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  1. Moving along the branch I've removed the unnecessary signals and been converting Gipfeldorf into Schwarzfelsen. Whilst I was at it a bit of remedial work was done on the goods shed. Originally I had put a small SMD LED in the roof with exceedingly fine wires running down to below the baseboard. Somewhere between fixing the roof in place and connecting the light to the layout one of the wires broke somewhere. As the rear wall is against the backscene no one will be able to see the bodge repair. I drilled a hole in the top of the back wall, inserted a pre-wired white LED and glued it in place. Job done. Flushed with success I took pity on the workers on the loading platform and gave them a couple of lights to help during the short winter days.
  2. In an aquisitive mood recently I obtained another of the 6-wheel rebuild coaches, this time a composite. This, of course, raises the question of whether a three coach train of Umbau-Wagen will fit. There was only one way to find out so I fired up the P8... Plenty of room at Gipdeldorf/Schwarzfelsen but the carriage siding at Schonblick was too short. Fortunately that is easily sorted and by putting another uncoupler in the composite can be left at the end of the siding and the more usual two coach train operated. Whilst I was at it I looked at putting in an extra siding by the brewery. That will fit too.
  3. It is a shame that with the easy availability of track and rolling stock now that there are so few of this sort of layout around today.
  4. The Rangierbahnhof (marshalling yard) at Maifeld has two of these class 212 diesels that run trip workings to the nearby stations. This one has turned up with six wagons in tow, four for Neustadt and two for the branch. It has arrived in the branch platform. Now, that uncoupler that I put in at the end of the S-Bahn platform/run round comes into its own. Having left its train in the platform the diesel moves the wagons leaving the branch to the top of the S-Bahn platform to get them out of the way. It then collects up the outbound wagons from the sidings at Neustadt... ...and adds them to the collection.Fortunately Neustadt doesn't get a frequent S-Bahn service - most runs don't get this far. Now the wagons for Neustadt can be distributed. With the interchange track clear it is an easy matter to access the Shell depot. Once the Neustadt wagons have been sorted out the ones for the branch can be put on the interchange track. The wagons heading for Maifeld are pulled out of the S-Bahn platform using the branch as a headshunt. They are then propelled into the branch platform and the loco runs round using the S-Bahn platform. All done and ready to return to the Rangierbahnhof. And just in time to clear the platform for the S-Bahn.
  5. If you enjoyed that then you'll want to wait around for its main line counterpart.
  6. So, with enough wiring done to get something moving, let's see how things work. Looking across Neustadt the two sidings at the rear (with the canvas covered open and the container wagon) are the two unloading sidings. Coming forward we have what is nominally the branch run-round loop (which leads to the Shell depot and loco fuel point off to the left) playing host to two vans that are waiting for a trip up the branch. In front of that is the branch platform, then the S-Bahn platform (which serves as an extra run-round loop) and then the main line. The branch goods rolls into the platform line. The train stops over the uncoupler. This particular loco has remote couplings so could have stopped further up the platform. The S-Bahn platform is used as a run round track. The loco couples on to the rear of the train and pulls it out of the platform. Then it backs down onto the waiting vans and picks them up. The vans are then propelled into the platform line and left, with the guard's van. The wagons leaving the branch are put on the run round. The departing train is ready to leave. Peace descends once more. I shall have to rename that run round as an interchange track.
  7. No plan survives its first contact with reality. At the bottom in the middle is the branch loco release road (blue) that doubles as a diesel refueling pont and trebles as a stabling point for the railcar. Now according to the plan there isn't space to make it longer but in reality I can just squeeze it between the main line and the wall. This not only means that the railcar can stay there all the time that it is not in use but, as a bonus, its trailer can sit at the end of the siding when it isn't in use. Up at the other end of the station the need for a small change has been thrown up by test running. The S-Bahn platform (green line) which serves as a useful extra run-round line for the branch can be made even more useful by adding an uncoupler at the branch end. This has meant some extra wiring and relocating a signal but that is a small price to pay for the benefits that it offers. I shall expound on these when I do a photo run through of the shunting operations.
  8. Perhaps some kind group will put it on line for the edification and entertainment of the masses.
  9. Rats, I thought that I had cornered the market. Why is it that every time you lay track the baseboard develops these strange coloured stalactites underneath?
  10. That's the track down. The buildings are just for effect at the moment but the railcar has arrived at the site of the branch platform under its own power. The catenary along the platforms will have to wait until the platforms are in place because of the cross spans, but as the main line doesn't go anywhere at the moment I can't see that being a problem.
  11. Having just returned from a visit to Whitwick Manor I have come over all pre-Raphaelite so I offer this painting that quite struck me whilst there. It is of Jane 'Jeanie' Elizabeth Hughes, Mrs Nassau John Senior (1828-1877) who, in 1874, was the first female civil servant as Inspector of Workhouses and Pauper Schools.
  12. That depends on Mick's version of history.
  13. But whilst engaged on this errand to York did our esteemed mayor manage to negociate the purchase of some devices for joining rails together?
  14. Of which I was for far too long guilty as charged. Two-thirds of an iceberg is under the water. I wonder what proportion of building a layout is hidden? Like wiring a control panel... There is another panel to build for Neustadt as well. Long-standing readers may recall that the idea (well, one of them) is for trains to circuit the main line under automatic control whilst I faff about shunting freights and running branch line trains. This is all well and good but this is one of the points were automation and faffing about must interface. Whilst it would be possible to do it all with things from the Marklin range of the era it is far more elegantly achieved with a bevy of toggle switches. This will mean cranking up the soldering iron so will be avoided for as long as possible. Still, now the main panel is done I can get back to track laying.
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