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Bristol Barrow Road - Bridging the Gap

Posted by barrowroad , 09 July 2017 - - - - - - · 480 views

This update covers work carried out since my last entry. The lift out board has been tweaked to ensure it slots into the layout by the shed door. I have replaced the over catches with a more robust set to ensure the board locks firmly into position.   
Black card strips have been laid in preparation for the final lengths of track to complete the...


Bristol Barrow Road - Storage Sidings turnouts

Posted by barrowroad , 27 May 2017 - - - - - - · 443 views

The first two B7 'King' Turnouts have been installed this afternoon together with the first two metre lengths of K&L flexitrack [ have I had it in stock that long!!].
The track board joints are my usual 12BA brass cheese-head screws through ply sleepers. With the holes are drilled 1.2mm and screwed down they have the benefit of vertical adjustment to...


Bristol Barrow Road - Storage Sidings Track

Posted by barrowroad , 17 May 2017 - - - - - - · 573 views

Both C12 crossovers are now built, one for each end. Starting at the Lawrence Hill Junction end of the layout I have now extended the hand built track onto the first storage yard board to join up with the C12 crossover at that end. The first B7L turnout from the Up Main to the storage sidings is also built and is test positioned in the following photos. I...


Bristol Barrow Road - Storage Sidings Track Plan

Posted by barrowroad , 10 April 2017 - - - - - - · 420 views

Since my last entry I have had a rethink on the curved scissors crossover. It is critical to the running of the layout and being on a curve I have decided to simplify the entrance/exit of the Up and Down storage sidings by using a single crossover at each end. These will be C12 1600mm radius one will permit trains to access the down main from the UP sidin...


Bristol Barrow Road - Fiddle Yard Track Plan

Posted by barrowroad , 28 March 2017 - - - - - - · 573 views

After a great deal of thought I've finally decided on a track plan for the fiddle yard - well the main bits anyway. There will be five storage sidings to the side of each of the up and down main running lines which will run through the middle of the sidings. The sixth track will be a run around loop for locos etc. This also has a pair of turnouts for addi...


Bristol Barrow Road - Fiddle Yard and some Comet Coaches

Posted by barrowroad , 26 January 2017 - * * * * * · 518 views

Over the past couple of weeks I have added a 2mm layer of adhesive foam to the remaining boards including the seven in the fiddle yard. My choice of a roll of 10m x 1mm 'Envoy Multi Adhesive Underlay' via Ebay has proved relatively easy to lay and economic at just shy of £18 for the roll. The adhesive layer on one side needs careful handling when peeling...


Bristol Barrow Road - Board 21 Track complete

Posted by barrowroad , 26 December 2016 - - - - - - · 519 views

I hope you have all had a good Christmas.  I thought I'd share a few photos of the trackwork added during a quiet hour on Christmas Eve. Well nearly complete. All the track on Board 21 is now in position with just the sleeper staining - Jacobean Dark Oak - and the droppers - Palatine Models - left to do.
The track has now crossed onto Board 20 t...


Bristol Barrow Road - Board 21 tracklaying

Posted by barrowroad , 18 December 2016 - * * * * * · 571 views

Board 21 now has the majority of the track laid - just a couple of 60ft lengths to go. All the track is C&L ply sleepers with functional Exactoscale 4 bolt BR/LMS chairs. I've just received an order for a pack of 500 to complete this board. You will see in the photos lengths of black card which I use under the ply sleepers.The card is 0.2mm thick and...


Bristol Barrow Road - New Baseboards

Posted by barrowroad , 29 November 2016 - * * * * * · 719 views

Bristol Barrow Road now has a full set of baseboards - 21 in total - to enable the layout to operate as a continuous circuit with Up and Down main lines and a 20ft plus fiddle yard.
All the baseboard construction is the work of my friend Chris Yates who has made all the additional boards over the past 12 months. The curved boards at both ends of the layou...


Bristol Barrow Road - Workshop Pits

Posted by barrowroad , 31 August 2016 - * * * * * · 614 views

Following completion of the track laying inside the roundhouse I have completed the four road workshop pits. During the period I am modelling only two loco turntables were in use on roads 2 and 4. Of these only road 2 was used for loco repair and then only infrequently. Road 4 - I need to cover the pit - was used to access to the large wheel lathe which w...

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