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I've been to Chesterfield taking the car in for its warranty service so no workshop time at all today.  However, the second clip of the 193 going round under the wires.  All being well I'll be able to get the wires along the front finished during the rest of this week.

 

 

All for now

Les

 

 

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Round the bend and down the hill

 

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You might wonder what the Class 193 is doing standing at the signal.  The obvious answer is waiting for it to go green...  Could it be waiting for testing to finish on the next bit of catenary?

 

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We now have wires across the bridge....

 

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... and all the way down the long slope.  Not yet tested but there nevertheless.  This pic also shows the temporary run-in on the upper level while I wait for the longer span to arrive from Germany.

 

Stop press is that it arrived in this morning's post, so once this section is tested to my satisfaction I can get on with finishing the top and locos will be able to run all the way round with pans touching wires in the visible section (apart from Tauri, Vectrons and Traxx that is- their pantographs are too fragile.)

 

Other news- I picked up a copy of Today's Railways Europe this morning and there, lo and behold, was a picture of Holzroller E42 01 (142001) working on the Schwartzwaldbahn in June 2020.  Now the Bregtalbahn meets the Schwartzwaldbahn at Donaueschingen, so a prototype for everything.  

 

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The pic form a few posts ago of my class 142.  If the class leader can work in the area so can mine.....

 

All for now.

Les

 

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As threatened, the video of the trusty Class 110.1 test loco climbing the incline (front pantograph up as it had just run down with the correct rear one raised) then stalling on some dirty track just by the viaduct.

 

 

Now a few more pics.

 

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What a difference the wires make at the bottom of the incline.  This view won't be possible when the fascia board is made as there will be a bit of a cutting here.

 

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Wires over and under the bridge, taken from a slightly different angle.

 

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The fascia board going in with support for the higher ground level being glued in place.  Note the fascia board now obscures the view in the first pic.

 

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Last for today, a new wagon, a Bauer limited edition repaint of a Roco wagon.  A must-have because of the local connection even if I'm not sure if there is an actual prototype for  it - and as it is a rule 1 wagon I'm not that concerned if there isn't.  It is pretty and local.

 

This morning I got the last part of the overhead done, but the workshop got top be too hot to test and photograph.  Pics to follow, though it might be too hot to work in there ar all tomorrow.

 

All for now.

Les

 

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CATENARY DONE

 

As promised pics of the last area of the overhead wires now in place

 

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The brewery end of the station.  I've ended up using a pair of Somerfeldt wires between the masts at this end, the Hobbex long wires were too long and their short wires were too short.  I'm not impressed as they bow upwards randomly, and some of the pantographs catch at every place where a dropper meets the wire- so there is a lot of sanding and fettling to be done to them- and these are the ones described by dealers as the "dog's testicles", or something not entirely different.  They don't look that much finer, either.   Note that one mast hasn't done a lot for the driver's sight line of the ground signal, but the main signals both preserve their sight lines.

 

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There was enough straight to get a long wire in going down the hill. The tunnel mouth is in its second position, and has since moved slightly closer to the wall as stock is catching.

 

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Fortunately the sharpest part of the curve will have view blockers.  Expensive heavy duty sub-base going in here.  The wall painted a mixture of engineering brick blue and matt black will look enough like the inside of a tunnel once the rest of the lid goes on.  there won't be much of a view into it.

 

WOEFUL TALE OF TWO "NEW" LOCOS

 

two additions to the fleet have been and gone.

 

1.  An Arnold BR141 in oceanblue and beige.  Beautiful condition, but it's "DCC" was Arnold Digital and not DCC compliant, so back it went.

 

2.  A Fleischmann BR111, also in Turquoise and Beige.  This one brand new and analogue for DCC fitting by me,  Taken out of its box, placed on the analogue test track, and off it went, forwards, backwards, forwards, backwards (all deliberate) then slow, slow, smell, thick smoke.  Better PCB failure than any Dapol I've had.....  Now packed up and going back for a refund.

 

I've ordered the station buildings from Osborn's using the refund money from the BR141.  

 

All for tonight.

 

Video of the first train right round under the wires to follow some time.

 

Les

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PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

 

After yesterday's sweltering temperatures curtailed shed time today was the turn of being roped in to clear the junk under the car port- and a trip to the tip.  Still, I got rid of the mortal remains of the old computer and one or two other bits.

 

So- looking both ways along the layout as it stands at the moment.  

 

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Looking towards the viaduct and Furtwangen, though trains depart over the viaduct towards Freiburg.

 

 

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Looking towards the brewery and station and Westwards towards Freiburg, though trains leaving that way turn through 180 degrees and pass under the viaduct to go to Furtwangen and Donaueschingen. Confused?  So you should be.

 

The video shows a freight train from Donaueschingen passing under the viaduct, then passing through Bregenbach station, over the viaduct and then down the bank towards Freiburg.

 

 

 

 

All for now.  Next bit is still the platforms, together with the false backscene beyond the viaduct and the ground above the two tunnels.

 

Les

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A wheelchair user's view.

 

I like to look at what different people can see from different levels.  This is the view of the layout from my workbench at about head height for a wheelchair user.  A lot to be finished, but someone at this height will get a clear view of trains coming up the bank if seated at this end.  Further along views open up through the bridge that aren't available to people who have eyes further above the ground.  The layout might be an inch lower when on its own trestles.

 

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It will look much better with the fascia boards and a lick of paint....  The latter a lower priority, the former depends on the state of my wrists on any given day.

 

Les

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Looking further along from wheelchair height

 

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A tantalising glimpse of the cutting and the best angle to view trains on the viaduct, with the exit through the backscene nicely hidden.

 

Test running today, but the platforms are now made and ready to install, though the nearer one sits in the air and needs a wall behind it.  Said wall can wait until the two buildings for the station have arrived and been built, however.

 

The section of Somerfeldt wire over the entrance to the loop has needed over half an hour of filing at every dropper before a fairly forgiving pantograph would run under it without twanging.  I think I've only applied the file so far to three droppers in total on the Hobbex wires, even though they are coarser and much cheaper.  More excpensive doesn't seem to mean better...

 

All for now.

 

Les

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WHEELCHAIR VIEW-3

 

Useful, these sets of views along the line.  They give me something to post if there isn't a lot happening.  Another hot day in the workshop, and an awful lot of time spent fettling the catenary and trying to decide why two of the 110/140 types seem to ground at one particular place while the remaining identical bodies on identical chassis don't.  There may be a slight thinning out at some time in the future.  I have a red class 140 that is surplus, and the three Arnold centre-entrance coaches are proving they don't like radius 1 curves on a 1 in 25 slope.  That being the case they can generate funds for their replacements.

 

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A wheelchair user is at a height to look under the girder bridge and see trains approaching under the viaduct.  When two operators are both working at once it should be possible to arrange for a pair of trains to cross over each other, which will definitely be better viewed from this height.  The layout is a lot tidier with its fascia boards along here, even though they are yet to be painted- two other jobs coming up- finish installing them along the front and paint the outside of the layout black, though maybe not until I've finished spilling stuff along the front edge.

 

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At the other end the tunnel mouth has finally reached its position, having been moved four times due to trains hitting it,.  I can get on with the rest of the stones above it and the foliage around it to make it look as if it belongs there rather than just being something I've planted to hide an ugly bend and sub-base.  The dark blue brick lining inside does at least give the black hole effect, helped by the nine inch length of the tunnel itself, a potential nightmare for track cleaning on a layout that is not going to be easy.

 

THE SECOND BACKSCENE HOLE DONE

 

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Another picture of the Black Forest printed and stuck onto thick balsa wood with the trackside grassed and a little change to the backscene beside the hole and it now looks more as if trains are disappearing into the distance rather than going through a hole and turning sharply to avoid bashing the back of the Power Cab.  It also loses the effect seen earlier that trains were seen to turn sharp right just beyond the hole.  Now they aren't as well illuminated.  One or two more trees to help a bit with obscuring the view, and something interesting happening to take the eye elsewhere.  All that amateur theatre is proving useful again.

 

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the view from the wings, i.e. the bit the punter won't normally see.  Raised end to the catenary to lead the pantograph down to the right height as the train enters, not as easy to see from out front if the loco is correctly running with the rear one raised.  The sharpness of the bend (192mm radius) is much more apparent here.

 

The other two entrances will be more difficult as the false backscenes are curved and will need to be stuck onto expanded polystryene.  I'm still thinking about how that will work in practice.

 

All for now.

 

Les

 

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I didn't get to eye clinic today- they rang up and cancelled the appointment at ten to nine, just before I was about to set off to walk to hospital.  So I went to Railway Club instead.

 

The platforms are in place- only two coaches long but this is really a halt rather than a station serving a hinterland.  

 

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The nearer one is overhanging the edge but will be fettled when a wall is added- it will have to wait for the two small buildings I've got on order from Osborn's to arrive and get fixed in place.  The height is determined by some platform walling from DM Toys and is the right height for a German platform.  The discontinuity is where the Noch surface didn't sit down properly, preferring to stick to my fingers rather than the platform it was supposed to stick to.  It will be hidden by something laid on top.  I'll also touch in the small gap on the far platform.  Length was determined by the signals at one end and the board join at the other. 

 

Shopping tomorrow so maybe not much railway time.  One shall see.

Les

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Bregenbach will get its first outing at the South Notts show on March 27th and 28th next year.

 

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I do envy those who can see right angles as right angles and who have brains that recognise straight lines.  With mild dyspraxia and a right wrist that locks up from time to time I'm never going to scratchbuild some of those things of beauty.  However, I try to make something that ends up as a piece of theatre, and that means what the audience can't see isn't really there....

 

So lets start with the bodge along the front where I used inclines where a constant height riser plus an incline would have been more appropriate.  Now gone...

 

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Not as pretty as if someone competent had made the entire front out of one sheet of ply, but a distinct improvement.  Painted black and with the guides for slot-in perspex sheets and a layout cloth it will end up smart, even if getting there has been a bit of a bodge.

 

Also done, some firs to block the view into the hole at the brewery end.

 

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As supplied the firs were too pale and definitely too bog-brush in origin.  I've made them a bit better by spraying them with photo mount and rolling them in a mixture of dark green flocks. Once that had dried I sprayed the bottom and rolled it in earth coloured scenic scatter to make the dead section.  With hindsight they should have had deeper dead sections, but there are still a few more to add on the right and the viewer's side.  Those will have deeper dead sections.  I'll add some flock podwer to the foliage for the next batch of Woodland Scenics pines.

 

The station buildings still haven't arrived from Osborn's, though some new coaches and secondhand beer wagons did appear today.  I can't get on with the middle section yet.  the station buildings also determine what else goes in this space.  Once these are built and sited I have a couple of oddities that I can stick in the leftover space to help decide the size of any other structures I need up there.  Then I can browse model stores online and eBay to see what is the right size and looks right.

 

With no station to get on with the rest of the day's modelling has been improving a couple of clearances and fettling catenary and pantographs.  A lot still to do in the pantograph department before I'm happy.

 

Les

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9 hours ago, Les1952 said:

I do envy those who can see right angles as right angles and who have brains that recognise straight lines.

I can do ‘level’ by sight pretty well too. 

But . . . 

It comes with the disadvantage that I can only do straight lines: artistic flair is completely absent so scenery and back scenes are a pain!

We all have to major on the advantages and put up with the disadvantages, whatever they may be.

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MORE SMOKE AND MIRRORS

 

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The sub-backscene for the viaduct end of the line is now in place, glue still going off in this picture looking through the hole.  Below the walls of the cutting are being slowly built up- I'm still foraging for suitable stne here but I'm nearly at the stage where i can fill in the wall and do the ground underneath.

 

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Looking from the back, I'm using drawing pins glued into the expanded polystyrene as reinforcers as the PVA takes time to set and I'm not entirely sure how strong it will be when it does set.

 

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Looking outwards.  I may have to extend the overheight catenary to give an impresssion of wires being there.  I have a broken off arm that can be glued to the backscene at a suitable height and I may use elastic as this is a potential derailment zone.

 

The rest of the day has been spent tweaking pantographs.  The BR181's single arm performs well enough with the loco running number 2 end first, the pan at the other end has a build issue.  However I do have some spare Lima single-arm pantographs so may well swap the Hobbycraft ones for two of these.

 

On the other hand every one of the Taurus/Traxx/Vectrons has little bits that stick up above the pantograph slider and catch the wires so not one of these can run with pans up.  Either an expensive set of replacement or some loco sales.  Time will tell.

 

Les

 

 

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It is now 15 weeks since the two baseboards were delivered.  

 

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The long view of the layout fifteen weeks in.

 

More anon.

Les

 

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The BR181, aka E310 001 has now had a pantograph transplant for the broken one.  This is one of uncertain origin I found in my pantographs box.  The only problem with it is that the screw which holds it in from underneath restricts the ride height of the pantograph if screwed all the way in.  If not fully in the pantograph revolves.  Putting a washer underneath cures the problem BUT the height of screw head plus washer inside the body means the body won't go back onto the chassis.

 

I'll live with a slightly low height as there are not that many places where there is air betweeen the pantograph and the catenary.

 

I've also rotated the two pantographs on the BR143 so the elbows are towards the centre of the loco.  It isn't right as they should be at the outside, BUT it does mean the rear (ie normal) pantograph is raised rather than the wrong pantograph having to be raised. Elbow first it runs well and skates over any imperfections.  Elbow trailing it catches on anything it possibly can.  I've done a vid of it running on a freight but haven't yet loaded onto YouTube.

 

Still waiting for the buildings from Osborn's.  

 

Les

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ONE building has arrived from Osborn's

 

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The slightly larger station building is on back order.

 

This one's potential site now has a mast plonked squarely in it, so the shed may well be the way round it is on the box lid but with the ground floor door bricked up to allow for the mast.  It is, after all, a minor station on a cross-country route.  The alternative means putting it on the main running line, which would mean that if a van were to be parked there any through traffic would need to use the loop.

 

It needs some thought..

 

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A bit of a revelation came when I actually read the side of this Sowa beer wagon.. Another local one- and a name done by a number of other manufacturers...

 

Les

 

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