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    We haven't seen much from our resident Alces alces the past couple weekends. So in the spirit of the Weekend Update, I wonder if @Moose2013 won't share some pictures of himself not working on the MT&P and not working on his latest N scale project.

    After all, if there are no photos, then it didn't not happen.

    Good thing I wasn't a philosophy major. My head hurts. ...

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    @Paul Schmidt

    Hey! Moose just spent the last hour or more searching for something to buy to make up for not buying anything last month!

    One thing at a time, one thing at a time!

    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

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    There was a little revision to my weekend plans. My MIL lives on West Battle Lake in MN. So yesterday in the morning my wife and I went to an auction. Didn't buy anything. In the afternoon we put our boat in West Battle Lake at the east end and ran the boat across the lake to visit with the MIL. This morning we went to a different lake to fish!

    I did have the 3D printer running while I was fishing!

    Rick

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    My oldest son came down for a few days and brought his dad a combination Christmas bday gift!! It is a DC unit that will have to get DCC'd, but hey! It's the thought that counts!!

    PIC_0382.jpg
    Northern Pacific and Black Hills RR in N, of course!!
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    Amongst other progress this week is this: another tablet mount, this time for the Scalley operator.

    StagingCP.jpg

    It's showing the work-in-progress staging control panel. I've gotten all the staging servos mounted and half of them connected and working through JMRI: the half that are close to the Arduino. Ran fourteen feet of servo cable out to the most distant servo and it didn't work at all well, so I have to figure out how to get the more distant servos to cooperate.

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    Nice tablet mount. Any info on brand, and where to find one? A link, perhaps?

    Viele Dank!
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    Quote Originally Posted by samusi01 View Post
    Ran fourteen feet of servo cable out to the most distant servo and it didn't work at all well, so I have to figure out how to get the more distant servos to cooperate.
    It's a little harder to find but they make heavier gauger servo wires. 22 gauge I think. If that's even not good enough, run your own three wires and make the splice just before the connedtor and before the servo. I would think 18 ga. would be fine for 14 feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    My oldest son came down for a few days and brought his dad a combination Christmas bday gift!! It is a DC unit that will have to get DCC'd, but hey! It's the thought that counts!!

    PIC_0382.jpg
    OHHH! What did you do to that boy when he was growing up? At least he could have given you an F7 even if they are ugly!

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Now I get to do the jungle gym and the octopus
    Looking good Mark! That's one interesting jungle gym, I'll be curious to see how you do that.

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    Moose do some work on railroad... See linky.
    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

    "Beware the Train of Thought that Carries no Freight..."

    Click Here to See Moose's Layout Thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Nice tablet mount. Any info on brand, and where to find one? A link, perhaps?

    Viele Dank!
    Gordon,

    It's this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LULUYHC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Seems fairly good thus far. My only quibble is it allows the tablet to rotate a bit (as if you are trying to shift from portrait to landscape mode). The arm is pretty solid and has allowed me to attach it to the bottom of the layout and rotate it back out of the way when not in use. I think it'll do well, and I am going to see if Amazon offers a good deal on the 10" Kindles over the next couple of days. On the other side of the layout, I have this one:

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0747X4P7K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I'm happy with it but it can't be mounted to the underside of the layout, so I attached it directly to the fascia.
    @kingmeow

    Thanks for the recommendation. The servo wires I got from Amazon are 22ga. On my experiment list are adding twists, adjusting the position (it was adjacent to the power strips and their cords), and possibly running only the PWM line from the Arduino and supplying +5V and GND from that end of the layout. Any other recommendations would be gratefully received.

    Sam


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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyS View Post
    Looking good Mark! That's one interesting jungle gym, I'll be curious to see how you do that.
    You and me both! It's quite the tangled up mess of metal, and having nothing but ground level photos isn't making things any easier. It looks like there are four distinct elevator legs inside there (each a different size and style). And although I can catch glimpses of ladders and platforms and handrails here and there, I can't really draw a complete path from the bottom to the top. I suspect that when all is said and done, many liberties will have been taken, lol.

    -Mark

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    Nothing to show yet, but I went and won a CF7 kit on eBay for a good price. I have 2 for the shortline that connects with CSX, they rostered 3 of them. I could make the third one, or find an appropriate road and do the kit for resale

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    Won a ultra cheap PCC trolley (probably white geared and probably wonít run!) , and then ordered a tomytek chassis from Japan. Sometime in the next millennia it will arrive.
    I have some super mini tomix turnouts arriving tomorrow and am still waiting on the rest of the tomix track to arrive as well. Plan is to use some HO WS foam roadbed on either side as the street, and some very thin black foam between the rails.

    Got more ballast and need need to get started on track laying on the second module. Jsut havenít made the time yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    You can run, but you cannot hide ... ... ... Stampede!
    Oh crap!!....At least it'll take 'em a while to get here...Now to find a hideout....
    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtanker View Post
    OHHH! What did you do to that boy when he was growing up? At least he could have given you an F7 even if they are ugly!
    Must have done something right! Ain't no diseasels on the NPBH! We ran the first sales guy out on a rail after a little bit of hot diesel and freshly sheared wool re-dressed him! Then the next one had a new necktie applied!

    I used to have a portable layout with some Bman F's and a few others that I took to shows 20 years ago, and he would run them things all day long. Drew quite a crowd to watch a 5 yr old drive them things around!
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    Must have done something right! Ain't no diseasels on the NPBH! We ran the first sales guy out on a rail after a little bit of hot diesel and freshly sheared wool re-dressed him! Then the next one had a new necktie applied!

    I used to have a portable layout with some Bman F's and a few others that I took to shows 20 years ago, and he would run them things all day long. Drew quite a crowd to watch a 5 yr old drive them things around!

    Well I hope you remember that when he's picking yer nursing home. He'll get his revenge because you deprived him of diesels! Can't imagine what he did as a small child to make you tease him with diesels then taking him over to the dark side!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtanker View Post
    Well I hope you remember that when he's picking yer nursing home. He'll get his revenge because you deprived him of diesels! Can't imagine what he did as a small child to make you tease him with diesels then taking him over to the dark side!
    Well, I think it will probably end up near the tracks! He was quite jealous when I told him I was going to get to go to St. Paul and see the 4014! Funny thing is, he has been on and driven a diesel unit! But truly likes the steam!!! Yup, did something right there.

    The Yoda - Master kept him on the light steam side!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samusi01 View Post
    Thanks for the recommendation. The servo wires I got from Amazon are 22ga. On my experiment list are adding twists, adjusting the position (it was adjacent to the power strips and their cords), and possibly running only the PWM line from the Arduino and supplying +5V and GND from that end of the layout. Any other recommendations would be gratefully received.

    Sam,

    Went down this same road when I did my staging yard. I have 11 servo's on each end and tried to use one mega for both ends. I tried heavier wire and din't work. I ended up using two mega's, one for each end, and used 18-6 shielded for the pins to throw them. It works very well. I also added relay's to the track power for each track, so it only has power when the turnout is lined up with it on either end.

    You have a couple of options. One is to relocate the Arduino so it half way between the two ends. Two is separate Arduino's at both ends.

    I have over 50 servo's on the layout besides the staging yard. Also on my yards, I'm going back through and putting them on a rotary switches so it's easier for the operators to just dial up the track the need.

























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    Rodney,

    Thank you very much for your response.

    I've connected the Arduino with a 6' USB cable so I'll try the first option (centrally locating) first and then the second option. The present sketch uses CMRI and an RS485 library (the latter should allow multiple arduinos one one USB) but I am considering re-doing the sketch to use Geoff Bunza's direct JMRI connection in the hopes it may simplify the hardware requirements, especially with multiple Arduinos involved. I think, with central locating, I can get the servo cable length down to about a 7' max.

    Sam

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