David Head's layout "progress" report

 
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
While he still has volts on the rail (as opposed to a battery in the loco) he can have the signalling system cutting power to a length of track in front of any red signal to stop SPADs.

Mark
LaidlayM
Well that'd do the trick! Smile

Wolfpac

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cutting power to stop a train is so DC, and I have DCC Wink

Trains on my railway will run based on VR safeworking and with signals.  Control panels, a CTC machine will bea part of that.

Eventuially I'd like to open the railway up to the internet, but to control the railway will be limited to speed of the internet
(warnig political snide remark:  If we lose theNBN , this may impact on ability to control trains remotely )

I'd see internet participation will be initally webcams, then  perhaps a virtual CTC panel/dispatcher. One day I'd use skype to allow the remote user to talk tot he layout - perhaps find a converter of the skype to the CB radio device so a dispatcher can talke and recireve.

Control of trains will be limited in speed of the internet. Ideally I'd love a wifi webcam small enough to put in a loco. Then a user can see and control these trains.

I is all  possible now but one needs a lot more time, skill and money.

Regards,
David Head

ps first I have to get the exisiting system working !!!!!
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
That would be very cool to see, and something I'd love to look at doing at the MMRC, if we had a permanent Internet connection, or a phone line...

Upload speeds are the real killer, especially with the artificial caps on uploads (bit silly having a 100MBps cable connection with a piddly 2.4MBps upload speed!)

Yes, certainly needs lots of time, money and skill!

And Laughing yes, getting the layout finished would be the priority, of course... Smile

Wolfpac
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
That would be very cool to see, and something I'd love to look at doing at the MMRC, if we had a permanent Internet connection, or a phone line...

Upload speeds are the real killer, especially with the artificial caps on uploads (bit silly having a 100MBps cable connection with a piddly 2.4MBps upload speed!)

Yes, certainly needs lots of time, money and skill!

And Laughing yes, getting the layout finished would be the priority, of course... Smile

Wolfpac
wolfpac
maybe if he gets the cheap ADSL2+ from dodo or tpg that is like 1tb of data or more
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
dthed i can help with finding internet and the webcams
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
i found the smallest one i cod find
http://www.mwave.com.au/product/sku-aa09159-wifi_remote_wireless_ip_camera
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
X'Trapolis-904M

- will not talk politics any more than I have.  I have internet and it is slow enough even being ADSL2 to me still not fast enough for what I'd dream of. All this stuff was thought of  10 years ago as well. As to camera nice to know it is possible, as I said it is all possible now but i have $$$ limits and time. Ad wolfpac is correctr I have to finish the railway first.

But it is encouraging to think of these enhancments...........

Regards,
David Head

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/part3.htm I wrote this back in 2001.....
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
well look at this
It looks like NBN is here to stay
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/nbn-here-to-stay-no-matter-who-wins/story-e6frg9io-1226706969425
X'Trapolis-904M
Ah but the devil is in the detail - FTTN or FTTH... (and I haven't paid to access the pay-wall to read news...) Big difference in terms of speed and price (let's buy Telstra's already life expired copper network for a stupid amount of money - then have to rebuild the network before the initial, hamstrung, rollout is even finished!)

Enough politics for now! Laughing

Anyway, data allowance is irrelevant, ADSL2+ still wouldn't have the upload speeds you'd really need (even worse/slower than my 100/2.4mb cable link!). Annex M would help a little, but few exchanges have that enabled. You'd ideally have an Asymmetrical link with the same speeds for up/down. But that's very pricey, if you can even get it!

Wolfpac
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Have another working beee this Wednesday, so hope to have more to report later in the week.

Regards,
David Head
  Shazam75 Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
where are you going to get all those colour light (searchlight) signals from David ?
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
where are you going to get all those colour light (searchlight) signals from David ?
Shazam75
No idea yet, that is for a future post to let everyoneknow,one year !!!!

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up19sep2013.htm

Small working bee last night. A Big thankyou to Roger and Graham.

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Well another update:

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up19oct2013.htm

Enjoy.
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
a small text only updaate:

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up16nov2013.htm

and redid the DCC page

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/dcc.htm

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Well another month, another update.

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up14dec2013.htm

will be posting more youtube videos of the eureka R  and some of the layout itself, taking S309 and a teacup N set down tot he new electrical limit over 20m more track to run on......

Regards,
David Head

19/12/2013:  5 more videos up in the movie section

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/movies.htm
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Last update of the year....probally !

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up27dec2013.htm

I visited a Railpage member last friday as well, the R sounded good but struggled with a heavy train around a almost sharp ( for the  R) curve. I derailed once but never again next time it traversed that section. Good to see a VR  bsed layout in Brisbane !

The railpagermember might share to footage, maybe !

Regards & happy year to all be those who know me, hate me or do not knoe of me !

David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
First post of the year. When can oe have progress on  your layout and be 2000km away, the answers are below.

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up4jan2014.htm

Regards,
David Head
  LaidlayM Chief Commissioner

Location: Research
First post of the year. When can oe have progress on your layout and be 2000km away, the answers are below.

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up4jan2014.htm

Regards,
David Head
dthead

David, haven't I taught you to call them "turnouts" and "compounds" yet.  And is that a "Barry slip" I see there?  And the "conjoined" are more properly "lapped" turnouts.

Mark
  SAR523 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Chicago, IL
David - was just looking at your Nov 16 update, specifically the circuit to drive the Tortoise from the DCC bus.

Conceptually there is no problem with driving a Tortoise from rectified DCC and there are commercial examples, e.g. the NCE Switch-It product, that only have a DCC connection (as does Circuitron's SNAIL which uses the same).

The only caveat I'd mention is to check the output voltage before attaching a tortoise. Circuitron clearly specify an input voltage of 12v DC or less (http://www.circuitron.com/index_files/INS/800-6000ins.pdf). If your DCC voltage is cranked the bridge rectifier may not drop it to below 12v. If needed, throw in a series resistor to drop it down for a "temporary" installation. I can't recall the Tortoises resistance to calculate what you need but it shouldn't be hard to find
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Have some progress to report actually on the layout :

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up19jan2014.htm

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
And on my other site,

http://dth.railpage.org.au/pbr_emerald/up27jan2014.htm

A photographic update re the  On30 Emerald layout I hope  one year to build.

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
After a few months, some progress to report actually on the layout :

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up28jul2014.htm

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
And a small milestone in the layout's evolution :
http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up12aug2014.htm
( the mainline is done ! )

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A update but not for the main layout. This time it's for the On30 emerald layout :


http://dth.railpage.org.au/pbr_emerald/index.html

Click on the Projects link.

A update to the main layout is pending soon......

Regards,
David Head

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