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Offline river6109  
#1001 Posted : 25 May 2014 16:31:01(UTC)
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slow progress today, didn't do much, this is the latest result from the overhead construction, I'm not completely happy with the lights I will shorten the stem it looks to high to me.
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#1002 Posted : 07 June 2014 12:57:48(UTC)
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an enchanting modeltrain paradise (part 8)

slowly I'm getting my locos programmed for the various braking sections and at the same time I have installed more ESU sound decoders.

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#1003 Posted : 18 June 2014 15:54:56(UTC)
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Austria, a land, plenty of mountains and music and coziness

this Video presents Austrian locos from Märklin and Roco
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#1004 Posted : 22 June 2014 11:57:17(UTC)
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I like it, very impressive layout ,very nice attention to detail. Well done. What size is it Take care EddieCool Cool Cool Cool Cool
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Offline river6109  
#1005 Posted : 22 June 2014 14:59:49(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MalinAC Go to Quoted Post
I like it, very impressive layout ,very nice attention to detail. Well done. What size is it Take care EddieCool Cool Cool Cool Cool


Eddie,

the total layout is 65m², at the moment it is 45m² and I appreciate your comment, thanks for your compliment

John

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Offline river6109  
#1006 Posted : 21 July 2014 06:43:57(UTC)
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Hi every one,
it has been almost a month and I haven't done much at all if anything at all, received some Preiser winter skiers and placed them onto the snow fields and Piste and my son added a few more trees and covered them with snow.
hopefully this week I'll get the chairlift going and this should bring some joy to the occupants of Moosburg. I also received some new signals and they also will be installed at the appropriate spots. Sommerfeldt overhead wires and accessories came in the same parcel and I now can continue with the Catenary on my freight shed module.
in another 2 weeks we will be off for a holiday (celebrating my 70th birthday and my wife's birthday which falls onto the same date) and this means a rest from training, converting, adding anything.

Until than, have fun and I'll report back hopefully with more exiting changes.

regards.,

John
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Offline river6109  
#1007 Posted : 04 August 2014 03:38:52(UTC)
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Moosburg by night, none of the above have been started or finished, my son has installed lights to the snow covered station area, ski lift and surrounding houses, I have mounted the platform signs and they have to be connected, 2 more spotlights will be going where the cable car is, flickering lights at the chapel indicating a candle or two and a few more house and street lights, these photos have been taken last night, enjoy them
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#1008 Posted : 04 August 2014 10:18:17(UTC)
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Excellent John!
Largest Marklinist Layout with Central station 2/Mobile station 2/60174 boosters/C-Tracks/K-Tracks/M-tracks/Favorites class BR01, BR23, BR50, E103, E120/Insider Club membership since 2004.
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#1009 Posted : 05 August 2014 15:36:15(UTC)
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another night in Moosburg
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#1010 Posted : 04 November 2014 02:01:04(UTC)
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a long awaiting results: my Brawa trolleybus has been converted to digital and it has some nostalgic memories, we used to go on a trolleybus in Graz back in the 50's on a Sunday family outing,
the conversion was rather simple but at first I thought it had an AC motor this was soon discovered that it wasn't AC but DC with a converter attached to it and as I tried to run the motor on AC it got somewhat hot but I've realized it before any damage was done, so I think.
the whole distance of the trolley bus will be around 10 meters in each direction and it has a loop on either side. it will travel past the main station: Bonn makes a turn goes past the station again it than rises above the street level and travels along a 4 lane road descending again to street level going past the ferris wheel and than does another loop under the mountain and this caused a bit of problems, the height wasn't high enough to install Brawa masts there, so here we had another self constructed overhead system so the trolley bus was able to pass underneath it, also the loop is tighter than I wanted it to be but with extra mast supports it now manages to negotiates the tight curves (400mm diameter)

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#1011 Posted : 04 November 2014 10:22:20(UTC)
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From Aug 5th to Nov 4th....Wow...a long time....BigGrin Very good work...ThumpUp
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The world is analog!
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Offline PJMärklin  
#1012 Posted : 04 November 2014 10:59:40(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: river6109 Go to Quoted Post
a long awaiting results: my Brawa trolleybus has been converted to digital and it has some nostalgic memories, we used to go on a trolleybus in Graz back in the 50's on a Sunday family outing,
the conversion was rather simple but at first I thought it had an AC motor this was soon discovered that it wasn't AC but DC with a converter attached to it and as I tried to run the motor on AC it got somewhat hot but I've realized it before any damage was done, so I think.
the whole distance of the trolley bus will be around 10 meters in each direction and it has a loop on either side. it will travel past the main station: Bonn makes a turn goes past the station again it than rises above the street level and travels along a 4 lane road descending again to street level going past the ferris wheel and than does another loop under the mountain and this caused a bit of problems, the height wasn't high enough to install Brawa masts there, so here we had another self constructed overhead system so the trolley bus was able to pass underneath it, also the loop is tighter than I wanted it to be but with extra mast supports it now manages to negotiates the tight curves (400mm diameter)

enjoy the video
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Hello John,

I really like the trolley buses !!
Wish I had room for one on my layout - looks great

Regards,

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Offline river6109  
#1013 Posted : 04 November 2014 12:11:48(UTC)
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thank you all for your reply,

Utkan, its been a while and yes it took some time to negotiate the tunnel section which was below the overhead system height and it took an ingenuous idea to come up with a solution.

I will have more than 2 trolley buses running in future and the set up will be with acceleration and braking modules and as mentioned before a sound decoder from a tramway.
the trolley bus was purchased back in the 80's and it has been sitting idle for over 34 years, the only thing I've done is cleaned the wires and some minor alterations, hopefully I can add a power pack and this will enable the bus to go over the none powered or isolated sections of the overhead turnout. more of the detailed conversion can be seen under the digital heading.

away from the current theme, I will put my building application to the local council this week for a 6m x 6m extension of the garage, the current level in front of the existing garage is below the level of garage so I've been able to get some sand free from a nearby site (someone dumped 10000 m3 of sand without the council's approval and they are removing it to a landfill dump, I can get as much as I like, trusses and beams, I also found a company which sells the second hand (left over stock), the footings will be done most probably on the weekend or next week. there is a lot of retired village housing developing going on around here and the sooner they start the better it will be , I always can get some left over concrete so long I don't have to wait too long, of course there is the electrician, insulation but the work and construction we'll do it ourselves.

When its all finished it will be the first time the layout is again running after more than 20 years of being idle and I can tell you I'm looking forward for this day, the other modules are already finished and all they need is some minor alterations, new Overhead system on the station module and new overhead wires on the rest of them, braking and acceleration modules, a few more signals and bingo we will be able to run trains again.
One module was never constructed for the HOe gauge although we have a HOe track running from the main station to and past 2 other country stations (about 6 meters in length), a new module will have the measurements of 2.4m x 2.1m

that's all folks until the next time.

regards.,

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Offline river6109  
#1014 Posted : 04 November 2014 12:17:50(UTC)
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Märklinists, Roconists, Brawanists and Hagenists, I've 1 video from our major reform and rebuilding period of 1 section from our layout, its a slide show with interesting pictures. the other video is a coverage over a 30 year period


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Offline river6109  
#1015 Posted : 04 November 2014 12:22:37(UTC)
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this is the latest video from my winter scenery, it includes the ski lift by night with a lot of activitiy going on, also there is the heating in the houses is well under way with smoke coming out of several chimneys (coming soon)

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#1016 Posted : 05 November 2014 02:09:26(UTC)
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Hi everyone,

Today I like to announce my layout is called Moosburg, actually the name existed since November 2010 but forgot all about it.

What I have in mind to put all my future videos under the heading "Schlossberg" starting with a Swiss loco, SBB Re 6/6/ Cargo, 11655 from Roco and a SBB Re 4/4 IV 10103 from Märklin

John


your catenary is absolutely amazing!!!! i watch the video over and over. truly inspiring. when those pantographs push up on that wire as the lok rolls along, it's poetry in motion. thank you, keep up the good work. outstanding! mike.
I love the smell of smoke fluid in the morning .
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Offline madhu.gn.71  
#1017 Posted : 05 November 2014 06:49:40(UTC)
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Very nice and densely detailed and packed layout. I wish I could 'like' more than once on the reply dated "#998 Posted : 24 May 2014 20:42:27" :)

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Offline river6109  
#1018 Posted : 05 November 2014 11:07:37(UTC)
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Very nice and densely detailed and packed layout. I wish I could 'like' more than once on the reply dated "#998 Posted : 24 May 2014 20:42:27" :)

regards,
Madhu


Madhu, thank you for your kind comments, I appreciate your patronage and all I can say there is a lot more to come, you will find more recent events on facebook

regards.,

John

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Offline Ian555  
#1019 Posted : 05 November 2014 11:49:08(UTC)
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Hi John,

You must be excited about the garage extension, and the fact this will allow your full layout in operation.

All the best.

Ian.

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Offline river6109  
#1020 Posted : 06 November 2014 01:31:38(UTC)
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Hi John,

You must be excited about the garage extension, and the fact this will allow your full layout in operation.

All the best.

Ian.



Ian, thanks

its been a long time in the making and it looks like I can see the light in the end of the tunnel after all, for the first we will be able to run trains in an ordinary fashion and not just for short trips. it should also make videos more interesting and most of all, they will not be shaky. the added sections, including the main station (Bonn) and we have a nice 4.8m scenery strip with uninterrupted views with a life waterfall, HOe railway in the background with chalet type railway stations and of course our 7.2 meter long freight and passenger yard ( 10 or 11 tracks), the main station area is also quite long, stretching over 4.8m. my son's main aim was to get all these stopping points (station areas) to the same length and this was the also the main reason to remodel the layout so a simple and efficient running exercise without complicated route configurations. at first I didn't like the idea but his explanation convinced me its the only way. If I would be more experienced with computer software, running trains via computer would be the icing sugar on the cake, one day we may go this way, especially when you are intending to run consists of locos to make sure they run the same speed.

here we have a few more photos from the continuing upgrade to run the trolley bus, you can see the isolators on one side and (on the far side, just after the turnout) you can see the contact section (isolated on both sides) to allow the braking to be activated, I've found a couple of Brawa Masts with a blue wire attached to it but could make head or tails what they actually meant for. after considerable time studying them I was pleased to discover they are contact masts similar to the Märklin contact tracks, when the trolleybus slider goes past the mast it makes contact with the metal part attached to the end of the mast, this activates the wire (brown connection) and we have a monetary electricity connection, like switching the turnout or in our case activating the next track and I will have another one of these masts attached after the track goes into 1 track again and this in turn changes the braking and acceleration module both tracks back to red (stop). so I'm pleased with this contact mast, until than I didn't really go as far as how do I connect the braking module to the trolleybus overhead system wires.

more detailed photos will show you how it all works.

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#1021 Posted : 22 December 2014 15:34:04(UTC)
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to everyone a sincere "Thank You" for your support, subscriptions, We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for more breathtaking model train videos in 2015.

regards.,

John
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Offline Ian555  
#1022 Posted : 22 December 2014 16:04:19(UTC)
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Hi John,

Merry Christmas to you and the family.

(Thanks for the kind words on FB.)

All the best for 2015.

Ian.
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#1023 Posted : 22 December 2014 18:29:35(UTC)
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Another great video, John. Frohe Weihnachtszeit. Peter Smile
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Offline river6109  
#1024 Posted : 23 December 2014 13:19:18(UTC)
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Here is another video and most probably approprioate for the festive season:

the title: Christmas = Winter = snow and ICE, originally an 3371 version (analog) to 3671 (digital and now has an ESU sound decoder with 2 speakers (each motor car), interior lights with led's and so are the front and marker lights, cab light. of course the train runs from its overhead power

enjoy the video

thank you Ian and Peter, Ian I thought you would be the winner on FB but as I said there is always next year.
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Offline Rinus  
#1025 Posted : 07 January 2015 19:34:42(UTC)
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Nice Transalpin John!

Happy new year.

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Offline river6109  
#1026 Posted : 25 January 2015 15:28:11(UTC)
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Nice Transalpin John!

Happy new year.

rinus


Rinus, sorry for the late reply, I don't seem to have much luck these days with my layout, today I thought I do some more work and I've found a couple of overhead wires had been broken, than a short and than it cleared itself and 3 hours later it came back, so I called it off for the day, see what is going to happen tomorrow.

trying to get a video going but it looks like its going to be several days before this is reality.

regards.,
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#1027 Posted : 01 March 2015 06:34:35(UTC)
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Hi everyone

updating videos from my layout:









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#1028 Posted : 01 March 2015 07:29:48(UTC)
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repair, repair and more repair


it hasn't been all rosy with my layout, who ever constructed the overhead system in some places it is just crap. you would think after so many years of experience the person responsible for it would know what he is doing but apparently not.

its all to do with the soldering, you wouldn't believe it he is still using this flux which is highly corrosive but I think he has come around and using the new stuff, comes in a tube and is gel, ideal for this type of application.
the scenario which has developed every time I get near the overhead wires the vertical supports break off but as you all know I don't give up that easy.
I have now bend the end by 90° enough to establish an angle and this enables me to solder the uprights much easier to the main wire and in the end gives it a much stronger bond.
I may have to renew more main wires but will see how it panes out,
normally you can or you should be able to touch the overhead wire, move it slightly and the uprights should not break, there is quite a bit of elastic movement without the uprights breaking off.
having said this, another problem arose, the different pantograph wipers and I should have taken the measurements from the narrow Swiss wipers and this again delayed other work to commence.
the third problem was the conductivity between overhead wire and wiper to be able to have just one pantograph up. doing it just with sandpaper didn't really solve the problem so I'm using the Dremel drill with an abrasive attachment an.d this is going well and should last for a while.

nothing has been done on the garage extension, its just too hot, with 41° C, its not an ideal weather to spend your time outside.

Snow module: have installed more smoke generators in houses and added a few street lights. the side of the platforms need to to be shaved off again with an abrasive attachment because the steps of the passenger carriages interfere with it. I've already done 2 platforms and it works.

on the freight station module I've used 0.5 mm top wire for the overhead but it may look prototypical but in practice its a no - no., so they have to be replaced, I don't mind doing the extra work so long I don't have to do it again and it should work properly this time and hopefully for a long time.

I'm still working on the reflective optocoupler and the module is at the moment at an electronic engineer, (free of charge) but he has been very busy lately so I have to wait for the outcome and if it actually works for my application, to remove or discard the switching tracks and replace them with the reflective optocoupler. the idea behind it is you could attach or place the optocoupler between K-track sleepers and the slider will serve as a reflector and activates a pulse, same principal as the switching track but more reliable.
The ESU servo motors turned out to be great a much better system than the previous Märklin under the board solenoid mounts, it gives you solid positions on either direction.

my own creation to be able to change the direction of these servo motors via the ESU servo module via a switching track has also been successful and these are activated with my self build breaking module.

and this is how it works in simple terms;

switching track = pulse activated > breaking module (16 volt AC) > opto coupler (one side 16 volt AC:

ESU servo module = 5 Volt DC pulse connectors > opto coupler (the other side 5 Volt DC), this is how the turnout servo motor is activated and changes its direction using the breaking module.

if these reflecting opto coupler work in future this could make a lot of difference when running my layout via computer as it would save a lot of work installing sensors.

because you could install them in almost every spot (K-track)

the videos will continue with a Swiss theme for a while until I've used all locos available
the next one will be a German Theme and again will have a variety of locos and trains, after this the Austrian and this should also be interesting and last but not least SNCF locos and trains, I have about 12 locos and some passenger carriages the rest will be made up with freight carriages but not necessarily SNCF and I may go back to a Steam festival showing off all my Steam locos.

on my order list: more ESU sound decoders and Lopi's, new Radio control, Sound files for Austrian locos (purchase from Austria), Rocky rail carriages (all metal) from Belgium),
and more SBB Re 4/4/II's and one more HAG BLS Re 4/4
well this all for this time around folks

regards.,

John
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Offline Tom Jessop  
#1029 Posted : 01 March 2015 10:27:38(UTC)
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John , You have been missed on here ,good to see you are still hard at work with modifications & renewals .

Cheers Tom in Oz
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Offline river6109  
#1030 Posted : 05 March 2015 02:48:12(UTC)
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Up to date I have now 2 SBB Re 4/4's, 1 HAG and 1 Märklin, 1 Roco BLS Ae 4/4 and 1 Hag BLS Re 4/4.

the latest purchase : SBB Re 4/4 "Express"
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#1031 Posted : 08 March 2015 17:50:26(UTC)
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Wow, your austrian alpine snow-landscape is very convincing.
Excellent job!!!
(Of course a few words can´t really do justice to that enormous amount of effort you have put into your layout...)
Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
http://hoexbroe.tripod.com
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Wow, your austrian alpine snow-landscape is very convincing.
Excellent job!!!
(Of course a few words can´t really do justice to that enormous amount of effort you have put into your layout...)


Henrik, thank you so much for your kind words, one has to try to make it possible and let your ideas flow freely and there is never enough room to achieve all your goals but nature has no borders or limits and my creation is just a tiny particle of the big picture, a glimpse of life and a shadow of past memories.

regards.,

John
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