Thursday, June 27, 2019

June Update



This month has seen a shakedown run at Rosslyn's Sandgate and Southern, more planning for session 4, a potential solution for my power problem and Don's layout at the Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition.  The extent of my activities were curtailed somewhat as I was "down with a bug" for nearly three weeks.



Shakedown Run - Sandgate & Southern


Six of us got together to have a shakedown run only using the main lines and we were able to run four concourrent trains and Rosslyn did a few shunt movements too.  Don took the photos and videos that I have put together below.


L-R Barry, Peter S, Rosslyn, Me and Don

L-R Barry, Peter S, Chris, Me and Rosslyn


























Here is a video showing the trains we ran.







Ops Planning - Session 4


I have to get this completed before my next operating session on 1 July.


The plan now shows 40 scheduled mainline movements and 17 Hornertown Yard movements.  They have been plotted on a train grapgh to prove it works.  I still have to prepare the job cards and switchlists.



Power Capacity Issues


During Session 3 and the Fun Run there were times when Booster Section B has been drawing too much current in total - all the PSX's remained open but the Booster Shut down.  During session 3 I counted 12 "alive locos" all running off a 2.7A continuous 3.2A peak Booster.   More power is required so after checking in with Duncan McRee at Tam Valley Depot (who hosted Rosslyn & I for an evening back in 2016) I ordered one of his 5A boosters and Power Supplies.  I will install it immediately downstream of the existing 2.7A booster and see how it goes at the next operationg session on 1st July.






Crystal Brook (Warnertown end)


I mentioned last month that I spent a day helping Don with some wiring for his display layout. Well I went to help set it up on the Friday of the long weekend and during the afternoon came down with a "nasty bug" that laid me out for the next three days - I missed the show.

I did manage to take a few photos on the Friday and have copied with permission photos from Don's Facebook page.  I was dissappointed that I did not get to operate during the show so I will have to wait until next year.

Don modelled the start of the double track section that runs from Crystal Brook to Coonamai, just south of Port Pirie. The section modelled is known as Warnertown End by train control, even though it is some 18 km south of Warnertown on the Adelaide to Port Augusta mainline.  He ran prototypical trains of today.  He depicted himself and Rosslyn trainspotting and filming on one section and a train crew waiting for a crew swap at another.

Reports were many could easily recognise the section of track, its features and the train consists.

I think Don did an excellent job - well done!!!



















Sorry I was not at the show long enough to take phtos of other exhibits.




Till next time.....





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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

May Update



This month has seen a couple of operating sessions including use of waybills, a fun run and planning for session 4.  My activities were curtailed somewhat as my wife had her second total knee replacement operation so hospital visits then trips to rehabilitation sessions has soaked up time.



Implementation of Waybills


Last month I indicated use of waybills would commence.  The amount of paperwork prior to the running session was dramatically reduced which was a positive for me.

The system seemed to work well and Don and Jock running Hornertown Yard commented that it was much easier than the switch lists previously used.

Given it is a very similar system to that used at Wayne's everyone just "knew what to do".

A few instructions were needed at Hornertown to replace wording on the switch lists...





I am still to move cards between In-Hold-Out boxes and turn/replace waybills as required.  

Time will tell if I have determined the right number and combination of waybills to support operations.



 Session 3


Following the successful completion of Session 2 I prepared the paperwork for Session 3 which included 47 movements.  Alex, Chris, Don, John, John, Peter J, Spacky and I had a good afternoon.  With only a small number of adjustments required to the paperwork I have decided to move straight on to Session 4.



Here is a link to the Train Graph in Pdf form - remember to zoom in... Depending on your graphics card you may have to download and read with Adobe reader.

Thanks to Peter J for grabbing photos of our activities.

Don & Spacky

Alex

Me, John, Spacky, Don & Chris

Jock

Oops a low coupler on change of grade....

John & Me

Spacky "ran the turnout" John helps him out...

Issues to be fixed list!

Peter J (not sure who the photographer was!)

The Hornertown Yard crew Don & Jock

Spacky, Don & Jock


It should be noted we had some electrical capacity issues which are discussed below.

Thanks to Spacky & Jock who laid on a nice BBQ after the running session and festivities continued into the late evening.




Fun Run - Spacky & Jock


Spacky made his "Tank Train" up first, it consisted of two 10 car sets.



Here is a video as the train passes through various sections of the layout.



Jock setting up his "Reefer Train".



Here is a video as the train passes through various sections of the layout.


Spacky & Jock had some fun running and me setting the control panels and watching.



Op Session at Wayne's


There were three operating sessions planned this month but I only made one.  Barry, Chris, Spacky, Jock and I joined Wayne the day I attended.  Things worked pretty well and we had an enjoyable afternoon.



Ops Planning - Session 4


I have to get this completed before my next operating session on 1 July.

The preliminary plan shows approximately 41 mainline scheduled movements with Hornertown Yard Operations still to be added.  Still a long way to go with this sessions planning.



Power Capacity Issues


During Session 3 and the Fun Run there has been times when Booster Section B has been drawing too much current in total - all the PSX's remained open but the Booster Shut down.  During session 3 I counted 12 "alive locos" all running off a 2.7A continuous 3.2A peak Booster. I am thinking the booster has malfunctioned as the RrampMeter showed a current draw at 4.2A and other times up to 3.4A without shutting down.  Since then there have been some random shut downs.

The section at issue is "Section B" which has 12 PSX/PSX-AR's covering 18 Track Power Sections



Roco Slave 1



I am using the Roco System and to implement another booster to split the load it requires an obsolete no longer manufactured box and I cannot even locate one on EBay.  I have a spare booster that I will swap with one in the problem section for the time being.

Strong consideration is being given to replacing the control system with NCE which can deliver 5.1A continuously per booster.  The big issue is I need a command station, 5 boosters, 7 radio throttles and a couple of tethered throttles which adds up to a hefty bill.

Whilst I have JMRI and WiThrottle up and running the boys like throttles with knobs or thumb wheels.....  in addition my 7" tablets used for Engine Driver last for about 2 hours and the op sessions go for 3 hours.



Wiring for Don


Don has been working on a display layout for exhibiting and I managed to get one day helping to install droppers on some of the staging sections.  I had hoped to do another day but other matters have gotten in the way.




Till next time.....





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