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Ray Von

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  1. I think what's needed is some sort of blade that is VERY slim (from top to bottom) starts at a point then levels off keeping a sharp edge along the horizontal plane. I used an 11 scalpel blade, which is about thirty degree angle.
  2. No, that hasn't been an issue - my main problem was finding a way to get the brass arm from the operating area at the front of the layout, to the points at back of the layout - with four sections of laid track in the way.
  3. Thanks, I do have a Dremel and find it invaluable - would such an attachment fit in the space between my lines though?
  4. The holes I needed were horizontal and at baseboard level the Archimedes drill couldn't approach the track at anywhere near the necessary angle, especially between lines.
  5. Thanks Ian, that was my original plan, and I did install rods under the board - as it was 1mm rod it tended to bend at the right angled sections, rendering it unreliable.
  6. Firstly, is webbing the right term?! I mean the plastic that forms the sleepers and the support for rails in most track. In my case, N gauge flexitrack. Having laid down track, pinned it and then added third rail detail - my layout plan changed and I added a set of points parallel but behind these four sections of track. The problem was that the points were going to be controlled by brass rod o at baseboard level, so I needed to get a tunnel of over 1mm diameter through the plastic. I have managed to do it, but I'm not particularly proud of my method for doing so - basically inserting a scalpel blade at alternating sides of the rail until plastic finally gave. Not my best work, and I did accidentally scratch the top of the rails a few times before using a piece of plastic packaging as a guard. Here's the "tunnel": It worked - technically, but if I ever have to do this again does anyone have any ideas? I thought about a heated wire to make an initial hole and then feeding through some kind of a flexible abrasive wire or cord to form a neat aperture?
  7. It's a fantastic idea and it would work, but I have some manual uncouplers that are controlled by rods in the area concerned - I'm definitely going to look at it. In my mind platforms 1-2 are EMU commuter / goods services and strictly "in and out", platforms 3-4 and the facing sidings are diesel passenger traffic with facility for uncoupling and stabling, plus EMU's. The short siding - front left, is for a (semi fictitious) rail served scrap yard. Phew!
  8. Thank you so much for the feedback, the station building is just "plonked" for the picture, I will probably trim it down by 1/3 or so, also I've left room to stretch the main platform a bit too. Would love to join the two lines, but space is limited and that dictates manoeuvrability back and forth over point work. But, thinking of the future - I see this layout as a good "central section" whereupon I can extend left and right into longer sidings and platforms.
  9. Just a few quick pics of the last bit of third rail I can lay before more arrives in the post and some detail of wiring on the insulated track sections: Laid in the now traditional way - held in place with Blu-tak and then glued at intervals with super glue, which seems to be "drawn in" to the gap between rail and sleeper by percolation (?) Some gets on the edge of the rail inevitably, but is usually quite easy to remove with a blade once thoroughly dried. You might be able to see some yet to be removed in this pic. Plus detail of isolated track joiners: Isolated section power feed (ready soldered fishplates) connected via on/off toggle switches on what will one day be "Platform 2": The view from down the line: Lastly, a quick experiment with local beach sand (not rinsed or sifted!) on a piece of offcut track: Promising, but I'll probably opt for shop bought play sand....
  10. I've always liked this design: But the finished article looks "wonky": I believe it's based on a signal box in Wimbledon, the model is Farish. Looks like a good candidate for a conversion into a pub circa 1983....
  11. That's great, really enjoyed watching that - so much to see! I never realised how bl**dy dangerous the job was! So at about 2 mins in there's a chap to be seen on the platform, in uniform I think, was he taking part in the uncoupling? Also, (to add to your woes) how does the practice differ when a rake of coaches or wagons is delivered by a shunter, do they tend to carry crew enough to perform the task AND how does the person doing the uncoupling communicate with the driver if they are, for instance, detaching half a rake of coaches, say, four carriages away from the engine? (Sorry!)
  12. Wow, thank you for that! Forgive my ignorance, am I to assume that this is going on from platform level and right in amongst the couplings? Also, I have a siding straddled by two other tracks - when uncoupling here, is it commonplace for crew to perform this task on the ballast between lines or should there be a footway of some kind. (Bearing in mind the era I'm modelling.)
  13. Ashamed to admit it, but I haven't the faintest clue how the loco's on my layout would actually uncouple from their coaches, despite this being a big part of my intended day to day operations. Just for clarity, era is late seventies / early eighties, rolling stock are diesel with BR Blue Grey coaches. So how's it done? Do I need to make provision for railway personnel to perform the job - especially on trackwork away from platforms?
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