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  1. I appreciate your input and accept your reasoning, but your "vote" only confuses me, as I now have support for all the variants excepting the one I liked.
  2. Thanks David - I didn't know, and congratulations for getting a copy for £1.50 - I've seen prices up to £99 . However, I'm fortunate to have various dimensioned plans and drawings from the GNoSRA, so I'm probably ok. Neverthless, I'm keep my eye out. Thanks for your input, Chimer. Sorry to hear about your soldering. The secret (if there is one) is cleanliness - iron & solder as well as the things to be joined. If your solder is dull in colour, then it's oxidised and hard to use, so chuck it. Buy quality solder and no-clean flux. So that's 2 votes for copperclad, one for bridge joins and ½ for fishplates.
  3. Today, I completed track laying on the first baseboard of 4. That’s 11 days to lay 5 turnouts and about ¾ of a length of flextrack. I'm not quite up to RodneyV's metric of a yard a week, but still progress. That’s as far as I can get without crossing a baseboard join, which will be my next hurdle. From my research , there are 4 possible techniques: The “bridge” join. A short (100-200mm) removable section of track is placed across the board join, and is installed as the baseboards are brought together. This doesn’t seem particularly feasible, especially with droppers, but I’ve seen it used somewhere. The fishplate join. Track is laid across a baseboard join, secured normally (eg track pins, glue) and then cut. One end of each track is fitted with fishplates which slide fully on. When the baseboards are joined, the fishplate is slid out to ensure correct alignment. The brass screw join. Brass screws are driven into the edge of each baseboard directly under each rail, which is then soldered to the top of the screw, and then cut. The head of the screw can be narrowed to the width of the rail by filing to improve the aesthetics. The copper-clad join. This seems to be the current industry standard: copper-clad sleepers (thin strips of printed circuit board) replace a few sleepers on each side of the baseboard join, and are hard-fixed to the baseboards. I’m not sure which way to go. My baseboards won’t be making journeys beyond a few metres, and will have protective ply end-plates to guard not just the rail ends, but also the to-be-modelled scenic escarpment at the back of the layout. I'm attracted by the fishplate join's simplicity, and by it's ability to not counteract the sound insulating characteristic of the Tracklay-on-foam approach to track laying. But I'm open to comments. I mean, I'm a beginner, what would I actually know about such things.
  4. aardvark

    Little Muddle

    I heard of someone who had named their toilet Jim: he would tell people that he was up early to go to the Jim.
  5. aardvark

    Little Muddle

    And practicing social distancing.
  6. Quite probably the same answer: one more. Just one more. It's completely different. Can't possibly live without it. If you really loved me ...
  7. Back in February, I thought I had a lightbulb moment, but I was wrong ... I was going back though messages from a few years back, researching "mixed" trains at Banff, when I realised that I had completely misread (or ignored) one particular message. There never was a missing turnout, and there never was a run-around loop. The 1st OS survey of 1866 clearly shows the "missing" turnout, but it's not a loop, rather it leads to a short end-loading siding facing the goods shed. In later years, the end-loading spur was extended to become the main goods siding, and the end-loading facility was removed to the other end of the loading bank and facing the other way. The existence of a goods loop seems to have been a myth perpetuated by later OS surveys, signalling diagrams, Ian Futers' Modelling Scotland's Railways and Greenock & Districts Inverboyndie. Ian Noble appears to have stuck with the prototype in his 2mm layout. So, I'm back to where I was. Additional of a turnout to provide a goods loop would add to the “play” value of the layout, but be far more non-prototypical than I had previous thought. Use of Beetles and FlyShunters would allow replication of gravity shunting. St Enodoc's suggestion of a non-prototypical station pilot is also tempting. It will be a bit more time before I get to laying or not laying that particular turnout, so I've got time to give it a think.
  8. aardvark

    Little Muddle

    An ideal site for a gasometer?
  9. You power turnout frogs from your accessory bus? Or just the associated control circuitry?
  10. Thanks Rodney, but I gave your post a "Funny" as you haven't allowed for the Higher Priorities that occur.
  11. Thanks to all that RMWeb is, I have discovered that your good friend and mine, Capt. James Cook, was a serial sandwicher. He named an uninhabited atoll in the Cook Islands "Sandwich Island" in 1773, then an island in Vanuatu in 1774, then a group of island near South Georgia in 1775, then Hawaii in 1778. My wife says that it's unclear whether he had contracted a tropical disease, or whether he suffered from the results of an unbalanced shipboard diet, as the writing in his journals got more and more erratic as the years progressed. It must have been of great relief to him that, should they have been shipwrecked at any of these, his crew would have been able to eat the sandwiches there (sand which is there).
  12. The ever-reliable Ben Alder has instructed me to use a digital camera as a modelling aid. In my previous post, once I had made it, examination of the photo seems so show that the flextrack sleeper that is pinned looks deformed, while there seems to be a kink where the flextrack joins the far turnout. Both of these "seems" turned out to be the case, so I've spent a chunk of today lifting and relaying (and lifting and relaying, and ..) the same track until all is better. Here's one for St Enodoc:
  13. More possibly useful information: How to Import SVGs into Silhouette Studio Basic Edition
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