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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

Progress

Yes there has been some progress since my last post. I have installed parts of my yard ladders at each end of the yard (13 turnouts so far) enough so that I am able to lay out my three Arrival/Departure tracks and enough to get a start to the Classification part of the yard when I’m ready. I have soldered all my PC ties and rail together to make up the three A/D tracks and prepared to start laying the wooden ties. I had a bag of 1000 ties so this would be enough to get the three tracks done and a start on the Classification part later on……………… or so I thought 😳 I was short by 8 ties of completing only Two of the A/R tracks, TWO!!!!! Holy Smokes!!! This is going to take way more ties than I first thought so I immediately ordered 5 more packages. This gave me the time to get the mainline all laid back down so all I have to do now is connect the feeders and install three Moles for the turnouts and I’ll have the Main line operational again. Hopefully between this weekend and the first of next week I’ll get the trains running again.

One thing for sure, you will not win any races by handlaying track as it sure is time consuming. I will also say that I’m undecided as to whether handlaying N scale track is therapeutic or the start of total insanity!  😎 I think I’m doing this more for the reasons of I never thought I would ever hand lay track in N scale, I’ve been told by more than a couple friends “I’m nut’s” (which is no great surprise anyway) but most of all “Because I can”!!! 🙂 Probably the biggest reason I keep going with this is because I kept telling everyone I was going to do it so I guess I just better do it, right? I’ll post photos later as there is more to show

Yard Started

I had to lift the mainline between both ends of my yard in order to lay down my cork roadbed for the yard. The cork is all down and I have started my yard ladder. All the track-work in the yard will be hand-laid. A printed template and a metal straight edge helps me keep everything straight………. I hope! 🙄

My current plan is to get these ladders completed so that I can at least have my Mainline back together and the three Arrival – Departure tracks. Once this is done I will then start the Classification part of my yard.

West ladder

West end of Yard

East Ladder

East end of Yard