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A wee introduction to my next project. It’s been a while coming to this stage due to a variety of factors but here goes! 

The idea behind the layout is that due to arthritis in my hips, the duck under section of the old layout was causing major problems, and the amount of track and scenery on that section meant that a lift out bit wasn’t feasible. I also have a mind like a butterfly and change it rather often! 

 

 

So, I’ve removed the old scenic sections, put a work surface on the units, refitted the door and created a permanent 0 gauge shelf layout on one side and 13ft of layout space on the other side. In this 13ft I plan to build a series of smaller, portable layouts to cater for my constantly evolving plans. 

Up first is a 9ft scenic section for a “what if” layout called Glencoe. It assumes that the line from Ballachulish was connected to Fort William and a short extension was taken up to Glencoe Village to serve the various industries of the area (Alcan, slate etc) Its based very loosely between 1962 and 1972 depending on my mood and the traction would be a mix of C&O and WHL locos. 

 

 

Construction of the boards has started but I hit a small problem that was causing a mental block. 
Part of the problem is with the old style Tim Horn boards is this lip. He has redesigned them now but as these go back a bit then it’s what I’ve got. Been bothering me for weeks what to do but I’ve come up with the answer. What I will say though, these boards are superb and the redesign has made a good product even better! 
 

I’ve built up the back using 8mm strip wood and a 12mm piece of MDF cut to size. I’m now down to a couple of mm to trim but that’s easily sorted. Quick buzz through with the multitool and sanding should sort it.

It does mean I lose about an inch of baseboard but given that it looks horrible otherwise, it’s a compromise I’m willing to accept. 

Next problem I have is waiting on the copper clad to arrive........

PS I know that some of the locos wouldn’t have been seen in that part of the world but hey ho!

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Good luck with this. Always difficult to rip up and start again, but I am sure you will soon gather speed. Nothing like a new project to energise the modelling mojo.

Cheers David

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22 minutes ago, David Bell said:

Good luck with this. Always difficult to rip up and start again, but I am sure you will soon gather speed. Nothing like a new project to energise the modelling mojo.

Cheers David

Thanks David

 

yeah, it’s taken me a while to get some decisions made in my head but having a workspace where I can work on different projects is vital for my sanity. 
 

Cheers

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8 minutes ago, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Thanks David

 

yeah, it’s taken me a while to get some decisions made in my head but having a workspace where I can work on different projects is vital for my sanity. 
 

Cheers

I feel the same! I have 2 layouts on the go, one OO and one O.Early days with both. Even with that I get distracted in other directions too. I bought a gauge 3 wagon kit the other day,However I am pretty laid back about it. There is no time frame on any of it!

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Always nice to see another Scottish layout break cover.  Good luck with this.

 

Can I ask what the height of the opening of your baseboard assembly is?

 

Best

 

Scott.

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8 minutes ago, scottystitch said:

Always nice to see another Scottish layout break cover.  Good luck with this.

 

Can I ask what the height of the opening of your baseboard assembly is?

 

Best

 

Scott.

Cheers Scott. 
 

Do you mean the “window” so to speak? I’m not sure exactly but from memory it’s about 14 inches but I’ll measure it next time I’m out in the shed 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Cheers Scott. 
 

Do you mean the “window” so to speak? I’m not sure exactly but from memory it’s about 14 inches but I’ll measure it next time I’m out in the shed 

 

 

 

Yes, let's call it the window.

 

Thank you.

 

Best

 

Scott.

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Thank you sir, that's most kind of you.

 

I'm building one for an N gauge layout and was thinking an 18" back board with a 4" deep top piece on the front, so 14" opening.  

 

You've confirmed I'm not far away.

 

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Scott.

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First sections of track been fitted today. Rather glacial progress but I’ve made so many errors in the past by rushing things, I want this one to be better. I’ve started with the station run round crossover and going to work back from there. I’ve decided to change the track plan slightly and will have one less siding but that means more scenic areas. 

Testing is being done with a Bachmann EZ command and any tweaks carried out before moving on. Hopefully get another wee bit done tomorrow onto the middle board. 

 

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Got the loop all laid and wired up this afternoon. Droppers aren’t connected at the moment as the terminal strips haven’t arrived! Hopefully they’ll be here tomorrow, then it’s on with the sidings. 

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Managed to get a bit more track laid today. The entrance to the sidings are all down and the short west siding is also now down. In the early period, it will be for the pressflo wagons to be unloaded. 
 

It took a big dose of bravery to take the cutting disc to a bullhead point to create a catch point! Wort the effort though. The Weat headshunt needs laid properly then the two long sidings are after that. 
 

Made a start on the Pop-Up Designs station building. It’s based on the Ballachulish one and builds up into a decent wee model. It’s laser cut plywood and most of the detail is etched on. I may clad the building depending on how it looks when primed. 

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11 minutes ago, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Managed to get a bit more track laid today. The entrance to the sidings are all down and the short west siding is also now down. In the early period, it will be for the pressflo wagons to be unloaded. 
 

It took a big dose of bravery to take the cutting disc to a bullhead point to create a catch point! Wort the effort though. The Weat headshunt needs laid properly then the two long sidings are after that. 
 

Made a start on the Pop-Up Designs station building. It’s based on the Ballachulish one and builds up into a decent wee model. It’s laser cut plywood and most of the detail is etched on. I may clad the building depending on how it looks when primed. 

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Afternoon Eddie , do you have  a close up of the catch point you made please? contemplating this myself

 

Dave

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2 minutes ago, Neils WRX said:

Looks great, out of interest what coloured paint did you use for the backscene ?

 

Stay safe,

 

Neil

Hi Neil, it was a cheap tin of light blue fromThe Range if I remember right. I’ll get the actual colour when I go back out for the pics of the catch point! 

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1 hour ago, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Hi Neil, it was a cheap tin of light blue fromThe Range if I remember right. I’ll get the actual colour when I go back out for the pics of the catch point! 

 

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1 hour ago, sulzer71 said:

Thanks Eddie

Here are the close up pics. Apologies for the crap soldering, it’ll get cleaned up before painting. The reason I did this was on a previous attempt, the outer rails moved slightly so on this one I removed one long sleeper and replaced it with some copper clad. Once the rails were secure, I cut off the frog etc. Cut a groove in the copper to isolate each side. As I say, once cleaned up, painted, ballasted, it won’t be so noticeable. 
 

Hopefully that’s of some use to you. 

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3 hours ago, sulzer71 said:

Afternoon Eddie , do you have  a close up of the catch point you made please? contemplating this myself

 

Dave

Hi Dave,

 

If it is of interest  I had a different take on a catch point. I wanted this one to look like one on my Glasgow Queen Street model. I don't need it to work, just to look the part so I took a Peco catch point and added an extra rail on the left hand side as you look at the photo.

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22 minutes ago, Enfys_Rainbow said:

Bit random, but I like the very smart white units underneath the baseboard. Are they something flat-pack? You've given me an idea how I could tidy up my workshop and increase the storage space! 

Hi, they are just B&Q kitchen base units with another piece of the same material as a work surface. 
 

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Went back out to do another wee session in the shed. Managed to get more of the station building done plus a start on the Lanarkshire Model Supplies buffer stops. They are rather nice castings and coupled with Peco Bullhead sleepers. 

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