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Time to share my Shunting Plank, test-bed, shelf-layout, call it what you will. Started a frightening 12 years ago in 2008, as a "quick" portable layout.IMG_8596.JPG.82f5ce1852380b0400b72c96951ad5fe.JPG I am afraid this is probably about the best over-view of it, taken back in 2017. Progress is slow - I aim to have at least one day a year modelling, and last year I think I failed even to get that!


So how come now? Well, I enjoyed sharing a previous (also still unfinished) layout as part of the 2007 layout challenge (Thameside), and I needed some help!


See the two missing windows in the picture above? Well RM Web member Teaky, helped me out with those, following my ad in the "Wanted" section, and suggested I could possibly publish some pictures, and some wider shots showing the context. Putting the layout up as a topic seemed to fit the bill there, allow a little more expansion on the subject, and hopefully any feedback might spur me on to get on with it, as it did on Thameside.


So here now, is that same building, with those last elusive windows in place:


If there is interest I will hopefully be inspired to progress it a bit faster. My pleasure usually comes from working on it rather than operating it - it isn't yet fully operational, and as you can see, photography isn't my strong point either!


I look forward to any comment.



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Looks good mate. Any chance of a track plan?





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I think a trackplan would be a bit grand for this! It is a classic 5,3,3 Inglenook in function, with a head shunt to the right, a single three-way point, the five wagon siding to the front, and the two three wagon sidings to the rear. Attached another couple of pictures below to show a little more:






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Did something else to it today... ripped out the Fulgurex point motors, and put in a couple of Frog Juicers to allow it to work for the first time ever!


I need to replace them with something - at the moment I am thinking a pair of Cobalts, but they will have to be mounted on their side as I only have a frame depth of 44mm. I am sure I can 3d print a crank or something to allow them to work.

I did think of using Servos, but looks like they need there own bunch of electronics, and set up, whereas all I read suggests the Cobalts are pretty much fit and use.


The adjustment of the Fulgurex wasn't working out, and they were very noisy... the final straw was throwing its own worm wheel off the end of the shaft instead of throwing the point. It went back on, but that's not the point... So if anyone wants a pair of free, used once only, Fulgurex motors, you are welcome...(collection only!).


PS Why does wiring have to be neat, and why can't I make it so?

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