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The Bridge at Remagen - N Gauge Rhine Crossing in 1944.

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Hi Al,

 

Did come over to try and catch your attention on the Saturday but you were very busy keeping things running. Great to see the layout again though and it looks like your recent efforts to improve the running have paid off, certainly was performing better than at Warley. And of course it looks great as well.

Sorry about that. Well have to catch up at the next one.

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After a very successful Stevenage show, Remagen is back at home.

 

While the new fiddle yard is a vast improvement on the previous one there are still issues with it that stopped it working to its full capacity. I think they all relate to rails touching at the baseboard joints when they shouldn't and me having crossed some wires over when wiring the boards up.

 

The big success was how well the front end of the layout works.

 

The plan ahead of Peterborough is to rectify all the fiddle yard issues. Fit latching relays to the points to overcome the switch contact issue. And get the scenery on the final board and the church far enough along to display.

 

Thanks you to everyone who came to see the layout and found time to have a chat. Apologies to all that I didn't get to speak too. Please grab me at the next show.

 

And of course and big thank you to Paul, Alan and Bob for taking their time out to help hump the layout about and run it all weekend.

 

Cheers. Al.

 

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A video of CMRA 2918 show. Remagen is the last layout on it at around 16 minutes in.

 

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It's a week since Stevenage and there's been zero progress on the layout. Mainly because I've become a little shell shocked following all the preparation for the show, but also because work has been a bit frantic this week.

 

I'm off to China at the end of the month for 3 weeks, so other then a bit of loco maintenance I don't see much happening until I get back.

 

Fortunately the list of things to sort out is much shorter then the one after Warley. Once I get back I'll set to. It's all but a year til Peterborough, but I'm sure the time will pass quick enough.

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I'm pretty sure that's not meant to happen....

 

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When I left it on Friday night it was fine. Been away all weekend and came home last night to discover it like this.

Just the one rail on one cascade board. All a bit of a mystery...

 

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Anyway, damages track lifted and replaced with my last length of code 80 track. What I have noticed is how much more fragile code 80 is over code 55. I'm wondering if I've made a mistake laying the cascades in code 80...

 

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I'm pretty sure that's not meant to happen....

 

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When I left it on Friday night it was fine. Been away all weekend and came home last night to discover it like this.

Just the one rail on one cascade board. All a bit of a mystery...

The Resistance were busy overnight, obviously... :)

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More likely Schwellenpflug%2B_rail_tracks.jpg

That explains it. I left this one out on track over the weekend....

 

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Heat expansion? Did you fit it on a cold day? Would gapping it somewhere to allow for this help?

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Two new locos arrived on Remagen today.

 

The first is an Arnold BR05. It's in post-war condition and needs a little bit of remodelling to the smoke deflectors and lamps to put it late-war conditions.

 

The second is a Roco BR03.10. This one is going to have some serious surgery to turn it into something a bit more exotic. Just need a few more bits to get before I start.

 

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Two more new arrivals. Both are BR38's.

 

The nearest one is a runner and, once I've replaced the smoke deflectors and renumbering it, I'll find a suitable train for it to pull.

 

The furthest one is a non-runner with a bunker tender. This one will be new tender and armoured cab before joining the Schienenwolf Train to make it double headed.

 

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According to wiki, 05-003 was rebuilt from streamlined cab-forward to a non-streamlined standees configuration in 1944. For this reason I've assumed the loco would have been in almost new condition at the time Remagen is set. Therefore I've given the loco just a light weathering without the usual like scale and grease marks then many of my other locos carry.

 

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I'm pretty pleased with the way it's turned out. Next job is to clean off the paint from the wheels and pickups, give it another test run and then allocate it a train. I'm thinking about giving this one the Operation Greif Train.

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I promised you something a bit more exotic for the BR03 and here it is - a BR19.10.

 

Built by Henschel in 1941, it was a streamlined express passenger loco powered by stream-drive motors on each of the drive axles rather then conventional pistons and crank rods.

 

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Externally, it's very similar to the BR01.10 so I decided to model it with the side skirts removed to expose the steam motors so that it looks different of the layout. This of course meant scratch-building four motors and associated gear. With the side skirts removed from the body, these are have been glued into place.

 

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This pretty much concludes the body work modification. The next job is to build the 2-8-2 classic to go under it. For this I'll be using a BR50 chassis and as the loco will be powered by a Fleischmann tender-drive unit, this shouldn't be too complicated.

 

More update to follow as the classic progresses.

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Doesn't that make it a 2-2-2-2-2-2?

Or maybe a 1-A-A-A-A-1...?

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With the BR19 as far as it can go until the new driving wheels arrive, I've turned my attention to the non-runner BR38.

 

The loco has had the bunker tender replaced with an unmotorised Minitrix BR17 tender and an armoured cab added.

 

I'm not happy with the distance between tender and loco. I think I'll shorten the drawbar by a couple of millimetres, but need to test it through some turnouts first to ensure there's enough clearance. Then it's a case of finding a replacement funnel be painting it.

 

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With the BR19 as far as it can go until the new driving wheels arrive, I've turned my attention to the non-runner BR38.

 

The loco has had the bunker tender replaced with an unmotorised Minitrix BR17 tender and an armoured cab added.

 

I'm not happy with the distance between tender and loco. I think I'll shorten the drawbar by a couple of millimetres, but need to test it through some turnouts first to ensure there's enough clearance. Then it's a case of finding a replacement funnel be painting it.

 

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Some lovely modelling there Al though you must be a brave man actually putting your trains on a polished table.

 

Jamie

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I've not posted recently due having been in China for the past three weeks with intermittent internet access at best. Completely none-railway related visit, more to do with climbing a mountain, seeing the Terracotta Army and spending Chinese New Year with family.

 

I did get a few shots of Chinese locos on the train back to Beijing yesterday. I've no idea of types or classes...

 

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The mountain we climbed was Mount Hua, which is one of the Five Sacred Mountains. 2145metres above sea level and minus 10 degrees at the top. Took us 6 hours. After 3 great weeks, we're back home now and working off the jetlag. Should be back to the layout later this week.

 

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A long overdue update on the BR19.10.

 

As luck would have it, the wheel centres on a BR50 are all but the same as the BR19, so stripped down a Fleischmann chassis and removed and removed the rear axle box with the wheels replaced with a set from Roco BR143 I've just about got a rolling chassis.

 

It still needs a tiny bit of adjustment as the nose is sat 1/2mm too low.

 

After that, I need to extend the BR50 front pony but 5mm to give the correct wheel centres, then fit the rear pony and tender drawbar.

 

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Also an update on the Armoured Cabbed BR38. This has had its camouflaged pant added and is waiting for the replacement chimney to arrive before getting weathered.

 

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As a distraction to Remagen, I've ventured into LNER steam.

 

Many years ago, for my 8th birthday, I was given a Triang/Hornby Flying Scotsman set with a couple of Thompson coaches. The following year I got a second tender for the Scotsman and embarked on my first conversion to turn it into the water tender. The front got cut off and the coal drilled out. A cardboard top was glued on and somehow, with the help of a soldering iron, I melted a Hornby coupling onto the front of the tender. It was of course, a complete disaster, compounded by a number of 'improvements' I made to the loco.

 

40 years on I rediscovered the loco hidden in the bottom of a box and decided to refurbish it.

 

With parts from donor tender off eBay, ive rebuilt the water tender. The coal tender has been stripped back to its bare plastic. And I've refitted the the 'chuff-chuff' sound box (who needs dcc for authentic sound).

And the loco body is almost stripped of too many coats of Humbrol Apple Green paint. Another 24 hours and that should be done.

 

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The big surprise with it was that it ran striaght away as soon as I put power to the wheels. It's just a shame I don't have any 00 track to run it on.

 

I should have the loco body full stripped back this weekend. Then I'll need to find a new smoke box door as I wrecked the original one by cutting off the BRperiod number plate and adding head lamps.

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The dome is the banjo dome, only fitted to four of them. It would need a streamlined dome for the double tender look.

Richard

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The dome is the banjo dome, only fitted to four of them. It would need a streamlined dome for the double tender look.

Richard

This referb is not about detailing the model. The current Hornby one is far superior to this old Triang one. This one is more a nostalgic project to finish off what a 10 year old me lack the skill and knowledge to do.

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This referb is not about detailing the model. The current Hornby one is far superior to this old Triang one. This one is more a nostalgic project to finish off what a 10 year old me lack the skill and knowledge to do.

I fully understand. I sometimes sketchbook model too. I do however, get annoyed if i find out something is wrong after i finish a project because it then bugs me until i change it. If i know before hand and decide i don't want to change it/ have not the ability to change it, then it does not annoy me. Strange how the mind works.

I enjoy seeing your N gauge builds. I oft forget they are so small.

Richard

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