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7 hours ago, pirouets said:

Simon, having watched the Pete Waterman content on the virtual exhibition this weekend, he talks about a Ken Payne loco that took 1hr 53mins to crawl round Leamington Spa can I sow the seed of a daft idea.

 

If you get bored one day, just how slow do you reckon a lap of Heaton Lodge would be? Maybe measure with a before and after picture of a piece of scenery you are working on.

 

Look forward to seeing more develop and who knows one day as you say, see it for real when it makes it out on the road.

Good question. One of the slowest running locos is a kitbuilt 08 which moves at about 3/4mm a second.

Watch this space I shall try it !

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On 06/11/2020 at 15:00, mac1960 said:

Heaton Lodge 40

I was and my family came form Mirfield with an Aunt living on the opposite side of the valley from Mirfield engine shed, with the "New line" running behind her house. I was only young (5) when the "New Line" closed but have good memories of Class 40,s on Liverpool - Newcastle climbing hard from Heaton Lodge junction at around 17.00 each evening. As my grand farther was a loco driver I actually got an unofficial footplate ride on a double headed 9F Oil train from Stockport to Hargreaves Terminal at Heckmondwike on this route when I was 5 - H&S would have a fit today as my grandfather could see the end coming for steam and was due to retire with it.. Came to a stand on the viaduct in the middle of Mirfield Park and he had to get an 8F from Mirfield to give us a shove too get going. They used to really try and get a good run at the bank, so would crank things up as soon as they passed Bradly Cricket pitch (it was there marker as the rear of the train would have cleared Bradly junction). The day was just a blur of sensory overload for a little lad and there were some tears on entering Stanedge tunnel. All a long time ago now but the memory is still very clear. 

 

Cheers

Mac        

Those are some great memories to have! 
Yes the Hargreaves fuel oil terminal stayed open till the 1980’s and after the ‘New Line’ closed in the mid ‘60’s it was accessed via the L&Y line to Bradford via Heckmondwike. 
I’ve got some footage of a 9F climbing light engine up from HLJ through the dive under and up towards Battyeford. 

Thanks for sharing those memories Mac.

Simon 
 

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As said countless times in this thread, the project is stunning and the scale of the layout is beyond comprehension. 

 

Great idea on the live streaming! Love to see a camera from inside of a detailed cab - it would look like a train simulator!

 

I played about with an idea about 12 months ago of live streaming with the ability of viewers to select what happens next. The idea came about from playing about with some Arduino autom ation (stopping at red lights, waiting in a siding etc), but rather than a pre-planned programme, a user could select the next action; the next train to stop at the station, speed to do a circuit etc - but unfortunately I just didn't/don't have the time to commit to making it work.

If you're working on live streaming and automation, something similar shouldn't be too difficult. It would make the whole layout incredibly interactive, especially if it's going to be online only for the foreseeable.

 

Just make sure there are plenty of failsafes in place to stop people speeding and causing collisions! 

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53 minutes ago, Enterprisingwestern said:

 

Are the coffee cups there as an incentive to lay the fencing, a railway take on the carrot and donkey?!!

 

Mike.

Yea it’s annoying cos the tea urn is the other side of the layout which now requires getting on hands and knees to access. 
 

On another note once Healey Mills at the other side is finished next year I’ve been working out there should be 9 x 56’s, 3 x 47’s, 5 x 40’s, 3 x 31’s 7 x 37’s and a few 08’s actually ‘based’ there.
So they will basically live ‘on shed’ rarely going onto the main lines.

I’m really looking forward to constructing HM which will of course be fully manual.

With 8 large gantry towers lighting up the yard it should be great fun 

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4 minutes ago, HeatonLodge40 said:

 

On another note once Healey Mills at the other side is finished next year I’ve been working out there should be 9 x 56’s, 3 x 47’s, 5 x 40’s, 3 x 31’s 7 x 37’s and a few 08’s actually ‘based’ there.
So they will basically live ‘on shed’ rarely going onto the main lines.

 

 

I just need to get my spotters book and camera then

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8 minutes ago, HeatonLodge40 said:

Yea it’s annoying cos the tea urn is the other side of the layout which now requires getting on hands and knees to access. 

 

Is there not enough space in the middle?   :jester:

 

 

Kev.

 

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2 hours ago, HeatonLodge40 said:

Track circuit transmitters.. made of brass rod end slices. Cables yet to glue on and join to the rail as per the prototype, then weathering 

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Hi,

 

Sorry to be pedantic, but they will actually be the Track Tuning Units or End Tuning Units for the Audio Frequency Track Circuits, rather than the transmitters themselves, the transmitters are housed in nearby Location Cases.

 

Simon

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11 hours ago, HeatonLodge40 said:

Yea it’s annoying cos the tea urn is the other side of the layout which now requires getting on hands and knees to access.

 

Problem solved!

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beverages-Backpack-Mulled-Coffee-Without/dp/B01BGMDUCU

 

Mike.

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On 10/11/2020 at 13:07, SHMD said:

 

Is there not enough space in the middle?   :jester:

 

 

Kev.

 

I'd be going for the full height spotters bridge...located right above where the one is on HLJ :).  

Being serious, is there enough height to do that in the basement?  Could you build a bridge over the layout, and still have 6'6" above? It might be far more comfortable than ducking under the layout.

 

James

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4 hours ago, Les Johnson said:

Simon, just looked back over90% of this to find brass ferns but can’t see what make. Are they Scalelink or what? Can you remember?

many thanks Les

Hi Les I started off using Scalelink. However I ended up having 100 large sheets specially made as the amount I needed would have cost a fortune.!

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8 hours ago, peach james said:

I'd be going for the full height spotters bridge...located right above where the one is on HLJ :).  

Being serious, is there enough height to do that in the basement?  Could you build a bridge over the layout, and still have 6'6" above? It might be far more comfortable than ducking under the layout.

 

James

James I’ve thought of that but there isn’t the height sadly. !

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36 minutes ago, AndrewT said:

Looks like Simon O made a nice job of the trolleys....! He does an excellent job for us - mainly subframes for changing room bench seating.

 

Very grateful to you for that contact Andrew. He’s a top chap and they are superbly made

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32 minutes ago, HeatonLodge40 said:

A very short clip here but shows what maybe achievable with weather effects in the future.

Using a backscene that rises up and over the layout which can then project mist, and what looks like rain I’m pretty sure can be done 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made me shiver watching that! You should have warned us we'd need a coat...

 

 

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