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    A long time back I bought myself an etched brass kit to make some CPL signals, and rapidly gave up on it, as it is just a bit too tedious to roll each of the hoods into their truncated cylinder shape and then glue them in place. It has become a project that may never be finished. I'd certainly be interested in getting my hands on "ready-made" 3D printed versions, if they were available for purchase!

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    Still working on the design to be lighted. I have a pile of older versions, so I decided to throw one together. Can't wait to get these working! We have an open house this weekend, so I plan to take some trackside pictures then!
    @WP&P send me a message and we'll see what we can do. I've always been intimidated by those brass kits myself. These are great as they print in one piece...... minus the signal pole and signal of course.
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    We had an open house his weekend so I took my Block Detection circuits and set them up to do some trialing.

    I found pretty quick that lighting can cause issues with false triggers. That was fixed by applying tape or 'shields' around the diodes. Good to know. The code worked well, but still requires some tweaking. Right now if a short car pass the sensor, there is a chance that it will not see the car if not adjusted properly. So, I'll experiment with mounting them underneath of the track and adjust the code.

    Over all they worked well. Both members and the public were really interested in the setup.
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    Back from the show today, I wanted to try to work with some magnet wire that I am thinking of using to route the power to the LEDs. So I set out to test my current rev of the CPL. SUCCESS! The red and yellow LEDs have been ordered!

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    Worked on wiring up the CPL this weekend.
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    It looks better then I expected!


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    I tried to run the wires down the post which I found out was not going to happen with the current design. So I made some changes to the signal bridge and will be printing them soon.

    Another shot of the dummy signal from the other weekend.
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    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam, nor even clang the bell. But let the damned Train jump the track, and see who catches hell!


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    Did you need to wire a flux capacitor in series with red bulbs?

    Those look sharp!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Did you need to wire a flux capacitor in series with red bulbs?

    Those look sharp!
    The flux capacitor was working fine, I was having trouble getting the train up to 88 mph with my short test track!

    Thanks, they're turning out better then expected! My club members are asking for Pennsy CPLs, B&O CPL dwarfs, and C&O search lights already. Told them to wait until I have these ones finished first!
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    Hey Gang,

    I will be at home for a week starting next week, and I would really like to make a lot of progress on the signaling project. I am not an Ops guy, so I was hoping that others on here could help me point out some areas where signals would be on the normal configuration of my modules when they're at home.

    Here is a crude, but effective sketch of the modules. Shaded out areas are tunnels, and there are 2 crossovers (double mainline and a branch line), 1 station passing siding, a stretch of track that is three tracks wide, and several yard/ roundhouse access points. Direction of travel is similar to how U.S. Roadways works (Outside main travel counter clockwise while the Inside main travels clockwise).

    Signals will be B&O CPLs.



    Currently I have a cantilever signal bridge designed, but I am working on other configurations to use/ market. Single signals can me made too, I am open to all options.

    Thanks for looking.
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    Something like this maybe? Assuming you want ABS.



    Although I haven't drawn it here, you will need signal bridges in a couple of spots to keep the signal to the right of the mainline. But the rest are single masts.

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    @dwwojcik

    Yes, ABS is the priority. Eventually I would like to develop it to be controlled by an operator, but for now I would be happy with the lights cycling when a train passes them.

    The signal to the Right of the yard.... is that a signal for the switch?

    The code is just about ready to go, so the next step is to decide upon the signal arrangement.
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    If you want CTC, you're going to need more signals than I drew in the ABS plan above. If your intention is to eventually have a dispatcher, you may as well signal for that now.

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    The signal to the Right of the yard.... is that a signal for the switch?
    Which one is that?

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    ABS will be fine for now.


    Quote Originally Posted by dwwojcik View Post
    Which one is that?
    The signal on the passing siding/ station under the letter "D" in YARD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    The signal on the passing siding/ station under the letter "D" in YARD.
    Ah ok gotcha. Strictly speaking that signal is for the signal block on the mainline between the two switches of the passing siding. The siding itself would not be part of the ABS.

    That said, ABS often have switch alignment detectors. So if the switch is opened you might want to have the indication on that signal drop to restricting or something.

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    Another long project comes to a close. I finally decaled and started to add little plastic people to the Chessie Steam Special. I will probably go back and add some more people, but for now, I am glad to just have them all decaled and ready to run.

    Here are cars 1 - 9.

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    Cars 10 - 18. Technically I am missing the power car, PC100, that they used, but the consecutively numbered cars are done and the 18 car consist looks impressive enough..... for now.

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    Being off a week for Quarantine is really helping me get things moving on all of the projects.

    I painted the straight modules as they are the only ones at my house for the moment. Also I began working on plastering the yard, and residential areas (areas in white).
    The black painted sides of the modules really make a big difference. They look a lot more put together for a lack of a better word.

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    A newer project was DCC'ifying the old Life-Like BL2. Still need to do directional headlights, but I'll save that for a rainy day.
    I am wanting to add a slug with the BL2 as the unlikely pair were used in 1:1 scale. Just add a slug, and I am able to recreate this picture by Tom Nemeth!
    Just need a donor S2 or similar engine.

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    What year VW is that? The eyebrows on the headlights are cool, but judging by the size of the turn signal lights it is one of the later models. I couldn't quite see the bumper for a clue.
    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    What year VW is that? The eyebrows on the headlights are cool, but judging by the size of the turn signal lights it is one of the later models. I couldn't quite see the bumper for a clue.
    Ahh, I see that you are familiar with dating these cars. My Bernadette is a '71 Super Beetle.

    If anyone cares to gain some more useless information, I'll use the picture to narrow it down even further for anyone who cares to read on.

    The longer trunk or "hood" (to the rest of the world) indicates that it is a Super Beetle. That detail is hard to notice if you are not a true VW enthusiast though.
    Knowing that and seeing how the windshield is flat vs curved narrows it down even further to an early Super Beetle making it either a '71 or '72. The '73 Super Beetles and up all had curved windshields.
    The more you know....
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    Those two bottles in the photo obscured the edge of the windshield. I couldn't quite see whether it was flat or curved. Likewise the front of the trunk, though now I see the curve of the hood is a bit more full than the earlier models.

    I've had, in order, a '63, '65, '72 with flat windshield, and a '66. Currently bugless.
    Cheers!
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    I printed off some bridge shoes for a friend. The file came from Thingiverse and is HO scale that I scaled down to N scale.
    The ones that came with the kit for his bridge is 2mm, so I printed three off at different sizes.
    From left to right respectively is 2 mm, 2.5 mm, and 3 mm.
    3 mm by far has better details.

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    I spent some time in the morning designing another B&O CPL variation.

    They came out great! Below are pictures of one mocked up. Mind you that the print is straight off the printer with no clean up.


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    I am going to purchase some tubing to see about running the wire through that to help hide it. I would be using magnet wire of course.
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    I printed out some N scale figures to use inside of my passenger cars. Add some paint and I think that they will work just fine!

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    I was able to finish the turntable rebuild and was able to install it.
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    Also picked up a new project(s). Old concor units that will be used as display pieces as I am not sure about how much life is left in them. They will be repainted.

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    Started ballasting the Return Module. There will be an access road between the yard and the mainlines with plenty of junk laying around on either side.
    The black ground cover is actually fine aquarium gravel. We'll see how it looks after the glue dries.


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