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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2015, 05:58:51 pm »
Hi Bob, they are radius 3 and 4 and will be on view but I hope to put a road bridge on one or both so partly concealing the full extent of the curve. I have the suspension bridge to use if I can and was thinking an end to end going nowhere automatic controlled back and forth loco maybe. Not keen on tunnels but I may create an embankment alongside one curve and take the focal point off the track. I am hoping to build an easy access trouble free layout. I hope the sweeping station area is a big focal point. Nelevator has created ideas I would never have thought of. I must confess that there has also been a lot of input from a good friend who has stimulated ideas and I have found an extra pair of eyes a great help. Thanks Tim.  :beers:
Sounds good George. I'm sure what you've planned will help break up those curves. Whats next on your agenda??
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2015, 06:10:59 pm »
I think actually getting the layout board built would be best Bob  :) , then I could lay the front curved track and shape the facia to follow it.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2015, 11:13:58 pm »
 :hellosign: nice plan George, looking forward to seeing this take shape.
regards Derek.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2015, 02:54:19 pm »
Looks like a really nice plan, good luck with the build!

Cheers,

Jimmy
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2015, 07:08:05 am »
I have finally found the time to dismantle and remove the remainder of the previous Geominster Layout and started work on the new one. I have decided on Sundeala surface on 9mm MDF cut into 120mm strips forming a good strong framework, I drilled the braces to allow the wiring to be neatly passed through and also to reduce some of the weight. The beginning of the assembly placed on the floor and screwed together.




A few of the cross braces fitted and the formation of the support for the Nelevation Fiddle Yard.





The first of the Sundeala boards resting in place on the framework trialing the actual fit in my Railway Room. I was disappointed at this stage by the way the Sundeala had curled but it was the best board that the Supplier had at the time. I am hoping it will fix down nice and flat as I do have a lot of braces on the frame for screwing it in position.





All three boards in position with just four screws in each holding them on place. I am satisfied now that by screwing the Sundeala down at approximately 150mm centres to the framework that it will lay flat, I tried holding the curled edges by hand and they are extremely easy to go into place.  :laughabovepost:




Beginning the track laying, it is so simple pushing the fixing pins into the baseboard after using plywood on the previous project, this is definitely an improvement. The track is being loose laid to check the positioning of the point motors does not conflict with any braces which at this stage are easily moved aside as they have screwed and not been glued.





More track in position, this is the way to go. I will be fitting the point motors directly to the underside of the point and drilling a 40mm hole through the baseboard the centre determined by the spindle hole of the point.





The sweeping curve of the track through the new Geominster with one of the two 8 car FGW HST's scheduled for use in position to compare size with available space. It looks promising to me with just another 5 tracks to lay in parallel. The front fascia of Geominster will be shaped to follow the curve of the nearmost track. The switch control panel will be fitted into the curved panel along with the NCE Powercab outlets, The main power switches will be easily accessed in the front flat fascia on the right side.





A close up of FGW HST looking impressive, I think this will be a good layout both in terms of looks and usability.



Today I hope to add the rest of the track and pilot drill the point motor centres and the actual track footprint. As I detest ballasting I will be using as before the Javis granite mat under the entire track, this I found very successful previously and also will allow me to conceal the point motor hole. The track will then be removed, the Sundeala removed and any braces requiring adjustment to allow the fitting of the point motors without obstruction. Then I can put in the power supplies and bus wires. The point motors will be wired using spade connectors and connected to the DCC decoders as before, no soldering needed. I intend having a power block accessible from above probably concealed by some buildings so that any lighting cabling can be threaded through and connected from above.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2015, 08:10:25 am »
Looks like you've been really busy George. I'm totally impressed by your wood working skills. I wouldn't have the skill or patience to get my baseboard work looking as professional as yours.
Those long sweeping runs are gonna look great, especially once a bit of the scenic work is done.
You've given me a bit of incentive to crack on with my track wiring now having seen how far you've got in such a short time.
Happy new year George and look forward to seeing the next installment of your work.
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Size matters - especially if you don't have a lot of space - and N gauge is the answer!

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2015, 08:34:16 am »
Thank you Bob, a Happy New Year to you as well, it has been frustrating lately waiting to get started but it has given me time to think. I learnt a lot from my earlier efforts and I am trying to address the issues that let it down. I decided on a level baseboard and will introduce a few differing levels through scenery. Ultimately I want to see trains running hence the long sweeping front, there will be six lines through there so I hope to have movement fairly continuously.

Now that the Christmas rush at work is passed I am only wanted two days a week it will give me time for trains and other things. I hope to complete the track laying today and mark everything ready to uplift and commence wiring.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2015, 07:22:46 am by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2015, 09:57:42 am »
Great to see the progress being made, George, although I'm sure you'd prefer to have more work and less modelling time. I think we're in for a treat as the layout develops.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #23 on: December 27, 2015, 02:23:52 pm »
  :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:  Looking good so far George, nice woodwork.
regards Derek.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2015, 02:51:30 pm »
Very good to see such fast progress, George. I'm sure that this new layout will look excellent.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2015, 07:21:33 am »
Some more progress made over the holiday

All the boards are fixed down and an access panel to the electrical connections made so all the connecting can be done from above the baseboard, wires from lighting etc can be passed through the board from above and fed through to the access panel and simply connected.





The wiring blocks controlled by switches in the fascia panel for lighting etc.



Close up of the panel removed, this will be concealed by a lift off scenic section.



Baseboard with the transformers and basic wiring attached, the DCC Bus will be fitted after the dropper wires have been attached to the track and the Point Motors DCC Bus will be connected once the point motors attached to the points have been fitted from above, Peco points will be used and wired via small spade connections which saves soldering onto the point motor.



All ready now for track laying after the front curved fascia panel has been fitted with the switch panel attached and the controller outlets.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2015, 07:23:08 am by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2015, 08:23:02 am »
Thanks for the detailed update, George. Highly impressive work.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2015, 08:58:05 am »
and you always tell me I have too much time ;), well done George, start is brilliant.



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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2015, 01:07:50 pm »
well done George, start is brilliant.

Seconded. :thumbsup:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2015, 07:10:25 pm »
and you always tell me I have too much time ;), well done George, start is brilliant.


and too much money  :-X

Thank you, I just hope it all works Ok.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

 

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