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Well there will be no livestream this week, I am exhibiting at Tinkers Park in Hadlow Down with Uckfield MRC behind the new 00 gauge layout Framnock Bay, so tomorrow night I will be having a post-show rest instead.

 

I shall leave you with the review of last weekends livestream, when we got the point motors under South Park Quarry, and modified the points to improve their looks!!

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Gary

 

 

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Well it's been a while, I've had a week or so off, including no YouTube for over a week! but I'm back, and having finished the electronics on South Park Quarry (sort of) during the last livestream, we are going to have some fun playing trains this weekend!!

 

I have actually finished the electronics off camera to get the layout ready for the weekend, so all the point motors are setup, including an easy way of plugging in the power, and I have got a new DCC Controller in the form of an NCE Power Cab which is much more mobile than my old Lenz unit! So we have gone from having to lug all this between layouts:

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To only needing to move this:

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That will make operating my various layouts much easier, so now the layout has a nice simple control panel made up of the NCE socket, and a mimic panel with switches to throw the points, as I still like analogue point control:

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the only thing I wasn't a fan of on the NCE was having to plug the power into the back of the board under the layout, I wanted the socket somewhere on the outside, so I made a board with sockets on for power for the NCE and the points:

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The NCE power has a cable with a plug that goes into the back of the NCE board, meaning I have not altered that, just in case something goes wrong, and the one for the points has cables that go the the CDU, and here they are inserted into the back of the baseboard, and labelled (Which RMWeb wan't to put upside down, I can't be bothered to look into how to sort right now, I've got to go to work soon :P) the 2 sockets are different sizes so the plugs won't get plugged in the wrong way:2141614129_2021-08-1221_39_20.jpg.932ec7a8e71c866b3d3b9b36f89547cd.jpg

 

Oh, and I fitted the backscene, meaning we can start to get on with the scenery soon:

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Well thanks for looking everyone, I hope you enjoyed this more traditional update, I'll be back with the link for the livestream tomorrow!

 

Gary

 

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It's livestream day!! and finally as we enter episode 115 we are going to play trains!! Join us tonight as we do some Inglenook puzzle solving!! This is one of those things that I hope will be able to work as a group activity, so it could all be fun and games tonight, but I expect it will mostly be me struggling with the 3 link couplings with the camera in the way!! Either way I'm sure it'll make good viewing!!

 

The inglenook rules can be found here for those that don't know them: http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/Inglenook/inglenook-rules.html

 

I'd best get back to fitting couplings to these wagons!

 

See you there!!

 

 

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We spent some time playing trains on South Park Quarry this weekend, and completed the shunting puzzle a few times, with the viewers working out the moves and me just following orders, it was good fun, as we will definitely be doing it more often!

 

That left us with an unfinished puzzle at the end of the livestream, so I decided to solve it and record me doing so! So a quick little video of some shunting on South Park Quarry!

 

Hope you enjoy!!

 

Gary

 

 

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On 19/08/2021 at 19:17, Caley Jim said:

One question, if I may, Gary.  How did Mr. Eareford acquire what appears to be a wagon of NBR design?

 

Curious of Biggar

 

It was the best available wagon when Mr Bareford was buying, and he's got 2 of them :P

 

That is sort of the truth, they are the Oxford wagons (obviously) and were the best thing I could get at the time, R C Bareford is my Granddad and is the person that introduced me to railway modelling once upon a time, his 2 wagons are lettered 19 and 36 to mark the year of his birth.

 

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It's the weekend! and it's back to doing some modelling on the livestream this weekend as we start work on the scenics for South Park Quarry!! Join us at 9pm (BST) to see it!!

 

I'll be back tomorrow with the link, in the meantime I'll leave you with the review of last weekends livestream, although you probably know what happened already from my video the other day!

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Gary

 

 

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It's livestream day!! and after last weeks fun playing trains on the layout, it's time to get back to work this week and do some scenic work!! So we will be planning the shed area, modifying the kits, and maybe even  installing some of it! (oh and don't forget some track painting)

 

See you there at 9pm!

 

Gary

 

 

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It's the weekend!! Join us tomorrow night at 9pm (BST) as we make some more progress on the scenics for South Park Quarry, I am really enjoying this build, and the layout on the whole, it's spend all week on my coffee table being played with!! I've not played trains this much for years!! and I can't wait to have even more done on it!

 

I'll be back tomorrow with the link, until then I will leave you with the review of last weekends livestream!

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Gary

 

 

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It's the weekend, and tomorrow night at 9pm (UK) we will be getting on with even more scenics on South Park Quarry, including some extra detail to what we have already made! So make sure you join us then to see it live, maybe we will even manage some time shunting some wagons around!

 

I will be back with the link tomorrow, in the meantime I'll leave you with the review of last weekends livestream.

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Gary

 

 

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It's livestream day!! and tonight we are continuing with the scenic work on South Park Quarry, including some extra details to bits we have already made!!

 

Join us tonight at 9pm (BST) as we get on, and hopefully have an evening of great progress!!

 

See you there!!

 

 

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Having had a marginally better week this week, I will be back with the livestream tomorrow!! It won't feature anything complicated and is planned to be a bit of painting, maybe some ballasting, and possibly even a bit of shunting if we get a chance!! So I look forward to seeing you all there tomorrow night at 9pm (BST). I don't have a review to share with you this week, but I will still be back with the livestream link tomorrow!!

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Gary

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It's livestream day!! and tonight we are back following our week off with some more scenic work, we will be painting the buildings, maybe even getting some ballast down, and perhaps there will be a bit of shunting as well!!

 

See you there tonight at 9pm (BST)

 

 

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It's time for another one of those traditional RMWeb posts, and not just some YouTube promo!! (I know, I'm shocked as well)

 

Today, much like a Phoenix, rising from the ashes, the baseboards for Oak Hill 2 began to appear in my living room!!

 

It was initially just a couple of small bits balanced on the old layouts legs (note, these legs will not be being used on the new layout):

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and after a bit more cutting I realised I needed to actually buy some wood for the beam across the front, so after a trip to Wickes I had one rather long beam to run the full length of the new layout:

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and with a few more cuts, and a couple of screws the first parts of the layouts structure has been built, which is all I shall get done tonight, but I expect to have the baseboards done by the end of the week:

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and well, then it seemed like time fore the first train on Oak Hill 2! and I couldn't think of a better one than this one!

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and with that, Oak Hill lives again!! It's gonna be a while before trains run for real because of wanting a Bullhead slip, but it's something!

 

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary

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Another couple of afternoons progress, and today Oak Hill 2 (well it's structure anyway) stood on it's own legs for the first time (and I suppose the last time as well since it's all screwed together, and screwed to the wall, so it's not like it's coming down again)

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and with that done, it felt only appropriate to stick a bit of MDF on top, and get the posh new station building out, so even though we are 125 pages into this thread, I would like to say, Welcome to Oak Hill!!

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For those that have forgotten, since it was a while ago, this is the current version of the trackplan, although it will need some tweaking as it was planned that I would be scratch building the station building, so half of it could be missing, but there is no way I am taking a razor saw to this beautiful Bachmann building to make it fit the plan!!

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Oh, and I'm sure James will be happy that the old border is well and truly gone from my living room, so it can't sneak into any pictures before I get a backscene up! :jester: (It did feel good ripping it all off and repainting the room though)

 

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed,

 

Gary

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Before heading off to the shop this morning I have been playing with the trackplan and trying to get the full Bachmann station building to fit, I was going to drop the goods shed down to a lock up like the old layout, but @Skinnylinny suggested a half relief shed at the front with interior modelled, and I rather like the idea. I'm also thinking of cutting down the rearmost goods yard road to make a bit more space, (and ideally drop the 3 way point).

 

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I'd love some feedback from the great minds of RMWeb before I print it off later and make the top to the baseboards.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Gary

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1 hour ago, BlueLightning said:

Before heading off to the shop this morning I have been playing with the trackplan and trying to get the full Bachmann station building to fit, I was going to drop the goods shed down to a lock up like the old layout, but @Skinnylinny suggested a half relief shed at the front with interior modelled, and I rather like the idea. I'm also thinking of cutting down the rearmost goods yard road to make a bit more space, (and ideally drop the 3 way point).

 

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I'd love some feedback from the great minds of RMWeb before I print it off later and make the top to the baseboards.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Gary

 

Gary,

I never think half relief buildings at the back really work.  (Yes they are essential, and look fine from the front, but at any other angle they look exactly like what they are, half relief buildings.)  Now, a half relief building at the front is just pure genius.  It should work really well.  

 

I would keep the extra goods road to add to the flexibility, unless of course you want to make shunting difficult, and some stations were difficult.  As for the three way point, did it give problems before?  If not keep it.  Could you have two two way points?

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Chris,

 

Thanks for the feedback, I am hoping when I have the plan in full size I can tweak it somewhat to get a bit more interior on the goods shed, it's an idea I have wanted to try for a long time (I did sugest it for some houses on the club layout some years ago, but got overruled), but I didn't think of it for the goods shed until Linny suggested it, when really I think it is the building that will work best for that sort of idea. The stables should be quite good like that as well, I'd ideally like to use the stables from the old layout, which already have a basic interior, but we shall have to see if I can cut it down successfully!

 

As for the goods yard, I wasn't thinking of doing away with the siding altogether, just reducing it in length to give more space for "stuff" in the yard, as for the 3-way, I am thinking of replacing it with 2 sets of points, mainly because I want to use Peco's Bullhead track, which the slip already makes awkward enough, but they haven't even announced a 3-way point yet, never mind released it.

 

Gary

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