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Catching up

Posted by invercloy , 11 September 2012 - * * * * - · 412 views

Wow! I've not updated this for a while...

Well, Isle Ornsay's first exhibition came and went, I learnt a few things to improve re. operation, particularly replacement of two 12" radius Peco points. I will be swapping these for the newer 'mainline' ones which will necessitate the realignment of two sidings, but it will be worth it...


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We demand another rockery...

Posted by invercloy , 25 March 2012 - - - - - - · 266 views

.. to paraphrase Monty Python.

More rock castings have been placed around the yard end of the layout to sort their positions before fixing them in place and carving the areas between them.


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All these castings came...


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Rocky times

Posted by invercloy , 19 March 2012 - - - - - - · 188 views

Here are some piccies of how the headland is looking at the moment with the initial batch of castings from my Bragdon Enterprise moulds after filling and carving.

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As you'll see, the casting at the rear is full of...


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Harbour Street

Posted by invercloy , 16 March 2012 - * * * * * · 314 views

The recently documented strange phenomena occurring at Isle Ornsay must have had a positive effect, as more buildings have appeared in the village immediately next to the station and harbour.

As I've mentioned before, the street is based on the curved series of properties at Plockton, but is made up of a more eclectic mix of buildings from prototypes...


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Strange goings on...

Posted by invercloy , 07 March 2012 - * * * * * · 267 views


Tonight I have received reports of some strange phenomena occurring around Isle Ornsay.

Many of the local residents have been taken ill with suspected cases of severe fright. It seems this was brought on by them witnessing random areas of their landscape spontaneously changing from...


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The rolling stock fleet expands

Posted by invercloy , 26 February 2012 - - - - - - · 303 views

For the rolling stock on Isle Ornsay I've decided to use a method that's been tried and tested in 009 for many years - Ratio coach sides. They are actually good for the larger stock that I'm trying to portray - sharing more with the Irish narrow gauge than the Festiniog.

I've already completed (well, almost) an observation coach, but...


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Playing trains

Posted by invercloy , 28 January 2012 - * * * * * · 267 views

Just to prove that, although this blog hasn't been updated for a while, there has been progress on the layout.



More details are available on my blog: http://hlrco.wordpress.com or on the layout thread on NGRM:...


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The end

Posted by invercloy , 08 October 2011 - - - - - - · 219 views

Well, the final day of operation on the Glencloy Light Railway came to an end only a little over an hour ago. The scenes at Dunbracken have been captured for all to see.

Here are some images of the final day. All the trains carried large heather wreaths* on their front to commemorate the occasion.
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First running session

Posted by invercloy , 21 August 2011 - - - - - - · 154 views
009, narrow gauge, scotland, skye and 1 more...
A momentous occasion at Isle Ornsay today, the first public operation of the under construction Hebridean Light Railway. The contractors had cleared their tools and equipment out of the way to allow the public a clear view of how the site would look when the line is completed.

All point operation was carried out from the central box and several locos and...


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Servo'd up part 2

Posted by invercloy , 13 August 2011 - - - - - - · 618 views

All the servos are now fitted to the layout, I've used some brackets made by Motrak Models to hold them against the underside of the baseboard. A piece of piano wire is then looped and threaded through the servo horn, and passed through the baseboard and the tiebar of the point.

Only one point was too close to a baseboard member to be mounted like...


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Building blocks

Posted by invercloy , 26 June 2011 - - - - - - · 173 views

No progress on the servos for point operation as the Tam Valley Octopus that arrived was faulty. Duncan has been very helpful in fault finding and is sending me another free of charge.

In the mean time I've been making a start on the basic shells of some of the buildings:


Two of the ones so far are based on prototypes from...


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Yard Work

Posted by invercloy , 05 June 2011 - - - - - - · 132 views

I've been cracking on with getting the basis of the goods yard in place.

Here are some photos of progress on building v2 of the goods shed (v1 just didn't look right), this time I decided to cut out the card that will form the base of the road and tie it into the platform surface...


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HLR Route Part 2

Posted by invercloy , 30 May 2011 - - - - - - · 181 views

I've done a bit more work on describing the route of the system, Part 1 covered the section from Isle Ornsay to Broadford.

I've just finished detailing the next section of the line, from Broadford to Sligachan. This is a section of railway line that, I...


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Servo'd up

Posted by invercloy , 25 May 2011 - - - - - - · 314 views

I've just bought some products from Tam Valley depot to control servos to act as the point motors. Similar speed as tortoises, and the servos cost £19.99 for 10. The Octopus II control unit + associated gubbins is working out at around £85 to control 8 points. Additional bits...


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FIRST TRAIN!

Posted by invercloy , 13 May 2011 - - - - - - · 208 views

A special occasion at our 009 Society meeting tonight, THE FIRST TRAIN at Isle Ornsay!!!!


The loco is Society member Charlie Insley's conversion of the Parkside Dundas W&L #85 kit on a Fleischmann 2-6-2T chassis.

Nice to see things moving under their own power! The...


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Static test

Posted by invercloy , 02 May 2011 - - - - - - · 225 views

I got the track laying as far as it can go for now with help from a friend today. All the main running lines are down now, apart from the section leading up to the tunnel, I will leave this until I have built the fiddle yard board. The only other sections are the line leading up to the turntable, I will begin designing the components of the T/T soon, and...


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Tracklaying continues

Posted by invercloy , 01 May 2011 - - - - - - · 136 views

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The woodwork on the baseboards is now largely complete, bar some minor sanding to get things matching together across joins nicely. I'm...


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Island class makes an appearance

Posted by invercloy , 13 March 2011 - - - - - - · 200 views

For my birthday I received a Roxey Mouldings Cyprus Government Rly 'Famagusta' kit which is for a 2-6-2T to fit the Farish Prairie chassis. I've always liked big tank engines and this kit is the ideal starting point for a kitbash to represent some of my favourite locos from Irish 3' gauge...


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First lot of track :)

Posted by invercloy , 13 February 2011 - - - - - - · 639 views

Some photos of today's track laying...

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The track is a mix of Peco 009 Mainline and N gauge code 55 for the diamond...


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Underlay underway

Posted by invercloy , 12 February 2011 - - - - - - · 222 views

Underlay underway!

To get some track down for the demo I'm doing at the Tonbridge MRC show next weekend I've spent the morning glueing down the underlay on boards one and two.

To start with I glued the track sections of the full size layout plan in the desired position on the baseboard, this will ensure that I get the track in the intended...






Intro

A while ago I uncovered a mention of a proposed line on the Isle of Skye (the largest of the Inner Hebrides) which was to be built to narrow gauge, and would cover some 74 miles in total.

I managed to find the plans of a survey undertaken in 1898 in the National Archives, these have been researched in detail and a layout has been planned from these. The setting for the layout is Isle Ornsay, the southernmost terminus of the line, but it may be extended in the future to incorporate some more of the proposal.

This blog documents how I am using the plans and bridging the gap between the proposals and a constructed line, interwoven with local history of the area.

The layout will be exhibitable and will occupy a space of approximately 7'x11' in a curved L shape.

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