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Poor Planning

Posted by ChrisAdams , 13 May 2018 - - - - - - · 366 views

As the weather wasn’t so great today spent half hour sorting out a small issue that has occurred due to poor planning on my part. The “branch line” siding for the station isn’t long enough to hold 2 coaches and an engine without encroaching on the holding siding next to it.  
Just added a spare length of track to the siding. Now this is done I can...


Langdon Court

Posted by ChrisAdams , 02 April 2018 - - - - - - · 292 views

Had a productive bank holiday. Installed a CDU for the point motors, I wanted the two crossovers to have both points operated by one switch. This should see to that, also as the kids are going to be using the layout this should prevent any motor burnouts due to held switches
Wired up 5 more point motors and also got some insulators sorted for some of the...


Langdon Court

Posted by ChrisAdams , 25 March 2018 - - - - - - · 319 views

Finished wiring up the inner line today which also included the installation of two point motors. I’m using Gaugemaster PM-1s. These have been wired in up to a Peco SL-E99 three way turn out. Mainly because this point doesn’t work until point motors are wired up to make the frogs live. The rest of the points will slowly be wired up over the next few month...


Langdon Court

Posted by ChrisAdams , 15 March 2018 - - - - - - · 265 views

All of my rolling stock and engine purchases so far have been second hand off eBay. Finally purchased something new... a Hornby 0-4-2T 14XX and GWR Autocoach which will eventually service the small branch line I plan to have.  
Whilst that was having its first run around I tried to rekindle my old air fix skills and put together some Peco SL-41s...


Quick update

Posted by ChrisAdams , 12 March 2018 - - - - - - · 293 views

Quick update to show the layouts current state in its entirety.


Wiring has begun

Posted by ChrisAdams , 11 March 2018 - - - - - - · 200 views
DC, Wiring
After an evening of wiring up the layout, I have decided that I will probably never go into DCC! Wiring up a DC layout has made my brain hurt enough. I dread to think the complexity of a DCC layout. Anyway, the outter line is fully wired up and operational. Got about half way through the inner line.  
A view of the underside of the busiest base board...


Station and shed lines

Posted by ChrisAdams , 09 March 2018 - - - - - - · 228 views

Laid a few more bits of track tonight. I cut the end of my finger of slicing the cork up so I can now officially say my blood, sweat and tears have gone into this layout.  
These are the engine shed sidings, haven’t actually got the shed yet so they may change in due course. There’s a Metcalfe shed I like but it’s only a single track, I’m hoping I ca...


Loops completed (nearly)

Posted by ChrisAdams , 25 February 2018 - - - - - - · 280 views

Both main loops are nearly finished. Just a couple of lengths left to lay on the inner track  
I’m keep getting side track by other little things. Realised the two sidings I was going to use for coach storage weren’t really long enough. Also made apparent by the head shunt being longer than the siding that would need to feed it. So took the track up...


A Couple of Issues

Posted by ChrisAdams , 18 February 2018 - - - - - - · 293 views

Yesterday I realised that no matter how hard I try to follow the track plan I did, the stark reality of it is that it’s never going to be exactly the same. After cutting the flexitrack to the right sizes it came up about 60mm too short as I came to join the loop together.  
That was the first problem, second problem was that the point that will even...


First Track Laid

Posted by ChrisAdams , 15 February 2018 - - - - - - · 332 views
Peco, Streamline, Electrofrog
So started laying some track last weekend. I am slowly realising the monumental task of wireing up a layout with electrofrog points. All the track I am using is Peco Streamline 100 and all points are electrofrog. I did get impatient after a while and wire some of the track up just to see a train running on it. Thinking I may swap the pos and neg wires as...


Birthday Presents

Posted by ChrisAdams , 10 February 2018 - - - - - - · 340 views
Peco, Streamline, Electrofrog
Even though these post have been uploaded in quick succession, the baseboard was made about 3 months ago. After finally settling on a layout I priced up all the track I’d need to get started and realised this was going to be a more expensive venture than I had originally thought. Luckily enough, it was my birthday last week and I had handed over my list o...


Hornby Track

Posted by ChrisAdams , 10 February 2018 - - - - - - · 291 views
The only track I had available after sorting the baseboard out was a Hornby Starter Set, after some nagging from my eldest I layed it out just so he could get a train running round. I was still tinkering with the layout design at this point, it became easier once the space had been defined and I had a visual representation of how big the layout was actual...


The Baseboard

Posted by ChrisAdams , 10 February 2018 - - - - - - · 289 views
Baseboard, Base board, Base and 1 more...
Welcome to my blog. Just a place for me to document my progress of building a model railway from scratch. Apart from some distant memory’s of playing with my Dads layout, I am starting out with very little experience so please excuse any novice mistakes I make along the way. 
The layout itself is completely fictitious. It isn’t based on any real rail...

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