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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 #45 on: September 03, 2015, 09:28:16 pm »
where the 3 points sit in the middle of the board the track off the right hand one looks to have a slightly kinked join so might benefit from either a 'Y' point or the piece of straight track being slightly curved to meet the point you have
If you compare to the actual point installed at Glasgow Queen Street it doesn't matter which combination you use, neither is correct!
I used paper templates and a Y point actually looked less accurate
The track from Platform 3, once it straightens out, is completely straight up the tunnel
Using a Y point would have resulted in losing this complete straight line
The compromise is the track takes a very light run out towards Platform 2, but once the signal and concrete trunking is in place it should be hardly noticeable

Compare that to the original photo 21 August at 20:04, where the gap is even larger

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #46 on: September 05, 2015, 04:32:02 pm »
Laying track on the semi-scenic baseboard was commenced and completed today
Again, not strictly accurate, but as the inner crossing is almost hidden the curve will not be directly visible


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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #47 on: September 14, 2015, 06:54:54 pm »
Completed the electrics on the main scenic baseboard last night

Although the track has been separated out for DCC detection in the future, the current track wiring has simply been soldered together as one circuit
I just need to find some way of securing the wiring to the baseboard, the previous method didn't really work

All of the remaining Class 37 and Class 47 locos were sent to Wickness Models today
The fiddle yard now looks a bit bare, the incoming models from Mercig Studios and Millfield Models are still boxed up

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #48 on: September 14, 2015, 07:43:29 pm »

Hi there,

It was nice to meet you at the weekend.  I'm enjoying following this thread - thanks for posting the updates.

Apologies if I have missed this but how large is the project in total?

cheers

Ben A.



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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #49 on: September 14, 2015, 07:52:04 pm »
Apologies if I have missed this but how large is the project in total?

Ripped up my previous layout, recycling one of the two fiddle yards

Moved the layout from middle room 16' x 12' to the smaller room 12' x 6'
This new layout runs round the edge of that room
Due to this smaller room I looked at what was possible, and realised Glasgow Queen Street would fit in, with ease

It meant the majority of my previous rolling stock had to be disposed of (post privitisation)
Just as I started that process Farish announced updated 37/4, ScotRail 47/7, and DBSO
C&M Models then launched a ScotRail Mark 3 set
So I have slowly been accuring a (wallet) war chest since 2009, and am now at the stage where most of the rolling stock has been purchased

Just waiting for the DBSO, but now been advised it won't be released until 2017
I even have doubts about that, given the reasons for the delay
So if it there is no update to the future Farish items in 2016 (release 2017), I will place an (expensive) order with someone that can recreate a more accurate and detailed fleet of DBSO for me

As soon as the 47/7 was released, I obtained quotes from Mercig Studios, and only recently considered sound
I have now taken the decision that all models will have sound

The current rolling stock list can be found here :
http://www.glasgow-queen-street-n-gauge.co.uk/rolling_stock.html

This is a recycled website, so the other links don't work
I plan on a new website in due course, just need to the webcam setup to be in place first
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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #50 on: September 14, 2015, 08:24:06 pm »

Thanks for the link - and wow, that's quite a roster!

The Mercig models are lovely - I especially like the scratched red stripe on 47541.

cheers

Ben A.



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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #51 on: September 14, 2015, 09:15:52 pm »
The Mercig models are lovely - I especially like the scratched red stripe on 47541
Yes, discussed with Ian (Mercig Studios) about how he paid details to the photos I had supplied

However, the weathering on the other models is a little generic, and I am concerned that once lined up some of them will look a little identical

Hopefully once all the Class 47/7 are completed (as he may complete them as one or two batches) the differences will be quite apparent
47704 is a good example, as it has generic moderate weathering, but had larger Eastfield numbers applied and Ian has caught this minor detail difference

There will also be a need to cover some of the flush end Class 47/7 (and eventually 47/4)
So far only one is planned to be covered from the current batches
Equally, as the locos run pretty much in fixed formation only one end is being fully detailed and the specific end will vary between locos (some will be No 1 end, others will be No 2 end)
Furthermore, if the loco has a flush end then that will be the end with full detailing

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #52 on: September 16, 2015, 05:08:03 pm »
Tested the main scenic baseboard, but found two dead spots
Sadly these form part of the main crossing, so side on rail soldering has been completed
Not ideal, but it solved the problem

The next issue appears to be the crossing themselves
The locos enter then stop
Light pressure on the roof of the loco confirms it is not a circuit problem, but an actual problem with the individual points themselves
I will need to come back to this to find out why

The main scenic baseboard was moved into position today, then loaded with some sample rolling stock




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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #53 on: September 16, 2015, 10:35:42 pm »
Really looking forward to seeing this developing. Your chosen era reminds me of my visits to Queen Street in the mid to late 80's.

John

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #54 on: September 16, 2015, 10:44:00 pm »
Completed the wiring on the second scenic baseboard this evening
However, the same two problems are present
The first is an oversight and will be easily rectified on Friday

However, the main issue of running over points looks more complicated
It may be due to the method used for securing the points to the baseboard
Previously I used track pins, this time I have used PVA glue
I am wondering if it affects the electrical connections within the points

At worst I will have to lift all the points and replace them

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #55 on: September 17, 2015, 02:21:19 am »

However, the main issue of running over points looks more complicated
It may be due to the method used for securing the points to the baseboard
Previously I used track pins, this time I have used PVA glue
I am wondering if it affects the electrical connections within the points

At worst I will have to lift all the points and replace them

Please let us know the outcome as it may help others (like me!)

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #56 on: September 17, 2015, 05:30:39 am »
How long ago were the points stuck down? I PVA'd all my track down but found it needs days to dry out properly otherwise it can cause partial HR short circuits, same happened when I balllasted the track too ;)


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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #57 on: September 17, 2015, 05:42:00 am »
The points were laid in the first week of September
Once applied to the baseboard, they were pinned into position, and the baseboard turned through 90 degrees

The issue is only on the thin switch rails

I never had this problem with the points in Code 80

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #58 on: September 17, 2015, 09:11:16 pm »
Confirmed this evening that the issue is only affecting three points
Closer inspection and there appears to be an issue with the track surface
Cleaned with Peco Track Cleaner rubber, no difference
Cleaned with fibreglass pencil, no difference

The only thing I might try is some aggresive liquid cleaner, so suggestions welcome
If that fails, then using my Dremel on the surfaces

I am absolutely furious as these points were all new, out of the packet
Unless there is some other solution, then it looks like they will need to be removed and replaced

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #59 on: September 17, 2015, 09:32:45 pm »
I guess you've tried the usual Iso Propyl Alcohol or white spirit?

 

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