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the first point

Posted by nigelb , 21 August 2012 - * * * - - · 321 views

Spent an pleasant hour producing my very first jig built point.
i found it to be pretty easy providing time is taken and the instructions followed.

One thing to ensure is the rail is the right way up . once i decided the top i marked it with a permanent marker

and a good file to make the tapers in the two point blades
the next stage will be...


track making

Posted by nigelb , 20 August 2012 - * * * - - · 292 views

MMM the jigs arrived my mojo rose up high so the first attempt at a B& soldered point was removed from the jig my only bit of 2mm stock runs through it but i defiantely need to practice soldering before i try again
So i have decided to produce the straight track first using the point jig lol my soldering is improving in leaps and...


track laying (points)

Posted by nigelb , 04 August 2012 - - - - - - · 260 views

after the package from 2MM sa i have started on my 1st proper point . one issue os getting the sleepers cut to length so this weekend i have made a simple adjustable jig using some angle ally and an old 15 mm pipe cutter will add afre pics when i get home from SWMBO


trip to the big side of the tracks

Posted by nigelb , 05 May 2012 - - - - - - · 265 views

a little off topic but while sorting a 00 gauge "trainset" for the grandkids i had a bargan off EBay
5 Hornby LMS coaches for a tenner.

they arrived friday morning and when un packed they turn out to be made of tin !!! errr i think i got a deal there now just need to value them and sell them on . any ideas ? they have...


Signaling the way forward

Posted by nigelb , 04 April 2012 - * * * - - · 349 views

Not much done tonight as work interfered However a start has been made on my first ever attempt at a signal, and the 2nd and 3rd lol
The pic is as far as its got, and as this is going to be a ............ first i have decided NOT to make it working ...... I am waiting for Missy to publish her methods
I think I must invest in some different temp...


getting there

Posted by nigelb , 03 April 2012 - - - - - - · 221 views

Second evenings work is done ( my cutting disc broke when i put the dremmel down so took that as a sign)
Tank sides are done rear tank sides are done Step supports ( no steps yet ) are done
and the last pic is my signal bits all laid out ready for tomorrow nights first job . ( identify cut to size and ...... rest lol
the 1 P it needs a...


the real Mojo has returned

Posted by nigelb , 02 April 2012 - * - - - - · 294 views
Johnson 1P
finally it has come out of the corner where it has been hidding
this evening saw the work bench / desk clear of clutter and the poor lil 1P has beed attacked with iron solder and files
So far the foot plate is almost complete.
as for the chassis !!!! if that s what a kind person would call it . i have given up for the time being and...


Grandborough continues

Posted by nigelb , 29 November 2011 - - - - - - · 341 views

Junk cleared off check took a little longer due to some beer token generation activity ( ok work ) arriving
solder station and gauges are now poised the gwr is to be assaulted

1 questionas the dates of my layout are 1920 to 1940 what length should the
A gwr rails be
B LMS rails be

thanks in anticipation


desicion time

Posted by nigelb , 27 November 2011 - - - - - - · 206 views

Its time to get my bum into gear cos Missy has made me find my mojo ( it had fallen under the layout)
So I have started work on the project plan for the layout
simple really
1 Clear off the junk i have "stored" on Grandborough by 28th Nov
2. Complete the GWR branch line track 30th Nov
4. Have a working point 5th dec
3. Prep the order for...


Grandborough platform is in place

Posted by nigelb , 06 February 2011 - - - - - - · 234 views

good weekends work , The platform base is now cut out ready for working on.

the plan is to build scale scene station with your modeling canopy brackets and valance.one the buildings are done the platform will be paved with thin card slabs.( to hide the building to platform joints.
other pics are to show how the GWR branch and the LMS main...


work progresses

Posted by nigelb , 03 February 2011 - - - - - - · 174 views

now i have the base board crossing bits and am starting to lay sleepers


progress begins

Posted by nigelb , 12 January 2011 - - - - - - · 184 views

The base board bridging bits are here and now in place

And I have spend a pleasant evening playing around with the easi trac turnout operating units the pics will show how I fitted the first one
This took about an hour of cutting and fettling the unit. still was a lil off centre i think next one i will drill hole and offer up the tie bar to...


milled base board track crossings

Posted by nigelb , 14 December 2010 - - - - - - · 183 views

grrrrrrr still not got the milled PCB track pannels so i cannot start laying track


base boards up

Posted by nigelb , 01 December 2010 - - - - - - · 196 views

Well after a sunshine break I have really got going the two main boards are made and up nice blue curtain around to hide the junk ...... modeling materials beneath

next step is the Templot paper plan stick to a sub board ( old H&S sign )
i have ordered the turnout operating units from the 2mm association when they arrive its drill the ...


holidays a dim distant memory

Posted by nigelb , 21 November 2010 - - - - - - · 211 views

back now from sunny tenenriffe

it time to get serious and actually progress Grandborough
step 1 prepare a project progress chart lol


2mm association wagon underframe

Posted by nigelb , 18 October 2010 - - - - - - · 346 views

mmmm had my first attempt at an etched under frame they is bloomin small and a little hard on the instruction side .......... its not quite good enough to post a pic on its own so when i have done the 2nd one i will put pics up

alsoooo havin a go as a simple home signal . Missy has got me in the way of wanting it to work with lamps...


lack of progress

Posted by nigelb , 21 September 2010 - - - - - - · 234 views

wow making my own track is a little harder than i thought but now working on a turnout .i have the guages i have the bits now i need the paitance lol


the base boards

Posted by nigelb , 06 September 2010 - - - - - - · 196 views

well two of the boards are about done just need the top deck adding to give a nice flat base
the final track plan is sorted
the rails and sleepers are here as is the guages


track plan and more history

Posted by nigelb , 16 August 2010 - - - - - - · 516 views

In the 1800's the midland saw a chance for some well earned custom with a feeder line from the small market town of Grandbrough to Rugby an act of Parly was passed and the line build .a couple of years later the GWR got together with the Midland to travel the opposite way. After a few back handers The GWR was allowed to make use of...


in the begining

Posted by nigelb , 16 August 2010 - - - - - - · 165 views

After many years away from rail way modelling, and now having space for a simple N guage terminus layout in my ' compact flat in W London' a start was made.
After a few weeks of on off work the un scale ness of code 80 track became aparent!! ALLLLL Stop
an investment in Templot soft ware http://www.templot.com/ was made and a disign...