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A change of Size and direction, Blakeney (Glos.)

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On 06/08/2019 at 16:08, Brinkly said:

Looking good Alan. The flow of the track is very nice.

 

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Nick.

Thanks Nick. To help make sure that the track closed with no kinks and the radii would not be too tight I made up a couple of curved templates to 5ft and 6ft radius ( using the strong and pencil method) in foamboard and then used a mirror to look along the track, particularly at risk joins.

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Alan

 

You seem to have got the hang of the big stuff. Great first layout

 

Paul R

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Unfortunately track laying has been held up as I discovered one of the three "Y" points was derailing my pannier, the other two are fine. My local model shop has agreed to replace it even though some of the sleepers had been trimmed ready for the point to be stuck down. Hopefully I shall be back on track (excuse the pun) next week sometime.

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I'm pleased to say the point problem has been resolved. Anew was picked up yesterday (a straight swap) and it works, no derailing. I can now in the near future start track laying and wiring.
I've also bought a couple of trees from Model Scenery Supplies, about a scale 35ft high. I could not resist planting them On some hanging basket liner (my preferred rough grass) on a piece of foam and taking a couple of photos a photo of the real Forest of Dean behind .
 

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Again just having a play at what the scenery might look like at the right hand end of the layout.

 

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Hi Alan, it's the GWR station in Coleford, looking towards Whitecliffe Quarry.  

 

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The more well known S&W station is to the right of the wagons in this shot.  On the 1960 map, the GWR station is marked 'goods'...

 

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I always thought the S&W station would make a fine subject in O gauge

 

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I am thinking of basing the station  building on the S&W station. Thanks again for the photos.

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The problem is there weren't any Central stations, just the Goods shed at the the real Blakeney I believe.

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Of course. I'd forgotten quite how minimalist the Central was, so I dug out Mr Parr's book and read up on it. There were never any passenger facilities, and, yes, just the one goods shed at Blakeney.

Gordon

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The Goods shed is still there used as the Railway Museum.

 

Don

 

 

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I decided that before track laying it might be better to paint the track first as with O gauge one can do a bit more with the painting than inOO gauge . So I had a practice on an off cut of track.

 

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Alan

 

I prefer to spray mine.  I use red primer to do the rail sides and once dry I then use track colour directly vertically above the track so the spray doesn't cover the rails. You then get left with rusty rails (and chairs) with the sleepers a track colour.  If you look at the early pages of Black Notley you will see the technique.

 

You can then always add hand painted bits to make it more realistic.

 

Paul R

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Very little happening at the moment, as I'm having a short break. When that's finished I will carry on at my own slow pace, ( model railwaying isn't the only thing in my life). However images of what the layout will look like are coming to mind and I will allow them a reasonable digestion period, saves doing things and then ripping it up when ideas change.

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Well back from hols in Spain looking at the Alhambra in Grenada and the Great Mosque in Cordoba and various other of the sights and buildings of Andalusia and a very pleasant sherry tasting in Jerez which enabled my mojo which seemed to be fast disappearing to make a comeback. So at long last started on the preparations for track laying, eg converting the points for switching the frog polarity and pre wiring the track before sticking down. The points by the way will be operated by my version of wire in tube, as I did on Louville Lane. I have discovered a couple of problems with pre painting the track, it sticks the track to the sleepers thus making it almost impossible to bend (Luckily all but one short bit was pre benta nd also coming up the points, now luckily freed with the use of a very thin blade to release the track from the chairs. Hopefully there may be more frequent updates........................................................or not depending on my mojo staying with me

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At last the first piece of track stuck down, one of the crossover points. The thin white stipe ending at the switch I and the so far unattached wires is the tube that contains the wire for changing the point which is my version of the wire in the tube point changing and the wires which will be soldered to the switch are the frog change of polarity wires.

 

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Mojo is definitely back (at the moment) I have now laid all the pre-painted track. Before I lay the rest (Plain track) I will shape it and then paint it. Nearly got caught out last time.

Some photos of my labours, by the way I used Copydex to glue the track to the foam.

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This is going to  be a good little layout.

 

Paul R

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Looking really neat Alan, keep the pics coming now that the Mojo's well and truly back.:good:

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Another piece of track laid today. the branch to the industry at the front of the layout i.e. the fiddle yard ( not the sector plate). I decided that for the last pieces of track laying I would NOT pre-paint the sides as all the new pieces have curves in them and now knowing that the paint makes flexible track inflexible I thought it wise to paint after it was laid so that I can fine tune the curve before the glue sets.

Pictures later in the week when the rest of the track has been laid and painted. Getting so near the end of track laying I am beginning to think of the scenic side. I've decided to base the station building on the very simple stone affair at Rusbridge and to night I have been drawing a rough side elevation based on some photos of what it might look like and how big it might look on the layout. Again pix later when I am happy with it and can rough up a model.

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As promised some photos now that the track is laid, ie stuck to the foam, again I have used Copydex . It's very useful if you need to lift track without damaging the foam underlay as I found out. The next step is to electrify the layout which means joining all the droppers that at the moment are dangling through holes under the track. So sometime over the weekend I will be scrabbling under the baseboard joining them all up. It will not be tomorrow as I'm going to the Exhibition at Bury St Edmunds.

 

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And an overall view of the whole layout, all 11ft of it.

 

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5 minutes ago, westerner said:

again I have used Copydex . It's very useful if you need to lift track without damaging the foam underlay as I found out.

I lay direct onto the cork, but as you, I have found Copydex very useful to be able to lift without damaging the cork and relay on a different alignment.

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