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Offline Ollie3440

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Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:01:07 pm »
Evening all!

I've decided to embark on a little project. As some of you may know I enjoy building layouts so created a small layout building service. For a while I have had a selection of 'Starter Layouts' on offer but these have all been Roundy Roundy (Train Set) style. I came up with a plan (Based very much on Hornby Magazine's Project Build It) for a small Branch line (6'x1') that could be offered in several stages. As a trial I decided to build the fully Scenic option to get an idea on how well the layout works, and to keep me occupied. I am going to be very unoriginal in that it will be a GWR Branch but the reasons for this are:
1 - It can be based around the Ratio range
2 - Plenty of suitable stock available
3 - GWR is simply the best :P

I do plan on selling the layout once completed, full details of the stages I plan to offer the layout in can be found here:
http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/starterbranch.htm

This is the Track Plan.


Here is the Scenic Plan. It's a fairly standard branch layout with a small station, goods yard and small loco shed. I plan to use the Ratio range of buildings in true GWR Branch Line fashion.


So I arrived at Club (Telford Railway Modellers Group) armed with a pile of timber....


And about 90 mins later I had myself a couple of boards :D


A 'work in progress' shot taken during track laying.


This is where I'm currently at. All track is now laid with wires attached ready to be wired up. I will soon be inserting the 'Scenic-FY' Break.


Scenic Section.


Fiddle Yard.


And a overall track plan view.


So that's where I'm up to at the moment. I plan to get the track wired up next, then follow that by doing the points. As I mentioned earlier on I do plan on selling this layout upon completion, so if you may be interested then please do get in touch :)

Cheers,

Ollie

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« Last Edit: March 09, 2015, 09:21:56 pm by Ollie3440 »
Hi I'm Ollie, and I'm a addicted to buying MK1s......

My Previous Exhibition Layout - The Sheaf Valley Railway
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24.0

My Current Exhibition Layout - Wenlock
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2014, 08:13:47 pm »
Interesting idea, good luck
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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2014, 09:46:49 pm »
Interesting :hmmm:

This is the main area board for my 'Belchford' (damn) 'Bletchford' layout:-


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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014, 08:53:42 am »
Hi Ollie,

I think this is a great idea and a great way to improve basic skills. 

My question is:- 
How complete are you going to make it and how "Great Way Round" is it going to be, is it better to keep it more generic to allow it to be sold on later?

 

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2014, 08:34:49 pm »
My question is:- 
How complete are you going to make it and how "Great Way Round" is it going to be, is it better to keep it more generic to allow it to be sold on later?

I aim to fully complete the layout, maybe aside from a few detail bits (Is a layout ever complete?). I can see where you are coming from with the generic point as not everyone loves the GWR. I'm doing this particular one GWR as the buildings can easily be sourced which meant I could work out a price on the website, and I'm a GWR Fan. If a buyer wanted a different region then I would build to their desires. (So if there is anyone interested in this particular one and doesn't want GWR, let me know before TINGs as this is when I aim to buy the buildings)

Cheers,

Ollie

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Hi I'm Ollie, and I'm a addicted to buying MK1s......

My Previous Exhibition Layout - The Sheaf Valley Railway
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24.0

My Current Exhibition Layout - Wenlock
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2014, 09:26:24 am »
Minor point, Ollie - you say sell via the website, but the web link you have http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/ doesn't appear to work?

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2014, 09:24:11 pm »
Evening All,

I really let this little project slip. TINGs, Work and an outing with Sheaf have got in the way!! Lets begin with a small update that is actually a month old but I never got round to posting!!

I have now got the control panel sorted. Points, Isolators and the Signal are all to be controlled with Mini-Toggle Switches. I plan to put different colours on them depending on what they are for.


I then began the fun bit! I got the isolators all wired up and had a play test. As can be seen, the first point motor has been fitted, but this was the only one I had to hand.


During the test, the Station Cat decided to see if the trackwork was to her approval!!


It was my clubs exhibition last weekend and I took a load of surplus items to sell. Sold a fair few bits that meant I could spend some pennies with fellow NGF Member Ian Morton (Modelscape). So thats the rest of the point motors, mounting plates, Accessory Switches and a CDU which should be all needed to complete the wiring (Aside from a COMBI, but my Bachmann one will do for now).

Tonight I have fitted the rest of the motors. Now to wire the thing up! Good thing I have a day off on Wednesday :D



Minor point, Ollie - you say sell via the website, but the web link you have http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/ doesn't appear to work?

Cheers,
Alan


Interesting, the link works my end? Does it not work for anyone else?

Cheers,

Ollie

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« Last Edit: October 06, 2014, 09:28:58 pm by Ollie3440 »
Hi I'm Ollie, and I'm a addicted to buying MK1s......

My Previous Exhibition Layout - The Sheaf Valley Railway
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24.0

My Current Exhibition Layout - Wenlock
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2014, 09:31:41 pm »
Minor point, Ollie - you say sell via the website, but the web link you have http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/ doesn't appear to work?

Cheers,
Alan


Just tried the link here and it worked for me fine. Using Firefox and Windows 7
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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2014, 12:55:29 pm »
Afternoon all,

Small update today. I have now completed the wiring (apart from the signal which should be arriving in the next couple of days) and had a good play test session and pleased to say all is working fine. And the resident Station Cat also approves, I've yet to introduce the new Station Kitten to the layout!!


Whilst at the Leeds show this past weekend I picked up the backscene for the layout so that will be fitted fairly soon

Cheers,

Ollie

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Hi I'm Ollie, and I'm a addicted to buying MK1s......

My Previous Exhibition Layout - The Sheaf Valley Railway
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24.0

My Current Exhibition Layout - Wenlock
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2014, 09:06:13 pm »
Looking good.  Keep up the good work.  I think I spotted a DeWalt drill in the second and third photos? :drool:

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2014, 09:27:36 pm »
I think I spotted a DeWalt drill in the second and third photos? :drool:

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2014, 09:44:49 pm »
Evening all, bit of an update for you all today.

Looking good.  Keep up the good work.  I think I spotted a DeWalt drill in the second and third photos? :drool:


See if you can spot one in these pics ;)

Lets start off with the most obvious addition, this being the backscene. It is one from the ID range, Hills and Dales Pack C I think.


And the Dapol Signal has now been installed. Need to wire it in now!


Now onto a few minor additions. First being a tad boring, but essential. Bufferstops!


I have also put in the first couple of Dapol magnets.


And lastly I realised I had forgotten something during track laying.... The inspection/ash pit for the loco shed line! Ready to add in.


Got a week off work now so hopefully I'll get a bit done this coming week :D

Cheers,

Ollie

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Hi I'm Ollie, and I'm a addicted to buying MK1s......

My Previous Exhibition Layout - The Sheaf Valley Railway
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24.0

My Current Exhibition Layout - Wenlock
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2014, 09:49:15 pm »
The ID backscene is the one I have for Bletchford :D
Did you really have to get that De Walt in the shot - Tank will be getting all unnecessary when he sees that :laugh:

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Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2014, 10:05:55 pm »
I love the whole project, although you inspired me to rip up all my b :censored: y track!

Best of wishes and hope the end product is as good as your other layout.

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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2015, 09:40:40 pm »
Evening all,

Well it's been a while since I updated this! The first thing that has changed is the thread title as the layout now has a name - Wenlock. I'm rather enjoying this little layout so I have decided that whilst I still plan to sell this layout on completion, I will also exhibit it a little until a buyer is found.

So what has happened since the last update? Well at first glance not a huge amount until you notice that the layout now has some buildings on it! For Christmas I received the four ratio kits I was after for the layout and these are now all in various stages of construction. I am really taking my time with the construction and painting of these as I want to get them looking just right.

Here is the current state of the kits, first off we have the goods shed. This is looking the least complete of the lot at the moment due to the lack of roof! This is so I can finish of the interior first.


Next we have a two in one picture, the loco shed and the loco depot. The depot still needs all the little details added to it but the loco shed is pretty much there aside from windows and a bit of weathering. This pic also shows that I did get round to fitting the pit.


The final kit is the Station building. This is by far the most complete of the kits so far with only the canopy, chimneys and timetable boards to add.


You can also see in the above pictures that ballasting has begun, I've only done a small part so far but I'm happy with the results. So with all those in mind this is the current state of the layout...





So progress is happening, albeit very slowly! I'll be doing my best to update this thread more often so watch this space!

Cheers,

Ollie

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Hi I'm Ollie, and I'm a addicted to buying MK1s......

My Previous Exhibition Layout - The Sheaf Valley Railway
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24.0

My Current Exhibition Layout - Wenlock
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0

 

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