Now for something completely different that may interest you. Below is the Perth bound Indian Pacific, running late, and crossing Hadrill Road in the Swan Valley on the outskirts of Perth Western Australia. The train after crossing the Australian Continent from Sydney is less than 30 minutes from it’s destination. My house is about 7 minutes drive from this level crossing.
Oberon is a HO Scale New South Wales Government Railways layout set in the 1960s.
Oberon is a real town in western New South Wales.
Tarana is a HO Scale – New South Wales Government Railways Layout – Set in the 1960s.
At Control Panel Designs we have the “Peace-of-mind-offer” which allows a customer to return their panel for changes if necessary for a moderate fee. This way customers do not need to purchase new panels if the track plan changes.
That is what happened with ‘Bridford’, and O Scale GWR Layout set in the 1930’s. The customer decided to add another station to his terminus layout, making it a point-to-point layout. The panel was returned. We laser engraved a new fascia, fitted new tactile switches, added another turnout controller and returned the solution to the customer.
If you view the photos below I have included the solution diagram, the panel designs, and some photos of this layout.
The first photo was how the solution was originally designed and delivered.
This is a photo of the original panel being used on the layout.
This is an image of the new design. Below that are some general photos of this wonderful O Scale layout.
This layout, based on the real town of Bombala in New South Wales, uses our system to control the turnouts. In this case the customer decided not to use physical panels for now, but rather use an iPad. We developed two panels for this customer. The images below show the design that we did, and then photographs of the Bombala panels being used on an iPad. Please see photos below of the Solution Diagram, Design and panels on iPad.
The interesting thing about this layout is that due to some constraints the Bombala station uses Tortoise turnout motors. Whereas ‘Top Shelf’ another part of the layout uses surface mounted Peco solenoid based turnout motors. With our solution the customer was able to control both types of turnout motors with the one solution. See Solution Diagram below.
This layout was exhibited at the Perth Model Railway Exhibition in the past. It is ‘Tarana’, and actual town in NSW set in the 1960/1970s.
This layout, resident in the USA, is a relatively large around the walls layout that uses our control panels and modules. The layout was still under construction when the control panels were acquired. This is a good thing, as the owner is able to use the panels and modules when installing point motors. Please enjoy some preliminary photos of this wonderful layout.