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Title: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 08, 2013, 09:46:28 am
This is my first attempt at N Gauge, building a trial layout to see how I got on after my son, Callum, defected from O gauge which is my previous modelling medium.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5420.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5420)

I'm quite pleased how it turned out. The board was donated, a section of flush door, and Callum  and I worked up a scenario of Wagon Works and Cement terminal.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5421.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5421)

I squeezed in a single platform terminus, to allow  the running of some units.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5417.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5417)

The scenario is a former through route in the midlands, truncated to serve the remaining industry, recently re-opened to passengers.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5416.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5416)

The cement buildings I scratched up from brass, knightwing fuel terminal and portacabin bits.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5415.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5415)

Although there are still some detailed bits to add, (aren't there always?) I entered it into the Graham Farish trophy at the AGM show this year.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5418.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5418)

As it was so small, it seemed worthwhile to make it presentable, so that if we got invites, Callum and I could have some trips out together. We've been invited to the Stevenage Museum model railway day on the 10th August 2013. Come and say hello if you're in the area on the day!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5419.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5419)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Phil Hendry on June 08, 2013, 09:50:24 am
That looks really great!  Well done - you've clearly made the move from 'O'versized to 'N'ormal very successfully!  :D
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: NeMo on June 08, 2013, 09:56:59 am
Looks really good! Can't believe it's your first go at N… wish my efforts were as good as this!

NeMo
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Tank on June 08, 2013, 09:57:50 am
The layout works very well, and some great detailing there.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Sprintex on June 08, 2013, 09:58:09 am
I'm quite pleased how it turned out.

And so you should be! :thumbsup:

Looks an excellent little layout with some good scenics  :)


Paul
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: matt-b on June 08, 2013, 10:06:13 am
Nice layout, looks good to me.
What stock do you have to run on it?

Matt
 :NGaugeForum:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 08, 2013, 10:19:12 am
Nice layout, looks good to me.
What stock do you have to run on it?

Matt
 :NGaugeForum:

Hi Matt

We have the usual modern stuff, from 08 to 66s and a 150, 153 and a 170. We're using the premise of a repainting contract at the works to drag the odd 86 about also.

You can reach through from the back to swap stock in for repair with stock newly repaired.

At the moment, it's basically anything that is around now. Callum's interests are slipping a decade or three earlier though!  ;D

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Pengi on June 08, 2013, 10:57:24 am
Great to see a post-privatisation layout and yours is excellent  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on June 08, 2013, 04:49:12 pm
Fascinating little layout, and you both have a good eye for detail :thumbsup:
I'm with Callum as far as era goes though ;)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: willike1958 on June 08, 2013, 06:26:25 pm
Well done! Very nice layout with good operational potential. Hands off shunting? If so, what type of coupling system?
Kevin

Lowbeck Hall East MPD: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9118.msg96125#msg96125 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9118.msg96125#msg96125)
Houghton Brook: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10285.msg106134#msg106134 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10285.msg106134#msg106134)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: petercharlesfagg on June 08, 2013, 07:02:52 pm
I have never experiencede ANYTHING industrial as per railways etc. 

But I found the images of your layout extremely atmospheric, almost as if I were in a block og flats overlooking the site.

Thankyou for the inspiration.

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: scotsoft on June 08, 2013, 07:57:18 pm
Thank you for posting pictures of your superb layout, as Peter writes it is like being in a block of flats looking down on the real thing  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: jd on June 08, 2013, 08:06:05 pm
Hi guys that is a wonderful little layout. Its awsome what you can do with a door lol
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: bluedepot on June 08, 2013, 08:06:42 pm
excellent layout well done

tim
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 08, 2013, 09:27:03 pm
Well done! Very nice layout with good operational potential. Hands off shunting? If so, what type of coupling system?
Kevin

Lowbeck Hall East MPD: [url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9118.msg96125#msg96125[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9118.msg96125#msg96125[/url])
Houghton Brook: [url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10285.msg106134#msg106134[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10285.msg106134#msg106134[/url])



Kevin,

We use the Dapol system for hands off shunting but we replaced the large magnets with smaller rare earth magnets off the t'internet.

I think we had a chat over Lowbeck Hall East at Leamington last year. We liked it very much and a TMD could well be our next foray as a result of seeing it and the article in the DEMU journal.

Good luck with Houghton Brook, what a cracking project. Can't wait to see more!

Neal.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: The Cuckoo on June 09, 2013, 12:57:13 pm
Excellent layout, lots of nice details, I would like to see more photos of it.
Thanks for sharing.



Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 10, 2013, 11:56:18 pm
Excellent layout, lots of nice details, I would like to see more photos of it.
Thanks for sharing.


I got chance to set up and take a few more photos today.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5458.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5458)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5459.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5459)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5460.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5460)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5461.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5461)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5462.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5462)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5463.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5463)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5464.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5464)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5465.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5465)

I also got notification through the post today that Horseblock Lane won Gold in Class I at the Annual Model Making Competition this year.  :bounce:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Phil Hendry on June 11, 2013, 12:18:01 am
It seems better with each succeeding photo. Gold richly deserved - well done!  I would love to see a track-plan.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 11, 2013, 01:08:11 am
It seems better with each succeeding photo. Gold richly deserved - well done!  I would love to see a track-plan.

Thank you Phil.  :-[

The track plan is all pretty much on show in the photos. All the points on the front stage are on show (bar one) in the picture of the Freightliner 66 leaving. I can post a picture of the back if you want to see the full track plan, but it's not as pleasant to look at as the front.  :worried:

Neal.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Sprintex on June 11, 2013, 04:55:47 am
Well done on the Gold award Neal :beers:


Paul
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Maurits71 on June 11, 2013, 07:37:28 am
wow, and congrats with gold
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Chinahand on June 11, 2013, 09:23:08 am
Hi Cooper and welcome to both you and Callum to our merry band. I saw your layout at the AGM and was well impressed both with the overall layout design and the level of detail you have achieved. A great layout and the Gold Award was fully justified.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: The Cuckoo on June 11, 2013, 09:46:24 am
Thank you for posting the additional photos,  I can only echo the positive comments that have already been posted but will add that I especially like the subtle silhouette effect on the backscene and Congratulate you on been awarded Gold.

 :beers:

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Phil Hendry on June 11, 2013, 11:13:15 am
The track plan is all pretty much on show in the photos. All the points on the front stage are on show (bar one) in the picture of the Freightliner 66 leaving. I can post a picture of the back if you want to see the full track plan, but it's not as pleasant to look at as the front.

I must confess that usually I'm nearly as interested in people's fiddle yard arrangements as I am in the layout itself - so bring it on - please!

Cheers,
Phil
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on June 11, 2013, 12:35:48 pm
Massive congrats on winning Gold, Neal :claphappy:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: jd on June 11, 2013, 12:41:29 pm
 :bounce: :claphappy: :laugh: congratulations on winning.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Mirrlees on June 11, 2013, 01:49:42 pm
Nice to see the layout out the NGS AGM!  It does look great.

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 11, 2013, 02:18:18 pm
The track plan is all pretty much on show in the photos. All the points on the front stage are on show (bar one) in the picture of the Freightliner 66 leaving. I can post a picture of the back if you want to see the full track plan, but it's not as pleasant to look at as the front.


I must confess that usually I'm nearly as interested in people's fiddle yard arrangements as I am in the layout itself - so bring it on - please!

Cheers,
Phil


Phil,

Some views, as requested. Holes in the backscene are (left to right) access to point motors that throw the points for the platform or yard headshunt.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5470.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5470)


Middle, is the rail access under the bridge.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5469.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5469)

Right hand one allows wagons for repair to be swapped out for repaired ones. Gives a bit more play value!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5471.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5471)

Cheers, Neal.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: daveg on June 11, 2013, 04:11:06 pm
Many congrats on the award.

Well deserved.  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Phil Hendry on June 11, 2013, 09:24:33 pm
Thanks Neal! Interesting.  Simpler than I'd expected - I'd fancied there might be more sidings or else cassettes to make switching stock quicker.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 15, 2013, 02:51:29 pm
Thanks Neal! Interesting.  Simpler than I'd expected - I'd fancied there might be more sidings or else cassettes to make switching stock quicker.

Phil,

It was designed to be just a little self contained whole with no add on fiddle yard or the like, (although i'm toying with an extension idea or two). It's essentially 'all out front' with room for two freights and two or three passenger trains at the back. Plenty of time to swap a short freight train whilst the one out front is shunting after all!

Neal.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Phil Hendry on June 15, 2013, 03:05:17 pm
Phil,

It was designed to be just a little self contained whole with no add on fiddle yard or the like, (although i'm toying with an extension idea or two). It's essentially 'all out front' with room for two freights and two or three passenger trains at the back. Plenty of time to swap a short freight train whilst the one out front is shunting after all!

It's a very neat concept.  Being me, and a bit unsociable, I'm often/usually operating alone, so having a cassette fiddleyard or the likes so I can keep things moving without much delay is usually important.  Less of a bother if there's more than one of you.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: GroupC on June 15, 2013, 05:42:09 pm
Great layout, you've captured the modern atmosphere and sense of place really well. Nice to see such a well-executed and thought-out piece of work.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: OwL on June 15, 2013, 06:50:10 pm
Excellent layout, and certainly has a West Midlands feel.....

I will book mark this thread, please please PLEASE show us some more pictures and maybe a track plan?

A great model and a credit to N Gauge.

Thanks for Sharing :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: ianz on June 15, 2013, 09:48:38 pm
 :drool: not usually a modern industrial fan, but this layout is fantastic with a good amount of detail. Looks like the real thing to me and deserves a good amount of praise.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 15, 2013, 11:11:09 pm
Excellent layout, and certainly has a West Midlands feel.....

I will book mark this thread, please please PLEASE show us some more pictures and maybe a track plan?

A great model and a credit to N Gauge.

Thanks for Sharing :thumbsup:

I'm off to the North Norfolk Diesel Gala tomorrow ;D and a busy week to follow  :scowl:. Will get some more pictures and a plan when I get a chance.

Neal
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Alex on June 15, 2013, 11:21:23 pm
Hi Neal,

Well done on coming first in the NGS AMMC.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Alex  :wave:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 16, 2013, 09:52:25 pm
Excellent layout, and certainly has a West Midlands feel.....

I will book mark this thread, please please PLEASE show us some more pictures and maybe a track plan?

A great model and a credit to N Gauge.

Thanks for Sharing :thumbsup:


I'm off to the North Norfolk Diesel Gala tomorrow ;D and a busy week to follow  :scowl:. Will get some more pictures and a plan when I get a chance.

Neal


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5532.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5532)

Here is the track plan thanks to Jon Dean, he of the N Gauge layout Lofthole Oil Terminal as seen here. He got Callum and I started down this route!

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRa9gqsSMp4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRa9gqsSMp4#) 



His computer skills kindly did the business while I was bashing a rather marvellous newly restored D6732 fresh from a nine year overhaul. A real credit to all those who put their elbow grease into it!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5533.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5533)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: OwL on June 16, 2013, 10:54:33 pm
Par Excellence!

Thank You for sharing the track plan, very well detailed :thankyousign: :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Duncan83 on June 17, 2013, 08:51:47 am
Really like this layout, Lots to see in each picture but so simple :thumbsup:

One question where did you get the large trees from?

Dunk
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 19, 2013, 05:55:55 pm
Really like this layout, Lots to see in each picture but so simple :thumbsup:

One question where did you get the large trees from?

Dunk

Thanks for the nice comments Duncan. The trees are all trade makes (Riko etc)bar one which is a Hawthorn offcut made into a tree by Callum, my son. Not sure which make the large one on the right hand end is now, sorry!

Cheers, Neal.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: jack20 on June 20, 2013, 11:43:22 pm
Love the look of this...
Captured modern image very well.

Jack.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 21, 2013, 12:12:55 am
A few more pictures, but there are only so many angles you can get from 54" x 11"!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/thumb_5603.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5603)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/thumb_5604.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5604)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/thumb_5605.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5605)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/thumb_5607.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5607)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: H on June 21, 2013, 10:09:36 am
A great little layout - and very nicely presented. It's got a lot of modelled 'height' without looking contrived and which adds interest.

I noticed it at the NGS AGM and was impressed. Unfortunately being on one of the stands I didn't have time to get any photos.  :(

H.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 25, 2013, 12:13:55 am
A great little layout - and very nicely presented. It's got a lot of modelled 'height' without looking contrived and which adds interest.

I noticed it at the NGS AGM and was impressed. Unfortunately being on one of the stands I didn't have time to get any photos.  :(

H.

Thanks for the nice comments 'H'. We are at the Stevenage Museum Model Railway day August 10th and the St Albans Model Engineers show on 28 & 29th September. Are these any use if you're after photos?
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: daveg on June 25, 2013, 07:26:20 am
Very nicely detailed.

'Well seen' as my professional photographer uncle would have said.

Dave G
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: H on June 25, 2013, 08:28:17 am

 We are at the Stevenage Museum Model Railway day August 10th and the St Albans Model Engineers show on 28 & 29th September. Are these any use if you're after photos?


Thanks for the info - I don't know if I'm around then but I'll make a note.

H.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Jbundy132 on July 28, 2013, 07:20:32 pm
amazing layout
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 09, 2013, 09:46:08 pm
Our first public outing operating Horseblock Lane tomorrow at Stevenage Museum Model Railway day. Come along and say hello if you're in the area!

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=15361.msg152594#msg152594 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=15361.msg152594#msg152594)

We've also got a little mention in the Railway Modeller news section this month p774.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: H on August 09, 2013, 09:59:37 pm
Good luck.

Tricky to be at Stevenage tomorrow as I'm now at Nancy, north of here: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=33 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=33)
She was very accommodating.


H.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on August 10, 2013, 06:06:46 pm
Enjoyed being part of the team on Horseblock Lane at it's first exhibition.    I think it really proved the concept, and identified one or two easily-fixed teething problems (running and coupling, what else!)

Lots of positive comments received!

Cheers

Jon    :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: daveg on August 10, 2013, 07:17:57 pm
Pleased to read the first time out was a success, not that there was any doubt of that!

Look forward to hearing about that earlier mentioned extension.

Dave G
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on August 10, 2013, 08:51:13 pm
Dave,

Don't encourage Neal!   I think it's a little gem that shouldn't be extended!   ;)

Neal - don't listen to Dave!!!!

Best to both,,,   Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 10, 2013, 11:24:03 pm
Dave, i'm not sure my extension ideas will happen as i'm having my head turned in the direction of new projects, which will of course please Jon!  :laughabovepost:

I took a few photos today, or I should really say 'snaps' as they're not really posed, (or even that well focused for that matter), just snatched when we had a moment during the day.

As Jon said, it proved entertaining to run for the day, and a bit more attention to coupling set up should ease the teething troubles. I was nervous, but it proved to be fun and we've got a couple of invites to shows in the pipeline now.  :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6369.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6369)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6370.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6370)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6372.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6372)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6373.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6373)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6374.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6374)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6375.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6375)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6376.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6376)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6377.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6377)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6379.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6379)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6381.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6381)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6382.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6382)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6383.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6383)

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: daveg on August 11, 2013, 07:31:12 am
if the new project is as carefully constructed as Horseblock Lane, it will be a grand piece of work.

Thanks for the extra pics and once again congrats for a well-received first outing.

Dave G
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on September 19, 2013, 12:23:31 am
Just a quick update to say that we'll be at the St Albans and District Model engineering Society show on the weekend of September 28th and 29th 2013. If you see us please come and say hello!
.
http://www.stalbansmes.com/images/Poster13L.jpg (http://www.stalbansmes.com/images/Poster13L.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 01, 2013, 12:52:18 am
Some pictures of our weekend at the St Albans and District Model Engineering Society show last weekend. Apparently they broke their record attendance this year and it certainly seemed a busy weekend.

We suffered a broken controller when setting up on the Saturday morning which caused a small panic. Half of the Morley Zero Twenty stopped working, so we ran for the first hour off a quick re-wire and with just the good half of the controller. Luckily our good friend Jon, (PostmodN66 on here) turned up hot off a plane from Singapore with a spare controller and we were quickly back up to full functionality.

We suffered from dirty track and a few derailments, so remedies are in hand to avoid too many intervening full scale hands, either cleaning or re-railing. A Gaugemaster unit will be wired in and a more fixed approach to train formations will be adopted to stop random coupling length variations from causing derailments on the entry curve from the back scene.

We had some very nice comments and a lot of repeat visits from our younger viewers, so we must be doing something right! Apologies for the quality of the pictures, but they were snatched shots on the odd occasion when we weren't too busy. As you can see, my son Callum did a sterling job keeping the trains moving out front all weekend.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7238.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7238)

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Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Pengi on October 01, 2013, 06:54:42 am
 :greatpicturessign: Great layout
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on October 01, 2013, 02:38:44 pm
Very well constructed and atmospheric :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Jerry Howlett on October 01, 2013, 02:51:06 pm
Great looking layout but I think the people in the foreground are a "Tad" overscale...
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 19, 2013, 08:20:43 pm
Just a quick update to say that the controller was despatched back to Morley's and they repaired it and turned it around very quickly. It went on the Monday, and was returned by Friday; excellent service!

I've also set about neatening up the 9-pin connection block between the controller and the layout, as I suspect this was to blame.

All systems go now to get the layout dusted and looking it's best for a photo shoot next week!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 28, 2013, 12:16:33 am
Have just spent the evening weathering stock so I've got a decent selection for the photo-shoot this week. I used the extra hour this morning to smarten up a couple of bits and repair/modify a few bits that had proved troublesome.

The scrap rail in the four-foot has had the web removed one side and glued back down to stop the Easi-shunt couplings catching on them. Extra rare earth magnets have been added to give a slightly bigger target area for operators to aim at when carrying out the run-round move. I've also added a discreet marker.

For now, any electronic track cleaner plans are on hold having perused the wisdom of the forum.

Top coat/washes for weathering tomorrow, and a general hoovering planned. Big day is on Tuesday!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: fordpop on October 28, 2013, 06:28:20 am
I just came across this great little layout. Loads on inspiration for a newbie like me:) Thanks.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 28, 2013, 12:26:39 pm
Just titivated my Modelbahn union steel wagons to look a bit more British. Quite happy how they've turned out. Used a scratch brush to remove printed name on the side, painted the catches white and added a bit of weathering and graffiti.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/thumb_7822.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7822)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on October 28, 2013, 01:38:53 pm
Very nice!  Will we see them on Lofthole on Saturday?

Cheers   Jon   :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 28, 2013, 02:13:07 pm
Yes! If you'll allow them on with the graffiti? I can always turn it around, as it's only on one side!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 28, 2013, 02:23:51 pm
I finished weathering some wagons for the spoil train today. I think I've got carried away over the last year as I now have enough wagons to fill the layout end to end! (I left the Seacows out so I could fit the loco in the picture). They'll never run like this on Horseblock Lane, as it'll only take a maximum of 5 MFAs in the run-round.

I still have an OBA on the workbench awaiting mesh sides. It's a little way down the job list though.

Apologies for the poor quality, i'm using a borrowed camera but hopefully you'll get the idea. Just fancied putting them all together for a change!

I finally got the 9-pin electrical connection re-wired both sides this afternoon too. Slowly getting through the jobs list, despite distractions like setting up long impractical trains for the fun of it.

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Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: 60006 on October 28, 2013, 05:28:24 pm
Looking great.

After a quick scan through the thread I haven't seen an answer to this (but I admit it was a very quick scan).
Did you make or buy the security camera on the shed building?
It looks good.

Tom.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 28, 2013, 07:22:26 pm
Looking great.

After a quick scan through the thread I haven't seen an answer to this (but I admit it was a very quick scan).
Did you make or buy the security camera on the shed building?
It looks good.

Tom.

Glad you like them. They're just a bit of plastic rod with an angled end filed on it, mounted on an L shaped piece of brass wire. They're nowhere near as good as Ben Ando's ones on Horseley Fields. They have electrical boxes and supply wires to them! But mine are very easy to build and fit.....
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 29, 2013, 04:23:28 pm
We had Paul Bason visit us today to photograph Horseblock Lane for a future magazine feature. It was an interesting day seeing him at work and a pleasure to meet him. Thought i'd snap the professional at work!  :camera:

208 photos to get a handful for the feature! Looking forward to seeing the results, hope there aren't too many obvious mistakes or piles of dust on view.  :worried:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/thumb_7838.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7838)

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Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Tank on October 29, 2013, 04:48:35 pm
Looking forward to seeing the piccies!  :)  Great layout by the way.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on October 29, 2013, 05:18:22 pm
Did anyone photograph you photographing the photographer photographing the layout?  :confused1:

Cheers Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Rabbitaway on October 29, 2013, 10:37:28 pm
Looking forward to reading the artical in the magazine

Great to see the profile of N gauge moving upwards with high quality layouts like yours

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 30, 2013, 07:00:27 am
Did anyone photograph you photographing the photographer photographing the layout?  :confused1:

Cheers Jon  :)

I shall have to get him back so we can set that one up!  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Hunslet 707 on November 03, 2013, 05:09:16 pm
Thos layout really gives the impression of being much larger. Nice stock too!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 04, 2013, 12:17:34 am
For those that are interested, we will be exhibiting at TINGS, Leamington in 2014. Looking forward to it already!  ;D
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Post by: Newportnobby on November 04, 2013, 11:49:41 am
Many congratulations on getting that booking! :claphappy:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 06, 2014, 12:21:13 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/thumb_9339.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9339)

Just a little pic of one of my N Gauge Society PNAs on the stops.

Our first foray out on show this yers will be at the NGF meet up at Riddlesdown on 15/2/14 http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17224.0;topicseen. (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17224.0;topicseen.)

Hope to see lots of you there!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: willike1958 on January 06, 2014, 07:50:34 pm
Really looking forward to seeing Horseblock Lane 'in the flesh' at TINGS this year. Is the retaining wall Scalescenes or something similar? Could you provide a close up shot of it since I'm considering using brick paper instead of embossed plasticard on Houghtonbrook?
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 07, 2014, 12:03:58 am
Really looking forward to seeing Horseblock Lane 'in the flesh' at TINGS this year. Is the retaining wall Scalescenes or something similar? Could you provide a close up shot of it since I'm considering using brick paper instead of embossed plasticard on Houghtonbrook?

 :hmmm: Will have to see how cruel the close up looks! It is Scalescenes mostly, although i'm not sure I followed the instructions closely enough as it's missing a proper parapet wall! I used some paper from a free download site to include repairs in different colours.

When I get the layout down from the loft to prep it for the next trip out i'll see what I can rustle up for you. :camera:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 15, 2014, 09:57:35 pm
Really looking forward to seeing Horseblock Lane 'in the flesh' at TINGS this year. Is the retaining wall Scalescenes or something similar? Could you provide a close up shot of it since I'm considering using brick paper instead of embossed plasticard on Houghtonbrook?


Is this close enough?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9621.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9621)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: willike1958 on January 17, 2014, 05:10:44 am
Thanks. Continues to look good closer up. A little closer still? Only joking!
Still not sure which way I'll go on Houghtonbrook. Redutex embossed adhesive sheets are also an option.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 24, 2014, 09:29:16 pm
Thanks. Continues to look good closer up. A little closer still? Only joking!
Still not sure which way I'll go on Houghtonbrook. Redutex embossed adhesive sheets are also an option.

I had a go at a few more, and whilst they look a little ropey this close they show it as it is. I'm afraid I have no experience of Redutex adhesive sheets though!

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Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Chinahand on January 24, 2014, 09:38:34 pm
That really is a cracking layout you have there Cooper with some really lovely details. I look forward to seeing it again at TINGS this year.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: daveg on January 25, 2014, 09:21:54 am
Echoing Trevor's sentiments, I am really impressed with the steps. May I ask how these are built?

Dave G
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Bealman on January 25, 2014, 11:38:45 am
I love that layout. Wonderful stuff!

I missed TINGS by a hare's whisper last year.... almost worth another airfare to see Horseblock Lane this year!

Better put Lotto on....  :'(

George
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 25, 2014, 10:18:50 pm
Echoing Trevor's sentiments, I am really impressed with the steps. May I ask how these are built?

Dave G


Hi Dave, it was built from a Pola 'High Level Bridge' which is a standard two track footbridge. I just used the bits for the steps on one side and turned them sideways at the first landing. It's plastic and I used the normal plastic glues. It cost £7 at a show and i've still got the top platform and the other side to use!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Horseblock_Lane_second_album/Dir_1/medium_9844.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9844)

I love that layout. Wonderful stuff!

I missed TINGS by a hare's whisper last year.... almost worth another airfare to see Horseblock Lane this year!

Better put Lotto on....  :'(

George


George, it's only 54inches x 11 inches. It would be cheaper to post it to you!  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Bealman on January 25, 2014, 10:56:03 pm
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Well that way it could be exhibited in Australia  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Duncan83 on January 26, 2014, 10:50:25 am
Looking forward to TINGS this year, would be great to see it down here at the Bournemouth show  ;)

Dunk
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 26, 2014, 10:57:45 pm
When i'd finished testing Easi-shunt couplings for their ease of shunting today I took a few quick shots. The layout is 'undressed' without vehicles or lighting bar but the lights show up as a result, a little too much when they're right into the lense! Apologies for the quality, I think the Macro setting was the wrong one for the depth of field in these. They do show off the 'reserve' set of Cement tanks nicely though. :)
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Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on February 01, 2014, 04:42:50 pm
Jon Dean has started a new thread detailing the Wire-in-Tube method of point operation. It features 2 videos of Horseblock Lane in an extremely unclothed state! They can be found here:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=19227.msg195637#msg195637 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=19227.msg195637#msg195637)

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on March 11, 2014, 10:43:04 pm
Just a quick 'bump' to say Callum and I will be at the Sawbridgeworth Model Railway Exhibition this Saturday 15th March with Horseblock Lane.

Details are: Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, The Forebury, off Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth, Herts  CM21 9BD, 10.30 to 16.30.

If you are there please come and say hello!

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on March 15, 2014, 07:56:12 pm
Had a great day at the Sawbridgeworth show! Really busy for a new show, and hopefully they made a good few quid to keep the Memorial Hall up and running. Had time to chat with a good few people about wire in tube point operation, the N gauge forum and N gauge in general. Got asked for details for other local shows and several people asked if it was a real location! Very nice response and good day overall I think! :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on April 02, 2014, 12:01:20 am
Just a quick picture of some of the newly acquired MGR wagons being shunted around Horseblock Lane. Daw Mill must have had a lot of 'cripples' to send that week! They'll come into their own for my new layout project, although a short rake does turn up routinely at Mc Callum and Neales wagon repair works.

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Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: CarriageShed on April 02, 2014, 01:25:47 pm
"Sorry, you are not allowed to view this file. Make sure you are connected to the server." :(

Strangely that only seems to be in Firefox, not Chrome or [spit] Innacurate Explorer.
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Post by: trainsdownunder on April 02, 2014, 01:35:49 pm
Not working for me in Chrome
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Post by: daveg on April 02, 2014, 02:08:02 pm
Me neither, trying Ugh E now.

Nope, no joy there either.

Glad it's not just me.

Dave G
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Only Me on April 02, 2014, 03:38:59 pm
You have your pictures directory check box set to only allow you and ADMIN to view the files within it..

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Click on Media --> My Albums --> Album Name --> then the edit button near the name of your album, scroll down until you see the above...TICK THE BOX and save...

School Boy Error ;)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on April 02, 2014, 09:12:26 pm
You have your pictures directory check box set to only allow you and ADMIN to view the files within it..

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Click on Media --> My Albums --> Album Name --> then the edit button near the name of your album, scroll down until you see the above...TICK THE BOX and save...

School Boy Error ;)

Strange, i've just had to reset all my pictures, even the ones commented on by regular users in the past, because all my albums were unchecked as you described. I've never experienced this before, and certainly didn't conciously change my settings. Anyone else had this? Apologies to all who tried to see it, and now of course the picture is a total anti-climax!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 22, 2014, 12:19:46 am
Keep an eye out for our feature in Railway Modeller's August edition!  :read: Hope the layout looks alright in the professional close ups....  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 11, 2014, 09:04:31 pm
Keep an eye out for our feature in Railway Modeller's August edition!  :read: Hope the layout looks alright in the professional close ups....  :uneasy:

Have seen the article today. It's been a bit edited in places but reads ok I think. I'm very happy with the pictures on the whole (although I keep spotting stuff, I hope they're things that aren't too obvious!) There is even a picture of my son Callum on the cover!

I read Railway Modeller as a kid every month. I never thought I'd build a layout that made it into print.   :claphappy:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on July 11, 2014, 09:14:06 pm
I'll be getting my copy tomorrow so look forward to seeing your layout featured :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Malc on July 11, 2014, 10:17:21 pm
It does look good in the article Neal, well done. Congratulations to Callum as well.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: willike1958 on July 13, 2014, 07:32:07 am
Congratulations on getting Horseblock Lane into the RM. I really enjoyed your article. Unfortunately I probabaly won't be getting to TINGS so I won't have the opportunity to see it operating. Any more shows planned in the coming months?

I was interested to read that you are using Dapol Easi-shunt couplings with minature rare earth magnets as I've just converted Lowbeck Hall East over to this system after having lost patience woth Peco Elsie couplings. I'm finding that while uncoupling with Easi-shunt is very reliable, I can't get the shunt-back function to work. What have been your experiences in this respect?

Kevin
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on July 13, 2014, 09:51:53 am
I'll be getting my copy tomorrow so look forward to seeing your layout featured :thumbsup:

Nice little article, Neal. Hopefully it may also provide some impetus for other youngsters to consider model railways, too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 13, 2014, 01:14:31 pm
Congratulations on getting Horseblock Lane into the RM. I really enjoyed your article. Unfortunately I probabaly won't be getting to TINGS so I won't have the opportunity to see it operating. Any more shows planned in the coming months?

I was interested to read that you are using Dapol Easi-shunt couplings with minature rare earth magnets as I've just converted Lowbeck Hall East over to this system after having lost patience woth Peco Elsie couplings. I'm finding that while uncoupling with Easi-shunt is very reliable, I can't get the shunt-back function to work. What have been your experiences in this respect?

Kevin


Hi Kevin,

We are at the Letchworth MRS show 29/30 November 2014. We have invites to Brighton Model World and Shoeburyness show in 2015 although only the latter is confirmed as I write (pending operator availability!)

As for the Easi-shunts with miniature rare earth magnets. I have not managed to get the delay shunting action to work although it may well work with the large magnets supplied. These can be disguised if it is essential to the operation of the layout.

The rare earth magnets need to have the poles set up correctly when installing. Not easily done when they fly off to join each other so easily! The tails of the couplings need setting up carefully and I do get spurious uncoupling which I intend to solve with careful application of foam pads to the underside of wagons rubbing gently on the axle of the offending wagons.

Hope this helps!

Neal.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Caz on July 13, 2014, 01:21:34 pm

As for the Easi-shunts with miniature rare earth magnets. I have not managed to get the delay shunting action to work although it may well work with the large magnets supplied. These can be disguised if it is essential to the operation of the layout.

Neal.


I can't get the delay action uncoupling to work reliably with either the rare earth magnets, microtrains magnets or the Dapol ones, the best to make it work are the rare earth, but you need a double shunt to really open up the couplings sufficiently for the delay mechanism to work properly.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 14, 2014, 08:02:23 pm
So now the Railway Modeller appearance has passed, (we were in the August 2014 edition if you missed it!) I can share with you some of the photos that were taken by Paul Bason when comissioned to photograph the layout by Railway Modeller. These are the ones that didn't make the finished article. They were taken by Paul Bason and are reproduced here with his kind permission. They have been re-sized to meet the file size rules of the forum.

I'll be sharing them over the next few days. Here is the first couple. I think he did an excellent job!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14839.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14839)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14841.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14841)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Caz on August 14, 2014, 08:04:24 pm
Nice, very nice, a pro photographer can make a big difference.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on August 14, 2014, 08:05:39 pm
I particularly like the second one - a rarely seen view and it shows off your excellent cement silos very nicely!

Cheers Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Buzzard on August 14, 2014, 08:26:44 pm
So now the Railway Modeller appearance has passed

I made a special trip into my nearest Smifs to get a copy and well worth the trip was.  Even though I've seen the layout for real and followed this thread it's nice to have something in printed format.

Well done for a nice layout and a well written pice in RM.

Nigel
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on August 14, 2014, 09:27:20 pm
Not sure I spotted the 'N Gauge Forum' placard on the layout in the Railway Modeller, Neal :hmmm: ;)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 14, 2014, 09:37:13 pm
I particularly like the second one - a rarely seen view and it shows off your excellent cement silos very nicely!

Cheers Jon  :)

Shame I couldn't use it for the N Gauge Society article!  :doh:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 14, 2014, 09:39:59 pm
Not sure I spotted the 'N Gauge Forum' placard on the layout in the Railway Modeller, Neal :hmmm: ;)

It was photographed a year ago! It'll be on the layout for TINGS I can assure you.  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: GroupC on August 14, 2014, 10:04:23 pm
Great photos, was brilliant to see it in the mag - well done!

There's a couple of N gauge layouts in the new issue of RM out today too (I don't work for Peco or RM - this is just a heads up!)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: wookie on August 14, 2014, 10:28:55 pm
I commented to chaps at my club a couple of months ago that Derby Road station in Ipswich would make a good exhibition layout - somebody at RM must have heard me as it's a suggested layout in the September issue hahahaha
One of our guys is building Trimley station, which is just a bit further up the line towards Felixstowe
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 15, 2014, 08:31:06 am
Here are a couple more of Paul Bason's photos from the Railway Modeller commissioned photoshoot.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14850.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14850)

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Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2014, 08:38:29 am
Great stuff. The second pic is particularly good. Aug RM hasn't arrived at my local newsagent here yet... I'll look for it!  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on August 15, 2014, 10:52:41 am
I agree.

That second picture could be G scale if you didn't know better!  I reckon Dapol or Farish should use this layout as a photographic backdrop for the launch of new modern wagons.

Cheer  Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: wookie on August 15, 2014, 11:21:53 am
Great stuff. The second pic is particularly good. Aug RM hasn't arrived at my local newsagent here yet... I'll look for it!  :thumbsup:

George

I've just got September issue!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 15, 2014, 10:08:24 pm
Two more of Paul Bason's photos from the Railway Modeller commissioned photoshoot.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14860.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14860)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14859.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14859)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2014, 11:20:18 pm
Yet more great work.  :thumbsup:

Wookie: the poor pigeons that deliver ours are very tired when they reach Sydney!   ;)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 16, 2014, 08:52:16 am
I'm afraid on some of these pictures as you can see above the lighting washed out the backscene rather badly. It looks better when you come to see it (honest!), hopefully at TINGS next month!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 16, 2014, 10:53:52 am
More photos was taken by Paul Bason for the Railway Modeller article (July 2014 edition). An overhead view and a close up of one corner of one end.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14876.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14876)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14875.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14875)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 17, 2014, 08:24:59 am
Ok, the last few of the Paul Bason professionally shot photos for the Railway Modeller. I won't labour them any longer as it's only a 54''x11'' shunting plank and I appreciate there are only so many angles you haven't seen before on this thread.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14909.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14909)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14907.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14907)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14904.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14904)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14905.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14905)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14906.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14906)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14902.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14902)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14908.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14908)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_14903.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14903)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on August 17, 2014, 08:53:30 am
They have certainly been a great set of pics, Neal.
I can only aspire to taking similar shots :'(
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: dubbing_owl on August 17, 2014, 04:04:45 pm
This is a fantastic layout, missed it on the forum, but saw it in RM thought that's amazing just what I could do with doing. 
It fits perfectly on my board, so decided to 'borrow' the idea.  Now I see your a forum member.  Would you mind if I continue with my copy?? I know it's cheeky, if not then will go back to the drawing board.  Don't want to take anything away from your layout.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 17, 2014, 06:02:04 pm
Imitation is the best form of flattery was a phrase coined by a better man than I! I have absolutely no concerns about you using the track plan as it was originally a twist or two on a plan dreamt up by PostModN66 who also posts on here.

Sharing ideas is what this forum is about isn't it? I'll have to look up the progress of your layout Otterton - reborn on here over the coming weeks. Modelling is often about how many different ways people can express a design.  How many takes have we seen of Minories and the like over the years?

Glad you liked the layout and that it got you planning and thanks for your nice comments. Good luck with your project!

Cheers, Neal!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: The Cuckoo on September 14, 2014, 11:57:39 pm
Horseblock Lane looks amazing in these pictures but after seeing it at TINGS I have to say it was even better than I expected! Even though the layout is small there was always something moving. Great work guys, I enjoyed chatting to you both  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: 60156 Great Central on September 15, 2014, 10:16:53 am
I echo the above comment I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Horseblock Lane and meeting you Cooper  :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Only Me on September 15, 2014, 10:28:07 am
Looking forward to seeing this in the flesh in November @ Stotfold..... :D

Paul.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on September 16, 2014, 10:06:15 pm
Looking forward to seeing this in the flesh in November @ Stotfold..... :D

Paul.

Make sure you come and say hello Paul!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Only Me on September 16, 2014, 10:11:02 pm
Will do, you can give one of my DRS 128's a guest run ;)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on September 16, 2014, 10:12:25 pm
It would be our pleasure!  :D
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: bridgiesimon on September 16, 2014, 10:16:26 pm
Easy to admit it but this layout looks spectacular in the flesh. I enjoyed seeing it at TINGS on Sunday, a real pleasure to see such a balanced layout and running superbly smoothly as well.

Best wishes
Simon
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 17, 2014, 11:24:37 am
Hi Neal,

Was great to meet you on Saturday (Excellent choice in T-Shirt  :thumbsup: ). Was fantastic to see Horseblock 'in the flesh' and, as I said the other day, the photos make it look much bigger than it actually is. A very well executed little layout with plenty of operation, amazing how much interest you can create based on trains just 5PCAs in length! Cracking little layout once again :)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Chris on September 17, 2014, 07:04:09 pm
Here's a few I took at TINGS - very nice layout!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3895/15235076101_82d195b0e7_o.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3914/15051405489_8128e490af_o.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/15235075661_39c4f9d76a_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on December 01, 2014, 05:42:47 pm
A piture from this weekends Letchworth MRS show, just before opening. It's not often you catch me out the front! Thanks Mick Boyd from the Luton Club (and former work colleague) for sending me this.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/35/thumb_19157.png) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=19157)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 13, 2015, 10:52:05 pm
Diary dates for shows in 2015. Here are the runners and riders:

Enfield Town show 27th June
 
http://www.enfield-town-mrc.org.uk/page5.htm (http://www.enfield-town-mrc.org.uk/page5.htm)

Chelmsford Show 24th October

http://chelmsford-and-district-mrc.webs.com/chelmsfordexhibition.htm (http://chelmsford-and-district-mrc.webs.com/chelmsfordexhibition.htm)

Shoeburyness Show 21st and 22nd November

http://www.shoeburynessmrc.co.uk/ (http://www.shoeburynessmrc.co.uk/)

We are open to offers if show organisers have empty 6 feet square spaces to fill on other dates!  ;D
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on March 27, 2015, 05:30:54 pm
Latest bookings for exhibition are East Ham on the 7th and 8th November 2015 http://www.ehmrc.org.uk/exhibs.html (http://www.ehmrc.org.uk/exhibs.html) and Luton on April 9th 2016. If there are any exhibition managers looking for a small gap to fill in their show, we take up a 6x6 square and keep stuff on the move to entertain the paying public. We would however rather avoid any more invite in November 2015 as we have two full weekends already!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 01, 2015, 10:53:29 pm
I've decided to change from Neodymium magnets for uncoupling and use the proper full size Dapol ones instead. I'd used different sized magnets as the layout developed and these made it difficult to set up the couplings to work reliably. The stronger magnets grabbed the lighter wagons and hauled the opposite end up in the air. This restricted the wagon fleet that could be run.

Operators have been asking for a bigger target area for uncoupling as well. (Well, Jon actually, but he's a good operator so I'll humour him!) this has driven my choice to use full size magnets and not try and hack them in half.

Some pictures of the replacement Dapol magnets with sleeper infill awaiting reballasting.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25528.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25528)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25529.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25529)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: MattWallace on June 02, 2015, 06:54:56 am
Jon pointed me over here from the beginners thread, this is an amazing layout and I'll continue to watch with interest, thanks for the inspiration! :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on June 15, 2015, 05:42:14 pm
So HBL got some TLC today with me sorting out some of the wear and tear from taking to and from exhibitions. Whilst it was set up I took the opportunity to test run the stock over the new magnet set up and also try out some new stock.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25961.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25961)

The lightweight NGS kit wagons didn't like the old neodymium magnets, but performed well on test today. Without the lightbar fitted the light on the front of the wagon works throws a wicked shadow in this shot.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25962.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25962)

I also found a few missing springs on the Dapol couplings, so replaced them losing as many as I fitted followed by a test to ensure all was well.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25963.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25963)

A rare bird had an outing in the form of this Greater Anglia 153.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25964.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25964)

Normality returned when the LM Dogbox turned up later.



Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 02, 2015, 12:31:52 am
Well last weeks trip to the Enfield Town show went well, with the magnets working most reliably (although without us calling on the near impossible to achieve delayed action facility). Just a quick bump to remind people we are at the Beaconsfield show this coming Saturday 4th July.

http://www.beaconsfieldmrc.org/page21.html (http://www.beaconsfieldmrc.org/page21.html)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: JasonBz on July 02, 2015, 12:54:28 am
I read all this thread the other day - Its very nice indeed.

You have managed to get a lot in a small space, without it looking like a "lot in  small space" if ya know what I mean :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 02, 2015, 11:28:56 am
I read all this thread the other day - Its very nice indeed.

You have managed to get a lot in a small space, without it looking like a "lot in  small space" if ya know what I mean :)

Thank you Jason, that was what we aimed for!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 04, 2015, 11:17:02 pm
Some pictures of HBL on the road at Beaconsfield today.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26751.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26751)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26752.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26752)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26753.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26753)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26754.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26754)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26755.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26755)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26757.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26757)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26758.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26758)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26759.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26759)

It was good to meet the Hoseley Field boys, Portpatrick and others. Jon (PostModN66) and Callum my son did sterling service today in a hot hall today. The Dapol magnets continue to behave in the main. The CDU packed up for a long minute or two which gave us a concern, but it kicked back into life.

Mods, can someone spin the two pics on their side please? They have defeated me!


Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 28, 2015, 11:42:42 pm
Show invite update! We have committed to exhibit at the following shows.
 
East Ham (East London Finescale) 7th and 8th November 2015. http://www.ehmrc.org.uk/exhibs.html (http://www.ehmrc.org.uk/exhibs.html)

St Albans (Chiltern MRA) 16th and 17th January 2016. http://www.cmra.org.uk/stalbans.html (http://www.cmra.org.uk/stalbans.html)

Luton April 9th 2016.

Basildon 2nd and 3rd July 2016.

Whitewebbs Transport Museum, Enfield, 24th September 2016.

Wycrail 5th November 2016.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: wookie on July 29, 2015, 12:43:57 pm

I also found a few missing springs on the Dapol couplings, so replaced them losing as many as I fitted followed by a test to ensure all was well.

I always put the wagon and my hands inside a plastic bag when refitting those springs - if they ping off you have a good chance  of retrieving them  :D
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: texhorse on September 04, 2015, 09:20:08 pm
Hi Cooper, I'm a very late comer to the joys of your layout.  I haven't seen it before.  It's given me a great idea for the backdrop for my new British layout, with that nice factory behind your station.  Is it a Walthers factory?  I think I may use the same kit.

Andy
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on September 04, 2015, 10:45:13 pm
Yes it's a U.S. Kit, Walthers I think. Glad that you've found some inspiration from our little layout.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on September 13, 2015, 05:17:09 pm
....Red Wing Milling....

Cheers  Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: texhorse on September 13, 2015, 05:21:45 pm
Thanks for that John, it looks great!  The Walthers catalogue number is 933-3212.

Andy
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 20, 2015, 09:08:30 pm
Horseblock Lane is out for a hoover and brush up before heading off to the Chelmsford and District Model Railway Show this Saturday.

http://chelmsford-and-district-mrc.webs.com/chelmsfordexhibition.htm (http://chelmsford-and-district-mrc.webs.com/chelmsfordexhibition.htm)

Testing has seen us go a bit 'retro' with cowled buffer beam class 37 placing two depressed centre bogie cement wagons at the unloading point.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/15/thumb_30640.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30640)

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 21, 2015, 02:26:51 pm
I should add that there are 5 other N gauge layouts at the show including the excellent Dentdale, so worth the entry fee for N gaugers I'd say!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on October 21, 2015, 02:40:27 pm
Horseblock Lane is out for a hoover and brush up before heading off to the Chelmsford and District Model Railway Show this Saturday.

[url]http://chelmsford-and-district-mrc.webs.com/chelmsfordexhibition.htm[/url] ([url]http://chelmsford-and-district-mrc.webs.com/chelmsfordexhibition.htm[/url])

Testing has seen us go a bit 'retro' with cowled buffer beam class 37 placing two depressed centre bogie cement wagons at the unloading point.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/15/thumb_30640.JPG[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30640[/url])



Those cement wagons are looking great!   Cheers  Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Shaun Harvey on October 21, 2015, 07:21:46 pm
I've seen this layout and love it. It looks amazing and operates really well. Great stuff!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 25, 2015, 03:40:36 pm
Some pictures from our trip to the ChelmsfordShow. Firstly the layout....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30878.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30878)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30879.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30879)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30880.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30880)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30881.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30881)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30882.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30882)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30896.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30896)

My son Callum keeping the crowds entertained.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30897.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30897)

And Jon (PostModN66) keeping the trains arriving and departing from the back...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/14/thumb_30898.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30898)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 04, 2015, 07:19:18 pm
We are heading off to the East Ham Finescale show this weekend with Horseblock Lane.

 http://www.ehmrc.org.uk/exhibs.html (http://www.ehmrc.org.uk/exhibs.html)

Come and say hello!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on November 04, 2015, 07:31:34 pm
I predict the engineering works staff will have some relief from the summer heat this time......

How mysterious.... ???

Come and see if you can spot why.

Cheers  Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 04, 2015, 10:07:29 pm
Intriguing!  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 08, 2015, 09:59:08 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31637.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31637)

Now I understand.....  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 09, 2015, 01:17:10 pm
All set up and ready to go last weekend at the East Ham Finescale show in Rainham.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31636.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31636)

At the risk of boring you all with the same old shots of a small layout  54"x11, (there are only so many angles) here are a few from the day.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31638.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31638)

The Class 70 has on occasion been usurping the 37 on the cement workings  lately.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31639.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31639)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31640.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31640)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31641.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31641)

Jon is seen here 'out front' with a visitor trying out his 'periscope' to view the layout.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31643.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31643)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/13/thumb_31645.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31645)

Our last trip out this year is Shoeburyness on 21st/22nd November. In the new year we will be at the CMRA show in St Albans on January 16th/17th 2016.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 16, 2015, 04:38:54 pm
Latest wagon visiting Horseblock Lane this weekend will be the NGS kit KSA timber wagon I built for Andrew Evans. It will get a shakedown at the Shoeburyness show which is our last one for this year.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/12/thumb_31957.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=31957)

We will have to send him a photo as he hasn't had his hands on it yet!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Shaun Harvey on November 16, 2015, 09:39:57 pm
Love the latest pics. Maybe time for a back dating exercise and some br blue!

Shaun  :wave:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 19, 2015, 08:24:17 pm
Love the latest pics. Maybe time for a back dating exercise and some br blue!

Shaun  :wave:

I'd need to remove the London Midland paint scheme from the station to do that properly! I have another plan for BR blue....
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on December 03, 2015, 04:36:54 pm
Show bookings for Horseblock Lane for 2016 for those who are interested are as follows:

St Albans CMRA show 16th and 17th January. http://www.cmra.org.uk/stalbans.html (http://www.cmra.org.uk/stalbans.html)

Luton MRS show 9th April. http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/11870-Event (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/11870-Event)

Basildon MRC 2nd and 3rd July.

Whitewebbs (Enfield) Transport Museum 24th September. http://www.whitewebbsmuseum.co.uk (http://www.whitewebbsmuseum.co.uk)

Wycrail (High Wycombe) 5th November. http://www.hwdmrs.org.uk/wycrail/ (http://www.hwdmrs.org.uk/wycrail/)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/11/thumb_32574.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=32574)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Simon. on January 13, 2016, 08:32:03 am
This is absolutely amazing  :greatpicturessign:

Thanks to Jon (PostModN66) for pointing me to this layout.

What size is the board ?

The point controls are at the front of the layout, correct ? Can you operating from the back ?

Do people building layouts for shows have all the controls at the back ?
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 13, 2016, 09:38:00 am
Hi Simon,

Thanks for your kind comment! The board size is 54"X11".

The layout is operated from both back and front like this: Freight trains are made up at the back and exchanged with the front operator. Passenger trains are solely operated from the back in and out of the platform using mirrors.

Freight trains are received in the line adjacent to the platform road and once the points are thrown back to the platform direction control is given to the front operator. This is indicated to them by the shunt signal being cleared. They now have full control of all the yard, (but not the platform road). Trains are shunted at will depending on destination (wagon works or cement terminal) and a departing freight train is made up. All the yard points are operated from the front using switches and wire in tube mechanisms.

When it is run round and ready to push back for departure, 'last shunt' is declared to the back operator and they set the shunt signal back to red. (This lets the front operator know they've heard, it can be noisy at exhibitions). Once the train has reversed and stopped, the back operator takes control, pulls the shunt signal off and drives it away.

This is how we do it, because the front operator can chat to those watching, explaining how things were made and often just promoting the ability to shunt hands free in N gauge for those who still haven't seen the light! We also get children pulling the points for us, and the good ones can have a go at driving too. Others operate solely from the back. Whatever works for you!

Some pictures showing it's size below.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/thumb_5419.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=5419)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26754.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26754)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 15, 2016, 10:10:29 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34254.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34254)

All set up at St Albans and ready for a weekend at our home town show. Come and say hello if you're coming. There are some very good layouts this year.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 16, 2016, 08:48:33 pm
Some images from a busy day at St Albans CMRA show today.

Firstly, we had an important visitor to HBL, with a VTG red TEA fresh out of the shops.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34295.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34295)

A certain Mr Hale was there admiring his masterpiece. They really are VERY good.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34296.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34296)

Within minutes of the start we all had to evacuate due to a fire alarm. From the bacon in the rolls this morning I suspect the kitchen were producing the next batch when it went off.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34300.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34300)

The works were busy today, as they turned out the N Gauge Forum coach too, which had been in for repair.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34322.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34322)

We had lots of youngsters help out with pulling the points whilst shunting, and a few who helped drive. But  Max here was so good he could hold his own operating variously front and back control positions. Thank you for the sterling help today Max! (Shame the picture is so dark, this really is a gloomy venue!)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34329.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34329)

Back for more of the same tomorrow!

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: NeMo on January 16, 2016, 09:58:50 pm
Was very pleased to see this layout when I visited the show this afternoon. One of my favourite layouts. Wanted to say "hi" but happily this layout (and it's operators) always seemed very busy. Having "guest" operators at the front is a brilliant idea, and the accent with this layout seems to me to be about having fun more than anything else.

Went to the show with a friend from work. His observation of the show generally was that we hardly saw any trains running! Virtually all the layouts seemed to be end-to-end layouts with operators who focused on realistic (i.e., infrequent!) operations.

Note to show planners: round-and-around layouts might not be fashionable, but they're exciting to watch.

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 17, 2016, 07:06:28 pm
Was very pleased to see this layout when I visited the show this afternoon. One of my favourite layouts. Wanted to say "hi" but happily this layout (and it's operators) always seemed very busy. Having "guest" operators at the front is a brilliant idea, and the accent with this layout seems to me to be about having fun more than anything else.

Thank you for your kind comment Neale. Does the last bit mean we are officially not 'rivet counters'? 🙄
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: NeMo on January 17, 2016, 07:14:10 pm
Thank you for your kind comment Neale. Does the last bit mean we are officially not 'rivet counters'? 🙄

Nothing against a bit of rivet counting! After all, it's the details that elevate a model railway above a train set.

Is it the bright colours of the post-privatisation scene that makes it so eye-catching? Certainly Horseblock Lane did rather stand out from the otherwise rather "pastel" palette of layouts at St A's this year.

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: TylerB on January 17, 2016, 07:23:58 pm
Also enjoyed seeing the layout today, I'm not normally a fan of short shunty layouts but this one had a bit of everything and it also runs beautifully!

Also liked seeing the N Gauge forum travelling coach :) Agree about the dinginess of the venue though, I should have brought a torch!

(p.s I don't know if you recall but I was the one who said hi but couldn't remember his user name on this site...)  :-[
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: port perran on January 17, 2016, 07:46:28 pm
Very pleased that the show went well.
Hope you enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 17, 2016, 07:50:06 pm
Funny you should say that @port perran (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=230) ! Here is an update from day two of the CMRA show. At 15 minutes to opening time I found that the two Setrack points that are the middle of the fiddle yard were falling apart, leading to gauge widening and derailments. The near side closure rail had become detached from a long length of chairs where the switches closed on them.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34373.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34373)

A quick attempt at fixing with superglue and activator came to naught, as did a similar plan for wedging the stock rail in place. With the show open and Callum shunting on the front to keep stuff running, I nipped off to the Plusdaughters stand to get two new points. John Polley from the B team of operators helped start the destruction along.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34374.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34374)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34375.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34375)

This is what came out!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34376.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34376)

We were up and running fully within an hour of finding the problem. These two have already been replaced once before. The other two Setrack points in the fiddleyard are also becoming unreliable so these two will be changed before the next show too. The plan on this layout relies on Setrack points, but I'm not sure I'd make another plan that relied on them in a key position.

So we did get to run some trains for the rest of the day. It was good to talk to some NGF members today, including it transpires, @TylerB (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4985) and @Hailstone (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1193).

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34377.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34377)

And we waved goodbye to the NGF coach at the end of the day....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34378.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34378)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: port perran on January 17, 2016, 07:56:44 pm
Sounds like a nightmare but a cool head saved the day. Well done.
I've always been very lucky at exhibitions with things actually working even when we had to move the whole layout once at Lostwithiel literally 90 minutes before the doors opened !
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 17, 2016, 08:59:54 pm

Nothing against a bit of rivet counting! After all, it's the details that elevate a model railway above a train set.

Is it the bright colours of the post-privatisation scene that makes it so eye-catching? Certainly Horseblock Lane did rather stand out from the otherwise rather "pastel" palette of layouts at St A's this year.

Cheers, NeMo
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That's exactly how I feel about rivet counting, I was being a bit tongue in cheek before! As for the palette, aside from the large blue building and the bright liveries, I always thought we were a bit grubby and toned down. However, in the gloom of that hall our lighting bar positively shone out!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34384.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34384)

Here we are, as seen from the balcony, behind Severn Models and to the left of B team John's shiny head!

Thank you for the nice comments @TylerB (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4985) , it was good to chat today. Good luck with your N gauge modelling!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 17, 2016, 11:14:22 pm
Sounds like a nightmare but a cool head saved the day. Well done.
I've always been very lucky at exhibitions with things actually working even when we had to move the whole layout once at Lostwithiel literally 90 minutes before the doors opened !

Moving after set up sounds a bit of a nightmare! For the record I should say that there were two cool heads today, but they were John and Jon. I had an excellent team today!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 17, 2016, 11:18:13 pm
 :hellosign: Glad all came good with points,   :greatpicturessign: & thanks for sharing.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on April 02, 2016, 09:50:07 pm
Just a quick mention that we are out with Horseblock Lane to the Luton show in Stopsley on April 9th. Just the small matter of completing some repairs after a small disaster with the cement silo tower and a falling digital radio.

The damage.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36705.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36705)

Initial repairs.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36706.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36706)

Modifications in place to make the structure a plug in one to avoid a repeat.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37560.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37560)

I've also got a plug in replacement tree now after one of our cats had repeated chewing attacks upon it. Just need to crack on next week to get it finished for the show!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: daveg on April 03, 2016, 09:11:54 am
Hope the show goes well.

Dave G
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: NeMo on April 03, 2016, 09:20:03 am
Agreed; this has always been one of my favourite layouts.

Cheers, NeMo

Hope the show goes well.

Dave G
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on April 10, 2016, 02:49:20 pm
All set up and ready to go at Luton yesterday.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_37960.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37960)

Some pictures of the layout.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_37961.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37961)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_37962.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37962)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_37963.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37963)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_37964.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37964)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_37965.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37965)

Hands on helper of the day was Morgan, who drove both the front and back controllers during the course of the day.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_37966.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37966)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 10, 2016, 03:00:48 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for sharing the  :greatpicturessign: of your excellent layout
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: NeMo on April 10, 2016, 03:02:45 pm
Possibly answered this before, but how do you model the paved area around the tracks? I've been using plaster and DAS clay but can't get anything as perfectly smooth as your paved areas look. What's the secret?!

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Buzzard on April 10, 2016, 03:11:16 pm
Possibly answered this before, but how do you model the paved area around the tracks? I've been using plaster and DAS clay but can't get anything as perfectly smooth as your paved areas look. What's the secret?!

I'm not sure about HBL, I'll leave Neal to give you chapter and verse, but there are some suggestions on this thread

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=31606.0

Nigel
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on April 10, 2016, 04:05:10 pm
Possibly answered this before, but how do you model the paved area around the tracks? I've been using plaster and DAS clay but can't get anything as perfectly smooth as your paved areas look. What's the secret?!

Cheers, NeMo

The slightly raised bits are thin card, which gives a bit of texture when painted compared to plasticard. The area where the vehicles park is the sundeala surface painted a mixture of colours. The rougher ground around the cement terminal is 'No More Nails' spread thinly with a piece of scrap plasticard to give an uneven surface, again painted with a mix of colours. HTH.  :wave:n. J
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 01, 2016, 10:10:32 am
Packing everything up ready to spend the weekend at the Basildon Show.

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/10982-BasildonModelRailwayClub-Basildon36thModelRailyExhibition (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/10982-BasildonModelRailwayClub-Basildon36thModelRailyExhibition)

We will be trialling our new modification, a shuttle unit to allow us to operate two handed and let one go to lunch at a show. This involves some clever circuitry as discussed here to allow the signal to change: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=32248.msg389835#msg389835 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=32248.msg389835#msg389835)

All of this is down to @PostModN66 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2671) and @Andre-NL (not sure this tag works without the accent, apologies Andre!) for their hard work and expertise in electrictrickery.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on July 01, 2016, 10:41:29 am
@André-NL (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=3868)

I don't think your tag to André worked - Alt 130 gives you the é
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on September 19, 2016, 08:03:34 am
Just a quick bump to say that we will be exhibiting HBL at Whitewebbs Transport Museum http://www.whitewebbsmuseum.co.uk/ (http://www.whitewebbsmuseum.co.uk/) this Saturday 24th September. If you are on the forum and at the exhibition come and say hello!  :wave:
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on September 24, 2016, 10:03:16 pm
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/852-240916215902.jpeg (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/852-240916215902.jpeg)

We have a new stop block adornment. Someone has 'red carded' (Not To Go) an MFA wagon after shunting it onto the stops of the cement siding. It's been there quite a while now.....
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Mr PJ on September 25, 2016, 10:23:29 pm
There's quite a few red carded wagons sat around in various sidings on the network - all this one needs is a small birch tree growing out of it, or even through it....

Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Chetcombe on September 26, 2016, 01:54:35 am
[url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/852-240916215902.jpeg[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/852-240916215902.jpeg[/url])

We have a new stop block adornment. Someone has 'red carded' (Not To Go) an MFA wagon after shunting it onto the stops of the cement siding. It's been there quite a while now.....


Love the grass growing in the wagon! If you add a couple of rocks and a nice water feature, you have the makings of a nice little Japanese garden. A nice sanctuary at the end of a siding!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on September 26, 2016, 06:16:27 pm
Nice idea, but the feng shui would be all wrong.... ;D
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: RailGooner on October 14, 2016, 01:46:34 pm
Hands on helper of the day was Morgan, who drove both the front and back controllers during the course of the day.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_37966.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37966[/url])


 :greatpicturessign: of a great layout with lots of very nice details.

 :thankyousign: for sharing and inspiring.

May I ask the source of the blue stock boxes in front of Morgan?
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on October 14, 2016, 05:27:13 pm
Thank you for the lovely comments. The boxes were bought at shows but I think the same guy sells them here on e-bay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262146471780?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262146471780?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Only Me on October 14, 2016, 06:02:35 pm
Hea called chev625 i think on ebay seller known an JBs World of Models
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 01, 2016, 04:14:05 pm
Just a quick bump to say Horseblock Lane is at Wycrail this coming weekend. Come and say hello!

http://www.hwdmrs.org.uk/wycrail/ (http://www.hwdmrs.org.uk/wycrail/)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-011116161108.jpeg)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 03, 2016, 08:56:30 pm
MacCallum and Neale's materials handling has been upgraded.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-031116204846.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-031116204931.jpeg)

The pictures are a little cruel and I obviously have a little touching up to do still. I bought this simple kit from PD Marsh Models at TINGS, and replaced the forks with scrap brass, and added a simple safety cage from brass wire.

Here is a before painting picture.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-031116205537.jpeg)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Newportnobby on November 04, 2016, 09:31:13 am
Remarkable! :goggleeyes:
(Glad you didn't paint 118 on the sides) ;)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 06, 2016, 07:32:33 pm
An update from our trip to Wycrail 16 Exhibition. A very well organised show with a lovely hot food lunch for exhibitors! I don't think there was a bad layout there (other than HBL when the layout started to get dirty just after lunchtime, and we suffered some poor running for a period. Apologies if you caught us at that point!) There is a separate Wycrail 16 thread also to be found here.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35124.msg410581#msg410581 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35124.msg410581#msg410581)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220145-45131542.jpeg)

We had a minor snag on arrival as we had no table to put the layout on. The organisers made good of this omission by the time we'd finished unloading and the only snag on set up was the shuttle unit that didn't initially work. After much head scratching @PostModN66 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2671) diagnosed no 16v input as the only possible cause. At this point the penny dropped that the 16v supply was still in the box and hadn't been plugged in!  ;D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220159-451772024.jpeg)

Anyway, panic over we proceeded to have a good day overall. We also were sought out by Bob Vaughan, an accomplished 009 modeller, who quickly got given the front controller and proceeded to Shunt merrily for more than an hour.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-061116184057.jpeg)

A few shots of Callum's distinctive Class 60 shunting the layout from yesterday...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220211-451811933.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220858.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220612.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220213-451821844.jpeg)

The new Fork Lift made it's debut.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220201-45178702.jpeg)

New TEAs are being delivered by McCallum and Neale's engineering.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220217-451831909.jpeg)

Jon's Class 67 had a run out on the Cement job, running around here and earlier shunting back in the top picture above.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116221521.jpeg)

Having drawn back onto the stops, here the 67 is about to set back into the Cement siding.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116221259.jpeg)

And to finish, a picture of the shuttling 153.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220145-45131755.jpeg)

We were packed and out in 25 minutes with the new end of day loading system at Wycrail. Time for a hard earned trip to Harvester for the team (other chain restaurants are available) as has become our tradition.

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 21, 2017, 11:36:04 pm
Just a quick bump to say we are at Canterbury show this weekend. Some good quality layouts and trade support here so if you're in the area come down and see them!  ;D

http://www.ccmrs.ic24.net/Page_4x.html (http://www.ccmrs.ic24.net/Page_4x.html)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on January 23, 2017, 04:49:50 pm
Canterbury was a busy and very friendly show, and we had a good time operating there this last weekend. Here are a few pictures of us, both set up Togo, and in the last hour when things went all a bit retro as we tried out the new purchase. Why do I always end up spending my travel expenses on the traders stands? 😳

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/852-230117164702.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/852-230117163553.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/852-230117163912.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/852-230117164019.jpeg)

G(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/852-230117164146.jpeg)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on February 10, 2017, 07:30:12 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/852-051116220201-45178702.jpeg)

Just a quick reminder that we will be off early in the morning to exhibit at the Milton Keynes show http://www.mkmrs.org.uk/exhibitions/ (http://www.mkmrs.org.uk/exhibitions/)

The week after we will be at RISEX 2017. http://www.rdmrc.org.uk/Risex%202017%20Poster.pdf (http://www.rdmrc.org.uk/Risex%202017%20Poster.pdf)

Come and say hello if you're there!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on February 26, 2017, 11:35:27 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/852-260217233248.jpeg)

New wagons for Horseblock Lane on the way....
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on March 16, 2017, 06:22:03 pm
This week we had Mike Wild, Editor of Hornby Magazine, come and photograph our little layout.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/852-150317181011-495632240.jpeg)h

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/852-150317181011-49563880.jpeg)

It was a pleasure to meet him and chat about the hobby whilst he took his pictures. He has been an N gauge modeller longer than I, since the Farish Poole era. After he left I took the opportunity to have a play and take some pictures of my own without all the sophisticated lighting in place.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/852-150317230223-495991393.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/852-150317230226-49608269.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/852-150317230239-496132015.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/852-150317230233-496102349.jpeg)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on September 01, 2017, 01:04:49 pm
My layout and others will be at the De Havilland clubs open day tomorrow. Come and see us and support this local club who are raising money to keep their club rooms open.
http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/15105-DeHavillandModelRailwaySocietyOpenDay (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/15105-DeHavillandModelRailwaySocietyOpenDay)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 11, 2017, 07:01:18 pm
I’ve heard that the latest Hornby Magazine (December issue) has hit the shops. Horseblock Lane is in it! 😃

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/main_5459.jpg)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on November 11, 2017, 07:15:48 pm
Hope all your buffers are in place  :D

Cheers. Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on November 11, 2017, 09:50:51 pm
Haven’t seen the actual article yet, so I could fall foul of the buffer police yet...
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 04, 2018, 05:59:29 pm
Horseblock Lane has a new feature for it’s next outing!

Thanks to the efforts of @PostModN66 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2671) we have a working Cement mixing lorry whose mixing drum revolves.

This is our next outing: http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/17068-DDExhibitionsExhibition (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/17068-DDExhibitionsExhibition)

This is the video of it in action: https://youtu.be/gsyaJlgFo_A (https://youtu.be/gsyaJlgFo_A)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 04, 2018, 06:51:27 pm
hi neale and callum

from a fellow herts modeller to another super layout, sadly cannot make frinton, but look forward to meeting at another exhibition

i have operated with michael watts  Webb's Wharf  though better known for his springfield spa n gauge layout


great layout neale
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: njee20 on July 04, 2018, 07:50:50 pm
Awesome, love the cement mixer! Can it be slowed down at all?
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Portpatrick on July 04, 2018, 08:59:59 pm
Love the layout on the many times I have seen it.  What an amazing addition.
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 13, 2018, 04:31:37 pm
Awesome, love the cement mixer! Can it be slowed down at all?

Did final checks and cleaning on Horseblock Lane today before tomorrow’s trip to Frinton-on-Sea and got chance to show a slower rotation as requested!

https://youtu.be/fFuKoT35y9Y
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: njee20 on July 13, 2018, 04:33:59 pm
Superb! That looks much better!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on July 13, 2018, 08:04:17 pm
Looking good to me!

Have a great time at Frinton!


Cheers Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 15, 2018, 11:37:40 am
@Nik96 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5138) commented how the revolving cement mixer got the most attention and questions on HBL yesterday @PostModN66 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2671) . Thought you’d like to know!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: PostModN66 on July 15, 2018, 02:31:25 pm
@Nik96 ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5138[/url]) commented how the revolving cement mixer got the most attention and questions on HBL yesterday @PostModN66 ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2671[/url]) . Thought you’d like to know!


Were the questions along the lines of "Why is it so NOISY?!!"   :D

Cheers. Jon  :)
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on July 15, 2018, 07:53:44 pm
In an exhibition environment, it isn't noisy!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 15, 2018, 08:01:55 pm
would have created a real talking point and a well cemented ( pardon the pun ) cameo !
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: DarrwestLU6 on August 30, 2018, 11:30:11 am

This is how we do it, because the front operator can chat to those watching, explaining how things were made and often just promoting the ability to shunt hands free in N gauge for those who still haven't seen the light! We also get children pulling the points for us, and the good ones can have a go at driving too. Others operate solely from the back. Whatever works for you!


I've just come across this thread as a relative newbie to the Forum and have enjoyed reading it and all the photos (thank you Neal and Callum!). I am intrigued by the quote above about "seeing the light". Hands free shunting sounds very interesting and I see what you did with the magnets. I am at the stage with my layout where I have laid track tentatively but have not ballested yet so have time to put in magnets, so looking for advice on that.

The next question would be which couplings to use. I just searched the Forum and oh my there's lots on uncoupling and couplings! I don't know where to start! Any guides you'd recommend? I have a mixture of RTR Peco, Dapol and Farish wagons at the moment, with the couplings they came with.

Also it it wise to mix rakes of wagons from different manufacturers as this worries me?
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Cooper on August 30, 2018, 02:12:16 pm
Darren,

Thanks for the interest in the thread! When I talked about ‘seeing the light’ I meant that many at exhibitions don’t realise you can ‘hands free’ shunt in N, or even get N gauge locos to crawl around to allow you to do it.

N gauge has moved on leaps and bounds from the old ‘pizza cutter’ wheels and lumpy performance I remember from my youth.t

However, when it comes to couplings there is still room for improvement. We use Dapol easi-shunt couplings which work well, (not cheap though) and these allow the hands free uncoupling. There are other auto couplers available but these need making in a jig for reliability and can be of the male/ female single ended compatibility type. Unless there is an NEM socket for the easi-shunt coupler on the wagon, these will all need under wagon modifications to fit them.

The standard ‘Rapido’ coupler is both unsightly and unreliable, whilst Dapol dumb knuckles (the ones supplied additionally in the box) look better and offer a better simple plain coupling facility. I find that you can mix rakes from different manufacturers, but running them with matched couplings in rakes that have been tested and remain in the same order is the best way to get this working reliably.

Hope this helps!
Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: Caz on August 30, 2018, 07:53:50 pm
Unless you want a lot of extra work and I've tried all the options, MBM, B&B etc and in the end went back to the Dapol EasiShunts as they just work and no fiddly assembly required.  On Claywell I do site the uncoupler magnets strategically so they are in exactly the right place for uncoupling.  The delayed action uncoupling can be made to work but it is a bit temperamental so by position the uncoupling magnets exactly where needed it is not a problem.

Here's some opetations on Claywell

Title: Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
Post by: DarrwestLU6 on September 02, 2018, 11:45:59 pm
@Caz (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=202) - very cool video, thanks! Makes coupling and uncoupling look easy!