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The signal box is now complete and nameplate attached.  The full name of the station is Totleigh in the Wold which is straight out of the Jeeves and Wooster stories by P G Wodehouse.  It might be nice to include Totleigh Towers, the residence of Sir Watkyn Bassett on the layout backscene.

The nameplate was etched for me (along with the station running-in board by my good friend Brian Golding.

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Well done. That was quick (by my standards!). I've not got around to managing door knobs yet. One thing I didn't use on my current layout was point rodding; still wondering if it is worth it in our scale.

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A bit of progress on the bridge. Here it and the abutments are loosely in place. Calculations went astray slightly; I need to either lower the bridge by a couple of mm or so, or build up the road to that level. I'm thinking of the latter.

 

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11 hours ago, NCB said:

One thing I didn't use on my current layout was point rodding; still wondering if it is worth it in our scale.

I thought about including it on my last layout (Chipping Compton) but didn't in the end. Some rodding stools in whitemetal might be nice for the new project.

But then again perhaps it's one of those things that is best left off if it doesn't look perfect ?

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I guess the eye can envisage so not doing well will grate so perhaps best  left off. Where turnouts have  sleeper wide tiebars with out of track connection to a point op mechanism , at the location of visual  interest the most obvious model over real will be on show, rodding will stop short cranks in the way and perhaps no point locks possible. 

 

However if timber covers as on the Highland were employed subterfuge might be successful.  I can recommend the 2mmfs booklet on rodding design will put all plans into a working order!   

Robert  

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Modelu does point rodding stools in 4mm & 7mm, probably could be persuaded to do them in 3mm:

https://www.modelu3d.co.uk/product-category/detailing-components/infrastructure-detailing/point-rodding/

 

Think one would have to have the right sort of layout design to accommodate them, and design them in from the start. My current layout is a bit too compressed to put them in without looking odd. For the same sort of reason, my signals are token only; if I signalled it as per the prototype it would look too crowded.

 

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Civil engineering works on the layout are still progressing, latest project is yet another bridge:

 

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The four girder spans are from the the Tri-ang T.104 bridge set, picked up out of the 3mm Society 2nd hand "50p an item" rummage box at a society meet some years ago on a "you never know..." basis, and the abutments/bridge decks are scratch-built from 1mm sheet plastikard.

 

Although as it is now on a curve I suspect I have made the spans about 5mm too narrow (the original idea was it was going to be on a straight) and there will be clearance problems as a result, so I may still need to take a razorsaw to them...

 

 

 

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Could you make the track as sharp as possible on the piers and as shallow a curve as possible on the actual deck?

 

I used to have a Triang 00 bridge but unfortunately the plastic went off and became brittle.

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The rear of the layout consists essentially of retaining walls. I've just extended them to meet the embankment with the bridge at the the end of the the layout.

 

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Most of the retaining walls are made from Noch N scale products, as here. They are easy to cut to fit the space and have good relief. I paint them to keep things reasonably uniform, using something like Tamiya dark sea grey; do it lightly and you can retain something of the underlying colour, and also get the joints looking slightly different. These here need tidying up and capping slabs (plasticard rectangles) added. I mix different sorts of wall and add various angles to provide variation at the back.

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On 19/01/2020 at 18:08, NCB said:

Could you make the track as sharp as possible on the piers and as shallow a curve as possible on the actual deck?

 

Actually slicing them down the middle and inserting a 5mm strip was surprisingly easy, if anything they look a bit more in proportion now;

 

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I'm hoping that now gives enough clearance so that coach overhang doesn't hit the bridge, or a train coming the other way, but if it's still too tight I'll wiggle it about a bit like you suggest...

 

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