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Thought, as I've hijacked my own thread a few times it was time I created a separate thread for this layout. I'm thoroughly enjoying building Pott Row but although it comes apart quite easily it was never intended to be truly portable. For a number of years I've hankered after something that perhaps could go to an exhibition if invited.

I came very close with Upbech St Mary, a box file layout but decided in the end to scrap it and build something different.

My workload and family commitments mean club membership is not viable but attendance at the recent SWAG day in Taunton really inspired me to have a go at something on a different theme and a layout that could be easily moved, set up and transported. Over the years I've acquired odd pieces of stock that now have no place on Pott Row, a class 121, 24, couple of 08s (still used on Pott Row until they can be replaced by something more authentic and not in correct livery) and some items of rolling stock. I also have a collection of scratch and kit built buildings that have sat in boxed for years having been used for various projects, some spare track, points and a 4X1 baseboard.

Therefore, I'm trying to build a layout using things I already have. It will be DCC controlled including the points as I've not done that for a few years and I've never tried it with the power cab.

Started with the baseboard. Sawed the 4X1 in half and rebuilt it so it could fold in half and added a folding extension to the fiddle yard. It's not really a micro layout an I have allowed for future extension if desired.

I want to build an urban layout. Current inspiration is around East London and also the West London line. In other words I'm not sure and think it might end up being quite generic. I was looking at photos of Shoreditch station yesterday so can't rule out the addition of third and fourth rails!

Photos of the baseboard as built:

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Have you left room for the tracks on the fiddle yard board when it's folded into the up position ?

 

(Glad you enjoyed Taunton  - it's always a great day !)

 

Stu

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Have you left room for the tracks on the fiddle yard board when it's folded into the up position ?

 

(Glad you enjoyed Taunton  - it's always a great day !)

 

Stu

Fiddle yard will use removable cassettes

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Thought some sort of track plan might help. This is just a rough sketch drawn up in Paint. I always work out clearances using potential stock and buildings.

 

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Photos below show me fiddling with stock and Peco point plans to work out the clearances. Hopefully get some track laid in the next few days. Even with Peco points I always use polarity switches as I don't like to rely on the blades themselves to transmit current. Two of the point motors will need to be surface mounted due to space restrictions.

 

Hope these are of interest:

 

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fiddle yard will use cassettes, not  sure at the moment if I will use aluminium angle or track and fish plates. Track will be SMP in between the Peco points as that is what I have. I fancy a break from building my own points!

 

Baseboard has already been painted acrylic black on front and sides. I use this because it is easily available cheaply and I suppose the colour is down to the fact that until the last few years I have regularly worked in local theatres either as a pit musician or as MD for school productions and community shows where stage and pit walls always seem to be black!

 

 

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Thought, as I've hijacked my own thread a few times it was time I created a separate thread for this layout. I'm thoroughly enjoying building Pott Row but although it comes apart quite easily it was never intended to be truly portable. For a number of years I've hankered after something that perhaps could go to an exhibition if invited. 

 

I came very close with Upbech St Mary, a box file layout but decided in the end to scrap it and build something different.

 

My workload and family commitments mean club membership is not viable but attendance at the recent SWAG day in Taunton really inspired me to have a go at something on a different theme and a layout that could be easily moved, set up and transported. Over the years I've acquired odd pieces of stock that now have no place on Pott Row, a class 121, 24, couple of 08s (still used on Pott Row until they can be replaced by something more authentic and not in correct livery) and some items of rolling stock. I also have a collection of scratch and kit built buildings that have sat in boxed for years having been used for various projects, some spare track, points and a 4X1 baseboard.

 

Therefore, I'm trying to build a layout using things I already have. It will be DCC controlled including the points as I've not done that for a few years and I've never tried it with the power cab.

 

Started with the baseboard. Sawed the 4X1 in half and rebuilt it so it could fold in half and added a folding extension to the fiddle yard. It's not really a micro layout an I have allowed for future extension if desired.

 

I want to build an urban layout. Current inspiration is around East London and also the West London line. In other words I'm not sure and think it might end up being quite generic. I was looking at photos of Shoreditch station yesterday so can't rule out the addition of third and fourth rails!

 

Photos of the baseboard as built:

 

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Hmm I'm sure I've seen something like this before?  :jester:

 

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Looks an interesting project, I'll watch with interest.

 

Cav

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Soundwave of course!!

 

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If only you could build a layout that does that!!

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Now that would be awesome!!

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Bit more progress on the layout today. Just in case I decide to extend the layout in the future (before it is even built!) I opened up the end so that potentially two tracks could pass onto a new board or fiddle yard potentially giving a lot of flexibility in the future if the project works as currently planned. In the immediate future their will be a panel across this gap and a suitable view blocker

 

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As well as the layout folding I felt it was important that once in position the boards were held firmly so luggage catches were added front and back on the station boards. Still need to sort out the fiddle yard folding extension.

 

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I never rely on point blades to switch current so jumpers were wired to the Peco points I have in stock. They must date from the original Pott Row layout built around 1998 as they've never been modified, something I've been doing for years. The points seem to be in good condition so should work ok.

 

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The point work was then fixed in position with suitable holes drilled for point/current switching.

 

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Plain track to lay next, you can see thin white card in the final picture. This is to ensure the SMP plain track matches the Peco points.

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Progress has temporarily halted whilst I finish some important jobs on Pott Row. I hope this will take just a few weeks and as I expect to have some time over the summer progress could be quite rapid once I start.

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Progress today: track laid- SMP plain track laid on thin card to match the profile of Peco points. Magnets mounted under track for S&W couplings. One under base board point motor is in. The two in the middle will use Peco motors mounted on their surface units as they are too close to the base board edge and hidden under something or other to be decided. All points will also be wired to switch polarity, I never trust point blades.

 

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You don't have to mount the motors next to the points, you could use an S shape wire-in-tube method for the points near the edge, under the base board.

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You don't have to mount the motors next to the points, you could use an S shape wire-in-tube method for the points near the edge, under the base board.

Keep watching, it is in hand!!!

 

Many thanks

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I am determined to break away from an Eastern region themed layout though still wanted a London/urban theme that would enable me to use things in my spares boxes. Think I've found it though I never stick too slavishly to anything but this book arrived to day and has some inspiring photos, I think you could describe my modelling as a 'broad brush' approach! 

 

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I love DCC where you can get things running with just two wires!!!!

 

Layout wired up today including DCC point control, a doddle on the power cab, Photos show the work in progress before one of the points was wired in and wiring to link the two boards was in place.

 

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And the first train ran; the trusty Hornby 08

 

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The hole behind the 08 is future proofing the layout in case it is successful and I decide to extend it at any point. The piece of plywood is glued in place to avoid any accidents!

 

 

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Gave up with the DCC points as I couldn't get the third motor to work and it was all getting complicated exactly what I wanted to avoid. Therefore I've removed the point motors and the LS150 as I think the problem was a dodgy motor which is not surprising given that they were at least ten years old. All the holes are still there and the wiring is not complicated so maybe I'll do it in the future when I've bought some new motors.

 

I like to switch the polarity on live frog points so reverted to the system I used on Upbech St Mary where points are thrown by hand and SPDT switches are used to change polarity, dead simple really. The switches can be seen behind the rails. Later they were fixed in position towards the top of the backscene

 

The first train, the trusty Bachmann 08 has traversed all the layout:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Little bit more progress today. I'm trying to avoid using the obvious bridge to cover the baseboard join so have come up with a plan to have bridge abutments but no bridge as a view blocker. Put the basic structure in place today as seen below. Scalescenes panels in blue brick are leant against one side for reference purposes.

 

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The second view also shows an additional piece added today to provide a scenic end at the fiddle yard end and stop wagons on the siding plummeting to the ground.

 

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work on the first fiddle yard cassette has also started.

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Mocked up the bridge abutments today though they still need finishing and weathering.

 

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This is the view through the pair of abutments, the bare wood has since been painted black to lessen its impact. The top might be finished as an abandoned line. On the left is the Wills engine shed which will be shut up and abandoned with weed covered rails coming out. There is just space for a two platform station, almost a mini Minories. The narrower platform will be used for parcels and van traffic mainly.

 

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Two photos showing the engine shed in context.

 

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The layout will be set in Autumn and I felt a slightly more moody sky was appropriate, this was painted in acrylics.  I've always modelled high summer before as it is my favourite time of year

 

 

 

 

 

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Been working away this week on the bridge abutments which are now largely finished and weathered:

 

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Bit of 'creative freelancing' with the Wills engine shed built some years ago. I've assumed it was closed in the 30s or 40s and taken over by a local distribution company who set about adapting it to their needs;

 

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The end has been blocked in on one side with only one end door still available

 

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A loading bay has been installed on the other side (still unfinished)

 

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Still some way to go and have no idea why one photo has posted itself twice.

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The aim of this layout is to use as many items sat in boxes as possible and spend a minimal amount of money.

 

The factory conversion of the engine shed is largely complete and will probably have a Porto cabin for an office.

 

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Station will use my scratch built low relief versions of Colchester station buildings built from plans in one of the very earliest Model Rails supplements.

 

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Some more progress, an Eckon colour light signal has been added though not wired up:

 

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Two cassettes have been built for the fiddle yard. The track is code 75 copperclad built from spare parts and the wood was taken from a traverser I built for an early version of Pott Row. Electrical contact is made via code 100 fish plates soldered to the rail. Seems to work well:

 

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The ethos of the layout is very much to spend as little as possible and use things I have acquired over the years. In my case it is a small batch of green diesels, stock and the buildings are mainly modified kits and those I have scratch built over the years that have lived in old shoe boxes! This is not as easy as it seems as the temptation is to look at a space and  build or buy something new. I do model on a tight budget so any money is currently directed at Pott Row but I am enjoying the 'Make do and Mend' challenge of this layout.

 

However, I did spend £3 on a cardboard portacabin kit!

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Factory is now glued in place and the first wagons run alongside to ensure adequate clearances.

 

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Progress is currently slower than I would like though I have now decided to add a retaining wall along the back of the platform and most parts are cut from card and Scalescenes parts. I am scratch building to fit a rather cramped and awkward site rather than using a kit but using John Wiffen's principles. All in keeping with the 'spend minimal money' principle of the layout. I'll post some photos once I start

 

 

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Not sure if I can include something similar on the layout but found this on Sunday morning at the entrance to a quarry on Portland in Dorset. Well I say a quarry, I believe the stone  might be mined now rather than quarried. I assume it is the modern equivalent of the traditional weighbridge. Not seen anything like this modelled but someone is bound to know different!

 

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Thought it was a really interesting structure and though I must have walked past it hundreds of times on the way to the cliffs I've never had a camera.

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Looks like an Avery weigh bridge. 4 weigh cells, one in each corner.

 

Fairly common nowadays, rather than the traditional inset versions which can suffer due to lack of proper access to the cells.

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