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Author Topic: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system  (Read 761 times)

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Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:05:18 pm »
Has anyone tried joining the Mill-Lane Sidings cassette storage units to make a longer, extended cassette? I need to make at least 20x 1400mm storage/run-through cassettes for my layout.  These look very cost effective compared with Train-safe from Germany.

With not so  good eyesight these days I would not wish to make my own.

I welcome any advice on this topic.

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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 05:30:03 pm »
The instructions for these show you how it is possible to join two together, which give s you 1800mm. I would think it would be exactly the same principle to join a third one. See the final page page 4 here:

http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/Storage%20Cassette%20-%20Instructions.pdf

If it were me, I would reinforce the whole length of each side with a strip of thin ply for extra robustness.
« Last Edit: February 12, 2018, 05:32:02 pm by Carmont »

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Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 06:24:57 pm »
Yes, reinforcement with thin ply is a very good idea.  Thanks!

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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 08:06:47 pm »
I suggest you ask Mill Lane if cassettes of that length (ie 3 or 4 base units joined together) are viable. Given how many you will need they might be willing to customise the design to suit.

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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 08:16:31 pm »
Hi again, CeeDee,

Just checking that you're aware that these are specifically for code 80 track?

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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 08:21:20 pm »
Yes, I do know that and I quizzed Richard Bardsley about that and his reply was that the cassettes are designed for Code 80 as the webbing is easier to cut to install the track. He says that you can join Code 55 to Code 88 - there is a fraction of a mm difference between the two in terms of height. Personally, I have no idea as I have always gone for Code 55.

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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2018, 09:47:21 pm »
They work perfectly well with Code 55 track. You may have to use a little glue to secure the sleepers to the pockets, but it's not a difficult task.

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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2018, 09:38:54 am »
That's great news! Thanks. In that case I will try code 55. It's stronger too.

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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2018, 10:30:53 am »
I have some of these. Considered joining them in pairs to hold longer rakes of wagons/coaches. But I decided against it. I was concerned that the cassettes would be too awkward to handle increasing the risk of dropping the whole thing, and the bigger the cassette the more damaged stock if dropped.
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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2018, 11:21:34 am »
Oh yes, I agree with you on that one. But I will be using them from shelves /racks close to the layout. With minimal handling I don't think that there will be a problem. However, I intend to build one first and decide how practical it will be.

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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2018, 01:59:42 pm »
The instructions for these show you how it is possible to join two together, which give s you 1800mm. I would think it would be exactly the same principle to join a third one. See the final page page 4 here:

http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/Storage%20Cassette%20-%20Instructions.pdf

If it were me, I would reinforce the whole length of each side with a strip of thin ply for extra robustness.


My understanding having visited the website (see link below) is that these cassettes are only 450mm long so to achieve 1800 you would need 4.

http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/mlscassette.html
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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2018, 02:02:24 pm »
The instructions for these show you how it is possible to join two together, which give s you 1800mm. I would think it would be exactly the same principle to join a third one. See the final page page 4 here:

http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/Storage%20Cassette%20-%20Instructions.pdf

If it were me, I would reinforce the whole length of each side with a strip of thin ply for extra robustness.


My understanding having visited the website (see link below) is that these cassettes are only 450mm long so to achieve 1800 you would need 4.

http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/mlscassette.html


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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2018, 02:07:23 pm »
Hi Carmont,

Hope you don't think I was trying to be a bright spark. Just noticed and didn't want anyone getting a shock when the cassette arrives and they need to buy more.
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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2018, 02:13:06 pm »
Hi Carmont,

Hope you don't think I was trying to be a bright spark. Just noticed and didn't want anyone getting a shock when the cassette arrives and they need to buy more.
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Re: Mill-lane sidings cassette storage system
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2018, 02:24:31 pm »
Indeed, it is pretty self evident that I will have to join 3.5 cassettes together to achieve anything like 1400mm. Richard Bardsley has been very helpful and suggested adhereing  thin ply down each side to reinforce the joints. I'll let you know how I get on with the project.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2018, 08:28:44 pm by CeeDee »

 

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