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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #60 on: January 04, 2022, 03:40:42 PM »
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I like it!!

Hey thanks!  :)

Are you going to build a Z scale mini layout for your new switcher? ( @Ed Kapuscinski )
 :D ;)

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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #61 on: January 04, 2022, 03:58:25 PM »
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The location of the station and street are more or less like the prototype.


Talking of the station...
That building above is from the old layout. I know it is far from the original. As I try to use what's available I use this one because I haven't found a depot more like this one:

http://www.michiganrailroads.com/stations-locations/112-luce-county-48/1296-newberry-mi

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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #62 on: January 04, 2022, 05:09:33 PM »
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Looking good! Nice progress all around. The depot looks like a good candidate for a scrathbuild 8)

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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #63 on: January 04, 2022, 05:25:40 PM »
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Hey thanks!  :)

Are you going to build a Z scale mini layout for your new switcher? ( @Ed Kapuscinski )
 :D ;)

Thomas

That's my plan!

Here's a bit of inspiration:
https://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/photos/cr-9611-tamaqua-pa
https://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/photos/cr-9563-west-cressona-pa

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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #64 on: January 04, 2022, 05:52:09 PM »
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Looks promissing.
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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #65 on: January 05, 2022, 04:09:57 AM »
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... The depot looks like a good candidate for a scrathbuild 8)

Lucas

Yeah, that's what I want to avoid.... :scared:
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Re: Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #66 on: January 05, 2022, 08:26:56 AM »
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The second endcap (the left one) is ready as well. Nothing more to see, just like the first endcap.
Next up is the main straight module. 'Main' because this is the one with the wires for the power from the control.






The first test fit...  :scared: It works...

Thomas  :)

Hey Thomas I know these are ttrak module kits but what are your inter-module electrical connectors. It’s so clean I like it. It is a male to female type connector?
This is a really great looking build by the way.
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Re: Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #67 on: January 05, 2022, 10:30:24 AM »
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Hey Thomas I know these are ttrak module kits but what are your inter-module electrical connectors. It’s so clean I like it. It is a male to female type connector?
This is a really great looking build by the way.

Thank you Tim.

I used the connectors which are recommended on this ttrak wiki: http://ttrak.wikidot.com/t-trak-z
The Anderson Powerpoles are 'universal', no male or female. They work in both directions.
I decided to have the plugs in these snap-in receptacles on the left side. On the right side they are not fixed.

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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #68 on: January 05, 2022, 06:47:15 PM »
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Awesome, where does one get the receptacle for the power poles? I've never seen them before.
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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #69 on: January 06, 2022, 08:46:43 AM »
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I bought them at this online shop: https://shop.funk24.net/powerpole/pp15-pp45-serie/

They have quite a range of different housings and I'm sure you can get this in the US as well as this is an US company (I think).

I used a piece of brass sheet to hold the housing in the opening of the module.

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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #70 on: January 08, 2022, 04:16:03 PM »
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Not much happened the last few days.
I raised the buildings so that the box car can enter the building.



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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #71 on: January 14, 2022, 03:52:42 PM »
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Some small updates...





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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #72 on: January 15, 2022, 02:59:21 PM »
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I see what you did there.  ;)

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If you can't make it perfect, make it adjustable.
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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #73 on: January 16, 2022, 07:34:00 AM »
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Errrrrrr, yeah...........  ;) :D
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Re: Mackinac Northern - a Z scale T-Trak layout
« Reply #74 on: January 16, 2022, 04:52:45 PM »
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This is the finished house from the pictures above.





These are really nice kits from Archistories ( https://www.archistories.com/ ) which can be build in a lot of different variations.
They are made from coloured cardboard, so no need to paint anything. Of course you can if you like.
I have another one on the 'workbench' but first I need to build something simple. There are N scale kits with fewer parts....

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