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On this page I want to show photos and descriptions (as far as possible), respectively, as the newest changes on my layout. Because this happens depending on the projects and time, something new will be to see time after time.
In spring 1998, photos of the extension of the existing layout will be to see on this page too. For ideas or hints I would be happy.


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Here a photo about the new "old" Lumber-trucks of LGB (Cat. nr. 40770). I used the trucks, equipped them with little stakes and chains for tree-fixing and little sprigs of elder and an apple tree to obtain this little wood train.


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In the last two years I was concerned with the assembly of DCC decoder and sound modules into the locos. The DCC decoders primarily originate from Lehmann/Lenz, whereas the sound modules mainly come from Sonor. In most of the locos, there aren't any special problems with the assembly of the decoders - the locos offer enough internal space - only the little "LGBchen" makes some problems. The usual big decoders couldn't be "hided" inside this loco ... untill I found someone at Electronic Conrad

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There I found a DCC decoder by Kühn (T121 type) - being moderate in price because it costs only nearly 25 € - and it is on one side pretty small (13,9 mm x 21,9 mm) and it has on the other side a motor power output of 1 A being sufficient for the little engine of this loco. The decoder fits into the coal-box inside on the top (see the picture above). The decoder has additionally a switchable output, so the loco got then lights (yellow LED's).
One disadvantage only: the decoder doesn't pass the current in the analogue mode (as such as like the decoders of Lehmann - must be programmed) - I solved this problem with a quadripolar switch (analogue/digital - it is to see in the foreground). If you use the "Jumbo" as power source please take it down to 18 - 20 volts because above this volt rate the overload protection of the decoder will be activated.

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Now a little look into the railcar "Schweineschnäuzchen". On the left there is the sound module with the cooling metal sheet, in the middle you find the DCC decoder and on the right side the is the speaker within its housing. Because of the fact that the voltage regulator is fully charged by the digital voltage of 20 - 24 volts the cooling metal sheet should be designed a little bit larger. I used for it punched sheets of aluminium with a size of 2 - 3 cm for one decoder. If the element is overcharged it is becoming hot and the decoder simply cuts off. In this case stop the loco shortly (for instance by the dead-man control), after that the decoder works again regularly.

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At the loco "U 43" it was a little more complicated because the sound modul fitted just into the driver's cabin - the internal wall had to be eliminated. The speaker is on the top of the boiler and let the sound out loudly into the driver's cabin.
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The reed contact for the long line signal. It will be initiated by a magnet lying within the tracks. Most of my locos have such a reed contact because the sound moduls of SONOR have this feature as an additional function.
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The DCC decoder is located within the water tank. On this way, the cable lengths stay short and the mess is still to survey.
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If the loco puffes and makes noise, the loco driver is allowed to do the same...

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And now something more simply - the german loco "IVK". The arrow shows the two potentiometers setting the threshold for start driving and braking. They were set during installation and provide for instance for the squeaking noises only in that moment when the loco really stops.
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The reed contact for the line signal within the front bogie.

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At the loco "Schoema" I had to take unconventional measure: I had to amputate the legs of the driver otherwise the sound module doesn't fit in with its size of 90 x 40 mm. It is accommodated in the short nose of the loco.
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The centre part of the loco has to be sawed out respectively. In between there are sound moduls by DIETZ not requiring this step of procedure.
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The driver at his place of work. He sits on the memory circuit of the module. If he wants to get out I lend him a wheel-chair - no problem. I got a new one by the Insurance Institution...
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Just another look at the loco. In the foreground the cooling metal sheet is to see serving simulaneously as the mounting of the sound module.

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One look into the Mallet-loco. Earlier there were 2 DCC decoders (1 for every motor) and a switching modul for the lights mounted inside; now the DCC decoder LE4024B by Lenz on the loco wheight replaces it all. On the left there is the sound modul being mounted into the upper part of the loco in 2 slots. Right beneath the DCC decoder there is a self-constructed electrical distribution sheet. Now the loco looks straightenend up inside.
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The loud speaker is located in the fire chamber. This solution has the advantage of being capsuled completely (= decouple acoustically).

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A little look in the industrial loco of LGB (art.no. 21260) - it received a digital decoder by LENZ (LE 4024B - in the foreground on the right side), a X-clusive sound module by DIETZ (VL 260 - in the middle) and a loud speaker being accomodated in the driver's cabin of the loco.

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After having been falling out off the wheel chair for the forth time putting the "Mallet" loco on the tracks it would be the right time for a device to transport without any danger for the loco and my health (-: The fans of live steaming already know this special device - on this way, they transport their hot steam locos after use.
Components: a basket from the super market, 2 carrier ledges (made of plywood with 5 layers), 2 wooden borders, 2 flat profiles of aluminium for supporting the basket, 1 rerailer (LGB Cat. no. 10020), 1 step border as the final edge, 1 piece of a plastic tube for puttting the loco in the correct angle on the tracks, the longest loco as a measure (in my case, ca. 1 m) and several hours of construction time - the device for transporting and supporting to put the long locos on the tracks is ready.
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On this way, the loco stays securly on the tracks - and I in the whel chair.

During filming at garden railway meetings I had the intention to get pictures of the vehicles from the objects level. The compact design of the digital video cameras makes a driving-with possible on the wagonns. Unfortunately, the original resulted pictures didn't correspond with the human way of seeing especially in the circles where the camera was still looking straight ahead and had been teared around roughly and for the spectator unexpectedly, respectively. Solution of this problem: some time, some trying ... and a metal constructing kit of the firm Eitech (in german).

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The base for this construction was a truck for normal/narrow gauging by Scheba, having the required netto weight. The base plate came from a near building market - department wood processing. For driving the wagon calmly 2 lead weights had been added from my diving box (-;
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The camera sits on a plate shaped as an U being strengthened by metal thread rods. The slope of the U-plate can be adjusted by an regulation screw.
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One look at the pole. It sends the circle information to the turning saddle. The use of a sickle-shaped long-hole metal flat profile can even adjust a curve default - proved to be a good idea in Sinsheim 2004 (attention - it is little more than 1 MB, DiVX 5.1.1).

* Photos 1995 - 05
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