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Fen End Pit - new lighting rig

Posted by Fen End Pit , 07 October 2017 - - - - - - · 505 views

One of the things I wanted to replace as I rebuilt Fen End Pit was the original lighting rig. It was constructed out of 6mm MDF, used florescent tubes and had some rather questionable main power. The layout is a slightly different shape than before so reusing the rig would have involved a lot of reconstruction work. I believe a lighting rig can make or br...


Fen End Pit - point levers

Posted by Fen End Pit , 09 August 2017 - * * * * * · 407 views

The original point levers on Fen End Pit were of the simple lever type. I made each one by hand out of plasticard, each one taking 20 individual parts to be cut, shaped and stuck together. The results looked pretty good. 
However most of the preserved railways I've visited tend to have the rather more complex type which have a weighted lever...


Fen End Pit - Shed windows and brickwork

Posted by Fen End Pit , 17 July 2017 - * * * * * · 485 views

To make a change from printing corrugated iron I thought I'd have a go at printing some window frames and brick plinth. Fen End Pit's architectural consultant pointed out that glass panes in this kind of window would never have been square. I intended these to look like cast iron frames with a hinged opening section in the centre. I intend to add a window...


Fen End Pit - Corrugated Iron overload

Posted by Fen End Pit , 09 July 2017 - - - - - - · 443 views

Progress continues on the new engine shed for Fen End Pit. Lots of sheets of corrugated iron have been coming off the 3-D printer. I have printed a number of different sizes and shapes to save wastage from printing large sheets and cutting them down. The roof has a single large sheet printed which curves over the top of the roof and then there are two sho...


Fen End Pit - Starting on the shed

Posted by Fen End Pit , 30 June 2017 - - - - - - · 451 views

Thanks to various comments on and offline the curvy roofed option won! 
I drew up the timber frame in TurboCAD and cut it out in 6mm ply on the laser-cutter this lunchtime. The resulting structure is 'quite large'. 
One of the reasons I opted for the curved roof was that I'd solved the problem of how to make curved corrugated iron. With...


Fen End Pit - Nurse! Nurse! the screens!

Posted by Fen End Pit , 26 June 2017 - - - - - - · 505 views

On the original Fen End Pit the rotating screen was placed against the backscene by the fiddleyard. The motor was hidden in the fiddleyard and drove the screen via a couple of intermediate gears. In the revised layout this arrangement wasn't going to be possible and I'd puzzled over how to make the drive work. 16mm scale is big and it dawned on me that an...


Fen End Pit - Would like your views on shed design

Posted by Fen End Pit , 25 June 2017 - - - - - - · 408 views

Progress continues on the works end of Fen End Pit and I've started thinking about the design of the two road shed. The size is fixed by the site, 330mm x 220mm and the height which needs about 9 scale feet. I want something suitably agricultural and given the Fens the construction material of choice would seem to be corrugated iron. (homage to Dennis fro...


Fen End Pit - Track completed and wired on the new works board

Posted by Fen End Pit , 20 June 2017 - * * * * * · 465 views

Over the last month I've managed to complete the track laying on the final board of the rebuilt Fen End Pit. This board is completely new and will feature a two-road engine shed as well as the unloading point, conveyor and rotating screen. Most of the point work and track has 3D printed track bases simulating the corrugated steel sleepers of Hudson Jubile...


Work on a Hornby J15

Posted by Fen End Pit , 13 May 2017 - * * * * * · 720 views

When Hornby announced that they were producing a J15 I was very happy. A favourite locomotive read-to-run and an excuse to get a second to go along side my kit build model Alan Gibson. 
Initial inspection gave the impression of a nicely made model but the more I looked at it the more I felt disappointed. What on earth made them get the handra...


Fen End Pit - 3D printed U skip

Posted by Fen End Pit , 24 April 2017 - * * * * * · 774 views

While on holiday in Cornwall over Easter I visited the bookshop of the Launceston Steam Railway and purchased a copy of the Robert Hudson Light Railway catalogue from 1915 as reprinted by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society. I decided I'd try to draw up and print a U skip more as a scenic feature than as a working piece of rolling stock. I trust one small p...

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