Just a quick note to those wondering where I have gone. Still here but taking a break from the hobby to deal with life events. Over the last few years I’ve been getting automated and off-shored out of a job and finally had to take the time to deal with it. Therefore the last few months my hobby time have been spent (and will continue to be spent over the next few months) re-training in new technologies – programming languages, frameworks and tools. I’ve also gone back into full-time work which, as a freelance web developer for the last 15 years, is a big change. I’m not yet sure how this new situation will impact my spare time but even with more time available I’ve nevertheless decided to make computer programming my primary hobby. Model trains will have to take a back seat for a while.
I’m itching to get back to the hobby and actually the break has been nice. I felt under constant pressure to produce something and do a good job – sometimes to the detriment of actually enjoying the hobby. The time away from this pressure has allowed me to reflect and therefore I’m hoping that I will come back revitalized.
The control panel was finished and works admirably. I made one small error whereby I broke the thread on one of the switches so that I can’t secure it to the panel (switch E), but all else works fine. I drilled holes in the plexiglass to match the holes in the backboard. The layout sits on a shelf right now waiting for me to get back to it. Not sure when that will be. I may have to do a small project just to get back into the swing of things. I’ll know more next month when I start my new job.