Hello my friends,
last week, we were on y short vacation trip through Germany, so there was no time for my logging railroads. BUT, there are some news anyway, since I got a parcel from UK yesterday, containing my first Deltang components. Deltang offers several items and modules to create Radio-Controlls for several model related purposes, including model trains.
I ordered two transmitter Tx22 (as kit) as well as some Rx65c-22 receivers. The receivers are very small and provide an H-bridge (ESC) up to 3Amps, directional lightning and several function outputs. All components and outlets can be customized and reprogrammed. Compared to the 20-year-old Locolink-stuff, the Deltang-pieces are very small. As usual on 2.4GHz RC, the receiver and transmitter are bind together to create the RC connection. More details on the Deltang components are shown in several Youtube videos. Here are some comparison shots with my outdated Locolink-stuff (which was futuristic equipment, 20 years ago).
I assembled the first transmitter yesterday in the evening and I simply swapped the receiver in my Shay #5. There’s no word to describe the feeling between old and new… it’s simply awesome. While the Locolink only had “a few” throttle steps, Deltang provides smooth operation on lowest speed and finest throttling. The Locolink was a “send&pray” kind of RC, since often a send command did not arrive the receiver unit and therefore there was some delay within the control. This was especially bad on switching trains. But with the new Deltang-RC, it’s possible to operate the train to the point. The upper right pot provides a manual inertia control for smooth starting and stopping trains. it can be adjusted as needed or turned off during switching operation. The upper left rotary-switch is for the “Selecta”-function. Up to 12 locos can be bound to one transmitter and controlled individually by selecting the number. Additional, the receiver provides functions for lightning and others, like sound.
During this week, I’ll go to refit all the other locos and to assemble the second transmitter. I look forward to share some more experiences next week.
today I’ve some news from Ronja Springs. The Woods Furniture building got the company name added to the roof as well as a stone basement to raise the structure to the height of the boxcars.
The letters were cnc-milled from styrene, the girders milled from PVC-foam-board. I used some T-profiles as well. All parts got glued together with plastic-cement.
To get the freight door to the same height as the boxcar floor, I added a 2″ high basement from PVC sheets. I got a sheet with stone engraving which I cut into 2″ high strips.
I also added the short wooden loading platform, which will get some wooden support structures later (parts not milled yet). Here’s the finished structure at Ronja Springs.
While I cut some more strips of the stone engraved PVC, I also made a 1″ high team track platform.
And don’t think we wouldn’t play with our railroad as well ;-)
last weekend, we had a big model railroad event here in my area, called “the long night of model trains”. More than 20 clubs in the south-west of Germany held an evening-open-house from 4pm to 10pm for interested model railroaders and visitors.
I was invited to show my Hon30 logging layout in Ludwigshafen (near Mannheim & Heidelberg) since two club members are building modules in the same practice as I do. To get a big layout, I just took Bernd with me, who has shown his layout together with mine earlier this year. All together we had four individual layouts and all were connected to a 50′ long Hon30 layout. Each of the layout was operated on its own, but with interchange tracks and the ends, we run trains from one end to the other, including switching and lots of freight traffic.
Additional to the evening-open-house on Saturday, the show continued on Sunday as well due to the 40th anniversary of the club. Over all, we welcomed more than 300 visitors and it was a very nice show for all of us. Here are some photos of the whole arrangement and some details from the other layouts.
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