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    Sectorisation, Railways in the south-west, and preserved steam! (also the RhB in Switzerland!!)

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  1. Landscaping is slowly continuing around the viaduct. I've found this a particularly challenging area to shape but hopefully this board will be ready for plaster bandaging soon. Hope every one is safe and well. Nick
  2. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to see how it all fits once the wires actually start going up. I'll keep you posted!
  3. Apologies for the lack of updates lately. Lockdown has caused some difficulties with obtaining materials. I've also been weathering my British stock which has taken up a lot of time. I'm now on the final section of landscaping around the viaduct. I've cut some very basic pieces so far but I'm waiting for the glue to dry before I go in for a heavy attack carving it all into shape. Hopefully I'll have some more developments in the not too distant future. Cheers, Nick
  4. Looks like you've made excellent progress so far, look forward to seeing your progress
  5. Hi Everyone, I hope you're all managing to survive the current situation as best as possible. A second layer of plaster bandage was applied to board 1 and this has given a lovely solid surface to work with - board 2 remains uncovered presently. I made a start yesterday on the lighting gantry. I've managed to find enough softwood and 9mm ply offcuts for the two end pieces to hold the pelmut up - the first of which has been assembled and installed on the layout. The second one has been cut but has yet to be assembled. As I mentioned before, until I can get some more foam (or a suitable equivalent) I'm slightly stuck with making any further progress so I've been using the time to weather the coaching stock for my British layout, St Kenvince (see RM March 2020). Hopefully Wales will ease its restrictions slightly soon and I can crack on again. Stay safe and keep well, Cheers, Nick
  6. Hi everyone, Just a quick update tonight. Board 1 has had its first layer of plaster bandage today, more is on order to do another layer and the second board. I've temporarily run out of foam to complete the area around the viaduct but whilst that board has been taken down I've been tidying up the wiring underneath with cable ties and clips etc. More news soon..... Hopefully! Nick
  7. Hi Everyone, A little bit more progress to share with you. Landscaping around the tunnel has commenced although as you can see its still very much a work in progress. I'm hoping to complete this section this week and then at least 1 board will be ready for plaster bandaging. I've also been doing a lot of painting on the station building which is nearing completion now - I will post a picture when it's complete. Hope you're all keeping well. Best Regards, Nick
  8. I need to have a proper test run. The layout is currently split due to the scenic work being carried out. Once I've run some locos under their own power I'll be able to be certain if I need to make any changes. I'll keep you all posted!
  9. A bit more progress over the last few days..... The catenary in the tunnels has been installed at either end complete with a ramp to raise and lower the pantographs. This was quite a fiddly job with a lot of trial and error but we got there in the end. Thanks to my mate for making a 300 mile round trip on Sunday to teach me and help me do it. The landscaping is nearly there (apart from around the viaduct). I've also started to build the road today and the level crossing. Following the successful test with the Dapol magentic couplings the front siding has also been properly laid and ballasted. Unfortunately there are too many things with glue/filler etc which are now drying and I will just end up disturbing if I carry on! More news soon!
  10. They are fixed. I did buy the coupling pockets as well but haven't been able to mount them in the right position/height using them. However, this pair manage to go through all my pointwork with no issues and go round the corners fine which are about 14" / 360mm radius approximately.
  11. Afternoon all, Landscaping is still progressing and I hope to show you pictures of this shortly. However, one job that has been bugging me for a while has finally been completed today. One of the trains I intend to run is a mixed train dropping off a few wagons in the siding and pick them up on the next trip. The standard Bemo couplings are somewhat unfriendly for hands free shunting. I use Kadee couplings on my British OO gauge layout but after offering one of these up to a Bemo wagon these were clearly far too big. I've been browsing the web for a while and came across the Dapol magnetic couplings which look and behave very similarly to Kadee's. I ordered a set of magnets and a pair of long armed couplers. To cut a long story short, I've found that if you remove the Bemo coupler & drill a small hole in the Dapol one (which accepts a track pin through the centre) and also drill through the centre of the buffer beam this will set the coupling at the correct height. I've used a tiny drop of superglue with applied with a cocktail stick to secure the assembly in place. I've posted a short video on my YouTube channel to show the operation but there are also a few photos below to show the underside and their appearance once mounted. Hope it's of interest and more progress soon hopefully! Nick
  12. Thanks Jeremy, work is progressing albeit a bit slower due to several other things getting in the way (as they do!). As soon as there is some more visible progress, I'll post another update. Cheers, Nick
  13. One of my operators has used their SBB E/E 3/3 shunter with sound on the layout before!! We generally try and be sensible but we can't help it when it's "happy hour!" Oh.....and no moaning when Thomas comes out to play - it's done for the kids and to get them engaged with whats happening rather than just staring blankly! See you all in the morning! Nick
  14. Indeed - one of Mr Gresley's finest and my favourite member of the class!
  15. Correct! Although we usually run a steam hauled railtour as well. According to my deputy CME it's the VSOE tomorrow - I've got A4 60009 to go on the front but there could be a Bulleid as well
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