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Ullapool Branch and my Great-britN modules

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After a house move during the summer, I've got a slightly larger railway room.

So after my terminus Uig was getting a little old, I decided to change focus

of my theme from the Isle of Skye to Ullapool.

Here a sketch of the proposed layout.

 

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Here is the trackplan for Ullapool. It is based on the Turso.

My thanks go to Ben Alder for his help with the plans.

 

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Last week I started the construction for the Ullapool modules.

 

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Today I copied the trackplan to the trackbase for the first two modules.

 

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Looks very promising- you will have a sense of space that I cannot manage in 4mm, unfortunately ageing eyesight precludes a downward shift for me- that and a lack of suitable motive power :( ,but I will follow this with interest.

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I continued the work on my Ullapool modules,

I copied the track plan on 1,5mm MDF for the trackbed except the harbour area and then cut the trackbed out.

The tracks in the harbour area will directly glued to the module.

Here are some pictures

 

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Hi Markus.

 

You look like you have the startings of an impressive layout there. I like the way the size of the plan dwarves the stock you've placed on it. I'll keep watching to see how you progress.

 

Michael

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A very professional start ther Markus, With Richard, (Ben Alder) as a Tutor and guiding hand you should be able to produce a very worthy layout. My next project is in N and will be similar the Glenfinnan in Ian Futter book Scottish Layout Projects. I am not one for copying prototypes so mine will be Glenfinick on a 5ft x 2ft 3 inch board.

 

Good luck with this, but I don;t think you need luck as you appear way ahead in the skills department.

 

Andy.

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Thank you for your comments.

This is my biggest station project. Until shortly my largest station got 13 turnouts. But now I've got 18.

Andy I hope you could show us the first pictures from your new project shortly.

 

Markus

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Thank you for your comments.

This is my biggest station project. Until shortly my largest station got 13 turnouts. But now I've got 18.

Andy I hope you could show us the first pictures from your new project shortly.

 

Markus

The board is being made as we speak, (I hope) and I need to finish the work on Trebudoc first, but I should be underway by mid to late January.

 

Andy.

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The last few days I continued with my work on Ullapool.

The first tracks and turnouts are glued down with Pattex contact glue.

 

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Now some progress on my Ullapool project.

The trackwork is now laid on module 2 and on module 3 there only the tracks that connect with module 4 have to be laid.

The next stepts are soldering the wires on the tracks, and cutting the tracks on the joint between modules 2 and 3.

Then joining modules 3 and 4 and laying the rest of the track.

 

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Today I finished the tracklaying except for the MPD area, the tracks there will installed when I receive the turntable.

After that I have to install the electric part.

The turnouts will be sets either by turnout motors or mechanically.

 

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I asked my friend Matthias Hacker, to draw a sketch for my Ullapool station, for a better visualisation.

Here is the result.

 

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During the tracklaying I missed to drill a hole in one of the throwbars of one turnout.

I thought no problem, and tried to drill it after the instalation, but due to the fact, that there wasn't any surface below the middle of the

throwbar it broke. So I had to remove the turnout and replace it.

 

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Today I completed laying the trackwork.

After opening a hole for the turntable, and installing the turntable well.

I put the missing tracks for my Depot down on the module.

Here is the result.

 

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Today I joined the Ullapool segments for the first time, and the first test runs where also a success.

 

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A few days ago, I made the first testrun with a train.

 

 

Yesterday I built the base for the platform.

 

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Today I finished the construction of the last module needed for my railway room. Frist some pictures from the

room

 

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The Fiddle Yard

 

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Module for the future avalanche gallery

 

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Further modules

 

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the newly built module

 

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Leckmelm station

 

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Line to Ullapool

 

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Before the first official train could depart for Ullapool an inspection train will inspect the line

 

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The train ready for the ride

 

These pictures and the pictures from the first official passenger train are made by only one trainspotter, no photographs from

the local and national press was present.

 

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After the successful inspection, the first passenger train could depart for Ullapool.

Because there is much mail to be delivered, most of the train ist made of NPCCS.

 

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At Ullapool the mail is longingly awaited by the postman, but I think he would have to drive a few times until the mail

is unloaded.

 

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Looking great!- V. impressed with the spaciousness and finish. It really shows the benefits of 2mm modelling( and an interesting area to model as well!)

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Richard,

 

thank you for your compliment.

 

Markus

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Today I made two testruns which I filmed.

Here is the result.

 

 

Markus

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Looks like it's coming along nicely. 

Has your brake van got a wonky axle?

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Hello Kris,

 

I haven't realised the wonky axle until now. Thank you.

 

Markus

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Today I made a mockup for my Ullapool Trainshed, which is based on the Thurso one.
The size did I get from Ben Alder, and the length did I guess by comparing width and length on Google Maps.
Here you could see the pictures of the mockup

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How's your opinion

Pictures of the Thurso prototype could be found at Ernies Scottish pictures on page 2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/sets/72157626440055275/with/5648485321/

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Hello,


due to a hint from a friend from my german british railway forum I reworked the fronts of the trainshed. And I added the annex on the side of the trainshed
And I added the base for the road at the end of the station.

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Since my last post I continued with the trainshed.
I used Balsawood and card for the construction of the shed, and used Scalescenes texture for the wall texture of the interior, which 

stil need some detailing.

At the end I will use Scalescenes Random Ashlar Texture for the outside of the trainshed.

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About 3 weeks ago I held an operating session with some of my friends.
After a full english breakfast on Saturday morning we started with running the Garve and Ullapool Railway for the first time
according to a timetable.
For the operation we decided to settle for the late 1960s to mid 1970s.
So there were no steam engines in use.
The morning timetable started slowly with some passenger trains, but around midday there were 3 goods trains going to Ullapool within hours,
that have to be shunted at Ullapool.
What matters worse was that there was the regular passenger train movements.
After that thing calmed down a bit, and on the afternoon timetable the fictious Branchline could be served with a goodstrain.
With the expirience from the first timetable we made some conclusions for the following timetabel operation.
And the second timetable went very well.

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Here is the link to my picasa web album

https://picasaweb.google.com/107465074458422577260/SessionApril2013?authkey=Gv1sRgCLetpPizk_bVmwE

The pictures are made by some friends of mine and myself.

Markus

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