The next step on the building design for Bodmin was the signal box, drawn using the same method as described in my previous post. Still need to correct a couple of details (chimney location) but its pretty much there.
The next step is going to be looking at the bridge, though without a bit more photographical evidence to work from this is going to be a little tricky...
I've just finished and tested the newly homed electrics box for SQP. It was all housed in a little suitcase, but now I've bought a DIY toolbox which I've doctored to suit the needs of the controls!
And it all seems to work, Rather well!
Well, Scotts Quay Pier is my N Gauge Layout. It is 10ft * 8ft and is L Shaped. It is a fictional location, although inspired by Ryde Pier, on the Isle of Wight, and is based in the 50's / 60's Southern era. It's built on those "pink" foamboards which makes it really light too, and I've got getting up/down to a 25 - minute fine art!! It was built by ROn Boreham in Southampton, and I "adopted" it from him as he didn't have tim to exhibit it. I've got it available for exhibiting and I do so h
Well a new forum and this is my second go at writing this because I just tried to click on the attach button and it lost my last post. Anyway I am considering doing a brief summary of the previous forums topic on this layout in the international thread but for the most part I shall be keeping the old stuff on the old forum.
Progress this week on the layout has been quite uplifting. I have tried a few new things. I have created a better mock up of the building I intend to scratchbuild. It ha
I think I got this working?
Just posted a brief update over at Blogspot.. my three foot long 3mm 'fine'scale layout 'Elston Road' is coming along.. Not a huge amount left to do now..
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Resurrecting a topic from the old rmweb,
I've just set about making the final changes to my artwork, and hit the email button to send it off. Looking forward to getting it back and finally being able to finish off my fleet!
Having a serious think at the moment about my choice of locos, with the Hornby EWS management train pack looking incredibly tempting. Just wish they would do it without the name (and include a set of etched plates), as really I want it with the original name......
Built my ground signals yesterday and got them painted up and fitted last night. For the position of them and the type I am very much indebted to Beast 66606 for his advice. These have been made using the Ratio kit. I still need to fit operating cables, but this will done when the main signals have been built and placed. The same goes for point rods.
Here we have the calling on signal at the exit to the yard.
Next we have the triple signal which controls the movement to the bay, down main
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Spent yesterday evening soldering up some benches and luggage trolleys. All from Langley, set 129a, LMS seating and trolleys. At this scale they look good enough for me. At least they are not GWR cast ones.
This morning decided after painting them, to get some figures painted. Didn't realise how quickly time was slipping away. I started just before 10am and was a bit surp
Still awaiting the OHLE droppers to finish the layout, but there's been an explosion of new rolling stock this month, so here are some photo updates.
Here's the lovely Farish 150. I painted the snowploughs as this was rather an odd omission not to have them pre-painted. I think this wins points over the Dapol 156 for me just down to the beautiful underframe detailing.
Farish DB class 66 hauling a rake of NGS cartics. Eventually this will become a full 8 car set, although I am going to
Had a bit of a play today. Then stopped to get some photo's.
Plymouth and Westward Ho with a Seaton to Newcastle service that will go up via the S&D. T9 30310 on a stopping Salisbury to Exeter Central service. xGW pannier waits in the bay with the local to Yeovil. Meanwhile 'Jinty' 47315 waits to take some empty wagons from local coal merchants back up to Radstock.
Bus service appears to be lost passing Clench's Bottom farm (blind says Paulton via Timsbury, must get a new one for
More work done. Now there's a change.
Fencing up on rear of platform, watercranes in place and loading guage.
Lights and running in boards in place.
Not sure about this. The station requires an entrance/exit for when the ticket office is closed. I made this from the steps of a concrete footbridge. It will be gated at the top. Does it look right My excuse is that the old one was rotten and needed replacing.
I wasn't too happy with the looks of the station building. Just n
The fiddle yard in pictures.
Longest loop will take a loco + 9 coaches, the shortest, loco + 3. 4 sidings in the corner, the longest of which will loco + 5 and the shortest an M7 + 3.Julian.
With all the track down now, thoughts turn to the scenics. With money in short supply this month due to my combi-boiler breaking down , I am getting on with the areas I do have the parts for. So I decided that to do the station area next. Finished building the goods shed(Ratio) and the mo
Spent this morning wiring up the tortoises, yet to power them though. Checking for shorts and that the frog polarities are correct. Put the feeds in for the headshunt and private siding and the next section of mainline. This is where I hit a snag. I can do some shunting in the yard. Spent a happy hour or so playing when I could be doing something else.
Let's hope tomorrow work can continue instead of play.
No more pic's at the moment, but progress continues. Spent this morning putting
Work continues on the bridge. Abutments finished on the town side.
Note the use of prototypical 1960 stock.
A bit more track laying done over the weekend. Starting to think about the layout of the goods yard. Only three sidings. One through the goods shed and cattle dock. Another will be for the coal merchants and one for.......well, just as a siding.
The track on the left of this picture is from the previous aborted attempt.
Looking up from the station throat. Agai
Track laying starts afresh. Put in the crossover between the platforms. This will enable trains from the branch, not modelled, and the local train from Salisbury to run around before shunting into the bay. Laid a single line around the curve back to the doorway as well today. This will dissappear into a tunnel(now there's a novelty). Maybe get the second line through the curve tomorrow after work. A few of shots of progress so far.
M7 sitting on the crossover.
View down through t
Me and a couple of others at the KMRC are working on a small exhibtion module board for the scorbiton layout which I suppose could be used on its own
Its overall size is 67inch by 45cm
Basic components are
Peco wooden sleepered code 100 track
Pikestuff servicing depot
Knightwing refueling point
Heres a quick track plan
A trial to get a rough idea of where things go. The bay will now go on the far side of the station and have no loco release. Trains will be terminated in the main platform and be shunted unless it is a push/pull or DMU. The shops behind will just have a wide path in front. This will become a row of houses as it get further away from the town centre. The far polyblock will be at road level and be an area for dropping off/parking. The near block will be the position of a footbridge. The goods yard
So, back to laying track. Ballasting being one of those jobs you love or hate, and I hate it. I want it to be quick, easy and to look good. So I thought I'd try a short test piece.
I cut the cork to width, slapped on some PVA, lightly pinned track down, then left it for ten minutes and turned it over to remove the excess ballast. Not bad, I thought. Now, how would I turn the shed upside down. So a quick trip to Argos to get a rechargable vacuum cleaner.
Tonight I started with the curve that
Some will be familiar with my layout thread on the old RMweb at here
This blog will be a continuation of the thread but to start with I'll go back to the start with a quick overview of how (and why!!) the layout was built.
At the end of 2006 my wife bought me a Bachmann sound fitted class 66 for Christmas, prior to this I had no intention of giving DCC a try but once I got this loco I decided to take the plunge and bought an MRC Prodigy Advance system from the USA.
50 years on from a child's Christmas present, I recreated my first train set, with the original locomotive and wagons, on the original living room table protected with the original airforce blanket!
My N2 celebrated its 50th birthday December 2007 with a 250 mile trip back to Lisburn, Northern Ireland to my Mother's house for the celebratory run in its first home.
Here is the same train on my current layout in Cork.
I admire Maurice's work and also St Juliot from a distance [ I was in Canada at the time he showed it]. He is really sharing his philosophy of modelling, an area we don't go to very often.
I tend towards a modelling approach of thrifty frugality, recycling, reusing and drawing on material which would otherwise be wasted. Not exclusively, I do buy things and models too! Most of my work is in 7mm scale, standard or narrow gauge. Recently I paid $5 for enough mounting board off cuts fr
I very much enjoyed your article in MRJ and welcome your additional material here. I was relieved to see that I am not alone in the thoughts i have been wrestling with recently about the state of our great hobby. The adrenaline rush of acquirement does seem to have usurped the gentler reward of building a world of your own, through your own skill and imagination over time. Our hobbyist selves align more closely with our everyday, consumerist selves.