I can happily state that I continued to fly under the " family radar " again today & have completed three 44 class Tsunami installs complete & have just about finished the 442 install which is the subject of the last couple of posts.
It has been great to spend a weekend disconnecting with work & just fiddling with trains. I must say though that a couple of exchanges overheard during a weekend where I was having such fun made me think...The first was between two employees at the local newsagent this morning & in part went "As slow as a wet weekend" while the second exchange with a similar intent was overheard elsewhere & that was " As slow as a month of Sundays " .
As much as I have heard these sayings many times, the origins of both had me puzzled. Now I don't know about you guys...but I find that whether a weekend is wet, hot, cold or other....they all go way too fast & I wasn't sure you had a speed option. The second saying had me thinking that I would like to try this option out... all in the name of research... of course as 30 or 31 Sundays in a row sounds good to me!!!
Anyway I guess I had better complete this post...
The 442 is now completely wired up & has been tested and is operating as it should. The only issue left to address is the speaker. A search through the DCC section of the workshop failed to uncover a speaker that is a good fit for the intended spot so I will order a number of the correct ones this week so I have spares on hand for the next jumbo install. I hope Warren from Gwydir Valley is reading this post...as he will be getting a call in the morning....( Yeh I know Waz...you love my calls...NOT ).
While the attached photos speak for themselves... A couple of things require clarification & explanation I guess.
The first is the speaker used in the shots...As stated above I have no "fit for purpose" speakers so I utilised a 35mm x 20mm unit roughly mounted in the chosen position so all decoder functions could be tested. The other item still to be mounted is the capacitor. This will find a home adjacent to the speaker but I will finalise it's location when the correct speakers & enclosures arrives The capacitor wires can be seen leaving the decoder & travelling down the existing wiring gallery that is cast into the weight...they then travel adjacent to the bogie ( firmly attached to the inner wall of the weight ) with the capacitor itself visible near the trial speaker. I originally had visions of mounting the speaker at the other end of the chassis...but both the speaker & capacitor will easily fit at the one end saving the need for running extra wiring.
I will now commence detail work on the pilots, bogies & staff exchangers of the body & chassis...while I am at it I had better replace the handrails underneath the windscreens as both are bowed badly....seems that this issue is a very common problem with this loco.
One last piece of advice i would offer to anyone contemplating this project is to take the time while you have the loco stripped & ensure all parts of the mechanism are cleaned & where applicable lubricated before reassembly....You will never have a better opportunity to do so.
Work nearly complete...Please disregard the speaker & capacitor....
I love it when the calculations work out correctly...The decoder is sitting at the right height & should just clear the inner roof of the body
A close-up of the new voicebox for the jumbo...