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Bristol Barrow Road - Boiler House and Stores

Posted by barrowroad , 09 June 2018 - * * * * * · 273 views

By way of a change I have spent some time assembling the two kits of laser cut parts for the boiler house and the stores at the rear of the shed these being the last of the buildings provided by York Modelmaking back in 2010. Both buildings are made from 2mm laser cut mdf with hard plastic [Rowmark] for the window frames and brick details which I glue to...


Bristol Barrow Road - Making a few points

Posted by barrowroad , 29 April 2018 - * * * * * · 495 views

The layout is not operational at present as all the power supply units, NCE equipment and circuit breakers are elsewhere for fitting into two power boxes than are being made for me - thanks again Chris! In the meantime I decided to make a start on the B7R and B7L turnouts for the storage sidings. I am using 4mm wide x 1.6mm thick copper clad strip fo...


Bristol Barrow Road - Black 5 44965 plus Comet Coaches

Posted by barrowroad , 24 March 2018 - * * * * * · 301 views

Diesels are alright but I thought it about time we had steam so this afternoon my modified Hornby Black 5 44965 stretched her legs around the layout for the first time. The engine is converted to P4 using Alan Gibson wheels. The Hornby chassis has cosmetic frames - a Gibson milled version - which I attached using strips of plasticard, as spacers, to...


Bristol Barrow Road - D13 on test run with rake of Comet Coaches

Posted by barrowroad , 20 March 2018 - * * * * * · 332 views

I have a rake of Comet coaches which I converted from 00 using Bill Bedford sprung bogies and Gibson P4 wheels. These coaches are a fixed rake and have now had Alex Jackson couplings added to each end to enable a test run of the complete set. As they are heavy I decided to use one of my converted Bachmann Peaks, D13, to pull the test train. https://y...


Bristol Barrow Road - P4 converted Bachmann Midland 4F 43875 on test run

Posted by barrowroad , 05 February 2018 - * * * * * · 521 views

In 2013 I wrote an article for LMS Review on the then new Bachmann 4F. One of the two I purchased was 43875 which visited the Bristol shed.       
My intention was to convert it to P4 for the layout and a couple of years ago I purchased an Easi-Chassis kit from Brassmasters and started the conversion. This ground to a halt early in 201...


Bristol Barrow Road - Wiring the Gap

Posted by barrowroad , 23 January 2018 - * * * * * · 486 views

The lift out board - number 19 - has now been fully wired. Power to board 19 is fed via four brass strips on the board which, when the board is in position, make contact with 4 brass sprung plungers obtained from old light bulb connectors.
To enable power to still feed Board 20 when 19 is lifted out power cables have been run down the support legs, across...


Bristol Barrow Road - Youtube video of passenger and freight trains.

Posted by barrowroad , 10 January 2018 - * * * * * · 431 views

On Monday this week with the help of my friend Chris - builder of baseboards and designer of electrics - the lift out section Board 19 was fitted to complete the full circuit of the layout and some test trains were run to prove the electrics. On tuesday the local Scalefour Society area group had their monthly meeting and the layout was subjected to an eve...


Bristol Barrow Road - D41 Test run in storage sidings

Posted by barrowroad , 23 December 2017 - - - - - - · 244 views

Just in time for Christmas here is D41 plus four Bachmann Mk1s on the first test of the Up Main from Lawrence Hill Junction through the storage sidings.
The Bachmann Peak runs on a Rumney Models chassis courtesy of Justin and the Mk1s run on Bill Bedford bogies courtesy of Morgan - thanks to you both. 


Bristol Barrow Road - Wiring Progress 3

Posted by barrowroad , 12 December 2017 - - - - - - · 496 views

I've had a train - Bachmann Peak D41 on Rumney Chassis plus four Bachmann MK1s performing a test run through the storage sidings. The test traversed Board 9 to Board 18 and involved a number of successful forward and reverse moves - I really must register on Youtube and take some videos. Wiring has progressed further since my last entry with the prod...


Bristol Barrow Road - More Wiring Progress 2

Posted by barrowroad , 14 November 2017 - * * * * * · 524 views

A bit more progress over the past week with Boards 18 and 20 sorted today. This leaves the lift out section to wire followed by a start on the wiring for the cobalt point motors. 
Board 18 
Board 18 top view 
Boards 17 and 18 
Board 20 

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