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    Louth, Lincolnshire
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    The Bodmin & Wenfordbridge Railway, North Cornwall Railway, GWR & BR(WR) (mainly in the south west), LSWR & SR (again mainly in tghe south West).

    Other interests that get in the way of railway modelling are, Golf; Wargaming, attemptng to playing a Bass guitar along with a Bass Uckalele.

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  1. Yan

    Carrs Ash Ballast

    I've ordered some 2mm Ash Ballast from C&L. Thanks for pointing me in C&L's direction sulzer71
  2. Progress is being made in trying to create sleepers for the three sidings at the front of the layout. I’m starting to hone the technique in staining these sleepers but I don’t think I’m there yet. I feel the colours are not quite right but it’s starting to feel I could achieve a reasonable representation of old weather worn sleepers. Once they have been embedded in ballast, chairs and rail added, along with a modicum scattering of static grass applied around them, they might look OK. A little more practice and track laying wi
  3. Yan

    Carrs Ash Ballast

    Thank sulzer71 It looks a little course compared to Carrs but might be worth a try. I've even been through my spice cabinet & tried ground Nutmeg as an alternative (which would require painting) but would prefer to match what i have. Cheers
  4. Yan

    Carrs Ash Ballast

    Does anyone have any Carrs Ash Ballast they don't what? I've been trying different solutions to replicate its texture but struggling to match what already have. Cheers Ian
  5. I'll take that on board, thanks. That will be thought about when I stain old sleepers that are laying track side. For the moment I'm staining timbers for use in building plain track.
  6. I'm starting off with an NCE Power Cab, which I believe I can add further controllers (ProCab and/or Throttles) and command stations as required later. My plan is to have each Power District electrically isolated from each other with its own circuit breaker of some kind. I'm currently reading about MERG's boosters that have circuit breakers built in, no doubt there are others available. It seems I have a lot to learn...
  7. Wiring diagram to follow in the next Blog which should show my thoughts better. I'm new to DCC so I may have got the theory completely wrong so the diagram should help me to confirm one way or another.
  8. This week has been spent on two main areas: Pondering the wiring of the layout got me thinking about Power Districts. Staining sleepers prior to track laying. Firstly on the subject of Power Districts I’ve decided to have seven. You may wonder why I’ve gone for seven on such a small layout but let me explain my thinking… I’ve only had the privilege of operating a couple of DCC layouts but one of the main issues I experienced was electrical shorts. On one layout the short brought everything to a standstill, on the other it shut big sections down that in essence
  9. The original track plan had to be discarded as it was in too poor a state due to being used for constructing the baseboards. So during this last week I printed out and pasted together another full size track plan. This will be pasted to the baseboards and used to position the turnout along with laying all plain track in situ. First task was to make sure the new track plan fitted… Hmm overall the fit was not too bad but there were a couple of very minor tweaks to be made. I’m putting the slight misalignment's between the two track plans (the one used to cut the plywood and the new one) down to
  10. Has anyone used any Geosenics items, especially their Granite ballast? https://www.geoscenics.co.uk/ If so what was it like for scale? Cheers Ian
  11. Nice work good to see a variation being modelled on these fine locos. I've always fancied a 28xx, unfortunately I can't justify one on my new project so a I'm little envious.
  12. Just arrived this morning is a reproduction of the shed plate carried by locomotives that where allocated to Penzance (Long Rock) Engine Shed. Yes I know Rospeath Lane is not a model of the facilities at Long Rock but in my alternative history it would have been the primary Engine Shed for that area so would have been allocated 83G as its shed code. I wait for the derision from the purists to see if I'm brave enough to display the plate on the layout if it every goes out to exhibitions...
  13. Hopefully the photos below will depict my progress over the last few days Last few sections being glued in place on the second board after checking on the turntable for position, height and alignment View from the front with the last fascia being fixed in place It all looks OK, ready for the different sections for the baseboard tops to be cut and glued in place. Checking all the cut-outs for the inspection pits, also the position of the boards that will support the mainline and head-shunt to the coal stack sidings
  14. Baseboard construction was put on hold this week due to the creation of a credible Signal Box Diagram. While I’d been waiting for the glue to dry on each section I’d put some thought into the signal diagram and how engine movements would be controlled. Even though I’ve read a few books on the subject I eventually realised that I needed some guidance and posted a request on the Scalefour Society’s Forum for advice. The information I received was superb and highlighted a number of issues with my original track plan and future thoughts. If you have a few moments to spare, as it does r
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