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Strachur - BR blue in the West Highlands

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25 minutes ago, Max Legroom said:

I've pushed the boat out and bought a couple of 1980s items of stock. Loch Awe is sound fitted, my first sound-fitted loco, and the PRA gives a feel of the WHL though out of place in Strachur.

 

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I've got enough stock to run a 1980s timetable. 

 

The 37 has really shown the flaws in my pointwork at the station throat with sound cutting out in places so I'm going to pull up all of the points and add juicers or possibly point motors. The pointwork in the fiddleyard has juicers and runs flawlessly.

 

One thing to point out about the lovely Kernow PRA is that the buffers are very long so the screw link couplings have to be installed slightly proud of the bufferbeams to avoid derailing when coupled to adjacent stock.

 

The biggest problem with DCC sound is that it is very difficult to go back to no sound!

Hi,

 

In my experience, adding a frog juicer to the points isfairly simple and can be done with the points in situ.  Drill a small hole through your baseboard in the vee of point crossing, thread a wire through, solder to the inside of ythe vee then connect to your juicer.  I've done this in N gauge with points already laid. It also helps to bond the stock rails to the swith rails, and this can also be done in situ.  Just make sure to clean the spot where you want to solder thoroughly first.

 

If you like operating points by hand then why go to the expense of adding point motors, more witing etc?  On my curent N gauge project I've gone back to using wire-in-tube after trials and trribulations with point motors and servos.  Simple, cheap, reliable and satisfying to use.

 

Roja

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Hi Roja

 

Thank you for your advice. I'll have a go at wiring for the juicer in situ. It would certainly make things easier. I must admit that I quite like to change the points by hand as it gets me up close to the action and saves quite a bit of hassle. Wire in tube or good old coat hanger wire through the front of the baseboard would work nicely.

 

All the best

 

Max 

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How have I missed this one!

 

Lovely layout, one I've thought of doing many times when flicking through my Ian Futurs books. Of the many layouts I have in my head I keep coming back to a play on Killin.

 

I think frog juicers in situ should be easily achieved without ripping up the track. 

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On 22/10/2019 at 11:49, Rhb Simon said:

How have I missed this one!

 

Lovely layout, one I've thought of doing many times when flicking through my Ian Futurs books. Of the many layouts I have in my head I keep coming back to a play on Killin.

 

I think frog juicers in situ should be easily achieved without ripping up the track. 

Thanks Simon

 

Something based on Killin would be great. I'm looking at the new Peco Highland signal box and thinking of the possibilities. I started a layout based on an imaginary line to Portmahomack but never got beyond basic scenery before the foam core card baseboard split when I inadvertently lent on one end!

 

All the best

 

Max

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Here are a few pix of an uncharacteristically busy goods yard.

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Finally, who wouldn't fancy a few days in this caravan? Views across the tracks to Loch Fyne, a choice of indoor or outdoor dunny, and power/water in situ (see the fresh tarmac crossing the yard).

 

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Great little Scottish layout and thanks for uploading more photos.

 

A couple of questions regarding the road over-bridge :-

1. What materials and construction method did you use for the bridge stonework supports?

2. How did you weather the bridge girders?

 

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Mark

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5 hours ago, 27016 said:

Great little Scottish layout and thanks for uploading more photos.

 

A couple of questions regarding the road over-bridge :-

1. What materials and construction method did you use for the bridge stonework supports?

2. How did you weather the bridge girders?

 

Regards

Mark

Thanks Mark

 

The stonework is Wills which is thick enough to support the bridge without any extra support. There are some plastic I-beam girders under the road surface to keep everything engineeringly sound. The bridge sides are also Wills and the weathering is Games Workshop Agrax Earthshade wash and Thyphus Rust with a small amount of orange dry-brushed to highlight the rust. I tried not to overdo the orange!

 

All the best

 

Max

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10 hours ago, Max Legroom said:

Thanks Mark

 

The stonework is Wills which is thick enough to support the bridge without any extra support. There are some plastic I-beam girders under the road surface to keep everything engineeringly sound. The bridge sides are also Wills and the weathering is Games Workshop Agrax Earthshade wash and Thyphus Rust with a small amount of orange dry-brushed to highlight the rust. I tried not to overdo the orange!

 

All the best

 

Max

Thanks Max for your reply.

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Hi Max, can't believe I had missed this until now, what a fantastic layout; I too like the Ian Futers plans and books and also came to the conclusion that the imagined route via "Rest and be Thankful" would involve some serious gradients and tunnels!

 

Very nice work, will follow with interest.

 

Regards,

Martyn.

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Hi Martyn

 

I have to admit that following your Crinan layout was a big inspiration for me to get on with this project.

 

Best wishes

 

Max

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I couldn't resist this little cutie!

 

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Just needed some three-link couplings, a driver and a dcc chip. I started to think about a distillery located a few hundred yards up the line, with dodgy track unsuitable for heavy locos so that the 48DS has running rights up to the sidings at Strachur station. Actually, I think this might be pushing things a bit but it's still great fun to run up the line.

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55 minutes ago, Max Legroom said:

I couldn't resist this little cutie!

 

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Just needed some three-link couplings, a driver and a dcc chip. I started to think about a distillery located a few hundred yards up the line, with dodgy track unsuitable for heavy locos so that the 48DS has running rights up to the sidings at Strachur station. Actually, I think this might be pushing things a bit but it's still great fun to run up the line.

 

They are superb aren't they.

 

According to one book I have, the Dailuaine Distillery loco had running rights over BR lines to Carron Bridge, (the loco should have a plate affixed to confirm this) so your idea might not be too far fetched.

 

Martyn.

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Have just read through this thread.   Wow!  Looks great.  I live on the Isle of Bute and pass through Strachur everyday.

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1 hour ago, blueovalcraig said:

Have just read through this thread.   Wow!  Looks great.  I live on the Isle of Bute and pass through Strachur everyday.

Thank you. I try to get up to the West Highlands every year but not sure I’m going to make it this year sadly. 

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Take the skinheads [to] Bowling (and then up the WHL to Arrochar and across to Strachur!) With apologies to Camper Van Beethoven! 24009, fresh out of Glasgow Works, at Strachur having worked a freight train. I'm pretty sure that this loco is RA 6 so someone is going to be in trouble for ignoring the RA 5 limit.

 

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It's a superb SLW model with Modelu crew and Railtec works plates which really should be blue. I don't plan to run it very often on Strachur as it's intended for a future Glasgow-based layout. It really is a great, if expensive, time to be modelling the Scottish Region in the diesel era. I can't wait to get hold of a Dapol class 29 in GFYE.

Now I really must get round to fixing those points and adding extra scenic details. Static grass is the next improvement.

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Only just found this :O Lovely layout...

 

Ticks all the boxes...Keep those pictures coming :good:

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I've turned the clock back to 1970 to run 6112 alongside no-heat 5377. TOPS codes have been temporarily banished from Strachur!

 

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I must admit that I'm impressed with the Dapol model. It just need a few dabs of paint and a spot of weathering to really look the part. Well worth the long wait and a big improvement on the Hornby model that I spent so much time modifying back in the early 80s!

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On 16/04/2020 at 10:12, Max Legroom said:

I've turned the clock back to 1970 to run 6112 alongside no-heat 5377. TOPS codes have been temporarily banished from Strachur!

 

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I must admit that I'm impressed with the Dapol model. It just need a few dabs of paint and a spot of weathering to really look the part. Well worth the long wait and a big improvement on the Hornby model that I spent so much time modifying back in the early 80s!

My favourite timescale! The 29 is a nice model, I'm just changing identities on my model of 6112 to 6133 as it kept the small yellow panels into 1971. I've repainted the upper sides with Railmatch Sherwood Green, mainly to match my Bachby 6123, it needs a weathering job too when complete.

 

Your layout looks superb as ever!

 

Martyn.

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Hi Martyn

 

The upper green doesn’t look quite right to me too but I decided I could live with it. I’m tempted to get a blue one and renumber it as 6100 with the extra arrow on one of the cab doors. Having said that, I’ve got a blue 27, 37 and 122 waiting for their new numbers so maybe I should focus on them instead!
 

All the best

 

Max

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I first spotted this thread when you were at the planning stage and somehow haven't kept up with it till now. Remarkable progress, lovely looking layout, a great interpretation of the scheme. Look forward to more. 

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A few more Woodland Scenics pine trees have been planted by the road bridge. That Ruston is still lurking around in the yard!

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Nice layout ! Missed this one too, there’s just too many on here now - would be good to divide them up by theme 

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