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Kyle - More Tutbury tractors...

bcnPete

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Evening all, 

 

As per Andy’s blog update, there was a 2mmFS Supermeet in Tutbury yesterday. I have posted a few thoughts and photos from the day on the exhibition thread so here’s an update on Kyle as part of the show.

 

Took the day off Friday to run some tests and check my two 37’s ran ok as had just received them back from Coastal DCC - Kevin had done a great job hard wiring the lights and also introducing a stay alive to them. In trying to reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ I usually take to exhibitions I decided to knock up a quick A4 workbench as my A3 one is a bit overpowering to travel with...and slides around the car during hard cornering :D

 

Armed with a brand new A4 cutting mat and some scraps of foamboard I fashioned this which fits neatly in one of the plastic crates.

 

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Below, is a small drawer inset, a remnant idea from my Moorswater viaduct RMWeb competition entry...allows me to be selective in tools and leave the kitchen sink back home!

 

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I set off from London around 2pm for the scheduled 2hr 45 journey but our Tom Tom spat me off the motorway into this...

 

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...lots of hard braking to avoid tractors and farm vehicles ensued :O Finally I was back on a motorway around Brum and arrived around 6:05pm 4 hours after I set off...nice timing in fact as the Village hall opened at 6:00pm :good:

 

Arrival in Tutbury was marked by seeing the castle on the hill, where apparently Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner about 500 years ago...

 

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The layout was fairly quick to set up and I ran some quick tests - I apologised to my immediate neighbours (the superb Lightermans Yard) that I had some sound fitted engines and would be providing some background music for the Saturday ;) I brought along some of my recent mock ups (Loch Awe and Exeter St David’s) and also my work in progress DJLC entry Meeth to get some feedback.

 

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Some new traversers have also been built with the idea they can be used on a number of differing layouts.

 

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The evening was capped off by meeting Bryn, Pixie and Matt (who had timed a visit over from New Zealand for this) for a few beers and a curry...

 

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The next morning after a hearty breakfast, the track was cleaned again, stock set up and the event kicked off at 10:30am. A very nice relaxed informal atmosphere was had, wandering amongst the layouts, demo stands, 2mm Association shop and ‘N’ Brass stand. So good to meet old and new friends and put some names to faces. 

 

The tractors performed well and overall I was pleased with the running quality aside from a couple of derailments and the usual DG coupling alignment issues...must get around to re set all the heights. I think I may also dispense with the Dapol knuckle couplers between coaches as they are quite rigid and can sometimes help derail stock.

 

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Matt kindly helped out with cover and at 6 foot 10” I was slightly worried that he would have back ache from stooping over to see the DG’s had worked :O 

 

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Overall I received some very nice comments on the layout and also some great feedback and interest on Meeth and the mock ups. It was a great gathering and am very pleased I attended as I came away very inspired.

 

Many thanks to John Aldrick and all the others who organised the event. I look forward to the 2mmFS 60 year gathering in Derby next summer :yes:

 

Pete

 

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1 hour ago, nick_bastable said:

shocking nothing Green running :jester:

 

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:rolleyes:

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Looks like a cracking weekend Pete..:D 

 

Loved reading the BE. Suitable for the 2mmFS mag I would have thought :good:

 

Talking of green. No sign of the Hebridean set then? ;)

 

I see 37 414's number is in need of replacing. I wonder if Steve at Railtec could sort a replacement set for you?

 

All this talk of 2mmFS. Must start Kincade shortly :good:

 

Cheers,

 

Mark 

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8 hours ago, 46444 said:

Looks like a cracking weekend Pete..:D 

 

Loved reading the BE. Suitable for the 2mmFS mag I would have thought :good:

 

Talking of green. No sign of the Hebridean set then? ;)

 

I see 37 414's number is in need of replacing. I wonder if Steve at Railtec could sort a replacement set for you?

 

All this talk of 2mmFS. Must start Kincade shortly :good:

 

Cheers,

 

Mark 

 

Many thanks Mark - yes it was!

 

I think KoL has appeared a couple of times in the mag so peeps are fed up reading about it - maybe the next project though ;)

 

I am waiting for the 7mm wheels to be back in stock to re-wheel the Hebridean set...Farish getting around to releasing the Observation car would be good too.

 

Yes I noticed the 37 number this weekend - think I have a spare set in stash somewhere.

 

Yes, it will be great to see your 2mmFS Scottish project gather momentum...once you have finished with all that Narrow Gauge malarkey...:D

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11 hours ago, nick_bastable said:

shocking nothing Green running :jester:

 

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Actually Nick, your name was mentioned a lot this weekend...as it was your green DMU running on it at the AGM a couple of years ago that started me on all the DCC sound...have been bankrupt ever since...:laugh:

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16 hours ago, bcnPete said:

 

Actually Nick, your name was mentioned a lot this weekend...as it was your green DMU running on it at the AGM a couple of years ago that started me on all the DCC sound...have been bankrupt ever since...:laugh:

not me gov honest  :jester::jester:

 

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Cracking stuff, Pete.

 

Cripes, that bloke shows just how small Kyle really is.  Yet the close up shots of the 37s makes the layout look 4mm.  I even thought that you had remade Kyle in 7mm for a moment.  All so neat and tidy as per usual and I really dig your traveling cutting mat.

 

That curry looked inviting!

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, PaternosterRow said:

Cracking stuff, Pete.

 

Cripes, that bloke shows just how small Kyle really is.  Yet the close up shots of the 37s makes the layout look 4mm.  I even thought that you had remade Kyle in 7mm for a moment.  All so neat and tidy as per usual and I really dig your traveling cutting mat.

 

That curry looked inviting!

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for your kind comments Mike,

 

Ironically I bought an old Lima 0 gauge class 33 and 26 conversion kit whilst in Spain as it did cross my mind to do Kyle in 7mm...oh to have a sound chipped Large logo 7mm class 37 :yes: One day perhaps.

 

Beers, curry, model trains...what’s not to like in that lot...:D

 

 

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Great post Pete, showing just how much there is to our hobby. 

 

That traverser is the ultimate in coolness. I want one!

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16 hours ago, Mikkel said:

Great post Pete, showing just how much there is to our hobby. 

 

That traverser is the ultimate in coolness. I want one!

 

Thanks Mikkel - PM me your address...:D

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I may have resorted to standing on the floor when you weren't looking.

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5 hours ago, Matt.S. said:

I may have resorted to standing on the floor when you weren't looking.

 

I’ll adjust the base to make a trap door for you to stand in next time...:laugh:

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