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In the next few weeks I will post a small series of films on Youtube.

In these films you can do some trainspotting at the Garve and Ullapool Railway on a autum day in the early 1960s.

For the films I used my timetable, that I made for the last operating session.

Enjoy the film.



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Last night the area at Inverlael was hit by a small snow storm. And so today
the crew of the Ivatt had to shunt the snow covered Inverlael distillery.

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I wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Today I could finish the filming for my A day at the Garve and Ullapool Railway Series.

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During the last few days I continued with scenery work on my layout.
These time I conentrated on the area between Inverlael and the Fiddle Yard.

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The plain green field will be part of a shinty pitch.
For those who don't know. Shinty is a scottish sport, and is considered as one of the ancestors of Hockey.
At the edge of the pitch I will place a Metcalfe Wooden Pavillion, which I ordered recently.

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Beyond the cutting there will be the background, over the two cuttings I will place two road bridges.

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Yesterday I received the wooden Pavilion and built it.
I also added some heather and other scrub.

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Now I have to find the right position for the pavillion.
One possibility is to place it at the imagined middle line of the shinty pitch, and the pitch continues to the left and right.

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The other possibility would be that building is situated at the corner of the pitch.

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At the moment my favourite is variant 1.

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Hello Markus,

 

Just spend some time reading through your topic and watching the Youtube clips. What a wonderful layout!

 

I especially like the idea of building the layout on (standard) modules allowing you to have some flexibility in setting up your layout and also being able to set it up in a Fremo setting. It's a pity nobody in Ireland is doing Fremo..

 

Anyway, what I would like to ask you is how do you uncouple your wagons? I can see you doing a few shunting moves in the youtube clips and I guess that you very cleverly cut the actually uncoupling bit out of the video, but as you are using standard Rapido couplings I was wondering how you (un)couple them.

 

The reason I am asking is that I am planning a layout where I would like to do some shunting (using cards similar to the Fremo ones) but as the Rapido couplings don't allow for easy shunting I was pondering on buying some B&B or DG couplings or something similar. But than again, this would add more work and cost to my layout which is already on a budget, so if there is an other way that would be great!

 

Also: what is that big long wagon that is showing up in several of the clips?

 

Thanks a lot!

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Hello Ed,

 

you are right, I did cut out the uncoupling from the movies.

At the moment I'm using rapido couplers, but we at Great-britN will convert to the Dapol magnetic knuckle couplers.

But I haven't installed uncoupling devices on my layout. Instead I and my friends are using homemade handuncouplers.

They are made from a wooden pole with an inserted 1mm wire, which is bend at the end.

 

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Last Weekende I primed the backdrop with Bob Ross White Gesso, and after I received the missing Liquid White from the same range of paints today I
finished the bachdrop at Inverlael.

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The two opening in the backdrop will be hidden by two bridges.

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Hello Ed,

 

I searched for them but at the moment can't find them because we usually used our hands for uncoupling the wagons with rapido style couplers.

These is because of the stiffness of the couplers that are put in the wagons with the new NEM coupler pockets.

On passenger trains I have installed the Dapol knuckle coupler and for these I'm using a uncoupler which I purchased from Micro Mark in the USA about 10 years ago.

 

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But for the future we at Great-britN will convert our rolling stock completely to the Dapol knuckle couplers for ease of operation.

 

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During the  last few days the road contruction team worked at Inverlael.

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Now you could see me entire to Dapol magnetic couplers converted rolling stock.

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At about 80 I only replaced the couplers because they were equipped with NEM coupler pockets. On 35 I had mostly adapt the
Dapol couplers to the original coupler pocket. These is the case with the original Peco wagons and Dapol wagons, where I used
the original coupler pockets and used some shims and trimmed couplers for the conversion. On Farish wagons I used the inner part
of the Dapol NEM conversion kit and glued it on the underside of wagon.
But be aware, that these wagons couldn't negotiate tight curves. I tested it with 28cm curves and it worked. But you have
to test if it is working for you.

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I especially like the idea of building the layout on (standard) modules allowing you to have some flexibility in setting up your layout and also being able to set it up in a Fremo setting. It's a pity nobody in Ireland is doing Fremo..

That's not completely true. There is one Fremo soul in Ireland, in Kildare.

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These weekend it was time again for an operating session.
Yesterday there were up to seven operators for the Garve and Ullapool Railway.
We discovered yesterday that due to the change of the couplers to Dapol magnetic couplers, we
have much less trainseperations than at the last sessions, there were only one trainseperation during
the entire train.

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A few days ago I started with a project, which is quite long in the pipeline.
It is the Argyll Hotel at Ullapool

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I can't get any dimension of the original building, so I used Google and Scalescenes for estimating them. I found out that todays roof shape was different
in the 1960s. I've found a picture from the early or mid 60s showing a traditional slate roof. And another one from 1972 with todays roof shape
For the dimensions I used the Scalescenes Lockkeepers Cottage. My hotel building is twice the lenght of the cottage.
For the moment I built the building the the 60s conition, but for the future I plan to build another one with todays roof shape.


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I also decided to put in an interior for the pub, kitchen, and guestrooms.

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here you can see the bar in the pub

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view from above

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the pub
For the furniture I use Scalescenes and Modelrailway Scenery downloaded kits. But I'm looking for a source for tables and chairs for the pub.
After the groundfloor is finished I will put on the ceiling and put in some small lights for illumination. The the guestrooms above will be finished.

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Today I wanted to plant some fence post to seperate the railway from the quarry.
But when finished with that task I had a look if I've got other stuff to place on the module.
First I placed the Peco crossing gates.
Next project was the fence on the platform of Leckmelm station.
I also livened up the goods yard, with some figures, a small office and some fence.
Then I placed a old cattle van at the edge of the garden of the station master. Now it
waits for some cattle. I also enlivened the quarry area.

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Hello,

some of you maybe remember the junction module that I built early in 2013.
Because these module is needed for our Great-britN modular meeting at end of July I worked on some details on the module scenery.

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Last weekend we held our annual Great-britN meeting in the barn where I live.

Here are a short teaser and a longer film from the meeting.
Pictures will follow soon





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Due to a house move and change of work, I have to tear down my layout.

Because my new train room is smaller than the actual one I can't use Ullapool and Inverlael.

But the other modules could be reused.

 

 

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Sad to see such wonderful modelling go, I hate to say it but, it's 30 years since I had Haggis on steak in the Argyll...

I hope your new railway will bring back more memories, there was a lot of Whisky involved as well....

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