Nathan's Point

A modern-era proto-freelance H0 scale layout with a NSW terminal and regional theme.

The layout is a point-to-point design with the open staging yard being the main yard (Jonestown) of the layout and comprising of a basic loco facility, intermodal terminal, grain receival terminal and a passenger station.

From the yard, the mainline (or in this case the branchline) operates through a grain loading town (Heidiville) and then continues onto the terminus town (Nathans Point) which is also a grain town and includes a regional intermodal terminal, passenger station, and small steel distribution centre.

There is no hidden staging, with all trains operating with an on-layout purpose.

Follow along as the layout finally gets closer to reality during 2018 and 2019!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A little Progress

Been making a little progress over the last week, with some tidying up in the train shed, the installation of another Tortoise point motor and the completion of the Jonestown loco depot. 

I've started to install a PSX-4 circuit breaker for my four districts and just need to an an auto-reversing module for my wye/triangle.  I haven't fully installed the PSX-4 as I need to read a bit more about programming it on DCC, so don't want to kill the layout before I know what I am doing.    

I have designed a basic signalling control panel for positioning at the main entry to the layout where a 'network controller' can control the primary signals on the layout to provide authority for trains to move between towns and take key routes.  All signals on the layout will be wired back to this main control panel.  There will be a few route indicating signals where high risk points are, but these will be automatically set by the route through the Tortoise power and do not show a stop indication (only Proceed/green and caution/yellow).  

The control panel will be operated with ON/ON DPDT switches where signals are Green/Red, or with ON/ON/ON switches where you can also have yellow for a turnout indication.  I'm not planning on any LED or light indicators on the control panel as I would like to have this completed sometime this century!  I simply don't love wiring and soldering all that much.

The control of all turnouts is the responsibility of the train crew.

I'm hoping to get a start on backdrops and fascias soon, and also need to rejig the NCE UTP panels and wireless base station back onto the ceiling.

Hope to get another update in a few weeks time.