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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1635 on: February 12, 2018, 08:51:33 pm »
I have fixed the board track joints, I managed to do it with having to un-assemble the sections. I remembered you need to make sure the track is the same height on both sides of the joint, it was a bit tricky but the job is done. I have also made myself another wood track cleaner, I made it longer so it will reach under tunnel entrances and bridges, back to the track cleaning now.
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1636 on: February 12, 2018, 10:17:58 pm »
Well I have done some track cleaning after soldering the joints but found trains were derailing on the other track too, not every one but small goods wagons being so light some of them. On inspecting the track I found those rails were now out of line only slightly but enough to affect some of the wagons. So the soldering iron came out again and some more track tweaking, hopefully I have sorted it. No idea how soldered track can move slightly out of line, the boards are dowel'd together and suitcase fasteners . The two first rails the solder'd joint had come loose but not these two so that's a puzzle, unless I soldered it like that in the first place. Its a mystery its a mystery...I hear a song coming on.......
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1637 on: February 13, 2018, 06:49:19 am »
I'm sure that the Copydexed track on the long curves of my hidden loops creeps.  I can't make the joints straight because it takes up to three lengths of track to make each curved loop.  I have found inserting strategic track pins helps a bit.
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1638 on: February 13, 2018, 07:04:49 am »
I suspect Copydex does 'stretch' a little if under a moderately tight curved bit of flexi.

My track is on Celotex so found the best a solution was to use cocktail sticks to hold the curve firmly in place which can then be covered by ballast.

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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1639 on: February 13, 2018, 09:31:47 pm »
I have had some success tonight, the soldered joints are fixed but I am still having trouble with some of the fiddle yard insul frog points shorting and cutting the breaker. I need to sort this it seems to be certain loco's the Union Mills 3f is bad. I am pretty sure I checked the back to back on this loco before I detailed and painted her, it was within limits. I may have to resort to painting the back of the switch rail like I did on the curved point. The trouble is they are under the eaves of the loft roof, yes I know I am only 5' tall but it's still awkward to get too.
Anyway here is a video I have made up showing some trains running, the 4f with a small goods went round and round no trouble, that is a good little runner and this time the wagons did not derail just after going through the tunnel to the fiddle yard. Oh sorry about that I left the lamp on behind the tunnel to check the track and forgot to switch it off.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2018, 05:09:52 pm by lil chris, Reason: Embed link »
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1640 on: February 13, 2018, 09:55:03 pm »
Good to see some trains running again, and I hope you can sort your track niggles out without too much problem.

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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1641 on: February 13, 2018, 10:12:13 pm »
Thanks Mick, yes the niggles do my head in that's the trouble, I find it frustrating to say the least.
I need to sort it, I have already changed one point but I painted the side of the rail so I might try that on this troublesome point, it's easy to do and a cheap fix. Here is a pic of a trix wheel cleaner I bought off ebay, I paid to much but it was a impulse buy after the track problems. I have seen it cheaper online but I would have had to pay postage on top, ebay was postage free. I am wondering if it will work on dcc, if it does not I will have to enable dc on some of my loco's which have it turned off.
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1642 on: February 13, 2018, 10:14:27 pm »
Anyway here is a video I have made up showing some trains running, the 4f with a small goods went round and round no trouble, that is a good little runner and this time the wagons did not derail just after going through the tunnel to the fiddle yard. Oh sorry about that I left the lamp on behind the tunnel to check the track and forgot to switch it off.


Great stuff :thumbsup:

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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1643 on: February 13, 2018, 10:54:25 pm »
Thanks for that Steve, I do not know how you embed the video link.



Thanks Laurence for the tip, now sorted...
« Last Edit: February 14, 2018, 10:47:16 pm by lil chris »
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1644 on: February 14, 2018, 08:36:01 am »
I had lots of problems with my UM Collett shorting as it passed through points etc and it took a lot of adjusting of the back to backs on both engine and tender to get it to work without shorting. 

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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1645 on: February 14, 2018, 09:23:21 am »
Thanks for that Steve, I do not know how you embed the video link.
Hi Chris

To embed the link, simply highlight it and then click the You Tube button (immediatley below the Italics button)
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1646 on: February 14, 2018, 09:40:21 am »
Thanks for the video Chris.
I love the ‘clickety click” effect.
And I always think that PO wagons add interest and look attractive.
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1647 on: February 14, 2018, 08:42:44 pm »
Great video and excellent job on the 4f.  :thumbsup:
I think that a UM will go on my wish list.
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1648 on: February 14, 2018, 10:50:15 pm »
Thanks Mito, the Union Mills was a 3f though, it was a4f in the video with the goods train. Still standard GF ( out of a box set ) at the moment, I intend to renumber it though eventually.
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Re: East Lancashire lines
« Reply #1649 on: February 15, 2018, 08:38:01 am »
Lovely video very nice layout. I find every time I do something scenic on my layout the points start to play up and it takes loads of obsessive cleaning to sort out. Drives me mad :veryangry:
Not sure its supposed to do that

 

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