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Rochelle Intermodal at Tolworth this weekend

November 10th, 2009

Rochelle Intermodal will be at the 2009 Tolworth show this coming weekend, 14 & 15th November. And great news…it will be the new extended version! With the generous help of Pete Blake, from the Seaboard Southern club, I am almost finished with the two new industrial switching boards…just doing the last bit of scenic work, then will test them with the adjoining boards. Hopefully all works as expected, but am expecting the usual gremlins!

So, come visit me at Tolworth this weekend, otherwise keep an eye on this site for photos of the new modules.

Tolworth Showtrain information: http://www.metropolitanrailway.co.uk/showtrain.htm

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Work started on industrial switching modules

January 14th, 2009

I have started work on the two industrial switching modules. These I took over from my friend Jim who has moved over to San Francisco. Luckily for me, he did all the tracklaying before he left, so I just need to make final adjustments and do the wiring. I also have to install the point motors. Hopefully I will be able to use Tortoise motors, but I will have to see how much space I have to fit these in, as some of the points are quite close together.  Amazingly, there are 16 points on these two boards!!

This is a composite view of the two industrial switching modules – click on the photo for a closer view:

There are going to be four industries on these boards: A grain elevator, an oil depot & merchant, a lumber yard and a factory. Finally I will have a use for the many freight cars I have!

Time permitting, I am hoping to get most of the wiring done by the end of next week. I will then have to wait a bit to get hold of the block detectors and point controllers, as well as extra point motors. Once I have those I will be able to get the installation all done about two weeks after that.

I can then get started on my favourite bit…the scenery!