Modelling the E&N in HO Scale in my basement

July 7, 2013

So it’s been a little while since my last post but I’m still working hard to get things ready for the end of the month.

Yesterday began with some cleaning of the basement – it’s a real disaster down there – and getting things lined up.

Since making the decision to go with servos instead of much larger and more expensive tortoises, I’ve acquired the Quad-LN’s from Tam Valley Depot, the servos, wiring and microswitches from eBay (servos for about $2.50 each, at my door, microswitches for 17 cents each, wires free due to a sharing deal with Dave Bedard) and after all is said and done, I have a DCC controlled turnout for less than the cost of a tortoise bought in a 12 pack… And that doesn’t include the other bits needed like a DS64 or the wiring involved.

Installation of these servos started yesterday and the Quad-LN’s were installed as well. Sadly, I neglected to order an aligner for the Quad-LN’s and the instructions indicate one is necessary to properly set them up. 🙁 I tried a few programming things but in the end, nothing did as it was supposed to, likely because the power supply I was using couldn’t pump enough juice. The Quad LN says it needs about 750 milliamps of power and the supply I used only provided about 300… So I’ve ordered an aligner and a 5amp power supply from Tam Valley. Hope to see them soon.

Meanwhile, Cam was busily getting turnouts laid in the staging yard. We’ve got a lot of track still to lay and I’ve got even more basement to clean up, track to wire and more to do…will get some more done tomorrow.


3 Responses

  1. James

    Good to see positive work- in case anyone who follows here, Jon was not badly affected by the flooding in Calgary. (the basement didn’t get flooded…)

    Sorry about the servos needing more kit to make them work- mine with the 3 way controllers worked fine out of the box. (admittedly, the middle point is important…) How I set them was by taking the servo arm off the servo on the initial power up, and then putting it on after the initial power up, then adjusting the travel limits with the 3 way controllers to give me the 3 positions. I suspect that with the 2 position servo drivers, you need the centre because of putting the servo centred in the centre of the turnout as well. Tam Valley are quick about getting stuff out…


    July 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  2. Chris

    Good to hear you are making progress. I was a little worried hearing about the flood problems in Calgary that you may have a real section of the Alberni inlet in your basement.

    I noticed in another post on another forum you were inquiring about the MSTS E&N, it is dead as I have parted ways with Streamlines due to the downturn in the MSTS market. I have however taken up building it in Railworks (TS2013)with most of the track complete. I am working on a freelance / prototypical test route called the Sechelt & North Coast Railway to test scenery techniques before applying them to the E&N. The route is heavily influenced by the E&N and BC Rail. I have also modified the stock physics of TS2013 which is more difficult then MSTS to learn (spent months testing different values) however I have developed which could be some of the best physics mods for the sim thus far which behave almost the same as MSTS’s.

    Keep up the good work!

    July 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    • Jon Calon

      Sorry for not approving your comment earlier Chris. Thanks very much for the positive comments and the thoughts about the E&N MSTS project. I was thinking it was yours and would potentially be released under your own name as opposed to Streamlines. In any event, sorry to hear it’s not coming out as I would’ve loved to see some additional bits of the railway circa 1988 and even play a little back then.


      August 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

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