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Weeding out the gremlins

phowes | 11th Aug 2019 at 21:02 | 114 views

Automation on a railway allows us to run the same train on the same track at the same speed in the same way many times.  We all know the Murphy's law that states a train will run 19 times with no... more

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Trains Jim, but not as we know them

phowes | 19th May 2019 at 19:44 | 153 views

Well it's 7 weeks to the YMRG Open Day and Yeovil Town needs to impress.  Progress to date is that the scenic areas of the layout are now almost complete and Automatic running applied to 3/4 of t... more

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Updating the web

phowes | 02nd Feb 2019 at 00:35 | 226 views

For some time now Yeovil Town has been a difficult project with my wife Olivia and I trying to grab as much time as possible to complete the "Garden" area for scenic effects. It has been qu... more

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Traintronics TT300 problems but fixing them for now

phowes | 31st Dec 2017 at 09:42 | 778 views

After changing a TT300 point motor in the goods yard in November which appeared to male before break on the micro-switch we discovered that we have a further 3 units causing the same fault in the fidd... more

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Is increasing from one switch to three just over the top on a 32 foot railway

phowes | 10th Dec 2017 at 01:20 | 584 views

After exhaustive testing we conclude that we can't run a ZTC USB Interface together with the Lenz USB interface on the same PC without problems!  They both run ok individually but we now have had... more

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Signals are changing

phowes | 01st Dec 2017 at 00:41 | 498 views

A short delay for attending the NEC over the weekend means we have bought more signals and controllers.  We have managed to operate the Dapol signals via the ZTC 511 using DCC.  The task now... more

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Computers have taken over

phowes | 15th Nov 2017 at 04:02 | 500 views

The main computer (mini Tower Dell) has been set up with Traincontroller Gold version 9 and installed at the layout.  I updated to version 9 to keep us up to date with the latest software and its... more

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Automation just about there

phowes | 03rd Nov 2017 at 09:27 | 539 views

It's been a long time coming but we have now completed the wiring for feedback modules under the layout.  Some people fit just a few sensors to their layout to save cost and gain automation betwe... more

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Lets straighten a few things out then

phowes | 04th Aug 2017 at 15:51 | 627 views

During open day the baseboard for the goods area dipped about 5mm in the middle as it must have had some excessive weight on it sometime in the last year! We are planning to remove it and add st... more

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Let me level with you

phowes | 01st Aug 2017 at 23:37 | 563 views

Well it was a frantic time getting ready for the YMRG Open Day in July.  Keith managed to complete the new track-work for points to and from Yeovil Junction just in time but Olivia and I had a bu... more

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Ready, Set, Go!

phowes | 25th Oct 2016 at 16:32 | 915 views

The boards are now fixed together never to be separated and the surface sanded.  New cork has been laid and sanded so all is well for the new track to be fitted. I now need to plan the electrics... more

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It's a swivel Jim but not as we know it

phowes | 22nd Sep 2016 at 09:35 | 942 views

We have finally made some headway with the new track on the new front boards.  The boards were designed many years ago and by chance the joint between two 6ft x 2ft boards lies directly under com... more

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Repairs after renewal

phowes | 01st Sep 2016 at 11:03 | 962 views

Having stripped down the two scenic boards that have been partly completed and removed them to a shed at home to complete the task we stripped off more boards from the front of the layout so that the ... more

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Ships passing in the night

phowes | 07th Apr 2016 at 21:14 | 928 views

Just had a call from Stewart (he and Paul first started Yeovil Town way back) and he wondered if the club night was still Wednesday night?  He had called by a few weeks ago at 19:30 and there wer... more

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Time to dismantle but then forge ahead

phowes | 31st Mar 2016 at 10:36 | 912 views

We are finding it very slow travelling to the clubhouse to model small areas of detail on each board so we are moving most of them back to my garage where I can pop in every so often which is what wor... more

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