The Puutarharata

Markku

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Hi there, I'll just start this thread to tell something about my garden railway while it is being planned and built. I'll just call it Puutarharata, which is Garden Railway in Finnish :p (Pronounciation is something like poo-tar-ha-ra-ta, where "a" is like in "car")

I already got the mXion MZSpro DCC central station (from ML-Train), here is the picture of it while assembling the WiFi module:
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Very small and light indeed, that's the set I got: Digitalzentrale 8A + WLANmaus + 240 Watt Netzteil ML-Train 84006026 (there are the links to the manuals in the bottom of the page, with English content as well)

Sadly I wasn't able to test my Stainz with it yet as the eMotion L decoder I ordered has not been shipped yet, hopefully I'll be able to install it then!

Connecting the MZSpro to my home wifi network went fine, and the same with the WLANmaus as well. What I'm slightly concerned about is that the MZSpro "standalone" wifi network cannot apparently be disabled, so anyone within the signal distance having the knowledge about the device default (and fixed) password can then connect to and control the system. That's also when the system has been configured to connect to another wifi network (like the home network). I hope I just missed some critical piece of information, I'll see that later again.

Anyway, the garden has been mostly completed (without the railway I mean, we had a major renovation project there), but I think this coming winter season will be spent on planning (and building some details inside) and the actual track laying could then be started after the winter. Let's see!
 
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There is the engineer doing some maintenance on the line:

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Hello Markhu,

Welcome to the Forum! - It looks like you have made a start already?

Enjoy your trains!
PhilP.
 
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Welcome to the Forum! - It looks like you have made a start already?

Thanks, that's from the test run in the terrace! Sadly, the terrace is about 1m from the ground level, so I'm not currently "allowed" to plan for the llllooooong ramp from the garden to the terrace...
 
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Welcome Markku. I don't know much about Finland, but I do know you'll have a good excuse to obtain one of the snow clearing goodies that us Brits have bought in the hope that snow actually falls
 
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Thanks, that's from the test run in the terrace! Sadly, the terrace is about 1m from the ground level, so I'm not currently "allowed" to plan for the llllooooong ramp from the garden to the terrace...

1m from the ground is about the height I plan my railway to be - limits bending.
 
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1m from the ground is about the height I plan my railway to be - limits bending.

I see your point. In my plans the (smallish?) railway will be ground-level, not maybe the main subject in the garden but a highlight, for me at least :) So no major dirt moving or structure installations. But I guess that's what some of you have said first as well...
 
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This is a great forum - no matter what place you live in! Good luck with your project!
 
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I see your point. In my plans the (smallish?) railway will be ground-level, not maybe the main subject in the garden but a highlight, for me at least :) So no major dirt moving or structure installations. But I guess that's what some of you have said first as well...
Yes
 
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Welcome aboard Markku.
 
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Here is my first scratch-built item for the Puutarharata: a track bumper:

I used 10x10mm wood (pine I think, that's what was in the local store) to first construct the basic structure, the parts were glued together:
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The dimensions were selected so that the buffer leans on the track ties for both the front and diagonal beams.

Then I drilled and glued the wooden pegs between the halves:
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I first used clear mold preventing liquid and then black wood treatment stuff to protect the base, and painted the buffer beam white using acrylic paint (I don't like the oil-based paints yet):
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Finished product with red warning color:
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The height of the buffer beam was selected so that the coupler hook goes freely under the beam and the coupler arc (or Stainz buffer) hits the beam.

How it manages the Finnish outdoors, remains to be seen.
 
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Soooooooooooooo simple and VERY much in the style of Eero Saarinen!!!! Me, I love the old Finnish wooden train stations that used to dot the landscape in the old days. The more modern stuff seems very stark - Helsinki main station facade for instance...VERY austere.
 
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Here is my first scratch-built item for the Puutarharata: a track bumper:

I used 10x10mm wood (pine I think, that's what was in the local store) to first construct the basic structure, the parts were glued together:
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The dimensions were selected so that the buffer leans on the track ties for both the front and diagonal beams.

Then I drilled and glued the wooden pegs between the halves:
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I first used clear mold preventing liquid and then black wood treatment stuff to protect the base, and painted the buffer beam white using acrylic paint (I don't like the oil-based paints yet):
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Finished product with red warning color:
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The height of the buffer beam was selected so that the coupler hook goes freely under the beam and the coupler arc (or Stainz buffer) hits the beam.

How it manages the Finnish outdoors, remains to be seen.

Very neatly done.
 
Rob in Finland

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Hei Markku,

Where abouts are you in Finland? My garden railway is in Vaivio near Joensuu. It is under construction and I mostly use Piko track and locos modified to radio control. Welcome to visit!

Terveisiä

Robin
 
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Welcome aboard -you're making very good progress
 
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The engineer looks a bit lonely here:

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What happened today was that I installed the Massoth eMotion L decoder in my Stainz. Yesterday I tested the decoder by feeding DCC power directly to the decoder and checked with a volt meter that the outputs worked and that I can program the decoder with my gear. I was actually able to program the decoder with WLANmaus and the MD-DCC-Tool by MD-Electronics, but not with the Z21 app on iPad. But, at some point during my tests I lost the voltage and control for the light outputs (even though I did not touch any CVs related to them), so I was a bit worried about the decoder. I was pretty sure however that I couldn't possible break the decoder on the table so today I opened the instructions in WaltonsModels.co.uk and did the decoder install. The eMotion L decoder is directly compatible with the circuit board of Stainz:

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Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the decoder installed, but it looked just like in the instructions with the LGB module. The whole work took me about two hours! But I think I didn't break anything so that's good.

About the lights: Yeah, they didn't work. I then did the resets of "55" and "77" (the values for CV 7 to reset specific configurations in eMotion) and programmed the loco address and 28/128 speed steps again, and the lights worked just fine!

I also halved the light voltage (CV 50) because the lights were quite bright, and here it is:

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Looks like you are well on your way!
 
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Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....................................................................................
 
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Well well, according to the LGB 70403 starter set manual the lamps are E130023, and Clear Plug-In Light Bulb, 5 Volts,10 Pieces | Märklin says they are 5 volt lamps, so I need to further adjust the voltage for the lamps. No wonder why the lights were very bright...