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Take Down
This section describes how the tear down of the layout is conducted at the end of an operating session.

This page was last updated on February 17th, 2015.

Everyone participating in the Take Down should be familiar with the HOTRAK Emergency Medical Procedures - click here.

a)      At some point on the afternoon of the last day of Operations (usually Sunday afternoon) the Executive Members present will fix a time for the end of the Operating Session.

b)      At that time the Operations will cease and the Take Down Foreman will take over from the Traffic Superintendent.

c)      The approximate sequence of events is:

Remove any skirting that is in place.

Launch the “clean-up” trains to pick up cars from all sidings.

Shutdown power.

Remove Joiner Tracks between modules.

Disconnect LocoNet and Track Power between modules.

Remove Fiddle Yards from back of modules.

Remove clamps between modules.

Disassemble modules and box up.

Gather legs and band together.

Move Club modules and legs to Storage area.

Move member modules and accessories to Loading Area.

Gather up and store all Club assets in appropriate containers.

General tidying up of room and check for missed items.

d)      The first task to be done is the removal of any skirting that has been installed (Note: the skirting is usually only installed on important setups such as the OVAR Modular Rally and Railfair).

e)      Launch “clean-up” trains to pick up cars from all sidings. Have the “clean-up” trains drop cars at the car owner’s modules. For car owners without modules, drop the cars at pre-assigned tracks in yard or fiddle yard. This way, car owners only have to go to one location to get all of their cars.

f)    Layout Shutdown

Before shutting down the layout, make sure all locomotives have been dispatched from all throttles!

Using a DT100 throttle, set the system to "Stop" and turn the system track power OFF.

Set the Chief's MODE switch to OP.

Clear all Chief internal memory states (mobile decoder information, consists, routes, loco roster) by setting OPSW#39 to "c" (closed). NOTE: For OPSW#39 to work properly, set the option switch to "c", then return the Chief to "Run" mode. The operation will occur (the data will be cleared), and the option switch will automatically reset to "t".

If desired, reset the Chiefs' other option switches to the factory default settings.

Set the MODE switch on the Chief to SLEEP.

Turn off the power supply.

Disconnect the Chiefs from the LocoNet, booster cables, and track.

Disassemble and pack the system components.

g)      The Track Power will not be shutdown until all trains have been moved to an appropriate location for removal from the Layout.

h)      The Road Foreman will inform the members when the Track Power has been shutdown.

i)        When Power is shutdown all Joiner Tracks may be removed (Rail Joiners stay on the module tracks) and all Track Power connections and LocoNet connections may be disconnected.

j)        Leave Track Power Cables and LocoNet cables on the floor where they are, the Road Foreman will look after picking them up.

k)      Avoid placing modules or other objects on Track Power cables or LocoNet wires as it makes it difficult to roll them up.

l)        On module sets make sure that each module is supported at each end before removing the clamps. Module sets sometimes only have four legs on one module and the remaining modules only have two legs at one end. Removing the clamps without supporting the end with no leg can result in the module crashing to the floor.

m)   Before removing clamps from between modules, ensure that Joiner Tracks are removed, LocoNet is disconnected and Track Power is disconnected.

n)      Non module owners should look after the disassembly and boxing up of Club Modules and moving them to the Storage Area location.

o)      The Storage Area Co-ordinator will look after the packing of the Storage Area.

p)      Non module owners are encouraged to help module owners with disassembly and boxing of owners’ modules.

q)      Ask for instructions as some modules require a specific sequence of disassembly and boxing to prevent damage to modules.

r)       Module Owners, gather boxed modules and accessories in one location in preparation for loading of vehicle.

s)      Module owners, co-ordinate with Tear down Foreman on moving Vehicle into Loading Area

t)        Module Owner – as soon as your vehicle is loaded and can move, remove it from the storage area so others may get in.

u)      Once everything has been stored or loaded you should take a look around the set-up room to see if anything has been missed.

v)      Place all garbage in the garbage container and straighten up the room if need be. We would like to leave the room in the same condition as it was or better.