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13 hours ago, WolfofBadenoch said:

Did you ever consder modelling Horseshoe Curve?

 

I considered both the Horseshoe curve and Glenfinnan viaduct but decided that the vastness of space required to represent these lankmark features was neither practical or available. I wanted to include Bridge of Orchy station but one more station simply does not fit in without making it feel cramped.  The large area above Arrochar where the upper level line runs through to Fort William might change when I get around to the scenery but, again, the available space limits what is possible and I keep returning to the adage that 'less is more' when deliberating. 

 

37043 has charge of 1B11, 1254 Glasgow to Oban seen arriving at Crianlarich.

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As others have said it is great to be able to see the overall picture.

I may have missed something but how do trains get from the lower level up to the Fort William/ Mallaig bit.

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17 hours ago, BoD said:

As others have said it is great to be able to see the overall picture.

I may have missed something but how do trains get from the lower level up to the Fort William/ Mallaig bit.

 

On departing the main fiddle yard there is a junction where trains go right for Garelochead and left for the 1 in 50 climb to the upper level running behind the Garelochead section. The junction is visible at 20 seconds into the video and the start of the gradient at 35 seconds.

 

20045 was withdrawn from service yesterday with running issues caused, I think, by the poorly fitting double Iphone speaker which will be replaced in the next day or two. 37026 runs around 1T45 1245 Mallaig to Glasgow at Fort William on its journey south. 20085 and 37022 stand idle waiting their next turns.

 

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28 minutes ago, mallaig1983 said:

1984 I’m guessing?

Yes, you're right. I was waiting to board the Mallaig train powered by 37191. (see my photo in an earlier post)

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18 hours ago, Alcanman said:

Love those photos of Fort William. Great modelling.

 

It always seemed to rain when I went to Fort William!    

 

37112 at Platform 1

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Super photo (again) ....which provides for some great weathering features from the loco roof downwards .....and some interesting platform accessories.

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Great video/overview - I've been meaning to ask for the same thing but never got round to it! Its a fantastic space you have but also goes to show what can be fitted in with a bit of thought. The split levels and scenery works way better than you would imagine. I'd be tempted to keep the tbc area as a fairly open bit of 'wilderness a la Rannoch Moor or similar' to allow some free running and a bit of thrash without being a specific landmark.

 

I think you might need some more 37's though!!

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11 hours ago, SHerr said:

I'd be tempted to keep the tbc area as a fairly open bit of 'wilderness a la Rannoch Moor or similar' to allow some free running and a bit of thrash without being a specific landmark.

 

That is the current line of thinking, something along the lines of County March summit although nothing is set in stone yet. This is the one area that is not based on reality with trains on both the WHL and Mallaig extension crossing over it. A generic west highland setting is the best I can think of and, as suggested, it creates a section of running line without the interuption of a station. 

 

Mallaig is todays setting, 37022 arrives with the (not) steam hauled set before 37051 departs with 1T56, 1610 to Glasgow. I have been meaning to lift the Mallaig section back to the workbench for several weeks to complete the scenery but keep falling for the 'play trains' option instead!

 

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Finally caught up on the video and great to see how the locations fit together. This layout really is a masterpiece. One suggestion, it would have been good to have had some kind of commentary to place explain each location etc. I have also caught up on the other videos uploaded on the previous page with the trains / light engine arriving and departing. I look forward to seeing more of these.

 You mention, in the last set of photos, that the Mallaig arrival uses the non-steam hauled stock. I noted  comment previously that you have added this to the sequence. Do you ever run it with steam?

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On 25/02/2021 at 08:28, andyram said:

One suggestion, it would have been good to have had some kind of commentary to place explain each location etc.

Unfortunately social distancing rules meant that Paul Coia was unavailable at the time of production! I intend producing more video footage with sound once the lockdown restrictions are reduced and it is practical to have a friend or two in the loft with me to help out. 

 

37081 is seen approaching Crianlarich with 7D12, 1324 Mallaig Junction Yard to Sighthill which includes OBA's loaded with the newly arrived rolled aluminum slabs. Fortunately derailments are infrequent on WHL4 and those that arise are mostly operator error such as driving over incorrectly set points. Nevertheless anything that reduces derailment risk is welcome and the aluminum effectively doubles the weight of the wagon which, based on my experience, reduces derailments. I have now completed my weighing of all freight wagons, added weight where I consider it helpful and created a record to monitor performance.

 

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23 hours ago, andyram said:

 You mention, in the last set of photos, that the Mallaig arrival uses the non-steam hauled stock. I noted  comment previously that you have added this to the sequence. Do you ever run it with steam?

 

There are no steam locos on WHL4 hence the regular diesel substition on the green and cream rake. 

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27 minutes ago, young37215 said:

 

There are no steam locos on WHL4 hence the regular diesel substition on the green and cream rake. 


I reckon a Black 5 or K1 would look great running on this layout :wink_mini::wink_mini:

 

Seriously, these are more fantastic pictures. 

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It is all rather frustrating is it not. I have promised another of this parish some photos of Helmsdale which is less than an hour from me and am obviously similarly restricted. Thanks so much for the video tour Rob and all these lovely daily trips to WHL

Cheers

David

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1 hour ago, Legend said:

Crianlarich is just an hour up the road from me but currently off limits due to travel restrictions . Everytime I see your thread it puts me in the notion to go !

 

I'm a bit further away but it has that affect on me too.

Hopefully, one day, in the not too distant future...

 

Until then, Rob, thank you for our daily fix.

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Great photos. Your layout is inspiring. 

 

Your earlier photo of 37022 at Mallaig reminded me of this one I took  of 37022 departing Glasgow QS. 

 

Like Fort William, it always same to rain when I visited GQS or Eastfield!

 

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6 hours ago, Alcanman said:

Great photos. Your layout is inspiring. 

 

Your earlier photo of 37022 at Mallaig reminded me of this one I took  of 37022 departing Glasgow QS. 

 

Like Fort William, it always same to rain when I visited GQS or Eastfield!

 

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Having lived up here for nearly 13 years now, I can confirm it does rain a lot !!!

 

Stay safe,

 

Neil

 

 

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37033 arrives at Crianlarich with 8B13, 1315 Sighthill to Corpach where it passes 7D12 and the crews change over.

 

My dilemna of the day is Suttons or Heljan's ETHEL to replace my recently sold Hornby one? I am currently favouring Heljan weaknesses notwithstanding because I prefer the thought of a non powered loco but that could easily be swayed especially if more errors are identified on the Heljan offering.

 

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1981's daily operations require a minimum of 14 locos, more when engineers trains and conditional workings run. These are diagrammed with the passenger diagrams coming from Platform 5's Loco Hauled Travel and the freight allocations are of my own concoction. Like all diagrams operational issues can cause deviations from the diagrams although I usually follow them closely simply because it avoids having to think too much about which loco to use.  

 

As the picture of todays diagrams shows, a heavily work stained 37011 is allocated to 8V80, 1605 Oban to Sighthill seen arriving at Garelochead.

 

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I run WHL4 to a timetable largely based on the original 1981 WTT with a few tweaks and my Rule 1 extras added in. The handwritten changes marked are fine tuning of the WTT based on my operating experiences. For example I have delayed the first entry 1B14 by a few minutes to avoid congestion in the upper fiddle yard by allowing 2B21 to move to Fort William which clears a road in the upper fiddle yard.

 

8V80 was booked to pass 1B15 at Garelochead hauled by 37017 seen on its arrival

 

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Having been passed by 1B15 at Garelochead, 37011 departs with 8V80 heading to Glasgow Sighthill. Much of yesterday was spent improving the weathering on 37011 and changing speakers on the class 20 fleet. Hopefully these will have dried off over night and be sufficiently complete to feature in tomorrows pictures.

 

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Yesterday was a volunteering day so nothing of substance done on WHL4. 37011 and the class 20 refurbs are nearly, but not quite complete with just a few more tweaks required. Two of the class 20 fleet are now models of the 20's fitted with through steam pipes in the early 1980's to enable them to work in multiple with a class 37 on the sleeper service. 37051 and 20085 are seen on the approach to Crianlarich with 1T56, 1610 Mallaig to Glasgow with sleeping cars attached at Fort William going through to Euston. 

 

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