Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Push-button Finale

So the dreaded West Staging panel has finally been replaced and the toggle switch replacement project is complete. This was the last panel to be converted and I'm glad to finally have this done! The photo below shows the panel prior to conversion.

While I thought the layout was pretty clear, crews often got confused at to which toggle switch they needed to get a route lined to a particular track in the yard. Once I started misrouting trains on a fairly regular basis, I knew something had to be done.

The photo below shows the new panel with push-button routing. All you need to do is push the button for the track you want, turn on the track power, and everything will work just fine. I hope. 

So now every panel on the railroad has been replaced with push-button controls. And once the last signal bridge in North Pierce is in place, the conversion to full CTC and Signals By Spreadsheet route control and signaling will be complete. For now.

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