The NEW C&L Layout

in2tech Mar 22, 2021

  1. Shortround

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    Thanks for sharing your build. Mine may turn out much the same. Just need to be more sure about were I live.
    I have the two small tables, three of the next size larger and one 2 1/2' x 6' that may be the bass of what I'm starting.
    They were used mostly for gatherings on the lake and know of there limitations.
    For now it's more enjoying ya'lls goings on.
     
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  2. in2tech

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    My last few visits to the local hobby shop. Got the switches today, $15.99 each! Had prices from $18.99 to $22.99 on them. They matched the internet prices within a dollar. I'm happy, they are happy :) Got the gas station and fencing a month or so ago from them!

     
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  3. Bookbear1

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    Nice scores! And good on you for supporting local B&M hobby stores.
     
  4. in2tech

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    The latest mock-up. Hope to get working on it again soon. Took a break for a few weeks. Recently bought some styrene for curbs, and sheet for the roof on the Transfer building I think it is called, back left corner. With the Fall here even though it is in a climate controlled space, hope to work on it more? Also, have a diorama I need to work on too!


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  5. Bookbear1

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    I know this is late, but two things you can do with the shiny side: get some matte medium at an art supply store or off Amazon. Brush it on and let it dry.. it dries clear and gives an uneven, rippled effect. The effect will be subtle at first, so you might want to put down a second layer or two. No body of water is absolutely perfectly still and smooth in nature! Second, rocks or gravel and weeds or grasses around the edge will conceal the rounded edge that was mentioned earlier
    Happy modelling!
     
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  6. Bookbear1

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    Looking good! And I like the built-in shelf, good idea!
     
  7. Bookbear1

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    A good part of the fun is in the building! Keep the pics and videos coming!
     
  8. in2tech

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    Thanks stole the idea form a YouTube video :) That's legal right. Best thing I ever did was A) Buy the adjustable tables, worth the $80.00, B) Use the 1 x 4's for a much stronger base, C) Adjustable legs a must, although now they Slide on the Plastic table base, any ideas? D) The most important, I took my time for once on working on things. Some would say, too much time :)

    Now, if I can ever get this Simple wiring done it will be a huge hurdle for me, just freaks me out cause I blew up a DCC locomotive when I tried once. I swear it only needs a few connections it so small. It even works fine with a single hookup, but I know it needs a few more for better running! I have two RED wires cause it is the Bachman EZ Command Controller and it kind of confuses me? Any ideas appreciated on the wiring. You can see the layout how would I go about it? Terminal box, put a piece of Blue tape on one RED wire, so I can tell the difference? Confused in Model railroad land :)
     
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  9. mtntrainman

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    B I N G O !!!!!(y)

    I used 1 connection per loop on my old 'Hanging HCD Layout' and it worked fine with both DC and DCC.

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  10. in2tech

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    Yeah it appears to work just fine with the one connection. Especially my heavy Intermountain FT A&B units. I can run it really slow with no problem! I would like to learn how to add some simple connections though?
     
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  11. in2tech

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    @Mark Ricci Didn't want to hi jack his thread for the Fuse posting. So far I really like what I have done and would not do anything different at this time. Maybe as I get further along. The shelves are the best thing I have done with these bases and the adjustable legs, although they slide some on my plastic tables, but not that bad. Why studier than the 1 x 2 I had before. Wish it was a bit lighter is about all really. Where is the link to yours?
     
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  12. Mark Ricci

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    ust took a some pics..Here it it...
     

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  13. in2tech

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    [QUOTE="Mark Ricci, post: 1196200, member: 37004" Just took a some pics.. Here it is...[/QUOTE]

    Nice, overhead shot when you get a chance please? You have thread for it here?
     
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  14. Mark Ricci

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    Thanks.. Top view kinda tough with the layout at 50" above floor but here is 1. None of the pavement, structures are permanently attached yet and most sub-terrain on left side, still exploring options. Figuring on any road - parking lot detail like line will be done before gluing??
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  15. Mark Ricci

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    This may be kinda of late but this is what I do...
    Use a ohmmeter (continuity buzzer better), with each feeder, check continuity from outer rail (or what will be the outer rail or, can use inner as long as its always the same rail to either red wire and whichever matches, place a little tape or use a sharpie. Repeat for each feeder. This assumes no crisscrosses or track reversals in layout design.

    On my Kato track, made the outside rail white, followed for each feeder to the trunk.

    Before running a loco-- check with power off, no cars on the track, track disconnected from base, ohm out across rails-- should be infinite unless a mis-wire has occurred. Added feeders over time converting from DC (don't ask why I started with DC :-( ) to DCC. In a way, I guess, it was ok since doing feeders in groups simplifies troubleshooting if a cross connect happens.
     
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  16. mtntrainman

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    I think I would snip those red wires somewhere after they come out of the Command Controller and attach a run of Red/Black to the track from there. That way polarity will be constant and easier to follow when wiring feeders. JMO
     
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    Forgot to mention, always when checking across rails with continuity checker(ohmmeter), throw the turnouts in binary sequence. In my case, started with 3, the d xover, a #4 Rt and a wye so it was 8 combinations. All my turnouts are set for non-power routing but want to cover all bases.
     
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  18. in2tech

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    So does the same wiring for DCC also work for DC? If so I can test with my DC controller and locomotive first to see if it is wired correct, after checking with an OHM meter, and no crossovers or reverse loops. As you can see in the photo and inner and outer loop with 2 switches in the rear to get the locomotive from the inner loop to the outer and 2 switches at the from to get them back into the inner loop. Matter of fact it was a member here that told me about that when I first showed my layout. They suggested the extra two switches for running and it works great. I forget who it was, but thank you :) I'll also remove the spurs or whatever they are called? Might even just try an Oval to be honest :) And go from there. Although it was an inexpensive Bachmann DCC locomotive I fried, it still worked till I fried it, with bad wiring :)

    And add to that and I have an L ( another 2'x4' ) section to add :) That will be used at times. Geez!
     
  19. mtntrainman

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    Yes.
     
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    Getting ready to order these for my locomotive motor testing and DC & DCC wiring. This is correct right? Mainly the terminal box, for wiring my DC/DCC blocks? Please let me know so I can order, mainly the terminal block. The jumper cables I know I want. Looking for a pack of Atlas N Scale Terminal joiners to use, or I'll have to make my own?

    They had a pack of 8 or 12 N Scale terminal joiners now I can't find them. I knew I should have ordered them or bought them at the Hobby Shop? They buy a lot of old layout stuff. There was a baggie full of these things cheap awhile ago at my local HS. Oh well!

    Time for a hobby shop visit this week. Which means I will be buying something there :)

    Thanks!

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