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On 02/10/2020 at 13:22, WrattingRoad said:

I uploaded a full layout tour on my YouTube channel this morning. Well, it’s an ‘update’ video but I included a full layout tour. I realised I never linked my channel when I first mentioned about having a YouTube channel :wacko:

 

My Youtube Channel

 

My Layout’s Facebook Page

 

My Layout’s Instagram

 

 

 

Theres a few links above taking you to my socials as I do post there more regularly. Like I said before, I’ll be keeping Youtube mentions to a minimum on this unless asked. Thanks.

 

Jack

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Hi Jack, just caught up with the review, great work! On your review of 90048 you said you may change the chassis due to the battery box. Hang on before you do - you can just swap this one box over- I’ve done that with my RES and EWS pair. I’m going to make some resin ones soon so will send you a replacement when they’re done. Cheers Jerry ps - love the E92 in the car park - I had 3 of them!! 

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1 hour ago, Squirrel Rail said:

Hi Jack, just caught up with the review, great work! On your review of 90048 you said you may change the chassis due to the battery box. Hang on before you do - you can just swap this one box over- I’ve done that with my RES and EWS pair. I’m going to make some resin ones soon so will send you a replacement when they’re done. Cheers Jerry ps - love the E92 in the car park - I had 3 of them!! 


Morning Jerry. 
 

Yes, I noticed the other day that it requires the battery box on the Powerhaul model. 047 does as well. Funnily enough, I did check a while back just after I received 047 back and did check battery box’s. How I missed it, I don’t know!

 

I did think soon after I filmed the video that surely, the battery boxes can just be simply replaced rather than doing an entire chassis swap - a rather big job on a Bachmann 90!  That’s good to know that it can be simply swapped. Thanks for offering to send, I’ll require two for 047 as well so if you can squeeze a second one in, that’ll be great and I highly appreciate it - I’ll chuck you something £££ when I next see you as well.

 

Seeing as you’ve watched my video (thanks :)) you probably saw that I’ve now got a fairly decent pretendolino rake... this will mean 90034 is definitely on the cards and has been moved up the priority list! I’ll be in touch with you soon about having it done, I’m wanting to source the final two coaches first. Although I can live without the third FO. 
 

Cheers

 

Jack. 

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20 minutes ago, WrattingRoad said:


Morning Jerry. 
 

Yes, I noticed the other day that it requires the battery box on the Powerhaul model. 047 does as well. Funnily enough, I did check a while back just after I received 047 back and did check battery box’s. How I missed it, I don’t know!

 

I did think soon after I filmed the video that surely, the battery boxes can just be simply replaced rather than doing an entire chassis swap - a rather big job on a Bachmann 90!  That’s good to know that it can be simply swapped. Thanks for offering to send, I’ll require two for 047 as well so if you can squeeze a second one in, that’ll be great and I highly appreciate it - I’ll chuck you something £££ when I next see you as well.

 

Seeing as you’ve watched my video (thanks :)) you probably saw that I’ve now got a fairly decent pretendolino rake... this will mean 90034 is definitely on the cards and has been moved up the priority list! I’ll be in touch with you soon about having it done, I’m wanting to source the final two coaches first. Although I can live without the third FO. 
 

Cheers

 

Jack. 

Hi Jack, I think I’m out of resin so will order some - hopefully can get them done in the next couple of weeks. No probs with 034, cheers Jerry

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7 minutes ago, Squirrel Rail said:

Hi Jack, I think I’m out of resin so will order some - hopefully can get them done in the next couple of weeks. No probs with 034, cheers Jerry


Hi Jerry. 
 

no worries or rush mate! 
 

cheers

 

Jack. 

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41 minutes ago, RPNaylor0301 said:

That container is superb, and the chap rooting through the boot is genius. Really clever details, gives the layout a bit of life, rather than looking like planted scenecraft

figures (he says...guiltily...)


Thank you very much! :lol:

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Today, I picked up some of my stock from GC Weathering after being dropped off to be weathered. What a superb job they’ve done!:biggrin_mini2:

 

 

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This is 90128 but I had it renumbered to 028. Sadly, the Railtec decals for the numbers don’t match the yellow stripe, but I personally don’t think it’s that bad and easily overlooked. It isn’t obvious until you’re up close! GC couldn’t do anything about it as there was no other option. The model had its TMD Sockets correctly painted yellow - before they were orange.  OHLE warning panels also added to bring it more into privatisation and finished off with a prototypical weathering. In love with this! 


 

 

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66533 had a simple prototypical ‘everyday service’ appearance applied to it as well as a driver figure in the cab at the detailed end. GC also sorted out the nameplates as one was extremely wonky (typical QC with this model)  The other was noticed by the guys there who corrected that too but it was ever, ever so slight, even I missed it. Happy with this now and hopefully will have no problems from now. 
 

 

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saving the favourite til last, 156422 has been prototypically weathered to finish it off. Certainly compliments the amazing job Rainbow Railways done on the livery. I personally love the wiper marks on the cab windows!

 

I’d HIGHLY recommend GC Weathering to anybody looking at getting their stock weathered. I do want to start doing this myself though! :mosking:


Over on youtube, I’ll be making a running session video and will make a post as and when that happens. So then you can see my layout in action properly.

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Something else I acquired recently is a 7 Coach Pretendolino set as well as the DVT. I was approached on Instagram by someone who had seen one of my YouTube videos and heard I was after them, so he got in touch. It turned out he’s a Greater Anglia employee so his knowledge will certainly be valuable on the future! he sold them for a great price I couldn’t say no too (nowhere near the stupid borderline daylight robbery you see on eBay) and to top it off, he lived less than an hour away and was willing for me to drive too him so it seemed too good to be true...

 

came away a very happy modeller! Of course, this will be becoming the ‘pretendabellio’ so I’ll need the AGA branding along with coach lettering. The interiors will get a full repaint into the collect interior colour scheme and passengers will be fitted. The Buffet has the wrong windows on one side so those will need to be fixed. The coaches came with coach lighting but some of the installations will need to be tweaked and I may fit new lithium batteries (they’re train tech lighting strips by the looks) 
 

I’m two coaches short of the full set but I can live without the third FO. So another TSO needs to be sourced. There’s currently an FO on eBay for £100... I’ll pass thanks!:laugh: 90034 will also be joining the fleet to haul the set around as it did in real life. By the time I have the full set and all the work is complete, I’ll probably be the only modeller in the country with a pretendabellio ^_^

 

Anyway, here’s some pictures of the set running round and 90047 and 048 providing shoves. Excuse the DVT lights, it’s yet to be fitted with a decoder!

 

 

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23 hours ago, WrattingRoad said:

Today, I picked up some of my stock from GC Weathering after being dropped off to be weathered. What a superb job they’ve done!:biggrin_mini2:

 

 

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This is 90128 but I had it renumbered to 028. Sadly, the Railtec decals for the numbers don’t match the yellow stripe, but I personally don’t think it’s that bad and easily overlooked.

 

66533


 

 

 

Apologies for the brief diversion but the numbers aren't Railtec. Glen & Carol asked me for these but I declined this specific job (in amongst a large number of other jobs) purely for this reason, and also because I understand another large well known manufacturer already did the numbers, so I asked G&C if they minded sourcing them from there.

 

 

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47 minutes ago, railtec-models said:

 

Apologies for the brief diversion but the numbers aren't Railtec. Glen & Carol asked me for these but I declined this specific job (in amongst a large number of other jobs) purely for this reason, and also because I understand another large well known manufacturer already did the numbers, so I asked G&C if they minded sourcing them from there.

 

 


Hi there. I’ve just realised I got mixed up. When I picked them up, they mentioned you and that there was no other option so that explains it. Turns out it was fox they got them from after I checked my Facebook messages with them. MY mistake! apologies for that. 

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1 hour ago, WrattingRoad said:


Hi there. I’ve just realised I got mixed up. When I picked them up, they mentioned you and that there was no other option so that explains it. Turns out it was fox they got them from after I checked my Facebook messages with them. MY mistake! apologies for that. 

 

It's no problem at all :>)

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This is a really nice layout and I love some of the Cameos, the open boot on the Galaxy is a very nice touch. Also nice to see a sapphire Cossie, my Dad had 3 in a row (unsurprisingly they kept getting nicked) and was the first car I did a handbrake turn in at the tender age of 12 (on private land before anyone calls the rozzers)

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14 hours ago, 37114 said:

This is a really nice layout and I love some of the Cameos, the open boot on the Galaxy is a very nice touch. Also nice to see a sapphire Cossie, my Dad had 3 in a row (unsurprisingly they kept getting nicked) and was the first car I did a handbrake turn in at the tender age of 12 (on private land before anyone calls the rozzers)


Thanks! The cossie is the best part of the car park imo ;)

 

my dad had three Mk1 Escorts back in his youth and they all got stolen. Sad times, all appreciating classics now. I done a job for a guy who had an immaculate 1300E in Metallic Purple sitting in his garage! What a sight that was. Every now and then, you get a customer with something special that makes you remember then easier than the rest of them!

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Sorry I havn’t been posted much. But I have been working in the background. 
 

spent this week planning and preparing for the next area on the layout to receive attention - the depot facility area. I experimented with buildings and other bits and pieces and came up with something I’m happy with. The area will take inspiration from Ipswich Freightliner depot just like my sidings. 
 

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so far, I’ve added lighting my Bachmann fuelling points as well as my Peco inspection pit - the Pit looking like a pot noodle!

 

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Everything’s been tested and working so the next step is to fit the pit and extend some of my sidings and then after that, I can start mapping out where the concrete hard standing will go. 

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I bought a Sharge track cleaning wagon and last night, put it too the test. Was very impressed! After 10 laps of the layout on each line, my cotton buds were more or less spotless! Would highly recommend these if you have awkward places or hard to reach areas like tunnels or overheads :good:04D7DD86-7A54-412B-A903-85ED0F3ED596.jpeg.5531c330f1d1ef067ba5c211218dd3f1.jpeg

 

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The inspection pit is now fully installed,  fitted it a couple of nights ago and I spent this evening wiring up all the lighting underneath the baseboard. I havn’t bothered gluing the pit down - the cut out for it creates a pretty tight, snug fit so there is next-to-no movement on it. Once it’s surrounded by the concrete hard standing, which will be created by using filla, it’ll not move at all! 

 

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There’s 13 leds in total and they’ve all been fitted with 10k resistors and are wired to a standard on/off switch so I can turn them on or off to create different scenes. A loco won’t always be on the pit and I imagine depot workmen don’t bother keeping pit lights on when it’s not being used. Unless it’s in a shed - my one won’t be. 
 

here’s a photo with the (room) lights off. There’s still tiny amounts of light bleed but these will go once the filla is down. The lights look bright in the photo but are nice in person and just the right amount of light. Pleased with the result. 

 

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Filla coming up next 

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On 29/10/2020 at 18:32, WrattingRoad said:

I bought a Sharge track cleaning wagon and last night, put it too the test. Was very impressed! After 10 laps of the layout on each line, my cotton buds were more or less spotless! Would highly recommend these if you have awkward places or hard to reach areas like tunnels or overheads :good:

 

 

 

I'll second that.

On nearly every thread about track cleaning, some clever dick responds with "Don't be lazy - do it with a block" but even if you've made your tunnels so they can be dismantled in case of a derailment, it is a real pain to take them apart for track cleaning & can easily be a put-off if you want a running session.

OLE is even more frustrating. I had a small exhibition layout with OLE a few years ago & many viewers asked me if it was awkward when something was derailed.

I always replied that this was not much of a problem because you just pulled the stock out sideways. Nobody thought about cleaning the track. It is extremely easy to catch a wire or knock a mast.

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1 hour ago, Pete the Elaner said:

 

I'll second that.

On nearly every thread about track cleaning, some clever dick responds with "Don't be lazy - do it with a block" but even if you've made your tunnels so they can be dismantled in case of a derailment, it is a real pain to take them apart for track cleaning & can easily be a put-off if you want a running session.

OLE is even more frustrating. I had a small exhibition layout with OLE a few years ago & many viewers asked me if it was awkward when something was derailed.

I always replied that this was not much of a problem because you just pulled the stock out sideways. Nobody thought about cleaning the track. It is extremely easy to catch a wire or knock a mast.


the sharge will only be used to clean under the overheads mainly, I’ll still use my track rubber in the depot as it’s unelectrified. Trouble with the rubbers though is the fibres and whilst it does clean the surface, you’d be surprised how much dirt and grime is still on the rails. Getting a cotton bud that’s been dipped in IPA will reveal what remains! 
 

Indeed, cleaning under the overheads and in tunnels can be a pain, especially with a rubber. I did adopt using a cotton bud with ipa which made it less risky but I did still catch a mast or my ‘return’ wires. My tunnel is only small as it only acts as a scenic break so I can just about reach in with a track rubber with little issue although I still have to be careful with the ohle’s ‘catch’ masts. It just seems much safer and also quicker with a wagon. 

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Not all cleaning blocks are the same. Some seem to leave the track cleaner than others.

Peco's leaves tiny flakes around the track.

Hornby's seems to smudge the grease around (It is a good wheel cleaner though).

DOGA's one seems to clean without leaving flakes everywhere.

 

Some would argue that they leave nasty scratches on the rail surface although a recent Youtube video dispelled this by examining it under a microscope (I can't find a link but I believe it was made by someone on this forum). The brand new surface was covered in scratches & a session of hard scrubbing actually made it marginally smoother.

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The modelling antics over the weekend consisted of continuing the depot facility area getting all the filla in for the hard standing. Messy modelling time! 
 

matchsticks were pva’d down to make the boundary/mould and left overnight to solidify. 
 

 

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The following evening I added all the filla and it is now currently drying. Most of the area is pretty much there but I’m leaving another day so by the time I’ll go in tomorrow, it should be rock solid!

 

 

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Sanding will commence once fully dried so I can get it smooth. Then it’s painting time!

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