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Appleton Gets Panelled

With Railfest just over a week away I have a couple projects to complete on my HO Free-Mo modules. It had been decided a little while ago that our modules should have panels installed on them for our throttles. We have been just using phone extension cords and looping them through the entire setup once we were set up. This was a real time consuming event both on set up and tear down.

I picked up my “Supply” (I bought some extra panels for my home layout) a week ago and started to prepare my Appleton set of modules for installation this week.

First up was to measure and decide what size of hole I was going to need then carefully mark the area to cut.

I love my power tools!!!! With my adrenaline starting to pump for “More Power” and get this hole cut I get my saw out to cut the hole and thought for a moment that any major shaking from a power tool might loosen up some scenery and such………………………. Hmmmmmmmm………………………………..

Maybe something a little lighter duty will be better suited for this job 🙂 I used my jig saw with a new scroll blade instead.

I had also decided to recess the panels a bit into the fascia of the modules because they usually get slid around on their side and I wanted to protect the face of the panels as much as possible. Fortunately having a plywood facia makes this job much easier and I remove one ply which was enough to give me satisfactory results. After test fitting and any fine-tuning, I painted the newly acquired hole and let it set until the next evening before installing the new panels.

Now with the panel installed it was time to run the wires and add a “customized” clip to hold the wire ends from “hanging around” during transport and shipping.

While doing this I noticed that the PC board was sort of vulnerable so I added a block of 2 X 2 to protect it.

There you have it! A fully installed panel and it took me almost as much time to install them as it takes to completely run the “old” phone cords at one set up. Can’t wait to see how much time this saves when everyone gets them installed!!!

Now that that is done I have some work to do an one of my two foot modules.

Stay tuned

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Well I finally have some time to jot down some notes from HillFest from last weekend. This was the first time I have ever planed an event like this and from what I have read from some of the other members it must have been a hit.
Friday afternoon and evening was for setup and for the most part was ready for first thing Saturday morning.  Saturday morning was just a couple little things left and we were operating in no time with the new operation system.

Our location had a kitchen area where we were able to use so some ready to bake pizza’s were cooked up for Dinner and the leftovers became Dinner for Sunday as well. Saturday afternoon was more operating until we had a few complaining they were hungry. We had brought a BBQ  on-site for supper but when Scot and I went to get it going we realized the remnants of a hurricane that we might have, sort of, forgot was blowing through. We grabbed the BBQ and ran for cover and cooked up burgers for supper.

Saturday night was a time to get off our feet and watch some slides. John Whitmore showed some of his slides from the Prairies back in the 60’s. I almost had to leave as I didn’t want the guys hear me sobbing when I seen the slid of all the steam engines on the tracks waiting to be scrapped. That had to be a sad day for many people. Then Luc Knowlan   showed his slides of his trip to to Alberta and up through the Rockies.

That night I found about 4 Extra guests guests for a few hours until there nameless host decided to come home and unlock the door. Seemed he forgot to leave them a key……Yeah right!!!! ;-D

Sunday morning was back to operations for one last session before Dinner then tear down. By 3 O’clock that afternoon you would hardly even know we had been there.

All in all I think it was a very succesfull and fun weekend. You should have been there if you weren’t!!!!!!

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Birds Eye View

The photo does not do justice to the setup.

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