Any interest in yet another layout being built?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Biggles, Oct 30, 2002.

  1. Biggles

    Biggles Member

    This is a close up of one section.

    I am adding detail just in front of the back scene to blend it into the layout.

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  2. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    the turnout system looks like good idea and cheap what you do use them turn them or the push and pull:confused: :confused: and the layout looks great:D :D rich
  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Biggles your layout is looking great! Love the backdrop. You can save yourself the trouble of rounding up suitable rods etc. by simply using automotive choke cables. They are easy to find (any auto parts house or hardware store) and cheap (as little as $1.99 here).
  4. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    That backdrop is absolutely fantastic, like a very beautiful painting.

  5. Biggles

    Biggles Member

    Hi Rich.
    You push and pull the rods. There are stops in the form of those cable fasteners, one each side of the facia.
    It is simple and very reliable.

    Hi Tyson.
    I did try throttle/choke cables. I much prefer the rods. Simpler to install and to get working properly and even cheaper.

    Hi Jkristia. Thats an intersting handle. Is it your real name, or a made up one?
    Thanks for the comment. There are rather more clouds than I intended. I kept trying to improve things and the clouds just grew.
    I am very satisfied with the final result.
    I am hoping that the whole layout will be a work of art:D :D
    That is why this layout is smaller than any previous ones.:)
  6. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    thats great will get that in mind when I start my layout thanks tyson yours a good idea too will keep that too dowels only come so long;) ;) ;) :D :D :cool: rich
  7. Biggles

    Biggles Member

    Rich. I can buy dowelling in 6 metre lengths.
    Can you get a choke cable that long?

    maybe in a VW Beetle?:eek: :D :D
  8. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    well they did bring the beetle back and now for the ? how long is a metre I know I can get them in three foot lenghts :confused: :confused: rich
  9. Biggles

    Biggles Member

    Rich. A Metre is 100 cms.

    How long is a foot? Mine is about 28cm.:confused: ;) :D
  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Around here 12-15 ft. is the longest choke cables I've seen but you might could order in longer.
  11. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    tyson don't think would need them that long but you ever know wheres one of my kids when you need them metres,centametres hey all I know is inches and feet :confused: :D :D :D :D rich
  12. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    a metre is a generous yard. (about 10% over, but close enough)
  13. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    You did a great job of the cloud painting on the backdrop Biggles. I have tried to do it but gave up. Now seeing yours, I must try again. Thanks for the inspiration.
    I have used dowel push pull rods for turnouts for a number of years. I add a DPDT switch to improve wiring of the turnout and for signalling. Dowels don't work eveywhere so if a curve is needed then the choke cable is ok but I find them too heavy to work with so am still looking for an easy way
  14. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    thanks david :D :D :D rich ps more pics biggles
  15. Biggles

    Biggles Member

    Matthyro. it's good to hear that someone else is using the system.

    If you look at the facia board in the general view of the backscene, you will see that there is a switch associated with each dowel.

    I did try a sliding switch physically coupled to the dowel but it reduced the reliability of the system and made installation more tricky.

    I don't have many points/turnouts on my layout, so i have not found the need for a cable.
    By the way, a dowel will work at quite a considerable angle.

    Thanks for the encouragement Rich.

    By the way, a Metre is a touch under 39 and a half inches.

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