Work has commenced on developing a new area that will incorporate a 1970s section and fiddle yard. In order to for the trains to reach this new area a lift off bridge has to be built so that trains can go around the room and also that inside of the room can be accessed.
Below is a test run of the CPH railmotor going over the lift off bridge with the safety zone in operation.
In order to avoid any mishaps of locomotives still moving if the lift off bridge is up a safety zone is in place about 40 centimetres before this is an isolated section of track and only powered when the lift off bridge is down. A microswitch is installed near the hinge of the lift off bridge which triggers when power is made to the positive wires on the bridge
Sample wiring diagram found on the internet was used as the basis to complete the wiring for the safety zone and microswitch.
As the baseboard legs and shelving is movable a sawn connector rod and metal plug is use to align the bridge with the non-attached baseboard
I have been enjoying learning and doing the electronic side of building the layout. There is still some refinement and further testing to do but I am happy with the result
Happy New Year and until 2017