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Hole made through the mount board with a sharp scalpel blade. 
 

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I thought I might have made the assembly thin enough to go under the rail from the side but no. It has to go first under one rail from the middle and then the other. 
 

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No bother there. A twist into the hole, which should have been made more off centre to match the tube position. The tube is located there to allow isolation gapping that remains to occur. 

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Lovely
 

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It looks as much like the real thing as I imagined it would. Hopefully it will be robust in operation. At least I’ve learnt from previous efforts and allowed for easier maintainability or revision here. 

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49 minutes ago, Ian Morgan said:

It has even got a slot for the (working?) point lock to go into :)


No (modelled) point locks on this layout. The bifurcations of the single line are beyond the baseboard edges.
 

Sorry to disappoint. 

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I fixed the thing in place this evening by soldering to the switch rails in turn and waggled it about. 
 

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All seems good. It could suffer from movement along the direction of the rail and some restraint in addition to the operating rod from beneath may be required. We will find out later when I get to the operating rod. 
 

The sticky and paper was removed in the immediate location of the moving parts prior to soldering because things did not move so well when they kept being grabbed by the sticky. 

 

Buoyed by my apparent success I decided to make a rear stretcher bar. I tried the thin copperclad for this. It really is very thin because as soon as the gap is made in the copper on one side (and I was both very gentle and cautious) the assembly bent. This is more cosmetic than structural so I might still use it. It is test fitted in the following pictures but not soldered. Only the front stretcher is soldered. 
 

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It is clear how thin the thin copperclad is. I remeasured it and it is <0.2mm! 


What is also clear to anyone who knows their stuff is that the front stretcher should be much closer to the timber at the toe of the switch. I shall have to move it. A probable benefit will be that the switch rails will not be able to move much away from the heel chair once the stretcher is in a more correct position because the copperclad will be almost if not touching the timber. 

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This looks better. 
 

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I have remade the front stretcher bar because it fell apart when I put the iron in (for the third time) to try to adjust the position towards the switch toe. It was easier to start again. The copperclad joiner now runs against the timber at the toe so the blades stay put. 
 

I decided to use the rear stretcher as it was (though a little wobbly). 
 

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To my eyes they suggest the round stretcher bars of old. The flexible ones that came after would not be prominent above the timbers as I have made these. 

 

A test with a sample of one wagon suggests it works better than it did before. 
 

Two more to go for the catch points and then there is the other turnout to complete. 

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19 hours ago, richbrummitt said:

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I have remade the front stretcher bar because it fell apart when I put the iron in (for the third time) to try to adjust the position towards the switch toe. It was easier to start again.
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To avoid this, use solder with different melting points and a temperature controlled soldering iron.

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Two more done. 

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I had to dig out more than I hoped of the mount board track bed to get these into place. They don’t quite fit between the rail and track bed and they really don’t manoeuvre around the multiple rails as easily as just two at the toe of a plain switch. 


They also require a bit more meat removing in places to avoid any shorts on rails they pass under or timbers that they are or could come in contact with. 
 

There will be a short intermission while I craft enough plain chairs for the connection to the down line (other types are simple in comparison). The attrition rate yesterday evening was pretty high - the floor monster was hungry and there seems to be another monster down the back of the workbench. 
 

Thanks for looking. 

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After a couple of evening’s work the next stock rail is all chaired up 

 

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more chairs require bending. Maybe I should have tried again to put some plastic timbers and chairs in but then possible height differences? This is the main line connection so we definitely want smooth running here...

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Fascinating.  I struggle in 4mm so I have great amiration for anyone who can build in 2mm.

 

The line is one I am not too familiar with, so that is interesting as well.  I only knew of Savernake when I moved to this area as the park I walked around, but did not find out why it was called that until we took a train to Bedwyn and I explored the line beyond that on the maps.  It shall be an ntersting and a learning experience to follow this thread.

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On 24/11/2020 at 13:27, ChrisN said:

Fascinating.  I struggle in 4mm so I have great amiration for anyone who can build in 2mm.

 

The line is one I am not too familiar with, so that is interesting as well.  I only knew of Savernake when I moved to this area as the park I walked around, but did not find out why it was called that until we took a train to Bedwyn and I explored the line beyond that on the maps.  It shall be an ntersting and a learning experience to follow this thread.


Goodness. Me neither. I bought the MSWJR book out of interest in a few pictures because I was investigating the Savernake to Burbage section of the line at the time with a view to a layout based on either the arrangement at Burbage wharf or the West of Savernake (GWR/low level) including the junction to Marlborough. (Both of these are problematic to me in how to do the canal and the scenic break at the West end of the modelled area of either.) When I took Meeth on I was looking at enhancing the track plan at the same time as reading the book. The final product here will not be like the reality. The purpose and journey for me is a learning of methods for layout construction to take onto the future, larger and long term magnum opus type, project. I wish the stock to carry over and it will therefore be suitable for post WWI pre-grouping era GWR. The overall portrayal will therefore be a might have been that makes no sense of history where the GWR took over much earlier and the traffic was still similar to some of the shorter trains shown in the book in GWR days. The whole layout is ~600mm long and the fiddle yards are shorter than this so train lengths are limited to tank plus 3 coaches not exceeding 57’ or tender engine plus 2 and possibly tail traffic. The operating potential for rail traffic is a major interest because I have more Siphons and horse boxes than I do coaches. 
 

Hopefully there will still be learning and inspiration. 

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Now the other stock rail is all chaired up. 
 

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Except for a short section where there is not enough room for full plain chairs on both the stock rail and the closure rail. The viewing is from the right in the above picture so I will put full chairs on the closure rail and use cut down chairs with just the outside chair (slide or check) on the spaces that are currently on the stock rail. 
 

The workshop monster has continued to be pretty hungry for chairs and I’ve got an order in for another fret of plain to finish off. I had not nearly enough for either of the wing+closure rails, let alone both, once I’d reached the stage above. After a time on my knees I found several chairs on the floor around the chair and under the bench. Fortunately I did not have to beg to the workshop monster. I must have ‘lost’ so many out of the pliers / tweezers it was easy enough to find almost 10 and I have enough for one wing rail with a few leftover, although some are a bit mangled. 
 

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It’s just laid in at the moment with the chairs threaded on for a final check before starting fixing. Again there is a gap near the switch. These will be half chairs added from the normally viewed side due to space. 
 

Even after this is soldered there’s a couple of other jobs I can do whilst I wait for the chairs to come if the post takes a while. With that wing closure rail in place I could wire up and test the yard. (Well the stubs of sidings that have been laid.) There are the stretcher bars for this switch to produce and I need some buffer stops. The etches for those are already in hand. Progress can still be made!

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