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  1. 3 points
    Just a quick update on the storage sidings. The total of turnouts built is now 11 with ten now fixed in position in the storage sidings and three of the sidings laid. The turnouts are all constructed using 1.6mm thick double sided copper clad sleepers whilst the sidings are K&L and C&L lengths of flexitrack board joints strengthened using copper clad sleeper strips. Over the hot weather I have checked all the rail joints on the turnouts and board joints and where necessary I have widened the gap using a very thin file - a very useful tool obtained some years ago from Eileens. Here are some photos of the progress made so far. Once all the turnouts are in position I will fit digital cobalts and wire them in to two separate accessory buses. EDIT;- Two more turnouts added since my last post. EDIT:- Further progress as of this afternoon 24th July 2018. I have completed laying metre lengths of C&L Flexi track in the UP storage sidings. I have run out of the Evostick Timebond Adjustable glue I am using to fix this track and am having difficulty finding a replacement tube as B&Q don't have any local to me. I also need to order some more track and copper clad.
  2. 3 points
    Well in one of my more recent posts, a regular contributor on here who will remain nameless, oh what they hell it was MIKKEL, said that my station canopy was curvy, how rude To be fair, he was right (I cant believe I have committed that to writing), but on the other hand he was just stating the obvious.....so I thought I better do something obvious to try and fix it. As luck would have it the Domestic Overlord was a little poorly today (not that the DO being sick is lucky for me), so Price towers was renamed Emergency Ward 10 and I went in to the full dutiful other half mode. Anyway I digress, each time I got ready to do a little modelling, the DO managed like a little Trojan to find the energy to ring the "Im sick" bell, so I had to down tools and see what the "love of my life" wanted, if it was only to say things like "I don't feel well" . Filled with concern, and because I am such a genuinely nice person, in fact positively saintly, I did some research to see if I could find a way of improving the DO's life threatening condition, and I found the solution. On my last visit the bio hazard area (our bedroom) I performed an emergency "Clapper-ectomy" and peace was restored to Price Towers (God help me when the DO recovers). So I got out my supply of card (well the bits I could actually find) and got to work in an attempt to get the basic canopy and station building roof formers completed. Progress went a little better than I thought and I managed to get the majority of the basic canopy completed. I even managed to get the building roofs ready for covering with roof slates, using my graph paper method. The problem is I am at that stage now, where the more I seem to do the more jobs I seem to have to finish, so at some point I will have to start to look at producing windows and doors, but at least its starting to look like a station? Which leads me on to the next problem, or maybe problem is not a strong enough word? I am supposed to be building a model railway, and railways need track to run the little Choo Chooos on and that is where I am a model railway maverick, I have not laid any track (well not counting just under a yard for the trams). I have sort of settled on the final track plan for the layout, I thought I would put myself at the cutting edge of model railway technology and use these new things called "Electro Frogs". So I made a list checked it twice, winced at the cost of all the track I needed and bought half of it. Apparently though these Electric Froggy things need to be wired differently (people who have seen my wiring have described it as different) to the usual "insul Frogs" I use, and this is where I need HELP How do you wire these things up to stop short circuits, and does it mean I will have to get my favourite tool of mass destruction or Soldering Iron out. Any advice will be gratefully received. Until the next time as Ever Happy Modelling
  3. 1 point
    The construction of the brake toplight in this pair was one of the first things I ever posted on RMweb, back in 2006. I'd already built the other one a year or so earlier. Unfortunately, I was never happy with the design of the Slaters bogies, which (to my mind) were a triumph of over-complication, using inside bearings and springing as well as a tricky rocking mounting onto the bogie bolster. I found them very unreliable and not at all smooth running, and after a while the springing became unequal. I tried various fixes but could never get them to work as well as they needed to. Perhaps it was me, but if I couldn't get them to track well in 00, I wonder how someone in EM or P4 would fare? Anyway, the coaches were too nice not to run, so I set about sourcing replacement bogies. Being an idiot I actually managed to order two sets of the wrong type, one plate and one American, both of which were assembled and test-fitted before I realised I'd got the wheelbases too long in both cases. So, back to the drawing board. In the end I obtained the American type from David Geen and these were assembled and fitted in about an hour - much less faff than the Slaters ones, and more to the point they actually work as well. I've fitted Bachmann coach wheels which obviously don't look anything like the proper wooden centered type, but once painted I'll never notice the difference, and more importantly they track well and are easily obtainable. Being white metal, the Geen bogies put some useful weight down below the underframe, whereas the Slaters ones, being mainly etched brass, were very light. The bogie on the other coach was a bit more problematic as I couldn't seem to source a replacement kit of the right pattern. In the end, though, I tried breaking down one of the already assembled Slaters ones and concluded that I could actually bodge them into a rigid, outside-bearing design, and eliminate the troublesome rocking bolster mount. Again, these got Bachmann wheels and they are now running very reliably and smoothly compared to the old design. There are still a couple of jobs to do. I made a bad job of the working corridor connection on the first coach I made, so those needs to be replaced. I won't go for the working scissors, though, as I found them too much fiddly to assemble even when they worked well on the second coach. I find the MJT type perfectly acceptable in the context of a train and they've got the necessary flexibility to cope with my layout's undulations. I've fitted Spratt & Winkle couplings at either end of this short rake, with a simple hook and drawbar arrangement between the coaches. The last job will be to add coach numbering and perhaps a hint of weathering to bring out the panel detail. Other than the bogies - and maybe you'll have more luck than me - these really are fantastic coach kits, and there are no real snags in the main body construction. In fact, putting together the bodies is very satisfying as the mouldings are so crisp. They are now marketed by Coopercraft. Get 'em now, before someone announces RTR Toplights! Finally, I need to find something to build a pair of vehicles to use those two pairs of bogies I built by mistake! Time for some research...
  4. 1 point
    I did some ballasting on the American layout last week and while the mood grabbed me I decided to do a bit more on the 4mm one as well. As mentioned elsewhere, I'm using dilute Copydex rather than PVA to preserve the quiet running as much as possible, but other than that the process is similar, although the Copydex does seem to begin to set quite rapidly compared to PVA so the time for adjustments is not as long. With ballasting I find it necessary to come back and do a second pass to take care of missing spots and so on. The home signal is the Dapol one which, although it may not be as fine as a kit built version, does the job for me. In fact I have still not stopped grinning like an idiot every time it operates. I have to relocate this one a bit further along due to a change of plan about where the barrow crossing will go. I could have posted this on the S&D blog of course but the module is stuck in GWR mode at the moment and will be for some time to come. Cheers!
  5. 1 point
    Following high level discussions with PMP, there's a chance these two cheeky chappies may make an appearance on Albion Yard during its Railex showing. Both are suitable for the Forest of Dean although I make no claims for appropriate loco shed allocations, etc. The 94XX has featured on my blog in the past but it has now received a little more work and a touch of light weathering, hopefully to suggest a loco that could plausibly be running in early BR days, despite retaining GWR colours. I wasn't happy with the Gibson GWR straight pattern buffers as originally fitted - not only were they, in my eye, somewhat underscale in diameter, but they caused acute buffer locking on part of Paynestown - so I removed them and fitted some larger white metal examples which will do in the interim. The 4575 is a typically smooth running Bachmann example which has been running on my layouts since these models were introduced. I have to say, I am smitten with Bachmann's prairies and own more of them than I strictly need. But they are such sweeties. I have done very little with this model other than to renumber, add some crew, coal and lamp irons, and a smidgeon of weathering. Unfortunately I have lost/run out of appropriate vacuum and train heating gear for these locos. Cheers!
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