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Title: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 22, 2010, 10:05:46 pm
The Sheaf Valley Railway

The Sheaf Valley Railway is a small fictional preserved railway in south Yorkshire. I am building this with a course mate and we have each decided to model one Terminus each. My end  of the layout measures 11 x 1 and can either be mounted table top or on its own set of legs. The layout is run using DCC and we use the basic Hornby Select controllers to keep the layout as simple as possible. Below is the original  trackplan:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/TrackPlan.jpg)

I decided to expand the layout and the current plan is this:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/TrackPlanExtension-1.jpg)

My station is called Leadmill Genera, this has a scenic section of 8 x 1. This is classed as the main station on the line as it is where the loco depot, carriage shed and carriage &wagon works are based. There is a terminus which can hold a 3 coach train in the main platform and a 2-car DMU in the bay so allsorts can be seen departing north up the line. This is more of the scenic end of the line being located within the sheaf valley itself. All track is Peco Code 55 and points are electrically controlled through the probe and stud mechanism.
And heres a few pics of the layout as it is at the moment:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12583.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12584.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12586.jpg)
And just for fun
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12590.jpg)
Updates will come as and when so watch this space

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: NGF Staff on November 23, 2010, 08:26:36 am
It looks like you've worked hard on the planning.  It's all very neat.  The layout looks great too, and on a good solid framework.   :)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on November 23, 2010, 09:31:43 am
Looking good.  What do your Uni mates think?  Is it a case of loving it, or taking the mickey, but constantly looking each time they pop round?!  I know my friends always loved having a look at my layout.   :)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 23, 2010, 12:10:25 pm
Thanks for the good words guys :D

Tank - Happily the course i'm doing is Railway Technology so my course mates are all interested in railways. In fact more often than not there is someone asking if they can come and have a play lol


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on November 24, 2010, 09:21:03 pm
Railway Technology - What a lovely degree to have!  Have any of your mates got a layout?
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 25, 2010, 10:18:48 am
Well since seeing my layout i have convinced my course mate joe to do the other end of the SVR (Sheaf Valley Railway) and i would like to thank him for the name. I've also convinced three others to get (back) into the hobby and start layouts of their own :D
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: REFaust on November 28, 2010, 12:04:49 pm
Looking like a really well planned little layout this. I'm looking forwards to seeing the next sections when they are built.

What did you use to construct your platforms?

R E Faust
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 28, 2010, 01:18:29 pm
Thanks REFraust, the platforms are just the basic metcalfe kit so nothing special
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 24, 2010, 11:34:29 pm
Merry Christmas Eve!

Just a small update to show off my new TPO :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12664.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12665.jpg)

Also as i'm home for xmas i've picked up my extra boards and track laying has begun
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12667.jpg)

Thats all for now but expect another soon!


Ollie  :NGAUGE:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on December 25, 2010, 08:44:11 am
Lovely TPO.   :)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 25, 2010, 08:03:48 pm
Thanks tank :D its one lovely model.

Btw...

Merry Christmas!!

Thought i'd share with you all my xmas gifts and what-nots for the Sheaf Valley Railway

I'll start with the loco additions, And a pair of SOUND FITTED class 20's :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12684.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12685.jpg)

And a class 108 DMU
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12679.jpg)

Also a new wagon has been added to the fleet, GWR conflat
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12674.jpg)

I've also got a few other things but they are for my home layout

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 05, 2011, 12:03:03 am
Hey All,

Something that everyone may like is the newest loco addition, a gorgeous LNER Liveried B1 :D I plan to re-number her to 1306 Mayflower
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12687.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12688.jpg)

Isn't she lovely :p

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 05, 2011, 01:47:08 am
Seen this on that gritty, sorry i mean nrm forum see you ate the chocy digestives greedy :evil: :evil:but the layout is looking brill :thumbsup: those 20s 1 dummy, chipped, the other motored am i right, bet they sound great :D my 501 emu is sound chipped by olivias trains. It sounds excellent :NGAUGE:

Haha, those biscuits are delicious :p

And you are correct about the 20's, one is a power and one a dummy. I've also got two other sound engines, these being a Stanier 8F and a Class 150 DMU :D

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on January 05, 2011, 04:54:02 pm
The B1 is gorgeous!  This is the first model I remember on my dads layout many moons ago.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 11, 2011, 10:55:46 pm
Hello All!

Since i have now moved back to Uni the layout is slowly progressing, lets start of with a few overall shots.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12693.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12694.jpg)

Fiddle yard board
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12695.jpg)

Scenic work has started on the second board
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12696.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12699.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12700.jpg)

You may notice that there is a massive space on this board. Well this is to be filled with the carriage shed which is on its way from Jeff0052 (http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/jeff0052?ssPageName=ADME:X:CEM:GB:1181) And these are the pics i have been sent of the finished model
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/frs1_003.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/frs1_002.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/frs1_001.jpg)

Gonna look good on the board me thinks :D

Laters dudes
Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Chris on January 12, 2011, 02:20:21 pm
Wow that's a superb shed! The backscenes look very good too. These must be the International Models/Gaugemaster ones. I was looking at getting a few of these myself and yours has convinced me to go for them.

That fiddle yard looks busy though!
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 23, 2011, 01:33:28 pm
That fiddle yard looks busy though!


It looks a bit busier at the momment as its covered in DVD's!!

There has been a bit more work done on the second board as my shed arrived last week :D Wiring and concreting is slowly happening as this update is being posted
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12777.jpg)

On the stock front i have renumbered/named a few engines (plates only for now, transfers soon)
3206 has become 3205
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12780.jpg)

4523 has become 4566
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12781.jpg)

Springbok is now named Mayflower
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12783.jpg)


Thats all for now

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 31, 2011, 11:08:22 pm
Evening All!

For starters i thought i'd share the pic in Model Rail, just because i feel like it :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12789.jpg)

Now for the actual update, I have done a fair bit of work on the second board! Last night i decided to get a bit more of the cutting done and the following shows how it looks now:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12799.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12802.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12804.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12803.jpg)

This is a general view of how the board looks now
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12807.jpg)

The space that is yet to be 'grassed' will be home to a local pub (name undecided). And of course trees and hedgesare still to be added



Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on February 01, 2011, 08:47:55 am
Well done on getting your layout published.  I also like the title!   ;D
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Lawrence on February 01, 2011, 09:56:53 am
Nice shed  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: porkie on February 08, 2011, 02:28:44 pm
the layouts lookin ace ollie :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: cupoftea on February 08, 2011, 03:58:49 pm
Nice work Sir
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 10, 2011, 05:14:27 pm
Afternoon NGF!!! First of all Many thanks for the comments Guys  :NGAUGE:

Secondly I must have had a recent blow to the head as i have been having a tidy up and in the process made the layout look a bit more presentable. These two pics show the scenic section as they look now (well 10 mins ago to be precise):
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12818.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12819.jpg)

I remember a comment on one of my earlier pics about my fiddle yard (i had many boxes stacked on it) well i have sorted this out :) As this is designed for exhibition the fiddle yard will not be in public view. To do this a piece of hardboard has been painted black and wil be attached as shown below:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12820.jpg)

And this is what is behind it (note the lacking of stock boxes):
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12821.jpg)

Joe, my fellow modeller, coursemate and future roomie had an old ratio signal box spare we decided to add some colour to the fiddle yard:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12822.jpg)

Also for the first time ever i have altered ready to run stuff!! I have painted the roof of my Stove R as the white just looked odd:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12823.jpg)

I have also added crew and lamps to my Peco Collett:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12826.jpg)

The final bit of news is that i have recently made a purchase from Ultima Models. I have decided to have my first go at building a decent coach kit, so for some reason i chose a very difficult Hawksworth Inspection Saloon (May take a while):
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12827.jpg)


Any thoughts?

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Dock Shunter on February 10, 2011, 06:34:41 pm
Coming along nicely Ollie... :thumbsup:
Glad to see you've had a bit of a tidy up  ;D
oh and February girl is not as pretty as January girl.....imho :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 10, 2011, 08:43:32 pm
Coming along nicely Ollie... :thumbsup:
Glad to see you've had a bit of a tidy up  ;D
oh and February girl is not as pretty as January girl.....imho :smiley-laughing:


Cheers for the kind words Dock Shunter

Oh and that would be because Its a different calendar :D I have two as i'm greedy. Taylor Swift on the left (The Janurary one you were reffering to) and Cheryl Cole on the right :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12830.jpg)


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: jonclox on February 10, 2011, 08:50:08 pm
Cheers for the kind words Dock Shunter

Oh and that would be because Its a different calendar :D I have two as i'm greedy. Taylor Swift on the left (The Janurary one you were reffering to) and Cheryl Cole on the right :D
([url]http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12830.jpg[/url])


Ollie

Oooooooooooooooh  :o and a nice pair


 ::) of T gauge I mean
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: porkie on February 10, 2011, 08:54:16 pm
Looking very good ollie...

Im waiting for my water bill to rear its ugly head, then I can order my inspection saloon car from thge N gauge society :thumbsup:

How easy was the kit to assemble fella?
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Dock Shunter on February 10, 2011, 08:55:04 pm
You took the words right out of my mouth jon :smiley-laughing:
Do you have a T Gauge layout Ollie......i saw one at the Scottish exhibition last year......couldnt believe my eyes :o
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 10, 2011, 09:07:59 pm
Looking very good ollie...

Im waiting for my water bill to rear its ugly head, then I can order my inspection saloon car from thge N gauge society :thumbsup:

How easy was the kit to assemble fella?

I actually haven't built much of it, at the momment i've only made the basic shape which was fairly straight forward. I've yet to start the detail bits as they scare me lol!

You took the words right out of my mouth jon :smiley-laughing:
Do you have a T Gauge layout Ollie......i saw one at the Scottish exhibition last year......couldnt believe my eyes :o


I don't have a T Gauge layout................Yet. I plan to do a small one at some point but i'm waiting for a bigger selection of stock to be available


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: jonclox on February 11, 2011, 09:15:54 am


I don't have a T Gauge layout................Yet. I plan to do a small one at some point but i'm waiting for a bigger selection of stock to be available


Ollie
Give it a while before you start.
I rushed into it a year last Xmas and was disapointed with the results. A new range of motive powered stock is now available and seems a vast improvement but I`ll let it rest for a few more months yet
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 27, 2011, 11:37:29 am
Hello NGF!

Sadly not much had been done to the layout as of late due to an exam and lack of funds...

...until yesterday.

I was unhappy with how i made the platform so to begin with i took it up
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12854.jpg)

I then built some new ones
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12855.jpg)

A bit of polystyrene, Mod-roc and grey paint...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12856.jpg)

And finally a bit of grass
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12857.jpg)

I gotta say i'm quite chuffed with how it's turned out.

Questions, comments and criticisms welcome as always

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Mustermark on March 27, 2011, 02:21:49 pm
That looks really good!  I love the backscene - think I recognise the Gaugemaster scene I've got.  That works really well.  The station is looking good too.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on March 27, 2011, 03:09:10 pm
Good to see some progress buddy.  And is that a new room you're in?! ;) :D
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 27, 2011, 09:54:48 pm
Ta for the comments guys, makes staying up all night doing it worth it lol!

And is that a new room you're in?! ;) :D

Haha i wish, Its the Living area of the flat i'm in. I thought well if they can throw parties and make a lot of mess in there they i'll do something similar, lots of polystyrene and cork mess :D

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Chris on March 27, 2011, 10:10:10 pm
The new platforms certainly look great, and the scenics behind blend it in well with the backscene. Good to see some progress with this layout.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on March 28, 2011, 09:06:05 am
I thought well if they can throw parties and make a lot of mess in there they i'll do something similar, lots of polystyrene and cork mess :D

Ollie

Well at least you know that if you get hungry whilst modelling, there are plenty of bits of Pringles and half eaten pizza slices on the floor!   :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 31, 2011, 09:15:07 am
Hey all, lets start with the march calendar pic :p

Quote from: cmeonthemove
Think I much prefer the calender, although I haven't seen March's photo yet!


(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12965.jpg)

How's that? I'll do the April one asap :p

Not really railway related but Tuesday Night i saw Taylor Swift, had a cracking view
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12938.jpg)


Now onto the layout itself, i felt like finally sorting out the exit to the fiddle yard. So a trip to rails and a few hours later i had this (those fences took a while!)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/Layout1.jpg)

I also have done a bit of ballasting in the yard, this is my engineers siding
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/Layout3.jpg)

Being me i also got another Mk1 and 67 dummy whilst up there but i haven't taken a photo of them....yet

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on March 31, 2011, 09:26:32 am
Always good to see a calendar on show. :thumbsup:

The siding is a good idea with the old wagons and tender.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Vulcan on April 03, 2011, 05:09:14 pm
Looks very good, I see you have your priorities right, when the layout is covering most of your desk. What exactly does Railway Technology involve? Sounds like an interesting course.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: cloughie on April 03, 2011, 05:18:05 pm
Railway Technology= how to make butties curl up at the edges, 3 year course :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:

calender= it`s now April 8)

fences, did you have as much trouble as me sticking the sections together, and thats after soaking them in soapy water
cloughie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 03, 2011, 05:24:22 pm
Looks very good, I see you have your priorities right, when the layout is covering most of your desk. What exactly does Railway Technology involve? Sounds like an interesting course.


Haha, happily next year me and joe have agreed that the front room will be home to both our layouts so will have a bit more room to work on them (and uni work of course lol)

The course at the momment has introduced us to the basics (track, electrics, Signalling, materials, telecoms etc) and we specialise in a chosen subject in our third year

calender= it`s now April 8)

fences, did you have as much trouble as me sticking the sections together, and thats after soaking them in soapy water
cloughie


I actually didn't find them too much trouble, bit of humbrol poly was all i needed. And it is april, new calendar photo:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12993.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: cloughie on April 03, 2011, 05:30:20 pm
damn ollie, you trying to give me a heart attack with that calender :o
cloughie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 03, 2011, 05:32:04 pm
damn ollie, you trying to give me a heart attack with that calender :o
cloughie

Now why on earth would i want to do that, you'd miss the next 8 months :p

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Vulcan on April 03, 2011, 05:33:51 pm
Sounds interesting, and also like something that might be happening at Derby uni, am I right?

I did Transport Design at uni, which as great fun. We got to design a car for Morgan and meet Patrick Stewart. However, the lecturers hadn't a clue about railways. In the last year I designed a new and improved cab for a class 66 (with improved safety and comfort and all that). In every tutorial I seemed to be teaching the lecturers about railways. Our lecturer for the technical report's idea of a moden diesel loco was a Western Hydraulic!

Ahh, uni days.....
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 03, 2011, 05:42:04 pm
Sounds interesting, and also like something that might be happening at Derby uni, am I right?

I did Transport Design at uni, which as great fun. We got to design a car for Morgan and meet Patrick Stewart. However, the lecturers hadn't a clue about railways. In the last year I designed a new and improved cab for a class 66 (with improved safety and comfort and all that). In every tutorial I seemed to be teaching the lecturers about railways. Our lecturer for the technical report's idea of a moden diesel loco was a Western Hydraulic!

Ahh, uni days.....


I'm actually not too sure lol, hallam still haven't made up their minds about our course yet (this is its first year)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Vulcan on April 03, 2011, 05:53:14 pm
Oh yes, I should have figured it out from your location. I remember them telling us about their plans for your course when I went to one of their open days.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 07, 2011, 11:24:47 am
Morning all!

Lets get straight in to the serious stuff, i have put the final touches to the far right hand side of the board. So this is how it looked in the last update
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/Layout1.jpg)

And this is it now
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13000.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13001.jpg)

Much better me thinks :D

And some random shots i took the other night
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12999.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12998.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12995.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12994.jpg)

Anything ya wanna know just let us know! :D

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Richard G Dallimore on April 07, 2011, 11:49:04 am
looking good.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Mustermark on April 07, 2011, 11:54:19 am
Nice photos too. :camera:  Good work. :thumbsup:

Thomas looks happy! :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 10, 2011, 05:38:48 pm
Ta for the good words guys :D

Anyone want some overall pics? you got it
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13002.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13003.jpg)

Enjoy!

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 29, 2011, 02:26:09 pm
Well there is good news and bad news.

The good being that Sheaf Valley is just under 2 weeks from it's exhibition debut at Bakewell. The bad is that the layout hasn't progressed much since the last update! I really have my work cut out if i'm gonna be in a presentable state!!

Seen as i haven't updated this month i will show the popular calendar shot for the month of may:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13146.jpg)

This is a shot taken the other week showing the layout from the operating side:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13167.jpg)

The final update is of my hawksworth inspection saloon, last time this was mentioned it looked like this:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC12827.jpg)

But since getting back from Uni i have been back at club and a fellow club member offered to build the kit for me. I have since painted the majority of it and this is how it looks now:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13189.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13188.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13190.jpg)

I will be posting updates as and when i get work done so expect alot in the next two weeks

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Alex on May 29, 2011, 09:04:06 pm
Hi Ollie,

A very neat and tidy looking layout, well done.  :thumbsup:

Alex
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 02, 2011, 12:10:03 am
Hello all once again.

Small update to keep ya'll going. First i've had a better control board made which also acts as the base for the dynamis:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13203.jpg)

I spent alot of today painting the rail sides:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13205.jpg)

And here is an overall shot:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13204.jpg)

I didn't get as much work done as would have liked today as i had a misshap which involed a trip to A&E and my thumb now bandaged up!

Anyway expect more!

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 07, 2011, 05:05:24 pm
Afternoon Everyone!

Only 4 days left to go!!! Which means 3 days to get finished, thankfully i have been granted access to my clubroom when i need it so last night me and my mate Joe (Not the same Joe who came up with the name), who is giving me a hand at wiring the layout up, were at the club till gone midnight striping the wiring off the station board and then re-wiring to the new control board.

This is the older wiring job on the station board
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13244.jpg)

And this is after the re-wire
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13245.jpg)

This is how the control board looks at the momment, the second board will be wired up this evening
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13246.jpg)

The inside
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13248.jpg)


We are spending another late night at club tonight in which we will be wiring up the second board and cracking on with the scenery. I am actually starting to think i can get this finished intime for the weekend now :D

Anything you wish to know/say please feel free to speak up :)

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: longbridge on June 07, 2011, 09:15:37 pm
Great looking layout and love the wall artwork :thumbsup:, I also prefer the probe method of switching the points :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 08, 2011, 01:02:05 am
Ta for the good words :D

Anyway onto the results of todays work. The second board now has all the points wired up and operational!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13256.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13255.jpg)

I have done a bit more on the cutting too
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13253.jpg)

I have made the final hill too, adds a bit more green to the station. Also i have spent about 2 hours getting all the ballast done! i just hope the points still work!!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13257.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13258.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13259.jpg)

Now tomorrow will be the last day i will be working on the layout so it'll be testing and odds and sods lol


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Dock Shunter on June 08, 2011, 02:20:14 am
Layout looking good Ollie... :thumbsup:
Like the work you have done in the cutting.....good luck for the show at the weekend. :thumbsup:
Oh and you need to turn the calender to June ;D
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Chris on June 08, 2011, 07:23:48 am
Great work Ollie! Should be a head-turner at the show. Hope you have a great day.

Oh and you need to turn the calender to June ;D

Seconded!

Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 09, 2011, 04:41:13 pm
Hello once again,

Well it's ready for show :D or to be more specific, it's passable for show lol. By this i mean it's got the basic scenery complete and only the station/passing loop is currently working!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13262.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13264.jpg)

Here is a side on view (it's not the best quality)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13263.jpg)

And a few shots of details (including Geoff the trainspotter)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13265.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13266.jpg)


Let's just hope it survives the exhibition!

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 13, 2011, 03:22:43 pm
Well it survived! :D

Amazingly i had no problems with the layout at the weekend (well we didn't get the loco shed working in time but ho hum). Was a very good show and the layout seemed to generate alot of interest, i even got asked to another show :D

Anyways, here is a pic before the show opened
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13268.jpg)

And a view down the layout
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13269.jpg)

Oh and i'll end with the June Calendar shot
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13267.jpg)


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Dock Shunter on June 13, 2011, 05:39:52 pm




Very nice Ollie.......and the layout looks good too.
            Glad you had a good show :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: bluedepot on June 13, 2011, 06:40:07 pm
hey

nice layout pics

how did the operating at the show go?

is this a preserved line?

who is the girl on right (that isn't taylor swift)?



tim
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 13, 2011, 06:57:04 pm
hey

nice layout pics

how did the operating at the show go?

is this a preserved line?

who is the girl on right (that isn't taylor swift)?



tim

Hey Tim,
Operating went suprisingly OK, got to grips with the dynamis and the loco's ran smoothly.

It is a preserved line, just an excuse to run everything :D

The girl on the right is Cheryl Cole :D

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Irish Padre on June 13, 2011, 09:34:04 pm
Glad it went well - love that picture a page or so back taken in the cutting; very life-like!!
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Chris on June 13, 2011, 10:30:56 pm
Glad to hear the show went well and well done securing another exhibition. Something else to work towards.

Oh, and thanks for the June calender mmmmmm.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: bluedepot on June 15, 2011, 07:45:26 pm
ah ok, i should have got Cheryl Cole really but not watched a lot of tv lately....

were you the youngest exhibitor at the show???
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 15, 2011, 11:09:18 pm
were you the youngest exhibitor at the show???

I think i was. There were a few younger than me helping operate layouts (one of my mates for one) but i believe i was the youngest layout owner. Saying that most of the layouts seemed to be club owned ones

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 21, 2011, 10:20:49 pm
Evening all!

First of all i'll apologise for the lack of updates as of late, had a fair bit of work on. Next some good news :D I now have my new place for my next year of Uni, so naturally SVR was the first item to be moved in.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13436.jpg)

As you can see there is a fair amount of room (enough for SVR and my house/coursemates layout) so this has already been designated as the train room.

The layout itself, well i've replaced part of the platform and thats about it. I'll bring you updates as and when...


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 03, 2011, 05:33:34 pm
At last i have a picture related update for you!! :D

I'm going to start with exhibitions, this time next week Sheaf will be at it's second exhibition (Glossop) so feel free to come say hello (If you're not at the N Gauge Show of course :p)

Now onto my Hawskworth Inspection Saloon, since i last mentioned it i have painted the roof Grey, glazed it, finished off the chocolate colour, painted the interior walls and added some basic interior. Just needs a few people and some decals to finish it off :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13682.jpg)

More trees have appeared :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13680.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13681.jpg)

I've been adding a few little details too, mainly ground signals and hand point levers :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13686.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13685.jpg)

This is just a random shot of the shed added for fun
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13683.jpg)

I've also finally added the platform edging to the platforms, makes one hell of an improvement..
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13688.jpg)

And i'll end with a shot of the whole layout
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13689.jpg)

So was it worth the wait?

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on September 03, 2011, 05:46:26 pm
Looking good mate, especially the ground signal.  :)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: EtchedPixels on September 03, 2011, 06:54:13 pm
If its a preserved railway you might want someone standing behind that guy bending over making as if to kick him up the backside, and a third person with camera ;)

The Hawksworth is looking good

Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: longbridge on September 03, 2011, 09:05:31 pm
Great modelling and a lovely layout, the ground signals look A1. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: davieb on September 03, 2011, 09:16:02 pm
the ground signals look great :thumbsup:

did you buy them or make them if so how did you go about it

dave
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 03, 2011, 09:40:26 pm
Ta for the goods words guys :D

Dave, the ground signals are ready made. I got them cheap in the Rails second hand section so i'm not too sure on the make.


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: davieb on September 03, 2011, 09:59:23 pm
thanks for that ollie :thumbsup:

will have to keep an eye out for some

dave
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 04, 2011, 09:55:23 am
Hi Ollie - yes, it was worth the wait. Neat layout :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 06, 2011, 02:56:52 am
Just a quick pic for you this time.

Me and Joe (housemate) have decided to start a small layout building company (The Fiddle Yard (http://thefiddleyard.webs.com)) in our free time so we needed a logo. We decided to use Sheaf for this and the following is what we chose.

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13691.jpg)

I think it actually makes the layout look fairly realistic.


Ollie
 :A1Tornado: :Carriage: :Carriage:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 10, 2011, 09:19:03 pm
Evening all!

I'll start off with a very big grin :D How chuffed am i at the TINGs annuncements!!
Lets start with the NGS LMS Inspection Saloon, I can certainly see a couple arriving on Sheaf next year :D Thankfully i have a GWR one so we'll have a bit of variety
On to Dapol and their Working Semaphores. I think i'll have to be saying goodbye to the current non-working ratio signals in favour of the working alternative, it'll also allow me to have Upper Quadrant instead of the current GWR Lower Quadrant (Not very south Yorkshire...)
I've also heard that the Farish A1 was released this weekend so i can imagine a Tornado gracing Sheaf Valley Rails in the next few weeks (Depending upon me getting my possible new job [at Rails of Shefff])

Anyway onto the layout itself, sadly i couldn't attend TINGs as Sheaf is currently being exhibited at the Glossop Model Railway Show for the weekend. And for the first time it has performed faultlessly (for today at least lol)

Here are a few pics of the layout just before the show opened
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13696.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13698.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13699.jpg)

Oh and a bit of self advertising :p
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13697.jpg)

Lets hope it still works tomorrow!

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 10, 2011, 09:49:10 pm
Hi Ollie - sorry you couldn't be in 2 places at the same time but I'm really pleased the layout functioned faultlessly and hope you enjoy tomorrow too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on September 11, 2011, 03:21:30 pm
Good luck Ollie!  Great layout. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: BRCW26010 on September 22, 2011, 05:07:31 pm
Hi Ollie :) I've just read your thread and just wanted to say a huge well done  :). Love it :thumbsup: Great model and in fact it has inspired me to actually try a bit of N. I joined the forum on Sunday and yours is one of the layouts I keep coming back to. One question: Re point control, I want to use wire in tube with large radius insulfrog points (electrics and soldering really are dark arts to me) and as most long wheelbase modern diesel locos (excluding the 08 which I won't be using) seem to pick up on all axles thus making contact less of a problem can I use said insulfrog points straight from the box? Cheers in advance :) Oh yes. I'll be using dcc.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 22, 2011, 07:13:58 pm
Hey BCRW26010,

Insulfrogs can be used straight of the box but i would highly recommend you use Electrofrogs. My Electrofrogs are straight out of the box with insulating joiners on the inner rail.


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: BRCW26010 on September 22, 2011, 11:08:00 pm
Thanks for that :thumbsup: No more soldering than strictly required :) One other thing: Shunting is my thing and ideally I'd love to use something like microtrains couplings (which I gather they don't do for replacement in NEM pockets). I heard Bachmann are starting a new coupling system which is evidently quite similar to microtrains.   Have I dreamed this?  Cheers again :) Thanks.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: poliss on September 23, 2011, 12:11:36 am
Due out in Oct/Nov I think. Not sure what shank they will be using.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: BRCW26010 on September 23, 2011, 04:23:35 pm
Ta for that Poliss. It looks like there are fewer reasons than ever before not to do a little layout :thumbsup: It won't be as impressive as Ollie's - but it'll be fun :)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: poliss on September 23, 2011, 04:37:36 pm
Just rechecked and it says due date Aug/Sep. http://www.bachmann.co.uk/prod1.php?prod_selected=americann&prod=7
Other stores say due 30 of September.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: BRCW26010 on September 26, 2011, 10:05:43 am
Thanks for that Poliss :) Well, I've really gone and done it now; 1 Dapol Cl66, two live frog points, a couple of yards of track - just for test purposes you understand! Now I have to learn to solder :'( Waaaaah!! Never mind it will be worth it in the end ;) A small Inglenook style board will hopefully appear in the fullness of time :thumbsup: That's glacial time incidentally :o! Quite looking forward to it really :) I checked out Kato Unitrack this w/e which looked very good but at nearly 50 for two points it's a bit rich for my blood. I think that might actually end up being not far off the cost of trackwork for an entire layout given Peco large radius points can be had for about a tenner each. I must be mellowing with age but even a 4'*2' tail-chaser has appeal :thumbsup: That's new...
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 02, 2011, 06:59:31 pm
I have just realised that Sheaf is over a year old now!! Yaay :D

Anyways i only have a small update for today. Although the Peco shed is a very nice kit i don't think it really looks right on the layout, with this in mind i 'removed it' (with a bit of force) and have begun building a replacement which should look more like the carriage shed.
This is the old one:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13740.jpg)

And this is where i'm at with the new one:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13742.jpg)

In other news i have got myself a new part time job....


...In Rails Of Sheffield :D So expect plenty of new stock appearing lol


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: BRCW26010 on October 02, 2011, 10:21:42 pm
Well done :thumbsup: - for both the shed and the job ;D
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 07, 2011, 08:47:30 pm
Evening All,

To start with a few random pics,

37 'on shed' (which is still not finished!)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13744.jpg)

Mayflower draws past the carriage shed (It's a thomas event!)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13745.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13746.jpg)

Now onto a few updates. First is i've finally got some more glue so i can resume construction of the shed :D, pics to follow as and when.

Next i've bought some peeps to go on the platform as they are looking a tad bare!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13747.jpg)

And on the topic of people i've been populating coaches again, and also my green 108 (inc Driver)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13753.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13754.jpg)

My Inspection Saloon now has a few transfers on to bring her to life a bit
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13758.jpg)

I've recently bought a few 1/144 plastic kits to have a play with and as my paint arrived today i've got one of them finished off (minus canopy) Everyone builds a spitfire at somepoint, Lancaster and Messerschmitt will follow.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13761.jpg)

Now the bigger news, i have decided to re-do the loco shed area as i didn't like the concrete effect. This is the how it looks right now.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13763.jpg)

To finish with, its' the dapol open day tomorrow so i've spoken to a friend who's going to hopefully pick up some bargains for me :D And as i may know already what dapol are or may not be announcing i'm not saying any more :P

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on October 07, 2011, 09:00:21 pm
Well done on making the Spit!  She looks great.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Miek on October 08, 2011, 08:48:06 pm
Like the picture of the spitfire. Somehow it fits in nicely. In fact all the pictures look great. Thanks for sharing them!
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: moogle on October 09, 2011, 11:05:22 am
Looking good Ollie.
The spit looks nice.
One thing I would replace though is those bottle brush trees!
Spoil an otherwise natural looking landscape and backscene.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Chinahand on October 09, 2011, 02:23:00 pm
Hi Ollie,

Just picked up on your layout thread and must say it's looking good. I've been looking for some N Scaleish aeroplane kits for a while but haven't found any yet so would be grateful if you could tell me what make your Spitfire is.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 09, 2011, 02:33:41 pm
Thanks for the good words guys :D

Chinahand, the spitfire is a Minicraft kit and i got it off ebay, http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Geoffs-Internet-Models?_trksid=p4340.l2563 (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Geoffs-Internet-Models?_trksid=p4340.l2563) I found this seller to be the cheapest source and i found him a pleasure to deal with (also bought a Lancaster from him)

Moogle, I agree the bog brush trees aren't exactly the best ever, i intend to replace them with some more realistic ones at a later date but not that high up on the to do list right now.

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: RWJP on October 09, 2011, 06:26:53 pm
Love the spitfire Ollie, looks really good.

How're you planning on re-surfacing the depot area? I'm looking at doing an in-laid section on my layout so I would appreciate some tips!

Ross
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 09, 2011, 08:33:03 pm
Hi Ross,

For the depot my plan is to use a grey scatter used right up to the rail head. No idea if it'll work yet lol

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Chris on October 09, 2011, 08:39:31 pm
Another great collection of photos and updates. I like the spitfire model.

With regard to the infills on your depot area, I took this photo of Wansford yard on the Nene Valley should this give you any ideas. It's basically compacted ash & gravel.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/6207973023_1b71a8eb0c_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 09, 2011, 08:43:37 pm
Nice pic Chris, that is exactly the sort of thing i'm gonna be aiming for

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: RWJP on October 09, 2011, 09:12:56 pm
Seems like a good way of going about things! I will have to dig out some photos of Ropley on the Mid Hants, they have the same thing in their yard, compacted ash, gravel, oil, dirt basically making a hard-standing.

Certainly different to the standard concrete!

Ross
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 10, 2011, 09:55:28 pm
Evening all!

To start of with i have good news! Sheaf has been booked to appear in it's third exhibition :D This being the New Mills and District Railway Modellers exhibition to be held 25th/26th February 2012. I hope to see you all there!

Next onto some new additions, i recently picked up the new Farish Digital Commuter set so i have a new Digital 24 and some more maroon MK1's to add to my growing MK1 collection.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13887.jpg)

Speaking of MK1's i have also got hold of some more green ones for a decent price.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13890.jpg)

I've also increased my wagon fleet with these two new Private Owner wagons, local to Sheffield of course.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13889.jpg)

And this is the reason for the lack of updates on the layout itself, currently 'in store' whilst the living room is being used for other projects.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13886.jpg)

That's all for now!

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on November 10, 2011, 10:06:57 pm
Well done Ollie!  Good to hear you're on the circuit now.  :)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Pete Mc on November 10, 2011, 10:33:53 pm
Hi Olly,keep popping back to have a look at your layout.Its looking good.
Hows the job going at Rail's?
I'm planning a trip through either tomorrow from murky Donny just down the road or saturday to part with some not so hard earned brass.I'm looking at buying a blue farish 101,possibly an 03 and some seep motors.
Pete
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 10, 2011, 10:45:10 pm
Cheers for the good words tank :) Lets hope i can get into the N Gauge Show at somepoint :D

Pete, The job's going really well thanks :D The new 101 looks an amazing model as does the 03, and both are selling fast so the sooner you can pop in the better! I'm in both tomorrow and saturday so be sure to say Hi! :D

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Pete Mc on November 10, 2011, 10:53:16 pm
Righto,I'm off work tomorrow but as I work as a bus driver and get up terribly early,I'll be getting up at the crack of dinnertime and then taking a drive through early afternoonish.So I'll sithee tomorrow.
Pete
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 23, 2011, 12:00:56 am
Evening/Morning all!

As with last time this is not a massive update, but i thought i'd share my latest purchases.

New Farish Class 03, is an absolutely beautiful runner
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13908.jpg)

And i also picked up a pair of Early Crest Black 5's second hand. One was DCC Fitted already was a bonus! But cost me just over 120 for the two which aint bad at all, just need some transfers for them to become Riley's pair :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13921.jpg)


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Pete Mc on November 23, 2011, 12:32:22 am
By Rileys pair,are you referring to the two black 5's rescued from Turkey?
What has happened with regards to these loco's?
I read somewhere that the chap in charge of the whole project had passed away,I don't really have much of a following for preserved steam loco's but having seen the documentary on the rescue of these two loco's on the History Channel,a follow up might be interesting.
One more thing Ollie,did you get your 108 dmu running again.I haven't had a momenrs trouble with mine since I did what I suggested to you in the shop the other week.
Pete
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 23, 2011, 12:36:37 am
Hi Pete,

By Rileys pair i mean 45407 and 44871 (http://www.railwayherald.co.uk/imaging.centre/showimage.php?image=212868 (http://www.railwayherald.co.uk/imaging.centre/showimage.php?image=212868))
As regard to the two that came back from turkey, as far as i know one is at Shildon and the other is at the Barry Railway

The 108. Sadly i haven't had the time to get a proper look at it yet, been doing alot of cover work these past few weeks


Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Pete Mc on November 23, 2011, 12:49:55 am
Just shows how much I know about preserved steam loco's, doesn't it.
As for the 108,just give the body a squeeze at the bottom with it intact.I didn't strip the body off or anything,just squeezed it above the powered bogie and the motor was realigned in an instant.I have two of these,one is a three car unit,the other,a two car one.I haven't had an issue with the two car unit,maybe this is because the three car one was bought as soon as they came out,the two car one was bought in june,so may have had a small mod done in the factory to make the motor more secure in its mounting.I'm just guessing on the last point however.
Pete
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: LMScat on November 23, 2011, 06:56:38 am
Cracking layout there Ollie and also a good range of stock to run.
Good luck with future exhibitions.

 Steve
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: jonclox on November 23, 2011, 09:26:29 am
By Rileys pair,are you referring to the two black 5's rescued from Turkey?
What has happened with regards to these loco's?
I read somewhere that the chap in charge of the whole project had passed away,I don't really have much of a following for preserved steam loco's but having seen the documentary on the rescue of these two loco's on the History Channel,a follow up might be interesting.
One more thing Ollie,did you get your 108 dmu running again.I haven't had a momenrs trouble with mine since I did what I suggested to you in the shop the other week.
Pete

Only thing Ive seen about those 2 locos was when their story was told in..

http://www.channel5.com/shows/monster-moves/episodes/episode-3-321
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: poliss on November 23, 2011, 05:01:57 pm
8F 45170 should be undergoing restoration at Storey Engineering in Hepscott, Northumberland by now.
http://www.nrm.org.uk/AboutUs/PressOffice/PressReleases/2011/January/shildon_newlocos.aspx
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 01, 2011, 04:56:15 pm
Evening all!

Not much of an update i'm afraid but thought i'd show off the latest loco to arrive on Sheaf. This being New Build A1 Tornado
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC13959.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: polo2k on December 01, 2011, 05:40:21 pm
 :A1Tornado:   ;D
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on December 01, 2011, 05:59:29 pm
Lovely! :thumbsup:  I'd love one, but I've just bought some track so no 's!
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: jc92 on December 01, 2011, 06:10:07 pm
looks suspiciously similar to mine :P
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 03, 2012, 11:22:55 pm
Hello all!

Apologies for the lack of updates. Been busy building a layout for someone on another forum so had alot of my time spent doing that. This has been completed so it means as of next week Sheaf will be back! And with it's exhibition at Chapel En-le-Frith just over 7 weeks away i have a few things i want to get sorted so expect many updates! I've got many things planned for the layout including:
-Fitting of Dapol Magnets/Couplings
-Re-Ballast of the entire thing (Don't like how it currently is)
-Addition of Dapol Signals
-Construction of a Lighting rig

Oh i nearly forgot i've also got Sheaf booked in for it's fourth show It's in September and is easily the show i most wanted to get into, none other than.....

..The International N Gauge Show!!!! So yeah not bad for what currently will be it's fourth outing!

 :NGAUGE:

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: EtchedPixels on January 04, 2012, 01:20:34 am
..The International N Gauge Show!!!! So yeah not bad for what currently will be it's fourth outing!

Nice one.. I look forward to seeing it, assuming I get to the cowshed this year.

Make sure its got plenty of lights for TINGS!
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 04, 2012, 08:16:17 am


..The International N Gauge Show!!!! So yeah not bad for what currently will be it's fourth outing!

 :NGAUGE:

Ollie

Well done, Ollie :thumbsup: I hope to be there to see it if I'm not away on business.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Chinahand on January 04, 2012, 08:25:30 am
Do we know a date & venue for TINGS yet ?

I'm moving back to UK next May and hope to get to it if it's at the usual September timing.
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: portland-docks on January 04, 2012, 08:54:32 am
same place as always mate, leamington spa which annoys the hell outta me being from up north its hard to get to! which they would move it round or centralise it
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: RWJP on January 04, 2012, 11:40:14 am
A quick Google answers your question for you:

http://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/our-events-detail.php?id=0000000003 (http://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/our-events-detail.php?id=0000000003)

Same place as usual, 8-9 September 2012.

Ollie, well done on getting Sheaf in! I look forward to seeing it!
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Pete Mc on January 04, 2012, 08:14:34 pm
Hey up Ollie,well done old chap for getting your layout into TINGS.I'll look forward to seeing it in the flesh.

Pete
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Mustermark on January 04, 2012, 09:16:11 pm
Nice one Ollie. Wish I could be there to see it!
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 06, 2012, 08:30:36 pm
Ta for the good words guys, i look forward to saying Hi to alot of you :D

Anyways i thought i'd provide some proof that Sheaf does still exist
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14018.jpg)
As you can see it's very cluttered owing to work i'm planning on doing.

I never put a pic up but this lovely item arrived before Christmas, very nice indeed!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14024.jpg)

And of course my Christmas Money went on locos and i picked up the following:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14023.jpg)

And...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14025.jpg)

Now to get chipping these and get cracking with the layout!

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 07, 2012, 05:16:04 am
MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS ON SHEAF VALLEY RAILWAY

As mentioned a few days ago i am planning to re-ballast the track. After assessment i found the easiest way to do this is to lift the currently laid track. I thought i'd do it a board at a time so it still looks like i have part of a layout lol. Anyways this is what i've been doing for the past several hours:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14026.jpg)

I've also had a thought, if i replace two of the points around the signal box with a double slip then i can arrive into either platform and the depot head-shunt from the main:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14027.jpg)

I'll also be adding magnets for the Dapol couplings for remote uncoupling as i believe i've found a way to hide them and still have them work efficiently :D

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: OwL on January 07, 2012, 11:22:23 am
Looks like the N Gauge Permanent Way Team are busy on your Railway!

Keep us posted, and as always stirling effort, I will be interested to see how well concealed your magnets will be.

Best of luck with it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 07, 2012, 08:09:47 pm
Hello all!

As i'm sure you are aware Dapol have recently released their magnetic couplings and magnets. They work very well indeed but the one problem i had was that in order to fit them you have to cut out sleepers between the track and you are left with a rather ugly magnet in the middle of your track.

I didn't want this on my layout so i've come up with a way to 'hide' them from view. I first tried putting the magnet under the track but i found that the uncoupling wasn't 100% reliable but i have found a way :D

I realised that under the sleepers wasn't high enough so what i did was lay a test piece on two pieces of 1/16th cork to give the height of 1/8th. I then did the usual of cutting the gap inbetween the sleepers but i also cut the gap out of the top layer of cork.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14030.jpg)

I did this so when the magnet was added it sat lower than the tops of the sleepers.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14029.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14028.jpg)

I then took the sleepers that i had cut out to fit the magnet and slices them in half lengthways.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14031.jpg)

Then i took the 'half-slices' and glued them on top of the magnet lining up with the sleeper edges.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14033.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14035.jpg)

Once ballast is added it is very had to determine where the magnet is.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14036.jpg)

I have done a small video of the magnets in operation too (not brilliant owing to poor light and the track not being level!
http://youtu.be/gWCcMmVcOMQ (http://youtu.be/gWCcMmVcOMQ)


Ollie

(I've also put this in the tutorial section)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 07, 2012, 09:20:43 pm
Great idea, Ollie. Well worth the work of slicing the sleepers in half :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 12, 2012, 10:53:17 am
Update on Sheaf Valley's Winter Maintenance

Hello all, the re-laying work is continuing at a reasonable pace. This is how the station board was looking earlier in the week
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14038.jpg)
You may notice in this i have decided not to add a double slip, this is because it was cheaper to buy a standard point and it'd give me a longer run-around.

A little shopping trip on Monday to Work (Rails), Antics and Sheffield Transport models meant i had the following bits to play with
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14039.jpg)

So after a few hours work the new track was starting to take shape
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14040.jpg)

And this is where i got up to
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14041.jpg)

I did come across one problem, i 'forgot' to take note of where the track left the board so i had the following issue
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14042.jpg)

This of course led me to taking up the track on the C&W works board earlier than i planned, but on the plus side it's made me re-think the layout of the yard and it is quite possible a lovely new loco shed may be arriving within the next few weeks. So as of 10am today the whole layout looks like this
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14045.jpg)

So i best crack on with things!

Ollie
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Tank on January 12, 2012, 11:05:06 am
That mistake almost sounds planned. ;) ;D
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 12, 2012, 11:24:21 am
Nice work, Ollie. Bit scary how often the hammer appears in the pics though :o :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Fratton on January 18, 2012, 03:53:06 am
Nice work, Ollie. Bit scary how often the hammer appears in the pics though :o :smiley-laughing:

first rule of everything, if it's not working hit it with a hammer,

second rule of eveything, if you havent tried hitting it with a hammer,,,,,,,, why not?

third rule of everything, dont ask me to fix anything!!!!!!

nice work though, it takes a certain something to rip it up and start again, im hoping that bug doesnt get caught by me, SWMBO would go nuts if she cottened on that i was re-doing work,,,
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: tim-pelican on January 18, 2012, 01:29:14 pm
nice work though, it takes a certain something to rip it up and start again, im hoping that bug doesnt get caught by me, SWMBO would go nuts if she cottened on that i was re-doing work,,,

Oddly, mine was the opposite - she couldn't believe I was glueing stuff into place rather than being able to take the track apart and put it down in a different arrangement every time I got bored.  That may more of a reflection on my attention span than her understanding of railway modelling though :(
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 18, 2012, 01:57:58 pm
nice work though, it takes a certain something to rip it up and start again, im hoping that bug doesnt get caught by me, SWMBO would go nuts if she cottened on that i was re-doing work,,,

Oddly, mine was the opposite - she couldn't believe I was glueing stuff into place rather than being able to take the track apart and put it down in a different arrangement every time I got bored.  That may more of a reflection on my attention span than her understanding of railway modelling though :(

There probably aren't many of the fair sex who think we are anything but 'boys' playing with 'train sets' :(
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 19, 2012, 06:35:59 pm
Evening all!

Work is continuing and i now have the main running line laid
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14100.jpg)

Further progress will be delayed a few days as i'm waiting for this lovely loco shed to come from Jeff0052
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/Stand14th15th007.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/Stand14th15th003.jpg)

More to come soon! :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 19, 2012, 09:09:37 pm
That is SOME shed, Ollie. Even in N it looks bigger than my bungalow :(
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 27, 2012, 02:46:28 pm
It's Update Time! :D

with just over 4 weeks until show i've got my work cut out! But things are progressing and this is an overview so far
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14102.jpg)

This is the new shed, as you can see i have made the depot three lines instead of the 4 it was as i felt it was a bit crammed in before.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14103.jpg)

The Carriage shed is exactly where it was before but the track on this board will be slightly altered too
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14104.jpg)

Scenery wise i picked these Ugly things up the other day
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14105.jpg)

Oh and talking of 'Ugly' things i may have bought a new loco...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14109.jpg)

....And 6 GBRf Hoppers to go with it
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14108.jpg)

And a general shot of Geoff's Corner showing the Telegraph poles
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14107.jpg)

More to come later!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 27, 2012, 03:15:37 pm
Nice work, Ollie. It's progressing really well :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Mustermark on January 27, 2012, 03:56:20 pm
Looking good.  Keep the updates coming! :camera:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 27, 2012, 11:30:11 pm
It (Re-)Lives!

I've spent the afternoon re-wiring the station board and amazingly it worked first time! (Well apart from 1 point which needs a clean!) This gives an idea of what things used to look like
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14110.jpg)

Oh and i got the first loco line laid too.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14145.jpg)


Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Chris on January 28, 2012, 11:19:43 am
Flippin'eck those sheds are huge! Somehow they still seem to fit in your layout perfectly. Great work so far on the revamp and the 66 looks good (personally I like it!) I have my eye on one of these too.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 31, 2012, 01:50:05 pm
Cheers Chris. The 66 is a lovely model and it was a choice between this or the NMT power cars. I went for this as the power cars had many little bits that just didn't look right. Also with Dapol saying they (almost definitely) won't be producing the coaches to go with them i couldn't see the point in getting them. So the 66 it was!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Re-laying in Progress!
Post by: Marty on January 31, 2012, 03:27:01 pm
Keep it coming Ollie, interesting stuff. The new shed is much better.
Marty
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 31, 2012, 07:20:44 pm
Thanks Marty, much appreciated.

Anyway on to today's update, We're Making Progress!!

All the track has be re-laid, re-wired and tested so now Sheaf is back in one piece as a technically working layout :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14216.jpg)

And these two show the new 'track plans' for the yards.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14217.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14218.jpg)

So the rest of tonight will be a Testing session then ballasting can begin! :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 02, 2012, 11:06:50 pm
Ballasting has begun! :D

I've got the ballast down on the mainline from the fiddle yard to just past the carriage shed.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14220.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14222.jpg)

I should hopefully get the ballast into the platforms done tomorrow evening and then the layout will be starting to look more complete lol

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Newportnobby on February 03, 2012, 08:06:04 am
Great work, Ollie. Keep 'em coming :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 04, 2012, 09:48:03 pm
Evening all,

Not much to report today, but i guess regular small updates are better than none at all!

The ballasting has been put on hold as i've decided to make the most of the new layout by extending the platform slightly, also the signal box will now be a platform box. This is the new section in position but not fully secure/blended in.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14227.jpg)

With a few days off work i should get a bit of layout work done, this may also be helped by the way the Weather is going...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14226.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Chris on February 04, 2012, 10:41:49 pm
That extended platform looks much better, especially with the box in place. Excellent work so far on the ballasting.

We've now had an inch of snow here and still falling quite heavy.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 08, 2012, 10:12:21 pm
Evening all!

Ballasting is continuing and i now have some of the platform lines ballasted up (the middle section here is dry, the far ends have just bee glued)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14228.jpg)

Also can you spot the magnet(s)? With ballast over the top they are fully hidden and still work fine :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14229.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 18, 2012, 08:46:35 pm
Evening all,

Well with less than a week to go until the exhibition i've got my work cut out! Things have been progressing slowly due to doing extra shifts at work but i do have a couple of pics to keep you entertained.

This shows the main state of the loco shed, with a full day of layout work tomorrow i hope to get this looking a little less bare..(Oh, can you spot my bargain Warship? 55 at the Donny show :D )
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14232.jpg)

And a small loco update, i picked up some transfers at work today and i renumbered one of my black 5's. I know it's not perfect but pretty good for a first attempt :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14231.jpg)

All being well i should have some more for ya tomorrow...

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Chinahand on February 19, 2012, 05:44:54 am
Hi Ollie,

Just caught up with your progress and am very impressed with the new track plan. It looks far smoother and less cramped than Mk 1. Good luck with the exhibition showing.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 19, 2012, 05:46:18 pm
Cheers Chinahand :D

Today's update, Part 1

I've been doing a bit of ballasting and hard standing so far today, with a bit more to come later (part 2 should be on this evening)
Here are several shots showing the layout so far:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14233.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14234.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14235.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14236.jpg)

I'm aiming to have all of the hard standing complete by the end of today, and possibly some have the new 'hill' done too.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 19, 2012, 08:49:47 pm
Today's Update, Part 2

Just a quick one to show that the hard standing is now complete (well for this exhibition anyway) and some more ballast has been put down
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14253.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Matthew-peter on February 19, 2012, 09:10:38 pm
This shows the main state of the loco shed, with a full day of layout work tomorrow i hope to get this looking a little less bare..(Oh, can you spot my bargain Warship? 55 at the Donny show :D )
([url]http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14232.jpg[/url])



I cant seem to seee the bargain warship  :smiley-laughing:, only joking.
Looks great so far, reminds me of the shed units near Hull paragon, although their single is shorter than the double, if i remember correctly.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Chris on February 20, 2012, 11:12:18 am
Wow you are going to have your work cut out finishing that lot by the weekend! Have fun with that ballasting and can't wait to see it finished!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 20, 2012, 11:46:41 pm
Don't forget Chris, A Layout is never finished, but in the mean time...

I've been playing with my Modroc :D

Tonight i've got the new mound made around the yard, this is currently drying but come morning it'll have the base coat of brown.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14254.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14255.jpg)

Amazingly with this covering a lot of bare board it makes the layout seem less unfinished in an instant!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Jack on February 21, 2012, 07:07:47 pm

I've just spent a very pleasant 40 or so minutes going through the whole of your tread Ollie.  :thumbsup: Thank you for sharing and with lots of pics too.

The only downside is that it gave me feelings of wanting to rip up my layout, having a re-think and starting again. ::)

Jack
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Tank on February 21, 2012, 07:45:43 pm
"Playing with modroc"?!  It looks like you're layout had a fight with a flock of birds, and lost!!!!  LOL
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 21, 2012, 08:13:46 pm

I've just spent a very pleasant 40 or so minutes going through the whole of your tread Ollie.  :thumbsup: Thank you for sharing and with lots of pics too.

The only downside is that it gave me feelings of wanting to rip up my layout, having a re-think and starting again. ::)

Jack

Cheers Jack, glad to hear you are liking the layout so far. Before i decided to rip the track up and re-lay i spent a fair amount of time listing what i didn't like about the layout and ways i thought  it could be improved, the results so far are most definitely worth it.

"Playing with modroc"?!  It looks like you're layout had a fight with a flock of birds, and lost!!!!  LOL

Thankfully the modroc didn't cause too much mess, all the white bits are the usual polystyrene mess caused when carving! lol

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Chris on February 21, 2012, 09:33:05 pm
I did only mean the finished ballast. Oh yes I know all too well a layout is never (anywhere near) finished! Nice work so far, and those polystyrene balls are nothing a vacuum cleaner can't handle!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 21, 2012, 10:43:01 pm
Work continues!

With the exhibition getting ever closer all my spare time is being put into the layout. Tonight i've got the hill's painted (Maunsell Green) and got the majority of the ballast in this yard done.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14256.jpg)

Also painted and scattered a random patch down by the carriage shed.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14257.jpg)

Tomorrow is my day off, and last full day of working on the layout. So it'll be full systems go, leaving Thursday evening to have a massive test session!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 22, 2012, 08:53:49 pm
Well it's pretty much done, apart from testing and adding a few tiny details.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14260.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14258.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Newportnobby on February 22, 2012, 09:02:59 pm
Great work, Ollie. Well done on getting it ready for the show and have a great time. May all your running sessions go well :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: davieb on February 22, 2012, 10:43:00 pm
well done  :thumbsup:

you had a lot of work to do in a short time i don't think i could have done it in such a short timescale

looking forward to seeing your layout in "the flesh"
if all goes according to plan i will be at the exhibition on sunday so i will call by and have a chat

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 22, 2012, 11:14:37 pm
Look forward to seeing you there Dave!

A couple more pics to show what the layout will look like at the show (including the new curtain)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14261.jpg)

And this, so if anyone from here is at the show you can spot me!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14262.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Tank on February 22, 2012, 11:17:29 pm
Superb Ollie!  Well done for putting the sign on there too.  Fingers crossed the coach arrives on time for you. :-\
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: londonboi1985 on February 22, 2012, 11:21:44 pm
What a fantastic layout ollie!!!!

Quick question where did you get the N gauge smartcars from they are fantastic could do with some on my layout
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 23, 2012, 12:06:48 am
Cheers Guys,

Tank - Fingers crossed this end too.

londonboi1985 - The Smartcars are made by Busch. They were rather expensive for what they are but it was something different.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Chinahand on February 23, 2012, 02:59:26 am
Well done Ollie. A very well presented layout. Good luck at the exhibition.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Matthew-peter on February 23, 2012, 01:35:47 pm
Good luck at the exhibition Ollie, looks fantastic.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 26, 2012, 07:42:12 pm
Well this has been one enjoyable weekend :D The layout ran very well (well apart from the depot which we didn't bother using) and got invites to some more shows! :D Here are a few snaps from the weekend(Showing JC92, my co-operator:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14274.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14276.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14277.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14281.jpg)

The layout will be stored for a few week now as i've got a couple of layouts to do which i've been asked to build.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: davieb on February 26, 2012, 09:11:05 pm
hi ollie  :wave:

glad you had a good time  :thumbsup:

unfortunately i was unable to make it to the show so it's good to here that all went well

were there many bargains to be had or was it a bit short on  :NGAUGE: as some exhibitions have been lately

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Chris on February 27, 2012, 04:24:25 am
Nice one Ollie. Well done on getting the rebuild done so quickly. It really has made a difference to the layout. Glad the show went well.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: kevin141 on February 27, 2012, 06:45:49 pm
Hi Ollie i noticed that you have a dynamis dcc have you had any problems at shows with it only ask because i have one myself and used this Sunday with no problems but did use two sensors and it worked very very well keep up the good work.

Kevin 141
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 27, 2012, 09:41:44 pm
hi ollie  :wave:

glad you had a good time  :thumbsup:

unfortunately i was unable to make it to the show so it's good to here that all went well

were there many bargains to be had or was it a bit short on  :NGAUGE: as some exhibitions have been lately

dave  :thumbsup:

Hi Dave, no bargains that interested me (mainly due to me being picky, and there not being masses of N on sale) but a friend of mine did pick up a Farish Tornado for 85.

Nice one Ollie. Well done on getting the rebuild done so quickly. It really has made a difference to the layout. Glad the show went well.

Cheers Chris, now all that remains is the details!

Hi Ollie i noticed that you have a dynamis dcc have you had any problems at shows with it only ask because i have one myself and used this Sunday with no problems but did use two sensors and it worked very very well keep up the good work.

Kevin 141

Hi Kevin, I've never had any problems with my Dynamis. I only have the one receiver (can't justify spending masses on a pro box) but we use mine and JC92's handset at the same time with no problems at all :D


Oh and i picked up a package today containing a VIP Coach. Pics to come soon!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: kevin141 on February 28, 2012, 06:39:00 pm
Thanks for info was lucky picked up pro box for a song last year so now got the best of both worlds.Keep up the good work
Kevin141
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Time to Re-Ballast!
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 17, 2012, 10:14:07 pm
Evening all,

First of all Sheaf has come out of store earlier than expected! A customer at work does photography at college and the theme for his current assignment is Hobbies, it told him about Sheaf and tomorrow it's being photographed and used as a basis for his college report!

So Sheaf is up for one day only, then i'll have to take it back down so i can finish off a layout i'm building for someone.

I've also been having a re-think about the layout. One thing that has been bugging me for a while is the Fiddle Yard. As it was done before the re-build it isn't really suitable in terms of operational interest. This is how it looks at the moment:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/OldFiddleYard.jpg)

The long road holds a 3 coach passenger plus loco with a bit to spare.
Next road has either a small freight of 'local' passenger.
Lane 3 is the Shuttle line so holds a 2-car DMU or Autotrain.
The short line plus two small sidings have extra locos which 'release' whatever has come into lane 1.

So whilst it can fit a fair amount for a small layout it means stock is re-appearing on the layout every 15 mins or so and the only was to alter it is by manually swapping the stock. (Also lane 2 isn't long enough to release a loco without blocking the points or having a very short train in tow)

I've got a spare piece of 4x1 ply hanging around which i will be using for a new fiddle yard. So this means it'll be longer and wider which equals more stock room. I have the following as a first idea:
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/NewFiddleYard-1.jpg)

Essentially it's a longer version of the old one but has 3 more lanes.

The Middle 3 will be for Passenger trains.
Next one either side will be for Freight/Special (TPO, Dining etc) trains.
One set of smaller sidings will be for shuttles
The other will be for the loco release.

So expect some pics in the near future! :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 26, 2012, 09:39:42 pm
Has it really been 3 months! Well after a flat move, holiday and a load of work i have finally made a start on the new fiddle yard!

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14996.jpg)

Plenty of room for a 4 coach train :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14995.jpg)

And a comparison against the old one, alot bigger :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14994.jpg)

Hopefully more pics soon :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: longbridge on June 26, 2012, 10:04:06 pm
Great start with some very nice woodwork, keep the pictures coming and have fun  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: bluedepot on June 26, 2012, 10:25:47 pm
yup i agree very nice woodwork!


tim
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 30, 2012, 09:54:53 pm
Evening!

More work has been happening on the new fiddle yard. Track laying has now commenced!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14997.jpg)

I started temporary laying out the rest of the track....
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC14999.jpg)

...Which lead to me attaching wires and pinning down the first 4 lines, and some stock to show how much more i can fit in this one. I've still got another 4 lines to lay :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15000.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Chris on July 01, 2012, 01:13:01 pm
That new fiddleyard is certainly going to offer a lot more scope for running with the extra length and available roads. Coming along nicely!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: SD35 on July 01, 2012, 01:41:32 pm
That will make a big difference in operation and flexibility.  I love the little cutting scenes around the back of the shed, both before and after.  Its a good example of what is possible with just a few square inches in N.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Matthew-peter on July 01, 2012, 09:53:54 pm
Great work so far on the fiddle yard extension  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 03, 2012, 10:57:28 pm
Cheers for the good words guys :D

Work continues on the fiddle yard with a bit more track laid
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15005.jpg)

I have also installed the first Dapol Signal to the layout
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15006.jpg)

And got myself a new loco :p
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15001.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Chinahand on July 04, 2012, 03:22:40 am
Nice work Ollie.  :thumbsup:

Did your photgrapher friend get some good shots of the layout for his project by the way ? It would be interesting to see some of his photos.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Pengi on July 04, 2012, 06:25:45 am
Terrific work Ollie!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Newportnobby on July 04, 2012, 08:05:45 am
Nice to see the Q1 bug is spreading :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 09, 2012, 11:45:59 pm
Chinahand - He got a few decent shots but i accidentally deleted the email he sent with them in!


The fiddle yard now has power and also an end piece to prevent a casualty!

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15055.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Alex on July 09, 2012, 11:48:20 pm
Hi Ollie,

Very nice. Although I don't model British outline there are a few engines that I like the look and the Q1 is one of them. :thumbsup:

Alex :wave:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 01, 2012, 09:46:40 pm
Evening all :)

A few things to update tonight, first all track has now been laid in the fiddle yard
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15136.jpg)

And i've installed the first few magnets
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15147.jpg)

Next i've installed the next two signals, these being platform two's starter and the advance started
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15139.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15135.jpg)

I've recently acquired this lovely item, 19.99 from Ebay :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15137.jpg)

And this is destined to go on the new Lighting rig which is currently under construction
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15146.jpg)

Next there are a few loco editions to the layout aswell (even if some aren't DCC'd yet!) First off got myself a lovely Farish Dubdee
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15141.jpg)

A Farish 08 in Black
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15142.jpg)

And a Dapol Autotank/coach combo which has sound fitted
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15140.jpg)

And Finally i've increased my wagon fleet lately
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15133.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15134.jpg)


That's all for now folks :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: longbridge on August 01, 2012, 10:03:26 pm
Looking good Ollie the layout is coming along great  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: scotsoft on August 01, 2012, 10:18:27 pm
Very good photographs, the one showing the line going along and under the bridge with the trees in the corner is exceptional with the greenery.

At first, when I saw the recently acquired lovely item, I thought you had been done as it was a bit out of scale then I saw your explanation  :evil:  :smiley-laughing:

Thank you for posting your pictures - John.

Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 03, 2012, 10:26:04 pm
Cheers for the good words guys :)

At first, when I saw the recently acquired lovely item, I thought you had been done as it was a bit out of scale then I saw your explanation  :evil:  :smiley-laughing:


Haha! Yes it is a tad big to go onto the station!

And to demonstrate how much track there is in the fiddle yard i filled it with my current collection of Mk1 coaches!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15151.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Pete Mc on August 03, 2012, 10:36:49 pm
Good work Ollie,I'm really looking forward to seeing this at TINGS.
Also,it'll be nice to see and hear some noisy little trains as well,perhaps it'll start a trend with other n gauge exhibitors instead of all us home based railway modellers.

Pete
 :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 05, 2012, 07:17:19 pm
Cheers Pete :D I won't have a massive operational Sound fleet for TINGS (1 or 2 at most), by all means feel free to bring a couple of locos down as you';; be more than welcome to have a go with the layout.


Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - A New Fiddle Yard?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 05, 2012, 07:21:18 pm
Evening all!

I've made a bit of progress with the lighting rig today. I now have half of it supported but i've run out of bolts so the other half will have to wait for now.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15153.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15154.jpg)

It's getting there!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 05, 2012, 07:50:24 pm
How did you get the light shining on the RHS when the lighting pelmet is on the LHS :confused2: :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 05, 2012, 07:52:23 pm
How did you get the light shining on the RHS when the lighting pelmet is on the LHS :confused2: :D

One of two reasons:
-Via the power of Magic!
or
-I've yet to actually install the lights into the rig! :P

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Tank on August 05, 2012, 10:03:13 pm
Excellent work Ollie!  Nice bit of woodwork.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: scotsoft on August 05, 2012, 10:49:53 pm
... and the sign even fits  :toot:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Pete Mc on August 06, 2012, 05:32:26 am
Cheers Ollie,I would love to have a go.My own sound fitted fleet currently comprises of a blue two car dmu and a Dapol hst.Not sure if these are appropriate on your layout,however,with my birthday looming,just over a week away,I am going to buy a couple of ct's from John Youchoos and have a go at my DP1 and perhaps a class 37.
Having looked at his site,there are a number of brief tutorials to help with the installation of sound decoders so having this info will help push things on a bit.
I have a class 37 that is out of warranty now so this will be the first candidate.I doubt whether either will be ready for TINGS as I will have to drink some brave medicine before I dismantle it.Not alcoholic anyway.
I have never taken a loco apart so I am just a tiny bit worried I'll wreck a very nice runner but I will have a go.
Lighting rig looks spot on there.How many trees were chopped down to build that then?
I'll probably see you in the shop before TINGS when I come for my Dapol 56,if it comes in on time,hopefully.

Pete
 :Class37: :NGF:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 06, 2012, 09:23:51 am
Hi Pete,

Whilst the HST may be a bit out of place on a preserved Railway the Blue DMU would be perfect, I should be running a Blue/Grey one myself.
A Class 37 is something i'm looking into doing myself, i've always had a soft spot for a bit of tractor thrash!
In regard to the 56, we are expecting the EWS and Coal Sector ones in either tomorrow or Wednesday. The Railfreight and blue one should be in before the end of the month.


Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Shaun Harvey on August 09, 2012, 08:36:13 am
Looks really great. Looking forward to seeing this at TINGS on the Sunday as I'm going with Chris (CME) as we are both from Norwich. Keep up the good work!  ::)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 09, 2012, 10:43:04 pm
Cheers Shaun, I'm looking forward to putting quite a few faces to names that weekend :D

Well to start off with The Sheaf Valley Railway has another booked visitor. On Sunday 9th September, Network Rail Test Train 1Q88 Old Warren-Sheaf Valley is scheduled to run with a pair of DRS 37's. Courtesy of Chris :D

Now onto the layout. Tonight i have fitted the front board to the fiddle yard
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15259.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15262.jpg)

You may notice the random length of timber sticking up, well this is the support for the lighting rig which is now fully up. Well apart from a final support bracket which'll be made tomorrow :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15260.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15261.jpg)

Lots to do!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: keerout on August 09, 2012, 11:22:29 pm
Looking forward to seeing it 'in the flesh'  :thumbsup:
G.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 10, 2012, 08:09:58 am
Good work, Ollie. :thumbsup:

The clock is ticking ;)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Chris on August 10, 2012, 09:31:12 am
Yes really looking forward to the day, and glad the Old Warren boys could help out with testing the new track-work.

The workmanship that's gone into this layout has been top drawer, and should pull in the crowds at the show.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Tank on August 10, 2012, 10:11:31 am
Great woodwork Ollie. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: swisstony on August 10, 2012, 10:57:14 am
Looking good  :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 10, 2012, 08:40:26 pm
Cheers for the good words guys :D

I've applied the first coat of paint to the rig, i must say it makes a whole lot of difference!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15265.jpg)

I may need to buy some more paint!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: CAMBRIAN DRIVER DAVE on August 10, 2012, 08:57:44 pm
Looking good mate I will come over and say hello
I'll be there on the Sunday all been well  :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Pete Mc on August 10, 2012, 09:19:10 pm
As will I.
Looking very smart there Ollie.

Pete
 :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 12, 2012, 03:35:16 pm
Afternoon N Gaugers!

I've managed to get the final support built today, and got a bit more paint applied :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15267.jpg)


Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: CAMBRIAN DRIVER DAVE on August 12, 2012, 03:47:08 pm
Afternoon N Gaugers!

I've managed to get the final support built today, and got a bit more paint applied :D
([url]http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15267.jpg[/url])


Ollie

Looking mate are the sheds off jeff mine are a bit like that.
 :bounce:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: CAMBRIAN DRIVER DAVE on August 12, 2012, 03:48:27 pm
Looking good that was ment to be lol  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 12, 2012, 03:50:45 pm
Haha, cheers Dave,

The sheds are indeed from Jeff. Fantastically built structures :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Tank on August 12, 2012, 04:44:35 pm
Nice work Ollie.....and a DeWalt DC725 on the layout I think?  ;)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 12, 2012, 04:47:50 pm
DeWalt DC725 it is :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Tank on August 12, 2012, 04:50:10 pm
Good to see I've still got it...... :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 23, 2012, 09:01:34 pm
Evening everybody!

Tonight i've got the rest of the fiddle yard wired (inc making the three-way work!) and painted. So now i have one of the thee boards ready for TINGS
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15304.jpg)

And one with a few items of stock on it :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15305.jpg)

I've also re-done some of the grass as i thought the colour originally used was a tad too light. (Yes i know there is an autocoach on the roof!)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15307.jpg)

This one shows a comparison between original (from trackside up to fence) and new (from fence to backscene)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15308.jpg)

The TINGS clock is ticking....

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Donkey on August 23, 2012, 09:10:46 pm
Great work Ollie  :thumbsup:. BTW what type of coaches are they in pic 2?  >:D  :D

Marty
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 23, 2012, 09:13:29 pm

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15305.jpg)

Coach in the top right is a Farish MK1 FK in Chocolate Cream
The Crimson rake is made of four Farish Stanier Coaches in LMS Crimson
The Crimson/Cream rake is made of a Farish MK1 BG, FK and then a pair of Farish Stanier Coaches (split from Merseyside train set)

Ollie :)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 23, 2012, 09:14:46 pm
Nice work, Ollie. Looking forward to seeing this at TINGS :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 31, 2012, 05:44:56 pm
Hello all,

Well just in time for TINGs Farish delivered their class 20 so there is now a new diesel based on the line
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15376.jpg)

And a random pic i took of a few GWR items
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15362.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 31, 2012, 06:49:22 pm
Looking forward to meeting you and SV at TINGS :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: CAMBRIAN DRIVER DAVE on August 31, 2012, 07:31:03 pm
 :confusedsign:
Looking forward to meeting you and SV at TINGS :thumbsup:
Yes and me looking forward to it I'll be going on the Sunday . :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: RichardBattersby on August 31, 2012, 08:25:12 pm
The new 20 (and the layout) looks really good Ollie. Are you happy with it?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Chris on September 01, 2012, 07:32:04 am
She's a beauty! I hope they do the DRS 20s in the new tooling soon.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 04, 2012, 10:57:09 pm
Cheers for the good words guys, i look forward to putting a fair few faces to names this weekend.

The new 20 (and the layout) looks really good Ollie. Are you happy with it?


I love it Richard, runs fine and was a doddle to chip up :D

I've spent tonight getting the loco fleet ready for this weekend, so far i've got two boxes show ready. and a third is currently being sorted XD
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15406.jpg)

Tomorrow is the big test session where any niggles will be ironed out. So in theory after tomorrow it'll be ready for the weekend :D

And a little pic of the warship for good measure
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15405.jpg)

Less than 4 Days to go!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: tim-pelican on September 04, 2012, 11:00:05 pm
Looking good Ollie, I'm looking forward to seeing this for real on Saturday!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Sprintex on September 04, 2012, 11:05:24 pm
Will be sure to drop by for a nosey at the layout  ;)


Paul
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Caz on September 05, 2012, 02:18:02 pm
Have a great show Ollie, just sorry I'm not going to be able to see it all running  :'(  airfares plus travel plus accommodation just too much money  :'(
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 05, 2012, 02:22:05 pm
Such a shame you can't make it this year Caz, your 08 would have been a more than welcome visitor :P I'll have to make sure i get some videos of the layout this weekend, especially as my WD 2-8-0 is now functioning properly with it's sound chip :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Caz on September 05, 2012, 02:37:07 pm
What did you do to sort it out?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 05, 2012, 03:35:00 pm
Quite simply, i ran it. Last night i left it chuffing around my test loop for a good half hour and is seems to have sorted it out :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Caz on September 05, 2012, 04:00:32 pm
Yes, my 08 got better with a bit of a run (http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/big_he_and_she/girl_smile.gif)  , strange, although it's still not perfect  (http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/artists/big/Connie_pull-pigtails.gif) 
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: HurricaneTich on September 05, 2012, 08:47:12 pm
Hoping to get some video myself, have just had an iPhone and want to see if the quality of the videos is any good on it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Donkey on September 05, 2012, 08:54:00 pm
What a fantastic loco fleet you have got there Ollie  8) I hope they all do you proud on the day  :thumbsup:

Marty
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Chris on September 07, 2012, 05:33:21 pm
I shall be there with both my main stills camera & tripod (for those long focus shots!) and the camcorder too.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Shaun Harvey on September 09, 2012, 06:07:40 pm
Hi ollie. I hope you picked up my camera!
 :'(
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - What to do next...
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 12, 2012, 06:09:09 pm
Well i can say that was a very enjoyable show :D It was very good to put so many faces to names and Sheaf got some very good words :D here are a few pics from the weekend...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15409.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15407.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15412.jpg)

And a re-post of the guest operator (Chris)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15413.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15410.jpg)

As i've not got any confirmed bookings for a while Sheaf will be on the back burner whilst i get cracking on with my larger layout (see other thread). I have a few ideas on where i can improve Sheaf but these are mainly little detailing bits.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Chris on September 12, 2012, 08:52:51 pm
That calls for a posting of you then!!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7977082048_3294ee8a28_b_d.jpg)

Seriously, was great to see this layout in the flesh and thanks again for letting me have a go, and demonstrating my total lack of DCC knowledge!

Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 28, 2012, 08:48:07 pm
Evening all,

Well not much to report unfortunately. I've got a new exhibition booking which will be at Retford 2013 so a bit of a way off yet!

Oh i remember i do have some news. Sheaf should be appearing in Model Rail magazine at some point next year, the pics will be taken in the not to distant future and i believe Ben said it will most likely feature mid next year (they have a lot of layouts to publish!)

A new loco has graced the SVR Fleet. 73082 'Camelot' arrives on matching MK1s
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15437.jpg)

I also treated myself to some new wagons
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15438.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: galway on September 28, 2012, 09:01:58 pm
Congrats on the Model Rail publication, great news  :thumbsup: :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: RichardBattersby on September 28, 2012, 09:15:35 pm
Yes, congratulations!  :laugh3:  :claphappy: The pics are nice too - great loco and coaches plus the wagons look nice too! That first pic shows off your signals nicely too. How's she running?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 28, 2012, 09:21:17 pm
Well done, Ollie. Richly deserved :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 28, 2012, 09:24:26 pm
Cheers for the good words guys, i may even mention the forum in the article :P

How's she running?

Very well Richard, had no issues so far and shes had a good couple of hours running. I think you need to pop into Rails soon and get one yourself :P

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: RichardBattersby on September 28, 2012, 09:29:02 pm
Cheers for the good words guys, i may even mention the forum in the article :P
How's she running?
I think you need to pop into Rails soon and get one yourself :P
Ollie

Haha! Only if you're paying! TINGS was costly. But they do look very nice.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 05, 2012, 10:38:43 pm
Evening all,

Not much to report but i've made one small change. Until tonight i was using the Hornby Lyddle End water cranes..
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15444.jpg)

But i find them a tad bulky, so i'm now replacing them with the ratio version..
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15445.jpg)

A lick of paint should finish it off nicely :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: portland-docks on October 06, 2012, 04:26:24 pm
What you gonna do with the lyddle end one cos if im not mistaken, its goathland right?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 06, 2012, 05:24:00 pm
They are the Goathland ones, and at the moment they are going into my spares box.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: EtchedPixels on October 06, 2012, 05:36:49 pm
They are the Goathland ones, and at the moment they are going into my spares box.

Ollie

Check what they go for on ebay 8)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Preparing for TINGS!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 06, 2012, 05:47:19 pm
They are the Goathland ones, and at the moment they are going into my spares box.

Ollie

Check what they go for on ebay 8)

That thought had crossed my mind. But my two have minor damage, plus sods law if i sell them i'll end up finding a use for them lol

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: portland-docks on October 06, 2012, 07:10:19 pm
I was gonna say we could use it when webuild...goathland lol
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 06, 2012, 07:12:36 pm
I was gonna say we could use it when webuild...goathland lol

That is also my thinking. I am in touch with the new owner of the Goathland layout which appeared in Railway modeller and i noticed the water columns seem to be a bit on the large side, so i may offer these as a replacement.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: portland-docks on October 06, 2012, 07:17:29 pm
Difference between hos and ours, ours isgoin to exhibitions lol
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 06, 2012, 07:19:46 pm
So will this one. We've had discussions and once the re-furb (i'm re-laying the track on it) is done he will exhibit it, and i will be assisting.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: portland-docks on October 06, 2012, 07:21:44 pm
Oh u bugger, oh well just means there will be a goathland on wxhibiton on its own and a goathland that runs throu grosmont mpd to grosmont station lol
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Shaun Harvey on October 06, 2012, 08:18:04 pm
Just been reading the NGS magaione article Ollie. Great stuff, well done. Look forward to seeing your other project develop.

regards

Shaun

 :wave:

Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 13, 2012, 10:26:45 pm
Evening all!

Been a while since i update this, mainly because there hasn't been a great deal to report. Sheaf has recently been given a coating of Sleeper Grime which vastly improves the look of the ballast (the bit that i was never happy with). Also Sheaf has been operational recently as it has been filmed to feature in a short information film which will be on the Rails website.

I've also been busy finding myself some exhibition bookings, and i'm pleased to say Sheaf should be appearing at the following shows:
Bradford 4th/5th May 2013
Leyland 10th/11th August 2013
Sheffield 12th October 2013
Hazel Grove 26th/27th October 2013
Retford 16th/17th November 2013

Oh and a little show called WARLEY!!!!!! Yes i have been invited to exhibit at Warley...... in 2015! :D So i have 3 years to make sure the layout is in its best possible state :P

Thats about all for now, well i may update tomorrow as i should be getting my hands on some of the new Farish Pillbox brake vans :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: davieb on December 13, 2012, 10:39:13 pm
hi Ollie  :wave:

glad to see you are happier about the ballasting  :thumbsup:

great news about the Warley exhibition  8)

and great to know you are on your way over to the Northwest
i will finally be able to catch up with Sheaf "in the flesh"
you just have to be careful around Leyland as there are some strange people in the area  :laugh3:  :laugh3:  :-X

all the best

dave  :beers:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Caz on December 13, 2012, 11:00:24 pm
Well done Ollie, your layout really deserves a bigger audience,  :claphappy:  I might even make an exception and come to the UK for the 2015 Warley Exhibition
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Pengi on December 14, 2012, 04:45:22 am
Well done Ollie - great news about Warley
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Tank on December 14, 2012, 02:16:01 pm
Well done Ollie. :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: scotsoft on December 14, 2012, 02:47:29 pm
Congratulations Ollie  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: bluedepot on December 14, 2012, 06:54:44 pm
hi ollie

did you spray sleeper grime on or brush it?

cheers


tim
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 14, 2012, 09:18:58 pm
Massive congratulations on your rise to fame, especially as you're coming to my home town next August. D'you need the Leyland Massive as security detail? 8)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Donkey on December 14, 2012, 10:37:49 pm
Well done Ollie  :claphappy: :claphappy:

Marty
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 14, 2012, 11:57:28 pm
Cheers for the good words guys, have to say i'm quite pleased i got the booking. Providing nothing gets in the way of my bookings for next year i'll be at 9 shows by this time next year. By the time Warley comes around i'd like to hope Sheaf would be around the 20 shows mark, possibly with it being the final show? undecided yet, time will tell :D

hi ollie
did you spray sleeper grime on or brush it?
cheers
tim


Hi Tim, i sprayed it on as i bought it in an aerosol can :)

Massive congratulations on your rise to fame, especially as you're coming to my home town next August. D'you need the Leyland Massive as security detail? 8)


Cheers Mick, wouldnt say no to some security :P I may even let you have a go :D

Oh and the Pillbox has landed! Well two of them in my case :D I picked up my two today and they are fantastic little things :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15541_zpsb7546cc1.jpg)

SR
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15542_zpse7062b71.jpg)

BR Bauxite
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15543_zps315a43aa.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Chinahand on December 15, 2012, 12:33:16 am
Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition Ollie. Warley no less. Fame at last even if you do have to wait until 2015.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Tank on December 15, 2012, 09:53:18 am
The SR one looks great.   :thumbsup:  It reminds me of the Queen Mary at the Bluebell Railway.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Steve.T on December 19, 2012, 01:59:25 pm
Having joined the forum not too long ago I was just perusing through some of the layouts and so have just seen this thread.

Congratulations on a cracking layout and can only hope mine comes out 1/2 as good as this.
An inspiration to any modeller. :thankyousign:

Steve
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: bluedepot on December 20, 2012, 09:12:58 pm
congrats ollie i might have to come to warley that year then!

any tips on spraying the ballast then?  i will try to get some of the sleeper grime.

cheers


tim
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 23, 2013, 08:23:41 pm
Well good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, i do believe this update is long overdue!

Having joined the forum not too long ago I was just perusing through some of the layouts and so have just seen this thread.

Congratulations on a cracking layout and can only hope mine comes out 1/2 as good as this.
An inspiration to any modeller. :thankyousign:

Steve


Thanks Steve,  personally i'm my own worst critic and i don't think the layout is brilliant (especially when compared to many on here!) but thanks for the good words :D Must mean i'm doing something right :P

any tips on spraying the ballast then? 


Hi Tim, to be honest no. I simply masked my points, and all scenery and just sprayed :D

Right on to the update! I'll start with the boring part, i have started to fit Peco PL13 switches to my points as i have found relying on blade contact only causes problems! Got the main loop sorted at the current time but a fair few more to go!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15595.jpg)

Scenery wise i have added a couple of road signs to the very short section of road which is present on Sheaf.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15599.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15600.jpg)

Also Sheaf now has a new station building! Although i like the Ratio station building it didn't fit in with the Midland region which is where the layout is supposed to be located. Luckily i managed to pick up the Scenecraft Market Hampton Station buildings at a very cheap price (the past owner had painted the bargeboards green!) and i am currently re-midlandising them :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15603.jpg)

I also picked up the matching Toilet blocks which will be placed at the far end of the platform. This does mean that the signal box needs re-painting to match :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15606.jpg)

Thanks to Shaun Harvey's excellent point rodding i've been inspired to have a go myself. I've purchased some bits to get me started so expect updates on this soon!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15607.jpg)

Now for some stock updates, lets start with the two new Blue locos. 56006 and 26040 both are factory DCC fitted and are superb.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15597.jpg)

Also my Dapol Pannier has been re-numbered to 5764
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15605.jpg)

Here is my new Siphon and also my lovely NGS Saloons. I had the LMS one on Pre-oder since announcement but the BR Maroon one was a hopeful order that they had one hiding somewhere and thankfully they did! :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15601.jpg)

I treated myself to a new Stove R to go in my dining rake and yesterday i picked up the New Dapol CCT in Olive Green
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15602.jpg)

And finally, whilst not particularly Sheaf related, my modern fleet has grown slightly
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15608.jpg)

Well thats a months worth of Sheaf news, hope you enjoyed reading!

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: MikeDunn on January 23, 2013, 08:34:03 pm
Here is my new Siphon and also my lovely NGS Saloons. I had the LMS one on Pre-oder
Anything to do with the French gas cloud  :confused2: :whistle:

Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 23, 2013, 08:37:08 pm
Phew, Ollie. No more MK1's - still some left for the rest of us then :D
That toilet block is too far from the buffet - I'd never make it :-[
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Pete Mc on January 27, 2013, 12:23:01 am
Cracking update Ollie,having clicked on the new icon,It went to your update whuch included the layout booking dates.I noticed that you're going to be at the Sheffield show at Davy Park Athletic Club.We are showing a layout there as well,though I'm not sure which one yet,it most likely will be a oo gauge one seeing as there is only one n gauge layout of exhibition quality usable.
Now we have been at this exhibition for a number of years,of which I have been for the last three years and none have had n gauge sound fitted stock,always oo and o gauge but no n.
By the time this exhibition comes along I myself will have a number of sound fitted loco's that I would gladly allow to roam the metals of Sheaf if only to show what all the other sized layout builders can see what we're doing.
You never know,it might be a showstopper.Although it is only a small show anyway,it has a great family atmosphere.

Pete
 :Class31: :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Chinahand on January 27, 2013, 12:45:15 am
A great update Ollie with lots of lovely new additions to Sheaf Valley. Looking forward to seeing it again at TINGS this year.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 27, 2013, 12:29:10 pm
Cracking update Ollie,

By the time this exhibition comes along I myself will have a number of sound fitted loco's that I would gladly allow to roam the metals of Sheaf if only to show what all the other sized layout builders can see what we're doing.

Pete

Cheers Pete,  may just take you up on that offer :P Always welcome to guest locos and even more so when they have sound :D

A great update Ollie with lots of lovely new additions to Sheaf Valley. Looking forward to seeing it again at TINGS this year.

Ta very muchly but i have to disappoint you but Sheaf is not at TINGs this year. Where did you get this info?

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Chinahand on January 27, 2013, 12:41:26 pm
A great update Ollie with lots of lovely new additions to Sheaf Valley. Looking forward to seeing it again at TINGS this year.

Ta very muchly but i have to disappoint you but Sheaf is not at TINGs this year. Where did you get this info?

Ollie

I was just assuming you would be there Ollie. I'll miss seeing both you and Sheaf Valley.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: bluedepot on January 27, 2013, 06:02:49 pm
great update ollie

tim
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 01, 2013, 02:01:09 pm
Hello All,

Just a quick stock update today, i've been buying things again but this time a small collection of wagons
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15609.jpg)

I've also picked up some of the Dapol NEM Conversion kits and i've now got a few more knuckle fitted wagons :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15610.jpg)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15611.jpg)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 23, 2013, 06:54:04 pm
A few new items for me today. First is a Bargain Farish Class 101 which I got in the sale at work, 74.50 well spent :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15733.jpg)

And I've bought yet another MK1, this time the new RU in BR Maroon
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15728.jpg)

Also Sheaf is potentially booked into a 6th show for this year, this being Model Rail Live in September :D

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Pengi on March 23, 2013, 06:55:42 pm
Excellent layout Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: scotsoft on March 23, 2013, 07:35:11 pm
There is another one "RU" when it says "Restaurant Car" on the side, OK I googled and "Restaurant Unclassified" was found.  I suppose someone actually got paid for making up these names  :doh:

Very nice picture of the Class 101 Ollie and getting a bargain makes it all the more sweet  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Pete Mc on March 23, 2013, 08:48:20 pm
Hi Ollie,well done on the potential Model Rail Live exhibition booking,just make sure you have your thermals ready because last year we went on the sunday and it was blooming freezing.If you end up in the DPS shed you'll be ok,it was toasty in there but cold everywhere else.

Just so that you know this,I have added another sound fitted loco to the fleet,this being the Farish class 50 I bought from you with the class 40.

I fitted a Zimo MX648 with Digitrains sounds from a certain Mr Chetter.Trust me when I say this,it runs absolutely beautifully.Those people that say Zimo decoders have good motor control are spot on,in fact,they are sublime.

Slow speed running is like nothing else I've seen in N gauge,so there night be another visitor at the Sheffield show in October for you to play with,maybe more in fact.Because I have a Deltic and Peak "in works" at the moment,awaiting sound decoder purchases.

I must get round to putting some pics and vids on here once I know how to.

Pete
 :Class31: :Class37: :NGaugersRule:


Ps,I'm looking for a cheap blue class 31 to have a crack at next,then I'll move onto my Farish dcc ready stock.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 01, 2013, 09:54:58 pm
just make sure you have your thermals ready because last year we went on the sunday and it was blooming freezing.If you end up in the DPS shed you'll be ok,it was toasty in there but cold everywhere else.


Cheers Pete, although no thermals should be required as it's not being held at Barrow Hill this year. I believe it's being held on Newark.

so there night be another visitor at the Sheffield show in October for you to play with,maybe more in fact.Because I have a Deltic and Peak "in works" at the moment,awaiting sound decoder purchases.


I look forward to hearing that! As always any guest locos are more than welcome on Sheaf, especially if they have sound :D


Right a small update! I've spent this evening at club 'Midlandising' the station building.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15768.jpg)


Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 21, 2013, 09:54:19 pm
Evening all!

With the Bradford Exhibition 2 weeks away, myself and Joe gave Sheaf a good test run today. A few loose wires were found but the test went without any major problems. And of course i took some pictures :D

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15833.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15833.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15834.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15834.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15831.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15831.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15832.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15832.jpg.html)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Chinahand on April 21, 2013, 11:19:12 pm
Looking good Ollie. Good luck at Bradfors.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Pete Mc on April 22, 2013, 04:49:48 pm
Hi Ollie,just had a look at the pics.On the second one,do I see a kettle with a Thomas face stuck on it or is it just an illusion?

Also,Sheaf appears to have some more diesels,classes 24 and 27's by the looks of things if I'm not mistaken.Don't suppose any have sound yet do they?

My sound fitted stock is expanding very nicely now I have the hang of ripping their guts out and filling them up with Zimo's.Just done a Farish dutch liveried class 37,next up is a Deltic and class 24 followed by a Peak.The Deltic has dual sugar cubes fitted ready for its Zimo sound decoder.No idea how it'll turn out but it promises to be a bit good or completely rubbish,in which case I'll remove one of the sugarcubes and use it elsewhere.

Might try and get over to the show at Bradford and have a look at the improvements that you have made.

Pete
 :Class31: :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Mike W on April 22, 2013, 05:08:32 pm
Hi Ollie,

The layout looks great. I might get up to Bradford and I'm looking forward to seeing the layout if so.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 22, 2013, 06:02:45 pm
Hi Ollie,just had a look at the pics.On the second one,do I see a kettle with a Thomas face stuck on it or is it just an illusion?

Also,Sheaf appears to have some more diesels,classes 24 and 27's by the looks of things if I'm not mistaken.Don't suppose any have sound yet do they?

My sound fitted stock is expanding very nicely now I have the hang of ripping their guts out and filling them up with Zimo's.Just done a Farish dutch liveried class 37,next up is a Deltic and class 24 followed by a Peak.The Deltic has dual sugar cubes fitted ready for its Zimo sound decoder.No idea how it'll turn out but it promises to be a bit good or completely rubbish,in which case I'll remove one of the sugarcubes and use it elsewhere.

Might try and get over to the show at Bradford and have a look at the improvements that you have made.

Pete
 :Class31: :Class37: :NGaugersRule:

Hi Pete,

No illusion, my Green B1 currently runs with a Thomas face on. It always gets comments at shows.

The diesel fleet has grown. The Blue 24 in the picture was to replace my two-tone green one. As i try to model preserved locos i had no need for it so i got the blue one (24081 which is preserved) to replace. I'm also on the hunt for an all over green one! I've yet to get a Class 27, but you can see 26040 (also preserved) in the FY picture. I currently have 3 26's, the other two are the Eastfield twins D5301 and D5300 :D Unfortunately i've not added to my sound stable as i've been busy making as much as the stable standard DCC fitted as possible. Through the test yesterday we found at least 25 locos are needed to operate the layout to it's full potential.

I look forward to hearing all your lovely machines at some point. That 37 is certainly welcome on Sheaf :D

Hi Ollie,

The layout looks great. I might get up to Bradford and I'm looking forward to seeing the layout if so.

Cheers Mike, If you can't make it to Bradford then you won't have too long to wait until you see it at your show lol.


Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: portland-docks on April 22, 2013, 07:13:01 pm
Where did you get the thomas face?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 22, 2013, 07:34:36 pm
Where did you get the thomas face?

It was one of the spare faces which come with the Tomix Percy.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - First Published Article!
Post by: Newportnobby on April 22, 2013, 07:49:53 pm
Have a good show at Bradford, Ollie :thumbsup:
Look forward to seeing you and Sheaf in Lancashire soon :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 01, 2013, 10:17:04 pm
Evening all!

What's this, it's several days before a show and the layout is ready and fully working?! Well amazingly Sheaf is all ready for Bradford this weekend so i took a couple of pics before it's loaded into the car on Friday.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15856.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15856.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15857.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15857.jpg.html)


Also making it's debut at Bradford will be this Farish MK1 i have re-sprayed into Regional Railways for my friend Joe.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15853.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15853.jpg.html)

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: mr magnolia on May 02, 2013, 06:17:11 am
looking good!

many years since I spent time in sunny Bradford...


enjoy the show

Donald
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: Tank on May 02, 2013, 07:47:40 am
Looks great Ollie.  Well done for the signage. :claphappy: :thankyousign:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: simonprelude on May 02, 2013, 10:08:33 am
Also making it's debut at Bradford will be this Farish MK1 i have re-sprayed into Regional Railways for my friend Joe.

Ooh.....are Trans Pennine decals available, need a couple of rakes for my 'project'.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: The Cuckoo on May 04, 2013, 11:07:27 pm
I was able to get a very close up look at the layout today at Bradford and it looked fantasic. Good to chat to you as well.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 06, 2013, 07:52:09 pm
Well that's Show 5, and the first of 2013, completed :D

The layout ran perfectly all weekend and seemed to generate a fair bit of interest. Here are a few pics from the show.

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15858.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15858.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15859.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15859.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15861.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15861.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15864.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15864.jpg.html)

Starting to get a fair few badges now :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15860.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15860.jpg.html)

Right next up Leyland! Sheaf's first venture into Lancashire!



Also making it's debut at Bradford will be this Farish MK1 i have re-sprayed into Regional Railways for my friend Joe.


Ooh.....are Trans Pennine decals available, need a couple of rakes for my 'project'.


I believe they are available from Fox :)

I was able to get a very close up look at the layout today at Bradford and it looked fantasic. Good to chat to you as well.


Glad you enjoyed the layout, nice to chat to you too. What did you think of the show as a whole?

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: scotsoft on May 06, 2013, 08:18:32 pm
Well done Ollie and thank you for posting the pictures  :thumbsup:

It is good to hear there were plenty people showing an interest, that must make all the hard work worthwhile  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 06, 2013, 09:18:51 pm
Do I assume the pics were taken before the public arrived, Ollie? There looks to be a lot of room there so I can only think the rucksack brigade were still outside :D
Look forward to seeing you and Sheaf in Lankyshire :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: The Cuckoo on May 07, 2013, 08:54:26 pm

That was my first visit to the Bradford show, I thought the venue was good, as for the exhibition itself, I though it was ok. I did vote for Sheaf Valley, out of interest do you know which layout won the public vote?
Oh and I finally found a shop with code 55 points in stock after a tour of West Yorkshire  ;D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 07, 2013, 09:56:40 pm

That was my first visit to the Bradford show, I thought the venue was good, as for the exhibition itself, I though it was ok. I did vote for Sheaf Valley, out of interest do you know which layout won the public vote?
Oh and I finally found a shop with code 55 points in stock after a tour of West Yorkshire  ;D

Good to hear you found your points :D And thanks for the vote! :D The public vote was won by Cromford & High Peak.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Ready for Bradford!
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 19, 2013, 01:54:19 pm
Afternoon all!

Just a few new stock additions today. First off i've got myself 3 of Dapol's brand new Fruit D's
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15707.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15707.jpg.html)

And secondly an unscheduled purchase from Modelzone at Meadowhall. Farish BR Blue 101 for a lovely 49.99 :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15706.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15706.jpg.html)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop Leyland!
Post by: Chinahand on May 20, 2013, 09:43:34 am
A couple of very nice additions there Ollie which look right at home on the Sheaf Valley layout.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop Leyland!
Post by: longbridge on May 20, 2013, 11:25:08 am
Lovely realistic scenes Ollie, a classic layout  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop Leyland!
Post by: Newportnobby on May 20, 2013, 01:57:09 pm
Look forward to seeing you in Leyland, Ollie.
Don't forget your phrase book/interpreter :laugh:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 12, 2013, 07:11:01 pm
Evening alll!

Not much has happened over the past few months but with Leyland just under a month away it's time to crack on! The station has had the fencing replaced with Midland Style slanted fencing and a few more people have been added.

But there is a problem. Joe, my operating partner, may not be able to attend Leyland due to work commitments. With this in mind, if any NGF members are popping over to the show then they are more than welcome to have a go on the layout :D So if anyone is able to lend a hand, i'd appreciate it :)

Oh and a little picture to round things off, Sheaf went slightly Eastern for a photo shoot!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC15944.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC15944.jpg.html)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Pete Mc on July 12, 2013, 08:57:19 pm
Hi Ollie,what are the dates for the Leyland show?

According to my workings out,I figured that if its jist under a month away,it'll be the weekend before Midland Railex,at Butterly/Swanick,Midland Railway Centre.This is on the weekend of August 17th/18th.

If it is the weekend before,I may be available on the sunday.

Got some lovely blue dcc sound fitted stock as well. :thumbsup:

What do you think?

Pete
 :Class31: :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 12, 2013, 09:26:19 pm
Your workings out are correct Pete, it is indeed the week before Midland Railex - 10/11th August.

If you can make it over (even if its only for a few hours) i'd be very grateful, and if the loan of some sound locos is included then how can i say no :P

Cheers, Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Woolleysh33p on July 13, 2013, 01:04:05 pm
Hi

I have seen you populate your coaches with people, and I was wondering how you do it without breaking them

Thanks



Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Shaun Harvey on July 13, 2013, 01:17:01 pm
I've got lots of engines and stock doing nothing and would love to play but its a long way from Norwich isn't it!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 13, 2013, 05:29:51 pm
Hi

I have seen you populate your coaches with people, and I was wondering how you do it without breaking them

Thanks

Keep up the good work!

Hi there,

To remove the bodies (MK1/MK2/Stanier) i slid a fine blade between the body and the chassis and gently prised them open.

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Woolleysh33p on July 13, 2013, 08:41:10 pm
Is it the same for DMU's?

And do you Add drivers to diesel locomotives?

 :thankyousign:

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 13, 2013, 09:23:30 pm
For the Class 101 and 108 it is year, although i've found they are a more snug fit than the coaches.

At the moment i have not added drivers, but it's on my 'do it someday' list

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Woolleysh33p on July 15, 2013, 10:27:44 am
Have you had anymore bookings for the layout?

Oh, and I would love to see the layout at TINGS again. It was by far my favourite one there!

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 29, 2013, 11:44:31 pm
Have you had anymore bookings for the layout?

Oh, and I would love to see the layout at TINGS again. It was by far my favourite one there!

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I currently have the following bookings:
Leyland 10/11th August 2013
Model Rail Live 21/22nd September 2013
Sheffield 12th October 2013
Hazel Grove 26/27th October 2013
Retford 16/17th November 2013
Middleton Railway (Provisional) 2014
Modelrail Scotland (Provisional) 2015
Warley (Provisional) 2015

I would like to do TINGs again but i'll wait until i try to get booked again. I'm thinking for 2015 as that is set to be the year of 'big' shows.


Anyway on to layout news...well loco news really. I have spent the evening with the T-Cut and transfers to re-number a few of my locos to preserved examples.

46159 has become 46115 Scots Guardsman
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16095.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16095.jpg.html)

61139 has become 61264
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16094.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16094.jpg.html)

And 90566 has become 90733
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16093.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16093.jpg.html)

I really got into the swing of things so will most likely be doing a few more tomorrow night.

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: portland-docks on July 30, 2013, 12:02:06 am
Seeing as your pretty good at renaming and numbering....can you do some of mine before november? Lol

Namely 2 b1s, a 25, a britannia and maybe 1 or 2 others lol
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 30, 2013, 12:35:42 am
Seeing as your pretty good at renaming and numbering....can you do some of mine before november? Lol

Namely 2 b1s, a 25, a britannia and maybe 1 or 2 others lol

I wouldn't say that they are perfect but yeah i can do some if you want me to :) I find it quite relaxing as it goes.

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Newportnobby on July 30, 2013, 08:02:06 am
Hi Ollie,
How about a tutorial on renumbering (and maybe changing from early to late crest) for those of us who don't know how to best do this and where to source the numbers/crests?
You look to have made a damned good job of yours :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: portland-docks on July 30, 2013, 08:40:23 am
Seeing as your pretty good at renaming and numbering....can you do some of mine before november? Lol

Namely 2 b1s, a 25, a britannia and maybe 1 or 2 others lol

I wouldn't say that they are perfect but yeah i can do some if you want me to :) I find it quite relaxing as it goes.

Ollie

Your a star

I will pm you in abit to sort something out, once they are done you could maybe show them off at sheaf lol, visiting locos as it were
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 30, 2013, 09:34:19 pm
Hello yet again,

I've been doing a bit more re-numbering. D823 has finally become D821, i just need to get some 'Greyhound' nameplates for her
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16111.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16111.jpg.html)

I've also made a start on one of my Black 5's. As this model had the Early crest it was intended to become 45407, however, as the nameplates are not readily available it's now becoming 44932 with Late Crest. One cabside done so far :)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16112.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16112.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 01, 2013, 10:22:44 pm
This re-numbering is getting addictive :P

Tonight i have removed the numbers i applied to 44932 the other day as i realised i had put the wrong size numbers on! I have since done both cabsides with a slightly smaller numbers as per the preserved 44932.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16113.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16113.jpg.html)

My other Early Crest Black 5 has had some attention. This one is keeping it's Early Crests and has become Ian Riley's 44871 with Prototypical Large cabside numbers.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16114.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16114.jpg.html)

My final one for tonight (and possibly for a while) is my 3MT. This has now become New Build 82045 which is currently being built at the Severn Valley
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16115.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16115.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: davieb on August 01, 2013, 10:24:52 pm
Cracking job on the re-numbering Ollie  :thumbsup:

Could I ask what decals you have used for the numbers  ???

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 01, 2013, 10:37:25 pm
Cracking job on the re-numbering Ollie  :thumbsup:

Could I ask what decals you have used for the numbers  ???

dave  :thumbsup:

Cheers Dave :D

The Warship used Cambridge Custom Transfers. The Steam locos have used Fox Transfers :) Each individually applied

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: davieb on August 01, 2013, 10:40:07 pm
Hi Ollie  :wave:

Thanks for that  :thumbsup:

Looks like I must get some fox transfers  :uneasy:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 03, 2013, 07:59:34 pm
Evening all!

Small job done on the layout. I have finally replaced the GWR fencing with Midland fencing. The maroon is a bit bright but i'll eventually tone it down a tad.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16116.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16116.jpg.html)

Oh and got myself yet another brake van. Farish Weathered 20T 377-525D. As i've run out of NEM pockets this will be used for Brake Van trips at Leyland
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16117.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16117.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: kevin141 on August 03, 2013, 08:42:02 pm
keep it as it is but add a painter or two maybe supping tea and some wet paint signs
kevin 141
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: RichardBattersby on August 04, 2013, 09:12:41 am
Good work with the renumbering Ollie! How did you get them so neat, square and evenly spaced?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 04, 2013, 10:28:32 am
keep it as it is but add a painter or two maybe supping tea and some wet paint signs
kevin 141

That's a pretty good idea, i may have to keep an eye out for some painting figures.

Good work with the renumbering Ollie! How did you get them so neat, square and evenly spaced?

Cheers Richard, to be honest taking my time! I found pictures of the locos i was doing and just took my time :)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: RichardBattersby on August 06, 2013, 07:32:10 pm
Thanks Ollie, I thought as much. Might be a while before I'm brave enough to try it! How did you get the old numbers off? ???
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 06, 2013, 08:21:39 pm
Thanks Ollie, I thought as much. Might be a while before I'm brave enough to try it! How did you get the old numbers off? ???

I removed the old numbers with T-Cut and cotton buds. I masked the area around the number and gently rubbed a cotton bud (with a small amount of T-Cut) in a circular motion until the number came off. It takes a fair few cotton buds and the masking tape is to stop any lining/other transfers being removed.

Oh and i'm currently giving Sheaf a final 'BIG' test before the weekend. A few newly chipped locos will be making their show debut along with many of my star performers from previous shows.

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 06, 2013, 10:15:42 pm
Evening all!

Well with the 'BIG' pre-show test complete, i am happy to say the layout is in full working order. Will be packed away Friday morning and will be up in Lancashire the same evening. Anyways the show fleet is all packed away, a total of 23 locos and 3 Units. (Plus a Black 5 and Jubilee with the blanking plugs taken out for static display alongside a Del Perado 5BEL
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16126.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16126.jpg.html)

And before packing the locos away i had to take this picture :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16118.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16118.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Newportnobby on August 06, 2013, 10:18:21 pm
Good to know all is ready, Ollie :thumbsup:
I'll be popping in Sat afternoon but the main get together will be Sun morning.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Fancy Lending A Hand At Leyland?
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 11, 2013, 08:04:20 pm
Well Sheaf has survived it's trip over the Pennines!

Had a very enjoyable weekend. Great to meet up with Newportnobby, DavieB, Lankyman, Pete Mc and any others who stopped by. Have to thank Pete for the hand at operating and the extensive use of his lovely sound fitted machines (I was very tempted to sneak that 24 back with me! :P )

I managed to take a few pictures, including a certain NGF wagon borrowed for the Sunday and of my show purchase - Farish Class 24 in Plain BR Green for 40 :D

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/999415_10200341311436734_778948026_n.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/999415_10200341311436734_778948026_n.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16129.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16129.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16133.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16133.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16131.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16131.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16127.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16127.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16130.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16130.jpg.html)

Oh and one quick one showing the guest operator about to take his Sound fitted Class 40 back to the fiddle yard :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16134.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16134.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 11, 2013, 09:22:45 pm
Now if only I'd seen that class 24 first............. :hmmm: >:D :'(
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Tank on August 12, 2013, 10:46:19 am
Good pictures Ollie, and the NGF wagon looks great.  :)

Shame I missed you in Sheffield.  Typical that you were away that weekend!!!   ::) :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Chris on August 13, 2013, 08:13:30 pm
Great to see yet another medal added to the set! Great pictures once again and good to hear Sheaf is still working well - obviously does not need another visit from the Network Rail/DRS boys just yet!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Only Me on August 13, 2013, 08:18:35 pm
Ill see you at MRL Ollie.. I expect a drive lol ;).... Ill be there with Horseley Fields for the whole weekend too
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: johnlambert on August 15, 2013, 10:05:18 am
Just read through the entire thread, it is great to see how the layout has developed.  SVR was one of my favourite layouts at TINGS last year and first alerted me to the existence of this forum.

Can't wait to see the Sheaf Valley Railway at Warley in a few years time.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 19, 2013, 09:07:54 pm
Evening All!

Now if only I'd seen that class 24 first............. :hmmm: >:D :'(

The advantage of exhibiting, sneaky look around the trade stands on the Friday when setting up :P But then she does look right at home on Sheaf :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16193.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16193.jpg.html)

Good pictures Ollie, and the NGF wagon looks great.  :)

Shame I missed you in Sheffield.  Typical that you were away that weekend!!!   ::) :D

I agree about the wagon, so much so that the show lease has resulted in me purchasing said wagon!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16195.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16195.jpg.html)

Great to see yet another medal added to the set! Great pictures once again and good to hear Sheaf is still working well - obviously does not need another visit from the Network Rail/DRS boys just yet!

Cheers Chris, Sheaf is always open to visiting locos, especially when they are 37's :D

Ill see you at MRL Ollie.. I expect a drive lol ;).... Ill be there with Horseley Fields for the whole weekend too

More than welcome to come and have a go, and i'll be sure to come and have a good nosey at Horseley Fields :)

Just read through the entire thread, it is great to see how the layout has developed.  SVR was one of my favourite layouts at TINGS last year and first alerted me to the existence of this forum.

Can't wait to see the Sheaf Valley Railway at Warley in a few years time.

Why thank you :) Good to hear all of the NGF 'advertising' on the layout is doing it's job :D Really looking forward to the NEC and i'm hoping to meet many new faces there.

Right onto news. I have finally finished 44932! I gave up on the late crest transfers as they didn't want to play ball, so i emailed bachmann to see if they supply spare tender bodies. Thankfully they did and i have bought a couple to use for this and future 5's
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16191.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16191.jpg.html)

Other small news is that i've added yet another brake van to the fleet. Farish 20T LMS Bauxite, purchased at Midland Railex
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16194.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16194.jpg.html)

Not much will be happening on the layout until after TINGs (New arrivals maybe?) and then it'll be touching the layout up ready for the next outing at Model Rail Live.

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: CarriageShed on August 20, 2013, 11:10:25 am
Great Work, Ollie. Having joined the forum in the spring, I've been playing catch-up with several threads, and yours has been inspiring. I'm busy making notes of your uncoupler and renumbering hints and tips, so keep up the great work.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 24, 2013, 08:56:51 pm
Cheers Pete :D

New arrival news! I picked up my new (Third) Dapol Pannier today. This will be re-numbered to 9600 as preserved at Tyseley :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16202.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16202.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16204.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16204.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: mereman on August 24, 2013, 09:06:13 pm
Nice.

Mine should be steaming across country from Liverpool.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: portland-docks on August 24, 2013, 09:21:57 pm
Whats the difference with these new panniers compared to first batch?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 24, 2013, 09:31:04 pm
Whats the difference with these new panniers compared to first batch?

Quite simply - the number and the livery :)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 25, 2013, 09:42:40 am
Is this a case of "You can never have enough Panniers"? :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Jack on August 25, 2013, 10:44:37 am
Is this a case of "You can never have enough Panniers"? :D

He needs them to pull all those Mk 1's.   :-X
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: EtchedPixels on August 25, 2013, 04:23:32 pm
He'll have to model Lickey Bank next..

Lickey Incline - 9F 2-10-0 banked by FOUR pannier tanks !! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=802G0RfM7qM#)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 25, 2013, 10:55:56 pm
What a smashing clip :thumbsup:
I almost put the collective name for such bankers :-[
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: MinZaPint on August 29, 2013, 05:05:38 pm
Whats the difference with these new panniers compared to first batch?

Quite simply - the number and the livery :)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:

Am I wrong in thinking that these are the high cab variants?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 29, 2013, 05:17:23 pm
Whats the difference with these new panniers compared to first batch?

Quite simply - the number and the livery :)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:

Am I wrong in thinking that these are the high cab variants?

Of this current batch 2s-007-000 (LT) has the earlier cab and 2s-007-002 (Lined Black) has the later cab. Of the three still to be released 2s-007-001 (Black Late) has the earlier cab whilst 2s-007-003 (GWR) and 2s-007-004 (BR Green) are set to have the later cab. One of the GWR ones will be heading my way ;)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 13, 2013, 09:27:37 pm
Evening all,

Well with  Model Rail Live just over a week away i'll be giving the layout a good play with test.

In stock news this lovely beast arrived today from Taiwan :D Already been Re-numbered to Preserved 46443 :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16338.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16338.jpg.html)

And also arriving today is yet another MK1, this one fresh from Old Warren. Thanks Chris!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16341.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16341.jpg.html)

A friend of mine was selling a few items so i finally have myself a Green 37 and at last a 47! I also had his black 5 off him which i have re-numbered (and changed the tender) to 45379 from the Mid Hants.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16331.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16331.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16332.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16332.jpg.html)

Also i picked up a few things at TINGs, 2 more Black 5's (due for renumbering) and this lovely little beast
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16333.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16333.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Only Me on September 13, 2013, 10:04:11 pm
Ill see you bright and early on the day matey! Let me know if you want to borrow any of my DCC stock... I remember the railcar you were interested in... Oh and ill bring my 47 so you can see my light conversion!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: portland-docks on September 15, 2013, 07:38:14 pm

Right onto news. I have finally finished 44932! I gave up on the late crest transfers as they didn't want to play ball, so i emailed bachmann to see if they supply spare tender bodies. Thankfully they did and i have bought a couple to use for this and future 5's
([url]http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16191.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16191.jpg.html[/url])



hi ollie

who did you ring at Bachmann?

im after some black 5 tenders with the early crest on and to see if they have any 37 bodies in a specific livery. im sure there was a certain nameplate i was after but cant remember what now

cheers

paul
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 15, 2013, 08:26:00 pm
Hi Paul,

I emailed them through their website. I've got a spare Early Crest tender if you are after one?

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: portland-docks on September 15, 2013, 08:29:58 pm
Hi Paul,

I emailed them through their website. I've got a spare Early Crest tender if you are after one?

Ollie

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any particular part on their website?

and yes please :) just i plan on doing my black 5 to 44871 and it has the wrong emblem on the tender :(

which transfers do you use for renumbering? i dont know which im looking at on fox transfers :/

paul
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 15, 2013, 08:34:39 pm
On their website they have a 'contact us' section. Choose the options for spares and ask for your specific part.

I use Fox FRH2004 as it has a mix of 10", 9" and 8" numbering. For my 44871 i used the larger 10" numbers as per the real one.

Oh and if you have a Late Crest tender body then i am very interested in a straight swap for my Early one if you fancy?

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Chinahand on September 16, 2013, 02:11:17 am
Hi Ollie,

I'm coming to MRL on Saturday so I'll pop in for a chat.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Chris on September 16, 2013, 10:06:01 am
Is this a case of "You can never have enough Panniers"? :D

Ollie - don't forget my local Pannier - 9466!!

Just caught up with this thread and great to see it still going strong! Good to hear the BSK arrived ok.

Sadly cannot make MRL as this clashes with the Mid-Norfolk Railway's diesel gala - not sure I'd be up to a 3 hour drive just yet anyway. Hope the weekend goes well.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: ScottyStitch on September 16, 2013, 09:40:36 pm
Hi Ollie

I saw this layout on youtube, must have been filmed at an exhibition. Anyway, I didn't know it was yours (only just found this thread). Nice work, and great backdrop for your stock photos. If I don't catch it before, I'll look forward to seeing it at ModelRail Scotland 2015.

For the record, the WD 2-8-0 I got from you at TINGS has been on the rolling road and works as advertised.

Scotty
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 17, 2013, 10:13:54 pm
Hi Ollie,

I'm coming to MRL on Saturday so I'll pop in for a chat.

I look forward to chatting :D

Is this a case of "You can never have enough Panniers"? :D

Ollie - don't forget my local Pannier - 9466!!

Just caught up with this thread and great to see it still going strong! Good to hear the BSK arrived ok.

Sadly cannot make MRL as this clashes with the Mid-Norfolk Railway's diesel gala - not sure I'd be up to a 3 hour drive just yet anyway. Hope the weekend goes well.

Chris, 9466 will come when someone updates the model of it! Until then it'll be lots of 57XX ones for me (Possibly 4 more having seen which ones are being done in their next batch!)

Hi Ollie

I saw this layout on youtube, must have been filmed at an exhibition. Anyway, I didn't know it was yours (only just found this thread). Nice work, and great backdrop for your stock photos. If I don't catch it before, I'll look forward to seeing it at ModelRail Scotland 2015.

For the record, the WD 2-8-0 I got from you at TINGS has been on the rolling road and works as advertised.

Scotty

Hi Scotty, Glad to hear the WD is running OK for you :) And look forward to bumping into you again up at Model Rail Scotland.


In Other News :D

Layout has had a good go over with some track magic ready for the weekend, stock is all packed and things are pretty much ready for MRL.
I have also had a potential 7th booking for the year! I was hopefully down to do the Barnsley show for 2014 but i have found they are a layout short for this year. So if i can get that weekend off work it'll be 7 in a year! If not then it'll be one to look forward to for 2014.

So an update for booked Shows:
Model Rail Live 21/22nd September 2013
Sheffield 12th October 2013
Hazel Grove 26/27th October 2013
Retford 16/17th November 2013
Middleton Railway 2014 (Potential)
Barnsley November 2014 (Potential)
Modelrail Scotland 2015
Warley 2015

I'm always looking for more shows to do in 2014 so if anyone knows of a club needing a layout then let me know :D

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Pete Mc on September 18, 2013, 01:51:00 am
Ollie,Barnsley are always one or two layouts short.They keep ringing us up at Doncaster and District Model Railway Club about a week before their show is on.This year they have been in touch a bit earlier,about 3 months ago,but we don't have anything that'll be available for this weekend.

No problem,they replied,a work in progress will do!

So if you are going to be doing this year as well,expect a call either the week before or during the week before that.

"Don't panic Mr Manwaring" springs to mind here.If the venue is the same as last years though,it'll be ok.Its a college campus and is as easy as pie to get to,unlike the school it used to be held at.One year the caretaker didn't even set the heating to come on or put coal in the boiler or whatever he didn't do and it never got above freezing all weekend!

Still,they did sell rather lovely cakes and a nice cup of proper Yorkshire tea.

Pete
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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 20, 2013, 10:06:22 pm
Here we go again!

The car is now full to burst with Sheaf (only just fits in my Clio!) ready for the Hourish journey to Newark in the morning :D I must admit i do like Exhibiting :P

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: beestie on September 20, 2013, 10:25:42 pm
Here we go again!

 (only just fits in my Clio!)

Ollie

 

ah you want a laguna !
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Shaun Harvey on September 20, 2013, 10:29:11 pm
Have a great weekend. Hope it all runs well. Don't forget to run plenty of the blue and grey!

Regards


Shaun
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: mereman on September 20, 2013, 10:30:10 pm
Have a good'un Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Pete Mc on September 21, 2013, 02:08:01 am
Hey Shaun,he or we will be running my sound stuff on sunday,as well as his steamy stuff.

Got some bits and bobs to do to get ready but I have a bit of a surprise in store.

So,on that bombshell,I'll see you on sunday morning.Hope to get a big crowd round Sheaf.

Pete
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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 21, 2013, 01:22:54 pm
I must admit i do like Exhibiting :P

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:

Watch out for the police, then :laugh:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 22, 2013, 08:39:35 pm
Evening All,

Well that's show 7 completed! Really good weekend at Model Rail Live. Sheaf seemed to generate a lot of interest being invited to Leeds 2014 and also asked to be featured in BRM! Some great N Gauge layouts on show (see Model Rail Live thread for pics) and was great to catch up with Pete Mc (and his sound locos!), Only Me and the other guys on Horsely fields, and anyone else who stopped by to say Hi  :wave:

Spending wise i was doing really well having only purchased 2 mineral wagons......Then i noticed Cheltenham Models had the Dapol NMT power cars for 65 so i couldn't refuse (This also meant a purchase of some John Armitt from Shawplan.

Right, Pictures!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16427.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16427.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16418.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16418.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16426.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16426.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16425.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16425.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16419.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16419.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16420.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16420.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16421.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16421.jpg.html)

A familiar wagon was doing the rounds...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16428.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16428.jpg.html)

There were a few visitors on the layout too, including Joe's Blue Pullman...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16422.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16422.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16424.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16424.jpg.html)

...and Pete's fleet of Sound beauties....
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16443.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16443.jpg.html)

And the last train of the day... headed by Pete's Sound Fitted class 37.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16446.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16446.jpg.html)

And without Mick there to do the honours we let Pete do the honours of a Sheaf Valley Mug Shot of Joe and Myself.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16445.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16445.jpg.html)

So that rounds off a fantastic weekend. Next Stop Sheffield 12th October!

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: GrahamB on September 22, 2013, 08:55:01 pm
Glad it went well.

Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Model Rail Live!
Post by: mereman on September 22, 2013, 09:09:26 pm
Nice one Ollie.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 23, 2013, 10:23:03 am
 :greatpicturessign:
Glad the show went well, Ollie.
I see your reputation preceded you and they fenced you in! :P
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: CarriageShed on September 23, 2013, 01:27:03 pm
:greatpicturessign:
Glad the show went well, Ollie.
I see your reputation preceded you and they fenced you in! :P

:laughabovepost:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 24, 2013, 06:51:34 pm
Evening all,

With the arrival of Stepney in Preserved Black i was going to sell my model of her in Stroudley green. Fortunately EP was selling a body of 54 Waddon so a few moments swapping the Chassis and i now have a new addition.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16452.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16452.jpg.html)

So 6 out of the 10 preserved Terriers. Only 4 to go! Right now to get these lot chipped....
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16451.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16451.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: 60006 on September 24, 2013, 08:43:29 pm
I remember looking through this thread not too long after you started it and seeing it now is amazing. Really great shots in here. Great work on the layout, very inspirational.

Tom.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: MinZaPint on September 25, 2013, 11:05:22 am
Hi Ollie

Lovely set of Terriers, must cost you a fortune in "Bob Martins" and "Winalot", hope you've got one of these (http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/:censored:/pooper-scooper.gif) (http://www.sherv.net/emoticons.html). I'm after a "Southern" and have one on order with "Rails" of course, which one is yours?

Cheers David
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 25, 2013, 02:12:55 pm
I remember looking through this thread not too long after you started it and seeing it now is amazing. Really great shots in here. Great work on the layout, very inspirational.

Tom.


Thanks Tom, I admit i'm still quite shocked how far I've come with the layout in the three years I've been building it! :D

Hi Ollie

Lovely set of Terriers, must cost you a fortune in "Bob Martins" and "Winalot", hope you've got one of these ([url]http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/:censored:/pooper-scooper.gif[/url]) ([url]http://www.sherv.net/emoticons.html[/url]). I'm after a "Southern" and have one on order with "Rails" of course, which one is yours?

Cheers David


Cheers David. My Southern one is #8 Freshwater (Product code ND100F) it was one of the second batch they did.

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 26, 2013, 08:56:45 pm
Evening all!

First up Sheaf is now booked to appear at the Leeds Exhibition in October 2014 :D But now onto the main reason for this update...

New arrival on Sheaf! Another Farish Ivatt 2MT has arrived from eBay (Seller in Taiwan). 3 Hours after unpacking and she has already been run in, chipped and re-numbered to 46512 as Preserved on the Strathspey Railway. E.V. Cooper Engineer nameplates will be sourced at some point.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16459.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16459.jpg.html)

So i now have a pair of BR Black Ivatt 2MTs and they've not been released yet :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16462.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16462.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 28, 2013, 08:50:51 pm
I really must stop spending!

I just had to get myself this lovely machine today. Runs an absolute treat! I've removed the nameplates ready to receive it's new identity of D1013 Western Ranger :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16464.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16464.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 11, 2013, 08:31:48 pm
Evening All!

Nothing major to report on the layout apart from its being exhibited at the Sheffield show tomorrow. So be sure to say hello if you're visiting :D

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 11, 2013, 10:59:05 pm
Evening All!

Nothing major to report on the layout apart from its being exhibited at the Sheffield show tomorrow. So be sure to say hello if you're visiting :D

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:

A home fixture :claphappy:
May all your running be perfick :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 12, 2013, 06:57:40 pm
Evening All!

Well that's show 8! Makes a change to be only doing a one day show but it was an enjoyable day and being a rather long 10 minute drive from my place it seemed to go by very quickly. The layout seemed to have a lot of interest, possibly due to being the only N Gauge layout on show! So here are a few pictures from the day.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16506.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16506.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16507.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16507.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16511.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16511.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16504.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16504.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16509.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16509.jpg.html)

Finally I thought it was time Joe and I looked a bit more professional when exhibiting Sheaf. So i had custom Polo Shirts made and today was the inaugural showing :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16518.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16518.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: scotsoft on October 12, 2013, 08:29:24 pm
Well done Ollie and I do like the shirt idea, very professional  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: dodger112958 on October 12, 2013, 08:49:36 pm
Great update Ollie, glad the show was a success, the shirts look just the part.
Regards
Ian
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 12, 2013, 09:30:29 pm
Eek :o
What have you done with Joe's head and arms? :worried:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: EtchedPixels on October 14, 2013, 01:10:46 pm
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-big-celebration-for-tiny-trains-at-sheffield-railway-society-1-6144958 (http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-big-celebration-for-tiny-trains-at-sheffield-railway-society-1-6144958)

Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: CarriageShed on October 14, 2013, 01:31:29 pm
So that's how Ollie gets his hands on every Terrier going! Dammit. :P
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 14, 2013, 02:15:38 pm
Must admit I never knew Ollie owned Rails of Sheffield :o
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 14, 2013, 02:22:02 pm
[url]http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-big-celebration-for-tiny-trains-at-sheffield-railway-society-1-6144958[/url] ([url]http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-big-celebration-for-tiny-trains-at-sheffield-railway-society-1-6144958[/url])


Thanks for the link EP.

Must admit I never knew Ollie owned Rails of Sheffield :o


It has come as a great surprise to me too Mick! Last time i checked i merely worked there!

Just to clarify i don't own Rails, and they also got Joe's age wrong, but it's rather nice to be in the article.

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: OwL on October 14, 2013, 09:29:41 pm
[url]http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-big-celebration-for-tiny-trains-at-sheffield-railway-society-1-6144958[/url] ([url]http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-big-celebration-for-tiny-trains-at-sheffield-railway-society-1-6144958[/url])


Thanks for the link EP.

Must admit I never knew Ollie owned Rails of Sheffield :o


It has come as a great surprise to me too Mick! Last time i checked i merely worked there!

Just to clarify i don't own Rails, and they also got Joe's age wrong, but it's rather nice to be in the article.

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:


Damn those paparazzi of the gutter press printing false information about people just to sell their rag!! :smiley-laughing: :laugh:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: The Cuckoo on October 15, 2013, 07:03:41 pm
I was shopping in Rails yesterday, if I had known Ollie was the owner I would of asked for an NGF members discount  :laugh:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 23, 2013, 12:56:27 am
Blimey is that the time, best say Morning all!

In preparation for Sheaf's outing at Hazel Grove this coming weekend i have been adding a few details, mainly ground signals :D I may change the triple stack for three side by side, i'm undecided but it'll stay for now as this used a full pack!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16531.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16531.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16530.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16530.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16533.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16533.jpg.html)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 23, 2013, 10:07:24 am
Neat bit of detailing, Ollie.
Hope you have a great exhibition (I think DavieB might be going so please stop him buying pink ballast ::))
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: davieb on October 23, 2013, 10:18:56 am
Those ground signals look great Ollie  :thumbsup:

I hope to get to the exhibition on Sunday  :hmmm:

(I think DavieB might be going so please stop him buying pink ballast ::))

Don't worry Mick I won't be buying any pink ballast at the exhibition  :angel:
I can get it in bulk at a much cheaper price  >:D

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: beestie on October 23, 2013, 10:23:17 am
looks great Ollie , can i ask , what your 2mt is like , ie running quality?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 23, 2013, 06:43:03 pm
Cheers guys :D Look forward to seeing you on the Sunday Dave. :D

looks great Ollie , can i ask , what your 2mt is like , ie running quality?


Cheers, Both my Ivatts run like a dream. Both ran for the full show a couple of weeks ago without any problems what so ever. Both will be in action this weekend coming up, along with a third (Joe's) so it'll be Ivatt Central!

In other news, Sheaf has another booking for next year! :D This being at the Middleton Railway. So it'll be big and little trains for a weekend :P This makes the future show list look like this:
Hazel Grove - This weekend!
Retford - 16/17th November (Featuring special guests - PeteMC's Sound Fleet, and a potential visit from Stevieboy's J39)
Middleton Railway - 5/6th July 2014
Leeds - 2014
Barnsley - November 2014
Model Rail Scotland (Provisional) - February 2015
Warley (Provisional) - November 2015

And talking of exhibitions i knocked up some temporary badges for Leyland and Model Rail Live - These are supposed to be sending badges in due course!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16535.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16535.jpg.html)


Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Trev on October 23, 2013, 06:51:28 pm
Just realised I'll be able to make this show. Not sure which day, but I will get there.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Shaun Harvey on October 23, 2013, 10:18:01 pm
I must find my Ground Signals too, I shall need a fair amount of them for GS II!!

Great Work

Shaun :wave:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Pete Mc on October 23, 2013, 10:40:52 pm
Hi Ollie,I am at the Leeds MRS exhibition this weekend so I can't go and see you at Hazel Grove.

As for the Retford show,you are no doubt aware of my woes with regards to my car being smashed up and I am yet to find out its fate.I will endeavour to find a way to the Retford show as there are a couple of new conversions that I have to unveil.One perhaps is definately not appropriate on Sheaf(fully sound fitted hst with sound at both ends),however,the Deltic is nearing completion.

I have done lots of work on the speakers(yes,you read that right,theres two in it)to make it sound as Deltic like as I can and bloomin loud it is too,for n gauge anyway.

The speakers are encssed in bluetac and capton tape to give them a better enclosure seal and on the workbench in my kitchen at least,there is a low frequency hum at tickover.And that is not from flatulance either.lol

I am continuing to do experimental work to get a slightly better sound from it but I expect it'll be done and finished for sunday when I'll take it to Leeds with me to show a certain bloke on the DC Kits stand,if he's there.

Oh,and as I'm at Leeds all weekend,I'll be playing with our club secretary's O gauge dcc sound layout.Its quite a big one as well.

Like I say,I'll do what I can with regards to attending the Retford show,hopefully I'll have either a new car,my trusty old steed or a courtesy car whilst mine is repaired or something else.

It may be a good idea to keep an eye out on the happy thread.

Pete
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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: stevieboy on October 24, 2013, 08:07:49 pm

Retford - 16/17th November (Featuring special guests - PeteMC's Sound Fleet, and a potential visit from Stevieboy's J39


The J39 which is running in nicely as I type. Thanks for your patience today!

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 25, 2013, 10:45:20 pm
Evening All!

Well the layout has once again been crammed into the back of my Clio ready for the off tomorrow morning. Loaded up slightly later than planned as i decided to swap my 3-way point in the fiddle yard for a new one as i was having issues. All sorted now but will i ever learn the lesson of not fixing the layout until the night before a show!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16541.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16541.jpg.html)

In other news this little Gem will be making it's debut after arriving at work today. This takes my Dapol Pannier count up to 4 and all of them will be in action over the weekend.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16538.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16538.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: beestie on October 26, 2013, 09:27:53 am
looks awfully cramped in that clio ,lol  i think you need to move up and get your self a laguna , plenty of space it them and you can extend SVR lol , buy it looks great and enjoy the show .
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 27, 2013, 08:35:35 pm
Evening all!

Back from yet another great show. Fantastic hospitality from Hazel Grove MRS (Including a cracking B&B) and a generally good show. Some great layouts on show and it was great to meet/chat to many of our members. DavieB can confirm i didn't buy any Mk1's, Panniers or Terriers :P

And some layout called The Sheaf Valley :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16542.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16542.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16550.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16550.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16553.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16553.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16549.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16549.jpg.html)
A familiar wagon appeared too...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16552.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16552.jpg.html)
And we had an Ivatt fest...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16555.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16555.jpg.html)
And Joe's Blue thing made another guest appearance...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16558.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16558.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16559.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16559.jpg.html)
I kept spending to a minimum, got myself a few bits from Squires and a lovely new wagon
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16560.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16560.jpg.html)
The badges are stacking up....
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16561.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16561.jpg.html)

So all in all a good show :D

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Newportnobby on October 28, 2013, 09:43:44 am
Nice pics, Ollie :thankyousign:
As for not buying any Panniers, Terriers or MK1's, that's because you have caused a world shortage :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: CarriageShed on October 28, 2013, 01:28:48 pm
I shouldn't... but :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Hazel Grove!
Post by: Trev on October 28, 2013, 01:50:27 pm
I thought I was looking at the wrong layout on Saturday - didn't see a single Terrier.
Did see 3 x 2MT's though
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Sheffield!
Post by: Mike W on October 31, 2013, 11:37:57 am
I've removed the nameplates ready to receive it's new identity of D1013 Western Ranger :D

Hi Ollie,

I'm really looking forward to seeing the layout in a couple of weeks. Provisional plans had us next to each other, which would be a good laugh, but they might be changed.

What did you use to get the nameplates off your Western?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 31, 2013, 11:13:03 pm
I thought I was looking at the wrong layout on Saturday - didn't see a single Terrier.
Did see 3 x 2MT's though

Unfortunately i've not worked up the courage to DCC my terriers :( They will be one day though :D

I've removed the nameplates ready to receive it's new identity of D1013 Western Ranger :D

Hi Ollie,

I'm really looking forward to seeing the layout in a couple of weeks. Provisional plans had us next to each other, which would be a good laugh, but they might be changed.

What did you use to get the nameplates off your Western?

Hi Mike,

Really looking forward to Retford. If we do end up being side by side we will have to designate it the NGF area lol. As for the nameplate removal, as i was planning on changing it's identity i chose one we had where the nameplates were already peeling off! Technically bad QC from Dapol but it worked in my favour :D

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 06, 2013, 06:21:59 pm
Evening all,

Well these lovely pair arrived at work at roughly 11:00 this morning, so by 17:02 they were on the layout :D They are superb models.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16579.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16579.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16580.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16580.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16578.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16578.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: Pete Mc on November 07, 2013, 12:03:43 am
Hi Ollie,looks like you may need some more people to stand and wait for the new coaching stock.

Looks like I may be able to make it to Retford on the sunday because my car insurance company have paid me out so,all being well,I may have a new car to come to the show in.

Fingers crossed.

Pete
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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 12, 2013, 08:04:17 pm
Evening all!

She's arrived at last :D After having her on order for a fair number of years 46521 has finally arrived on Sheaf (Albeit a day later than planned due to the wonderful people at Yodel  :veryangry:)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16586.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16586.jpg.html)

A good run in, chip fitted and she is ready for Retford this weekend (Just awaiting a crew/cab doors).

Also arrived this week is a MK1 Suburban Brake. Seen here with Blossom.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16587.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16587.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16585.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16585.jpg.html)

This now means i have a small suburban train made up of two coaches and a box van. This rake will be running this weekend at Retford.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16589.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16589.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: bluedepot on November 12, 2013, 08:09:20 pm
hi ollie

what is the show at retford like?  is there much n gauge this year?  any continental stuff in any gauge there?

cheers


tim
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 12, 2013, 08:30:05 pm
hi ollie

what is the show at retford like?  is there much n gauge this year?  any continental stuff in any gauge there?

cheers
tim


Hi Tim,

It's a very good show, i went last year as a visitor and really enjoyed it. Full details of this year's show can be found here..
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17560.0 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17560.0)

5 out of 12 Layouts are N, of which 2 (Sheaf and Newton Parcels) are NGF Layouts :D

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: bluedepot on November 12, 2013, 08:55:12 pm
cheers Ollie

I may call by...  i'll see if I have the energy after the week though...

cheers

tim
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 15, 2013, 08:55:04 pm
Evening All,

Well the car is now loaded ready for Retford this weekend. :D 46521 has now had crew and cab doors fitted so is ready for her Public debut. Trying out a 'new' style of train for this show as we will be running a Driver Experience train, essentially a single MK1 Brake (Most likely hauled by an Ivatt!). Sheaf should also be playing host to some visitors over the weekend with Stevieboy's J39 making a visit tomorrow, and PeteMC's Sound Fleet making a welcome return on Sunday....... Complete with HST :D

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 17, 2013, 06:43:08 pm
Evening all,

Well Sheaf has now reached the 10 show milestone. Only had a few minor issues during the Saturday so it was a pretty good show. One of the signals (Advanced Starter) was damaged in transit so was out of action for the weekend, and we had an issue with loosing signal for the first 90 mins of the Saturday. But these aside it was a good show but now the layout is having a well deserved break :)
So on to the pictures...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16612.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16612.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16600.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16600.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16590.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16590.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16610.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16610.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16591.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16591.jpg.html)

We had a visit on Saturday from Stevieboy's J39...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16599.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16599.jpg.html)

And a welcome return for PeteMc's sound fleet on Sunday...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16613.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16613.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16615.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16615.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16614.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16614.jpg.html)

And the compulsory badge shot
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16611.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16611.jpg.html)

So the layout will now be 'closed' for Winter Maintenance. 2013 has been a hectic year!

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: scotsoft on November 17, 2013, 06:58:35 pm
Well done Ollie, you have put a lot of effort into Sheaf and it is good to read you have only had little niggles with it.

A big thank you for posting all the pictures from the various shows you have attended  :claphappy:

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop, Retford!!
Post by: stevieboy on November 17, 2013, 07:23:30 pm
Thanks for letting the J39 have a run on Sheaf.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: mika on November 18, 2013, 12:54:16 pm
Wow, 10 shows. That's quite a lot. I think celebrations are in order: :dunce:
Hats off, Sir.

Michael
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 12, 2013, 10:42:26 pm
Evening all,

Just a small update for today. As many of you know PeteMC sadly passed away recently. He was a very good friend and had become a regular operator on Sheaf during the year. I thought it only fitting to have this Plaque made which is now taking pride of place on the layout next to the NGF Badge.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16649.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16649.jpg.html)


Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: CarriageShed on December 12, 2013, 11:06:14 pm
That's a really nice touch, Ollie.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: MinZaPint on December 13, 2013, 11:04:47 am
A very nice appreciation of your very good friend and fellow modeller.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: Tank on December 13, 2013, 01:44:47 pm
That's lovely of you to do that Ollie and Joe. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: scotsoft on December 13, 2013, 01:50:26 pm
An extremely nice gesture Ollie  :NGaugersRule:

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: Irish Padre on December 13, 2013, 03:14:45 pm
Yes, that's a really appropriate and fitting memorial - thanks Ollie and Joe
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: stevieboy on December 13, 2013, 05:50:55 pm
Nice one Ollie  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: daveg on December 13, 2013, 09:09:20 pm
Well done - a very nice thing to do.

Dave G
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2013, 10:08:58 pm
A fitting tribute to a really great bloke - thanks Ollie :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 02, 2014, 09:26:38 pm
Happy New Year to all!

Just a small update for today. A few new additions have arrived on the line recently and pictures will be following in due course. But, talking of pictures, a week on Sunday Sheaf is having a photo shoot for it's appearance in Railway Modeller later in the year :D

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: scotsoft on January 02, 2014, 09:34:43 pm
Happy New Year to you too Ollie and that is great news about the photo shoot  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: Graham63 on January 02, 2014, 09:43:15 pm
Ollie, only just seen the wonderful tribute to Pete, I will tell the lads at Doncaster club next week, and try to get word to his family. Thank you, Graham
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - 10 Shows Completed!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 03, 2014, 04:59:54 am
Congrats on getting into RM, Ollie :claphappy:
They seem to be using NGF members quite a lot recently :thumbsup: :NGF:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 11, 2014, 11:25:29 pm
Cheers Chaps :)

I've just finished 'tidying up' Sheaf ready for the shoot tomorrow, will hopefully put a few more pics up tomorrow :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16689.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16689.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16690.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16690.jpg.html)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16692.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16692.jpg.html)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: GrahamB on January 12, 2014, 09:12:29 am
Looking good. Hope it goes well.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 12, 2014, 10:19:02 am
Let us know how you got on please, Ollie :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 13, 2014, 12:04:29 am
Hello all :)

Very enjoyable photo shoot :) Derek Shore certainly knows how to make the layout look rather good! Lets just say i'll now be disappointed by any photo i take :P Whilst it will be a fair while before the layout will be seen in the mag (towards the end of the year)..... I can't wait :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16696.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16696.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16698.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16698.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16699.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16699.jpg.html)

Cheers all :D

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2014, 01:20:29 am
Congratulations, Ollie! And photography by Derek Shore! Well done, mate. RM is still my favourite model railway mag.

Signed,

Impressed Downunder.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: GrahamB on January 13, 2014, 08:01:11 am
Glad it went well.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Caz on January 13, 2014, 08:38:28 am
Nice one Ollie, you deserve the accolade after all your hard work.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Newportnobby on January 13, 2014, 12:22:11 pm
Thanks for the pics, Ollie :thumbsup:
Did you make sure he got the NGF placard in his photos? :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2014, 12:35:20 pm
Ollie, I am not joking. I am VERY impressed. I think your layout is brilliant, and like Caz, reckon you deserve the recognition.

It's just that Mick can't help himself, eh.

By the way, did you get the NGF placard into his photos?  :D ;D :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 13, 2014, 02:06:31 pm
Thanks for the kind words guys :)

Unfortunately the placard didn't get photographed as the ''glorified totem holder' (aka the lighting rig that has yet to have lights fitted!) had to be taken down to allow for better lighting conditions. All i'll say is keep an eye out for the article ;)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: talisman56 on January 13, 2014, 02:48:46 pm
Well done, Ollie. I was racking my elderly brain as to where I had seen your layout previously and TINGS 2012 came to mind...

If you didn't get the NGF placard in shot, at least tell us the NGF wagon was in view... :)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 16, 2014, 08:43:56 pm
Said congrats on Facebook but will also say it here  :D

Always liked this layout and enjoyed seeing in the flesh (ref the above post, it was TINGS 2012 wasn't it?).

One day a Skyline layout might follow in your footsteps....one day.....

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 23, 2014, 08:33:56 pm
Cheers Chaps :)

it was TINGS 2012 wasn't it?).
It was :) I'd like to take Sheaf to one more TINGs before i think about potentially selling the layout. But as can be seen from the update below, i'm booked until the end of 2015!

Right, a small exhibition update. Sheaf has been invited to the Basingstoke show in 2015. It will be held over the weekend of 14/15th March 2015.

This makes the current Exhibition roster as follows:
- Middleton Railway 5/6th July 2014
- Leeds 25/26th October 2014
- Barnsley 8/9th November 2014
- Model Rail Scotland February 2015 (Provisional)
- Basingstoke 14/15th 2015
- Warley 2015 (Provisional)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 23, 2014, 10:48:57 pm
Hello again!

Another little update on the two new arrivals on Sheaf. Farish Fairburn 372-752 42073 in Late BR Black and Farish Fairburn 372-751 in Early BR Black re-numbered to 42085. Both preserved on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway. So that's two locos run in, had chips fitted, had crew added and one re-numbered. Not a bad way to spend an evening :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16705.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16705.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16706.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16706.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16707.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16707.jpg.html)

So the Tank engine fleet on Sheaf has something that isn't Panniers or Terriers :p

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: portland-docks on January 27, 2014, 09:41:09 am
you cant tell me you dont have a standard 4 tank! they are must haves on any railway!

my tank fleet currently consits of...
2 3mts
1 4mt tank
1 terrier
3 panniers

just need my two fairburns! and maybe some prairies lol
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Railway Modeller pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 28, 2014, 10:25:24 pm
you cant tell me you dont have a standard 4 tank! they are must haves on any railway!

my tank fleet currently consits of...
2 3mts
1 4mt tank
1 terrier
3 panniers

just need my two fairburns! and maybe some prairies lol

Actually i don't, i'm waiting for the new version to come out :P

My current tank fleet is as follows:
2 Fairburns
5 Panniers (Got another today!)
6 Terriers (Need Chipping)
1 3MT
2 Small Prairies (1 is Chipped)

Next tank engine will either be another Pannier or some Jintys :P

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Big News!
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 02, 2014, 03:09:09 pm
Afternoon NGF!

Quite a few things to update on today, lets start with Exhibition news. Sheaf is now booked for a further two shows this year with these being the NGF Meet in Bamber Bridge in April and Telford Railway Modellers Group (Wellington) in October. So that puts the 2014 show list as follows:
NGF Bamber Bridge - Sat 26th April
Middleton Railway - Sat 5th/Sun 6th July
Wellington - Sat 4th October
Leeds - Sat 25th/Sun 26th October
Barnsley - Sat 8th/9th November

Next an arrival of a Jinty...... or two! One in Early and one in Late, i've yet to decide on what numbers these will re-numbered too.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16860.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16860.jpg.html)

And the final bit of news. In three weeks I'm leaving Sheffield and moving back to my home town of Shrewsbury. There have been a number of factors in my decision to leave Sheffield, which also means i will be leaving Rails, but i won't bore you all with the details. Sheaf will be going into temporary storage (Grandparents garage!) and for the time being will only be used prior to a show when it will need testing.

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Big News!
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 02, 2014, 03:12:07 pm
Telford Railway Modellers Group (Wellington) in October.

Local!  Note made in diary 8)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Big News!
Post by: RichardBattersby on March 02, 2014, 03:22:45 pm
When I saw you the other day and you said you were moving back home I didn't realise home was in Shrewsbury and that you're leaving Rails! They're losing a great employee. Good luck with the move though and hope to see you at an exhibition! I'm sure Sheaf will have a good rest after a busy two years.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Big News!
Post by: Mike W on March 03, 2014, 10:47:49 am
Ollie, if I don't see you before you go, will catch up with you at Barnsley in November. All the best,

Cheers

Mike
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Big News!
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 28, 2014, 01:19:05 pm
Hello NGF!

Well the move is complete and i am now re-located back in Shrewsbury :D

Sheaf was indeed put into storage in my grandparents garage.... for all of three days! The layout is now currently in the club room of Telford Railway Modellers Group which i have re-joined this past week. Upon setting up i decided to give the layout a test in preparation for it's next Show..... The NGF Meet up in Bamber Bridge on Saturday 26th April. Happy to report that apart from a bit of dirty track the layout worked perfectly :)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16928.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16928.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16929.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16929.jpg.html)

And a little photo taken during the play test session :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16933.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16933.jpg.html)


Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Now located in Shropshire?!
Post by: daveg on March 28, 2014, 02:27:45 pm
Glad the move went OK Ollie and hope the forthcoming outing is a great success.

Nice pics - thanks  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Now located in Shropshire?!
Post by: Newportnobby on March 30, 2014, 03:56:47 pm
Nice to hear of no problems before the Northern Meet up, Ollie :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Now located in Shropshire?!
Post by: Maurits71 on March 30, 2014, 08:36:58 pm
well done mate, if it's only some track cleaning then nothing to complain I guess

M.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next stop, NGS AGM!
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 28, 2014, 11:03:21 pm
Evening All,

Well Sheaf's 2014 calendar has begun, The NGF meet up in Bamber Bridge being the first date. As i have put in the main thread for the event big thanks to Mick and Dave for organising the event.

As i was playing with Sheaf most of the day i forgot to take pictures of the event itself! So i've only got a few of Sheaf (Although some faces appear in the odd one)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17003.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17003.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17000.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17000.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16999.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16999.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17004.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17004.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17002.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17002.jpg.html)

And of course this wagon was in action...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17001.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17001.jpg.html)

Next stop is the NGS AGM on June 7th

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next stop, NGS AGM!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 05, 2014, 09:46:53 pm
Evening all,

Well Sheaf has been tested and is loaded into the car ready for the NGS AGM this weekend. Do come over and say Hello if you are visiting :)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next stop, NGS AGM!
Post by: B P on June 10, 2014, 12:35:53 pm
Hi Ollie,

I had the pleasure of seeing the layout for the first time on Saturday, really excellent.  Keep up the good work.

Brian.
P.S. Shame about Tornado!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next stop, The Middleton Railway!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 10, 2014, 02:40:44 pm
Afternoon all,

Thanks for the comments B P. Really enjoyed the AGM this past weekend, very friendly group. I didn't stop for the meeting itself as I needed to get back to my friends in Bristol. Layout had a few minor niggles unfortunately :( One of the points began to stick so occasionally required a poke at the motor. And most annoyingly I was planning to give my new Blue Tornado it's show debut (Apple Green and Brunswick have already done shows) but during the pre show opening test part of the valve gear decided to come loose! Oh well, back to Rails it will be going for replacement.

Didn't get much of a chance for photos as the show was fairly busy and I was also training a new operator!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17018.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17018.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17019.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17019.jpg.html)

I also tried out a new operator. As I used the weekend to visit an old friend in Bristol and as the operating team is now just me, I dragged my old school friend Nathan along with me to assist in operations. He didn't do too bad for what was his first show.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17017.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17017.jpg.html)

So aside from the loco failures not a bad show. Well looked after and another badge to add to the collection :D Next stop for Sheaf is The Middleton Railway 5/6th July, currently going to be manning the layout solo for the weekend so if anyone fancies a go at operating then more than welcome.

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next stop, The Middleton Railway!
Post by: gc4946 on June 10, 2014, 07:35:57 pm
Hope to be there as it's my nearest local show!

BTW the Tour de France starts from Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 5th, so bus stopping patterns in the city centre will change on that day
http://www.wymetro.com/uploadedFiles/WYMetro/Content/travelnews/ServiceChanges/LeedsMap.pdf (http://www.wymetro.com/uploadedFiles/WYMetro/Content/travelnews/ServiceChanges/LeedsMap.pdf)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Middleton Cancelled!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 25, 2014, 09:36:59 pm
Evening All!

A small, yet disappointing, bit of News. I have had to Cancel Sheaf's trip to The Middleton Railway in a couple of weeks. A combination of Shifts at work and lack of an operating team is behind the decision to withdraw from the show. These things do happen occasionally, so it now means Sheaf is not due out until October. Updates may be on the thin side for the next few months as I can't see much happening layout wise for a few months.

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Middleton Cancelled!
Post by: Newportnobby on June 25, 2014, 09:49:07 pm
Sorry to hear that, Ollie but, hey, if you don't work you can't afford more Mk1's :no:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Middleton Cancelled!
Post by: scotsoft on June 25, 2014, 11:42:22 pm
It is a great shame when work gets in the way of play but as NPN says the money keeps things chugging along  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Middleton Cancelled!
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 19, 2014, 05:42:23 pm
Evening all,

Small update for today. I have received confirmation that Sheaf will be attending TINGs once again, in 2015 :)

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Middleton Cancelled!
Post by: portland-docks on July 19, 2014, 05:45:16 pm
Evening all,

Small update for today. I have received confirmation that Sheaf will be attending TINGs once again, in 2015 :)

Ollie

  :NGaugersRule:


Awesome! So is moorside! N gauge forum should be well represented next year if it keeps going ;)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Middleton Cancelled!
Post by: Newportnobby on July 19, 2014, 07:52:53 pm
Congrats to you both :beers: :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Middleton Cancelled!
Post by: scotsoft on July 19, 2014, 07:58:14 pm
Congratulations indeed  :beers:

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Exhibition News!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 21, 2014, 12:05:18 pm
Afternoon all, today I have some Exhibition News!

Another two shows have been booked for next year, and they are big ones! First up is Model Rail Scotland (20,21,22 Feb) and second is the National Festival of Railway Modelling at Peterborough (17,18 October).

So with those the current exhibition list is as follows:
Wellington 4th October 2014
Leeds 25/26th October 2014
Barnsley 7/8th November 2014
Model Rail Scotland 20/21/22nd February 2015
Basingstoke 14/15th March 2015
The International N Gauge Show 12/13th September 2015
BRM Peterborough 17/18th October 2015
Warley November 2015 (Provisional)

Another added bonus is that in a few weeks Andy York will be visiting to photograph the layout ready to appear in BRM at somepoint next year :)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Exhibition News!
Post by: Sprintex on August 21, 2014, 12:08:47 pm
Excellent! Well done, and indeed well deserved :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Exhibition News!
Post by: scotsoft on August 21, 2014, 12:14:35 pm
Good on you Ollie, I hope they all go well and stress free  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Exhibition News!
Post by: wookie on August 21, 2014, 12:36:36 pm
Well done Ollie!
Perhaps I'll meet you at Tings, as I will be up there for one of the days with one of our club layouts.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Exhibition News!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 21, 2014, 03:24:09 pm
Fame (if not fortune) doth be deserved, Ollie :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Exhibition News!
Post by: angr607 on August 22, 2014, 12:07:08 pm
Hi,

After reading though the whole thread, its great to see such a fantastic layout evolve in the way it has. It looks great!

Cheers,

Jon
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Exhibition News!
Post by: Bubule on August 24, 2014, 07:44:03 pm

 Very nice layout !  :greatpicturessign:

Il like very much your design, to pass track behind buildings is a great scenic idea. The spectator need search the train.

I love your fantastic steam locomotives too.  :o :laugh3:

The british steam engine have pure ligns that gave them a beatiful style.  :claphappy: 
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 11, 2014, 09:02:27 pm
Thanks for all the good words Guys  :thankyousign:

Right onto an update, which includes pictures for a change!

Andy York paid a visit to the clubroom on Tuesday to photograph Sheaf for an upcoming BRM issue. I believe the March 2015 issue. Had a really good few hours with Andy, having a good chin wag, drinking Tea and actually taking the photos! A fair few were set up so looking forward to seeing how they turned out.

Picture time! I went down to club on the Monday evening to get the layout set up and ready.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17061.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17061.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17065.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17065.jpg.html)

And a couple of the man himself in action. Andy seemed to have a fondness for my Tyseley Pannier pairing!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17067.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17067.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17068.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17068.jpg.html)

Now onto a New arrival in the form of a MK1 SLF. This has been given a good weathering and will now sit in the yard, well the volunteers need somewhere to sleep :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17062.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17062.jpg.html)

And a Farewell too. Black 5 45379 made a final appearance for the photoshoot as she will be leaving for Moorside on Saturday (Via TINGs of course)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17064.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17064.jpg.html)

A Blue Class 25 should be arriving any day now too, and maybe something will arrive after TINGs! I am on a very tight budget mind!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: portland-docks on September 11, 2014, 09:39:58 pm
i cant believe i still havent see this layout in person ollie!

cant wait to be sharing tings with you next year though, moorside and tings under one roof lol

i must say 45379 does look stunning, and she will be well looked after up here at moorside! :)

i look forward to seeing the article with your layout! congrats!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: Tank on September 11, 2014, 09:48:19 pm
Very exciting! I hope it's a good spread in the mag! :)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: scotsoft on September 11, 2014, 10:43:46 pm
Well done Ollie, I hope they do you proud  :NGaugersRule:

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: Chetcombe on September 12, 2014, 04:14:28 am
That is a very interesting tripod extension arm that Andy is using - I wonder where you can get one of those...

It's also fascinating to see that Andy seems to be using the layout lighting rather than studio lights... unless the studio lights are out of sight that is?

Any observations you can provide as to Andy's photographic methods would be appreciated!

Looking forward to seeing the results in BRM next spring
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: Tank on September 12, 2014, 07:54:59 am
That is a very interesting tripod extension arm that Andy is using - I wonder where you can get one of those...


Sorry for going off topic Ollie...

This is what I use Chetcombe, a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod.  Well worth the money for N Gauge photography as it's solid with no shake, and great at all sorts of angles, including the arm to reach over the layout!

Here is a video on youtube without the camera mount....

http://youtu.be/X-6wW1XC_Ko (http://youtu.be/X-6wW1XC_Ko)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 12, 2014, 08:34:13 am
It's also fascinating to see that Andy seems to be using the layout lighting rather than studio lights... unless the studio lights are out of sight that is?

Any observations you can provide as to Andy's photographic methods would be appreciated!

Believe it or not the whole shoot was done with no additional lighting at all, just the clubroom lights.

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 26, 2014, 09:46:51 pm
Just a quick one today. Sheaf will be on show at my Clubs annual exhibition next Saturday (4th) in Wellington. So do come and say hello if you are passing :)

In the meantime I'll leave you with a photo of the new addition...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/10565030_10202887049398592_6053225571860660585_n.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/10565030_10202887049398592_6053225571860660585_n.jpg.html)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - BRM Pays a Visit!
Post by: daveg on September 27, 2014, 08:01:30 am
Not my colour scheme Ollie, but nice looking loco.

Hope the show goes well.

Dave G
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 05, 2014, 11:22:50 am
Morning all.

Thoroughly enjoyable day yesterday at my Clubs show. The layout worked really well without a single problem :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/WP_000500.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/WP_000500.jpg.html)

Oh and it was apparently a Type 2 Gala!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/WP_000503.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/WP_000503.jpg.html)

Next stop, Leeds October 25/26th

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on October 05, 2014, 11:41:24 am
Great shame I didn't get to be there :(

Hope it went well for TRMG :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Malc on October 05, 2014, 11:43:57 am
When is the next outing Ollie?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 06, 2014, 09:27:42 pm
When is the next outing Ollie?

Hi Malc,

Next outing is the weekend of 25/26th October in Leeds.

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Gordini5 on October 07, 2014, 10:57:11 pm
Ollie, I keep missing this in the flesh but hope to get to Leeds for your next outing. Was in Ludlow for a week last week and now in Moreton in marsh waiting for new grandsons to appear. Need a break for some me time. The layout looks great and I look forward to the BRM article. Superb work.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 28, 2014, 12:47:49 pm
Afternoon all,

Well that's exhibition number 14 completed and a welcome return to Yorkshire. A very enjoyable spent at the Leeds show, layout performed well and generated a fair bit of interest. My sound fitted Dubdee once again was the most talked about thing on the layout! Big thanks to Dave and Shell (my other half) for joining me. Here are a few pics of the layout during the show....
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17119.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17119.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17120.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17120.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17121.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17121.jpg.html)

Next stop, Barnsley 8-9th November then a break until the big trip to Scotland next February :D

Oh and I've had it confirmed that Sheaf will appear in the January 2015 issue of Railway Modeller (So the one that goes on Sale early December) (y)

And talking of magazine articles, I've had an article published in the current issue of BRM as part of the ongoing documentation of the 2014/15 BRM layout 'Stokesay'
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17114.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17114.jpg.html)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: wookie on October 28, 2014, 02:35:00 pm
Congratulations all round then Ollie  :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Chinahand on October 28, 2014, 02:55:33 pm
Hi Ollie and belated congratulations on your forthcoming feature in  Railway Modeller.

With that, plus your article in BRM you are becoming quite famous. Or is that infamous.

Which reminds me of Kenneth Williams in one of the Carry On films "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in fa me."

OK, I'll get my coat.  :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 07, 2014, 09:50:38 pm
Evening all,

Small update to say Sheaf will be making its last outing of 2014 this weekend at the Barnsley Show. All loaded in the back of the corolla ready for the trip to Yorkshire.

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Newportnobby on November 08, 2014, 12:33:41 pm
Presumably hibernation will follow :hmmm: ;)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Showtime!
Post by: Maurits71 on November 08, 2014, 09:23:25 pm
enjoy ;)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 11, 2014, 11:23:57 am
Morning all!

This past weekend saw Sheaf visit the Barnsley MRC exhibition, it was a very enjoyable show with some very good layouts on show. Layout performed well over the weekend and even had 4 new operators to train over the course of the show. So a big thanks to my friend Dan for assisting on the Saturday and Pete, Ben and our own Mike W for helping out on the Sunday :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17165.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17165.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17164.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17164.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17166.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17166.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17167.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17167.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17169.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17169.jpg.html)

A familiar wagon was seen in the yard...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17168.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17168.jpg.html)

So that's Sheaf's 2014 exhibition season completed. Onto 2015 and the year of big shows! To recap this is where the layout can be seen next year:
Model Rail Scotland 20/21/22nd February
Basingstoke 14/15th March
The International N Gauge Show 12/13th September
BRM Peterborough 17/18th October
Warley 28/29th November

There will be a few items on the to do list  in readiness for what will be Sheaf's biggest, and possibly last year on the show circuit. Yes, I am thinking of selling the layout at the end of next year. Main item on the to do list is to finally fit some lights to the thing! This will also include a slight rebuild of the lighting rig itself along with a fresh coat of paint (although this time in a gloss black as opposed to the matt it currently carries). Aside from that the rest of the jobs will be touching up areas that have become a little tired in the past year.

Bring on 2015!!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: Malc on November 11, 2014, 01:58:32 pm
Looks like a quiet summer next year Ollie? Any plans for some local shows?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: wookie on November 11, 2014, 02:35:56 pm
I notice you don't have any Perspex "hands off" panels. Perhaps the larger more serious shows don't have troublesome kids, but I've found at our local shows even the Perspex doesn't keep hands away!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: Newportnobby on November 11, 2014, 03:03:22 pm
IIRC - Sheaf has built in proximity Tasers >:D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: wookie on November 11, 2014, 03:57:18 pm
Ah right

~~ZAP~~    :'( DAD I wanna go home  :'(
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: Mike W on November 13, 2014, 10:20:17 am
So a big thanks to my friend Dan for assisting on the Saturday and Pete, Ben and our own Mike W for helping out on the Sunday :D

It was an absolute pleasure Ollie - top notch layout, really enjoyed operating it.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 13, 2014, 01:26:28 pm
Afternoon all,

Looks like a quiet summer next year Ollie? Any plans for some local shows?

Hi Malc, I've had no local invites for Sheaf hence the quiet summer. Starting a new job next month in which Saturdays may be hard to get off so I tend to keep to around 5 shows per year. That said if there are any Sunday only shows around then the layout would be available for them :)


I notice you don't have any Perspex "hands off" panels. Perhaps the larger more serious shows don't have troublesome kids, but I've found at our local shows even the Perspex doesn't keep hands away!

I'm not a fan of perspex on layouts. A lot of the shows I've attended have had barriers to keep little hands away so the lack of perspex has never really been an issue.


It was an absolute pleasure Ollie - top notch layout, really enjoyed operating it.

Glad you enjoyed yourself Mike, We'll see how you feel about operating it after TINGs next year ;)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 23, 2014, 10:09:33 pm
Evening all,

A nice surprise email this evening has Sheaf booked in for another show, this being the BRM Doncaster show on the 6/7th February 2016. So it looks like Sheaf will live on a bit longer than I thought! With this show having been the local 'big' show when I lived in Sheffield, and a fairly big show in its own right, I couldn't refuse!

So that currently puts the exhibition list as follows:
Model Rail Scotland 20/21/22nd February 2015
Basingstoke 14/15th March 2015
The International N Gauge Show 12/13th September 2015
BRM Peterborough 17/18th October 2015
Warley 28/29th November 2015
BRM Doncaster 6/7th February 2016

So very much a BIG show line-up!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: Newportnobby on November 24, 2014, 10:15:59 am
Well done, Ollie. Some prestigious shows on the list :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - End of the 2014 Season
Post by: Bealman on November 24, 2014, 01:02:59 pm
Yes indeed. Well done! And great to see the NGF wagon on your lovely layout, by the way.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 29, 2014, 08:13:00 pm
Thanks for the good words chaps :D

A small magazine related update for today. Not only is Sheaf appearing in the next issue of Railway Modeller, but I have now found out that the layout is set to appear in the February issue of BRM. So this evening is being spent writing up the article to go with Andy York's superb images. Don't forget to treat yourself to a few mags over the next couple of months ;)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Paddy on November 29, 2014, 09:03:21 pm
Congratulatons Ollie - well done Sir!

Paddy
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Malc on December 09, 2014, 12:29:49 pm
Just read the excellent article in the current Railway Modeller about Sheaf. Well done Ollie. Some lovely photos and a great story.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 12, 2014, 09:18:19 pm
Hey, Ollie.
Great feature in the Railway Modeller and thanks for mentioning the forum :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: GroupC on December 13, 2014, 07:39:20 pm
Great article and photos Ollie, well done. Thanks for the NGF plug, and nice one for mentioning Pete Mc.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Bealman on December 20, 2014, 02:54:01 am
Hey, Ollie.... look what turned up at Chez Bealman!
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Great article, nice words about Pete Mc. and thanks so much for giving the NGF a plug.

Great work, buddy!  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: anselm on December 20, 2014, 02:31:21 pm
Just read the excellent article in the current Railway Modeller about Sheaf. Well done Ollie. Some lovely photos and a great story.
Agreed.  Good to see this excellent layout in print.  But where are all  your Mk 1s??  ;)

Ian
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Woolleysh33p on December 20, 2014, 05:29:56 pm
Hey, Ollie.... look what turned up at Chez Bealman!
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Great article, nice words about Pete Mc. and thanks so much for giving the NGF a plug.

Great work, buddy!  :thumbsup:

George

Can't wait to read this! The only problem being that I haven't received it, which is worrying as I re subscribed at Warley  :hmmm:

Ah well, I suppose I'll drop an email. Looks good though Ollie!  :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Steve.T on January 08, 2015, 06:26:39 pm
The Article is in BRM this month.
I assume it is the same article, as I did not read it in RM as I let my subscription slip.

Well done, great article and pics.

Steve

This reminds me to re-subscribe to RM.

 :thumbsup:   :beers:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Gordini5 on January 08, 2015, 09:46:27 pm
I actually bought the modeller to read this article even though I subscribe to BRM. Both good articles and photo's. Great modelling. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Danfilm007 on January 08, 2015, 10:09:30 pm
Loved both articles
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Read all about it!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 10, 2015, 08:44:04 pm
Evening all,

Thanks for all the good words about the articles! Really chuffed with how they've turned out (Pardon the pun)

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/10897863_10203575288164131_6627803522138767928_n.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/10897863_10203575288164131_6627803522138767928_n.jpg.html)

The Article is in BRM this month.
I assume it is the same article, as I did not read it in RM as I let my subscription slip.


It is a different article. Both cover roughly the same, but I wrote them both separately so they aren't word for word the same.

In other layout news some building has been happening! In Preparation for the 2015 Season some changes are occurring, all will be revealed soon!!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Tony G on January 12, 2015, 12:17:41 am
I am new to this forum and for the last 2 nights have read this whole thread from start to finish. I have really enjoyed seeing it from the start, and how it has evolved over time. I have even bought a copy of BRM LOL! It is layouts like yours that inspire us all to model, and I will certainly look forward to seeing it in it's flesh at Scotland when I'm not stewarding on the door  :) Keep up the good work, you certainly have me intrigued with it's next update  :thumbsup:

Regards  Tony
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Publication Imminent!
Post by: Atso on January 15, 2015, 09:14:24 pm
Just finished the article Ollie. Great job, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Read all about it!
Post by: Mike W on January 16, 2015, 09:58:18 am
In Preparation for the 2015 Season some changes are occurring, all will be revealed soon!!

Keep it easy to operate!

Great article in BRM Ollie.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Read all about it!
Post by: Mito on January 16, 2015, 08:57:31 pm
Enjoyed the article in RM. well done :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Read all about it!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 01, 2015, 09:23:47 pm
Evening all,

Thanks for all the good words guys, really appreciated :)

Right the Update! A new lighting rig has been constructed!! Not only is this one much lighter than the previous one (Meaning less upright supports are needed), but it actually has lights in it!! At first glance this may not seem a major change, but this will make the world of difference in those venues with poor lighting.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/10959661_10203709919649834_3063499199877073080_n.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/10959661_10203709919649834_3063499199877073080_n.jpg.html)

Painting of this will be done over the week. For now it will use the same Matt Black paint that the previous rig was painted with as the layout has had a last minute invite to a show next Sunday (8th) hosted by Monmouth Rotary Club. Since the publication in BRM I have had 3 last minute invites for the layout (Stafford, Monmouth, and Wonderful world of trains and planes) for 3 consecutive weekends. But given my schedule with work, and the layout attending Model Rail Scotland (that would have meant 4 weekends on the bounce!) I was only able to accept the one invite. Between Monmouth and Scotland the rig and fascia of the layout will have a fresh coat of Gloss Black so Glasgow should debut the layout in what will be its absolute final form, well aside from a motorised bracket signal whenever they are released!

In other news I have recently fitted a sound chip into one of my Ivatt 2MTs and will post a video somepoint in the near future.

As previously this will most likely be Sheaf's last full year on the circuit (Currently the layouts last show will be Doncaster 2016) but this will depend on if the layout is still requested for shows. Given It's booked for Peterborough and Doncaster, I would have though an invite to Ally Pally would come at some point! If the bookings keep coming in on a steady rate then I could be convinced to keep the layout out there until the end of 2016, but the current plan is to whack a 'FOR SALE' sign on the layout towards the end of this year with the layout going to a new home (providing one is found, Any takers?) in the first half of 2016.

So the next update will most likely be after next weeks show so lets get going with the 2015 Season!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Let There Be Light!!
Post by: JeffPreston on February 09, 2015, 08:27:03 am
Hi Ollie:

It's Jeff - I visited your most impressive layout at the Monmouth show on Sunday - I'm the one who asked all the questions about your experience with Dapol couplers, magnets, sound chips and Dapol Panniers.  :thumbsup:

Great to meet a member of the forum finally - and thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets go to Scotland!!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 09, 2015, 08:57:49 pm
Evening all,

Thanks for the good words Jeff, was good to meet you too.

Well the 2015 season is off to a flying start with the Monmouth show this past Sunday. The layout performed really well and as mentioned in my post above this was the debut of the new lighting rig. The lights do make a huge difference and, in my opinion, the layout has never looked better! Quite a few had mentioned seeing the layout in the magazines which was a nice touch too. Didn't have chance to look around the show but the organisers were very friendly and helpful so it gets a thumbs up from me.

As usual here are a few photos from the show.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/sheaf20151.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/sheaf20151.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/sheaf20154.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/sheaf20154.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/sheaf20153.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/sheaf20153.jpg.html)

Next Stop, Model Rail Scotland!!!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets go to Scotland!!!
Post by: Newportnobby on February 09, 2015, 09:15:42 pm
Good to see you're in control of your own lighting now, Ollie, and that the forum placard is prominently displayed ;)
Sheaf is another layout where there is something going on all the time. More power to you, sirrah :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets go to Scotland!!!
Post by: JeffPreston on February 11, 2015, 09:57:13 am
Nice pictures Ollie!

BTW - it was great to see layouts by those who know that  :NGaugersRule:  at the exhibition. My goodness - I had not expected to see that almost everything else was 00. I think there were 2 N Gauge layouts amongst a total of couple of dozen or more?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets go to Scotland!!!
Post by: Avis1434 on February 22, 2015, 03:50:30 pm
Thoroughly enjoyed seeing your layout at last and to speak to the man himself at Glasgow yesterday!
Hopefully you wil, by now, be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after a long weekend. I hope you enjoyed your trip "up north" and don't find the trip home too daunting in view of the anticipated weather.

The layout was in good form and there was always something going on (unlike some others I won't mention here!!!!) despite the limited track available to you. The loco's were all running sweetly as far as I could see and no sign of the hand from the sky. Many little cameo's around the layout added to the interest.

Many thanks for bringing The Sheaf Valley Railway up to Glasgow to let us Scottish N Gaugers see what can be done

Safe home Ollie

Cheers
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets go to Scotland!!!
Post by: Arrachogaidh on February 22, 2015, 05:35:17 pm
I think there were 2 N Gauge layouts amongst a total of couple of dozen or more?

Bit of an exageration I think! There were LOTS

N-Gauge Layouts
Bettws Road - GWR 1930-40

California Surfline - USA

Fleckinkirk - Garmany 2014

Glen Farrist - Scottish Region 1950s

Little Oak Drier - Cornish China Clay - BR Blue

Morven - USA 2000s

Mountain View - USA

Rannoch - West Highland

Sheaf Valley Railway - Fictional Preserved Railway

Wheal Annah - Cornish Clay, BR Blue Era


Maybe you didn't circulate very well??? :Class37: :NGFWagonTour:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets go to Scotland!!!
Post by: JeffPreston on February 23, 2015, 09:03:16 am
Hi Arrachogaidh:

Are you describing the Monmouth show I wrote about?

Ollie - if you have a moment, can you estimate how many N gauge layouts were at the Monmouth show please?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets go to Scotland!!!
Post by: Jonny on February 23, 2015, 09:40:07 am
I think there were 2 N Gauge layouts amongst a total of couple of dozen or more?

Bit of an exageration I think! There were LOTS

N-Gauge Layouts
Bettws Road - GWR 1930-40

California Surfline - USA

Fleckinkirk - Garmany 2014

Glen Farrist - Scottish Region 1950s

Little Oak Drier - Cornish China Clay - BR Blue

Morven - USA 2000s

Mountain View - USA

Rannoch - West Highland

Sheaf Valley Railway - Fictional Preserved Railway

Wheal Annah - Cornish Clay, BR Blue Era


Maybe you didn't circulate very well??? :Class37: :NGFWagonTour:

These were the layouts at Model Rail Scotland.

I think Jeff was on about a different show
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets go to Scotland!!!
Post by: JeffPreston on February 23, 2015, 09:56:20 am
Hi Jonny:

>> I think Jeff was on about a different show

Indeed - I was at Monmouth on FEB 8th.   ;)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop Basingstoke!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 25, 2015, 06:18:45 pm
Evening all,

Well that was one fantastic (but tiring!) weekend! The very long trip north was worthwhile as Model Rail Scotland has to go down as one of the best shows I've exhibited at. The layout performed very well, a few little derailments here and there but nothing major. We had a small incident when one of the chaps on the Triang display knocked into the layout causing some of the stock to fall on its side, we played it off to the public as an earthquake!! The weekend was the debut of the new sound addition to the fleet, this being my Ivatt 2MT in Green. It was great to meet so many of you, hope you all enjoyed the show as much as I did.

Now for the obligatory show pictures....
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/MRS2.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/MRS2.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/MRS5.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/MRS5.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/MRS3.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/MRS3.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/MRS4.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/MRS4.jpg.html)

So that's badge 17 for the layout!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/MRS1.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/MRS1.jpg.html)

Next stop Basingstoke!!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop Basingstoke!!
Post by: Toneeze on February 25, 2015, 07:05:50 pm
I should see you there Ollie!. The Scottish show was very good and like you I thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting there. :greatpicturessign: :thankyousign:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop Basingstoke!!
Post by: findus on March 01, 2015, 09:18:46 pm
This is going to be exciting as im going to Basingstoke with the Newbury model club layout Chilton Stowford. i have not  seen sheaf valley in person and cant wait.. hope you dont mind me gate crashing your layout during the day :)

Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 31, 2015, 04:42:18 pm
Afternoon all,

So I was going through the photos on my phone earlier when something struck me.... I never updated this thread after the Basingstoke show!!! So lets get on with said update with a few pics from the show.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/20150314_094501.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/20150314_094501.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/20150314_094509.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/20150314_094509.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/20150315_150721.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/20150315_150721.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/20150315_150655.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/20150315_150655.jpg.html)

It was great to meet so many fellow forum members over the weekend. Karhedron, Bob Tilbury, Findus to name but a few. Oh and another NGF member has been added to the guest operator list, this being Toneeze (He didn't seem to happy about being added to the gallery.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/20150314_131137.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/20150314_131137.jpg.html)

Oh and there has been one new addition to the fleet. A deal was made with a certain Mr Portland Docks and a Farish 4MT has now arrived on Sheaf! Now suitably renumbered to 76079 and due to make her debut at TINGS
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/20150531_154031.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/20150531_154031.jpg.html)

Talking of TINGs, this is still currently the next stop for Sheaf. The show will begin the final 5 months until the last show in Doncaster next year so the layout may very well have its 'FOR SALE' sign on. Forum members get first dibs of course ;)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Only Me on May 31, 2015, 04:46:21 pm
Nice one Ollie :)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Toneeze on May 31, 2015, 06:52:18 pm
 :hellosign: I was just having a lesson courtesy of Ollie in N gauge DCC operation , when I noticed Ollie had stepped aside to take a picture, he caught me just before I realised what he was up to. My punishment for helping out?. TONY..
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on May 31, 2015, 07:49:51 pm
Toneeze you did learn pretty quick and I Enjoyed talking to your other half while you were under instructions.
Ollie you took a good shot of my mate in the White shirt but I'm glad you didn't risk getting me in the shot your camera might not have survived ,you did get my sleeve in though.
Bob
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 28, 2015, 10:54:12 am
Morning all,

A very small update today, but a noisy one! Come TINGs there will be a couple more sound making noise machines on the layout. Just placed an order with YouChoos for a chip for a Class 108 DMU and for a 4F. Granted I have yet to purchase the 4F but if I haven't got one before September I'm hoping to find one cheaply on the Bachmann stand.

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Toneeze on June 29, 2015, 04:19:42 pm
Hello Ollie, As I`m not exhibiting at Tings this year I`ll have more time to assess your new sound fitted engines.This time I`ll also be more prepared for your camera!-Toneeze
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 29, 2015, 05:10:46 pm
Cheers Tony. Will be more than welcome to try the new locos out :D

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Newportnobby on June 29, 2015, 10:15:08 pm
Cheers Tony. Will be more than welcome to try the new locos out :D

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:

And that's when he snaps you. Don't fall for it, Tony! :no:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 07, 2015, 08:27:25 pm
Evening all,

It's the week before TINGs and I see the show guide is now available on the website. Sheaf is located in the 'Cheltenham/Mirfield corner' of the hall. Or simply put, to the very right as you walk in!

The 2015 tour coach is currently winging its way to me, so any forum member exhibiting at the show come and see me RE the coach! Talking of coaches I see the Hawksworths have arrived, some shall be arriving on Sheaf Sunday morning (Getting Dave to bring them saves me having to pay the postage from Sheffield!)

Something modern shall also be appearing from Old Warren, and no doubt something from Moorside will make a guest appearance too!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 10, 2015, 02:21:58 pm
Afternoon all,

Picked Sheaf up from the clubroom last night so my car is currently quite full! All ready to head down to Leamington this weekend so do come and say hello if you are passing!

Cheers,

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Geoff on September 10, 2015, 02:30:51 pm
Afternoon all,

Picked Sheaf up from the clubroom last night so my car is currently quite full! All ready to head down to Leamington this weekend so do come and say hello if you are passing!

Cheers,

Ollie

Have a good weekend Ollie, unfortunately I am unable to make it due to hospital appointments.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: GrahamB on September 10, 2015, 02:52:09 pm
Afternoon all,

Picked Sheaf up from the clubroom last night so my car is currently quite full! All ready to head down to Leamington this weekend so do come and say hello if you are passing!

Cheers,

Ollie
See you there on Saturday. Safe journey.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Chris on September 10, 2015, 09:56:05 pm
Something modern shall also be appearing from Old Warren...

Never been called "Modern" before!!  :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: 60156 Great Central on September 11, 2015, 11:54:11 am
Safe Journey Ollie look forward to seeing Sheaf in the flesh on Saturday   :drool:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: wookie on September 11, 2015, 04:36:54 pm
I'll give you a wave on Sunday morning....
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Toneeze on September 11, 2015, 04:42:54 pm
 :hellosign: I`ll also be about on Sunday,I shall be heading for Ollie & Bob Tidbury,you have been warned!! :claphappy: 
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on September 11, 2015, 06:32:02 pm
Toneeze will you be coming with your friend Tonye or is he staying at home ?
At least you and Shelley will be there . See you Sunday.
Bob
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Tonye on September 11, 2015, 07:52:36 pm
 :laughabovepost: I`d better bring him, although we've had a falling out recently :laugh:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Next Stop Peterborough!!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 17, 2015, 07:41:21 am
Evening all,

A fantastic weekend at TINGS! Great to meet everyone! The layout performed really well all weekend with only one loco having a minor running problem. The layout seemed to get a lot of attention and there was always someone watching.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_093325.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_093325.jpg.html)

We had a total of 4 sound fitted models running throughout the weeked: DubDee, Ivatt 2MT, Class 108 and a 4F. The latter was purchased at 09:30 on the Saturday and was sound fitted by the time the show opened!!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_115430.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_115430.jpg.html)

We had a number of guest operators and visiting engines over the weekend so lets start with the NGF members! Saturday saw Chris take to the controls....
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_111345.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_111345.jpg.html)

His EMT HST (that used to be mine!) was running on a railtour from Old Warren!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_114113.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_114113.jpg.html)

A DRS Class 20 also visited
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_115205.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_115205.jpg.html)

Chris's Teenage Spirit Class 60 also made an appearance.

Next Portland-Docks lent us his 4MT 76084 for a bit on Saturday so we had an excuse for a 4MT double header!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_145700.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_145700.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_145653.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_145653.jpg.html)

Sunday say Toneeze/Tonye take to the controls, this was on the condition that he could 'play' with the Sound fitted DubDee!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150913_132055.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150913_132055.jpg.html)

There were also some special guest visitors. For the Saturday Dapol/Robert Shrives lent us their first paint sample of the Red Stripe Class 56.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_115200.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_115200.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_164941.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_164941.jpg.html)

On the Sunday Modellbahn Union lent us one of their LTD A4's.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150913_103225.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150913_103225.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150913_092746.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150913_092746.jpg.html)

And finally we had a brief visit of the first running Dapol Schools. I want one!!!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150913_114105.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150913_114105.jpg.html)

And to finish a couple more random photos taken throughout the day.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150913_092913.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150913_092913.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150912_150434.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150912_150434.jpg.html)

Next stop, Peterborough!

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: glenng on September 17, 2015, 10:46:54 am
See you at Peterborough  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Newportnobby on September 17, 2015, 11:11:53 am
Cracking pics Grom Ollie. Thanks for posting them :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Tonye on September 17, 2015, 04:40:36 pm
 :thankyousign: Ollie for that piccy!,and thankyou for allowing me to use your layout and the dubdee. It was a good show :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Tank on September 17, 2015, 08:16:37 pm
Great pictures Ollie, but what, no NGF coach?!?!   :D
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Cooper on September 17, 2015, 10:28:36 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29462.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29462)

It was lurking out the back of the shed....
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Chris on September 20, 2015, 03:57:27 pm
Very enjoyable day last Saturday and thanks for letting me take over the controls and indeed the layout with my modern image!! I did take a few pics as well which are part of my TINGS album on flickr, but here are the Sheaf pics including "THAT" coach (though why I didn't take any photos of my stock on there is beyond comprehension...):-

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5786/21203545748_ac91d95fcb_o.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/667/21204483849_876713367e_o.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/687/21365164176_0ee36f30ea_o.jpg)
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5691/21203541688_efcbee4aef_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!
Post by: triumphdude on October 20, 2015, 02:57:39 am
Ollie

I think your layout looks fantastic, I have started at the begginning and am now at page 7, and a long way to go. I will look at the other pages in due course, keep up the good work, me I'm a semi retired begginner and loving this Model railway thing, your layout has given me some insights as to how to perform some of the tasks I need to do.

Chris
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - The Return Of TINGS!!
Post by: Chris on November 09, 2015, 10:22:18 pm
Some pics of Sheaf @ Peterborough, and yes I remembered to take some photos of the modern image invasion this time! Great to see and operate the layout again.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31695)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31693)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31692)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31691)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31690)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31686)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31689)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31688)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31687)

It's that coach again!!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=31694)
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets end it with a BIG one!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 16, 2015, 06:18:00 pm
Evening all,

Thanks for the photos Chris! Was great to see you again at Peterborough. And talking of Peterborough, I never posted a show update! We'll kick things off with the standard pre-show snap (the one and only photo i took the whole weekend!).
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/12144674_10205223295923295_3326134275768599061_n.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/12144674_10205223295923295_3326134275768599061_n.jpg.html)

Excellent show, well spaced put so the hall didn't seem crowded but a nice flow of people throughout the day. Layout and stock ran well all day, the only teething trouble was that the chap who was giving me a hand disappeared for a good chunk of the show! Great to see many Forum members there and once again Sheaf was flooded with visiting stock! Chris ran some of his Modern stock, my old EMT 153 making a welcome return. Paul Chetter kindly lent us a sound fitted duchess for some of the show. And thanks to Callum and Steve (APA Park/Midsummer End) for the use of a 14xx plus Autocoach, Sound Class 20 and a Merchant Navy with a rake of Maunsell Coaches!

In stock news I have finally got round to chipping up one of my 08 Shunters, so we'll have a station pilot for Warley!

In other news, It is now very likely that I will have to withdraw Sheaf from Doncaster next Feb! with this being the case I am treating Warley as the last show! So that means that in just under two weeks Sheaf will have exhibited at it's last show!........ Well unless it's new owner decides they want to keep showing it. Talking of new owner, one has yet to be found so the layout is still currently up for sale.

So at least I'm ending Sheaf's run on the show circuit with a big one. Can't get much bigger than Warley!!!!!

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets end it with a BIG one!
Post by: Only Me on November 17, 2015, 08:43:08 am
I thought that until we went to Eurospoor ;) .... See you at Warley!...
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets end it with a BIG one!
Post by: Malc on November 17, 2015, 09:08:52 am
Yes, you could fit Warley into one of the 2 halls there.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Lets end it with a BIG one!
Post by: Chris on November 17, 2015, 09:19:32 pm
 :( So Peterborough was the final farewell to Sheaf - can't make Warley unfortunately)  :(
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 01, 2015, 08:01:44 pm
Evening all!

Well it's over! My time with Sheaf on the exhibition circuit has come to an end!

Thoughts on Warley. Long days, big crowds, a lot of rules, but enjoyable none the less! I've now done Warley three ways (Visitor, Trade, Layout) and whilst it was an honour to exhibit the layout there, I don't think it'd be one I'd do again. The organisation was top notch, but very strict (Understandable considering the size of the show though!). We got stopped at the door and refused entry on the Saturday morning as we had our badges in our hands, we had to physically have them attached to our tops before we were allowed in! We got lucky with our positioning in the Hall as our spot was practically the nearest one to the main loading door, so come the end of the show we were out of there by 5:30. 9 and 8 hour days behind a layout is very mentally tiring, I was grateful to have a full operating team with me so thanks to Dave, Dan and my partner Michelle for helping throughout the show. During the Show there was always someone in watching, several deep on some occasions. I also got told that out of the N Gauge layouts we were running the most trains per hour! Picture time!!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151128_091253.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151128_091253.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151128_120730.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151128_120730.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151128_153521.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151128_153521.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151129_104655.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151129_104655.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151129_104633.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151129_104633.jpg.html)

We even had a station pilot for the first time! I chipped the Green 08 I purchased at Warley and it ran very nicely.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151128_145227.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151128_145227.jpg.html)

Steve (Midsummer) let us borrow his BRAND NEW Farish Fairburn in CR livery, not one I'll be getting but it was something different!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151128_153452.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151128_153452.jpg.html)

Callum (Cazadoom) finally had a go with the layout, somehow I think he enjoyed it as we couldn't get the handset back! I wonder if I've tempted him enough to buy Sheaf :p
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151128_145258.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151128_145258.jpg.html)

So that makes 21 exhibitions in the space of four and a half years and it has been a blast! Had many kind words from many members of the forum and the public and I've loved every second of it (Even if they can be  :censored: tiring!). The layout has always generated a lot of interest and has had many more invites that I've had to turn down. I hope whoever takes over behind the control panel will continue to exhibit the layout, after all there is still plenty of space for badges.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20151130_194820.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20151130_194820.jpg.html)

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: daveg on December 01, 2015, 08:11:25 pm
Thanks Ollie

 :greatpicturessign:

What's next then or have I missed something, somewhere?

Dave G
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: cjdodd on December 01, 2015, 09:16:25 pm
It was really nice to meet you and to see the layout on it's final outing.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Newportnobby on December 01, 2015, 09:51:23 pm
Somewhat sad to see the layout being retired, Ollie :(
Never mind the loading bay - I note you have pole position for the catering ;) :foodanddrink:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: jrb on January 18, 2016, 02:07:30 am
Just read this entire thread, and realised it's just gone 2am... :o

Fantastic layout, great to see the evolution of it over the space of a few years.

I was quite pleased to read that you/it were going to be at the Doncaster show :thumbsup: but then read that plans had changed, and you weren't  :thumbsdown:

So, to quote daveg:

What's next then or have I missed something, somewhere?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 18, 2016, 08:09:50 am
Just read this entire thread, and realised it's just gone 2am... :o

Fantastic layout, great to see the evolution of it over the space of a few years.

I was quite pleased to read that you/it were going to be at the Doncaster show :thumbsup: but then read that plans had changed, and you weren't  :thumbsdown:

So, to quote daveg:

What's next then or have I missed something, somewhere?

Hi there,

Glad you enjoyed the build. And yeah I was looking forward to Donny but somethings come up.

To answer your question. No where is next, the layout had its final outing with me at Warley and is currently up for sale. Hopefully a buyer can be found and they will continue to exhibit. As for what's next, I have a new layout nearly finished and it'll be out on the circuit this year.

Cheers,

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Mito on January 18, 2016, 05:50:09 pm
Well let's see this new layout then!   :) :photospleasesign:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 18, 2016, 07:34:55 pm
Well let's see this new layout then!   :) :photospleasesign:


Pics can be found on the layout thread- http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0)


Cheers

Ollie
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: JeffPreston on January 19, 2016, 01:55:04 pm
Hi again Ollie!

Thanks for sharing the great layout and the great pictures.

>> We even had a station pilot for the first time! I chipped the Green 08 I purchased at Warley and it ran very nicely.

Whoa! Can you please, please share any tips and tricks on this?   ::)  I imagine it was the new Farish 08? I really want to get one of these and chip it myself, but it would be my first attempt at chipping a recently produced loco and as this one is so tiny I know it must have been a challenge.

Please let us know how you went about it - if you have time - and also - which chip did you use?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Only Me on January 19, 2016, 02:05:45 pm
Hi again Ollie!

Thanks for sharing the great layout and the great pictures.

>> We even had a station pilot for the first time! I chipped the Green 08 I purchased at Warley and it ran very nicely.

Whoa! Can you please, please share any tips and tricks on this?   ::)  I imagine it was the new Farish 08? I really want to get one of these and chip it myself, but it would be my first attempt at chipping a recently produced loco and as this one is so tiny I know it must have been a challenge.

Please let us know how you went about it - if you have time - and also - which chip did you use?

If you buy a CTElectronik DCX76 it is small enough (once you wrap some kapton tape around it) to fit in the body alongside the motor, otherwise you can install a DZ126 wired decoder from Digitrax in the cab. - I have PM'd you how to do it.
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: JeffPreston on January 19, 2016, 05:38:35 pm
Hi again Ollie!

Thanks for sharing the great layout and the great pictures.

>> We even had a station pilot for the first time! I chipped the Green 08 I purchased at Warley and it ran very nicely.

Whoa! Can you please, please share any tips and tricks on this?   ::)  I imagine it was the new Farish 08? I really want to get one of these and chip it myself, but it would be my first attempt at chipping a recently produced loco and as this one is so tiny I know it must have been a challenge.

Please let us know how you went about it - if you have time - and also - which chip did you use?

If you buy a CTElectronik DCX76 it is small enough (once you wrap some kapton tape around it) to fit in the body alongside the motor, otherwise you can install a DZ126 wired decoder from Digitrax in the cab. - I have PM'd you how to do it.

Thanks so much Paul - I have PM'd back.   :claphappy:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: JeffPreston on January 23, 2016, 03:09:27 pm
Good old Simon of Simon's Shed just posted this excellent video of chipping a new Farish Class 08.  :claphappy:

https://youtu.be/KrycqWavv_A (https://youtu.be/KrycqWavv_A)

Enjoy!

What does everyone think?
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: jrb on January 23, 2016, 05:19:16 pm
What does everyone think?

I think he needs to work on his soldering technique...  :o
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: portland-docks on January 23, 2016, 05:36:07 pm
What does everyone think?

I think he needs to work on his soldering technique...  :o

ditto! :doh:
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Bob Tidbury on January 23, 2016, 09:16:47 pm
In my opinion he should have after cutting to length  twisted the wires and tinned them and then trimmed them ready for soldering that way you don't have any odd strands flapping about and you don't need so much of a blob of solder.I used to do that for a living but I wouldn't attempt it now my hands just aren't steady enough.
Bob
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Sprintex on January 23, 2016, 09:21:58 pm
What does everyone think?

I think he needs to work on his soldering technique...  :o

ditto! :doh:

Double ditto :goggleeyes:


Paul
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Only Me on January 23, 2016, 09:23:09 pm
I wouldnt send an old CAN there for soldering thats awful work!!
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: Toneeze on January 24, 2016, 03:53:35 pm
 :hellosign: Looking at your new layout Wenlock, what era are you depicting?.Sheaf valley was DCC so why DC on Wenlock. Keep up the good work and let me know where your first show is. :thankyousign: .
Title: Re: The Sheaf Valley Railway - Twenty-One and Out!
Post by: JeffPreston on February 05, 2016, 11:47:43 am
Hey Folks!

Just wanted to thank everyone for input because, based on Simon's excellent video and comments on the excellent N Gauge forum, I did the very same myself! It's the first successful conversion I've ever done and... it's alive I tell you - ALIVE!   :laugh3:

I've no soldering skills and know next to nothing about electronics, but armed with Simon's video - I've done it and it runs like a treat! For reference, I converted the Class 08 which comes with the Farish 'Steel Worker' train set as it has the wasp stripes I wanted. A few places seem to be selling this separate from the train set and that's how I got mine.

Following tips on the N Gauge forum, I used Kapton tape, which also has the virtue of being very, very thin. I put the Lenz Silver Mini chip on top of the motor as Simon did.

The only other thing I did differently was to cut off the (original Farish) black wire at both ends instead of unsoldering it as any reduction in the use of the soldering iron is something I value greatly!

I am one happy shunter driver!  :claphappy: