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  1. Would a scaled-down table tennis table mechanism solve the balance issue? The two leaves are supported near the middle by legs that are on casters and move towards the centre as the table folds down. Edit: I completely mis-remembered how that mechanism works, the legs under the pivots don't move, the outer legs do. The pivot legs are on a fixed frame and create a gap between the two leaves when folded up. Still might be worth considering.
  2. That is a lovely model, thanks for sharing. I've built kits in 7mm and am going to try scratch building at some point as well so I'm not too worried about stock, this is going to be a steady long-term project.
  3. Thanks for the info, checkrails are a good idea. I'm going to aim for 48" and see what happens
  4. Brilliant, thanks both. That's actually better than I expected. I've wondered about deeper flanges before but much prefer the scale ones. I think for this first layout I'll go with the ssmrs standard and see if I have any trouble making track well enough for reliable running. Thanks again!
  5. Hi all, I wasn't sure whether to ask this here or start a new thread, but this seemed like the best option. What sort of radii are typical in S? I'm considering the scale for a shelf layout where it isn't too much of an issue but eventually want to have balloon loops at which point it would become important. I've tried searching for information myself but all I've been able to find is figures from the US which seem implausibly tight. In terms of what I'll be running, Jubilee 4-6-0s would be the largest regulars but the occasional big Pacific on a funny train would b
  6. Would having the fiddle yard nearby help to alleviate the problems caused by the shorter quayside line? The only unavoidable problem I can see is that train lengths would be limited by the length of the longest platform, but we tend to run shorter trains that the real thing anyway. That being said I'm not an expert on how Fort William was operated so there might have been some moves that relied on the longer line? I've been thinking about the similarities between Fort William and Minories myself lately, although coming at it from a slightly different angle. Starting with Fort Wi
  7. I use the jig and I've found a couple of things help. The first is to only put two bases in it so that there isn't too much resistance. The second is to take the bases out of the jig as soon as the rail passes through the last chair and then move them the rest of the distance along the rail by pulling the rail rather than pushing. This prevents the rail from buckling. Finally, once the full length of rail is assembled I put it loosely back into the jig at various positions to straighten any slight bends and even out the sleeper spacing.
  8. That's great, thanks! Sadly I don't know anyone with a lathe but your method sounds like it will do the trick so I'll give it a go. I've built a couple of turnouts before so not worried about that part, just couldn't figure out a reliable method for making the gauges. Thanks again
  9. Sorry for the late reply, I sometimes make a mental note to do something and think that I've already done it! Thanks a lot for the further info Compound2632, the signalling in particular was helpful as it's an area I know very little about. I agree about the combination of watching trains go by and shunting, there'll definitely be at least one Jubilee (Bahamas was in regular service on the KWVR when I was a kid), I'm also planning on having some form of Mid-day Scott as I love main line expresses and I'll justify it as a small station on a big route (plus rule 1). As to freight I have a
  10. Excellent thread, loving both the trackwork and the buildings. If it's not too much of a diversion: you mentioned way back in the earlier pages that you make your own gauges for n2. I understood the n2 standards diagram you posted a couple of times but I have no idea how to go about making gauges, would you mind briefly describing your process for that? I'd really like to give n2 a try but can't without knowing how to make gauges for it first and google wasn't particularly helpful (I suppose it is a fairly obscure subject).
  11. Thanks, I'm glad it's looking suitably Midlandish. I've shortened the second dock siding as suggested, would it make sense for this to have a dual use as a secondary access for the cattle pens (probably sheep in Airedale) and as an end loading siding with a ramp up to it? Or would it be more likely to be end loading with no ramp so that carts etc could be backed up to it and be at the same level as the wagons? I'm happy to have parcels / milk be handled at the platforms, I just had them at the dock sidings because I didn't know where else to put them, does handling them at the platforms mea
  12. Been playing with putting the station on the straight and the yard on a very exaggerated curve, I think it works better. The curve through the goods section is 4 foot radius so it shouldn't look too bad. Thoughts or opinions? Do people agree it's an improvement over the previous attempt? Also managed to get hold of some copper clad strip and gauges to experiment with building some points
  13. Turned out to be more complicated than I thought. The slide bar isn't cosmetic, it just looked that way because the crosshead had slipped off both top and bottom slide bars and fallen behind them. The right angle joint between the union link and the combination lever had also managed to invert itself somehow. Anyway with all that straightened out it runs again. Wobbles from side to side a tiny bit and there's a slight rubbing sound when the crosshead reaches the bent part but I think that's inevitable, the main thing is that it runs forwards and backwards at it's slowest setting without an
  14. I'd assumed that pliers wouldn't be able to get in since they are bigger than the tweezers, but thought I'd give it a go since you suggested it. Turns out it was exactly what was needed! The bar is still kinked but since it seems to be cosmetic (the crosshead is attached to the upper slide bar but not the lower one) it should be ok now I've got it out of the way of the coupling rods. Need to try running it tomorrow but I'm feeling hopeful. Thanks for the idea! Tim
  15. Hi, First, sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I wasn't quite sure where it should go. I recently lent my Farish 3mt to a friend and it has become damaged. Specifically the lower slide bar on one side has bent inwards so that it is jamming the outside motion. I've tried fixing it with some tweezers but can't access it well enough to grip it properly. I can think of two potential solutions: 1) Snip the slidebar with some clippers/track sheers. This would definitely work but would permanently damage the loco 2) Disassemble the motion as per the instructions to get better access
  16. I think I've been making it too complicated ever since I decided to use more space, the last couple of attempts definitely got out of hand. I've decided to go back to the original idea: a smallish ex-midland through station with a fiddle yard at each end. The latest plan is basically the medium sized typical midland station that Compound2632 drew for me. This time I've tried building it in Templot to see what it looks like with custom pointwork and it definitely flows better than anything I've had before. Thoughts and opinions? One problem I can see is that to access the goods loop from t
  17. Still wasn't happy with it and still think it's too big so I went back to the original idea which was supposed to be a small station near a terminus because I didn't think I had space for the terminus itself. Casting about for ideas I've come up with something that fits ok and is based loosely on St Pancras with added carriage sidings so I have the operational interest of forming up trains from ECS and a parcels depot to add some NPCS into the mix. What does everyone think? It would let me do a bit of operations (forming a train) then a bit of watching trains go by (run out and back) which
  18. Thanks for the info MrKirtley, I was thinking about Calverly and Rodley, not far from Armley and Kirkstall as a prototype but I'm moving further down the line for inspiration now. Helices were a thought but they would need too excessive a gradient to fit in the space I have. I took the half-station idea and drew a bunch of ideas based on it but I couldn't get anything I liked. Fundamentally I think the problem is that having the line loop back on itself feels odd. Something that I've been avoiding is a lifting section across the door because I felt that having to set up the layout ev
  19. I hadn't thought of a half-station, that opens up some interesting possibilities, cheers! I'm going to have a play around and see what I can do with it...
  20. I've had time to play about with the layout and I'm a lot happier with it now. I managed to fit the trailing connection to the bay and the lay-by siding. I've also managed to add the return loops I want but at the cost of some compromise: the southern return loop will have to be a lift out section for the cupboard door and the norther return loop is quite short and forced a larger s-bend in the station than I wanted, my plan is to cover that with the station building and the ramps down to the platforms to give the impression that the line continues straight without looping back on itself. I
  21. No worries, I appreciate the help. Thanks for looking that up, I'm happy to leave it for NPCS but it's nice to have the option of a departure bay if I need it. I took the trailing connection with the three way out because I couldn't get it to fit with the geometry available but I think I might be able to by changing some other curves slightly so will give it another go. The lay-by I just plain forgot, should be fairly easy to add. Keighley on the Airedale line had (and still has) the station building on the over bridge which is what inspired me, both because the prototype is still th
  22. It's a good suggestion but I can't use up that much of the room. It did give me an idea though: if I shrink the station and put it on the inside (where the blue lines are on your suggestion) I can put storage on the outside. I've had a go at this and it seems to work better than the other ideas but I'm still not completely happy with it. I moved the carriage sidings to the fiddle yard portion of the main lines because they basically are a scenic fiddle yard, albeit one limited to ECS. I could link the carriage sidings to one set of storage sidings with the line shown in green which woul
  23. I could accept the bay being a loading dock instead, there is plenty of operational interest for passenger services without it. That being said, if I did want it as a bay how would it be arranged? Coming directly off the running line would be my best guess but it is just a guess. Regarding the gradients, they are for accessing the fiddle yards, the idea being to have a hidden level that turns the layout into a dogbone with storage loops. I can see three ways of arranging the non-scenic sections and have done rough outlines for each. The first is what I originally had in mind, drop to a
  24. Good point about the bay, cheers, That one's easy enough to sort. I'm also thinking about extending the headshunt/trap at the bottom of the goods loop to make it possible to shunt the sidings without fouling the running lines. Interesting that freights are the most likely to be problematic on the gradients, I wonder if I could use that to my advantage by keeping a loco in a spur somewhere for banking. It would add operating interest to through freights which I was worried about, not sure if it would work though. Thanks for the reply, Tim
  25. Hi, No worries about hi-jacking the thread, it's produced some really useful information. I tend to agree with Compound2632 that the trailing point - slip diamond yard entry next to the platforms is a key Midland feature, and with ejstubbs that trailing access from both ends is another. I've also thinned the trackwork out, removed the facing point, and put the goods shed on a loop. Thoughts and impressions? I feel like I could extend then goods yard loop towards the bottom of the image but at the expense of making everything look a lot more cramped. I'm also unsure about the gradie
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