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#1 DAVE1562

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Posted 16 May 2015 - 22:57

Hi all.....ok, Exe Valley has now gone and my new venture begins.......have now changed scales to OO  but still staying with the gwr theme.. of course! A ficticious devon branch line called Little Marley :imsohappy: ......spent the afternoon constructing the first 2 boards,10 ft 3" long and 18 inches wide, the total room area i have is 10ft x 5ft which was a utility room.. now the train room!(mancave :dancing: ).... it will allow me a full single line circuit although i will have  2 lift up sections to allow access to the conservatory  :scratchhead: ...these first 2 boards will have a couple of sidings and twin engine sheds with a turntable, the opposite side will be a small branchline station setting with goods sidings and goods shed....

 

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 as they say... work in progress!


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Posted 17 May 2015 - 20:38

Hi all ..good day today, first 2 board frames finished ready for tops and pre-cut the 3rd board frames which is 4ft x 18" ready for tomorrow to put together,i also started cutting the 4th which will be a tapered board 3ft 3" long and 18" wide tapered to 12"...see how good my cuts will be there then! :nea:  If i ever have to move the layout for some reason it can be dismantled, this is the first mistake i made with exe valley ,i had to demolish one board to move house... lesson learnt!

Here is the track plan so far, all points should miss the bracing and track board joins should fall on a plain piece of track... good ole anyrail!

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The botom left two boards will be lift up sections as this is the door access and to the conservatory,seen a good hinge method on utube using kitchen door hinges so i might have a bash at that method.

 

 

 



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Posted 17 May 2015 - 20:44

Looks like a neat little space to build in look forward to watching how this turns out :) You could possibly squeeze a double track mainline with a slight re jig of the plans or do you want a single track ? :) 



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Posted 17 May 2015 - 20:56

Hi Nathan9117... i tried a double track but it looks overpowering :nea:  in the space available and was deviating from the branchline feel i want to create, im not a big fan of straight track lines as you can see on the plan,the curve works out just slightly bigger than 3rd radius which is pleasing on the eye :imsohappy:



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Posted 18 May 2015 - 17:17

Hi all... more progress today... boards 3 and 4 frames ready for bracing and legs...total length of boards is 7ft,another 3ft lift up board to be attached... 

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to be continued.....


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 18:00

Hi all... another good day today, boards 3 & 4 ready for center legs, leg bracing and tops..

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 17:32

Hi all..... a bit more progress today, finished and fitted the joining end board and completed the leg bracing, all frames have been drilled and now connected using bolts and wing nuts to allow dismanling if  required

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i am now building the lifting sections to allow access through to the conservatory, i have found a good hinge method on utube which i will use using kitchen cupboard hinges, it allows for the gap required for the rails without binding....

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 21:22

Hi all.....more progress today after a good day out at the Exe mrc show at Exeter yesterday, again a good turnout and well done to all involved :good: .... i progressed on with the two lifting sections, all the boards are ready for surfaces now, i can then align these two sections properly with the hinges.....

 

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view looking from kitchen into utility room,lift sections down to position..

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legs removable to allow board be stowed up....

 

as they say.. work in progress :imsohappy:


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 20:03

Hi all.... another good day today, four frames have now got fitted tops and the first lifting section complete and im glad to say ... IT WORKS! :dancer: 2015-06-04 20.30.21.jpg

lifting section with top fitted,legs are removable to stow up....2nd lift up board support fitted on side with locating dowells for precise alignment, might just fit a small latch to hold it in place...

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showing board join, hinge cups will be hidden using 1/8 thick cork.....

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as you can see board swings away to allow track clearance.....

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fitted hinges....

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progress so far....

 

three more frames to cover and then can start track laying!!!   :yahoo:

to be continued.....

 

 


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Posted 07 June 2015 - 20:46

Hi all.... nearly there, a bit of trimming, adjustment and some hinges for the 2nd lift up section required...... but the temptation was too much,i told her indoors that i was checkin the boards were level !.. a bit of track laid on and gave the collett a good run :yahoo:... now for some serious modelling!

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 21:58

Hi all....ok all boards are now finished and both lifting sections align just right.. very pleased how its turned out, have now started installing the main bus using 32/02 wire,16/02 will be used for droppers when track is laid. i am going to try some tamiya r/c connectors at each board join on the main bus for quick release if i need to move a board for some reason.I have also built a power distibution board and box which houses the SB5 and power supply...

 

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SB5 shelf....

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lifting section showing bus wire ready for tywrap bases

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first bit of track cut to lengths.....

I am trying to decide wether to use 3mm cork or 3mm depron as a trackbase, i used cork last time but after ballasting there was not much difference..... any opinions on depron???

 

 



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Posted 16 June 2015 - 22:17

Hi all...main bus circuit is now installed and also ran through an extension rj12 lead to the opposite side of the layout, at some point i will also fit two NCE UTP panels.

While waiting to decide on cork or depron as a sub base, i have started to pre-cut track and loose lay on boards to see how it looks and just to re-check the point positions dont clash with frames for the point motors (good decision!)..already i had to move a double slip about an inch as it would clash...

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station area and small goods yard...

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main junction for goods sidings, engine shed and turntable

 

to be continued.....


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 14:43

Hi all ....cork is down, found a good seller(ebay) 4m x 1m x 3mm thick sheet for £27 and track laying has commenced,i also fitted the first utp panel  from coastal dcc...1 day delivery.. full marks and highly recommended for service..

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Posted 24 June 2015 - 18:16

Hi all....ok all boards are now finished and both lifting sections align just right.. very pleased how its turned out, have now started installing the main bus using 32/02 wire,16/02 will be used for droppers when track is laid. i am going to try some tamiya r/c connectors at each board join on the main bus for quick release if i need to move a board for some reason.I have also built a power distibution board and box which houses the SB5 and power supply...

 

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first bit of track cut to lengths.....

I am trying to decide wether to use 3mm cork or 3mm depron as a trackbase, i used cork last time but after ballasting there was not much difference..... any opinions on depron???

 

Just being pedantic, but the GWR never used 3-way points. Even ardent fans like the Midland only used them in sidings. The GWR used plenty of tandem points though...


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 19:29

Thanks for the info wagonman, the 3 way is only used because of space restraints and i had to use a bit of artistic licence to get around the problem :scratchhead:



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Posted 24 June 2015 - 21:21

Looking very good Dave, superb woodwork too, looking forward to seeing things running.

 

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 08:58

Hi all.....ok after a bit of info from wagonman , i sat for a couple of hours and had a shuffle around with anyrail with the 3way point and sidings... have managed to remove the 3 way still giving me the same length of passing loop and improved the sidings operationally...

 

the plan.....  :declare:

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 19:48

Hi all.....baseboard adjustable feet finally got fitted today...all nice and level now, i also filled in the holes where the hinges were drilled using pva mixed with cork shavings....once covered in groundcover you would not know they are  there...

 

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 20:13

Hi all.....We have a continuous run..... :danced: have now started to connect the droppers through to each bit of track and connect to the main bus, this time i have soldered them and not used suitcase clips like i did on exe valley..found them to be very troublesome for good running so i dont want the same problem(lesson learned).....the lifting sections have worked very good, just need a tweek or two for alignment but this will be cured by copperclad sleepers once they arrive, am also waiting for the three double slips for track laying to re-commence when funds allow :protest:

 

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 11:01

Hi all....managed to get a fair bit of wiring done, with a few bits of slave connections to the frogs i managed to have a collett running with a few coaches and goods stock, have also fitted some copperclad on the lifting sections and they hold the alignment better now,with a bit of final tweeking these will be eventually fixed into position.....

 

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 11:46

Like your track plans :sungum:

wil follow this now..

 

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 11:50

Hi all..... while i am track laying i have had the thoughts of suitable auto uncoupling, i did not like the horendous ramps you can buy and did not want the hassle of wiring in magnetic uncouplers... most of my stock have nem couplings fitted so it has given me a few options to try.... while browsing the forum i found this idea from Brian kirby which works very well, i have used thin 1mm neodymium magnets under the track place in pairs at suitable locations as required,when ballasted they would not be seen, modification to the arms is by fitting staples.. shaped to suit and then painted black....takes about 5 mins to convert both couplings.......and lot cheaper than kadees!

 

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showing how they look...


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 15:34

Hi all...... we now have double slips so track laying has re-commenced, managed to get 2 fitted last night and droppers in place, the sidings,headshunts and engine shed/turntable lines have been prepped and just need droppers fitting. I have also pre-cut the lengths for the station sidings and goods yard, this is work in progress!

At this moment electrics are good and all working!!! :yes:

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turntable and engine shed siding

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The next job will be fitting of servos driven by imp controllers.. like the look of them and fancied a change from seeps...once they are fitted I suppose we have to do the boring bit of ballasting :crazy:

 

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 07:50

Hi all.....main bus circuit and all droppers are in...I finished the station area and goods shed sidings last night, all track is now live, I  just need to fit point motors now.

one change I made was to remove the Tamiya connectors at the board joins as the I feel there was bad contacts and felt loose, I have now replaced them with gold r/c 4mm bullet connectors... a vast improvement!

 some of the point droppers to the frogs have been temporary connected for polarity and it allows me to run trains and shunt the sidings as the points were converted to be dcc friendly, all  the modifications to the couplings work really well...sat for an hour last night shunting stock... great fun! :imsohappy:

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sidings, engine shed and turntable area 

 

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 14:27

Hi all.....busy weekend just gone ballasting and weathering track, a couple of problems have been found which I need to rectify. I have noticed where the curved board joins are that the collett tender wheels are lifting... I feel, when I have soldered and cut for the joins it has distorted and closed the rail spacings, you can feel the tender wheels binding tight so this has gone on the re - do list. I have also have a stutter problem on one of the d/slips  at slow speed,its had a good clean so the loco pickups are being looked at as others run fine over it. 

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red spot marks the magnets for auto uncoupling.. 

I have also gave some stock an airing out of the cabinet, all local to me  ready for weathering and load to be fitted...

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