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    • September 13, 2020 2:07 PM EDT
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      Shelf layout

      Today I wired up a simple back-n-forth shelf "layout", just to liven things up in the basement. 

       

      Half of the shelf is the beautiful viaduct Bruce Chandler made for his layout, and gave me a couple months ago when he closed down operations. Thanks again Bruce!

       

       

      Also from Bruce are the four nicely detailed logging cars, which he built from Don Winter kits. Bruce also invented the magnetic chains (chains with a magnet at each end), which allow a load to be cinched up very easily.

       

      A quick vid of the action...

       

       

      As you can see, the control isn't sophisticated. Gaps near each end (where the loco stops) have diodes bridging them, and an old "Rev 1A" unit from P H Hobbies handles the pause and polarity reversal. 

       

       

      If you have something like a shelf layout, feel free to post about it here.

       

      ===:>Cliffy

       

    • September 13, 2020 6:23 PM EDT
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      What a great way to preserve a piece of "largescale" history.  Really looks good!

    • September 14, 2020 2:39 PM EDT
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      Thanks very much, Ric!

    • September 14, 2020 8:01 PM EDT
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      The wood supports under the feet of the arches look very nice. Bridge is still doing its spanning work with its own structural integrity, though now in a vertical dimension.

      As for elevated shelf empires, with my experience it starts as a simple long straight display shelf with stud-found-and-screwed supports.

      Then as soon as curiosity makes you add power to see something move on it, a door to expansion is opened that you can't easily back out of.

      It only grows into more, and eventually ends up going full circle.

      The suspended span over the doorway gains attention very swiftly and easily as an engineering and design focal point. All-thread, painted square tubing, washers and several types of nuts.

      All but one locomotive on the roster have navigated the line for a good amount of hours. Periodic track cleaning is all that is needed to keep it going.

      Hartland Dunkirk #7 is the real motive power muscle, navigating R1 curves with ease and twin-motor gusto.

      Solo and shuttle operations with various 0-4-0s works well too, running in either direction with no switches and lots of mixed sized equipment. The shaft of brightness behind is a later addition of an LED rope light from Home Depot, creating a low-sunset silhouette effect, and becoming a curious way to light the room.

      Then when the lights go down in the evening, things get interesting.

    • September 14, 2020 8:03 PM EDT
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      Looks great Nick. Nice touch with the light rope.

    • September 14, 2020 8:13 PM EDT
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      Cliff Jennings said:

      Looks great Nick. Nice touch with the light rope.

      Thank you. It has brought lots of enjoyment to me and others, and being low cost and low maintenance is a boon. Being up high also means it remains out of the way regardless of what's going on in the room, either with occupants or furniture.

      Had I bought two of the rope lengths, they would have neatly encompassed the entire length of the shelving along the walls. Haven't gotten around to that for whatever reason but have contemplated it several times. As it is, only 2 of 4 walls are illuminated.

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