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Yard and Goods Shed

I am amazingly a little bit ahead of schedule. I am sure this won't last! A few hectic hours work and another dent in my credit card completed the trackwork in the yard. I also did a temporary goods shed from the metcalfe one. Here's the track, which has all its droppers soldered on and is ready to paint and wire. It always looks so blocky and clumsy before painting but having seen the work involved I am glad i didn't have to build all those sets of points! The goods shed is a compromise,

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Wiring progressing slowly...

Am currently wiring and soldering everything! Apart from trying to find an all encompassing idiots guide to code 55 point conversion all suggestions from here have been adopted for the wiring, so thank you for encouragement. I will hopefully have a day modelling on Tuesday so will post some more pictures of the track development. I hope to complete the simple tracklaying on the scenic base pretty quickly so I can experiment on it with ballast.

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Weathering A Mathieson PO Mineral Wagon- Look No Airbrush....

Thanks to the dreaded SQL I am typing all this again, so pardon me if I am not totally detailed or spelled right!   Inspired by the Pendon mineral train In MI4 I decided to do some work on a Mathieson Models PO coal wagon. This is how I did it, using easy techniques and no airbrush. I have one but its a pain cleaning it all in the middle of the night and using the brush mean I can work in the living room. The pristine model, better scale dimensions and brake gear than the other manufacturers

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Two years and 1 day after I started...

This blog is officially 2 years one day old today. I have learned many things over the course of building Kingsbridge. Content has been a bit slow in coming lately but I haven't given up on it but it will be a case of doing odd bits for the next few months. I have decided to concentrate on completing the main station board before going any further with the other boards as this should enable me to run trains on it and I have finished most of the secondary buildings. Just wanted to say a big tha

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Trains finally run!

Uncouted costs and grey hairs after beginning I finally ran my first fully digital train yesterday! Thanks to help from here I fitted the decoder myself, it was nerve wracking but worked in the end. I was slightly annoyed to find that my Lenz Compact only let me alter 7 CV's, even on the programme track. If anyone knows a way round this I would love to know as I was hoping to do some more tweaking to the CT chip I put in. I am going to be pretty busy this week as I have to get the Van ready fo

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Trackwork begins to take shape.

Despite my slowness with the wiring the track work is slowly coming together, all the sections laid so far have their droppers soldered and the points have now all been converted for DCC. The scenic board had its track sprayed and track bed painted ready for ballasting. I even managed to run a few trains on DC to test the joints and it all worked, which was a nice surprise. The big stumbling block is now cash for the remaining points and then fitting all the point motors. I am still looking for

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Toplight 57ft Full Brake

Continuing with rolling stock, I won 3 Cavendish coach kits on the usual auction site, £25 for a 70ft compo, 57 FB and a Siphon H. There were one or two bits misplaced, but nothing serious. These kits are still available in improved format, from Ultima. I thought I would start with the full brake. Here it is still in the box, carefully glued back together by the seller.   I laid out all the components, these use printed sides, which saved me doing the lining out and the lack of relief is

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The story so far...

The initial plan was: Kingsbridge terminus plus some single line scenic sections in a modular system to enable me to alter the running length. Later put in more scenic sections and the passing station. Period to be wartime as this had the most interest for operating and as an escaped wargamer I could still put in a few tanks.   to summarise about 6 weeks of frantic activity- I found out how expensive it was going to be! All purchases would have to be carefully planned and I'd have to stop an

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The Station Board- Progress of a Kind...

Having had a successful test at Taunton with one Prairie shunting well all day I have started getting all the track works and building placement in the yard area sorted so I can fix all the track. I intended to do this today but the warming of the weather has dried out my contact adhesive! To start with a series of photos of the buildings, in place on the boards. All of these are designed to be fixed in with the yard covering filling the gaps.   An overall view from the king point   T

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The Platform Now Arriving is Attempt Number 2

Managed to steal an hour or two today to get this done, ready to install a station building and the engine shed. The back scene is next but budget is lacking, I could afford the sheet of 9mm MDF for this job. This allows me to keep the whole platform as a separate piece that I can complete at home then drop into the baseboard ready for final tinkering. I chose 9mm because it allows for a close to scale height after taking into account my clunky non fine scale track and won't look too low from ty

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The Big Push Begins...

I have set myself the aim of exhibiting Kingsbridge this year. I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Here's the job list I think it needs to be OK (not finished!) Complete station board, including the major buildings and structures. I might ignore a few secondary buildings if I run short of time Get the second loco converted to DCC with a digihat Complete the third scenic board Complete wiring of boards. build a control panel- stud and probe for now get backscenes printed build

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Taunton

]Went to the RM meet at Taunton today, a big thank you to the SWAG crew for organising it so well and to all the exhibitors for providing such high quality layouts. Thanks to all friendly RM web'ers for saying hi. What follows is only a few pictures, I am sure other more talented snappers will post a more complete set of pics. I did take shots of almost everything but not all were that good (my camera work, not the layouts!) so if I have not shown your work it is my lack of ability, not the asto

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Taking Control- Team Digital SMD84 Decoders & NCE Powercab

<p>Hello again! This layout is nearing its seventh birthday, which came as quite a shock to me when I realised. With that in mind I am now determined to get it to a point where I can run trains. I made a crash list of jobs that needed doing, top of the list was to finally sort out the control system and point wiring.I had despaired of ever getting any of this working in a coherent way and it was one of the many reasons the layout ended up in transport boxes in my workshop. Having toyed wit

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Stationary...

Its been a while since I updated the blog, so having restored my mojo with some work on a micro layout I thought it was high time I put some effort into Kingsbridge again. No station is complete without a platform, and my platform was far from complete! Regular readers will have spotted the rough shape in my last set of photos, made from a laminate of foam board, mounting card and leftover hardboard. In hindsight I should have done a single sheet of 10mm foam board for ease of construction but

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Stationary again!

I have been looking again at the platforms and have noticed a glaring error on the facing, I have made it stone all the way around, as it was in it's original guise. Further digging and picture checking has revealed that it should be brick from 2/3rds the way down the main platform right around to the engine shed. This was done during the re building work of 1916 when the bay platform was added, and I had missed it when building my platforms. To sort this out I decided the easiest way would be

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Station Painting- Tones and Stones

Having got the basic shell done I guide coated it in Army Painter “ Skeleton Bone “ intending to use the beige as the base for my mortar tones. This was all I had done when we last saw the buildings in my previous entry. Most of my painting on this was done at night, since that’s the only time there is peace and quiet in my place since lockdown. One of the key things I was looking to reproduce from the prototype is the very grey granite used on the stonework, vs the more brown “local” stone

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Static Grass Applicator

I had time for some photography, but ended up with a mixed bag of subjects, so I split this into two posts, one from the layout and another from the real railway.   The “Noch off†static grass applicator. Total cost less than £10. Made from an electric fly swat, an icing sugar shaker, with removable screen. Also shown is the fine nozzle made from a cut down plastic kitchen funnel and some mesh.   Some of the effects produced using a mix of 2mm and 4mm fibres.

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Scenic Work Begins..

Fresh from holidays I didn't feel like wiring so I did some scenery on the single line board instead. I have used a mix of fine scatters for the grazing land as even 2mm static grass is a bit long. So far only 1/2 the planned texturing has been completed as trees, hedges and fencing etc is still to go on. I have more clump bits and static fibres to apply to the embankments too. whole board Branch passenger train in the entrance to the cutting. Little line of bushes is the start of the hedge.

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Scenic work and running Video

As promised I have finally found time to record recent progress, and inspired by Jon Teal a short video of the branch goods. An overview of the two mostly done boards, which now just need scenic fettling and fun stuff. The branch goods running into the station throat. Close up of the new overbridge on the scenic board and hand made trees. Crosssing the underpass seen in my prototype posts. Have a picture to add to fake the tunnel! Seen from the opposite side of the underpass, the p

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Rolling Stock

Have done a few pictures today! Only the goods trains are started as Dapol aren't producing their "B" set coaches at the moment and I can't find any for sensible money. as my setting is the 1940's much of my stock is weathered to give it a more dirty and battered appearance as befits a railway which is busy with the war effort and where resources for maintainance and cleaning are limited. Dapol 45xx pulling a mixed train of Farish and Dapol wagons Dapol 20t Loco coal and 45xx GWR 7 plan

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PW work Pt2

I got all the pictures done yesterday, as well as nearly completing the throat and testing my first point motor!   This is the track, weathered, using acrylic drybrushing on the rail and chairs, followed by two ink washes, with the lineside grit/ash/mud done as below. Ballast was dried and seived grey builders sand I found in the yard.   The lineside area, stage 1. Fine playsand dyed with ink and PVA   Stage 2, Grey drybrush- Dark first, then light   I felt this was too bright, so

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Prototype Pictures- Unseen Demolition Photos

Having joined the 21st Century a bit more this month, with the heady speeds of fibre broadband arriving at home and a wireless printer scanner to go with it, I decided it was time to scan my only set of pictures. Some context- The station building was demolished some years ago over a weekend in slightly dubious circumstances, the site is still just empty (very annoying.) A friend happened to be passing and took these shots from inside the fence with permission. They show a lot of detai

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Odds and Ends

I must apologise for my slow progress but house repair tasks have taken all my time at the moment! Progress on Kbridge since last time has been confined to; Wiring completed on the throat board and the ballast and yard surfaces laid. All the point motors were tested too and amazingly everything worked! Thanks to all those who contributed solutions from here. Backscene added to the scenic section- this is currently a trial size as I am unsure wether it will all fit in the crate I have design

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More real world ramblings

Managed a walk along another section of line when it wasn’t raining. As I have been trying to push my compact camera a bit more lately I thought I’d do a few shots in B&W.   Here are just a few pictures of the remaining bits of infrastructure lurking in the undergrowth.   Crossing gate hinges     Crossing lamp (red glass removed)   Sleepers next to the track bed.   Line side fencing   Unknown post/sign   Remains of the bridges   Kris’s “Avonwick†brid

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