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Off on a journey. The departure.
« on: October 17, 2014, 09:28:57 pm »
The railway is situated in my workshop or escape room! Above the layout are tins of paint and lengths of wood and a work bench with various saws and other bits and pieces.

This is the final plan but is really a guide! The track is already laid following the plan. The scenery or effects will most probably be changed as time goes on.

railway planw
railway planw

This was the original idea but it just grew and grew. I can remove it and with the addition of cassettes or fiddle yard it can be used  on its own.

Originalw
Originalw

On the left is a curve which takes the track to Kelby. There will be a canal passing underneath the bridges

Curvew
Curvew

Leading on from that is Kelby.

LH end2w
LH end2w

From Weston to the right the line climbs and passes over itself and will be hidden by something, most probably a village.

RH endw
RH endw
Towards helixw
Towards helixw

Half the wiring is finished. Not a job I particularly enjoy.

This is how I envisage Kelby to be.

Kelbyw
Kelbyw

The walls are Scalescenes with posters from his bridge kit. The “metalwork” over the track will support the station buildings built on the platforms.

The track mimics are made from plastic sheet with diagrams printed on self-adhesive paper and when stuck on sprayed with several coats of clear varnish and holes drilled for the switches.

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panelw

Just to remind myself that accidents can happen, I found this at a flea market some years ago.



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I hope this is not a too long winded post. Any suggestions, questions please post or PM me. I shall put more photos on my gallery as I take them.
Posts will be sporadic as I have a disabled wife who is waiting for an urgent op on her neck. She has two slipped discs which are touching the spinal cord and the specialist is worried that a slight jerk could cause paralysis.  Touch wood all will be OK. 

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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2014, 10:00:45 pm »
First and foremost - very best wishes to your wife and I hope all goes well.

The layout looks great and your locos will have plenty of chances to stretch their 'legs', as it were. I'd be concerned about having pots of paint above my layout, though :worried:

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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2014, 10:57:50 pm »
Hope your wife gets sorted pretty quickly. Anything that produces sawdust is a big no no where n gauge trains are concerned. I do like your poster though...very inspirational.
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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2014, 11:03:40 pm »
Looks highly impressive already and will be great fun to operate.

I, too, hope that all will be well soon with your wife and agree that any dust, etc., needs to kept well away from N Gauge locos.

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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2014, 08:34:52 pm »
Thanks all for the kind messages.
As regards dust there isn't a great deal as most of the dust creating things are done outdoors. This part of the world is blessed with good weather, we have had only 2 days of serious rain since last November. We have a serious drought problem. As regards the layout I'm going to get some polythene sheeting to cover it when things are a bit more advanced.
Just about finished the wiring today and was testing it with a multimeter, found some bad soldering but found a point that has disintegrated. :(. Will have to get a new one. the old one was 40 some years old so can't complain.

Got a winter project planned. A small, read micro, idea. More for practising techniques than anything but I'll have room to play,  sorry, model on the kitchen table.  :D More later.
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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2014, 08:42:30 pm »
Looking forward to the updates, Mito. Cant Cove will 'live' under a bed so dust will be a real problem unless I'm careful, despite the dust cover.

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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2014, 08:45:20 pm »
Keep the updates coming and I do hope that all goes well for you wife.
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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2014, 09:12:34 pm »
Sorted the point out. Chucked it in the bin! :laugh: I replaced it with a length of track. On the mimic of Kelby it's the point that connects the blue track (top right). There is now no head shunt but as the whole thing is not particularly prototypical I'm not too fussed. It gives me a bit more room to put a retaining wall in. Rule 1 applies ;)
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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2014, 09:15:59 pm »
Got a problem. :doh:
I finished the wiring today and was checking for shorts with  a multimeter. No problems until I switched a point, electrofrog, on  a siding. Suddenly a short on half the circuit. I took the point out and checked it against another one.  If the point is set for straight there is a short on the diverging line and vice versa. Electrofrog points are new things to me. I looked at the info that comes with the point but no help. Do I have to put insulating fish-plates on all the exits? The point in question is situated at the top of the plan, the only point there is that leaves the main line.
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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2014, 09:40:38 pm »
Hi Mito,

Yes, as a general rule you put insulating joiners on both exits, on the tracks next to the frogs.  The outside tracks can have normal joiners.

There is an exception to this if the point leads to a dead end siding, and you are happy that the siding is "dead" when the points don't go that way - then you just need one insulated joiner, on the "other" route.

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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2014, 09:53:18 pm »
Jon, thanks. Another job for tomorrow. Might have something running by the weekend if I can get the track clean.
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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2015, 09:20:22 pm »
It's been a long time since I posted mainly because I haven't done much apart from rip up the old layout and relay it.
This is a schematic of the latest attempt. The junction plan is based, very loosely on Yelverton, Devon, the fictitious location moved further North and East. Like Chris in Prague I'm putting together an alternative history which connects Somerset with Cornwall as "trading partners"!
Photos to follow when I dust off the camera. There is so much junk everywhere it's almost impossible to see the track. :-[
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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2015, 09:41:16 pm »
The new loco coal wagons arrived today. Unfortunately in their rush to finish painting them they were given the same running number. Permission has been given to Durscombe Yard to renumber one of them.


Cant Cove has sent a recently restored box van ladened with Cornish produce. The van is immaculate with beautiful red buffer beams and sparkling buffers.
 

A line up some wagons resting between duties!
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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2015, 03:00:48 pm »
Thanks for the photo. updates, Brian. Delighted to see that the various wagons and vans all arrived safely from various places, including Cant Cove and Penmayne. 8-)

A freshly painted cider van and wagon will also be on their way, soon. (A flu' epidemic has laid the Cant Cove painters low.)

The bogie Loco coal wagons will also be seen at Penmayne, Port Perran, and Weaver Cove carrying best Somerset steam coal for the locos. of the GWS at its various Cornish depots. 8-) SR Loco coal wagons, too, but at the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group depots at Cant Cove and Trepol Bay and, soon for the summer steam specials to Foxes Hole Halt?

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Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2015, 06:58:19 pm »
Thanks for the photo. updates, Brian. Delighted to see that the various wagons and vans all arrived safely from various places, including Cant Cove and Penmayne. 8-)

A freshly painted cider van and wagon will also be on their way, soon. (A flu' epidemic has laid the Cant Cove painters low.)

The bogie Loco coal wagons will also be seen at Penmayne, Port Perran, and Weaver Cove carrying best Somerset steam coal for the locos. of the GWS at its various Cornish depots. 8-) SR Loco coal wagons, too, but at the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group depots at Cant Cove and Trepol Bay and, soon for the summer steam specials to Foxes Hole Halt?
Hope the painters recover soon.
I suggest a sample of the produce of the Castle Brewery - should work wonders for flu !
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