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21 hours ago, pirouets said:

Out of interest, are there routes on the plan that mean if you just want to set something running, watch trains go by and admire the world you have created, that can be done?

The nature of the layout is such that there is no continuous run anywhere - it's a whole series of interlinked terminus-station-fiddle yard operations. It would be possible to put in a link from Upperby to 'grand junction' which would give a continuous run round the WCML, which might be useful for testing purposes but not really a route where you could leave a train running unattended due to the gradient changes.

 

I'll be quite happy building things in between operating sessions...

 

17 hours ago, Gibbo675 said:

Only for when through coaches to Penzance are spoken of !

Midday Scot conveyed through coach to / from Plymuff so need to be careful!

 

14 hours ago, Clive Mortimore said:

I have noticed what could put the whole operation to fail. Where is the socket to put the kettle plug into?

 

I can hear them now "NO TEA!!!!!!!":ireful::rtfm::ireful:

 

5 hours ago, Gibbo675 said:

The socket for the kettle is in Teaside which must be part of the rest of the world.

The current tea point is close to where the Carlisle Canal / Edinburgh operator is position. So JW must be further regretting his obstreperousness...

 

1 hour ago, jamie92208 said:

The trouble with that is who would act as interpreter when you two started speaking in patois.

All communication will be by bell code so not an issue ...

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1 minute ago, LNER4479 said:

The current tea point is close to where the Carlisle Canal / Edinburgh operator is position. So JW must be further regretting his obstreperousness...

Hi LNER,

 

Conveniently close to Carr's, now McVitie's, biscuit factory !

 

Gibbo.

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1 minute ago, Gibbo675 said:

Hi LNER,

 

Conveniently close to Carr's, now McVitie's, biscuit factory !

 

Gibbo.

He'll obviously be driving the fireless loco that ran there then.

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Though of course it was dangerously close to Carlisle State Brewery and we wouldn't want him sampling their products would we.

 

Jamie

 

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47 minutes ago, LNER4479 said:

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The current tea point is close to where the Carlisle Canal / Edinburgh operator is position. So JW must be further regretting his obstreperousness...

 

All communication will be by bell code so not an issue ...

Thank you Red Leader, I just hope JW doesn't get in the way.

 

As for bell codes I have looked at the 1960 codes and cannot find Kettle On Wot U Want or Tea-White-2 sugars or Order Taken ? 

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21 hours ago, Gibbo675 said:

Only for when through coaches to Penzance are spoken of !

 

Gibbo.

We've got two chocolate and cream Mk1s on our Carlisle - attached to the up Midday Scot (they came off at Crewe).

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6 hours ago, Clive Mortimore said:

As for bell codes I have looked at the 1960 codes and cannot find Kettle On Wot U Want or Tea-White-2 sugars or Order Taken ? 

On the internal radio system at one depot where I worked, "Coffee Up" (or "Tea Up") was "Code 4".

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On the subject of Yorkshire teabags.  At the beginning of lockdown, in the midst of panic buying, Morrisons in Skipton had an empty shelf where Yorkshire teabags should have been.  Next to the space was a large stack of 'another' brand which was on special offer!  This disproves the story that Yorkshire people always choose the cheapest option.  Quality does count sometimes.

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36 minutes ago, Barry O said:

Problem is...how do you get to the loo????

What was the name of that junction just outside Carlisle? Begins with 'B' I think...

 

Ah yes, got it!

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3 hours ago, Barry O said:

Nope!

Would probably last half a week the way we go through tea!!!

Problem is...how do you get to the loo????

 

Baz

You could always recreate that famous photo of IIRC the Swindon open day when they made tea in loco tenders steam heated. At least it's a useful use for tenders designed to go behind Swindon built locos.

 

Jamie

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Happiness is ... a set of points to hack into:

 

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Here laid out. I could assemble them as is ... but you know me. As this is a 'on view' section of track, then 45mm track centres it is.

 

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Well stuck in to the work - you should be able to see the usual chopping up.

 

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And now assembled and ready for the spray can. I've gone for the usual 45mm spacing for the pairs of tracks. But, looking at photos, the more usual 10ft middle spacing was eschewed at Bog Junction (low speed only location, I guess), so I've stuck with the 50mm spacing there - in fact, a little bit of trimming has taken place as, unaltered, the spacing is more like 52mm.

 

MEANWHILE ...

 

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Back at Central, I forced myself to knuckle down and tick off a few tasks arising. What's going on here is that the trackwork alterations have introduced a single slip (top right) where there was previously only a plain point. So the Y-point (left hand side) now needs to work with the right hand end of said slip as a crossover.

 

The motor is the existing one on the Y-point so what I'm doing here is preparing the linkage for the one motor to work both points - from underneath.

 

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Now installed, here is the view from underneath - and above - with the crossover 'normal'. Hopefully you can see how the linkage works? (motor to the left - these are effectively mirror images)  Also that other crossovers are similarly linked - most of the crossovers on Grantham work this way as well.

 

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And the equivalent set of pictures in the 'reverse' position. If you feel so moved to compare the underneath pictures then you should be able to detect difference in the position of the linkage - the 'crank' for the single slip end is all one piece of wire, with the underneath part at 90degrees to the top.

 

More soon ...

 

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Just catching up with different layouts, due to being in lockdown. My god man, you are a layout builder addict. Grantham, woodhead(assisting), hills of the north, and now this. Someone take his power tools off him before the rest of use feel inadequate lol.

 

Ps-is this code 100 again?

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5 hours ago, cheesysmith said:

Just catching up with different layouts, due to being in lockdown. My god man, you are a layout builder addict. Grantham, woodhead(assisting), hills of the north, and now this. Someone take his power tools off him before the rest of use feel inadequate lol.

 

Ps-is this code 100 again?

And also Leeds London Road in code 75..

 

Bas

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Does he actually sleep? And most of this was before he retired? With children?

 

I`m going to curl up in a corner and feel inadequate lol.

 

PS-I have found modelling through put improves the more you avoid the square magic talking picture box. 

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47 minutes ago, Barry O said:

And also Leeds London Road in code 75..

 

Bas

 

... and 'Spirit of Seaton Junction'

 

... and 'Through Limestone Hills'

 

... and 'Camden'

 

... and 'Little Bytham'

 

(all on here ... in roughly decreasing order of significance of input)

 

And not forgetting the GMRC thing.

 

Sleep - What's that?

 

It has accelerated a little post-children and now in (semi) retirement.

 

Most of HotN will be Code 75.

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2 hours ago, Dr Gerbil-Fritters said:

 

make it EM, that'll slow you down, har har!

Hi Drfritters,

 

This is my friend Em, she got me going !!!

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Gibbo.

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