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Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:24 pm
by dynamite25
Just spent £155.50 online with Hattons model shop for:

10x Hornby point motors
3x Peco LK-20X Double length overall arched station roof
3x Peco PL-26B Passing Contact Switch - Black Lever
8x Peco PL-26W Passing Contact Switch - White Lever
4x Peco PL-28 6 Switch Mounting Plates for PL26
1x Peco SYH01 "Shows You How" Series - Layout planning & design as I haven't got this one as I haven't been buying the mag for over a year.

But I still need another 20 Hornby Point motors but I'll get 10 more at the end of this month then the rest next month.

Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:19 pm
by dynamite25
Well the bits I ordered from Hattons came today so I can now get on with finishing the lower level and get all the point motors wired up but can't do anything till monday as I need to get 2 sheets of 3mm ply for my control panel on Saturday while at my sisters,then I hope to have 3 quarters of the upper level done before I go away on the 19th of August as I will have all the point motors to fit to all the points on the station side of the layout.

Anyway heres a pic of the things I ordered.


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Plus I can now pull my CMX track cleaner 10 months after I bought it as I have bought some Kadee couplings at last.

Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:59 pm
by dynamite25
Today I have started on my control panel which was going to be just 4ft x 2ft as I was going to have the full track plan both lower and upper levels printed on a smaller scale to fit the the 4ft x 2ft board,and I was going to number all the points and the switches but decided that it was going to be hard to look for the number on the track plans to know which switch to throw.

So I decided to just print the section I really needed so I went on the XTrkCAD and removed the track I didn't need and connect the rest of the track together and printed out to a size that looked the right size for the switches,so the track on the plan is the size of N Gauge track and the lower level plan measures 5 feet 5 inches so my control panel as now grown to 5 feet 5 inches x 2 feet to house both lower and upper plans.



So first I got some sheets of A3 paper and taped them together.

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I then glued the track plans to the paper.

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Then I placed the switch plates on to the plans to see what it look like and it looks ok.

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I just need to cut the two MDF sheets to size now and make the frame for them,then screw them to the frame and stick the plans to the board and then fit all the switch.Then I can wire the point motors up and then finally get on with the upper level.

Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:26 pm
by dynamite25
Well I have spent the last two days building my control panel and had a few problems on the way as I had to reprint the lower section again as the first one went on wrong when I was sticking it down on the double sided tape so I had to rip it up,and when I used the new one I had a bit of a problem with this one too as when I was sticking the top half on the lower section I got a bit of a bump in it so I had to cut it in a few places to flatten it out.

And I was going to redo the upper one as well as I wasn't happy with it but I used it anyway after having trouble with the second print out of the lower section,as I was getting tired and wasn't up to making a new upper section so I just used the first one I made up.

Anyway I finally got both stuck to the MDF sheets yesterday and today I cut all the holes for the switches using my Router as it was easier and quicker.

And here are some photos of the finished control panel in place above my control area.


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Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:33 am
by dynamite25
Well since my last update I now have got another over roof to add to the other three I bought and another 13 point motors but still need another 4 switches and 5 point motors and 5 Points to complete the upper level,and I now have wired all the lower level point motors up and they all work a treat.


Also over the weekend I started on the upper level but have now ran out of green and yellow wire to wire my point motors up so I will order some more next Monday as I am away for 5 days from Friday,but I managed to wire three sets of points up on the upper level before I ran out of wire.

Here are three pics of the first bit of track on the upper level,Also the brick wall will be boxed in to hide it.

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In these last two I have made a cut out in the baseboard so I have access to the point motors and track below but I will have a removable section over it so it is hidden.

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Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:32 pm
by dynamite25
Well guy's I'm back after a crappy two years and I will be starting back on the layout tomorrow or Tuesday as for the last few days I have been sorting the loft out as it's been used as a dumping ground for the last 2 years and I also got rid of some things to make space for stuff out of the spare room as my sister is moving back home with her 2 young daughters as her husband is coming out of the army but he won't be out till next year,so she is moving here this month for 12 months then hopefully she will have her own place to live with her husband and 2 daughters next year when he is out but she could be living here longer.

I have also had new carpet fitted in the loft as we had some carpet left over from when the spare room was done,so I have a nice blue carpet down now and I laid it over the old carpet to give me a softer feeling under my feet.


Any way back to the layout I have decided to reprint the track plan for the control panel as I did a really bad job the first time on part of it so that will be sorted next month as I need some things to do it but don't have the money yet,this week I will cut all the plywood for the upper level and also I will start on the second incline to the upper level and then I can lay the track down.

I hope to have the rest of the track down and wired by the end of October so I can start running trains again but the track will need cleaning first with my cmx track cleaner.

Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:39 am
by iankemp
Welcome back kiddo! Good to read that you are planning on doing more work on your layout.

Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:26 pm
by dynamite25
Hi guy's it update time on my layout yay I managed to take some photos quickly as my nieces were going bed at 6:30 pm so I will take some more tomorrow.

Anyway first photo shows the main lines on the hinged section which were only pinned in a few places so I can mark out the holes for the point motors then the track will be lifted up to fitted the point motors then laid back down and permanently pinned in place.

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The next first photos are of the big curves that will be under the town area which I managed to finish today.


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and a overall view of that area and excuse the mess on the right.

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The control panel will be redone sometime next month.

I'll be glad when all the wood work is done and track laid as the loft is a mess the other side,and I need to buy some more flexi track next month and some more cork as I got a little left of each.

Re: Dynamite25's OO loft Layout

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:27 pm
by daniel8910
that is HUGE :O