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I had an idea to include some sort of non-railway movement on this layout and the only situation that could possibly host one was in and around the township of Stoke-by-Mendip. Over two years ago, I purchased a Faller Car System LGW Man starter set 161503 and then had another think or the obvious- a brain explosion, and purchased the bus 161506 set with the idea of replacing the bodies with a GWR parcel van or lorry and the 1927 Maudsley ML3 bus kit from ModelScene. This project lay dormant since then, as time was allocated to improving and programming my N gauge exhibition layout "Little Stoke".  Mid November 2016 I made a start on evaluating the vehicles and seeing what sort of radius they could do regarding the area I had available to put down roads for the system to operate comfortably. I taped the wire down on the kitchen table and placed an offcut bit of archival card over a section, then set the vehicle going one at a time and found that the Man van 's speed was OK and the bus was far too fast and demanded a bigger radius. The idea was to tape the wire down to the baseboard which had sheet 4mm corboard on top of the Pinex baseboard and then cover the township area with a sheet of 225gsm archival card to represent the road surface. The streets would be narrow  and one way so that the vehicles would circulate in a clockwise direction. There would be two circuits and the van would be stationed at the Goods shed and the bus at the station and start their respective sequences from those points.  The operation of the sequences is by TCC and laptop computer the same as my "Little Stoke" layout.  I am using servos to operate the four turnouts and four stopping positions- one each at Station, Goods Shed, High Street and local garage. The LDRs (14 of them) are place around the system and will hopefully be seen as manhole covers.  I have already written the programme for the TCC operation and have made up the boards for operation and just need to unplug the RPC board from 'Little Stoke' layout along with the 12volt PC power supply unit to make it all work.  

I hope to upload video of system working once everything completed. Some Faller parts ( the rear wheels, axle and worm gear wheel along with the on/off switch and charging plug)  are still to be ordered by NZ agent. I will add photo gallery of TCC boards and point and stopping operation.


Below is a picture gallery of the development from kitchen table to baseboard and layout of the township. I am placing the buildings on 1.8mm card base which will give a footpath and curb for the roadway. 














  1 & 2. Guide wire sellotaped to table top and conservation grey tin card to represent road surface over the wire  then running Faller truck successfully.














        3 .   Wire laid down  around  the two  township's  layout.                                                  4.  Conservation card covering the guide wire.














        5.    Station and Good Shed back in position.                                                                          6.  Commercial  &  housing  on card bases to form the township.














          7.    View from the  goods yard towards township.                                                                8.  Looking down High Street .


I  made up units to work the points and the stopping of the vehicles. As I mentioned before I am using servos to activate the mechanisms and they run by a laptop and TCC programme of sequences. 














       The above are the units for stopping the vehicles at the station, Goods Shed, High Street and garage. The 5mm dowelling  is topped with 4 micro magnets which when in the upright position the top of the magnets tower is level with the baseboard topped with the corboard and covered by the grey road card to operate the reed switch. . 















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 The bottom row units are for the "points" that direct the vehicle onto the desired route (1.)  The 2nd photo shows the sprung steel wire which is placed in line with the guide wire and the hook is connected to the servo arm. Photos 3 & 4 show the "point" wire connecting to the new direction guide wire..


 Peter Broadhead from our modelling group, again, has helped me in setting up the TCC boards and I have wired them up and written the programme. Below is the map of how all the parts fit into the system. By using different coloured wiring shows the 12v circuit from the 5v one.  Also, next to the wiring map, is the schematic track plan showing the LDRs (PE's), turnouts (T's) and stopping units(SS's) as well as the schedule table of Inputs(LDR's) and outputs(Turnouts and  Stopping units). Note:- each stopping unit has an associated LDR  to show when stop is occupied.