It's been a long time since I've had the time and inclination to work on my model railway. However I recently been working on coupling design for Holloway Goods.
Mr Peco's nuts are used to hold the wagon body to the chassis, with the weight, held in position, between them. This method is better then glueing because it allows the components to easily be disassembled if required!
My design criteria are that the train should be able to negotiate a 75mm radius curve reliably
The heating in the Railway Room is now fixed, it's been very cold for some weeks, my digital radio is now working properly, after several months of intermittent service. The original power connector was non standard and had to be replaced with a standard pug and socket.
I didn't want to attempt to fix it with less free solder! And finally I have real solder. I've printed out the point templates, I'm ready to go!
I've been examining all the available photos of Cromford Transfer Wharf and then I have also visited the site, as it is today. The photos looking down the Sheep's Pasture Incline, show a double track bridge, under the road.
Visiting the site today, there is a stone built, single track, bridge under the A6. It looks more like a tunnel, but in technical terms it is a covered way. A tunnel is by definition tunnelled i.e. dug out and a covered way a trench is dug, and then a support struc
The expression is really true, "If you really want muck things up, then use a computer. The point templates were designed using trax version 3. To print out the templates you require a working printer, of course.
I've spent the last few days fighting with my computer, to install the new printer. Now I've suceeded and I can now proceed to point build! Horay!
I visited the Warley Model Railway exhibition a few days ago, at the NEC in Birmngham. I saw some impressive layouts and some interesting new products too. There were some layouts, of course that were less than impressive, but we won't talk anout those, one must not speak ill of the ....., well you know the rest!
I purchased a few items, as one does, my star purchase was a reel of real solder. I've been using the lead free variety for several years, with excellent results, but oh the Paradis
The more observant amoungst you will have realised that I use Anyrail to do my basic design and Trax 3 to produce the point templates. I've used the package that's best for the task in progress.
The first two photographs are the template sheets that I will cut up and attach to my work board to construct the actual points, more correctly called turnouts.
The photograph below, is of a sheet laid out to check that the proposed handing of the points would work to produce the desire
From the last time I made a blog posting about the layout progress, it might not be seen as major progress. I've painted the baseboard top, to cover up the felt tip drawings of the track locations.
This is not for beautification purposes, but to allow the track planning to progress, so that I can decide the exact location of the canal.
This will allow it's construction and when that is complete, not including the ground cover, the completion of the baseboard. This will include the
The video below shows a friends layout, which has an off the peg photographic backscene, with a 3D Mid ground, with a train moving the the foreground. I am assuming that the steam train is on a down grade and it is coasting, i.e. now exhaust.
The video was taken using a hand held smart phone. I have learned from his experience that a problem can exist with a backscene printed on absorbant paper, can lead to expansion and thus rippling of the backscene. One possible solution to this is
Sitting, as one does, when waiting for a train at Birmingham New Street. I had nothing to read, so like many others I resorted to playing with my phone. I selected the camera, and was about to take some train pictures, when I spotted the Panorama option.
I played around with the option, with little success. But I then remembered that you can search for phone manuals online, at first with little success, because the first 2 I found were badly written. I eventually found a well written PD
I considering what to do to allow the points to be moved. I am considering using the Peco PL11. But using them upside down to may them easier to hide. I've asked questions of the Peco Tab, Technical Advice Bureau, but have not recieved an answer to my question. This is probably becuase my idea is too radical!
I would require to design a different spacer to allow it to be fixted to the baseboard. I can't see any reason why my idea should not work.
I've been looking into an alternative to cork sheet, as it is unobtainable locally! I have a sample, obtained free from a local printing firm, of 5mm thick foamboard. It has caused much scratching my head, because I wanted no more than 6mm between the rail top and the surface of the canal.
This imformation was gained by looking at pictures, of Cromford Wharf and measurements taken on a field visit. the canal edgeat he wharf, is now steal piling, but from photographs, I know that in the
Hi I'm now back in the world of the seeing! This is just a short blog entry, to show that I'm once again making progress on Holloway Goods.
I have managed for many years without a Mitre Box, but on this project I will have to cut blocks, with right angle edges to accurately locate baseboard components. I have finally decided that purchasing one, would be prudent.
There is a wall behind the canal, which both separates it from the railway line below and also prevents the canal w
I've started the construction process, the initial stages was to decide where the cut should, for the shuttle track. Once this was decided the cut was made using a craft knife. I use the tougher blades, made for professionals, not the general purpose ones designed for DIY. This saves on broken blades, including the dangers of them braking during the cutting operation.
It is important, to make many cuts and not to try and force the blade through, as this can lead to accidents. Because the bla
When the blanks were cut out and they were offered up to the toolbox to check they fitted, the design size was found to be over optimistic. The final size is 500mm x 160mm. The total outside measurements of the box will be 510mm x 170mm. The above size is narrower than the expected during the initial design study.
Below is the previous design.
This has been made necessary because, it is difficult to accuracy measure the dimensions of a tapering container. It is critical that the la
After looking around for toolboxes, I have bought one very similar to the one used in the Toolbox Layout blog, it might even be the same design? A link to which is shown below.
I need to take the layout, to the model railway club, using public transport, and hence the toolbox format being so useful.The available layout space is 520mm (Length) x 220mm (Height) x 180mm (Width). As show from my planning t
The shuttle is designed to add more movement to the small scenic area, so that hopefully it will keep he view better entertained.
Starting from the layout plan, the front of the layout is the top of the plan. The passenger shuttle line enteres the scene, RHS at the side of the layout box, but on the LHS the track enters about 1/3 along the back of the scenic section.
The first image shows the slot for he train with a blue background behind. The train can enter the scenic area, but
Instead of the complicated pointwork in the fiddleyard, this could be replaced wih the arrangement shown below.This would require a Peco Loco Lift to be regauged to N Gauge.
The format of a fiddleyard is very much driven by the personal prefences of the builder, there is no right or wrong design.
The scenic section will be built on a box, which will be built to fit into the toolbox.
The background is a simply blue painted on.
View blockers have been added at both s
Since the last entry I have proceeded with the simuation of the layouts operation.
looking at the sequence of the incline opeeration, in the first posting, I have noticed that there is a slight error, in that the operation from the yard loop to the hidden loop should have a brake van at the back of the train. This sequence will be modified to rectify this.
The simulation has now been split into two parts so it can be downloaded! Click on the link below to see the shunting simulation.
I stared to think about micro shunting layouts as a result of reading the article on Ruston Quays.
This seemed to have very limited operation possibilities, despite having a upper level operated by a shuttle unit. I wanted the possibility to run the goods train on and off scene between shunting sequeces. My first design is shown below.
I was impressed by the idea