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I think you will find that some insulation would be a good investment. That sort of building can get very humid without it.

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I think you will find that some insulation would be a good investment. That sort of building can get very humid without it.

 

Joseph,

Thanks indeed.  I've already got roof insulation waiting to be fitted in the next couple of weeks, new door and window and extractor unit with humidity sensor. Hopefully in the next couple of months it should come together.  :read:

 

Cheers

 

Peter

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The work in the layout room is plodding along. New window fitted, door to follow next week. Layout wise, I've reattached all baseboards and bus connectors to check they've not been damaged in the move and all have been tested and fine. 

 

Mains power has been installed and now working on some of Tim Horns new lite baseboards which are a dream to put together. Cork takes time to glue and dry out. Should also finish the insulation work in the next fortnight too. Though with a little one on the way my modelling time is being dominated with nursery prep.

 

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I've been mulling over whether I add an additional line to the Weymouth route, to provide additional operational interest and more flexibility when moving stock from the yard to fiddle year on the opposite side of the room.  Not sure yet.

 

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Cheers

 

Peter

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Seasons greetings! So work has plodded on, albeit slowly as I now have another baby son to add to the brood. Hopefully he'll be interested in trains just like his older brother  :dance_mini:

 

I've had to adjust the layout plan and will share a revised layout plan in due course. Essentially the station section will now incorporate a curved platform section, as originally I'd planned to have an outdoor element which could be bolted to the layout during the summer. This plan has been put on hold and as the garage is painted and insulated and has the benefit of heating I want to use the garage to its maximum potential, so CC station will be curved at one end, with a shorter station exit throat and fiddle yard on the opposite side of the garage. I quite like the idea of having a secondary fiddle yard for stock storage beneath the through fiddle yard and a hinged access bridge. Time will tell what happens..

 

And the buildings on the far platform are only there for temporary storage.   :D

 

Currently I've starting relaying track which I'd discovered had been damaged prior to my move with flexi track and adding the small yard adjacent to platforms, to make it more interesting and because space wise it made more sense. I've redoubled the Weymouth line as one line will actually have a spur off to a small TMD.

 

Cheers

 

Peter

 

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Hello,

 

So its been a while. Busy with life generally, and DIY jobs on our house take priority with a four month old and three year old boys. The good wife does allow me some garage time and recently I’ve been busy adding power bus lines and track power connections along the underside of the main boards. Currently waiting on a delivery of point motors and decoders before pressing on.

 

40319916355_484e05b009_k.jpgIMG_0572 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

I took a trip up to Alexandra Palace for the annual model railway exhibition and enjoyed watching some of the layouts I’ve read about in various magazines. I picked up a few wagons and a couple of second hand locos but in the main didn’t go too crazy.

 

I did pop into the Bachmann Club lounge to see some of the upcoming releases and had a lovely long chat with one of the Bachmann designers called Steve (there’s a few in the design office apparently). One of the points I raised was about the absence of sealed beam Class 45’s, and why they’d not released any more variants similar to that of the modelzone ilk. It transpires that the recent release 45 chassis has been updated, but the tooling for the later 45 bodyshells hasn’t. And that partly explains why there’s been an absence of sealed beam 45’s. There simply cannot be another run of the s/b bodyshells to add to the updated chassis, as they won’t fit. I genuinely hadn’t registered this point before and to credit to the designer he was at pains to point out the ‘gap’ has been noted. Who knows what will transpire there.

 

I loved the detail on the upcoming Bachmann class 117 Dmu and that’s no doubt going to be a corker once its released later this year. On the wagon front it appears the railfreight VEA wagons I’ve been holding out for are a good 18 months away sadly. There were some lovely items on the Dapol stand and the decorated class 22 samples looked nice.

 

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That’s it for now. Will post more when further progress is made.

Cheers

Peter

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Hi,

 

Just a few quick clips of some action I took at Ally Pally with Calcutta Sidings2 and Mostyn. Both I could have easy pulled up a chair and watched all afternoon. Just open the picture and the clip should play.

 

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Regards

 

Peter

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Evening,

 

So another month rumbles by and the weather has improved and so have my opportunities to have garage time. In the last month I've had more electric sockets put in and replaced one end of the garage with pvc cladding with insulation and put down floor tiles, which means the garage is now much more weather proof and warm! At the other end of the garage I'm installing a solar powered fan to improve ventilation too.

 

On the layout I've finished wiring the main station board and now progressed to the side sections. I've decided to incorporate a helix design so instead of having just one fiddle yard I'll now have an upper fiddle yard and lower fiddle yard (approx 3.5m long) accessed via a helix. The supporting shell for the lower fiddle year has already been put in place and all I need to do is assemble to boards to sit on top.

 

I'll also revising the design of a hinged bridge section adjacent to the upper fiddle yard to something that will be lifted and locked into place- more because I hate soldering than anything. 

 

Photos to follow:

 

Showing the lower fiddle year boards

41647788424_8c85f99ee4_k.jpg008 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

starting to work out logistics for the helix

 

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finally corner board is now assembled just waiting for the cork to dry

 

42321915192_b1f9ce5dfd_k.jpg012 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

All for now

 

Cheers

 

Peter

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So as common with most of my updates I’m plodding along. I’ve made some decent progress over the last few months. I’ve now completed the upper fiddle year/siding areas and now concentrating on completing the second removable viaduct prior to linking the final section of track to the main baseboards. Then the plan is to complete the helix and work on the lower fiddle yard and depot. Wiring of the remaining boards is being done one at a time, as are point motors being added when funds allow.

 

I recently returned to Somerset for a long weekend where I had a lovely full day on an Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 46447 on the East Somerset Railway and thoroughly enjoyed the mentoring of the footplate crew, driving and firing the loco.

 

30054208228_ffd694a8cb_k.jpg013 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

30054197138_83362e1abb_k.jpgIMG_2111 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

30054173768_b6f79a4d62_k.jpgIMG_2242 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

43923402961_8f49644403_k.jpgIMG_2241 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

28987057017_7ad594c063_k.jpgIMG_2240 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

43923381341_d61c7ced1e_z.jpgIMG_2429 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

43018473535_1cbe9bc6ed_k.jpgIMG_2352 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

All for now

 

Cheers

 

Peter

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Managed to upload clip of the loco leaving the shed at the start of our footplate experience day:

 

Just click the photo to view.

 

43019232715_616b0482c4_b.jpgIMG_0008 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

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Crikey time flies when you're having fun.

 

So plodded along working on CC over the last few months. I'm currently finishing up installing the remaining bus wiring underneath the upper layout and have finished off the lower level connecting helix. This is now raised on a wood frame.

 

46400148592_b922b33f25_k.jpgIMG_2997 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

45537907055_6474838e6d_k.jpgIMG_2998 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

Helix

 

45537893575_453430e4c4_k.jpgIMG_2872 (2) by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

45537897005_38638711c8_k.jpgIMG_2877 (1) by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

45537899225_04be8d7ab3_k.jpgIMG_2893 (1) by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

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Merry Christmas fellow members and hope all have a restful festive break and some modelling time also. All the best for 2019.

 

Cheers

 

Peter

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Hello there,

 

Alas its been a while and yet all I've managed to do in the intervening months since I last posted has been to finish off my helix for the fiddle yard and allow my eldest son to test run his Lima 37 up and down the two tracks with a selection of rolling stock. The concept seems to work well as the longest rake I've so far tested is nine coaches plus a loco and clearances all check out- much to my relief.  And every opportunity my eldest gets he wants to be in the garage with his Dad. A selection of photos follows.

 

32443186267_afe8d40c57_k.jpgIMG_3145 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

Spot the 37..

47384863351_361d2170b0_k.jpgIMG_3432 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

Slow progress on the upper fiddleyard wiring.

 

47384869711_e48f9737c3_k.jpgIMG_3309 by Pedro Hill, on Flickr

 

Got some leave coming up so I anticipate some garage time will hopefully move things on..

Cheers

 

Peter

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