Yes I know…. It’s been a while. I seem too busy building stuff to be writing about it, although not as busy as Steve’s been…
There’s a popular myth that the only water troughs in a Tunnel were at Standedge on the ex LNW transpennine route…not quite;
Some have been discovered in a tunnel near Saltney….
Made from plastic channel and constructed “in situ”, the many support brackets were glued down as the channel was laid. The planking (provided to stop the water from washing the ballast aw
Hook and latches.
To match the hook and loop, on the other end of vehicles there is a hook and latch.
The latch is to provide a delayed coupling function. When the loop is lifted up by a magnet to uncouple, the latch is also flipped up at the same time but immediately drops again. When the loop drops after uncoupling, it will drop down on the latch rather than the hook so that vehicles can be propelled and left in a siding without having to uncouple again. To re-couple just draw away and re
Making the loops
There are 2 sizes of hooks and loops, and the shorter ones are for short buffered vehicles so I tend not to use them.
Clean up the loop with the scratchbrush and run a 0.8mm drill through all 3 holes.
The instructions recommend a 0.9mm drill but the idea is to have a nice free pivot but without too much slop or side play so a 0.8mm waggled about in the holes does the trick.
Bend the dropper down at 90Ëšas close to the pivot holes as possible (Pic 13)
Try to avoi
Fitted a banner repeater signal and the home signal it repeats. Both are worked by the now standard micro servos.
Steve has finished the cottages. Someone's moved in and got the washing out already .
Work will now concentrate on building & fitting the rest of the mainline signals and monitoring the working of the Dingham couplings fitted to some of the stock.
Someone say Dinghams?... Next time we'll have a look at those....
My knees acheâ€¦ after last nights gantry re-fitting session during which just about every problem expected, turned up and brought its mates with it.
I must have spent about 2 hours under the baseboards trying to align the gantry with somewhere that didnâ€™t have cross-members, wires through those cross-members, screws, brackets, areas I couldnâ€™t reach, wires that needed lengthening and/or re-routing.
The gap between the down main and the loop was only just enough so positioning was cr
Steveâ€™s now done the scenic trimmings on the top of the cutting (still waiting for the sea-moss) and has decided to use the converted low relief cottages. They will get a re-paint and re-weather and be bedded in shortly. I then painted the retaining walls a stone colour in readiness for the dark browny gunge colour to go on top.
The re-cess in the wall for the surface mounted point solenoid was going to get the ubiquitous PW hut in it to cover it up, but Iâ€™m trying to persuade Steve
The cutting sides by the new bridge have had the basic scenery work built now and resemble a snow scene. Steve has decided a couple of railwaymans cottages would look nice there, with a pathway and steps down to them. There may even be an allotment or 2 as well. The cottages in the pics may or not be used eventually as they are an old low relief building from the bits box with a temporary â€œback halfâ€ added on!
Railings along the top of the retaining wall will keep the people where they s
After a pleasant couple of hours at the Gresford gauge 0 get-together, (where I met fellow RM Webbers Dikitriki and Dibateg, nice to meet you fellas!), I returned home to daub a bit of paint on ETâ€™s replacement, the stone bridge.
The results can be seen below and Iâ€™ve left it with Steve to install and bed-in.
Once itâ€™s in, Iâ€™ll blend in the surrounding stone-work and Iâ€™ll then be ready to re- install the signal gantry.
This will be moved so itâ€™s on the â€œapproachâ€ sid
Yes, I know I said that the last entry was going to be the last but I couldnâ€™t face starting a thread from scratchâ€¦
We reached at that time, what Steve called â€œthe crest of a slumpâ€.
Astley Bridge station was all but complete, and everything else was just ticking over. There were a few bits of the layout that all of us liked and a similar few that most of us didnâ€™t, there was too much stock, not enough operational flexibility and too many other distractions. It seemed we had lo
First and Last
Wellâ€¦ this is the first blog entry of 2011 and will also be the last, as for various reasons I will shortly be starting a Saltney thread.
Steve has got stuck in with the upper level station details and is using all sorts of bits and pieces of printed brickwork and ex Talacre structures to see what works. Some may stay in place and some may be swapped for better bits.
An old ex Talacre signalbox has been put on a gantry over the tracks (due to the usual space constrai
Well, here we go. Itâ€™s been ages since the last update, and quite frankly Iâ€™ve lost track of whatâ€™s been done since the last one. Iâ€™ve attached a little gallery as a bit of a â€œcatch-upâ€
but far more pics are available at
Things weâ€™ve done that come to mind (not necessarily in date order!) are..
1. New roof on the loco shed. It dated f
Steveâ€™s finished the footbridge over the lower yard and I think itâ€™s blended in well and adds a bit of interest.
Still in the lower yard, some of the sidings have been partly buried in plaster to represent the ash and general waste material that was traditionally used to ballast the track in sidings during the steam era.
Still a lot of work to do on it with bits of grass and weeds etc.
The goods shed looks a little more â€œplantedâ€ now as well.
Iâ€™ve now fitted
Some old friends have returned to the layout recently;
My JLTRT 10001 has spent too long on the shelf at home and needed a run out and Steveâ€™s Springside â€œFoxcote Manorâ€ made a welcome return having been crocked for a while.
Also, a couple of Ex Talacre signals have been planted and are awaiting their servos to operate them.
A batch of Metcalfe stone card has been unearthed and pressed into service, on the long wall round the edge of the LM station. Weâ€™re not
Just a quick update on the Skytrex â€œL&Y styleâ€ signalbox kit.
Looks more like an RSCo. Box as supplied to the LYR.
Seems to be fitting together ok but Iâ€™ve had to shorten the cast whitemetal handrails for the staircase by about 5mm.
The interior kit is (as usual) a bit Great Westerny so Iâ€™ll use the lever frame but scratchbuild the rest
I think itâ€™ll look suitably Lanky-ish when its done and painted.
Steveâ€™s now done his Bedford TK coal lorry and added some rather nice little coal sacks. These are made from some old material, and filled with yer actual coal.
Note the empty sacks folded and weighed down with a 5lb weight.
Iâ€™ll do some transfers for the doors (T. Watkins I think) as soon as Steve gives me some details.
As has been pointed out, our yard footbridge wasnâ€™t quite right so Steveâ€™s set to with fixing that. I think this arrangement should be ok once the rest
A recent visiting loco in the form of J94 68006 brought an ER flavour to the layout. This was until someone pointed out that 68006 had done time at Birkenhead shed in the early 60â€™s! A bit more local loco than we thought..
My Arriva liveried bubble car escaped from Cardiff Bay and managed more mileage round the layout in an hour than the real thing does in a day (probably)
Another visitor in the form of a GW liveried auto trailer looked rather nice (even if it was with a BR liveried l
Another loco has now joined the fleet in the form of an LMS compound 4-4-0. Steve is in the process of altering this chap from right to lefthand drive and has already moved the reversing rod and vac ejector. In the fullness of time this will eventually have coal rails fitted and be re-painted in BR lined black to represent one of the 6 or so that were shedded at Chester in the `50s.
On a more modern note, 58047 has emerged from hibernation to have a blast round with the MGR rake.
The goods shed at â€œSlugworthâ€ (not convinced that nameâ€™ll stick) is now just about finished and in position.
Iâ€™ve built an internal crane from wooden coffee stirrers and assorted bits of brass from the scrap box, fitted gutters & downpipes, LED lights and the windows in the office.
The roof and canopy have been painted and weathered but there are still ridge tiles to fit and quite a bit more internal detail to add.
Steveâ€™s now added the island platform to the G
Well, itâ€™s been a while since the last update and weâ€™ve been busy with a lot of things, not all of them layout related.
The signal gantry seems to be behaving itself and has settled in well. I think Iâ€™ll eventually convert most of the signals to servo operation as the operation of them makes things like basic interlocking and route selection much easier to install (when I get round to it!).
Steve has laid and wired up the rest of the track in the high level station and made up &
Fitted the gantry at the LM Jc today, with it's associated servo gubbins.
Wired up to 12vdc, lit up and operative via on/off switches it twitched and grumbled into life, settling down to relative silence about 15 seconds after each activation.
As you can see there is still a little bit of "stand off" on the 2 miniature arms but this is mechanical rather than anything to do with the servo action. A little adjustment will be required.
Still a bit buzzy sometimes but nothing serious.
Took the goods shed round to the layout to see if it would fit in the 'ole Steve marked out for it.
As it seems to, and doesn't look too bad, it's time to take it off again! (Then go away and finish it..)
While progress has been slow in my workshop, Steve's finished off his water tower and re-started laying track on the high level station.
Decided to stick at 5 trusses, which I think gives a full enough look without being too crowded.
I've included an internal picture of Waverton goods shed (LNW wooden built, near Chester) as a comparison.
I think Steve likes a few lights in the buildings so some level of internal details is necessary.
Hopefully it's now time to start the "pretty" bits. Slaters stone walling and embossed slates.
I'll probably need some detaily bits from Invertrain(windows, doors, chimneys gutters etc., Du
Seems a bit busy for a Sunday here in Chester PSB Interfering with my modelling time
Had a huge T3 block that had to be shortened and re-written then when the trains started running along come a load of diversions. tsk.tsk.
Still... managed to cut out a roof truss from foamex sheet for the goods shed. I reckon I'll need 6 or 7 so being a lazy b+++++r I'll draw round the first one a few times rather than mark them all up. They won't be part of the structure as such, just there to create a b
Making a bit of progress with the goods shed for Slugworth.
It's not a model of any particular goods shed but a conglomeration of odd pictures I've seen and a major influence is the 4mm scale Townstreet LNW style goods shed that "Coachman" has made in his Buildings blog (thanks for the inspiration Larry )
I'll be using some resin window frames from Invertrain and yes I know it has different styles on each side. Couldn't decide which window shape I preferred so I used both.
As Steve had started the water tower building for the loco shed (Made from some parts of a Kittle Hobby engine shed and some Foamex with rivet details added from a sheet) I thought it was time I had a go. Heres a few Work In Progress pics
This is Steves tank
And the startings of my goods shed for Slugworth. Its made from 3mm foamex and will be clad in Slaters stone plasticard.