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  1. Default Hawks NEW "MHO Junction" layout

    Hey everyone,

    October is just around the corner and I should be starting with my new layout soon.
    I'm still finishing my basement, still about 1-2 weeks of work.
    For now, here's an almost final design.

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    Since I'm not very electrically knowledge, I need help.
    I have a NCE Pro 5 system and with the size of my layout, I know I should have power districts.
    Could someone draw me where I should have my districts and is the system good enough for the size of the layout or do I need a booster?
    Also, for the districts, what do I need and how should it be wired?
    Do I need district circuit breakers?

    I just want to make sure I don't forget anything and if I did, please let me know what I need
    Thanks

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    Nice plan. Want to watch the progress.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkesburytrain View Post
    I have a NCE Pro 5 system and with the size of my layout, I know I should have power districts.
    Could someone draw me where I should have my districts and is the system good enough for the size of the layout or do I need a booster?
    Also, for the districts, what do I need and how should it be wired? Do I need district circuit breakers?
    If it's just you, and you'll only be running 1 or 2 trains, you don't need districts, breakers, or a booster.

    The easy one first - boosters. As a rule of thumb, you figure 1 amp per locomotive (yes, that's a gross over simplification), so your base system is capable of handling 5 locos. That could be 5 trains with one engine each, or 1 train with 5 engines. <<Assuming HO>>

    Now to districts and breakers. There are several reasons for installing districts, but the most basic is so that a fault in one area of the layout does not shut down the entire layout. Realize a fault in a large layout with only one district could be a nightmare to locate. I'd put breaks (district boundaries) at "two old passenger cars", that is prior to entry of the yard complex, at "11 1/2", prior to the entrance to the helix, just past Medusa Cement, and one for the helix and staging(?) yard.
    Kevin

    General Manager
    Red Oak and Western Railway Company

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    Hawke,

    Impressive design and I too am looking forward to watching your progress.
    Cheers,

    Tony
    (aka wombat457)

    "...knowing what to do is one thing, being able to do it is another..."

    http://www.modelrailroadforums.com/f...Indoor-N-Scale

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    Thanks Kevin,

    So four districts it is. Now, what do I need to go with my NCE, any suggestions on what I need to buy and is there any special wiring to be done? or is there a video or web site that explains how to insert them to my layout?

    Thanks

    Tony, Montana, I'm still working on my video setup, the what where and how...LOL

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    Hi,
    Ive read your first layout thread and it was a very fine piece of work. I have done some rebuilds on my current layout because I was not happy with some parts of it, so I can understand your reason for the new start. Your new plan looks great and I hope to see the start of the build, soon.
    Thanks for sharing your build.

    Regards,Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkesburytrain View Post
    So four districts it is. Now, what do I need to go with my NCE, any suggestions on what I need to buy and is there any special wiring to be done? or is there a video or web site that explains how to insert them to my layout?
    Again, it depends. You could run all 4 districts off the single command station. All you would need would be 4 breakers: NCE EB1's, Tan Valley CFJ's, or many others. Most DCC manufacturers NCE, Digitrax, Lenz, Tam Valley, DCC Concepts, CVP, etc., etc. make breakers and boosters.

    I wouldn't take that route, even if you will only be running a few trains. I would go ahead and install boosters, since they provide the same level of protection plus the added train capacity. The cost difference is relatively small: $50 for boosters vs. $30 for breakers. (Well, plus the cost of a power supply.) The boosters connect to the command bus and, in essence, expand the power console. Tony's has a good overview here:

    http://tonystrains.com/download/MRR-PowerDist.pdf
    Kevin

    General Manager
    Red Oak and Western Railway Company

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    Thanks Kevin, Chris

    Kevin, This should help, it's still way over my head, but will take the time to read up on the subject.

    Even though the work is still not completed on the basement, I will get started on cutting what's needed for parts of my framework. As for the basement, I still need to paint (blue) and finish the gyprock on the ceiling to close off the duct work.

    The layout design is completed and in the mail, I should be getting it this week. I did get a copy of the Anyrail file so I can print 1:1 the track work. I can tell you it has just short of 1000' of tracks and just short of 100 turnouts. 5 people can join an operation session and the layout can hold 130 rolling stock.

    Then there's always an opportunity in building a second level....................YA SURE.

    Later

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    Hawke,

    The layout/design sounds incredible and looking forward to seeing the end design and the forth coming build.
    Cheers,

    Tony
    (aka wombat457)

    "...knowing what to do is one thing, being able to do it is another..."

    http://www.modelrailroadforums.com/f...Indoor-N-Scale

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    Who did the track plan for you?

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