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  1. The advantage of the kickback, in model terms, is that it makes use of extremely valuable baseboard space. When it serves the engine shed, there is no real shunting problem so long as the loco can get in and out when required.
  2. Just a quick note: The 3-way turnout you are using is only available in Streamline Code 100. The Streamline Code 75 version is asymmetric.
  3. Hi HRM, The restrictions imposed by a small model force BLT trackplans into a few familiar patterns and the question of how to signal them comes up quite regularly. I went through the same process when I came back to the hobby. Here's my Version 1 "Hampton Malstead" plan signalled after several rounds of revisions and learning: You can see that the track plan is basically quite similar to yours. My kick back Gasworks siding comes from the yard and so there's no signalling requirement, whereas your "to future modules" connection would need some protection. I
  4. I've fixed the pointwork down and I've been able to cut the rails over the baseboard joint so that the box can be folded up again. (I hadn't dared to move it since I glued the copper clad sleepers over the joint in the new year!) Here's a brief catch-up: I modified the turnouts and wired them using @Suzie's method. Amazingly the sleeper spacing I had measured for the copper clad sleepers worked out pretty well: The collected works of Charles Dickens holding the track down while the glue dries: Rails soldered to coppe
  5. Absolutely wonderful, Mikkel! I can imagine the station staff "effing and jeffing" as they struggle with the slippery little beggars and shocked young ladies having to be escorted away from the scene, having never heard such language before.
  6. No problem - I'm just making suggestions in the spirit of helping you figure out a solution that works for you. We're very much on the same wavelength about the whole point of the exercise and I'm fully on board with the idea of imagining your one modelled station represents several up and down the line as a train runs around. Personally I would have more of problem with my through station standing in for the big city terminii but that's just me. (And it's the cause of my own dilemmas when I'm designing my own layouts!)
  7. Wash Common and Enborne feature in my family history and railway history: Enborne was the birthplace of Albert Pibworth, "Old Pib", who was one of the drivers on the famous first non-stop Flying Scotsman run to Edinburgh. He also took part in the 1925 exchange trials, driving an A1 pacific on the GWR. In retirement he lived at Wash Common and is buried in Enborne churchyard. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/22886-driver-albert-pibworth-on-the-gwr/
  8. If the storage area is operated as carriage sidings doesn't that mean that, effectively, every train on the ECML has to terminate at and depart from Eastwood Town? Or to put it another way trains can't just pass through on their way to somewhere else, Edinburgh, London or wherever?
  9. I can see your extra deep baseboards do make any lower levels quite tricky. And yes, I agree that anything hidden is to be avoided if at all possible. But in the end you might decide that some partly hidden solution is a price worth paying to keep the middle of the room open and all parts of the layout easily reachable. For the record, I was thinking of two possible alternative junction positions:
  10. It's good to have a light source that casts definite shadows more like the sun than most layout lighting rigs but I must admit that I find most of the recent photos (I guess with the builders lights) quite harsh. Are the two things linked? I don't know. (More "noisy" in the digital photography sense of the word, perhaps).
  11. Hi Gordon, Thinking about your storage problem: (Bear with me...) If you took the storage access line off your main lines outside your station entrance crossovers you wouldn't have any problems with wrong road running because traffic could just cross straight over immediately. You'd then need more distance to achieve a shallow gradient so... Could you run the storage access line right around the outside of the room, behind ET, descending as it goes, obviously. You might have to notch or reconfigure some supporting framework and it would go through the stairwell, I
  12. I've used Builder's Merchants "hardwood" ply a lot and it's been fine for me. E.g. Travis Perkins, Jewsons, etc. Your mileage may vary. (Check the sustainability of whatever material you use, though... That becomes ever more important!) Here's a blog entry from when I was making open frame boards a while ago: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/20645-test-track-baseboard-construction-pt2/
  13. Would that allow the joints between boards to be accurate and rigid enough to align tracks that are curving, angled in XY and on a gradient (i.e. angled in Z) where they cross the join?
  14. Yes, more or less. "Lattice" / "crossbeams" - pretty much the same things. I only call it a "lattice" because it's all ply and an integral part of the baseboard unit. You could use the woodland scenic risers but in my mind they wouldn't quite fit with a modular open frame baseboard system because: One of the advantages of the open frame is that you don't need to cover the baseboards with a ply surface and the woodland risers would need a surface under them as well as a surface on top. (You need the surface on top at least at the joints to hold the trac
  15. You're over-thinking it... The water cover would be operated by gravity. It could be shaped at the ship end to wrap around the bow/stern of the ship(s). It would roll in when the ship leaves and just get pushed aside when the ship docks. As far as wash is concerned, you could probably paint some light turbulence on so that it looks vaguely right in all conditions, maybe? But it you really wanted to go for it, maybe it could be animated in some way - er, a skinny edgeless LCD screen showing a video??? Now I'm over-thinking it!
  16. Someone suggested that it might be useful to use levers to reverse the motion of your rodding...
  17. Hi Steve, What if the ships were themselves on rails and run from your normal train controller, ideally DCC. (Yes, I said ships...) Having loaded the ship that’s docked, you raise the ramps via DCC. That alone may be enough to hold the stock in place but if not then you actuate some other clamping mechanism like David’s magnets. Then you gracefully drive the ship off scene, into a “ship fiddle yard” where there is, cunningly hidden, another ship with alternate stock on board. To hide the rails while no ship is docked there’s a section of “water”
  18. Yep, so just to be clear, some of the joints must connect sections of the branch line while it is still on a gradient. This is more difficult to engineer reliably than level joints but should be do-able if you make very stable structures with tight and accurate fixings between them. You might consider open-frame all-ply or nearly-all-ply construction for these units. That method is lightweight, strong, and allows easy variations in height of trackbed. The basic principle behind all-ply construction is to use ply pieces joined perpendicularly, usually glued,
  19. Not much change on this plan, I'm afraid. I have been working (very slowly) on Minories. I have drawn a more balanced curve, with wider radii in the scenic area (red): I need to make templates for OO-SF turnouts and work out how to curve them reasonably. I had an idea about the fiddle yard: Since it's in the living room, and since lots of stock will be standing in it that needs to be protected from cats, dust and general knocks it would be a great if it had a glass (or acrylic) cover. Practical and an attractive display cabinet of sorts.
  20. Hi John, It all sounds very exciting! Is this topic morphing into a Layout Topic, not specifically about electrics any more?
  21. Could the central siding of the type described have been used to allow passing by having the train ahead setting back into it, assuming it was not used to hold rolling stock? (BTW: A bi-directional central loop, as the OP imagines it, would need facing points at both ends, signalling and multiple FPLs so quite a complex and expensive bit of infrastructure. In fact, quite expensive in terms of space in a model too...)
  22. https://www.phoenix-paints.co.uk/products/precisionrailway/nationalised/14p134
  23. Some interesting discussion of voltage spikes on DCC systems here: https://sites.google.com/site/markgurries/home/dcc-problems/decoder-problems/decoders-blowing-up The author suggests that it’s an issue on busses longer than about 10m during short circuit events and is caused by inductance in the track bus. He suggests twisting the track bus wiring (and explains why and when to do this in some detail) and/or fitting an RC snubber.
  24. Hi everyone, I realised yesterday that I may have made a mistake... I concentrate on interwar GWR and I have pre-ordered 7808 Cookham Manor in shirtbutton livery. OK, so at least I got the basics right, she did exist pre-war and she has the right livery, but I gather that the model represents her in preserved condition, very much post-war. So my question is, what are the visible differences in Cookham Manor as preserved and in pre-war condition? (Chimney???) Or to put it another way, will the model pass on a pre-war layout? Or to put it yet another way, do I need to change my order?
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