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Originally this was going to be bigger but now it is just a 70x20x9.5 cm layout using one of the Scale Model Scenery layout in a box baseboards.

It is just going to be a modelling exercise rather than a real functioning layout well also serving as a programming track.

Will be using Peco set track just so I can get at least one point in :D

Not really to scale with some of the track lengths, the right hand side will emerge from a Scenecraft double tunnel mouth with a couple of lengths of Scenecraft retaining wall running from right to left.

I may go straight into some hard standing just after the tunnel mouth with maybe a portacabin type building on the top right and a fuelling point over to the left hand sidings.

Ordered a coupe of bits such as the tunnel mouth and retaining walls along with the one point.

 

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Well I have to admit I am in love :wub:

The Scale Model Scenery baseboard in a box is awesome!

It was down for delivery Thursday but got delayed till Monday next week then this morning I had a message saying it was coming today, it turned up at about 6pm in the end after I had just about given up hope of it actually showing.

 

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There will another of the boards at some point so I can run out the tunnel mouth to switch locos/shunt a little bit.

Still waiting on the track for the current board as well as a ton of stuff still from Scale Model Scenery, hard standing kit, fencing, walkway to name but a few.

 

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Few bits of track arrived today :D

Changed the original plan a bit so both sidings are now parallel, the idea being there will now be hard standing between them which will go virtually to the edge of the board on the bottom left.

There is going to a fence between the path and the other sections of track, trying to make the path look like it came from a different direction before turning right along the track.

 

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There will be another board after the tunnel mouth eventually so locos can move in and out and of both tracks.

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NCE Power Cab came today that I am going to use for both layouts, got an extra fascia/connection panel and mounted it to the back of the baseboard.

Interested to see the Powercab panel is now plastic instead of metal, got to save a few $s somewhere I suppose.

Wired and fitted the first bit of track as well, need to wait for the stuff to come from Scale Model Scenery before I can fit the next track as there is a bit of hard standing going between the two sections and I need to get the spacing right otherwise it wont fit.

Couple more sections of retaining wall gone on as well, I might go all the way across the back with this but I need a piece about 2 inches long to fit in the gap left, typically I think I threw a bit that size away after I cut some up for my other layout :angry:

 

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Last bits of track wired up and fixed down.

Spent quite a while on the hard standing area and I think it looks quite good.

Had to trim down the top sections lengthways as the area for it to go in was a lot narrower than how the parts came. 

Fitted the fence along the path, not the best job as the joins are off a little bit, few bushes along the back of the fence between it and the hard standing area.

 

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Also done a little ballasting test, Woodland scenics medium buff and then washed down with a matt black wash to give it a bit of extra dimension.

Quite pleased how it looks actually.

 

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Cracked on with a few more bits, another hard standing area that will have a portacabin on it.

 

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Walkway between the tracks, still another bit to go on yet but need to ballast that side of the track first.

Fuelling point to go in between the two tracks, it should fit , just but need a loco first before I fix it down and make it too permanent.

The extremely fiddly speed signs, test for your eyesight to make and paint them.

 

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12 hours ago, smallman28 said:

Cracked on with a few more bits, another hard standing area that will have a portacabin on it.

 

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Walkway between the tracks, still another bit to go on yet but need to ballast that side of the track first.

Fuelling point to go in between the two tracks, it should fit , just but need a loco first before I fix it down and make it too permanent.

The extremely fiddly speed signs, test for your eyesight to make and paint them.

 

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Hi,

I like the way this is progressing.  However, I do have my doubts about the speed sign.

 

The arrow on the sign applies to a diverging route off the main route, which has a higher speed, so is superfluous in this situation and as it is facing the wrong way anyway.  In fact, there is no need for a speed restriction sign in this situation.  The sign would only apply at the entrance/exit to the yard.  Speed limits in yards is usually 5mph, or lower, allowing adequate braking distance when shunting etc.  In your situation a locomotive propelling one or two wagons into the sidings at 10mph would not be able to stop in time before hitting the buffers; mass and momentum would see to that!

 

Roja

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4 hours ago, 37Oban said:

Hi,

I like the way this is progressing.  However, I do have my doubts about the speed sign.

 

The arrow on the sign applies to a diverging route off the main route, which has a higher speed, so is superfluous in this situation and as it is facing the wrong way anyway.  In fact, there is no need for a speed restriction sign in this situation.  The sign would only apply at the entrance/exit to the yard.  Speed limits in yards is usually 5mph, or lower, allowing adequate braking distance when shunting etc.  In your situation a locomotive propelling one or two wagons into the sidings at 10mph would not be able to stop in time before hitting the buffers; mass and momentum would see to that!

 

Roja

 

Fair enough was trying to make something rather than trying to be prototypically correct :)

The line would continue out of the tunnel so I thought that 10mph would be good enough without being too quick :D

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Okay, so don't bash me with saying it's not like the prototype ;)

Forgot I had the orange cable trunking stuff and seeing as a lot of the track is already ballasted I stuck a bit on as a token gesture just to add a bit of colour more than anything.

Might put a few more bits on yet seeing as there are going to be some yard lights.

 

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The portacabin didn't quite work out, the dimensions seemed to indicate the total width with stairs was about 55mm but that doesn't seem to be the case.

As a result I can't put the upper one on as there isn't enough room for the stairs to go in :angry:

 

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Got the Accurascale(?) bufferstops purely cause they were lit out of the box as it were and there were no more additional wires to mess around with.

They are fiddly to get on though.

 

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I might just leave out the fuelling point, for some reason it feels very bulky and dominates the space a bit too much, we will see.

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Finished the track ballasting, wasn't a big job but I hate it, was lucky with the good weather as it has all dried much quicker than usual.

 

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One more bufferstop to go in, was going to extend that track a little bit but hardly seemed worth it :D

 

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I kept the fuel point in the end, after a while it started to look smaller than it did initially ;)

 

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Might have solved the portacabin stair problem, made a side door out of a bit of scrap MDF so I could mount the stairs on the end if I wanted to. Still not sure wether or not to just have the one even though I like the height from the two the left side just feels tall with both of them and the fuelling point occupying that end.

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Few bits to bring it to life a little bit more as well as the last bufferstop.

Trackside workers going about their business.

 

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The office has had aircon installed now so along with the gas powered heater they have all weather eventualities covered.

 

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Some chap standing idly by just waiting for the next loco to come along to be fuelled.

 

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Ah, never rains but it pours :mellow:

Couple of things gone "wrong" since getting my Colas class 37 today.

One thing that I had anticipated due to the lack of space is the loco cant make it into the siding without collecting scenery in the form of the speed sign and the raised platform with the relay boxes on :D

To be fair I had thought it might be an issue and it is, the other was the roof of the fuelling point and again the loco was going to strike it.

Luckily I managed to pull the roof section out of the base and bend the roof up a bit more, this assembly is metal rather than moulded plastic so it was doable.

So, one self inflicted problem that I can't solve and one that I could.

And that bloke on the hard standing area with the spade, I have bashed him over at least twice today :P

Either way, a few pics.

 

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Had a similar issue with my build and point close to platform end. Retooled Class 158 and mark III's coaches all fine, but tried a older Class 158 and it doesn't make it round the without collecting the platform.  Why it's not odd that all stock measures different in gauge, the difference between the two Bachmann Class 158 models is apparent at this point.  It's more than enough to make me need to rearrange the platform ramp end.  Even the 800 was fine being the longest coach I own... 

 

Great progress in the time frame as well. Ballasting and scenery is excellent. 

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1 hour ago, GEOEng03 said:

Had a similar issue with my build and point close to platform end. Retooled Class 158 and mark III's coaches all fine, but tried a older Class 158 and it doesn't make it round the without collecting the platform.  Why it's not odd that all stock measures different in gauge, the difference between the two Bachmann Class 158 models is apparent at this point.  It's more than enough to make me need to rearrange the platform ramp end.  Even the 800 was fine being the longest coach I own... 

 

Great progress in the time frame as well. Ballasting and scenery is excellent. 

 

Well the "tightness" is dictated by the size of the board so it is something I have to live with and I half expected it anyway.

There is going to be another board that will act as a fiddle yard and give me the ability to switch tracks and locos.

If I get an 08 eventually I dare say it will make it into the siding okay. 

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I can relate to that.  Rather than not do anything have gone for a small DMU layout. The progress you have made in weeks is amazing and why I've gone small as well. 

 

I've spent quite a bit a time running trains back and forth between the platform and sidings and it's been good fun.  

 

Will be watching as it grows

Cheers 

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Ordered the second board this morning while they had one left, they sell out quite quickly :D

Will need to see about trying to get some track although that is a bit of a gamble at the moment.

Was toying with the idea of holding the two boards together with neodymium magnets rather than bolting them up to each other although another part of me says just join them together permanently, undecided at the moment as you can probably tell :rolleyes:

 

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Well, it's not so micro and portable as it once was :P

 

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Matt black paint is a pain to work with, you think it would cover so easily yet you go over one spot more than another and it ends up looking different to the rest.

You almost need to apply it in one coat over everything at the same time and then just leave it.

I have physically joined the two boards together, just need to let all the glue go off, I added some strengthening pieces to the edges of each board where they join rather than just rely on the 4-5mm thickness of the baseboard material itself.

I tried it with a spare bit of track and the rail heights are slightly off but nothing that stops a loco passing over the join.

 

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Added the fiddle yard track and wired it up so now I can run locos in and out and swap over tracks, gives it much more scope now :D

Excuse the feet and general clutter, the other bit of random track is just some unpowered storage.

 

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Also wired up the first of three Viessmann model 6722 lights, got three although I might not use all of them.

Fiddly to assemble but look good when built, wired directly into the DCC power bus.

 

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Few layabouts in the alley up to no good.

They are HO rather than 00 so are noticeably smaller, so I am considering them as the local "yoof"

 

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Need to replace the lights I had already fitted, they started behaving a bid odd and were flickering and a lot dimmer than they were to begin with.

Not really sure why as they were supposed to be usable on either AC or DC and a wide range of voltages, perhaps wiring them into the DCC bus wasn't the best idea after all ;)

I will more than likely just replace them with some more Woodland Scenics ones seeing as I have the transformer already to power them with.

In the meantime a few moody shots of both locos :D

 

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Lights MK2 :D

They help take the edge off the bufferstop LEDs if nothing else.

Had three altogether but feels like that would have been too many so just went with the two, same as with the previous lights.

 

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