Text Box: Grandson of Mothballs

Another in the continuing saga of revelations with our abortive modern image model “Water Orton”. The thrills continue.


Now, regular readers will remember the last article in the “Crib” series, when I had a catharsis at the bottom of the page! (Don’t worry someone will clean it up). It went something like this:- 

“Now the reference to Water Orton, reminds me of the much cursed fiddle-yard, which I have slowly been attempting to alter so that route-setting is not really required. Having begun to redo the Western end (see photo below right) in accordance with the new thinking, so that it is “user-friendly” rather than “capable”, sod’s law has of course shown that nothing is sacred. I found this, while internet dredging (what I do can’t really be described as “surfing”) : www.loolee.org. 

It seems that expert knowledge is not required, just follow the instructions, plug in what is required and getting signals to bounce or routes to be set is easy. The videos make look very simple although all this comes at a price and I am presently unclear about what I need to plug in where!


I have downloaded a set of instructions and have them stored in a plastic folder, which I shall read thoroughly in due course and then again when I emerge from the fog, and then again when I emerge from the fog, and then again when I emerge from the fog…...you get the idea.


The small portion I have yet managed to assimilate tells me one thing, all point motors which I prepared and installed (twice) will have to come out, yet again. Micro switches are required together very springy piano wire. This

The Route Processor allows easy recall of programmed routes for your entire layout. Routes are simply programmed by selecting the route memory and then operating the points via any connected MultiPanel so the route processor learns which points or signals form the route.


Route Processor features

24 routes per processor.

Up to 192 points/semaphore signals per route.

Active monitoring for all enabled routes (see below).

Program disable (locks routes into memory).

DCC control.


And route processors can be daisy-chained  MPT

is seemingly very beneficial as I can make my signals “bounce” however I want them to. Wonderful, bouncing 3-aspect signals! It must be a first. The system will also give realistic slow-action point changes; in the fiddleyard. That should entertain the punters. However, it must be great to hear slow thuds from all over layout as routes are set. So perhaps there is a light at the end of the tunnel after all. However, I will bet a pound to a penny that something will ensure that all does not go smoothly.


I shall investigate further and report back so at least a further article can be gleaned from the potential changes. I think the next sensible moves  would be to consult the “multipanel” expert at a show somewhere with all accompanying paper-work and problems and get some idea of the cost………..