Modelling the E&N in HO Scale in my basement

July 15, 2012

Saturday, went down to see Bruce (The Dispatcher) to pick up the first of the circuit breakers for the layout, a DCC Specialties PSX-4. Lots of good reviews for this and the unit will certainly help keep the bulk of the layout running when derailments and switches being run through short out the district.

Cam came over and we worked on getting things at the Booster Shelf cleaned up and sorted out to get the circuit breaker installed. Owing to the PSX-4’s rather large size, we had to build a secondary shelf to hold the power supplies for the boosters, and that allowed lots of things to be organized.

I’ll be ordering a couple PSX-3’s to subdivide the outputs from the other two boosters shortly, and here’s how the sub-districts will work out:

Output 1 2 3
A Parksville Port Alberni Upper Helix
B Bryn Arrowsmith Lower Helix
C Courtenay Nanaimo Staging Yard
D Mud Bay N/A N/A


Here’s a picture of how it’s set up for the moment. The blue wall immediately to the right of the green circuit board (PSX-4) is where the PSX-3’s will go. Starting to look somewhat organized! Too bad I didn’t think to take a picture before we started on all this… Oh well, hindsight is 20/20, right?

2 Responses

  1. Looking like you are making some good progress. I have recently torn apart by tri-level plan and started redoing it. My problem is I will likely move again in another five years and I don’t want to have scrap another layout. I have therefore come up with a radical plan to make the first modular multi level plan. The track plan is the same with a new staging level to allow continuous running. The plan has been slightly compressed with 2 1/2″ knocked off all sides to allow 2×2 framing to be built into the backside of the benchwork along with 1/2″ plywood gussets and a 1/2 plywood backdrop which allows the benchwork to interlock without movement. Essentially the layout requires no walls for support and is freestanding meaning I can take it apart set it up anywhere we move. It also allows me to build the layout in stages starting with the staging and Port Alberni levels. I can add the remaining levels as time permits. I am planning on starting construction this fall.

    Keep up the excellent work, it is inspiring me to get going on my own layout.

    July 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  2. James Powell

    I went down the modular route with Long Marton, for reasons which are quite similar. We’ve been here for 10 years, and are unlikely to move, but I’d rather not have to worry about taking 10 years of work and using the demo saw to cut it up & throw it out. This way, I can move sections if I have to, and the staging is likely to be reusable in some form if we ever do move.

    Long Marton has ended up with 4 boosters, and then a single 4 way split on the one set of boards. I am aware of what happens when you short out things, but with a lot of automatic operation, shorting the booster out isn’t the worst possibility… (it’s 40 inches to ground level…)

    July 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

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