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BEIJIAO - A CHINESE HO EXHIBITION LAYOUT

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Here's some DW six bolt rail joiners in situ on Peco code 83 #8s.

 

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I think they look ok, and the Peco track scrubs up fairly nice with a bit of attention.

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An upgraded track plan - r/h end under the road bridge.

 

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I have returned to tracklaying ... here is the r/h end showing a mock up of the road bridge which will (hopefully) act as a 'site blocker' for the four tracks going onto the fiddle yard.......

 

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I had a quick go at rendering Yuanbaoshan into Peco track.  Really, you'd have to use a mix of Walthers and Peco code 83 #8 slips and turnouts for best effect.  

 

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Still it;s an nteresting track layout - very different from contemporary US practice which would have no such fancy nonsense as slips and crossings, and be built from plain turnouts.

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Have spent the day addressing some trackwork problems ....

 

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Have made end protectors........ I can only get two boards up on my workbench at a time ..... damage was done moving them around, so have now made these to prevent further damage ... hopefully!

 

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Now relaid ......

 

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Have spent the day addressing some trackwork problems ....

 

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Have made end protectors........ I can only get two boards up on my workbench at a time ..... damage was done moving them around, so have now made these to prevent further damage ... hopefully!

 

hi paul

 

you may like to consider these, very robust, got the ends snagged on 2 or 3 ocassions but no damage caused...

 

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and they totally disappear once ballasted.......

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also have a look here ....http://vikaschander.com/track-across-modules/

 

cheers

 

vikas

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Hello Vikas

 

I saw that you had joined this forum - welcome!

 

I will look into those - thanks for the tip.

 

Paul

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Sometimes you have to admit that an idea you had didn't turn out quite as well as you visualised it.............

 

I wanted to give the industrial system track a more random sleeper spacing - just as I've seen in real life.

 

The first track I laid was concrete sleepered PECO (American ) code 83 (which shares sleeper strip with PECO code 75 OO/HO track)  and I tried to vary the sleeper spacing ...... in isolation it looked OK but when I laid the wooden sleepered code 83 (proper American HO spacing) on the loops the concrete sleeped section looked wrong .... too larger gaps ... so today I've relaid the worst bit

 

Photos so before and after

 

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That is one insulated block joint in bad need of replacing. Paul, I hope none of the ones on your layout get into that state....

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Have finally started laying the main lines ..... things are taking an inordinate amount of time because I wanted to 'improve' PECO code 83 concrete track.

 

The sleeper base is basically the same as PECO's British OO/HO code 75 concrete sleepered track ; and so the spacing looked wrong when juxtapositioned with PECO (American HO) wooden track. So I decided to cut the links between each sleeper and close the sleepers up.

 

However, I have not closed the sleepers up as much as on the wooden track as from photos it seems to me that (in China at least) the spacing on concrete track is slightly greater than wooden. So my test piece looked like this ....................

 

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I eventually made a 'spacer' to try to achieve even spacing. It increased the number of sleepers per yard from 130 to 136.  Here  is the first 18 inch section laid .......modified concrete on the main line and standard wooden in the loop ... with standard track just laid in to show the contrast......

 

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Sunday August 17th .....

 

Spent far too long ( hours and hours! ) laying just two #8 points and one length of track.

 

Both points were laid and lifted and laid again and lifted again and then finally laid at the third attempt. In the first photo the two new points are on the main China Rail lines on the r/h side.

 

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I am trying to 'improve' the look of PECO code 83 points ...... I am currently working on this crossover ....

 

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hi

 

don' those long points look just beautiful !!! i can already imagine a long freight snaking over those points at 20kmph.....

 

are those electrofrogs or insulfrogs .......

 

what parallel track spacings are you using ?

 

vikas

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Looks good, Paul. Those long turnouts look the part.


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hi

 

don' those long points look just beautiful !!! i can already imagine a long freight snaking over those points at 20kmph.....

 

are those electrofrogs or insulfrogs .......

 

what parallel track spacings are you using ?

 

vikas

They are PECO code 83 #8 live frog. The spacing between the two China Rail tracks is 52mm (2.05 inches) 

 

The near complete crossover is a trailing crossover between the two China Rail lines. The single turnout at the bottom right will form another crossover to the bi-directional single track line and beyond that to a large yard (off scene). The spacing between the single track and the adjacent China Rail track will be 3 inches.

 

So trains coming out of the yard will go over both crossovers. As the trains will be approx. 15-18 ft long there will be a considerable 'double wiggle' effect. See trackplan below to help understand what I mean ....

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hi paul

 

i installed a couple of peco points on my fremo module recently and below are some modifications  i make  on the workbench itself to avoid grief later on...

 

i think mod 2 and 3 are often overlooked and are extremely important

 

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for a more comprehensive look read - http://vikaschander.com/points-and-tortoises-install/

 

cheers

 

vikas

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hi paul

 

i installed a couple of peco points on my fremo module recently and below are some modifications  i make  on the workbench itself to avoid grief later on...

 

cheers

 

vikas

 Hi Vikas

 

Thanks for the ideas .......

 

I had hoped to post photos of considerable progress since my last posting but it has been a case of two steps forward and one step back.

 

I was looking to extend the main line beyond the main line turnout I laid last week....

 

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only to discover that it deviated off line by about 1mm which obviously meant that it would split away from its parallel track as the line extended ( or mean a dogleg)... so it had to be lifted for a third time!

 

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You can see how much I am going to have to move it .... the point is now posed in the correct position and the tracks adjoining it will have to be lifted and moved as well....

 

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I am embarrassed to admit that since my last posting that point has been laid and lifted AGAIN ..... finally the 5th attempt went well and we can move on... the 'dodgy' point is the one closed to the P64 box car on the main line ... all the other new points are just posed on the layout temporarily to give an impression of how the finished article will look.....

 

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I have also mocked up the site blockers at the r/h end - hopefully these will eventually be laser-cut apartment blocks!

 

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hi

 

don't those long points look just beautiful !!! i can already imagine a long freight snaking over those points at 20kmph.....

 

 

 

vikas

 

And here is a mocked up photo for you Vikas showing how a freight coming out of the yard (off scene) will look , crossing over one main line before continuing through the viewing section of the layout..............

 

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hi paul

 

can't wait to see this layout completed!!

 

how may wagons do you think will be on a typical train ??

 

vikas

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Hi Vikas

 

Some will be limited to 29 others 34 or maybe more ... will only know once  I've set it up ... many variables

 

For example the shortest train length ex loco is 14ft 6 inches which equates to 29 x C64 coal gondolas which are 6 inches long but to 31 or maybe even 32 tank cars which are 5.5 inches long ... those lengths are approximate so won't know exactly until I test run in hopefully 12 months time.

 

I will send you a PM soon.....

 

Best regards

 

Paul

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Ok ... off to work now .... here are two photos of progress made today ..... two sections of track ...... the next thing to lay is the # 8 turnout seen in the foreground..

 

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And, in case anyone is thinking of buying the 7 knives for £1 from Poundland, I can assure them that they are sharp as the blood on the baseboard proves!

 

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I have also mocked up the site blockers at the r/h end - hopefully these will eventually be laser-cut apartment blocks!

 

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Looks good, as long as they don't end up like this one... 

 

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Have been working on the track most of today ... very time consuming ... last night moved some boards about to take the main lines onto board 3 only to discover just about the WORST piece of tracklaying I've ever seen!

 

How could this happen? I guess that I was so concerned about the horizontal alignment that I overlooked the vertical component ... I suspect that the cork may have risen because the board is perfectly flat at that point but the cork has a hump ( and a half ! )

 

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Will post again later once repairs completed !

 

 

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Here after a hour's work is the repair ....

 

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This also a join between code 83 and code 75 rail.

 

 

 

 

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Tracklaying has continued but with the usual problems progress has been slow ...

 

Just to show that progress has been made on other fronts, here is a standard coach now fitted with some passengers ... only another 56 to go ... and many of them are double deckers!

 

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I'd say that you have captured the contents of the coach very well. :)

(But some big blue/red and white chequered canvas bags piled up on a few of the tables wouldn't go a miss!)

 

And if you want inspiration for the back scene...

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Kev.

(Who is impressed with the amount of work and the speed of construction.)

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