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Ruston Quays will be at Peterborough this weekend - with one big improvement - Shunting!

 

I've modified the coupling system (again) and now have a new DCC controller (see the November issue of BRM for details) that does what I need.

 

There's also a new yard light from the Beko range. As supplied it's a bit shiny for a UK prototype (they probably keep these things clean in Genrmany) but with a bit of car aerosol weathering, it looks the part.

 

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Would I be right in assuming that the "new improved" RQ will also be putting in an appearance at "Warley"?

 

To be honest, though, when I visit shows, I don't mind seeing progress on layouts that have previously appeared - especially when there are significant changes to their appearance or operation.

 

The use of a kit controller adds an interesting angle to this topic - especially if anything needs to be PAT tested for shows. I can't help wondering if a "ready made" power adaptor ("wall wart") might have been used - as a way of ensuring that any stuff directly exposed to mains voltages is easily tested - easily replacable - and known to be OK, whoever builds the "controller" part of the setup.

 

I'll be interested to find out how this controller - and this layout - works out over time at shows etc. In fact, I'll be particularly interested with the controller, as I've never been a member of MERG - so I don't know the controller's "capabilities" or what was involved in building it.

 

 

Whilst on the subject of constructional skills, I could also add that I'm surprised I haven't come across any demos of electronics soldering (and perhaps some other general electronics stuff, such as LED coach lighting) at shows.

 

(I could add that there is a reason for me saying this - my background is in this sort of stuff. I'm also wary about making suggestions like this, in case anyone reads too much into what I say.)

 

 

Huw.

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I'm interested, how did Ruston Quays perform @ the Peterborough show?

Julie

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Nice to see your photos of Bristol, Julie!

I'm working on a model of Portbury (IW&D 34) at the moment - in my freelance cobbling thread. Hoping to make a model of the whole passenger train.

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I'm interested, how did Ruston Quays perform @ the Peterborough show?

 

Julie

 

Sorry for the delay replaying to this. I'm hard at work on the project I'm codenaming "Edgeworth 3" at the moment.

 

Anyway, RQ ran very well at Peterborough. Shunting took place on the lower yard achieving the "2 locos working in a 6ft space" aim of the project. I even handed over the controller to couple of members of the public who succesfully assembled trains devised by the random wagon generator (pack of cars with wagon pictures).

 

There are niggles - I'm still not happy with the couplings. Putting extra magnets in has increased reliability but a set of Sprat & Winkles would be much easier to use, if more effort to fit.

 

I'd love the time to add a load more detail too. If you've seen "Melbridge Dock" then you'll know I love to fill the space and bring it alive. We could do with more people, more station clutter, perhaps a few more road vehicles (look out for more on these in a future BRM) and generally more stuff.

 

Having said this, the layout still seems popular and hopefully has inspired a few models influenced by it. I've been told a couple of times that it should have more track to hold the attention of an operator longer but when I ask where this is to go, the answer is usually to build a much monger model - kind of defeating the object to a small layout! I'm sure lots of people have gone away to build warehouses with Skytrex components and know that MERG sold all the DCC kits they had at the show, so something has gone right.

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Edgeworth 3 already Phil, looks like I missed my shot at playing with Ruston Quays, unless it's going to get a final hurrah at Donny next year. (Will have to make sure I attend if so.)

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Edgeworth 3 already Phil, looks like I missed my shot at playing with Ruston Quays, unless it's going to get a final hurrah at Donny next year. (Will have to make sure I attend if so.)

 

Not next year - The new project will be there in whatever state it's in by that point.

 

RQ is still in store and when it gets another outing, I'll post something here. I'd like to think we can take it out again in the future.

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RQ is still in store ... I'd like to think we can take it out again in the future.

 

SWAG, Taunton, 2017  ?  :)

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I'm hard at work on the project I'm codenaming "Edgeworth 3" at the moment.

 

… I'd love the time to add a load more detail too. If you've seen "Melbridge Dock" then you'll know I love to fill the space and bring it alive. We could do with more people, more station clutter, perhaps a few more road vehicles (look out for more on these in a future BRM) and generally more stuff.

 

… (I) know that MERG sold all the DCC kits they had at the show, so something has gone right.

It looks like some of us might be sticking with traditional DC for a bit longer yet, then.

 

Anyway, I'm trying to imagine what a 3rd generation Edgeworth might look like:

 

(1st gen) - as built - trains are steam or early BR DMUs.

 

(2nd gen) - platform buildings have been replaced by a bus shelter (on one platform) and some of those Macemain + Amstad "011" benches NSE were so fond of - some tracks have been fitted with OHLE - trains are a mix of EMUs and DMUs (early BR types or "1 for the price of 2" 1980s replacements).

 

(3rd gen) - station is now unstaffed - trains have been replaced by "rail replacement coaches" (probably ancient service buses, complete with PG9 notices), some of which might even turn up - are these the road vehicles you're talking about?

 

After all, I'm sure there's plenty of fun to be had painting / weathering diecast buses and adding LED light strips inside the ceilings.

 

 

Edgeworth 3 already Phil, looks like I missed my shot at playing with Ruston Quays, unless it's going to get a final hurrah at Donny next year. (Will have to make sure I attend if so.)

Not next year - The new project will be there in whatever state it's in by that point.

Joking aside, this new layout should be interesting - whatever it is - but whether you completely finish ALL sections of the layout before taking it to a show (or deliberately leave some bits as "work in progress") is likely to be a matter for the editor.

 

 

Huw.

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Hi Phil I do indeed remember Melbrodge. I had the pleasure of seeing it operate faultlessly for 2 days many years ago when you came to the Coventry model railway club.

I seem to think that you had to adapt the lighting rig due to the low clubroom ceiling. The clubroom was then and is now in the canal basin warehouse. I have happy memories of the day

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I've would like to see @ one of the shows a micro layout village, type of event, so that people could contrast and compare different types of ways of building them!

I have always been more impressed with a well observed micro, that runs well than a mega layout, where little moves!

Julie

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When Ruston Quays was built, I presume you used lead based solder?

I had forgotten how easy it was to get it to flow.

Julie

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When Ruston Quays was built, I presume you used lead based solder?

 

I had forgotten how easy it was to get it to flow.

 

Julie

 

Yes I did. Despite suggestions otherwise, lead-based solder is easy to buy and for us, it's easier to use than lead-free.

 

If you want to go lead-free, you need more heat and possibly a more active flux than for traditional solder as the melting and fully molten points are further apart than with lead-based solders.

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Wish I could've caught RQ at the show. Sadly, I haven't been to many shows lately - I'm obviously missing them too much...
Glad it ran well :)

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