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Author Topic: Askham Battersby MKII - NE / Midland Modular Layout  (Read 5821 times)

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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2016, 10:47:40 pm »
I have just taken a look at your thread, nice work there especially with those board joints. I have done mine with screws, I struggled a bit at first, it helped when I used the correct size collet for the cutting disc. I was surprised how quick I have managed to relay the curved point on my layout. I like the size of your station, you should get some decent size trains in there.
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #31 on: June 08, 2016, 01:14:43 am »
As with Chris, I've just discovered your thread Richard.

I'm very impressed with the care you've taken with laying your track and your joinery as well as the extensive pictures and documentation.

Well done
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #32 on: September 27, 2016, 10:29:35 am »
Good news everybody! I've been quietly doing bits in the loft as and when the summer temperatures have allowed. Both mainlines have now been laid and I've completed the wiring for these sections, which felt like a bit of a mission.

The good news is that I can finally run trains!  :o  :laugh3:
And to prove it - here is a short video of Tornado tentatively taking her first steps along the down fast with a rake of six teaks.



I short but important update, I hope you'll agree.  :claphappy:

EDIT: Apologies for this any future video updates which are poor quality etc. I'm no videography and whilst I've tried to film with my DSLR, manual focusing is not my friend so I'm stuck with using my phone. I shall endeavour to make them as high quality as possible.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2017, 10:41:35 pm by RichardBattersby, Reason: Transition to YouTube »
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2016, 05:44:00 pm »
Nice video, nothing wrong with it at all. :thumbsup:
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2016, 06:11:13 pm »
 :thumbsup:

What he said....

It's great to see trains running, and that's a nice one too  :claphappy:

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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #35 on: September 28, 2016, 07:22:09 am »
Thanks very much. I thought I'd better provide video evidence of both lines working  ;)


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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #36 on: September 28, 2016, 07:34:20 am »
Tornado ran very smoothly over the baseboard join in the first video.  :thumbsup:

Unfortunately I can't see the second one, Richard.
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #37 on: September 28, 2016, 07:40:23 am »
Thanks Bealman, I'm quite pleased with the joins.

It was working fine on my machine but edited to the code to see if it was being odd. Any better?
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #38 on: September 28, 2016, 07:59:59 am »
Much better, mate. I'm on my phone at moment, and it's working fine now.

You really have done a fantastic job on those joins. Not only do the locomotives run perfectly over them, there isn't even a hiccup from the coaches!

Excellent work.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #39 on: September 28, 2016, 08:05:15 am »
 :D Thanks very much, really appreciated.
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #40 on: September 28, 2016, 08:30:41 pm »
To quote "Wot he said above" above :laughabovepost:
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #41 on: September 28, 2016, 09:26:45 pm »
One final then, if you insist  ;D

An 08 brings a rake of blue & grey MKIs around to the station area.



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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #42 on: May 15, 2017, 09:42:23 pm »
I'm not quite sure where all the times goes! I'm making progress on the layout but it is painfully slow. Of course, having two continuous working loops of track doesn't help! Here's a quick update anyway.

I bought a couple of finescale buffer stops from the 2mm Association partly because they look great on others' layouts and partly because I fancied an easy, small kit to solder together. It was a little fiddly working out how it went together but good fun and didn't take long. I obviously haven't painted yet but it's in situ in a head shunt attached to the crossover and point work on the shed side of the layout. You'll notice that the point work here is now all done and the next job is to lay the down slow line back towards the station.



The above shows the various parts removed from the etches and soldered together before forming the buffer stop itself below. The example here is a GCR / LNER type but next to build is an LMS / BR type that I bought at the same time. I'm happy to mix and match to get a bit of variation. It's also worth noting that the finished article is super strong!







And in situ at the crossover:









Also, if you look carefully, you'll notice that I needed to add a tiny piece of track between the crossover and the middle right hand crossover:





Finally, I've installed a couple of Dapol coupling magnets. I know there has been much written on the subject and opinions differ. I wanted to be able to have hands-free shunting but aesthetics are important and I didn't want to have a sleeperless void where the magnet sat. After some testing myself, I found that if I removed the Peco sleepers, added a piece of corrugated plastic and then the magnet on top, I got pretty good performance. Having the magnet under the sleepers did not provide good enough results. I then cut some PCB sleepers and glued them on top. They do sit slightly proud as compared to the plastic sleepers but I think once ballasted and painted they should be OK.




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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #43 on: May 15, 2017, 11:39:04 pm »
It all looks great, and that is an ingenious and elegant solution to the uncoupling magnet.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Askham Battersby MKII - Steam / Diesel Modular Loft Layout
« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2017, 07:42:50 am »
It all looks great, and that is an ingenious and elegant solution to the uncoupling magnet.  :thumbsup:

Thanks very much Bealman.
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