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August 2020: The era of the layout is set 1995-98 for the station. I have been collecting new trains to run during these years.

 

Any suggestions are welcome, hope you will be following my progress...

 

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I've done a lot this week with the soldering iron, glue and  rail cutters, track laying is almost complete and I'm now ready to start wiring it all up to a DCC bus. 

 

A few items of typical Skipton traction are also on the work list, no progress with the 321 but the decals are at least on order.

 

The quarry branch is the only section not to be fixed as it's raised on 9mm ply, still under construction.

 

Here are some photos, any suggestions welcome...

 

 

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On 19/02/2020 at 21:59, armleyroad said:

This week I've made progress with the DCC bus and points wiring, it's nearly all finished now and trains will be running soon.

The backscene construction and landscape is taking shape as well. 

I have a few rolling stock items to finish off before the weekend which i'll post here...

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Interesting project. Timber baseboards look well....

Is it to be a 'exibition' layout or stay at home layout? Look forward to further updates...

Nice to see a layout with a bit of fizzy knitting !

As it happens just dragging my butt out of bed and walking down to skipton station to pick a couple of tickets up...its 30mins walk down to station so will be watching progress of this layout.

G

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On 04/03/2020 at 08:58, bradfordbuffer said:

Interesting project. Timber baseboards look well....

Is it to be a 'exibition' layout or stay at home layout? Look forward to further updates...

Nice to see a layout with a bit of fizzy knitting !

As it happens just dragging my butt out of bed and walking down to skipton station to pick a couple of tickets up...its 30mins walk down to station so will be watching progress of this layout.

G

Thank you for following, it's designed for the baseboards to separate like an ex. layout but at the moment I don't plan on taking it out.

 

I will be back in May to continue on with the build and projects...

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Now that I'm back home, the layout is progressing well. 

 

I am preparing to install the signals, this will be a big wiring project involving relays and I'm looking forward to having them operational.

 

The rolling stock is being worked on too, with a Bachmann 158 to be DCC fitted and other trains that need weathering.

 

Stay well, more on the way, scenery has started.

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I came on this thread thinking it might be based in the steam era but it looks interesting enough to hold may attention anyway, so thanks for that.  Ready for more when you are, please. 

Steve.

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Hello there,

 

a significant update today,  ballasting has started now with the construction of the platforms base. The Absolute Aspects signals have been installed and I've got a few trains undergoing work too.

 

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These include 150201, a  recently purchased model, converted using Railtec transfers. Does anyone know where I can buy the Bachmann detail pack for this?

 

I'm putting together a running session video, tomorrow - once ballasting ops are done...

 

 

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Temporary installation of Peco catenary to check positioning etc... before committing to ballasting the area.

 

Some modifications need to be made for accuracy, I aim to scratch build some larger spans for the station area and one for behind the road bridge. They still need painting and white ID plates making up...

 

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An interesting start, you aren’t hanging about are you?

Looking forward to following this one.

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Another week of solid progress on the layout, the A.A. signals are wired in for DCC and more scenic work has been completed, ballasting, which I don't enjoy at all and weathering.

 

The North end has changed dramatically. Now the scenic area will end at the Carleton Rd bridge.

 

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Just picked up this thread, looking good.  I have been missing using Skipton station since lockdown, and the sound of the night-time quarry train on the Grassington branch.

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2 hours ago, lofty.ian said:

Just picked up this thread, looking good.  I have been missing using Skipton station since lockdown, and the sound of the night-time quarry train on the Grassington branch.

Thanks, I hope to capture the look of Skipton with this layout. It's going to be a real challenge though to build the station canopy!

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Hi there, a quick question if I may.  In the original post you said the road bridge would cross the middle of the scenic section.  In Friday's post you said that changes mean the scenic area ends at the Carlton Road bridge.

I wondered what the reason was for this change, was it visual in that the bridge will make a good break, or operational in better use of the space beyond the bridge.

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14 minutes ago, lofty.ian said:

Hi there, a quick question if I may.  In the original post you said the road bridge would cross the middle of the scenic section.  In Friday's post you said that changes mean the scenic area ends at the Carlton Road bridge.

I wondered what the reason was for this change, was it visual in that the bridge will make a good break, or operational in better use of the space beyond the bridge.

Hi Ian,

your comment has prompted me to change the first post, it's all explained there.

 

Cheers, Edward.

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Good Evening,

 

Work on the station completed this week:

 

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Hope you have a good week and a better second half of the year!

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Station is coming on nicely. I think you have a point with the Bachmann 66 I never had any issues with them and in my opinion the only difference that bothered me was the dcc independent tail lights which can be done with a bit of know how anyway 

 

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Good Evening,

 

tonight I've finished wiring the platform lights. There will be a few more singles to install under the canopies when they're built for now here's how it looks.

 

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Notice the station canopy supports are starting to be added, they're not fixed in yet.

 

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Time for a progress update...

 

I have been making the two catenary spans for the station area, closely following photos of the real structures.

 

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Looking across Skipton Middle Junction, now with a painted backscene. The tarmac for Broughton Road needs finishing off then I can start detailing.

 

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I have also started weathering the road bridge. It should have real presence with the girder section added.

 

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Hello, I hope you are all doing well, the era of the layout has now been changed to the mid-late 1990's after a lot of thought and research. The changes made to the layout were minimal as scenery work is still in the early stages and Skipton hasn't really changed that much over the years, it was a simple transition.

 

 I intend to keep collecting more trains of the times, such as the class 60 hauled Tilcon & British Gypsum, coal, alongside the usual sprinter unit services.

 

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When I have more trains running, the change of era for the layout should work out fine, plenty more to come...

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