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#1 P.C.M

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:23

Hi all,
This is a continuation of my layout thread from the old RMweb. If this is your first visit I will give you a brief idea of what I am trying to do.

Llanbourne is in my interpretation of North Wales in the mid 80s. In my mind I have imagined that Llandudno and Llandudno Jct do not exist, but Llanbourne does and is a through terminus. Trains arrive and run round or in the case of Inter-City trains have a loco change.
I try and run trains typical of what was running in North Wales during late 1985 to mid 1987. I have also borrowed a few trains which allows me to run the occassional class 37 on passenger, and a daily oil train hauled by 20s borrowed from central Wales. Llanbourne isn't long enough to run freightliner trains but most other trains can be seen including one of my favourite loco classes, the Peaks, on Trans- Pennine workings.

At the moment I am building an extension, though in the last week or so I have been doing a bit on my workbench.Posted Image some points arrived today so hopefully I can get some more work done. I thought I had finished track laying but I managed to break a point, I have also worked out that I can add a crossover before the junction, Beast66606 mentioned this on the old thread and at the time it didn't work due to the curve being to tight but since then I have eased out the curves and now have the room.Posted Image It just means I have to pull up some track.Posted Image

Here are a couple of pictures of Llanbourne.

Cheers Peter,

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 18:59

.. Found yer ..! looking great Mr P. :icon_thumbsup2:

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 21:29

Classic stuff Peter Thanks for sharing.
Takes me right back
To me this is exactly the type of Layout RMWeb is all about - I must have missed this in the old site - and wandered in tonight and found this!
Thanks

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 22:19

Peter, Glad i have found you, always visited your thread on original RMweb, will keep watching with interest.....I just need to get used to the NEW Forum!! Fantastic Photographs

Cheers

Anthony

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 22:31

Absolutely stunning work!
One day I hope that my modelling skills come somewhere close to yours.
Keep up the great work.

Regards

Colin

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 23:42

Evening Peter (or morning as the case may be down under!).

Thanks for posting some more pics.Posted Image Keep them coming!

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:17

Looks great, really impressed. Out of interest what's the number of the Scottish cl47 on the fueling point?

watching with interest

Keith



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Posted 28 October 2009 - 08:55

Thanks for your comments everyone I am glad you found me.

Hi Alex, great to hear from you. Posted Image

Hi Keith, the 47 is 546 Aviemore Centre it's an old Lima model but still looks ok.

Cheers Peter,

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 10:16

Thanks Peter, It looks great. Could almost wish I had not got rid of
all mine 10 years ago...The cl33 also is very good...

cheers
Keith

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:12

Thanks Keith,
My Lima class 47s are on borrowed time as I am going to replace them with Bachmann ones. I will probably keep a couple but the rest will be sold, my untouched locos went a while ago.

The lastest loco to enter service on Llanbourne is 37693. I have modelled the loco in ex works condition and will use it paired with a class 33 or 47. I was going to change the number but found out that 37693 worked with 33026 on one of its test runs, as I have 33026 I decided to leave it as 693. I haven't had to do much work on the model just change the buffers to something a bit more sturdy add speedo cable, and pipework. I repainted the red bufferbeams added some white by the brake cylinders and changed the orange line to run along the top of the cabs. I also opened one window a bit and added a driver. I will eventually narrow down the bogies as they look a bit wide about 2mm.

Cheers Peter,

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:50

Hi Peter,

Glad to see (and have found!) Llanbourne over on the new RMWeb.

I must admit I'm struggling to find any enthusiasm for the new look. It may well just be me, but I can't seem to find any of the threads that used to be so easy to find and contribute to. I don't mean any disrespect to Andy and team, as I know they have put a lot of hard work into it for our benefit and with the best of intentions for us all. I hope to summon up the enthusiasm to resurrect the Waverley West layout thread sometime.

Anyway, enough of that. Glad to have found you again! I can now carry on watching your thread, so thanks for posting it again and please keep posting!

Cheers,
Dave
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Posted 03 November 2009 - 10:21

Hi Peter,

Glad to see (and have found!) Llanbourne over on the new RMWeb.

I must admit I'm struggling to find any enthusiasm for the new look. It may well just be me, but I can't seem to find any of the threads that used to be so easy to find and contribute to. I don't mean any disrespect to Andy and team, as I know they have put a lot of hard work into it for our benefit and with the best of intentions for us all. I hope to summon up the enthusiasm to resurrect the Waverley West layout thread sometime.

Anyway, enough of that. Glad to have found you again! I can now carry on watching your thread, so thanks for posting it again and please keep posting!

Cheers,
Dave
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Hi Dave,
Glad you found me,Posted Image I took me a while to get used to things on here and I am still learning. I am sticking with the thread for a while and might have a go at doing a blog latter. Hopefully we will see your layout on here soon I am sure you will have a few more locos bye now.Posted Image Posted Image

Cheere Peter,

I am not really happy with that last pic so I will do a better one.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 10:38

Love that pic 47546, for reasons that a little obvious ;) . Should be called "MacDondalds Aviemore Highland Resort" These days.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 11:51

Hi Peter,

Nice to see Llanbourne back. But you must really stop allowing yourself to get distracted by 'OO' :angry: You know that the Dark Side that is 'O' is calling to you :P:D

best regards,

Mark

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 12:42

I agree with the previous posts it is great to see Llanbourne again on RMWeb.

Just wondering when we will see a Crewe built, high numbered Large Logo Grid on test? Posted Image

Or come to think of it 60001, 60002 or 60003 freshly out of Brush on test with your rake of HEAs! Posted Image



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Posted 03 November 2009 - 12:58

Posted Image The tractor looks great with the crompton..I`ll put a pic of 37693 ex works at Crewe on the prototype `class 37 nose ends`..Posted Image

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 23:24

Is that the Bachmann sound-fitted one, Peter??

Looking good, anyway. Posted Image

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 23:56

Good to see this layout and the wonderful mix of 1980's stock on the new thread, excellent stuff!

On a less happy note, Dave (Waverley West), no, it's not just you. I am finding much more time for modelling (perhaps I should see this as a positive) as I can't seem to get to grips with the new format.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 08:54

Thanks everyone,

Paul, the Scottish 47s are a bit of a favourite I am planning on doing 47550 at some point, though both wont be seen together as you can't have to many Scottish 47s on the North Wales coast.Posted Image

Mark, Just stop it.Posted Image Hopefully next year I will get a bit more done, I think I have settled on a plan now, and I am trying to save up for a Heljan 37 though can't wait to see what the 20s going to be like.Posted Image

Keith, thanks, I did take a pic but its almost head on and I was trying to get a more side on view.Posted Image

Jeff, Not anymore Posted Image I sold the sound chip thingy bit to Simon. I was tempted to keep it but the 37 will only be used now and then. Though I am thinking of getting a Bachmann class 25095, Simons sounded great and I think I can run it on my layout, but will have to see you about changing the thing that you do for DC.Posted Image As you can see I really know what I am talking about when it comes to DCC.Posted Image

forest2807, Thanks, it took me a while to get used to things, and thankfully Andy has given us the layout thread section back.Posted Image

Cheers Peter,

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 09:44

That's all right, Peter. I'll be very happy to change the DCC thingy to give you sounds on DC. As you know, most people have no idea what I'm talking about at the best of times anyway!!! Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 09:51

That's all right, Peter. I'll be very happy to change the DCC thingy to give you sounds on DC. As you know, most people have no idea what I'm talking about at the best of times anyway!!! Posted Image Posted Image



Hi Jeff,
Thanks mate,Posted Image Hopefully see you in a couple of weeks.

Have you started the new layout yet? I meant to ask you the other week.

Cheers Peter,

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 10:24

Hi Pete :icon_wave:

Layout looks great :icon_biggrin: , looks like I'm not the only one struggling with the new forum mate judging by some of your replys. It's nice to see a layout thread like this :icon_biggrin: .

Cheers Phill :icon_thumbsup2:

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:08

Mark, Just stop it.public/style_emoticons/default/icon_razz.gif Hopefully next year I will get a bit more done



Great! So we can expect progress on 01 Jan 2010 then:blink:? Only kidding, only kidding :lol: You can unload the ammo now Peter..............Peter:o?

Seriously I love this layout. I travelled the North Wales coast quite a few times in me spotting days. Either direct from Manchester Victoria or I would use the change of trains excuse to go via Crewe just to cop a shed load of locos on me way. I found Holyhead to be quite boring but Llandudno Junc was the best place to stop off. Loads of things happening and the chance to trundle upto Llandudno itself or down to Ffestinniog.

keep the updates coming Peter,

regards,

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 22:15

Hi Peter,

Looking at that very impressive overall view of the station area I notice that the track actually looks as though it is used, especially the ballast which looks as though years and years worth of oil, ash, coal dust etc etc has fallen on it.

Very well thought out indeed :-)

Jim

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 11:25

Great to see Llanbourne on the new forum Peter! A lovely layout - and nicely observed. The 37 could do with toning down a touch to my eye - shiny models just don't look right to me!

Narrowing the 37 bogies is quite straight forward. You'll need a little bottle and a slitting disc fitted to a mini drill. Basically you cut off the frame (flush with the back side of the frames) very carefully. I left the wheelsets in and went slowly but I guess best practice would be to strip the frame off the bogie to do this modification!
The amount of material the disc removes is about 1mm - perfect! Just clean up with a knife or file and re-attach - I just used a quick setting household superglue. Job done. I also moved the frames marginally up to make the gap between body and bogie slightly less.

I hope you do come over to the blog format - it's a really nice way of documenting a layout or modelling workbench progress - keeping comments in line with original posts, and to new readers just showing the authors ramblings.

Posting is no different to creating a thread - and I wouldn't worry about blog etiquette or anything - creating blog posts like this thread is more than acceptable. I try and keep new blog topics to new subject matters but you could add a blog entry for each new update - just as you do with a thread. Job done. Worth a play for an hour to see what you think! :)