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5 hours ago, young37215 said:

 

37043 approaches Garelochead with the last northbound train of the day 1B15, 1755 Glasgow to Oban. 

 

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I really like this shot, it is not often you see good "going away" shots on models, nicely done.

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Finding different vantage points for pictures is a challenge, so many are repeats of differening locos and consists at similar points around the layout. I am tempted by a selfie stick to see if this lets me get to areas previously inaccessible. More video is also high up my to do list, I particularly fancy a 'loco cam' to do some cab ride videoing.

 

37043 draws to a halt at Garelochead.

 

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1 hour ago, young37215 said:

I am tempted by a selfie stick to see if this lets me get to areas previously inaccessible.

Rob,

 

I think the selfie stick is a great idea. Just make sure you have some method of remotely activating the camera.

 

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A new days operations begins with 37017 on the down sleeper arriving at Crianlarich in bright early morning light. As a vacum brake only loco until its refurbishment to a 37/5 in the mid 80's, 37017 was usually confined to passenger services whilst working on the WHL in the early 80's because most of the freight had gone air braked. No doubt 017's steam heat boiler would have been in use to keep the sleeper clientele toasty in their beds. 

 

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Spent a little time on preparations to complete the BUS wiring and point motorisation at Ardlui. This is the only station on WHL4 where wiring is incomplete at present with the fishplates used for power and the point blades for frogs as oppose to connecting each piece of track to the BUS individually and frog power switched by microswitches attached to the point servos. This is my usual approach when trialling new parts of the layout which was the case 2 years ago when I first laid the track. It has proved effective so its time to commit to wiring everything fully as a precursor to gluing the track down and painting it.  

 

37017 gets the road and departs Crianlarich heading north.

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Fort William station is 1900mm in length which allows a single locomotive and 6 coaches to fit in whilst retaining access to the other platform as well as the run round loop. This works with my version of the sleeper which runs as load 6 being the standard 4 coach rake with 2 sleeping cars. Attaching and detaching sleeping cars at Fort William is straightforward although the down sleeper does foul the points until the loco runs around and sets back. 37017 demonstrates this visually in the pictures below

 

Arrival at Fort William

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Rear coach fouls the points that access the 2 platforms but not the run round loop

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37017 pulls forward to run round the train

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Having run round 37017 sets back onto the train

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Once set back the whole 6 coach consist fits neatly in the platform

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After 37017 has departed for Mallaig, 20184 retrieves the 2 sleeping cars which are taken away for cleaning

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No activity yesterday which was a volunteering day. From the previous running day, 37043 rattles into Crianlarich with 1T16, 0740 Oban to Glasgow. 

 

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Lovely , especially the last picture of train going over underpass at Crianlarich. I feel I'm sitting in the car waiting to pick someone up !

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21 hours ago, Legend said:

Lovely , especially the last picture of train going over underpass at Crianlarich. I feel I'm sitting in the car waiting to pick someone up !

 

Thanks, it is a constant challenge to find angles that produce interesting pictures. That area of Crianlarich is probably my favourite one for pictures and I have to resist showing it too often. However for once a little self indulgence.

 

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Yesterday I finished the wiring at Ardlui, now I need to complete the point motorisation. Ardlui has 5 points, 2 of which are already motorised and simply need the connection to the microswitch fitting. 1 of the other 3 is located on top of a baseboard trestle meaning I cannot use the usual underbaseboard servo mounting and have to be a little more creative. Fortunately it is the point that leads from the main line into the sidings making it adjacent to the platform under which I can hide a motor to switch the point. The weather forecast to day is shocking meaning I am likely to have time on my hands so hopefully I can finish this off and return to operations. 

 

It's been a bit of a 37043 fest the last few days and this continues today with Loch Lomond seen arriving at Garelochead where it passes 1B10, 0837 Glasgow to Mallaig headed by fellow namer, 37012 Loch Rannoch.

 

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I managed to get 4 of the 5 points at Ardlui working correctly by the end of yesterday. My experience is that alignment is key to a successful installation and I struggled to get this right on 2 of the servos. It is not difficult, just time consuming and tedious whilst performing contortions under a baseboard. 

 

37043 departs Garelochead for Glasgow. Although diagrammed to return with 1B11, 1254 Glasgow to Oban, 37043 is due an A exam and will be swapped with another 37. 

 

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9 hours ago, young37215 said:

My experience is that alignment is key to a successful installation and I struggled to get this right on 2 of the servos. It is not difficult, just time consuming and tedious whilst performing contortions under a baseboard.

Rob,

 

Indeed yes. My solution was to use 2-screws for mounting the servo. The first one to hold it in roughly, but at the correct location along the track, and use friction to keep it in place. Then, once rotated about the screw, to the right place for correct normal / reverse operation, I then fixed the second screw. This approach provided a bit of 'latitude' for tweaking before attaching the second screw.

 

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An irritating and frustrating day yesterday meant I went backwards rather than forwards. 3 of the Ardlui servos are fitted using the last of my Alurailtech brackets which have a self contained microswitch fixing. These all got fitted and secured quickly because I find them well designed and easy to use. The remaining 2 servos are in awkward places being obstructed by the trestles that support the baseboard where even if I had Alurailtech brackets they would not fit. The 2 servos are secured using a different bracket which requires a seperate microswitch fitting and in 1 case the point is actuated through a Peco adapter base. Neither of the 2 would play ball and after several hours of trying I gave up for the day. Hopefully a nights rest will see things fit together more easily today, it will be good to find a solution because these are the last 2 points to motorise on the whole layout. 

 

37178 has charge of 7V86, 0606 Mallaig Junction Yard to Sighthill seen arriving at Crianlarich.

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I could not face the 2 outstanding Ardlui servos yesterday and just ran a few trains instead. 37178 is seen at Crianlarich where it passes 37012 with 1B10. 

 

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I finally bought a cheap sugar cube camera which I hoped would provide the means to produce a cab ride experience. I paid £15 for the camera which seems to produce reasonable quality output video although it does not appear to do sound. First efforts at a cab ride see 37085 and 7D19 passing through Crianlarich.   

 

 

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A little heads up .... have just received a copy of British Rail Motive Power 1981-1999 Vol.7 from Videoscene which contains an 8 min West Highland journey section (Crianlarich - Mallaig and back) taken in March 1985. You'll find the shadows frustratingly dark and not helped by the time of year and snow, but it gives a good feel of the period. You'll recognise all of the locos, although some have made into Large Logo by then. Filmed on Super 8 it's not as good as your Sugercube but I think you'll pick out something of interest.

 

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14 hours ago, 03060 said:

A little heads up .... have just received a copy of British Rail Motive Power 1981-1999 Vol.7 from Videoscene which contains an 8 min West Highland journey section (Crianlarich - Mallaig and back) taken in March 1985. You'll find the shadows frustratingly dark and not helped by the time of year and snow, but it gives a good feel of the period. You'll recognise all of the locos, although some have made into Large Logo by then. Filmed on Super 8 it's not as good as your Sugercube but I think you'll pick out something of interest.

 

Regards,

Ian.

 

Interesting news, thanks. I spent an hour watching my 2 Class 37 Tribute dvd's by TVP yesterday which both have some excellent WHL reference material. The video player on my new laptop will now let me fast forward to the points where I can view just the WHL material whereas my old laptop software would not.   

 

I have added a 4th coach to my Rule 1, Ayrshire coast to the WHL adex rake of Sealink coaches which first appeared in 1983. A pair of 27's arrive at Crianlarich with a train bound for Oban.

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Certainly a splash of colour . These Sealink coaches appeared on the 17.12 Ayrshire commuter express for a while . Bright yellow corridors . The wood veneer had simply been painted over and not very well  . What a waste . 

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4 hours ago, young37215 said:

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Rob,

 

I'm currently 'excited' by ballast (sorry, it's probably a known affliction) as that'll be the next major task on my layout. May I ask what ballast you used for the sidings in the above photo, as it has a 'look' I might be able to use.

 

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19 hours ago, ISW said:

Rob,

 

I'm currently 'excited' by ballast (sorry, it's probably a known affliction) as that'll be the next major task on my layout. May I ask what ballast you used for the sidings in the above photo, as it has a 'look' I might be able to use.

 

Ian

 

A mix of Geoscenics weathered N gauge and Peco Ash & Cinders fine grade. Whatever you use, make sure that it is N gauge or finer because the 00 gauge stuff is far to large.

 

I managed some more cab rides yesterday, not quite sure I have the lighting right but here is a northbound train arriving at Garelochead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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