It’s been a while since the last layout update. If you have been following along, you know the layout wiring is complete. All of the track has been painted and the fascia has been installed. The Wheeling Freight Terminal is looking pretty good.
The next task before plugging in the digital command control (DCC) system is to build and install the track switch controls. These will use Caboose Hobbies hand throws mounted on a small ledge along the fascia which will push or pull wire to through the switch points. The mechanical action will also activate the momentary contact SPDT switch to change the polarity on the frog. I have an idea or two that need to be worked out before installation. I want to keep it simple and minimize components and difficulty. I’ll share more as soon as I can.
There is another issue that has loomed since early April. My wife and I moved to El Paso last July and we have been renting our home. In early April, we finalized the purchase of a home here and contractors have been upgrading the kitchen before we start another move. The work is wrapping up now (end of May) and we have already been moving boxes and smaller furniture pieces into our new home. This will be our fourth move since the spring of 2009, but this move is only across a portion of El Paso and we look forward to living in our own home again.
I know a few readers have just rolled their eyes and may even be stunned. The best moving news concerns the hobby space. The new room is a nice 14 x 20 foot size that is ready to use. The current Wheeling Freight Terminal is about 10 x 16 and it will easily fit into the new space. As the layout is sectional and built to move, I expect to have it quickly assembled in the new space.
As you can see in the images, the fascia and throttle plug in boxes have been installed. Click on any image to review a large size.
There is much more to share in the coming months as the layout moves to a new home. Railroad operations are just ahead as I narrow down the track switch control with testing and installation. I look forward to sharing the next exciting steps in my hobby adventure.
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