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Title: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: B1 61126 on August 16, 2011, 07:59:35 pm
Hi all right now I am wiring up point motors around 70 of them so far bye for now Geoff
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: jonclox on August 16, 2011, 08:14:46 pm
Re-landscaping various areas of N gauge (main layout).
Wiring up Z gauge (experimental project)+ building kit station(210 parts)  :-\
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: porkie on August 16, 2011, 08:22:51 pm
Looking at the dust on it  :-X
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on August 16, 2011, 08:47:19 pm
Looking at the dust on it  :-X

 :smiley-laughing:

I'm waiting for some trees to arrive in the post, and then I need to start thinking about the buildings for my layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: upnick on August 16, 2011, 09:19:29 pm
Got lots of ideas &   buildings  ready to place on a new  British   layout  as the one i  have  was based on  American  locos  &  the British ones just  dont cut it when   i   hook  them up   to a long  rake  of  wagons so  redevelopment  of  the boards is needed  have in mind to  use  /place  my  metcalfe buildings  with the  cattle  dock   forming  one of the main businesses  on the layout as i have  a rake  of  peco  wagons in  private  livery  ready for it.

The  other  half  of the exisiting layout i'm hoping to  use  for  my  HO     museum  layout plan.  

The long layout 13 ft  x 2ft for  my  American  outline is to  be different to  my plan  originally  possibly a second level  with  passenger  trains  dating  from   the  transition  period  with  modern  intermodal  mixed in  as i  like run  what  makes me  happy not a particular  district /era

So lots of planning & changes after seeing other layouts & ideas.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on August 16, 2011, 09:29:39 pm
My 6ft by 3ft layout (plus fiddle yard) sits atop a spare bed. We have visitors at the weekend so layout is stowed away under the bed for a few days .
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on August 16, 2011, 10:08:04 pm
Major reconstruction I think. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on August 16, 2011, 10:12:27 pm
On my terminus layout, it is a case of ballasting and starting on the scenery. Plenty of photos on the thread for that layout on here...

For the club layout, it is working on the superstructure at one end to provide a hill/mountainside.

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd417/Claude_Dreyfus/Picture006-1.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on August 16, 2011, 11:51:16 pm
Running trains! Managed to get most folks to work on time, now the shoppers are coming out to play. Very small, German shoppers, but shoppers all the same.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on August 17, 2011, 04:00:43 am
Major reconstruction, because of my love for both British and American trains I have taken the narrow centre sections of my layout out and now have a 5ft x 3ft layout at each end of my shed, the British one will be a steam only freelance Heritage Railway called "Cofton Park" after the area I was born in back in the UK, the American layout will also be a Steam only freelance Heritage Railroad called "Paradise Valley".

Another reason I split my 10ft x 5 ft layout in two was because I felt as though I had hit a brick wall and was finding it hard to fire my interest back up, I guess that happens to most of us at some time or other but I feel sure I have now rekindled my enthusiasm for building again. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: sawyerm1982 on August 18, 2011, 01:16:06 pm
im currently working on a scalescenes low relief block of flats to fill an empty corner, and scratch building a wondeful concrete framed building to be found in manchester. Would attached a photo but i havnt worked out how to do it yet lol

mike
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: porkie on August 18, 2011, 07:38:30 pm
im currently working on a scalescenes low relief block of flats to fill an empty corner, and scratch building a wondeful concrete framed building to be found in manchester. Would attached a photo but i havnt worked out how to do it yet lol

mike

Sounds good. Can we have some pics when you have finished?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 18, 2011, 09:38:56 pm
. Would attached a photo but i havnt worked out how to do it yet lol

mike
Hi Mike

Best thing is to open an account at www.photobucket.com and then follow the instructions in the 'welcome and Intructions' post.
It's pretty easy then to download photos, jpegs etc :camera:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on August 19, 2011, 08:39:29 pm
Repairing damage im afraid! My modern engine shed somehow became detached whilst in transit from my big cluttered bedroom to it's newly decorated box room home.

The windows and doors all fell off :thumbsdown: gotta repair, glue  and repaint the patches :thumbsdown:

Bummer :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on August 19, 2011, 11:43:07 pm
Hi,

Trying to finish off a couple of scratchbuilt buildings but haven't had much time this week.  :( Maybe tomorrow.

Alex
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on August 20, 2011, 12:30:58 am
Making baseboards. Only having just measured I've discovered that the current design I either have to assemble half in situ or invent a way to pass baseboards through solid walls while installing them.

I think some additional framing joins will be needed at this point.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on August 20, 2011, 07:25:24 am
Preparing to lay track on two layouts, the result of cutting the previous one in two, must admit I am having a ball.

Picked up one 0-6-6-0 articulated steam loco plus a Spectrum F7A & B unit, an atlas RS1 and Atlas GP7.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: sawyerm1982 on August 20, 2011, 09:41:57 am
im currently working on a scalescenes low relief block of flats to fill an empty corner, and scratch building a wondeful concrete framed building to be found in manchester. Would attached a photo but i havnt worked out how to do it yet lol

mike

Sounds good. Can we have some pics when you have finished?

Hey Porkie, yes il definately sort a few photos, I have a photobucket account now so will put some on the of the buildings inprogress, and once theyre finished too!

Thanks for the advice on posting photos too, guys... photos on their was to a station (well forum actually haha) near you.

Cheers

Mike
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on August 29, 2011, 05:40:20 pm
Imoff for a tinker with the layout, note planned, just gonna see where my imagination goes, might take the camera along too. :thumbsup:

Will keep you posted, cheers
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mustermark on August 29, 2011, 05:44:04 pm
Installing sensors for station stops and passing of signals.  Best done before ballasting so much thought and deliberation is going into it!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lesmond on August 29, 2011, 05:47:53 pm
Baseboard 98% finished, awaiting paint, power system is under way, but will be a while yet due to lack of time.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: grumbeast on August 29, 2011, 09:17:03 pm
Cleared stuff from Garage!  needed storage space after the move, so built my baseboards to put stuff under! yay!!!!

so now I have a kinda L shaped layout against 2 walls.. basically 14'x2' + 8'x2' both ends are 4'x4' though to have gentler curves capable of longer rolling stock
(such as Shinkansen!).  I'm going to setup a temporary layout as soon as I can to test all my stuff after the move (I've just ordered a Morley Vortrac N to replace my
North American controllers (voltage difference!)).  When this stuff arrives and I am able to stop unpacking for a sec, I'll make a video of the test trains

Graham
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on August 29, 2011, 09:21:47 pm
Wiring, wiring, and more wiring  :sleep:

10 out of 34 point motors fitted to layout, 24 still to go. 6 of the 10 fitted are wired back to the control panel, other 4 aren't (yet). And I still have route indication to wire back to the control panel for each motor as well!!


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on August 29, 2011, 09:24:58 pm
Well done on sorting your baseboards chaps.  :)

I spent a little time today organising my rolling stock into three plastic boxes, each with 8 foam trays (from JB Models).  One box has loco's, one has coaches, and one has wagons and everything else.  
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on August 29, 2011, 10:30:06 pm
Still working on my two buildings. Nearly finished my scratchbuilt grain trailer.

Also found out how to put lights into a cobbose to run off track power. Another project to do :smiley-laughing:

Alex
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on August 29, 2011, 10:34:12 pm
After splitting my layout in two I have been relaying the track on the two halves, with the American layout which I have called "Santa Enscala" I have redone the scenery to resemble the colours of NW California and today I will be ballasting it and the British layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on August 30, 2011, 08:03:19 am
Extended three fiddle yard sidings (having lengthemed my platforms to take loco+5 trains, I realised my fiddle yards weren't long enough - d'oh!).

Realigned a couple of sidings to make space for my recently completed German stellwerk. Gone is the very English looking farish signalbox.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: AndyGif on August 30, 2011, 01:11:40 pm
After nearly 4 years of having the layout in storage due moving house and having a small human arrive in the household, i finally got it 1/2 errected again at the weekend.  I would have got all the base boards up apart from there still not being enough room due to cardboard boxes full of stuff to go to charity/car boot.  I'm sure the mrs would love the railway and the 8 crates of rollingstock, scenary, kits and sundary other modeling bits to go the same way!!!
Then comes the task off getting it all working again, the track cleaning, the wiring checking....
Will be nice to see my little boy finaly get to see some trains running rather than sitting in their boxes.....
oh yeah, must learn to shout the phrase, "Dont touch, its not a toy!!!" at the little man so he gets to learn.
And i'm sure the moggies will love the HF track cleaner too.
I would post some photo's of it from its previous home, but fotopic went bust and took all my pics with it.

cheers
Andy

 :Class31: :NGFWagonTour: :NGFWagonTour: :NGFWagonTour:

 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on August 30, 2011, 01:24:25 pm
Right now im desperate to finish testing my track for electrical continuity smoothness and get the shed cleaned out, but im nursing a bad back this week so no shed time for me as i cant bend over without siezing up  :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on August 30, 2011, 02:14:41 pm

I would post some photo's of it from its previous home, but fotopic went bust and took all my pics with it.

cheers
Andy

Sorry to hear that!  I had a website that use fotopic too. :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Portpatrick on August 30, 2011, 11:43:55 pm
What am I doing?  Experimenting with weathering - mostly locos at present.  trying various approaches.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on August 30, 2011, 11:53:01 pm
Drawing the dotted line which i'm gonna cut 18 inches off in the morning... :evil: Don't panic - my layout is too big for the car ! :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 02, 2011, 02:27:27 am
(http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/6521/dsc01043e.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on September 02, 2011, 12:32:23 pm
Lovely bit of building there.  And the addition of graffiti looks good.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on September 02, 2011, 01:36:30 pm
Lovely bit of building there.  And the addition of graffiti looks good.
couldn't agree more ! Nicely done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 02, 2011, 02:00:43 pm
Great model with excellent detailing :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 02, 2011, 04:53:25 pm
Thankyou for the kind replies, the portal I made is a scalescenes one with optional graphitti on the top,,, I gave it a few coats of artists spray varnish today and plonked it in place to see how it looked,,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 02, 2011, 06:24:06 pm
Still staring at the damned thing and wondering whether my track plan is the best I can come up with in a small space ??? :-\
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on September 02, 2011, 06:36:20 pm
Still staring at the damned thing and wondering whether my track plan is the best I can come up with in a small space ??? :-\
If you're stuck, show us the plan - many heads are better than one !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 02, 2011, 10:21:11 pm
Still staring at the damned thing and wondering whether my track plan is the best I can come up with in a small space ??? :-\
If you're stuck, show us the plan - many heads are better than one !  :thumbsup:

 :smiley-laughing: The plan is scattered all over the forum, but if you look in Layout Planning - The Planned layout of Newport Nobby it will give you an idea of what I'm after in more detail than the plan below which is my poor attempt at Scarm.
(http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j454/nobbynewport/Layout-1.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on September 02, 2011, 10:49:46 pm
Wow, you've done well with that!  Plenty of tracks to switch diesels. :thumbsup: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on September 02, 2011, 10:53:11 pm
Mrs OwL is at work all day tomorrow. Im off down local model shop to buy new ballast & pva glue. Tomorrow ballasting commences.... pictures to follow (if i dont glue my fingers together!) :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on September 02, 2011, 11:57:37 pm
Mrs OwL is at work all day tomorrow. Im off down local model shop to buy new ballast & pva glue. Tomorrow ballasting commences.... pictures to follow (if i dont glue my fingers together!) :smiley-laughing:

My Brother is going to Altrincham tomorrow so i will go with him and pop into Walton's for some
bits and bobs.......will probably end up buying a loco or some wagons that i have been telling myself all
week i can't afford....... :-\..What the hell..... it's only money....and there's always Pot Noodles....... ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on September 03, 2011, 03:14:07 pm
Spent 44 quid today on ballast, ballast machine, lamposts, pva glue, plasticard, metal paving, cleaning pads, gaugemaster sticky road,

will be ballasting later this afternoon. Pictures soon when i get my laptop back (its off for repair and im using my brothers laptop at moment)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on September 03, 2011, 05:53:51 pm
Still staring at the damned thing and wondering whether my track plan is the best I can come up with in a small space ??? :-\
If you're stuck, show us the plan - many heads are better than one !  :thumbsup:

 :smiley-laughing: The plan is scattered all over the forum, but if you look in Layout Planning - The Planned layout of Newport Nobby it will give you an idea of what I'm after in more detail than the plan below which is my poor attempt at Scarm.
([url]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j454/nobbynewport/Layout-1.jpg[/url])

Looks good - lots of track ! Only thing i'd suggest is lifting the smallest circuit up as a high level branch line (maybe moving it to one corner), but keep the busy yard low level and join it up with the two main curcuits - I did read you were not keen on embankments/cuttings etc, but I think it would add more dimension to the layout if you know what I mean... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on September 03, 2011, 07:10:34 pm
More sawing and filing, only a few last bits of framing to cut the joints into but they may have to wait a bit now owing to an open university deadline, a pile of Etched Pixels/Ultima orders that need packing and the fact that I've got a nice collection of blisters from a long session of overly loud music practice while the neighbours were out.


Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Roy L S on September 03, 2011, 07:56:05 pm
Just finished ballasting.

Got to leave it to dry properly overnight then get the track cleaned up and working again.

If there is one job I hate and will be glad to have finished it is this one.

Roy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: AndyGif on September 03, 2011, 10:54:30 pm
doing nothing on the main layout,  still need to get rid of some stuff to the charity shop to allow the full layout to be setup.  However i did buy the V5 Kato unitrack boxset to use as test loop.   Left a loco running in, and whilst my back was turned my 3 year old took over the controller!(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6202/6110440118_338fb80665.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew_gifford_1999/6110440118/)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on September 03, 2011, 11:15:36 pm
glad to see the next generation of  :NGF: members  :thumbsup:

when my 4yr old grandson comes to visit you've a job to get him away from the layout

only thing is you end up with steam locos that will outrun a bullet train  :o

dave :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on September 04, 2011, 12:04:06 am
Just finished ballasting.

Got to leave it to dry properly overnight then get the track cleaned up and working again.

If there is one job I hate and will be glad to have finished it is this one.

Roy
I think painting the rail sides is much worse...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pete Mc on September 05, 2011, 02:36:32 am
Hoping to be off work thursday to monday so I can get on with wiring up the track in a more permanent manner,I'm still using the peco track clips.I will wire up the layout with a main bus with feeds to each board to start with then add more feeds as I go on so I can go ahead and upgrade to dcc in the new year.

Going to need around 20 metres of wire to complete this task so as I'm off to TINGS at the weekend I will pick the brains of the layout builders running dcc on their layouts so I get it right first time.I'm currently using 7/0.2 gauge cable which I understand is ok for dc but not for the main bus.I'm a little confused as to what to go with but hopefully will get the info I need to make the right choice.

Also,at our local model railway club,one of the members got out a german outline n gauge layout that is going to receive a makeover to convert to british outline and it gave me a few ideas with which to start work on scenery,mainly raised town and street scenes of which I have 3 areas all to be linked by bridges as I have virtually no space for any at track level despite it being 9ft 6in by 4ft,so as it is set around a town area this seems to be a necessity as far as I'm concerned.All removable of course to aid possible removal ay a later date.

I also have to alter the track in order to make the two outer storage roads longer as they are only capable of holding 2 and 3 car dmu's at present.When completed these should be able to hold a full 8 coach hst and an 18 wagon freight train off hopper and tanks,not combined I might add.Just need 5 more hoppers and 7 more tank wagons to complete this.

At TINGS I hope to buy some br blue mk3 vinyls from Electra for my old farish mk3s to convert from TS to TFRB and TGS cos you can't buy them anywhere for love nor money.

Should be enough to keep me occupied for the time I hope to be off work,then I've got a fortnight to work and I'm off for another fortnight.I'm so looking forward to this cos I haven't had any time off since before easter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mustermark on September 05, 2011, 02:57:09 am
Just finished installing my first working 4-aspect signal from CR Signals.  Only 11 more to go!  I'm currently awaiting the signal control boards from CTI.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on September 05, 2011, 06:34:24 am
Building another two controllers and connecting the other three controllers to the layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on September 05, 2011, 02:13:35 pm
glad to see the next generation of  :NGF: members  :thumbsup:

when my 4yr old grandson comes to visit you've a job to get him away from the layout

only thing is you end up with steam locos that will outrun a bullet train  :o

A couple of the DCC control systems allow you to set a speed limit *on a controller* as well as on a loco. Can't think why 8)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on September 05, 2011, 02:39:42 pm
thanks for that EP  :wave:

only thing is i'm on dc control so will have to try to educate him on the merits of going slower  ???  :smiley-laughing:

or change over to dcc (not an option at the moment)  :-\

dave
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 05, 2011, 04:51:56 pm
Just Ballasted my first point, all moving fine and settled fingers crossed tomorrow ill have a non gunked up point thats nicely ballasted,,,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 05, 2011, 05:24:29 pm
Just Ballasted my first point, all moving fine and settled fingers crossed tomorrow ill have a non gunked up point thats nicely ballasted,,,,,

Please let us into the secret via piccies if poss :camera: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 05, 2011, 05:39:32 pm
I will post piccies tomorrow of my super special ballasting equipment!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: rusticged on September 05, 2011, 07:14:45 pm
 :smiley-laughing:
Hi
I have just finished installing 24 colour light signals for 'Leefield Central' (one of five stations on my layout).
I am now installing OHLE on one of the three main lines using a mixture of Dapol and Kato products. Helps to make sense of my collection of electrics from BachFarish, CJM and Dapol.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 06, 2011, 01:49:38 pm
Rainy day! no shed!  :thumbsdown:

A decoder fitted to my class 37 and brings up my DCC fleet to 3  :thumbsup:

realising that my favorite class 50 is never going to be convertable  :thumbsdown:

remembering that i can just pick up a newer split chassis one that doesnt need a digi-hat  :thumbsup:

finishing the job but not being able to take power to the shed to test it  :thumbsdown:

(http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/9144/img0295rk.jpg)


its been an emotional rollercoaster today!!!!

but  :Class37: should be a regular sight on Milton yard now!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on September 09, 2011, 05:54:22 pm
Nice job !  :thumbsup:
If only i was that dedicated... ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: AndyGif on September 09, 2011, 06:25:36 pm
Well mines finally back up and working. Still got  to clean a lot of the point blades to make sure they all carry juice. Once everything is clean I'll start to put the scenary back on. Still loads left to do before Gloster Central is completed.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: findus on September 09, 2011, 06:35:19 pm
Just making space for some new bits from tings tomorrow!  ;D the list of things is massive just hope the money jar will allow.

mostly need point motors and switching units.. and the odd loco  :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on September 11, 2011, 12:31:29 pm
With all the inspiration i have seen yesterday, Im gonna be Road laying and ballasting more of my layout today :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 12, 2011, 03:32:07 pm
(http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/2674/img0310wa.jpg)

Rusty rails!!!!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 12, 2011, 03:36:09 pm
A very necessary evil that I have yet to face :'(
Anybody got a spare Lilliputian permanent way gang?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: poliss on September 12, 2011, 05:10:56 pm
Yep.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEJUDo7Uw94
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jellicoe on September 12, 2011, 06:01:44 pm
Re-working the wiring diagram after deciding to fit a couple more points after deciding I needed a carriage siding after discovering the layout is 3 inches too long!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 12, 2011, 06:45:16 pm
Re-working the wiring diagram after deciding to fit a couple more points after deciding I needed a carriage siding after discovering the layout is 3 inches too long!

Doh! I hate it when tht happens :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on September 22, 2011, 01:01:25 pm
Point Failure on Smithy Lane...... :o
Local fruit farmers are feeling quite irate today as point failure has left their produce stuck in sidings
and unable to be moved by rail....
Work is being carried out to replace the faulty point and should be complete by the end of the afternoon.
Passengers using the hourly DMU service should be advised there will be no disruption to their journey. :thumbsup:

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g333/dockshunter/Picture125-1.jpg)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g333/dockshunter/Picture128-1.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: sawyerm1982 on September 22, 2011, 01:41:25 pm
([url]http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/2674/img0310wa.jpg[/url])

Rusty rails!!!!!


Hey Fratton

What are you using to do your rusty rails?? looking good there sir!

Ive been installing the first overhead posts and wires on mine using the fabulous nbrass portals plus a few home made ones and european knitting - all soldered together and seeming very strong! with ballast and rusty rail paint still to go but access is good due to all fortunately being on a low city centre viaduct.

Mike
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 22, 2011, 01:47:32 pm
Point Failure on Smithy Lane...... :o

Work is being carried out to replace the faulty point and should be complete by the end of the afternoon.

([url]http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g333/dockshunter/Picture125-1.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g333/dockshunter/Picture128-1.jpg[/url])


Quicker than the real thing, then ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 22, 2011, 01:50:52 pm
The rusty rails paint is humbrol rust colour with brown to tone it down a bit as it tends to look a bit salmon pink,,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on September 22, 2011, 03:16:41 pm

Quicker than the real thing, then ;D :thumbsup:

          ;D :thumbsup:
           Definitely quicker than the real thing Mick....and there is only one man on the job........
           Best keep that quiet though or some of these permanent way guys will find themselves
           out of work........   
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 22, 2011, 04:10:19 pm

Quicker than the real thing, then ;D :thumbsup:

          ;D :thumbsup:
           Definitely quicker than the real thing Mick....and there is only one man on the job........
           Best keep that quiet though or some of these permanent way guys will find themselves
           out of work........   
Not sure if elf 'n' safety allows you to work on your own so I suggest you rope in Jack Daniels or Jim Beam as helpers :smiley-laughing: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on September 22, 2011, 04:53:54 pm
   
Not sure if elf 'n' safety allows you to work on your own so I suggest you rope in Jack Daniels or Jim Beam as helpers :smiley-laughing: :thumbsup:
       
Don't want to be upsettin Elf "n" Saftey Mick.....unfortunately i'm not on personal terms with Jack Daniels or
Jim Beam so i will have to make do with my mate Glen......Glen Morangie or the other one..whats his name.......
Jamerson that's it......... :beers:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: AlexModelMan on September 24, 2011, 09:42:05 pm
Planning my New Layout ideas :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on September 24, 2011, 10:00:28 pm
Hi Alex and welcome.

Care to share your ideas?

Alex
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on September 24, 2011, 10:10:37 pm
hi all  :wave:

at the moment i am trying to get a farish crab to run right, it keeps sticking on the valve gear somewhere but cant trace the prob  :(

hi alex welcome to the forum we like to hear details  :thumbsup:


dave
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 24, 2011, 11:19:42 pm
Planning my New Layout ideas :)

Hi Alex and welcome to the forum :wave:
It'll be great to hear/see what you're planning
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 26, 2011, 04:58:44 pm
I've just done a small bit of ballasting on my flat mates layout and another mates layout (I seem to do most on both! lol)

Ollie
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: B1 61126 on October 24, 2011, 08:22:43 pm
Hello all thought its about time I brought things up to date as I started this thread so here goes layout at a standstill now doing a bit of modelling working on the cenotaph coaling tower and ash plant to match then the engine shed area can be sorted and last bit of track in that area can be laid
bye for now
Geoff
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on October 24, 2011, 09:40:22 pm
Today, I have been mostly running in my new Dapol HST  8)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: SD35 on November 22, 2011, 08:54:10 pm
Landscaping.

I've been uncharacteristically patient with this one and waited for the backscene to be finished before starting on the rest of it.  Its one of the main lessons learned over the years that starting at the front tends to result in elbow shaped dimples in the ballast and plaster/paint blobs where they shouldn't be.  Just drying out a bowl of wet sand now to mix with earth paint and give it some texture which I haven't done before but am hoping it will help smooth over some of the little holes in the plaster cloth.

One way:

(http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/traf73/DSC_0077_edited-1.jpg)


t'other way:

(http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/traf73/DSC_0076_edited-1.jpg)


Also, less interestingly, have sprayed the track on the new storage yard bypass line so I can finish off the scenery here and ballast it.

(http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/traf73/DSC_0080_edited-1.jpg)


For the stock lovers, a shot of the same bit of track from a few days ago before it was painted with a new delivery of loco and wagons after the Mercig treatment.  Its a bit grainy as I have to shoot at ISO 3200 at the back of the room there.  Must get a tripod - are you listening Santa?

(http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/traf73/DSC_00582012.jpg)



Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on November 22, 2011, 09:08:11 pm
Very good, and I like the shot of the rolling stock. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: matt-b on November 22, 2011, 09:10:43 pm
like that 37 and seacows alot, ahhhh whenever i see them it makes me want to buy more.....

 :NGaugeForum:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 22, 2011, 09:35:20 pm
Great work, SD :thumbsup: Can I ask what you used for formers underneath the rock bandage?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on November 22, 2011, 09:39:33 pm
Excellent work and a credit to the hobby. Well done :thumbsup:

Hope Santa brings you that tripod you want ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: SD35 on November 22, 2011, 09:46:27 pm
Nobby, the inclined track is laid on Woodlands Scenics risers and either side of that its just old copies of the Telegraph scrunched up and covered with masking tape to get the desired shape.  Then the plaster cloth is layed over that.  I have an awful habit when making a layout of laying the track and doing the electrics then umming and ahing for weeks/months while having little running sessions before getting on with the scenics.  Now that I've started that area it should come on quicker.

One benefit of taking pics is noticing which of your trees need de-wonkying.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 22, 2011, 09:50:48 pm
Nobby, the inclined track is laid on Woodlands Scenics risers and either side of that its just old copies of the Telegraph scrunched up and covered with masking tape to get the desired shape.  Then the plaster cloth is layed over that.  I have an awful habit when making a layout of laying the track and doing the electrics then umming and ahing for weeks/months while having little running sessions before getting on with the scenics.  Now that I've started that area it should come on quicker.

One benefit of taking pics is noticing which of your trees need de-wonkying.
Thanks SD :thumbsup: Mmm - de-wonkying, I bet they would have fun with that in Dictionary Corner on Countdown!!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 22, 2011, 11:08:38 pm
In the past few days i've been running in my new 03 and pair of Early Crest Black 5's. Plus i'm currently building a layout for someone who contacted me and JC92 through our website.

Ollie
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pete Mc on November 22, 2011, 11:19:09 pm
Been at our club night tonight.Took a load of seep motors with me to solder the wires to.Used their leccy not mine.Did 10,got bored of doing the same repetitive job for almost two hours,glad I didn't take any more.Still,I'm getting pretty good at soldering,so,every cloud and all that.
Ollie,did you try that tip I gave you a couple of weeks back of squeezing the body of the 108 dmu to engage the motors drive train?
Pete
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 22, 2011, 11:25:16 pm
Hi Pete,

Unfortunately not, I haven't even got round to looking at the 108 actually. Been busy with work and building this layout lol

Ollie
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on November 22, 2011, 11:42:10 pm
Testing a 150 and packing all but the motor chassis to go off  elsewhere for conversion into something interesting. The motor chassis will drive something interesting here. Also looking at the best way to build the chassis for my 'Tommy' now the 4 axles of tender wheels have arrived. That'll make it even more accurate than using a Hymek as my bogie wheelbase will be correct and I'll have 4' or so spoked (ok not great spokes) wheels.

Fitting a decoder to the 26, which now need a bit more running in to make sure it doesn't die horribly, then its wheels are going off for turning down to 2fs.

Alan

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on November 23, 2011, 10:52:58 am
Testing a 150 and packing all but the motor chassis to go off  elsewhere for conversion into something interesting.

Looking forward to getting the 150, minus the motorised chassis.  I hope your project turns out well. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on November 23, 2011, 02:05:13 pm
At the moment, nothing. Should do really seeing that it's making its debut next June in Retford!
http://www.ngauge-wwg.org.uk/Convention%20Poster%202012%20Large.pdf (http://www.ngauge-wwg.org.uk/Convention%20Poster%202012%20Large.pdf)
I have, however, recently finished turning one of these:

(http://www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/shop/images/thumbnail1770.jpg)

(Picture by Oxford Diecast)

Into one of these:

(http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab257/Kilnevan/My%20Irish%20N%20gauge%20trains%20and%20layout/bus8.jpg)

Can't do a 'how to' step by step on the NGF as there's an article about it due in the NGS WWG December newsletter.
Afterwards, maybe.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mustermark on November 23, 2011, 06:23:26 pm
Not quite right now, as I'm at work, but I just completed my big project installing sensors and signals and programming the laptop.  My layout now runs automatically with trains stopping at the station and the signals all obeying the block occupancy.  It's very cool when the signals all change as the train goes by.

I have a long Thanksgiving weekend coming up (they let the Brits celebrate that too here) and I hope to finally post my promised CTI Electronics thread...

Then I can do something a bit less electrical and a bit more scenic.  Oh, wait... I will need to do the Faller road system installation next!  I think there might be another show and tell from that - it looks very complicated just for one bus!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on November 23, 2011, 07:36:22 pm
Finally started work on my shelf layout, even got the shuttle unit working !  ;D

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0715.jpg)

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0718.jpg)

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0729.jpg)

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0733.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mustermark on November 23, 2011, 07:41:28 pm
I like that Gaugemaster backscene, 4x2... it's very effective.  I have that one somewhere and I must try to find a way to use it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: galway on November 23, 2011, 07:45:15 pm
(http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab257/Kilnevan/My%20Irish%20N%20gauge%20trains%20and%20layout/bus8.jpg)

Hi Moogle,

Out of interest what is the shade of green used, it looks like the exact shade I'm looking for, and if possiple where was it sourced.

Thanks
Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on November 23, 2011, 07:49:48 pm
I was quite impressed when i took out of the tube ! Good value for money, only complaint is that gaugemaster do small and large, could really do with a medium size as the small one is only 6 inches tall.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on November 23, 2011, 07:54:11 pm
I used the Gaugemaster backgrounds for my MOD layout.  I had to iron it as it was creased, but they're great quality.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on November 23, 2011, 08:35:52 pm
([url]http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab257/Kilnevan/My%20Irish%20N%20gauge%20trains%20and%20layout/bus8.jpg[/url])

Hi Moogle,

Out of interest what is the shade of green used, it looks like the exact shade I'm looking for, and if possiple where was it sourced.

Thanks
Paul


I tried Humbrol 'Maunsell Green' as its right for 1950's carriages but looked too dark on a bus.
So its a mix of that and Tamiya 'Flat Green'. About 50/50 I think but may be less Humbrol and more Tamiya!
The light green is similarly mixed though I will get some LNER 'Apple Green' one day as thats near to what was used.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: RichardBattersby on November 28, 2011, 08:39:35 pm
I'm tryng to convert to DCC! Think it might end up an over-Christmas job though.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 28, 2011, 09:25:16 pm
I'm tryng to convert to DCC! Think it might end up an over-Christmas job though.

Which Christmas might that be then ::) (soz - couldn't resist it)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: RichardBattersby on November 28, 2011, 09:26:32 pm
I'm tryng to convert to DCC! Think it might end up an over-Christmas job though.

Which Christmas might that be then ::) (soz - couldn't resist it)
One before I'm dead. Best case scenario.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: porkie on November 28, 2011, 09:30:59 pm
i am sat on the sofa looking at my new HST that i got today.
Day dreaming on how to build up the scenary around the layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 28, 2011, 09:35:18 pm
I'm tryng to convert to DCC! Think it might end up an over-Christmas job though.

Which Christmas might that be then ::) (soz - couldn't resist it)
One before I'm dead. Best case scenario.

 :smiley-laughing: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on November 28, 2011, 10:55:46 pm
waiting for the postman to deliver a few odds and ends so I can finish off a couple of kits before I start the next one. :sleep:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on November 28, 2011, 11:08:57 pm
Got fed up trying to build Heljan's AWFUL version of a trestle bridge...  :(  Wish i paid a bit more to get the walthers one...

This could go in the angry thread, but i'm a firm believer of 'don't get mad - get EVEN !'  :evil:

So, unless anybody wants this twisted rendition of one of America's finest wooden structures..... It's going to landfill !

For the rest of this evening, i will be looking lovingly at my awesomsly build, stained, real, wooden deck bridge instead.  :-*

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0756.jpg)

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0738.jpg)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on December 04, 2011, 12:01:14 pm
Finally started work on my shelf layout, even got the shuttle unit working !  ;D

([url]http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0715.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0718.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0729.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0733.jpg[/url])
UPDATE ! I've added the trackage in the yard, has been tested ok - let the scenics begin !  ;D

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0763.jpg)

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF0764.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on December 04, 2011, 12:48:42 pm
Looks like a busy place! :thumbsup:

A shame about the trestle bridge.  It looked fine to me.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: findus on December 04, 2011, 12:50:14 pm
At the moment im trying to find my layout under all my boxes and bits as im moving house. i need to get some pictures of the turntable motor for graham.

once i have moved house i either will be selling the layout as a project for somebody to finish, and will start my new layout in my converted garage train room.

 ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: brbluewill on December 04, 2011, 09:38:55 pm
built my baseboards today let the fun begin ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on December 05, 2011, 06:20:01 pm
Painting the roofs of my VEP. Finally got some Precision Paints "roof dirt" from Harburn Hobbies at the weekend.
The colour is spot on, but I'll reserve judgement on the finish until it's 100% dry.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on December 05, 2011, 06:30:19 pm
Hi,

Closed up the shed for the winter. All engines are in the house where it's nice and cosy. I'll still do my modelling/painting/scratchbuilding in the house, but I don't venture out to the shed very much. Roll on Easter. :smiley-laughing: :wave:

Alex
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on December 05, 2011, 06:49:48 pm
Yikes, that long?!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on December 05, 2011, 06:56:26 pm
Hi Tank,

Yup. I usually do the bulk of my writting during the winter months, but as I'm not doing that now I may crack open the door a couple of months early. :wave:

Alex
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on December 05, 2011, 06:57:33 pm
Looks like a busy place! :thumbsup:

A shame about the trestle bridge.  It looked fine to me.
The pic of the bridge does look good, but trust me... you know when you build a kit and think 'thats rubbish - i wish i hadn't bought this...' well, thats how i felt and no matter what did it just wouldn't fit the way the instructions said it would.  >:(

So it's in the bin where it belongs !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 06, 2011, 11:22:42 pm
I've just got Sheaf up for a check over and to make a list of what need to be done before it's next Exhibition outing at the end of Feb.

Ollie
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on December 07, 2011, 03:47:15 am
Recently watched a DVD about an American 20ft x 14ft layout and was very impressed with what I saw, the layout was a mere 18 inches wide and ran completely around the walls of the room.

I had been having a few problems with reaching sections of my layout so decided that is the direction I would take, I thought about this for quite a while before attacking my  layout but this week I fired up the jigsaw and now have a 10ft x 5ft layout 15 inches wide that runs around the walls of my shed.

I guess the thing that appealed to me most besides everything being easy to get to was the fact that I can have several cameo scenes and the ability to have various industrial and scenic sections.

The other thing that impressed me with a round the wall layout was the ability to watch all trains running by standing at one end of the layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on December 07, 2011, 08:54:54 am
I think i've seen that layout in the Model railroader mag, it's a great idea, - mainly because it feels like the trains are actually going somewhere not just round in circles. Would love to try this myself, but alas no room at the inn... (how's that for a christmas punn ? :smiley-laughing:)

Good luck with yours oldrailbug, love to see some pics of your layout when it's ready.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on December 07, 2011, 10:08:33 am
Recently watched a DVD about an American 20ft x 14ft layout and was very impressed with what I saw, the layout was a mere 18 inches wide and ran completely around the walls of the room.

I had been having a few problems with reaching sections of my layout so decided that is the direction I would take, I thought about this for quite a while before attacking my  layout but this week I fired up the jigsaw and now have a 10ft x 5ft layout 15 inches wide that runs around the walls of my shed.

I guess the thing that appealed to me most besides everything being easy to get to was the fact that I can have several cameo scenes and the ability to have various industrial and scenic sections.

The other thing that impressed me with a round the wall layout was the ability to watch all trains running by standing at one end of the layout.

A few questions if you don't mind.

Any chance of a link where you got the DVD please?

You say it is 10 foot x 5 foot layout 15 inches wide, does that mean you have a 10 foot section and a 5 foot section?

When your trains get to the end, do you reverse them back along or if not how do you turn them only having 15 inches width?

If these are idiot questions I apologise, it is Monday morning, I'm still topping up my caffine and I am still gathering information about layouts, so when I see something I don't understand I ask  ???

Thanks John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on December 07, 2011, 08:11:48 pm
Recently watched a DVD about an American 20ft x 14ft layout and was very impressed with what I saw, the layout was a mere 18 inches wide and ran completely around the walls of the room.

I had been having a few problems with reaching sections of my layout so decided that is the direction I would take, I thought about this for quite a while before attacking my  layout but this week I fired up the jigsaw and now have a 10ft x 5ft layout 15 inches wide that runs around the walls of my shed.

I guess the thing that appealed to me most besides everything being easy to get to was the fact that I can have several cameo scenes and the ability to have various industrial and scenic sections.

The other thing that impressed me with a round the wall layout was the ability to watch all trains running by standing at one end of the layout.

A few questions if you don't mind.

Any chance of a link where you got the DVD please?

The DVD is called Tracks Ahead which is an American TV series, I have 90 volumes of them this one was No703

You say it is 10 foot x 5 foot layout 15 inches wide, does that mean you have a 10 foot section and a 5 foot section?

The shed is 10ft x 5ft and the 15 inch wide layout runs around the walls, in theory there are two nearly 30ft long loops.

When your trains get to the end, do you reverse them back along or if not how do you turn them only having 15 inches width?

Two 10ft x 5ft loops that also cross the doorway.

If these are idiot questions I apologise, it is Monday morning, I'm still topping up my caffine and I am still gathering information about layouts, so when I see something I don't understand I ask  ???

I know how you feel my eyes are so full of sleep I can hardly see the monitor

Thanks John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on December 07, 2011, 08:30:31 pm
I'd love to see some pics ORB. Do you have a lift out section where the door is or just open the door outwards and crawl/glide under whatever height you've set it at? My last layout was set in a bedroom (fairly 8ft square) and I took the door off it's hinges and put it on a slider. Then ran the layout 2ft wide round all 4 walls. I never had a lift out section which probably accounts for my back problems :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on December 07, 2011, 08:40:18 pm
I'd love to see some pics ORB. Do you have a lift out section where the door is or just open the door outwards and crawl/glide under whatever height you've set it at? My last layout was set in a bedroom (fairly 8ft square) and I took the door off it's hinges and put it on a slider. Then ran the layout 2ft wide round all 4 walls. I never had a lift out section which probably accounts for my back problems :(


Geez Mick yr a man after me own heart, remember great minds think alike, like you I didnt bother making a hinged section near the door I far prefer banging me bonce every now and them, nothing fairy about us two (http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/personal/triniti.gif)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on December 07, 2011, 09:18:05 pm
Been using Railmodeller to plan. Fortunately the free version does allow you to save the bill of materials and I have saved some screen shots. But all will probably change when I try them out tomorrow.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on December 10, 2011, 05:30:38 pm
Getting some track laid. I decided to do a long uninterrupted chunk of work. Snow hill approaches from the Wolverhampton end are now pinned lightly into place along with platforms four and six. Tomorrow it's time to tackle 9, 10 and 12.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on December 10, 2011, 05:46:49 pm
Getting some track laid. I decided to do a long uninterrupted chunk of work. Snow hill approaches from the Wolverhampton end are now pinned lightly into place along with platforms four and six. Tomorrow it's time to tackle 9, 10 and 12.
Me too ! Just came back from the local model shop with some track, i'll just finish me brew and i'll get started.  ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on December 12, 2011, 06:39:11 pm
Painting little people  :'( This is the only thing I regard as a chore.

Alex
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on December 12, 2011, 07:21:18 pm
Building my Turntable.- Actually waiting for the glue to set before the next stage.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Portpatrick on December 13, 2011, 08:12:24 pm
Well, Portpatrick Town is out on show on 3 March (Belmont) and 21 July (Leighton Buzzard).

I have made a few changes in the goods yard to incorporate the rather noce G/Far goods shed.  I have not had a proper shed until now.  And over Christmas I will incorporate a simple coaling platform in the loco stabling point - for any necessary coaling of locos from the local trains perminating in Town rather than going through to the Harbour.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on December 13, 2011, 09:23:25 pm
Building a Ratio platform shelter......... :) :NGAUGE:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2011, 09:26:16 pm
Well, Portpatrick Town is out on show on 3 March (Belmont) and 21 July (Leighton Buzzard).

I have made a few changes in the goods yard to incorporate the rather noce G/Far goods shed.  I have not had a proper shed until now.  And over Christmas I will incorporate a simple coaling platform in the loco stabling point - for any necessary coaling of locos from the local trains perminating in Town rather than going through to the Harbour.

Hope the exhibitions go well - here's to faultless running :beers:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on December 13, 2011, 09:47:15 pm
Working out how I am going to wire the power to my micro turntable - deck finished and power feed for the rails to the bottom fitted.
(http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp343/willow67_2008/N%20scale%20kits/d912f192.jpg)
(http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp343/willow67_2008/N%20scale%20kits/dd06ead2.jpg)
(http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp343/willow67_2008/N%20scale%20kits/734f85ef.jpg)
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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on December 13, 2011, 11:17:27 pm
Very well made Oldman! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bluedepot on December 13, 2011, 11:21:33 pm
i have been under the board tidying up the wiring to all the point motors (shortening some wires, sticking them to the underside of the board etc etc...)

my neck hurts so badly now


tim
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on December 16, 2011, 06:47:47 pm
Not a lot going on on my layout as I'm letting the backscene dry. Still!

Been bashing an NGS 'Shark' kit into a GSWR (I) 12t brake van.

(http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab257/Kilnevan/My%20Irish%20N%20gauge%20trains%20and%20layout/Sgswr12tbrake.jpg)

Still got some footboards, well steps really, to add below the doors.
Then trim the plastic rod I've added before its off to the paint shop!
Planking may not be exact but I think it looks the part.  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on December 23, 2011, 02:25:57 pm
Spending the afternoon building/painting the P&D Marsh GWR footbridge.
Looks good so far but waiting for the cream paint to dry at the moment.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Duncan83 on December 23, 2011, 03:26:51 pm
I have now finished wireing up my street lights and yesterday I put LED`s into 3 of my buildings and look really good. Hope to complete the rest after christmas.

Hope the pictures show how they look
 (http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m600/dunkdunk83/090.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bluedepot on December 23, 2011, 03:45:19 pm
nice bus garage

tim
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Duncan83 on December 23, 2011, 03:49:57 pm
Thanks Tim hoping to put 3 side lights onto it as well. Never seen lights so small.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MinZaPint on December 23, 2011, 04:19:30 pm
Trying to stop playing and build the turntable so that I can finish my trackwork, a parcel from Hattons didn't help. Spose I can always fake an argument with the family over Xmas and sulk off to the railway room! Trouble is they wouldn't believe me! Oh well guess it's back to the beer and laughter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on December 23, 2011, 04:21:40 pm
S** all :thumbsdown:
Have been banned from anything to do with train bits till Monday (SWMBO) Paint, Knives,Glue etc. packed away  as there will be a 5year old running loose.
Am allowed to look at books provided I stack them up neatly afterwards. >:(
Having just collected my copy of "The Bembridge Line " was hoping to finish off sorting the track plan now I have the station plan.
Station Building on "Lyne End"will definately NOT be as per the Original.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: polo2k on December 23, 2011, 04:22:55 pm
Duncan. to stop the light leakage under the walls you can get 1/4" stripwood really cheap from B&Q (They do the fancy stuff, then round the corner the 40-50p a meter stuff)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Duncan83 on December 23, 2011, 05:47:45 pm
Thanks Ash. Like the idea was going to give silver foil ago first with a small hole for the light to go up through it. Lights in buildings really do bring the layout to life.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davidjhope on February 20, 2012, 06:10:37 pm
Sticking Blue Tac on all the points before ballasting the rest of the layout. Brilliant idea.
Wish me luck guys
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Huntlyian on February 20, 2012, 06:20:02 pm
Hi All
I'm at the early stages of building a 12ft by 2ft elevated layout and this morning was spent trying to understand why I get occasional derailments  on one of the end 180degree bends and, at the moment, it,s driving me around the flipping bend too! ???

Oh well, there is always tomorrow, or the next day or the one after that!!!!!!!

Keep on going folks  Huntlyian    :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on February 20, 2012, 07:09:18 pm
Wiring up one end of the layout bit by bit. Droppers fitted and the feeds done for the first few points. Enough to commission the first two platforms.

Also building the 270 spiral I need to feed the fiddle yard so I can then actually lay the rest of the track for the layout itself.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: B1 61126 on February 20, 2012, 07:12:50 pm
Hi All
I'm at the early stages of building a 12ft by 2ft elevated layout and this morning was spent trying to understand why I get occasional derailments  on one of the end 180degree bends and, at the moment, it,s driving me around the flipping bend too! ???

Oh well, there is always tomorrow, or the next day or the one after that!!!!!!!

Keep on going folks  Huntlyian    :NGaugersRule:
Hi just a thought a lot of the current locos dont like anything less than a min radius of 10 and a half inches if your 180 degree rad is less than this things mat derail hope this is of some help
Geoff
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on February 20, 2012, 07:43:20 pm
Re-designing the fiddle yard at the London end of the station, effectively creating separate electric and diesel trackage with no link between the two until the country end of the station. This means the fiddle yard sidings can be longer, with fewer vital inches wasted on points, and only half the station will need third rail.

I now have the usual sore fingertips (despite making regular use of my thimble).
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on February 20, 2012, 08:14:20 pm
After I get back from a two week holiday I am going to get stuck into my scenery and finishing off my re-livery of locos and rolling stock.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pete Mc on February 20, 2012, 09:37:26 pm
Been soldering dropper wires to the rail sides for the last couple of days.Well,saturday and today anyway.
I can only do about two hours at a time or I might fall asleep on the job.What a massively tedious and boring job it is.I'm beginning to wish I hadn't laid so much track,still,too late for that now,gotta carry on.Done about seven and a half hours on it then can start under the boards with the bus wire.
Only two wires for dcc.Pah,I wish.
I was going to wire one loop for dcc and the other for dc,but as I would have to do it again on the second loop,I decided to do it all at once.I'm terrible for going up to the train room to do something then jist having a play,so as the layout is disconnected from the dc controller,the only way I can play now is to push on with the wiring,get it done then test and play.This will keep my mind off the thought of putting lovely sound decoders in my trains.

Pete
 :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on February 20, 2012, 09:43:05 pm
A couple of steam locos only pretty much everything else is happy at 9, and most diesels at a bit less.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Huntlyian on February 22, 2012, 04:51:22 pm
Cheers Geoff

I had actually laid these bends before and realised that they were indeed pretty tight diameter wise (weren't very semi-circular either) so decided to do them properly.

So now I have two beautiful semicircular bends with a minimum radius of eleven and half inches but the outer one derails! Sad thing is, the original tracks worked!!!! What do they say "If it ain't broke, dont fix it!"

I think the track has gone out of gauge where I've joined two pieces of flexi track together. Was that cheesed off with it I washed the shed windows where the layout is stored while I summon the courage to have another bash.

Aren't hobbies fun!!! Anyway, thanks again Geoff for taking the time to pick up keyboard and offer advice, much appreciated.

Ian       :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on February 22, 2012, 09:18:10 pm
Laid and tested the electric-side fiddle yard.
Longest siding will only take 6 cars  :(
That means some of my commuters will be sitting for 90 mins in a 2HAP.  :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 22, 2012, 09:29:30 pm
That means some of my commuters will be sitting for 90 mins in a 2HAP.  :(

Prototypical then ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: SymonC on February 22, 2012, 09:30:03 pm
Laid and tested the electric-side fiddle yard.
Longest siding will only take 6 cars  :(
That means some of my commuters will be sitting for 90 mins in a 2HAP.  :(

So very realistic then!  ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on February 22, 2012, 10:44:02 pm
So very realistic then!  ;D

Shouldn't most of them be standing ...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on February 23, 2012, 12:31:31 pm
Testing the latest arrival to my fleet - Kato Hayate (via eBay and Korea)

(http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k540/PendythePendolino/DSC_0017.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 25, 2012, 11:25:51 pm
On Filton TMD I am:

1) Mid-way through the "NSE Branding" of the station "Filton West" (essentially painting lots of things NSE red!).

2) Slowly constructing a modern style station shelter for "Filton West". This is partly to replace my horrendous effort of a Kestral version and partly to test the proposed construction method for a far far grander scheme...

3) Re-building the scenic-break / fly-over that carries the "A38" over the main line, using much finer supports. This is after I discovered that "Hobbycraft" sell Evergreen plasticard (who knew?!)

4) Staring at the slightly iffy hard standing for the TMD itself (see my layout thread).

5) Prepping the final stretch of modern fencing to finally make the track "intruder proof".

6) Working out how best to present my Hornby Lyddle End War Memorial. Partly cos its in a prominant location and partly because my beloved feels very strongly that the poppies should be visible from the layout front :-)

7) Finding some time to bring my layout thread up to date and do some "On My Work Bench" entries too!

Wow, just found some un-opened modern signs....the list goes on!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on March 09, 2012, 10:34:13 am
have completed station/yard/loco depot of the country treminus of my 4.5mtr by 3.5mtr layout. i have just started to do the inclines out of the town over the hills tp the main lines. project stalled at moment due to building a 00 gauge southern layout for a mate and trying to finish off my 5inch gauge loco and riding cars
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davidjhope on March 09, 2012, 02:51:47 pm
Hands and knees looking for a coupling spring.
I'm still calm.
I was to lazy to get a bag.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 09, 2012, 03:07:41 pm
Hands and knees looking for a coupling spring.
I'm still calm.
I was to lazy to get a bag.

Try wandering around in bare feet and see if you can find it by treading on it ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davidjhope on March 09, 2012, 03:48:43 pm
Just found a jelly baby.
Still no spring
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davidjhope on March 09, 2012, 03:50:20 pm
 ;D FOUND IT  ;D

now I need a bag.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MinZaPint on March 09, 2012, 04:00:44 pm
Well I've said it before, the old eyes aint what they used to be! but I've managed to start cutting out the Scalescenes platform pieces that I need, I recall I posted that I was going to do this early January. Better late than never as they say! Using card from various bits of packaging which seems to work well.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 09, 2012, 05:43:41 pm
Just found a jelly baby.
Still no spring

Did you eat the head or the feet first? :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on March 09, 2012, 05:51:33 pm
Just found a jelly baby.
Still no spring

Did you eat the head or the feet first? :smiley-laughing:

Depends which end has the obligatory bit of fluff stuck to it!  :smiley-laughing:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 09, 2012, 06:02:21 pm
Beating the Conrad point motors to death with a hammer or one of the dogs depending on what I lay my hands on first !!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on March 09, 2012, 06:26:50 pm
Nothing :(     

(queue violins)

An old back injury has flared up and I can't bend over or sit at my desk, standing is most comfy with laying down second and settee third, no railway modelling for me for a wee while!!!  :(  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 09, 2012, 07:25:01 pm
Sorry to hear that, and you have my sympathies. I have to be so careful as to what I do due to a similar problems :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on March 09, 2012, 07:42:57 pm
Finally starting the scenery on the new layout, cant count the amount of times I jiggled the track around to a way that made me happy, thats what happens when you carry your track plans in your head.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bad Raven on March 10, 2012, 09:25:37 pm
Just been trial running three DCC trams on a small loop....juggling their speeds and stopping in the gaps.....next I need to adjust speed ramps to get them more balanced in acceleration and cruise speeds.........
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: SymonC on March 10, 2012, 09:32:39 pm
Busy making some Metcalfe terraced houses.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pete Mc on March 11, 2012, 12:38:07 am
Evening all,earlier this week,tuesday night to be precise,I decided to take my Digitrax Zephyr DCS51 dcc controller and some loco's to our model railway club.
As I didn't have a suitable dcc ready test track to use,I took a length of new flexi and some 16/0.2mm wire.I soldered the wire to.the track and set up controller.Now I put a decoder in the first loco to be converted,this being a Farish class 37 number 37254.This was easy as the decoder of choice is a Digitrax DZ125IN with NEM651 6 pin direct plug in job.
Now the fun began.Even though I knew it was on address 03,I wanted to change it to address 7254 straightaway.As this was the first time I have done any kind of dcc chip programming I didn't realise how frustrating it can be for the first time.Needless to say after 2 hours of trying I failed to do the one thing I set out to do so I could move onto another loco.So that night I packed up.the stuff,took it home and left it where I put it.
Next day,I decided to.build a programming track and dc/dcc test track plank thing so I don't have to keep swapping the wires over.
With this done,I then set about doing what I had tried the night before,with exactly.the same results.
So out came the destructions,both types included with the controller and the ones that come with the decoder.Had a read of these and one thing contradicted the other.In the decoder manual,it states that four digit addressing will be selected automatically when used.Not so.
In the book that came with the controller,(not the controller manual)it states you have to change the value of cv29.On looking at the value,I marked the original value and compared(when I use this word,that fat bloke with the handlebar moustache pops into my head singing Go Compare)it to one that activates four digit addressing.Withthe values changed,I tried again to change the loco address and voila.

Success.It accepted the change.

For the next hour I just played with the loco on a yard long test track plank.I also altered some other cv's like the acceleration/deceleration cv's as well.
Marvellous.
Now I have to stop procrastinating over the layout wiring,board joins and other stuff so I can install and test the dcc set on the layout.
Whilst all this is ongoing,I will no doubt save some coin for my first sound decoder,which will go into one of my Dapol hst's.I will have a crack at putting a sound decoder in a coach nearest the power car using this months 'how to' article in Railway Modeller on this very task.Hopefully,it will work a treat.
Lots to do.

Pete
 :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 11, 2012, 10:14:21 am
Hi Pete,
There are also some instructions on putting sound into a Dapol Voyager on this site. Dunno if the principles are the same ???
http://www.dapol.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=139&Itemid=32 (http://www.dapol.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=139&Itemid=32)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CAMBRIAN DRIVER DAVE on March 11, 2012, 11:39:18 am
I'm doing nowt on my layout cus I've got
My arm in plaster  :'(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pete Mc on March 11, 2012, 02:23:15 pm
Thanks for that Newportnobby,I didn't know Dapol put this stuff on their website so I will have to have a good trawl over it at some point.
As far as I can see from the article,it looks like the coach is powered like a mk3 but as a mk3 isn't it doesn't have a nem plug it looks like a bit of soldering will be needed.I also don't need motor control because I will be using a separate decoder for that in the power car.
It has already been mentioned on here by kirky and John Yoochoose that the idea of using a plug between coach and power car may cause running problems due to snagging on tight curves so I guess a little bit of experimentation may be whats needed.
I'll just have.to wait and see,but rest assured,if I'm successful,I'll be the one shouting from the rooftops and posting my findings on here for you all.

Pete
 :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on March 14, 2012, 09:51:49 am
Finally finished tracklaying on the main line.
So far only the Salisbury Central branch, and tracks which are electrically visible therefrom, are powered and tested, so tonight:
1. power Exeter lines 
2. test Exeter lines
3. lay a couple of carriage sidings and headshunt
4. clear up the mess
5. sort out lumps, bumps, mis-alignments
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 14, 2012, 09:56:27 am

5. sort out lumps, bumps, mis-alignments

Should you not be called Dr.Tadpole ???
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: dodger on March 14, 2012, 01:25:18 pm
The next job is to clean the track to give the 4 CEP another run, it will be worn out soon. Then if theres any time left complete the design file to fit another signal.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on March 14, 2012, 01:29:24 pm
Nothing.
SWMBO has decided more decorating needs doing ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 14, 2012, 05:41:21 pm
Have finally thanks to "Nobby" and his express fishplate delivery service  :smiley-laughing: I have installed and wired up the single slip so the main loops are once again complete. Trouble is the ability to run trains may well delay track laying in the yard and on the branch ....again.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 14, 2012, 09:56:42 pm
Just found a jelly baby.
Still no spring

Big magnet ?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on March 14, 2012, 11:30:29 pm
I've been adding a circle of standing stones to Kilnevan.
Its small and Irish, nothing like Stonehenge!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on March 15, 2012, 05:44:50 pm
Sat staring at my layout for 2 hours thinking do I really need:
EMU depot
Diesel depot
DMU sidings
Carriage sidings
as well as a main line, branch and two stations?
...and where would the DEMUs and electro-diesel locos park?

(Sometimes, less is more - Ed.)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on March 15, 2012, 06:18:09 pm
ANOTHER day spent soldering wires!!  :sleep:

I'm sure once it's all done, and I can just plug my control panel into the layout and have control of 34 point motors, and they all tell me which way they're switched, it will all have been worth it . . . . .











 . . .. won't it ? ? ? ? ?  :smiley-laughing:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ianb1303 on March 19, 2012, 08:44:59 am
Errrr..........nothing!!!!!

Am I strange?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 19, 2012, 09:06:34 am
Errrr..........nothing!!!!!

Am I strange?

Errrr............quite possibly :evil: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jack on March 19, 2012, 07:45:15 pm

Very little, after much frustration in trying to get Mk2 layout plan to work sensibly and can't, I've decided to start a complete redevelopment. So come next weekend all the rolling stock goes into their boxes :thumbsdown: although I may delay putting them all away until I've done the complete layout plan and not just track planning (yet another newbie error).

Mk2 layout has 6 out of sight storage lines which seems daft after spending out on rolling stock to then hide it. It also has endless other errors, like melted tie bars from where I cut the Seep motor rods in place with a Dremel, with 3 hidden points.... Oh the list goes on.

It's been a steep learning curve, fun but steep, just don't mention the cost to HID.

Jack
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on March 19, 2012, 08:37:18 pm
Playing trains with my B1 and Tornado  ;D

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 19, 2012, 08:39:22 pm
Playing trains with my B1 and Tornado  ;D

Marty

You waited so long for that B1, Marty. Don't go wearing it out ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on March 19, 2012, 09:16:57 pm
Will try not to, but you were right all along - they are a great loco  ;D :thumbsup:

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bikeracer on March 19, 2012, 09:31:19 pm
I'm busy making buildings but seem to be making slow progress,I'll soon finish my goods shed and then it's a loco shed and a diesel depot.

It didn't help when I put the office up to the side of the goods shed and realised I'd glued the walls on opposite sides and the poor little man coming down the steps walked straight into a brick wall.  ::) Another office has been built and attached.

I think the main goods shed will be okay without a second attempt but I'm on the second roof for it.Dunno why manufacturers of card kits always put roof lights below the slates,in real life they'd just trap water,so I'm trying to make a more realistic roof light.

Allan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: brbluewill on March 19, 2012, 09:37:26 pm
ballasting!!!!!!!!! :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 19, 2012, 10:26:49 pm
Playing on full size trains, sorry I mean doing prototype research!

That and dealing with the fallout from various moulding tool problems. Life is never simple.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on March 20, 2012, 03:52:41 pm
waiting for paint to dry,,,,,,,,,,,  :thumbsdown:

then hopefully by dinner playing trains  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on March 20, 2012, 07:57:07 pm

Life is never simple.

Too true.
Powered and tested the Exeter (diesel) side of my layout and found all sorts of electrical issues. One failed turnout, and two electrofrogs had somehow made it into critical positions on my otherwise insulfrog and simply wired layout - how did I manage not to notice that?? >:( I'll swap them with some insulfrogs from the fiddle yard (electrofrogs are fine on dead end tracks).
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on March 22, 2012, 06:41:50 am
Not much on the layout, but serviced a few locos last night in preparation for their move out to the shed at the weekend.

Alex :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 22, 2012, 10:30:16 am
Been putting the wires along the roof of an EMU. Remind me in future to pick 1957 build stock that doesn't have all the exposed roof junk!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jack on March 24, 2012, 06:15:40 pm

All track has been taken up and base board cleaned and is now covered in wallpaper (white side up) ready to start drawing out the revised track plan. Once I've worked out where all my point work is going I'm going to adjust my cross members and add a few more because my base board resonated sound, a bit like a drum. Also while the base board is up off the frame I'll make sure that bus wires goes to all the right places without having to resort to long droppers.

I'm determined to get it right this time before I start ordering any track stuff as I'm switching my track from code 80 to code 55.

Patience rather than eagernesses to run trains is going to be the order of the day for Chapelfields Mk3, hopefully!!  ;D ::)


Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 24, 2012, 07:24:29 pm
Softly, softly, catchee monkey. Right idea :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MinZaPint on March 24, 2012, 07:46:40 pm

All track has been taken up and base board cleaned and is now covered in wallpaper (white side up) ready to start drawing out the revised track plan. Once I've worked out where all my point work is going I'm going to adjust my cross members and add a few more because my base board resonated sound, a bit like a drum. Also while the base board is up off the frame I'll make sure that bus wires goes to all the right places without having to resort to long droppers.

I'm determined to get it right this time before I start ordering any track stuff as I'm switching my track from code 80 to code 55.

Patience rather than eagernesses to run trains is going to be the order of the day for Chapelfields Mk3, hopefully!!  ;D ::)

Don't you just hate these people that are organised? I'm still trying to bodge my mistakes.  ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on March 24, 2012, 08:35:31 pm
Giving the new scenery an undercoat of paint before applying the ground cover.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on March 28, 2012, 11:02:41 pm
Hi,

Redone the top end of the main layout and laid some track tonight. Got three trains running at the same time. I can actually run 5 trains at the same time when everything's going right.

The main layout will undergo some radical changes this year as it will be fully converted over to US outline.

Alex  :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: railwaysymphony on March 29, 2012, 02:03:27 pm
With my big layout plan being a little hard to pull off right at the moment for a number of reasons (space, finances etc), I've been throwing together a small layout using an old bit of pineboard in the garage (1200x600mm) and Peco Setrack (I had a starter kit which I've expanded on). Nothing fancy - a double-track oval with a couple of sidings. Should finish laying track tomorrow (need to get some more underlay and three or four more bits of track!) and it'll be ready to run. Gradually I'll improve on it, put some detailing in etc. For now, it's nice to have something to watch the trains go by :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on March 29, 2012, 05:51:03 pm
expansion repairs securing track back down and tidying, and some grass being done today, too many hours at work for any decent shed time but with all the work and a strict diet that im on the mrs says i deserve a reward at easter, i am certainly hoping this reward involves trains somewhere as an easter egg would be wasted on me,,,,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on March 31, 2012, 07:22:46 pm
Replaced problematic turnout and fixed a problem at the entrance to the up fiddle yard, a nice bi-product of which is a 2-coach-length extension to 2 sidings, so Exeters can be 8 coaches (shorter than the prototype, but long enough).

Track-wise, the whole layout now works properly, but needs some cleaning and aesthetic realignment here and there.

Next task will be to test run the timetable to make sure it's workable.


Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Geoff on March 31, 2012, 08:03:30 pm
Just finished fitting switches and CDU in my point switch box, I will post photo's tomorrow, all I need to do now is wire it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on April 09, 2012, 01:56:44 pm
Mine still laying track slowly but im about to pull my hair out and scream as my mate whom im helping no sorry building it for him has changed his mind again after laying inclines track etc for the forth time. This time he saw a layout in april railway modeller and called in at my work to say "hey i have seen this and really like can you do it". So it is back to square one and starting over again. Luckily he lives 3 1/2 hrs away otherwise i think he could here me cursing him. At least it is a british layout!
BArt
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on April 09, 2012, 02:36:05 pm
Building a lighting pelmet for my micro layout.......(well trying to)........ ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on April 09, 2012, 02:38:42 pm
Currently scratch buildina a Cornish Mining Engine house to fit onto my Cornish branch line layout.
At the moment, I'm waiting for the glue to dry so will be wathing football scores on Sky for a bit.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 09, 2012, 02:44:03 pm
Levelling the boards for Snow Hill up

I levelled them lengthways but this being an oldish house the floor and thus the framing it sits upon is 'geometrically challenged' si I've been adding some extra wood to the underside of the boards at the front. That should also strengthen the fronter/weaker areas as it'll form a box structure.

Would have been easier if I'd done it beforehand mind you 8)

Next to tackle some wiring glitches. Last nights operation was over-realistic with a voyager stuck outside the station due to a power failure in the back of controller area...

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on April 09, 2012, 02:54:17 pm
Working out how much Z flexi track I am going to have to buy. ???
Also trying to decide whether to have narrow boats or a coastal dock with a Clyde Puffer.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on April 09, 2012, 03:25:11 pm
Just finishing the box up of Ive's Yard and packing it into the car to move to my new house. As it's not going to be on my office desk any more I might use the move as an opportunity to re-design it, possibly as a smaller layout while I create a new one for my office desk.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now- the Oddball Line
Post by: Oldman on April 15, 2012, 10:13:48 pm
Been busy cutting up the individual foam board formers and started to glue them together.
Will take about a week to get them all done and the glue to set rock hard. Then assemble them all to make the final framework.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on April 15, 2012, 10:41:48 pm
Just cut a section of track out to fit a point in. Scraped ballast up and soldered some more drop wires. Extended baseboard backwards by 6" so I can run around to some sidings. I now have to extend the baseboard sideways to get the actual sidings in and redo the scenery as I now have a canal ending in free space.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on April 15, 2012, 10:50:20 pm
Did some scenic work to the top end of the main layout. There's going to be a yard of some description near the sidings. Haven't decided exactly what yet.

Been working on too much rolling stock lately. Need to get back out to the shed more.

Alex :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mustermark on April 16, 2012, 01:34:22 am
Building platform 9.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: sidkent on April 16, 2012, 11:59:37 am
I have a week off, so am determined to do some work on the layout, at the moment I am laying some sidings in the goods yard and connecting the wiring for the points.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on April 16, 2012, 05:24:29 pm
At the moment I've been tidying it up so that I can actually see it!  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davidjhope on April 17, 2012, 03:19:10 pm
Trying to mark out my parking spaces including yellow chevrons using a yellow wet chalk marker and plenty of masking tape.
Next Im thinking about making an appointment to have my eyes tested.
So far so good.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on April 17, 2012, 07:02:48 pm
Lifting the track again to fit microswitches and wire the frogs on my points. Originally I only planned to motorise the 4 points at the back of the layout as the others were all within easy reach. Then I decided that I really liked having them motorised so decided to lift the other 14 sets to fit them with peco motors too. Well, then after relaying them all, I decided to lift them all again to wire the frogs for better running. So I thought that I would fit peco microswitches while doing this, to do both the frog polarity and to wire to a stud and probe panel. I now know I should have planned all of this before starting to lay the track but hey, I was totally new at this and didn't know anything about motorising points and mimic panels  ???. It has not been easy for a beginner who had never even held a soldering iron before but I feel as though I have learned a lot and had some fun along the way  :).
Next, how exactly do you make a mimic panel? More fun to come methinks  ;D. Oh and it has been torture not being able to play trains for the last few days  :'(

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on April 17, 2012, 10:48:40 pm
Been busy using impact adhesive to glue the lower framework of the Oddball Line together.
Need to come down from the fumes high before I can get to sleep :thumbsup: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on April 18, 2012, 06:20:48 am
Doing yet more building interiors
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on April 18, 2012, 08:25:39 am
Currently spraying 3 locos into a different livery and making eight Timber American style Tunnel Mouths out of balsa, must say I am having a ball :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on April 19, 2012, 09:11:30 pm
Well I have got all of my wires soldered to the frogs, fitted the microswitches and re-laid the points. Will wait for daylight tomorrow before going under the board to connect various wires. So now I am, back to playing trains  ;D. Jinty is merrily hauling 6 mk1's while EE3 (class 37) is making light work of a 20 wagon freight. Happy days lol

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on April 19, 2012, 09:25:03 pm
wiring up point motors.....boring......  :sleep: :sleep: :sleep:

At least i've got somthing to look forward to tomorrow.... i get to drive my company's Routemaster !  ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on April 19, 2012, 09:31:26 pm
Jammy  devil 4x2! I am prepared to swop places for the day if you twist my arm  :smiley-laughing:

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on April 19, 2012, 09:34:27 pm
Currently spraying 3 locos into a different livery and making eight Timber American style Tunnel Mouths out of balsa, must say I am having a ball :thumbsup:

Hi Dave,

Can you post a short 'How to...' on the balsa tunnel mouths?

Alex :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on April 19, 2012, 09:41:14 pm
Just covering an exterior building base with indian sandstone (printed onto labels). Will probably also make a path too
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on April 19, 2012, 09:46:37 pm
Jammy  devil 4x2! I am prepared to swop places for the day if you twist my arm  :smiley-laughing:

Marty
No chance !  :P  :evil: I haven't driven it since glastonbury last year ! Don't be too upset though- i'm only taking it a few miles so i won't really have much time to enjoy it - honest !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 20, 2012, 12:00:17 am
Adjusting some extra fiddle yard siding bits and testing the tracklaying with the 'worst case' stock (the Dapol container wagons)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on April 20, 2012, 12:17:11 am
planning the scenes for the background raised area on the back of my layout, so far it involves scalescenes terraced houses and corner shop, and im thinking a car dealership, and a factory or industrial estate at one end,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on April 20, 2012, 10:10:58 am
Cutting out the pits for the engine shed and as its a grey cold day giving up and returning to the warmth of the dining room to continue building the Smart -models shed. Its driving me mad so I may be buying the scalescenes one tomorrow.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on April 20, 2012, 11:40:07 am
Still running through Salisbury's timetable, tweaking as required. Up to 1655 now, and timetable rev4.

It took me until 1638 to notice that trains from Westbury were arriving 3 minutes after the London train had left, leaving a 42 minute wait for the next EMU. Now fixed, and great connections are now made with fast Exeters both up and down every two hours, so my diminutive passengers will be delighted.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: barkfast on April 20, 2012, 12:25:50 pm
planning on embedding the Ratio retaining wall into the scenery with yet more plaster :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Lawrence on April 20, 2012, 12:44:42 pm
I have actually 100% completed both my layouts in a week, so I have decided to rip them all up and start again so I just have the bare boards down now, honest  ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on April 20, 2012, 01:11:34 pm
I have actually 100% completed both my layouts in a week, so I have decided to rip them all up and start again so I just have the bare boards down now, honest  ::)

The earth is flat, and the moon is made of cheese ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pete Mc on April 21, 2012, 01:53:14 am
Got in from work at just after midnight,went up to the train room(spare bedroom) and soldered a few droppers so I can at least start to put the beginnings of a bus wire in for the dcc wiring,still loads to do but I may be able to run some trains by next weekend if I pull my finger out.
HST and DMU with sound running on the layout instead of the test track looms ever closer.
Electrical wirers block may be over.I'll be home from work around 8ish tomorrow night so I think I 'll do a bit more.

Pete
 :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on April 21, 2012, 09:42:16 am
I've been in early from work most nights this week but we had builders in so nothing has been done on the layout or modelling bench. Hopefully I'll get something done this weekend.

Alex :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on April 21, 2012, 10:26:46 am
I have actually 100% completed both my layouts in a week, so I have decided to rip them all up and start again so I just have the bare boards down now, honest  ::)

...and I bet you forgot to take pictures as well  :camera:  :smiley-laughing:

(or are you waiting on the glass plates drying)  :evil:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 03, 2012, 11:42:14 pm
New soldering iron arrived and the last power feed is now soldered, all the point droppers are dangling happily and there are holes ready for each point motor.

Now I need to wire all the point motors - 20 motors, 6 wires per motor, plus the wiring for the controllers and power to them.

Two multi coloured hedgehogs so far, will take a few days to get the other 18 done and ready to try fitting.

Then I need to sell of some more bits and buy some static decoders to wire them into.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: upnick on May 03, 2012, 11:51:51 pm
Had a bit   (i  use the word loosley)  ::) of a tidy up  on the layout &  ran   a couple  of  trains  after the  test track wont  read  on my powercab  i   have set up   in the other room  i  converted  a   the J94 i  got from EP   nice little runner it is as well   a bit wobbly  at times  but i'll sort  it's CV's out &  making it smoother shunting  & fit  either  a  Kato   knuckle   or  microtrains  coupler as i prefer  them  especially on  smaller locos   rapidos look out of proportion.

My Eastnor Castle had a run  out as well  following which i   replaced the coal in the tender with some   WS  mine run,  the little J94  received the same   ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on May 04, 2012, 07:34:18 am
Nothing really on the layouts just building some of the kits that are sitting in the drawer.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on May 04, 2012, 07:45:43 am
Just been out to see how the Sankei Opticians building looks on my layout
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on May 04, 2012, 09:04:46 am
Short answer: not as much as I'd like to be doing - real life keeps getting in the way.

Finally finished test running the timetable. Needed a minor tweak in the evening peak (same problem as morning peak).

Decommissioning some of my poor running power units from my EMUs. Some 1960s units will now share chassis with 1980s units - which is fine as they shouldn't be in use at the same time anyway. The old bogies/chassis are going to new homes via eBay.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on May 04, 2012, 09:38:44 am
Mainly be working on loco's and rolling stock but did glue all the slates to the disused engine sheds roof last night.
Just got the windows and doors to paint and finish on it now. Then weathering and weeds to add!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on May 04, 2012, 09:55:05 am
Watching Tornado powering an express while Jinty is hauling a short rake of mineral wagons. Will be doing a little tweak to my incline if I can stop playing trains long enough  ;D Hmmmm, I think my Royal Scot could do with a good run out, and maybe my Brush 4 and EE 3 and cl 101. Mustn't forget Oliver Bury either  ;D.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on May 04, 2012, 09:04:15 pm
Been working on some detail at my small, rural Lanharrack goods yard and scratch building a small Animal Feed Store (these are very common inrural Cornwall).  Watching football on the TV as I'm waiting for some paint to dry!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 14, 2012, 10:54:29 pm
The Clubman DCC is waiting a bit as I decided it would be smarter to finish off some stuff before my desk suffered a catastrophic collapse.

Instead I've been working on various things that just needed some finishing work. A pair of 33/1's now have numbers. 47200 has numbers and most of the other decals done.  I've also finished touching up the paintwork on the Avonside and sticking DCC into it. That was a bit tight, thank goodness for the TCS Z2 decoder.

The Parkwood Maunsell shunter is also done except for decoder (need to order one) and I'll post some pictures and a review when I get time. Very nice kit though, very well thought out and reuses all the buffers and bits from the Farish 08.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Graham63 on May 22, 2012, 09:24:54 pm
Trying to build a couple of Bilteezi card kits Igot from the N gauge shop, but diy at daughters house seems to be getting in the way.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 23, 2012, 05:27:32 pm
Catching up after a couple of hectic days of work stuff.

The 168 clubman now has sound although the speaker wires need a spot of tweaking as they occasionally catch something.

I've also mutilated a Bachmann Farish voyager and inroduced it to a pair of class 170 body shells and some sawn up 170 underframe bits. So my 172 end cars now just needs the decals and body related tweaks. Need to decide whether to do a 3 car unit or a pair of 2 car ones eventually. Seems Snow Hill sees both combinations.

Sound will be a another problem - no 172 sound sets yet. Mot sure if I can use the lights  either. Some thought needed there.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on May 23, 2012, 07:27:49 pm
Making an end board to hide the fiddleyard from the viewer.
Marked it all out and cut a recess for the catch that clips the fiddleyard to the layout.
Its now clamped while the glues drying.
Painting 'Cil Naomhan' in a gaelic font is going to be interesting...  :evil:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: apsheehan on May 23, 2012, 07:37:01 pm
Just finished screening of my fiddle yard with a brick retaining wall incorporating several tunnel/bridge mouths and an inset warehouse.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on May 23, 2012, 08:02:27 pm
Just finished screening of my fiddle yard with a brick retaining wall incorporating several tunnel/bridge mouths and an inset warehouse.

Sounds very interesting......any  :camera:.....  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on May 23, 2012, 10:39:00 pm
Cursing at the nightmare that is my Scalescenes warehouse kit.
Find it easier to build etched brass kits that this building.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: apsheehan on May 23, 2012, 11:46:51 pm
Cursing at the nightmare that is my Scalescenes warehouse kit.
Find it easier to build etched brass kits that this building.

My "Inset Warehouse" is essentially the scalescenes kit I too struggled with. Rather than Low relief its essentially "No relief" now, stuck to the dividing wall!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 24, 2012, 01:01:55 am
Cursing at the nightmare that is my Scalescenes warehouse kit.
Find it easier to build etched brass kits that this building.

The warehouse is a pig if cutting by hand. A lot of the other kits are much much simpler to build so don't judge them all by that one.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on May 24, 2012, 08:53:07 am
Alan, you have hit the nail on the head.
Love the others I have built but think I might stick to other manufacturers for my larger buildings.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on May 24, 2012, 09:21:26 am
Cursing at the nightmare that is my Scalescenes warehouse kit.
Find it easier to build etched brass kits that this building.

I made up this kit in OO and it took ages. Cutting the windows in OO by hand was bad enough . . .

As EP said, most of the other kits are much easier to build. I did suggest that Scalescenes put a grading on the kits in terms of completion time (or degree of difficulty) as I probably wouldn't have bought it if I had known how much time it took to do.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on May 24, 2012, 09:45:04 am
Just got to the glazing section.
Think I may just use wooden supports inside  and forget about the interior.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on May 24, 2012, 12:01:16 pm
I did the full interior and then realised you can't see it !!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on May 24, 2012, 01:50:18 pm
Finally got to the stage where I can start scratch building a few structures, a long time coming but worth the wait.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on May 24, 2012, 01:50:43 pm
Nothing!
Waaaay too hot in the attic.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on May 24, 2012, 07:53:36 pm
Motorising my Peco turntable. After much indecision I decided to control the turntable with my nce powercab. Got a cheap wired Bachman loco chip from local model shop on Saturday to do this. Started the project today and realised the Bachman chip will not let you program cv5 and cv6. Anyhoo, took chip back to the shop and asked to exchange it. The owner was happy to do so and suggested the new TrainSave chip which can accomodate changes to cv5 & 6. Although it is for 00 gauge and is fitted with an 8 pin socket it is fine for the turntable. It is running great and best of all as it was only 11.50 I got a 4.50 refund  ;D. As others on here have said, Frizinghall kit runs a bit slowly and is noisy. Tomorrow I intend tinkering with the gearing and trying to quieten it down by packing a bit of grease into the gearbox. If all goes well Tornado and her friends will be playing on their new carousel tomorrow night  :smiley-laughing:

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 24, 2012, 07:58:28 pm
Hope all goes well with the 'Magic Roundabout' Marty :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: RichardBattersby on May 24, 2012, 08:45:20 pm
Motorising my Peco turntable. After much indecision I decided to control the turntable with my nce powercab. Got a cheap wired Bachman loco chip from local model shop on Saturday to do this. Started the project today and realised the Bachman chip will not let you program cv5 and cv6. Anyhoo, took chip back to the shop and asked to exchange it. The owner was happy to do so and suggested the new TrainSave chip which can accomodate changes to cv5 & 6. Although it is for 00 gauge and is fitted with an 8 pin socket it is fine for the turntable. It is running great and best of all as it was only 11.50 I got a 4.50 refund  ;D. As others on here have said, Frizinghall kit runs a bit slowly and is noisy. Tomorrow I intend tinkering with the gearing and trying to quieten it down by packing a bit of grease into the gearbox. If all goes well Tornado and her friends will be playing on their new carousel tomorrow night  :smiley-laughing:

Marty

Hi Marty, could I be really cheeky and ask you to start a new thread and post how you've done this, maybe with a pic or two? I'm sure others would be interersted but the main reason I ask is out selfishness. I too have a Peco turntable, which is motorised and worked fine under DC, but I've converted to DCC and I have no idea how to convert it and even though it's still on 16v AC with the point motors it now doesn't work now so I'd love to know how you did it! It's the last bit I need to crack. No offense taken if you tell me where to go!  ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 24, 2012, 09:38:34 pm
Get thee to the roundhouse, Richard.
Seriously, it's a very good question and hopefully Marty will do the biz for us.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on May 25, 2012, 09:02:52 pm
Hi Richard, it's not cheeky at all. I will get on to it for you now. But I am no whizz at posting photos so please bear with me while I take some pics and do a quick write up for you.

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: RichardBattersby on May 25, 2012, 09:05:34 pm
Thanks Marty!  ;D That's fantastic, I know it's a lot of effort, but much appreciated indeed!!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on May 25, 2012, 10:12:43 pm
Nothing.
Watching Pink Floyd on BBC4 till 23.00hrs
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on May 25, 2012, 10:44:28 pm
No problem at all Richard I just hope it makes sense

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 26, 2012, 03:04:04 pm
Adding some extra gaps after todays heat decided to cause mayhem. Not of course on the new unballasted track but on the existing ballasted track for Wadebridge. I've trimmed out a new small gap and straightened the rail back up, Will need a spot of glue and reballasting to finish the repair plus a new power feeder.

I'd been wondering if I'd get away with it - last year it went a bit distorted at that spot, this year it went totally out of gauge !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on May 26, 2012, 04:10:47 pm
Glueing a dockside crane together.
The little Fleetline one, not some huge thing on wheels!
Not a lot otherwise today.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: apsheehan on May 27, 2012, 03:27:09 pm
Just finished screening of my fiddle yard with a brick retaining wall incorporating several tunnel/bridge mouths and an inset warehouse.

Sounds very interesting......any  :camera:.....  :thumbsup:

I've now uploaded photos on a new layout construction thread. Thanks for the interest.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on May 27, 2012, 04:24:16 pm
Finally got some work done on the layout today. I've blocked off the window and added a small loop for my station.

(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f178/alexcrawford2008/N%20Gauge/Layout/100_9575.jpg)

(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f178/alexcrawford2008/N%20Gauge/Layout/100_9572.jpg)

(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f178/alexcrawford2008/N%20Gauge/Layout/100_9571.jpg)

There's enough room for my BAR coaches, once they come back from the NGS Compitition, and a 2-8-0 Consolidation. Need to work on the station and backdrop now. That may take a while.

Alex :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 27, 2012, 04:41:08 pm
Very nice, Alex :thumbsup:
Blocking the window off seems a little drastic - they used to brick them up to avoid window tax :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on May 27, 2012, 04:47:07 pm
Hi Newport,

I'm going to install small strip lights under the upper layout to light up the lower one.

Also we've had a few shed break ins over the past few months in our area. No need to let them know what's in the shed.

Alex :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 27, 2012, 09:42:57 pm
.

Also we've had a few shed break ins over the past few months in our area. No need to let them know what's in the shed.

Alex :wave:

Swines! Are the public still not allowed to use a couple of Claymore AP mines as deterrent? :evil:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on May 28, 2012, 04:08:44 pm
anything i can do at my desk! the temprature is soaring in the shed making it evenings only out there working,,,,,,,

(http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/1783/img0789fi.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on May 28, 2012, 04:29:06 pm
anything i can do at my desk! the temprature is soaring in the shed making it evenings only out there working,,,,,,,

([url]http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/1783/img0789fi.jpg[/url])

According to the weather forecast for the Portsmouth area, it is going to cool gradually this week.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 28, 2012, 05:43:11 pm
Blinking Blimey - when did you have 44 degrees in your shed? :o
People pay good money to have a sauna ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 28, 2012, 08:30:35 pm
44C will certainly stress test the layout and models 8)

How come its so hot - have you considered tin foil or similar on the shed roof ?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: quinntopia on May 29, 2012, 04:36:05 am
I can sympathize with the 30c shed...my layout is in my garage and in the summer it just gets too darn warm out there (I can open up the garage door, but that tends to attract bugs!).

Anyway, I'm sort of winding down on modeling for the summer, but I have been obsessed with getting my passenger terminal and its station complete before the summer weather hits.

Here's a shot of the tracks and platforms (before some details were added):
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BKUH-5O8wI0/T1F2EGMTEGI/AAAAAAAADjE/QgB6a_qNdu4/s1600/DSC03098.JPG)
And here's a shot of my nearly complete terminal building for the station:
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kKWuDBQROZ8/T8PinDtS1uI/AAAAAAAADv8/WQraCHjOcl4/s1600/n+scale+terminal.JPG)

In general I'm pleased...I'm at a pretty good point to slow down and pick it up again in the fall!  It'll be fun too as at this point all sytrofoam and other unsightly looking areas are covered and I can work on more fun scenery and detail items.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 29, 2012, 07:50:48 am
Wow! - Looks superb :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on May 29, 2012, 11:32:48 am
Again, WOW!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on May 29, 2012, 06:49:01 pm
impressive!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: galway on May 29, 2012, 06:52:04 pm
  :thumbsup: Absolutely fantastic   :camera:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on May 29, 2012, 06:53:12 pm
That Is a massively impressive terminus! I'm pondering buying some self adhesive insulating foil as I'm shopping near B&Q v soon,,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on May 29, 2012, 08:04:39 pm
And yet another WOW  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on May 30, 2012, 08:12:51 pm
What a great terminal to have some of the classic locos pulling in to, The Zephyr, Morning Daylight, El Capitan, Super Chief - Oh the list could go on and on   :thumbsup:

Sorry to say this but roll on your Fall when you get back to working on it  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Joe 90 on June 27, 2012, 07:23:50 pm
Green with envy :o :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mr.Grumpy on June 29, 2012, 11:16:04 pm
I wish to make some similar buildings for my layout. Got any links?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on June 30, 2012, 07:05:48 am
If it is for Quinntopias layout, there are links in his blog

Few more links about skyscrapers and interiors etc

http://www.flickr.com/photos/55063726@N00/4370188152/#in/set-72157623438459656/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/55063726@N00/4370188152/#in/set-72157623438459656/)
http://japanrailmodelers.org/photos/curtsdetails/index.html (http://japanrailmodelers.org/photos/curtsdetails/index.html)
http://www.jnsforum.com/index.php/topic,83.0.html (http://www.jnsforum.com/index.php/topic,83.0.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mickey26 on September 28, 2012, 02:58:33 pm
What am I doing on my layout right now? Sitting with my back to it making up waybills in an endeavour to get my goods wagons rolling on my new, nearly completed layout. That and searching the internet for fairly easy waybill ideas. Don't go for the two or three waybills per wagon system. Just FROM/TO suits my way of easy operation. Just like to run trains. Mickey26. 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on September 28, 2012, 03:31:57 pm
Playing tr... I mean testing my new NEM bar couplings.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 28, 2012, 03:45:17 pm
cladding a kestral kit with plasticard brick texture sheet, and hopefully coming up with something more scale looking,,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on September 28, 2012, 04:05:05 pm
Nothing because I on the forum whilst sitting in the doctors waiting room waiting for my Asthma annual check up.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chinahand on September 28, 2012, 05:39:25 pm
Well, you will note that my location has now changed from China to Daventry in the UK and the good news is that all my gear has finally arrived from China so I'm about to start building my new Market Havering layout.

The support framing is all done but, due to my disability, I will not be able to build the baseboards myself this time so I am now investigating having them made for me by MRS Modular Baseboard Systems.

More news to follow soon I hope.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 28, 2012, 09:07:25 pm
Hi Trevor,

Glad everything has come together in Daventry and I hope you are quickly settled in :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on September 28, 2012, 09:40:49 pm
Well, you will note that my location has now changed from China to Daventry in the UK and the good news is that all my gear has finally arrived from China so I'm about to start building my new Market Havering layout.

The support framing is all done but, due to my disability, I will not be able to build the baseboards myself this time so I am now investigating having them made for me by MRS Modular Baseboard Systems.

More news to follow soon I hope.
 

My baseboards are by them they are lightweight and sturdy and great for wiring access,,,,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davidjhope on September 30, 2012, 09:43:48 pm
Trying to solder micro Led's.
 :'(
Getting very cheesed off.
 >:(
I've now opened a bottle to see if that helps.
 :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Greybeema on September 30, 2012, 10:01:29 pm
Designing - I'm always bloody designing.  Never seem to get to the building stage.....
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: RichardBattersby on October 01, 2012, 11:49:22 pm
Trying to motorise some points  :confused1: :worried:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on October 02, 2012, 07:05:46 am
Picked up 7 - 10ft lengths of 2"x 1" dressed pine for my new American N scale layout that will be built above my existing British N Gauge layout, all being well construction will start tomorrow.

I was intending to build a OO gauge layout but I cant get the required space to do what I want.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bigbear on October 27, 2012, 12:34:53 am
I'm busy customising a load of Kestrel kits I got cheap. New doors and windows, new roofs, new wall finishes, customised gardens... Would it be easier to scratch build?

Also chopping some Lyddle End buildings about. An old pub and some cottages being given a new look.

Converting photos of my aunt's old cottage to do a scratch build of that.

I build all of my buildings as individual dioramas and then place them in the layout. It's easier than reaching over to work on tiny details!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: agent9843 on October 29, 2012, 01:30:28 am
Real work put skids on modeling... correcting errors in el'cheapo  n-scale autos.  Halted in mid progress.  Need time to crack-up air compressor and airbrush auto's new paint jobs.  best aj
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on October 29, 2012, 07:22:16 am
Uprooted some of the track I layed last week and reorganized the track plan to suit a different theme.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: swisstony on October 29, 2012, 08:36:42 am
Still creating working SR Lamps from White Metal kits and Flat LEDS... Time consuming is not the word!  Not to mention SWMBO found I'd pinched her green nail polish to act as a current shield on the white metal from the LED legs as it was a great colour match to my Lamp green paint    :worried:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on October 29, 2012, 11:26:06 am
Bought the yes...scalescenes low relief shopbacks so decided it was about time to finish the low relief terraced houses that I started in January.  Anyway nearly finished both and have found a suitable area to use at least some of them.
Shop backs are very interesting lots of detail and have optional items such as air conditioning units with air ducts etc.
Pictures when finished.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on October 29, 2012, 11:37:04 am
Just done my first Scalescenes kit for the low relief railway arches at the back of the layout and then a serious tidy up of the layout and modelling room in time for the letting agents to do their first inspection since I moved in.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 29, 2012, 05:06:04 pm
Fiddling about with my hard-standing (will never touch Bulsa again for this, lesson for next project).

Also laying out all my collected scenic items in prep to glue them (if I am happy with their location, which looking over my shoulder I think I am ).

Copious track cleaning at last getting results.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on October 29, 2012, 06:21:30 pm
Tried my first Kestrel kits, 4 terraced houses and another of a shop and house, made up nice and easy but as mentioned elsewhere the brickwork moulding leaves a lot to be desired.  :(  But taking EP's suggestion of painting them grey has completely transformed them, actually look half decent now  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 29, 2012, 06:47:16 pm
Quote
Tried my first Kestrel kits

I always thought these where a bit under-scale tbh. Build a few in my time, but when I was much younger and much worse at that sort of thing!

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on October 31, 2012, 06:08:28 pm
Simplifying the junction at Salisbury South, moving it closer to the station and creating more space between the main Exeter line and Salisbury City branch. I will then move the diesel depot into that space.

This will avoid the need for WR diesels to shunt across the SR third rail tracks to reach their trains which I always felt was just plain wrong.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 31, 2012, 07:22:00 pm
Enjoying my first trouble free running session since the layout was re-assembled.

Just solved a bit of a dead spot under the fly-over with a cotton bud, meths and a bit of elbow - grease. Add to this running my cleaning train (see Filton TMD thread) round and round a few times, serving the dual purpose of cleaning and properly running in my class 73, and its been a good night.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bluedepot on October 31, 2012, 07:25:57 pm
1. adding yard lights then platform lights.  yard lights are old stlyle midland lamps for sidings (p&d marsh, non working) and a tpm tower from cr signals for the depot area (working), plus a few 'street lights' (4d models, non working) and a double yard light from cr signals (working). platform lights will probably be street lights (non working).

2. pasting on the backscene. this is a cloudy sky backscene... need to paste it on without creases and bubbles...


tim
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on October 31, 2012, 07:30:32 pm
Sliding sleepers under the rail joints of my newly laid track.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on October 31, 2012, 07:37:39 pm
Working on the scenic section at the rear of my layout.
Built up the hillside at the weekend.
Having waited for it to dry, I have just painted it varying shades of green/brown/greay.
Just taking a break before spreading various colours of fine scatter material (mainly 3 shades of green with some dry earth)  over the stil wet paint.
Tomorrow I will spread slightly diluted PVA over the scatter material to fix those bits which didn't stick to the paint.
At the weekend should be able to add bushes etc and will finally complete with Cornish hedging and trees.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on November 07, 2012, 10:26:43 pm
Just got the outer loop complete and bus wired up!  Need to clean the track and sort out one or two fouling places where my 3MT intermittently derails.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: JonHarbour on November 10, 2012, 06:38:36 am
I finally got some time this afternoon to work on my layout. I stuck a piece of spare Atlas code 55 track on the underside to use as a DCC bus and then soldered the droppers on one half of my first board of my layout to it. I can now play test the track on one half of this first board. Need more Atlas track to do the track bus on the other half of the board and the accessory bus on both halves as well. Tested it with four different locos and got the outcome I expected - they all ran okay!  :bounce: :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: d-a-n on November 10, 2012, 07:32:39 pm
The 47 is still going round and round delivering the empties...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 10, 2012, 07:35:07 pm
Finally made time to run in my BachFar 5MT, nice little runner and real slow under DCC, now need to fit it with some sound  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on November 10, 2012, 08:26:38 pm
Currently attempting to get my desk full of half built projects under control.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on November 11, 2012, 01:23:29 am
Building the Scalescenes Medium Station - love these kits!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on November 11, 2012, 02:24:42 am
Contemplating when i will find the time to start my scalescenes multi-story carpark, might sneak it into work tomorrow night :scowl:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: martink on November 11, 2012, 04:05:56 am
Starting on the signalling - bought the kits from CR signals, designed the control electronics and written the firmware, now about to build the signals and control board.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 11, 2012, 03:58:26 pm
Mopping up the blood after the knife slipped whilst cutting polystyrene foam for the landscape around Bampton village, luckily it didn't drip onto the nice new buildings for the village I've been building for the past week, no more modelling today.   :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 11, 2012, 04:07:45 pm
Sorry, Caz.
Hope you're not too badly hurt :-*
Couldn't resist this though......

Genesis - Blood on the Rooftops (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVGEnXrJk6A#)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on November 11, 2012, 04:11:56 pm
Been making a stables comples for a corner of the layout. Made all the buildings in outline. Waiting for the paint to dry on the windows and doors. Have to get some horses this week to stick their heads out above the bottom half of the stable doors.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 11, 2012, 04:26:18 pm
Sorry, Caz.
Hope you're not too badly hurt :-*


Only the tip and nail of one finger and of course pride  :smackedface:, I don't have a lot of arm strength so have to put my whole body behind it to cut the stuff and if the knife slips I'm in trouble   :veryangry:  .  Thanks for the music,very nice.   :)   On the bright side, the valley is looking good and I've only got one more small bit of foam to cut.  I think I keep the Elastoplast factory on 24 hours shifts just to keep up with me  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on November 11, 2012, 06:05:23 pm
Currently trying to finish weathering the other ten 'Ford' VGA wagons to go with the six I did ages ago  ::)

Sides done, waiting for the fixative to dry before tackling the roofs. Then only 40 buffers to paint  :'( and they're finished  :bounce:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Donkey on November 11, 2012, 06:19:38 pm
Oh no Caz  :o hope its not too sore. Might I suggest putting your feet up with "a medicinal one (or two)" and just watching the trains going round for a bit of therapy?

Marty
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Kipper on November 11, 2012, 08:39:13 pm
In a recent (current?) Model Rail magazine, there was a small trackplan booklet. Included in the booklet was a 6x4 00 plan, which I would like to do in N. Having laid some track, I found that my 4x2 board was not wide enough to take all the track, as it needs to be more than 2 feet. If the ratio is not 2:1, such that 6x4 in00 = 3x2 in N, can anyone give me the conversion from 00 to N, for future reference?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chinahand on November 11, 2012, 10:05:13 pm
Wiring up my points control panels while I wait for my boards to be made by MRS. Almost 1,000 soldered connections and I'm about 2/3 the way through.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 11, 2012, 10:06:37 pm
Wiring up my points control panels while I wait for my boards to be made by MRS. Almost 1,000 soldered connections and I'm about 2/3 the way through.

The pleasures of running a railway  ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on November 11, 2012, 10:27:51 pm
Trying to remember where i put my spare roll of cable.
Have been playing trains tonight and discovered I need to add a couple more power feeds.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Trainfish on November 11, 2012, 10:34:18 pm
In a recent (current?) Model Rail magazine, there was a small trackplan booklet. Included in the booklet was a 6x4 00 plan, which I would like to do in N. Having laid some track, I found that my 4x2 board was not wide enough to take all the track, as it needs to be more than 2 feet. If the ratio is not 2:1, such that 6x4 in00 = 3x2 in N, can anyone give me the conversion from 00 to N, for future reference?

For 1:76 to 1:148 I make it 1.947368423:1
Roughly
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Kipper on November 11, 2012, 10:41:16 pm
Cheers Trainfish. I was wondering if the 00 curves were proportionally the same as N curves, but that may have been another contributory factor. Will have to have a go designing it on a track plan package on the Mac.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Trainfish on November 11, 2012, 10:51:28 pm
Or the other way of looking at it is 2:1.027027026
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on November 11, 2012, 11:23:53 pm
Currently running in an EWS class 60. Unlike other 60 models, this one seems rather noisy
Earlier I put together the small detailing parts supplied with a Farish SPA steel coil wagon.
Soooooo fidly!

Been doing sporadic cleaning and posing of a few vehicles including a CAT digger.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on November 12, 2012, 10:04:13 am
In a recent (current?) Model Rail magazine, there was a small trackplan booklet. Included in the booklet was a 6x4 00 plan, which I would like to do in N. Having laid some track, I found that my 4x2 board was not wide enough to take all the track, as it needs to be more than 2 feet. If the ratio is not 2:1, such that 6x4 in00 = 3x2 in N, can anyone give me the conversion from 00 to N, for future reference?

For 1:76 to 1:148 I make it 1.947368423:1
Roughly

Not that easy I'm afraid, not where track is concerned anyway ;)

For instance, Hornby 1st radius curve is 371mm, so half that would be 185.5mm in N, or 7.3 inches - as we all know Peco 1st radius is 228mm or 9 inches :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 12, 2012, 10:22:16 am
as we all know Peco 1st radius is 228mm or 9 inches :thumbsup:

Paul

I didn't, often wondered when people speak about first, second radius curves what they actually were, so thanks for the info Paul  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on November 12, 2012, 12:04:22 pm
OO minimal radius tends to be about 14" equivalent of 7" in N and continental minimal radius.

A better rule of thumb is 2/3rds size (except for operator wells etc!)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Kipper on November 12, 2012, 09:14:01 pm
Yes, I think that is the problem. If 00 track was directly proportional to N, half size would fit. Looks like I need about a 4.5 x 3 board, which is annoying as I do not have the room, which is why I made a 4 x 2 board in the first place. Oh well, continue the search for a track plan I like.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 12, 2012, 09:21:26 pm
This months Railway Modeller has a free pull out section of track plans.
Note - dear old Cyril Freezers plans can be somewhat optimistic as to what you can fit on the baseboard :worried:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 12, 2012, 09:29:29 pm
Printed off some Peco templates to help plan some changes to Hurst Hill. The idea is to remove the track that needs auto polarity change (too expensive just now) to an 'improved' longer continuous loop and increasing the yard capacity.

And then there's the lighting circuit to do.

And finishing off the ballasting!  :thumbsdown:

Dave G

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 12, 2012, 09:33:39 pm
This months Railway Modeller has a free pull out section of track plans.
Note - dear old Cyril Freezers plans can be somewhat optimistic as to what you can fit on the baseboard :worried:

Yes, I found that too. Some decent ideas to base your plan on though.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 13, 2012, 08:57:52 pm
What am I doing on my layout right now, nothing- given up, to many injuries, think I'll go back to my cross stitch and embroidery, much safer.  Sunday, knife slipped and cut into the tip of my middle finger and nail, Monday, using a hand drill, the drill broke and the bit still in the drill went into the side of my thumb, Tuesday, using a jigsaw and managed to catch my index finger on the blade, where's a bloody man when you want one   :( 

No wonder not many girls take up model railways, I'm well battle scarred and it's ruined my nails, but hell, I just love seeing those little trains go round and round so once I've healed up, stupid as I am, I guess I'll be back for more  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 13, 2012, 09:25:32 pm
Such devotion is above and beyond, Caz :admiration:

Here's just the bloody man you need.....

Reg Prescot Makes a Cabinet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p_mdGtY26Y#)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 13, 2012, 09:32:32 pm
What am I doing on my layout right now, nothing- given up, to many injuries, think I'll go back to my cross stitch and embroidery, much safer.  Sunday, knife slipped and cut into the tip of my middle finger and nail, Monday, using a hand drill, the drill broke and the bit still in the drill went into the side of my thumb, Tuesday, using a jigsaw and managed to catch my index finger on the blade, where's a bloody man when you want one   :( 

No wonder not many girls take up model railways, I'm well battle scarred and it's ruined my nails, but hell, I just love seeing those little trains go round and round so once I've healed up, stupid as I am, I guess I'll be back for more  :)

I hope the injuries heal up quickly Caz. Somehow you alway seem to bash the hand that's been hurt.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 13, 2012, 09:45:04 pm
Such devotion is above and beyond, Caz :admiration:

Here's just the bloody man you need.....


Thanks Mike that really cheered me up, what an absolute classic, up there with the four candles, I'm not quite that bad but I think I come a close second.   ;D

I normally wait until my brother comes over (he lives just along the coast) or some close friends who often come over to stay but at the moment neither are available so thought I'd have a go myself at a bit of woodwork, Bampney Village has extracted a heavy toll, could save a bit of painting though, as the blood on the plywood dries out it turns quite an earthy colour.   :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 13, 2012, 09:47:53 pm

I hope the injuries heal up quickly Caz. Somehow you alway seem to bash the hand that's been hurt.

Dave G

Cheers Dave, I suppose because of the first injury I wasn't holding the wood tightly enough and of course it's the same hand that takes the hit  :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Lawrence on November 13, 2012, 10:48:06 pm
What am I doing on my layout right now, nothing- given up, to many injuries, think I'll go back to my cross stitch and embroidery, much safer.  Sunday, knife slipped and cut into the tip of my middle finger and nail, Monday, using a hand drill, the drill broke and the bit still in the drill went into the side of my thumb, Tuesday, using a jigsaw and managed to catch my index finger on the blade, where's a bloody man when you want one   :( 

No wonder not many girls take up model railways, I'm well battle scarred and it's ruined my nails, but hell, I just love seeing those little trains go round and round so once I've healed up, stupid as I am, I guess I'll be back for more  :)

Told you Rioja and layout building doesn't mix Caz  ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on November 14, 2012, 06:49:15 am
Hope your injuries heal up quickly Caz. There is a saying that accidents occur in threes so hopefully that is your spell of bad luck over.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on November 14, 2012, 08:06:25 am
Just added two more sidings and getting ready to ballast  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on November 15, 2012, 05:54:23 pm
tidying up the mess!  :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: westie7 on November 15, 2012, 08:22:16 pm
What am I doing on my layout right now, nothing- given up, to many injuries, think I'll go back to my cross stitch and embroidery, much safer.  Sunday, knife slipped and cut into the tip of my middle finger and nail,

My sympathies, today I finished the TPM FPA kit that I stopped at the beginning of the year.

It goes something like this... whilst carving out the centre of the wagon for the cast frame the no.10 blade slipped and plunged into my thumb. CSI would have had a field day, two stitches and lots of numbness still.

But back at it now, 6 Russell FPA's done and all digits still in place. Those brake rigging etches Bernard does for the Farish AB Chassis are.. well.. a challenge

Rgds
Mark
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 15, 2012, 08:27:57 pm
What am I doing on my layout right now, nothing- given up, to many injuries, think I'll go back to my cross stitch and embroidery, much safer.  Sunday, knife slipped and cut into the tip of my middle finger and nail,

My sympathies, today I finished the TPM FPA kit that I stopped at the beginning of the year.

It goes something like this... whilst carving out the centre of the wagon for the cast frame the no.10 blade slipped and plunged into my thumb. CSI would have had a field day, two stitches and lots of numbness still.

But back at it now, 6 Russell FPA's done and all digits still in place. Those brake rigging etches Bernard does for the Farish AB Chassis are.. well.. a challenge

Rgds
Mark

Thanks for your sympathies, think I'll definately give them a miss  ;)  Once my swelling and soreness has subsided, think I'll go back to ballasting, much safer  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on November 15, 2012, 08:41:06 pm
Did a little experiment with creating hedgerows today. I used some leftover bits of Javis flexible walling (basically foam rubber strip) that were in the job lot bundle of N Gauge bits I got a while back, ran them through a 75% PVA mix and stuck lumps of 'rough grass' (more like OO rough grass) flock to it, then attached to the layout with more PVA.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2607.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2607)

I added more clumps by placing them and dripping dilute 50% PVA onto them the same as you do when dry ballasting. Seems to work well for holding them in place.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Matthew-peter on November 15, 2012, 09:41:50 pm
Nothing right now but I shall be carrying on with the cottage gardens when I get back, Here is a photo 'so far'
(http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o12/yay-free-lemons/DSCF2291.jpg)
Still requires a fare bit of work but getting there.

Also the experiment definitely worked 'Zwilnik'  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jack on November 15, 2012, 10:09:39 pm
Trying out my new Woodland Scenics Wheeler Cleaner and Track Cleaner. Impressed with Track Cleaner, it appeared to clean the insides of the rails and not just the tops, but a little disappointed with the Wheel Cleaner.

While the Wheel Cleaner worked fine on most of my shed, my Class 47s/57s didn't like it!  :( I had to lightly press down on the locos for the wheels to make contact with the cleaner power rails due to the gear housing on the bogie tower. Still it was nice to run every loco and dmu  with clean wheels on a clean track. Next in line will be the rest of my rolling stock for wheel cleaning.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bigbear on November 15, 2012, 10:36:56 pm
Trying to make Kestrel North light Factory kit look right! I've re-roofed it with a finer corrugated plastic, but the big windows don't look right for my 1948 -1950 time period. Can anybody recommend a good reference source for such buildings, please? Did factiries have huge side windows in that period?

On the positive side, I've now completed my little village pub diorama, using a Lyddle End Boar's Head pub, with Kestrel stables and a couple of Lyddle End outbuildings. I've also got the branch terminus station sorted - a converted Peco goods shed, with a much chopped about Ratio station building and a Peco station house.

Next, I'm going to attempt to retro-engineer some S&D Mouldings buildings to make them a bit more detailed and glaze them properly. I have a feeling I might end up scratch building some cottages if I can't do this successfully!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on November 15, 2012, 11:52:22 pm
Running in an HST (Farish) and a Class 67 (Dapol).

Looking forward to adding some people and livestock over the next few weeks.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on November 16, 2012, 12:06:53 am
Running in an HST (Farish) and a Class 67 (Dapol).
What, no video ?????

Looking forward to adding some people and livestock over the next few weeks.

Do you need the next few weeks to build up the courage  :worried:  :P

I hope you are having loads of fun running trains   ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on November 16, 2012, 01:22:04 am
Running in an HST (Farish) and a Class 67 (Dapol).
What, no video ?????

Looking forward to adding some people and livestock over the next few weeks.

Do you need the next few weeks to build up the courage  :worried:  :P

I hope you are having loads of fun running trains   ;)

cheers John.


Thanks John  :thumbsup: I'm having a great time just playing instead of arm chair modeling, it's great.

Unfortunately no videos as yet for several reasons:

A) Stupidly busy with the day job at present :thumbsdown:

B) Don't actually own a video camera as yet :'(

C) haven't set up a YouTube account yet :confused2:

So videos will definitely be a new year project. This will also give me time to sort through the vast collection of loco's and rolling stock with a few of downsizing. I think I will be selling some stuff that won't fit in with the Old Warren modern era image this side of Christmas. This should raise some funds for a few more class 66's and some EWS rolling stock.

So until the new year just a few camera stills of Old Warren as she slowly becomes populated by people, cars, Moo cows and the odd little cameo I have Planned.

(plus an EWS maintenance depot full of EWS loco's ! :claphappy:)

Watch this space :camera:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 16, 2012, 07:32:42 am
Last night I unpacked yet another bargain loco. This time from Kernow (amazing price and delivery). This one is a Dapol B1. Having gone totally bonkers, I am also awaiting delivery of a GF shunter and a weathered WD Austerity. :D

The beautifully detailed Dapol comes with a pair of spare traction tyres and some very small parts that my old eyes can hardly see. No instructions what or how to fit. Can anyone please advise?

A light lube as directed and then a gentle run around the main loop. It performs very well but it does highlight a couple of not-so-good joins in the track. The twin front bogies derail at one point that is ignored by smaller locos. Another task on the 'to do' list.

I'm happy to have that list as the jobs and projects will keep me occupied during the tedious winter months.

Dave G

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 16, 2012, 08:22:46 am
If you're anything like me, when you get your Dubdee you'll be as happy as a pig in  :poop:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 16, 2012, 08:26:53 am
Cant wait!  :bounce:

Any idea what the little bits are, NN?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 16, 2012, 08:35:16 am
when you get your Dubdee

Excuse my ignorance, but what's a "Dubdee"?  :dunce:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 16, 2012, 08:39:05 am
The new GF WD Austerity - take a peek http://www.ehattons.com/38964/Graham_Farish_372_427_Class_WD_Austerity_2_8_0_90201_in_BR_black_with_late_crest_weathered/StockDetail.aspx (http://www.ehattons.com/38964/Graham_Farish_372_427_Class_WD_Austerity_2_8_0_90201_in_BR_black_with_late_crest_weathered/StockDetail.aspx)

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: point blank on November 16, 2012, 09:03:47 am

Excuse my ignorance, but what's a "Dubdee"?  :dunce:

Its a bit like a Doovde Fonejacker - Doovd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjH9cEoEup8#ws)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 16, 2012, 09:30:12 am

Any idea what the little bits are, NN?

Sorry Dave, can't help you there as I don't have a Dapol B1.
I would hazard a guess it's all the buffer beam detailing stuff.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 16, 2012, 10:10:30 am

Thanks anyway. I think I'll email Dapol and ask them directly.

I'm off for a dual birthday bash with the lads up in London. An (extra) 65th beer for me and a welcome 63rd for another old far chap. Been having great times as a gang for 33 years. One day one of us may start growing up. Bags it's not me!  :claphappy:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on November 17, 2012, 03:56:23 am

Thanks anyway. I think I'll email Dapol and ask them directly.

I'm off for a dual birthday bash with the lads up in London. An (extra) 65th beer for me and a welcome 63rd for another old far chap. Been having great times as a gang for 33 years. One day one of us may start growing up. Bags it's not me!  :claphappy:

Dave G

Happy birthday Dave :claphappy: Suggest you check in with Peter Pan before growing up!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 17, 2012, 09:34:48 am
Happy Birthday Dave, have a great time and not too much of the falling down water  :beers:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 17, 2012, 04:06:58 pm
Hope you survive(d) in one piece, Dave :beers:

This afternoon, I har mostly been cutting platforms out of spare Sundeala then running stock (specifically the latest outside frame 08 ) past them to see what needs filing/fettling.
Although I have some plastic platform ramps I'd prefer to somehow cut the Sundeala to form the ramps. Has anyone done this and if so, how please. The Sundeala will be topped off with a suitable thickness plastikard. I can't go much further with the platforms until those nice people at Metcalfe bring out their N version of the Wayside Station building :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 17, 2012, 04:32:04 pm
Thanks NN. I'm mostly in one piece but minus a few more grey cells. (So few now they all have names  :) )

Can't help you with Sundeala but agree re the Metcalfe Wayside kit - wish they'd also do a N footbridge.

Why not drop him an email? I won't as after chasing for the brilliant signal boxes and again for the shed, he's probably heard enough from me for a month or two!

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 17, 2012, 05:06:39 pm
I've been told by Metcalfe the station will be done in N so it's on my 'must have' list.
I'll then get the signal boxes at the same time :thumbsup:
Dunno about the footbridge though as I've just bought the Ratio covered version :worried:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 17, 2012, 05:19:54 pm
That's reall good news! I'm currently using the redbrick PN109 which is a fine model but doesn't quite go with the country feel I want.

The 'boxes are very good - the steps are a bit of a challenge. There's some pics of the ones I did a while back in my album if that's any use.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on November 17, 2012, 06:27:59 pm
Hope you survive(d) in one piece, Dave :beers:

This afternoon, I har mostly been cutting platforms out of spare Sundeala then running stock (specifically the latest outside frame 08 ) past them to see what needs filing/fettling.
Although I have some plastic platform ramps I'd prefer to somehow cut the Sundeala to form the ramps. Has anyone done this and if so, how please. The Sundeala will be topped off with a suitable thickness plastikard. I can't go much further with the platforms until those nice people at Metcalfe bring out their N version of the Wayside Station building :D
Hi Mick,
I didn't use sundeala for my platform, but instead used 6mm MDF topped with plastic sheet and painted. I made the ramps by using a belt sander to sand the slope.

Malc
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jonathan Clapp on November 17, 2012, 06:32:25 pm
I'm afraid Ive gotten completely away from N scale trains for a while, but I am building a layout, it's a 1:400 scale airport.

(http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac147/Jonathan_Clapp/400/OAK017.jpg)
This one in fact, in Oakland, Calif.
(http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac147/Jonathan_Clapp/400/OAKdio.png)

I still adore trains, especially British trains, and I lurk in here daily.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on November 17, 2012, 07:32:16 pm
I'm afraid Ive gotten completely away from N scale trains for a while, but I am building a layout, it's a 1:400 scale airport.
I still adore trains, especially British trains, and I lurk in here daily.

1:400 airport, near enough right for a 1:450 train service 8): T time
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on November 17, 2012, 07:37:13 pm
You going to have them taxing around and taking off/landing like at Minature Wonderland Jonathan? :)

I've been working on finishing off the branch line and scenery at the back of the layout today. The big hole in the centre of the pics is an access hole for working on the back. Once it's all 'done', the panel will be fixed back in place semi-permanently and the engine shed, turntable and coaling sidings will run over it, with the station on the main line and the wharf sidings to the front of the layout. Got the initial wiring in for the point motor on the branch line (a little storage siding at the back and Ives Yard points which were already wired from its previous incarnation).

There are some L brackets at the back behind the rock line so I can sit sheets of Depron behind the layout to use as my backscene (so it's simply to just drop it in place once it's done). It also protects the walls when I'm painting stuff ;)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2644.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2644)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2645.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2645)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 17, 2012, 07:57:42 pm
Looking good,  :thumbsup: what make are the couple of sections of roundhouse, lower left, as I'm looking for ideas.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on November 17, 2012, 08:09:18 pm
Fleischmann do a nice roundhouse/turntable combo, with doors that automatically open when a loco moves towards them. I believe you can use it with Peco code 55 track, with suitable adaptor couplers.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on November 17, 2012, 08:11:56 pm
Cheers Malc, I've already got the Fleischmann turntable, picked it up very cheap on Ebay  :)  I've looked at the Fleischmann roundhouse and am looking for something a bit cheaper if possible.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on November 17, 2012, 08:39:50 pm
The pieces on the left are some I got 2nd hand off e-bay and I think they're the Fleischmann ones (if a tad battered). I also picked up the Walthers Cornerstone series "Union City Roundhouse" kit, which Osbornes sell, which is suspiciously similar and I suspect rather a lot of the manufacturers are using the same moulds).

Each kit is 3 sheds, so I'm planning on combining them and kitbashing them to look suitably British.

The engine shed panel for the baseboard has a hole cut for the Peco turnable. I've got the cheaper, manual fleischmann turntable (also e-bay) but I think I can do something more British with the Peco one, mainly because it'll be easier to motorise.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on November 17, 2012, 10:00:44 pm
Here's a pic of the "Fleischmann" engine shed. It's missing a few bits of roofing that are in a box somewhere and needs the glass replacing (plus a lot of painting and tweaking).

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2646.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2646)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on November 17, 2012, 11:33:02 pm
I am currently trying to work out how to link Toe Depot to my other layout Lyne End
The problem I have is the height difference between the boards 20mm and only have a length of 350mm. Is that going to be too steep?
My other option is to just put 20mm spacers under Footsteps in Time when I want to link them together. I like the idea of just using a gradient for part of the track because I want to have some storage sidings on the same board.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on November 17, 2012, 11:43:37 pm
It's fairly steep, but how problematic it is depends on engine doing the work and just what it's moving around.

As it's a fairly small layout I'm guessing we're talking shunters. I know the Farish 08 for instance can actually cope with a fairly steep gradient, as can most of the Farish shunters as they have a good bit of weight helping the traction.

What you could do of course, is split the difference and put 10mm spacers under the other boards to halve the gradient (to about 1:30 which should be fine for most engines) but still have an interesting gradient.

If you're doing a gradient, make sure the transition to and from the incline is smooth as that causes more problems than the gradient angle itself.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on November 18, 2012, 10:15:50 am
I bought a Fleishmann manual one off e-bay ages ago. Unfortunately, when I got around to using it, the plastic had gone brittle. As I started to re-arrange the order of the roads, the blanking plates disintegrated. Fortunately it was cheap.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on November 18, 2012, 11:49:35 am
Got the nephews popping round today to 'test' the layout, so I'll be tidying the workroom to put away anything they can impale, stab or electrocute themselves on :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on November 18, 2012, 11:56:19 am
Got the nephews popping round today to 'test' the layout, so I'll be tidying the workroom to put away anything they can impale, stab or electrocute themselves on :)

Now that is an impossible task as far as boys go  :doh: :help: :D

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on November 18, 2012, 12:25:47 pm
Got the nephews popping round today to 'test' the layout, so I'll be tidying the workroom to put away anything they can impale, stab or electrocute themselves on :)

Now that is an impossible task as far as boys go  :doh: :help: :D

cheers John.

True, I'll be happy with removing the potentially fatal ones though :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jonathan Clapp on November 22, 2012, 02:22:24 am
1:400 airport, near enough right for a 1:450 train service 8): T time


that is certainly appealing!
(http://t-gauge.net/images/blog_sidebar.jpg)
Japanese rapid transit sets quite suitable. prices not too shocking either...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on November 24, 2012, 06:15:36 pm
owch!

Second and final phase of junction remodelling completed, quite happy with the result. Just need to reconnect the EMU headshunt line and tidy up the mess. Again.

One set of points is faulty, however, so it'll have to come out when a replacement arrives - what a pain  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on November 24, 2012, 06:29:40 pm
Had a busy afternoon with Old Warren. Big track cleaning episode and dusting. Finally got all lighting wired up, really impressed.

I used Whiteswans tip of using a make up brush to clean, this is a great idea and really works.

Got some loco's running in on the layout, and my next step is to decide where I wish to pose figures and livestock. I will mull this over a pint later as me and Fay are going out tonight for a drink and an Indian. :beers:
 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on November 25, 2012, 12:10:14 am
How it's looking...
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8341/8215648472_0139ca57be_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/39621939@N02/8215648472/)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 25, 2012, 03:32:05 pm
Having cleaning session, the first stage of which was moving my stock from out of the storage yard (which will be cleaned first).

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5044.jpg)

Its a bit crowded  ;)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on November 25, 2012, 03:56:32 pm
Just painted 18 cows white !
Adding the black bits later !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on November 25, 2012, 03:59:54 pm
Not a lot.
Was going to paint the crane for Heel Station, unfotunately have got distracted and started looking thro my boxes of bits and pieces.
Have found at least 3 kits I had forgotten about.
Langley LNER coach, N Brass working traffic lights, Micron Art etched brass Vincent motorcycles.
There are about 50 whitemetal figures that need painting and I need to finish my model of ELLIOT.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Trainfish on December 01, 2012, 01:28:53 am
Still nothing
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on December 04, 2012, 10:41:04 pm
Train stuff totally relegated to the cuboard till after xmas-grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Got given the task of writing the xmas cards and start wrapping presents for the grandchildren as of tomorrow.
Mrs Oldman has her hospital appointment next week so at least we may know what is causing the paralysis and nerve problems in her arm.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: swisstony on December 04, 2012, 11:03:11 pm
Probably my last bit of scenery before Christmas, installed copious telegraph poles, level crossing gates, fencing and bushes at Hammingwell...

(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h407/churcp/11B94EAB-077C-4701-91F1-648713FD3ECC-3298-00000414480107FE.jpg)

That's all until after Christmas folks :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on December 04, 2012, 11:33:01 pm
Great looking layout there... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on December 05, 2012, 07:22:23 am
... Mrs Oldman has her hospital appointment next week so at least we may know what is causing the paralysis and nerve problems in her arm.

Good luck with the Christmas chores (yet to start mine) and trust Mrs O's appointment discovers and sorts the problem.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on December 10, 2012, 04:33:08 pm
Welcoming my new BachFar class 101 DMU by hosting a 101 running day at Salisbury.
Its arrival will trigger the withdrawal of no less than 8 Poole-style 101s.

(http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/fletch5535/P1030440.jpg)

(http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/fletch5535/P1030439.jpg)

This is the NEW 101 - far superior to the old.

(http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/fletch5535/P1030442.jpg)

(http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/fletch5535/P1030445.jpg)

Even my somewhat ramshackle 101 bubble car put in an appearance.

(http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/fletch5535/P1030447.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: swisstony on December 10, 2012, 04:42:21 pm
Had some time over the weekend to add some interior to a Lyddle End signal box (need to repaint a bit better at some point) and a lamp which works :)

(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h407/churcp/7536CE97-DF55-4734-93B4-C35EC81A988D-6711-000009B8EEFB20AB.jpg)

(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h407/churcp/B55602B0-6F4F-4260-8570-517A6B102037-6711-000009B900620E9E.jpg)


Also a Nice Hammingwell shot with a 108 & 101 DMU straddle :)

(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h407/churcp/3C349EF5-1CE1-4C5D-83F5-D4D76A2CD63B-6711-000009BA8A6631E2.jpg)

(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h407/churcp/3F483C60-15B9-41A0-B545-8E51D3C58508-6711-000009BA9DCD6440.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: B1 61126 on December 10, 2012, 08:36:08 pm
Hi all thought it was about time I brought things up to date seeing as I started this thread unfortunately this has been a rearly poor year spent far to much of my time at work and no time working on the layout fortunatly this is about to change :claphappy: not going to be doing anything on the layout far to cold in the shed so will be constructing a small work bench for use in the house much warmer once this is made I have a colection of ngauge kits that need putting together(50 plus) this will keep me ocupied for some time .
will have to start a workbench thread soon to show my progress etc
merry christmas one and all
Geoff :beers: 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Matthew-peter on December 19, 2012, 01:33:54 pm
Howdy, been making some trees in plant pots and hoses for the gardens of Delfryn.
Pencil there for size comparison. (can post a tutorial if anyone wants one)
Painted pics to come.
(http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o12/yay-free-lemons/DSCF2314_zpsacc50398.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: d-a-n on December 19, 2012, 05:55:30 pm
Picked up a Kato V1 pack and added a curved passing loop. I was down in Bognor Regis about a month ago and went into Gaugemaster at Ford to pick up the Kato magnetic uncoupler track with Gaugemaster frets to stick to the couplings. Tried them out on several wagons and they didn't work with the Kato track.
Also, had a birthday and got a class 03 in BR blue, 2 Railfreight VBAs and 2 Railfreight OAAs and picked up 2 ZHV 16t wagons and 4 16t MCO wagons which I've weathered. Pics soon!
Hoping Christmas brings a few more N gauge goodies as I've got my sights set on a new DSLR for 2013 and that will leave me with very little cash!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on December 19, 2012, 07:51:56 pm
Pencil there for size comparison. (can post a tutorial if anyone wants one)

Sorry Matt, that is a pen not a pencil  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Matthew-peter on December 19, 2012, 10:25:14 pm
Pencil there for size comparison. (can post a tutorial if anyone wants one)

Sorry Matt, that is a pen not a pencil  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:

cheers John.

.....or is it a pencil painted as a pen  :laughabovepost:, seriously though my bad  :-[ it is indeed a pen  :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bigbear on December 20, 2012, 08:48:46 am
Is that a concrete wall or a piece of polystyrene in the background? Also, is it a big pen or a little pen? These things are vital to know! I mean, those lovely trees COULD be O gauge if it's a trick pen! :angel:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tank on December 20, 2012, 09:36:49 am
The potted plants look great.  Nice idea!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on December 20, 2012, 10:52:06 am
Layout stripped of all buildings so it can be out of the way for Christmas and New Year visitors and festivities.

Before it gets tucked in a dark corner I'm working on new ideas to expand the yard area. That won't be finished but grabbing some 'me' time before I'm told to put the decorations and tree up.

Here's wishing you all a Merry Yule and a Happy and Healthy New Year!  :beers:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Matthew-peter on December 20, 2012, 11:27:32 am
Is that a concrete wall or a piece of polystyrene in the background?
It is polystyrene
Also, is it a big pen or a little pen? These things are vital to know! I mean, those lovely trees COULD be O gauge if it's a trick pen! :angel: No tricks involved, a regular Biro  ;D

And thanks Tank  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bigbear on December 20, 2012, 11:41:17 am
But seriously... They are fantastic, can we have a demo of how they are made, please?

Happy Christmas everybody!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Matthew-peter on December 20, 2012, 12:13:21 pm
But seriously... They are fantastic, can we have a demo of how they are made, please?

Happy Christmas everybody!

I will sort a demo out for the next batch, may even have some spare too.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on December 21, 2012, 08:16:41 pm
Been having a general run round on my layout but also painted a dozen cows brown and white ready to be comfortably ensconced in their field tomorrow !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on December 21, 2012, 08:21:32 pm
Nothing.
Just built the free waiting shelter off RM for my grandsons  OO  layout. Simple cheap present.
He still has the signal box from last year.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chinahand on December 22, 2012, 10:32:28 am
Just standing here looking at my nice new baseboards.  :drool:
I've waited so long for them and now I don't know where to start. :confused2:  :confused1:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on December 22, 2012, 10:48:27 am
Just standing here looking at my nice new baseboards.  :drool:
I've waited so long for them and now I don't know where to start. :confused2:  :confused1:

Start at the beginning, go on to the end then stop :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on December 22, 2012, 11:28:44 am
Pleased for you that they've arrived at last.

Enjoy the next however long, building your layout. We all look forward to seeing your progress through the year(s)!

My own layout is stripped down with the new yard plan pinned to the board. No doubt I'll hit snags and be asking more daft questions - very shortly!

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on December 22, 2012, 12:39:59 pm
Cleaning.

I'm doing a good old clean up. After which Im going to start positioning alot of my figures.
I've even got some moo cows to go on........
Moooooo!

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 22, 2012, 02:05:13 pm
All locomotives packed up and stored whilst I do some maintaining and continue to design a new building for the bare corner.

Not much physical progress but its all but designed and I have 90% of the materials. Quite pleased I have resisted the temptation to rush  8)

Merry Christmas and a happy new year, complete with stockings full of black / yellow boxes (or purple / blue ones)....

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bigbear on December 22, 2012, 02:28:34 pm
I've brought the programme which drives the laser cutter at work home with me, so I'm spending my spare moments over Christmas designing windows and doors for my revamped buildings! Pics as and when I get some done.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on December 22, 2012, 03:01:01 pm
prepping the track for painting the rails on 'project pointless'. Good opportunity to use my new Iwata airbrush and compressor, i had a bit of practice, so now it's time to bite the bullet and go for it !

Quick pic of ballasting which i did last night, all dry and ready for weathering.
(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/IMAG1530_zpsb7aac373.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 22, 2012, 03:10:40 pm
Really nice ballasting work 4x2, can I ask who makes this ballast, what it is and what method you used? Is it the "standard" (water, PVA, Washing up etc)?

Sorry for the questions but I am really impressed with this  ;)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on December 22, 2012, 03:34:30 pm
Thanks ! It's basically woodland scenics fine ballast, but three different colours (buff, dark brown and light grey) mixed to get it roughly the same colour as the Peco underlay.

It's glued using the famous 50/50 PVA and water mix and a little squirt of washing up liquid. I also used an old washing up liquid bottle to apply the glue. I think the best advice i can give when doing this, is to use lots of glue to make the ballast really saturated and let it dry over night - don't worry it will dry clear !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 23, 2012, 11:30:59 pm
Thanks for the reply 4x2.

This has been noted for reference on future projects. There I go again, talking about future projects when Filton is not finished!

Keeping on thread topic, I am progressing with my new building but am now waiting a final component part. Also, I am unlikely to begin the actual build until the new year what with all the social things of Christmas a New Year.

Should still find time to pop onto the forum though to see everyone's goodies!

 :photospleasesign:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on December 26, 2012, 10:34:41 pm
Tinkering with the timetable. An article in this month's RAIL magazine has inspired me to add a couple of trains to/from Swindon via Melksham.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on December 26, 2012, 11:54:35 pm
Absolutely nothing as its in another county 200 miles away!  :'(
Still, don't stop me thinking of what needs doing for when I get back!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on December 27, 2012, 02:17:15 pm
Just finished airbrushing the tracks on 'project pointless', and i must say it looks rather good !
I also tried to emulate a dip in the track, where the ballast is crushed by the trains and the powder is deposited along the track - i hope it looks about right ?

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/IMAG1539_zps773a2a5b.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on December 27, 2012, 02:27:57 pm
Hi Mike,

That looks really good work, 10 out of 10.

I have been busy on Old Warren this morning, I have been experimenting with my new Tomix track cleaner, and I must say that iam very impressed. The hoover mode is fantastic, especially with the amount of dust pulled from the filter and the hoover fan. (plus some loose ballast.)
I also got some people and cows for the layout from Santa, so Iam working out where to place what. The Cows are already placed and happily grazing in the field at the front of OW. Iam also impressed with the Graham Farish figures, very well detailed.
gonna have a mamoth running session tomorrow, cant wait :claphappy:..........
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GlenP on December 27, 2012, 03:02:41 pm
I'm trying to complete my track laying!

I had a lot of problems with one joint which, unfortunately, had to be on a fairly tight bend. It's finally gone into place though. Just got the last couple of bits to cut to length and solder the droppers to.

Once that's done there're two more point motors to mount and a fair bit of adjustment (one Cobalt at least is shorting the track power as it's internal switch makes contact before it's moved the blades clear of the rails.

In the mean time I've also ordered a station building and signal box kit from Metcalfe - need the former so I can work out the platforms.

Glen
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on December 27, 2012, 03:15:56 pm
I've even got some moo cows to go on........
Moooooo!

I look forwards to hearing these cows fitted with a sound chip  :P
May I ask, politely, where these chips are shoved?  :goggleeyes:



gonna have a mamoth running session tomorrow, cant wait :claphappy:..........

Won't the vibration loosen your ballast too much  ???  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:


cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davidjhope on December 27, 2012, 05:09:14 pm
Just spent the last hour sifting through the Henry Vacuum to find a trackside relay box that wasn't stuck down. :doh:
Found it in the end. :claphappy:
Now back to cleaning all the track for a running session tomorrow morning. :NGF:

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on December 27, 2012, 05:26:21 pm
Looking at a bit pf baseboard.
Trackplan and track sorted.
Need 4 more point motors and a trip to get the timber for the framework.
Scenic ideas being mulled over with a bottle of Black Tower
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davidjhope on December 27, 2012, 05:51:39 pm
Just finished airbrushing the tracks on 'project pointless', and i must say it looks rather good !
I also tried to emulate a dip in the track, where the ballast is crushed by the trains and the powder is deposited along the track - i hope it looks about right ?

([url]http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/IMAG1539_zps773a2a5b.jpg[/url])

That track looks fantastic. Well done :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on December 31, 2012, 12:55:27 am
Spent most of yesterday wiring under the baseboard points and the bus.In future I must do each point as I go along which I know is not practical. But only the other main board to do 6 points and 2 slips........must crash on......(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b597/lilchris261/DSCF4254_zps8e164cd4.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: d-a-n on January 27, 2013, 07:49:20 pm
I'm making a short film and learning how to shoot video on my camera.

N gauge Graham Farish Class 37 in BR blue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uWIrthzC2E#)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on January 27, 2013, 09:33:02 pm
First weekend since before Christmas I actually managed to do some work on the layout.   Finishing off making the hills around Bampney village and then prettifying it with lots of trees, bushes and flowers, still have to make some more buildings, hopefully start them this week.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: grumbeast on January 27, 2013, 10:34:25 pm
Had a great day, wired up the lower mainlines of the layout, and all the pecorino switches on the station.  My thumbs hurt from all the wire stripping but it's a good productive pain.   Ran my very first train around the main today !!

Graham
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: glenng on January 27, 2013, 10:58:07 pm
I am listening to planet rock with a mug of coffee.  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on January 28, 2013, 04:20:02 am
Shouldn't that be in the "what are you listening to?" thread rather than here? ::) ;)

I spent (wasted?) all day yesterday finding different ways NOT to make a limestone rock face :doh:

Still, have a couple more ideas yet  :idea:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on January 28, 2013, 06:47:49 am
Shouldn't that be in the "what are you listening to?" thread rather than here? ::) ;)

I spent (wasted?) all day yesterday finding different ways NOT to make a limestone rock face :doh:

Still, have a couple more ideas yet  :idea:


Paul


Have you see this article - I used the techniques for my cliff faces

http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?autocom=custom&page=Basic-Scenery (http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?autocom=custom&page=Basic-Scenery)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on January 28, 2013, 12:27:12 pm
Thanks for that link, might come in handy if my remaining ideas don't work  :D


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: jonclox on January 28, 2013, 02:51:39 pm
 :) After more than a year doing nothing to the layout etc. Ive at last started modifying the legs a bit so as I can work at a relaxing height rather than have to struggle at times. Going to take time I can only do 1 leg at a time and theres 5 of them :scowl: That means about 5 weeks work before I can even start enjoying myself  :
 37" is about 2" to high for me soI'mm cutting them back 3" and including height adjusters. Son has offered to do any heavy sawing for




Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on January 28, 2013, 04:21:30 pm
Take it easy Jon and don't overdo things.

Good that you've help so make sure you take advantage of the offer.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: jonclox on January 28, 2013, 04:41:50 pm
Take it easy Jon and don't overdo things.

Good that you've help so make sure you take advantage of the offer.

Dave G
Thanks Dave.I`m not allowed to do much  :'(  my son tends to step in and take over whatever I try and do (bless his29 years  :) )
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 28, 2013, 06:24:40 pm
Son has offered to do any heavy sawing for

Is there a competition for the final missing word :confused1:

A small fortune?
Free?
A Walnut Whip?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on January 28, 2013, 06:31:36 pm
I am listening to planet rock with a mug of coffee.  :goggleeyes:

Woud it not sound better if you used the radio  :hmmm:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 28, 2013, 06:36:27 pm
Oh dear - the Globmods are in a frivolous mood tonight :-X :angel:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: jonclox on January 28, 2013, 07:13:26 pm
Son has offered to do any heavy sawing for

Is there a competition for the final missing word :confused1:

A small fortune?
Free?
A Walnut Whip?
.............Free board and lodging as per the last 29 years  ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on January 28, 2013, 07:38:03 pm
Son has offered to do any heavy sawing for

Is there a competition for the final missing word :confused1:

A small fortune?
Free?
A Walnut Whip?
.............Free board and lodging as per the last 29 years  ::)

My mum said that the first 40 years (of having a son) was the worst.  :D

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on January 28, 2013, 07:43:47 pm
Just lifted a few feet of track and rearranged it. next job when the weather gets cooler is ballasting  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mk1gtstu on January 28, 2013, 09:02:17 pm
Lifted a bit of track in Cridmore Yard & put in 2 new sets of points & linked up the disused siding, now have space to park a couple more locos.  ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Trainfish on January 29, 2013, 01:25:55 am
Last weekend I actually laid out an oval, more of a square with rounded corners, of track so I could start testing some of the 50 locos I now have. I really need to get on with the layout but have had several things hold me back ever since switching over to N gauge, illness, marriage, skintness etc. Most of these are linked as you can see.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on January 29, 2013, 08:40:07 am
Standing on my head using a multimeter to find that elusive short.

That's what happens when you try and 'improve' something that was working in the first place!  :doh:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on January 30, 2013, 11:37:37 am
Im about to lift all the tack on barts end after i found i wanted longer passenger trains to terminate there. Luckily only track was down no scenery. Still have the temp twin ovals around the room for zac to play trains while i rebuild to centre section
i will put new plan on here for help/comments/suggestions before i glue it into place
bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on January 30, 2013, 01:47:58 pm
Today I is ballasting Bampney station and environs, still have to ballast about 8ft of the branch line and then all I'll have left is about 16ft of the main lines and then it will be done.  Damn, just remembered I've also got the whole of the terminus station to do. :'(   :'(   :'(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on January 30, 2013, 02:08:06 pm
Now my realistic water has finally dried, I've added the water effects to the waterfall pool area. So now waiting for that to dry :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 30, 2013, 03:09:10 pm
Now my realistic water has finally dried, I've added the water effects to the waterfall pool area. So now waiting for that to dry :)

Without sounding impatient..................... :photospleasesign:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on January 30, 2013, 03:14:14 pm
Hopefully it might be dry by the time I get back tonight :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on January 30, 2013, 03:52:39 pm
Busy reading books for research purposes and watching DVD's for inspiration.
Still waiting for some reference material to arrive.
Also a trip to the local libary may be needed.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on January 30, 2013, 04:17:42 pm
As requested, here's a shot I took last night after I'd just put down the water effects and put the waterfall in that I'd made with it earlier. In theory it'll set clear and I'll be looking to do some sort of mist/spray cloud effect if I can.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_3501.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3501)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on January 30, 2013, 06:01:43 pm
That looks damn good  :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: keerout on January 30, 2013, 06:02:57 pm
 LIKE!  :thumbsup:
Gerard.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 30, 2013, 06:11:15 pm
That is seriously good, especially the reflection :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: grumbeast on February 12, 2013, 03:24:57 pm
Well I got a couple of hours in the garage, and I've managed to rough out the gorge and mountain, hopefully pictures later tonight :)

It's a bit pink, but i finally have a start on basic scenery
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Richey1977 on February 20, 2013, 08:01:31 pm
Connecting and soldering dropper wires and bus wire. It's my first time at doing anything like this so it's taking a bit longer than I hoped....
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Neonoodle on February 20, 2013, 08:04:15 pm
Wish i was doing summit with my layout, its all packed in a box and the garage :( however i have just finished a speedsheet with all the items that make my layout and stock up inc prices, Eeeeeeek dont tell the wife!

Neil
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: stevieboy on February 24, 2013, 04:51:55 pm
Not on my layout, but today I added the etched nameplates to Oliver Bury, much better.

(http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/stevieboy-15/IMAG0878_zps9399453e.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on February 24, 2013, 05:32:02 pm
Connecting and soldering dropper wires and bus wire. It's my first time at doing anything like this so it's taking a bit longer than I hoped....


I feel for you, wiring is a PITA and nearly always takes longer than you hoped ;)

Now mine's all done and ACTUALLY WORKS  :claphappy: I've been having fun starting on the scenery. Last week it was this:-

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7251.msg118747#msg118747 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7251.msg118747#msg118747)

 . . . and today it's been this:-

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7251.msg119760#msg119760 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7251.msg119760#msg119760)

 :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on February 25, 2013, 06:16:29 pm
Dreaming up the next stage around the wall!

Regards Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on February 26, 2013, 06:44:27 pm
At the moment doing the mundane task of cleaning made a bit more thrilling with the aid of my new mini hoover!!!

I intend to run in a new Class 66 as well later.............
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: stevieboy on February 26, 2013, 06:57:03 pm
Today I have been brushing up on the soldering skills ready for the real work to begin!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dave95979 on February 26, 2013, 09:41:09 pm
I am at the track planning stage so gazing into the air trying to plan a layout






Nope nothing
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Headgardener on March 01, 2013, 06:33:28 pm
Havn't got a layout at the moment but I am currently building the Metcalfe Factory and Boilerhouse card kit to put with my other kits ready for when the layout actually gets built.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: noeldw on March 01, 2013, 06:43:47 pm
Hi I have been planning a new layout for some time but in the interim have just purchased a second hand layout which I am remodelling and hope to take to some local venues when finished
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on March 01, 2013, 07:34:07 pm
Peeling off the horrible back scene that I painted and replacing it with blue sky.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ianb1303 on March 01, 2013, 08:51:43 pm
Absolutely NOTHING, I hate to say, it's finished
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 01, 2013, 09:05:15 pm
Hi I have been planning a new layout for some time but in the interim have just purchased a second hand layout which I am remodelling and hope to take to some local venues when finished

Hi Noel - welcome to the forum :wave:
How about some pics of what you are hoping to exhibit please?

Absolutely NOTHING, I hate to say, it's finished

 ??? Someone who's really finished their layout :o Can this be true :worried:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on March 01, 2013, 09:10:12 pm
looking for my CDU to finalise the settings on my 4 seep motors.

Think it's in that secret safe place I can't remember where.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: keerout on March 01, 2013, 09:17:03 pm
Try watching yourself putting it there; helps for me..
(now, what was I doing?)
Gerard
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ianb1303 on March 02, 2013, 10:18:17 am
 ??? Someone who's really finished their layout :o Can this be true :worried:
[/quote]

I know it sounds silly because 'There's always SOMETHING to do' but honestly, mine is finished
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: monkey on March 02, 2013, 11:35:13 am
 :-[

Waiting for grandad to build my baseboard.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on March 02, 2013, 11:39:01 am
Last week you were telling him he COULDN'T build your baseboard! Poor boy can't win  ;D


Paul

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: rodders on March 02, 2013, 12:36:06 pm
hello,   I'm still researching Swimbridge, my local station.I am looking for a frontal photo of the both waiting rooms and also the signal box so i can work out the sizes of window and door openings.  They are all "one offs" I'll probably end up "guestimating" Trying to identify the catch points position at the goods yard entrance.  Also having bought another 57xx engine, testing the code 80 peco track recently laid, get marked out and ready to fix.  and convincing the station mistress that i have had 5 of "those little engines" for abolutly ages!! regards  rodders
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on March 02, 2013, 02:03:21 pm
Hi I have been planning a new layout for some time but in the interim have just purchased a second hand layout which I am remodelling and hope to take to some local venues when finished

Hi Noel - welcome to the forum :wave:
How about some pics of what you are hoping to exhibit please?

Absolutely NOTHING, I hate to say, it's finished

 ??? Someone who's really finished their layout :o Can this be true :worried:

I think that statement requires backing-up with photographic eveidence!  :photospleasesign:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 02, 2013, 02:46:38 pm
Essentially I have finished as well! All that is left are the station signs and a couple of minor detailing bits... although when I will get round to doing these heaven alone knows!

This means the thinking cap needs to be put on for my next project! Probably something roundy-roundy...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 02, 2013, 02:51:25 pm
Leaving it for another week !.
Just noticed that the platform surfaces have completely faded to white!
Scalescenes that were varnished and not in direct sunlight  :confused2:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ianb1303 on March 02, 2013, 04:29:04 pm
I think that statement requires backing-up with photographic eveidence!  :photospleasesign:

Dave G
[/quote]

If I had any idea how to, beleive me I would. Absolutely no idea how to
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on March 02, 2013, 04:45:41 pm
I think that statement requires backing-up with photographic eveidence!  :photospleasesign:

Dave G

If I had any idea how to, beleive me I would. Absolutely no idea how to
[/quote]

Really easy Ian - must be; I can do it!

There's a 'how to' at the top of the forum that explains it far better than I could.

Take a look and if you're still stuck, one of us will try and walk you through it. Good fun to share your pics once you're up and running.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Greybeema on March 02, 2013, 06:37:41 pm
Just built my baseboards, 6mm ply frames, cut the trackbeds, 6mm MDF and fitted the risers (open baseboard).  The new track is on its way (as mentioned in the "Buy Nothing Month" thread) and will arrive Monday or Tuesday.  Northfleet 148th is on its way.... 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ianb1303 on March 02, 2013, 07:54:37 pm
I think that statement requires backing-up with photographic eveidence!  :photospleasesign:

Dave G

If I had any idea how to, beleive me I would. Absolutely no idea how to

Really easy Ian - must be; I can do it!

There's a 'how to' at the top of the forum that explains it far better than I could.

Take a look and if you're still stuck, one of us will try and walk you through it. Good fun to share your pics once you're up and running.

Dave G
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Well, Ive read the section at the top.............and...........it's as clear as mud. still no idea. Im really not very technical so opening things side by side and photobucket and servers, might as well be in Chinese
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: matt94 on March 02, 2013, 08:53:27 pm
Im just running the last train of the night now so the villagers can go to sleep  :sleep:

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq66/sheepysheepy_2008/IMG_0989.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on March 02, 2013, 09:42:48 pm
Having lifted barts end as i needed longer platforms and i was not really happy how access to the shed area fitted, im trying to re do track plan using anyrail.
my board or section really was 2100mm by450mm but i am going 2400mm by 600mm. But my other reason is i really wanted a yard with tracks eithr side of the running line before the station and as before goods yard etc off to the side as before. I did see i track plan in one of the model mags(cant remember which one) but it was 00 and 24feet long even in n gauge im still 4foot short. I have come up with an idea of splitting the board with scenic break down the middle so you come off the mian board run along thought the yard then curve round at the end to come down the other side into the station, problem is with 15' curve it takes up 900mm so im back to trying to fit the station in and the goods yard etc.  :help:
BArt
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on March 02, 2013, 11:31:40 pm
I think that statement requires backing-up with photographic eveidence!  :photospleasesign:

Dave G

If I had any idea how to, beleive me I would. Absolutely no idea how to

Really easy Ian - must be; I can do it!

There's a 'how to' at the top of the forum that explains it far better than I could.

Take a look and if you're still stuck, one of us will try and walk you through it. Good fun to share your pics once you're up and running.

Dave G


Well, Ive read the section at the top.............and...........it's as clear as mud. still no idea. Im really not very technical so opening things side by side and photobucket and servers, might as well be in Chinese
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OK I'll give an alternative description a go tomorrow morning. Too late now. Knackered after driving 300 miles in less than 24 hours!

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ianb1303 on March 03, 2013, 08:00:19 am
Bl**dy hell, Dave, I'd be knackered too :sleep:no rush, just when your ready
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on March 03, 2013, 09:13:39 am

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If I had any idea how to, beleive me I would. Absolutely no idea how to
[/quote]

Really easy Ian - must be; I can do it!

There's a 'how to' at the top of the forum that explains it far better than I could.

Take a look and if you're still stuck, one of us will try and walk you through it. Good fun to share your pics once you're up and running.

Dave G
[/quote]


Well, Ive read the section at the top.............and...........it's as clear as mud. still no idea. Im really not very technical so opening things side by side and photobucket and servers, might as well be in Chinese
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OK I'll give an alternative description a go tomorrow morning. Too late now. Knackered after driving 300 miles in less than 24 hours!

Dave G
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Crikey Dave the roads must be Bl---y terrible over there, when we used to visit my Mum we drove 1,800 km in 18 1/2 hours, have to say though I used to fill up on Coke and Coffee while driving and take a heap of Panadol when I get there, stiff neck.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on March 03, 2013, 10:10:39 am
Hi Dave-LB

There are a few potholes big enough to deserve their own postode but it's not bad all over.
 
Did get a few hours kip on an inflatable bed but it's the concentration that wears you out. The main motorway traffic can be fairly heavy and there's always the 'Schumacher maniacs' to stay clear of!

Ian, I'll do a something re posting pics as a separate PM to you, if that's OK.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on March 03, 2013, 10:58:53 am
Crikey potholes in British roads, I thought we were the only ones that had those things  :D :D

I agree fatigue can be a problem with driving, PM is fine  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MikeDunn on March 03, 2013, 11:44:44 am
Am in the electrics planning stage now ...

The power loop is (loosly) in place, am using sticky-backed 4-way cable holders for this.  Only loose, as I need to drill a few holes to allow proper routing, as well as mount the termination point for the power-input.

Might run a second loop around (seperate cable holders, and ID on the cables !) for power to ancilliary kit (point motors etc).  No hurry on that front yet though.

But - I did make myself a continuity tester  :claphappy: - eventually !  Picked up all the bits I needed yesterday while @ Crewe (on leaving the Centre, SWMBO noticed a retail park (built on the old Grease Works (I think it was), other side of the main line - while she wandered though her type of shop, I nipped into Maplins  :smiley-laughing:)

Mike
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on March 03, 2013, 11:55:30 am
Am in the electrics planning stage now ...

But - I did make myself a continuity tester  :claphappy: - eventually !  Picked up all the bits I needed yesterday while @ Crewe (on leaving the Centre, SWMBO noticed a retail park (built on the old Grease Works (I think it was), other side of the main line - while she wandered though her type of shop, I nipped into Maplins  :smiley-laughing:)

Mike

Congratulations on finding something in Maplins. Visited their Epsom store last week and decided what a waste of time. Will stick to RS, Farnell in future.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MikeDunn on March 03, 2013, 12:16:32 pm
Yeah, it was a miracle  :laugh3:

Put my hand on the enclosure straight away; found the 7/0.2 wires in the colours I was after; picked up a PP3 cap; and got the last of the buzzers !

Normally I get a 'hmmm, we sold out of those a week or two back' from the 'assistants' - one of these days I'll reply with 'then why didn't you either have an order in to replace low stock, or an order to replace zero stock ?' but I'll probably get a blank look back ...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dave95979 on March 03, 2013, 12:18:57 pm
I am currently alighting for my jigsaw battery to charge so I can cut the raised part of track at the back of my layout
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Richey1977 on March 06, 2013, 04:57:31 pm
Connecting and soldering dropper wires and bus wire. It's my first time at doing anything like this so it's taking a bit longer than I hoped....

I feel for you, wiring is a PITA and nearly always takes longer than you hoped ;)


I discovered that there's a bloke on eBay selling pre-soldered rail joiners, so I stopped what I was doing, and bought some of them.

Worse, I then discovered that I had the same idea about 9 months ago when I conceived the idea of a MR, and I'd already bought some, and filed them away in a drawer.  I now have too many pre-soldered rail joiners, but that's hardly a problem.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 06, 2013, 07:49:07 pm

Worse, I then discovered that I had the same idea about 9 months ago when I conceived the idea of a MR, and I'd already bought some, and filed them away in a drawer.  I now have too many pre-soldered rail joiners, but that's hardly a problem.

Welcome to the club, I've only been doing model railways for 3 years but I keep finding stuff I ordered soon after I started and forgotten that I'd bought.  :dunce:   :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mollington Street on March 06, 2013, 08:04:09 pm
I am starting to experiment with lightbars, signals etc..

Already starting to use TrainController and full Lenz DCC......really enjoying it too!

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on March 06, 2013, 10:21:14 pm
At this present moment in time Iam running in my new Dapol EMT HST which arrived this morning!

Some pictures to follow soon when i have some decent light. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bluedepot on March 06, 2013, 10:30:41 pm
repaired two broken wires, 2 broken track side signs and 1 broken yard light!!! then ran in a new class 37 loco on one loop whilst another 37 ran on the other with 7 mk1s....

tim
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on March 07, 2013, 03:35:28 am
Scattering . . . , err, scatter! :D


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on March 07, 2013, 05:55:18 pm
Dismantling my transformer, making a new front-plate from 2 mm Aluminium and mounting new jack plug sockets to replace some old 5 pin connectors that were not good conductors, especially if the transformer was nudged or someone walked across the floor!  (Such was the state of my old home!)

Regards Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 07, 2013, 06:11:06 pm
Scattering . . . , err, scatter! :D


Paul

Did you plough the fields beforehand? :-X
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on March 07, 2013, 06:16:30 pm
Scattering . . . , err, scatter! :D


Paul

Did you plough the fields beforehand? :-X

 :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on March 07, 2013, 06:20:41 pm
Nothing!  :worried:

Decorating instead. If I ever get my hands on who stuck those polystyrene tiles on the ceiling ........:veryangry2:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on March 07, 2013, 06:33:55 pm
Nothing!  :worried:

Decorating instead. If I ever get my hands on who stuck those polystyrene tiles on the ceiling ........:veryangry2:

Dave G

Look on the bright side, with all those bits of tiles you could do a mountain range  ::)  :D

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mk1gtstu on March 07, 2013, 06:38:30 pm
Been driving myself insane building some BRUTE platform trolleys for the layout  ::)
(http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww334/raxmk1/my%20railway/DSC04050_zps08d1454b.jpg)
(http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww334/raxmk1/my%20railway/DSC04052_zps7d911f42.jpg)
(http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww334/raxmk1/my%20railway/DSC04053_zps9f1974a1.jpg)
(http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww334/raxmk1/my%20railway/DSC04056_zps43ee9cb5.jpg)
(http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww334/raxmk1/my%20railway/DSC04059_zps20a7e8a7.jpg)

cheers, Stu.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 07, 2013, 06:41:13 pm
You may have gone insane but the end result was well worth it :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Geoff on March 07, 2013, 06:43:18 pm
Putting my baseboard together for the Kato track I have ordered, just need some modelers foam now then all systems go.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on March 07, 2013, 06:44:06 pm
Your efforts have certainly paid off as they look very good  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on March 07, 2013, 08:55:17 pm
Nothing!  :worried:

Decorating instead. If I ever get my hands on who stuck those polystyrene tiles on the ceiling ........:veryangry2:

Dave G

Look on the bright side, with all those bits of tiles you could do a mountain range  ::)  :D

Cheers Jogn,

3 black bags full of the  :-X stuff. I've now got Scraper's Elbow and a crick in me neck. Gimme ballasting any day. Grrrrr!

Dave G

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on March 07, 2013, 09:44:13 pm
Scattering . . . , err, scatter! :D


Paul

Did you plough the fields beforehand? :-X

Just seen this :laugh:

Many moons ago when I worked in a gun factory (back in the days when things were MADE in this country ::) ) I was working near the centre of the shop floor where large drums of soluble-oil coolant were located. People would come along to fill their plastic containers to take back to their machine, but would get bored waiting and wander over to the nearby food/tea machines or get chatting to someone nearby, inevitably getting distracted until a rapidly spreading lake of overflowing coolant grabbed their attention! :D Now came the embarrassing task of throwing out handfuls of Spill Dry granules to soak up the mess, accompanied by a rousing rendition of "We plough the fields and scatter . . . " from everyone in the vicinity!!  ;D


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on March 08, 2013, 06:02:56 pm
I have just constructed my first bridge ever!  A Faller steel girder bridge, cannot remember the number!


No picture yet!

Regards Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on March 08, 2013, 06:26:35 pm
I have just constructed my first bridge ever!  A Faller steel girder bridge, cannot remember the number!

No picture yet!

Regards Peter.

Congratulations Peter an achievement indeed, I await with baited breath for it's pictorial debut  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on March 08, 2013, 07:08:20 pm
I have just constructed my first bridge ever!  A Faller steel girder bridge, cannot remember the number!

No picture yet!

Regards Peter.


Congratulations Peter an achievement indeed, I await with baited breath for it's pictorial debut  ;)

cheers John.


John,
This is the bridge image but I have only made a single track single span with ends.

It will be stored until I have constructed the below baseboard cradle for the removable tracks.

I just needed to do something constructive with the layout!

Regards Peter.

(http://photos.imageevent.com/petersplatters/modelrailway/SAM_1674a.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MinZaPint on March 09, 2013, 11:00:06 am
Ah could have been the "Bridge over troubled waters" then!!  :laugh3:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on March 09, 2013, 01:08:23 pm
Accidently superglueing my fingers together. :scowl:
Giving up trying the old Z gauge stuff and trying to do some of the N gauge stuff from the put away for a rainy day type stuff box.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Neonoodle on March 09, 2013, 01:39:32 pm
Today im going to try and plan a 5' x 3' layout or a possible 6' x 3' one as i wanna get building my layout but my life keeps changing :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: deepeg59 on March 14, 2013, 05:49:12 pm
Making a roof for the open to the elements house in the first pic of my layout in the 'under construction' section.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on March 17, 2013, 03:30:53 pm
Waiting for glue to dry . . .  :sleep:

Is it my imagination or does this hobby involve more waiting time for glue to dry than actually doing something??! :D


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 17, 2013, 03:35:05 pm
Waiting for glue to dry . . .  :sleep:

Is it my imagination or does this hobby involve more waiting time for glue to dry than actually doing something??! :D

Paul

That's the trouble with you guys, you can only do one thing at a time (or is it just an excuse to sit and dream?), I often have 3 or 4 things on the go at once so while the glue or paint is drying I get on with one of the others.   :P
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Farmer chap on March 17, 2013, 03:45:29 pm
Adding more lights to buildings which always involves hours attaching wires sitting under the layout and avoiding hot soldering iron!

Ian.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on March 17, 2013, 03:52:30 pm
Waiting for glue to dry . . .  :sleep:

Is it my imagination or does this hobby involve more waiting time for glue to dry than actually doing something??! :D

Paul

That's the trouble with you guys, you can only do one thing at a time (or is it just an excuse to sit and dream?), I often have 3 or 4 things on the go at once so while the glue or paint is drying I get on with one of the others.   :P
One thing at a time?  :jawdropping:

So far today I've done loads of grass-scattering in three separate areas with three different blends of flock, while waiting for the glue to dry I then added some more weight to my 24 PGA hoppers, while waiting for THAT glue to dry I've printed out some brick sheet for a particular purpose, inbetween I've changed my phone over for Clare's old one as mine is being sent away for repair, AND I've made a start on the dinner. Oh, and while waiting for said glue to dry we've done two lots of washing and hung it up between us!

So don't tell me I can't multitask!  :nerner:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 17, 2013, 03:56:23 pm
I'm well impressed Paul, sorry for doubting you.   :admiration:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Neonoodle on March 17, 2013, 04:15:00 pm
Im currently trying to lay a anyrail template onto a base board but keep getting a face full of cat!

Neil

 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Thorpe Parva on March 17, 2013, 05:07:20 pm
Painting trackwork with Revell Rust colour enamel. Will stop shortly as I prefer doing this in natural light. Am also watching the Football text commentary on the BBC website.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Trev on March 27, 2013, 05:58:27 pm
Im currently trying to lay a anyrail template onto a base board but keep getting a face full of cat!

Neil

Put a shoe box or something similar size near you and the cat will normally try to get in it. Problem solved, you can carry on with your plans  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: E Pinniger on March 27, 2013, 06:18:07 pm
Painting the train shed roof (scratchbuilt) for the main station on my layout - it's taken a while to get to this stage, but this half of the layout is finally starting to look like a railway rather than an expanse of bare plywood and half-finished unpainted plastic buildings.

Also attempting to get an old kitbuilt Class 104 DMU into a presentable state (not an easy task!)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on March 27, 2013, 07:56:06 pm
Putting lots of bushes on my layout, I find it easier to submerge Woodlands scenic bushes in white glue and put them in position rather than put glue where they have to go then try and put the bushes in place.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on March 27, 2013, 08:13:04 pm
Teaching myself to solder fishplates as I continue to lay track!

Regards Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Phil Hendry on March 28, 2013, 08:16:00 am
Putting lots of bushes on my layout, I find it easier to submerge Woodlands scenic bushes in white glue and put them in position rather than put glue where they have to go then try and put the bushes in place.
That's what I do too!  They're much more robust that way too - less apt to 'shed' bits of sponge around the layout, with the attendant danger of getting into mechanisms.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on March 28, 2013, 10:28:34 am
Not much!!
Too cold in the attic!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on March 28, 2013, 10:37:40 am
Im currently trying to lay a anyrail template onto a base board but keep getting a face full of cat!

Neil

Put a shoe box or something similar size near you and the cat will normally try to get in it. Problem solved, you can carry on with your plans  :)

I used to love watching my cats getting into a small box then walking round in circles before settling into what looked like a very unconfortable position but they were in and it was theirs.

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on March 31, 2013, 10:27:09 pm
Still adding varying shades of 'turf' in different areas, and today I made my bug-zapper-based static grass applicator, haven't tried it out yet though  ;)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr magnolia on April 01, 2013, 07:44:34 am
Very slowly chipping away at the exciting move of layout from bedroom to luxury shed. Its in now, just leaving me the head scratcher of how to dump a load of stuff out the shed without the childer causing a hooha...
I need to make room for tools and proper modelling stuff!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on April 01, 2013, 08:20:57 am
Just about to finish building six card kits for my Cofton Hackett layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: d-a-n on April 04, 2013, 01:16:55 pm
Supposed to be editing a selection of photographs for putting on my website and sorting an example album from them. Instead, I find myself messing around with long exposures on my old Canon 40D mess-about camera.

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Greybeema on April 04, 2013, 01:19:01 pm
Just used the realtimetrains web site to build my timetable..
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: d-a-n on April 04, 2013, 07:47:14 pm
This:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDvrf4ofE74 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDvrf4ofE74)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on April 04, 2013, 08:03:25 pm
This:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDvrf4ofE74 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDvrf4ofE74)

Now that's just showing off :D
Very good :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: dodger112958 on April 04, 2013, 08:11:10 pm
Don't have a layout yet :'( so trying my hand at a small diorama to use for photographing my locos (er one at the moment) and rolling stock. Just put on the strips of kitchen roll with a pva/water mix. Not done anything like this before so will see how it dries.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on April 04, 2013, 08:19:22 pm
Don't have a layout yet :'( so trying my hand at a small diorama to use for photographing my locos (er one at the moment) and rolling stock. Just put on the strips of kitchen roll with a pva/water mix. Not done anything like this before so will see how it dries.

I don't know what you're using for formers, Dodger, but I have previously soaked full sheets of kitchen roll in a thinned down mix of a well known Filla and that dried to a good tough shell :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: dodger112958 on April 04, 2013, 08:45:35 pm
Don't have a layout yet :'( so trying my hand at a small diorama to use for photographing my locos (er one at the moment) and rolling stock. Just put on the strips of kitchen roll with a pva/water mix. Not done anything like this before so will see how it dries.

I don't know what you're using for formers, Dodger, but I have previously soaked full sheets of kitchen roll in a thinned down mix of a well known Filla and that dried to a good tough shell :thumbsup:

Just a few bits of balsa wood for base, back wall and formers. Looks ok but will probably need a little more kitchen roll and pva/water mix as it is a bit thin. Next time though I will squeeze out the paper towel strips a bit more, what a blooming mess! :doh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on April 14, 2013, 12:58:42 pm
Going insane cutting out 52 arches to laminate into stacks of 4 for my brick kiln.

All the other parts are cut out and laminated but sitting under volumes of that well known encylopedia to dry.

Next nightmare will be covering all the parts with their respective cover layers.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alex on April 14, 2013, 01:06:17 pm
Building an incline using Woodland Scenics incline kit. Looks ok, just need to cover it all with plaster bandage.

Alex :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on April 14, 2013, 06:51:48 pm
Still adding varying shades of 'turf' in different areas, and today I made my bug-zapper-based static grass applicator, haven't tried it out yet though  ;)

Still more turf added (sod of a job, geddit? ;) ) plus static-grassing using bug-zapper job. Wait till tomorrow for glue to dry now before hoovering off the excess and seeing what a total fu mess I've made of it!  ;D


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Greybeema on April 14, 2013, 08:18:17 pm
Adding a super elevated track bed before the track laying can start..
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on April 14, 2013, 09:03:15 pm
On my new layout, lifting all my track again to make way for a new American Tram/Trolley layout.

I had layed the track for another railway but with some encouragement from SWMBO decided a Tram layout would be more fun, still have my other layout to run trains.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on April 15, 2013, 10:44:12 am
Going insane cutting out 52 arches to laminate into stacks of 4 for my brick kiln.

All the other parts are cut out and laminated but sitting under volumes of that well known encylopedia to dry.

Next nightmare will be covering all the parts with their respective cover layers.

Mike don't forget that it may be wise to colour in the card around the edges as I have found that on the Power Station the folds for openings leave TINY gaps.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on April 18, 2013, 04:39:15 pm
I'm currently building an overy-undery incliny layout with spectacularly tight curves.
The question is, will any of my engines actually get round them....
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on April 18, 2013, 06:29:19 pm
I'm currently building an overy-undery incliny layout with spectacularly tight curves.
The question is, will any of my engines actually get round them....

 :hmmm: Very interesting!

How about letting us have a peek at the track plan?

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on April 18, 2013, 08:13:57 pm
It's a somewhat organic plan at the moment....  :doh:
As in.... there isn't really a plan....  :uneasy:
But I'll try and knock something together to give you an idea...  :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on April 18, 2013, 08:43:53 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8239/8661563110_e80ee6d56c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64017570@N04/8661563110/)

If it worked, that should be a rough image (very rough, I'm not very good with the CAD program). The incline (3%) starts at the end of the curve on the top right, then goes up, round the curve to the bridge (beautifully drawn as two thick black lines). It then comes down round the inside of the curve (a bit steeper than 3%) to be back at ground level at the end of that curve (where the points are). It then has a little interest in the way of sidings, before curving round under the bridge and around the end back to the start of the incline.
I'm using streamline for most of it, with the points and sidings being settrack. I think the board is 1200x600 or something along those lines, so a bit (or a lot) tight...
The inclines are made of woodland scenics foamy stuff. The bridge is a short length of wood with a couple of peco girder sides on it.
If I'm feeling particularly keen and the track layout 'works' I might end up cladding the inclines with brick paper.
If nothing else manages it I'm hoping my little blue NCB J94 will get round...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ReBeginner on April 18, 2013, 09:17:29 pm
Me? Doing? Nah ...... just more research and wondering what to start next - also waiting for pal to come and do the DIY thing, extend the base board by 41" - and asking Metcalfe to confirm their PO209 Viaduct kit they say is OO but ideal for N Gauge double track is in fact, suitable - any comment or opinion on this would be very welcome.
Best wishes to all, and thank for the mines of information here, from you all,
Regards
David
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 18, 2013, 11:10:53 pm
In stone it's not such a big deal - stones come in many sizes. Brick is a different matter. There are other sources of viaducts and IMHO the Scalescenes one is easier to build too.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on April 19, 2013, 12:33:26 pm
Just finished laying the decking on my pier.  :)
Planning the backscene now for painting.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ozzie Bill. on May 26, 2013, 09:03:53 am
Trying to ballast. I hate ballasting. It sucks!! Did a load last week (by a load I mean about 3'), vacuumed up the excess and pretty much the whole lot came up. Perhaps a week wasn't enough time to dry! Nah, I just booboo'ed on the amount of glue etc and made an 'orrible mess. I have put a load more down today and will see what happens over the next few days. Cheers, Bill.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 26, 2013, 09:35:13 am
If you rub the ballast with your finger once dry and a lot is loose you can dunk another round of glue into it with less disruption.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on May 26, 2013, 11:01:21 am
Getting through knife blades cutting 1mm plasticard.   1 1/2 sheets done ( 2 blades) Doing the easy bits first.
Started at 0900hrs

Currently on late breakfast break (poached egg on toast)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: barnyswain on May 26, 2013, 11:36:06 am
Nothing now, tidied up and boxed stuff  :(

Just spent past 2 days laying 90' corner and 'quick' ballasting.  Cutting across join and wiring up.

Then polished rail and started tesing.

More testing.

More testing.

Testing involed running a train back and forth over the new bit.  Checking for smooth running etc.  Doing it at slower and slower speeds.  All good fun.

'Quick' ballasting you ask?  Well, the track gets glued in place with neat (or neatish) PVA.  It is weighed done (with chunky books in this case).  Before appling the books, ballast is spread (the glue is there so may as well use it!)  After leaving overnight the excess ballast is cleared away.

Success so I can move on to the other 90' corner. 

Barny
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 26, 2013, 02:52:39 pm
Laying the platform surface and some of the pavements on Planby. Using up the old Metcalfe embossed flagstone stuff I've got left around. Not brilliant but with a bit of weathering it'll look the part.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on June 02, 2013, 09:03:03 pm
Nothing on the layout to busy watching TT 2013 on ITV 4.just started.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on June 02, 2013, 09:39:45 pm
Attempting to get countryside scenery to look something like realistic for the first time  :worried:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bigbob on June 02, 2013, 09:45:45 pm
Laying a new terminus section and cursing Peco for not making florescent IRJ`s!!  :veryangry:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on June 02, 2013, 10:00:52 pm
Just started rewiring 'Black Sheep Lane' for exhibition use, it all worked fine but needed tidying up and the control panel moving from the side to the back.

Only trouble is... do you think i can find the bloody solder ???  :veryangry: :veryangry: :veryangry:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on June 02, 2013, 10:28:52 pm
Only trouble is... do you think i can find the bloody solder ???  :veryangry: :veryangry: :veryangry:
I can find the solder here  but the soldering iron- probably in the same place as your solder. 4 Rolls, 1.2mm, 0.7mm multicore (lead/tin, 16swg and 0.7mm leadfree.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on June 03, 2013, 07:43:33 am
Only trouble is... do you think i can find the bloody solder ???  :veryangry: :veryangry: :veryangry:
I can find the solder here  but the soldering iron- probably in the same place as your solder. 4 Rolls, 1.2mm, 0.7mm multicore (lead/tin, 16swg and 0.7mm leadfree.

You're not on your own, guys!

Every now and then I have to stop completely as I can't find anything!  :D

An hour or so spent 'tidying up' and putting kit in so-called logical places seems to be the answer for me - but it doesn't last long.  :doh:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on June 03, 2013, 08:28:10 am
Found it !  :claphappy:

Fell down the back of the fridge...

I use the fridge as a work bench as it's at the perfect height , and cold beer is mere inches away !  :beers:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on June 03, 2013, 09:08:28 am
Building the scenery and buying supplies for my new British Living Museum layout "Spark Hill" which has a mix of Industry, a Colliery, Town with Trams and Trains.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on June 03, 2013, 10:58:48 am
How about a pic  :camera: or two, LB?

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on June 03, 2013, 12:00:39 pm
soldering iron found and leds now wired up.
sorting out roof to make it light proof.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on June 05, 2013, 06:48:22 am
How about a pic  :camera: or two, LB?

Dave G


Thanks for the reply Dave will take a few pictures tomorrow
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottishlocos on June 06, 2013, 09:28:03 pm
Hi all

I have been weathering some HAA hoppers

Kind regards

Dave
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on June 07, 2013, 02:52:01 pm
Planning the wiring for my still-on-the-drawing-board layout and noting all the useful hints and tips that I'm picking up here, especially on ballasting.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on June 07, 2013, 05:40:36 pm
Virtually nothing as I'm still decorating the house!  :'(

However, I'm still spending my 'railway allowance' on more wagons and just lost it completely by pre-ordering from MRD the Dapol class 22 in green. Looking around it seems that delivery was supposed to be March and now July.

My excuse is that I have 13 kettles but only5 diesels including an 03 shunter so another one isn't too much to ask ; is it?  ;) ... and I do have paint scraper's elbow!

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on June 09, 2013, 06:32:06 pm
Making N Gauge office furniture and PCs!  :goggleeyes:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lionwing on June 09, 2013, 06:46:35 pm
Not done anything this weekend because the weather in the UK is too nice to be inside!

That said I have got some interesting kit building and wiring to deal with this week!

 :P
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on June 09, 2013, 08:18:30 pm
Added some road signs and station staff to the layout...

Have now accumulated seven seeps seven turnouts and four lengths of code 80 flexi track to begin the rear fiddle yard.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on June 13, 2013, 11:10:33 am
Cutting big holes in a baseboard.
Discovered I am mm from one of the braces. Lucky or what!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Belated on June 13, 2013, 06:10:23 pm
Having re-laid the fiddle yard to suit continuous running, now have to re-wire the connections.  Have got the sub-miniature switches and terminal posts, have soldered wires to the first batch for power feeds, have to install track feeds from same switches.  Then need to repeat for the scenic board.  Not forgetting I want to install a second loop to pick up the existing track and complete the loops.  Fit hinges to the panel with all the switches.  Then I can play trains - I mean test the tracks.  :angel:  I also have to decide if I'm going to try to fit all the buildings back on or go for the idea of a Thomas layout to keep the little ones happy.  :worried:   :confused1:

It's my birthday end of next month, wonder if little hints will bear fruit and if I can escape the doctor's machinations and get Thomas and carriages for my pressy,  tee - hee.   :laugh3:

John
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on June 15, 2013, 09:59:54 pm
Inbetween doing scenery, making an IBM PC complete with keyboard and mouse out of microstrip and printed images  :goggleeyes:

See here (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7251.msg145312#msg145312)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on June 18, 2013, 11:59:01 pm
Nothing on the layout. Been busy making windows for my pier building.
Filing 16 square panes on each window is taking a while as there's 8 of them!  :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Trainfish on June 19, 2013, 01:30:01 am
On the layout? Nothing!
On the golf course? Loads!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on June 19, 2013, 03:28:38 am
frustratingly nothing. Between work, Nicole getting to finish the painting, building a 00 layout for a mate, getting my 5inch loco running, kids and their sport and doing all the normal stuff around the house I think I need another 12 hrs a day.
at least I have the big oval so at least zac and I can run some things
still trying to work out if im moving house so that's the other issue
bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pete Mc on June 19, 2013, 05:13:02 am
On the layout? Nothing!
On the golf course? Loads!

Waste of a good walk. :D

For quite some time now,I have been doing sound conversions on my loco fleet and doing some weathering as well.This has been a distraction as the idea of doing what I am doing has been buried under the carpet for quite a long time.

What I am doing is lifting all the track and starting again.Currently,my baseboards are 9ft 6in by 4ft.I am going to resize the baseboard to 9ft 6in by 3ft.The reason for this is quite simple.I made a great big stupid mistake and also a smaller one.

The big mistake was to cram that much track on that there was no space for any kind of scenic work and the prospect of wiring for dcc was terrifying.If I set a train going it had to go around the baseboard three times before it returns to its start point.So the wiring ridiculously complicating,or it would've had it not been for my procrastinating.At least I didn't waste any wire.

So now,having removed all my rolling stock and boxed them up and stored them away,I have to start removing the track.I have only pinned the track down,no ballasting has been done so its almost 100% recyclable.The only bits that are junk are the bits soldered to screws at the board joints.

I expect that I'll have at least twice as much track as I need for the new trackplan that will be a town above the station,with a TMD/stabling point moving over to a suburban scene as the layout is seen from one end to the other.I will be having a fiddle yard/staging area for fixed rake trains as well as sidings just for loco's that will be rotated at the TMD.

Work has already started and with it being such a simple track plan,the potential for operational interest is so much more likely to be movement intensive that it has fired up my juices and made my mojo come back in leaps and bounds.Also,my model railway interests,in terms of what I like doing are now a lot more refined than just watching trains go thundering round,although thats not to say I won't just want to sit and let them go round on their own,I want to include a bit of something in addition to that and a TMD is an ideal addition.

If I decide a loco is going in to the works,it may be parked up with three loco's blocking it in,so that means they have to be shifted the moved back again after the selected loco has been taken into the works which takes time after all,in the BR blue days,nothing was done logically or made easy.

So,lots to do.

Pete
 :Class31: :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on June 19, 2013, 07:54:23 am
Brave move, Pete!

Lets have a peek at the new plan and updates along the way, please.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on June 19, 2013, 09:39:50 am
Brave move, Pete!

Lets have a peek at the new plan and updates along the way, please.

Seconded! You can't beat photos of a layout taken from the very start. Good luck with it, Pete.

All the best
Peter
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: jonclox on June 22, 2013, 11:32:16 am
Just realised that our old kitchen stool/step thingie is exactly the right height for me to sit on and 'modify' the layout sooooooooooooo this mornings been ripping up 1 section of track and relaying cork underlay to cater with the new track positioning.
It`s great to be working on things again  :bounce: :bounce: :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on June 22, 2013, 11:56:53 am
Busy laying paper,card and pva round my clay pit.
Currently look like a big empty lake
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Fratton on June 22, 2013, 11:58:52 am
spraying the white stripes on an NSE mk2,,,
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on June 22, 2013, 12:36:00 pm
Just realised that our old kitchen stool/step thingie is exactly the right height for me to sit on and 'modify' the layout sooooooooooooo this mornings been ripping up 1 section of track and relaying cork underlay to cater with the new track positioning.
It`s great to be working on things again  :bounce: :bounce: :claphappy:

Nice one Jon.... :thumbsup:
Great to hear you are back doing a bit on the layout.... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on June 22, 2013, 12:44:40 pm
Hosting a nice shiny new NGF-branded hopper wagon :D

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7251.msg146743#msg146743 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7251.msg146743#msg146743)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on June 22, 2013, 01:20:39 pm

It`s great to be working on things again  :bounce: :bounce: :claphappy:

It's just as good to hear work has resumed, Jon :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Wayne 56089 on June 22, 2013, 02:48:52 pm
Having a complete redesign!

Thought of a name for my layout and want to incorporate a brewery seen as I can class beer as another of my hobbies  :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sea Mills on June 22, 2013, 02:56:03 pm
Looking for a lost brass buffer on my otherwise complete Grampus kit build  :dunce:

David
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: stevieboy on June 22, 2013, 05:05:15 pm
Wiring up point motors, 2 down.......too many to go!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on June 22, 2013, 07:05:57 pm
Lifting all the track prior to re-planning the whole thing so that it includes Two 2% inclines.

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: jonclox on June 22, 2013, 08:20:16 pm
  :hmmm: I think I might have overdone it a bit today. Never mind I managed rip up, reroute to relay the spur line. Rip up parts of the outer up line circuit and some of the down line. Now my b*ms sore from the stool thingie and my back is calling me all sorts of rude names from bending over for to long. Thank gawd its getting dark and I cant see what I`m doing because I'm working in my own shadow all the time
SWMBO hasn`t worked out what a massive job Ive started on yet but for now its  :sleep: for both of us :-*
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on June 22, 2013, 08:28:55 pm
Not a lot as I've been trying to sort and catalogue all the stuff in the "other" bag. All the etches that were done specially or not finished due to models vanishing etc.

Then I had a brilliant idea on what to do with them all. I thought I'd make them someone elses problem  :angel: so the web site now has a 'free' section of random weird and wonderful bits and bobs nobody probably wants.  :beers:

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on June 23, 2013, 12:28:26 pm
I've been mostly building a canopy for my island platform...
And removing the ghost of wagon loads past from my Trix HAAs... Which was ok until I found the one that didn't seem to be foam like the rest... some kind of silicone sealant or somesuch instead...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on June 28, 2013, 03:28:05 pm
Assembling various more test shells, and pondering the compartment walls on the Great Central coaches. Once I have those figured out right I'll finally be able to fully complete some GC coaches to run on Planby and provide a break from the usual LNER means Gresley stock layout.

Really I ought to have some NER non-corridor stock but that may have to wait as the duckets are scary

Alan

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on July 02, 2013, 06:20:00 pm
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2829/9191936975_62d294afeb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64017570@N04/9191936975/)

Signal wiring... for signals... A few more to go in so I'll need to squeeze another dsub 25way in there somewhere...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tadpole on July 03, 2013, 10:42:07 am
Had a quick play with Salisbury last night following an absense of about 5-6 weeks (too many distractions at this time of year).

Delighted to report that everything moved at first touch of the controller, no nudging required whatsoever.
Even my old Poole-built locos were eager to get out of the fiddle yard and back to work.

Working backwards in time. Still a few bits of NSE/RR stock on the layout, but by end of next play it'll be pure blue/grey.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on July 06, 2013, 12:50:18 am
After moving house recently, i have started work on Old Warren. Due to the move amongst other things, i have had little time for the hobby until the last few days.

I have stripped all the removable scenery off OW and started a deep clean. Track work is back to a clean electrically conductive state. A hoover session then began grabbing all dust off the layout.

I then began to focus on wiring. Outer, inner and depot access loop all wired up tested and locos run on them. Only a couple of niggles on two points which will need a tiny bit more attention.

Have rewired up the street and depot lighting. Only have some ground signals and aspect signals to do......... Tomorrow maybe.
Gonna focus on populating the layout as well this weekend.

I also have some small repairs to do to scenery that fell off on its journey from my old house to the new.

I also have a dedicated railway room meaning i can get access all around the layout as i have set it up in the middle of the room. This will make cleaning and maintenance a much easier, quicker and more pleasant task.

Hopefully get some pictures uploaded, it certainly has been a while, although im back in the hobby now i have some new routine and we have settled in to the new gaff.......
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on July 06, 2013, 10:34:30 am
After moving house recently, i have started work on Old Warren....

 :photospleasesign:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on July 06, 2013, 01:59:04 pm
Nothing today. House full of grandchildren all weekend so all tools and glues put away.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on July 06, 2013, 02:10:51 pm
Nothing today. House full of grandchildren all weekend so all tools and glues put away.
Same here really... BBQ at my parents place today with all the family round, the layout is back at my flat parked in the shade. I haven't touched it for a while as i'm saving for another car at the moment - that said i did detail a brake van recently with a 3 link coupling and tail lamp, which took all of 2 mins !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on July 06, 2013, 02:51:19 pm
After moving house recently, i have started work on Old Warren....

 :photospleasesign:

This weekend i hope!

I have spent alot of time on OW over last few days, this morning i wired all the ground signals back up and working. Got all lighting for depot and streets done, only one signal remains (an arm off the resistor got snapped, so i will have to buy a new resistor to the same tolerance)

I wrote up a snag list to do on the layout, so far 15 entries mainly minor repairs/touch up jobs.

Not going to do anymore today, im at a BBQ this afternoon. Weather to nice to do modelling although im really in the mood.

Hopefully more pictures to be uploaded, although depends on what else goes on this weekend.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Norfolkrover on July 06, 2013, 05:07:47 pm
Nothing as its so hot. Is there a temperature you shouldnt run locos at and what heat related harm should you look out for?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on July 06, 2013, 05:11:54 pm
Hey Dave,

Very best wishes to you and Fay in your new abode.
Looking forward to more pics of Old Warren (or should that be New Warren now? :-X)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: OwL on July 06, 2013, 05:18:12 pm
Hey Dave,

Very best wishes to you and Fay in your new abode.
Looking forward to more pics of Old Warren (or should that be New Warren now? :-X)

Thanks Mick :thumbsup: i will pass on your kind sentiments to Fay as well.
Trust me to plan modelling on the hottest weekend of the year!!

BBQ time now though,

Hopefully Pictures tomorrow, but if weather continues like this then count me sitting outside reading a back copy of NGS journal and a cold beer. :pint:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on July 30, 2013, 08:45:37 pm
Not a lot at the moment.
Still waiting for my LEDs from Hong Kong.
Now to work out where to store the Brickworks. Have been told it cannot live on the end of the dining table  :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cooper on August 06, 2013, 09:28:02 am
Adding speed warning sign, AWS magnet and a few details. Also added a lip to the shelf at the back after two Dapol 66's took a nose-dive to the floor.... :'(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 06, 2013, 05:39:17 pm
Quote
Also added a lip to the shelf at the back after two Dapol 66's took a nose-dive to the floor.... :'(

Ouch.

That once happened to me with my Poole era Swallow HST and Class 56.

The HST looked quite mangled to my young eyes, but as it happened the only damage was a paint chip and dis-lodged body. The 56 suffered from a broken coupling. This is the reason I have perspex around Filton TMD!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on August 06, 2013, 05:49:23 pm
Adding speed warning sign, AWS magnet and a few details. Also added a lip to the shelf at the back after two Dapol 66's took a nose-dive to the floor.... :'(

Note to self: when I finally have a layout to do something on, make sure health and safety executive inspects all lines bordering endless chasms...  ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on August 06, 2013, 06:29:17 pm
I dropped a soldering iron on a dapol hymek.... :o 

Some would say that wasn't a bad thing !  >:D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on August 06, 2013, 06:46:28 pm
Who! Sacrilege! It's a lovely little model* of a great little engine!

Cheers, NeMo

*Once you figure out you'll be feeding it bogie tower gear wheels on a regular basis so lay in a few for replacement!

I dropped a soldering iron on a dapol hymek.... :o 
Some would say that wasn't a bad thing !  >:D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Southendnick on August 06, 2013, 07:13:07 pm
Right now it's hidden away from my Nephew & Niece's... and I am asking myself why did I not paint the board before pinning the track down.  :doh:

Will attempt to lift what I have put down and paint the board, it will be all over grey to start off with, as the railway I have based it on was built around a boating lake, did think about cutting the middle out to create the lake but the board would become very flimsy and would probably snap in two (no earthquakes in Southend!) I might attempt to chisel out a bit to create a reses but will probably just end up painting it blue.

 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on August 06, 2013, 08:06:33 pm
Who! Sacrilege! It's a lovely little model* of a great little engine!

Cheers, NeMo

*Once you figure out you'll be feeding it bogie tower gear wheels on a regular basis so lay in a few for replacement!

I dropped a soldering iron on a dapol hymek.... :o 
Some would say that wasn't a bad thing !  >:D
Don't worry... I bought a dummy one and used the body, mine was actually a great runner - but i sold it in the end to help pay for my NCE powercab controller. Dapol Hymeks don't have the best reputation hence my cheeky comment !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on August 06, 2013, 08:18:07 pm
Just finished building the Parkwood kit of the older LMS/GWR shunters. Its slightly late for the LMS stuff I have but will make an interesting addition to the kettles and 1831 (the original LMS diesel shunter)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 06, 2013, 08:29:20 pm
Currently giving Sheaf the once over to check everything is in working order ready for show at  Leyland this weekend :D

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cpt Jack Sparrow on August 06, 2013, 09:19:04 pm
currently planning the build of my first ever n gauge base board :thumbsup:

Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 06, 2013, 09:43:42 pm
currently planning the build of my first ever n gauge base board :thumbsup:

Paul

Ah, poor chap!  ::)

He's hooked and there's no going back now! :D

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cpt Jack Sparrow on August 06, 2013, 09:45:59 pm
currently planning the build of my first ever n gauge base board :thumbsup:

Paul

Ah, poor chap!  ::)

He's hooked and there's no going back now! :D

Dave G

Hook line and sinker.... :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on August 06, 2013, 11:04:19 pm
Nothing now.
Trying to decide wether to scrap the Brickworks Layout and or stick it in the loft and do something different. :hmmm: ??? :confused2: :uneasy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on August 06, 2013, 11:37:25 pm
Creating drawings for case/cover for 'black sheep lane'. The plan is to frame the front of the layout and then add discreet lighting.

I have to draw a plan as just random wood cutting always ends in disaster !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GroupC on August 07, 2013, 10:42:33 am
I'm not doing anything on my layout (unfortunately) but I will be laying some 1:1 bricks in my 1:1 back garden later.

Well, when I say "not doing anything" I'm still buying loads of stock if that counts.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 07, 2013, 02:59:38 pm
I'm not doing anything on my layout (unfortunately) but I will be laying some 1:1 bricks in my 1:1 back garden later.

Well, when I say "not doing anything" I'm still buying loads of stock if that counts.

Ditto but decorating rather than bricklaying.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on August 07, 2013, 03:08:16 pm
Wiring mostly and building my control panel, but also built a shelf for it in front of the layout last night.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bridgiesimon on August 08, 2013, 06:59:09 pm
I am not doing anything on my layout, I am sat at my computer typing a silly reply to this forum, oh dear, time for th emen in the white coats and a padded cell me thinks!!!!

Simon
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on August 08, 2013, 07:46:58 pm
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

Agreed, looking at sheets of blank paper thinking about my next mini project.
Have made the decision everything built from now on will be based on single boards A5 sized.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on August 08, 2013, 07:57:01 pm
Despite my silence on the forum, I have been sweltering under the sun building a canal using scalescenes products , that will be used to cover the fiddle yard.

Also made the stupid mistake of cutting out the lifting section that has been in place for the last 3 years....
Its 2 x double tracks but on 2 different levels.   Used the razor saw but failed to cut through properly......   Now have 6 out of 8 track joins that are on different levels all by about .0005 mm but enough to derail anything.   :veryangry:

Back to the wine I guess....
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Belated on August 08, 2013, 10:43:49 pm
Posted by: Oldman
« on: Today at 07:46:58 PM
Quote
Have made the decision everything built from now on will be based on single boards A5 sized

As an ex-draughtsman in a former life, A5 to me is half an A4 - so less than half a closed box file.  Gonna be a very small layout or an awful lot of boards.  Could there be a typo in there?

John
 :confused2:  :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on August 08, 2013, 11:09:57 pm
Sorry not a typo.
Will be Diorama  from now on.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Belated on August 09, 2013, 09:53:36 am
Challenging!  Be very interested to see that progress.   :bounce:

John
 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on August 09, 2013, 06:07:40 pm
Doing two things at the moment. The first is weathering my Farish 50 (see below). I've started to take the plastic shine off, but need another pass on the underframes because they don't look right and some extra black grime around the exhausts. Would like to figure out how to do oil spillage: perhaps gloss varnish?

But the other thing is -- gasp -- looking at an 0-gauge kit! Do like the idea of a very simple shunting plank, building three wagons myself to get the hang of things, starting with the Parkside-Dundas BR 16 Ton Mineral Wagon, and if I'm up to them, a very simple kit; the DJH 03 "Starter" Kit (http://www.djhmodelloco.co.uk/prodpage.asp?productid=3665) sounds good.

Am I mad missing 00 out entirely? But feel I'll have N for when I want to run full length trains, and 0 for when I want to feel comfortable model-making with my clumsy fingers.

Cheers, NeMo

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6360.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6360)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 09, 2013, 08:24:13 pm
Right now, I'm running in my two Dapol 66s on my American layout!!!!  (The British one hasn't got a long enough run).

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 09, 2013, 09:23:20 pm
Replaced a duff Peco point, and am accumulating all the necessary wood, Perspex and paint to build a control panel. So far I've spent less than a tenner on these materials and just have to find some pin striping tape so probably a visit to Halfords tomorrow :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on August 09, 2013, 10:06:45 pm
Gluing my fingers together trying to sort out some motor bogey parts 😆
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on August 09, 2013, 10:14:50 pm
Gluing my fingers together trying to sort out some motor bogey parts 😆

So long as they are the only bogeys you are trying to sort out. Could be messy otherwise when you visit A&E :sorrysign:   
Had to comment - probably would not have if you had typed bogies. >:D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mr Sprue on August 09, 2013, 10:20:54 pm
Planning something that will look realistic!  ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Zwilnik on August 09, 2013, 10:33:40 pm
Wiring :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6361.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6361)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on August 09, 2013, 10:36:35 pm
Wiring :)

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6361.JPG[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6361[/url])


Are you sure you dont mean Italian Pasta? :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Agrafarfan on August 09, 2013, 10:57:54 pm
Just been clearing my old table and laying down the cork to redo my layout a bit more properly but decided to have a rest and look on here, now I realise I need to drill more holes which I have to do tomorrow it will be too noisy otherwise.

I think I might go back and lay some cork or get something to eat.

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on August 10, 2013, 03:29:57 pm
Trying to create some hills/embankments with cardboard.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 10, 2013, 03:42:29 pm
Trying to create some hills/embankments with cardboard.


Depending how far on you are with the task, have you considered trying the insulation foam you can buy in 3'x1' (ish sheets) for e.g. Wickes? Really easy stuff to work with.

As an example:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3777.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3777)

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on August 10, 2013, 03:56:24 pm
Trying to create some hills/embankments with cardboard.

Depending how far on you are with the task, have you considered trying the insulation foam you can buy in 3'x1' (ish sheets) for e.g. Wickes? Really easy stuff to work with.
Dave G

Thanks for the tip, that might be easier.  I've only just started but I'm trying to get an idea of how it is going to look.  I'll have to make a trip to my nearest store tomorrow and pick some up.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 10, 2013, 04:07:48 pm
There's plenty of ideas on how to work with the foam sheet here and elsewhere.

I tend to be fairly rough with the stuff when making a basic shape and then use a long-ish blade for more detailed stuff.

I've also found that gentle use of a wire brush can create some interesting character to the 'rock face' that can suggest excavation/cutting work. Copydex is good for sticking pieces together.

Please let us know (and see) how you get on.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on August 11, 2013, 07:13:48 pm
Got some Celotex board, cut off some pieces and stuck them to my baseboard.  I'll take some photos soon.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 11, 2013, 07:29:08 pm
On the American layout this afternoon I moved my "Giant Eagle" store and put lights in it.  I also modelled the car park.  On my British layout, I put up the road bridge sides and walls.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 11, 2013, 07:35:07 pm
Look forward to seeing how you are getting on.

I prime the foam with emulsion as a basecoat - using the little matchpots you can buy quite cheaply; pale green, light brown, etc. It helps produce a decent base for whatever scatter colour you put down.

Dave G.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 11, 2013, 07:39:51 pm
I use those match pots too Dave.  Dulux "Intense Truffle" is my colour of choice!!!  Looks like dry soil and provides a good base colour for the green powders I put over the top of them!

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 11, 2013, 07:49:05 pm
How about a few pics, Andy?

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 11, 2013, 09:28:51 pm
I hope I'm doing this right.  I've got a couple of messages already telling me I didn't.  Anyway, here are three photos of the road bridge at Ruffield (British layout) and three photos of Giant Eagle at Blue Haven on my American layout.

Andy

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/a003.jpg)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/a005.jpg)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/a004.jpg)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/a006.jpg)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/a001.jpg)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/a002.jpg)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 11, 2013, 09:43:22 pm
Hi Andy,
On my laptop only the links are shown in your post, although the links work and I could see your pics.
When using Photobucket, I right click on the IMG box (4th one down). It then says 'Copied' and I just right click and 'Paste' into a post
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 11, 2013, 09:57:26 pm
Testing, testing..... :D

http://s209.photobucket.com/user/texhorse/media/a002.jpg.html?filters (http://s209.photobucket.com/user/texhorse/media/a002.jpg.html?filters)[user]=44589847&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=5

Andy

It is the IMG link you need to click on to copy Andy not the Email &IM  ;)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/a002.jpg) (http://s209.photobucket.com/user/texhorse/media/a002.jpg.html)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 11, 2013, 09:59:26 pm
Nope - now I'm getting "The page cannot be displayed" with the link.
Still no picture in the post :confused1:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 11, 2013, 10:01:53 pm
 :thumbsdown:

Me neither.  Hope you guys have patience and click on the links instead.  I promise the photos are worth it once you get there!!!!

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on August 11, 2013, 10:13:15 pm
Fixed :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 12, 2013, 08:00:15 am
Many thanks Paul!  I'll get the hang of this doodad one day.

Andy
 :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on August 14, 2013, 07:56:51 pm
Hacking away at Celotex to make (a big mess) more scenery.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on August 14, 2013, 08:05:08 pm
Painting rolling stock in another scale :-X :-X :-X
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on August 14, 2013, 08:26:19 pm
Painting rolling stock in another scale :-X :-X :-X
I'm in the doghouse too - Designing a US HO switching shelf layout !  :whistle:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on August 14, 2013, 08:45:46 pm
Here's a photo of my handiwork.  A few more will be added to my layout thread in a moment.

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/Photo0173_zps2a88001c.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/Photo0173_zps2a88001c.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 15, 2013, 03:55:18 pm
I've somehow managed to avoid my usual trick of turning perfectly good timber into sawdust and constructed a basic control panel. Although far from finished I am relatively pleased with it, having convinced myself that some small gaps are there for ventilation ;)

(http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j454/nobbynewport/Kimbolted/Basiccontrolpanel1_zpsecfd8c65.jpg) (http://s1086.photobucket.com/user/nobbynewport/media/Kimbolted/Basiccontrolpanel1_zpsecfd8c65.jpg.html)

(http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j454/nobbynewport/Kimbolted/Basiccontrolpanel2_zpsa8a37c11.jpg) (http://s1086.photobucket.com/user/nobbynewport/media/Kimbolted/Basiccontrolpanel2_zpsa8a37c11.jpg.html)

I have yet to apply paint then 6mm pinstriping tape to the lid which will then be covered with Perspex. Being an old DC fart, DPDT and push to make/break switches will be fitted into the panel on the track diagram as per the usual mimic board, along with the required fittings for changing the points with a Peco probe.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on August 15, 2013, 04:33:22 pm
Looking good mick  :thumbsup:

You can never have too much ventilation when it comes to electrics  :hmmm:  :-\

Just remember not to spill your beer on it  :D

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on August 15, 2013, 04:59:11 pm
([url]http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j454/nobbynewport/Kimbolted/Basiccontrolpanel2_zpsa8a37c11.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s1086.photobucket.com/user/nobbynewport/media/Kimbolted/Basiccontrolpanel2_zpsa8a37c11.jpg.html[/url])


I am a bit concerned about the two screws fixing the panel to the side frame.  I feel if you should accidently bump into the bottom of the panel then the two screws will just rip through the back panel.  Perhaps a couple of bolts going all the way through and a metal plate on the inside of the back panel would give it some extra strength.

Something along these lines  ;)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6421.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6421)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 15, 2013, 06:37:57 pm
John's probably right, Mick. That is quite a large structure you have there. If you're anything like me, I'm always catching a corner of something as I walk passed with the bruises to prove it!  :(

The alternative to the plate perhaps would be to have a pair of 8" or 10" large L shape (shelf?) brackets behind the box attached to the board framework. Removes any chance of a short should a wire come loose.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 15, 2013, 08:00:25 pm
Thanks for the suggestions, guys, but I have actually been somewhat cunning in that the screws are actually set into keyways i.e. the panel is fitted over the domed screws and then slid downwards into narrower channels. It is meant to be detachable for any necessary maintenance. :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on August 15, 2013, 08:09:59 pm
Now that is a good idea :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 15, 2013, 08:30:04 pm
Well done, Baldrick!  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on August 15, 2013, 08:51:25 pm
That's a lovely bit of woodwork from Bodgem & Buggerit  :D  Kidding aside, it looks pretty good to me, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on August 17, 2013, 08:21:31 pm
I got tired of being chained to a soldering iron and making a general mess of wiring, so lobbed my 101 on the inside track, then invoked rule 1 and got my 86 City of Carlisle, attached my rake of HAAs and sent it round the main line  :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on August 17, 2013, 11:56:30 pm
Rule 1 not really required

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37190-dalzell/8598300422/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37190-dalzell/8598300422/#)

Of course to have any *soul* you need a pair of 76s on the front of it
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on August 18, 2013, 07:55:39 am
I'd love an n gauge 76....
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on August 18, 2013, 08:35:10 am
Me too!

NeMo

I'd love an n gauge 76....
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on August 18, 2013, 09:34:04 am
Nothing N gauge at the moment apart from looking for CHEAP working loco's for their chassis.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on August 18, 2013, 10:06:40 am
Painting n-scale sunflowers (http://www.busch-model.com/online/index.php?rubrik=3&sprach_id=de&art_id=8103&sprach_id=de) bought from the Milton Keynes model railway show yesterday.

Talk about fiddly!

Also finishing off my first O Gauge wagon kit... but probably not meant to talk about other scales here!

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on August 18, 2013, 10:23:20 am
Giving the track a clean ready to test run some of my locos.  Got to make sure everything still runs properly ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on August 18, 2013, 10:33:18 am
Also finishing off my first O Gauge wagon kit... but probably not meant to talk about other scales here!

Cheers, NeMo

NeMo, hang your head in shame  ;)  Actually, I've stumbled across some O Gauge locos on Fleabay, and they do look quite attractive...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on August 18, 2013, 10:55:27 am
Painting n-scale sunflowers ([url]http://www.busch-model.com/online/index.php?rubrik=3&sprach_id=de&art_id=8103&sprach_id=de[/url]) bought from the Milton Keynes model railway show yesterday.
Talk about fiddly!
Cheers, NeMo


Wait until you start planting them. >:D    Been there and decided never again - however I did have 5 packs to do.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on August 18, 2013, 10:59:08 am
Agreed! Assembly and installation not much fun. Done 4, decided to stop for the time being. Cutting the little yellow flowers off turned out to be much more difficult than I'd imagined.

Cheers, NeMo

Painting n-scale sunflowers ([url]http://www.busch-model.com/online/index.php?rubrik=3&sprach_id=de&art_id=8103&sprach_id=de[/url]) bought from the Milton Keynes model railway show yesterday.
Talk about fiddly!
Cheers, NeMo


Wait until you start planting them. >:D    Been there and decided never again - however I did have 5 packs to do.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on August 18, 2013, 11:04:41 am
I got the Parkside Dundas 16-ton mineral wagon, which is by all accounts an easy kit. It certainly comes with everything you need except paint, even has the transfers in the box (why oh why don't all kits include transfers -- at least ones aimed at beginners like me). Assembly was fun, took about two evenings, with only a little finagling needed to get the body sat on the chassis properly.

What's nice about O is the number of bits that work like they do on the prototype. The buffers are springy, and so are the coupling hooks. The chains work. The brake gear can be set at whatever angle you want. Even the axle boxes move up and down in the frames.

If nothing else, once painted it'll make a nice knick-nack container to put on a bookshelf, but I might just get a few more kits and eventually an O gauge loco (beginner's kit or Dapol RTR shunter, haven't yet decided, though the DJH 03 (http://www.djhmodelloco.co.uk/prodpage.asp?productid=3665) looks really nice).

Cheers, NeMo

NeMo, hang your head in shame  ;)  Actually, I've stumbled across some O Gauge locos on Fleabay, and they do look quite attractive...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on August 18, 2013, 11:24:21 am
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2816/9534753513_690ec090de.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64017570@N04/9534753513/)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7349/9537541200_7c3800f3d2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64017570@N04/9537541200/)

In a fit of bravery City of Carlisle finally received her nameplates this morning. This was an operation involving PVA, tweezers, tamiya masking tape, a cocktail stick, a cotton bud and a lot of anxiety...
Apologies for the crap nature of the pictures...
I started on the buffer beam detail but wasn't having much joy getting the hoses in place so I abandoned that plan before I broke something.
All I have to do now is give the Lancashire Witch her nameplates...  :worried:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 18, 2013, 12:58:19 pm
Looks to me like you did an excellent job there Luke.

Andy
 :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 18, 2013, 09:15:21 pm
Quote from: Luke Piewalker link=topic=1724.msg157309#msg157309
All I have to do now is give the Lancashire Witch her nameplates...  :worried:
[/quote

Along with a crest depicting a Pendle broomstick :-X
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on August 18, 2013, 09:31:35 pm
Finishing off a J52, having been somewhat delayed by accidentally stopping to watch The Fifth Element again. Just having to do some minor tweaking to get it to fit a different chassis to that intended. Then I can add the pipework and do final paint fixes.

Other than that I've been finishing off vinyl artwork for a GWR M10 and for some sausage vans.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GrahamB on August 18, 2013, 10:03:55 pm
Coaling up some locos and assembling a GWR Milk Brake - very slowly.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 18, 2013, 10:15:49 pm
I've been busy getting hot solder dripped onto my shirt, under the layout while putting lots of twinkling frassa sassin' leds in my buildings.

Can't you tell I've had an enjoyable couple of hours?

 :scowl:

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 22, 2013, 04:00:08 pm
Bit of track improvement on the Up main line as I was getting derailing issues with a Dapol 9F and Farish 8 axle diesels on a curved point which formed part of a 90 degree curve (13" radius). I have slightly altered the curve of the track and substituted a medium radius point which appears to have corrected the alignment problem and all is well now :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on August 22, 2013, 04:21:40 pm
Building a roundy roundy on a 400mm x350mm foamboard base. 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 22, 2013, 06:54:27 pm
Today I have been soldering more LEDs and making my layout sparkle!!!!

 :laugh:

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on August 23, 2013, 05:27:58 pm
I think I am in the Dog House... Went into the garage to get a part to fix a light with and noticed some wood spare eh voila another 2ft6" additional baseboard for Hammingwell....

(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h407/churcp/BE597EF7-1FDD-40C7-A4F3-142F7C3E7065-1258-000000C51360EC81.jpg)

So now the broken light is still broken and SWMBO is not the happiest person in this house at the moment!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 23, 2013, 05:38:27 pm
How about suggesting SWMBO gets all her friends round because as we all know "many hands make light work" :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on August 25, 2013, 05:14:45 pm
I finally managed to get all of my signals, and my 'signal box' working.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on August 25, 2013, 05:45:45 pm
Took delivery of my new Class A1, 60156 'Great Central' (GF 372-801) and grabbed 30 minutes to check all was well. Had to clean the track first.

Very pleased - super-quiet with excellent slow running.

Now packed away until whenever time lets me back to do some playing trains proper modelling .

Also got 'permission' to bulk buy 30 yards of flexi for my project layout, slated for 2014/15!

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on August 25, 2013, 06:02:52 pm
Made an office chair today :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6509.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6509)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on August 25, 2013, 06:03:19 pm
Took delivery of my new Class A1, 60156 'Great Central' (GF 372-801) and grabbed 30 minutes to check all was well.

Dave G

Sounds good and at an excellent price as well  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on August 25, 2013, 06:05:15 pm
Made an office chair today :)
Paul

To keep elf and safety happy Paul, should your chair not have five legs  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on August 25, 2013, 06:10:05 pm
Nope, this was before the days of compulsory five-legged seating :D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/thumb_6510.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6510)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on August 25, 2013, 07:52:49 pm
I have run some trains  :o I've been so bogged down with lighting buildings, soldering SMDs, learning how to air-brush buildings, etc that I lost sight of the purpose of it all.

Really enjoyed seeing Eurostar and Thalys racing round the track and then Voyager and Desiro  :)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mereman on August 25, 2013, 07:58:53 pm
Waiting for the glue to dry before finishing the baseboard.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on August 25, 2013, 08:17:44 pm
Really enjoyed seeing Eurostar and Thalys racing round the track and then Voyager and Desiro  :)

Where's the video then??  ;)

Would love to see the first two especially  8)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on August 25, 2013, 09:36:19 pm
Really enjoyed seeing Eurostar and Thalys racing round the track and then Voyager and Desiro  :)


Where's the video then??  ;)

Would love to see the first two especially  8)


Paul

I didn't take a vid of it but here is a link to the first Wormfest video (which was taken some time ago - before I decided to light the layout)


The First Wormfest - Medium.m4v (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYREtMvIFTc#ws)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 26, 2013, 12:09:17 pm
Oh good.  Another new soldering job to do today.  The shed is so warm as well....

 :no:

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on August 26, 2013, 02:30:36 pm
Swindon works mode for the bank holiday

So far finished off a GWR monster and a 419 MLV and done various bits of work on the TPO queue. Need to find a good way to make the mesh for the nets.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on August 26, 2013, 02:38:05 pm
Swindon works mode for the bank holiday

So far finished off a GWR monster and a 419 MLV and done various bits of work on the TPO queue. Need to find a good way to make the mesh for the nets.
Pinch the mesh from a BRUTE kit ?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Trev on August 26, 2013, 03:32:25 pm
Swindon works mode for the bank holiday

So far finished off a GWR monster and a 419 MLV and done various bits of work on the TPO queue. Need to find a good way to make the mesh for the nets.
Pinch the mesh from a BRUTE kit ?

The fishing nets on a pole that kids use at the seaside and streams have a good size mesh
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on August 26, 2013, 05:06:04 pm
The fishing nets on a pole that kids use at the seaside and streams have a good size mesh

Might have to look in the pound shop tomorrow. Teabags used to be good but the modern ones are different.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on August 26, 2013, 07:57:01 pm
Been having a go at weathering. My first serious attempt.
Started on my short parcels train and initial impressions are that it looks OK.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on August 26, 2013, 08:01:18 pm
Been having a go at weathering. My first serious attempt.
Started on my short parcels train and initial impressions are that it looks OK.

Soooo.......... Where are the pictures  :D

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on August 29, 2013, 04:34:51 pm
Installing an Atlas turntable with motor and trying to make it look a bit more British in outline; painted the decking timber to hopefully look a bit more grey and somewhat scuffed, didn't fancy chancing messing up the mechanism to make a pit; covered the very American looking timber shed over the motor housing with some thin brick card and fitted  more British looking doors. Planning a roundhouse, somewhere between 6 and 9 stalls, cut it from Metcalfe brick card and add etched windows and try and find some reasonable doors.

Next step will be to add a "tarmac" surface between the tracks and add a few other "refinements" - read "clutter"
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: RichardBattersby on August 29, 2013, 04:37:05 pm
Trying to get my point motors working  :( :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 29, 2013, 07:04:37 pm
Unsoldering old feed wires to lengths of Peco track, for reuse on the club layout....

Half of my life seems to be spent holding a soldering iron at the moment.

 >:(

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 30, 2013, 08:46:53 pm
Tonight I have moved the extention cable and sockets to a permanent position on the wall, so that when I run my British layout, the cable doesn't drape across the American layout, dropping box cars onto the floor!!!!  A long overdue job.

 :thumbsup:

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on August 31, 2013, 02:40:44 pm
Today I re-enpantographulated my 86's.
And put my new tractor in the field.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/9637609968_dd9e6ba549.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64017570@N04/9637609968/)

 :bounce:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on August 31, 2013, 02:53:31 pm
Tonight I have moved the extention cable and sockets to a permanent position on the wall, so that when I run my British layout, the cable doesn't drape across the American layout, dropping box cars onto the floor!!!!  A long overdue job.
Andy

I spent a considerable amount of time adding about 40 boxcars behind four GP40 Santa Fe locos in readiness for a long winding slow setup to take some video of.  I decided at the last minute to add a caboose, once it was added I went to apply power and caught the caboose with a finger and talk about the domino effect  :veryangry2:
The only thing left standing on the track was the first loco, everything else was on their side.
I just switched everything off and left the room  :'(

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on August 31, 2013, 02:56:56 pm
my bête noire at the moment seems to be catching catenary masts either with my sleeve or with the plastic sheet I cover my layout with...  :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on August 31, 2013, 03:01:54 pm
I spent a considerable amount of time adding about 40 boxcars behind four GP40 Santa Fe locos in readiness for a long winding slow setup to take some video of.  I decided at the last minute to add a caboose, once it was added I went to apply power and caught the caboose with a finger and talk about the domino effect  :veryangry2:
The only thing left standing on the track was the first loco, everything else was on their side.
I just switched everything off and left the room  :'(

cheers John.

 :smackedface:  You need one of these:  :pint:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on August 31, 2013, 05:35:38 pm
Tonight I have moved the extention cable and sockets to a permanent position on the wall, so that when I run my British layout, the cable doesn't drape across the American layout, dropping box cars onto the floor!!!!  A long overdue job.
Andy

I spent a considerable amount of time adding about 40 boxcars behind four GP40 Santa Fe locos in readiness for a long winding slow setup to take some video of.  I decided at the last minute to add a caboose, once it was added I went to apply power and caught the caboose with a finger and talk about the domino effect  :veryangry2:
The only thing left standing on the track was the first loco, everything else was on their side.
I just switched everything off and left the room  :'(

cheers John.

I feel your pain, no PAIN, John.  Seems to me that the knuckle couplers on US stuff is too efficient, and doesn't release like the good old Rapidos do!  Usually I have similar clumsy problems.... :'(

 :beers:

Sounds good.  Beers all round, in fact.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on August 31, 2013, 06:57:27 pm
I've been a busy bunny today...
On the top circuit of my layout 08 shunters can't get past the brewery as the connecting rods hit the side of the building... :( But not any more ! I've moved the building a whole 4mm sideways, which as it was glued very well it was a real cow to do without causing damage. Now the 08 passes with a few mm to spare.

See if you spot where it used to be...
(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/IMAG0008_zpsd9054b60.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/IMAG0008_zpsd9054b60.jpg.html)

Then I decided that the entrance to the sidings was a pain as you have to stop the train going around the circuit, before you can do any shunting in the yard.  :doh:

So I decided to remove the point that enters the yard, to allow the upper circuit to keep going whilst shunting. Then add an extension to the yard so that it can be shunted independently (effectively an 'Inglenook' shunting puzzle). Now I can have two trains running and a third bashing wagons in the yard  :) So here's a few pics to show the progress...

Before
(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/IMAG0010_zpsb4149efd.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/IMAG0010_zpsb4149efd.jpg.html)

After
(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/IMAG00121_zpsa7bfd0e9.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/IMAG00121_zpsa7bfd0e9.jpg.html)

Slightly better pic of area
(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/IMAG0013_zpsbc319585.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/IMAG0013_zpsbc319585.jpg.html) 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on August 31, 2013, 09:57:57 pm
Nice to see the improvements being made and, no, I can't see where the brewery was before you moved it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on August 31, 2013, 10:13:56 pm
Nice to see the improvements being made and, no, I can't see where the brewery was before you moved it :thumbsup:
I'll call that a win then ! More improvements on the way...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cape Town Trev on September 01, 2013, 08:05:12 am
Just finishing wiring up 3 Digitrax DS52 decoders for my Kato Unitrack small GWR layout. I am doing a small DCC layout. Nice to work in the study rather than the garage - it is the first day of Spring over here today. :) cheers Trev
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on September 01, 2013, 09:11:30 pm
Be nice to see some :camera: Trev ;)

Yesterday I finished wiring up the two-part lighting rig for the layout by chopping up some extra-long kettle leads :)

Today I have (mostly!) been drilling stupidly small holes in bits of microstrip  :goggleeyes:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on September 01, 2013, 09:19:09 pm
Bored some holes then passed the wiring to the turntable through, then fed them across to the edge of the layout, surveyed where to run the wire in tube for the points on the extension.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on September 03, 2013, 09:55:19 pm
Track laid, next to the wiring and ballasting

(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h407/churcp/62195E49-A83F-439D-A984-5E0269428DE2-2073-000002FA8021CBFF_zps9f5ec651.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on September 03, 2013, 11:00:59 pm
Nothing, busy trying to research suitable  narrow gauge wagon works  (Not Welsh  Slate railways) for the next little project.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on September 03, 2013, 11:41:08 pm
Trying to get a few things sorted to take to TINGS, and checking the bank balance to see how what I'd like to spend compares to what I can afford to spend. Charging camera batteries, formatting CF cards  for the camera. Getting some sleep in to compensate for a rather early start on Saturday  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-fc/whistling.gif)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mereman on September 03, 2013, 11:50:06 pm
Looking at a box of track and then at my "plan" then at the base board. I would start but don't want to disturb the cat who's fast asleep on the base board.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on September 14, 2013, 11:33:57 pm
I've been fitting more of my stock with Dapol magnetic couplings.  It is surprising how often you can get away with pairs of short couplings even when running through first radius reverse curves.  Having done this I've had great fun just shunting wagons between sidings.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 14, 2013, 11:41:51 pm
Hello all,

Not sure if this counts as work "on my layout", but I didn't want to start a new thread for it.

Anyway, as I mentioned on the TINGS thread, when I got home last week, Mrs Skyline had got all my model mags out and suggested we go through them and file away all the useful bits.

 :worried:

After a week of doing about an hour a day I have finished this job today and am quite happy with my new "Reference folder". Also quite amazed with how much recycling I have generated from bits of the magazines which are just adverts!

Hey ho, sadly that's all the "Modelling" I have time for right now.

Stay happy  :)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on September 15, 2013, 12:05:06 am
In a word Nowt, me back's playing up so I'm not going to aggravate for a day or two. Even kept away from the work bench where an S&D 7F is taking shape.

I shall now go and assume the horizontal.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on September 15, 2013, 09:00:05 am
Finally getting a moment to get back into it, further enthused by the fact I got the main bit being Barts end sorted.
On a annoyed note, the guy who bought one of my fire engines has changed his mind so I have that to sort out now so maybe my chance to get back into might be a false start
Oh well
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mereman on September 15, 2013, 01:37:20 pm
At the moment I'm trying to work myself up to fitting another point motor. But as I now have a working oval afraid I'm playing with some trains :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on September 15, 2013, 04:06:55 pm
Presently, I'm building two warehouses for the backdrop at Blue Haven.  One will supply motorcycle parts, the other will store building supplies.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on September 15, 2013, 04:24:49 pm
Nothing at all !
In the middle of a four week break whilst we have visitors.
Layout stowed under the bed and stock in their boxes.
Looking forward to "having a run round" again soon.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Roy L S on September 15, 2013, 04:33:32 pm
Not for my layout, but I am in the process of finishing the platform building for our Club Layout "Rugby Central". This will be making it's debut in a nearly finished state at our show at Cottesloe School Wing on 12th October (Unashamed plug - see www.tdmrc.co.uk (http://www.tdmrc.co.uk)).

We will be grouping the n Gauge layouts together to showcase the scale, and also coming will be "Engaine Cum Hardy" (See current RM), Cucknoe (A simple but very atmospheric Eastern Region Cross Country line in the 1950s), Aust Warth (For blue Diesel fans) and more..

Anyway, back to Rugby Central, after much research, gnashing of teeth and hours... see media file...

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=4 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=4)

Roy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: dodger112958 on September 15, 2013, 04:47:10 pm
I was hoping to give my two baseboards a couple of coats of clear varnish today, after completing the screwing and glueing yesterday. However, the wind and rain means they will have to sit in the shed. :(
Trouble is, it gives me time to peruse that  >:D auction site and I have already bought a Coronation Class today.
Ian
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on September 15, 2013, 05:34:42 pm
Made another Nightstar sleeper coach, now clearing up stuff and having a tidy.

Next job is finishing off some ETR500 coach shells while Shapeways is doing its 20% off polished WSF offer. Those will go with the Del Prado end cars and a Linea motorising kit.

Alan


Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 15, 2013, 11:21:01 pm
At the moment I'm trying to work myself up to fitting another point motor. But as I now have a working oval afraid I'm playing with some trains :D

Welcome to my world, Mike :smiley-laughing: :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Drakken on September 15, 2013, 11:38:42 pm
Waiting for the glue to dry after laying down the grass mat.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on September 16, 2013, 02:03:08 pm
Painting up the last five clay wagons to go with the class 22. I've just noticed one of the buffers has gone walkies  :veryangry:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on September 16, 2013, 03:35:49 pm
Painting up the last five clay wagons to go with the class 22. I've just noticed one of the buffers has gone walkies  :veryangry:

Any chance of a pic or two when you have time please Alan..... :camera:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on September 16, 2013, 06:28:19 pm
Photo?  He's got to find it first.  Oh sorry, I thought you meant the buffer....

Andy

 :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dock Shunter on September 16, 2013, 07:17:07 pm
Photo?  He's got to find it first.  Oh sorry, I thought you meant the buffer....

Andy

 :D

he'll be lucky.....the carpet monster has well had that........ :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cooper on September 19, 2013, 12:30:14 am
I've just finished painting 10 ICI hoppers with their main body colour and I should really be prepping my layout for a trip out in 9 days time. But there are still 9 days so no panic yet.... :uneasy: I'll post a picture of the wagons when I've finally got the missing buffer and two brake wheels on and painted, and the transfers on....

I lied, here they are without the transfers!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7084.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7084)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on September 19, 2013, 01:17:39 am
Just unpacking Class 52 'D1000 Western Enterprise' from Osborns (and I managed to sneak in Class 22 D 6319 past SWMBO as well :wave:).

First impressions of the Western... Gorgeous 8)

Can't wait to run it in...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on September 19, 2013, 12:09:33 pm
Still looking for that buffer  ;) but did manage to an arty photo last night - and down to four clay wagons to finish.

(http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fFF-0bypcSI/UjoIYIVyucI/AAAAAAAAG2E/oRG8coHv4Mo/w699-h932-no/IMG_20130918_204754.jpg)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on September 19, 2013, 12:32:53 pm
Had to catch "the last train home" last night from a grim visit to see my wife in hospital. There is something very atmospheric about seeing a late night train slide into a station when it's cold, dark and there's hardly anyone there. Definitely got something of that feeling in this photo; well done!

Cheers NeMo

Still looking for that buffer  ;) but did manage to an arty photo last night - and down to four clay wagons to finish.

([url]http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fFF-0bypcSI/UjoIYIVyucI/AAAAAAAAG2E/oRG8coHv4Mo/w699-h932-no/IMG_20130918_204754.jpg[/url])
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on September 19, 2013, 03:02:06 pm
Getting Rail Joiner's Thumb (it hurts Mummy :'()
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on September 19, 2013, 06:06:08 pm
Getting Rail Joiner's Thumb (it hurts Mummy :'()

Just getting over a small outbreak myself  :doh:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on September 19, 2013, 07:56:50 pm
Started to remove some of General Clutter's last stand from the layout so I can hopefully connect some track to the turntable, and maybe even run some trains; also started a similar operation on the work bench. Just don't try opening any drawers, otherwise known as Clutters final retreat(s)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on September 20, 2013, 08:22:05 am
Started to remove some of General Clutter's last stand from the layout so I can hopefully connect some track to the turntable, and maybe even run some trains; also started a similar operation on the work bench. Just don't try opening any drawers, otherwise known as Clutters final retreat(s)

That General must have an identical twin in Sevenoaks!  :worried:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on September 20, 2013, 09:33:30 am
The extension to Hammingwell continues, another 2ft 8" board built, track layed, points connected and a partial start on the scenery, epic failure when ligning it up to the existing board it didn't fit......a few heart stopping moments later I realised that I'd left an edge board on the original layout phew!!! Photos to follow tonight :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bridgiesimon on September 20, 2013, 10:32:57 am
Nothing cos i am stuck at work!

Simon
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on September 20, 2013, 01:29:30 pm
I've just started work on the second of three industrial units for my American layout.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mereman on September 20, 2013, 02:49:57 pm
Just about finished track laying, now for the rest of the droppers (watch out hands you are going to get burnt again :D )
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on September 20, 2013, 03:21:09 pm
An annoying piece of track is just about to be eradicated on Black Sheep Lane... Sounds serious, but it's a sharp curve that doesn't have to be - so a little piece of flexi will stop the locos from slowing on the tight curve, adding to the reliability.

As it's behind the backscene there's no scenery to worry about, maybe a little ballasting as it is near a bridge.

Also spend a couple of hours fiddling with the Dapol magnetic couplings... They work well eventually, but you need to be quite forceful to get them in the NEM pockets... leading to lost springs ! :veryangry:

When I get some more, i'm gluing the blighters in... ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jack on September 20, 2013, 10:16:04 pm
Enjoying a right good cuppa before bed!

Having spent most of this morning cleaning track and the afternoon/evening cleaning/servicing all my locos, of which 4 of the 15 needed a complete strip down, and in the case of two of them, more than once  :'(, I'm plum tuckered out.

On the bright side SWMBO is working tomorrow so I might just have a good testing session of all my rolling stock. That will be after I've earned some brownie points by doing the ironing :angel:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on September 23, 2013, 01:30:12 pm
At work now but today had the morning to myself and managed to overlay the printed trackplan on the board after i found the platform was too narrow. So after some helpful replies from ngf the plan was cut and rejoined to allow for the right distance.

I then got to work and laid the entire track plan for barts end which is 2400 by 600.

i took some photos having been asked by some here and will upload them on the layout section when i get home from work

bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: moogle on September 25, 2013, 11:42:51 pm
Nothing on the layout but I have been tinkering with figures and road vehicles.
Done some work on my 1908 Vauxhall 12/16 hp motor car.

Its one of these: http://ned.ronet.ru/0/Vauxhall%2012%2716%20HP%20%281906-10%29.jpg (http://ned.ronet.ru/0/Vauxhall%2012%2716%20HP%20%281906-10%29.jpg)

Bodywork is bashed from a casting of a 1909 Renault (I think) that was from the late Dominique Pion's range picked up at an exhibition years ago.
Tonight I've made the starting handle from a tiny piece of handrail wire!  :laugh3:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on September 26, 2013, 04:56:45 am
Terrific - look forward to the pics, but what about those hats?  :D

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cooper on September 26, 2013, 11:49:40 pm
Just spent the last three hours cleaning all the stock and rail before attending our second exhibition this weekend.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16662.msg164983#msg164983 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16662.msg164983#msg164983)

If you're in the area come along and say hello!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on October 01, 2013, 11:19:16 pm
Adding mesh ready for mod rock!

The Hammingwell extension moving along with some new motivation!

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Then we add a bit of mod rock!

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on October 01, 2013, 11:39:23 pm
Still re designing the track work to fit the  new location for Martini holt on version 3 at the moment
Graham  :dunce:  :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on October 04, 2013, 10:01:52 pm
Cutting out sleepers and installing Dapol magnets for hands-free uncoupling.  Wish I'd known about magnets before I glued down my track but such is life...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on October 04, 2013, 10:17:47 pm
Cutting out sleepers and installing Dapol magnets for hands-free uncoupling.  Wish I'd known about magnets before I glued down my track but such is life...
Quick tip - don't put them in too deep, I reckon about 1mm - 2mm below the top of the rail. I didn't think of it until after I glued it all in, it was a nightmare to sort... :smackedface:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on October 04, 2013, 10:42:00 pm
Cutting out sleepers and installing Dapol magnets for hands-free uncoupling.  Wish I'd known about magnets before I glued down my track but such is life...
Quick tip - don't put them in too deep, I reckon about 1mm - 2mm below the top of the rail. I didn't think of it until after I glued it all in, it was a nightmare to sort... :smackedface:

Thanks :)

This is actually the second lot I'm installing.  I've got them in at sleeper level and so far I've had no problems.  Biggest difficulty was installing the magnets in the run around loop (which is also part of the main oval), which I've just done without lifting track but I'm glad I have springy Woodland Scenincs underlay as I could pull the sleepers out from under the rails, glue the magnets in place then trim the sleepers back - removing the inner plastic part of the rail chair - so that the track has some support.  For one of the sidings where I wanted a magnet I decided it was easier to lift the track as I had to replace a piece of settrack with a straight length of flexi as it seems easier to cut the sleepers on flexi-track.

I've got one more magnet and I'm not sure where to place it...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mk1gtstu on October 04, 2013, 10:55:52 pm
Been doing some repaints on a rake of mk1 coaches into BR blue parcels/newspapers livery.  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr bachmann on October 12, 2013, 03:08:36 pm
started a new HCD layout , on the east coast this time - i've already done the Cumbrian coast line ,  that reminds me must start a thread on it ....


mr bachmann
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on October 17, 2013, 11:34:13 pm
As I can't get to Peterborough next week any more, I've spent the money I would have spent on petrol, ordering a Medusa cement works from Gaugemaster.  I've just ordered it from their website.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on October 17, 2013, 11:54:09 pm
Building another Sentinel shunter,making a running in oval (can hardly call it a layout!) 4' x 2' plain Unitrack, no points.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on October 18, 2013, 10:22:20 am
Building another Sentinel shunter,making a running in oval (can hardly call it a layout!) 4' x 2' plain Unitrack, no points.

Just a thought, Mike.
Is it worth putting a couple of points in your test layout just to check stuff runs through them OK? :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on October 18, 2013, 10:34:05 am
Just a thought, Mike.
Is it worth putting a couple of points in your test layout just to check stuff runs through them OK? :hmmm:

See my post in "Running in track" thread. Great minds etc!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on October 18, 2013, 04:15:02 pm
Today, I've soldered a SPDT switch to two LEDs as a dummy run for when I make bespoke signals.  It works!  Now to get some coloured mini LEDs....

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on October 20, 2013, 04:51:58 pm
Made a concrete buffer stop out of a lego brick and part of a Peco standard buffer stop and tidied up some rubbish which has been hiding under the layout for far too long.

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/ev007.jpg) (http://s209.photobucket.com/user/texhorse/media/ev007.jpg.html)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/ev006.jpg) (http://s209.photobucket.com/user/texhorse/media/ev006.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on November 11, 2013, 10:30:01 pm
Making some thin plasticard shims for two of my box cars, so that they run better!

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on November 11, 2013, 10:36:06 pm
Making some thin plasticard shims for two of my box cars, so that they run better!

Andy

Hi Andy,

Where do your boxcars need shims fitted please?

I am trying to think where shims might go, but I am getting a bit sleepy and the brain is not running on all cylinders right now  :hmmm:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 11, 2013, 10:40:31 pm
Soldered the last four power feed wires to the track with my tongue hanging out and holding my breath because I am not very good at soldering. Now waiting for the GPO to deliver the terminal blocks from Hattons so I can connect the wires.

Then a first big PLAY.  :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on November 12, 2013, 06:58:47 am
Hi John.  My box cars are old American ones which had Rapido couplings originally.  I swapped out the trucks for Microtrains ones with the Kadee couplers, and the trucks foul the undercarriage of the box car! 

I have put a very thin shim on the base of the box car so that the truck stands out slightly, and the truck doesn't catch the base any more.  It does help when the wheels go round on your car and don't just get dragged along....

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on November 12, 2013, 08:57:28 am
Permanently fixing point motors by screwing to baseboard as the double sided tape decided not to hold. Did leave the tape on as a sort of cushion. & starting to solder droppers to the track after making sure all the point motors worked. I am using stranded wire similar in size to 24/.2 & have done a good job of bringing it up through the board & soldering it to the underneath & just touching the side of the rail, once ballasted you won't see it, must admit I have done a better job then the OO gauge track.
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: KTM on November 12, 2013, 02:30:15 pm
Right now - Ashburton goods shed. When finished maybe I'll  :camera: and share the result  though I'm sure it won't compare to the breathtaking modelling of Mr E  :uneasy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on November 12, 2013, 03:17:11 pm
Just come in from looking round the garden for some small pebbles/stones toput in a riverbed. It's ****ing cold out there.  Hot drink and then out with the stanley knife to carve up some foamboard for contours.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on November 12, 2013, 03:46:40 pm
Glueing HINGES on to the doors of the wickham trolley shed that I bought from the N'Tastic stand at the NGF meet up.

Just dropped one on to the floor and amazingly I found it again. Approx half a mm by 2mm. Mrs "H" failed in the sympathy stakes as without her glasses she can't even see the Shed!

Jerry
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr bachmann on November 12, 2013, 04:00:25 pm
sitting patiently waiting for my loco to be returned from Barwell  :hmmm: , also wondering where Texhorse is putting those shims??? ( i could show him where  :laugh: )

alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: dodger112958 on November 12, 2013, 05:36:50 pm
Just test run some locos on the two main lines of 'Ashdon' finished the laying last piece yesterday night and cleaned the track today. Amazingly it worked first time.  :bounce: :claphappy: :claphappy:
I finally have somewhere for my locos to stretch their legs apart from the train set oval.
Ian
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 12, 2013, 09:29:23 pm
Just test run some locos on the two main lines of 'Ashdon' finished the laying last piece yesterday night and cleaned the track today. Amazingly it worked first time.  :bounce: :claphappy: :claphappy:
I finally have somewhere for my locos to stretch their legs apart from the train set oval.
Ian

Yay - nice one, Ian :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on November 12, 2013, 10:26:36 pm
Just test run some locos on the two main lines of 'Ashdon' finished the laying last piece yesterday night and cleaned the track today. Amazingly it worked first time.  :bounce: :claphappy: :claphappy:
I finally have somewhere for my locos to stretch their legs apart from the train set oval.
Ian

Yay - nice one, Ian :claphappy:

For some of us an oval is still only an ambition. Well done!  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Stuart on November 12, 2013, 10:55:29 pm
 Sitting thinking I should junk my Elink! while waiting for my second 4CEP to turn up from Hattons

  Stuart  ???
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke on November 13, 2013, 01:03:54 am
Trying to figure out how to change the frog polarity on the diamond crossing while also changing the LED lights on the control panel as well as changing the LED lights on four signals..... All with one DPDT switch.....
 ???
My head hurts.
 :doh:
Can I use track power to run the lights?
There would be 6 LED's at any one time needing power. Hmmmm.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Croxy on November 13, 2013, 01:21:50 am
Thinking of what I need to get at the building centre to start my benchwork.....whether I should use interior doors as the base or build the base.....and for my package from Hattons...... :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 13, 2013, 07:33:48 am
Thinking of what I need to get at the building centre to start my benchwork.....whether I should use interior doors as the base or build the base.....and for my package from Hattons...... :goggleeyes:

A door can be a really rapid and cheap way of getting the board up. Add a couple of trestles and you're ready to start working on the layout!

Consider though if you want to use point motors as the hollow door may present a bit of a challenge when fitting them. I'm sure someone will come up with advice on that.

I elected to use ply and 2"x1" battens - plus a pair of Ikea trestles.

Whatever you decide, enjoy the build and please keep us posted.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2013, 08:27:32 am
Ah... wonderful stuff. A whole plethora of interesting problems and tasks!

Just remember, folks... while we still think like this we ain't pushing daisies up  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 13, 2013, 10:04:11 am
Still bl**dy waiting for the GPO to deliver the terminal blocks that Hattons shipped at the weekend.

Should have chosen Yodel.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: AndyGif on November 13, 2013, 11:15:18 am
Currently all my stock is packed away, scenery nearly all removed  and packed away so it doesn't get damaged while awaiting better times.
In the mean time learning to use the airbrush i bought, learning 3D CAD/CAM and messing about with Arduino's for signaling and lighting effects.
But work and family are not giving me much free time to just play with any of it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2013, 11:21:22 am
Yeah, that tends to happen. Interested to hear you are experimenting with Arduino.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: AndyGif on November 13, 2013, 12:29:00 pm
Yeah, that tends to happen. Interested to hear you are experimenting with Arduino.  :thumbsup:

well you can thank one of your fellow country men for peaking my interest in arduino's and other electrickery bits and bobs.  Dave Jones(no not ex dapol dave, another one!!!) @ http://www.eevblog.com/ (http://www.eevblog.com/) youtube channel.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Croxy on November 13, 2013, 01:16:55 pm
Thinking of what I need to get at the building centre to start my benchwork.....whether I should use interior doors as the base or build the base.....and for my package from Hattons...... :goggleeyes:

A door can be a really rapid and cheap way of getting the board up. Add a couple of trestles and you're ready to start working on the layout!

Consider though if you want to use point motors as the hollow door may present a bit of a challenge when fitting them. I'm sure someone will come up with advice on that.

I elected to use ply and 2"x1" battens - plus a pair of Ikea trestles.

Whatever you decide, enjoy the build and please keep us posted.

Dave G

That's what I'm pondering however I thnk I'm going to use Kato Unitrack so point motors won't be an issue and after pricing everything out going the door route is somewhat comparable to building the baseboards from plywood and timber bracing........decisions, decisions.......

 :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on November 13, 2013, 01:41:41 pm
Currently all my stock is packed away, scenery nearly all removed  and packed away so it doesn't get damaged while awaiting better times.
In the mean time learning to use the airbrush i bought, learning 3D CAD/CAM and messing about with Arduino's for signaling and lighting effects.
But work and family are not giving me much free time to just play with any of it.

I know the feeling of having everything packed away. My better times are building up now, with possible layout construction starting by February, but I really hope that you can find some better times yourself soon.

In the meantime, it's painting, or kit-building, or renumbering and general messing around for both of us.  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on November 13, 2013, 04:44:42 pm
Hi, Martini Holt base boards 75% complete but I think I will have to redesign track plan SWMBO wants more scenic area ho humm I will just have to loose 20ft of track somewhere hoping to take some photo's next week
regards
Graham
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on November 13, 2013, 05:48:16 pm
Hi, Martini Holt base boards 75% complete but I think I will have to redesign track plan SWMBO wants more scenic area ho humm I will just have to loose 20ft of track somewhere hoping to take some photo's next week
regards
Graham

Or perhaps build a scenic area over the track...?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on November 14, 2013, 09:05:20 am
Now there's a thought, thanks for that
 :thumbsup:  :thankyousign: :doh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on November 14, 2013, 11:53:47 am
I'm often wise when it's for other people. If only I could manage it for myself.  ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on November 14, 2013, 12:21:57 pm
but I think I will have to redesign track plan SWMBO wants more scenic area ho humm
regards
Graham


Mrs "H" also stressed that the layout had to have more scenery but in her case buildings, no easy fix with hills or rolling meadows.

So far this is over a years progress with 2 metres to go covering the fiddle yard.
(http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd518/JerryHowlett/PB140020_zps5bc15d44.jpg) (http://s1223.photobucket.com/user/JerryHowlett/media/PB140020_zps5bc15d44.jpg.html)
(http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd518/JerryHowlett/PB140021_zpseb3611e9.jpg) (http://s1223.photobucket.com/user/JerryHowlett/media/PB140021_zpseb3611e9.jpg.html)
You can just see one of the points under the end terrace.
Scalescenes downloads are a reasonably cheap way of producing terraced houses and shops.

Jerry
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on November 14, 2013, 12:53:51 pm
It's looking really good Gerry, not a bad idea covering the fiddle yard. Is the scenery removable?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on November 14, 2013, 05:01:50 pm
Thanks Malc,

Yes the town boards are in removable sections of between 600mm to 900mm by about 300mm. They are 100mm above the rail level but with wood support there is a mere 90mm "prodding" height before you have to lift off a section.
In addition the canal is on seperate lift out sections "just in case".

Jerry
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MinZaPint on November 14, 2013, 05:30:56 pm
Hi Jerry

Hope you both got planning permission for that lot! Looks very good as long as you can keep track of what's in the fiddle yard. Hope you've got a pub or two in there  :beers:

Cheers  David
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on November 14, 2013, 06:57:24 pm
So far 2 pubs a small hotel 2 chippies a chinese takeaway (opening soon) it really says that on the window! and an Indian restaurant. Numerous small shops etc. The hardest part is finding names for all the small shops. Every visitor gets their own place.Not easy if they are Italians.....
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 14, 2013, 07:38:22 pm
Currently doing some final checks on Sheaf ready for it's final outing of the year at Retford this weekend :)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on November 16, 2013, 08:59:28 pm
Pete33

Or perhaps build a scenic area over the track...?


You can just see one of the points under the end terrace.
Scalescenes downloads are a reasonably cheap way of producing terraced houses and shops.

Jerry

Pete33 and Jerry
Many thanks for these great idea That frees up a 1meter by 450mm space for her town and leaves me enough room for my engineering sheds
 :thankyousign:  :bounce: 8)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on November 17, 2013, 09:37:34 pm
Quote
Pete33 and Jerry
Many thanks for these great idea That frees up a 1meter by 450mm space for her town and leaves me enough room for my engineering sheds

Anything to help preserve those vital engineering sheds.  ;)

Peter
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 18, 2013, 09:27:39 am
Contemplating trial ballasting for the first time ever using a length off offcut track on cork and a piece of wood. Secretly regarded as a potential act of vandalism by wife. Tales of green ballast, jammed up points etc rattling through my brain.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: dodger112958 on November 18, 2013, 04:21:06 pm
Testing the track on my layout 'Ashdon' and working out the track plan for the goods, engine shed areas plus the Factory. Also testing my birthday presents.  :D A Class 37 in BR Green with split head codes that light up, my first brand spanking new loco since my initial Liverpool Express set. A second-hand purchase from my local model shop of A4 'Silver Fox'  in BR Green, a real beauty and finally an ebay purchase of a Class 55 'Royal Scots Grey' also in BR Green.
Ian
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 19, 2013, 05:39:39 pm
60 Wagon Test Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhqg7adEBJw#ws)
Testing the lengths of various trains and how they fit in the fiddle yard.  Being relatively new to N I don't have a 'feel' for this like I did in 4mm.  For a start, trains take up a little more space than I estimated because of the size of those infernal Rapido couplings :worried:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 19, 2013, 07:46:40 pm
That is just SO impressive, Steve. To coin a hackneyed phrase, you must be chuffed with that :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 19, 2013, 08:10:49 pm
That lot would take up my entire layout!

Impressive stuff.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on November 19, 2013, 09:17:54 pm
Today, I've been refurbishing my N Scale Christmas tree ready for the lights being switched on at Giant Eagle in South Pine, this Friday!

Andy
 ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 20, 2013, 07:09:36 am
Today, I've been refurbishing my N Scale Christmas tree ready for the lights being switched on at Giant Eagle in South Pine, this Friday!

Andy
 ;)

Look forward to you posting a pic or two!  :camera:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on November 20, 2013, 08:53:19 am
Guard's Eye View 19th Nov 2013 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WgCtzOjwLs#ws)
A guard's eye view of yesterday's fiddle yard testing session, filmed with the Branor Systems CamTruck.  Although I don't intend to run 60 wagon trains normally, they're a tight fit in the fiddle yard so I'm planning to lengthen it.  Space on the longest roads for a 60 wagon train with two locos should give a comfortable fit and allow for poor parking :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on November 20, 2013, 09:18:12 am
Blimey that's a long way round :goggleeyes:

Looks great going under the gantries though 8)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 20, 2013, 12:03:18 pm
Awesome space in the fiddle yards - that coaching stock seemed to go on forever :jawdropping:
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bbdave on November 20, 2013, 06:53:32 pm
Today I fitted a 230v socket to my layout that should save leads everywhere.


Dave
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on November 20, 2013, 07:08:15 pm
A guard's eye view of yesterday's fiddle yard testing session, filmed with the Branor Systems CamTruck

A very enjoyable trip, thank you very much for taking the time to do and post your video  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: grumbeast on November 20, 2013, 07:45:57 pm
First time working on layout in ages, I managed to get some plaster cloth down on the north end of my Nova Scotia South Shore layout :).  Feeling very happy about it, I'm going to push to get rough scenics done this winter

Graham
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mk1gtstu on November 20, 2013, 10:20:04 pm
Making 16 wagon loads for my HAA hoppers   ::)  May have to do a tutorial if anyone wants one?  :-\
cheers, Stu.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on November 20, 2013, 10:22:44 pm
Hi Stu  :wave:

It's always great to see tutorials  :thumbsup:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mk1gtstu on November 20, 2013, 10:27:28 pm
Hi Stu  :wave:

It's always great to see tutorials  :thumbsup:

dave  :thumbsup:
Ok, I'll take some photos. It might take a couple of days to do while I wait for paints etc to dry.

cheers, Stu.  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on November 20, 2013, 10:28:32 pm
 :thankyousign:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 20, 2013, 11:34:54 pm
Cutting out platforms using paper patterns, MDF, and a Bosch jig saw.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 22, 2013, 12:35:08 am
Fitted two PS11 side mounted points motors where they will be obscured by trees just to see what they are like. Very good to my surprise. Ordered 6 more this afternoon.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on November 22, 2013, 10:51:09 am
Starting to lay track on Martini Holt, Sorting out lifting section of baseboard will probably take some time
Graham
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on November 22, 2013, 09:27:41 pm
Applying varnish to the 2013 Montrose and Highland Railroad Christmas box car.
Sorry if the photos are slightly blurred.

Andy

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/MHRRChristmas2013004.jpg) (http://s209.photobucket.com/user/texhorse/media/MHRRChristmas2013004.jpg.html)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/MHRRChristmas2013003.jpg) (http://s209.photobucket.com/user/texhorse/media/MHRRChristmas2013003.jpg.html)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb69/texhorse/MHRRChristmas2013001.jpg) (http://s209.photobucket.com/user/texhorse/media/MHRRChristmas2013001.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on November 22, 2013, 09:43:57 pm
Just been weathering/spraying my track with railmatch grime, pretty pleased with how it looks. Have had to vacate the loft room for tonight while the fumes go away. Then its the dreaded of all jobs, ballasting, but I am looking forward to it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on November 22, 2013, 10:18:51 pm
Applying varnish to the 2013 Montrose and Highland Railroad Christmas box car.
Sorry if the photos are slightly blurred.

Andy

Do you do one every year?

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on November 23, 2013, 05:42:02 pm
I started last year, John, and this is the second year of doing them.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on November 24, 2013, 10:03:43 pm
Ballasting.......do I need to say any more.......?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 25, 2013, 12:28:49 am
Saved space in the fiddle yard in the future by rationalising my Hattons pre-orders.

Class 37/4 Loch Long. Saw one in a box at Warley. Looked like a cross between a Lego toy and a Tonka toy. Too much yellow and dog logo daft CANCELLED.

3MT in green. Don't think it will happen. Really want a proper Prairie. CANCELLED.

Class 47 Greyfriars Bobby. Would it really appear in the FOD?  No. CANCELLED.

That's cut the Pre-Orders down to a green 57xx, two 64xxs, a Class 31, and a 108 DMU in green. Oh and a 14xx with Autocoach if it ever happens.

Now that's made some future space.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 25, 2013, 06:45:27 pm
Class 37/4 Loch Long. Saw one in a box at Warley. Looked like a cross between a Lego toy and a Tonka toy. Too much yellow and dog logo daft CANCELLED.

From the pics i've seen the New-Tooled Farish 37/4 and 37/5 was only on show in unpainted grey?

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr bachmann on November 25, 2013, 07:50:19 pm
Returned from Barwell to-day a 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone B&O livery , returned due to wheel wobble on front engine , any way invoice states '' running tollerances satisfactory '' , well once running on the layout the locos perfomance is no better - it even throws itself off at speed , now my track must be layed twice in one place  as the engine's a Mallet !!!
 there is no wobble on the rear engine .

I think the staff at Bachmann UK should go to see their local optician , as for new purchaces it will be Kato ,
and that's what i've been doing on my layout to-day .


alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 25, 2013, 08:15:04 pm
Class 37/4 Loch Long. Saw one in a box at Warley. Looked like a cross between a Lego toy and a Tonka toy. Too much yellow and dog logo daft CANCELLED.

From the pics i've seen the New-Tooled Farish 37/4 and 37/5 was only on show in unpainted grey?

Ollie

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I thought so too. But one of the stands had a fully painted Class 37 in blue with full yellow front and cab sides, with large BR logo and white dog emblem. It was in a new Farish box in a glass fronted case like a shop counter. It was removed when I took too much interest in it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 25, 2013, 08:21:16 pm
So are they available in plain packaging from 'under the counter'? 8)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 25, 2013, 08:27:03 pm
Class 37/4 Loch Long. Saw one in a box at Warley. Looked like a cross between a Lego toy and a Tonka toy. Too much yellow and dog logo daft CANCELLED.


From the pics i've seen the New-Tooled Farish 37/4 and 37/5 was only on show in unpainted grey?

Ollie

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I thought so too. But one of the stands had a fully painted Class 37 in blue with full yellow front and cab sides, with large BR logo and white dog emblem. It was in a new Farish box in a glass fronted case like a shop counter. It was removed when I took too much interest in it.


Ah, at a guess it was on the TMC stand and would be of their limited 37/0 37027 http://www.themodelcentre.co.uk/371-466zwe/prod_1717.html (http://www.themodelcentre.co.uk/371-466zwe/prod_1717.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 25, 2013, 08:54:06 pm
That's the johnnie. But it wasn't weathered. The yellow and white were absolutely glaring.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on November 25, 2013, 09:44:12 pm
I think the staff at Bachmann UK should go to see their local optician , as for new purchaces it will be Kato ,
and that's what i've been doing on my layout to-day

Just return it to the shop. Statuatory rights always turmp guarantees.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr bachmann on November 26, 2013, 04:05:21 pm
I think the staff at Bachmann UK should go to see their local optician , as for new purchaces it will be Kato ,
and that's what i've been doing on my layout to-day

Just return it to the shop. Statuatory rights always turmp guarantees.

Alan


Thanks EP , just e.mailed Bachmann after all the shop is only the middle man - he wont give a toss if i started buying only Kato , but Backy will - so its up to them to sort quality control out in China.

(the other alan !)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on November 26, 2013, 04:17:23 pm
Thanks EP , just e.mailed Bachmann after all the shop is only the middle man - he wont give a toss if i started buying only Kato , but Backy will - so its up to them to sort quality control out in China.

Your statuatory rights are solely with the shop. Bachmann can tell you to take a hike, the shop can't. Thats the way the law works. It's between the shop and Bachmann how the trade side is handled.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on November 26, 2013, 10:47:35 pm
Not exactly doing anything on my layout, but I finally have a permanent test oval now - and that's an achievement in itself after the past eight months. For the last two nights I've been unpacking locos and rolling stock, noting upgrade work or improvements needed (lots of coal loads to be added to wagons), and cleaning rolling stock wheels.

Managed a run-around with a Union Mills S&D 4-4-0 and 32 wagons. The loco seemed a bit 'stuttery' on the slowest speed setting, but chugged along nicely at higher speeds. Probably just needs a good run-in. By the time I'd finished counting the wagons as they passed, the loco was almost back at the starting point.

More unpacking, logging and cleaning tomorrow night.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MikeDunn on November 27, 2013, 05:05:25 pm
Rebuilding after I decided it was too tight !

Hoping to get the track test-laid tonight  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 27, 2013, 05:42:24 pm
Thinking about demolishing it and starting again :(
Access is the main problem as old age (read arthritis) is meaning I am increasingly unable to duck under the layout even though it stands 44" tall.
As the layout stands, there is nowhere to fit a lifting/lift out flap :'(
Rather than have a complete roundy roundy with fiddle yards this may mean having a 'U' shape and maybe having the fiddle yard(s) under the main boards :hmmm: :-\
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: rover999 on November 27, 2013, 06:37:30 pm
Just about to start planing my first layout
Al
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 27, 2013, 08:31:42 pm
Competed the wiring of 9 off Peco P11 side mounted points. Wiring worked perfectly but some points moved in both directions as they should, whilst others would only move one way despite the motors kicking. Found that the P11 is very sensitive to position - needs toeing in at the actuator end. Should have wired them then jiggled them around until working faultlessly THEN pinned them down.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on November 27, 2013, 11:06:07 pm
Thinking about demolishing it and starting again :(
Access is the main problem as old age (read arthritis) is meaning I am increasingly unable to duck under the layout even though it stands 44" tall.
As the layout stands, there is nowhere to fit a lifting/lift out flap :'(
Rather than have a complete roundy roundy with fiddle yards this may mean having a 'U' shape and maybe having the fiddle yard(s) under the main boards :hmmm: :-\

I'm sorry to hear that, Mick. Is there really no way to turn the fourth side into a lifting hatch, or will you just cut it out entirely and use the rest of the boards for the U-shape?

Perhaps a terminus-to-fiddle yard and a branch line rising over the top of it all...?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on November 27, 2013, 11:06:19 pm
I exchanged the Rapido couplers on my Algoma Central SD40-2 to Microcouplers, and dismantled the bodyshell.  Next I have dismantled the bodyshell and undercoated it, ready for repaint into the Montrose and Highland Railroad livery of Blood, Custard and Tomato Juice.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on November 27, 2013, 11:44:45 pm
Thinking about demolishing it and starting again :(
Access is the main problem as old age (read arthritis) is meaning I am increasingly unable to duck under the layout even though it stands 44" tall.
As the layout stands, there is nowhere to fit a lifting/lift out flap :'(
Rather than have a complete roundy roundy with fiddle yards this may mean having a 'U' shape and maybe having the fiddle yard(s) under the main boards :hmmm: :-\

I'm sorry to hear that, Mick. Is there really no way to turn the fourth side into a lifting hatch, or will you just cut it out entirely and use the rest of the boards for the U-shape?

Perhaps a terminus-to-fiddle yard and a branch line rising over the to of it all...?

Mick, so sorry that your original plans not working, I have just abandoned the lift out idea trying to work out something new myself, let me know how you get on
Graham
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 28, 2013, 08:10:12 am
Sad to read you may have to make drastic changes to your layout, Mick.

I have several plans/ideas on paper and in my head but none go right round a room, because of the duck under/lift/hinge challenge.

Hope you are able to adjust rather than strip out.

Please let us know how things go.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: stevieboy on November 28, 2013, 09:24:52 am
I'm doing a Newport Nobby and starting again, I've just got 2-3 more loco's to run in/DCC, then it's coming up.

My reason is due to over ambition and a mis-understanding of what I actually enjoy about the hobby.  Whilst having 15 odd points seemed a good idea on AnyRail, in reality all I want to do it watch trains go by.

The new layout will be two-track mainline plus a freight/working heritage line with fiddle yard to the rear.  The Era will be 8/9 but with 3/4/5 thrown in.  The layout itself will be scenic only, therefore not really era specific.  I simply do not have the time or money to go wild on TMD's or engine shed scene's, it'll never get done if I go down that route. 

The only exception to the rule is that I would like to incorporate a turntable, but maybe at this stage it may just be employed in the fiddle yard.  Another layout in the future perhaps.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 28, 2013, 10:17:09 am
Thanks for the kind and sympathetic comments, guys.
My mancave is my 9ft x 8ft 6" conservatory and the current layout is 8ft x 7ft with a central operating well. I have 2 main lines running all the way round on an upper level and a branch line doing the same on the lower level.
Currently I have 4 x 4x2ft boards with 3ft boards suspended between them at the sides.
The problem is the entrance to the mancave is either via double French doors (large, opening into the conservatory) or small doors at the side (opening out to the garden), hence the access issues.
I am now thinking of making the side boards out of 2 x 4ft boards affixed to the back 2 x 4ft boards to make a U shape. I still want 2 main lines going round and round so will have to have 180 degree bends at each end of the U, and will extend the current 2ft width to the necessary width for decent radii at those points.
I haven't ruled out the possibility of a helix at each end of the U to send trains to a lower level fiddle yard :hmmm:
Having mocked up scaled down boards on paper the U shape seems to be the only option.
I don't intend doing anything drastic yet as I am waiting for an appointment with an orthopaedic consultant - a replacement hip may make all the difference :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: macwales on November 28, 2013, 11:28:57 am
Hi

With regards to access problems, this last time, when coming back to the hobby, I returned to an original idea I built with trains running right round with a central operating well to allow easy reach to all parts of the layout.

The current layout is in a shed in a garage. Shed is relatively warm in winter, requiring little heating. In the garage keeps it cool in summer. This prevents contraction / expansion derailments on the long track lengths.

I have upper double tracks that are not interconnected (with each other or below) but have a long siding each. I have a lower double track with two stations, tunnels and bridges with a branch line to a dock and another to a factory plus a motive power depot and engine store sidings plus a town.

The entrance to the shed is equipped with two scratch built fake viaducts/ causeways (whatever you might imagine them to be) carrying the the upper and lower double tracks. Both these 'bridges' are hinged and can be set upright when access to the operating well is required. Or I can crawl under. Raising only takes a second and lowering about a minute as I have to ensure the track is perfectly aligned on the sides opposite the hinges. It all works quite well and is better, I think, than all the sharp curves required if I had opted to keep the access completely open. The hinge mechanisms have to be above track level but these I have disguised a bit.

As visitors tend to lean over these bridges when they stand just outside the shed and look in (the layout's designed vantage point) long hair, trailing arms, clothing and even cheeks and chins can knock the locos off the rails. To catch them there is a net like a trapeze artist's :beers: net slung just below the bridges but I usually remember to warm onlookers of the danger.

If anyone is interested I could put up some pictures of how it all works.

The great benefit is that I can have 4 trains running (on DC) continuously. I can work two with long wired hand held controllers so can give visitors a go at stopping and starting even though they are outside the layout.

Cheers

Mac

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: rover999 on November 28, 2013, 12:12:27 pm
I would love to see some pictures as I about to start my first layout
Al
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on November 28, 2013, 12:35:06 pm
Sounds interesting, Mac, so I'd like to see some pics too please.
Are you by any chance using a Morley Vortrack controller?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 28, 2013, 04:24:01 pm
Pics? Yes please, Mac!  :camera:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on November 28, 2013, 04:31:16 pm
It is always good to see pictures  :thumbsup:  :camera:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: macwales on November 28, 2013, 04:37:05 pm
Hi

Tutorial posted here

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17888.0 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17888.0)

regarding hinged access

Happy days

Cheers

Mac :beers:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on November 29, 2013, 12:13:16 am
Reeling from the confusion of all points now being operated by points motors. When they were changed by Hand of God the trains ran where I wanted without stopping. Now I have all these passing contact lever switches I can create mayhem in seconds. Don't know which roads are set - I need some sort of diagram so I know what I am doing.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on November 29, 2013, 08:31:23 am
Life can get so confusing!

Sounds like you need a clever mimic panel, ParkeNd.

I should talk; I've yet to fit point motors or build a panel!

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chinahand on November 29, 2013, 08:31:56 am
You could fit some bi-colour LEDs into your control panel which are operated from latching relays.

Here's a possible circuit diagram which should, I think, convert to Peco motors and DC operation without difficulty.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/thumb_8625.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=8625)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Maurits71 on November 29, 2013, 10:06:47 am
Thanks for the kind and sympathetic comments, guys.
My mancave is my 9ft x 8ft 6" conservatory and the current layout is 8ft x 7ft with a central operating well. I have 2 main lines running all the way round on an upper level and a branch line doing the same on the lower level.
Currently I have 4 x 4x2ft boards with 3ft boards suspended between them at the sides.
The problem is the entrance to the mancave is either via double French doors (large, opening into the conservatory) or small doors at the side (opening out to the garden), hence the access issues.
I am now thinking of making the side boards out of 2 x 4ft boards affixed to the back 2 x 4ft boards to make a U shape. I still want 2 main lines going round and round so will have to have 180 degree bends at each end of the U, and will extend the current 2ft width to the necessary width for decent radii at those points.
I haven't ruled out the possibility of a helix at each end of the U to send trains to a lower level fiddle yard :hmmm:
Having mocked up scaled down boards on paper the U shape seems to be the only option.
I don't intend doing anything drastic yet as I am waiting for an appointment with an orthopaedic consultant - a replacement hip may make all the difference :hmmm:

even better. 2 helixen and 3 major area's where you can park trains. benefits you never see the same trains following each other and more important you can buy more trains  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: boonie on November 29, 2013, 11:19:32 am
I'm a newbie so please forgive me if i'm posting in the wrong place and give some advice on how to do it right.
i have got to the point, on my very first layout ever, of having a successful double loop in N gauge, which i am now ballasting. (it took a long time and 3 attempts to get it all right!
I now wish to add a tramway based on my local one in Seaton and Colyton in Devon in NN3.
The driver told me it was 2 foot between rails and that the trams are mostly about 75% of full size.
I have got the z gauge track and am about to lay it. my questions to all you experts out there are very basic....where can i get the motorised bogies and the tram bodies from?.
Is it true that Matchbox models are the right scale and that bogies/motors from any z gauge loco will do the job?
I only need one tram as i do not intend any points and its going to be single track.
also do i need different type of transformer/controller?
please help a novice
thanks
alin boon
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on November 30, 2013, 11:55:43 pm
There are a few Z motor-bogies but mostly the chassis available are steam or bogie. It's very hard to get a reliable useful four wheel chassis and they tend to be made from milled brass so are not cheap.

The main one is the Republican Locomotive Works 'PowerMAX!' which is a four wheel motor bogie at a mere $89 US + shipping + taxes + being mugged by parcel companies. The other choice is the chassis from Lajos Thek which is a thing of beauty but even more expensive.

Not sure where you'd find UK outline Z scale trams, I think you might struggle a great deal there. Drawings are available but no models I know of.




Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on December 01, 2013, 12:06:53 am
Playing. Just playing.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cooper on December 09, 2013, 05:50:21 pm
Started to build a pair of leg support structures to help stabilise the layout, as it has just 4 simple legs right now.

Halfway through cutting out the plywood for them, the jigsaw packed up on me!  :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mollington Street on December 12, 2013, 05:56:09 pm
Slowly but surely making progress with a Fleischmann turntable and Traincontroller........good way to spend your 32nd Wedding Anniversary.

 :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on December 12, 2013, 06:36:13 pm
It is worth once you get it running, I have created schedules to use mine totally automatically if necessary, it really is worth persevering.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on December 12, 2013, 08:55:26 pm
Sticking Slaters Plastikard on platforms and a goods wharf  Really nice stuff to work with. At least this job uses PVA glue and doesn't drive me mad - unlike trying to stick walkways across Peco track.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on December 12, 2013, 09:09:39 pm
I've just removed some timber work from the end wall of the loft, part of the old OO layout.  Next step: filler in the unsightly holes.  But I think that can wait until tomorrow :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mollington Street on December 13, 2013, 09:56:37 pm
It is worth once you get it running, I have created schedules to use mine totally automatically if necessary, it really is worth persevering.   :thumbsup:
Success - only took two days and needed some advice from Chris at A&H Models!   Now programmed on the LDT TT-DEC and in Traincontroller too.   We have lift off.   Occupancy detectors to come over the weekend!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Geoff on December 14, 2013, 08:15:18 am
In the middle of redesigning my layout, with only a limited space i want the most out of it i can get, iwant to try to get some automation on my layout and doing a lot of reading to get it right, oh well back to it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: willintas on December 14, 2013, 10:27:54 am
Goods Yard and river work.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: RST on December 14, 2013, 03:54:41 pm
It works, it works :claphappy:

Just finished hooking up my new NCE Powercab to one of my TMD boards and everything works first time.  Well almost, I have 3 chipped locos and only my class 20 is working now.  Will have to look into why the 24 and the 108 stopped working.  First time in a couple of years I've actually managed to get locos running fully.  At least I can crack on with the ballasting and the scenic parts now.

 :wave:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on December 14, 2013, 06:54:13 pm
Spent the last couple of days trying to unearth the power supplies DC and DCC so that I can start testing track and running in four locomotives on Martini Holt
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Komata on December 15, 2013, 09:35:06 pm
Only since you asked...

Upgrading it, so that it won't be disgraced by any photo's that I take when I post them here...

(well, you DID ask   :) )
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: d-a-n on December 15, 2013, 09:45:35 pm
Getting my baseboard a bit more level so that uncoupled stock doesn't roll off too far due to a minor incline!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on December 16, 2013, 12:04:46 am
Taking a break and placing an order for having replacement fascias, soffits, and gutters fitted to the house.

Now compared with the price of that even DCC costs loose change!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: barnyswain on December 17, 2013, 04:27:53 pm
At the moment I am soldering the droppers to the main station through road.  I say "I am" what I mean is "Next item on the plan".  Hopefully tick that box this week.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: DCCDave on December 17, 2013, 06:55:43 pm
Sanding, sealing, drilling, sanding, sealing drilling...

Fiddle yard baseboard almost done
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dancess on December 17, 2013, 06:58:09 pm
Fixing down vegetation and ground cover. Later fitting N-Brass front bogie to West Country then maybe start on building Goods shed.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on December 17, 2013, 08:02:55 pm
Looking at forum - while layout has todays new delivery of Western Sovereign doing its second 30 mins leg of its run-in.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on December 17, 2013, 08:30:55 pm
Fixing down vegetation and ground cover. Later fitting N-Brass front bogie to West Country then maybe start on building Goods shed.

Photos and description, please! I'd like to do the same and some kind of guide would be handy. :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Geoff on December 17, 2013, 08:31:29 pm
Making fences to go round my cottages, oh boy its a fiddly job but hopfully it will look ok when finished.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on December 17, 2013, 10:23:17 pm
Searching for a set of "Brake Rodding" from the NGS Gresley Full Brake kit that I am constructing  :veryangry:

The thing shot off while I was trying to fit it  :veryangry2:

I heard it ping off something on the layout but I can't find it anywhere  :censored:

dave  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on December 17, 2013, 10:26:51 pm


I heard it ping off something on the layout but I can't find it anywhere  :censored:

dave  :thumbsdown:

Have you tried walking around barefoot, Dave?
That usually finds things :ouch:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on December 17, 2013, 10:47:38 pm

Have you tried walking around barefoot, Dave?
That usually finds things :ouch:

I think it landed on the Layout Itself  :hmmm:

And if you think I'm climbing up there and walking around barefoot  :confused2:

Then you can go and Whistle  :whistle:  :smiley-laughing:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on December 18, 2013, 10:17:30 am
Ripping it apart!

Some of it at least.

My incompetence at laying track cam back to haunt me and some laid in a tunnel refused to carry current, only access through backscene.

Therefore have taken down tunnel etc. and relaying!

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dancess on December 19, 2013, 06:25:58 pm
Photos and description, please! I'd like to do the same and some kind of guide would be handy. :)

Have posted photo in Media album Barneycombe. Can't post in here - it's an age thing  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on December 19, 2013, 07:41:33 pm
Photos and description, please! I'd like to do the same and some kind of guide would be handy. :)

Have posted photo in Media album Barneycombe. Can't post in here - it's an age thing  :)
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If you are referring to my layout?

See my post about the phoenix!

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bridgiesimon on December 19, 2013, 07:44:16 pm
Nothing on my layout as I am too busy making and finishing Crimbo pressies. I have just sprayed the body and chassis parts for a 1:25 kit for a 1940 Ford Coupe hotrod for my brother in law, a few late nights building it now then. I know, should have finished it ages ago but never mind!!

Simon
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on December 19, 2013, 07:59:18 pm
Getting it ready to take to a Christmas Craft Fayre on Saturday.
I was persuaded to show the layout to provide added interest at the show !!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Graham63 on December 19, 2013, 08:09:15 pm
Trying to make wire armature trees :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: keerout on December 19, 2013, 09:07:05 pm
I just finished sticking a Dapol easy-shunt thingie onto my UM P2; a bit of surgical intervention, but to my surprise it works!
I cut of the last bit and made the stem a bit more slender, it drooped a bit, so a piece of *very* thin brass for support & succsess  :)
First time I found myself cutting and yielding a file!
Gerard  :wave: 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on December 19, 2013, 09:28:54 pm
Just finished one of my least favourite jobs ............track cleaning !!
Used IPA and it never ceases to amaze me how dirty the track gets after just a few weeks !!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on December 20, 2013, 08:31:38 pm
This week, it's been all hands to the pumps on the Montrose and Highland Railroad, as all the industries have been busy getting their products despatched before the Christmas shutdown.

Last Sunday, I had a mammoth six hour operating session, another two hours on Monday and Tuesday.  I've just finished another hour tonight.  You may think I'm finished with trains for a while, think again!

I plan to release my Christmas Youtube video this weekend as well!

The Montrose and Highland Railroad :  "Gotta Keep Movin' On".

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on December 23, 2013, 03:33:16 am
Cleaning twenty-odd years worth of filth, spider webs, bird poo and other assorted nasties off a very inaccessible part of my Beal & Castle Eden layout, then track cleaning big time. It is a very hot, humid day here in NSW, and conditions in the garage very unpleasant. Add to that the inaccessiblity of much the trackwork and the fact that I am twenty years older than when I last crawled around under there or climbed on chairs to get over the top of it....

BUT! SUCCESS! I can now run a train from the Castle Eden terminus all the way onto the mainline and onward for as far as it goes at present. Yea.... happiness.  :bounce:

Mind you, that's all I can do - forget about the many sidings along the way - they're still filthy and many points do not want to move when I push the buttons. However, it's still quite a major milestone for me.

Merry Christmas!  :beers:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on December 23, 2013, 03:51:59 am
Cleaning twenty-odd years worth of filth, spider webs, bird poo and other assorted nasties off a very inaccessible part of my Beal & Castle Eden layout, then track cleaning big time. It is a very hot, humid day here in NSW, and conditions in the garage very unpleasant. Add to that the inaccessiblity of much the trackwork and the fact that I am twenty years older than when I last crawled around under there or climbed on chairs to get over the top of it....

BUT! SUCCESS! I can now run a train from the Castle Eden terminus all the way onto the mainline and onward for as far as it goes at present. Yea.... happiness.  :bounce:

Mind you, that's all I can do - forget about the many sidings along the way - they're still filthy and many points do not want to move when I push the buttons. However, it's still quite a major milestone for me.

Merry Christmas!  :beers:

Nice one George, congratulations on getting trains moving again :bounce: All we need now are some new photos and a video or two :camera: - after all your last video of trains moving around the Beal and Castle Eden was from the 1970s...

Have a wonderful Christmas in Oz :beers: and the same to all the folks in the UK :toot: I will be in Colorado for the holidays :cold:

Merry Christmas everyone!!  :pint:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Geriatrix on December 23, 2013, 12:39:13 pm
Great stuff - well done on getting things moving again - it's amazing how long dormant machinery CAN be revived ...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: LNER1949 on December 27, 2013, 10:59:10 am
Double checking that all the electrics are working, before I relay the ballast, on a section that had to be relayed, as for some reason, the track developed a drop, so it needed packing up.See photo attached !
(http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n501/LNER1949/JARVIS-PC/Nawton%20station%20updates/NawtonStation2013008.jpg) (http://s1137.photobucket.com/user/LNER1949/media/JARVIS-PC/Nawton%20station%20updates/NawtonStation2013008.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on December 27, 2013, 01:03:54 pm
Removing stock and buildings from the layout in preparation for the 'contraction' to an 8ft x 4ft :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: boonie on December 27, 2013, 03:34:47 pm
i am ballasting my british N gauge layout, and have jumped the gun a bit as I have made up a static grass applicator and had to try it out on some finished ballast - looks good so far!
Al
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on December 27, 2013, 03:46:01 pm
Trying to find out why one of the sections is completely dead and what is wrong with one of the points as the motor is activating but the point won't throw...

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on December 27, 2013, 09:11:25 pm
i am ballasting my british N gauge layout, and have jumped the gun a bit as I have made up a static grass applicator and had to try it out on some finished ballast - looks good so far!
Al
How about letting us see a pic please, Al? :camera:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: boonie on December 27, 2013, 10:54:52 pm
Thanks for the interest. I will post a photo or two if and when i can find out how! It isnt made easy here is it? I have joined photobucket next step is linking the two!
Al(http://i1363.photobucket.com/albums/r711/alinboon1/E15E3250-1461-49CF-9602-FEC898E1F088_zpslg1w7yxu.jpg) (http://s1363.photobucket.com/user/alinboon1/media/E15E3250-1461-49CF-9602-FEC898E1F088_zpslg1w7yxu.jpg.html)(http://i1363.photobucket.com/albums/r711/alinboon1/E4B764B5-615F-4953-B676-1859805DC90B_zpsgqlnni7i.jpg) (http://s1363.photobucket.com/user/alinboon1/media/E4B764B5-615F-4953-B676-1859805DC90B_zpsgqlnni7i.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on December 27, 2013, 11:57:50 pm
Success on both counts, Al! The ballasting and static grass look great, and the photos have come up well.

I have never bothered with photobucket - I just followed the steps in the tutorial we have on here!

Welcome to the NGF, by the way!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on December 28, 2013, 12:37:30 am
Finished ballasting this afternoon. As long as there are no bald bits on this final section when it's a bit dryer then it's time to fit Plastikard tops on two platforms - then paint stone platform facings, paving slab edges, and Tarmac.

Don't know what the heck acrylic paint colours I need though.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: boonie on December 28, 2013, 02:56:01 am
Success on both counts, Al! The ballasting and static grass look great, and the photos have come up well.

I have never bothered with photobucket - I just followed the steps in the tutorial we have on here!

Welcome to the NGF, by the way!  :thumbsup:
Thanks for the encouragement. Awaiting delivery of airbrush to finish off ballast weathering then its "terra-forming"
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: LNER1949 on December 28, 2013, 10:43:55 am
Success on both counts, Al! The ballasting and static grass look great, and the photos have come up well.

I have never bothered with photobucket - I just followed the steps in the tutorial we have on here!

Welcome to the NGF, by the way!  :thumbsup:
Well done, once you can follow on the Photobucket, it does become easyer, I too found it daughting to begin with. Thanks for posting your pictures.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on December 28, 2013, 11:42:58 am
Al, you do realise that the name 'Boonie' here in Australia conjures up pictures of the famous and mischievous test cricketer David Boone, don't ya? ;D :thumbsup:

Not sure if he was into N gauge, though.  :D So it's probably OK.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: boonie on December 28, 2013, 01:01:09 pm
Al, you do realise that the name 'Boonie' here in Australia conjures up pictures of the famous and mischievous test cricketer David Boone, don't ya? ;D :thumbsup:

Not sure if he was into N gauge, though.  :D So it's probably OK.
I was aware of him, but my freakiest experience was at Glastonbury festival and hearing people chanting BOONIE all weekend only to find out it a footballer called Roony and that i wasnt famous after all!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on December 28, 2013, 01:43:44 pm
Must admit  to not having done anything actually on the layout for a few weeks, I've been concentrating on buildings, mostly blocks of 4 house terraces; 2 blocks of Metcalfe low relief with a pair of Peedie cast resin shops between, a terrace  of 6 Peedie cast resin low relief - 4 houses 2 shops, 3 scratch built card 4 house terraces,2 hacked Metcalfe semis,a scratch semi, and 2 low relief scratch 4 house terraces currently on the bench.

I've still got enough parts cut for a load more, the buildings work bench is next to a radiator and is downstairs,the layout is in a bay window upstairs and the nearestrad is across the room, I wonder if that has any bearing on what I work on?

The above gave me an idea, got out my measuring stick, I can just about get my 4'x 2' test track on top of the shelving alongside the work bench, I do have some locos that need work and some partr built kits so maybe  ... ... ... ...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on December 28, 2013, 01:49:20 pm
The fact that my Layout is downstairs in the unheated cantina and I occupy (with the occasional counter attack for sudoku space by Mrs"H") most of the dining room table next to the wood burning stove, may account for my constant construction of card buildings throughout the winter.

Jerry
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on December 28, 2013, 02:48:20 pm
OK so I got bored waiting for the non arrival of the postman. So I looked at a few free downloads and found this one. I may now have to move the location nearer to the metropolis to fit it in.

(http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd518/JerryHowlett/WalfordEast_zps2bb47edd.jpg) (http://s1223.photobucket.com/user/JerryHowlett/media/WalfordEast_zps2bb47edd.jpg.html)

(http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd518/JerryHowlett/WalfdEast_zps02c8200f.jpg) (http://s1223.photobucket.com/user/JerryHowlett/media/WalfdEast_zps02c8200f.jpg.html)

Now all I need is a 2mm model of the Dagmar, ok so I haven't watched it since 1980 ish.

Free download from Kingsway models (old xmas freebees)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on December 28, 2013, 02:59:19 pm
Surely you need some people arguing furiously and freatening to kill each uvver ???
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on December 28, 2013, 04:24:55 pm
Having finally unearthed my controllers I am running in 5 locomotives and servicing my others this could take a few days Ho Humm
Graham
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on December 29, 2013, 12:12:51 am
OK so I got bored waiting for the non arrival of the postman. So I looked at a few free downloads and found this one. I may now have to move the location nearer to the metropolis to fit it in.

Now all I need is a 2mm model of the Dagmar, ok so I haven't watched it since 1980 ish.

Free download from Kingsway models (old xmas freebees)

That's quite nice for free, isn't it. You've done a good job on it, too!  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on December 29, 2013, 12:25:31 am
Surfaced one platform with Plasticard embossed card but had to skin the bottom of the platform as well because it bowed a bit. Thought I could get away with it because it was ply - WRONG !!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on December 29, 2013, 01:31:06 pm
Just Started to construct the Metcalfe stone station building.
This is the first stage in completely renewing the whole of my main station as it was the very first thing I built (some 4 years ago) and I have learned a lot since then so hopefully, that area will be smartened up. Even including platform and building lights if I can eventually get my head around lighting !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2013, 12:16:16 am
Sounds good - let's have a look when we get the forum sorted!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on December 30, 2013, 12:44:30 am
I have been working hard over christmas on my layout. I have built and pre fabricated a new dcc bus for my goods yard. Also started to build the track to my second level and have finally decided the track plan. I never did get to grips with anyrail so just build as I go along. I have also now recieved a new iwata neo airbrush for christmas from swmbo (my lovely wife), so now I can get on with finishing my track and when I get bored of more ballasting have a go at weathering my stock. I will post some pics in the near future.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: DCCDave on December 30, 2013, 03:31:17 pm
Painting fiddle yard baseboards matt black. Looks good when dry, but hard on the eyes when checking coverage.

2nd coat required methinks!

Cheers
Dave
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on December 30, 2013, 07:00:25 pm
Sounds good - let's have a look when we get the forum sorted!  :thumbsup:

This is the area I want to rebuild with a  new station building (I think the Metcalfe stone built station better suits my Cornish scenery) and new platforms. I will also realign the track slightly and reballast to a neater standard. Also need to paint the tracksides. Altogether it needs to be neater and tidier.
(http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/martinscane/photo1_zps889a0cd3.jpg) (http://s653.photobucket.com/user/martinscane/media/photo1_zps889a0cd3.jpg.html)
This is progress on the new station building. Probably finish it tomorrow :
(http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/martinscane/photo2_zps656da9d4.jpg) (http://s653.photobucket.com/user/martinscane/media/photo2_zps656da9d4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on December 31, 2013, 01:14:58 pm
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Work proceeds a(snails)pace on the fiddle yard.  In an effort to give it a scenic dimension (this is the age of the onboard camera, after all) I've bunged in a Kato ready-to-plonk station.  At the cost of one track's width, this gives me somewhere to park my Japanese EMUs from time to time :)

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

Just around the corner from the first shot is this junction, nicknamed Gallifrey West for the time being due to the elastic nature of the space-time continuum in the area.  The grey concrete-based track to the bottom right marks the place for a third Kato double-crossover that I haven't actually ordered as yet.  The few wooden offcuts are a place-holder for an over bridge.

If you look closely the nearest point has been chopped with a razor saw to remove the diverging curved part.  The two tracks on the right lead to the station and are now DCC enabled.  The leftmost tracks remain plain DC until I get some more N-sized decoders. ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on December 31, 2013, 04:32:33 pm
Hmmmmm - nice green diesels :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on December 31, 2013, 04:39:08 pm
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Work proceeds a(snails)pace on the fiddle yard.  In an effort to give it a scenic dimension (this is the age of the onboard camera, after all) I've bunged in a Kato ready-to-plonk station.  At the cost of one track's width, this gives me somewhere to park my Japanese EMUs from time to time :)

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

I like the idea of adding scenic detail to fiddle yards so well done. indeed, I've considered doing it myself but have been worried that the fiddle yard will become and extra scenic section on the layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on December 31, 2013, 05:28:12 pm
Just around the corner from the first shot is this junction, nicknamed Gallifrey West for the time being due to the elastic nature of the space-time continuum in the area.

I like it. ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on December 31, 2013, 06:37:48 pm
I like the idea of adding scenic detail to fiddle yards so well done. indeed, I've considered doing it myself but have been worried that the fiddle yard will become and extra scenic section on the layout.


Yes, that worries me too :worried: so I aim to keep things very simple - monochromatic, geometric shapes mainly, to block views of rafters and wiring, and make it a little more onboard camera friendly.

Trouble is, I tend to go off on tangents. I've been looking at the following photo and thinking perhaps I can make it a little more like Stow Heath in Wolverhampton :no:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5089/5338256997_8bc0e72f1f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tutenkhamunsleeping/5338256997/)
D1747 at Stow Heath (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tutenkhamunsleeping/5338256997/#)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on December 31, 2013, 07:18:28 pm
 Finished the Plastikard surfaces of the platforms today so getting ready to start painting.

My thread on the subject was totally ignored so I guessed the paint colours and ordered from Hattons.  IOf they are the wrong colours this is all your fault. So there.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18387.0 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18387.0)

I knew I should have asked something obscure about soldering.!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 02, 2014, 02:39:11 pm
Just been trouble-shooting, as not all of the DCC-enabled track seems to be working.  The fault seems to be with a connector I'd dismantled to see how it (no longer) worked :-[

http://youtu.be/sj0ruPXwBLw (http://youtu.be/sj0ruPXwBLw)

Took a quick video while playing about.  A bit dark now I've added various obstructions, I think I either need to get some more lighting at the back of the fiddle yard or pretend it's Birmingham New Street :D

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 02, 2014, 05:04:34 pm
Dismantling my layout and it now looks like a bomb's gone off in the mancave :o
It will be resurrected in a much more user friendly manner.
Far be it for me to nick Peter Charles Fagg's title of 'Phoenix arising from the Ashes' but it will :)
One things for sure, it's stopped me playing trains as there's no way anything can run now :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on January 02, 2014, 10:35:43 pm
Mick, Sorry to hear you are having problems, hope the redesign works for you.
Graham :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on January 03, 2014, 11:56:30 am

One things for sure, it's stopped me playing trains as there's no way anything can run now :(

So we can expect the Farish Fairburn's sometime next week then  :D

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 03, 2014, 12:20:45 pm

One things for sure, it's stopped me playing trains as there's no way anything can run now :(

So we can expect the Farish Fairburn's sometime next week then  :D

dave  :thumbsup:

That would be my usual luck, Dave ::)
Just as well I bought an N gauge rolling road so it can be run in, but that's no substitute for seeing how locos traverse points :no:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on January 03, 2014, 10:25:15 pm
Dismantling my layout and it now looks like a bomb's gone off in the mancave :o
It will be resurrected in a much more user friendly manner.
Far be it for me to nick Peter Charles Fagg's title of 'Phoenix arising from the Ashes' but it will :)
One things for sure, it's stopped me playing trains as there's no way anything can run now :(

Never mind, Mick. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll finish. We know you can do it.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 03, 2014, 11:45:43 pm
Unpacked the Humbrol acrylic paints the excellent local Yodel man delivered from Hattons this morning. Start painting platforms and goods wharf tomorrow.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on January 04, 2014, 12:01:57 am
Assembling the fiddle yard for Planby. Track all stuck down, tested the trains fit it ok.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on January 04, 2014, 12:05:59 am
I am just finished ballasting my main track, only the goods yard to do but that's not built yet and will probably need to install some magnets before anyway. One bit of trouble I had to pull one piece of track up, power supply was intermittent and I had already ballasted it too. I have re-soldered the wires and ballasted it back down,tested it first of course.I have also decided to fit casters to the legs to make it easy to move the layout around, I think I deserve a playing trains session when the ballasting has dried.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on January 04, 2014, 09:30:28 am
' ...  I think I deserve a playing trains session when the ballasting has dried.'

Absolutely! That's what it's all about.

How about some progress pics guys?  :camera:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lionwing on January 05, 2014, 10:12:17 am
Just spent the last hour or so adding life to my layout.

Stuck a few people down, added a little detail to the station platform and made the goods yard look like there is something going on.

Amazing how a few little pieces of painted plastic and make such a change!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: boonie on January 05, 2014, 10:48:28 am
i am ballasting my british N gauge layout, and have jumped the gun a bit as I have made up a static grass applicator and had to try it out on some finished ballast - looks good so far!
Al
have gotmy airbrush- some results if i can remember the photo bucket thang!
Al
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on January 05, 2014, 10:52:28 am
Gave the layout a good hoover and a clean and had trains running on Claywell for the first time in about 6 months, really nice to see them running again although as mentioned elsewhere one of my Dapol panniers is playing up.    :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on January 05, 2014, 11:01:56 am
Good to hear trains are running on your excellent layout! I sympathise with the track cleaning. Six months? Try 20 years!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Geoff on January 05, 2014, 11:05:19 am
Building my town up plenty of card kits to build, I have got a couple of workshops that I am scratch building, what do folks use for corrugated roofs been looking all over for something.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: boonie on January 05, 2014, 11:08:56 am
i am ballasting my british N gauge layout, and have jumped the gun a bit as I have made up a static grass applicator and had to try it out on some finished ballast - looks good so far!
Al
have gotmy airbrush- some results if i can remember the photo bucket thang!
Al
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: boonie on January 05, 2014, 11:13:13 am
i am ballasting my british N gauge layout, and have jumped the gun a bit as I have made up a static grass applicator and had to try it out on some finished ballast - looks good so far!
Al
have gotmy airbrush- some results if i can remember the photo bucket thang!
Al

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/thumb_9315.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9315)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lionwing on January 05, 2014, 12:55:49 pm
Gave the layout a good hoover and a clean and had trains running on Claywell for the first time in about 6 months, really nice to see them running again although as mentioned elsewhere one of my Dapol panniers is playing up.    :(

A daft question...but what attachment did you use to hoover your layout?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on January 05, 2014, 01:11:37 pm
A hoover, I hope!  ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 05, 2014, 04:29:06 pm
Gave the layout a good hoover and a clean and had trains running on Claywell for the first time in about 6 months, really nice to see them running again although as mentioned elsewhere one of my Dapol panniers is playing up.    :(

A daft question...but what attachment did you use to hoover your layout?

Small rechargeable ones get some stuff up but don't really have the oomph, whereas some mains powered ones (such as my Dyson) can be too powerful :worried:
I have bought a Tomix track cleaner that has a vacuum function but am not in a position to use it yet (and am also having fun deciphering the rather strange instructions that came with it :confused1:)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on January 05, 2014, 05:02:58 pm
Gave the layout a good hoover and a clean and had trains running on Claywell for the first time in about 6 months, really nice to see them running again although as mentioned elsewhere one of my Dapol panniers is playing up.    :(

A daft question...but what attachment did you use to hoover your layout?

I have one of those mains electric ones you can hang on your shoulder (it came free when I bought my main hoover), it is quite powerful but not as powerful as the standard large type hoover.  It only has basic tools but I just used the open end of the pipe to which the attachments fit and it is shaped like half an oval.  Doesn't have a bag so it is relatively easy to find something picked up in error.

Once I'd hoovered I than ran my Tomix hoover around the track as a back up and then wiped the rails with a cloth dampened with IPA.  Lots of work but worth the effort.   :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on January 05, 2014, 09:34:36 pm
Thanks for that, Caz, as I'm currently having a major track clean on my layout. I hadn't heard of those Tomix thing-a-me-jigs until last week. I think I'm going to have to get one!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on January 05, 2014, 10:53:30 pm
I just bought a second hand laptop (45) so I'm working out which programs and files to transfer from my main computer to my laptop to free up some hard drive space.

Andy
 :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on January 05, 2014, 10:54:15 pm
By the way, all the programs and files are trains related in some way.  When I move to DCC I will use the laptop for that as well.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on January 05, 2014, 11:33:06 pm
Conducting double-heading/pilot/banking tests with two locos at a time on my test oval. So far nothing matches my 0-8-0 G2, but I've a few more locos to test with it yet.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on January 06, 2014, 04:46:51 am
Sounds like you got a bargain with that laptop, Andy. Did it come with a clean slate memorywise?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on January 06, 2014, 08:40:54 am
Hi Mate

Yes, it comes totally clean.  All it has installed on it is Windows XP.  I'm going to put my N Gauge inventory, car cards, waybill producer, photos, videos, database and links to railway websites on there.  With 60GB to use, that should free up my main computer really nicely.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bees on January 06, 2014, 09:32:56 am
Internal lighting in a coach, first of many, hopefully, wired to pick up from track, through a bridge rectifier, then a 6k ohm resistor to calm down tge brightness, it looks stunning - IMHO
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 06, 2014, 10:03:28 am
Mainly wood related activities, altering the old baseboards to fit the new plan.  A new year's resolution to do something on the layout every day is working well so far, although I now have backache from the sudden flurry of bending and sawing!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on January 06, 2014, 10:34:54 am
Hi Mate

Yes, it comes totally clean.  All it has installed on it is Windows XP.  I'm going to put my N Gauge inventory, car cards, waybill producer, photos, videos, database and links to railway websites on there.  With 60GB to use, that should free up my main computer really nicely.

Andy

Cool! may I ask where you bought this? Ebay or local, or whatever? I am very wary about buying computer stuff off anyone!

If you want to discuss, I'd be happy to receive PM..... I've been accused of hijackin' threads before!

George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 06, 2014, 11:33:16 am
Internal lighting in a coach, first of many, hopefully, wired to pick up from track, through a bridge rectifier, then a 6k ohm resistor to calm down tge brightness, it looks stunning - IMHO

Any chance of a 'How to' and some pics please?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bees on January 06, 2014, 12:20:22 pm
When I get chance mate on my next day off, I'll see what I can do

I've now worked out how to make it neater and smaller, hoping to illuminate interiors on my 150 & 101's at some point too!!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 06, 2014, 12:27:35 pm
Just starting to paint what I have spent hours building.

I'm scared.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on January 06, 2014, 01:27:08 pm
Just starting to paint what I have spent hours building.

I'm scared.

Be brave and take lots of photos. ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 06, 2014, 06:01:06 pm
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

An historic photo.

Not so much the cutting of the first sod, but the removal of the last OO point, just visible at the centre of the pic, under what will be a temporary Unitrack N reverse loop for a month or two.
I've spent the afternoon eradicating the final patch of troublesome OO :beers:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: grumbeast on January 06, 2014, 09:42:50 pm
Just finished laying the cork roadbed for the British terminus station on half of my Nova Scotia South Shore

yay!, when I get the track laid, I can finally use it as staging! for the NSSS, which I have also been making progress on with some scenery at last

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/11760735134_52e6d6fb83_c.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ColinH on January 06, 2014, 10:01:52 pm
Spent the afternoon giving the layout a good run and testing the loco's now it is safely installed in the new railway shed. Got engines running over all the tracks and through all the points ...... eventually  ::) but unfortunately then found that the wagons don't like being shunted into the goods yard sidings. Looks as if one of the blessed track joiners is out of line so will have to de-ballast and relay that section.

Also the whole of the goods yard appears to be no longer level and wagons tend to roll towards the entrance and foul adjoining siding entrances. May be major construction work or hopefully will be able to screw that piece of raised sundela board down further without too much difficulty.

Colin H
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on January 06, 2014, 10:35:08 pm
Some great stuff happening! Love the Greyhound advert in that scene - really helps set the period!

G.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 08, 2014, 04:19:56 pm
http://youtu.be/3pC0j886uXA (http://youtu.be/3pC0j886uXA)

I get more impressed by Kato Unitrack's ease of use every time I have a play.  I can see I'll need to work hard to stop it spreading beyond the fiddle yard :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on January 08, 2014, 04:33:51 pm
Spent the afternoon giving the layout a good run and testing the loco's now it is safely installed in the new railway shed. Got engines running over all the tracks and through all the points ...... eventually  ::) but unfortunately then found that the wagons don't like being shunted into the goods yard sidings. Looks as if one of the blessed track joiners is out of line so will have to de-ballast and relay that section.

Also the whole of the goods yard appears to be no longer level and wagons tend to roll towards the entrance and foul adjoining siding entrances. May be major construction work or hopefully will be able to screw that piece of raised sundela board down further without too much difficulty.

Colin H

Which goes to prove the old adage: Make sure everything works OK before you ballast... 

Not that I've always stuck to that... :doh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on January 08, 2014, 05:17:25 pm
After a 6 month lay off of any modelling getting back into the swing by working out how to get sound into my Dapol Hall, think I must just be able to squeeze it all in the tender.  It was so easy to do in the old Bacfar model, nothing in the tender so plenty of room.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 08, 2014, 08:33:00 pm
[url]http://youtu.be/3pC0j886uXA[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/3pC0j886uXA[/url])

I get more impressed by Kato Unitrack's ease of use every time I have a play.  I can see I'll need to work hard to stop it spreading beyond the fiddle yard :D


This is the second part of that video.  It would all have been in one lump had iMovie not gone bits up >:(

http://youtu.be/FYDgJ2ph8mY (http://youtu.be/FYDgJ2ph8mY)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 08, 2014, 08:46:28 pm
Nice one, Steve, especially the Deltic with a decent rake :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on January 09, 2014, 03:30:33 am
Cool video. As you say, all seems right with the world. Yep, the Deltic and B & C's looks great!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on January 09, 2014, 08:48:08 am
As we speak, cuppa in hand on way to train room for bus wire soldering yeh me time
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 09, 2014, 09:04:05 am
Having a day off the layout and going out on my bike because it has forgotten to rain this morning.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on January 09, 2014, 09:30:25 am
Wow!.... from wot we see here, it would be frozen solid or need floaties on your bike!

Having said that, I hope anyone reading this was spared the recent bad weather.

All the best, George.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on January 11, 2014, 03:30:00 pm
Doing a little more scenic work.  Never used scatter before so this is a first for me.  I thought I'd try a mix of Gaugemaster green and Woodland Scenics yellow grass.

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4381_zps8ae7ecd0.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4381_zps8ae7ecd0.jpg.html)

For the larger part of the cutting I thought I'd spray some brown paint first.  I wish I'd done this for the first bits!

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4382_zps76dd0b05.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4382_zps76dd0b05.jpg.html)

I'm quite pleased with how it is coming together.  Who knows, it might even be ready to exhibit by November ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 11, 2014, 04:40:02 pm
Busy reducing perfectly good timber and Sundeala to sawdust and powder.
Someone said to wear a mask when cutting Sundeala but my Jason mask scared the cr life out of the postman :smackedface:
Alternating drill batteries too.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 11, 2014, 05:00:56 pm
Busy reducing perfectly good timber and Sundeala to sawdust and powder.
Someone said to wear a mask when cutting Sundeala but my Jason mask scared the cr life out of the postman :smackedface:
Alternating drill batteries too.

They say to wear a mask for MDF too. The amount I dust just sawing a small amount of it with a jigsaw was phenomenal. Covered SWMBOs Fiesta with dust which went down a treat. Cost me a car wash. Birch ply proved comparatively painless.

How's the hip?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on January 11, 2014, 06:44:51 pm
They say to wear a mask for MDF too. The amount I dust just sawing a small amount of it with a jigsaw was phenomenal. Covered SWMBOs Fiesta with dust which went down a treat. Cost me a car wash. Birch ply proved comparatively painless.

Definitely wear a face mask. It's lovely easy stuff to work with, but the fibres will get into your lungs when you're cutting it. Not good.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 11, 2014, 08:49:17 pm
Rest assured folks - I was wearing a mask and safety goggles :)

Birch ply proved comparatively painless.


Seems a bit of a severe punishment from SWMBO :o

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Nick on January 13, 2014, 02:55:16 pm
Making good the missing sleepers at track joints.

Fiddly, repetitive, but strangely therapeutic.  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on January 13, 2014, 04:15:45 pm
Having spent 3 months messing around with the town layout, finally started fixing down and installing lighting cables.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on January 14, 2014, 11:47:57 am
This:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9588.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9588)

Don't know about you, but they scream 'Walthamstow' & 'Stevenage' to me.

Scalescenes flats (of course!)

http://scalescenes.com/products/TO10-Low-Relief-Flats (http://scalescenes.com/products/TO10-Low-Relief-Flats)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 14, 2014, 04:01:59 pm
See reply #182 in the following post.... ;)
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=6094.180 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=6094.180)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on January 15, 2014, 09:59:25 pm
Made a start on laying track, then Pam suffered a mini stroke last night 6  hours in A&E railway room closed for the next 2 weeks,
Ho Humm  :sick2:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on January 15, 2014, 10:08:27 pm
Made a start on laying track, then Pam suffered a mini stroke last night 6  hours in A&E railway room closed for the next 2 weeks,
Ho Humm  :sick2:

Having had a mini-stroke (TIA) myself, I sympathise greatly  :( - Take care of your SO (and yourself!), at a time like this, modelling can wait.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cooper on January 15, 2014, 10:10:25 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9622.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9622)

Had a visit from Jon today http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2671and (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2671and) we set to on sorting out switching the main fiddle yard points. These have proved prone to unreliable operation at shows due to dirt build up on the blades. They've been wired and have operating switches added now.

Only problem is that they've started to disintegrate, with sleepers coming adrift and the spring coming out of one which will entail it all lifting and resoldering again before the impending NGF meet up.  :'(
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17224.msg171066#msg171066 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17224.msg171066#msg171066)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on January 16, 2014, 07:50:56 am
Made a start on laying track, then Pam suffered a mini stroke last night 6  hours in A&E railway room closed for the next 2 weeks,
Ho Humm  :sick2:

Having had a mini-stroke (TIA) myself, I sympathise greatly  :( - Take care of your SO (and yourself!), at a time like this, modelling can wait.

Had a TIA in 2009 while driving. Very scary! Rest and daily meds help reduce the risk of a further episode.

Hope all turns out well.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 16, 2014, 10:59:08 am
Made a start on laying track, then Pam suffered a mini stroke last night 6  hours in A&E railway room closed for the next 2 weeks,
Ho Humm  :sick2:

Very best wishes to Pam for a speedy recovery :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on January 16, 2014, 11:31:51 am
I would also like to offer my best wishes to Pam
For a speedy recovery

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on January 16, 2014, 11:48:39 am
Likewise I hope everything works out well for both of you  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: stevieboy on January 16, 2014, 10:49:13 pm
Just finished the installation of a decoder into 66098 mk2 following decoder meltdown. So I now have a lovely pair of sheds ready for steel & ballast duty.

(http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a593/stevieboy-15/IMAG2985_zpsf6e2e5c3.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 17, 2014, 08:35:27 am
Wiring, including adding a DCC reversing loop module to (and this took quite a bit of thought) a reversing loop.

As I've already got an extensive DCC bus with block detectors around the loft from OO days, I'm using Kato extension leads cut in half and connected to the block detectors' screw terminals.

Not the cheapest route, but it saves an awful lot of under the baseboard work with a screwdriver (note careful choice of words, there!) in a 'temporary' area where the track plan is evolving daily.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on January 17, 2014, 09:22:32 am
Made a start on laying track, then Pam suffered a mini stroke last night 6  hours in A&E railway room closed for the next 2 weeks,
Ho Humm  :sick2:
Hi I hope pam is on the mend and recovery is quick
All the best
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on January 17, 2014, 09:56:00 pm
Many thanks for all your responses, going for surgery Monday hopefully that will sort it all out, managed to knock my Dapol 9F on the floor 43" drop off to BR lines for repair again, this is the second time that it has failed to survive the bounce.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 17, 2014, 10:10:25 pm
Many thanks for all your responses, going for surgery Monday hopefully that will sort it all out, managed to knock my Dapol 9F on the floor 43" drop off to BR lines for repair again, this is the second time that it has failed to survive the bounce.

Just as well it's not the full 86 tonnes and 14 cwt or you'd have no floor either :worried: :D
Good luck on Monday :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on January 17, 2014, 10:59:21 pm
Painting coaches, having finally had a day I could nip outside between the showers and get the primer sprayed on them.

Part way through painting up the second GWR K38 tester, and a GWR M11 in early BR state. There is also an ex LNWR third waiting for the next gap in the weather so I can spray the sides in LMS shades (I am not going to try painting LNWR colours!)

Also trying to decide what livery to use on the ex Cambrian van I got from Shapeways. I have it built but stil researching livery variants.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on January 17, 2014, 11:04:16 pm
Finishing two class 128 bodies now I have the chassis availble for them, however work commitments tonight have scuppered my plans to add the livery Decals :( so now its a beer and some TV!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 20, 2014, 05:45:10 pm
My recent activity:

http://youtu.be/pjrZ_z37yE0 (http://youtu.be/pjrZ_z37yE0)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on January 20, 2014, 06:24:57 pm
Nice little video, Steve. I look forward to the next installment.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 20, 2014, 08:20:31 pm
Good to know you're the one who's ahead of schedule :-[ :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on January 21, 2014, 02:44:47 pm
Varnishing some NGS SR box vans prior to weathering...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9723.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9723)

Curses! >:( The Peco wagon weight that I superglued into the body of the unfitted van has come loose! Now that I've glued the roof on...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 21, 2014, 04:29:51 pm
Trying to figure out why a piece of track between 2 opposing points worked perfectly well yesterday but doesn't today :veryangry:
It's gotta be one of 2 points - grrrr
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on January 21, 2014, 04:42:01 pm
Found some Peco van kits and numbered them up - I didn't realise that the Peco kits were that much under-scale... (or are the NGS kits over scale?)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9724.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9724)

When I've finished with these then I've got three bogie bolster wagon kits to finish...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: James C on January 21, 2014, 04:52:53 pm
Wondering why I haven't made more progress on my layout than I had hoped :worried:

The missus is here for a couple of weeks, so once she's gone home again I'll crack on with finishing off the track laying!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on January 21, 2014, 05:10:01 pm
Trying to figure out why a piece of track between 2 opposing points worked perfectly well yesterday but doesn't today :veryangry:
It's gotta be one of 2 points - grrrr

I've had that problem, too. A little bit of tweaking of the blades resolved that, and forced me to note that I really need to stop relying on blade contact...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ColinH on January 21, 2014, 06:35:53 pm
Trying to improve the reliability of the trackwork so I don't have to keep pushing the loco's.

After spending lots of time trying to 'tweak' the point leading to the central area cos it kept derailing coaches when they crossed it as a facing point had to bite the bullet and change it for a different point. Of course for some reason none of the points I had were the same length so that meant that I had to adjust the adjoining trackwork as well  :veryangry:

Also tried adjusting the short incline to the central area as some of the loco's did not seem to like the original - think they may have been loosing contact with the rail.

Coaches now travel through facing point OK but 'one step forward and two steps back' still not happy with incline and I may have to look at resoldering one of the droppers on that stretch as that may be the cause of the stalling.

Next thing is to replace 3 insulfrog points for electrofrog.  :doh: Why didn't i use them in the first place as I had them in box of bits  :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr bachmann on January 21, 2014, 07:53:34 pm
found my old faithfull Rivarossi pacific about 30 years old , it runs well so its getting chipped and led's fitted , then it will replace the 'F' units that hauls the open tourist train through the gorge , it will look great in Rio Grande bumble bee colors , will post a picky of the full train when finished .


alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Nick on January 21, 2014, 08:10:41 pm
Started building the station platform...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Croxy on January 21, 2014, 10:50:12 pm
Building my first Metcalfe kit.....

 :Class37:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 22, 2014, 12:20:40 pm
Trying to figure out why a piece of track between 2 opposing points worked perfectly well yesterday but doesn't today :veryangry:
It's gotta be one of 2 points - grrrr


I've had that problem, too. A little bit of tweaking of the blades resolved that, and forced me to note that I really need to stop relying on blade contact...


Seems the contact blades required a little cleaning ::)
I have sourced some thin pipe cleaners which, when dipped in IPA, are the ideal size for getting between the rails without placing any undue strain on the blades.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9738.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9738)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: barnyswain on January 22, 2014, 12:36:01 pm
4 tasks

1, solder 2 pairs of track joints
2, test electrics
3, fix down (glue) a section of flex
4. run trains
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dave F on January 22, 2014, 07:40:16 pm
Landscaping the river valley section of my layout and painting the bridges for it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on January 22, 2014, 07:43:58 pm
All track re-laid and secured at my main station.  Holes carefully (I hope) drilled out for point motors.
Next step is to fix and wire up all the point motors.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on January 23, 2014, 11:59:16 am
Allowed back into the layout (loft), 70% of track now laid starting to drill the holes for the power and point leads.
Hospital visits allowing.
 :bounce:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 23, 2014, 11:56:37 pm
Planting grass.

I know that to be considered a proper modeller I should probably be shaking electrostatic grass onto the layout - but I haven't. I have used Gaugemaster GM140 6mm spring meadow grass matting made by Noch and it is better than superb. Rather than just stick great sheets of it down I have cut and torn it into smaller bits and applied it where needed using Copydex.

The backing is a glue-like membrane making it very flexible, it has varied density and shading and stands up like real grass. It's best cut like teddy bear fur - between the filaments.

Fantastic stuff. Photos later - but as per my last post on the layout - NOT YET.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 24, 2014, 11:56:47 pm
Update on the Gaugemaster/Noch grass. By gently waving a flat brush through it with almost dry acrylic paint on it you can add seed heads, worn patches, and slightly different tones like sun dried etc.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on January 25, 2014, 09:36:08 am
Update on the Gaugemaster/Noch grass. By gently waving a flat brush through it with almost dry acrylic paint on it you can add seed heads, worn patches, and slightly different tones like sun dried etc.

A couple pics would be appreciated!  :camera:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 25, 2014, 02:29:05 pm
'Failing' my Farish Fairburn grrrr :veryangry:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Nick on January 25, 2014, 02:37:16 pm
It's best cut like teddy bear fur - between the filaments.


You cut up teddy bears???  :goggleeyes: What sort of cruel, depraved monster are you??? :D :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 25, 2014, 03:49:13 pm
You cut up teddy bears???  :goggleeyes:

And right between the filaments, too! :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: jd on January 25, 2014, 03:59:52 pm
It's best cut like teddy bear fur - between the filaments.


You cut up teddy bears???  :goggleeyes: What sort of cruel, depraved monster are you??? :D :D

WOW POOR BEARS  :'(

Right now I'm wiring up my pm1 point motors ready to be fitted to the points and choc blocks. :confused1:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 25, 2014, 05:33:02 pm
It's best cut like teddy bear fur - between the filaments.


You cut up teddy bears???  :goggleeyes: What sort of cruel, depraved monster are you??? :D :D

My wife used to make teddy bears - if you didn't cut the fabric between the filaments you got bald seams!! Likewise, cutting the Noch grass matting by bending the intended line of cut at 90 deg and cutting between the filaments means you still have tall grass at the edges.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 25, 2014, 05:33:55 pm
Update on the Gaugemaster/Noch grass. By gently waving a flat brush through it with almost dry acrylic paint on it you can add seed heads, worn patches, and slightly different tones like sun dried etc.

A couple pics would be appreciated!  :camera:

Dave G

Will publish a couple of pics soon.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 25, 2014, 09:30:27 pm
Just been drilling holes in the baseboard for additional block feeds, adding insulating joiners (I hate removing Kato Unijoiners!) and taking a saw to some double-track concrete sleepered sections to make single versions.  Having quite a good time, apart from the Unijoiners, but then I haven't got to the wiring yet :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Nick on January 26, 2014, 05:48:56 pm
Finished making the sections of the platform.

Piccy below, also here in my layout thread: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18602.msg193919#msg193919 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18602.msg193919#msg193919)

(http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b571/nickl13/IMG_0815_zpsdfd5b7d1.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 26, 2014, 09:00:42 pm
http://youtu.be/B4xYN9eNNOI (http://youtu.be/B4xYN9eNNOI)

Spent the afternoon wiring a few block sections in and then testing them.  Lots and lots of testing :D

Then I removed my temporary return loop, ready for the next phase of track laying.  Quickly realised, however, that I'd not got a driver's eye record of it, so bunged it back down and whizzed the trusty CamTruck around 8)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 26, 2014, 09:40:01 pm
Really enjoyed that - thank you.
Especially when the Deltic passed in the opposite direction :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 27, 2014, 11:29:37 pm
Painting and making up a Ratio 260 signal. Did it and planted it but what a fight. The parts are minute - the plastic didn't want to stick with anything - and the pivot hole in the signal arm and retainer were half the dia they needed to be.

But it looks good in place on the layout which is remarkable since I could hardly see it when it was right in front of me as I wielded the Plastic Magic in its pin applicator.

PS. Made up the GWR water crane last week. The Fire Devil that comes with that is ludicrous. Smaller than a ladybird and supposed to be assembled from 7 pieces. That went out the window when two of the parts broke.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on January 27, 2014, 11:35:08 pm
Just spent most of the afternoon and evening laying the track for my fiddle yard. Sore rail-joiner finger now as a result, thats the price you have to pay I suppose. I need to connect all the track to the bus and install point motors now.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Wingman mothergoose on January 28, 2014, 07:13:18 am
Right now I'm trying to finish my loco shed area, I've almost completed my loco shed, just waiting to fit lights and smoke chimneys, and I will imminently be making the shed floor and hard standing using polyfilla as a base. When that has cured I'll be removing sleepers from between rails to simulate inspection pits. I've gotten fed up of waiting for Farish/Scenecraft to release their GC water crane though, so I'm gonna have to attempt either the kit (Knightwing I think) or scratchbuild.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on January 28, 2014, 01:15:58 pm
Painting and making up a Ratio 260 signal. Did it and planted it but what a fight. The parts are minute - the plastic didn't want to stick with anything - and the pivot hole in the signal arm and retainer were half the dia they needed to be.

But it looks good in place on the layout which is remarkable since I could hardly see it when it was right in front of me as I wielded the Plastic Magic in its pin applicator.

PS. Made up the GWR water crane last week. The Fire Devil that comes with that is ludicrous. Smaller than a ladybird and supposed to be assembled from 7 pieces. That went out the window when two of the parts broke.

I have had exactly the same experience with glue not wanting to stick anything, this time planting brass parts on a resin body. It's really frustrating when the part that you took quite a while to get into position and secure falls off a day later. :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 28, 2014, 02:15:51 pm
Just been giving my Ivatt 2MT, 4F, class 22 and Warship a trot round the branch line, purely in the interest of making sure everything works, you understand :whistle: :angel:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on January 28, 2014, 05:26:11 pm
Drilling holes in the baseboard for the house lights.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bees on January 28, 2014, 06:33:39 pm
Just been giving my Ivatt 2MT, 4F, class 22 and Warship a trot round the branch line, purely in the interest of making sure everything works, you understand :whistle: :angel:

Of course!  :thumbsup:

Steven
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 29, 2014, 07:49:03 pm
Made my first scratch built building.      :claphappy:

It's a lineside hut of which Parkend has two in the station throat. OK it's only 2cms long, but it has a recessed door and a Kestrel window, planked walls, a flemish brick base and a sloping roof. Used Daler board covered in Slaters Plastikard and balsa strengtheners in the corners. Very strong. So is it it made of card or plastic?  Paint tomorrow.

It looks far better than expected and being so small it was probably harder than a larger simple building. Tomorrow I shall use this new found confidence to tackle the brick Gents toilet on Platform 1.

Then the station building which is really a glorified shed. Said Gents toilet to the right of the station building.

(http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz332/csaywoodParkeNd1/_DSC0891_zps4b72d016.jpg) (http://s841.photobucket.com/user/csaywoodParkeNd1/media/_DSC0891_zps4b72d016.jpg.html)


And the goods shed - which is another glorified shed.

(http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz332/csaywoodParkeNd1/_DSC0878_zpsd29dcf55.jpg) (http://s841.photobucket.com/user/csaywoodParkeNd1/media/_DSC0878_zpsd29dcf55.jpg.html)



Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 29, 2014, 09:17:05 pm
When it comes time for station clutter etc look no further than County Rolling Stock (see ad on right hand side). Richard has a wondrous range for sale :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: woodbury22uk on January 30, 2014, 12:06:11 am
Today has been a stock chageover day. Gone are all the British trains - WSM push pull set, Pretendolino, Mk 1 sleeper train, Blue Pullman and XC Voyager, replaced by 5 TGVs - 16 car Eurostar, 10 car POS, 10 car Thalys, 10 car Duplex, and 10 car Euromed. Also taken the opportunity to reorganise the stock storage cupboards. Next up is another small scenic board with the grain terminal which I can work on away from the layout. The stock chageover takes place about every two months and with the next chage there will be two 20 wagon SNCF grain trains running as well as loco hauled passenger trains and DMUs.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on January 31, 2014, 01:32:20 am
Took the opportunity while NGF was 'off the air' to actually do some modelling...  :D

BR standard 5MT 73158 is now 'Standard Arthur' 73082 "Camelot" complete with etched name and smokebox number plates

Green Farish Bulleids have now been renumbered and formed into set 94 (BSK(SO) S4039S - [SK S40S] - CK S5937S - BSK(SO) S4040S) - the SK was only in set until June 1962, no decals available.
Crimson/Cream Bulleids have been formed into set 767 (BTK(SO) S3950 - CK S5878 - BTK(SO) S3951) but coaches not yet renumbered

I found an old FMR decal sheet with yellow and red cantrail stripes on it - obviously meant for Mark IIIs as the stripes are too thick for anything previous - tried applying a half-thickness yellow stripe to the CK of set 94 but the decals are not sitting correctly over the raised detail above the windows so gave that up. Possibly the decals have deteriorated in storage... ?

One problem spotted once all above activity had been completed: the NGS/Modelmaster decal set 'crib sheet' shows the formation for set 94 as above (which is correct) but the actual numbers on the decal sheet are S4039S, S5836S, S4038S - the latter two are from set 93!  :doh: Serves me right for not twigging the mistake before applying the decals...  :veryangry:

If I get some time tomorrow I'll do some piccies and post them in my Workbench thread...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on January 31, 2014, 08:10:03 pm
Cutting my finger - but only a little bit. Saw Swann Morton No3 holders in stainless steel plus 6 No 10A blades for 1.58 on Amazon so sent for 2 sets.

Cut myself putting the blade in!!

Brilliant for cutting Dahler Board as well.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on January 31, 2014, 09:11:36 pm


Cut myself putting the blade in!!


No doubt you're not the first and won't be the last, but it does sting a lot :-[ :angel:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: BLOKEY on January 31, 2014, 09:17:23 pm
Just undercoated my optical test car for my structural gauging train. ???
Photo.s to follow   8)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 01, 2014, 11:54:31 pm
Fresh on the horns of success having scratch built a line side hut and a brick gents toilet, I embarked on scratch building Parkend Goods Shed. Have got to the stage where front and rear elevations have their doors and windows and Plastikard planking, and have been assembled to the sides and a former in the middle to stop the roof sagging. Shopping with SWMBO tomorrow, but onto the roof and two sets of side fitting goods doors ( non-opening for cowardice) on Monday.

At least I managed to wield the new scalpel to cut out clean window and door apertures without letting blood today.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on February 02, 2014, 05:14:18 pm
Having fun!  Running my Class 24 with 6 LMS coaches, and finishing 'Railway Cottages'.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Harlingboro_shy;ugh_nbsp;_(LNWR_Midland_Mainline)/Dir_1/medium_9982.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9982)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on February 03, 2014, 08:06:28 am
This:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9588.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9588[/url])

Don't know about you, but they scream 'Walthamstow' & 'Stevenage' to me.

Scalescenes flats (of course!)

[url]http://scalescenes.com/products/TO10-Low-Relief-Flats[/url] ([url]http://scalescenes.com/products/TO10-Low-Relief-Flats[/url])

I scream when I think about Stevenage!

Great cottages , are the Scalescenes as well?
 :thumbsup:  Jerry
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on February 03, 2014, 10:07:57 am
This:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9588.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9588[/url])

Don't know about you, but they scream 'Walthamstow' & 'Stevenage' to me.

Scalescenes flats (of course!)

[url]http://scalescenes.com/products/TO10-Low-Relief-Flats[/url] ([url]http://scalescenes.com/products/TO10-Low-Relief-Flats[/url])

I scream when I think about Stevenage!

Great cottages , are the Scalescenes as well?
 :thumbsup:  Jerry

Careful, my ma-inlaw lives in Stevenage!!
Yes Gerry, they are, well spotted.  They are a real joy to make, and can be modified to your own spec as required.  I've just finished their garage, and with a little weathering, will look really nice in a corner of my layout, with plenty of oil & grease of course!

ATB

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: BudgieJane on February 03, 2014, 11:18:17 am
I'm currently trying to design it in such a way as it does not annoy my partner. That could be a tad difficult.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on February 03, 2014, 12:04:35 pm
I scream when I think about Stevenage!

 :laugh:

So do I, spent three years getting off the train there for a job I HATED !!  >:(


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on February 03, 2014, 08:24:02 pm
Having to stick down some track which had'nt been stuck down properly... fiddly trying to prise it up without lifting track I want to stay stuck down.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on February 03, 2014, 08:54:10 pm
Finishing off my latest addition...a Scalescenes garage.  I add lights as I go now, but guess who cut the wire too short, twice!!

Doh!!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Harlingboro_shy;ugh_nbsp;_(LNWR_Midland_Mainline)/Dir_1/medium_10044.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10044)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on February 03, 2014, 08:58:58 pm
Looks good n grotty, ngauger. :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on February 03, 2014, 09:05:14 pm
Looks good n grotty, ngauger. :thumbsup:

Dave G

Yeah, luv the grime!  :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 03, 2014, 09:33:16 pm
I add lights as I go now, but guess who cut the wire too short, twice!!


aka - causing a short :doh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on February 03, 2014, 09:37:51 pm
Finishing off my latest addition...a Scalescenes garage.  I add lights as I go now, but guess who cut the wire too short, twice!!

Doh!!


Before you place it in its spot you could always fit a welding simulator  :thumbsup:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=4273.msg48574#msg48574 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=4273.msg48574#msg48574)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on February 03, 2014, 09:48:30 pm
Finishing off my latest addition...a Scalescenes garage.  I add lights as I go now, but guess who cut the wire too short, twice!!

Doh!!


Before you place it in its spot you could always fit a welding simulator  :thumbsup:

[url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=4273.msg48574#msg48574[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=4273.msg48574#msg48574[/url])

cheers John.


Now you tell me!

 :'(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on February 04, 2014, 07:29:40 pm
I've just repaired the trucks on two of my SD70Aces, and the locos now run like new!

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on February 07, 2014, 08:34:32 am
Putting floors and walls into Lyddle End buildings after first opening up the undersides and painting the insides black to stop light seepage prior to fitting lights etc.  Now soldering up another 50 micro 0604 LED's with wires so the folks of Bampney in their houses can see to read and eat their breakfasts.   :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on February 07, 2014, 09:08:28 am
Busy building a control panel ( of sorts) to house my controllers and toggle switches to operate electric points and street/house lighting. Hopefully on Sunday the panel will be finished and I can start to fit point motors to what are currently manually operated points. I can then start to rebuild my main station.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 07, 2014, 09:24:15 am
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Just started building this apartment block from an Aoshima kit.  More 'beyond the box top' pics hopefully over the weekend.

This one was bought from daviesbobuk1 on eBay, but is also available direct from Japan via suppliers such as plazajapan.
Title: Ripping it to pieces!
Post by: petercharlesfagg on February 07, 2014, 07:07:16 pm
Friends,

The thread is what am I doing right now on my layout?

Well, I have had to make the decision to reduce the maximum height of my elevated track from 4 inches to 2 inches!

Why, because I cannot marry up a connection between the 2 inclines up/down because the ends are too close together!

Therefore it will mean dismantling 80% of the work that I have been trying so hard to achieve!   :'(

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: REGP on February 07, 2014, 07:25:31 pm
That sounds a bit drastic Peter, cant you build in some sort of loop or detour so they connect?

Ray
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: silverfox on February 07, 2014, 07:32:25 pm
I feel your pain Peter :(

I've just had to rip up and re-jig the turntable and all its mechanism on 'Hammerschlag', my micro railway gun layout...........actually layout's stretching it a bit.....animated diorama probably sits better!

I've now got an evening of soldering to look forward to sorting the searchlight and layout lighting

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

A load of Kato Unitrack arrived today via Ebay so struggling to stay focused on finishing this as my mind is starting to drift onto the next project.....
........same old, same old! ;)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on February 07, 2014, 07:34:24 pm
That sounds a bit drastic Peter, cant you build in some sort of loop or detour so they connect?

Ray


Unfortunately not, I have filled quite a lot of space with my double return loop and some extra points to merely HAVE some sidings!

I will start ripping tomorrow!

Anyone want a bridge, painted Matt Black but as yet no trains have run!

It cannot be modified to the lower height!

(http://photos.imageevent.com/petersplatters/modelrailway2/SAM_2771a.JPG)

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 07, 2014, 07:52:34 pm
That sounds a bit drastic Peter, cant you build in some sort of loop or detour so they connect?

Ray


Unfortunately not, I have filled quite a lot of space with my double return loop and some extra points to merely HAVE some sidings!

I will start ripping tomorrow!

Anyone want a bridge, painted Matt Black but as yet no trains have run!

It cannot be modified to the lower height!

([url]http://photos.imageevent.com/petersplatters/modelrailway2/SAM_2771a.JPG[/url])

Regards, Peter.


To start ripping up the Phoenix which is rising from the ashes sounds desperately extreme Peter. Perhaps leaving it alone for a couple of days and finding a way to simplify it is a better course of action.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: silverfox on February 07, 2014, 07:53:39 pm
Is there no possibility of chopping the bottom of the girder sections away and mounting them on wider piers?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on February 07, 2014, 07:56:16 pm
Is there no possibility of chopping the bottom of the girder sections away and mounting them on wider piers?

Thankyou I will consider that option tomorrow

Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on February 07, 2014, 07:57:41 pm
Must say I agree with not making a 'hasty' decision.

Hopefully you can see a way out but how about posting a pic or two of the problem area to see if our clever lot can offer a solution?

Good luck and please keep us posted.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: REGP on February 07, 2014, 10:10:40 pm
Peter
Sleep on it for a few days having posted a few more photos of the problem and see if someone can come up with a better suggestion.

Ray

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on February 07, 2014, 10:19:33 pm
My thanks to everyone for their concern but I spent the best part of 2 hours contemplating just what I could do and the ONLY way is to reduce height and therefore the extent to which the Woodland Scenics inclines reach.

It is the ONLY way, I know that, but it is just hard to accept the fact that I have cocked it up again!

Warmest regards, Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 07, 2014, 11:50:17 pm
My thanks to everyone for their concern but I spent the best part of 2 hours contemplating just what I could do and the ONLY way is to reduce height and therefore the extent to which the Woodland Scenics inclines reach.

It is the ONLY way, I know that, but it is just hard to accept the fact that I have cocked it up again!

Warmest regards, Peter.

Thinking about it for 2 hours is not much different from a snap decision. Spend a couple of days doing something else if necessary.

ACT IN HASTE - REPENT AT LEISURE.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Greybeema on February 08, 2014, 07:56:48 am
Peter,

Is there the option of raising the other track rather than lowering the route? It might be easier.  There are always options even if it turns out to be an off stage cassette system.  Like the others on this forum - I would suggest, leave it for a while and think it through...  An option will be there - it just hasn't occurred to you yet...

Title: Re: Ripping it to pieces!
Post by: petercharlesfagg on February 08, 2014, 11:34:05 am
Friends,

The thread is what am I doing right now on my layout?

Well, I have had to make the decision to reduce the maximum height of my elevated track from 4 inches to 2 inches!

Why, because I cannot marry up a connection between the 2 inclines up/down because the ends are too close together!

Therefore it will mean dismantling 80% of the work that I have been trying so hard to achieve!   :'(

Regards, Peter.


To continue and possibly assist others in understanding my quandary!

As can be seen in this picture the end of the preceding piece of incline is to the far Left, the next section is 24" inches in length and would end up under the junction.  Originally I had laid every thing down and it only meant that there was a straight section in the transition section between a point and the incline.

(http://photos.imageevent.com/petersplatters/modelrailway4/SAM_2799a.JPG)


Removing the 90 degree crossovers (Because my Fleischmann loco's didn't like them!) and reconfiguring another crossover, meant that either a point or the new crossover was half on/off the incline which made matters worse!  The point is up in the air as can be seen because I was persevering with my original plan but nothing would negotiate the point without derailing!

I cannot make the incline bend enough to accomodate because where the pile of track is lying is the edge of the baseboard.

I KNOW I should have made a plan but my brain doesn't work like that!

Warmest regards Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: petercharlesfagg on February 08, 2014, 11:41:41 am
Friends,

What I am dong on my layout right now is improving my crossover section so that I can either continue with my trains running around the same track over and over or reverse their direction in my return loop so that I can enjoy them going the other way, hopefully!

Reverse loop at the bottom, incoming lower level at the Right hand side or down the incline at the back?

(http://photos.imageevent.com/petersplatters/modelrailway4/SAM_2803a.JPG)

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jerry Howlett on February 08, 2014, 11:47:00 am
I go with the take a break option, I just worked on a solution for you and then realised I was trying to get rid of the wrong point!!

I'm still trying to finish the bridges that I have installed having hastily ripped out the lift out section 6 months ago.

Rest and recupriate.

Jerry
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on February 08, 2014, 08:59:50 pm
Today, while trying to secure the shed door against the high winds which persist in blowing it open, I changed the couplers on my Kato GP38-2 from Rapidos to Microtrains couplers, and put a Digitrax decoder in a BNSF SD70ACe.  Both jobs were easier than I thought they would be.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on February 08, 2014, 09:21:16 pm
Friends,

What I am dong on my layout right now is improving my crossover section so that I can either continue with my trains running around the same track over and over or reverse their direction in my return loop so that I can enjoy them going the other way, hopefully!

Reverse loop at the bottom, incoming lower level at the Right hand side or down the incline at the back?

([url]http://photos.imageevent.com/petersplatters/modelrailway4/SAM_2803a.JPG[/url])

Regards, Peter.
Great looking junction there Peter !  :thumbsup: Wish I had the space for junctions like that.... :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 09, 2014, 12:15:03 am
Take the recommended break for a couple of days. If you can't stay away from the layout maybe cleaning the environs up a bit would let the dog see the rabbit.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on February 09, 2014, 11:02:45 am
Stating to connect up the points on the outer 2 tracks and adding extra power leads where necessary, it's taking a whole lot longer now than it would have done 2 years ago, will try to post some photo's in the next week or so
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on February 09, 2014, 02:48:36 pm
Just made the time to test the new WD that arrived yesterdayl.

Same as my weathered version, beautifully smooth running and so-o quiet!

Now packed away till after the move, planned for later this year.

How I miss playing running trains!  :(

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on February 09, 2014, 06:50:23 pm
This weekend I have been mostly doing weathering. After having enjoyed D1059's recent photos (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=11949.msg196007#msg196007) of his City Basin Goods layout, I plucked up the courage to have a go at my D6300. Used a mix of Tamiya weathering powders, a little Modelmates rust effect, then a coat of matt varnish, and finally a spray of tan on the underframes and black around the exhaust.

I was aiming for the streaky faded-blue finish that seemed to plague any of the locos allocated to Laira. The photo makes the model look a bit dusty; it doesn't look nearly so bad in the flesh!

Cheers, NeMo

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/My_Layout_3/Dir_2/medium_10122.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10122)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 09, 2014, 09:33:28 pm
Looks like a very good job you've made of that :thumbsup:
Are they the Farish weathered Presflos it's hauling?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on February 09, 2014, 09:37:10 pm
Very nice job. Looks good.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on February 09, 2014, 10:37:42 pm
Terific job NeMo!  I've just taken delivery of 10 or so model mates weathering dyes, so can't wait to get cracking.

Keep up the good work, it'd be nice to see more of your layout.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on February 09, 2014, 10:44:10 pm
Great weathering Nemo  :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing more

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on February 10, 2014, 12:00:43 am
Nemo - it looks fantastic!

Finally got some light in the city and some of my trailers. I started this layout years ago as a total novice and didn't plan properly so I've been updating things when/where I can. It's not fantastic, but it's a start...and here's my Zombie Shelter (with my least favorite trees that will be replaced someday)


(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/P1080652_zpsce04d4ba.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/P1080652_zpsce04d4ba.jpg.html)

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/P1080717_zps8367e7e7.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/P1080717_zps8367e7e7.jpg.html)

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/1186b2e3-70af-4625-802e-6e66d33454a5_zpsf4c7697b.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/1186b2e3-70af-4625-802e-6e66d33454a5_zpsf4c7697b.jpg.html)

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/P1080724_zps4be9e394.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/P1080724_zps4be9e394.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on February 10, 2014, 06:41:00 pm
Looks like a very good job you've made of that :thumbsup:
Are they the Farish weathered Presflos it's hauling?
Farish PresFlo wagons yes, but weathered by me! Got eight of them, so weathered them all in one fell swoop. I quite like the pre-weathered ones, but (to my eye at least) these wagons are pretty easy to do. Off-white spray all over the place seems to be exactly like the real things. Add a bit if underframe brake dust tan or brown and you're done and done.
Terific job NeMo!  I've just taken delivery of 10 or so model mates weathering dyes, so can't wait to get cracking.
Have fun! I really enjoy weathering. It's something you can do quickly (like a wagon) and by the end have something unique that hopefully evokes some real railway atmosphere.

In any case, couple more pictures below.

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 12, 2014, 10:44:09 am
http://youtu.be/wVtpPgj0eTM (http://youtu.be/wVtpPgj0eTM)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on February 12, 2014, 11:26:07 am
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Ouch! What happened to the bogies :doh: :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on February 12, 2014, 11:44:26 am
Hey nemo,
What a top job on the weathering, the 22 is fantastic. I'm not game yet to try something that good, I'll stitch to destroying wagons at the moment. I really liked the presflows, I have two sets of the farish factory weathered ones which I think look nice
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 12, 2014, 05:37:06 pm
 Painting the parts for a Ratio signal box. Had to paint the entire roof a solid grey and start again because the the horrible buff plastic kept showing through the dry brushing. I'll know about that one for the future. Finished just before the power cut.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on February 12, 2014, 05:54:17 pm
Heres my attempt at one of my clean class 22's

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on February 12, 2014, 06:14:28 pm
Heres my attempt at one of my clean class 22's
Raising the ante a bit now! The front end looks especially greasy; nice!

How did you get the route indicator blind on the left set half way? It looks really good like that.

I think we need a new competition... filthiest diesel hydraulic! That would surely be extremely authentic? From all the photos I've looked at, it looks like Laira, Cardiff and the others were doing their best to turn out the grubbiest looking machines!  :D

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on February 13, 2014, 02:52:18 am
(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/P1080741_zpsc98cae87.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/P1080741_zpsc98cae87.jpg.html)

Added a few dozen more people to my ballpark benches.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on February 13, 2014, 01:22:34 pm
Most of us would be happy with one or two park benches and a couple of figures sitting on them... but they do things bigger in Texas. :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on February 13, 2014, 01:39:07 pm

Added a few dozen more people to my ballpark benches.


It could get very expensive filling all those seats  :o

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 13, 2014, 03:03:56 pm
Surely they're 'bleachers' not 'seats', he said in pedant mode :P >:D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on February 13, 2014, 03:12:02 pm
I had to look up bleachers to find out what they were and as usual NPN you are correct   :-* :moony:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on February 13, 2014, 03:57:27 pm
Yes, they're ballpark bleachers that go in my baseball ballpark.

Here's an early unpeopled shot of the ballpark...

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/IMG_0428.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/IMG_0428.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 13, 2014, 09:03:15 pm
Never been to a baseball match but that's a great looking model :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on February 13, 2014, 09:11:37 pm
Looking good!! Ive taken many a trip to Fenway Park... Like the viesmann yard light usage too ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Cooper on February 13, 2014, 10:40:13 pm
A few running repairs, and final clean and hoover before the NGF meet up this weekend. See some of you there I hope!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on February 13, 2014, 11:16:24 pm
Looking good!! Ive taken many a trip to Fenway Park... Like the viesmann yard light usage too ;)

I'm jealous! Never been to Fenway.

Man, you nearly nailed it. I had to get Brawa double floodlights in HO scale to make it work for ballpark lights. But, yeah, basically the same difference.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 13, 2014, 11:36:02 pm
Opened my jiffybag from Amazon to behold a set of Peco level crossing gates - in OO size!! Email sent asking for order to be corrected. Hope the an gauge are better - the OO size looks too toylike.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on February 14, 2014, 01:13:51 am
Having decided a little rethink so more operation can happen & with the branch now from Barts end I needed to adjust the track a little. So now the main is straight with the branch to lilyvale now off to the right as you leave the station.
So as a result I needed some siding so I have added three sidings & changed to yard entrance a little with head shunts at each end.
Once the glue has dried & the weights lifted I will upload a photo. Now train will be able to come into Barts end be split or exchanged before heading off back down the branch
A good mornings work
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 14, 2014, 01:07:58 pm
Sounds good, Bart - look forward to seeing the pic(s) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on February 14, 2014, 07:22:07 pm
Nice surprise from the postie when i got home.... the name plate arrived for my layout ! Every layout should get one of these :thumbsup:

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSC00038_zps0e5dddbd.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSC00038_zps0e5dddbd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on February 15, 2014, 06:55:39 pm
Track inspection!

Mobius Track view on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/86783866)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on February 16, 2014, 11:25:01 am
Last Sunday I bought a job lot of scenic bits and pieces on ebay for 20.  When it turned up in the week I was impressed by how much stuff there was - I'd estimate far more than I could buy new for the same price - and much of it unopened and as new.

I've been messing around with various little bits and pieces.  Here's an example of a corner of the layout:

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4412_zpsb8334860.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4412_zpsb8334860.jpg.html)

The hedges were all one colour but I brushed on some glue and dipped them in a bit of scenic scatter to give them a bit more colour.  I need to do the same with the conifers as they're far too bright and un-natural (and I got dozens of them in the parcel)

One of the items was a rather nice Oxford Diecast Jaguar, so I had to pose a quick photo.

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4414_zpsad38705e.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4414_zpsad38705e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Raymond on February 17, 2014, 10:33:30 pm
I 'think' I'm nearly there with collecting bits of track.

I think I need another double slip, some straights, two more points and that should be it.

Oh, and a 2x1M board to lay it on…... ;D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on February 17, 2014, 10:56:13 pm
Decided to try weathering my track. Never realized what a difference it could make until I'd seen everyone's excellent results here. Using Testors' Rail-Rust and I'm using Tie Brown on the ties.

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/P1080834_zps707df8c6.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/P1080834_zps707df8c6.jpg.html)

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t287/scottmitchell74/Train%20Stuff/P1080832_zpsb455a47a.jpg) (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/scottmitchell74/media/Train%20Stuff/P1080832_zpsb455a47a.jpg.html)

At first I wasn't so sure. It's impossible to get it perfect. Then I realized steel doesn't rust in perfect patterns and plus all kinds of other grime gets on the rails and ties.

I think the best part for the ties is that it simply takes away that plastic-y shine.

**Note to self** I think I'll do all this before I have the ballast and grass/weeds/stuff down next layout.

How do others handle the order of operation there?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on February 18, 2014, 07:08:28 am
Thanks for the update, Scott.

Rails look good.

I've not done it myself at all but one of the numerous techniques I have read is to treat the track before it's actually laid.

Dave G

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on February 18, 2014, 07:24:08 am
**Note to self** I think I'll do all this before I have the ballast and grass/weeds/stuff down next layout.

How do others handle the order of operation there?

Personally I did mine in this order:-

Lay track (and test running!)
Paint rails
Ballast
Weather track and ballast (as they all get covered in the same grime ;) )
Add greenery

:thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on February 18, 2014, 08:33:36 am
Yep, me too. Get things running first before scenic treatment.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 18, 2014, 11:31:35 am
Yep, me too. Get things running first before scenic treatment.

Why can't I get past the 'get things running' bit? ::) :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on February 18, 2014, 12:13:58 pm
Yep, me too. Get things running first before scenic treatment.

Why can't I get past the 'get things running' bit? ::) :-[

Stop enjoying yourself and get on with it!! :D 

Anyway, 'coz I'm nosy, it's about time we had an update from you, Mick. :wave:

Dave G

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 18, 2014, 12:22:24 pm
Why can't I get past the 'get things running' bit? ::) :-[

There is no "past the 'get things running' bit".  It's just nefarious propaganda from the likes of Woodland Scenics! ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on February 18, 2014, 02:41:47 pm
Why can't I get past the 'get things running' bit? ::) :-[

There is no "past the 'get things running' bit".  It's just nefarious propaganda from the likes of Woodland Scenics! ;)

I agree it's much more fun running trains
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on February 18, 2014, 08:55:53 pm
Just finished the scariest thing ever.... weathering a 100 loco !  :jawdropping:

My dapol 22 needed to loose the shine, and I've been putting it off for ages, but tonight with the help of a beer or two I think it came out alright...

So folks, what you think ?

(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF1666_zps729e3867.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSCF1666_zps729e3867.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on February 18, 2014, 08:59:49 pm
Revolting, far too dirty for me to touch.   ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 4x2 on February 18, 2014, 09:07:40 pm
Revolting, far too dirty for me to touch.   ;)
Excellent - job done then !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on February 18, 2014, 10:06:27 pm
It looks absolutely fantastic. It almost makes me regret the fact that I'm modelling an era when locos were generally much cleaner.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 19, 2014, 12:19:35 am
Scratch building a shop. Ran out of doors!!!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: d-a-n on February 19, 2014, 05:39:13 pm
I've built a Peco 10ft Butterley wagon kit which I've fitted an NEM pocket to to head my 16t scrap train with. I've also built a scrap load for it, all it needs to do now is hard dry and be (partially) painted and weathered tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to disguise where the TOPs code is with rust and then do some 16t wagon coal loads too.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on February 19, 2014, 10:04:05 pm
I stopped the pure torture of running trains to fit two DCC decoders this evening!

 :laugh:

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on February 19, 2014, 10:41:44 pm
Well I thought I was fairly happy with my layout and just needed to add a few bits & pieces and improve the scenery, but having one of my points suddenly stop working properly, on removing & inspecting it I decided to dismantle more of the track, and am now redesigning a fair section of it.
I would do it just after I had completed an order to Hattons, and now find I want more straights, curves, and crossovers.

Is it just me that likes to change things after a short while, I doubt whether I will ever be fully satisfied with my layout. My working space is limited, so I can't increase the size of my layout, just swap things round a bit, but at least it stops me getting bored with it.

Top pic below is how it was this morning, and below it a pic of how I envisage changing it.
On bottom pic have removed rolling stock positions and covered main station, most of the changes are to the track at the top of each pic.
PS. I know on the AnyRail drawing some of the track doesn't line up exactly, but it does in reality.

(http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo231/Tdmak/Model%20Railway/OldampNewLayout.jpg) (http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/OldampNewLayout.jpg.html)       
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on February 20, 2014, 09:23:59 am
One idea is that is it were possible to provide a link (top left hand corner) between the track that runs between S2 and S3 and the out circuit it would enable out and back running to and from the country station.  ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on February 20, 2014, 10:50:33 am
One idea is that is it were possible to provide a link (top left hand corner) between the track that runs between S2 and S3 and the out circuit it would enable out and back running to and from the country station.  ;)

The Link is already there, unless I have misinterpreted what you are saying.

A train leaves the Country Station Siding (S2), runs 1st anti-clockwise and ends up at points D & C which when set to the straight ahead position (by a single switch CD) runs through point G  and can either be reversed into Siding S1 (where there is another station) or continue round with point A set to curve to a position just before point C waiting for it to be set to it's normal curve position.

Alternatively if point A is set to straight ahead the train can continue round on the outside track and enter the short Siding controlled by point M1, or reverse into the Siding controlled by point M2. M3 is only long enough for an engine on it's own (can't make it longer as there is a station support just behind the buffer.

Sorry if the above explanation is a bit confusing, maybe I can video the operation later when I have my missing track installed. Nice of you to take an interest, but I will probably think of some other changes to make in the future.

Regards 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on February 21, 2014, 02:23:36 am
Just finished wiring the bus for the inner loop so now I have double track running!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on February 21, 2014, 11:38:01 am
Your comments Caz on my amended layout caused me to have a 2nd rethink, and in doing so thought of further changes that give me longer sidings, end to end running, and more passing loops, therefore allowing more train combinations on the track at the same time.

Have further amended the design therefore as per following pic - just need the track pieces in order to do it.

(http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo231/Tdmak/Model%20Railway/LatestDesign001-1.jpg) (http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/LatestDesign001-1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: jonclox on February 21, 2014, 11:50:54 am

Is it just me that likes to change things after a short while, I doubt whether I will ever be fully satisfied with my layout.
     
Ive always thought that it was compulsory to try and improve on the original design  :confused1:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: d-a-n on February 21, 2014, 04:16:27 pm
Added NEM pockets to either end of my Yeoman PGA rake so now I can shunt them and start playing with them again (I don't think they've been out in a year and I've only owned them 18 months.)
I'm now looking for other items of rolling stock to add NEM pockets to...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 21, 2014, 11:48:20 pm
Assembled the old shop next to the signal box - just two more bits of the five part roof to add.

Then rushed downstairs to watch Bigger and Better on BBC4. Sir Nigel Gresley in steam - but mostly the French AGV breaking the world record. 374.& mph - that's a rocket on rails!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on February 24, 2014, 05:13:34 pm
I am currently building a Pikestuff Distribution Centre kit, which will become Kingsbury Concrete Products, supplying concrete posts, bollards and such like to all points in Indiana and further afield.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on February 24, 2014, 07:04:55 pm
Putting a tail light in a Farish Toad guards van.   :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on February 24, 2014, 07:12:15 pm
Making a 6" long stick of  4mm x 2.5 mm section of balsa clad with Slaters Plastikard flemish brick on all four sides so I can cut off a short length of chimney stack whenever I need one for a building.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: barnyswain on February 25, 2014, 02:31:02 pm
> 1, solder 2 pairs of track joints
> 2, test electrics
> 3, fix down (glue) a section of flex
> 4. run trains

well, 1,2 and 4 are done, although I am not happy with some of 1

priority is fixing my regulated power supply at the moment, and gluing a card kit together (for the hell of it!)

I am not doing 3 until the platform is built (another card kit)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ngauger on February 25, 2014, 02:37:02 pm
well, 1,2 and 4 are done, although I am not happy with some of 1

"Perfection is not to be found, neither in men, nor the lot they're offered"

JB Priestley. (The Good Companions).
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bees on February 25, 2014, 04:57:05 pm
I've completed my Station Building

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Now put in place with a few other kits on the platform of Nathayle Town

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..........and now handling its first group of passengers that has just got off my favourite train

The next kit is underway, I'm making Nathayle DM&EE from the Modern Warehouse kit

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Steven
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on February 25, 2014, 05:51:19 pm
Nice surprise these morning - Reception rang to say there were 2 parcels for me.
One was from Hattons (ordered 7 days ago) and the other my 1st order from Osborns (also ordered just 7 days ago).

The Hattons order was mainly scenic items and a couple of points and I have spent the afternoon installing some of them.
The Osborns order was a yellow Network Rail Class 31 which runs just fine, plus a couple of "lighted" buffer stops which also work well - much better than the plain standard Peco ones.

I am still awaiting some more track to complete the changes to my layout, after which I will photograph and video it and upload it to YouTube and post a Link on here.

Am also experimenting with TrainPlayer software linked to AnyRail to see if I can get a running PC model of my layout for viewing on my laptop when I can't be bothered to go upstairs to my store room to work with the real thing.
The TrainPlayer software is a 30 day free trial version and so far have got it to Import my AnyRail layout, but there are a few problems to resolve yet.

Well it was an unusual cloudy day today - so there was no point going to the Pool to sunbathe and swim, so did the next best thing and worked on my railway.
Tomorrow is snooker day when I take the Stag out for a run to the venue where I play doubles with some more Castle Harbour owners.

Oh & by the way I have just booked to fly over to Chester March 7th to 12th, anything going on in that area between those dates in the way of train fairs or swap meets?.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on February 25, 2014, 06:08:33 pm
Fantastic building, bees!

Nice surprise these morning - Reception rang to say there were 2 parcels for me.
One was from Hattons (ordered 7 days ago) and the other my 1st order from Osborns (also ordered just 7 days ago).


Man, very nice. Gives me hope of my package arriving soon, as I'm on day 8. Woo!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on February 25, 2014, 06:10:48 pm
I've completed my Station Building

Steven

A good looking building Steven  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on February 25, 2014, 10:20:33 pm
Yep, very nice. Don't forget the chimney pots!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bees on February 26, 2014, 08:34:58 am
Yep, very nice. Don't forget the chimney pots!

Aaaaaaah yes, chimney pots, I actually had an idea for chimney pots the other day. I'm going to add them to all buildings at once, when I get to that stage! Using the plastic rod in the middle of cotton buds!!!

Thanks all

Steven
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on February 26, 2014, 08:43:30 am
Excellent thinking. Get the buildings in place on the layout and mass fit-em all at once!

 :beers: George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 26, 2014, 02:13:24 pm

Oh & by the way I have just booked to fly over to Chester March 7th to 12th, anything going on in that area between those dates in the way of train fairs or swap meets?.


Hi Terry,
I've had a look around and all I can find is a small model railway exhibition in Macclesfield March 8/9th (Macclesfield is about 40 miles from Chester by car)

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18089.0 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18089.0)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mollington Street on February 28, 2014, 02:41:59 pm
Installed a Fleischmann turntable this week along with a LDT decoder.   This morning I have it all working under the control of Railroad & Co's "Traincontroller".   Just sitting watching locomotives "shedding" themselves now!

Mesmerising!.

Quite a rats nest of wires though!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on February 28, 2014, 02:44:42 pm
Superb bit of kit the Fleischmann turntable, I've used the CML TX1 to interface mine and as you say mesmerising watching R&R's Train Controller automatically control it.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on February 28, 2014, 05:45:40 pm
Not ON my layout, but FOR my layout, I'll be spending the entire weekend with a paint brush in one hand and a roller in the other while I get on with redecorating the entire house. If I ever finish the painting then I get to lay new carpets and only then do I get to build the layout. Pity poor Peter :-(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on February 28, 2014, 06:05:22 pm
Painting a large box of Prieser unpainted figures, even worse than ballasting.   :doh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on February 28, 2014, 06:11:14 pm
Not ON my layout, but FOR my layout, I'll be spending the entire weekend with a paint brush in one hand and a roller in the other while I get on with redecorating the entire house. If I ever finish the painting then I get to lay new carpets and only then do I get to build the layout. Pity poor Peter :-(

A very cunning plot by your other half, Peter. Guaranteed decorating progress, then :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on February 28, 2014, 07:07:07 pm
I don't have any other halves, Mick. Just a me whole. So it's a one man labour of... well, not love. Penance, perhaps. I might have been very very bad in a previous life (although this one must already have made up for that!).
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on February 28, 2014, 07:20:55 pm
I'm still electrifying points and laying what seems like miles of wire. I'm told it will all be worth it in the end !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on February 28, 2014, 10:25:08 pm
It will be worth it in the end.

But what do I know. I was just reading off this card which was pushed in front of me ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on February 28, 2014, 10:54:48 pm
Painting a large box of Prieser unpainted figures, even worse than ballasting.   :doh:

Ouch! (But worth it in the end)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on March 01, 2014, 02:00:53 am
I don't have any other halves, Mick. Just a me whole. So it's a one man labour of... well, not love. Penance, perhaps. I might have been very very bad in a previous life (although this one must already have made up for that!).

Bad?? You must have run over a bus queue of nuns.

The correct etiquette for decorating the whole house is to spread the work over 10 years.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 01, 2014, 07:40:12 am
The correct etiquette for decorating the whole house is to spread the work over 10 years.

Agreed.  And not necessarily this 10 years :no:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 01, 2014, 08:37:52 am
I'm still electrifying points and laying what seems like miles of wire. I'm told it will all be worth it in the end !

Only just finished wiring mine, and I made the mistake of doing it after the baseboard had been put in place which has given me a sore back and creaked neck, and there are wires everywhere and tracing which one is at fault when a point motor doesn't work is a nightmare.

Having said that it is now so satisfying to operate points with a switch from the control area than doing it manually - so yes - it will be worth it in the end.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: BudgieJane on March 01, 2014, 10:30:04 am
I thought the only reason for decorating a whole house at once was to make it easier to sell at a higher price. She's not keeping anything secret from you, I hope.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on March 01, 2014, 10:42:50 am
Bad?? You must have run over a bus queue of nuns.

The correct etiquette for decorating the whole house is to spread the work over 10 years.

The trouble is that the previous owner painted every single wall in pink. I can't live with that for ten years! I've also found out that it's hard to decorate without getting some paint on the carpet (or is that just me?), so decorating comes before carpets comes before layout (which will sit on top of the new carpet). If that's not going to make me get the job done then nothing is!

I thought the only reason for decorating a whole house at once was to make it easier to sell at a higher price. She's not keeping anything secret from you, I hope.

She? Who she?  :confused1:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 01, 2014, 10:55:48 am
Have you tried putting old sheets down on the carpet, Pete?  ;)

George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on March 01, 2014, 12:24:46 pm
Glad I'm not the only one who is decorating at the moment.  A while back I decided the bathroom needed a coat of paint; it finally feels like the end is in sight.  The only problem is that now I've started I've got to do the rest of my flat, thank goodness it is only small!

Of course, while the paint is drying I can do a few bits and pieces on my layout :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on March 01, 2014, 04:05:57 pm
Pete and John :  You are not the only ones decorating right now.  I am stripping nursery wallpaper off the walls of the back bedroom, so that I can redecorate it, and move my layout from the shed up into the bedroom.  Almost all the paper is off now - probably 80%.  Then I'll wipe down the walls, and get a nice calming shade of blue paint, for the layout room.

One thing :  Why is it that once I'd got planning permission off the authorities (the wife) to move the layout in there, she drops it on me that perhaps we should keep it as a spare room after all in case we have anyone to stay....

 :doh:  :no:

Andy



Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on March 01, 2014, 04:20:33 pm

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Only just finished wiring mine, and I made the mistake of doing it after the baseboard had been put in place which has given me a sore back and creaked neck, and there are wires everywhere and tracing which one is at fault when a point motor doesn't work is a nightmare.

Having said that it is now so satisfying to operate points with a switch from the control area than doing it manually - so yes - it will be worth it in the end.
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That does all sound familiar. I'm trying to electrify my points with all track ballasted and scenery in place !! I am getting there and looking forward to when it all works ! And yes, I know what you mean re back and neck aches !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on March 01, 2014, 04:48:15 pm
Pete and John :  You are not the only ones decorating right now.  I am stripping nursery wallpaper off the walls of the back bedroom, so that I can redecorate it, and move my layout from the shed up into the bedroom.  Almost all the paper is off now - probably 80%.  Then I'll wipe down the walls, and get a nice calming shade of blue paint, for the layout room.

One thing :  Why is it that once I'd got planning permission off the authorities (the wife) to move the layout in there, she drops it on me that perhaps we should keep it as a spare room after all in case we have anyone to stay....

 :doh:  :no:

Andy

Andy, just produce a B&B Tariff on your computer and pin it to the bedroom layout room door.  Make sure the charges are horrific, that way it will be too expensive for people to stay  :D

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on March 01, 2014, 05:07:28 pm
Was supposed to be planting trees on the layout - 25 of them. They were despatched from Amazon tuesday but have still not arrived.

Queried it this morning via Amazon "Where's my Stuff" service. Got a reply. The trees were definitely despatched Tuesday - from CHINA !!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 01, 2014, 05:23:52 pm
SWMBO is away for the weekend so I'm using the house as a woodworking shop making the rest of the fiddle yard baseboards for Snow Hill.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 01, 2014, 05:56:09 pm
SWMBO is away for the weekend so I'm using the house as a woodworking shop making the rest of the fiddle yard baseboards for Snow Hill.

Hope she doesn't come back early, Alan :worried:

Pete and John :  You are not the only ones decorating right now.  I am stripping nursery wallpaper off the walls of the back bedroom, so that I can redecorate it, and move my layout from the shed up into the bedroom.  Almost all the paper is off now - probably 80%.  Then I'll wipe down the walls, and get a nice calming shade of blue paint, for the layout room.

One thing :  Why is it that once I'd got planning permission off the authorities (the wife) to move the layout in there, she drops it on me that perhaps we should keep it as a spare room after all in case we have anyone to stay....

 :doh:  :no:

Andy

Andy, just produce a B&B Tariff on your computer and pin it to the bedroom layout room door.  Make sure the charges are horrific, that way it will be too expensive for people to stay  :D

cheers John.

Better still - no calming blue but railway graffiti all over the walls. That should do the trick >:D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 01, 2014, 08:47:06 pm
Still awaiting another couple of small parcels from the U.K. containing some track and Lineside accessories, but in the meantime spent this last week doing what you see in the video. Took photos today of what I have been doing and uploaded them to YouTube using Picasa. Click on the Link to view - only lasts a minute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFbZ43juYoE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFbZ43juYoE)

 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 01, 2014, 09:19:08 pm
Coming on nicely Terry, lots of lovely stock to look at looks like the track laying gang will be busy again soon.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 01, 2014, 10:48:51 pm
SWMBO is away for the weekend so I'm using the house as a woodworking shop making the rest of the fiddle yard baseboards for Snow Hill.

Hope she doesn't come back early, Alan :worried:

Should have plenty of warning. First board kit of parts now done, second board main timbers cut to length. Need to get another length of timber on Monday to finish the framing for it. Also there are a couple of bits that need doing with mallet and chisel which I'll skip till tomorrow. Loud hammering at 11pm isn't going to be popular!

All hoovered up just in case  :angel:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: silverfox on March 01, 2014, 11:00:40 pm
I've been playing around with 117mm radius unitrack curves.........testing for another project!

It's remarkable what will happily run round such a tight bend..........my 33 and 26 ran with no problems :goggleeyes:, then the short stuff 03,04, plus of course my old faithful 08 and J94

Happy days :claphappy:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on March 01, 2014, 11:06:53 pm
I've been playing around with 117mm radius unitrack curves.........testing for another project!

It's remarkable what will happily run round such a tight bend..........my 33 and 26 ran with no problems :goggleeyes:, then the short stuff 03,04, plus of course my old faithful 08 and J94

Happy days :claphappy:

They are great for a small oval, suitably decorated, going round the television at Christmas  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on March 01, 2014, 11:37:40 pm
I've been playing around with 117mm radius unitrack curves.........testing for another project!

It's remarkable what will happily run round such a tight bend..........my 33 and 26 ran with no problems :goggleeyes:, then the short stuff 03,04, plus of course my old faithful 08 and J94

Happy days :claphappy:

They are great for a small oval, suitably decorated, going round the television at Christmas  :thumbsup:

cheers John.

Or a diorama for Danbury Mint. Like a little fully detailed hand decorated train that runs up a helix with decreasing radii around a Christmas Tree until it gets to the top when a fairy dressed like a station master sings the first line of "she'll be coming round the mountain when she comes"

In a limited edition of 10 million - yours for only 9.99 and 156 payments of 29.99. Postage and packing 47.50.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: silverfox on March 01, 2014, 11:50:43 pm
I've been playing around with 117mm radius unitrack curves.........testing for another project!

It's remarkable what will happily run round such a tight bend..........my 33 and 26 ran with no problems :goggleeyes:, then the short stuff 03,04, plus of course my old faithful 08 and J94

Happy days :claphappy:

They are great for a small oval, suitably decorated, going round the television at Christmas  :thumbsup:

cheers John.

Or a diorama for Danbury Mint. Like a little fully detailed hand decorated train that runs up a helix with decreasing radii around a Christmas Tree until it gets to the top when a fairy dressed like a station master sings the first line of "she'll be coming round the mountain when she comes"

In a limited edition of 10 million - yours for only 9.99 and 156 payments of 29.99. Postage and packing 47.50.

Blast.........how did you possibly guess what my next project was? Danbury'll be pi*@"d.............damn it, back to the drawing board! :doh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Wingman mothergoose on March 02, 2014, 08:57:49 am
My mrs is away most of this week on a training course, will give me some good uninterrupted time on the layout, I've got some track alterations to sort out, lengthening 2 loops, moving a crossover and possibly adding a trailing crossover in the station area, not to mention fiddling with the scenery, making the main tunnel area more urban, with rows of terraced houses marching away up the hill, no point having a suburban station in the countryside...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on March 02, 2014, 09:10:00 am
Putting scale sized paper cut outs the size of the footprints of my remaining unbuilt buildings on the New Road section of my real place layout to see if I can avoid building a privately run car service garage that has been there since even 1920's photos were taken. It's ugly now and always was.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on March 02, 2014, 10:45:52 am
Have you tried putting old sheets down on the carpet, Pete?  ;)

Even then there's always the paint that's on the sole of your shoe being transferred to the carpet outside of the room you're painting. Done it already. ;)

Having said that, the place is kept fairly clean and tidy, despite having paint pots, brushes, rollers, a step ladder, and painting sheets either down and in use or stacked up in corners of the house. If a SWMBO ever had cause to visit, she might not be entirely dissatisfied.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on March 02, 2014, 02:51:47 pm
Just finished attaching point motors and completing the underboard wiring for all points. All 22 of them..... and all done retrospectively after track laid and scenery done. A back breaking job mainly done lying down !
I now have several dozen bits of wire (all labelled) appearing from the side of the baseboard ready to be attached to the control panel. That's a job for another day and will tell me whether anything actually works. Fingers crossed.
This has been a frustrating period as I've not been able to run any trains since just after Christmas. Looking forward to getting things running again.
I can then turn my attention to street/platform and building lights  and remodelling Port Perran station area.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ColinH on March 02, 2014, 03:43:49 pm
Just finished attaching point motors and completing the underboard wiring for all points.

You have my sympathy as I am doing the same thing, only 18 points, 1 catch point and a single slip though. Have just finished wiring point switches for switching frog polarity and all seems to be working  :claphappy: Not shorting the controller anyway.  Now enjoying a well deserved mug of coffee and catching up with latest Forum postings.

Next job is to wire in some grain of wheat bulbs to indicate route set.  :uneasy: Fortunately I can tip my board on its side so don't have to work in Bealman Land. Downside is that it has damaged some of the scenics I had already completed so will have to do some repairs.

Will put some pics on my layout thread later.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 02, 2014, 06:13:46 pm
After fitting lights to Bampney Village today I fitted the lights to Bampney Station and goods yard plus managed to finished painting the last of the 120 people in the Prieser unpainted figures set.  Almost worth buying them ready painted but they are so expensive so will have to bite the bullet and go DIY.   :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on March 02, 2014, 06:23:45 pm
After fitting lights to Bampney Village today I fitted the lights to Bampney Station and goods yard plus managed to finished painting the last of the 120 people in the Prieser unpainted figures set.  Almost worth buying them ready painted but they are so expensive so will have to bite the bullet and go DIY.   :(

You aren't kidding about the cost of people. At roughly a $1.00 per person it takes a lot to fill a scene.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 02, 2014, 06:27:44 pm
After fitting lights to Bampney Village today I fitted the lights to Bampney Station and goods yard plus managed to finished painting the last of the 120 people in the Prieser unpainted figures set.  Almost worth buying them ready painted but they are so expensive so will have to bite the bullet and go DIY.   :(

You aren't kidding about the cost of people. At roughly a $1.00 per person it takes a lot to fill a scene.

For my coaches I'm happy to use the cheap Chinese packets of people and repaint the most garishly painted ones but for station and town scenes you do need something better and as you say, 1 euro a person it gets very expensive.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on March 02, 2014, 06:33:24 pm
So, have you had luck with those mega-packs from China? I've seen them on Ebay, but have always been afraid to pull the trigger on a purchase.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 02, 2014, 06:36:05 pm
You can buy packets of just seated people which are great for using to populate coaches although some are painted very brightly so a quick touch up of the worst of them sorts that out but they are no good for outside scenes as the moulding quality is not great.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 04, 2014, 04:46:49 pm
Cutting away pieces of Sundeala so as to fit my tunnel mouths, which then resulted in me having to re-align the lower level main lines so as to fit through said tunnel mouths which meant altering those lines where they link into the hidden fiddle yard :doh:
Much vacuuming then followed, and somehow 3 hours had vanished from my life :worried:
Still, it was a very pleasant afternoon for being in the conservatorymancave :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jameswgm on March 04, 2014, 05:06:04 pm
Two piece baseboard has been constructed and cork underlay cut and laid. First time I'd used a treadle to cut the cork with for the curves.

Points located, point motor and fixing holes have been drilled. Starting the flexi track laying process, it's sloooooow!

(http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/jameswgm/2014-02-27210832.jpg)(http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/jameswgm/2014-03-02184049.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 04, 2014, 10:36:21 pm
Yeah, it is a slow process, but take your time.... pays dividends in the long run.

It's looking very good, by the way.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on March 05, 2014, 01:56:14 pm
Lifting all the laid track and shifting the whole lot through 45 degrees, then I can sort out the lift out section I hope
 :unimpressed:  :no:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 05, 2014, 04:30:51 pm
Constructing and painting a Langley narrow boat kit, the one kit that comes with the motor and the butty plus lock gates etc.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 05, 2014, 06:30:03 pm
2 parcels arrived today - one from Hattons & the other from Gaugemaster.
The Hattons one contained some track pieces I needed to complete the changes to my layout plus a WD Austerity and a DMU. Spent afternoon completing my track and test running the new engines - all looking good.

The Gaugemaster parcels contains a few kit items that need putting together before placing on the layout, but will have to wait till I get back as off to Chester on Friday.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 05, 2014, 10:54:12 pm
Constructing and painting a Langley narrow boat kit, the one kit that comes with the motor and the butty plus lock gates etc.

Sounds interesting.... just had a look at the Langley site, but can't find it.... which kit is that, then, please Caz?

George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on March 05, 2014, 11:03:40 pm
Hi George  :wave:

Here you go

http://www.langley-models.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Accessories_A1__A65__incl_canal_boats__59.html (http://www.langley-models.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Accessories_A1__A65__incl_canal_boats__59.html)

Ref A18

 :beers:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 05, 2014, 11:14:23 pm
Cheers, Dave! Didn't think of looking there. Just looked at 'boats'  :thumbsup:

Cool kit, Caz - looking forward to seeing it in situ.

George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on March 06, 2014, 02:39:22 am
Not my layout, but the WiP N Gauge layout at the Model Railway Club - mucho slaving over a hot soldering iron for this...

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 06, 2014, 10:29:05 am
Not my layout, but the WiP N Gauge layout at the Model Railway Club - mucho slaving over a hot soldering iron for this...
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Looking at the picture of the wiring setup you show and knowing what a mess of wires my small layout is with just a dozen electric points - does anyone make "boards" for model railways with terminals already afixed to them so that you just plug in the wires (eg. from point motor to board - board to switch panel etc.) or wire "looms" especially for the job, and you could just screw the complete board to the underside of the layout.?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MinZaPint on March 06, 2014, 01:59:29 pm
Not actually doing anything, just back from 6 weeks of very enjoyable hols but MY (it's all mine and I have HID's permission to say so!) hobby/railway room has finally been cleared and decorated, new carpet next week and then I can fit the kitchen units that will provide storage and that the layout will rest on. Am keeping my old terminus board which I will be widening to accommodate scenics, then making a new board for the roundy roundy, reversing loop and country station. Exciting times and the pre orders continue to trickle in.

The terminus ignore the loop, loosely based on Swanage

(http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb474/minzapint/Railway/Swanstone.jpg) (http://s1207.photobucket.com/user/minzapint/media/Railway/Swanstone.jpg.html)

The new board,

(http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb474/minzapint/Railway/Extensiontoreplacetheloop_zps5230bd3e.jpg) (http://s1207.photobucket.com/user/minzapint/media/Railway/Extensiontoreplacetheloop_zps5230bd3e.jpg.html)

This may take some time me being me but at least things are moving.

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on March 06, 2014, 03:22:52 pm

Looking at the picture of the wiring setup you show and knowing what a mess of wires my small layout is with just a dozen electric points - does anyone make "boards" for model railways with terminals already afixed to them so that you just plug in the wires (eg. from point motor to board - board to switch panel etc.) or wire "looms" especially for the job, and you could just screw the complete board to the underside of the layout.?

Isn't that what the Peco SmartSwitch series is trying to do? Not actually done any investigation, mind you, but it does look like a series of switches, servos, circuit boards for various functions and cables to connect them up with...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 06, 2014, 10:36:35 pm
Sure do like the look of that, MinZaPint!  :thumbsup:

May I ask though, why you haven't bothered with double track, or is the terminus an actual prototype plan of a single track branchline?

George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MinZaPint on March 07, 2014, 11:31:57 am
Hi George

The terminus is based on Swanage, just down the road from me which is fed by a single track. The oval could have been double track but the board is only 2'6" wide and I wanted plenty of room for scenic.

Thanks for the input.

David
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 07, 2014, 11:49:58 am
Ah, Swanage. That explains it, then. Cool! Should be a corker of a layout - looking forward to progress! Hope you are not thinking of narrowing the gauge to NZ standards!!

Cheers,  :beers:

George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 07, 2014, 12:35:25 pm
Extending my 'temporary' station today, with a large pile of Kato station parts acquired from EtchedPixels of this parish. Bargain!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 07, 2014, 12:43:34 pm
Extending my 'temporary' station today, with a large pile of Kato station parts acquired from EtchedPixels of this parish. Bargain!

If you are extending the already enormous station acquired from EP then it is going to be huge, hate to think of how many little people you will need to populate it.   ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 07, 2014, 01:01:16 pm
If you are extending the already enormous station acquired from EP then it is going to be huge, hate to think of how many little people you will need to populate it.   ;)

I've only got 6 N gauge figures so far.  But then, the mark of an efficient transportation system is just how few folk are actually left on the platform :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on March 07, 2014, 07:47:03 pm
Finally got round to chipping my Blue Pullman so it can run with the other guys!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on March 08, 2014, 12:30:24 am
I've only got 6 N gauge figures so far.  But then, the mark of an efficient transportation system is just how few folk are actually left on the platform :D

Let's face it. Outside of peak times the average station is pretty empty until about ten minutes before the next train arrives. You don't need that many people standing around to make it look prototypical.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 08, 2014, 01:13:16 am
Finally got round to chipping my Blue Pullman so it can run with the other guys!

Not that I have anything to do with DCC at the moment, but out of curiosity.... do you have to chip both power cars?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on March 08, 2014, 09:02:35 am
I've only got 6 N gauge figures so far.  But then, the mark of an efficient transportation system is just how few folk are actually left on the platform :D

Let's face it. Outside of peak times the average station is pretty empty until about ten minutes before the next train arrives. You don't need that many people standing around to make it look prototypical.

I bought the book Favourite Railway Journeys by Paul Atterbury. Mostly photos taken around 1960 to 1965. Platforms on branch lines are either deserted or have two passengers at most. Seems like we would need to model the 1940 to about 1955 period to need a whole bag of N gauge people.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on March 08, 2014, 09:17:37 am

Not that I have anything to do with DCC at the moment, but out of curiosity.... do you have to chip both power cars?

Yes unless you want the second power car dragged around the layout.   ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: CarriageShed on March 08, 2014, 10:16:07 am
I bought the book Favourite Railway Journeys by Paul Atterbury. Mostly photos taken around 1960 to 1965. Platforms on branch lines are either deserted or have two passengers at most. Seems like we would need to model the 1940 to about 1955 period to need a whole bag of N gauge people.

Just had a flick through an Ivo Peters book of the Somerset & Dorset in the 1950s. Even then, covering much of that decade, almost every station seems to be deserted. Bath (Midland) and Bournemouth West show a small scattering of people (although the shots are admittedly taken from the 'country' end of the stations).
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on March 08, 2014, 08:21:09 pm

Not that I have anything to do with DCC at the moment, but out of curiosity.... do you have to chip both power cars?

Yes unless you want the second power car dragged around the layout.   ;)

It would be worse than that, with it buzzing with the motor burning out!  :o

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on March 08, 2014, 11:18:32 pm
Supergluing those pesky detail pipes on to the buffer beam of 3 Westerns :headbutt:

Kudos to Dapol though. The detail pipes for the Western are painted(!) and the pre-drilled holes actually accept the pipes and hold them. A much easier experience than on other locos I could mention :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 08, 2014, 11:46:19 pm
I got the fiddle yard woodwork done then discovered I've mislaid my supply of railjoiners  :veryangry:. I had enough lurking to do the middle board, at which point I as also running out of track (16 x 1.2m is a lot of flexi!)

Since I was still in a construction mood and had the space handy and the tools out I decided to turn the spares and some old set-track into a mini layout for fun while I was at it. Then  I added some narrow gauge, made it two level and added an optional extension on the side 8)

Next job is to finish the electricals and test the NN3 sections so that I can begin the lower level scenic work.

(http://www.etchedpixels.co.uk/Gallery/NGF/Micro1.jpg)

(http://www.etchedpixels.co.uk/Gallery/NGF/Micro2.jpg)

(http://www.etchedpixels.co.uk/Gallery/NGF/Micro3.jpg)

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 09, 2014, 01:15:56 am
Cool!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

What is the yellow NG beastie, and where from?

George

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 09, 2014, 08:11:14 am
What am I doing on my layout right now?? I could say "nothing, because I'm on my laptop" :laugh3: but the real reason is that I can't find time to work on it due to other commitments. :'(  I haven't touched it for about a week. :'( :'(
But when I can finally get back I will continue building the road network and associated scenic work.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: DCCDave on March 09, 2014, 04:00:41 pm
Trying my hand at some natural light photography:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7455/13036407574_b2a8720c4e_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ngaugewaverley/13036407574/)

A3  60045 Lemberg waits in the loop at Cruikglen.

Cheers
Dave
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on March 09, 2014, 04:45:59 pm
^^^^ And doing very well at it too.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on March 09, 2014, 05:18:29 pm
I've been building a little dioramaesque display case for my 89, from a plastic model car display case.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 09, 2014, 05:44:03 pm
Trying my hand at some natural light photography:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7455/13036407574_b2a8720c4e_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ngaugewaverley/13036407574/)

A3  60045 Lemberg waits in the loop at Cruikglen.

Cheers
Dave

That's a good looking layout, Dave.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on March 10, 2014, 07:45:59 am
Today, as I couldn't sleep, I went down to the shed at 5.10am and painted dots on all the fuel tanks of my locos to identify them, should any of them be taken to an exhibition layout in the near future....!!!

 :smiley-laughing:

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: silverfox on March 10, 2014, 08:30:21 pm
Not a lot at the moment....progress on the three layouts I've got on the go has been unexpectedly curtailed by Mrs silverfox unfortunately breaking her arm  :ouch:.......thankfully only in one place....so I've told her not to go back to that place!........yeah I know, I can't claim that one, It's Tommy Cooper's :D

Six weeks in a sling and hopefully she'll be right as rain and back to wondering why there's solder on the worktops again and I'll be nursing dishpan hands and housemaids knee! ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 10, 2014, 09:17:27 pm
Sorry to learn that your wife has broken her arm. Hope she gets better soon.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bees on March 13, 2014, 10:59:22 am
Hi All,

This morning I have been fitting Scharfenberg couplers to my Second Generation DMU's so that all three I have can run with my dummy 158
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

The biggest issue has been fitting them to a 150 which has a different coupling pocket to the 155 & 158, the 156 has it fitted as standard by dapol!

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

The coupling has only been fitted to one end for now so that I can test it when it's dry for going round corners!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bees on March 13, 2014, 07:27:09 pm
Hi All,

This morning I have been fitting Scharfenberg couplers to my Second Generation DMU's so that all three I have can run with my dummy 158
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

The biggest issue has been fitting them to a 150 which has a different coupling pocket to the 155 & 158, the 156 has it fitted as standard by dapol!

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

The coupling has only been fitted to one end for now so that I can test it when it's dry for going round corners!

Works perfectly, so the coupling has been fitted to the other end too.

Fettled a curve on my layout too, it kept derailing the inner bogie on my 101's and the 150's trailing vehicle.

Productive day, happy days

Steven
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on March 15, 2014, 06:01:48 pm
Working on a small Perspex 'wall' for the front of my layout to reduce the risk of stock falling off the front.  I'll also add some plywood sides to protect the Celotex on the front corners of my layout and maybe look at some sort of protection to stop stock falling off at the back of the layout too!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on March 15, 2014, 09:32:11 pm
I now have 19 point motors working perfectly and installed my first street lights (and some interior building lights) which look really good. Just re-connected my fiddle yard and tomorrow will be adding all the stock so I can run my first trains since just after Christmas.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 15, 2014, 09:47:05 pm
I now have 19 point motors working perfectly and installed my first street lights (and some interior building lights) which look really good. Just re-connected my fiddle yard and tomorrow will be adding all the stock so I can run my first trains since just after Christmas.

Look forward to seeing the pics :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on March 15, 2014, 11:09:50 pm
Working on a small Perspex 'wall' for the front of my layout to reduce the risk of stock falling off the front.  I'll also add some plywood sides to protect the Celotex on the front corners of my layout and maybe look at some sort of protection to stop stock falling off at the back of the layout too!

Very wise indeed John.  I think at one time or another, most of us learn the hard way about locos taking the dreaded 200 feet scale drop to the floor and its outcome.  As for the back of the layout, I stuffed newspaper down the back and landscaped over the top.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on March 15, 2014, 11:11:28 pm
As for me, I have stripped some electrical cable into the live and neutral wires, and used them to put up a DCC bus wire under my layout.  I don't have DCC yet, I'm just preparing for the inevitable....

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on March 15, 2014, 11:22:28 pm
Working on a small Perspex 'wall' for the front of my layout to reduce the risk of stock falling off the front.  I'll also add some plywood sides to protect the Celotex on the front corners of my layout and maybe look at some sort of protection to stop stock falling off at the back of the layout too!

Very wise indeed John.  I think at one time or another, most of us learn the hard way about locos taking the dreaded 200 feet scale drop to the floor and its outcome.  As for the back of the layout, I stuffed newspaper down the back and landscaped over the top.

Andy

Cheers Andy.  My layout is only small and free-standing/portable so I can get to all sides.  The back is a cross between a fiddle yard and motive power depot with some improvised wire operated points.  I'll probably use more plywood to make a back wall with cut-outs to clear the point rodding.  One of the many lessons learned from this layout is not to put track so close to the edge of the board!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr magnolia on March 16, 2014, 12:57:38 am
I've finally got around to making up a county rolling stock tin roof shed that I've had lying around for ages:
http://s28.photobucket.com/albums/c204/mrmagnolia/Snapbucket/?action=view&current=D6A10F65-orig_zps2afbbc3a.jpg (http://s28.photobucket.com/albums/c204/mrmagnolia/Snapbucket/?action=view&current=D6A10F65-orig_zps2afbbc3a.jpg)

I definitely need much smaller hands...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Komata on March 16, 2014, 02:51:41 am
Only cos' you asked:

As it's Sunday afternoon in New Zealand, and available railway traffic is light, the Tickford Valley Railway Co. (London) Ltd. (TVR)'s, Kereru (Care-rare-roo) branch line is playing host to TVR No.4 , a 2-10-0, hauling a  16-crossing-total  goods train from Koha (co-hah) Junction to Kereru Consolidated Wolfram Ltd.'s mine at  Kereru.  Train No. is 23RR.

Locomotive No.4 had recently arrived at Koha Jctn from Tickford with another service (TVR Train No.7RR) and  the Loco Foreman apparently saw little point in letting it cool-off and lighting-up another locomotive to do the mine-re-supply  run.

As the 'Branch base board measures only 7ft x 2 ft 6 in, (to quote one Greenslade, W): 'It's all in the mind you know...'

As I said, only 'cos you asked,


Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 16, 2014, 06:20:45 am
Today I hope to finish building the road network, and begin the landscaping work in the Peltin Down stabling point area. Last night I put the finishing touches to a fuel storage tank and a retaining wall around it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jameswgm on March 16, 2014, 10:19:57 am
Hopefully finishing the two main circuits this weekend so I can run some stock. I'm pinning the flexi which is allowing good accuracy on the curves but takes ages. Especially when the rail starts moving creating a massive gap at the join!

(http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/jameswgm/IMG_20140316_001006.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 16, 2014, 11:35:08 am
Hopefully finishing the two main circuits this weekend so I can run some stock. I'm pinning the flexi which is allowing good accuracy on the curves but takes ages. Especially when the rail starts moving creating a massive gap at the join!

([url]http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/jameswgm/IMG_20140316_001006.jpg[/url])


Just a suggestion, but being faced with the same problem of making tight curves (all "off stage") with flexible track I got around it by using 3rd and 4th radius Peco Set track. Although it is Code 80, and the flexi track is Code 55, it gave no problems when joining or running over the joints.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on March 16, 2014, 04:33:04 pm
Look forward to seeing the pics :D

Will post  some pics once Port Perran station has been rebuilt.  That's my next project !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: texhorse on March 16, 2014, 05:27:02 pm
Well, that's the track bus wiring pinned up, ready for conversion of the layout to DCC.  I'm doing preparation jobs ready for the big day at the moment, and continuing to run on DC until I get the Powercab.  Next job is to change all the frog fishplates from metal to plastic, to stop short circuits.

I've got 44 US locos, and only nine have decoders right now, so it's going to be a steady change over.  I think it's worth it though.

Andy
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on March 16, 2014, 07:17:37 pm
Hooray !!!! :claphappy: :claphappy:
For the first time in 11 weeks I've been able to run some trains this evening having electrified my points and added some street/building lighting.
It was good to see some trains running again. Just a couple of problems to be rectified next week :
a) One point motor needs a little adjustment in position as it doesn't quite shut the blades completely.
b) On 3 or 4 points, I've left the point motor rod a little too proud and they catch some locos/stock (but not all).
Other than that, I'm rather pleased and it was so good to be able to run trains in succession without having to get up every two minutes to switch the points over manually.  Also, good to run trains with only street lighting for illumination.
Adding point motors was a big and at times very frustrating and difficult task (not to mention the huge learning curve for me) but, I think, well worth the effort and time (and......at no small cost I might add!).
Next it's on to the redevelopment of Port Perran station area and the installation of more street/building and yard lights.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 16, 2014, 07:32:05 pm
Well, that's the track bus wiring pinned up

Andy

Ah, the "bus" in question is a model of the infamous "rail replacement vehicle", I presume.  :)   Well, it is a Sunday! ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 16, 2014, 08:28:16 pm
Have been fairly busy the last few weeks making additions & improvements to my relatively new small & simple layout. Apart from adding new rolling stock, sent for and assembled a few lineside kits, and made some items from odd bits & pieces.

Decided to add a small higher level branch line to the layout to accommodate the “Kibri” bridge just acquired (which I coudn't resist as it looks good & reminds me of the Widnes/Runcorn bridge when I lived in the area).

Will need to order some flexitrack for the new branch line, but in the meantime below is a Link to some photos just taken of what I have been assembling & running. My own  building skills are a bit amateurish I know, but I simply haven't got the patience for complicated structures & layouts, and I do like to see trains continuously running.

Recent rolling stock new additions are :– 4 Gressley teak coaches (still awaiting delivery), Class 31 in yellow, WD Austerity, and 3 car DMU in blue.

Recent trackside new additions :– 2 gantry cranes over track, Kibri bridge, signals, buffers, culverts, etc.

My layout is now called the “Anglezarke and Belmont Railway” after two lovely rural hamlets close to where I once lived in central Lancashire, including nearby Rivington.

Hopefully below (shortly) there will be a Link to a Picasa slideshow showing the above (very slow Internet at moment).

YouTube Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe4efC53_ZA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe4efC53_ZA)

Photobucket Link - http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/2014-03-16.mp4.html (http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/2014-03-16.mp4.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jameswgm on March 16, 2014, 08:31:25 pm
Hopefully below is a Link to a Picasa slideshow showing the above.

C:\Users\TDM\Pictures\Picasa\Videos\2014-03-16.wmv

That's the location on your computer, easiest thing I'd suggest is to upload it to Youtube?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 16, 2014, 09:18:39 pm
With regards my earlier "missing/wrong" Link am currently both uploading to YouTube and Photobucket but having problems with the Internet on Tenerife at the moment - it's running terribly slow. Will amend my post as soon as one of the uploads finishes. 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 16, 2014, 10:25:38 pm
As regards my post #1261- correct YouTube & Photobucket Links have now been inserted.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ColinH on March 16, 2014, 10:33:23 pm
Pics have made it to Youtube. Looking really good.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jameswgm on March 17, 2014, 09:09:52 am
First layout issues have arisen, made the gauge to tight on the curves and will have to relay the outer to avoid head on smashes. Anyone have an idea what the spacing between parallel tracks has got to be to accommodate intermodal wagons, I've only got MK3/4s to test atm?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on March 17, 2014, 12:36:02 pm
You may find this link helpful, James, as it give the dimensions of the intermodel wagon.

http://www.ehattons.com/26749/Graham_Farish_377_351A_Intermodal_Bogie_Wagons_With_Two_45ft_Containers_Axis_/StockDetail.aspx (http://www.ehattons.com/26749/Graham_Farish_377_351A_Intermodal_Bogie_Wagons_With_Two_45ft_Containers_Axis_/StockDetail.aspx)

You perhaps mock up something so you can check for clearance. Looks like they're just a bit longer than a MK 1 coach.

I'm sure you'll get good advice regarding track spacing/curve radius very shortly.

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on March 17, 2014, 10:03:14 pm
Just before starting to lay down the sidings & loco depot, I have completeley revised how I'm going to do it....  Now a couple of points that I have are the wrong way round from what I need!   :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 17, 2014, 10:31:29 pm
Don't worry - they'll come in handy somewhere.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ColinH on March 17, 2014, 10:57:02 pm
Wondering what I've done wrong with the electrickery this time.

See my layout thread for full details.
 
 :photospleasesign: ??? No way I am far too embarrassed to show anyone the current rats nest.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jameswgm on March 22, 2014, 08:37:46 pm
Finished sorting out my error gauging the track too close on the corners, relaid that now. Also wired up the tracks ready for a first test run tonight. Just a switch for the crossover to wire up before that can happen.

Relaid curves
(http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/jameswgm/IMG_20140321_234514.jpg)

Track wiring
(http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/jameswgm/IMG_20140322_201603.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on March 22, 2014, 09:16:02 pm
Trackwork looks very neat, and it looks as if the wiring is going the same way. Nice job :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 23, 2014, 12:39:21 am
Yes, it is all looking very neat. Great work!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on March 23, 2014, 12:43:04 am
Just finished the scariest thing ever.... weathering a 100 loco !  :jawdropping:

My dapol 22 needed to loose the shine, and I've been putting it off for ages, but tonight with the help of a beer or two I think it came out alright...

So folks, what you think ?

([url]http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF1666_zps729e3867.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSCF1666_zps729e3867.jpg.html[/url])

Top job it really looks like its been doing work. I too did my first loco last night scary thing isn't it
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 23, 2014, 12:47:39 am
You are all brave men. Good job, though, 4x2.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 23, 2014, 08:14:06 am
Just finished the scariest thing ever.... weathering a 100 loco !  :jawdropping:

My dapol 22 needed to loose the shine, and I've been putting it off for ages, but tonight with the help of a beer or two I think it came out alright...

So folks, what you think ?

([url]http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee442/djmikeymike2011/DSCF1666_zps729e3867.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/djmikeymike2011/media/DSCF1666_zps729e3867.jpg.html[/url])


 :hmmm:, not sure that it "was the scariest thing ever" to weather a loco but it certainly is something I'd never want to do (Peltin Down stabling point probably has the greatest loco cleaners anywhere on BR judging by how clean most of the locos leaving it are :angel:  ;)) .  Your 22 looks great though, genuine congratulations. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 23, 2014, 02:43:56 pm
Still (after a week) putting in the landscape "formers" around the loco yard! I hate scenic work and get bored doing it which is why it's taking so long! :sleep:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on March 23, 2014, 04:44:07 pm
I'm continuing my track weathering and I'm fixing some areas of bad ballast by crunching and vacuuming it and laying down new ballast more methodically.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on March 23, 2014, 07:14:06 pm
Started rebuilding Port Perran station which will include the Metcalfe Wayside country station building.
Completed the curved platform which required some careful alignment to ensure that my longest loco (Class 52) doesn't foul the edge. Also had to ensure adequate clearance for the outside framed 08.
Just got the straight bits of platform to do now.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dorsetmike on March 23, 2014, 07:23:28 pm
Getting ready to dismantle it prior to moving, hopefully salvage enough for a small portable one. Maybe something similar to Komata's "cupboard".

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Mr.Grumpy on March 23, 2014, 07:57:16 pm
I've been doing lots of woodwork and am happy to say I have built and insulated my new baseboards ready to lay track.

Lets see how far I can get before I make my next irreversible errors.

I'm back in Anyrail re-planning everything.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on March 23, 2014, 09:47:16 pm
Working on a small backscene, going for a plain light blue.  I had some thin ply and a left over tester pot of light blue emulsion paint.  It is nice when you can make stuff from left over bits and pieces.

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4418_zps670d6467.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4418_zps670d6467.jpg.html)

The unpainted portion will be hidden behind raised ground.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 23, 2014, 10:10:25 pm
Working on a small backscene, going for a plain light blue.  I had some thin ply and a left over tester pot of light blue emulsion paint.  It is nice when you can make stuff from left over bits and pieces.
Yes, I agree. Sorta gives you an added sense of satisfaction. A lot of my signalling system uses components scrounged from junked VCRs!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 24, 2014, 10:38:23 am
Making girder bridge bits for the new trainset as I'm trying to just use what I already have for it.

The main layout fiddle yard boards have had some tweaks and test fitting and been varnished. Next job is wiring the middle board which may be delayed a few days as I now have a bad back after all the  waving baseboards around

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 24, 2014, 06:45:05 pm
Well - decided to make some more changes to my storeroom layout for better running & to make it a bit more interesting - so redesigned it again but still within the space restraints I have. Will need to order some new trackwork and sticking with Peco setrack. Will still be able to run 2 trains at once, but now got a bit more out and back and shunting options. I already have all my rolling stock and most of the scenery is there and won't need any additional points. Have only got an Anyrail image at the moment, but will also update the Scarm version so can see it in 3D as well and show all the rolling stock. Don't think there is much more I can cram into a small space. Here's what the changed layout "Anglezarke & Belmont Railway" now looks like.

(http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo231/Tdmak/Model%20Railway/NewLayout2014.jpg) (http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/NewLayout2014.jpg.html) 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jameswgm on March 24, 2014, 08:31:40 pm
Just solved the problem of the derailing Voyager on the crossover; and a lighting problem. The previous owner had decided to insert the lighting chips in the wrong side of the socket, and had bent the pins to get a more secure fit. I must have taken the shells off at least 5 times to sort out what I'd thought was a loose connection before noticing that  :doh: Had to straighten the pins and refit around the right way. Guess the moral of the story is to take lots of pics when taking apart locos for the first time.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: barnyswain on March 25, 2014, 04:56:51 pm
 :( :( Nada to the layout

although I am trying to nplay with a card kit ... I have made 3 pin-prick holes so far but the steel rule seems to have gone AWOL and I need it to cut now
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bob Tidbury on March 25, 2014, 06:44:55 pm
Some friends in Canada gave me some N Gauge Bears for Christmas  and it took me awhile to think what to do with them . The it came to me, on a corner of my layout I could make a Safari Park using  OO security Fencing and some Spruce trees I could Have the Bears And paint some Large Noch dogs grey so they looked like wolves . I also bought a log cabin  from Unit Models to use as a Tearoom /Gift shop I think it will look Good.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 25, 2014, 08:28:57 pm
Some friends in Canada gave me some N Gauge Bears for Christmas  and it took me awhile to think what to do with them . The it came to me, on a corner of my layout I could make a Safari Park using  OO security Fencing and some Spruce trees I could Have the Bears And paint some Large Noch dogs grey so they looked like wolves . I also bought a log cabin  from Unit Models to use as a Tearoom /Gift shop I think it will look Good.

An unusual idea (at least I've not seen it before) and a good use of the gift. Well done.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on March 25, 2014, 08:33:26 pm
Still fiddling with the new platforms at Port Perran station. Just making absolutely sure that my two most problematic locos (Class 52 and Class 08) can negotiate the curved platform (in the case of the long Class 52) and negotiate the parcels platform which I've squeezed in (have to be sure the outside framed 08 doesn't catch the platform edges).
Think I'm there now so assembling the platforms a bit at a time and waiting whilst glue dries !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 25, 2014, 10:33:29 pm
Some friends in Canada gave me some N Gauge Bears for Christmas  and it took me awhile to think what to do with them . The it came to me, on a corner of my layout I could make a Safari Park using  OO security Fencing and some Spruce trees I could Have the Bears And paint some Large Noch dogs grey so they looked like wolves . I also bought a log cabin  from Unit Models to use as a Tearoom /Gift shop I think it will look Good.

An unusual idea (at least I've not seen it before) and a good use of the gift. Well done.
Yep, I think it's a great idea too. Please post some pics of the finished project!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ParkeNd on March 25, 2014, 11:38:04 pm
Cleaning bits of green tree foliage out of 3 points that had started playing up. There must be a case for designing a layout with no points.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: trkilliman on March 29, 2014, 12:07:07 pm
Just putting some Dullcote on my Oxford Lodekkas. Why or why they are finished in high gloss I never understand. A word of warning though. I have found that the dullcote can lift transfers, so I give a sealing cote of Humbrol matt  varnish beforehand. This I find cures the problem.

Now to make up those dornaplas LS saloons. I have a thing for the Bristol buses...must stem from having helped make them!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dave95979 on March 29, 2014, 12:28:12 pm
filling the spaces between the joints on the rails by glueing sleepers underneath the track
note to self do this as i lay the track
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on March 29, 2014, 05:54:40 pm
Cleaning bits of green tree foliage out of 3 points that had started playing up. There must be a case for designing a layout with no points.

One of the most boring, yet at the same time interesting and flexible, layouts I ever saw had no points, no buildings, not even a signal.
It was a double track layout running about half a (scale) mile, about 20 feet, across the baseboard and trains ran at high speed through flat countryside - and that was that. But it allowed ANYTHING to run over the last 90 years. One day it could have been a Scottish branch line in the 1930s, the next session a post privatisation ex LMR main line with Voyagers, HSTs and Class 70s.
Because there were no buildings, no road traffic, no railway structures of any kind beyond a bridge at one end and a tunnel at the other as scenic breaks, there was nothing to date the layout or to place it in a given geographical area.
As I said, boring (to operate) but a lovely idea for a show layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on March 29, 2014, 07:28:41 pm
Laying down my goods sidings...
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7400/13493483923_c2ab799b92_o.jpg)

Some things to note:-
Channels cut in cork bed so the droppers don't go straight down.  Gives a bit of wiggle room.
USB mini vacuum cleaner to get rid of sawdust.
Dummy point motor template to check for clearances.
The nearby points will need to use an above board motor hidden in a building as it is directly above a batten.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 29, 2014, 08:02:24 pm
Carving expanded polystyrene into landforms.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on March 29, 2014, 08:20:45 pm
watching paint dry having painted the MDF to seal it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on March 30, 2014, 12:40:22 am
Nowt on me layout at the moment, but I watched a game of lawn bowls this morning which was very similar to watching paint dry  :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scottmitchell74 on March 30, 2014, 03:15:35 am
See, I like the idea of the above mentioned boring layout. I will have buildings on my next one, but I'd love it to be 8' long so I can have some lengthy sections of just scenery for the trains to roll by.


I'm fixing track. Laid down by track-virgin scottmitchell74 about 13 or so years ago, it's in need of some attention in places. Glue is drying. Hopefully current still flows 33-36 hours from now when I lift the weights off the affected area.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on March 30, 2014, 10:41:01 am
Nothing, as it's Mother's Day and SWMBO would be a bit miffed...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on March 30, 2014, 11:42:35 am
Nothing, as it's Mother's Day and SWMBO would be a bit miffed...

And in Los Cristianos it's Carnival Day with a big parade, fun fair, and music & dancing through the night. Got family out so it's a Mothers Day lunch out first then on to the carnival etc.
I was looking forward to watching Liverpool beat Spurs this afternoon, and the Grand Prix, but that will have to wait for Match of the Day and a repeat showing of the Grand Prix.
Don't think I will have time to visit my lockup to do some more work on the track today, but did manage to install another side point motor to a point yesterday and test it.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on April 01, 2014, 12:38:57 am
Terrifying sinkhole
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/13549082033_5a16ed6633_o.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on April 01, 2014, 04:05:10 am
A black hole... matter so dense not even light can escape!!  8)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on April 01, 2014, 08:46:01 am
Terrifying sinkhole
([url]https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/13549082033_5a16ed6633_o.jpg[/url])


(http://lester.demon.nl/superm/pix/tbirds/tbag/brochure/page21-3.png)

I can tell what you're doing there :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jameswgm on April 01, 2014, 06:32:25 pm
Isolated and connected the buffer lighting via AC.
(http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt342/jameswgm/IMG_20140331_175947.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on April 01, 2014, 06:59:32 pm
In between waiting for the delivery of both a new washing machine and dishwasher (yes, both packed up within 6 days of each other), started laying swathes of destruction across the 'exchange sidings' end of "Dunestone". Pictures to follow in my layout thread later...

If tutenkhamunsleeping can let me know where I can get one of those Tracy Island buildings, I'll be making a 'black hole' in the baseboard too.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on April 02, 2014, 07:11:38 pm
It's a new month and I decided I wanted to change my layout again, not being entirely happy with what I presently have. Wanted to simplify it by removing some of the points so less chance of derailments (which I was getting on some points), but at the same time have a longer (double) run on one of the tracks allowing 2 trains to run at once, but using 3 "loops" in total if you understand my meaning.

What I have come up with is the layout below (I cannot increase the size due to space restrictions) :-

Track T1 (in yellow) having a figure of 8 and crossover to utilise more of the track,
and the outer track giving 3 different paths through the main terminus using either T2, T3, or T4 (coloured red & purple).

As usual it will mean me ordering some more track from Hattons in order to complete the changes but hopefully it will be more interesting than before, and with fewer points, fewer derailments.

The grey coloured track are the sidings.

(http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo231/Tdmak/Model%20Railway/TDM1LayoutX.jpg) (http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/TDM1LayoutX.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on April 02, 2014, 07:29:31 pm
Have fun with the rework.

Look forward to pics in due course  :camera:

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bridgiesimon on April 02, 2014, 07:30:46 pm
screaming and swearing about a certain company who think is was a great idea to glue their chassis together, you all know who I talk about!

I am using a terrier (oops that gave it away) under a kit bashed body and decided to add tender pickups for reliability then the trouble started, trying to access the pickups to clean them and to add feeder wires, nigh on impossible - had to cut the glue connecion to take the think apart and now it is back together, it is running the opposite way - aaargh!!!

Time to chill out before stripping it down and swapping the wires around again!

Simon
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on April 02, 2014, 10:45:58 pm
Making a Metcalfe Brewery building kit... If this is the industry I want to have on the private siding on the amended "Dunestone" then I need to know how big it is and how I can accommodate it around the private siding that will serve it...

However, a little advice needed. Got most of the main Brewery building constructed and this happened:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Dunestone_album/Dir_3/medium_11416.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11416)

One of the windows obviously had dodgy glue on it and has fallen inside  :doh:

a) How can I get the offending article out - it was loose inside but now is not rattling about;
b) How can I get a new window in there
 - without dismantling the building again?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on April 02, 2014, 11:02:33 pm
I have been working on my second hill and tunnel mouths. One thing I found putting plaster (( lightweight hydrocol ) straight over paper and cardboard is a no no, mind it was only cheap paper from packing. I just thought I would save on plaster cloth, but when I make the final hill and tunnels I will use plaster cloth again.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Scenics/Dir_1/medium_11417.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11417)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on April 03, 2014, 10:39:41 pm
A bit of kit-building...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Dunestone_album/Dir_3/medium_11434.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11434)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 03, 2014, 10:46:24 pm
a) How can I get the offending article out - it was loose inside but now is not rattling about;
b) How can I get a new window in there
 - without dismantling the building again?

a) shake it and poke about - but it may be stuck forever

b) either drill a hole in the floor and do microsurgery (not that hard) or take something like insulation tape and stick a tiny piece to the middle of the new window. Apply glue to the edges, rotate it through and then pull it into place. Once it has set carefully peel the tape off.

Check with some scrap if the tape lifts off or makes a mess of the window.

Other options include boarding it up, gluing shutters over it, covering it with an airconditioning unit etc. Or even I suppose two blokes with a ladder and a new window unit 8)


Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on April 03, 2014, 10:50:11 pm
Nothing done for the last 2 weeks I have been to busy helping to close down our local church after the congregation numbers fell below 6 sad but that seems the way things are going these days, so hope to restart work next 2 weeks, tried out the circuit to detect point change on KATO switches and points looks like this will need another logic board to drive it correctly. will post more if I am succesful
 :ngauge:  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 03, 2014, 11:49:51 pm
Cutting point motor rods, and starting to add the 40 plus wires needed for this board
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 04, 2014, 06:42:33 am
I have been working on my second hill and tunnel mouths. One thing I found putting plaster (( lightweight hydrocol ) straight over paper and cardboard is a no no, mind it was only cheap paper from packing. I just thought I would save on plaster cloth, but when I make the final hill and tunnels I will use plaster cloth again.
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Scenics/Dir_1/medium_11417.JPG[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11417[/url])



Another fine mess and expensive mistake, eh?  Well, we all do those from time to time.   Better luck with the next attempt.
But from what that picture shows it looks as if you are going to have a good layout at the end.
Best wishes,
Greg.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on April 04, 2014, 11:25:15 pm
Brewery buildings completed (barring ridge tiles and colouring the edges)
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Brewery window issue solved:  :)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Dunestone_album/Dir_3/medium_11416.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11416)(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: ColinH on April 04, 2014, 11:46:56 pm
Very neat and practical solution. Also adds individuality to the structure.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on April 05, 2014, 01:08:13 am
Getting very frustrated trying to get the couplings on my Dapol Mark 3 coaches to stay connected :headbutt:

Have resorted to tiny bits of blue tac, but surely that shouldn't be necessary!!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on April 05, 2014, 01:59:17 am
Didn't realise that Chetcombe was in the Mark 3 era, Mike! Why won't they stay coupled?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on April 05, 2014, 03:17:26 am
Didn't realise that Chetcombe was in the Mark 3 era, Mike! Why won't they stay coupled?
The Chetcombe era is 1965 to 1976 to allow maximum flexibility in rolling stock without having to invoke rule 1 ;)

Incredibly on a Western / Southern Region layout somewhere in West Dorset this allows everything from Halls, Castles and Bulleid Light Pacifics in the last days of steam, thru the diesel hydraulics of the late '60’s / early ’70’s, then the Class 25s, 31s, 37s, 45s, 47s and 50s of the diesel electric era to the introduction of HSTs in 1976. Truly an amazing 11 years in terms of variety :D

As for the couplings on the Dapol Mk 3 coaches, well I'm not sure what they are designed for, but it sure isn't for keeping an HST set coupled together around Chetcombe :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 05, 2014, 06:09:07 am
A layout set on the West Dorset coast, jointly operated by BRWR/SR seems perfectly logical to me; Weymouth immediately springs to mind. And as you say, a great time to be an enthusiast, which is why my layouts are always set around 1970 - everything you describe, but the only kettles around are making tea! :claphappy:

As to your Mk3 coupling problem, does this only happen with the Mk3s, or with other stock too? Is it always the same coach? Does it always happen in the same place/places?
If it is always the same place could it be a tracklaying problem? If so it might need relaying.
Have you looked at the couplings to ensure each is not drooping? I once had a similar problem with a Farish coach and found the coupling at one end had not been fitted correctly. It pointed down by about 45 degrees! This would have been around 1980 something and quality control was not as good as today!
Do you always run your Mk3s in the same formation? If it is the same two vehicles all the time then it might be that the two couplings are incompatible (sounds silly, but try changing the formation around a bit)
If your vehicle is new, recently purchased, you should return it as faulty but if you've had it a while, or it's secondhand, then you might be able to replace the coupling, or sadly may have little choice than just have to live with it. Sorry, but I really can't think of anything else at the moment. But I agree, it is not a requirement of operating Mk3s that blue tack needs to be used in order to stay coupled!
Good luck,
Greg.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Wingman mothergoose on April 05, 2014, 06:19:39 am
At the moment on 'Sherwood Central', I've ripped out my facing crossover and am trying to work out where to put its replacement trailing crossover. Also, as the facing crossover was mainly intended for trains from the storage sidings to gain access to the inner loop without reversing, I'm wondering whether to move it closer to the fiddle yard and combine two points with a single/double slip, or to not bother at all and just stick with 2 trailing crossovers in a proper GC style...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on April 05, 2014, 06:20:14 am
Mike, ignore my post about the Mk 3 coaches. I think I was having a brain spasm. I knew the era of your layout!  :doh: :-[

George
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 05, 2014, 10:47:46 am
I found the Dapol mark3 couplers a problem as the nem sockets were drooping different amounts. In the end I 3d printed some bar couplers to join the rake.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Chetcombe on April 05, 2014, 10:50:48 pm
Hi Greg

As EP says, the problem is with the height of the coupling, not with the track. It is only the Dapol Mk 3s I have had any trouble with :(

Thanks to the kind offer off a forum member, I am going to give the bar couplers a try
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dave95979 on April 06, 2014, 02:53:47 pm
i am doing ballasting  :worried: i think however i need finer ballast i will wait to see what i have dun already when i go to the shed latter 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 06, 2014, 04:37:13 pm
Fitted point motors and uncoupler magnets to the front part of the new train-set layout. That also meant cutting a chunk out of the bottom board so I could get it at in future. Fun with 6mm ply and nothing but a hacksaw, drill and file. Tis done now although I seem to have acquired a blister in the process.

Main power feeds are done, next job is to test the motors and figure out where to stick the controls.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 06, 2014, 07:22:08 pm
What am I doing on the layout?  Since 16th March, 3 weeks ago, I have been fitting landscape formers and that's all I've done. I won't say "non stop" but certainly on a daily basis and I am getting bored! It's enough to make you weep  :'(
It's not that I don't want to do other things but these need doing and I can't work too fast because the PVA takes time to dry. If only someone would invent "instant landscape! where you just pour it on and hills, valleys, woodland, cuttings embankments and the rest form in seconds!
I know some enjoy scenic work but I hate it. I find it so dull and dull and dull - did I mention I find it dull to do?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: austinbob on April 06, 2014, 07:55:17 pm
 :) I'm currently wiring up my mimic panels prior to starting laying track. I've been 'planning' the track laying for about a year now and really need to get started. Running out of excuses now... Think I should actually lay track in a couple of weeks.

Wish me luck.

Bob Austin
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 06, 2014, 09:34:51 pm
Slowly taking shape.. I guess it needs a name and a thread of its own soon.

Been "testing" the pointwork extensively with a terrier and smarting to sort the scenics. The platform gap isn't great but does allow modern era DMU stock to be run, although the limit is really 20m stock for the fiddle sidings at the back.

(http://www.etchedpixels.co.uk/Gallery/NGF/Trainset1.jpg)

(http://www.etchedpixels.co.uk/Gallery/NGF/Trainset2.jpg)

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on April 07, 2014, 01:32:54 am
Looks fascinating, Alan, but is that line in the centre of the board actually connected to anything else? Would like to see a track plan if poss, please
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on April 07, 2014, 04:04:47 am
Looks like Narrow Gauge to me, Mick!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on April 07, 2014, 10:17:31 am
Thanks, George.

Shoulda gone to Specsavers :doh: 8)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on April 07, 2014, 06:24:14 pm
Found a spare piece of wood and managed to squeeze on an extra 3 inches to the baseboard along the side to allow me to add 2 extra long sidings by the station terminus.
I need them because I have more rolling stock than I could accommodate on the existing layout. Also squeezed in an extra siding between Inner & Outer tracks served by point "M1", and a "high" level loop at the left on which I can put more rolling stock.
Just waiting for a delivery of track from Hattons in order to lay it all down.
The new layout arrangement looks like pic enclosed below.

(http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo231/Tdmak/Model%20Railway/TDM1Layout2.jpg) (http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/TDM1Layout2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 07, 2014, 07:37:12 pm
Found a spare piece of wood and managed to squeeze on an extra 3 inches to the baseboard along the side to allow me to add 2 extra long sidings by the station terminus.
I need them because I have more rolling stock than I could accommodate on the existing layout. Also squeezed in an extra siding between Inner & Outer tracks served by point "M1", and a "high" level loop at the left on which I can put more rolling stock.
Just waiting for a delivery of track from Hattons in order to lay it all down.
The new layout arrangement looks like pic enclosed below.

([url]http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo231/Tdmak/Model%20Railway/TDM1Layout2.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/TDM1Layout2.jpg.html[/url])


A busy looking plan but can you confirm and settle my curiosity please - is it a "terminus" or a through station? It certainly doesn't look like a terminus.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on April 07, 2014, 08:06:45 pm
A busy looking plan but can you confirm and settle my curiosity please - is it a "terminus" or a through station? It certainly doesn't look like a terminus.
[/quote]

It's a "through" Station - I only called it a terminus because I already have 2 other stations on the layout - "Anglezarke" and "Belmont" (the latter being more of a terminus).
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on April 07, 2014, 10:46:21 pm
bit of a **** up ie slight mishap. Masked the viaduct while I used the railmatch sleeper grime and when I removed the masking tape some of the brickwork and the coping stones came off with the tape. Fortunately I had plenty of spares with buying two kits.....phew.....should have checked the tape first, my own fault.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 07, 2014, 11:10:58 pm
Looks fascinating, Alan, but is that line in the centre of the board actually connected to anything else? Would like to see a track plan if poss, please

The NN3 centre section goes under the main line and round the back at a lower level (out of sight of the picture) to another pair of tracks. There's also a plug in board if there is space to add a 180° of curves on the left to make the NN3 bit a loop too.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 08, 2014, 04:59:14 am
A busy looking plan but can you confirm and settle my curiosity please - is it a "terminus" or a through station? It certainly doesn't look like a terminus.

It's a "through" Station - I only called it a terminus because I already have 2 other stations on the layout - "Anglezarke" and "Belmont" (the latter being more of a terminus).
[/quote]

 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MinZaPint on April 08, 2014, 01:55:21 pm
Nothing! I had planned to start constructing the cupboards to sit the baseboards on. Instead about 11.30 last night my car alarm went off, went out and reset it, 20 minutes later off it went again, couldn't face doing anything then, left it unlocked and went to bed. So this morning I investigated, eventually traced fault to faulty bonnet latch alarm switch. Checked on the web and apparently this is quite common on Mondeos! Took the web advice to disconnect the wiring plug to the switch and connect the wires to complete the circuit, all fine so that'll do until I can get a new switch fitted. Feel in need of a drink (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-eatdrink009.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) got to practice for a "Cultural Tour" tomorrow  :beers: So cupboards Thursday  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Wingman mothergoose on April 08, 2014, 02:49:12 pm
Today I have been mostly altering the wiring to accommodate the new trailing crossover, moving 2 rotary switches and changing the size of isolating sections to make the layout easier to operate. Also I've been running trains to test the new track and make sure nothing details. If I have time I may fit the point motors to the crossover, if not I'll do that first thing tomorrow...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Kevsworld on April 08, 2014, 03:17:51 pm
Hi Fellow Forumer's
I'm so brand new to this.....
Just ordered my 1st piece, a Blue Pullman so guess I should get a layout to run it on.
So for me it's very much about planning and redesign at the moment.

Got some bits left from when I was a teenager, so long ago - to un mothball, but in reality will be starting from scratch.
I have a clear vision of what I want, now just to make it real.
Early 60's location in Scotland, where BR East meets BR West [due to stock preferences].
Weird yes but thats why its Kevsworld.
 :hellosign:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 08, 2014, 04:29:52 pm
Hello Kev, welcome to the site.
You'll find a massive difference between the old stock you have and the new stuff, and not just in price - the detail on the new stock is just fantastic!
It's nice to have you along. Good luck with the new layout.
Greg.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on April 08, 2014, 05:04:45 pm
Hi Kev, and welcome to the forum :wave:

Your proposed location will give you plenty of stock to choose from, as you say.
What sort of space have you available to work in?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on April 09, 2014, 01:00:21 am
G'day from Downunder, Kev! Welcome to the forum! Aaah.... a BLUE PULLMAN. What a way to start. You've made a mate here straight away.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Kevsworld on April 09, 2014, 03:08:50 pm
Hi Newport, Western Princess & Bealman,

Wow - This place does have a lot of coverage!
Thanks for such an immediate and warm welcome. :)
I'm probably blessed with space as we have an attic room which we are turning into a hobby / office room. Probably have about 2.5m x 3m or 8' x 10'.
Working slowly on developing my idea in Anyrail.
I plan a reasonably significant juntion station [where East & West divide] with one line in each direction plus a central line running both ways with full access from each track in one direction to the other.
Once I get that bit of my plan sorted, I think I'll visit NGF for advice & feedback.  :confused1:
May have to start easier and build up to that though.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 13, 2014, 06:43:25 pm
Doing what I should have done a while ago...

No actual construction to speak of for a while, but I have finally got around to photographing, recording and cataloging my fleet.

Its taken a while, but with the help of Mrs Skyline, locos and stock are now listed on an Excel sheet :-)

Shameless bump for my layout thread too (cos it been dead for a while!)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on April 13, 2014, 06:49:15 pm
Doing what I should have done a while ago...

No actual construction to speak of for a while, but I have finally got around to photographing, recording and cataloging my fleet.

Its taken a while, but with the help of Mrs Skyline, locos and stock are now listed on an Excel sheet :-)

Shameless bump for my layout thread too (cos it been dead for a while!)

Skyline2uk

Yep, that has been my job for the last 2 weeks now trying to see if I can ODBC link the photographs to my Access data base, have had a bit of a play running in a couple of loco's class 24 and class 57 FGW  that's why it's taking so long I think, must get back to wiring soon
Graham
 :D  :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Jools on April 13, 2014, 09:47:24 pm
after advice given in my introductory and layout planning threads by some of the more experience members of the forum, i'm having a good second look at my track plan as i may have over egged it a bit  :thankyousign: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on April 15, 2014, 10:49:34 pm
I have been working hard tonight even though my loft room was a bit warm after today's sun. I have done more work on the monkey bridge painting and fitting rails for the other side. I have made a start on ballasting the upper track over the viaduct and a bit more colour to the river,getting there now.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on April 16, 2014, 05:18:31 am
Looking forward to the pics... I love the monkey bridge!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Dave95979 on April 16, 2014, 09:32:39 am
still track laying but not far to go now

(http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy269/dave95979/th_FEE41EAC-9A88-488D-B9C9-88C8651EB9C4_zpsd8rcdre1.jpg) (http://s798.photobucket.com/user/dave95979/media/FEE41EAC-9A88-488D-B9C9-88C8651EB9C4_zpsd8rcdre1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on April 16, 2014, 09:57:01 pm
more work on monkey bridge and river started to make some tree's too, now this is fun. Pics to be posted later on my layout thread, waiting for camera battery to re-charge.



Update...pics now posted on my layout
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=13394.75 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=13394.75)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 17, 2014, 06:09:26 am
There is another thread on 1.144 aircraft which has made me reconsider my layout at the north end, which fortunately, at present, is only on paper while I build the station area! The plan for the line to curve around a bay (as do so many Western Region branches) is now being redesigned to skirt an old WW2 RAF Coastal Command airfield!
Darn, just when it was all going so well!
As to the south end I have nearly finished the basic scenery in stage one which is around the stabling point and station. Next comes the covering the formers in plaster and greenery and all the bits!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 18, 2014, 11:28:56 pm
Staring at the corner board which unlike the rest of the fiddle area doesn't slot into shelving but needs to stand on a lower shelf and wondering how to get the legs right. It's not helped by the fact that nothing in this house is level so all four legs need to be different lengths.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on April 19, 2014, 12:38:10 am
Hi Alan why not try and make some adjustable legs. I once made a baby gate by fixing a nut onto a metal plate with a hole in it and another plate with a bolt. I was lucky I got someone with a welder to weld them to the metal plates. I suppose you could solder or braze them instead. You can just fit these to the bottom of the legs and screw them to whatever length is required.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 20, 2014, 10:49:07 pm
Adjustable legs sounded interesting but far too hard. So I went for the other kind of adjustable legs. I fitted bits of card under them as needed.

Didn't go entirely to plan. Fitted four legs and then realised with legs attached it was physically impossible to fit the board in  :doh:. As its a space bounded by a big shelving unit and the roof it wasn't an option to just move things. A bit of thought later and I fitted two legs and got it in then with some rather awkward poking got the third leg in. Fortunately where the fourth leg is is strongly supported and screwed to the next baseboard so all is well. I may just jam the leg in when it's all done to provide a bit of extra support in case of accidents.

I've got the first 9 roads of the curves for the fiddle yard laid, with 7 to go but I've run out of code 55 so that is paused for a bit.

Today has been mostly demolition work. Laying the proper fiddle yard I've also been levelling up the track (the original test track thrown onto ikea shelving followed the contours of the floor - which isn't ideal). As a result one of the early other pieces I did for the door duck under needed moving. Instead I decided to call time on the pub scene in question and demolish it. Fear not. All the bits have been saved and the pub and its patrons will be re-appearing shortly in a disgustingly twee little village scene on a corner that needs doing.

So far I've cut the foam for the ground profile and just stuck the buildings on top to test.

Just time to paint the roof of the Stanier 12 wheel sleeper I'm building and then hoover up the blue shrapnel before there are complaints.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 21, 2014, 08:31:59 pm
Not sure if this counts as "on the layout right now" but is connected. I have just ordered from Metcalfe kits for a whole street full of low relief models, including shops, a cinema and other buildings along with the bus depot and full relief models  - about 15 -20 buildings in all.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on April 21, 2014, 09:15:07 pm
Not sure if this counts as "on the layout right now" but is connected. I have just ordered from Metcalfe kits for a whole street full of low relief models, including shops, a cinema and other buildings along with the bus depot and full relief models  - about 15 -20 buildings in all.

Someone's going to be very busy :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 21, 2014, 09:18:58 pm
Finished my listing and cataloging of my fleet / rolling stock today.

Final entry was quite special as I have not run this particular stock for some time (been safely stored at my mums whilst I moved around various Bristol locations)....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/KatoEurostar8CarSet_zps6fbfed66.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/KatoEurostar8CarSet_zps6fbfed66.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/KatoEurostar4CarSet_zps2f6c2b11.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/KatoEurostar4CarSet_zps2f6c2b11.jpg.html)

Its probably just about long enough to stretch round Filton TMD in its entirety  :D

Skyline2uk

 
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on April 21, 2014, 10:42:24 pm
Just finished relaying one corner of my layout.  I had problems with trains stalling and derailing on a couple of pieces of Settrack.  The stalling was a complete mystery as the track was clean and when tested there was power to each piece (each fed with its own droppers).

Here's the "before" photo:
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4454_zps523e39a0.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4454_zps523e39a0.jpg.html)

And after:
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4461_zpsd1d231e2.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4461_zpsd1d231e2.jpg.html)

I need to attach droppers and glue the track back down but I've given it a pretty thorough testing to make sure trains run ok:

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4464_zps76ae8f21.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4464_zps76ae8f21.jpg.html)

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100B4470_zps11cb5c46.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100B4470_zps11cb5c46.jpg.html)

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/fourwheelsteer/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4491_zpsdbb4a154.jpg) (http://s79.photobucket.com/user/fourwheelsteer/media/Train%20and%20model%20rail%20stuff/100_4491_zpsdbb4a154.jpg.html)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on April 23, 2014, 11:49:23 pm
Adding the stanchions to some NGS Bogie Bolster kits...

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on April 24, 2014, 07:13:22 am
Chopping down two Kato points and a crossing in order to make a double-junction with closer track spacing.  I've managed to get both running lines in the same parish now, which is progress, just needs tidying up and wiring in 8)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on April 26, 2014, 06:21:34 pm
Just become the very nervous owner of a kit for a beyer garrett! Now I need to get two black five chassis and I can make a start. In my youth I built one from a Kitmaster kit and also made a Clacton set (all ten cars) from Traing/Hornby mark 1's but my fingers seem to have become thumbs since then. This could all end in tears!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr bachmann on April 26, 2014, 07:29:52 pm
recent project is bashing a open  car for inclusion in my formation of the Royal Gorge Route set (D&RGW) there will be a wedding taking place on this car , this will be the 3rd i've made and will travel between the Big domes  (ex Alasca RR , ex Santa Fe) .


alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on April 26, 2014, 08:05:44 pm
Been busy "weathering" various lineside and good yard huts etc. They are already on the layout but looked too pristine ! Also painting station seats, barrows, lineside fencing and luggage etc ready to re-populate my upgraded station area.
Finished up this evening running trains round for about an hour or so with a glass of wine - very relaxing, especially as it gets slightly darker and I can run with just my station and street lighting.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on April 26, 2014, 08:32:31 pm
Planning what to put on my now-bare baseboard... latest idea below.

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...and how it fits in with the rest of the layout:

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: longbridge on April 26, 2014, 08:39:44 pm
I am putting the finishing touches to 15 buildings on my American HO layout and hope to make a start on my next layout that will be another British N gauge affair in about 4 weeks time.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 26, 2014, 11:00:13 pm
Building ends to fiddle yards. I've done the curved end except for the motors (a couple of which are going to be fiddly), and am now doing the other end, the motors for which are going to be tricky as some of the points have to sit over solid wooden framing.

Alan
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on April 27, 2014, 12:21:09 am
Just become the very nervous owner of a kit for a beyer garrett! Now I need to get two black five chassis and I can make a start. In my youth I built one from a Kitmaster kit and also made a Clacton set (all ten cars) from Traing/Hornby mark 1's but my fingers seem to have become thumbs since then. This could all end in tears!
Have confidence, buddy! I bet it'll be a cracker. Piccies please!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 27, 2014, 10:20:48 am
I've spent a large part of this morning just playing trains on the layout. Oopps :-[   :hmmm:
Sorry, I meant rechecking electrical connections, scenery, platform and other clearences etc of course   ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on April 27, 2014, 11:26:16 am
Just become the very nervous owner of a kit for a beyer garrett! Now I need to get two black five chassis and I can make a start. In my youth I built one from a Kitmaster kit and also made a Clacton set (all ten cars) from Traing/Hornby mark 1's but my fingers seem to have become thumbs since then. This could all end in tears!
Have confidence, buddy! I bet it'll be a cracker. Piccies please!!  :thumbsup:
could be a while as I need two motorised black 5's first and the thought of chopping one up to change the valve gear to the other end now that my eyesight has deteriorated (and N gauge is so tiny) scares me. If I were to sacrifice pulling power could I use a modern one the right way round?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: NeMo on April 27, 2014, 12:50:48 pm
I've spent a large part of this morning just playing trains on the layout. Oopps :-[   :hmmm:
Sorry, I meant rechecking electrical connections, scenery, platform and other clearences etc of course   ;)

This is the one thing we should all be doing, surely? If you don't eventually play trains on your layout, surely you're like the guy who's always 'under the bonnet' of his car but never takes it out for a drive?
???

Indeed, I think we should have a national "run trains for fun day" when we all run the wrong engines pulling the wrong rolling stock. Pannier tanks hauling Freightliner containers, that sort of thing! Showing our support for Rule #1 and our disdain for those who tell us we can't run a nice new GWR green steam engine with LNER teak coaches on our post-privatisation motive power depot layout!
:D

Cheers, NeMo

Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on April 27, 2014, 02:29:25 pm
Been fixing coping stones to the top of my sea wall. I have a large jar of ballast weighing them down whilst the glue dries.
Now painting platform seats (adding the cream to the brown I did a few days ago) and other tiny bits. Have to give my old eyes a rest every 15 minutes or so !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 27, 2014, 04:17:16 pm
Been fixing coping stones to the top of my sea wall. I have a large jar of ballast weighing them down whilst the glue dries.
Now painting platform seats (adding the cream to the brown I did a few days ago) and other tiny bits. Have to give my old eyes a rest every 15 minutes or so !

Ah - repairs to the sea wall - just like at Dawlish! :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on April 27, 2014, 04:21:49 pm
I've spent a large part of this morning just playing trains on the layout. Oopps :-[   :hmmm:
Sorry, I meant rechecking electrical connections, scenery, platform and other clearences etc of course   ;)

This is the one thing we should all be doing, surely? If you don't eventually play trains on your layout, surely you're like the guy who's always 'under the bonnet' of his car but never takes it out for a drive?
???

Indeed, I think we should have a national "run trains for fun day" when we all run the wrong engines pulling the wrong rolling stock. Pannier tanks hauling Freightliner containers, that sort of thing! Showing our support for Rule #1 and our disdain for those who tell us we can't run a nice new GWR green steam engine with LNER teak coaches on our post-privatisation motive power depot layout!
:D

Cheers, NeMo

Thanks NeMo.
I do try to keep things pretty good re proper locos etc but once in a while it's nice to run trains to all parts of the layout just to see things are still in working order. It's easier to put right one fault  than two or three and "playing trains" catches them early I find!
Greg
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on April 27, 2014, 08:44:00 pm
Ah - repairs to the sea wall - just like at Dawlish! :)

Maybe not quite so dramatic as Dawlish but the repairs are now complete and trains are running again at Port Perran.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on April 27, 2014, 08:50:13 pm
Not quite "layout", but spent most of the day making a camera car, or more accurately a "camera coach"  :)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on April 29, 2014, 06:55:21 pm
Not quite "layout", but spent most of the day making a camera car, or more accurately a "camera coach"  :)


Paul
Sounds great please post some footage when its up and running
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on April 29, 2014, 06:59:35 pm
Fitting droppers to the 8 lane fiddle yard of Martini Holt
 :confused1:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on April 29, 2014, 08:49:56 pm
Quote from: Sprintex link=topic=1724.msg217134#msg217134 date=13 98628213
Not quite "layout", but spent most of the day making a camera car, or more accurately a "camera coach"  :)


Paul
Sounds great please post some footage when its up and running

Thanks :) Waiting for a USB extension lead to arrive before testing. Not sure how much longer I'll be a Moderator though when a "certain someone" finds out what I've done to a NSE coach!  :worried:

 ;D


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on April 30, 2014, 08:52:35 pm
Quote from: Sprintex link=topic=1724.msg217134#msg217134 date=13 98628213
Not quite "layout", but spent most of the day making a camera car, or more accurately a "camera coach"  :)


Paul
Sounds great please post some footage when its up and running

Thanks :) Waiting for a USB extension lead to arrive before testing. Not sure how much longer I'll be a Moderator though when a "certain someone" finds out what I've done to a NSE coach!  :worried:

 ;D


Paul
Could be worse it might have been an N.E. coach--That would have been serious! :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Vigo on May 01, 2014, 07:47:06 am
Right now I'm giving serious consideration to the idea of ripping all this up, spinning it all through 180 degrees and starting again.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v114/scorpion_24v/RW%20stuff/Ideas%20for%20Woodhead/WP_20131209_004_zps1ab6cc85.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v114/scorpion_24v/RW%20stuff/Ideas%20for%20Woodhead/WP_20131209_003_zps8448529f.jpg)

As a model it's more or less finished but it doesn't do what I want it to do... ie work ???
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on May 01, 2014, 07:55:49 am
 :jawdropping:

Do you mean it doesn't work physically or operationally?


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on May 01, 2014, 08:06:06 am
Right now I'm giving serious consideration to the idea of ripping all this up, spinning it all through 180 degrees and starting again.

Ouch!  That must be causing more than a little soul-searching! :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on May 01, 2014, 08:13:12 am
Right now I'm giving serious consideration to the idea of ripping all this up, spinning it all through 180 degrees and starting again.


It took me a long while to get up the courage to rip up the bit of "Dunestone" I'm currently refurbishing, and that definitely didn't work properly, so I can sympathise with your situation at the moment...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on May 01, 2014, 08:38:41 am
Likewise here, if it doesn't work it just ends up aggravating you all the time, I had the same with the original Bampney station and environs part of my layout despite having laid all the track and made the buildings etc it just didn't look right and so completely re-worked it.  I still have one area (the terminus appoach) that needs reworking which is on my list of things to do.

Once you make the decision and start changing what troubles you, you feel so much better that you are finally doing something about it, take a deep breath and go for it I'd say, you won't regret it in the long term.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on May 01, 2014, 08:42:07 am
I'd go with that. If you are not happy now you never will be. It took me a while to rip out the station at Port Perran but once I'd done it I felt so much better.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Vigo on May 01, 2014, 09:46:13 am
Thanks for the comments everyone. There's a lot of little niggly things about the layout that are bothering me, not least of which is I can't have a reliable continuous run on either of the main lines.
If I'm honest, I committed the cardinal sin when I started this layout, in that I concentrated more on the scenic aspect rather than being 100% on the track. My own fault really but thinking that I will start again means that those problems will be ironed out properly this time and I'll still have all the scenics that I'll be able to re-use.

This time around I think I'll give more thought to the operationals of the layout rather than just making it look 'pretty'. Maybe think about magnets for uncoupling in the sidings and things like that. I would love to get the wagon turntables in front of the goods shed to work. I've seen it done successfully in 00 but is it possible in N?

Hmm. All this has really got me thinking and I shouldn't be. I need to go to bed (I work nights).

I'm going to do it. A complete rebuild, this time using sense not sentiment.... just not today.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on May 02, 2014, 03:19:32 pm
Not quite "layout", but spent most of the day making a camera car, or more accurately a "camera coach"  :)


Paul

Sounds great please post some footage when its up and running


All done and working, thread HERE (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=21333.0) :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on May 02, 2014, 06:17:56 pm
Well done Paul Bet you wish you modelled the old G.W. 7ft gauge!still it works well & that's the main thing.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on May 02, 2014, 08:04:50 pm
Just a thought , Paul, Have you checked clearances on platforms, tunnels etc. & are the sticking out bits essential to the working of the camera?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on May 02, 2014, 09:00:58 pm
Been trying to make some Cornish Palm trees to go on Port Perran station platforms (much as used to be the case at St Austell and St Erth amongst others). Not sure I'm happy with what I've done though - will see when the glue has dried and I can have a proper look !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on May 03, 2014, 11:47:03 am
Not exactly on my layout but related to it.  Successfully managed to replace the spring in a Dapol easi-fit knuckle coupling.  First time I've ever managed this so I'm feeling quite proud; even if I did sacrifice one spare spring to the carpet gods first ;)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on May 03, 2014, 11:55:12 am
Not exactly on my layout but related to it.  Successfully managed to replace the spring in a Dapol easi-fit knuckle coupling.  First time I've ever managed this so I'm feeling quite proud; even if I did sacrifice one spare spring to the carpet gods first ;)

Well done John  :thumbsup:

I have an idea just how you feel as I remember the first time I successfully fitted a spring to a Rapido coupling  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on May 04, 2014, 12:16:37 am
Having recently returned from a West Africa Cruise, and on my return I turned my attention back to my 1st N gauge layout “Anglezarke & Belmont Railway” which I have been building & constantly re-assembling since last September.

Apart from a few items on pre-order from Hattons that I am waiting for (Cumbrian Express Pack & weathered CL37 Diesel D6827 + some replacement Peco setrack pieces), it is now mostly complete and I have no room to add anything else.

Not a layout for the purists, but I like to see trains running round the track, both steam and diesel, and I have posted below a Link to a short YouTube video I have made of the layout containing both still photos & some camcorder footage, and to which I have added some music, so don't forget to un-mute the volume.

Not the best of videos, but an improvement on the last one I made of my model railway, and whilst on the subject of videos if anyone is interested, I have also posted a Link to the YouTube video I made of our recent Cruise, which again includes music but no trains, although I did see (and photograph) the ornate frontage of the main Railway Station in Dakar, Senegal.

Tenerife Model Railway video > http://youtu.be/FbBRuIK5dhM (http://youtu.be/FbBRuIK5dhM)

West Africa Cruise video > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNmoC6ABsvc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNmoC6ABsvc)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 04, 2014, 01:30:15 am
Excellent compilation that shows off your layout and stock, Terry :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on May 04, 2014, 02:29:24 am
Just picked up some timber to make the small to sit my control panel on for barts end and with a bit of luck get time this afternoon to install and test the panel
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on May 04, 2014, 08:18:08 pm
Been digging the allotments all day and totally kn********d so it was great this evening just to watch some trains running around the layout with absolutely no problems for a couple of hours.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on May 04, 2014, 10:30:26 pm
Just about to take a saw to my layout and strip it down. I am starting work on no. 2 and I can't get no.1 out of the loft intact. Will be stripping the points off and putting them up for sale
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on May 05, 2014, 08:23:37 pm
Not working on the layout but playi testing the with trains the electronic integrity of the track. All right I was playing trains and it was fun as well.
 :ngauge: :confused2:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: talisman56 on May 07, 2014, 08:53:14 pm
Playing 'catch the spring', while putting the bogies together on my NGS Bogie Bolster kits...

...and then found the little bag in one of the kits that should contain all the bogie bits in doesn't have any coupling boxes in it!!  :'(  >:(  :doh:

At least two wagons will have wheelsets to run on:

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Balders on May 07, 2014, 08:57:14 pm
Building Hills !
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Oldman on May 07, 2014, 10:31:51 pm
Whilst not exactly N gauge(009)  am busy waiting for the PVA to dry on a pond, that is in a corner of a new layout.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: lil chris on May 08, 2014, 11:16:53 pm
Just tried my hand at static grass and also used some Jarvis water effect for my river.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on May 11, 2014, 03:38:28 pm
Roughing out the scenery over the storage sidings of my layout "Cromford" here are some posed photos of progress so far:-
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Here a jubilee heads an up express through Cromford station and over the river Derwent
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a slightly different angle shows the Cromford canal and some scenery which is drying and awaiting scatter
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further round shows unfinished and unbuilt scenery behind the canal. Down road the Midland Pullman heads toward Manchester passing three light engines which have been held in the passing loop so as not to impede its progress. Behind is the Cromford canal and the interchange sidings for the Cromford and High Peak line
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a more long range shot of the scene with the Cromford canal (spot the narrow boat!) and the Cromford and High Peak line. The piece of card on the part built bit of scenery is the A6 from Derby through Matlock & heading for Buxton.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 11, 2014, 04:58:03 pm
Looking really good, Steve.
I love the location/era too.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: davieb on May 11, 2014, 05:28:09 pm
Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust on my Apathwaite layout  >:D

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 12, 2014, 04:37:09 pm
Giving parts of Kimbolted a good going over with the Woodland Scenics Tidy Track cleaning tools. However, I have not used their cleaning fluid as it leaves a greasy residue which can cause wheels to spin up - good old IPA is far better. Leaving it to dry off now.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on May 14, 2014, 08:55:16 am
Giving parts of Kimbolted a good going over with the Woodland Scenics Tidy Track cleaning tools. However, I have not used their cleaning fluid as it leaves a greasy residue which can cause wheels to spin up - good old IPA is far better. Leaving it to dry off now.

My model shop recommended "Track Magic". Have you tried it, and if so, is it as good as they claim or does it also leave a residue?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on May 14, 2014, 09:34:49 am
I've heard bad things about Track Magic leaving a greasy residue resulting in much wheel slippage, avoid it if you can :thumbsdown:

Better off with IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol), tried and tested ;)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 14, 2014, 04:03:18 pm
Giving parts of Kimbolted a good going over with the Woodland Scenics Tidy Track cleaning tools. However, I have not used their cleaning fluid as it leaves a greasy residue which can cause wheels to spin up - good old IPA is far better. Leaving it to dry off now.

My model shop recommended "Track Magic". Have you tried it, and if so, is it as good as they claim or does it also leave a residue?

Hi Steve,
The Woodland Scenics stuff that comes with the kit is actually called " Tidy Track Clean Track Solution" and states 'specially formulated solution designed to remediate oil and remove dirt & grime'.
Once applied, you then run a 'finishing pad' over the track.
Remove dirt & grime it might well do, but I found it still left a greasy residue ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on May 14, 2014, 07:24:22 pm
Thanks guys, I have already "invested" in a bottle, will try it carefully on a part of the layout used by locos without traction tyres and see what happens.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: MattJ on May 16, 2014, 01:20:58 am
Putting down the rails for the engine shed roundhouse...  have cut some slots between a portion of the rails for the maintenence pits.  Now what would be a good way of making concrete paving between the tracks...?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Luke Piewalker on May 16, 2014, 07:13:13 am
Putting down the rails for the engine shed roundhouse...  have cut some slots between a portion of the rails for the maintenence pits.  Now what would be a good way of making concrete paving between the tracks...?

I was contemplating this recently, I have A4 sheets of foam from Hobbycraft (other retailers are availiabubble) that I use for underlay that I was contemplating cutting into strips for such porpoises. Obviously they would need to be the right thickness, and you would need to paint them all concretey...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 16, 2014, 09:45:33 pm
Having one of those days when the marbles become well and truly lost and I end up with the complete opposite to the Midas touch ::)
All I was trying to do was create the fiddle yard board for the new layout. Admittedly, I was using offcuts of timber and Sundeala from a long gone layout, but I just couldn't believe how many basic errors I made in measurements/cutting/cross bracing etc :o
Cue much swapping of drill bit/screwdriver bit in my drill, and constant changing/charging batteries as they were a bit low.
I've ended up with something that will work and doesn't look too shabby if you ignore it has more holes in the wood than a well known cheese. Oh - and it's also about 3" shorter than it was intended to be :doh:
A definite Friday afternoon job, if ever there was one :-[
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Only Me on May 16, 2014, 09:49:04 pm
Been trying out some Railmatch sleeper grime on Tormouth and now begun to rust me rails ;(

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I do have the added bonus of an airbrush and compressor mind :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on May 18, 2014, 06:17:35 am
Not a lot. Some may recall from an earlier entry that I ordered from Metcalfe models a complete High Street of buildings some days ago and have been putting the kits together. Even at the rate of one building every couple of days (on average) I have done little else but slave over a tube of cold UHU glue for the last week or ten days!
I think I need a rest and will stop for a while when my latest shop kit is finished and do something else.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on May 18, 2014, 02:41:14 pm
After eight months of depression-induced inactivity due to a forced house-move in September I have today FINALLY got half the layout up and ready to work on again! ::)

Apart from a tiny bit of grass and bushes working loose it stood up to the move quite well, so should be OK with being shifted to/from exhibitions when the time comes. Once I achieve something on itagain I'll have to go and dig my layout thread up from the depths of Layout Construction :worried:


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 18, 2014, 05:31:44 pm
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After eight months of depression-induced inactivity due to a forced house-move in September I have today FINALLY got half the layout up and ready to work on again! ::)

He mate, glad to hear you are working on the layout again (like your layout thread).  ;D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Greybeema on May 18, 2014, 05:50:01 pm
After eight months of depression-induced inactivity due to a forced house-move in September I have today FINALLY got half the layout up and ready to work on again! ::)


Paul

Great to hear you are making progress again - guess I'll have to start moving on mine too...  Photos whenever you're ready please...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on May 20, 2014, 03:14:42 pm
Been modifying the track again so I can have trains on either the Inner branch line or Outer Mainline on a longer double loop sharing a common middle line. In other words a complete circuit involves 2 loops of board, not one.
The right bottom corner of my layout is where I am making changes as shown on the diagram, but I will have to order a couple of new points and another crossover.
If only there was a local shop I could just pop down to for them, instead of having to go online and wait at least 10 days for delivery.
On the subject of fine track ballast, I laid some the other day on part of my layout and some of it got sucked up when I ran 2 or 3 engines over it, and despite attempting to clean the fine "grit" out it has wrecked some of favourite locomotives!.

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on May 20, 2014, 08:30:01 pm

On the subject of fine track ballast, I laid some the other day on part of my layout and some of it got sucked up when I ran 2 or 3 engines over it, and despite attempting to clean the fine "grit" out it has wrecked some of favourite locomotives!.


A lesson for us all there, Terry :(
Lots of glue and the strongest vacuum cleaning afterwards :hmmm:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Pengi on May 20, 2014, 10:02:49 pm
Ran some trains for the first time in ages. Kato Eurostar, Kato Thalys, Farish Desiro and Dapol Super V Voyager. Three ran beautifully, one derailled through issues with the coupling - guess which :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: keerout on May 20, 2014, 10:27:25 pm
my guess is "no bon voyage then?  :no:
Gerard
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on May 20, 2014, 11:00:23 pm
On the subject of fine track ballast, I laid some the other day on part of my layout and some of it got sucked up when I ran 2 or 3 engines over it, and despite attempting to clean the fine "grit" out it has wrecked some of favourite locomotives!.

A lesson for us all there, Terry :(
Lots of glue and the strongest vacuum cleaning afterwards :hmmm:

I have a problem with things like Glue, Engine Oil, and other Liquids wanted for my railway as they are "banned" items for transporting by Air (so Hattons tell me) and
don't know if the local oil I can buy is good for my engines or not, and it is a similar story with glues.
Having wrecked a few locomotives due to ballast problems, would be nice if I could get replacement chassis for them. Never got a reply from Pete's Models (who specialise in selling chassis) - do you know somebody else I might try?
By the way have you tried the camcorder software disk yet?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on May 21, 2014, 09:15:31 am
You want a light machine oil such as would be used for small sewing machines.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Bealman on May 21, 2014, 11:14:14 am
So Kato do a Thalys, Pengi? I loved the real one!!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on May 21, 2014, 12:01:49 pm
Here you go mate ;)

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Would love one myself one day :)


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on May 27, 2014, 11:20:39 pm
Not on my layout as such but I've been looking at working timetables for the area where my layout is set.  Using this information I'm developing an operating sequence. 

It looks like the main weekday passenger movements can be covered by five trains; an auto-coach, Bubble Car, 2/3car DMU, B-set and 3-coach set.  There is also a single daily parcels train.  Goods traffic might be a bit more complicated, I was surprised at the variety of goods traffic, about 12 trains on a typical weekday; I don't think I've got enough storage sidings to keep them all on the layout at once.

Maybe the Sunday WTT is easier if I want a prototypical running session...

Still, it has been very interesting looking at the trains that actually ran.  What I don't have, as yet, is any firm indication that my train formations are accurate.  But looking at period photos suggests they're not a million miles of, and that'll do for now.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on June 02, 2014, 09:30:40 pm
Razed to the ground my engineering factory ready to be replaced by a similar model made of plastikard rather than card.
Was never happy with the old one (it was the first scratch built model I ever made).
Not too keen on cutting out window openings though !
As I need to work in the window (we have a very wide sill that acts as a workbench) in daylight, play modelling has been suspended for the evening as it's now too dark for my old eyes to see properly !

Took the opportunity to run in my new Q1. Why is it that it will run around at least 70 times no problem then derail (just when I pop downstairs to answer the phone)?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: 1936ace on June 02, 2014, 09:36:07 pm
About to go home from work and pull up the woodland scenic incline i laid while at 2% grade it is uphill all the way as the original setup required it to climb the 6 inch height ove the 24feet. But know that it has been reduce to about 3inches over the same length im redoing it so the incline is only on the straight sections and not on the curve. The main benefit the 5mt wont slip as it goies over the last curve with a good rake of coaches. Third time attempt hopefully will be the last.
Just have to find a stockist here that has it!
Bart
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: EtchedPixels on June 03, 2014, 12:36:19 am
Working out where I will need to saw it up in order to a) move it and b) fit it into its planned new home  :censored: :censored: :censored:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on June 03, 2014, 09:14:19 am
Working out where I will need to saw it up in order to a) move it and b) fit it into its planned new home  :censored: :censored: :censored:

This wouldn't be Snow Hill would it?
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GeeBee on June 03, 2014, 09:51:14 am
Relaying all the fiddle yards for Martini Holt 12 metres worth this will take some time as I can only work for an hour then have to rest for 2-3 hours but hey ho i'll get there
 :scowl:  :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on June 03, 2014, 10:34:41 am
Just spend the whole weekend trying to find out why all my point accessory decoders stopped working, shut down Friday evening and they wouldn't work on Saturday morning! 

I had forgotten that the CML accessory decoders allow you to not run them directly off the DCC buss but allow you to use an additional 15v DC supply buss (this is in addition to a 18v AC supply for the motors) and it was this supply that had gone faulty.   It was one of those cheap pc bricks you can buy off of eBay and it had intermittent output, now replaced and all up running again.   :)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on June 03, 2014, 05:23:27 pm
Cutting, laying and pinning the fiddle yard track for Bletchford.
Aaaargh - forgotten how painful Fishplate Finger or, to be more precise, Thumb can be :'(

Also, working at bed level (oo-er) doesn't help my back and neck one iota :no: :help:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: daveg on June 03, 2014, 05:31:41 pm
Cutting, laying and pinning the fiddle yard track for Bletchford.
Aaaargh - forgotten how painful Fishplate Finger or, to be more precise, Thumb can be :'(

Also, working at bed level (oo-er) doesn't help my back and neck one iota :no: :help:

Have you tried working a (big) thimble? It may sound a bit daft but if it saves you pain it may be worth a go.

You can probably get a dozen plastic ones for a quid in Poundland. Other cheepy-type shops are available  :D

Dave G
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: steve836 on June 03, 2014, 05:33:03 pm
R

Took the opportunity to run in my new Q1. Why is it that it will run around at least 70 times no problem then derail (just when I pop downstairs to answer the phone)?
Its called sod's law
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: kardkits on June 03, 2014, 05:59:57 pm

Aaaargh - forgotten how painful Fishplate Finger or, to be more precise, Thumb can be :'(


I have some small end cutters which i find very useful for holding fishplates while trying to guide them onto the rail, they are also very good for holding track pins whilst tapping thru the sleeper, such a multi purpose tool they are good for stripping wire too :))
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: bridgiesimon on June 03, 2014, 07:16:35 pm
At the moment, I have a pile of wagons on my desk going through coupler change. All old couplings removed, blocks added ready for the MBD couplings and a pile of MBD couplings make up ready to fit.

Next job, finish weathering and detailing the wagons before fitting and checking all the couplings.

Best wishes
Simon
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: kardkits on June 04, 2014, 03:51:47 pm
Silly O'Clock hours this morning, unable to sleep, I tried to list some non railway items on feebay and ended up going to their live help where some kind lady tried to list the items for me, I took this opportunity to have a tidy up on my 2' x 4' test track and have a sort thru one of my boxes of goodies where i found well over 50 points of varying sizes, 4 crossings and a double slip, most of which I had forgotten about. I also found a peco turntable minus the well, I guess that is still at the ex's boooo.
Reading thru my facebook groups I found somebody gifting some plywood on freecycle, so fingers crossed, I may soon have something to start putting some of those turnouts onto. Mmmm, I shall have to keep a vigilant eye for anyone gifting softwood now for a framework lol
I also found some items I would like to sell on here as soon as my status allows me, some Tracksetta items and some setrack curves, i noticed the larger radius were by Lima, just need to have a more thorough sort out for those bits of track, I do prefer to use flexi track to my own required radius.
Andi
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on June 04, 2014, 03:57:43 pm

I also found some items I would like to sell on here as soon as my status allows me


Just 4 more posts to go, Andi. Fill yer boots :D
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on June 04, 2014, 05:23:01 pm
After enjoying a morning game of snooker, got home to find a parcel had arrived containing a new chassis for my Class 47. Tested it, put the "Gordie" body on it, and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying myself playing trains on my almost completed layout. Just waiting for another parcel with some track and other items scenic items in it. Also made a device out of an old suede shoe brush for cleaning my locomotive wheels with - 2 wires attached to the bristles and at the other end a 12 volt adapter.

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Lawrence on June 04, 2014, 07:24:50 pm
It has been many months (for a variety of reasons) but I did indeed find the shed today, it was still out in the garden, to my surprise.  Once inside it became quite obvious that the place was a complete disgrace, so I spent four hours moving stuff and hoovering, chucking out rubbish or 'that'll be useful' bits.
Never got as far as clearing the bench, maybe tomorrow  ::)  I'm sure I even saw some locos and rolling stock in there somewhere, one day, one day!
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: scotsoft on June 04, 2014, 07:32:48 pm
Cutting, laying and pinning the fiddle yard track for Bletchford.
Aaaargh - forgotten how painful Fishplate Finger or, to be more precise, Thumb can be :'(


I use Kato Unitrack but I do have some Peco track which I use occasionally and for those fishplates I bought a pair of fine nose pliers from the 1 shop which can grip the end of the fishplate nicely  :D

No fishplate thumbs or fingers for me  :D  ;)

cheers John.


It has been many months (for a variety of reasons) but I did indeed find the shed today, it was still out in the garden, to my surprise.  Once inside it became quite obvious that the place was a complete disgrace, so I spent four hours moving stuff and hoovering, chucking out rubbish or 'that'll be useful' bits.
Never got as far as clearing the bench, maybe tomorrow  ::)  I'm sure I even saw some locos and rolling stock in there somewhere, one day, one day!

Was Sir David Attenborough involved in this discovery?  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on June 04, 2014, 08:17:46 pm

It has been many months (for a variety of reasons) but I did indeed find the shed today, it was still out in the garden, to my surprise.  Once inside it became quite obvious that the place was a complete disgrace, so I spent four hours moving stuff and hoovering, chucking out rubbish or 'that'll be useful' bits.
Never got as far as clearing the bench, maybe tomorrow  ::)  I'm sure I even saw some locos and rolling stock in there somewhere, one day, one day!

Was Sir David Attenborough involved in this discovery?  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:

I'm surprised there wasn't a woolly mammoth in there :searchingsign:


I use Kato Unitrack but I do have some Peco track which I use occasionally and for those fishplates I bought a pair of fine nose pliers from the 1 shop which can grip the end of the fishplate nicely  :D

No fishplate thumbs or fingers for me  :D  ;)

cheers John.



I have such a pair of pliers but when the fishplate then slips past the rail end into your hand it's worse than just having puncture wounds in thumbs! :ouch:

Terry - very nice pics :thumbsup: Full of colour and pin sharp.


Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Alycidon on June 05, 2014, 06:53:55 am
Putting in the power bus to the tracks.  Using 12 way distribution boards (DCC Supplies),  really neat and no under board soldering.   2 in so far and rails all soldered up.  Another 4 + a 24 way to go.   Tested what I had done late yesterday and a loco gets most of the way round,  get the next one in and I could after 3 years run trains.

A
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on June 05, 2014, 09:00:33 am
Finishing off gluing the track down. Fettled the flyover, just got to paint the piers. Then I can run some trains. I have some piccies, so may start a construction thread.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on June 05, 2014, 09:08:05 am

Never got as far as clearing the bench, maybe tomorrow  ::)  I'm sure I even saw some locos and rolling stock in there somewhere, one day, one day!

And you have the cheek to call yourself a railway modeller.   ;)  :-X
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Lawrence on June 05, 2014, 03:31:59 pm

Never got as far as clearing the bench, maybe tomorrow  ::)  I'm sure I even saw some locos and rolling stock in there somewhere, one day, one day!

And you have the cheek to call yourself a railway modeller.   ;)  :-X

You know how it is like, life tends to get in the way of things Caz  ::)
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: mr magnolia on June 09, 2014, 09:11:29 pm
some heavy duty Class 04 Maintenance.  Not sure when it will be out of the workshop...

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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: sparky on June 09, 2014, 09:19:33 pm
Just filing down the bottom of the plastic bogie frames on a very cheap Class 47 Hadrian....Now to remember how to lower the body slightly.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: GScaleBruce on June 14, 2014, 04:45:55 pm
Building the Faller single road locoshed (222141). Superglue is currently my best friend as it sets quicker than poly cement...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: johnlambert on June 14, 2014, 09:53:18 pm
Building a bridge at the South end of my station.

The rough mock-up.
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Trying out colours for the bridge girders - Tamiya Hull Red
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Trying out bridge colours - Tamiya Nato Black
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Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on June 15, 2014, 06:55:57 pm
I've spent the last few weeks just building Metcalfe buildings of all descriptions but finally got bored with that and painted some cutting walls in yellow sandstone, the first work on the layout itself for some time.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: port perran on June 15, 2014, 07:25:16 pm
Running some trains earlier then.........powercut !
That put an end to that though power is back on again after 30 minutes.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on June 15, 2014, 08:55:32 pm
Running some trains earlier then.........powercut !
That put an end to that though power is back on again after 30 minutes.

Time for a return to clockwork powered trains again methinks! ;)
Proof that no matter how many chips you have, how much DCC you may build into the system, no matter how complex the equipment you are only as good as your weakest electrical connecrtion. :(
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on June 15, 2014, 11:08:25 pm
Been wiring my Kato points this evening. Done all but 2 then I decided I was too tired to carry on. Will finish tomorrow.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Nick on June 17, 2014, 11:13:55 am
Painting track.

Deep joy...
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Malc on June 17, 2014, 03:22:02 pm
Finished all the points, now wiring droppers to the DC/DCC bus.
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Tdm on June 20, 2014, 10:38:05 pm
For the "umpteenth" time changed the layout again to accommodate more shunting options and rolling stock. AnyRail snapshot of amended layout appears below although text lines at bottom have yet to be updated. Yet to alter Scarm version of layout which will give a better 3D image of what I have done.

(http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo231/Tdmak/Model%20Railway/AnyRailLayout0614.jpg) (http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Model%20Railway/AnyRailLayout0614.jpg.html)



Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on June 23, 2014, 09:58:04 pm
Tonight, I have mostly been . . . painting staples


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Newportnobby on June 23, 2014, 10:25:48 pm
Tonight, I have mostly been . . . painting staples


Paul

Can you do the one in Preston while you're at it - it's looking shabby :-X
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Sprintex on June 24, 2014, 05:35:00 am
That particular overpriced stationery retailer wasn't present in the UK until 1992, so a bit late for my layout ;)

So the answer's no :P


Paul
Title: Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
Post by: Caz on June 24, 2014, 01:19:09 pm