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Author Topic: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)  (Read 17149 times)

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2015, 06:47:39 pm »
Moved on to my Dapol Class 156 units today

Firstly checked the eMails to Railtec Transfers
Counted the boxes and confirmed four sets of transfers were required
The original eMail also had details for transfers for the ScotRail livery Class 47 and Large Logo Blue Class 37 and 47, but no longer required

Sent details to Steve
The reply asked for measurements, so went to check the boxes
I had completely forgotten that I had swapped three of the Sprinter versions for the SuperSprinter versions
So only the numbers are required now

This order is now complete, along with numbers for the Class 47/7 locos and logos and numbers for the ScotRail coaches

On receipt the Class 47/7 locos will temporarily be renumbered, before sent to Mercig Studios
All the coaches (except the DBSO and TSO(T)) will be renumbered

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2015, 01:24:49 pm »
The clock is now ticking

Wickness Models has completed the last of my DC conversions (Class 158, 37418, and Class 101 in SPTE)
These arrived last week, and were tested yesterday

Wickness Models also completed the first two DCC sound conversions (37/4 in Large Logo Blue and 47/7 in ScotRail), and these are now with Mercig Studios
Mercig Studios has also confirmed all six models will be completed by the middle of August

Just waiting for Millfield Models to confirm completion of those repaints, which should also be the middle of August

So yesterday starting reorganising the layout room
The original baseboards are still in place
These have 22mm x 50mm edges
I found in the past the edges of the baseboard did not lay flat, and I never found out why
I have decided to remove these and replace with 22mm x 100mm, and this should reduce the chance of the baseboards shape changing
The 100mm edge also makes it easier to join adjoining baseboards
The main issue with B&Q is these lengths are 1.80m, but the baseboards are 1.83m
This time I will purchase the 2.40m lengths and have them cut to 1.84m
The offcuts can then be used as perpendicular bracing, which were not used before

My previous Black and Decker Multi Tool (drill, jigsaw, sander) has failed
However, I can't find a replacement, they are quite rare
Therefore it looks like I will need to purchase a replacement drill and sander
As this is a smaller layout (compared to the previous one) I should be able to get away without a jigsaw, the only timber I will need to cut is the 20mm x 100mm

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2015, 11:16:11 am »
I have three days off; Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Yesterday morning things didn't go as planned, so didn't get to B&Q until 13:00
Priced up the sizes and options for timber
I found pieces that were precisely 1.83m in length, which matched the length of the baseboards exactly, so no need to even cut most of them!
Sadly that branch only had 3 of the 13 pieces required
The local branch didn't even have any, but they found a branch with 18 pieces
So three hours later I was back with the required timber
As there is no longer any need to cut and sand, I will just use my existing drill set, which will probably expire during this work

I then moved on to moving the baseboards

This morning I have completed one of the 6' x 2' baseboards, and currently working on the 2' x 2' and 4' x 2' baseboards, which are required for the scenic area
« Last Edit: July 25, 2015, 01:06:24 pm by mjkerr »

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2015, 12:59:41 pm »
That sounds like progress to me!
Keep up the good work!

Cheers
Mark

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2015, 01:08:32 pm »
Now removed the 50mm x 22mm sides from one of the two fiddle yard baseboards, and replaced with the new sides
However, on removing one of the sides noticed I had chiseled into it for the clearance of one point motor, so this had to be replicated on the new one

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2015, 01:11:55 pm »
Almost ready for laying the track in the scenic area
However, the track plan is on a single sheet of A4
It needs to be increased by a factor of 6 / 600%, giving me 6 pieces of A4 paper
I've tried the settings on my printer, but all I end up with is a grey box
I've also tried various settings in software on my computer, but all I get is the same A4 printout

The only option I can think of is to go to a local printer and have them print it out, unless someone can think of any other options I can consider

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2015, 07:28:19 pm »
First stage was construction of the three baseboards for the scenic area
A = 4' x 2'
B = 6' x 2'
C = 2' x 2'

Next stage was to lay the printed out plans onto baseboard B



Next was to lay the pointwork in the place of the track plans


After laying the track on baseboard A (which will be within the tunnel), the remaining pointwork is laid, along with the full length straight sections (Platforms 2 to 7), and the outline for Platform 1


Finally the outline for Platform 7


Steps for laying the track took most of today, after laying the track, repositioning, and deciding what look best compared to reference photos
Platform 7 isn't exactly perfect, but it looks the best outcome
Nobody would notice unless comparing photo of the layout to an overhead of the station (as it was in the late 1980s)
« Last Edit: July 26, 2015, 07:37:21 pm by mjkerr »

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2015, 10:25:50 pm »
Good to see things starting to take shape :thumbsup:

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2015, 08:47:30 pm »
I hate having to align and fit point motors underneath baseboards
I had problems on my original layout, and the same issue has arisen
It was horrific with 24 point motors, so at least this time it is only eight

I have removed six Point Motors for repositioning on the revised fiddle yard
Today I refitted three only to find the second would not operate
After four realignment attempts I had to stop and will come back to it on my next day off

The remaining track has been removed and two new points fitted, also ready for point motors

Hopefully I will have resolved this issue before fitting the point motors in the scenic area, as I am sure I had done so last time as well

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2015, 09:34:20 pm »
Points do seem to be the bane of many a modeller's life but my layout(s) would be rubbish without them

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2015, 10:37:00 pm »
I know what you mean about point motors, see the the point motors on my fiddle yard on my new layout planning post. They are all Peco and where fitted while lying on my back under the layout. The fiddle yard board was 8'x2' and bolted to the layout the same size, there was no alternative to lying on my back. I have just cut the board down now it will be easy to turn on its side, fitting any motors will be a doddle I hope!,the rest of the layout will be modular and removeable.
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My layout here East Lancashire Lines
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=29492.0

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2015, 11:55:31 pm »
where fitted while lying on my back under the layout. The fiddle yard board was 8'x2' and bolted to the layout the same size, there was no alternative to lying on my back
When I first constructed my fiddle yard I was able to move it about
However, on the scenic area I made the same mistake and had to locate the point motors whilst lying underneath the baseboards
I was determined not to make the same mistake
Ironically, I did not have any problems with alignment
Perhaps this was the method I used!

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2015, 09:58:55 pm »
Looks like it was the alignment hole I had drilled for one of the points, the faulty one has been completed, along with the next three which were easy by comparison
That completes the six which needed to be realigned, so from here on it is all new track and redesign

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2015, 10:09:01 pm »
I know what you mean about point motors, see the the point motors on my fiddle yard on my new layout planning post. They are all Peco and where fitted while lying on my back under the layout. The fiddle yard board was 8'x2' and bolted to the layout the same size, there was no alternative to lying on my back. I have just cut the board down now it will be easy to turn on its side, fitting any motors will be a doddle I hope!,the rest of the layout will be modular and removeable.
I too can concur. I fitted point motors to Port Perran whilst lying on my back. Never again.
Trepol Bay currently has no point motors but the holes are pre-drilled and Trepol Bay can easily be rested on it's side so when I get around to it fitting and wiring the motors should be easy.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
Port Perran:- Trepol Bay:-

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2015, 09:03:25 pm »
Started work on modifying and revising the second fiddle yard baseboard, and this one is much easier as it is track only

Just as I finished off, received an eMail from Mercig Studios that the Class 47 locos are now completed, and the Class 37 will follow in due course
Sadly one of them isn't quite right, so most likely will be corrected and follow later
The other four are perfect



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