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Reviving an old project - and a new one


scanman

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Many moons ago I described the start of a test track - since then its at at the back of a shelf until uncovered in a workshop re-org. So I blew the dust off - literally. At the same time I uncovered some 'O' gauge 'bits' that I'd salvaged from an old club layout to serve the same purpose:-

 

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(The 'O' Gauge test track is at the rear if you were wondering :blum: )

 

My test tracks have to serve two purposes - a) test rolling-stock - so they need at least one point with a lead long enough to take any rollingstock I'm likely to build and as some of that stock will be built for sale (as per the 'Jinty' on the 'O' gauge) they must act as a photoshoot location - ie need some scenics.

 

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The 'EM' goes first. The ground falls away sharply at the front of the scene. with a deep culvert passing beneath the sidings. Intention is to 'recreate' a scene on a derelict sidings somewhere - rough ground, the sidings supported on a brick/stone embankment.

 

The basic building-block is high-density urethane foam designed for insulation. Easy & clean to work -

 

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the first step is to cut a rebate to accept the 9mm ply trackbed. gently carved until

 

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It fits!

 

The foam is then cut vertically to begin the representation of the embankment, and the ground in front hacked away.

 

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Last job for the evening - clear up the mess - but that's no chore!

 

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Tomorrow I'll sort out the rest of the scenic profile with a small surform. That WILL be messy - hence the wait for daylight and working outside!

 

TTFN

 

Ian

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  • RMweb Gold

Good to see you posting again Ian

 

You seem to have taken over the role of 'serial project builder' from me ;)

 

Some nicework above...looking forward to follow them.

 

Hope to see box in a box back soon... :good:

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  • RMweb Gold

Nice and neat work, Ian. I know your post isn't about the track itself, but that curved EM point and track looks very good indeed! Thanks also for the tip about urethane foam, I'm off to investigate what that is called here.

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Good to see you posting again Ian

 

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Hope to see box in a box back soon... :good:

Hi Pete - it will be, but on more conventional baseboards...  'Foamcore' has proved impractical.  Having braced ACROSS the boards, they then bowed longditudinally... :-(

 

 

Nice and neat work, Ian. I know your post isn't about the track itself, but that curved EM point and track looks very good indeed! Thanks also for the tip about urethane foam, I'm off to investigate what that is called here.

Hi Mikkel -

 

There are various tradenames - I think the original is from Dow-Corning (our colonial cousins over the 'pond' have been using it for 20-30 years), but the brand I use is 'Knauff Floormate' which I'm presuming is German.

 

Regs

 

Ian

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  • RMweb Gold

Thanks Ian, that helps a lot, they have Knauff builder's products at the local DIY store, so they might have this as well.

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