Had to order a pair of precision wire cutters to snip the jumper wires on these Peco electrofrog turnouts - will be using Tam Valley Hex frog juicers.
The elecrofrog require a wire running to the inner rail, but the rail connecting to it has to be insulated so rather than solder directly to the rail, I've cut short piece of a rail joiner and soldered a wire to it and slipped it on the rail before the insulated rail joiner is connected.
Last Edit: Aug 23, 2020 14:25:10 GMT -8 by riogrande
I'm taking advantage of the holiday weekend to get more staging track laid. One end of the staging yard is pretty much done - it's being wired for frog juicers with mostly electrified frog Peco turnouts.
I saved all my track from my last layout and thought I might have nearly enough code 100 flex for this staging yard but other than a bundle used on curves (one rail shorter), I just ran out of straight sections. But to be fair, the old room was 18' long but this area is 27' and then some with a jog to the helix area.
Fortunately I had ordered a stack of 10 sections a few months ago meant for the helix but will use it to continue the straight area that expands to 11 tracks. I'll have to order some more; fortunately there seems to be plenty in stock at online vendors:
Each track will be fully isolated to allow power to be disconnected as DCC is all tracks live all the time. Some have advised the ability to isolate so there isn't the potential for power drain if you have too many sound equipped or light equipped models in storage.
Last Edit: Sept 6, 2020 9:24:03 GMT -8 by riogrande
I ran out of code 100 flex track for the remainder of the straight tracks in staging so I moved on to the other end while I wait for an order to arrive for next weekend hopefully - took advantage of modeltrainstuffs Loborday 10% off for the track order.
Working on the other end which has to bring all 11 tracks back together to the helix and negotiate an S-curve area and maintain some decent track standards.
Most curves here are at or above 36" with the exception of one at 34.25" radius. Easements on all curves.
All but one of the S-curves maintain a straight section at or greater than the wheel-base of the longest car per John Armstrong's book. Only two curved turnouts are used, a Peco curved and a Shinohara #8 so in those cases, technically there are two short arcs with 30" radius.
Lot's of trial and error testing fitting to see how I could arrange the ladder and keep curves fairly generous and S-curves workable.
Last Edit: Sept 8, 2020 13:10:42 GMT -8 by riogrande
One thing I learned from our friends across the water in the UK is to hide the feeder wires. So I thought I would show a few pictures that might help. The first is not really in focus but shows the basic idea.
The photo above is looking at the bottom of the track section. Track is Micro Engineering Code 83 flex.
Here is what you would see from the side as in viewing the track during an operating section once the wires were feed to under neath the layout.
You can drill a hole right beside the track and feed the wire thru. Anything left above should be able to be hidden in the ballast. I can shot some more pictures if my track work if need be. One thing I did not follow our UK friends on was two sets of feeder per section of flex track. I only did one. Also every section of flex and every switch has it's own set of feeder wires, nothing soldered at rail joints either.
I have trouble hiding the wires, so I drilled my drop holes right next to the rail.
I did that on the visible yard on my last layout, and plan to do the same when I get to that phase again.
This is staging so no effort was made to hide wires. When the yard above goes in, the wires will be hidden. The will be attached on the side away from the aisle. I did this on my previous layout as well.
Last Edit: Oct 7, 2020 0:46:27 GMT -8 by riogrande
I really like that staging yard. When I rebuilt my layout I went to smaller yards and kind of miss the big yard where a lot of activity could happen. I think my new design will help in operations with two smaller yards to help run local freights. I did put in two hidden staging track behind some scenery.
I just find it odd that so many still solder the feeder wires as you did but in areas where they will be seen in the main part of the layout. I think the way you did your staging yard is completely acceptable since it will not be the main focal area.