarity of the frog according to the switch position.

    A luxury version of switching turnouts with servos is this:
    http://www.h0fine.de/Joomla/index.p...ategory_id=19&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=55

    Additionally to the switching of the turnout itself a switchpoint light or signal can be turned exactly 90 degrees while switching.
     
  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Nice detailing. The scene looks great.
     
  9. paperkite

    paperkite TrainBoard Member

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    I like it, nice touch with the newspaper ! and the servos to run the switches is spot on. I two have RC and some old Futaba micro servos .... hmmmmm
     
  10. ogre427

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    Tam Valley Depot also makes kits to use servos for switch machines.

    Mark H.
    "CB&Q - Gone But Not Forgotten"
     
  11. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Mark, thanks for letting us know about Tam Valley Depot. I have a bunch of micro servos that I can use for this on my layout and have been looking for a controller.
     
  12. ia

    ia TrainBoard Member

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    The first structure is about to come - a cold storage:

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    It's built out of styrene sheets and profiles, next to do is coloring it by airbrush, then detailing it.
     
  13. ia

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    It's better to have a fence:

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    I'm just busy with the gate!
     
  14. VIARailfan

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    Ia, I like the way it is coming out. Weathering on your rolling stock looks great too
     
  15. ia

    ia TrainBoard Member

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    Thank you for your feedback!

    Yes, weathering is a must! The glossy plastic coming out of the box is a "no go". At least a little bit of gray to take some glossiness off has to be applied.
     
  16. alcors110

    alcors110 TrainBoard Member

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    must see more! your modeling is superb
     
  17. nydjshep

    nydjshep New Member

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    great modeling. Can you power switch frogs with servos? thanks
     
  18. ia

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    Powering switch frogs is done by the ESU Switch Pilot Extension. The ESU Switch Pilot Servo controls the servos, the attached extension powers the frogs.
     
  19. ia

    ia TrainBoard Member

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    Gate completed - it can be closed and opened manually:

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  20. ia

    ia TrainBoard Member

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    And another view of this part:

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