Saturday, January 20, 2018

Corrected Track Plan

I have updated the track plan to reflect the actual track work on the layout. Structure placement is tentative and subject to change. 

Owensville Agricultural Switching & Industrial Services (OASIS v 4.1)

This layout build is a variation of the TOMA (The One Module Approach) method that is discussed at the MRH Web Site. I am using a "Flexible TOMA" method that involves constructing two module sections at the same time. Future expansion is possible as well.

Scale - HO 
Turnouts - #4 code 100
Track - code 100 flex track 
Min. Radius - 38"
Size - 12 x 96 inches (2 - 12" x 48" sections) 
Design Credit - Based on designs by Linda Sand & Stein Rypern

Until next time, 


Monday, January 15, 2018

OASIS Layout Update - Wiring Part 1

Ugh! My least favorite part of the hobby is wiring. At least it's half over!

Section 1 (left side) of the layout is wired up and connected to the Digitrax Zephyr. I ran one of my 70 ton switchers and everything went well, even with only one section wired. Section 2 will be wired up next.

Terminal strip, spade, and tap splice connectors used on the layout 

Cable ties used to keep things neat. Terminal strip jump wires will be used to connect with section 2.

Until next time! 


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

OASIS Layout Update - Track Installation 02

Work Resumes

The layout is back under construction after a job change and a lengthy period of inactivity due to moving. The layout did suffer some minor damage during the move (1 Caboose Industries turnout throw broken), but it's set up in the new house and ready to go.

I prepped the track by snipping off some of the ends of the ties, and then painted the rails and ties with Rust-Oleum Camouflage paint.

The next step is to secure the homasote to the benchwork, replace the broken turnout throw, and begin wiring up the layout. 

Until next time,