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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdboxcar View Post
    Next problem is I need to have industry names, I have had some dangerous brain waves, Since the module is totally fictional and being built for switching operations prototypical names do not matter. It would be good to have names with a tenuous link to NSN.

    Warehouse - I would like Moose shipping, if Mr Moose agrees
    Team track - York Transhipping Co.
    Railcar Repair - Stahl Railcar Repair. [after a friend who works in maintenance]
    Steel Stockholders - ??????
    Plastic factory - ??????
    Corn syrup tank cars supplying ?????

    Look forward to the suggestions.
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    York South Industrial District sounds great. I hope to be in your neck of the woods next year - Spring, 2022. Would love to stop by to see your progress, and stand you a pint at your local.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    York South Industrial District sounds great. I hope to be in your neck of the woods next year - Spring, 2022. Would love to stop by to see your progress, and stand you a pint at your local.
    More than welcome.

    There is York tap about 25 minutes walk from my house and 5 Minutes from the Railway Museum, craft beer watching the trains go by.
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    Default Gorilla glue

    Well this weekend I reached the stage of getting some track on to a board, I wanted a small sacrificial length of track on the end of the module,
    1 - in case it gets caught only 1" of track gets ripped up.
    2 - Although not intended for modular use one day you never know it could get connected up so we have a switchable 1" of track that can act a power district break without having to muck about with insulated joiners.

    Anyway I digress, it's an age thing, for this 1" of track I had a new bottle of Gorilla glue, ahh that will do I will also see how it performs, could have been ultimate disaster had I used it elsewhere, the glue foamed up when setting just like expanding foam!!!!!!

    The picture shows how much it foamed up and that is after I trimmed it down to sleeper level, as a glue it will take a nuclear strike to shift but the glue can destroy your scenics in the process. As for my lucky escape this bit of track will be a road crossing.
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    finally got to laying some track.

    I made the straight track in the fast tracks tool, printed my tie spacer glued down the tie with Gorilla wood glue and the rail pcb ties with pliobond, wired up the crossover and fixed it in position. Hassles - having to cut the masking tape down the middle! For a first attempt at this track laying method so far so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdboxcar View Post
    Ok, decided I had to get a name for the module, after a lot of head scratching, resulting in a bucket full of dandruff and wood splinters in the fingers I came up with - York South Industrial District. Basically I live the South side of York, nothing more exotic than that.
    Sounds fine, though being a chap of 'less is more', I would go along the lines of South side York or York South or the like ! Just my two worthless pennies
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    Sounds fine, though being a chap of 'less is more', I would go along the lines of South side York or York South or the like ! Just my two worthless pennies
    I agree on the length, maybe drop the South as Industrial District describes the scene. Mmmmmmm.

    The less is more is normally my approach but since this is to be used for switching it got a bit more than what I would have liked so it could add interest.
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    Default Start of wiring

    Thought I had better make a start on the wiring even though it is relatively minimal since there are no turnout motors to power.

    Dug out a psx from the electrical box mounted that and other plugs etc and wired it all up.

    Everyday use will see a sprog in use so connected up and psx went into short ... Mmmm meter says no short, got out digitrax box and plugged in - no short. Mmmm - google search produced some inferences that they did not like each other so back to the drawing board, I was going to put a feed in for the Sprog after the psx but when out walking the dog this morning I had a thought, I had put a link in so the psx would trip at 1.7amp, before I did that I did a factory reset and the psx led flashed indicating it was good so it should have been ok, removed the link and attached the Sprog and all worked ok ... yippee. Electrickery can be a strange thing.

    All the nonsense at the left hand side is there in case I connect to a freemo module, we try and have the first inch of track so it can be powered from it's own module or the adjacent module, makes setting up so much easier, just a flick of a switch and you have a separate power district.

    Back to track building this week, first 2 right hand turnouts.
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    Another turnout laid and spur into shipping and team track laid, managed to get the rails slightly off centre of the sleepers on team track but they may get hidden so should be ok.
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    Well another week here with temps at freezing all week with a horrendous wind blowing from the Baltics.
    Completed another 2 turnouts and got them laid along with some track and holes cut out for switches, some boring stuff to do next - feeders and operating wire for the turnouts to be installed before moving on to crossing over to the right hand side board.
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    Got the track laying advanced over on to the next board, track wiring complete on the first board and some track board end protectors made before disaster strikes and rips the exposed ends of track when being moved.

    May even have a go at running a loco this week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdboxcar View Post
    Got the track laying advanced over on to the next board, track wiring complete on the first board and some track board end protectors made before disaster strikes and rips the exposed ends of track when being moved.

    May even have a go at running a loco this week!
    That's some nice looking trackwork there!
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    Thanks, it does get easier the more I do and quite therapeutic.
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    I had to go back and review your posts, specifically about the psx and sprog. Once again I must confess ignorance. What are the psx and sprog and what do they do?

    And your wiring looks great! Well organized and laid out.

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    Hi Gordon

    A sprog is a sort of mini command station which can be used with JMRI, was originally made for programming decoders but has progressed a bit further, details here https://www.sprog-dcc.co.uk/
    The V2 I have can easily run a couple of locomotives so it is ideal for a small switching layout where only one loco in use, so basically wall wart power supply to sprog, usb cable to laptop with JMRI running, power to track from sprog, I use a TCS throttle and that is it to run trains. You can now get a sprog with raspberry pi so that can cut out the laptop.

    PSX are what I consider the best circuit breakers, super fast and fully functional, for my small switching module maybe a bit overkill as the sprog does have a breaker built in but if I have it then any command station can be plugged in to power the module.
    PSX are from Tonys Trains / DCC specialities https://tonystrains.com/product/dcc-...ircuit-breaker

    That is all probably about as clear as mud now I have got involved.
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    Another week and tracklaying has been continuing, just got the railcar repair to do now at the top right.
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    Bit of a chaotic week, covid vaccine jab, eye sight check up, hound to vets for check up, routine paperwork etc etc blah blah blah,

    Anyway managed to complete the track laying, cut out the holes for the turnout switches on the l/h board, I was not happy with the 0.4mm brass wire for throwing the switches so have ordered some 0.5mm, thought it might be here today but nope so hopefully Monday now.

    Tomorrow hopefully get the r/h board track wiring done.
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    Well the brass wire finally arrived and got the switches connected up, set up and put some stock on, one turnout required a bit of tweaking then all seems to run without derailments and that is with the selected stock just put on without any fettling. I also created a switch plan based on Conrail ZTS [zone track spot] method. To keep it simple added the legend to the plan rather than have it on a separate sheet.
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    I like the Moose Shipping.

    Track is looking GREAT!
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    Need names for the rest of the industries, like to make them relevant to things / people I know.
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