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Herculaneum Dock


Michael Edge
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On 19/05/2020 at 00:48, St Enodoc said:

Very nice Mike. What happened to the Leeds and Dewsbury 'tables?

The 70ft one from Dewsbury is now at Carlisle Upperby, still working after some modification and DCC fitting.

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John Aldrick has the 65ft one from Victoria for the Bournemouth West project.

 

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Two more photos from the turntable.

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Some modifications to the baseboard at the Dingle end and then I'll start dismantling it. Once the first board is down I'll be able to get the Wentworth Junction boards out to paint the track. The Liverpool end of the layout will stay up for a while to check the connecting bits on to the fiddle yard.

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One small modification to the LOR before packing everything away again.

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This is the only workable point on the railway, the others are all sprung but this selects between the two roads of the car shed. It's always just been finger poked before and not very reliable, now there's a small wire handle sticking out of the girder to change it - still a job for the dock operator though. Incidentally neither this nor the sharp curve were responsible for derailments into the curved road of the shed - it turned out to be an incorrectly set check rail.

Two of the colour light signals on the LOR had been giving problems, randomly going to red or flashing red/green. I tracked this down to the wire connecting the signal sensors on the crossover section, changed this, re-connected everything, still faulty. Did it again and re-routed the wires, still faulty. This was only the down side signals, the up side all worked perfectly. As a last resort I tried using the conductor rail to carry this but no joy there. Eventually the only solution was to take this connecting wire out of the structure completely (it will have to be run under the baseboard), presumably it's an interference problem, not helped by the whole LOR structure being live to one running rail.

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This was the jumble in the shed first thing today, last Herculaneum board still up to repair the area round the MDHB loco shed.

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A bit better now with all six boards crated up and the Wentworth Junction boards back after track painting.

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Track painting done outside in this perfect weather - paint dries really fast.

 

 

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On 18/03/2018 at 12:18, Art Dent said:

Hi Folks

 

I really wanted to see this at Nottingham but 170 cm / 7 inches of snow have put paid to that - can't get out of my house!

 

When and where will you be exhibiting Herculanium Dock next?

 

Art

 

Hello folks,

 

What a great layout.  Back in March 2018, I asked where Herculaneum Dock was next being exhibited and I missed out on the Nottingham Show because of snow (missed York that year for exactly the same reason).

 

Bristol was too far and of course this year we've had Covid-19.

 

I have a DVD of the LOR (it was originally on VHS cassette) which is still available at Amazon and a book called "The Docker's Umbrella" as my mother used to use the LOR in the 50's (sadly it had closed and all but gone by the time I was born in mid-58).

 

Any plans to exhibit in late 2020 or 2021 at all?

 

Cheers.

 

Art

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Thanks Michael.

 

That's on 24th & 25th October this year at Leeds Grammar School, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 9NA?

 

Herculanium Dock doesn't appear on the list of 'Layouts attending to date' although it does say 'please ignore this list' (!)

 

Cheers,

 

Art

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2 hours ago, Art Dent said:

Thanks Michael.

 

That's on 24th & 25th October this year at Leeds Grammar School, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 9NA?

 

Herculanium Dock doesn't appear on the list of 'Layouts attending to date' although it does say 'please ignore this list' (!)

 

Cheers,

 

Art

 

Looks like the 2019 layouts list.

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So in a desire to "quieten"  a couple of locos down some changes to motors and gearboxes have been undertaken this week.

 

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My Dad's scratchbuilt N5 has had the X04 and gear removed and a Comet motor and gearbox fitted.

 

Fairburn 42286 (which has a DJH chassis) now has a hi Level Hi Flyer with the last of my Mashima motors fitted..

 

Both are  a lot quieter!

 

Baz

 

 

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