Piattaforma girevole

WORKING ON the LANDSCAPE – APRIL 2013

The control system tuning, involving additional DCC control modules installation and software update with a more cadenced and realistic schedule, diverted time from landscape realization. In recent times we have found space and creativity to complete some layout areas.

The left section of the first module, the oldest one, needed an update more in keeping with the current landscape arrangemnet. We have therefore replaced the trees made with teloxis with others made of braided copper wire and Silhouette foliage. We have also ‘re-sow’ the grass with a slightly more spring-like color.

Trees over the portal
Trees over the portal

Near the church, now completed, four centuries-old olive trees have found a home. These are the extreme offshoot of an olive grove that will find place above the helix, where very presumably we will place a farmhouse. The same were made with real hollowed twigs on which braided copper wire branches were glued.

Olive trees
Olive trees

The vegetation on the escarpment close to the gallery portal has also been replaced with Polak shrubs, new bushes and trees.

Portal escarpment vegetation
Portal escarpment vegetation

The Linea Model  overhead line protection mesh was installed above the portal, whose support poles thickened with plastic bars.

Portal protection mesh
Portal protection mesh

The road leading to the church and crossing in the future the secondary line through a level crossing has been paved, signals have almost all been placed, as well as boulders and guardrails.

The road
The road

The asphalt tends to represent a rather bad condition road, with recent interventions on the holes and evident signs of aging.
The work in this area is almost done. Next step will be the ‘Madonna del Roseto’ feast staging, with lights, tables, festival barbecues and festive participants.

Hairping bends
Hairping bends

The S’Anna station, although secondary and modest in size, being the intersection point between two lines, has a fairly high local traffic.
The first track is often occupied by local or historic convoys, or freight trains maneuvering to and from the yard. Tracks crossing is not realistically permitted. We therefore decided to install a pair of underpasses on the 2nd and the 3rd platforms.

Station underpasses
Station underpasses

Costruiti in forex e plasticard, questi hanno scale realistiche che These plastic and forex models have realistic scales dropping a few inches, interior lighting and handrails. Onto the acetate stained glasses, we have glued thin plasticard frames.

Station underpasses
Station underpasses

And we come to the most challenging part, the 9.5m turntable. This hase taken several hours of study and work on the model. Briefly, the elements are CAD designed, the forex made foundation , the high-definition 3D printed bridge and brass photo-etched deck.

Turntable
Turntable

Supplied with a stepping motor driven by a dedicated DCC board, this rotates 180 ° in both directions and can be driven as a common turnout from any DCC command station. The board firmware allows positions storing, primary address setting and manually move the bridge using three buttons.

Turntable
Turntable

We imagined the platform is currently used for turning a GR880 locomotive towing small historic convoys, for which we have created a raised coal loading dock (with the benefit and satisfaction of the Preiser railwayman ) and a small square for the coal waste.

Coal loading dock
Coal loading dock

This video shows the composition maneuver on the 1st track, with locomotive turning entirely fully managed by Traincontroller in sequential mode. The maneuver consists of several moments recalled by the timetable, each with different steps.
Good view!

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