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    • June 27, 2017 9:52 AM EDT
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      Pretty cool how that works Bob.

       

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    • April 23, 2018 7:47 PM EDT
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      Another small update.  I had some custom PCBs made last year and I finally assembled one completely.  

       

      This post was edited by Bob McCown at April 25, 2018 11:03 AM EDT
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    • April 23, 2018 8:00 PM EDT
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      A long and winding road.

       

      What's the ultimate goal?

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    • April 23, 2018 8:25 PM EDT
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      I’m supposed to have a goal?  Now you tell me.  

       

      Seriously though I eventually want occupancy and route signals, running ABS and/or CTC.  At the rate I’m going it’ll never happen, but it’s a fun experiment.

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    • April 23, 2018 8:39 PM EDT
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      Bob McCown said:

      I’m supposed to have a goal?  Now you tell me.  

       

      Seriously though I eventually want occupancy and route signals, running ABS and/or CTC.  At the rate I’m going it’ll never happen, but it’s a fun experiment.

      The ride is the thing, isn't it?  

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    • April 23, 2018 9:13 PM EDT
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      Wait I thought they banned PCBs cause they were killing the fish and other things as well.

    • May 12, 2018 5:11 PM EDT
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      Built one interlocking signal (mostly).  Still need a finial, and the wiring plugs.  Only 10 more of this style to go.

       

       

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    • May 12, 2018 6:58 PM EDT
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      Isn't it hard to do interlocking with only one signal? 

      Looks good, but I want more than one - and OUTSIDE!

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    • May 12, 2018 7:02 PM EDT
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      Wow, just went back and read the previous posts.   Sure, it's been a long road, but reading it all in one fell swoop makes the journey seem a LOT shorter.   You NEED to get these out on your layout, then write an article for Garden Railways.    Too cool!

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    • May 12, 2018 9:06 PM EDT
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      Zip ties holding the super conductor to the parallel unubtainum that are receiving the coaxial coherent's with banana plugs are certainly not OSHA approved ?

    • May 12, 2018 9:50 PM EDT
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      So did I miss understand from a few pages back that the JB weld on the targets doesn't hold over a summer or two? Looks like a cool project, one more to add to my list, as soon as someone can interpet all the foriegn language and computer stuff. Maybe for simple minds like mine , just wire them up to work and show a color will be enough. Thanks Bob

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    • May 13, 2018 8:32 AM EDT
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      Was the use of JB Weld outside?  JB Weld is an epoxy and may be subject to UV breakdown.  Simple latex paint will give protection.

    • May 13, 2018 9:33 PM EDT
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      That's odd. I made a switch frog out of JB Quick, the quick setting version of JB Weld. But then my switch is in shade and partial sun.

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    • May 13, 2018 9:40 PM EDT
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      Pete Lassen said:

      So did I miss understand from a few pages back that the JB weld on the targets doesn't hold over a summer or two? Looks like a cool project, one more to add to my list, as soon as someone can interpet all the foriegn language and computer stuff. Maybe for simple minds like mine , just wire them up to work and show a color will be enough. Thanks Bob

       

      No, I've had a test signal mast outside for about a year and so far no problems....

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    • May 14, 2018 7:50 PM EDT
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      Epoxy like JB Weld will hold much better if the surfaces being glued are roughened first with sand paper.  Sheet metal or plastics are usually very smooth leaving little "tooth" for the epoxy to grab.  Thermal expansion can easily flake the epoxy free from smooth surfaces. 

      UV should have little effect on JB Weld beyond its surface finish because it has opaque fillers which would stop the UV rays from penetrating.  Clear epoxies like i use on my wooden boats will break down due to UV without a UV resistant coating.

    • June 20, 2018 9:37 PM EDT
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      Another small update.  Signal ready for installation, protecting the entry to Burke yard from Williamsport.  The base will get painted, and buried under the ballast.

       

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    • June 20, 2018 9:46 PM EDT
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      Problem I have is that you can't really see the green and the red is really hard to see during the day in the sunlight.

    • June 20, 2018 10:09 PM EDT
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      Todd, so maybe you need to use semaphores.

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    • June 21, 2018 7:38 PM EDT
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      While very cool, I don't believe that semaphores would be reliable, long term, in the garden setting nor do most lay-people really pay attention to that sort of thing.

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at June 21, 2018 7:40 PM EDT
    • June 22, 2018 12:32 PM EDT
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      90 percent of my signals wont be facing direct sun;  I havent seen an issue yet, at least with the ones out on the layout already.  And if it becomes an issue, there are high-intensity LEDs available.

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