The model railway directors present an update on the Werami N scale layout. In this update we look at the completed mine area which includes realistic rocks, weathered mine cars and vehicles, model eucalyptus trees, static grass scrub lands and the mine area itself with mine shaft, equipment and underground mine tunnel.
Wiring up a model train layout in DC (direct current) is a great way to keep costs down and learn some basic electronics. We examine our wiring diagram and explain how triple pole double throw switches are used to power the trains and bipolar LEDs.
The legs of our model train layout table are height adjustable. The lower table height is set for seated viewing like a coffee table. When the table is adjusted to the high position it makes viewing comfortable while standing. The higher position is also used when working on the layout. In either position the adjustable table has a drawer which slides out for access to the control panel.
We’ve built a wooden box to contain all the lights and switches for our N scale model train layout. A 3mm clear perspex face plate sits on top of the layout schematic. LEDs and switches will protrude through the face plate and all the wiring will be containing inside the box under a hinging lid.
At this stage we haven’t decided whether the box will slide out on drawer runners or be a separate attachment to the model train layout. Either way, the loco speed controllers will plug into the front and the wiring loom (including power source) will plug into the back of our control panel box.
Video 6 in the YouTube series showcases the underground mine scene that will slot into the fascia of our layout. The mine shaft is lit with 1mm grain of wheat bulbs and features a dinosaur skeleton cast in plaster of paris.