March Progress

Posted on April 1, 2018. Filed under: Monthly progress |

Less than two months to Railex and I still have a very long list of jobs.

A top priority is to get the locos to run well. 1649 has benefitted from another session with the maestro (thanks, Allan) and I’m gaining experience all the time. 57587 now has added pick-ups and runs as well backwards as forwards. Especially when I bent the vacuum pipe alongside the valance out of the way of the coupling rods, ditto the middle steps. 54458 has been fitted with suppression and has had extra pick-ups fitted.

54458 180331 4738       A first for bogie pick-ups

A capacitor is soldered between the motor terminals and the inline resistors are connected to a piece of 4-track stripboard – I really should do this sort of work on first building a loco: retro-fitting is much more difficult. I have left the middle two tracks for future use, though I am not at all sure for what purpose. The new PCB pick-up pad sits between the bogie frames above the rear axle, and a trial set of pick-ups is soldered in.

The stripboard was then used as a junction box, as with 1649, to connect to the two pads (bogie and drivers), and the bogie pick-ups were shaped to bear on the back of the wheel rims. So far, so good.

The two Dornoch coaches are slowly coming along. They will be seen at the very front of the layout in the bay siding and consequently need more detail than stock viewed further back.

The layout is now set up at exhibition height in its short form with 2’6” cassette tables ready for a practice operating session early April, by which time two special deliveries will have arrived. I will let you know.

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