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  1. Hi Howard, It wall looks great and it is giving me ideas for the station platforms I am currently building. What did you use to paint the walls? I hope Rod is feeling better. We are planning on visiting Sal's mum in Ottery within the next month or so, so hopefully I will be able to sneak off again and pay Ramchester another visit. Peter
  2. Just in case people were worried and I'd left the dark side and returned to OO modelling I thought it is time for an update! Over the last couple of months or so I've done a lot of maintenance work on the track and the DCC feeds to improve running, and also put some extra batons under the middle of the baseboards. The station side work is complete and I've still some work to do on the depot side. I have been doing a lot of work on the station platforms, I finally got round to building the other platform. I have used AK Interactive Asphalt and Concrete Terrain Acrylics for the platforms, edged with the white acrylic pen. I shortened the original platform to the same length at the new one and then applied the AK Interactive acrylics as on the new platform. It is still a work in progress but the bulk of the work is done and shortly I will hopefully be able to ballast the station track and then I can start work on the goods yard. Here are some photos of the work so far.
  3. Dave, I've tried all sorts of glues, with varying degrees of success even with the same glue. I even tried soldering and whilst this worked, the heat reduced the power of the magnets, perhaps I should have known this but it was worth a try. I then thought of using a plastic housing and the best way to do this I thought was using a 3D printer, so when I eventually got my printer last week it wasn't long before I started experimenting. I had tried the larger square magnet on a Heljan Deltic attached to six Darstead Mk 1's which were attached together using Kadees, it didn't work so last night I found some 5mm x 2mm round magnets and quickly drew and printed some larger links. I attached one to the loco and one to lead coach and it did pull the six coaches but once it hit the tightest curve on the layout it failed but it did manage the other three quarters OK, so perhaps some more tinkering.
  4. I take a different approach to Hunt as the magnet is part of a link whereas they use a new style of coupling to hold the magnet. There are a number of companies producing couplings using a similar method for a number of years. Here are some examples. First4Magnets from 2013 GLR Bespoke Services MagClic (I think have been doing O Gauge couplings in the same way for a few years now) I would therefore be surprised they could patent it as I would have thought it would have to be a new and original idea, which going by these links it is not.
  5. I did say that this it was an initial test with the wagons and I will be doing a full test once I have converted some more wagons. If the smaller magnets don't work then I have the stronger magnets as a backup. The second video shows the bigger magnets on three Ellis Clark Mk 1 suburban coaches, these are heavy coaches with brass sides and a metal chassis, and it pulls them no problem and they remained connected when the rear coach derailed, the engine did not uncouple. It went through various points with no problem and the maximum radius of 5' and mainly under, so below the recommended radius, and it worked fine with no buffer lock. If there is some problems I would look at adjusting the links to compensate. It is of course horses for courses, it won't work for every layout but for my 20' x 12' shed layout it looks like it work fine, even with an element of unevenness on the levels, part of a current work in progress! The main reason I wanted to develop an easy to use magnetic for shunting and not be restricted by having to have the wagons/coaches in the right direction to work. The layout goods yard has been designed so I can do the Inglenook Puzzle and I don't want to be messing with 3 link couplings when shunting. I just use a small stick or pointer, as long as it is not magnetic, it works fine. Failing that the hand of god as in the video! LOL! I will be doing more testing and I will post the results on here.
  6. Though I have not posted for a couple of months, I have been quite busy doing a few different jobs on the layout and fitting sound to locos. The main work has been on relaying the track and ironing out running problems, especially on the 3 way point I built, getting it ready for ballasting. Last week I bought a Flashforge Dreamer 3D printer, whilst I have got lots of ideas for it, the initial job was printing some 3 link couplings to hold magnets, I have just updated my post on my experiments with magnetic coupling which can be found on the link below. I will be posting more about the work on the layout soon.
  7. I have been working on and off on various versions of the magnetic couplings, but last week I got a 3D printer and decided to take a fresh approach. I've made two versions using a 3D printed link to hold the magnet so no need for glue. The small version holds a 3mm x 1mm round magnet suitable for small wagons. This is how they come off the printer. The initial tests were done using white PLA but a dark silver metallic PLA arrived today for the final versions. The magnet clips into the round hole and then attached to the hook as shown above, Originally I just had one metal link and the printed link, whilst it worked OK if the magnets were aligned correctly it looked clumsy if they weren't though they did connect. Therefore I've added a small link on the hook which allows the printed link to move more freely and connect whatever way the magnets have been fitted. When fitted it reasonably looks like a 3 link coupling. With the overlapping links it gives the impression of a three link coupling (if you don't look too closely! ) Here is a short video showing it working, this is only a first test run I will be doing a full test once I've converted more wagons, The second version uses a 3mm square by 1mm deep magnets for coaches and bigger wagons, Again the magnet just clips into the link. As they come off the printer, this time I remembered to use the second PLA for the printing raft. The raft gives a good surface for the small links to stick to, it was too hit and miss printing without it. Though uncoupled they don't look as prototypical. once coupled the overlapping links give the appearance (from a distance) of a full link. As with small version there is a small link on the hook. The connection to the loco. Once I have got some more nickel silver wire I will redo most of these links. This is a test run using a Dapol Jinty with three Ellis Clark Mk 1 suburban coaches, as you can see there is no problem pulling these coaches which are quite heavy, and as you can see it easily couples up on the curve. It is not on this clip but the rear coach derailed on a point and other coaches and loco did not uncouple and stayed attached! I very pleased with the results using the 3D printer but I will be doing more testing over the next few days. The 3D printer is a Flashforge Dreamer and I have been using the free version of SketchUp, more of this on another day.
  8. Time flies by when your enjoying yourself, I've just noticed it's exactly a month since I last posted. There has been a lot going on in the background, there is some new stock which I will post more on later and I've been working on the station platforms. One side of the station is nearly complete and here are some shots so far. The lower end of the platform showing the ramp. The middle of the platform looking towards where the station building will be. The opposite direction giving the game away on one of the new locos! Experimenting with ballast and weathering. The white edging was achieved using this Acrylic marker and masking tape. The grey for the flags is a Dulux Slate Grey tester pot for about £1.80 complete with roller and the Tarmac is the Woodlands Scenics Tarmac paint. I also recently acquired this depot building which needs a little work but nicely finishes off the depot yard area of the layout.
  9. Yes, I was lucky it had only been on the Ellis Clark website for two hours a couple of weeks ago. I will be fitting sound later this week.
  10. After a weeks holiday back to the grind! Today I completed the track on the Goods Shed area of the layout and all wired up and runs nicely. And with the Goods Shed in place. The Goods Shed needs some work which is another job on the list. I used on of the Marcway 3 way points modified with my smaller tie bars and to raise the height the the same as the PECO track I stuck coffee sticks to each sleeper. And two new editions to the rolling stock.
  11. I've just checked on the App Store and the current version is 1.8.4 which was updated 3 years ago.
  12. I mocked up the platform edge with the weathered stone, this test stone strip is more glossy than the sheets I did this morning.
  13. I intended today to continue work on the existing platform and make a start on the other platform. The best laid plans of mice and men comes to mind! I started by painting the Slaters stone sheets. Firstly with Dulux Mossy Stone. Then I started to weather them with the Muddy Brown wash. I have still to add some of the Moss Green. Here are the weathered sheets and I think the effect is very good. I applied it with a cotton bud as a brush was to even. I then rang a friend to discuss ideas about the Goods Yard and he suggested a 3" extension would help improve the area around the Goods Shed and solves the problem raised by 47606odin. So I added some 2"x2" batons. Then I added the three inch extension. I have now reworked the track layout to use the extra space and replaced the two left hand points with another Marcway 3 way point. The track is temporary laid at the moment to make sure it works and it seems to work fine. The station platform edges on the goods yard side are temporary as well.
  14. I've been experimenting with the stone edging. The base colour is the Dulux Mossy Stone, which is easy to apply with the roller. Then I used the model mates washes, Moss Green and Mud Brown. The left is Moss Green with Mud Brown on top and the right vice versa, not too much difference, but I think the effect looks quite good. Top View. What do you think?
  15. I have made a lot of progress today on the main station platform which is now complete except for some filling and sanding. A view from the bottom end of the station, to the right is the next stage and the other platform and goods yard. Towards what will be the main station area, again to the left is the work on the other platform. This will be the main part of the station with the main station building and a footbridge to the other platform. I have scored out the platform edges which will be painted grey with white edgings as in the previous post. Another view of the main station area. The stone edging has been painted using a Dulux Mossy Stone paint sampler, which for £1.79 with an inbuilt roller seems good value, with some weathering is should be OK.
  16. Today I've been experimenting with the platform to see the effect of scoring the flags and painting. Here are some photos of the experiment, I am happy with the overall effect but the stone colour it is too light despite being weathered stone. Ironically when looking for some ideas for the station platforms the nearest I could get to my mock up was Longton Bridge Station which is the station I had started to build on my OO gauge layout which the O Gauge replaced.
  17. Today I started work on the station platforms. I had already used 25mm x 5 mm strips of pine wood for the platform edges. I then filled them in with 25mm deep polystyrene sheet. I covered the platform is 3.6 mm plywood which I had fun cutting to shape. I had been considering using laser cut sheets for the platform sides but in the end decided on Slaters stone plastic sheets with those bamboo sticks cut in half and used as the edges which I have mocked up here. The bulk of the platform will be tarmac colour but the edges will be stone and I intend to mark out the flags using a Dremel etching tool, you can see the first attempt on the bottom right of the last two photos.
  18. After sorting out the Depot/Fiddle Yard I wanted to sort out the single line section as there has been some running problems, also on this section I have a slight cant on the curve. I was so impressed with this on Ramchester I wanted to include something similar on mine, so I decided to have one on the single line section. This has been achieved by raising the track by just under 1mm using coffee stirring sticks and it seems to have the desired effect. Whilst doing this section after some testing with a couple of fussy locos I had to relay it as there were some not so obvious kinks causing running problems and derailing. It now works fine with both locos even though I had to reduce the radius on one half to 54". The track comes very close to the wall at this point so I plan to have a tunnel on this part of the layout to hide this, it will start roughly where the Woodlands Scenic is placed on the photo and will end just before the Engine Shed on the right of the picture. The tunnel mouths will be reduced in height.
  19. The goods shed is based loosely on the one on my Holcombe Brook & Tottington layout which was not too dissimilar and this was a real location. Here is a photo of the Goods Shed at Holcombe Brook Station, admittedly there is a little more room but not that much, the track is going to be filled in like on this photo.
  20. Last night I was looking at the pictures of the Depot/Fiddle Yard and I wasn't happy with the curves on the roads, so I decided to rebuild the small extension by extending it, the maximum width is the same. So a quick visit to B&Q for some wood and I got a 2400x1200x25 mm piece of polystyrene for use on the station and scenery. I should have broken it up in store because it was very windy and I was soon chasing pieces round the car park. Here is the new frame for the extension. And the new extension. I made use of lots of off cuts I had lying around. The new track alignment which l think look a lots better and I've given a slightly wider gap between each road. Now to get on with the curves and hopefully some work on the station platforms.
  21. Today was quite productive with quite a few modifications to some of the track plan. Firstly the Fiddle/Depot Yard, I replaced two right hand points with one of my Marcway three way points to give some extra length on two of the roads. Firstly I modified the Marcway point. I used some coffee stirring sticks to give the sleepers the extra height to match the Peco sleeper height, then I replaced the tie bars with my bamboo version. The revised Fiddle/Depot Yard with the three way point. I revised the head shunt on the Depot Goods Yard adding a second road. The left hand road can be switched to be a programming track. The next job is to make sure all the curves don't have any kinks. I started on the top single line curve (the section in front of the Loco Shed in the last photo), this has a slight cant but was a bit hit and miss so I've started working to improve it, all will be revealed in the next exciting adventure of Savoyard's Adventure in 0 Gauge!
  22. I've been working hard on the shed layout today and thought I'd have a little fun session to end the day, so I ran this Brush type in two tone green and the Hoover in Railfreight grey!
  23. I decided on a track plan for the goods yard based loosely on the one on my OO layout 'Holcombe Brook & Tottington' which allows a loco to run through and around the goods shed. It also allows for operation of an Inglenook Puzzle. The new layout. Views with the Goods Shed and Buffer in place, I bought the Goods Shed a few years back with a layout, now pleased to have found a use for it, but it needs some TLC. I think the platforms will be the next job.
  24. Yesterday I rebuilt the extension on the station goods yard area to allow more room for a better track layout. Firstly the completed new frame. And the new extension complete I got some ideas for the revised track plan which I will try today. To be continued.....
  25. It is the only entrance but the door opens outward and the flap easily opens and is also easy to get under. The lock you see is one of two on both sides of the door so that it is secure on both sides and cannot be forced open. Anyway I normally lock myself in so I am left in peace!!
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