2nd June 2012: The first photo shows a new time delay relay unit has been added. This causes a few milliseconds of delay before the turntable drive motor cuts out. The result is to obtain much more accurate alignment of the turntable before the indexing arm locks the turntable in the exact position. The second photo shows a replacement motor has been fitted to drive the turntable. This is not only quieter, but runs more smoothly. Both of these have helped to fine-tune the operation of the turntable to give extremely satisfactory results.
The last 4 photos show the cosmetic work that has greatly improved the appearance of the turntable to make it look more prototypical.
10th May 2012: The first photo shows the underside of the new panel before installation in the console. The second shows the back of the new panel in position, and the last photo shows the front of the finished panel mounted in the console.
A considerable number of wiring alterations have been carried out to the base boards, then a full functional test of the new panel revealed it to work faultlessly first time. This therefore concludes this improvement to Newchapel Junction.
23rd April 2012: The two halves of the new panel have been united and the wiring between the two is complete. The new panel is now ready for fitting in the control console and once wiring alterations have been done to the relevant baseboards it will be ready for testing.
10th April 2012: The panel faceplate diagram has been drawn up, coloured and laminated. The second photo shows the diagram in place on the panel base-plate. The holes for the LEDs and buttons etc were made accurately using punches. The third photo shows the underside of the panel base plate where the wiring has been completed. The bunch of wires coming off the panel base-plate will be terminated to the relay PCBs seen in the fourth and fifth photos. The last photo shows the wiring half finished on the relay PCBs. The bunch of wires coming off this base-plate will be terminated to outgoing plug couplers that will take the circuits to the baseboards.
1st April 2012: All 7 Printed Circuit Board (PCB) units have been made and the equipment soldered onto them. The first 2 PCBs have been mounted in place on the aluminium sheet which will be attached to the back of the control panel faceplate, thus keeping the panel and controlling wiring/circuitry as one complete unit that is easily removable from the control console.
14th March 2012: The current panel that controls the goods yard is shown in the first photo. The new goods yard can be seen turning off the bottom of the diagram labelled ‘New Yard’. The new goods yard is currently controlled using a separate control panel as it was built as an extension to the original yard.
The new control panel faceplate has been designed as seen in the second photo. This incorporates the new goods yard, and will allow us to test our new design for semi-automatic route selection before we rebuild the main station panel. Instead of having individual point switches, there will be one button for each siding, and when a button is pressed, the relevant points will automatically be set for the siding required.
The aluminium sheet that forms the panel base plate has been cut out and using a newly-installed DRO (Digital Read-Out) computer on the vertical milling machine, all the holes for the route lights and control buttons/switches etc. have been drilled quickly, easily and very accurately!
16th February 2012: The chimneys for the main station building have been replaced and they together with the roof have been weathered to give a more realistic finish. The guttering will be added at a later date as we are now in the process of loading the layout for Brighton Modelworld on 24th – 26th February.
The second photo shows the transport box which has been made to transport all the removable scenery safely to and from exhibitions.
7th February 2012: Newchapel Town station refurbishment is now almost complete. An etched brass fence has been made to fit the platform on the inner loop. This has been painted and attached to the platform using brass pins soldered to the back of the fence posts.
Foliage behind the fence, the garden hedge and the garden flowerbed have been glued down, whilst the tree has been made removable in order to aid transport.
Station name boards have been made from plasticard and painted together with the station seats, lamps and trolley.
The main station building is now receiving attention and has been repainted in a fresh coat of paint. New plasticard fascias have been fitted and guttering will be added to these next. The roof and chimneys will also receive attention.
30th January 2012: Plasticard paving has been painted and attached to the area of platform in front of both station buildings, and gravel has been glued to the remaining area of the platform using a fairly thick layer of PVA wood glue. The area painted in pale green will become the station master’s garden. Lastly the bank at the back of the outer platform has been grassed.
24th January 2012: The track was masked and the coping stones have been spray painted in a grey concrete colour.
20th January 2012: Work has started on the platforms by reducing the overhang by 1mm to allow coping stones to be added without reducing clearances to passing trains. This was done using a hand-held router and a home-made jig that ran the router accurately along the platform edge guided by the rails. The coping stones were then cut from plastic angle section and glued in place using UHU.