Haddock51

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  1. Haddock51

    My Own Lego World

    Thanks @Toastie The other dog (Luqas) is 10 years old and brown & white. He is a kind of old man who doesn't get excited in the first place, certainly not about cableways and trains... Before starting to build this display, I spend many hours to unpack and sort out all my Lego sets that were stocked in my sauna (which I haven't been able to use for more than 10 years...). There are still enough sets left for another major layout... But then I would need to expand my current room, an option that is not even negotiable... After the summer break, I will have to start with a complete and careful cleaning of the entire Lego room, incl. all trains on the shelves which will certainly require a mental recharge... But then, I will most likely start to build my own Riviera Express (the BR10 is already in place). And then start looking for other challenging train projects! Toastie, I wish you a nice summer. Take care of yourself, particularly in these Corona times! Daniel
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    My Own Lego World

    They are very different. The black & white one (Zorro) goes completely bananas when I start the cableway. He seems to appreciate trains much more...
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    My Own Lego World

    There is no way to squeeze in additional track meters (unless I expand my Lego room considerably. The support for such a plan is below zero...) Now I will take a much needed summer break until september/october. Then I will Think about new challenging objectives w.r.t. Lego projects. This will most likely be about new exciting trains.
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    My Own Lego World

    On My Own Lego World layout, I have currently four trains plus one tramway. On the Lego Train 9V Extreme layout, I have currently another five trains. In addition, there are 30 more trains on my train shelves. All powered with 9V engines.
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    My Own Lego World

    Three years ago, I finished my Lego Train 9V Extreme Project. And now it's time to inaugurate My Own Lego World, a Project that - on and off - has been ongoing for approx. 30 months. This layout includes many vintage Lego sets from the time our daughters grew up. Most of these sets are from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Some originate from more recent years. My Own Lego World covers the following themes: City Paradisa & Beach Container Port & Shark Bay Outdoor activities World Cup Soccer (1998) Space & Space Center Airport, Aircrafts and Air Show Tivoli Train 9V In addition, it also includes several MOCs (e.g. signal box, track traverses, observation tower, stairways, open-air cinema, church, windmill and cableway base station with "elevator" tower) and a battery driven cableway (Rigi Lehmann). Addendum #1: Technical data & details Construction: Level 0: 74 cm above floor Level 1: 17 cm above level 0 Level 2: 36 cm above level 0 Top of Lego World: 214 cm above floor Layout dimensions: Level 0: 3.8 x 3.8 m (with two islands of 0.75 x 0.75 m) Level 1: 0.5 x 3.6 m plus 0.5 x 0.5 m Level 2: 0.5 x 2.1 m Total layout area (excl. Moon Base and Top of Lego World): approx. 17 sqm Train 9V: Total track length incl. sidings and dead-ends: approx. 51 m Total track length incl. Lego Train 9V Extreme layout: approx. 224 m with - all in all - 67 power connections to rails Including train shelves, 2 296 rails and switches are now deployed in this room with a total length of approx. 311 m: 1 871 straight (whereof 675 for train shelves), 330 curved, 51 modified straight (4, 8, 10, 12 and 14 studs), 19 standard-, 14 halfcurve and 11 crossover switches (eight switches are electrically operated). Movable train bridge between My Own Lego World and Lego Train 9V Extreme layout Gradients: approx. 6.5 and 8 percent Min. clearance: approx. 12 cm Track Design Program: Track Designer Application (R) version 2.0 by Matthew D. Bates (Matts LEGO (R) Train Depot) Electrics/Electronics: 1 power supply unit Voltcraft EP-925, 3-15V(DC), max 25A 2 modified train speed regulators (4548) with LM350T regulators, 3A diodes, outside heatsinks (with a thermal resistance of 1.9 K/W), mini fans and digital thermometers to measure temperatures inside the speed regulator boxes 3 standard train speed regulators (4548) 15 power connections to rails approx. 200 m RK cable 1.5 sqmm 1 LED strand (2 m) with dimmer Märklin pins and sleeves Cableway: Distance: aprox. 4.8 m Height difference: approx. 1.0 m Construction materials: 10 tables 0.75 x 1.5 m and 3 tables 0.75 x 0.75 m wood (45 x 45 mm) and wood strips (22 x 43 mm) MDF boards (6 and 10 mm) ground grass and ballast (Busch, Faller) fishline 0.47 mm cable conduits angle irons straps paint Addendum #1: Pictures Addendum #3: Videos Cableway:
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    Technical problem 9V

    So if I understand you right, the "leakage" in your case @aawsum is not due to problems with switches but rather due to construction/setup circumstances with your layout (which at least to me is good news...) I assume that these circumstances eventually also could cause derailings. My advice would be to spend more time and effort on wires and tables in order to get rid of the root causes behind your "leaking" and other problems.
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    Technical problem 9V

    Thanks @Toastie for sharing your own experiences. Yes, I would have been surprised to learn about leaking non-modified switches (unless they have been damaged one way or an other). Interesting to read your short circuit case with rather dramatic consequences. It appears to me that you must have missed adequate fuses with your permanent power supply. Standard - including my modded - 9V speed regulators include termo fuses which automatically interrupt power supply in case of short circuit. I guess a safety precaution since the 9V system with its open power supply to the 9V engines originally was developed for children. That's why I was surprised to read about this "leaking" issue. Using 9V speed regulators, it's either on or off, straight or switch - nothing in between. That's at least my understanding. And yes, modifying 9V switches is tricky and requires full attention and accuracy. PS: 15V/10A 150W permanent power supply on your layout?!? A Lego 9V train engine at full speed requires approximately 350mA. 10A would theoretically be enough to run 30 9V engines at the same time at full speed ... So what's the basic idea behind 10A permanent power supply? Why 15V? What is the maximum voltage tolerance for 9V engines? By comparison, on my 9V Extreme layout, I use 4 modified 9V speed regulators with LM350T regulators that can provide up to 3A each. This means that, theoretically, I could run 4 trains with 10 9V engines each at full speed (alt.13 engines at medium speed as on the Swedish Iron Ore Train) which all in all would require approx. 12A. Still less than half of what the Voltcraft EP-925 Linear Regulated Power Supply unit can provide (3-15V/DC, 2-25A 375W). However, the difference here is that the Voltcraft will only provide as much power as is required/needed. No risk for overheated rails. And with the outside heatsinks, LM350T temperature increase is well under controll.
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    Technical problem 9V

    I need to get back to @aawsums comment re. "leaking" switches. All in all, I have been using almost 50 switches - incl. crossovers and halfcurves - over the past 25 years and never experienced any "leaks". Based on your experience, what are the reasons behind leaking switches?
  9. Haddock51

    Technical problem 9V

    The basic idea with this layout - as with the 9V Extreme layout - is to provide the possibility to run several trains simultaneously, and independant from each other, by using multiple speed regulators for different segments.This can be done with all switches in straight position, thereby eliminating interference with opposite polarity. As mentionned above, the original problem - caused by inaccurately connecting all minus cables together - is now solved and it is now possible to run 3 trains at the same time without conflicting polarities.
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    Technical problem 9V

    As mentionned above, I use two modified and two standard speed regulators:
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    Technical problem 9V

    This is exactly the reason for this problem! When mounting the minus cbles and connecting the four blocks, I was absolutely sure I had done it the same way on the 9V Extreme track, which I haven't.... So this is how it looks now. Problem solved! Another sign of growing dementia...? Thank you guys for all your help and attention. And sorry for taking up your time for such a stupidity.....
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    Technical problem 9V

    And this is how all cables are connected in the Cable terminal:
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    Technical problem 9V

    #1: done #2: done #3: what are insulation segments? #4: the test motors are brand new! #5: ?
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    Technical problem 9V

    The siding at the lower part of the schedule is dedicated to an "Airport Shuttle", a rather short train with two engines. The purpose of having both Regulator A and Regulator D on the same track segment is to make it possible to run also long trains with 4 engines or more - e.g. the TEE VT11.5 - all the way up to the Airport level. All power connections with nomenclature A are operated by Regulator A (both plus and minus). Connections B are operated by Regulator B etc. Notice that Regulator A and Regulator B are modified and equipped with LM350T regulators, 3A diodes and outside heatsinks to allow for trains with up to 10 engines. Regulator C and D are standard 9V speed regulators. In comparison, the 9V Extreme track is operated with four modified speed regulators.
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    Technical problem 9V

    I just added a schedule. I am aware of reversed polarities when changing dial positions. That doesn't answer the question of interference between the various tracks, or?