Friday, May 4, 2012

A trip Along the BYLONG Main Line

Last week I was at the Model Railroad Craftsman shop at Blacktown to buy a small item from Gary's Grandt Line range of structure details and well, the usual happened! I walked out with a Soundtraxx Micro Tsunami EMD 567 sound decoder for my Austrains NSWGR 421. Now I didn't go there for that but you know how it goes, something happens and its done.
I fitted the decoder the same night still suffering from that disease I caught in the afternoon, I think they call it enthusiasm.
Here is a picture of the install, note that I trimmed back the metal chassis projection holding the rear headlight to make room for the speaker and tapped the decoder and wires to it. I installed the speaker on edge held by yellow 'Blu-Tack'? Also the speaker is facing forward and the sound actually sounds like it is coming from the middle to front instead of the rear which is good.

A while back I bought a tiny Full HD video camera fitted with a micro SD memory card and here is a video taken tonight of a run over the main line. The camera is in a K wagon in the train behind the 421. My apologies for the date in the corner, unfortunately there is no way to turn it off, the camera is a bit basic also it doesn't seem to have the clarity that I would have expected of Full HD but I suspect it is the low light conditions and perhaps the lens quality, a common problem with small cameras.

Click on the YouTube logo below to see the video larger and better on the YouTube site.


Lance said...

Hi Ray,
Video is great. As someone who as spent a bit of time riding cabooses in the "good old days", the realism is remarkable. All that's missing is the smell and warmth of the oil stove.
- Lance

Rod said...

Hi Ray,

Well is amazing how a video tour ties together all of the previous photos & shorter localised videos I have seen of this great layout...Great Work & thanks for sharing...


Phil White said...


It looks absolutely brilliant and does tie everything together.


Nemesis said...

I think the ultimate accolade is to say it's almost as good as being on that train. Well done, and thanks for showing us your great work!

Ray P said...


Thanks for the compliments but I must say that it shows up areas where the scenery needs a bit of work, particularly where you can't see it from the aisles.
It also shows the old scenery that needs upgrading, but some is about 30 years old.


Nick Sheridan said...

Wow! Progressed a bit since I last saw it. Hard to imagine what anybody could do to top your layout Ray! Nick

Col said...

Incredibly realistic video, nice sound from the donk up front lends to the realism. Given that the train is not going that slow, it really shows out how much of a run is on your layout, & all that in what is not a terribly large room.

Even if the sceneray in some parts is 30 years old, must be like a good red as it has aged well

Well done