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  1. Home Delivery So while waiting for my laser cut flat-pack baseboard kits I gave the computer a break for a while and did a lot of this... And a little of this... But not as much as I'd have liked. :-) The first package to arrive was the 12mm ply. Followed a few days later by the 6mm sheets. The courier was very interested to know what they were! The kids were excited to help me unwrap it, and I'm always happy to have them involved and to feed their enthusiasm.
  2. Design evolution Having proved my prototype, I started working on the final full size design which would be 2 halves of approximately 600 x 1100mm (2 foot x 3 foot 7 inches). I hate to think how many hours I spent on producing CADs - It's not a skill I use regularly, so it was slow and involved quite a lot of re-work getting the detail design correct. I think we watched quite a few series on Netflix with my wife knitting and me with my laptop on my knees moving lines around on the CAD. It helped the evenings go past when COVID killed our social life. This is one of the
  3. The engineering prototype I decided to do a 400mm square box as a test of my ideas. It would enable me to test my structure gauge, how my corners went together, and also just the general ease of drawing up files in my chosen design programme (QCAD - usual disclaimer, no links just a happy customer), getting quotes and how long they took to deliver. This is the way I laid out the drawing first off... showing all my workings and cheat lines. Red are cut lines and blue are etch lines. I then removed everything extraneous leaving just the cut and etch line
  4. The Plan Although I had left all my models behind in storage in the UK, I hadn't been able to resist buying a few new releases like a Hornby J35 and another Bachmann Class 37 (the Mickelover MRG limited edition 37026). I'd sneaked a Sprog DDC to USB connector into my bag on the plane, and I had JMRI on my laptop, so I wanted a test track for me to be able to test run my new purchases. It had to be a simple layout, and only 1 (or max 2) engines as the current output of the Sprog is only 1 amp so it wouldn't have enough power for anything complicated. I also wanted continuous run, so
  5. My wife has prompted to start this thread, as she has encouraged me to share my efforts. She isn't normally interested in trains, but she likes this project and she thinks others may find it interesting too. But first a little background. Please feel free to skip to the next post if you just want the modelling. Background Since mid 2018, modelling has taken a distinct back seat in my life. My home layout went into storage in the UK. It's in there somewhere. Then we moved to Australia, including the 3-month old. We must have been mad -
  6. Looks very good - even the sample images you've shown us are reminding me of childhood trips to Glasgow. I've just ordered my copy from the publisher's website where they are offering a "Special price".
  7. Although it hasn't been done for a while, the Southern hired a floating crane from the Admiralty to move some of the O2s across in the 1920s, and they craned them straight onto the pier. All my books are in storage so I can't check the exact dates. There may have been some movement of the sand since then to change the depth, so it might require dredging which would be possible (it's only sand not rock) but might change the economics. A barge would have shallower draft than a ship, and the Solent is usually sheltered enough that you could find a weather window to do it. Mainly I
  8. The ferry is not the only way of getting stock to the island. It's the cheapest way for the steam railway bringing single items across for galas, but if you were bringing a greater number of vehicles then you could probably afford to hire a Lo-Lo (Lift On-Lift Off) vessel and crane them straight onto the tracks at the pier head.
  9. Evening all, Harold at Modratec got back to me very quickly in response to my email for help, and following his advice I've been building an Interlocking Table File, which has been quite an education! It's like a logic puzzle, but one where I only understand half the rules before I start. I think I've worked out what to do to get the closing lever to work, but in the process I've somehow managed to lock the whole frame solid! I've looked over it again.... and again... and can't see where I'm going wrong. So, I'm stuck and waiting for more assistance. Time to go and make another cup of t
  10. Good evening all, As part of the preparation for buying a Modratec lever frame, I have been working on the SigScribe4 document, which is their software for working out the locking. I have got most of the way there, but I don't know how to get the Closing Lever to work, so I have emailed off for assitance. I'm not sure if anyone here has done one and is able to help? Here's a screenshot of where I've got to so far... It has been quite fun setting it all out and then having a play with the interlocking. However, I'm feeling a bit stuck now, so time to go and do something else fo
  11. Thanks Ernie - the first 2 are just what I'm trying to acheive. Hugh
  12. You are probably right that I could operate both, and there may be some occassions when I will, but I think there will be quite a few occassions when I won't want to, so I'd like to have that option to simplify things. I agree that the closing lever probably was atypical on the WHL. My only source of signalling information is what's on John Hinson's website and he hasn't listed all the stations, and most of the books about the line that I have found don't give much info about how each station was signalled. If you have an additional source of info, or personal experience you could share,
  13. Thank you for having a look over my design, and for the information on the closing levers. That ties in with what I saw on the other locations I looked at, so I will keep the closing lever at 9. I'm not sure if the distants were replaced with reflectorised boards, or just fixed at caution until all the signals were removed in the build up to RETB. Either way, they will be off scene and not modelled, so the lever (if it is used) won't be connected to anything although I would like to include it in the interlocking. I will keep looking for references or photographs that give a date for the d
  14. That's a good question about the distants. They were certainly gone by 1985, as shown in the photo at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/37018109481/in/album-72157686481907854/ Personally though I am hoping they were still there in 1980 so I can include them - I like the splash of yellow on the frame and the extra pull for through moves. As for where the closing lever sat, both Rhu (11 of 22) and Gorton (7 of 13) had it slap bang in the middle of the frame so I don't know if different frame manufacturers arranged them differently?
  15. Good evening all. Time for another post. So I have been planning to model Garelochhead for years, and it has always been my dream layout, but the detail has evolved subtly. At first, I dreamed of modelling it at full scale, with no compression or compromises. Unfortunately over the years I have had to accept that I'm never going to have a house big enough to hold a true scale model in OO Gauge without winning the lottery, and even if I do win the big one it would be an unrealistically large layout for me to build by myself in my lifetime. I’m a solitary modeller (it’s my private escap
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