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Wiring and the running of the first train!

 

Well it’s prohressing! I decided I needed to test the concept.

 

Out came the Heljan Class 128 DPU which is silky smooth :)

 

Yes I know it prob never made it to Stranraer...

 

I may have to go to 610mm after all in the curve :(

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More testing tonight!

 

The ivatt 4MT which struggled with the medium radius points on my minories layout-no issues with the peco large radius!

 

Likewise a four coach rake of Bachmann MK 1’s propelled and pulled through the points no issues :)

 

What’s more impressive is the same Ivatt that used to struggle on my old layouts comfortably hauled seven coaches! Now I know I haven’t added the curve section but I’m pleased so far.

 

More bracing is needed for the boards and insulation is needed for the loft space-it’s cold!

 

Enjoy!

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1 hour ago, danstercivicman said:

Glad RMWEB is back :)

I invested in a copy of ‘The Port Road’ by Andrew P Swan.

An excellent book.  Makes me think I can do with more of the freight side at the Harbour (milk, parcels and cattle).

 

You’ve put me in the notion. Hopefully Douglas Blades will have a copy at tomorrow’s Irvine exhibition and I can have a browse

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On ‎2‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 4:24 PM, danstercivicman said:

Glad RMWEB is back :)

I invested in a copy of ‘The Port Road’ by Andrew P Swan.

An excellent book.  Makes me think I can do with more of the freight side at the Harbour (milk, parcels and cattle).

 

 

I would be interested to see how much was actually handled at the harbour station as opposed to the Town station, the Town station had a much larger yard.  In later years steel traffic for Ireland was unloaded there.

 

Jim

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There’s not many pictures of the Harbour but here’s my thoughts:

 

1) parcels at Harbour and perishables direct from the boat into vans.  There were five roads (tracks) at the end of the pier

 

2) cattle from the boat to the cattle dock towards the land side of the pier (again st harbour station)

 

3) ferry fuel oil at the pier 

 

4) milk from road tankers off the boat- here I am not sure whether they would have driven to the town goods yard or loaded on the pier

 

5) at some point bunkerage/coal would have been required for the coal fired ships. 

 

6) the book also alluded to fish traffic before my period at the lairage?  Whatever one of them or wherever that was? 

 

Thats my thoughts anyway.  I can’t prove it but I’m planning:

 

1) cattle dock

2) van/parcels at the pier end 

3) milk tankers from the boat to fill up milk wagons in the sidings 

4) perishable produce direct from boat to waiting vans

 

I think my layout needs to move to 1961 as by 1965 much of this traffic probably died out? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not cheap but it’s good, especially as it captures all the local branch lines...

Milk appears to have been big in the fifties with lorries hailing it across the sea on the ferry then pumping it into the milk tankers.

 

This has made me think of expanding the harbour side somewhat...

I’ve had it all working but now I’ve added the geographic control panel things have gone wrong eek! 

 

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Not much happened over the weekend except that the control panel is all wired up except for the sidings and head shunts at the pier end.

 

I’ve been testing the track work and locos.

 

The elderly Bachmann Jubilee has had weight added.  It’s not a smooth operator but it does pull the seven coach UP Northern Irishman.

 

Elsewhere a STD 5MT has brought in the Larne Boat Train and a 4MT Tank waits to depart with a local.

 

The Crab (they appear to have been common on the line) is at the head of the UP parcels which will depart after the Irishman.

 

Of course the fiddleyard boards are not completed so I’m basically shunting stock backwards and forwards! 

 

Next stage will be to add the corner boards and fiddle yard.

 

 

 

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Looking into more books and building up stock...

 

I now have the following locos which worked on the lime:

 

Crab 42919 

Crab 42789

 

I need to renumber:

 

Black Five 44781 to 44789

BR STD MT 73068 to 73079

 

My other locos are:

 

STD 4MT 2-6-4T

Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0

Jubilee 45596 Bahamas 

 

The glaring gap is:

 

Clan Class 6MT

 

I think another Black Five would be helpful along with a further Jubilee

 

The Clan though is the main sticking point...

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On 04/02/2019 at 10:57, danstercivicman said:

Not much happened over the weekend except that the control panel is all wired up except for the sidings and head shunts at the pier end.

 

I’ve been testing the track work and locos.

 

The elderly Bachmann Jubilee has had weight added.  It’s not a smooth operator but it does pull the seven coach UP Northern Irishman.

 

Elsewhere a STD 5MT has brought in the Larne Boat Train and a 4MT Tank waits to depart with a local.

 

The Crab (they appear to have been common on the line) is at the head of the UP parcels which will depart after the Irishman.

 

Of course the fiddleyard boards are not completed so I’m basically shunting stock backwards and forwards! 

 

Next stage will be to add the corner boards and fiddle yard.

 

 

 

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Hi Dan

 

So it works, wonderful.

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