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Running night at Manchester and more progress


craigwelsh

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Last Friday the Manchester Club had a running night where all the layouts were as operational as possible. I'd tested the double track curve laid to date with a pannier tank on the Tuesday and Tony brought something more appropriate to have a short run on what was back in place and also test running across the board joints here on the skew.

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A couple of pictures showing how I finished off that skewed board joint from the last update. Pieces of scrap were soldered across the cut sleepers until the assembly was glued in place to avoid the gauge widening suffered on the initial joint when this wasn't done. These are later removed and I now need to clean them up. A little extra ballast was being glued in place in the 2nd shot to cover a hole. I've since split and reattached the boards to check nothing was glued up and that they went back ok.

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After prep work on Tuesday Dick will hopefully be laying the now fully chaired junction next Tuesday. This will really make the layout 'Slattocks Junction' and arguably for the first time ever as the old trackplan didn't really heavily feature the junction in the name!

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The fishplates I put on the edge of some production etches have proves useful to cheaply provide electrical joints to match the Exactoscale plastic ones without resorting to too many lost-wax cast ones. Unlike the Colin Waite/EMGS ones these are double thickness.

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Now we just need to launch our 'bridging the gap' project to get me enough beer to see through the completion of these two sections ;).

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Dewsbury was running a variety of BR stock that members had brought for the evening along with the other 3 layouts in the club. A rather nice 0 gauge A1 was running around that layout upstairs at speed. Our guest from the NRM was enjoying himself so much he was caught unawares and had to agree to open the MMRS Exhibition :lol: .

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I do like those fishplates - could have done with some like that recently! Presumably attached with a quick dab of the iron, but how do you keep them aligned nicely when attaching them?

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I do like those fishplates - could have done with some like that recently! Presumably attached with a quick dab of the iron, but how do you keep them aligned nicely when attaching them?

Horizontally aligned each side by the way they fit the web, aligned to each other by the positioning of the tweezers between the bolts when they are held in place to sweat on.

 

The running on Friday was actually powered through these fishplates along which are only soldered to one side of the joint, the other side being a tight sliding fit. Impressive how well it worked actually though i'll soon get around to finishing the droppers on that board and drill some holes underneath to thread the new bus bars through.

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