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  1. Steve, Thanks for showing the results of that method on Code-100 track. It may not have been a success, but it has convinced me not to use the method on my Code-100. I think I'll be sticking with the good ol' water/pva mix on the ballast. Ian
  2. Richard, I did a Google search with 'barry norman ballast railway model' and came up with: https://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?t=27412 Look for the photos about 30% of the way down, or search the page for 'barry'. Ian
  3. Upper Level Baseboards - Tracklaying As tracklaying continues 'south' from the station across Upper Baseboards F & G, I'm planning ahead for the arrival of the plain line Mainline tracks at the main junction on Baseboards I & J, the Leicester Line Junction, in a few days. The Leicester Line Junction is a major 'feature' of the layout and gives access between the two Leicester Line Tracks and the four Mainlines. It also provides access to the Brewery Sidings and the MPD. It's a complicated junction [1], made worse by the presence of join between Baseboards I &
  4. Pete, That's exactly why I chose to model an actual place. I got hold of a book of track plans for my chosen location (where I grew up) and used that as the basis of my layout. Effectively, the LMS and BR did my track layout drawing! Operationally, I know it works. Ian
  5. Richard, Could be quite a few things causing that problem; chemical residue on the underside of the sleepers or the baseboard top some polish/wax leftover (even off your sleeves)? As you used unpainted plywood, there might have been some 'sap' in the wood. That I have seen on some sawn timber. Not a problem I've come across, yet, using neat PVA to fix the track down. Ian
  6. Rob, Based on your earlier descriptions of the difficulties with access to build this part of the layout, I'm imagining you being some sort of contortionist to be able to take the photo. Well worth the effort, a pleasing photo. Ian
  7. Matt, Are you (or have you ...) going to cut/scribe some grooves into the hardstanding plastic (?) to represent concrete joints? I think these are typically to represent 10x5m slabs. Ian
  8. Rob, An interesting observation. I don't actually own any Code-75 so I can't do my own comparison. Sometimes I do think Code-100 'looks' a bit too high, but that's only under close scrutiny. However, all of this is 'above my pay grade', as they say. From my viewpoint, I had to go with Code-100 for 2 simple reasons; I have a lot of old Lima locos, wagons, & coaches with their 'famous' pizza-cutter wheels that are only suited to Code-100, and Peco doesn't make all the turnout geometries I need in Code-75 (well, not yet). Ian
  9. Rob, Thanks, it was nice to finally get some track down and see the 'plan' slowly emerge. I'd have liked the station platform to be longer, but that is as long as I can make it given the limits of the room length. I was also pleased with the junction installation at the south of the platform. I spent days wiring, drilling and assembling before I committed to gluing the track down. Even then I had to plan the exact sequence of gluing to allow for installation in a series of sub-assemblies. All that work paid off though, as the track is well aligned without any visible ki
  10. Upper Level Baseboards - Tracklaying Following the arrival of some turnouts, I've finally made some progress across Baseboard E where the main junction at the south end of the station is located. In a previous posting I showed a plan of the junction. Well, that has now been installed, along with the platform tracks (including the Bay platform [1]), the through Slow Lines, and the sidings to the East of the station. [1] - The Bay platform was removed towards the end of the 1960s and a much simpler layout resulted. However, I wanted to keep the Bay platform du
  11. Richard, Now that's a really weird level crossing, a dual carriageway with one side using an underbridge and the other a level crossing. One assumes the original layout was with just the underbridge, and that the level crossing was added with the conversion to a dual carriageway. As they say, there's a prototype for everything. Ian
  12. Richard, If possible, I'd avoid the road crossing the turnouts. At the 'top' there seems to be just enough room between the 3-turnouts to squeeze the road in, and at the bottom you have a bit of plain line between the 2-turnouts to use as the crossing point. The only place I've seen road crossing 'in' a turnout is inside factory complexes. Before you commit to anything, it might be a good idea to think about fence / wall routes as these really enhance a layout if done realistically. Ian
  13. Agreed. I've been using decoderpro in a the same vein. Might invest in a sprog sometime ... Ian
  14. Rob, I already went headlong into the DCC method from day 1, even to the extent of retrofitting DCC chips to my fleet of ageing (but un-used) Lima diesel locos. I do own 1 sound-fitted loco, but it's only a Hornby chip, nothing exotic. One of these days I'll dabble with a proper sound chip using JMRI and, hopefully, gain a bit of confidence to retrofit some of my locos with sound. -------------------------------- Nice to see the pair of Class 20s on your layout. I initially thought 20184 was a bit far from home (Toton), but I see you cunningly renumbered it
  15. It was worth a try. I have managed to successfully glue a Hornby metal pinion gear onto a CD-ROM metal motor shaft using superglue (without baking powder) on 2 occasions. In both cases there was actually a small gap to fill with the glue. This method followed what I saw in a YouTube video, so the method is probably quite common in the CD-ROM motoring of Hornby ringfield fitted engines. Ian
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