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Welcome to Volume 3 of the Superior & Seattle Railroad Build Thread. Volume 2 was getting close to the 200 page limit so I decided to start volume 3.

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Volume 3

Vol. 3  Page 1 - Control Panel Construction for the Phase IV expansion.
Vol. 3  Page 2 -
John Siekirk
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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2019, 09:27:52 AM »
As we start Volume 3 of this build thread I'm working on the electronics for the Phase IV expansion of the layout. There will be a total of four control panels for this large yard. I'm using the Barrett Hill Touch control switches to control the turnouts.


I'm also working on an update to my track plan and will be posting it along with an update to my layout at a glance page with all the new information about the layout.  This will be a project for the time I spend at the S&S RR Northern Headquarters. I just don't seem to take the time to do it when I can be working on the layout.


I'm also getting the workshop in order and will soon be starting a new build.  The beautiful yellow box for FSM's Fox Run Milling is on the workbench. I have six FSM kits, for The Eagles Nest Yard, and the SWRM Brick Roundhouse for the Superior Yard, next up on my build list.
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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2019, 02:14:23 PM »
John,

You have been very busy as well my friend. I love the yard and control panel. Fantastic job sir. Looking forward to more.

Well done.

Tom ;D
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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2019, 03:56:24 PM »
John,

You have been very busy as well my friend. I love the yard and control panel. Fantastic job sir. Looking forward to more.

Well done.

Tom ;D


Tom


Thank you for the kind words and the inspiration.  Your build thread has been a constant source of inspiration over the years.
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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2019, 04:14:36 PM »
The first control panel in Phase IV is powered. The track that it controls is the West Superior Yard which is visible above the panel in the picture. The moldings are all put in with screws, just in-case there are changes.  ;)   And also to remove them for staining and finishing.


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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2019, 04:16:15 PM »
If you study the schematic you can see how the power districts are setup. There is a switch on the lefts side of the panel to turn each power district on and off.  The third column of switches is for controlling the power for the upper level in this area.  The future Phase V expansion.
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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2019, 05:18:43 PM »
John, how long on average is a power district?


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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2019, 06:02:54 PM »
Love it John....Dennis

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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2019, 06:07:12 PM »
Nice looking panel John.  You will love the Barrett-Hill switches.
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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2019, 06:35:34 PM »
John, how long on average is a power district?


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I broke up the layout into power districts based more on function than a particular length of track.  But to answer your question I picked an average power district in the yard and it was 40 feet of track.
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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2019, 06:36:20 PM »
Love it John....Dennis


Thank you Dennis.

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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2019, 06:37:42 PM »
Nice looking panel John.  You will love the Barrett-Hill switches.


Thank you Steve.  So far I really like the way the Barrett-Hill switches are working and the ease of installation.
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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2019, 07:33:54 PM »
Here is a picture of the work area around the control panel.  All of the connection boards are mounted in the top of the cabinet, so I found another use for the cushions from my gazebo chairs. A laying down job - doesn't get any better than that.  I'll post a couple pictures of the connection boards while you can still see them. The wires and label tags will hide them before all the wiring is done.


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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2019, 07:42:27 PM »
This is the junctions for the touch switches.  The wires you see are attached to the touch switches under the control panel surface.


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Re: Superior & Seattle Railroad Build (Volume 3) Started 7/27/19
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2019, 07:44:26 PM »
As you can see I label the incoming and out going wires and the connection point. All the labels come in handy when trouble shooting is required.
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