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Hi All!

 

My name's Jack and I've been enjoying my kit built Roundhouse Lady Anne for a couple of years now and have decided to make a proper layout to run it. Layout obviously inspired by hambleden valley and another layout build on here.

 

My plan is to have a small station with 2 siding and a runaround loop. Then a small 2 lane fiddle yard at the other end.

 

My Lady Anne has a slomo fitted which will allow this confined running, I also intend building a battery loco and maybe building another roundhouse kit for it.

 

Initial track plan photo:

 

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I think with the 3 2x4 boards this is about as interesting as I can get without it looking crowded.

 

In my head it will be loosely themed on the lake district with a bit of inspiration from the now dismantled Boot station on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway.

 

Rails are fixed and the track has been 'sleeper grimed'.

 

My first run of ballast gluing was done last night so hopefully i will be able to update later! I used 6mm > dust granite. Bit of trial and error I guess so we'll see!

 

a little taster:

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Hopfully can keep this thread updated over the coming months!

 

I also have an instagram page for the railway and my other railway bits - @railways_big_and_small

 

Cheers! 

Jack

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Excellent!

 

I've also just bought a Lady Anne (and ordered a Slomo for it!) For the same reasons - although I have nowhere to run...

 

I very much look forward to see how you get on!

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Managed to spend a bit more time on ballasting last night, the main running line on the first board is now stuck down, and I've started the next board which is trickier due to the points!

 

Always a bit alarming seeing all the PVA! I was winging it with a 1:2 mix pva to water, think i might try 1:1 next time as a lot ran off the board.

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Now all set!

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Onto the next board!

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Should be attending a local area meet this weekend so shall add a picture of two form that - might not get a chance to do anything on the layout until the weekend.

Cheers, Jack

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Hi Jack, I like it, looks very promising already. I am pleased that you felt inspired by my Hambleden layout. Like Dinmore Manor on here, it is possible to produce a realistic model railway to rival anything in smaller scales and with the benefit of live steam. The Slomo is definitely the key to this. I look forward to further updates and will watch with interest. What is your local area?  I wish there were more layouts like this and less what I call test tracks with a slight nod to scenery. Just goes to show what can be done with baseboards no bigger than many 00 layouts.

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Hi all,

 

Thank you for your responses!

 

My local area is Cambridge 060, I've also been following Dinmore manors thread with interest and envy!I've also enjoyed the information about your new project!

 

I've managed to get the ballast down on the second board, just one more to go. I also need to build my fiddle yard board!

 

In lieu of a proper layout update here's a short video of 'Scafell Pike' at my local area meet at the weekend. YouTube video

 

First time videoing with a view to sharing properly so lots of lessons learnt there - number one: video landscape not portrait!

 

I just got my 3 compartment carriage rolling and realised I've committed to schoolboy error of building something that won't go round my corner radius! Need to play with the wheelbase, failing that, I might put it on bogies.

 

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Hopefully will get board 3 ballasted in the next week.

 

Jack

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Nice work Jack, I'll be keeping an eye on this one!

I'm also building a short-ish terminus to terminus line in 16mm, although mine is a shelf along a walled garden with a total length of just under 50ft.

Like you, the spark was Hambleden, but I'm also loving what you and others like Dinmore Manor are doing. It fits well with my desire to run like a real narrow gauge line.

I must get around to writing that layout thread......

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I finished the ballasting!

 

All three boards are now ballasted:

 

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Great, however I decided to have a steam up and play which highlighted that I had made 2 of the curves a little too tight causing the engine to slow down somewhat! Nightmare, it was at this moment I was glad my PVA isn't waterproof (something I had been worrying about and will probably remedy at some point). I took the gamble of wetting the ballast in the areas that needed a p-way team amendment. I had 3d printed a 3ft radius curve guide which allowed me to see if I was making thing better. I was able to realign to much smoother curve:

 

Before:

 

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After:

 

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I'm struggling to visualise how to construct my fiddle yard. I've bough some drawer runners but can't decide whether to effectively make the board the same but upside down and mount the runners etc on the top. In my head I'd rather just have a frame rather than a whole board on the bottom and top - more thought required - any advice is gratefully received!

 

I've also started looking a small amount of elevation using a similar technique to a lot of 00 gauge layouts with plaster bandage. In my head I have a maximum height of fixed items - buildings like station shelter will be removable for ease of transport. probably anything higher than 10cm will not be perminant.

 

I've purchased some 3mm plywood to start fabricating a platform. I bought a sheet of resin stone wall which I have started cutting as a platform front - more detail to follow.

 

Cheers,

 

Jack

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In other news I worked out my 3 compartment coach issue - I made the wheelbase the same as other wagons (not very satisfying visually) and still had issues, realised one set of wheels had been gauged very tight to the track width and was even causing some resistance on the straight. A small amount of encouragement with a hammer and a couple of sockets I was able to re-gauge the offending wheels using my roundhouse gauge tool - now its absolutely fine - nice to get a win!

 

Also tried my hand a tape lining - not totally sure I like it, but will leave it and see if it grows on me - not the neatest job! :D

 

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I finally stopped just procrastinating on building my fiddle yard and got some materials. Version 1 is complete, I'm sure there'll be a revised version but you've got to start somewhere. Hopefully can have a steam up soon but need to make a little space in the garage!

 

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It's essentially a 1220x600 osb3 board, 9mm thick on drawer rollers, I've got a latch to help position it in its traverse and wil add stopped on the bottom to stop it come over too far. Pretty pleased with it all in all!

 

Cheers,

Jack

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Hello Jack, I have only just caught up with your thread. I am really impressed by what you have done and given the scale and space available the track layout is spot on.  As you say with the fiddle yard sometimes you just have to build something - if it works great but if it doesn't at least you learn from the mistakes and can move onto the mk 2 version although I suspect your first version  will work just fine.  With regard to the coach, love the lining but bogies may well be more satisfactory in the long run. Looking forward to seeing you progress on what is already looking like a great layout! Woody

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Morning all,

 

Bit quiet for a few weeks, other commitments and all that! Did manage to get to a local area group steam up and debuted my latest build prior to painting! I bought a 3 pack of North pilton works open wagons, pleased with how they turned out but with hindsight should probably have got the 90mm wide ones rather than 110...

 

I've now painted my garage floor so should start spending more time on the layout soon!

 

Another project I've started is a ip engineering tram engine ( currently part built) just waiting for my locoremote kits so I can drive it from my phone!

 

Pics of the steam up at the weekend:

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Minor update from the mpd!

 

I now have a working battery electric tram using the locoremote unit for control - so simple!! Still needs more work but it is running, even have a little play on the layout last night.

 

I've now got the layout back I

up in the garage and am putting the track through its paces before I start to do any more. Next thing is a few minor builds, platform, buffers and a retaining wall I think!

 

Anyone able to offer advice on setting up the worm gear mesh, seems a bit noisy with a bit of lash but when I tighten it, it seems too tight?

 

Cheers

Jack

 

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We have lighting!

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Managed to get some lighting mocked up last night, really pleased with it, just used aluminium angle and led strip light, definitely needs finessing, but baby steps!

 

Now I have that I'm more confident with scenics as the lighting will be more consistent. 

 

I've spent a little more time on the tram and it now has black skirts. I've had to lower the buffer beam as it was 5mm higher than everything else!? I've drawn and 3d printed some now cowcatchers (pics to follow)

 

You cN just about see in the pic about the start of the platform. I've used the ubiquitous 3mm ply to make the structure and bought resin stone for the sides. Need to decide how long I want it to be.

 

I've also bought ply to make a backscene, happy with the size, just need to decide what to put on it... any help is appreciated!

 

Cheers,

Jack

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