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For those interested the layout is inspired by Steve Flint's 'Kyle of Tongue' from the 80's

 

After ripping up my previous layout and getting the 'bigger railway room' ready I decided to crack on building something more appealing , just before Xmas I cracked on and built the baseboards , originally I planned to do an open frame style layout but being the brilliant carpenter I am :rofl: I over engineered it a bit too much and found I couldn't fit the uprights for the track bed due to lack of space to affix them , so I decided to just lay the baseboards on the frames , last week I managed to get the trackwork done and ended up burning myself out which resulted in a dose of the man flu over the weekend 

Last night I was messing around testing trains over neodymium magnets for uncoupling kadee's , it was then I noticed a couple of areas I wasn't happy with , I spotted a couple of 'humps' in the trackwork which I could have probably have lived with but it would have bugged me!

So after around approx 5 minutes of deliberating the whole lot came up , including the baseboards! , a couple of issues were identified in the bracing and resolved so it's time to start again

 

The pictures depict having the track laid to bare framework last night :rolleyes:

 

 

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10 minutes ago, slow8dirty said:

Your resolve is something to be admired:D, looking forward to seeing a new Tongue!

I'm still undecided whether to use the Kyle of Tongue name or just go with Tongue , I'm also debating my choice of track and now contemplating going a different route with that so any updates my be irregular for now

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I was going to wait until Payday a week on Friday to replace the baseboards but checked the pennies and thought sod it I can eat bread n jam for a week and half so I nipped to get some boards straight from work , a couple of minor alterations to the framework and once screwed down the boards should sit almost perfect , well , way better than they were at least! 

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Thanks to Indomitable026 on here I now have these little beauts to form part of the traction roster , don't worry , I already have the chassis to go under them but won't be getting fitted until they have had some maintenance and I can afford to fit the sound decoders/speakers and upgrade the lighting with some kits I have

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4 minutes ago, David Bell said:

This will be one to watch for sure.

Always like to see another Scottish based layout.

Cheers,

David

 

Thanks David from another David :) , progress may be slower now as whilst I was ripping the track up the other night I was contemplating replacing it with something better than the code 75 I was using , maybe going down the bullhead route but at the moment Peco don't do a bullhead Y point of which I need 2/3 so thinking about other track suppliers , not sure I want to go down the hand built route but I want track that will do the layout justice as per the original it's inspired by  

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47 minutes ago, David Bell said:

This will be one to watch for sure.

Always like to see another Scottish based layout.

Cheers,

David

 

Seconded. 

 

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Scott.

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You'll be at your Wick's end choosing a name for a Far North terminus Station, Thurso there aren't many, Fortrose (ing) a station, could be hammering on the Dornock, but that might be taking a Lybster (ty)..

 

PS I model Highland railways in 1963.. My history is as bad as my writing..

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2 minutes ago, TheQ said:

You'll be at your Wick's end choosing a name for a Far North terminus Station, Thurso there aren't many, Fortrose (ing) a station, could be hammering on the Dornock, but that might be taking a Lybster (y)..

 

PS I model Highland railways in 1963.. My history is as bad as my writing..

I am torn between calling it what it's based on , Steve Flint's 'Kyle of Tongue' or just 'Tongue' , not sure if copying is frowned upon :scratch_one-s_head_mini:

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You could chose any name from  The Highlands for instance on  the next Loch to left on the map, is the village of Heilam, so you'd have a heilam(d) village station..:D

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6 minutes ago, TheQ said:

You could chose any name from  The Highlands for instance on  the next Loch to left on the map, is the village of Heilam, so you'd have a heilam(d) village station..:D

Loch Craisg is on the outskirts of Tongue 

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Just now, scottystitch said:

Rhitongue?

 

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Scott

Was just looking at that Scott ironically but I'm not convinced it would be considered as a place where a terminus would be built 

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Well, no it wouldn't.  I confess, I thought you were looking for names, rather than real terminus contending places.  

 

Strathnaver, Armadale, Melvich, and Sutherland/Dounreay all have natural harbours, so they could be contenders then. Dounreay has the advatage that in later life it had an airfield.

 

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3 minutes ago, scottystitch said:

Well, no it wouldn't.  I confess, I thought you were looking for names, rather than real terminus contending places.  

 

Strathnaver, Armadale, Melvich, and Sutherland/Dounreay all have natural harbours, so they could be contenders then. Dounreay has the advatage that in later life it had an airfield.

 

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Scott.

Thanks Scott , I'll keep those in mind

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If I recall Steve's RM article about his layout, you could always use the alternative nickname his mates had for it; the 'Pyle of Dungue".... :jester:

 

Edit - on re-reading my post - No offence intended!! It was just about the name. You look to be making a great start, and also capturing the sense of space that 'Tongue had. :good:

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24 minutes ago, F-UnitMad said:

If I recall Steve's RM article about his layout, you could always use the alternative nickname his mates had for it; the 'Pyle of Dungue".... :jester:

Indeed , I have the magazine though it was 'Pile of Dung' in the write up I believe   

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1 hour ago, F-UnitMad said:

If I recall Steve's RM article about his layout, you could always use the alternative nickname his mates had for it; the 'Pyle of Dungue".... :jester:

 

Edit - on re-reading my post - No offence intended!! It was just about the name. You look to be making a great start, and also capturing the sense of space that 'Tongue had. :good:

No offence Taken although that picture shows it just before I ripped it up and sorted the baseboards as I wasn't happy with them , for now I can't see me making much more progress than painting/sealing the new boards/reducing the height of and refitting the backscene boards as I'm undecided as to whether I'm going to rebuild it with the Peco 75 track I have or start agin with Bullhead track

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