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Introduction to Gossey Lane



So I thought I'd start posting work my potential layout. It's been on the plan for the last three years, since I've moved into a new house and had to put my long term layout (a potential loft layout) on the back burner.


Gossey Lane is a fictional BR/LNWR layout, inspired by a Gavin Thrum's Great Moor Street, fold-up layout. https://thrumlington.blogspot.com/2015/06/great-moor-street-minories.html 


Its will be my test layout, for easy storage, transportation and for making mistakes along the way. I need to run some trains!!!




It's 3 metres long, by 400mm deep, that folds into 3 sections, so like Gavin Thrum's Great Moor Street, it should fit on the back seat of an average car. The hedgehog above will give you an idea of how I would like it to look like.


The name is up for grabs, but Gossey Lane was my main stomping ground as a young trainspotter, as my Grandparents just lived across the road from the London to Birmingham Line.


The track will be old Hornby track, I collected as a young lad of over 30 years ago (I hate seeing things go to waste). It's a bit knacked, but I didn't want to use my new Peco Code 75 track, as that's for my future loft layout… one day. And if I knacker the old Hornby track up, I won't feel so bad.


Here's a few shots of the baseboard…




The hinges will be the abutments of the bridge.




And here it's folded.



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The points use on the station loop make the position of the tracks too far away.




So I've modified the points by removing a few sleepers to bring the tracks closer together.





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This looks like a very interesting project. The fold-up solution is quite ingenious, I'm taking lots of notes! I look forward to following this.


Thanks also for the link to Great Moor Street, which I don't think I've come across before.

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Thank you Mikkel,


Nice to have someone of your calibre taking an interest. I have an rough idea of how some of buildings might work as a support when folded, but if not, they will have to become detachable. Gavin Thrum's Great Moor Street is ingenious, and if I get to that quality of work, I'd be very pleased. One thing I did decide to do, was not to use short points, to save space. So I opted to use my express points, as they look a little more prototypical, even though they're old Hornby insulated frogs. With a little 'Chris Nevard' Ash Ballasting, the track will hopefully blend in.


Also, for now, I will be using trestle legs/foldable saw horses for support for the layout, as I haven't planned in an bespoke legs system, such as Gavin has.


Kind regards,



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Here's a few shots with the track fitted and wired in. Apologies for the poor quality photos and tat lying around the shed.



Magnets have been placed in strategically places, to enable shunting with out the aid from the 'Hand of God'. 





Note a cassette at the far end, which will be hidden by the a Warehouse fascia, once built.


All the points are operated by the good old fashion Cupboard Knob. For details on this, please have a look at this post on Ratio 138 Point Remote Control. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/143109-ratio-138-point-remote-control/&tab=comments#comment-3519054


Kind regards,




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After testing various rolling stock on the layout, the Hornby points were causing some derailments. The wheels were hitting the frogs and riding over them.

The insulated frogs are plastic and they've had a lot of punishment over the past 30+ years, especially when a Mainline Royal Scot ran over them. You could hear the clunk as the Loco's wheels hit the frog.




To solve the problem, I read that putting a sliver of plastic on the inside of the Check Rail would solve the problem.




I had a few sheet of acetate, which I cut a strips from. Then I superglued them to the inside of the Check Rail.




Once the strip is glue into position, I glued the ends and used a match stick to hold the strip in situ.




Excess plastic is then trimmed off.




Only one Check Rail to every point, needed adjusting. So all 9 points were done in no time. Once primed and painted, you wouldn't know. And it solved the derailments. 

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Sorted out my airbrush kit, from my Art College days (25+ years ago). Over the years it had been pushed back and forth from loft to shed and back again. Can't believe the acrylics are still runny after all those years of hot summers.




The compressor and the traditional airbrush works fine. Haven't test the Aztek yet, but I can't see there'll be a problem.




The track has been sprayed with Halfords primer, cleaned and tested. Just awaiting the airbrushing of sleeper grime. A nice job for the weekend.

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