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Back to where we were

Posted by Vistiaen , 12 December 2017 - - - - - - · 382 views

I feel I have reached a mile stone. I had to rip all the wiring out of the existing baseboards because it looked like this.

As there is now going to be a low-level storage yard. There was a clear need to improve the wiring. I have now finished rewiring the Hatch and it now looks like this.

There is a four pin XLR connecter socket and cable between eac...


Normal service is resumed.

Posted by Vistiaen , 02 December 2017 - - - - - - · 467 views
Wow almost six months since the last post, it’s just as well I’m not doing this for a living. As always, I seem to be dividing what little time I have to several different fronts of the project

Baseboards are now almost finished I have tested that the storage yard boards fit under the existing Hatch branch line. And the solution seems to work ok. There...


A break from normal service

Posted by Vistiaen , 16 July 2017 - - - - - - · 376 views
renovation of hobby
In my last post you have noticed that I was a bit despondent after discovering that what I thought were operational points only worked as long as you did not use any locomotives on them.
I decided to take a break and tackle something else. I had already plans to paint the ghastly orange coloured walls. But to be honest painting them was not enough. As the...


Two steps forwards and one back

Posted by Vistiaen , 17 June 2017 - - - - - - · 567 views

After an uncharacteristic burst of optimism, my base line pessimism has reasserted itself. I have built three points and tested them by running a couple of trucks through them by finger power and I was really pleased. I tried doing the same thing with a coach, again no problems. But then I tried to push through a locomotive (my Bachmann Prairie tank) and...


Decisions, decisions!

Posted by Vistiaen , 15 April 2017 - - - - - - · 530 views
Wiring, controlpanels
Now that point building is underway and baseboards are almost complete. It is almost time to destroy about a third of what I have already built ☹ . A shame but it has to go to make space for Chard junction. Hatch was built as an end to end with a three track fiddle yard at each end. The fiddle yard at the right-hand end will now be replaced by the branch...


My first handbuilt point is finished!

Posted by Vistiaen , 12 April 2017 - - - - - - · 527 views
handbuilt points
 The cosmetics leave something to do better next time. But it is a point and it works. I have tested by running a wagon and a coach through it. The soldering could be cleaned up a bit, but I'm not taking any chances of unsoldering it.


It DOES fit in the space

Posted by Vistiaen , 12 March 2017 - - - - - - · 495 views

As I wrote yesterday. I now have a plotter full size version of my plan. I was concerned that it would not fit. But it does, even allowing for the sloping ceiling :sungum:
 Now all I need to do is build it.


looking promising

Posted by Vistiaen , 11 March 2017 - - - - - - · 429 views

This time I am not going to start my post by saying it’s a long time since… Those who do follow this blog will be used to that, those who don’t’, won’t care anyway. It’s winter, there is a lot of influenza about, and the day job is taking a lot of time due to a major reform in the Danish unemployment system. (I work as system administrator/ consultant in...



Posted by Vistiaen , 07 January 2017 - * * * * - · 1,029 views
It has been a long time since my last post. This is not just because I’m busy with other duties. It’s also because I did not want to write while in the depths of despair! I finally took the model railway rite of passage and tried to build my first point. My long suffering friend Richard, who as a highly competent school teacher is used to dealing with ‘sp...


Time for an update

Posted by Vistiaen , 09 October 2016 - - - - - - · 464 views

Time for an update. The first couple of baseboards are complete.

I wanted to build light but strong boards, and as this picture shows it has worked.

The board that is supporting my weight (about 75 Kg, honest), weighs by itself lrss than 3,5 Kg.

As you can see from the underside there is space left at each end. it is here that the toggle clamp catch...


... and we're off and running

Posted by Vistiaen , 27 August 2016 - - - - - - · 344 views

In what is for me record time only a week from my last post, I have finally started building the first baseboard for chard junction. I ended up with the following baseboards.
And decided to start with the only square one. My birthday present does an excellent job og cutting both the plywood and the XPS foam without too much dust. In fact, I was amazed a...


Ready steady go!

Posted by Vistiaen , 20 August 2016 - - - - - - · 327 views

There are now two large pieces of plywood (9mm and 5 mm) and about 5 m2 of extruded foam blocking the landing upstairs. I have bought a saw blade appropriate, and after much mucking about I Templot AND Anyrail produced a plan for some baseboards that manage to avoid putting edges under any points.

My teenage son has discovered the brand new bench saw an...


Hattons delivers to Denmark in less than 36 hours!

Posted by Vistiaen , 16 August 2016 - - - - - - · 525 views

The first pack of the new DCC track arrived today. Here are a few very bad pictures that compare it with Tillig elite and Hornby set track.
 In case anyone is in doubt the DCC is at the top, the Tillig in the middle and the Hornby at the bottom.
First impressions: well I love the sleepers distance which likes right to me ( I know it’s wrong Martin :...


Quick update on templot progress

Posted by Vistiaen , 25 July 2016 - - - - - - · 334 views

 We are getting there. A quick concentrated burst of energy and the Easyrail design is now Templotized:
 Major differences between the Anyrail version and the Templot one is that the track centres are reduced fra the Tillig standard (59mm) to 50 mm. The whole of the main line section is now on a gentle curve of about 43' in radius :-) Whi...


…and why not?

Posted by Vistiaen , 23 July 2016 - - - - - - · 666 views

About five months since my last post. I am glad that I have waited. The new DCC concepts track is on the way. Indeed, the flex track has arrived and all the pictures I have seen make it look really good. I have been trying to find a copy of the book ‘main line to the west part 3’ which is like gold dust according to others on this forum, but there I was ‘...


...and then again...

Posted by Vistiaen , 06 February 2016 - - - - - - · 243 views

Hmm. Since I wrote my last post, there has been exciting news in the world of OO gauge. The sleeping giant from Devon has announced ‘proper’ OO gauge track, possibly with points, and both Joseph Pestell and DCC concepts seem to be about to produce some points as well. This plus that I saw my friend’s newest hand built points again, and I weakened. He is e...


... on the other hand

Posted by Vistiaen , 14 January 2016 - - - - - - · 315 views

I have just come back from driving 200 miles in the snow from Copenhagen, where I stayed with my friend who has started building track in OO-SF. I am frankly staggered by how good it looks and how smooooooth the points feel when running wagons through them. I like Tillig track, but his third attempt at a point is in a completely different league. It’s lik...


Get thee behind me...

Posted by Vistiaen , 01 January 2016 - - - - - - · 213 views

Happy new year everyone. Richard my friend from Copenhagen was here for new year’s eve as usual. In Denmark it's a big thing to celebrate it with friends, Lots of food, drink, and fireworks until about 3.30 in the morning, and after a couple of Irish coffees, he was persuading me to change from Tillig track to hand built track. He’s just built his couple...


What next

Posted by Vistiaen , 27 December 2015 - - - - - - · 382 views

As I wrote at the end of my last post, I’m feeling the itch to move on to phase 2. This is a much more ambitious plan to model the end of the branch line at Chard junction where the line meets the mail line from London to Exeter. It is a very strange junction as you can see from this plan.

My idea is to retain the Model of hatch station and to build t...


Power and control

Posted by Vistiaen , 27 December 2015 - - - - - - · 308 views

One thing I was pretty certain of when starting Hatch was that it was going to be DCC. I chose after much reading of reviews an NCE Powercab as a starter system that could be expanded later, possibly somewhere down the line in the future computer controlled. So I knew that I was going to use DCC to control points as well, but I was equally against having...

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