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Wellwood (provisional version)


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"Wellwood" will be the final section of my "Shelf Island" project, and maybe I will make a start on it in late 2021. In the meantime I have made a temporary arrangement on part of a flush door:

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This layout is important to me, because it connects Shelf Marshes (on the right here) to the rest of the scheme, and it lets me connect my TrainSafe tubes to the layout, but it may not be of much interest to anyone else. I suppose, the main thing is the use of Unitrack because this lets me try out different ideas; and accepting a temporary arrangement to let me concentrate on other parts of the layout. I would like "Wellwood" to be a scenic section where I can take photographs and watch the trains go by. I imagine the main line being on an embankment with the siding modelled as a truncated branch line and a roadway at a lower level.

 

The door is resting on a length of timber attached to the bookcase at one end, and a plywood bracket attached to "Shelf Marshes" at the other.

 

The mounting on the bookcase is very simple:

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The bracket at the other end is more complicated. The idea here is to fix a bracket onto the baseboard of "Shelf Marshes" using only one hole, concealed from the normal view:DSCF1208.jpg.af69f00f7b81412e50943a3b4d0ffe32.jpg

 

This seems to work well enough:

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The shims are there because I deliberately set the bracket too low, I can shim a baseboard upwards but not downwards.

 

The baseboard is then attached to this bracket by one more screw (going through the door):DSCF1185.jpg.b45f36b12ea2be850ae82e024db90b1e.jpg

 

And the Unitrack is cut and soldered onto a scrap of copperclad to align with the tracks on the baseboard. There are two small screws holding the Unitrack in alignment:

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I have to dismantle "Wellwood" to get "Shelf Marshes" out of its alcove, and I am hoping reassembly will give me consistent results each time.

 

The overall appearance is more promising than it looks in the photos here. A curving fascia on the front will blend in with the curving front of "Shelf Marshes".

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3 hours ago, Ian Simpson said:

That looks very promising! I'll be interested in your experience of Unitrack.

 

I bought an oval of Unitrack a few years ago to let me run my APT-E up to speed. Later I used some of the track to make a temporary extension to the railway and it worked fine; and later I bought a couple of turnouts.

 

I think Unitrack is great. Running is very good indeed - as though Kato have chosen just the right grade of nickel silver. Soldering to the rail is easy too, although I would imagine this is not a design feature.

 

The turnouts work well - I have two sprung turnouts with manual operation. The turnouts have huge dead sections (plastic frogs) but all of my stock runs fine except where the wheelbase is shorter than the frog. The implication is, the rail tops are flat throughout these turnouts.

 

The major downside is, of course, there is no flexi track. You can make quite passable-looking formations of turnouts, but the trackwork cannot "flow" at it can with flexi.

 

The dimensions and spacing of the sleepers seem to be spot-on for British practice in 1:87 scale :-)

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On 02/11/2020 at 21:30, richbrummitt said:

I like the look of those train tubes, but not so much the prices!

 

I actually started by buying one for my Rapido APT-E and liked the tube so much I bought two more and a wall bracket, and then another three and another wall bracket. I have no regrets - they hang on the wall with a nice contemporary look and I never have to touch the models.

 

I subscribed to the TrainSafe newsletter and they do a 10% discount from time to time. I'd like another three to finish filling my wall :-)

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