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Thanks Rich,

 

The back is okay today; but each day & night is different so just have to take each day as it goes. Bishops Park is/was an experimental layout which has been a stop gap between a 'train set' and my attempt at a 'real layout' it is planned for a replacement SR electric layout in the future. 

 

Thanks for the encouragement.

~ Gary

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Thanks Rich,

 

The back is okay today; but each day & night is different so just have to take each day as it goes. Bishops Park is/was an experimental layout which has been a stop gap between a 'train set' and my attempt at a 'real layout' it is planned for a replacement SR electric layout in the future. 

 

Thanks for the encouragement.

~ Gary

Hi Gary,

Seems like an age since we did our annual westcountry yokels assault on the delights of Warley! Just starting to look at tickets for this year ( nod, nod, wink, wink etc!)

So sorry to hear about your back condition, welcome to the club buddy, I've had mine for 10+years, so a back injury is for life, not just Christmas! Hmmm, maybe a career in car window stickers beckons! 

Seems like you've given the 'Goodluck Pixie' a thorough kicking, with what happened with your work situation & now the injury just as the crowning glory.

I've loved the development of your Summer project, I've followed it since the beginning, & you've really captured the small Southern terminus beautifully.

 

It's interesting to see the signal box build, as I'm looking at the ABM range for my shed based layout 'Tresodditt', a small westcountry terminus (sound familiar?).

Anyway pal, take care of yourself, & don't forget, you are always welcome at the club on Tuesday evenings.There's always a space saved for you when we go on our pilgrimage, so hopefully we can catch up soon. 

Take care buddy

Rob

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Hello Rob,

 

Its good to hear from you :-)

I haven't done too much on the layout as of yet - I got as far as warming & tinning the new soldering iron today but thats about it - the back is absolutely atrocious at the moment and I keep banging on about it just nothing seems to be happening with it. To top it off I've been off for so long that all of my sickpay has dried up. I will be looking forwards to our Warley Trip if you'll have me once again? :-) Will give me something to look forwards to :-D

I am slowly getting back into the modelling lark, there have been other things going on recently in the family. And I have only recently set the layout back up again - I am hopefully going to take the plunge and attempt the point motors that I keep saying I am going to do. As I have enough bits & bobs to complete the locomotive release crossover at the platform and the first point leading into the layout to give 'hands free' running around hopefully :-) 

Thank you for your kind words, I look forwards to seeing "Tresodditt" if I have learnt one thing about my ABM Signalbox... its that I still have no clue how to put the roof on it!!!
All the Best,
~ Gary

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As promised some actual progress - although my back is now killing me!!!

I've fitted the lever frame to the top of the fiddleyard baseboard; for each of the six levers I have drilled three holes for each of the switch positions & the power into the lever. The CDU has been fitted to the underside of the board - and as I couldn't use the second fixing for CDU and I had to fit a strap made out of plastikard to keep the CDU attached to the underside of the board - it works I put the board the right way up and it didn't fall off which is a bonus. I have fitted the first lever to the frame with the wires soldered to the tags on the underside - I did leave the soldering iron on a little bit too long and one of the tags moved slightly - a quick re-position when the plastic was still malleable and hopefully everything still works. 

 

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I have started on the next board over with the first point motor however with several planned doctors appointments I will have to put the work to one side until at least thursday. Nothing exciting but nevertheless some progress :-)

All the best,
~ Gary

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All wired up & working! Although it is being run off of a standard Hornby DC Controller Auxillary output.

 

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Although any idea on how I can cut through the actuator through the tie bar of the point?

 

All the best,

~ Gary

Side cutters?  Or have I misunderstood?

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Hey Gary,

It will be an absolute pleasure dragging you around Warley, if you can stand the humour in the car, then there's always a place for you buddy.

Anyway, you are the perfect compadre for me & Ian, and we cover all of the scales between us!

It's a long way from darkest Devon, but always well worth the early start.

So the seat is booked for you in the Morgie mobile, with Ray & co in convoy (if he's not stopping for you know what!).

 

You've got a lovely sweep to the track & points on the layout buddy, keep up the good work & always keep the faith.

All I can say about the back is keep taking the tablets, it will hopefully get easier with time.

 

See you soon matey

Lord Roblington of Yellandshire, Master of royal windbreaking, Lord of all he surveys ( inside the shed ), Average modeller,  A* at tea drinking.

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Watch this space, this layout isn't dead. After two years in a new house and lots of grafting getting the house sorted and throwing rubbish out & tidying up. The lady of the house is permitting dedicated allocated space in the garage for the layout to have a home.

 

I still have more work to do tidying & plugging gaps around the garage door and rigging up some more substantial lighting + some form of heating but my layout may well be on the move from storage at a family members house to here! Exciting times ahead. Watch this space, the Brighton Line terminus with no name will be back and will show off my E4.

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Hello!

 

Welcome back to the 'Summer Project' - which started in 2013 is probably no longer considered a summer project I'll need to come up with a name for it. Suggestions on a postcard please! With the help of my father-in-law to be I managed to move the layout from my Grandparents house to my own house and erected it in the garage along one wall. 

 

With a quick wire-up of the connections and the first train in over two and a half years has run! Fittingly the duty fell to Bachmann E4 number B473 to re-open the line, everything ran flawlessly with a minor clean-up of the track - this was the first duty of the E4 since it was bought in 2015 and has never run on this layout beforehand.

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A view along the length of the layout (excuse the rest of the garage) after initial testing a rake of Pullmans which have also never run on the layout were pulled out and the track was checked for alignments and to ensure smooth running of the rolling stock, later on a few wagons were positioned on the layout to test if it is level (which it is) as the adjustable feet as of yet have not been fitted. Some of the collection has been slimmed down as money has been tight, and I have refocused my attention on the Grouping Era - plus a few odds & sods from the early BR era. Although little physical work has taken place - I have thought up and planned an ingenious lighting system that will clip on the back of the baseboards and make heavy use of USB powered lights & power supply. I have tested a much smaller scale version on a test boxfile and results seemed promising - I just need to secure funding to buy the barebones system as its 'expandable' I plan to run it to the furthest board first and then make my way back to the fiddleyard which is currently far better lit. Currently a 60w bulb on a 230v power lead is the lighting rig and I am anxious to eliminate all mains power on the board and keep it on the floor with the transformer box. 

Thats about it really, I am prioritising the order in which to sort items. The lighting rig has jumped up the list because its rather dark in the garage, hopefully the layout will be basking in warm white LED's over the coming months. Until next time, enjoy modelling!!

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Well I've received two of the clip on lamps I wanted - unfortunately one of them has been appropriated by SWMBO for a 'temporary bedside lamp' for when the baby arrives. Hopefully it wont be too long and will have the new sproglet and tech them all about the LBSCR ;-)

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Light Level before lamp

 

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Lamp On

 

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Overall design of the lamp, can be powered by either 4x AA Batteries or via USB power cable. I have bought a 4-way USB extension lead of sorts and am intending to run the USB Lamps off of this system with a rechargeable power bank or a mains-powered USB charger to power the ensemble. 

 

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I am fairly pleased with it all - the only concern I have is with colour perception - this shot is from a 'conventional' Tungsten Filament Incancescent Lamp on the middle board and highlights the much 'warmer' feel this lamp unit has. But to be honest I'd rather have some lights rather then fumble about in the dark on the layout. 

 

Nothing spectacular for an update; all I need to do next is to get the rest of the lights set up. But at least I'll have a non-lethal light source should I cut the wrong cable under the board by mistake! Enjoy your modelling.

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Hello All!

 

This is a thread which has re-emerged from the depths of the server no-doubt; having been around pre-Photobucket crisis and endured several Conservative Goverments; two house moves - a daughter who is now three and has come back.
Welcome to the 'Summer Project' started in 2013 to give me something to do whilst unemployed is now back whilst I am on Furlough and I have been giving the layout some attention - I cannot promise rapid progress; nor can I promise excitement or feats of daring do (unless you count my attempt at reprogramming a DCC Decoder on the 'Main'). But this layout is currently on the cusp of being refurbished.

Having been stored for the majority of the last five years with only occasional outing to see daylight the layout is surprisingly intact - it worked in its entirety electrically on DC; some scenery was damaged in storage but it wasn't anywhere near finished at all so that is being scraped off for returning to bare boards and track for re-working. I had to work from home for a few weeks at the outbreak of corona so I made a concerted effort to clear space in the Garage for a makeshift office - now I am on furlough that has been swept away and the layout without the FY Board is in its place instead. 

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Appropriately; the first loco to run was the last locomotive to 'close' the line.

 

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The last new item of rolling stock has had its first outing in 'service' a Hornby Southern Railway set of Railroad coaches - these are planned to have some upgrade work done on them as part of a future project.

 

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A 'Friendly Face' Stepney appeared and entertained my daughter somewhat; Stepney was the last present bought for my from my late Nan who passed away a few years ago and I don't actually think has ever been run. Bought as a "joke" present its earned its place on my layout!
 

I will work backwards through posts to try and restore some of the images that are missing - they are all saved on Google Drive so is just a case of matching them up. Whilst sorting the garage i found two point motors, some passing contact levers, point motor harnesses, wire, inter-board jumpers... so I might attempt at wiring up the cross over at the platform end of the layout to get that working from the lever frame. If only I could find my Solder and Flux... its not with the Soldering Iron!

Anyway, I hope all is well and if you survived the rambles and are interested I will post more as/when I can.

Kind Regards,

Gary

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Thowback Thursday!

 

Hello All; I am determined to make semi-regular updates on this layout as we go along and for quieter times I am going to focus on either a piece of rolling stock, a project or some modelling memories. Today as you can tell by the title its Throwback Thursday!

Today I am going to take you back to time when the layout was stored in a semi-working condition in the cold unheated garage whilst we awaitied the arrival of our newborn. During this time - the regular service on the branch was being handed by these mysterious trains without any form of locomotive - in a different shade of Green to usual and most certainly far removed from the rich brown tones of the LBSCR of the past. I am of course referring to the branch being operated by a shuttle service of 2-EPB's and a through train of a 3-CEP for London or the Coast:
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Other than that a return to normality fast ensured afterwards with the errant Southern 'Region' replaced with the familiar Railway - and a railway equipping itself with new signage for the name of the layout has been decided on and vinyl has been procured to advertise this:

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The layout has been for some time known as "Ifield Green", I grew up in Ifield West in Crawley, West Sussex and it has been a name I often band about as a layout. 
The layout itself is currently under refurbishment - I'm not trying to do things on the cheap but I am certainly shopping around in the current climate for bargains for what I need - some of the extraneous fleet that isn't going to be used or wanted is planned to be parted with to make way for further purchases so watch this space - I've got a number of small projects on the simmer just waiting for extra bits & bobs to bring them up to the boil and make some real tangible progress.

Kind Regards,

Gary

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Hello Everyone!

 

I hope we're all doing well? Since my last update its been a tale of two-halves; on the plus side the layout has been assembled in its entirety in its new home: the recently cleared out Garage:
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Sadly however before I could get stuck in, disaster struck and my Furlough ended - so now although the layout is set up in the Garage - I also have a desk in there as well and have been focusing on my accounts work rather than actual physical work on the layout - the only major thing to have happened is for all of the platform to have been removed and the push-pull set finally has new bogies fitted and buffers after a mere 6 years without them!!
I have managed some theoretical work with the help of others: 

 

I have with the help of others figured out and am going to implement a signalling scheme based on what we believe is the best LBSCR practice of the time for when the line was built. This has been very interesting to say the least and has opened my eyes to sometimes what the rule-book says is gospel doesn't always translate into what physically existed. I have also been experimenting on butchering some LNWR signals virtually on Paint to see if I could get a convincing from 3 feet away LBSCR set of signals but am unconvinced currently.

 

I am currently debating if I could/should backdate the layout to LBSCR days rather than SR days but not made a firm decision yet - I am going to trade in some stock and am thinking of getting one of those Hornby Terriers I've seen so much about just what colour scheme???

Aside from that and working in the Garage my other 'hobby' has taken over my life, I've been playing far too much Star Fleet Battles - currently I have a small campaign going with the four main Galactic powers which has been thoroughly entertaining; not to mention I've been trying to teach myself Advanced Squad Leader but that is much more of a slow burning project!

 

I'm hoping having returned to work that I can loosen the purse strings somewhat and have some actual progress next time. Until then stay safe!
~ Gary

 

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