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bubule
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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  07:20:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all.

I think here is the right place to decribe a layout under construction.

So 6 year ago i have started to built an amrican N scale layout named Turtle Field Railroad.

The theme is a very small junction town and his natural area.

The layout is an open grid 6*3 feet made in plywood 10mm thick.

The track is peco code 55 streamline, radius are 15", ramp max is 2.5 %.

electrical suply is a PH pro 5amp from NCE.

The goal was to creat a closed layout to run long train in the minimum of space, and to broke the oval shape apearance of this kind of track plan.

I also wanted to have the posibility to used this layout as a reverse loop later on a bigger layout without modification.

So the track plan i designed to fit the rules given highter :




The layout is not finshed you can see here the layout in is actual shape ...lot's job remain !



So the bench work :



the scenery is suppoted by thin aluminium grid covered with plaster band's :



I have built some plexiglass protection's to prevent the fall of rolling stock :



I have to show you the electrical wirering of the layout, i'm quite proud of it :

Switch motor's are tortoise one and they are drived whith a swall industial PLC "TWIDO" from Shneider Electric.

Here you can see the control panel, and it's interior wirering :










And here is tortoise machinery :



And the PLC unit :



some view of the scenery :





The shop-street :





The station, the platform is a scratchbuilt one:







The warehouse of the transportation company:





Natural area :





The fir's not at the level of the rest the scenery will be change for better soon !





and finaly some video's :

Challenger athearn:

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=vztGfF6LHzY

CN Geep from atlas :

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=FRgA2l2G_vA

And the last but not the list, three alco's century from the SP (atlas model) !!

http://www.youtube.com/v/rQOwblDqGxg

Nota: All the video have been made by my best friend leganda, thank's to him.
My layout Here:

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24041#370030

http://us.leforum.eu/t144-Turtle-Field-Railroad.htm

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Neil M
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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  07:33:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amazingly neat wiring and benchwork! I like the weight reducing holes cut in the plywood. The scenery is really good too.

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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hunter48820
Fireman

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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  07:41:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You've done a beautiful job on your layout. The wood working, wiring and scenery are all top notch. Well Done!! Looking forward to the addition in the future!



Look out for #1, but don't step in #2!

Andy Keeney
Dewitt, MI

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akimmons
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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  08:12:56 AM  Show Profile  Send akimmons an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Now that's some impressive wiring! You must be an electrician or a computer whiz.

I like your trackplan, too. Simple and easy to follow.

Nice work. Please up-date us as you make progress.


Arnold Kimmons
General Manager
Royal and Edisto Railroad

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=49360

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Dutchman
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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  08:45:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jean,

You are doing a great job with both the structures and scenery on your railroad, and the wiring is terrific!


Bruce

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bubule
Engine Wiper



Posted - 12/10/2008 :  08:47:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank's !! Yes i'm an eletrician/automative technician

Just for joke you can see here a building inspired by USA animation

I like to put on my layout some funny thing's.

It's a nine miles hause and tavern from AMB laser kit.It's a realy nice kit , The pieces are cuted with a great precision.Here is the "body" :


The lighting with yellow del :





The interior scratchbuilt:





The roofing stapes :



The building :





My layout Here:

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24041#370030

http://us.leforum.eu/t144-Turtle-Field-Railroad.htm

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Tabooma County Rwy
Fireman



Posted - 12/10/2008 :  09:21:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very, very nice! That N scale bar is just amazing!


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MarkF
Engineer

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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  09:56:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another example of your fine craftsmanship! The layout, wiring, scenery, benchwork, are all neatly done. And that Tavern is beautiful! Very very nice!

Mark

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jaynjay
Fireman

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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  10:25:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow,
Nice work, and in N scale even. Nice looking electrical system. PLC? Are you're switch machines automated, or are you looking into automation on your layout


John

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bubule
Engine Wiper



Posted - 12/10/2008 :  11:40:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
PLC = Procesd Control Unit ... thing i used "in bigger" in my job.
It's the "brain" of automatics productions lines. I use it to pilot the tortoise in function of the button pushed on the control panel.
It was just for fun ...you can use some classic buton to do the same at lower price !!

Again for fun :

I'm a fan of road runner cartoon by Chuck Jones.So i would like to do something on my layout on this theme.

and the result is this building from AMB :

It's the ACME general Store where the coyote loved order some toy . Notice that there is great price on anvil.




The front glaces was quite big so i needed to built the inside.
So i realised a little brass dynamite pack (favorite tool of the coyote) for it.









A euro cent is nearly same size than a US or CANDIAN dollard cent.
It's realy visible if you don't know it when you watch the layout...but if what great to do this work until that !!

The detail of the add on the side of the building :



My layout Here:

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24041#370030

http://us.leforum.eu/t144-Turtle-Field-Railroad.htm

Edited by - bubule on 12/10/2008 11:42:05 AM

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akimmons
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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  11:48:09 AM  Show Profile  Send akimmons an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I love the ACME store! That's very funny!!



Arnold Kimmons
General Manager
Royal and Edisto Railroad

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=49360

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jaynjay
Fireman

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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  1:58:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bubule

PLC = Procesd Control Unit ... thing i used "in bigger" in my job.
It's the "brain" of automatics productions lines. I use it to pilot the tortoise in function of the button pushed on the control panel.

Not familiar with that PLC brand name. I use the Allen Bradley SLC 500 a lot in tooling. Nice little reliable unit. We call it the "Slick 50" here in the states.



John

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mainetrains
Fireman

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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  3:34:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fantastic work all around!

Mainetrains


"there's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear"

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dnhman
Fireman

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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  4:32:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jean, This is a great thread. I am very impressed with the quality construction of your benchwork and neat electical work. Can you please tell us how you made the control panel?
Also the N-sacle details are fantastic,
Cheers, Joe


Cheers!, Joe

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bubule
Engine Wiper



Posted - 12/10/2008 :  5:33:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank's all !

Joe,the pannel is one you can buy in an elecronic shop. I just choose an item with an aluminum front pannel.
I have drawn my front face on a computer with paint software. I print it on printable stickers and covered it with a transparent sticker sheet to protect it.After that i have drilled some holes in the front face to support the del plastic supports (easy to find in electronic shops) and push buttons.

Inside an electronic test plate support protection resistors and dispatch all the wires.I also use soldable screw connectors so it can easily be dismantled. For a neat wirering i use colring and heat-shrink tubes.

My english is not so well does it clear ?

Best Regard's

JF


My layout Here:

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24041#370030

http://us.leforum.eu/t144-Turtle-Field-Railroad.htm

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Frederic Testard
Engineer

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Posted - 12/10/2008 :  6:44:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice work, Jean-François. I'm always amazed by the quality of the wiring, especially compared to my own poor wiring. But this is the "quality below". The greatest quality of this layout is the fine craftsmanship, especially when one considers the level of details you've got in N scale.


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