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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #75 on: August 14, 2017, 05:14:39 pm »
That is all starting to look very good indeed John.
I love building little cameo scenes into a layout. Those scenes bring the railway to life I think.
I have, so far, resisted a UM dukedog but I really like Colin's engines, I have a 700 Black Motor, a Dean Goods and a T9.
Keep the pictures coming.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #76 on: August 14, 2017, 06:56:46 pm »

I have, so far, resisted a UM dukedog but I really like Colin's engines, I have a 700 Black Motor, a Dean Goods and a T9.
Keep the pictures coming.


Thank you, PP.

This might weaken your resistance to a UM 'Dukedog'.  Wasn't the first one named 'Tre Pol and Pen'; ideal for your railway!

Talking of 'Dukedogs', Special Operating Arrangements on the Railway (possibly due to this being Coronation Year, but all very hush-hush) resulted in this Special Working earlier today.  3204 passed the signal box with a longer train than normal for hereabouts.  I understand from High Authority that the Directors have already written to driver Duke thanking him for a job well done.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uj8z6i6hfr7ibqn/Dukedog%20Special%20Working.MOV?dl=0

All the very best.

John

PS I've heard of a 'tailchaser' layout, but this is ridiculous!



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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #77 on: August 14, 2017, 07:05:43 pm »
Lovely angle for the video.
Is that your entire coaching stock?
Certainly impressive haulage there. Great stuff.
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #78 on: August 14, 2017, 08:26:43 pm »
That looks like the perfect way to demonstrate to your insurers what stock you have :idea:
Very impressive. I don't have any UM locos but will seriously consider the Collett 22xx when it comes out.

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #79 on: August 14, 2017, 08:29:13 pm »
That looks like the perfect way to demonstrate to your insurers what stock you have :idea:
Very impressive. I don't have any UM locos but will seriously consider the Collett 22xx when it comes out.
Aaaagh....I'd forgotten about the UM 22xx. Oh well, more pennies to save.
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #80 on: August 14, 2017, 08:44:58 pm »
Lovely angle for the video.
Is that your entire coaching stock?
Certainly impressive haulage there. Great stuff.

Not quite all: there is a rumour of a couple of 'blood and custards' from a dozen years in the future lurking about somewhere.

I asked driver Duke about the haulage.  It was only 17 on.  Pretty much light engine for a Union Mills.  Still on the small port on the regulator.  A nice bark from the chimney, though!

Many thanks.

John
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #81 on: August 14, 2017, 08:54:19 pm »
That looks like the perfect way to demonstrate to your insurers what stock you have :idea:
Very impressive. I don't have any UM locos but will seriously consider the Collett 22xx when it comes out.

NPN, better order it now then.  It's likely to sell out.  I expect that you'll want a BR version.  Mine will be Great Western green but both will be equally attractive.  And should you ever feel the need to pull your house down, you'll have the technology!

But, a warning, once you have one Union Mills locomotive, you are likely to be sending regular cheques to the Isle of Man!  I think of mine as little locomotives rather than models.  And, just like the big ones, they all tend to have their own personalities...

All the very best.

John
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #82 on: August 14, 2017, 09:01:21 pm »
Impressive. It's a good job the last coach was going faster than the Dukedog. :doh:
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #83 on: August 17, 2017, 08:46:11 pm »
Block Working (Kind Of!), A Siding and Improbable Tunnel

A little bit of progress to report.  The Up and Down lines were wired to have three switchable on/off electrical sections - two block sections and station limits in signalling terminology.  I have made a little switch panel which, hopefully, has a suitably old-fashioned look to it and is far away from modern control panels.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l3ee8wdhmbuf8dh/Block%20Selector.jpg?dl=0

This allows two trains to operate, one block at a time, on each of the Up and Down lines.  Four trains on a three feet-and-a-bit by two feet oval layout is a bit of a party piece.  In reality, it allows for a spare train to be stabled in the siding and to exchange running with the trains on the Up or Down lines.  The siding is the Table-Top railway's sole concession to a fiddle-yard as it will be used for marshalling trains on the layout.

Earlier, I had experimented with two sidings, but as I am using medium radius (live-'frog') points this reduced the useable siding length of both sidings to less than a locomotive and two carriages which is our standard passenger train formation.  Less, in this case, is more and the single siding takes a full-length train.  Here's what the pointwork (trailing crossover and turnout to the siding) ended up looking like.

 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ybwnurfdbhazt5z/Points3.jpg?dl=0

Finally, taking 11mm off the length of the straight sections of the running lines had a bonus as the 11mm was at the tunnel end of the oval.  There now is an extra 11mm between the Up line and the baseboard edge which means I can move the tunnel mouths closer together to make Improbable Tunnel more realistic (or less realistic, depending on one's point of view!).  It is now agreeably short and will, hopefully, end up with that glorious train set tunnel (because every train set needs a tunnel) look about it.  Here it is faked up.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hl7jqd8927ab5lt/Improbable%20Tunnel.jpg?dl=0

By the way, if this is the first post about the Table-Top railway which you have read, the above will appear odd, to say the least.  I am attempting to capture, in British 'N' gauge, the feel of a train set of fifty-odd years ago which attempted, but failed, to be a model railway.  Which is why a realistic tunnel is less than the length of a locomotive and passenger trains are normally two coaches long!

Thank you very much for looking.

With best wishes.

John



 




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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #84 on: August 17, 2017, 09:29:26 pm »
Thanks for the pics, John. They really do show what you're achieving.

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #85 on: August 18, 2017, 07:12:19 am »
 :thankyousign: John. The tunnel looks suitably impressive!

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #86 on: August 18, 2017, 07:24:14 am »
I think I had a Playcraft one when I was a kid which would have been about that long
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #87 on: August 18, 2017, 08:59:33 am »
Love that "old school" switch panel John, yet another little bit of inspiration safely stored in the "BoxTunnel wants that" file.

Graham.
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #88 on: August 21, 2017, 03:47:43 pm »
I Have Been Framed!

Lever framed, that is.  I've now completed the last track-laying stage before lots of pre-ballasting testing.

The three point motors are wired up to a lever frame.

I used the Peco PL-50 'Turnout Switch Module', reduced in length from three lever spaces to two, because two of the turnouts are arranged as a trailing crossover.  I wired in a PL-35 'Capacitor Discharge Unit' to give a 'sharp' power impulse.  I resisted any attempt to fiddle with the components and used them exactly as instructed.  It is many years since I have used solenoid point motors and I had forgotten the 'Snap!'.

These Peco components have been around for a long time, I understand, and they certainly fit in with the 'train set 40/50 years ago' look which I am attempting to achieve.  British made as well, so another plus. 

All is working nicely; hardly Stirling Middle, but good fun.

Here's a quick picture:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hi99s2vfhta1vcs/Lever%20Frame.jpg?dl=0

And, hopefully, a 'Talkie' so the 'Snap!' is evident:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/22o5w5a6hxcmmve/Point%20Switching.MOV?dl=0

Model railways are fun.

Thank you for looking and all best wishes.

John


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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #89 on: August 21, 2017, 03:56:27 pm »
Nice job, John :thumbsup:

 

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