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Yard Panel

It has just occurred to me that I have not showed you my yard panel yet.

 

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I designed the panel layout using Microsoft Word then I framed it with some leftover hardwood flooring and sandwiched the printout between a layer of Plexiglas and a piece of medal. Why medal you ask, Good question I say. Although each track that can be labeled in the design was, the classification tracks were not given any names. Most of the layouts I operate on have classification tracks designated for a certain train or local. Now when Murphy gets involved in shunting the yard he makes sure the track you need is full while another one only has a car or two in it. I decided I would leave it up to the Yard Master to decide what track to put a train on and also give him the option to move it to a more appropriate track if needed. I will be gluing magnets to a piece of styrene then labeling the styrene with all possible destinations giving the Yard Master  the ability to move the labels to whatever track he wants to make it easier  and faster to locate a certain train.

The rotary knobs were perfect to control each turnout as they would also show the turnout position when wired up correctly. There were three crossovers in this yard and each one is controlled by only one rotary knob for both turnouts. For ease of showing the turnout position I used Bi-coloured LED to show the position of the crossover.

The yard still is not complete so the panel is not completely wired but what is wired up works perfectly!

 

See Ya

Al

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