emm

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  1. Hello All, So I've finally got my act together and started building my layout however due to space the Lego 12v points are my only option as the 9V/PF switches take to much room. However an electronic pair will set you back around £90-£110 with all the switch boxes etc. So my challenge was can I do it cheaper? The answer was Yes. My first design (first image) was to use the Lego servo motor as it turns 90 degrees however these are around £20, then you'd need a Sbrick or another way to control it. It works but it looks bulky. So as I use Ncontrol from 4D Brix, I like the interface, click options and Tom is really helpful. So after a quick chat he wrote some code for me to limit the movement to 90 degrees and I purchased a Monorail Switch. It is very simple, looks neat and above all works. You have to purchase the quad motor control module but the beauty is that this will do four switches. So if you have 4 switches you save £30 on the second pair. So your first pair will cost you £80 but the next pair will only cost £50. This is the cost Lego 12 Volt Points Pair @ £100 My Second Design @ £80 Lego 12volt points not motor > £20 2x 4D Brix Motors > £25 4x 1 Meter Cables > £5 4D Brix Quad Control > £30 The only downside is you lose the turning symbol but I can see that in the software so it doesn't bother me. Andy
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    Garden Railway

    Hello all, this project is still a go and with NOvember the 1st looming fast all my lego has been packed away ready for the move. So just a mini update really. The track has been outside now for a bit and i can report no issues to date. The test track will stay outside now until March when i build the track bed. Station is currently being planned which should hopefully be completed soon. In terms of the points and motors etc i have decided to look into a quick release system with pins that is used to release body shells from my old 1/10th rc days. Hopefully more updates soon.
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    MOC: RENFE 252 "Taxi" scheme

    That is stunning.
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    Garden Railway

    So decided to order from Blok brick their GWR Steamer and a few trucks. They arrived today and i only had time to take a small rubbish picture. I am going to build it tonight and will take a better picture and put it up online. On the control side the bluetooth option http://coredevelopersteam.com/ appears to be a very viable solution. However you can only control one unit from one device. The issue is that as i plan to control two trains i would have to have two seperate devices. However as i plan to control the points by only one system this becomes more of a viable option for that. It uses bluetooth 4.0 and has a 10 meter range. It would have provided a brilliant solution if you could operate more than one from one device. My question would be has anyone ever used this system? or know of anyone that has had a go at using it? My thought is that i am trying to do everything with a lego solution or go for a plug and play option. I might come a cropper and have to look for non lego solutions. I am still hopeful that i can get this all sorted and up and running by March Next Year. any ideas of thoughts are always welcomed. Andy
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    Garden Railway

    Back again, In reference to the transmitter i stumbled upon this bluetooth solution from an old post. http://coredevelopersteam.com/ I have e-mailed them to see if you could four of these together. As providing the signals is strong enough it should be ok. On the track front i have been really thinking about what to use instead of Lego. I really liked the idea of wooden track, then thought about metal.But i have decided i am going to give the lego track ago at least for a year and see what happens. It might be famous last words and this time next year be looking for another solution. However i will still keep looking at other solutions. In reference to the points what i have done is combine two ideas that i really liked Motor Switch - http://www.freelug.o....php?article755 Signal Box - http://www.eurobrick...showtopic=82583 to create what i have below. I had to alter the base to hide the componets. The total cost is £80 excluding the motor. Next is to order it up and then to design the train station. I am aiming on a modular system to make it easier to pull apart.
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    Garden Railway

    Thanks for the comments and ideas. A few more points to think about. I have been working on the signal box with the point switch motor inside. I am going to combine a switch idea and a signal box i like the look of. Will hopefully finish the design tomorrow and will post a picture. Sioka: I saw your lego train that you have just finished building, it looks amazing. When I finish my Garden Railway (Aiming for March next year) your more than welcome to come over and run some trains on the line. It's nice to know i'm not the only lego railfan in cheltenham.
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    Garden Railway

    A little update, today all my parts for my lego Horizon turned up. So thought i would post a picture. I am aiming to have all the buildings and train sbuild prior to the track bed construction. So that i can better map them out.
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    Garden Railway

    CHeers, i have ordered up some points and will take a look. Steven L i found this post of someone else who has a garden railway and left the tracks outside http://outsidebricks.blogspot.co.uk/ They left the track out and the only thing that seem to go wrong was the points becoming stiff. But that being said you as many others have suggested using some type of cover or removable system for the track. I would prefer a covering option rather than removal. Any ideas would be great. On a side note my wife has texted and all parts to my lego horizon sets have arrived. I have also found a signal box design i like which i will copy. ALas i did not design it, it was a post from this website. I will put the link up later. Andy
  9. Hello all, Just saying hello from cheltenham, I have been an big lego fan since i was little and finally having bought a house (moving in november). As a result I am able to have a lego room. So all my Lego at my Parents can finally be stored in my house. I have posted on the train tech section as my first big build will be a lego garden railway that is in place all year. However this could go horribly wrong but we will see. Andy
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    Garden Railway

    HI again Gifinam i didn't know that it had been done before if you could find the article i would have a read. Chris the reason i wanted a permanent layout was for ease but March to October then remove for the colder months makes sense. My only resevation would be how to secure the track down. On the track laying i have been toying with different ways to create the track bed. What I decided on was to have a 3 tiered raised bed created out of railway sleepes. The bed itself would be in a big rectangle with soil in the middle then the track would be layed on the outside edge. I did think about laying it directly on the sleeper how i am worried about waterbuild up below the track so will likely put a small spacer between the track and the sleepers to prevent moisture build up and alow air flow. I really like the last idea of a track bed. it couldbe used to provide support for buildings. As i could build the track bed using that and then build the raised bed around it, giving it that boxed in feeling. Also those planks would provide a really good base for building a bridge. Cheers Andy
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    Garden Railway

    Cheers for the advice. I plan to put the track against a wall in a shaded section of the garden. The points would be connected via one IR reciever to prevent the trains crashing. Do you think something like an IR blaster could be used to extend and boost the signal? If not on the points i will revert to a servo based system. However i am trying to avoid this at all costs as I would like to use nothing but off the shelf lego parts. BUt as you point out this might not be viable. I had looked at doing a fully removable system but i have been trying to avoid this. There was a post i had read earlier about using covers to cover the rail track when not in use but couldn't decide on how to make it look good. On security the garden is enlosed from everyside with no rear access. THe station etc i am hopingwill be partly hidden by the flowers but the track will be exposed. My view pointis that anything i leave outside i havetobe prepared that if it gets stolen to get angry. So trains, certain bulding points etc will not be left outside. I put two pieces of track outside yesterday, it was to dark to take a picture and i forgot to take one this mornign. Will put a pictureup later.
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    Garden Railway

    Hi All, Cheers for the pointers. On the track front i did some reasearch on the alterantive track but couldn't find anyone using it in a garden setup so just dismissed it. I will order some up and see how that goes On the IR in direct sunlight I hadn't even thought about that i'll add that to the list of things to try out. On a side note i have now put two pieces of track outside. Will take a picture tomorrow.
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    Garden Railway

    Hi there, i live in Cheltenham, uk so not extreme weather. The track however will be in direct sunlight. i never thought of covering it for when it isn't in use. Will look into that one. I would also like the over head power cables as well but no idea how to i stall those. Ill be adding that to the list andy