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6 hours ago, scottystitch said:

You've certainly come a long way from February 2, 2017...

 

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Indeed, its been quite a journey through lockdowns and Covid with still a long way to go. I managed to complete the Ardlui signalling earlier today which left me free to start running trains again. Part fun and part further testing before I start on the cutting at Garelochead, 37043 heads the Alcan hoppers at Ardlui with working signals at long last.

 

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A short video showing Ardlui with its operational signals filmed from a northbound train. My cheap and cheerful sugar cube camera struggles to capture detail and does not do sound. I can't decide whether I like this because it replicates what by todays standards is the typical low grade 1980's film quality or whether I have become adicted to todays HD standards and want a better camera. For now it is the best I have at my disposal.

 

 

 

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I managed a few hours of running trains yesterday before a Megapoints network problem arose with 2 of the points at Fort William. Hopefully I have determined what the problem is and can solve it with modest effort later today. My next scenic project/activity is the rocky cutting between the north end of the main fiddle yard and Garelochead. Woodland Scenics rock molds will form the sides of the cutting, it will be interesting to see how 'workable' the molds are as they will need cutting and shaping to join them together to create the cutting. It is a bit fiddly because I need 2 removable sections to retain access to hidden storage sidings that are adjacent the running line.

 

37033 heads 7B01, 0520 Mossend to Mallaig Junction Yard through the cutting and onto Garelochead.

 

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1 hour ago, young37215 said:

37033 heads 7B01, 0520 Mossend to Mallaig Junction Yard through the cutting and onto Garelochead.

 

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That cutting is going to look awesome once you've performed your scenic magic on it.

 

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It took longer than I expected, most things usually do, but I managed to sort the servo controller problem. I am not certain but suspect that a fat finger on adjusting one of the servos was the cause of my problem which caused the controller to reset itself. This meant I had to re-programme all 12 servos again. By the end of the day I had everything running smoothly again although there was only limited running time. 

 

37043 passed through Crianlarich heading north with the Alcan hoppers, 6S56. 

 

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A trouble free day of running trains was the reward for Saturday's patience in sorting out the Ardlui servo controller. Not only does this cover the Ardlui section but because there are only 9 servos at Ardlui and the controller has 12 outputs, it additionally operates 3 of the points at Fort William. Whilst not yet complete I am happy with what I have done so far at Ardlui and apart from adding the station sign, I intend leaving the remaining work. Not only does this approach let me play trains, it allows me time to digest what has been done and decide on what further work is required.  

 

37033 continued its journey north with 7B02 seen passing through Ardlui.

 

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1 hour ago, Scott said:

Excellent thread to read through and captures the WHL so well. One small thing I've noticed, at Garelochhead trains run on the opposite platforms from whats on your photo's. 

 

I am sure Rob will give you all the info, but it sounds like you are looking at more modern (post RETB) images there Scott. This layout is set/operated prior to RETB signalling so northbounds take the left platform and southbounds the right.

Now were it to be operated in post RETB mode, your observation would "generally" be correct and the opposite apply ie northbound using the right platform and southbounds the left.

Points are generally left set for this to happen with the point crossed exiting the station being opened by the loco/coach  wheels and returning to how it was set via spring action.

I hope that makes sense.

 

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23 minutes ago, Scott B said:

 

I am sure Rob will give you all the info, but it sounds like you are looking at more modern (post RETB) images there Scott. This layout is set/operated prior to RETB signalling so northbounds take the left platform and southbounds the right.

Now were it to be operated in post RETB mode, your observation would "generally" be correct and the opposite apply ie northbound using the right platform and southbounds the left.

Points are generally left set for this to happen with the point crossed exiting the station being opened by the loco/coach  wheels and returning to how it was set via spring action.

I hope that makes sense.

 

Scott

I have a feeling you are correct, more likely to be post RETB.

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On 28/11/2021 at 08:37, young37215 said:

It took longer than I expected, most things usually do, but I managed to sort the servo controller problem. I am not certain but suspect that a fat finger on adjusting one of the servos was the cause of my problem which caused the controller to reset itself. This meant I had to re-programme all 12 servos again

Rob,

 

I had a similar experience when one of my Servo12 boards went 'awol'. No idea how/why it happened, and Dave (at MegaPoints) couldn't shed any light on it either. The Servo12 simply wouldn't work until I removed all 12 servo cables, and plugged them back in one-by-one. After setting up the servos again it was happy.

 

11 hours ago, young37215 said:

Not only does this cover the Ardlui section but because there are only 9 servos at Ardlui and the controller has 12 outputs, it additionally operates 3 of the points at Fort William.

I do the same 'trick' of having one Servo12 cover the turnouts on adjacent baseboards. The only issue is having the extra jumper cables between baseboards, but works just fine.

 

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13 hours ago, ISW said:

had a similar experience when one of my Servo12 boards went 'awol'. No idea how/why it happened, and Dave (at MegaPoints) couldn't shed any light on it either. The Servo12 simply wouldn't work until I removed all 12 servo cables, and plugged them back in one-by-one. After setting up the servos again it was happy.

 

I am just happy that it all works again, last time when I had a similar issue the controller had to be replaced. Ouch!

 

13 hours ago, ISW said:

I do the same 'trick' of having one Servo12 cover the turnouts on adjacent baseboards. The only issue is having the extra jumper cables between baseboards, but works just fine.

 

AT £63 pounds per servo controller I try and get maximum use out of them!

 

17 hours ago, Scott B said:

 

I am sure Rob will give you all the info, but it sounds like you are looking at more modern (post RETB) images there Scott. This layout is set/operated prior to RETB signalling so northbounds take the left platform and southbounds the right.

Now were it to be operated in post RETB mode, your observation would "generally" be correct and the opposite apply ie northbound using the right platform and southbounds the left.

Points are generally left set for this to happen with the point crossed exiting the station being opened by the loco/coach  wheels and returning to how it was set via spring action.

I hope that makes sense.

 

Scott

 

RETB and the signal box closures that resulted of the mid 1980's were the time that running directions changed. Not all stations changed, the position of the sidings determined which ones did. Ardlui, Garelochead, Bridge of Orchy all changed, Arrochar and Crianlarich did not. 

 

Continued running yesterday where the revised WTT is working well. 37012 handled the 0700 Mallaig to Glasgow seen arriving and running around at Fort William. Finishing off the scenery at Fort William is up to number 3 on the 'to do' list behind the cutting at Graelochead and Mallaig station. 

 

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The running day continues with everything, famous last words, working smoothly. 37011 had charge of the the first Glasgow to Oban train of the day seen arriving at Garelochead. 37011 will pass the opposite working from Oban at Arrochar.  

 

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Ever onwards, I spent sometime yesterday on station road signage which I aim to install today. Whilst operating I also found a couple of minor errors in the WTT although these proved easy enough to adjust to make things work. The 1983 running day continues, 37085 had charge of the first Oban to Glasgow service seen arriving at Ardlui.

 

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Station signs courtesy of John Upton's Eagle Signs have been installed at Garelochead, Ardlui and Crianlarich. 'Passengers must not cross the line' signs also aded at each end of the platform at Arrochar. In isolation these are not a step change but they feel like a dotting of an 'i' or a crossing of a 't' in providing finishing touches. More to the point I like them and am grateful to John for his excellent service. 

 

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Rob,

 

I just wanted to say a big thank you for putting me in touch with Ed Hall. My 7mm model of Glenfinnan station arrived this morning and it looks superb.

 

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Ed was a pleasure to deal with and it’s the first time I’ve been given a discount because ‘7mm is easier than 4mm’! I’m putting the cart before the horse here as I haven’t even started on baseboards but this building might spur me on!

 

I’m enjoying all your updates. Keep up the inspirational work.

 

Andy

 

 

 

 

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21 hours ago, thegreenhowards said:

Rob,

 

I just wanted to say a big thank you for putting me in touch with Ed Hall. My 7mm model of Glenfinnan station arrived this morning and it looks superb.

 

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Ed was a pleasure to deal with and it’s the first time I’ve been given a discount because ‘7mm is easier than 4mm’! I’m putting the cart before the horse here as I haven’t even started on baseboards but this building might spur me on!

 

I’m enjoying all your updates. Keep up the inspirational work.

 

Andy

 

 

 

 

 

Nice one Andy. It's not often you get the words 'O gauge' and 'discount' in the same sentence!

 

A low key few days for me, I had my Covid booster last Thursday and have felt off the pace ever since. No complaints, it is just the price of maximising my chances of avoiding the virus. 37085 arriving at Garelochead with 1T32 is the extent of current operations, hopefully I will feel sufficiently lively to return to modeling in the next few days.

 

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Happily enjoying a couple of beers, reclining in the chair enjoying a post booster jab Sunday evening watching YouTube on the telly. A series of west highland videos rolled into a film of WHL4 by Doug Johnson. Absolutely great bit of video and I’m now losing myself in his other great footage both 1:76 and 1:1. Layout looks great Rob and a nice collection of videos Doug. 

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9 hours ago, mallaig1983 said:

A series of west highland videos rolled into a film of WHL4 by Doug Johnson.

 

Doug's montage is a cracking piece of work and highlights how important it is in the production of good video to have seperate driver and film cameraman as the following clip highlights. Hopefully we can get around to doing some more 2 person videos in the coming months.

 

 

 

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20 hours ago, billywhizz said:

What sound chip / speaker combination are you using?

 

A Loksound V4 loaded with Howes sound file and a base reflex speaker sealed in the fuel tank. I like the Howes sound, it is one of the more responsive ones to changes in power with the engine powering up and down rapidly on controller speed changes. Put another way 37085's departure from Ardlui was quite tame given a combination of this and how the SCR drivers typically drove the 37's. Also anyone listening should bare in mind that the sound you hear in the video reflects my Iphone on which it was recorded and your devices speaker in addition to the base reflex installed in the loco.  

 

 

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More freight workings, 37108 heading north with 7B13 seen at Ardlui. The first picture highlights that I should raise the height of the background mountains because these are much higher in real life and need to 'loom' over the station. 

 

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