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  1. I realised that it is a while since I posted any photos from Bradenham, so here goes with a few, explaining things like the running of the Black5 and the mock ups for the platforms:- Firstly, here are a couple of my Black5 approaching platform 1:- and a closeup of the cab:- Here is the station buildings end of the up platform (its footprint shown by grey card), with the end of the bay at the extreme right:- Here is a better view of the bay:- Followed by the middle, where the width is not meant to change in the middle of the photo! :- And finally the up end (the shape of this is not quite right yet!). Tomorrow I will have some more shots showing how I am thinking about the cattle dock, which will be on the far side of the bay platform track! Cheers for now Paul
  2. Well, sometimes you have to go backwards, to got forwards:- So today, all I have achieved is to add more items to the above list:- Progress Kaydee couplings Start testing positions for magnets for Kadees. But I did enjoy a running session on Bradenham, one item being to run my Black 5 on the down main. After the various ex GWR locos I have, this is one of my favourites, taking me back to the early 60s, standing at Luton Midland Road station watching several of the type running through on various trains. Sitting between Bradenham and Wycombe End, reminded me of those days with the Midland line on one side of me and across the road on the other side, Bute Street Station, on the branch from Hatfield to Leighton Buzzard. I always liked to get there early afternoon when one of the through trains from Leighton Buzzard arrived (most of the LB trains terminated at Dunstable North). I liked this train because it often produced an unusual (for the branch) engine including standard 2-6-4Ts and ex Midland 4-4-0s. Happy days!! Cheers to you All, Paul
  3. So said I on Tuesday! Alas, none of this small set of tasks have yet been accomplished, but tomorrow is another day. A large chunk of today has been absorbed by an odd fault in our brand new (well, two months old!) printer. It just sat there and refused to copy or print from either of our computers. The only thing I could think off was that, not having been used for a couple of days due partly to the saga of my brother in law, who thankfully, now seems much better, it had gone into a power saving mode, and the display had gone off, Finally I got it back to life by switching it off and on again at the power strip it plugs into inside the cabinet it sits on. Previously, doing the same with its internal on/off switch had no effect. What I will try to get done today is my research into the top speed of the Wickham Trolleys, so that something has been achieved on the modelling front. Meanwhile, if like me your railway room is outside of your house, make sure you have plenty of small projects to keep you busy indoors over the weekend as a lot of the country is due another soaking, both days. Cheers for now, Paul
  4. Well, we survived the dentists, but how much more of this weather we can take is another matter! So, its just a few odds and ends today I am afraid:- First up, as a bit of fun, I had the Wickham Trolley buzzing round Bradenham like a demented bee (its the yellow version!). I'm sure that even when I ran it slowly, it was still much too fast for the real Trolley. I must look up what their maximum speed was? My layout builders had been worried about there being sufficient gap between the rail ends where the rails cross from one board to the other because they thought that my railway room not being part of the house might get hot in the summer. Well I don't think even with Global Warming we are likely to get a longer hot spell than the last few days, and today the room is 35. It helps that the side with the main window and door is north facing, while the second window although west facing looks out into our greenhouse so only gets diffused light, never direct sunlight. I also have a latch, so that I can hook the door back wide open. Giving the Earl a further run, I t really is growing on me, I must look out some suitable coaches for it, possibly Collett suburbans. In the no progress box:- Platform mock ups Signals mock ups Rail painting Ballasting Still, I don't want to run out of things to do ,do I? Keep cool and soldier on is the order of the day, Cheers Paul
  5. I don't know about you lot! First of all you run the scrabble box out of Ps, then someone goes onto Ds, followed by a hint of Bs, and now we are on to Ws:- Whatever weather we will wish will for it will end in a wash out, that's what it will!!!
  6. Yesterday afternoon, when i posted my previous offering, I could not see the chaos that the next 24 hours would bring to our household! It was not floods from the thunder storms that caused the problem, but my wife's early evening phone conversation with her brother, near Northampton, which revealed he had some health (but not Covid(!)), issues. The upshot was that 8pm saw her jumping into a taxi (you may recall that we are now without a car?) with a small overnight bag, and a promise to see me "sometime before mid morning Thursday", when we both have dentists appointments! So I had to get busy rejiging our meals to avoid a load of waste, as well as doing my wife's household jobs on top of my own. Initial prospects at her brothers, were not good and it looked like a six hour wait for an ambulance (so c3am!). But as brother in law seemed stable, after a conversation with me, the ambulance was cancelled. Cutting an involved story short, my wife returned this afternoon, with her brother on the road to normality, after a visit to his GP that she accompanied him on, and given a couple of treatments, with further GP appointments booked. So little modelling got done except:- 1) After hearing back from the folks who sold me a sound fitted Bachmann Wickham trolley, as to the chip address, which I could not find from my test track as I got the dreaded "cannot read CV", resulting in a test under that address which worked! 2) I unpacked and tested two sound fitted steamers, namely an Oxford Rail Dean Goods and a Bachmann Earl. I am very please with both, although they are really too early for 1960-2, GW and GC, so will be Rule 1 use, unless I decide to run a 1950s version of the layout. They had been pending due to the arrival of "Bradenham". So tomorrow is another day, but how much modelling the trip to the dentists will allow, remains to be seen? Best regards All, Paul
  7. Like you, I had an accumulation of BR(W) diesels, ancient, old, and modern. However, I have been reducing my score by selling all my older versions. Mainly this has involved disposing of a good number of Lima models plus the odd Hornby Hymek. This process has been accelerated by my move to sound fitting, which is not easy in the Lima models, and often involves new motors etc. I still have to invoke rule 1 though as my GW&GC line, rarely saw Warships, or Hymeks, and needs more than my small fleet of Westerns! But the variety of sounds is ample compensation. Cheers All,
  8. Hi Neal, Glad you are making some progress on a number of fronts! I find modelling like that sometimes, you make little progress on something, you put it aside for inspiration, parts, right painting conditions etc.etc., pick up some thing else, go round the same loop again. Sometimes I do this on four or five projects, then suddenly everything comes together and the pace you move forward at, takes your breath away! Your turntable looks an marvellous bit of kit, be interested in a video of it working, although could never fit one into Bradenham. Funny you mentioned your Earl. I got the one I bought a week or two back out today. Very pleased with it and nice that the sound file is a bit different from the run of the mill. Until I bought it and also a Dean goods, I had fitting crew as a nice to do- eventually! However, open cabs soon convince you otherwise. These two are rule 1 purchases, although, as I have a number of locos with the early BR totem, I might run in 1950s mode as well as early 60s. I will be posting more about these two locos on "Lower Thames Yard" soon. Meanwhile, here in sunny(!) Bedfordshire, after two days of your Spanish weather, it is currently thunder and lightning! Best regards Paul
  9. Can I trump you with the addition of a Western? (plus a Hymek , but someone else has already mentioned them!)
  10. Hi there, Doesn't time fly when you are enjoying yourself, or getting to grips with a difficult problem? I decided that I would wait to finalise the down platform that I posted the first mock up for here, on Saturday, until I had done a similar exercise for the up platform and looked at the two together on the layout. It looked to me that the up platform would be straight forward. However, I had not taken into account that this would be on the far side of a train in the up platform and therefore more difficult to view, than the down one. An added difficulty is that the up platform sits between the up main line and the bay line. So I have been fiddling around over the last two days trying to get something in place as a mock up that i am happy with. There is some way to go on this. What I have done so far is ok for the straight portion of the platform up to a Mk1 coach length or so along the bay, but it gets more tricky once the two tracks start to curve. I have yet to decide how far to take the curve of the platform. I then have to decide whether it is more prototypical to have the two platforms ending at the same point, or whether one should be longer than the other. Hopefully I will have something to show you tomorrow. Another factor in all this is the British weather doing its usual thing of going in 24hours flat from too cold to too hot! I think the last couple of days have been the warmest I have known it in the railway Room in the 4 years we have leaved here. One thing I have moved forward is the purchase of a wheel back to back gauge. I was in AGR this morning collecting a couple of Locos that had been chipped for me, and found that Anthony stocked one. I will run the locos tomorrow and report on them and the application of the gauge to the standard class 4 tender. Meanwhile, here is hoping you are all ok and Covid safe, and have not been pinged by the dreaded NHS App!! Cheers for now, Paul
  11. More on back-to-backs later, but I didn't get to post anything yesterday, as I was having trouble with the full size railway, or more correctly, the advanced ticket system! We and our two sons and their families have booked a holiday house in Cornwall this August. So I needed to book my wife and myself on the trains to get us there and back. Now up to the beginning of the Pandemic, we had frequently booked advanced tickets on Virgin for trips to stay with our youngest son and his family in Flintshire. So I thought, Great Western Trains system can't be that different to Virgins can it- I know the trains are different - class 800s, so the seating layout will be different. All seemed well to start with, but getting seats from Paddington to Truro was difficult, we ended up on a later train than we had hoped for, and the return journey is via Birmingham! So having sorted all this out, it got to paying, and then I was stuck. Initially the system wouldn't accept either my credit card or Paypal, and kept warning me that there was a 45 minute limit on the transaction. It took three goes round this system and luckily in that time noone else wanted to book on the trains we were wanting, so we managed to keep our seats! In the I worked out that the Bank Security software on my laptop was braking the link because it didn't recognise the website, because I had not used it before! So I had to tell it that I accepted the use of the website and then the payment went through! What a Faff!! I know these systems are there to protect us, but when they get in the way, they become a pain. On to the back-to-back measurements that John sensibly recommended:- Not being a loco builder, I don't have one, so this afternoon, i looked for one. I found several, but then the question was, plastic, aluminium, or brass, and a cost range from c£3 delivered to c£12 delivered. And then off course I preferred the sellers whose names I recognised, and all of them had all sorts of other goodies on offer!......., so I am still considering what to go for. On the platform front, I can attach some photos of my first mock up from card, posed beside the down main with a train posed beside it. It may be that these mock ups are too wide, and the right hand board is narrower. However, it will need to be longer as the end of the 4th coach is beyond the end. More on this topic later... Cheers for now, Paul
  12. Apologies for not updating this thread, the problem was cured by reversing the leads on the frog switch, so 10 out of 10 for those who spotted it! Cheers Paul
  13. hi All, Well, it had to happen eventually, today I had my first trouble with locomotive running on Bradenham! The loco concerned was my Bachmann Standard class 4 2-6-0 76069. I think the root of the problem is the light weight tender. The loco did not like running tender first, derailing at points. Whether it will run ok with a load behind the tender , I have yet to see, as the fault happened towards the end of my running session and I did not have time to investigate fully. As often happens, I had a few minutes to spare, and saw 76069 sitting on a siding waiting for its code to be checked. So I put it on my test track, set the code, and immediately put it on the layout. Firstly I had a problem with the loco to tender connection, and it took a bit of fiddling to get that right, then off it set round the down main from the station area only to come to grief at the down to up cross over, which was when, having righted it, I found out about the poor reverse running! So looks like I need to dig out some lead. Tomorrow I hope to finish the cardboard mock up for the down platform. Hope everyone is ok and that unlike our area, your Covid level is dropping? Cheers Paul
  14. Good evening, Yesterday I promised you some photos to show the position of the down platform at Bradenham, so here they are:- In the first photo below, the rake of coaches on the left are drawn up at the proposed platform position. You can see that there is quite a wide space below the door and first two windows of the first coach, but then the space is quite narrow for the rest of the first coach and the first half of the second coach, beyond that the space widens again although the track starts to curve to the right. The second photo taken from the other end of the platform shows the curve in the track and the baseboard in more detail:- So hopefully the platform can be a self supporting shelf above the shelf shown in the photos which supports the points switch units. In a day or two I will post another pair of photos from the same locations showing cardboard mock ups of the platform. Happy Modelling, Cheers Paul r
  15. Good Evening All, I had an enjoyable session in the railway room today. First, I set two steam hauled trains running round Bradenham, and followed with one steamer ready for shunting in the yard. I then decided I would try some more atmosphere by setting up some steamers on Wycombe End letting off steam, with the aim of doing some shunting with them while the two trains ran round Bradenham. This worked well, but did alert me to the need to reset some CVs so as to balance the sound levels, as some of the locos were not too audible. While this was going on, I made a start on tidying the Railway Room, so hopefully I can find things more easily! Tomorrow, I intend to do a similar process with diesels, which will I hope demonstrate the difference in tone between types of diesels, thus demonstrating that not all diesels sound the same. A job that I have pencilled in for next week is to mock up the signals, so that I can make final decisions about some of their designs and send the details to Stephen Freeman so he can get going on their manufacture. I also need to decide about their operation, whether to use the accessory switching on the NCE, or manual switches. Accessory switching on the NEC saves the need to find space for another switch bank, but slows the use of the loco controls on the NCE. More on this later...... One job that will be easier, is the building of the down platform, which I had thought would need a sub board fixed to the main board. However, in the end there is sufficient main base board space to support the ends and the rail side face of the platform, so it may be possible for it to be self supporting. I will post a photo tomorrow to illustrate this. Cheers for now, Paul
  16. I find boring jobs get done best by setting a realistic target for each session, and having something nice lined up for when I have met the target!
  17. Good Evening everyone, As I want to keep this thread football free, (other sports are available!), I must just say that I have two grown up sons and three grand children who are so disappointed at last nights events! Meanwhile, in the railway Room I make no apologies for planning on spending this week playing trains. although I do intend to tidy the room up and put my tools etc. away at the same time. I have also to devote a good amount of time to catching up on non railway related jobs around the house and garden. So today i sat and watched the world go by as two trains circulated around the mainline while I shunted another loco in the yard. The boards may be bare, except for track, the track unballasted and without signals, but what does that matter when there are trains running? Heaven!! On a serious note, one lesson learnt, is to check all points are in the straight ahead route when leaving the railway room, so that when you come back, the main lines can run without having to think about point settings? Keep up the good modelling, Best regards Paul
  18. My slightly tongue in cheek comments on Sainty's perfectly sensible approach, based on my experience with these joints:- Place the wire into the right hole -first problem- multi stranded wire- you would think that if it came out of a hole, it would go back into a same sized hole?- wrong, it has a mind of its own and expands, the strands seem to spring apart, and if you are cack handed - like me - and touch the wire on the side of the hole - even worse! If you try to twist the strands together with small pliers you stand the chance of them breaking. If you then strip more insulation off you are shortening the length of wire you have to play with because the other end of the wire is fixed and it is bound with cable ties to other cables along the way with the ends of the cable ties cut off. Second problem - multi strand wire in small gauges is flexible, so to get it into the hole you need to hold it fairly close to the end, then you have difficulty keeping your fingers out of the way of the light and the screwdriver . My eventual solution was to find some short lengths of suitably sized single strand wire, which is stiffer(!) than the multi strand. Even I managed to quickly insert them into the holes and clamp them. I then made temporary twisted wire joints at their outer ends to see if the problem I was trying to cure, was cured. Once I was satisfied that this was the case I replaced the twisted wire joints with choc bloc joints. Time scales:- Struggle with multi strand wire-couple of hours(!) Time to find and prepare single strand wires, fit them to the switch, joint to multi strand wire, run first test train-30 mins Just wish I had had the flash of inspiration to use single strand wire, which came to me when i stopped for a coffee, earlier! Cheers All Paul
  19. Good Afternoon, I managed to cure the point control panel problem at the second attempt, but the point frog problem took a lot more discussion between my self, the builders, and those who contributed to a thread I opened specifically for the problem. Firstly, there wasn't an obvious loose wire! However, some photos I took (but didn't get to post here, but the best one is below), revealed that the wiring to the frog switch on this point (labelled 10differed from that on the point behind it (labelled 2) which worked correctly. So I am pleased to tell you that reversing the yellow and blue wires on the problem point (point 1), has removed the problem, locos run well over the point in all directions ! Having said that, while getting the wires out was easy enough, getting them back in correctly was tough. It reminded me why I was aiming to minimise the amount of wiring I had to do under the layout. Getting the lighting, my eyes and the wire in the right position where for instance, I was close enough to see the detail of the holes for the cable and the securing clips, without my fingers being between the light and the point switch, was not easy and took a lot of patience. I couldn't get to see the wire connections as clearly as they show on the photo above. So now the layout works fine, but the railway room needs a serious tidy up, and I need to catch up on work in other areas, so the layout will take a back seat for a few days! Take care All, Regards, Paul
  20. The layout builders agree I should reverse the yellow and blue wires on the point labelled 1. I will do this tomorrow and post on here the result. Thanks All, Paul
  21. Can you explain in more detail what you mean? Do you mean the locomotive/track power wires, or the wires to the point motor?? Thanks
  22. Testing with a meter has produced the expected results. My latest thoughts, are that I think there is a short circuit somewhere around the point, rather than a fault with the switch on the point motor. I have noticed that when the wheels of a loco reach either of the ends of the point (coming from the left) or the break in the frog (coming from the right), the loco cuts out and the red light on the NCE socket panel goes out. I have carefully inspected the area around the frog on this point and on those in the other crossovers but cannot see anything different on this point. I have emailed this observation to the builders and await further feedback from them. They have responded promptly with suggestions to each of my emails. I think they are trying to resolve this without having to visit because of Covid. In the past they installed the layouts they made, but concerns over the virus lead them to decide to stop installing until things return to normal. I understand this as the virus level here is above the England average. Thanks to all for their input, Best regards Paul
  23. So folks, what in January was in the future, is now reality! The end to end is of slightly different dimensions to what I originally stated, and is called Wycombe End, the 12ft x 4ft recently delivered is called Bradenham, and more details of each can be found on my thread "Lower Thames Yard". The link between the two is still to be made, although as the physical distance is only some 8 inches of double track, I might even get to make this bit myself! I hope to devote this thread to the technical side of both layouts, while Lower Thames Yard will concentrate on the operational and scenic side of both. Best regards Paul
  24. To answer the three sets of questions:- 1) Visual inspection of wiring (see attached photos), looks ok. 2) The whole point is dead for traction. 3) a) I sent an email to the builders, before I posted this, they replied before i read the replies to this post, and i have just updated them on my visual inspection including copies of the above photos. b) Will come back on this tomorrow when I have has a chance to run the meter over the point to confirm my answer to point 2) above. c) Points are modified, frog power provided by the switches on the Cobalt iP Digital motors (see attached photos). Frog wires are green. Thanks for your input guys! Paul
  25. Calling All Peco Electrofrog Points experts:- I have a problem:- Background I have a commercially made round and round 00 gauge layout which was delivered a week ago and I have successfully installed, and got the three boards connected and levelled. Electrically the layout is operating fine via an NCE Power Cab, Cobalt iP Digital point motors and two Alpha Centrals for electrofrog point control. The layout builders tested all the track/points/ control systems prior to dismantling the layout and delivering to me by their own transport, carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and shrinkwrap. The Problem The electrics work fine except that on one crossover between the up and down main lines the point pair will change over correctly via the point motors but the one of the pair of points nearest the front of the layout is dead of traction power. I have tried with a number of different locos and approaching the point from all three directions, but it is consistently dead. All the surrounding tracks work correctly. I am guessing that there is a wiring fault under the point, but I have yet to investigate underneath the board. Hopefully there will be an obvious detached wire, but I would welcome readers' thoughts in case this is not the answer? Many thanks Best regards Paul
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