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Offline Rinus  
#451 Posted : 13 September 2014 21:39:29(UTC)
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Offline Rinus  
#452 Posted : 10 November 2014 09:14:29(UTC)
Rinus


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Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Dear friends,

Unfortunately dissaster struck my lay-out this weekend.

Or actually disaster struck the carpet on the uper floor...

We discovered that the carpet below the lay-out was covered by green fungus … No need to say that we had to remove the carpet at once and give the trainroom a treatment.. Im sure that my lay-out was offset somewhere in the proces. Also the room needs a new floor and re-timering the room is only possible when the layout will be removed. I’m not looking forward to dissmantle and assemble the lay-out for a 2nd time. It will only bring more mall-functions.

So I’m about to dissmantle it for the last time and built a new one.

I must say that getting over the initial shock, I allready look forward to building a new one. The lay-out was prone to mallfunctions, and maybe I overshot in making such a complex lay-out. It was allmost impossible to play for an evening without discovering a short-circuit, burned out switch sollenoid or other discomforts.

It will enable me to make some improvements and implement the leasons I learnt form building this one. The new one will certainly be less complex, have more focus on running trains and offer more fun and less frustration. Possibly with c-track.

So off to the drwaing boards again.

rinus
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Offline French_Fabrice  
#453 Posted : 10 November 2014 10:56:26(UTC)
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Rinus,

I'm very sad your beautiful layout must be dismantled...

I have learned a lot thru your various posts, and I wish you good luck and all the energy needed to restart a new adventure.

If I could give you an advice about the solenoid motors, get rid of them and put servos instead. That works perfectly !

Please post drawings/plans of the new layout as soon as you think it's ready.

All the best
Fabrice
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Offline Rinus  
#454 Posted : 10 November 2014 11:48:37(UTC)
Rinus


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Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Thanks Fabrice!

Likewise! I allways enjoy watching your tread.

Btw I saw your railplans. Which programme do you use?

Rinus
Offline French_Fabrice  
#455 Posted : 10 November 2014 12:19:17(UTC)
French_Fabrice

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Originally Posted by: Rinus Go to Quoted Post
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Btw I saw your railplans. Which programme do you use?

Rinus


I use Wintrack, actually version 10. But you should have a try with Scarm, some people here in the forum use it and they seem rather satisfied.

Cheers
Fabrice
Offline TrainIride  
#456 Posted : 10 November 2014 13:06:08(UTC)
TrainIride

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Originally Posted by: Rinus Go to Quoted Post
Dear friends,

Unfortunately dissaster struck my lay-out this weekend...
rinus


Hi Rinus

I wish you also a good luck for a new layout.
Maybe Santa Claus will help...

Best Regards
Joël

Marklin HO - M track & C track - Analog mode - DC locos conversion to AC - http://www.marklin-users.net/TrainIride - my channel : http://www.youtube.com/user/2mes2mains
Offline river6109  
#457 Posted : 16 November 2014 09:34:17(UTC)
river6109

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Location: On 1965 Märklin Boulevard just around from Roco Square
Hallo there Rinus,

this is heart breaking, although I've been there many times regarding short circuits, I had long shorts and short shorts measuring it in time, I had times when I thought is it all worth it but I came through, so I hope the next layout will give you more pleasure. k-track, sometimes can be a bit of a nuisance especially when the little connecting lugs bend upwards and when you don't check the tracks from time to time, like me assuming everything is all right.
I had many headaches re-modelling my layout including the digital system by using or insisting using my own made braking modules but in the end it worked out all right.
I also configured the activating, braking and stopping isolators in the wrong track direction with other words getting totally confused which way the trains where running.
if anything would go drastically wrong with my layout I don't think I would have the patience anymore to start again.

I understand how you feel and I hope everything works out for the better and good luck with your new layout,
sometimes it is amazing what you can recover like landscaped sections by removing them and re aligning them on a new designed layout.
re consider using C-track

all the best mate

John
http://www.youtube.com/river6109
http://www.youtube.com/6109river
5 years in Destruction mode
50 years in Repairing mode
Offline petestra  
#458 Posted : 16 November 2014 12:28:51(UTC)
petestra

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Location: washington,dc
Hi Rinus, so sorry for your troubles. Are you going to check as you dismantle it to see if the short is found? Good luck, Peter Mellow
Offline kimballthurlow  
#459 Posted : 23 November 2014 03:13:48(UTC)
kimballthurlow

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Location: Brisbane, Australia
Hi Rinus,
I just updated on your layout efforts, and sorry to see you are having to deal with environmental problems.
However, you obviously view it as an opportunity, rather than a misfortune.
Way to go!!!!

Anyway, I really like the expansive look of the scenery work you did.
As someone said, you may be able to re-use whole sections.

regards
Kimball
HO Scale - Märklin (ep III, C Track, digital) - 2 rail (USA and Australia) - 3 rail (English Hornby Dublo) - a few old O gauge.
Offline Mark5  
#460 Posted : 25 November 2014 18:26:10(UTC)
Mark5

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Joined: 29/01/2012(UTC)
Posts: 792
Location: Montreal
Sorry to hear about this Rinus.
I have heard about guys using only the long flex K-track and soldering each section to the power supply.
I suppose if one were really keen on making variables, one could make each section into a block.

Look forward to see how you resolve the next layout.
Try to use what you can from this one in terms of landscape.

After hearing about this kind of thing time and again and about unexpected needs to move,
I am making my layout movable/transportable in sections no more than 5 feet long and 18 inches wide.
There are ways to hide the seams between modules with landscape, fence lines, bushes, and uneven sections of grass.
Hoping it will even be able to reconfigure the modules in multiple ways...
but now that all can be another thread/post.

Blessings on your future endeavors...
- Mark
Interested in history of DB, DR and FS from about 1955 to 1965
Fan of signals and catenary; stations and yards. Is there anything else?

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