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Title: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: Maurits71 on February 14, 2015, 06:44:36 pm
warning with thanks to Photobucket who has recently changed their policy all my images are no longer visible. I have moved them to Flickr but I am not sure if I can restore all image links, so if please visit my flickr photo book for all images

Hi all.

after a too long break after Highbury Fields the house move is done, most of the boxes unpacked so time for a new project. and I think I can say as complicated as the previous one but almost twice the size 350 metres in total.

What is planned. 3 fiddle/ stacking yards. the main one can stock 35 long or 50 short. a 6+2 track main station, a shunting yard with TMD and a 4 track main line all on 3 layers. Ssame as Highbury Fields not a specific area it's still rule 1 although there will be some ECML influences.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/Hills%20and%20meadows.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/Hills%20and%20meadows.jpg.html)

I had already ordered all the wood work which I could pick up today.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_100438427_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_100438427_iOS.jpg.html)

also the back scenes are in house, special thanks to John from art-printers who has done a sort of special commissioned job for me as the design I wanted wasn't available in 40 ft. so that's the first project I will do attached board on the walls for the back scenes.

as I will have rond corners I have made a little tool which will also help making nice smooth bends, smallest one is peco r3 up to ...

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_155108074_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_155108074_iOS.jpg.html)

and after some diy you get this

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_172503187_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_172503187_iOS.jpg.html)

always smooth nice corners.

this is the train room, still some boxes to do although most of the boxes are train stuff.

best regards

Maurits

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on February 14, 2015, 07:44:18 pm
Welcome back Maurits, was wondering when you would resurface! Have been waiting for Millbrook Meadows what happened there? Anyway will watching as things progress.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 14, 2015, 07:49:45 pm
Welcome back Maurits, was wondering when you would resurface! Have been waiting for Millbrook Meadows what happened there? Anyway will watching as things progress.

same project only a different name :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Geoff on February 14, 2015, 08:07:51 pm
Wow Maurits that is some timber in the back of your van, but hey good luck with the project in which I am going to enjoy watching from the forum.

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Ian Morton on February 15, 2015, 12:08:23 am
and after some diy you get this

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_172503187_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_172503187_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

always smooth nice corners.

Now that's a nifty idea.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Croxy on February 15, 2015, 03:20:00 am
Welcome back....really looking forward to seeing this as it develops!!!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 15, 2015, 10:52:44 am
Already looking impressive, Maurits. Can you provide the contact info. for John from art-printers, please, as I would like a custom backscene made from a colour photo.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Malc on February 15, 2015, 11:37:46 am
Well impressed so far, it's going to be amazing. Looking forward to seeing it develop
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: jonclox on February 15, 2015, 11:45:07 am
Words as usual seem totally inadequate to describe the progress so far  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on February 15, 2015, 12:02:18 pm
I think we're all in for a fascinating ride, Maurits :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: port perran on February 15, 2015, 12:26:42 pm
Definitely looking forward to seeing this all come to life.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: wookie on February 15, 2015, 12:39:36 pm
Stand by to be completely overwhelmed everybody  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bigric on February 15, 2015, 12:55:43 pm
If it was anybody else , we'd probably be thinking , "Yeah , right , CJ Freezer in his most expansive mood !" but because of who this is , we're actually thinking , "This is probably going to end up twice as big & twice as complicated !" And there will be multiple trains running in about two days ! Best of luck with this one !!! Ric
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 15, 2015, 01:05:36 pm
well 2 days is short, but lots of thanks for the nice compliments.

@ Chris, contact info for John from art-printers : info@art-printers.com
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 15, 2015, 02:10:49 pm
Many thanks, Maurits.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on February 15, 2015, 03:50:46 pm
Welcome back....really looking forward to seeing this as it develops!!!

Hear, hear and me too, as well!

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: railsquid on February 15, 2015, 03:55:21 pm
350 metres in total
And there was me calculating earlier that I'd managed to fit 35 metres of track into the space I have available, and wondering if it was too much...
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 15, 2015, 07:34:09 pm
well that's was the Sunday gone, had planned to do most of the back scene boards but with a female ambulance in house shouting do this, do that all the time it didn't went completely as planned

so happy to manage at least 2 of them done.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150215_183224961_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150215_183224961_iOS.jpg.html)

next week I have got the family over from Holland so with a bit of luck I can hide myself with my dad in the train room :)

will keep you guys posted

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on February 15, 2015, 07:37:23 pm
350 metres in total
And there was me calculating earlier that I'd managed to fit 35 metres of track into the space I have available, and wondering if it was too much...

Is there a sub station at the bottom of the garden Maurits, with that much track the power surge on start up will put out the local supply.  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 15, 2015, 08:22:15 pm
 ;) sst, I have told the missus I have replaced all train lights for low voltage leds.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on February 15, 2015, 08:34:37 pm
;) sst, I have told the missus I have replaced all train lights for low voltage leds.


Discretion is my name. By the way I like your post script Maurits, I would add "am retired and wish I had more time & money"  :beers:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 22, 2015, 09:08:33 pm
Well that was a very busy week gone, firstly visiting customers in Cornwall, Devon for four days, Saturday the Princess Risborough show with Horsely Fields so finally today some me time.

as my parents are over from Holland I had an extra pair of hands which was very useful.

so firstly we have finished the back boards till the full 10 metres length

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/20150222_064941611_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/20150222_064941611_iOS.jpg.html)



painting was the next job.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/20150222_125719266_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/20150222_125719266_iOS.jpg.html)

and after the paint was dry we have started with the first of 8 back - scenes.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150222_203626121_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150222_203626121_iOS.jpg.html)

we have also started with the top shelving/ light bar which also needs to be finished first before we can start with the construction of the layout.

This week most nights home so for sure some building time

best regards

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 24, 2015, 07:40:44 pm
Well can say had a few good hours with my dad the last 2 nights, all back scenes done, storage/ light hood finished

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150223_213751634_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150223_213751634_iOS.jpg.html)



(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150224_171356454_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150224_171356454_iOS.jpg.html)

almost there

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150224_182109572_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150224_182109572_iOS.jpg.html)

and with the first led tube, nice and bright light

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150224_184820941_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150224_184820941_iOS.jpg.html)

next stage, the construction of the layout

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 24, 2015, 07:46:25 pm
As always, I am in awe of your planning and attention to detail. I'm sure that this will one of the very best model railway layouts and I really am looking forward to seeing it develop.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on February 25, 2015, 04:52:41 am
Very tidy work Maurits, no sawdust, empty cups laying around  :D

Does Mrs M come round behind the workers or do you clear up?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bealman on February 25, 2015, 04:57:50 am
Looking great.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Railwaygun on February 25, 2015, 08:57:48 am
LED Tubes - LED strips or what please??

Further info welcome.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 25, 2015, 09:10:06 am
LED Tubes - LED strips or what please??

Further info welcome.

I am using 120 cm led tubes with ultra bright leds. the tubes are originally designed for above an aquarium but as the aquarium is gone I can perfectly re use them
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Vonzack on February 25, 2015, 10:50:17 am
Hi Maurits71,

Could I ask where you sourced your backscene, also what material its made out of and how you fixed it to the boards?

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 25, 2015, 12:04:16 pm
Hi Maurits71,

Could I ask where you sourced your backscene, also what material its made out of and how you fixed it to the boards?

Cheers, Mark.

Hi Mark.

they are customized back s-cenes based on an existing range.made by Art-printers. art-printers.com.  I have contacted John to see if he could change a few things which he did .

they are heave paper ( think 180 grams ) and I have used 3m spray glue to fix them to the walls.

I can highly recommend art-printers to every body. 1 e-mail with lots of questions, a reply which was straight forward and 2 days later in house. 
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 26, 2015, 07:48:31 pm
Hi All.

done a bit more work tonight

the light cover is more or less done now, only a small bit to do but need to get some more board. have decided to go for a bit of a finishing touch, nobody is going to see it but it looks just a bit better

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150226_185657366_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150226_185657366_iOS.jpg.html)

also the second and third led tubes are placed, looks that it's more than enough light.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150226_185711205_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150226_185711205_iOS.jpg.html)

and the fist part of the base board, level 1 at 55 cm height

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150225_192531612_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150225_192531612_iOS.jpg.html)

I had a small wish to see the first train this weekend but don't think it's going to happen, the things to do list is still big.

best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on February 28, 2015, 08:48:52 pm
Hi all.

small update, the base for the lowest stack yard is more or less finished,

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150228_201543000_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150228_201543000_iOS.jpg.html)

I was intending to have a small desk aswell so I could do some modeling whilst watching trains, it's a bit tight so something still to consider.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150228_201609718_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150228_201609718_iOS.jpg.html)

best regards,

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on February 28, 2015, 09:27:29 pm

I was intending to have a small desk aswell so I could do some modeling whilst watching trains, it's a bit tight so something still to consider.


 :hmmm:
Looks like you'd have to be a low down bum to have a desk in there, Maurits :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: NeMo on February 28, 2015, 09:48:44 pm
Looks amazing. Wish I had that kind of space... and the woodworking skills!

Hope we see some more photos before too long.

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on February 28, 2015, 10:34:18 pm

I was intending to have a small desk aswell so I could do some modeling whilst watching trains, it's a bit tight so something still to consider.


 :hmmm:
Looks like you'd have to be a low down bum to have a desk in there, Maurits :D

No problem with fitting a small desk in there Maurits, just make sure it has small legs as well. And instead of bums on seats it may be necessary for bums on floor. Maybe PPE as well in the form of a hard hat.  :doh:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 03, 2015, 10:18:25 pm
Hi Maurits as the thread was slipping sown the Forum I thought It needed a boost, with the announcement GF are to release Class 66 I know you have a shedful anyway will you be buying more of them? And also as a very precise person is there noticeable difference between GF and Dapol 66's? I only have Dapol so none to compare.

Oh and have you taken a rest from building this week we all need an update. :beers:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 05, 2015, 08:47:32 pm
Hi George,

no worries, those class 66 will be ordered, enough space later :)

Well between GF and Dapol that's opening a can of worms. I prefer the GF as they are a bit heavier and stronger, but the dapol ones are just a bit better too look at but they behave sh.... on your layout ( mine )

saying that I will start improving my dapols myself, I have got an idea but need some time to work my thoughts out.

Not a lot to report, have been away all week but have found a bit of time to connect al boosters

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150305_201332300_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150305_201332300_iOS.jpg.html)

this should be enough for at least 40 simultaneous running trains which should be more than sufficient.

hopefully some track laying this weekend

best regards

Maurits

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on March 05, 2015, 09:14:57 pm
Damn! For some reason I expected today's update to present the finished layout, Maurits :D ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 07, 2015, 09:34:31 pm
sorry mate, but this is a 30 year plan so please be a bit patient

but

Have been quit productive today, my little home made tool is doing the job and gives me lovely curves

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150307_160006977_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150307_160006977_iOS.jpg.html)

And after a couple of hours I have connected the first pieces of track and a first test run with my latest addition a class 37 in DRS with some German Double deckers as these are perfect to see if the distance between the track wide enough is. Despite being 30mm is't quit close but enough

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150307_194308000_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150307_194308000_iOS.jpg.html)

tomorrow another day

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 07, 2015, 09:54:55 pm
"sorry mate, but this is a 30 year plan so please be a bit patient"

well in that case unlikely I will ever see the end result  :-[

Hope you post periodic vids Maurits so I can see it progress though.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bealman on March 07, 2015, 09:58:28 pm
Very nice curves.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: railsquid on March 08, 2015, 06:21:15 am
Very nice curves.

Oooh errr!

this should be enough for at least 40 simultaneous running trains which should be more than sufficient.

Just 40  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on March 08, 2015, 07:49:50 am
Thanks for the update Maurits.

Very neat as usual.  :thumbsup:

Your homemade tool used to create curves sounds interesting. Any chance of details so I can consider a copy (if that's OK) for my new build starting soon?

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 08, 2015, 07:51:59 am
"sorry mate, but this is a 30 year plan so please be a bit patient"

well in that case unlikely I will ever see the end result  :-[

Hope you post periodic vids Maurits so I can see it progress though.

Sorry not meant to sound morbid, got a few years left yet (well hope so) but 30, well at a push I might get there but not sure if HM can afford to pay my pension for that long.  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on March 08, 2015, 10:41:11 am
"sorry mate, but this is a 30 year plan so please be a bit patient"

well in that case unlikely I will ever see the end result  :-[

Hope you post periodic vids Maurits so I can see it progress though.

Sorry not meant to sound morbid, got a few years left yet (well hope so) but 30, well at a push I might get there but not sure if HM can afford to pay my pension for that long.  :smiley-laughing:

Fear not, George (from another in the same boat :worried:)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 08, 2015, 07:18:48 pm
well old men, as I don't want to feel guilty I have done a bit more.

Another 18 metres and 7 points, 7 points and 100 metres of track to go before the fiddle yard is finished ;)


(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150308_190641002_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150308_190641002_iOS.jpg.html)

Best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on March 08, 2015, 07:21:26 pm
Chop chop, from my view point today in your "dining room" i'd say you couldnt eat a lot in there until you lay the table top :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 08, 2015, 07:41:49 pm
Chop chop, from my view point today in your "dining room" i'd say you couldnt eat a lot in there until you lay the table top :)

well that's why I renamed it into mans cave to solve that problem  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on March 09, 2015, 09:29:11 am
I reckon Peco's profits would be well down without your layouts, Maurits :worried: :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 11, 2015, 07:49:52 pm
Evening all

A small midweek update, have done a few bits over the last couple of nights.

laid down the second set of points, laid the 2 tracks towards the second helix and connected the first 2 full tracks of the fiddle yard, another 8 to go with around 16 metres of track.

once done my favourite work ( not ) droppers, points and all detection decoders which will be quit a task to get this done properly.



(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150311_193626836_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150311_193626836_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150311_193633581_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150311_193633581_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150311_193638783_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150311_193638783_iOS.jpg.html)

speak soon, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on March 11, 2015, 08:43:31 pm
Extremely neat track laying as ever, Maurits :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 13, 2015, 07:56:13 pm
 :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150313_192405347_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150313_192405347_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150313_192411407_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150313_192411407_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150313_192420545_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150313_192420545_iOS.jpg.html)

fase 1 finished. next fase, servo's, decoders en soldering

Don't expect any progress soon as we are entering a long trial and error period, who has followed Highbury Fields has seen that I was struggling with space and a correct flow. The way I have done the fiddle yard now should solve the flow problems and shout give me space for an average of 30 trains. to get this done I have in mind to get small sections of 100 cm each. so a 2 coach HST is 60 cm that's one section. a freight train is 200 cm means 2 sections occupied. so this is something I am trying to achieve over the next couple of weeks or months what ever it takes and once's the computer deals with the fiddle yard as I have in mind I will start building the helixen.

will post a video once I can run a full loop

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on March 13, 2015, 09:23:46 pm
 :jawdropping:
There's just no stopping you once you get going, Maurits ;D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 13, 2015, 09:48:43 pm
well, to be honest this is easy peachy, laying track a couple of metres per hour is not a problem, now the joy starts and that's going not so quick
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: lil chris on March 13, 2015, 11:14:24 pm
Very Impressive track laying,looking good.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 14, 2015, 03:21:13 am
Hi Maurits, you put me to shame. I am almost retired but cannot find time to make progress on Geominster. You seem to have so much time to work on the layout and what with moving to new house and all the jobs needed to make a home how do you get any time to work on building a complete fiddle yard in a couple of evenings?

Does Mrs Maurits ever see you awake?

 :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 14, 2015, 06:15:56 am
 ;) well George, if I tell you that I have also a paid 40 and work wise 60 hour plus job than...

it looks like I am flying but this is only laid track, nothing else and I think it has costed me no more than 10 hours to do the fiddle yard which a massive part Sunday where I had 6 hours for my selves ;)

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 17, 2015, 09:53:39 pm
evening all.

have had some fun with soldering droppers, connecting points and power reverse modules.

the first 13 sections are connected and I have had my first test night with 2 loco's completely computer controlled. so far my ideas and thoughts are working.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150317_212030806_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150317_212030806_iOS.jpg.html)

trains are able to make one full loop tomorrow I will connect track of the fiddle yard and than I should me able to test with 8 trains.

best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 21, 2015, 08:15:07 am
Happy Saturday all.

have done lots of running last 2 days do time for a little first movie


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwqiZ7FesFU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwqiZ7FesFU)

a few minor tweaks to do but really pleased so far

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 21, 2015, 08:24:56 am
Happy Saturday all.

have done lots of running last 2 days do time for a little first movie


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwqiZ7FesFU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwqiZ7FesFU)

a few minor tweaks to do but really pleased so far

Maurits video is private  :'(

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on March 21, 2015, 08:58:38 am
I have seen it already and if you cant see it its very good :) mind you i had it via instagram :D

Whatsapp!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Caz on March 21, 2015, 09:36:23 am
The video seems to working ok now.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 21, 2015, 09:58:42 am
I have seen it already and if you cant see it its very good :) mind you i had it via instagram :D

whats app ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 21, 2015, 11:59:37 am
I have seen it already and if you cant see it its very good :) mind you i had it via instagram :D

whats app ;)

was private when I looked at link  :'( ypu have changed it now and all looks impressive well done Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on March 21, 2015, 04:58:20 pm
A masterpiece in the making :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 21, 2015, 05:06:38 pm
Maurits, I assume you have pre programmed routes and all runs automatically?

Very impressed by the way it is progressing.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 22, 2015, 01:13:20 pm
Happy Sunday.

Have wired up the whole fiddle yard now, 47 sections in total

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150321_191501899_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150321_191501899_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150321_191509605_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150321_191509605_iOS.jpg.html)

everything is also already sorted in the computer so this afternoon it's play ( test ) time, see what's max I can get out of this fiddle yard

best regards.

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 22, 2015, 02:54:31 pm
Already looking highly impressive, Maurits.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 22, 2015, 08:14:18 pm
Already looking highly impressive, Maurits.

Never really expected anything less  :D

Well done Maurits, sorry no green emoticon.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on March 22, 2015, 10:02:39 pm
 :envy: :envy: :envy: :envy:
(Click here to view more NGF smileys) ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on March 23, 2015, 06:43:59 am
Apart from the excellent quality of the work, the rate at which everything has gone up/down is impressive!

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 23, 2015, 06:58:43 am
Happy Sunday.

Have wired up the whole fiddle yard now, 47 sections in total

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150321_191501899_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150321_191501899_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150321_191509605_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150321_191509605_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

everything is also already sorted in the computer so this afternoon it's play ( test ) time, see what's max I can get out of this fiddle yard

best regards.

M.


Seen three things in common with Maurits layout and  mine! The soldering iron, the radiator and the birds nest of wire  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 23, 2015, 07:59:22 am
 :smiley-laughing:well I think a few more mr. G.

thanks all for the nice comments, I have done my best to avoid all the mistakes from Highbury fields and it looks so far great.  Building the fiddle yard was after all not such a great job, most of the track is straight on.

Haven't test the fiddle yard with a full occupation, my never used Brighton B kept derailing ( the 4th carriage ) so have swept  a few around and seems to be al-right now, but costed some time to get this sorted. Also learning the computer the correct speed per decoder step is costing quit some time.

The program I am using uses 2 sections for learning speed per decoder step , you need to tell exactly how much mm is between de 2 sections and then the computer measures how much time it takes to leave one section and to enter the next one.  This is done completely controlled by the software for each step so you can imaging that it takes a while to do 28 steps. benefit is that my trains are running exactly at scale speed.

There's one more point which can do with 2 extra droppers which I will do this week and then to the next fase ;)

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on March 23, 2015, 09:03:24 am
What software do you use Maurits ?

Thanks Paul
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 23, 2015, 09:54:02 am
What software do you use Maurits ?

Thanks Paul


It's called ' koploper ' free ware available on http://pahasoft.nl/. (http://pahasoft.nl/.)

the only issue for you guys as you have never learned any foreign languages  :bounce: it's in Dutch
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Railwaygun on March 23, 2015, 08:14:39 pm
I was interested to see you used small cross head screws for fixing the track down- is this temporary before ballast or are you going to concentrate on running stock?

Nick R
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 24, 2015, 07:36:16 am
I was interested to see you used small cross head screws for fixing the track down- is this temporary before ballast or are you going to concentrate on running stock?

Nick R


HI Nick. in the fiddle yard this is permanent, I have seen lots of benefit for screws instead of pins. Maybe glueing the whole fiddle yard is even better but I haven't got the patient to do that and it's also not needed.

the rest of the layout ( the visible part ) is a different story, then I will use them tempera rely till I have done ballast and scenery.

Had a nice test ' play ' night last night. One of the points didn't do the job properly so I have added some more droppers and that seems to do the job. Fiddle yard is filled now with 27 trains between 70 and 150 cm. I can add 4 x 150 cm extra but will not do this till exit 3 and 4 are finished otherwise it's a serious traffic jam.

this is how it looks with 20 trains



(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150323_210618254_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150323_210618254_iOS.jpg.html)

and still space  :)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150323_201756143_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150323_201756143_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150323_201549337_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150323_201549337_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150323_211112424_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150323_211112424_iOS.jpg.html)

will keep on testing the next couple of days before I will start with the rest og the layout.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: railsquid on March 24, 2015, 02:22:15 pm
What software do you use Maurits ?

Thanks Paul


It's called ' koploper ' free ware available on [url]http://pahasoft.nl/.[/url] ([url]http://pahasoft.nl/.[/url])

the only issue for you guys as you have never learned any foreign languages  :bounce: it's in Dutch

Komisch, dass Du das so sagst - ich habe da anfangs "koploper" als "Klopapier" gelesen... Immerhin, wenn man Deutsch und Englisch kann, ist die hollaendische Sprache (meistens) recht einfach zu entziffern...  :P
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Mito on March 24, 2015, 06:21:27 pm
What software do you use Maurits ?

Thanks Paul


It's called ' koploper ' free ware available on [url]http://pahasoft.nl/.[/url] ([url]http://pahasoft.nl/.[/url])

the only issue for you guys as you have never learned any foreign languages  :bounce: it's in Dutch

Komisch, dass Du das so sagst - ich habe da anfangs "koploper" als "Klopapier" gelesen... Immerhin, wenn man Deutsch und Englisch kann, ist die hollaendische Sprache (meistens) recht einfach zu entziffern...  :P


No entiendo nada ???
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: mika on March 24, 2015, 08:32:45 pm
No entiendo nada ???

ich aber :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on March 27, 2015, 02:15:23 pm
HI All

me being a happy chappy and proud to say that I have done quit an endurance test last night over 4 hours with 27 trains and only 2 minor issues, so convinced that everything works as it should do so time to start with the next level

I have made a small movie for those who are interested


click here for the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEceurtLy1s&feature=youtu.be)

best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Geoff on March 27, 2015, 02:44:47 pm
Just watched your video Maurits and you have plenty of rolling stock to keep you happy.

Great work
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on March 27, 2015, 05:09:10 pm
Mesmerising :goggleeyes: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on March 27, 2015, 09:03:25 pm
Way out of my league, did I see a bump in the track around 2 minutes into video with the Schenker and wagons? Sure it has been rectified by now.

Well done Maurits full of admiration.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on April 04, 2015, 09:11:57 pm
Hi All,

after all the testing I am confident now that the fiddle yard works as I had it in mind, so time to start thinking about the next stages.

first planned is a ramp to cross the fiddle yard towards a 2 meter stretch which will end in a 3 layer Helix. total height increase is from 55 cm to 85 cm.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150404_191704396_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150404_191704396_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150404_191720240_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150404_191720240_iOS.jpg.html)

offcourse he ramp was a reason to test for 2 hours to see if all carriages could pass without problems,which delayed everything a bit.

after this was approved I have started with the first helix, done similar as I have done on Highbury Fields , although this helix is wider.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150403_163721062_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150403_163721062_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150404_163943269_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150404_163943269_iOS.jpg.html)

I will finish this one tomorrow.

more updates to follow

best regards

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on April 04, 2015, 09:14:59 pm
....... And there I was thinking you had been drafted into domestic duties for last few days. Looking good Maurits.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 06, 2015, 01:17:32 am
Hi Maurits, looking really good so far.
 regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on April 06, 2015, 02:37:57 pm
Hi all,

some more progress to report, the whole ramp and the helix are in place

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150406_130642628_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150406_130642628_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150406_130550114_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150406_130550114_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150406_130600761_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150406_130600761_iOS.jpg.html)

from the last turning to the Helix is 210 cm with a height difference of 3 cm. the helix will all the trains to clime another 16.5 ( 3 layers ) cm to a level of 85 cm, so this shouldn't be any problem for none of my trains.

If I am in the mood I will start laying track tonight  ;)

best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on April 06, 2015, 03:03:23 pm
Looking forward to that Maurits, I have finally managed to complete underside works on Geominster so can attach the helix again ready to work on the fiddle yard.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on April 07, 2015, 07:24:04 am
Thanks for the update.

I am so impressed with the speed and the quality of the woodwork, let alone the laying of track and, to an old luddite such as me, the complexity of all the computer control stuff!

I'm struggling with how to do the wire in tube point control (reading posts on that topic  :worried:)

Look forward to your next post, Maurits.

Dave G

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on April 13, 2015, 08:10:18 pm
Hi all.

after lots of progress I needed to have a step back as I wasn't happy with the ramp towards the first helix, I did try a few longer then normal trains and they all struggled.

Learned from my previous layout that if you are not happy don't continue but start again because you will regret this at a later stage.

so this was the old situation, just before I removed all track.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150412_103601995_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150412_103601995_iOS.jpg.html)

and with the ramp gone and a helix layer in place.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150413_183806156_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150413_183806156_iOS.jpg.html)

it's much better now, still one train who's struggling as the loco needs ideally a bit of weight, but confident now that we are back on the right track.

best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on April 20, 2015, 06:29:51 pm
Evening,

thanks to a cold and cloudy sunday I was able to spend some time in the mans room, another layer of the helix finished and tested.

you will see a full rack class 43 going up whilst a dutch class 1100 wit 5 German double deckers is heading down, not a usual combination but perfect to see if trains are not touching each other in the bends

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MunkgsgLj9A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MunkgsgLj9A)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: mickster04 on April 20, 2015, 10:27:48 pm
http://youtu.be/MunkgsgLj9A (http://youtu.be/MunkgsgLj9A)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: DELETED on April 21, 2015, 12:57:56 am
Pardon my ignorance but I still do not understand screwing track down when I see it?  On the other hand this is how things should be planned and subsequently laid given the chance.  Your methodology and execution of it is absolutely of the highest standard :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bealman on April 21, 2015, 01:53:59 am
I would assume screws will be removed in visible sections?

You are so correct, Maurits71, when you say if its not right, rip it up. Year and years ago on my layout, I did not,  and soldiered on. I now have problematic areas which would require a complete rebuild to fix.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on April 21, 2015, 06:17:02 am
Hi Maurits, progressing well and yes I too learned if not happy with something start over, I have just changed the whole fiddle yard of my layout due to a rethink on insulation and a slight alteration of design, will save time in the long term.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on April 21, 2015, 09:41:29 am
Wow, Maurits. That's just mesmerising :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on April 21, 2015, 06:10:13 pm

thanks guys.

regarding the screws, I find screws an easy way of pinning the track down and give's you a lot of flexibility if uou want to change something. On all not visible parts I leave them there as it gives also the track a possibility to expand a bit when it gets warmer.

on all visible bits I will screw them down first and once I am going to ballast I remove them as the glue takes over the job and screws looks horrible then.

hope it make more sense now.

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on April 26, 2015, 01:03:30 pm
Afternoon.

managed to finish the rest of the layers of Helix 1.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150426_115515483_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150426_115515483_iOS.jpg.html)

all sections are connected and tested, next step is to build Helix 2. Both will end up on the 95 cm level so once Helix 2 is done I will make a temporarily connection between them so I can test all loco's / trains to see if they are able to manage the inclines.

best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 26, 2015, 01:44:37 pm
This is highly impressive and WAY beyond my capabilities and dreams.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on April 26, 2015, 01:55:47 pm
Just looked in the mirror and have changed a green colour with envy :'(
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on April 26, 2015, 02:06:08 pm
I'll start with 'WOW!' and think about other suitable words when I've recovered!

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Vonk on April 26, 2015, 03:02:24 pm
That really is a bit of spectacular building work there! Wish I had the wood working skills to build something that spectacular looking...😨
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on April 26, 2015, 03:39:02 pm
Not sure I'd like to be a passenger on it. Talk about a 'circular tour'! :sick2:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Ian Morton on April 27, 2015, 10:21:04 am
Not sure I'd like to be a passenger on it. Talk about a 'circular tour'! :sick2:

Perhaps it's a round trip.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Vonk on April 27, 2015, 01:55:29 pm
Maybe it is his version of the London circle line
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on April 27, 2015, 01:57:33 pm
Not sure I'd like to be a passenger on it. Talk about a 'circular tour'! :sick2:

Perhaps it's a round trip.


My layout is round the bend !
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on May 11, 2015, 06:06:34 am
Hi Maurits, been a while since an update, hope all is progressing well and looking forward to seeing the latest news  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on May 13, 2015, 08:08:36 pm
thanks George

I have done a few bits and pieces, ahum, but not really time to update everything

What have we done over tyhe last couple of weeks, well Helix nr 2 is getting shape. 40 metres of track in total, 40 cm up, 5 layers so 2% incline. per layer 2 sections so if needed I can put another 20 trains out of sight. Helix nr 2 is nicely renamed ' Super lifter ' by my buddy Paul :)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150513_183713967_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150513_183713967_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150513_183651850_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150513_183651850_iOS.jpg.html)


This weekend is the Ely show where we will display Horsely Fields, I am really looking forward to see Ben's efforts but Sunday I am planning pending on the missus to connect nr 1 and 2 temporary to do a proper test run, probably I will also do a video

best regards

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on May 13, 2015, 08:12:04 pm
Wow! :drool:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on May 13, 2015, 08:28:36 pm
Yes I like my Super Lifter name, it suits it!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on May 13, 2015, 08:35:19 pm
Woo hoo Maurits, all looking good, I have been missing your updates but pleased to see that you are still progressing.

I suspect there will soon be a shortage of mdf especially if you are planning another helix.

Maybe you should rename the layout Helix and Meadows!

 :D

All the best, George.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: rhysapthomas on May 13, 2015, 09:40:17 pm
That is one hell of a Helix
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on May 16, 2015, 10:22:45 pm
Evening

After a very enjoyable day with our club layout Horsely Fields at the Ely railways show I managed to spend also some time in the mans room. both Helixes are temporarily connected and the first 2 trains have done a run.

going to add all sections in the computer tomorrow ( 29 sections to be specific ) and hopefully a proper run with all available trains. 

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150516_211434275_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150516_211434275_iOS.jpg.html)

more to follow

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on May 16, 2015, 10:52:40 pm
You are one crazy Dutchman!!!! 29m of track on one helix!!! :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Vonk on May 16, 2015, 11:17:39 pm
Who needs scenery when you have spectacular helixes to hypnotize you. It will be like sitting in front of a camp fire.... why you just sit quietly and stare no one knows but you just have to do it!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bealman on May 17, 2015, 12:17:51 am
Awesome construction work. Quadruple thumbs up!   :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 17, 2015, 12:21:32 am
Superb work, looks amazing, thanks for sharing.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on May 17, 2015, 08:28:56 am
You are one crazy Dutchman!!!! 29m of track on one helix!!! :D

42 metres  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: jonclox on May 17, 2015, 09:48:30 am
 :goggleeyes: :jawdropping: :jawdropping:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on May 17, 2015, 10:44:13 am
Awesome work, Maurits :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on May 18, 2015, 07:17:52 am
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Good running session last night, few hick ups in the small helix, one of my class 58's doesn't like two connections both up and down. rest seems to be ok. at one point I had 16 trains running so happy with that.

coming days/ weeks will be spend in sorting out the small hick ups before we start with the upper level.

best regards


M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bealman on May 18, 2015, 07:28:10 am
Electrical connections or track causing derailments?  ???
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Malc on May 18, 2015, 09:50:19 am
From looking at the pictures, if you only have the one hiccup, Maurits, then that is good going.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Vonk on May 18, 2015, 12:55:34 pm
I struggle to only have 1 hiccup on about 3m of track  :'( ... and you worry about 1 hiccup on your planet sized helixes!  :scowl:  :hmmm:

Glad it is all going well for you though, I think this proves that the 6P's are key - for those of you not in the know "Proper Planning Prevents P**s Poor Performance". Shown in your template for the curves you built.  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on May 18, 2015, 01:31:46 pm
You are one crazy Dutchman!!!! 29m of track on one helix!!! :D

42 metres  ;)
D

Lol that will teach to be inaccurate with Maurits!

I want to see all your Class 66's going round together Maurits.  :heart2:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on May 30, 2015, 09:16:43 pm
so back after a few days lake district. time for some work. one step back to make 2 steps progress

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/11f169fd-4896-4a7a-b12c-8d6292e60cd9.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/11f169fd-4896-4a7a-b12c-8d6292e60cd9.jpg.html)

tomorrow we start again :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on May 30, 2015, 09:32:02 pm
Keep going as on the 14th we expect a four course meal!! :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on May 30, 2015, 09:38:35 pm
so back after a few days lake district. time for some work. one step back to make 2 steps progress

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/11f169fd-4896-4a7a-b12c-8d6292e60cd9.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/11f169fd-4896-4a7a-b12c-8d6292e60cd9.jpg.html[/url])

tomorrow we start again :)


why the demolition Maurits ?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on May 30, 2015, 10:13:02 pm
it wasnt 110% perfect. 3 or 4 trains were derailing.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on June 02, 2015, 09:15:09 pm
HI All

3 nights and 3 layers further down the road. ;), to avoid further problems I have used a combination of several useful tips I have received, so all rails are soldered, glued and where the section cuts are I have also extra screws soldered to the rails.

Maybe a bit of an overkill , but better safe than sorry

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150601_192227766_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150601_192227766_iOS.jpg.html)

section cuts with extra soldered screws

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150602_172014414_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150602_172014414_iOS.jpg.html)

And my 4 lovely problem childs together, these four were the ones derailing, so now they are doing the test runs. so far, no more issues

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150601_192220286_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150601_192220286_iOS.jpg.html)

best regards

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on June 05, 2015, 06:10:55 am
Well done Maurits, will of course be worth the effort getting things sorted now rather than putting off till later. Expect to see more photos soon and a few vids of action.  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on June 05, 2015, 07:26:42 am
Well done Maurits, will of course be worth the effort getting things sorted now rather than putting off till later. Expect to see more photos soon and a few vids of action.  :D

will do my best, last layer sorted last night. have also added a couple more sections in the helix for a smoother flow. need to add all data to the software today. I have planned tomorrow to connect both helix together again so yes video/ pics on the way
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on June 06, 2015, 01:59:29 pm
Hi All.

Spend last night wiring up the last bits and pieces, adding sections etc to the software and have done a stint of an hour without any issues.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150605_200126270_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150605_200126270_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150605_193610494_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150605_193610494_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150605_173848885_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150605_173848885_iOS.jpg.html)

Today is spend on cleaning the last locos which were still in the boxes, calibrating speed and other settings and tonight I am going to do another run  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Jimmy77 on June 06, 2015, 03:03:46 pm
That looks awesome! Industrial strength woodwork, I like it!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on June 06, 2015, 03:04:32 pm
I can hardly wait for the next vid, Maurits  :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chetcombe on June 06, 2015, 04:51:54 pm
Wow that helix is incredible, glad you seem to have solved the derailing issue.

Out of interest what is the incline percentage in the helix?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on June 06, 2015, 05:09:11 pm
max 2.5 % up and 2.75 % down
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on June 07, 2015, 11:07:54 am
Happy Sunday :)

Little video of the layout

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/k8VB2PKJp_w/mqdefault.jpg)

clickerdeclikski (https://youtu.be/k8VB2PKJp_w)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on June 07, 2015, 11:19:20 am
Trains! They're everywhere! :goggleeyes:
Awesome vid, Maurits, apart from the last 3˝ mins when you had a power cut ???
Did I espy the NGF hopper at about 2.35 in? :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Ian Morton on June 07, 2015, 12:12:21 pm
You don't need the rest of the layout - that is quite hypnotic enough in its own right.

Very impressive.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on June 07, 2015, 12:27:01 pm
Way out of my league Mr Maurits.

Where exactly is the scenic part going, and how are you going to conceal all the backroom movements?

Very impressive and awesome, I cannot cope with two trains going along at same time without fearing a collision.

I think the computer table needs addressing though  :D

More please.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on June 07, 2015, 12:53:14 pm
agree, but that's on the things to do list. once I am completely satisfied I will start building fiddle yard nr 2 before the top levels can be done.

scenery, well George I would be over the moon if I have done track laying before the end of the year.

NPN, yes you did :wave:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on June 07, 2015, 02:06:49 pm
This is your one week warning!  Expect burgers and steak next sunday on the bbq!! ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 07, 2015, 09:45:42 pm
Looking seriously brilliant, super layout & inspiring videos
regards Derek
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on June 21, 2015, 07:12:00 pm
Evening all.

Just realised haven't done much of an update lately.

despite having Horseley Fields complete build up in the garage ( and nothing cooler than running Horsely Fields on your own ) I have also managed to do some bits and pieces on HaM.

Not building wise more on the software side. I was struggling a bit with a build up of traffic going into the fiddleyard down to the fact that around the fiddle yard is a loop with both exits and entrances. with some actions and fine tuning it seems now running more smootly and I managed last night to do an average of 13 trains constantly with an average overall speed of 823 kilometres an hour. as a reference Highbury Fields was never able to do more than 500 average an hour.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150618_153320795_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150618_153320795_iOS.jpg.html)

has also a bit of a play with the DRS class 37, looks so much better with the snowploughs fitted on.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/20150621_173316909_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/20150621_173316909_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on June 21, 2015, 07:21:54 pm
Hi Maurits, that photo is all double dutch to me :-) but I am pleased to see that progress is being made. Computer control is fine when working well.

My laptop has ceased taking Hornby Railmaster my layout control system with it. I am hoping to get it swapped to another laptop this week.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on June 21, 2015, 09:01:39 pm
Hi Maurits, that photo is all double dutch to me :-) but I am pleased to see that progress is being made. Computer control is fine when working well.

My laptop has ceased taking Hornby Railmaster my layout control system with it. I am hoping to get it swapped to another laptop this week.

chips, I know how this sounds. I didn't mention it but I also had to do my laptop last week as it didn't want to restart anymore. Goods news always after a factory reset it's always quicker ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on July 02, 2015, 09:29:30 pm
I thought Hills needed a kickstart so I posted here, Maurits come back we need some updates please. :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on July 02, 2015, 09:52:52 pm
Hes on his holidays :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on July 02, 2015, 09:56:39 pm
Hes on his holidays :)

I was hoping to see him Saturday at Beaconsfield, is he going?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on July 02, 2015, 10:21:56 pm
Hope so hes got the main scenic board :D

We'd look pretty foolish running a 16 foot fiddle yard Ha Ha ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on July 02, 2015, 10:30:16 pm
Hope so hes got the main scenic board :D

We'd look pretty foolish running a 16 foot fiddle yard Ha Ha ;)

Foolish? Um doubtful, I am sure you would get away with that ask Mick for some good reason it is missing!   :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Sprintex on July 02, 2015, 10:38:55 pm
We'd look pretty foolish running a 16 foot fiddle yard Ha Ha ;)

At least you'd be running something - that puts you ahead of about 25% of layouts at most exhibitions ;)


Paul
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on July 02, 2015, 10:42:18 pm
We'd look pretty foolish running a 16 foot fiddle yard Ha Ha ;)

At least you'd be running something - that puts you ahead of about 25% of layouts at most exhibitions ;)


Paul

Yea the bus works ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on July 04, 2015, 09:28:49 pm
Hello, everything was running today perfectly, see update later in the Horseley Fields topic ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on July 11, 2015, 08:36:08 pm
evening, have finished preparing the wood work for Helix nr 3. as mentioned this will be the main and biggest one. total 7 layers, 4 tracks per layer.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150711_170927802_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150711_170927802_iOS.jpg.html)

with a bit of luck I have some time tomorrow to lay some track
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 11, 2015, 08:53:08 pm
Truly impressive model engineering.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on July 11, 2015, 09:03:15 pm
Truly impressive model engineering.

You're not kidding, Chris. I've lost count of the number of jig saw cuts there are in my work bench :-[
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on July 11, 2015, 10:00:00 pm
20m on the helix lol! Thats a lot of cash spent on going round in circles...Ha Ha!!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on July 11, 2015, 10:22:00 pm
its actually a bit more. aprox 8 metre per layer :) times 7.. :-[
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on July 11, 2015, 10:29:53 pm
Well as we know the only recommendation with your new layout then is to purchase two spare motors per loco to account for the three miles they will travel around the fiddle yard before each pass of the scenic area lol !
Tormouth may have to open a full TMD again to cope with the Hills and Meadows loco repairs!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on July 12, 2015, 06:23:08 am
Wow!

The layout gets more impressive each time we get an update.

Apart from the computer side of things that are well beyond me, the woodworking skills are truly impressive.

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: JonHarbour on July 13, 2015, 11:19:26 am
Incredible stuff Maurits. Really impressive woodworking and computer control.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 13, 2015, 12:58:20 pm
Your wood work is amazing ,not keen on computer control, but the trains do look good with such long runs I didn't see a scenic section I presume that will follow and if it's to the same standard as the woodworking then I look forward too seeing it.
I'm a sit and watch trains going through the country side type of modeler.Im not even bothered by type of loco ,region ,or era I am a one hundred % rule one modeler although with an interest in the western hydraulics.
Having said that As I said your work IS amazing.
Bob
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on July 18, 2015, 11:01:41 am
thanks for all the nice words guys.

have finally managed to convince myself that if I want to do scenery I first need to finish the whole layout and the monster Helix is this biggest project. Have done quit a few invisible things over the last days, installing the section controls, done already all the wiring so this morning I could happily start with the helix.

so far layer one is finished, 6 more to go

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150718_094238283_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150718_094238283_iOS.jpg.html)

As you can see I have decided to use an under layer in this one, reasons are to avoid the screws getting through, a more smoother ride over the connections and bit more space for leaving the wires underneath the track.

more updates to follow

best regards


Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on July 18, 2015, 01:16:00 pm
I have the feeling my mind is going to be boggled (more than it is now) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on July 18, 2015, 01:17:44 pm
Drives you nuts winding all the nuts down the threaded rods. Grrrr
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 19, 2015, 08:38:24 am
 :hellosign: green with envy at your woodworking skills, that is looking better & better with each update :greatpicturessign:. keep up the good work.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: wookie on July 24, 2015, 09:24:28 pm
You are a brave man Maurits  :o
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on July 24, 2015, 10:29:40 pm
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

I've seen more ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on July 25, 2015, 08:06:37 am
Do I understand correctly that you want me to put another update ? ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on July 25, 2015, 08:40:09 am
Yes Maurits I think that is needed, meanwhile you need to shoot the spy in the camp.

 :o
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on July 25, 2015, 10:04:00 am
Thats a bit harsh!! I like tobe called chief fitter!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 12, 2015, 07:58:47 am
Morning all.

Helix is getting there at the end, busy with work and the new puppy means less time for H@M. So far only one layer left which I will do once I start with the 2nd fiddle yard.

All droppers are done and connected, testing is done with a couple of loco's everything works sofar but the big test will be with the longer trains

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150811_143358526_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150811_143358526_iOS.jpg.html)


(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150811_183237928_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150811_183237928_iOS.jpg.html).

Last night and tonight are planned to enjoy running trains before I have to dismantle the temporally connection to make space for the rest of the layout
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bealman on August 12, 2015, 08:05:07 am
Jaw droppingly awesome. Quadruple  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 12, 2015, 08:16:57 am
Simply amazing.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on August 12, 2015, 08:19:17 am
Maurits we need to see pictures of the new distraction your puppy. Helix looks good and as usual look forward to seeing the progress made.

 :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 12, 2015, 08:26:33 am
 ;) meet Radar, rescued from a resque centre. we think he's around 8 months old

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/20150728_171034458_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/20150728_171034458_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on August 12, 2015, 08:36:13 am
He's going to be a big boy!

Well he should take care of intruders thinking of playing with H & M.

I hope he is past the chewing stage.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on August 12, 2015, 09:21:23 am
Stunning stuff, Maurits! :thumbsup:

Welcome to the NGF, Radar!

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bealman on August 12, 2015, 09:46:29 am
Woof!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on August 12, 2015, 11:56:27 am
Woof!  :thumbsup:

 :doh: George has been at the 'Dogbolter' again.

Gobsmacking fiddle yard, Maurits. Hope you've charged up the camcorder!
'Radar' as in M.A.S.H.?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: wookie on August 12, 2015, 08:02:53 pm
Wow!


That says it all  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Mito on August 12, 2015, 09:30:16 pm
Impressive engineering :thumbsup:

Sam our rescue dog. All 45 kg of him!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28105.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28105)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 12, 2015, 10:32:41 pm
Woof!  :thumbsup:

 :doh: George has been at the 'Dogbolter' again.

Gobsmacking fiddle yard, Maurits. Hope you've charged up the camcorder!
'Radar' as in M.A.S.H.?

yes indeed.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 13, 2015, 06:57:06 am
Two very nice dogs.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 16, 2015, 08:39:29 pm
Evening all.

had some good hours and quit a lot of construction work done.

thanks all.

This is part of the second fiddle yard, will be 8 tracks dived in 3 sections each so space for 24 trains.
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150816_192654175_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150816_192654175_iOS.jpg.html)

same fiddle yard but the part which will be connected to the 4 track helix
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150816_192727815_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150816_192727815_iOS.jpg.html)

and this is where I have the 4 track and the 2 track main line planned.
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150816_192722889_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150816_192722889_iOS.jpg.html)

because it's a bit complicated with all the different heights etc I have decided to finish all construction work first before I start laying track, all construction is fixed yet so access to all.

best regards,

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Mito on August 16, 2015, 09:11:03 pm
Impressive! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: wookie on August 16, 2015, 09:44:16 pm
Tut tut, I thought you'd have this all finished by now Maurits  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 16, 2015, 09:56:36 pm
Tut tut, I thought you'd have this all finished by now Maurits  :smiley-laughing:
e

is it alteady 2020 ? :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on August 16, 2015, 10:00:57 pm
Can I ask where you sourced the very good backscene from, Maurits?
Something doesn't seem level - either the backscene or the track coming off the helix as the gap widens going to the right :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on August 16, 2015, 10:09:33 pm
See what you mean, i'm sure all the backscene is level... Maybe the house is sinking ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on August 16, 2015, 10:12:32 pm
See what you mean, i'm sure all the backscene is level... Maybe the house is sinking ;)

Let's face it, Paul, all that woodwork must weigh a helluva lot :worried:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 22, 2015, 03:49:54 pm
npn.. the back scene is made by art-printers.

level, well the back ground is indeed levelled, but part of the grack is declining where another part inclines. you will this later :) when i do another update
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Mito on August 22, 2015, 09:01:50 pm

level, well the back ground is indeed levelled, but part of the grack is declining where another part inclines. you will this later :) when i do another update

I hope declining grack is not serious :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on August 23, 2015, 07:58:14 am

level, well the back ground is indeed levelled, but part of the grack is declining where another part inclines. you will this later :) when i do another update

I hope declining grack is not serious :D

Only if it's that way inclined.  ::)

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 25, 2015, 01:45:44 pm
you guys are funny taking the mick out of foreign people. be careful other wise I am going to post everything in my native language.

I had a bit of time last night and this morning to do some more wood work. only a few more stretches and the whole 4 track main line and then this part is done.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150825_123107733_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150825_123107733_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150825_123143642_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150825_123143642_iOS.jpg.html)


Looks like I can start laying some track later this week ;)

best regards, Maurits
best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on August 25, 2015, 02:47:59 pm
Aha! I see what you mean about the incline now, Maurits :thumbsup:
Can't wait for the next vid so please crack on, old chap :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on August 25, 2015, 04:10:48 pm
Nice stuff.Can't wait to see the movie!

Backscenes look very good, Maurits. Are they from ID and how did you fix them?

Dave G

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 25, 2015, 05:07:23 pm
Nice stuff.Can't wait to see the movie!

Backscenes look very good, Maurits. Are they from ID and how did you fix them?

Dave G

if art-printers and ID are the same then yes, otherwise no, I contacted Art-printers as I wanted this particular back scene but then extended to 40ft and with blue sky instead of the boring depressing grey. It's a really helpful affordable and fast company to deal with, can recommend them to every body


best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on August 25, 2015, 06:32:50 pm
Art printers = ID so not surprised they look good.

What method did you use to mount them on the wall/panel?

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 25, 2015, 09:42:10 pm
Hi Dave

I have used spray glue

best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: wookie on August 25, 2015, 09:45:12 pm
All that work for the helix - you should have just installed a lift to raise the engines from the lower level  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Mito on August 25, 2015, 09:49:49 pm
Mind bogglingly impressive. :thumbsup:
We all make smelling mistakes at times and suffer the consequences. :-[
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 26, 2015, 07:07:38 am
All that work for the helix - you should have just installed a lift to raise the engines from the lower level  :D

well as I still have to build another 2 it's worth considering, presuming you're talking about your new little gadget. ;). as long it can lift trains up to 175 cm I am more than happy to be a test case
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on August 26, 2015, 07:52:26 am
you guys are funny taking the mick out of foreign people. be careful other wise I am going to post everything in my native language.

I had a bit of time last night and this morning to do some more wood work. only a few more stretches and the whole 4 track main line and then this part is done.

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150825_123107733_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150825_123107733_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150825_123143642_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150825_123143642_iOS.jpg.html[/url])


Looks like I can start laying some track later this week ;)

best regards, Maurits
best regards, Maurits


Is that square hole where you are going to pop up and operate trains Maurits or does Radar get to sit there watching over everything?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on August 26, 2015, 08:34:00 am
 :no: that part will be filled up as well.

I have planned operator panel is in front of this section, but haven't decided yet how to do it, it's 2 computer screens, laptop, keyboard and the Twincentre so any tips more then welcome
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on August 26, 2015, 08:45:04 am
:no: that part will be filled up as well.

I have planned operator panel is in front of this section, but haven't decided yet how to do it, it's 2 computer screens, laptop, keyboard and the Twincentre so any tips more then welcome

A row of bench seats for the Operators ?  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Marty on August 27, 2015, 09:15:13 am
... and somewhere to lean elbows and put coffee cups that ISN'T layout!

Marty
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on September 03, 2015, 07:30:51 am
morning all.

Have connected quit a few points over the last couple of days so finally able to have a full test on the monster helix.

video is uploaded on my youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9EJAjXzR8U. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9EJAjXzR8U.)

this weekend I will lay some more track so I can have a test with my longest/ heaviest train, if that's successfully I can start the rest of this part of the layout.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on September 03, 2015, 07:49:20 am
Excuse me for asking Mr Da Pol but what are those yellow things being dragged round?

Otherwise all looking good as expected by The Master of Helix.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on September 03, 2015, 07:51:25 am
Cats out the bag then! You have realised George Maurits is "Mr DaPol" lol ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on September 03, 2015, 08:01:34 am
Cats out the bag then! You have realised George Maurits is "Mr DaPol" lol ;)

Lol, how else could he afford all those locos and technology?

Only other option he is Mr De Rails.  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on September 03, 2015, 09:14:29 am
Very good!  :laughabovepost:

I imagined it was a rather fancy track cleaning rig but happy to learn otherwise.

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on September 03, 2015, 09:58:05 am
yes those 2 are the secret to success.

lux cleaner and lux polisher, they cost a fortune ( 6 loco's ) but never. ever cleaning anymore
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on September 03, 2015, 10:31:24 am
Suppose you get them like a Lease Purchase Company Car Mr Da Pol? Demonstrators ??

Wonder if I could a add them to my Mortgage.   :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on September 03, 2015, 11:16:14 am
If all one wanted to see trains go round who needs the rest of the layout? ;)
Maurits - have you ever had anything derail on a helix and 'take a dive'? :worried:
Some sort of easily removable enclosure would be necessary for my peace of mind.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: keerout on September 03, 2015, 11:50:46 am
Cleaner & polisher dubbel pack (sans decoder) is €330.- (lux web site) should be ± 250.- pound with the present exchange rate...
Gerard  :wave:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: ScottyStitch on September 03, 2015, 12:06:56 pm
yes those 2 are the secret to success.

lux cleaner and lux polisher, they cost a fortune ( 6 loco's ) but never. ever cleaning anymore

There are two secrets to success, lux cleaner and lux polisher....and elbow grea...there are Three secretes to success...wait, I'll come in again! :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on September 03, 2015, 03:03:58 pm
thanks guys, your comments as usual very help full :)

NPN, there's a catching net fitted normally, although I have had only one time over all those years a de-railment.

Gerard, spot on Ł 250,-- for both, ( no need for a decoder , they work both dc/ dcc )

I think there's another one, keep the missus out of your man cave.

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Caz on September 03, 2015, 08:29:19 pm
Like the track cleaner train but the wagons look a little high.  Checked on their website and can't see any dimensions mentioned any chance of measuring one for the overall height, preferably from the top of the rail to the highest point of the wagon,  TIA.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Mito on September 03, 2015, 09:10:33 pm
Impressive. I like the high tech clip. More my level of technology. :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on September 03, 2015, 10:04:00 pm
Like the track cleaner train but the wagons look a little high.  Checked on their website and can't see any dimensions mentioned any chance of measuring one for the overall height, preferably from the top of the rail to the highest point of the wagon,  TIA.

will do
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Railwaygun on September 03, 2015, 10:30:47 pm
1) here is some info re the Lux cleaner and vacuum

http://www.locgeek.com/2014/06/lux-modellbau-tomix-n-track-cleaning-car/ (http://www.locgeek.com/2014/06/lux-modellbau-tomix-n-track-cleaning-car/)

http://www.aandhmodels.co.uk/lux-n-gauge-1462-c.asp (http://www.aandhmodels.co.uk/lux-n-gauge-1462-c.asp)

2) how do you cope with track expansion ( all the joints seem to be soldered) - air conditioning??

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: keerout on September 04, 2015, 02:18:20 am
@Caz (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=202) It's 31.5 mm above railtop Caz; http://www.lux-modellbau.de/cms/front_content.php?idart=269 (http://www.lux-modellbau.de/cms/front_content.php?idart=269) all the way down...
Gerard  :wave:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: wookie on September 04, 2015, 09:40:05 pm
I want to see a long train going up it, with the last coach on the bottom layer and the engine at the top  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on September 04, 2015, 09:42:04 pm
I want to see a long train going up it, with the last coach on the bottom layer and the engine at the top  :D

I think that rules out everything but Minitrix and Union Mills stuff :laugh:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Steve Brassett on September 04, 2015, 09:50:13 pm
I want to see a long train going up it, with the last coach on the bottom layer and the engine at the top  :D

I think that rules out everything but Minitrix and Union Mills stuff :laugh:
Ah, but if it is DCC you could do a consist.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on September 13, 2015, 07:55:25 pm
well guys, I can tell you this isn't going to happen. I have tried to run 6 x class 66 in consist but that wasn't a success. 3 is maximum. Also you're talking about 42 metres length, nice for I try but I am afraid that if a wagon derails it's not the nicest job to get them all out. But who knows maybe if I have a crazy day.

anyway, fiddle yard nr 2 is taking shape, originally I did plan to have 8 tracks, but as I had space for another one it's 9 tracks wide now. Not sure how many sections as I haven't done that yet but roughly I think in total space for 19 long trains of 36 smaller ones. need to finish the other side en then monster helix nr 3 :)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184010884_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184010884_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184016249_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184016249_iOS.jpg.html)

Best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on September 13, 2015, 08:50:37 pm
Just mind blowing :jawdropping:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Mito on September 13, 2015, 09:29:34 pm
Super complex! My mind is suitably blown too :admiration:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: jonclox on September 14, 2015, 09:59:53 am
 
Super complex! My mind is suitably blown too :admiration:

 :goggleeyes: and so is mine .....................but  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on September 14, 2015, 03:18:15 pm
Gulp!  :jawdropping:

 :greatpicturessign:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on September 14, 2015, 03:22:21 pm
well guys, I can tell you this isn't going to happen. I have tried to run 6 x class 66 in consist but that wasn't a success. 3 is maximum. Also you're talking about 42 metres length, nice for I try but I am afraid that if a wagon derails it's not the nicest job to get them all out. But who knows maybe if I have a crazy day.

anyway, fiddle yard nr 2 is taking shape, originally I did plan to have 8 tracks, but as I had space for another one it's 9 tracks wide now. Not sure how many sections as I haven't done that yet but roughly I think in total space for 19 long trains of 36 smaller ones. need to finish the other side en then monster helix nr 3 :)

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184010884_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184010884_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184016249_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184016249_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

Best regards, Maurits


You need a banker at the back for the Helixs, that's why it didn't work ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on September 14, 2015, 03:25:26 pm
no, that was not the problem :) it was the difference in consist :), but as I have re calibrated all loco's recently I might try it again  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on September 27, 2015, 05:15:24 pm
well guys, I can tell you this isn't going to happen. I have tried to run 6 x class 66 in consist but that wasn't a success. 3 is maximum. Also you're talking about 42 metres length, nice for I try but I am afraid that if a wagon derails it's not the nicest job to get them all out. But who knows maybe if I have a crazy day.

anyway, fiddle yard nr 2 is taking shape, originally I did plan to have 8 tracks, but as I had space for another one it's 9 tracks wide now. Not sure how many sections as I haven't done that yet but roughly I think in total space for 19 long trains of 36 smaller ones. need to finish the other side en then monster helix nr 3 :)

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184010884_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184010884_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184016249_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150913_184016249_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

Best regards, Maurits


You need a banker at the back for the Helixs, that's why it didn't work ;)


No need for a banker at the back you would need to be a Banker to afford this lot!  :o
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: cornish yorkie on September 27, 2015, 10:01:35 pm
   :hellosign:      very nice and   :greatpicturessign:  superbly impressive.
regards  Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on October 04, 2015, 08:46:35 am
Happy Sunday.

Some more progress to report. All track laid from fiddle yard number 2, only need to solder all wires  :worried:

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151003_154814280_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151003_154814280_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151003_154923502_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151003_154923502_iOS.jpg.html)

This fiddle yard has an estimated space for 18 long or 27 shorter trains and will be the main feeder for the upper levels.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151003_154950790_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151003_154950790_iOS.jpg.html)

Oepss, this mess needs to be a good clean out

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151003_184905353_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151003_184905353_iOS.jpg.html)


and after all the soldering is done at some point of the next couple of days/ weeks this will be the next project, again 6 layers and 4 tracks. This will be the last big helix to build. after this one only a small one of 3 layers ;)and then no more helixen for me to build
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on October 04, 2015, 08:49:30 am
Pleased to see Peco have sent over another container full of track for you Maurits, I was getting worried why we had not had an update. :doh:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on October 04, 2015, 09:21:24 am
Pleased to see Peco have sent over another container full of track for you Maurits, I was getting worried why we had not had an update. :doh:

well in that case, Peco will suffer a loss in profit as this whole fiddle yard is build from mu old track :P :P :P :P :P :P
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on October 04, 2015, 10:08:12 am
Pleased to see Peco have sent over another container full of track for you Maurits, I was getting worried why we had not had an update. :doh:

well in that case, Peco will suffer a loss in profit as this whole fiddle yard is build from mu old track :P :P :P :P :P :P

Well they did ok last time then. ;D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on October 20, 2015, 08:04:54 pm
Evening.

Have wired up the whole fiddle yard last week  :), also done a bit of testing he last couple of days, as I mentioned on Facebook, life is so easy when you press the button and everything works straight away without cleaning and other hassle.

the next couple of weeks quit busy, Eurospoor with Horseley fields, a few days home and then a full week China so I wanted at least to have a start with Helix number 5, same as number 4 6 layers and 4 tracks per layer.


(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151020_183553281_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151020_183553281_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on October 20, 2015, 08:34:34 pm
Oh Gawd - another advert for De Walt :smackedface:

Don't make us wait too long for the next vid, Maurits.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Bealman on October 21, 2015, 01:54:19 am
Oh Gawd - another advert for De Walt :smackedface:
Yeah, he'll have Tank's attention, that's for sure  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on November 12, 2015, 08:09:27 pm
Evening all,

More or less recovered from a long and intensive trip to Shanghai, jet-lag almost gone and finally time to spend a couple of hours in my mans room.

Have managed to complete the full second level and almost the third as well, have set a target for my selves to have the helix finished before x-mas

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151112_195914202_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151112_195914202_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on November 12, 2015, 09:24:09 pm
Gonna have to pop up and empty your garage!  You can show me the progress... Will call you tomorrow matey
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Ben A on November 12, 2015, 11:07:45 pm

Hi Maurits,

Nice!

What is the blue base layer - are you colour coding your helices now?!

cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on November 13, 2015, 07:21:13 am

Hi Maurits,

Nice!

What is the blue base layer - are you colour coding your helices now?!

cheers

Ben A.

whehe, not a bad idea at least i know where my trains are then. the foam is a normal 3 mm under layer. the only reason why i use it in the helix is to have space for all the wires.  will show you next time you're here
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Malc on November 13, 2015, 10:35:34 am
You certainly have got building these helixes off to a fine art now, Mauritz. They do look spectacular when in full operation.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 06, 2015, 08:30:42 pm
Evening all,

after a few 'Dark weeks' back to a sort of normal life and finally today in the mood to go back to my mans room. With the last Helix project almost finished I decided to build the rest of the wood work first before I was going to finish the last 2 helixes. Mainly to ensure that I end up on the correct Height levels.

this is where( yes another one  :-[) the last helix is going to be.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151206_184059963_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151206_184059963_iOS.jpg.html)

and one of the main lines getting shape

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151206_184107767_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151206_184107767_iOS.jpg.html)

next thing I am going to do is finish the wood work for the station area and the 4 track main line on the back of the layout before I start laying some more track.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 06, 2015, 08:34:59 pm
Many thanks for the latest update. Very good to have you 'back', Maurits. 8-)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 12, 2015, 07:57:03 am
Morning all.

Have managed to finish more or less all the wood work for the station area.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151211_194527574_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151211_194527574_iOS.jpg.html)

Today with a bit of luck I can find time to make a temperarely connection between the 2 new helixes. first of all to do a few big test runs with various loco's / combinations but secondly, I want to see some trains ;)

Next project is top build the 4 track main line which will be on top of this helix towards the back ground

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151211_194541134_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151211_194541134_iOS.jpg.html)

The mainline is going to be an eye catcher and will end here on top of those 5 tracks, only realised yesterday that I need to change the construction because once the mainline is in place I have no access any more, but think I have worked out a solution.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151211_194514400_iOS_1.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151211_194514400_iOS_1.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Malc on December 12, 2015, 09:36:12 am
I do think we need to see some trains running, Maurits, it's been a while. It will certainly be spectacular when it is finished.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: daveg on December 12, 2015, 09:45:47 am
Amazing amount of work done. :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing your first vid.

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 12, 2015, 10:48:42 pm
 :hellosign:      :greatpicturessign:  getting more spectacular with each update, thanks for sharing.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Shaun Harvey on December 13, 2015, 02:29:56 am
Amazing system. I hope one day you can put a little video cam on the front of a train so we can see a whole circuit. Im glad i dont have to clean your track!

Great work as always.

Thanks for the pics.

Shaun
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 13, 2015, 08:55:51 am
Amazing system. I hope one day you can put a little video cam on the front of a train so we can see a whole circuit. Im glad i dont have to clean your track!

Great work as always.

Thanks for the pics.

Shaun

 ;)Better Idea, Mr Eve has promised me a visit on one of his rail tour days, you're more than welcome too.

Track cleaning, something I never do. The yellow monsters are more than able to do this
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 13, 2015, 09:15:47 pm
Everybody knows the moment that everything is connected, you turn the power on and..... it works, no shorts, all green. :)

so enjoy 5.30 minutes from point A , one Helix up, temperary station area, helix down back into the fiddle yard. next job to add everything to the computer and then a big full trottle test.

https://youtu.be/PEzfbzfudPo
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2015, 09:38:25 pm
Absolutely mesmerising :goggleeyes:
Good to see the yellow monsters doing their thing.
I wonder whether the drivers get dizzy? :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on December 14, 2015, 10:41:12 pm
Great success Maurits but to me it shows that you have too much time  :D anyway been ages since you posted much well done.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 14, 2015, 11:15:10 pm
 :hellosign: thanks for sharing looking really impressive.
regards Derek
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 16, 2015, 08:28:24 pm
Thanks all.

little update, have been busy adding all sections to the computer, 87 in total. have done only the up line so far as this costed me already the whole night. will do a little test in between, up line can handle 10 trains in the test phase , 3 lines for 3 trains in the fiddle yard and one on the way. once everything is connected the upline can handle another 10 trains at the same time without getting a massive traffic jam.

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Mito on December 16, 2015, 08:53:10 pm
I think I'd go cross-eyed watching that little lot at the same time. :confused1:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 18, 2015, 10:07:02 pm
Evening.

Had a few good hours in my mans room. kept adding more and more trains till the point that I had a full session. really pleased that everything runs without any major issues. One point needed a bit of an adjustment but that was it.

Made a small video half way the session.


https://youtu.be/Vu4kXWVucso

best regards.

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 19, 2015, 05:51:34 pm
evening, finished the last 4 sections in the fiddle yard en the last 4 in helix nr. 5

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151219_134202961_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151219_134202961_iOS.jpg.html)

also started with the construction for the main line.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151219_134143297_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151219_134143297_iOS.jpg.html)

as we speak it al runs for the last couple of hours with an average of 10 trains at the same time. ;).
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on December 19, 2015, 05:53:47 pm
Very nice my friend!  Ill have to come have a look... Where are you having the repair bays? :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 19, 2015, 07:00:52 pm
Very nice my friend!  Ill have to come have a look... Where are you having the repair bays? :)

in the other train room  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Pengi on December 19, 2015, 07:15:18 pm
just so impressive  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Malc on December 20, 2015, 06:13:38 pm

in the other train room  ;)
The other train room? How many have you got, Maurits?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on December 20, 2015, 08:40:24 pm

in the other train room  ;)
The other train room? How many have you got, Maurits?

Not only have you got too much time you also have too many rooms. :o
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 21, 2015, 12:19:54 am
 :hellosign: seriously impressive, just keeps getting better, thanks for sharing.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Chewy750 on December 21, 2015, 01:02:59 pm
Wow, I cannot believe how complex this is and that's just storage, this reminds me of some museum layout I've seen. Would you have designed this level of complexity if you didn't have the DCC option?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 22, 2015, 07:29:16 am
Wow, I cannot believe how complex this is and that's just storage, this reminds me of some museum layout I've seen. Would you have designed this level of complexity if you didn't have the DCC option?

no never, then i would have a traditional layout probably
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Shaun Harvey on December 22, 2015, 07:46:55 am
Your layout maybe amazing but I bet you can't eat a fruit pastle without chewing it!

Stunning work. I dont understand the computer stuff but that doesnt stop me loving this layout.

I wonder if your trains can be full scale length and still get up the helix as ive seen a short hst rake and short container rakes. Will some of these get longer in time!

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on December 22, 2015, 07:52:02 am
Shaun you've opened a can of worms here ;)

Im seen ludicrously long rakes trundling about on that Behemoth!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 22, 2015, 08:59:00 pm
Shaun you've opened a can of worms here ;)

Im seen ludicrously long rakes trundling about on that Behemoth!


Not att all :), everybody is allowed to have an opinion, especially somebody who has proven something ;) superb.

Full length, the answer is simple probably not., my sections are maximum 180 cm long and a full rake class 66 + 16 coal wagons is over 250 cm so it won't fit. also most of both Dapol and Graham farish loco's will struggle. If I use a fleischmann or a minitrix continental loco , the answer is yes no problem.

Off course I will try to get rakes as long as possible, will weight the loco's a bit more later and will also add some bullfrog snot this will improve but It wasn't one of my goals to run full length trains to be honest.

anyway, one thing I need to prevent and that's a shortage of power so have ordered another 2 sets with boosters, each booster can handle around 8-12 running trains an amount I normally will not have per section at the same time. looking forward to 10 days off so hopefully enough time to lay all the track in the station area.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151222_183914746_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151222_183914746_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 25, 2015, 09:01:08 pm
Bit triggered by Shaun so have tested what's possible on the layout full rake wise.

Hst, 1 power car, 1 dummy car and 9 coaches is no problem.

Farish 66, with 12 container wagons is possible, more will cause the loco to struggle, but think with some more weight and bull frog snot I can go to 16.

Farish 56, 37 and 70 more or less similar.

Dapol 66, 8 is max.

haven't tested more loco's so far. but as said my maximum length will be no longer then 180 cm.

between testing and celebrating x-mas also able to start with the control panel, 2 screens, a shelve for key board and mouse and another shelve for my Twincentre and program track.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151225_162856371_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151225_162856371_iOS.jpg.html)

off course this needed a test run
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151225_180904110_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151225_180904110_iOS.jpg.html)

Need to go to B and Q tomorrow for wheels, paint and some connectors.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on December 26, 2015, 10:08:54 am
Thanks, Maurits. I now feel extremely inadequate :'(
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on December 26, 2015, 03:24:16 pm
Thanks, Maurits. I now feel extremely inadequate :'(

No need to Mick. I gave up on him a long while ago. But if he is buying from B & Q he won't have to worry about a helix as the boards will be that warped it will lift 100mm in a 2.4m length no problem.  :laugh3:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 26, 2015, 07:33:37 pm
Thanks, Maurits. I now feel extremely inadequate :'(

No need to Mick. I gave up on him a long while ago. But if he is buying from B & Q he won't have to worry about a helix as the boards will be that warped it will lift 100mm in a 2.4m length no problem.  :laugh3:

whehe, do you believe me if I say I have only 2 left hands, the only thing I have is that I am not afraid to make mistakes and to start over again. Ow and George, I don't buy any wood from B@Q  ;) :D 8)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on December 30, 2015, 04:55:27 pm
Most of the Holiday gone and still not finished with the left hand side of the station area.  Had all sorts of little things on my Things to do list which I have done first.
this is the start of the left hand side,I have connect the first 5 today and will do the other 8 over the next couple of days. Not my most favorite work to be honest


(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151229_151922897_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20151229_151922897_iOS.jpg.html)

The station area will have 5 platforms in a gentle S-curve, little bit like you find at High Wycombe station.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Newportnobby on December 30, 2015, 05:20:30 pm
I don't have an issue with laying track but when it comes to wiring I get in a complete tangle :dunce:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on December 30, 2015, 07:18:09 pm
I don't have an issue with laying track but when it comes to wiring I get in a complete tangle :dunce:

I do not believe that Mick, not a Knotted Nobby?   :bounce: :bounce:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on January 03, 2016, 08:36:08 am


Firstly for all fellow N gauge members I haven't spoken to the last couple of days, Happy New Year.

Had a few good days in the mans room, done a lot, visible and not visible :)

connectors for the command post, which can be placed in different parts of the room now.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160102_163642583_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160102_163642583_iOS.jpg.html)

Temporarely connecting between Helix and new sets of points, all 4 tracks so I can do some proper testing, this is also the first thought for the main station, as mentioned it needs to have a nice gentle / sexi S curve


(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160102_164920668_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160102_164920668_iOS.jpg.html)

Command control :)
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160102_164944781_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160102_164944781_iOS.jpg.html)

and all new points in place, tested and working
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160102_165025329_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160102_165025329_iOS.jpg.html)

Today I am hoping to get everything programed so mayby, maybe and of the day some testing

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: OwL on January 03, 2016, 11:32:59 am
so have tested what's possible on the layout full rake wise.

Hst, 1 power car, 1 dummy car and 9 coaches is no problem.

Farish 66, with 12 container wagons is possible, more will cause the loco to struggle, but think with some more weight and bull frog snot I can go to 16.

Farish 56, 37 and 70 more or less similar.

Dapol 66, 8 is max.

haven't tested more loco's so far. but as said my maximum length will be no longer then 180 cm.

It would be interesting to know what pulling power a farish Class 60 is capable of?- Do you have one?

Looking good there, I will follow this development with interest and I have book marked the this topic, Thank You for sharing.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on January 03, 2016, 11:58:13 am
haven't got a 60 ( yet  ;) )
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: OwL on January 03, 2016, 12:18:03 pm
haven't got a 60 ( yet  ;) )


Put one on your birthday list, they really are good models and you will not be disappointed!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: G_N_E_R on January 03, 2016, 02:39:37 pm
So I finally read through this entire thread, took me a few hours! This layout is sublime, the woodwork, trains and track laying have all been done to perfection! Not to mention the whole computer control and intelligent "block" fiddle yards! As for continental loco's being stronger sadly it is true, my German engine can haul more than twice what my farish 66 could! Some superb Photos and its inspired a sub level fiddle yard for me!

Hope you all have a healthy and faNtastic 2016!

Phil
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Maurits71 on January 03, 2016, 10:19:15 pm
thanks Phil, thats very kind all those compliments.

really happy, after a good six or more hours behind the computer finally able to do some test runs. will do a full test later this week with as much trains as possible and will make a small movie aswell.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on January 03, 2016, 10:33:36 pm
You must come see me this week ! :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: georgehgv on January 03, 2016, 10:51:18 pm
You must come see me this week ! :)

Who? All the Forum? You got some sweets to share or something?  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Only Me on January 03, 2016, 10:53:13 pm
Very welcome if you ever pass George although extremely difficult as you don't know if you will pass ha!! .... however Maurits knows what I mean 😁
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - dcc and computer controlled
Post by: Vonzack on January 04, 2016, 11:59:07 am
so have tested what's possible on the layout full rake wise.

Hst, 1 power car, 1 dummy car and 9 coaches is no problem.

Farish 66, with 12 container wagons is possible, more will cause the loco to struggle, but think with some more weight and bull frog snot I can go to 16.

Farish 56, 37 and 70 more or less similar.

Dapol 66, 8 is max.

haven't tested more loco's so far. but as said my maximum length will be no longer then 180 cm.

It would be interesting to know what pulling power a farish Class 60 is capable of?- Do you have one?

Looking good there, I will follow this development with interest and I have book marked the this topic, Thank You for sharing.

I would have thought a Farish 60 would be fairly similar to the 66 results. The 60 / 66 / 57 / 37 (Chinese Gen 1) all have very similar chassis which probably wouldn't vary by more than a few grams between them.

Cheers, Mark.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on January 15, 2016, 09:14:51 pm
Evening all.

Nothing done basicly after my last update. Mean reason running sessions, lots and lots. as we speak I have an average of 20 trains running on the bottom layer and the middle layer. Helix 2 and 3 are not in use at the moment

Overall really pleased how everything is running, few loco's which are in a desperate need of some proper maintenance but that something to worry about later.

Have decided that I am going to redo on of the top layers of one of the helixes, it looks a bit like a steep hill up and straight down. Although it seems not an issue for the trains I am a bit afraid that once I have no longer proper access it will be an issue.

have made some pictures tonigh of the running session.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203131113_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203131113_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203145627_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203145627_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203151826_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203151826_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203201705_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203201705_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203240204_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203240204_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203309579_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203309579_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203319651_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160115_203319651_iOS.jpg.html)

Br.

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Newportnobby on January 15, 2016, 09:36:26 pm
Amazing stuff, Maurits. The trains on the helices look as if they're being swallowed by a whirlpool :goggleeyes:
I see also Mr de Walt creeping into the 4th pic at the left hand side ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Only Me on January 15, 2016, 09:49:20 pm
Im jealous of that DRS 37 ... Lord Hinton?? .... Repair costs just went up ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on January 15, 2016, 09:59:04 pm
Im jealous of that DRS 37 ... Lord Hinton?? .... Repair costs just went up ;)

told you where you still can get them  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 15, 2016, 10:43:52 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Maurice &  :thankyousign: for sharing, looks amazing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: georgehgv on January 15, 2016, 10:59:18 pm
Did Mrs Maurits drop by with her washing basket in photo three on the way to pegging out? :-)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Shaun Harvey on January 15, 2016, 11:03:05 pm
Looking great. As you know i have fiddle yard envy!,,
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: railsquid on January 16, 2016, 12:12:25 am
What's the foreign-looking sparky with the yellow wagons in the second photo from last?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Bealman on January 16, 2016, 01:07:48 am
Always impressive   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: daveg on January 16, 2016, 06:50:27 am
Apart from the actual construction being amazing, it's so tidy!

I have possibly 10% of Maurits' layout and space but it's total chaos.  :-[

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on January 16, 2016, 07:12:58 am
What's the foreign-looking sparky with the yellow wagons in the second photo from last?

1971 livrei Dutch class 1100, bought on the same day as was born by my dad, converted dcc years ago and still going strong.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: railsquid on January 16, 2016, 07:33:36 am
What's the foreign-looking sparky with the yellow wagons in the second photo from last?

1971 livrei Dutch class 1100, bought on the same day as was born by my dad, converted dcc years ago and still going strong.
Great to hear it's doing well after all these years  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Newportnobby on January 16, 2016, 01:12:53 pm
Did Mrs Maurits drop by with her washing basket in photo three on the way to pegging out? :-)

Yikes! :o
Hopefully that won't happen unless Mrs Maurits discovers the true value of his railway :worried:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Malc on January 16, 2016, 01:21:08 pm
One of my fears is that if I die before my wife, she sells my railway collection for the prices she thinks I paid for it.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Newportnobby on January 16, 2016, 01:25:27 pm
One of my fears is that if I die before my wife, she sells my railway collection for the prices she thinks I paid for it.

I guess you won't know about it, Malc but, if you do, all you can do is come back and haunt her >:D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: railsquid on January 16, 2016, 02:02:40 pm
One of my fears is that if I die before my wife, she sells my railway collection for the prices she thinks I paid for it.
Still, that 50 quid will come in handy.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: GroupC on January 16, 2016, 02:13:00 pm
I've only just found this thread. Are you modelling the entire British railway network?! Love it, especially the multiple levels.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on January 16, 2016, 05:17:17 pm
:)

HI all. The list with big projects is getting smaller, the biggest job is building another 4 track helix. this time only 3 layers. This one will connect the 4 track main line with fiddle yard helix on the other side of the room. once this one is finished I have a few adjustment/ rebuild jobs to improve things I am not pleased with now. And once these jobs are finished it's basicly connecting everything for a full round.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160116_170058992_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160116_170058992_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160116_170127232_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160116_170127232_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Mito on January 16, 2016, 09:15:38 pm
I'm going round in circles. :confused1:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Newportnobby on January 16, 2016, 09:56:24 pm
I'm going round in circles. :confused1:

Maurits hasn't the time to go round in circles. That's why he needs more time ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on February 06, 2016, 08:11:50 pm
Evening,

After a couple of really busy days ( yes sometimes I need to work ) finally today some time in my mans cave.

Already finished the last helix a week ago, but needed still some droppers
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_121119195_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_121119195_iOS.jpg.html)

Main job for today was part of the ' parade strecke '  :) as one part is suited underneath the main station I needed to finish this part first

Part of the mainline are 2 junctions coming together, which creates an interesting set of points.
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_173215836_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_173215836_iOS.jpg.html)

although I still need to do the point motors and droppers I have started with a few things which are on my ' to improve ' list. like this part of the helix. this is current situation
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_121123497_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_121123497_iOS.jpg.html)

and this will be final situation, reason for doing this is I want to copy Linslade tunnel ( sort of a copy then because on my track it's situated in a bend
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_174245852_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_174245852_iOS.jpg.html)

So hopefully when it's finished it will give a bit of recognition
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d1/Linslade_tunnels_West_Coast_Main_(Rail)_line_UK.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Ditape on February 06, 2016, 09:05:21 pm
Your wood butchery skills put mine to shame  :'(
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Bealman on February 06, 2016, 09:14:49 pm
Once again, amazing stuff.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Cooper on February 06, 2016, 10:27:57 pm


and this will be final situation, reason for doing this is I want to copy Linslade tunnel ( sort of a copy then because on my track it's situated in a bend
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_174245852_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160206_174245852_iOS.jpg.html)

That single track down fast tunnel, a legacy of the piecemeal expansion of the old London & Birmingham, is subject to an interesting picture and write up in an old copy of British Railways Illustrated titled 'Ittin the 'Ole', about how floor boards used to lift in steam loco cabs entering that single bore at speed. These days Pendolinos approach this portal at high speed and straighten up just at the last second before seemingly squeezing into that narrow bore. Disconcerting the first time you see it from the front! They're great portals, and well worth modelling @Maurits71 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1374), looking forward to your continued impressive progress...
So hopefully when it's finished it will give a bit of recognition
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d1/Linslade_tunnels_West_Coast_Main_(Rail)_line_UK.jpg)
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Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on February 07, 2016, 08:30:40 am
Thanks Coop, will do my best
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Malc on February 07, 2016, 11:53:19 am
It's nice to see you have some straight bits between the helixes, Maurits.  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on February 07, 2016, 06:29:34 pm
 :D :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 07, 2016, 10:19:53 pm
 :hellosign: Maurits, again  :greatpicturessign: again wow looking brilliant  :thumbsup:
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: georgehgv on February 07, 2016, 10:36:42 pm
It's nice to see you have some straight bits between the helixes, Maurits.  :D

I think the thread title is misleading and should be changed to Four Helixes & A Short Straight.   ;D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Marty on February 08, 2016, 02:51:16 am
All the locos need a rest in the yards to allow them to recover from dizziness.

Keep it coming....

Marty
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: georgehgv on February 08, 2016, 07:39:04 am
All the locos need a rest in the yards to allow them to recover from dizziness.

Keep it coming....

Marty


or going ....

Round and round they goooo... :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on February 08, 2016, 08:13:09 pm
just be patient, layout isn't finished yet, will be enough straight pieces of track later.

A few people know that I have made a calculation error which is going top cause me an issue with part of the station and the 4 track mainline. Have thought about all sorts of solutions from rebuilding up to what ever.

Having a sort of brain storm session with my buddies Only me and BenA we came up with an idea about a station which is build over the tracks. That was one solution but still needed to solve the space issue. As there are many stations build in all sorts of forms and shapes I decided that an S shape was the solution number 2.

this is an idea what I have in mind.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160208_192828433_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160208_192828433_iOS.jpg.html)

what you see from left to right. 2 sidings for HST. goods line, 4 passengers lines and another goods line. close to the tunnel is also a small DMU siding. this plan means I have to saw some more pieces of wood in shape but that's not an issue have still enough in the shed.

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: georgehgv on February 08, 2016, 08:19:43 pm
You know Maurits I never thought you would go off the rails. :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on February 15, 2016, 08:30:21 pm
Station is getting shape

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/2d038193-8580-433a-9888-538563ec3a67.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/2d038193-8580-433a-9888-538563ec3a67.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160215_200212530_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160215_200212530_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 15, 2016, 11:18:07 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Maurits, thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on February 28, 2016, 04:38:55 pm
Happy Sunday.

Although I haven't posted much I have done quit a lot over the last weeks.

The upline is completely connected both points and track,. Since yesterday I am able again to run trains on part of the layout, great to see that it's getting there as I have in mind.

Have made a small teaser for my youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIaqRe07rJ0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIaqRe07rJ0)

see you later

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: daveg on February 28, 2016, 04:44:46 pm
 Wow! :jawdropping:

Amazing stuff , Maurits!

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Newportnobby on February 28, 2016, 04:56:14 pm
Tis the devils work and such blatant automation should be regarded as heretic black magic and the Witchfinder General brought in to discuss this over a stake & chip meal.

Incredible work, Maurits and an exciting trailer (although the plural of helix is helices ;))
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: wookie on February 28, 2016, 05:16:41 pm
You never cease to amaze me Maurits.

I'm going to go upstairs and take a sledgehammer to my pathetic layout now.............
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Malc on February 28, 2016, 05:55:09 pm
Incredible work, Maurits and an exciting trailer (although the plural of helix is helices ;))
I believe either is accepted nowadays. English grammar isn't what it used to be!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on February 28, 2016, 06:34:09 pm
Incredible work, Maurits and an exciting trailer (although the plural of helix is helices ;))
I believe either is accepted nowadays. English grammar isn't what it used to be!

Well, I have no issues to start using Dutch as of now ;) ;).   Joking I appreciate everybody who's pointing me in the right direction
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: daveg on February 28, 2016, 09:43:20 pm
Incredible work, Maurits and an exciting trailer (although the plural of helix is helices ;))
I believe either is accepted nowadays. English grammar isn't what it used to be!

Well, I have no issues to start using Dutch as of now ;) ;).   Joking I appreciate everybody who's pointing me in the right direction

And here I was, thinking that a helix went round and round - sort of!  :doh:  :confused1:

Brilliant stuff however you spell or say it.

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 28, 2016, 11:28:06 pm
Happy Sunday.

Although I haven't posted much I have done quit a lot over the last weeks.

The upline is completely connected both points and track,. Since yesterday I am able again to run trains on part of the layout, great to see that it's getting there as I have in mind.

Have made a small teaser for my youtube channel.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIaqRe07rJ0[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIaqRe07rJ0[/url])

see you later

M.


 :hellosign: WOW Maurits, looking brilliant, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 29, 2016, 09:05:52 am
That is a highly professional trailer, Maurits, for an amazing layout. Those photo quality country town and countryside backgrounds are highly realistic, too.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: OwL on February 29, 2016, 05:37:46 pm
Excellent Video maurits :thumbsup:

I've subscribed to your channel as well.
Thanks for sharing with us. Your layout is brilliant and probably the most professionally built standard I have seen.

I will be following this with much interest.

Thank You
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Shaun Harvey on March 01, 2016, 10:59:08 pm
i cant wait for the main even. looking good!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on March 04, 2016, 06:54:08 pm
Chris Nevard paid us a visit today for a photoshoot of Horseley fields and afterwards I took him to the dark side  ;) ;) and he had a nice shoot for me as a present

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_8018%20WEB.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_8018%20WEB.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Malc on March 04, 2016, 08:02:53 pm
Nice photo, Maurits. It gives an idea of how big your layout actually is.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Ben A on March 04, 2016, 08:53:02 pm

Hi Maurits,

Thanks for hosting us today.

Your layout is almost unbelievable. I am astounded that you have managed to build all that yourself in such a short period of time. 

And when you press the button and literally dozens of trains start moving all at once, all computer controlled, it is mesmerising!

Cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Chetcombe on March 05, 2016, 03:14:41 am
Well I have subscribed to Maurits' YouTube channel and am quite frankly astounded by the scale and complexity on show. The written words and photos on this thread just do not do justice to it. As it looks like it would be impossible to exhibit the layout in any way, I hope Maurits  keeps us updated with frequent photos and videos!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Milton Rail on March 05, 2016, 06:26:32 am
Damn the firewall at work, I can't get the videos!  but the photos have been amazing to view

Will check out the video's as soon as I can!  The comments of the rest of the forum have raised my anticipation levels to a very high level  :)

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: wookie on March 05, 2016, 04:14:54 pm
That is an amazing room shot Maurits.

I'm a little worried how you are going to take the layout to an exhibition though  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: GroupC on March 06, 2016, 07:29:08 am
I think you should now really challenge yourself, go outside your comfort zone and now build a 4 inches by 12 inches shunting puzzle with 1 point and DC control.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Bealman on March 06, 2016, 07:44:41 am
Ooh cheeky!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on March 06, 2016, 09:27:11 am
I think you should now really challenge yourself, go outside your comfort zone and now build a 4 inches by 12 inches shunting puzzle with 1 point and DC control.

sorry that's way out od my league.


thanks all for the compliments. Have finished the other part of the station yesterday and have done a good test run which will continue today Target is to get 1000 km done today  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: railsquid on March 06, 2016, 09:46:13 am
Please tell me this is a scale 1000km...
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Malc on March 06, 2016, 10:21:50 am
Please tell me this is a scale 1000km...
I wouldn't count on it! :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: jonclox on March 06, 2016, 11:04:39 am
Fantastic  :thumbsup: as expected.
 but
The music is haunting me. Can I ask please who its by, its name and where I can get a CD of it
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on March 06, 2016, 05:20:12 pm
That's a Kate Bush number ;)

Afternoon

as mentioned today's target was to do 1000 model kilometres which was achieved in just under 2 hours, this shows the potential of the layout as I am only part of it.

in between testing I have made the track elevations in one of the visible parts and station area

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160306_113108579_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160306_113108579_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160306_120225806_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160306_120225806_iOS.jpg.html)

and a picture of the 1k

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160306_130503140_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160306_130503140_iOS.jpg.html)

During the test run I was waiting for the moment that I had 2 trains up and 2 trains down at the same time. It's captured on video
click for video (http://youtu.be/Zxghv-L5VbA)

As I know that everything works now I can start with the main line, rails is ordered

best regards

M.


Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 06, 2016, 05:24:39 pm
Thanks for the latest video. Very impressive, Maurits. I will run out of adjectives, soon!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Mito on March 06, 2016, 06:57:36 pm
Mind boggling but absolutely superb.  :thumbsup: :claphappy:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 07, 2016, 11:13:02 am
Chris Nevard paid us a visit today for a photoshoot of Horseley fields and afterwards I took him to the dark side  ;) ;) and he had a nice shoot for me as a present

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_8018%20WEB.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_8018%20WEB.jpg.html[/url])


 :hellosign: great photo shows the true size of your layout, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on March 07, 2016, 05:42:24 pm
Happy chappy, made by fellow Dutchman and forum member Raymond ( Uk )

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160307_171915378_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160307_171915378_iOS.jpg.html)

will be painted once I paint the rest of the layout
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on March 08, 2016, 08:51:44 pm
Evening all.

before I can start with the 4 track mainline I need to ballast part of the helix because of limited access. To hide the helix I am thinking about a tunnel mouth which I have seen in real only can't remember where  :-[ :-[.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160308_203722303_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160308_203722303_iOS.jpg.html)

any suggestions and or pictures are more then welcome

best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: JanW on March 08, 2016, 09:29:00 pm
This scene made me think of Copenhagen Fields, the 2mm scale layout of the MRC, with its tunnels. Maybe this is what you were thinking of?

Some pictures here:
https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Copenhagen%20fields%202mm%20scale (https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Copenhagen%20fields%202mm%20scale)

Great (and large....) layout btw!

Jan
Who just posted on this forum for the first time  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on March 08, 2016, 09:51:36 pm
bedankt Jan.  ;)

thanks, but no it wasn't a layout.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Shaun Harvey on March 09, 2016, 07:38:06 am
Evening all.

before I can start with the 4 track mainline I need to ballast part of the helix because of limited access. To hide the helix I am thinking about a tunnel mouth which I have seen in real only can't remember where  :-[ :-[.

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160308_203722303_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160308_203722303_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

any suggestions and or pictures are more then welcome

best regards

Maurits


looks like a tunnel mouth Brunel would have designed. Big and Grand! It must be great to start work on scenery at last. It should really come alive now! Don't forget to put those bits of sleepers back into the gaps though!

great stuff again

kind regards

Shaun
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on March 09, 2016, 08:51:49 am
Thanks Shaun, do indeed look forward to this little project. sleepers :) it's on the diary then a spray with the air brush before ballasting, same order as you have done ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Newportnobby on March 09, 2016, 10:20:35 am
Thanks Shaun, do indeed look forward to this little project.

If that's a little project, Maurits, I'd hate to know what you consider a big project :worried:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Malc on March 09, 2016, 12:53:14 pm
When it's finished, or nearly so, are you going to have an open day so we can all come and admire it?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: MrDobilina on March 09, 2016, 01:52:54 pm
Looks amazing! The way those locos were moving in the latest vid made it look like OO gauge O.o
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Bob Tidbury on March 09, 2016, 01:57:44 pm
That's a good idea Malc we could get Ben Ando or Mike Hale to cut a ribbon and the first train could be a full length Pendolino .
Bob
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Malc on March 09, 2016, 03:21:34 pm
So we are all in agreement, we are just waiting on Maurits for a date. :bounce:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Maurits71 on March 09, 2016, 07:07:35 pm
So we are all in agreement, we are just waiting on Maurits for a date. :bounce:

we are indeed in an agreement although i will charge a small entrance fee to finance a further project
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Malc on March 09, 2016, 08:07:26 pm
Will we get a cup of tea and a biscuit for the entry fee?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Only Me on March 09, 2016, 08:15:59 pm
Will we get a cup of tea and a biscuit for the entry fee?

You get to talk to me about how good we all are pmsl 😁
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Bealman on March 09, 2016, 08:25:20 pm
Any complimentary tickets? I promise it'll be cattle class, not business class  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Only Me on March 09, 2016, 08:43:09 pm
Theres room under the layout for you to bunk !
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - picture update
Post by: Bealman on March 09, 2016, 09:20:00 pm
Yep.... I could curl up quite nicely in a helix!  ;D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on March 13, 2016, 08:34:42 pm
Evening.

Have been to the St-Neots show this weekend and have seen some cracking layouts. So lots of inspiration and motivation to start doing a bit more myself.

One of the last big projects ( the real last project is H@M TMD) is the 4 track main line which runs on the back of the station area.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160313_184157409_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160313_184157409_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160313_184206714_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160313_184206714_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160313_184221056_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160313_184221056_iOS.jpg.html)

Will be a similar set up as the ECML. so slow traffic on the outside lanes, HST's on the inside.

Last picture shows the construction from the Helix to the mainline, this will be a nice s-curve with a speed restriction. although passengers has just survived the helix to another left right curve can't be that bad  ;)

Also still playing with the mock up from the tunnel mouth, it's getting there I guess. Although I have decided just now that I am going to change it a bit , will show later what I have in mind

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160313_195824094_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160313_195824094_iOS.jpg.html)

best regards

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: OwL on March 13, 2016, 08:37:16 pm
I like the mock up of the tunnel mouth. It's cool. It reminds me of one I have seen on the midland mainline. If I remember which bit ill try to post a picture of it for reference.

Nice job👍
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: OwL on March 13, 2016, 08:41:59 pm
Ive just remembered. Red Hill tunnel near ratcliffe on soar power station East Midlands:

http://www.nrm.org.uk/ourcollection/photo?group=Derby&objid=1997-7397_DY_1751 (http://www.nrm.org.uk/ourcollection/photo?group=Derby&objid=1997-7397_DY_1751)

It's old but still in use.
Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Newportnobby on March 13, 2016, 10:32:05 pm

Last picture shows the construction from the Helix to the mainline, this will be a nice s-curve with a speed restriction. although passengers has just survived the helix to another left right curve can't be that bad  ;)


That's gotta be one of the truest things you've said, Maurits :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on March 20, 2016, 07:08:46 pm
afternoon.

Have been able to spend a few good hours in my room. firstly made a mistake with the mainline. The ECML isn't 2+2 but 1, 2+3 and 4, so thats fixedand relaid now

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/20160320_182152907_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/20160320_182152907_iOS.jpg.html)

Also nice weather so good moment to saw the traject which connects helix 4 and 5 and 6 with the mainline. This will also the location for an arched viaduct which I will scratch build.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160320_185047197_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160320_185047197_iOS.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Newportnobby on March 20, 2016, 07:29:42 pm
H & M just gets better and better :goggleeyes:
I do like your spacing blocks, Maurits. They give a very satisfying result.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 20, 2016, 07:32:47 pm
H & M just gets better and better :goggleeyes:
I do like your spacing blocks, Maurits. They give a very satisfying result.

I noticed those blocks, too, and was also suitably impressed. 8-)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Railwaygun on March 20, 2016, 08:47:55 pm
H & M just gets better and better :goggleeyes:
I do like your spacing blocks, Maurits. They give a very satisfying result.


I noticed those blocks, too, and was also suitably impressed. 8-)


If you have a blue Kato rerailer, that's what the notches on the side are for!

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25575.msg287039#msg287039 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25575.msg287039#msg287039)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: daveg on March 21, 2016, 07:19:56 am
Also noted the blocks. Lovely flowing curves, too.  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 22, 2016, 08:24:51 am
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: thanks for the latest updates, superb work
regards Derek
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on March 28, 2016, 06:12:12 pm
Afternoon, had a superb Easter weekend. managed to finish track laying of the last 2 loops


new section between station and helix 2
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_145137000_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_145137000_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_091237737_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_091237737_iOS.jpg.html)


4 track main line on the right hand side, remember people also me beeing I know better, never ever make your layout too deep, what a nightmare to finish this part, look already forward to ballasting
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_125200000_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_125200000_iOS.jpg.html)

part on the left, same story too deep isn't funny.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_122839000_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_122839000_iOS.jpg.html)

I have planned a nice long viaduct here with a small blink in the eye to the Glenfinnan viaduct

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenfinnan_Viaduct (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenfinnan_Viaduct)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_163858090_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_163858090_iOS.jpg.html)

and finally last piece  ;)
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_135239363_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160325_135239363_iOS.jpg.html)

that was the easy part done, the big job was to get everything programmed, this was a well spend Saturday and Sunday. did a test run with only 8 trains yesterday and all looked good finally. offcourse my bucket list with improvements is getting bigger and bigger but that's why we test isn't it ;)

Today as I am writing this I have set the program to unlimited, currently 25 trains simultaneous. it's a bit busy. The next couple of weeks will mainly be testing and testing. I also need to finish the TMD/ terminus but this is such a big job down to all the points that I am postponing this till I am back in the mood for track laying and soldering
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Newportnobby on March 28, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
Just amazing :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: GScaleBruce on March 28, 2016, 07:32:15 pm
My mind remains completely boggled. I struggle to run one train...
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Mito on March 28, 2016, 08:49:04 pm
My mind remains completely boggled. I struggle to run one train...

Me too, though that is sometimes difficult. :confused1: :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: daveg on March 29, 2016, 10:25:04 am
I'll stick with Wow! until I can come up with anything better.

Amazing work on all fronts, Maurits.  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: railsquid on March 29, 2016, 11:14:26 am
did a test run with only 8 trains yesterday.
modest as always I see :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 31, 2016, 12:11:41 am
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Maurits, thanks for the updates, totally spectacular  :thumbsup:
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: wookie on March 31, 2016, 03:57:49 pm
Maurits, I REALLY don't know how you keep track of it all!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 02, 2016, 05:19:25 pm
Afternoon.

Started the day with adjusting the 2 cross overs,apparently they caused a short cut. after I altered the contra rail it seems to be solved. have also done a few sessions to improve the software settings.

It's basicly finding out how quick to release another train from the fiddle yard. At the moment am I not completely happy as the middle fiddle yard seems to be a small bottle neck but will find a solution for this.

Have done at one point an average of 20-25 trains with averages of 750 - 1000 kilometres per hour. Think totals totals will be over 5000 kilometres.

To give everybody an impression I have done a cab ride. you will see a full run on the first halve of the layout. the return run isn't filmed completely as the battery was empty. enjoy 24 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km129l9rFhM&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km129l9rFhM&feature=youtu.be)

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/km129l9rFhM/default.jpg)

Best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Newportnobby on April 02, 2016, 06:01:10 pm
Thanks for that, Maurits. Some of the inclines seemed very steep. Do you have any problems in that respect? It might just be the camera angle, though :hmmm:
Talking of the camera (and there's a separate thread about them), can I ask what make/model you use please and what it's mounted on?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Ian Morton on April 02, 2016, 06:20:24 pm
With all that underground track you trains need pit ponies rather than locos!

Very impressive.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Mr Sprue on April 02, 2016, 06:32:26 pm
Wow! Thats a whole lot of track there Maurits. :goggleeyes:  Perhaps you should approach Dapol and Bachmann and offer your services as a test track for them........Now that would be really interesting to see which manufacturer would come out on top as producing the most reliable.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 02, 2016, 06:37:09 pm
Thanks for that, Maurits. Some of the inclines seemed very steep. Do you have any problems in that respect? It might just be the camera angle, though :hmmm:
Talking of the camera (and there's a separate thread about them), can I ask what make/model you use please and what it's mounted on?


NP, you should know me  ;), no incline is over 2.5 % and none of my trains have any issues.

the camera is bought from Edbay : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/361471229032?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/361471229032?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

and I can confirm, it's a decent quality you can get.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Kris on April 02, 2016, 07:39:00 pm
I'm glad I'm not a driver on Hills and Meadows, I'd be very dizzy  :bounce:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 02, 2016, 08:13:38 pm
Wow! Thats a whole lot of track there Maurits. :goggleeyes:  Perhaps you should approach Dapol and Bachmann and offer your services as a test track for them........Now that would be really interesting to see which manufacturer would come out on top as producing the most reliable.  :hmmm:

think GF will be the winner ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Malc on April 02, 2016, 08:42:23 pm
Very impressive, Maurits, but I did get a bit giddy on some of the spirals.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Bealman on April 02, 2016, 11:08:03 pm
In the words of Sandra Bullock in the movie Gravity, "It's one helluva ride!"

Great video. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: MrDobilina on April 02, 2016, 11:51:56 pm
Very impressive!
How on earth do you afford all that? What job do you have that pays so well haha
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Chetcombe on April 03, 2016, 03:22:08 am
Very impressive!
How on earth do you afford all that? What job do you have that pays so well haha

Even if you disregard the cost, how do you have the vision and the time to devote to building such a behemoth... quite simply, wow!!!!

I am also impressed that Maurits conducts his running sessions post midnight - I do that on occasion!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 03, 2016, 09:10:34 pm
 :hellosign:  superb video Maurits thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 26, 2016, 01:02:12 pm
Hi all

Back on regular updates, have tried to reduce my things to do list mostly stuff like calibrating loco's , some extra droppers on a few black spots and fine tuning the software.

Have done a second' endurance ' race. 5.000 software kilometres in one stint, layout technical no issues, only a few GF coaches which are having a habit of derailing in random places but seems that a back to back wheel check has done the trick.

And finally the real fun part ;) ;)

First the complicated one, complicated because I cant' reach the end ( yes, yes  know never make your layout to deep ). couple of layers with paper machee to try to blend it in with the back ground.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_102459631_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_102459631_iOS.jpg.html)

This takes a week to dry ( and I am soooo un patient ) , once dry random some colours, simple easy cheap pound land paint

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160426_104502551_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160426_104502551_iOS.jpg.html)

Straight away with the flock it a first layer of grass, any colour will do because this is the base for the second layer which is a similar colour as the back ground.
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160426_104450878_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160426_104450878_iOS.jpg.html)

This needs drying first , later tonigh I will use a few different tints as a finish.

The old shed on the back ground was screaming for and old cottage. All scratch build from Slaters plastic card and Evergreen strips.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_102550088_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_102550088_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_132325000_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_132325000_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160425_195148000_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160425_195148000_iOS.jpg.html)

On purpose I haven't been overly neatly to give an impression of an old not maintained cottage. the guttering ans Sky dish has finished this little beauty

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160426_105154828_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160426_105154828_iOS.jpg.html).

another project is the viaduct over the main line, I will use xps plate as an under ground which will be painted in a greyish colour.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_102438787_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_102438787_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_102434932_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160424_102434932_iOS.jpg.html)

for the  moment the bridge is only placed to distances and how it looks, will start once I have finished the rest of the corner.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Milton Rail on April 26, 2016, 01:56:04 pm
Excellent update & great to get the regular updates back again

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: rhysapthomas on April 26, 2016, 05:35:50 pm
Great work I like the backscene I can't really see the join between the fore ground and back ground

Did you have them specially printed?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 26, 2016, 08:07:09 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Super scenics & brilliant cottage Maurits, thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 26, 2016, 08:16:43 pm
Great work I like the backscene I can't really see the join between the fore ground and back ground

Did you have them specially printed?

it's 2 standard ones combined and I have asked for a more blue sky than the original cloudy grey one. the Company is called art-printers, top service for little money
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 27, 2016, 07:26:50 am
Morning all,

it's all dried up nicely, really pleased sofar, few minor things to do today  ;)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160427_061723923_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160427_061723923_iOS.jpg.html)

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Ben A on April 27, 2016, 09:12:00 am

Hi Maurits,

The colour matching between the backscene and the embankment you have achieved is exceptionally good.

You clearly have an eye for colour.

Cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 27, 2016, 09:27:30 am
Agree with above, most convincing back scene I have seen....

 :greatpicturessign:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Bealman on April 27, 2016, 09:48:14 am
Can I just ask about that building, please? It's a dead set lookalike for a building I scratch built from card years ago! Came from Model Railroader mag circa 1987.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Only Me on April 27, 2016, 09:52:28 am
Happy King Day Maurits!!!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 27, 2016, 02:18:14 pm
Can I just ask about that building, please? It's a dead set lookalike for a building I scratch built from card years ago! Came from Model Railroader mag circa 1987.

It's a copy of an Australian farm house which I have converted into more English. Nice to hear that at least it looks genuine
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Bealman on April 28, 2016, 12:44:57 am
Having had another look at my model (built 1986), I realise that it doesn't really look like yours at all - well, with a stretch of the imagination.....
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 28, 2016, 08:33:10 am
:)

This is the site I have used for Dimensions etc

http://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=31109.0 (http://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=31109.0)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on April 30, 2016, 07:42:20 am
Hi all,

small HaM update. Have started with the hills to cover Helix number 2. Part is a rural road with quit a steep incline with terraced houses. I have made a mock up to check dimensions, looks ok to me :), the big building left is going to be some old scrappy shops :)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160430_055546651_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160430_055546651_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160430_055609602_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160430_055609602_iOS.jpg.html)

Today no building work, but a few hours of just sit and watch trains going round
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Guy on April 30, 2016, 10:00:01 am
Don't know how I missed this thread  before, wow, what a complex and inspiring layout.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: G_N_E_R on April 30, 2016, 02:36:56 pm
Looks MEGA! I adore the work and I really must crack on with mine now!
Regards
Phil
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: talisman56 on April 30, 2016, 05:58:55 pm
Just spent a few hours - over a few days - going through this thread, watching the videos, getting dizzy on the cab ride and finally finding out why I've been unable to get any track from my local emporium recently.

I'm not going to use the 'jaw-dropping' smiley (it's been a bit over-used in this thread :) ), just going to say that it is an impressive amount of work done over a relatively short period of time (compared to my construction timescales). Looking forward to the scenery and more videos...
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - busy with scenery
Post by: Maurits71 on May 18, 2016, 06:15:54 pm
Afternoon.

Have finally managed to more or less finish my little tunnel project. I have used the card board mock up as a mould ( or is it mold google translate gives 2 options :) ) to cut out Slaters brick. which I have finished with some evergreen strips.

Once happy with the result I have sprayed the whole lot with Halfords primer before Air brushing, below a few pictuires from the different steps I use. so first one layer with a lighter brick colour, then a second layer with a slightly darker one.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/E2A4CC46-F844-47FA-8E6D-98336834422E.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/E2A4CC46-F844-47FA-8E6D-98336834422E.jpg.html)

I normally finish this off with a greyish/ black wash, as it must look old I am not really carefull, just what I feel what looks right.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/EA929BF2-F20E-4662-8CD3-3318E72CED53.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/EA929BF2-F20E-4662-8CD3-3318E72CED53.jpg.html)

The end finish is a wash with heavily diluted white paint, some which I remove slightly, other places I just let it dry completely.
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/5A9379C0-9B45-4598-8610-171395C05BB7.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/5A9379C0-9B45-4598-8610-171395C05BB7.jpg.html)

This is the end finish on the layout, on the picture it looks like that the tunnel mouths are not straight but this is down to me rushing with some pictures.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6A66363E-4EC9-44D9-84A0-03702943F4D0.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6A66363E-4EC9-44D9-84A0-03702943F4D0.jpg.html)

Hopefully this weekend a bit of time to get some more scenery done, grass, weed, relay cabinets, signs etc, but sofar already really pleased with the result, scratch build with a twinkle towards Linslade tunnel

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6A66363E-4EC9-44D9-84A0-03702943F4D0.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6A66363E-4EC9-44D9-84A0-03702943F4D0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Newportnobby on May 18, 2016, 08:38:12 pm
That all looks suitably grotty, Maurits.
The buttresses look a little odd without being the same colour, though :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Maurits71 on May 18, 2016, 08:46:25 pm
totally agree, have missed the sides, will spray them this weekend.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Mito on May 18, 2016, 09:27:13 pm
The tunnel mouths look good. I like the way you've weathered them. :thumbsup:
Mould is what grows on cheese if you don't eat it quickly enough. :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 18, 2016, 09:59:21 pm
Lovely work   :greatpicturessign:

I admire your dedication to quality work at each stage, I would be intimidated by starting the scenics on such a massive project. Having said that, you have done a large amount of work already with construction and electrics and track that this must just seem "the next phase"  :thumbsup:

Quote
Mould is what grows on cheese if you don't eat it quickly enough.

This is true, but also mould can be desireable, when found in Roguefort cheese for example.

Re spelling; as a dyslexic, I have no idea which spelling is correct, but Google gives examples of both spellings being used for both "biological green stuff" and "hollow container to make things  ???
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Ben A on May 18, 2016, 10:14:19 pm

Great work on the tunnel mouths, Maurits!

Usually when I become aware of a missing "u" in some spellings of a word, I assume that it's the influence of American English.

Like color/colour or flavor/flavour, I am pretty sure mold is the US version of our mould.

cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Newportnobby on May 18, 2016, 10:19:28 pm
At school in the late 50s it would have been 'mould' - as in casting out school dinners ;D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Malc on May 18, 2016, 10:36:26 pm
What do you mean, "late 50s". You aren't fooling anyone, Mick.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 19, 2016, 12:10:32 am
Afternoon.

Have finally managed to more or less finish my little tunnel project. I have used the card board mock up as a mould ( or is it mold google translate gives 2 options :) ) to cut out Slaters brick. which I have finished with some evergreen strips.

Once happy with the result I have sprayed the whole lot with Halfords primer before Air brushing, below a few pictuires from the different steps I use. so first one layer with a lighter brick colour, then a second layer with a slightly darker one.

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/E2A4CC46-F844-47FA-8E6D-98336834422E.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/E2A4CC46-F844-47FA-8E6D-98336834422E.jpg.html[/url])

I normally finish this off with a greyish/ black wash, as it must look old I am not really carefull, just what I feel what looks right.

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/EA929BF2-F20E-4662-8CD3-3318E72CED53.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/EA929BF2-F20E-4662-8CD3-3318E72CED53.jpg.html[/url])

The end finish is a wash with heavily diluted white paint, some which I remove slightly, other places I just let it dry completely.
([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/5A9379C0-9B45-4598-8610-171395C05BB7.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/5A9379C0-9B45-4598-8610-171395C05BB7.jpg.html[/url])

This is the end finish on the layout, on the picture it looks like that the tunnel mouths are not straight but this is down to me rushing with some pictures.

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6A66363E-4EC9-44D9-84A0-03702943F4D0.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6A66363E-4EC9-44D9-84A0-03702943F4D0.jpg.html[/url])

Hopefully this weekend a bit of time to get some more scenery done, grass, weed, relay cabinets, signs etc, but sofar already really pleased with the result, scratch build with a twinkle towards Linslade tunnel

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6A66363E-4EC9-44D9-84A0-03702943F4D0.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6A66363E-4EC9-44D9-84A0-03702943F4D0.jpg.html[/url])


 :hellosign: Nice work Maurits, &   :greatpicturessign: thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Newportnobby on May 19, 2016, 09:45:08 am
What do you mean, "late 50s". You aren't fooling anyone, Mick.


@Malc (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=497)
I meant I was still at school when I was in my late 50s, Malc :-[
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: daveg on May 19, 2016, 10:33:32 am
What do you mean, "late 50s". You aren't fooling anyone, Mick.


@Malc ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=497[/url])
I meant I was still at school when I was in my late 50s, Malc :-[


Was going to check if schools dinners had been invented way back then but I won't bother now!  :P

Cracking work on the tunnels, Maurits.   :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: Bealman on May 19, 2016, 10:55:02 am
Oh they had. I remember semolina which we called frogspawn.

However, enough, folks. Thread hijack.  8)

Those tunnels look fantastic and thanks for showing us how you did it!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - started with the 4 track main line
Post by: GaryAlan on May 19, 2016, 12:29:32 pm
your tunnel mouth's look brilliant, very life like!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: Maurits71 on June 02, 2016, 08:06:28 am
Morning all.

Not much to report, have done some re wiring to one of the boosters sections.

I also decided to purchase a Silhouette Portrait printer to give me a bit of help with all the houses I want to scratch build. Although it's not a solution for mass productions it's definitely a help to produce something different.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160526_201325000_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160526_201325000_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160526_203857470_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160526_203857470_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160530_195128967_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160530_195128967_iOS.jpg.html)

Off course still in the trial an error phase but pleased with the outcome of just an ' easy ' quick play around.

In the mean time I need to wait till the paper mache has dried so that I can start with the scenery bit around the helix.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160530_195109280_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160530_195109280_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: daveg on June 02, 2016, 09:21:53 am
That looks very nice, Maurits.

Had to search to see what a Silhouette Portrait Printer was. Clever piece of kit but your building design must have taken a while to key in or whatever the correct term may be!

Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: Bealman on June 02, 2016, 10:13:34 am
That's some rough terrain!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 02, 2016, 10:23:53 am
 :hellosign: Nice work Maurits, all very interesting & imformative, thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: Maurits71 on June 05, 2016, 10:05:48 pm
Happy Sunday.

After a lovely day in the garden enjoying the sunshine I was able to spend tonight a few hours on the layout. So a nice running session and in between watching trains a bit more work done on the terraced houses. Have found a few images from some lovely ones somewhere in Lincolnshire which I have used to design mine in Silhouette.

After a few hours plotting, think all the brick was a bit too much in the end the first results. Quite pleased already.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160604_213225932_iOS_1.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160604_213225932_iOS_1.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160605_081527685_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160605_081527685_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160605_204455087_iOS_1.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160605_204455087_iOS_1.jpg.html)

best regards

M.

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: Newportnobby on June 05, 2016, 10:40:30 pm
Very nice, Maurits. :thumbsup:
I particularly like the facility to play chess on the floor ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 07, 2016, 08:23:01 am
 :hellosign: Excellent modelling Maurits  :greatpicturessign:, thanks for the update
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: Maurits71 on June 26, 2016, 08:32:39 am
Happy Sunday all.

During a few running sessions the last couple of weeks more and more I came to the conclusion that I didn't like the ' rough ' terrain hill.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160530_195109280_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160530_195109280_iOS.jpg.html)

Too rough and not really in the same style as the back ground. so a restart was the only option. the new bit is made of ' chicken' wire covered with news papers soaked in wall paper glue.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/7AA38B10-3A97-43D9-9B2B-3BDDCA01F72B.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/7AA38B10-3A97-43D9-9B2B-3BDDCA01F72B.jpg.html)

Liked it straight away so also started on the road and one of the bridges.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/D7E732F6-F154-4029-A839-8EA80701EAB3.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/D7E732F6-F154-4029-A839-8EA80701EAB3.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6E88D377-13D0-4E73-BF77-684D184032D6.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6E88D377-13D0-4E73-BF77-684D184032D6.jpg.html)

This needs drying a couple of days so today I will spend time ballasting  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: DCCDave on June 26, 2016, 08:37:33 am
Too rough and not really in the same style as the back ground. so a restart was the only option. the new bit is made of ' chicken' wire covered with news papers soaked in wall paper glue.
Liked it straight away so also started on the road and one of the bridges.

I agree, that looks more in keeping with the back-scene.

Great to see some scenic progress. Does it feel like light relief after all of that track laying?

Keep us updated please...

Cheers
Dave

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: Maurits71 on June 26, 2016, 08:42:01 am
it's more a break :), still need to finish the TMD but that will be a project for after the Summer, needs to find some motivation first ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: lil chris on June 26, 2016, 08:12:48 pm
Looking better already Maurits,possibly a green grass hill  will blend better with the back scenery, like the bridge too.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: port perran on June 26, 2016, 08:20:20 pm
Looking better already Maurits,possibly a green grass hill  will blend better with the back scenery, like the bridge too.

Seconded  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 26, 2016, 08:23:25 pm
Looking better already Maurits,possibly a green grass hill  will blend better with the back scenery, like the bridge too.

Seconded  :thumbsup:

Thirded!  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery
Post by: Milton Rail on June 27, 2016, 09:16:16 am
Excellent progress, tunnel mouths look great

Keep up the inspiring work  :beers:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Maurits71 on July 02, 2016, 07:35:22 pm
Evening all. thanks for all the feed back really appreciated.

Quit a few times people always tell me that they are surprised that the train room is always so tidy  :no: :no: :no: not while I am working on the scenery.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/9CC22B3B-B96C-4389-BF19-7B6BB5150303.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/9CC22B3B-B96C-4389-BF19-7B6BB5150303.jpg.html)

The grass hill is getting more and more shape. the first initial layer is all done now, so once this is dry I can start with the lighter colours to match it a bit more with the back ground.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/3B3710C3-BAD1-4AA7-9413-921CCDE08607.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/3B3710C3-BAD1-4AA7-9413-921CCDE08607.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/672983FB-DFF6-403D-B637-726BDCEA0CD2.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/672983FB-DFF6-403D-B637-726BDCEA0CD2.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/A4D09204-4110-4DC0-A472-DE95E11C22FC.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/A4D09204-4110-4DC0-A472-DE95E11C22FC.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6DC90793-1AE7-4F00-8553-AFA34B2F6F3D.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/6DC90793-1AE7-4F00-8553-AFA34B2F6F3D.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/805BCE68-9AD1-42EC-AB59-2D254F868838.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/805BCE68-9AD1-42EC-AB59-2D254F868838.jpg.html)

Really like the new grass hill, blend perfectly in with the back ground and really look forward to the point where the road and the terrassed houses are finished.

best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Newportnobby on July 02, 2016, 08:14:03 pm
That blends in really well, Maurits.
(Note that I make no remark about the 'Flockit') :angel:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 02, 2016, 08:24:52 pm
 :jawdropping:

I have no words sir.

Well, ok, two:

Top Draw

Not seen anything like that, astonishing backscene.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: lil chris on July 02, 2016, 08:27:05 pm
That looks pretty good Maurits, blends well with the back scene.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 02, 2016, 08:45:30 pm
A truly excellent match for the grass in the photo. quality backscene, Maurits.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: daveg on July 02, 2016, 09:50:09 pm
Excellent!

Brilliant job.  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Only Me on July 02, 2016, 11:30:31 pm
Looking really spectacular now Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Milton Rail on July 03, 2016, 07:18:30 am
As the others have said, that blend of scenery into backscene is looking fab

What is the distance you have between the top level of baseboard and the clever lighting shelf you have above it?  was thinking to include something similar when I start construction

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Bealman on July 03, 2016, 07:21:32 am
Wot they all said.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Maurits71 on July 03, 2016, 08:20:16 am
As the others have said, that blend of scenery into backscene is looking fab

What is the distance you have between the top level of baseboard and the clever lighting shelf you have above it?  was thinking to include something similar when I start construction

Cheers,
Andrew

between 600 and 800 mm. with aquarium led tubes  ;) all the way around,
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 03, 2016, 02:16:50 pm
 :hellosign: Blooming Brilliant Maurits, superb scenic modelling
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Ben A on July 03, 2016, 05:25:52 pm

Maurits,

That's fabulous work and again I am in awe of your ability to get the backscene/foreground colours matched so well!!

Cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: Maurits71 on July 03, 2016, 06:09:46 pm
Change of plan today, cleaning up and play time

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/30094E20-AEFB-4E4F-A15F-5E7542E5ABC3.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/30094E20-AEFB-4E4F-A15F-5E7542E5ABC3.jpg.html)

Scenery is something for later in de week


Br.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - bit of scenery update
Post by: BR_InterUrbem on July 03, 2016, 07:17:13 pm
What a layout, this is epic!!  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Software I use
Post by: Maurits71 on July 10, 2016, 09:16:52 am
Happy Sunday.

I get something questions about the software I use. I used a free to use program called Koploper developed bu a Dutch designer Paul Haagsme. This program is available for almost 20 years now. In the beginning only on a licensed base only but since a couple of years freely to use for everybody. I am using this program since day 1 almost and it's one of the most complete programs I know and probably better developed and more complete then any you have to pay for program. Only down side for you guys it's in Dutch and the designer has no intensions to translate it.

What you see is firstly a diagram of my lay out. funny enough I only finished this diagram earlier this week. before it was al sorts of parts of the layout everywhere pointing towards eacht other. it's now more understandable.
 
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/Kpl%20screen%20print%2010-07-2016.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/Kpl%20screen%20print%2010-07-2016.jpg.html)

As I have 2 screens on my computer I have a dedicated screen for loc control and performance. Right bottom part is an overview of the performance and right top is the daily statistics part.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/Kpl%20screen%20print%2010-07-2016-1.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/Kpl%20screen%20print%2010-07-2016-1.jpg.html)

As you can see I have done averages of close to 900 kilometres per hour, I am now stream lining the program as my target is to get the 1k mark as average.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Software I use
Post by: lil chris on July 10, 2016, 10:55:15 am
Interesting Maurits,my son is in Holland now visiting a girlfriend,I wonder if ..........No only joking( he is in Holland that is true)  it is too complicated for me ,looking good though.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Software I use
Post by: daveg on July 10, 2016, 12:35:12 pm
Really impressive stuff, Maurits. Far too technical for me but it does look amazing.

I think 900 kph is a tad fast for any locomotive!!  :laugh:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Software I use
Post by: Maurits71 on July 28, 2016, 09:01:58 pm
@Lil  ;)layout is in the UK

@Dave (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1792) it's the total of all loco's  ;) 900 km/h on this layout will last till the first bend en then it's an air plane

anyway, back to scenery time



Did quit a big chunk nearer the back ground today, happy with my Flock it, well worth the money, long stretches like this takes only a couple of minutes.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160728_193410619_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160728_193410619_iOS.jpg.html)

because of the back is sort of done now it becomes a nice spot for photo's. this time without rolling stock.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1457.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1457.jpg.html)

and some other blends on the main hill, still pleased that I have re done this bit, especially from this angle it's blends really well in with the back ground

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160728_193450008_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160728_193450008_iOS.jpg.html)

and especially for those not on facebook. I did a running session a couple of days with the intention to make another video but a lack of time prevents me from finishing it, but during the session I noticed a kind of a cool moment with 2 loco's on the upline and 2 on the downline near the tunnel, click and enjoy

click here for 40 seconds of man por.... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmJe5TTtPDI)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Software I use
Post by: Only Me on July 28, 2016, 09:11:03 pm
Looking awesome buddy!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Software I use
Post by: Maurits71 on July 28, 2016, 09:14:10 pm
Looking awesome buddy!

Ow @Mr Churchill, have been able to fix 3 loco's ;) leave the nasty ones for you, get a bit stressed from them so before I have put them aside before I throw them out of the window ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scenery update
Post by: Newportnobby on July 28, 2016, 09:45:54 pm
Layout is looking great, Maurits, but I have a concern the girder bridge seems to be 'floating' a bit at each end :uneasy:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scenery update
Post by: Maurits71 on July 28, 2016, 09:55:21 pm
Layout is looking great, Maurits, but I have a concern the girder bridge seems to be 'floating' a bit at each end :uneasy:

not finished yet
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scenery update
Post by: Mito on July 28, 2016, 10:18:59 pm
The scenery looks great. My internet connection is playing up so haven't been able to see the video yet.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scenery update
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 29, 2016, 08:33:43 am
The blending of the grassy areas with the back scenes is really first class, Maurits. Very inspirational and aspirational! Maybe I will be able to achieve something similar, next summer.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scenery update
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 30, 2016, 11:46:07 pm
 :hellosign: Truly inspirational, thanks for the excellent video Maurits
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scenery update
Post by: Maurits71 on July 31, 2016, 09:36:07 pm
Evening all.

Long time on my things to do list was to re livrei a class 91 rack into the new Virgin livrei with the Battle of Britain memorial DVT. Vinyls are all courtesy @Adam Warr from Electra trains

My Buddy Paul Churchill has done the DCC conversion for me including the lights

I have the full rack already some time and noticed that the GF wagons are a bit light weighted which means that they can de rail quite easily. Solution is to fit MK4 interiors from BR lines.

As I wasn't sure which colours they are I decided to go for dark gray underground with red chairs.Have also added straight away passengers as empty trains are lolking silly :)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160729_173208841_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160729_173208841_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_163243351_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_163243351_iOS.jpg.html)

Roofs are re painted dark grey

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_143556524_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_143556524_iOS.jpg.html)

Just to make sure I have stripped the paint of all wagons as it gives just a smoother finish.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_174909339_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_174909339_iOS.jpg.html)

As mentioned both DVT and motor DVT have got working lights now, here the finished DVT

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_210848005_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_210848005_iOS.jpg.html)

It's a bit difficult to find images from roof of the motor DVT. If I have seen it correctly it's fading from dark grey to white so that's what I have done

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_080718761_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_080718761_iOS.jpg.html)

And as it's already running around in this livrei and quit dirty I have done the same lots of weathering

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_143552305_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_143552305_iOS.jpg.html)

The original DVT looks horrible so have cut off the outer coupler and fixed the air dam to the body

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_164102241_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160730_164102241_iOS.jpg.html)

And with vinyls

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_105756086_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_105756086_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_105853143_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_105853143_iOS.jpg.html)

proud of my weathering

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_110218519_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_110218519_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_105537492_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_105537492_iOS.jpg.html)

And a few coaches done now, will do the others later

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_193747273_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_193747273_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_193808569_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160731_193808569_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scenery update
Post by: Newportnobby on July 31, 2016, 10:17:24 pm
Between yourself, Adam and Paul you've made a stonking job of that, Maurits.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scenery update
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 02, 2016, 12:03:44 am
 :hellosign: Splendid work, looks brilliant, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows
Post by: Maurits71 on August 06, 2016, 06:11:25 pm
Evening

Had a really good day today running wise, as everything worked as it should be enough time for some video shoots. Hope you enjoy my latest video


(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/yywYmCL8VXg/1.jpg?time=1470502962914.jpg) (https://youtu.be/yywYmCL8VXg)

best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadow
Post by: lil chris on August 06, 2016, 06:44:58 pm
Amazing railway Maurits, it is just as well it is computer controlled.


Edited, sorry about the name change that's mobile phones for you and ruddy text spelling, I think it changed your name to that of a ship........he...he.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New movie
Post by: Newportnobby on August 06, 2016, 10:03:54 pm
Trains! They're everywhere. Mesmerising, Maurits :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New movie
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 06, 2016, 11:16:12 pm
 :hellosign: Absolutely brilliant Maurits, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New movie
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 07, 2016, 08:43:01 pm
A really lovely model, Maurits. Many congratulations to all involved.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Maurits71 on August 25, 2016, 09:43:26 pm
Evening all, I really hope that everybody is enjoying the summer at least here in Cambridgeshire we have already quit a few good weeks. So had planned in my holidy to get some work done on the layout but not a lot has happened too lovely outside. But as we had 2 rainy nights I have finished one of the silhouette printed houses. all hand painted, with light , curtains and interiour.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160825_164359243_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160825_164359243_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160825_164352773_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160825_164352773_iOS.jpg.html)

The next batch with the terrassed houses is also getting there, it's not a big job, in fact I think it can be finished in one of two nights but the mojo isn't there. but getting there, most of the painting is done, most houses have got lights and interiors so will start glueing everything together over the next couple of days

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160825_164429366_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160825_164429366_iOS.jpg.html)

also started buying some static grass to finish a few hills, hope it's enough

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160825_164404365_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160825_164404365_iOS.jpg.html)

best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Newportnobby on August 25, 2016, 09:52:21 pm
Blimey, Maurits.
Your terraced houses look way more salubrious than those in this neck of the woods :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 25, 2016, 10:43:48 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: & thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 26, 2016, 09:05:02 am
Blimey, Maurits.
Your terraced houses look way more salubrious than those in this neck of the woods :goggleeyes:

Yes, indeed. Not surprisingly, they have Dutch-style gables. However, the Dutch influence on building styles was strong in East Anglia a couple of centuries ago.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Milton Rail on August 26, 2016, 09:24:29 am
Great buildings, thanks for the update
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Maurits71 on August 27, 2016, 08:51:55 pm
Evening all,

Have managed to steal a good couple of hours. the first 3 are 90 % finished so I thought lets see how it looks.



(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160827_183455849_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160827_183455849_iOS.jpg.html)

already really pleased, will crack on with the other 5, in fact whilst writing the lights are done, just waiting for the glue to dry. once all 8 area sort of done I will finish them all in one go, guttering, weathering etc etc,
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Newportnobby on August 27, 2016, 08:54:49 pm
 :envy:
How much is the rental, Maurits? ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Maurits71 on August 27, 2016, 08:57:36 pm
:envy:
How much is the rental, Maurits? ;)

:), no further comments,  the tax man is also reading
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 27, 2016, 11:55:43 pm
 :hellosign: Nice modelling Maurits, thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Milton Rail on August 28, 2016, 07:07:23 am
:envy:
How much is the rental, Maurits? ;)

:), no further comments,  the tax man is also reading

 :laughabovepost:

They are looking great so far
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: MinZaPint on August 29, 2016, 11:28:04 am
Really like those buildings, are you trying to tackle the housing shortage single handed ?  :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Maurits71 on September 18, 2016, 12:43:39 pm
afternoon, have finally managed to finished the terraced houses 9 with a few details to go

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160918_105015418_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160918_105015418_iOS.jpg.html)

working now on a construction so that I can remove houses and road all in one go if I need to access the helix,  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: Newportnobby on September 18, 2016, 04:55:44 pm
afternoon, have finally managed to finished the terraced houses 9 with a few details to go

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160918_105015418_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20160918_105015418_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

working now on a construction so that I can remove houses and road all in one go if I need to access the helix,  ;)


9? ??? I see 8 :D :P
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: port perran on September 18, 2016, 07:41:59 pm
Thy look good but agree - there are only 8 of them.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - scratch building houses
Post by: bridgiesimon on September 18, 2016, 10:19:50 pm
there were nine but he ate one leaving eight, oh dear, sorry I will leave now!!

Simon
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Maurits71 on October 15, 2016, 09:47:43 pm
Happy Saturday :)

Finally after a few good weeks with lots of work for the boss, helping my buddy Paul out with Tormouth some time for myself. So decided to start with one of those jobs you need to do before the real fun scenery work can start, ballasting, the good news the main line together is only 15 metres so it's ins't too bad :-[

during last week I already prepared a few things, the orange cables underneath the track. cable trunks and relay boxes, correct spots for the signals so today it was just ballasting.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/78D2EEED-14BA-4A27-A0D3-0781C7430CF9.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/78D2EEED-14BA-4A27-A0D3-0781C7430CF9.jpg.html)

To give the maintenance crew a sort of access to the mainline a wooden level crossing, sign with look listen etc are on the ttd list :)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/2AA18E32-FB10-4B9C-A88E-73B781909560.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/2AA18E32-FB10-4B9C-A88E-73B781909560.jpg.html)

also spend quite some time to check if there was enough space for trains to pass the signals, the one one the left will be replaced with a correct 3 bit signal.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161012_175208514_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161012_175208514_iOS.jpg.html)

think it's going to cost me a few good nights before this is done but hey, it's a 30 year project anyway ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Newportnobby on October 15, 2016, 09:58:05 pm
Looking good, Maurits.


hey, it's a 30 year project anyway ;)

I keep telling myself that but I'm 63 now :worried:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Malc on October 15, 2016, 10:28:42 pm
It is looking good, Mauritz. Time for another video when you finish the ballasting?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: port perran on October 15, 2016, 10:29:43 pm
Looking really good.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 15, 2016, 10:32:50 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for the   :greatpicturessign: & updates Maurits, looking good
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Only Me on October 15, 2016, 11:20:27 pm
Looking good! Willl have to pop up and have  a proper look :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Malc on October 15, 2016, 11:37:40 pm
Looking good! Willl have to pop up and have  a proper look :)
Is he having an open day? I must have missed that post!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Bealman on October 16, 2016, 12:59:38 am
Brilliant work, as always.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: daveg on October 16, 2016, 06:11:22 am
Nice work - as always!  :thumbsup:

Really like the way the backscene blends in so well.

That 30 year plan, Mick; I work on Next Week.  :D

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Milton Rail on October 16, 2016, 07:16:19 am
Great Work - excellent update - not looking forward to starting the ballast work on my layout I will confess!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 16, 2016, 07:20:01 am
Highly realistic ballasting. I also cannot, realistically, work on a 30-years' schedule, 20 years is being a little optimistic.

One of those ballasters reviewed in the current NGS magazine will greatly assist with ballasting, Andrew. I used something like that for my ballasting.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Maurits71 on October 16, 2016, 07:58:18 am
It is looking good, Mauritz. Time for another video when you finish the ballasting?

sure  :wave:

Looking good! Willl have to pop up and have  a proper look :)
Is he having an open day? I must have missed that post!

everyday is an open day in this household :P
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: TrevL on October 16, 2016, 01:47:39 pm
Hi Maurits,
Well I have just spent about 5 hours of my life reading every post and watching every video and I have to say I am absolutely blown away.  As a newbie, I came here looking for inspiration and I found it in bucket loads.  Unfortunately, space and budget contraints would forbid me from attempting anything on such a grand scale but the inspiration is there none the less, thank you.
I've book marked your thread and look forward to more enthralling updates, please keep it up.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: lil chris on October 16, 2016, 10:42:30 pm
Looking good has usual Maurits, my model railway is also on a shorter time scale. 30 years would be good but I would be 98 by then far too optomistic for me.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: snail on October 17, 2016, 02:02:13 pm
Hi all.

after a too long break after Highbury Fields the house move is done, most of the boxes unpacked so time for a new project. and I think I can say as complicated as the previous one but almost twice the size 350 metres in total.

What is planned. 3 fiddle/ stacking yards. the main one can stock 35 long or 50 short. a 6+2 track main station, a shunting yard with TMD and a 4 track main line all on 3 layers. Ssame as Highbury Fields not a specific area it's still rule 1 although there will be some ECML influences.

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/Hills%20and%20meadows.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/Hills%20and%20meadows.jpg.html[/url])

I had already ordered all the wood work which I could pick up today.

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_100438427_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_100438427_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

also the back scenes are in house, special thanks to John from art-printers who has done a sort of special commissioned job for me as the design I wanted wasn't available in 40 ft. so that's the first project I will do attached board on the walls for the back scenes.

as I will have rond corners I have made a little tool which will also help making nice smooth bends, smallest one is peco r3 up to ...

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_155108074_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_155108074_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

and after some diy you get this

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_172503187_iOS.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20150214_172503187_iOS.jpg.html[/url])

always smooth nice corners.

this is the train room, still some boxes to do although most of the boxes are train stuff.

best regards

Maurits


Afternoon Maurits,

What Radius are your corners on these pictures? and the overall measurement of the 4.

Currently planning a 4 mainline track but struggling to get the corners looking reasonable!

Cracking layout you're currently building! If only I had the room I'd definitely be stealing borrowing your plans! :D

Many thanks
Dale
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Maurits71 on October 20, 2016, 08:43:43 pm
Hi Dale, we all borrow ideas from eachother so would be honoured if you borrow some of mine.

radius is 3, 4, 5 and 6.according to the software in the helix, the mainline it selves has one corner with 4,5,6 and 7.

over the last few nights I have spend some time in the train room between watching football, the whole mainline is done now, need a good clear up and a few spots which needs some extra ballast. will do a good run in the weekend before I will start with the signals, relays boxes, the green stuff amd the air brush.

this is the right hand side towards rhe corner with the terrassed houses

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/B5F8BC15-283B-4615-98FE-4790795E72B9.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/B5F8BC15-283B-4615-98FE-4790795E72B9.jpg.html)

and the left hand side, the blue foam is a mock up for the retaining walls, just to check and see how it looks

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/7E68CEED-A0CB-43A0-BC7C-ABD66AEA34E2.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/7E68CEED-A0CB-43A0-BC7C-ABD66AEA34E2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: lil chris on October 20, 2016, 10:25:47 pm
The layout is looking even better now Maurits with the added scenery.
I dare not ask which football team you are watching, our national team are not worth watching. I was talking to a neighbour the other day, Is daughter told him dad stop watching the football it will give you a heart attack, you know how bad England are.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: RossE on October 21, 2016, 07:12:37 am
Hi Maurits.
Wow! The layout is coming along really well. Stunning work. I particularly like your scenic backdrop. Is this something you've produced yourself? It really adds to the work you're doing and provides a sense of depth. Ross
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Milton Rail on October 21, 2016, 12:50:01 pm
Great Progress Maurits - great ballasting
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Maurits71 on October 29, 2016, 09:24:52 pm
Evening,

steady progress with the build of one of the retaining walls.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/53C749C4-90FC-4A74-8693-7B026E95E936.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/53C749C4-90FC-4A74-8693-7B026E95E936.jpg.html)

if I am able to get some time >:D tomorrow I will start painting the whole lot as this needs to be finished first before I can start with making some hills ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: georgehgv on October 29, 2016, 10:01:03 pm
I can see lots of hills already! Need sheep in the meadows though lol
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Croxy on October 30, 2016, 01:36:45 am
TRuly inspirational ...... as ever looking forward to seeing more as it progresses........
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Maurits71 on November 03, 2016, 06:22:18 pm

evening all,

managed to get the retaining wall finished last night, really pleased with the end result.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1314.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1314.jpg.html)

think onces it's covered with weed and bushes it really stands out
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Newportnobby on November 03, 2016, 08:20:21 pm
Looks good to me, Maurits :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Maurits71 on November 03, 2016, 08:25:05 pm
Looks good to me, Maurits :thumbsup:

if you're happy, I am happy
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: georgehgv on November 03, 2016, 08:26:45 pm
Looks good to me, Maurits :thumbsup:

We going to see your version Mick? Ups and Downs 🤔 . Are you going to Warley?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: georgehgv on November 03, 2016, 08:28:21 pm
Looks good to me, Maurits :thumbsup:

if you're happy, I am happy

Is he ever anything but happy?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: Newportnobby on November 03, 2016, 08:46:31 pm
Are you going to Warley?

I'll just use your own quote from the 'Warley' thread, George.


What to expect? Well the usual ill mannered smelly people with rucksacks and no manners

See - you just don't want me there :P
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - main line work
Post by: georgehgv on November 03, 2016, 08:54:28 pm
Rules are made to break Mick. See you there. 😄
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: Maurits71 on November 07, 2016, 08:55:55 pm
Evening all

Just recovered from the weekend and a few hours for myself. I have left my terraced houses project for a while as I was struggling to see/ find how to finish them. and finish in a way that a fitted in the surroundings. Till I was driving from wendover to Bourne end last week and I passed a set of terraced houses with were separated from the road underneath with a big retaining wall, so an idea was borne.

So time to get the tools out, making walls, foot paths, front gardens etc etc. now everything needs to dry before I can finish the front gardens. so another update soon  ;)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161106_072943998_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161106_072943998_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161107_202709084_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161107_202709084_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161107_202717356_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161107_202717356_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: Maurits71 on November 12, 2016, 05:52:11 pm
special couple of days, so a special photo

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/1180f590-1ceb-4e84-941a-f2f77a613eb1.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/1180f590-1ceb-4e84-941a-f2f77a613eb1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: daffy on November 12, 2016, 06:00:53 pm
With the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based a dozen miles from me it is always a special time of the year here, and your photo of the Class 91 is an excellent choice this Remembrance weekend.

Lest we forget.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: Only Me on November 12, 2016, 06:35:21 pm
That loojs brilliant mate!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: wookie on November 23, 2016, 07:40:57 pm
I love the Dutch style houses Maurits  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: Maurits71 on November 23, 2016, 08:19:03 pm
so this was my ping ping. idea, really pleased with the outcome.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/F0E3D42A-08FD-47A2-8516-72EEC62426B6.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/F0E3D42A-08FD-47A2-8516-72EEC62426B6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: Malc on November 23, 2016, 08:46:06 pm
With the gardens at that angle, it would be a pain to mow the lawn!!f
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: Maurits71 on November 23, 2016, 08:56:23 pm
same pain as my lawn, but the frontgardens are actually flat, only the walls are in an angle. will take a closer picture later.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: Maurits71 on December 04, 2016, 08:59:32 pm
Happy Sunday.

Had 2 good days in my train room, did a 5 our run yesterday without any major issues with a top of 28 trains simultaneous, so I was quite impressed with this achievement.

Today was planned to get some scenery done. Have made the first part of the scenery for Helix number 3. similar construction as the other ones, so a removable middle part. Haven't decided yet what I am going to do here but it's likeley that it's going to be some woods and a radio tower like the Sandy radio tower.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161204_203125176_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161204_203125176_iOS.jpg.html)

also started with another building, this time an old , badly maintained office block, partly rented out and decorated with some big sales banners. lots of work to do off course but happy with the first achievement.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161204_203144186_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161204_203144186_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: Milton Rail on December 05, 2016, 09:54:46 am
Great updates Maurits, the houses are looking great, as is the retaining wall
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - terraced houses ping, ping idea coming up
Post by: mojo on December 05, 2016, 12:28:53 pm
Maurits,
What have you used for the grey paving slabs/footpath?
maurice C.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - platform try outs
Post by: Maurits71 on December 16, 2016, 09:20:21 pm
evening.

I can't agree with myself what to do next to the terraced houses, the office building doesn't look right so need to come up with another ideas. same for the helix, I know what I want, but need to create something which looks right and is removable in case of a derailment, it hasn't happened since I have build it but  for sure it's going to happen once it's no longer accessible..

to keep a bit busy I have started as well with one of the platforms, a bit of a challenge as the track isn't straight. so a mock up first to see how it looks

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161215_210751935_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161215_210751935_iOS.jpg.html)

My lux cleaner set are the widest wagons I have, so if they fit everything else will fit.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161215_210806800_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161215_210806800_iOS.jpg.html)

and a first glance from board to top 12 mm, seems alright to me.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161216_210223795_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161216_210223795_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161216_210236005_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161216_210236005_iOS.jpg.html)

I have tried to find the correct height for platforms, seems to be various options so likely my 12 mm isn't to far out
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - platform try outs
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 16, 2016, 09:34:20 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Thanks for the updates Maurits, platforms looking good
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - platform try outs
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 16, 2016, 09:53:55 pm
According to Wikipedia, but it does cite two sources, "The standard height for [UK station] platforms is 915 mm with a margin of +0,-25 mm."
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - platform try outs
Post by: DELETED on December 16, 2016, 10:27:18 pm
I believe Elgin Model railway Club have diagrams of various clearances and the same shows up on many tinteernet searches.  I tend to use the Peco edgings myself but your efforts look about right so far :thumbsup:

To throw a spanner in normal platform heights I know the platform closest the river (what I mght call the northern most) in my local Inverness station is a good 8-10" lower than the rest of the platforms and I know there is no hard and fast rule for something already existing wheras I'd imagine there's perhaps a harmonised standard for "newbuilds" these days.  If a straight through platform is on a curve also the "cant" comes into play also though.

Rich
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - platform try outs
Post by: Newportnobby on December 17, 2016, 12:11:44 pm
I believe Elgin Model railway Club have diagrams of various clearances and the same shows up on many tinteernet searches.  I tend to use the Peco edgings myself but your efforts look about right so far :thumbsup:



It's a good reference..........
http://www.elginmodelrailwayclub.co.uk/2010/articles/advice/standard-railway-modelling-dimmensions.html (http://www.elginmodelrailwayclub.co.uk/2010/articles/advice/standard-railway-modelling-dimmensions.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - platform try outs
Post by: daveg on December 17, 2016, 02:04:39 pm
Thanks, Mick.

I knew I had the exact same info but couldn't find it amongst all the N gauge 'Notes' scattered all over the place!  :doh: New copy now correctly filed.

Hope that it's helpful to Maurits and others.

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - platform try outs
Post by: Maurits71 on December 17, 2016, 02:35:53 pm
really helpfull, thanks a lot to you all. lowered my mock up so all prototypical now
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - platform try outs
Post by: Maurits71 on December 19, 2016, 08:22:27 am
Happy Monday.

finished the mock up of platform number 2 last night, 3 to go before we are going to do some serious testing between x-mas and new-year.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161219_063148457_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161219_063148457_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161219_063156776_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161219_063156776_iOS.jpg.html)

as mentioned I wasn't overly happy with the office block next to the terraced houses, so after a bit of playing with the computer and the silhouette printer I came up with some own design retaining walls, few tweaks to do but think it looks much better, need 8 of these on both sides of the viaduct.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161219_063206234_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161219_063206234_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161219_063211972_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161219_063211972_iOS.jpg.html)

best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: Maurits71 on December 29, 2016, 05:58:41 pm
Evening

Some good progress to report on the platforms, was quite a fiddle because of the width of the cleaner wagons but looks I have managed to keep the gaps as close as possible without touching the wagons.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_185001049_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_185001049_iOS.jpg.html)

For those who are familiar with Horsely Fields know that on horsely fields there are 2 different types of platforms closed and open, with courtesy of BenA. I am copying this idea shameless on Hills and Meadows ;)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_184945968_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_184945968_iOS.jpg.html)

And a helicopter view.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_184931082_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_184931082_iOS.jpg.html)

The other project I am working on are the signals on the mainline. I am only using signals from CRSignals purely because I believe that the look soo much better then other makes and Paul is such a lovely gentleman who seems to be available for any questions any time of the day.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_184757708_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_184757708_iOS.jpg.html)

with the signals working i have started adding little details like the AWS ramps and relay boxes.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_184454792_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20161226_184454792_iOS.jpg.html).

This this is how it looks like, please ignore the last shot as there was almost a derailment down to some ballast which wasn't removed properly.

https://youtu.be/aJK_CSicyXs (https://youtu.be/aJK_CSicyXs)

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/aJK_CSicyXs/default.jpg)


Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: wookie on December 29, 2016, 06:55:03 pm
Nobody could ever call you unambitious Maurits  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 29, 2016, 10:50:08 pm
 :hellosign: Looking good Maurits thanks for sharing
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: Maurits71 on January 01, 2017, 05:36:11 pm
Happy New year for everybody.

have had a very good session today down to the fact that I canged my old laptop for a new one which seems to cope better with the communication.

during the session a nice surprise, 5 at the same time in the station, have stopped everything to add number 6 for a nice line up

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1375.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1375.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: Bealman on January 01, 2017, 08:54:41 pm
Great shot! Sprintex will love it!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: Maurits71 on January 20, 2017, 08:12:05 pm
evening all,

have been a bit quete lately, long story short I was having issues with the layout when I had more than 20 trains running simultaneous. although I appreciate that a lot of you will say how many ?, it was one of the reasons why I did build this layout.

initially I thought it was my computer so bought a new little mini computer which improved things but not to an extend I was happy, so started a discussion on one of the Dutch forums which ended up a bit out of control, not with me involved luckely, so start appreciating the friendly atmosphere here more and more  ;)

Anyway, the final conclusion is that dcc interfaces have a limit and that I am close 😔 so need to build in some limits in the software.

as that's done and basicly now a matter of testing back to building scenery,

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/IMG_1382.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/IMG_1382.jpg.html)

project of the evening are the retaining walls, not finished, still lots to do but it gives an impression.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: lil chris on January 22, 2017, 12:22:11 am
Pleased to see you are progressing, it does not supprise me there are limits with dcc, but I would have thought 20 trains would not be the problem especially with n-gauge.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: Carmont on January 22, 2017, 08:57:29 am
Happy New year for everybody.

have had a very good session today down to the fact that I canged my old laptop for a new one which seems to cope better with the communication.

during the session a nice surprise, 5 at the same time in the station, have stopped everything to add number 6 for a nice line up

([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1375.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1375.jpg.html[/url])


Great to see that many 125s all at once, Maurits. Re the platforms, is that the final tops in place? It does look like a really big gap. I wonder, if it is only the track cleaning wagon that is making the clearance so large, would it be worth cleaning that part of the layout by hand so you can achieve a closer tolerance between train and platform?

Having said that, it would mean you'd need to shuttle the cleaning wagon back and forth rather than run it around the layout non stop..... :hmmm:

Maybe just ignore me, thinking out loud...... ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - working signals on the mainline
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 22, 2017, 10:54:36 am
 :hellosign: Them retaining walls are taking shape nicely & hope you get your computer working well again soon. Thanks for sharing
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on January 29, 2017, 12:15:19 pm
Happy Sunday.

@ Carmont, thanks, it's not the final top, once I have finished the viaduct I will start with the station. I have bought some very thing balsa sheets which will be the basis. The clearance of the cleaner train will be unfortunately mandatory as every train need to pas the station. ( don't forget as the platforms are curved and on an incline there's also an overhang from the wagons. but will make it as tight as possible.

@ lil chris, thanks, I must admit I was also surprised, but in all honestly now I have build in some limitations in the software I haven't had any communications issues , did a 4 hour run yesterday and no errors at all, so I will live with the limitations

little progress to report on the viaduct. tunnel entrance and the other site of the retaining wall are in place now,

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1389.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/IMG_1389.jpg.html)

waiting is now for all the glue to dry so that I can finish with some bushes, weed and other green stuff.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Milton Rail on January 30, 2017, 11:00:27 am
great update - that retaining wall looks quite formidable!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Malc on January 30, 2017, 12:20:24 pm
Looking good, Maurits. Time for a video with all your trains running?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: georgehgv on January 30, 2017, 12:27:14 pm
Looking good, Maurits. Time for a video with all your trains running?

You got three hours to spare have you :-)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on February 09, 2017, 08:41:10 pm
 ;)Not in the mood for producing a video.

Quite busy lately with the other part of the viaduct, painting, weathering and so on. Nice job in between is always little pieces of scenery, in this case between the back ground and the main line. Not finished yet still need to add some fencing and some more bushes but the looks is already great.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170209_192219228_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170209_192219228_iOS.jpg.html)

If , but if I am really in the mood Saterday I will get the airbrush out and do something about the main line, way to clean and new now

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Newportnobby on February 09, 2017, 08:54:53 pm
That's blended in very well. Nice work, Maurits :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: georgehgv on February 09, 2017, 08:56:06 pm
Are you going to do an autumn version? 😂
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Newportnobby on February 09, 2017, 08:57:12 pm
Are you going to do an autumn version? 😂

I wouldn't :no:
Pride goes before a fall :-X
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: georgehgv on February 09, 2017, 09:02:13 pm
Mick, I got a great companion today for Western Enterprise, Western Sovereign like New with DCC already in it. 👍 Rubs really well.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on February 09, 2017, 09:39:05 pm
Are you going to do an autumn version? 😂

I wouldn't :no:
Pride goes before a fall :-X

I am tempted, my new layout with be Autumn ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: georgehgv on February 09, 2017, 09:44:00 pm
Are you going to do an autumn version? 😂

I wouldn't :no:
Pride goes before a fall :-X

I am tempted, my new layout with be Autumn ;)

Think it should be snow on the mountain 😂
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Milton Rail on February 10, 2017, 05:44:39 am
Cracking job of blending the scenery edge into the backscene again  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on February 26, 2017, 07:41:27 pm
Happy Sunday evening.

You might, or you might not know but I was struggling a bit with the platforms, especially because I wanted an overhang whioch wasn't as simple as I thought but after a couple of weeks trying, starting again, again and again I think I am satisfied now.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170226_191348638_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170226_191348638_iOS.jpg.html)

All lamp posts are working, will be 100 of them in total so another 94 to go.  :D  :D

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170226_191317497_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170226_191317497_iOS.jpg.html)

Will spent the next couple of days finishing this platform before ballasting this bit, also need to do some extra painting etc but slowly getting there.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 26, 2017, 08:30:35 pm
 Looking very nice so far Maurits, thanks for the updates
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Mito on February 26, 2017, 09:12:32 pm
Very nice. I like the night shot. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: KiraKat on February 28, 2017, 02:37:38 pm
My god I've just spent hours reading through this thread and watching your videos, I must say you are a god amongst men Maurits, you bring alot of inspiration, I can't wait to see more!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: georgehgv on February 28, 2017, 02:40:33 pm
My god I've just spent hours reading through this thread and watching your videos, I must say you are a god amongst men Maurits, you bring alot of inspiration, I can't wait to see more!

Oh please the power will go from his helix to his head.  :no:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: KiraKat on February 28, 2017, 03:11:06 pm
My god I've just spent hours reading through this thread and watching your videos, I must say you are a god amongst men Maurits, you bring alot of inspiration, I can't wait to see more!

Oh please the power will go from his helix to his head.  :no:

Praise be upon the mighty Helices!  :bounce:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on February 28, 2017, 04:46:30 pm
thanks for the nice comments  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: wookie on March 01, 2017, 07:25:24 pm
I'm sooooo looking forward to a video Maurits........
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: port perran on March 01, 2017, 07:38:09 pm
Those platforms and the lights are looking really good. Well worth persevering ti get them just as you wanted them.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on March 02, 2017, 07:09:50 pm
Evening all,

Just received a new small little toy  ;) small teaser, full video within a couple of weeks once I have finished the new additions to the layout

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Di5X3c7qfuY/1.jpg)

click here please (https://youtu.be/Di5X3c7qfuY)


Best regards

M.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on March 02, 2017, 07:47:21 pm
apologies this is the correct video

click here please (https://youtu.be/iPfe9ooELGE)

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/iPfe9ooELGE/hqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Newportnobby on March 02, 2017, 09:23:18 pm
Mesmerisingly impressive, Maurits :goggleeyes: :admiration:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: DELETED on March 02, 2017, 09:34:44 pm
(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170226_191348638_iOS.jpg)


......Really in awe of your layout and a bit scared to make a comment but the chevrons on that underpass -they look wrong to me. The clearance looks huge so no need for chevrons on the topside (I was studying for my class 2 HGV a few years back but thankfully found work since but that bridge looks wrong to me -looks WAY higher than any truck would worry about?).

How do I comment without criticising and coming across wrong?   Fantastic layout!

Rich
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Bealman on March 02, 2017, 09:38:02 pm
As Newportnobby says, mesmerizing stuff.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 02, 2017, 10:20:09 pm
 :hellosign: Another superb video of your excellent layout Maurits, thanks for sharing
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: daveg on March 03, 2017, 07:46:40 am
Excellent stuff!

Always a treat to see your progress, Maurits.

Apart from the sheer size of the layout, the buildings and backscenes work so well.

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: wookie on March 03, 2017, 02:05:41 pm
Lovely jubbly  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: talisman56 on March 04, 2017, 01:32:45 am
Evening all,

Just received a new small little toy  ;) small teaser, full video within a couple of weeks once I have finished the new additions to the layout

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Di5X3c7qfuY/1.jpg)

click here please (https://youtu.be/Di5X3c7qfuY)


Best regards

M.

I hope the driver of the Voyager right at the end had his brown trousers on. He was under a double yellow, which dropped to a single as he passed it and the signal ahead, which was single yellow, then dropped to red. Impressive demonstration of sequencing, but un-nerving that there's a glitch in the system...
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on March 04, 2017, 08:01:17 am
([url]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170226_191348638_iOS.jpg[/url])


......Really in awe of your layout and a bit scared to make a comment but the chevrons on that underpass -they look wrong to me. The clearance looks huge so no need for chevrons on the topside (I was studying for my class 2 HGV a few years back but thankfully found work since but that bridge looks wrong to me -looks WAY higher than any truck would worry about?).

How do I comment without criticising and coming across wrong?   Fantastic layout!

Rich


From origin I am Dutch so just say as it is, we prefer a direct way more then saying one thing but meaning something else :)  you're right it doesn't look right it's somnething which is already back on my task list, with a bit of luck will be sorted this weekend.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Ben A on March 04, 2017, 09:16:14 am

Hi Maurits,

Great video - thanks for posting.

RE the bridge:

I can't quite see due to the shadow, but is there a brick arch out of sight below the central span?   If so then usually there would be a width indicator for HGV drivers so they could move to the centre of the road if necessary and avoid the outer edge.

If there is not an arch, then there would probably have to be a girder in there to support the weight of the railway above.  The simplest way to do this would be to get an Oxford diecast or similar truck in there to show the minimum height needed, then use a section of plasticard channel cut to length, then sprayed with Halford's grey et voila!  And the chances are that would have some form of hazard striping, plus a sign showing the max height.

Cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Maurits71 on March 10, 2017, 08:10:36 pm
Happy Friday all,

planned jobs for the weekend, tomorrow St-Neots show, Sunday is planned to connect the up and down level together, wasn't originally planned but as one of the uplines isn't able to handle traffic quickly enough, this will be a big help. only 4 points and 1 metre of track ;)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170310_195122674_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170310_195122674_iOS.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Viaduct in progress
Post by: Newportnobby on March 10, 2017, 08:44:08 pm
I see in the April Railway Modeller there was a section on helices. Why they didn't consult the 2 experts we have on the forum I just don't know ::) ;)
@Maurits71 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1374)
@Michiel (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=194)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - more signals on the mainline
Post by: Maurits71 on April 16, 2017, 08:11:32 am
Happy Easter.

apologies a lack of updates, haven't done much scenery wise mainly testing and testing to improve the performance which is getting better and better now. I am now at a point that I can safely have around 18 trains running simultaneously and that the computer is still able to send and receive all necessary commands.

One of the things I am doing at the moment is transferring all the signals from control via loconet to control via my laptop using the OC32 technologie ( http://www.dcctrainautomation.co.uk/dinamo-oc32dcc.html (http://www.dcctrainautomation.co.uk/dinamo-oc32dcc.html) ) and this weekend was planned for the last 5 signals in the main line, so wires and wires, only for the 3 I have done yesterday a good 30 metres ??? ( who said dcc is only 2 wires )

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170415_173152365_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170415_173152365_iOS.jpg.html)

which results in 3 working ones ( the left one isn't properly done yet  ;)),



(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170415_204259504_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170415_204259504_iOS.jpg.html)

so 2 more to go on the upline. before we can do some scenery here. which is planned some point today once the missus let me.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - more signals on the mainline
Post by: njee20 on April 16, 2017, 08:59:04 am
I can't quite see the track layout beyond those signals, but it looks like the loop coming up from the LH side converges with the second line? In which case neither signal would need a feather.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - more signals on the mainline
Post by: daffy on April 16, 2017, 09:51:38 am
That's a lot of wiring you have taken on there Maurits.  :)  Kudos. :thumbsup:

I love to see your layout developing, and I see roses, not thorns. Keep up the good work. It would be great to see a video when all the signals are up and running, if possible.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - more signals on the mainline
Post by: Maurits71 on April 16, 2017, 12:09:37 pm
I can't quite see the track layout beyond those signals, but it looks like the loop coming up from the LH side converges with the second line? In which case neither signal would need a feather.

 ;) the junctions are behind the merged second line, so feathers are justified.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on May 18, 2017, 08:33:41 pm
evening all,

had a bit of I only want to sit and watch weeks, too much joy watching trains running around ;). But last couple of days back to working on the scenery, more specific the main station.

first job I did over the weekend was finishing off the platforms and spraying them in a greyish colour.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170511_170929033_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170511_170929033_iOS.jpg.html)

second my most favourite part of the hobby, ballasting, boring , boring and down to the size of the station a long lasting job, but good news have done 2 now  ;)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170518_190706117_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170518_190706117_iOS.jpg.html)

and this is how it looks with the platform.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170518_190801267_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170518_190801267_iOS.jpg.html)

hope to keep this momentum going over the next couple of days as I have some other plans and ideas but don't want to start with them till this job is done.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Ben A on May 18, 2017, 09:26:04 pm

Hi Maurits,

Good to see progress but.... those pics all look the same to me!

Cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Bealman on May 18, 2017, 11:09:44 pm
Me too!  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on May 19, 2017, 07:45:22 am
sorted :-[ :-[
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Bealman on May 19, 2017, 08:15:48 am
Now it makes sense!
Those curved platforms look great.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Innovationgame on May 19, 2017, 09:21:42 am
That's better.  The platforms look really good in situ.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: njee20 on May 19, 2017, 09:42:02 am
Looking great!

Wouldn't fancy standing on the tip of that platform when trains were rushing past though ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on May 19, 2017, 11:10:59 am
Looking great!

Wouldn't fancy standing on the tip of that platform when trains were rushing past though ;)

well the good news is that firstly there's a speed limit, secondly just wait ;) this will be solved in a proper health and safety way
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Newportnobby on May 19, 2017, 03:26:03 pm
Looking great!

Wouldn't fancy standing on the tip of that platform when trains were rushing past though ;)

Have to admit it wouldn't do my hairstyle much good.
That is, hair - singular :-[
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Milton Rail on May 22, 2017, 08:14:57 am
 :laughabovepost:

Great looking ballast & platforms Maurits, good proper look at that retaining wall as well, looks really imposing and impressive
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on June 03, 2017, 09:17:14 am
Goodmorning all.

Have made quite some progress over the last couple of days, the main 6 lines of the station are ballasted and the 3 signals at the north side are in place now

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170530_193306475_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170530_193306475_iOS.jpg.html)

Have been doing all the smaller bits now aws ramps, the orange piping and relais boxes

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170531_204437479_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170531_204437479_iOS.jpg.html)

I didn't like the look of the relais cabinets next to the track down to the hill behind it so decided to scratch build a small concrete/ brick embankment for the relasi cabinets.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170531_204428197_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170531_204428197_iOS.jpg.html)

next job on the list is some weed and other green stuff, a small gravel footpath from the embankment to the platforms but first it's going to be a test day today :)

best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: njee20 on June 03, 2017, 09:48:14 am
next job on the list is some weed and other green stuff

Is that modelling, or are you harking back to your Dutch heritage ;)

Looking brilliant, particularly given the size of it all.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Milton Rail on June 03, 2017, 09:58:07 am
Excellent update - hope you enjoy your "test" day :) 
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on June 07, 2017, 06:28:59 am
Morning all,

everything works as expected, time for a proper clean up as I noticed that there are still some pieces of ballast in places where they don't belong

click here please (https://youtu.be/3c4WHSZdSAU)

(https://i9.ytimg.com/vi/3c4WHSZdSAU/default.jpg?sqp=CICa3skF&rs=AOn4CLBRPY2qBxTRKlcWjjP0J17qVeY5ew)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: daveg on June 07, 2017, 08:21:17 am
Very nice, Maurits and the backscene blends in beautifully.

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on June 13, 2017, 06:31:20 am
Morning all

have added some green bits

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170613_044212473_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170613_044212473_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170613_044155560_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170613_044155560_iOS.jpg.html)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170613_044237279_iOS.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/20170613_044237279_iOS.jpg.html)

Not finished yet but getting there.

Best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Innovationgame on June 13, 2017, 06:36:07 am
I love the tunnel entrance!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Bealman on June 13, 2017, 06:36:54 am
Looking great.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Yet_Another on June 13, 2017, 10:32:38 am
Fab! I agree, great brickwork.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: daffy on June 13, 2017, 11:14:51 am
I'm really enjoying your object lesson in achieving excellent realism on a layout. :thumbsup:

Many thanks Maurits. :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: scottmitchell74 on June 13, 2017, 11:15:22 am
Fantastic!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on June 13, 2017, 08:31:15 pm
Evening, thanks for all the compliments, really appreciated.

didn't want to go into the train room as it's one big mess down to all the scenery work, so decided to stay in my office and to spend a bit of work on one of the factories I am building.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c353/MJCMonique/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/f6c4cd64-3dda-49fc-a002-92e622f65c9d.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/MJCMonique/media/1-Millbrook%20Meadows%20model%20rail%20way/f6c4cd64-3dda-49fc-a002-92e622f65c9d.jpg.html)

really likes the look if I am allowed to say it
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Newportnobby on June 13, 2017, 08:36:28 pm
That looks smashing, Maurits. Is it a kit build or scratch build and, if scratch build, where did you source the windows please?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on June 13, 2017, 08:46:10 pm
@newportnobby (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264) , I have bought the scalescenes factory kit, used the dimensions to cut slaters plastic , windows are brass master

link : http://www.scalescenes.com/resources/brassmasters_windows.pdf (http://www.scalescenes.com/resources/brassmasters_windows.pdf)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: daveg on June 13, 2017, 08:59:02 pm
Impressive looking building.  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Graham on June 13, 2017, 11:04:02 pm
discovered this yesterday and watched some of your videos on youtube, very impressive layout. congratulations.
cheers
Graham
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: mika on June 14, 2017, 01:44:13 pm
really likes the look if I am allowed to say it

You are! The factory does really look good. Well done.

Cheers
Michael
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on June 25, 2017, 08:05:03 pm
bit of a progress :) special scaffolding  ;)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4079/34794892924_0225e0a3b3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/V1GVqY)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on July 02, 2017, 05:49:33 pm
warning with thanks to Photobucket who has recently changed their policy all my images are no longer visible. I have moved them to Flickr but I am not sure if I can restore all image links, so if please visit my flickr photo book for all images
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on August 02, 2017, 07:11:03 am
Apologies for the lack of updates recently. I must admit that because of the hassle with Photobucket I wasn't in the mood at all to do any updates as it really annoys me to see the images with the 3rd party warning. But as Photobucket isn't going to listen to me anyway I can do 2 things and 1 of them is accept it, correct it sooner or later and crack on.

so here we are, a little change in plan to add some shunting possibilities to the branch line., 2 new points, 4 new detection sections. will install tonight the switch motors and the magnets. Will make a new video once I have everything to work

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4319/36183389651_86d32d8a35_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/X8pk8H) (https://flic.kr/p/X8pk8H)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Newportnobby on August 02, 2017, 09:36:46 am
I note you leave the screws in between the rails even when the track is ballasted, Maurits.
Is there any particular reason for that? :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on August 02, 2017, 12:15:48 pm
yes and no

yes I leave till the ballast is completely dry to avoid that track moves

no, it's also I am lazy but remove them normally before I get the spray gun out
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: georgehgv on August 02, 2017, 12:31:30 pm
yes and no

yes I leave till the ballast is completely dry to avoid that track moves

no, it's also I am lazy but remove them normally before I get the spray gun out

 :doh:
Only NN being picky
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Newportnobby on August 02, 2017, 01:26:04 pm
yes and no

yes I leave till the ballast is completely dry to avoid that track moves

no, it's also I am lazy but remove them normally before I get the spray gun out

 :doh:
Only NN being picky

 :no:Genuine thirst for nollidge, George. I have seen such a thing at exhibitions.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: georgehgv on August 02, 2017, 02:13:43 pm
I admire that Mick my thirst for knowledge passed a few years ago when the last brain cells could absorb no more.  :D
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on August 02, 2017, 06:04:03 pm
 :hmmm:never too old to learn you old tart :bounce:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: georgehgv on August 02, 2017, 06:20:57 pm
:hmmm:never too old to learn you old tart :bounce:


Maurits   :censored:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Newportnobby on August 02, 2017, 08:16:46 pm
I admire that Mick my thirst for knowledge passed a few years ago when the last brain cells could absorb no more.  :D

I have hit that age where something has to be deleted from the memory banks before anything can be absorbed. Perhaps I'm just a tartlet for now.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: daveg on August 02, 2017, 09:37:58 pm
I admire that Mick my thirst for knowledge passed a few years ago when the last brain cells could absorb no more.  :D

I have hit that age where something has to be deleted from the memory banks before anything can be absorbed. Perhaps I'm just a tartlet for now.

You have to start somewhere, Mick!  :wave:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Innovationgame on August 03, 2017, 06:33:53 am
:hmmm:never too old to learn you old tart :bounce:
Could this be a typo?  I sense that the sentiment has more to do with flatulence than prostitution. :-[
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: daveg on August 03, 2017, 07:05:58 am
My thoughts also, Laurence.  ;)

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on August 03, 2017, 01:04:01 pm
I blame the language barrier :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Newportnobby on August 03, 2017, 01:15:55 pm
I blame the language barrier :smiley-laughing:

I blame your fingers. We all know you wanted to type 'dart' :P
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Malc on August 03, 2017, 04:39:11 pm
Could have meant to type cart.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on August 18, 2017, 05:15:30 pm
afternoon all

the 2 branche lines are all connected and working, this includes 2 trains which are now shunting complete computer controlled. I have attached a small video, ( disclaimer the process of breaking and picking up on the correct spot isn't finished yet )


(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/flDN83PdF80/1.jpg?)

please click here (https://youtu.be/flDN83PdF80)

Other project I have started is the scenery around the station area. I have done is with temporarily mock ups to get the right feel. part will be retaining walls the other part some stone walls as you can find around the ecml.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4442/36254986280_8593e23bc4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XeJhjm)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/36482084462_dd209274f4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XzNdGf)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4364/36604757796_131e51d21e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLCXcJ)

And for those who are also on Facebook, Hills and Meadows has got his own page since a couple of days, please like us.

click her for the Hills and Meadows face book page (https://www.facebook.com/modelrailroaduk/)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Malc on August 18, 2017, 07:05:19 pm
Starting to come together, Maurits. I think the walls will finish it off a treat. Great work.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 19, 2017, 11:11:48 am
Hello Great to watch Maurits, & walls are coming along nicely, thanks for sharing
        regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Graham on August 19, 2017, 11:09:54 pm
great inspiration there Maurits. Would love to see it "in the flesh" so to speak one day
cheers
Graham
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 22, 2017, 07:43:05 am
Great work Maurits. Looking forward to seeing all those retaining walls develop.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on August 23, 2017, 04:08:25 pm
Afternoon,

Want to share a few ideas I have.

foot bridge because every p[roper station needs one

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4355/36571765952_2f3612294a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XHHRSQ)

the station building on one end of the station, will be build based on Sandy Trainstation.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4362/36741480685_fbb18d2ca0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XYHG9V)

the other side of the station, likely that I am going to build tunnels underneath the city, this side will also get a small station for the heritage line

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4424/35932080013_0875613096_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WKciwV)

so to be continued
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on September 14, 2017, 08:30:31 pm
Evening, the 3 mainlines and the siding have working signals now, need to do the other 2 on the heritage line, just waiting for a delivery from Crsignals. platforms and tunnel are also getting shape. On the pic EMT dmu is just arrived in the siding whilst Class 66 Eddy Stobart passes the station.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4338/36391501224_a352f4d1c7_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XrMXsh)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Milton Rail on September 15, 2017, 01:06:58 pm
Great updates, thank you for the great photo's - look forward to the next instalment
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on September 22, 2017, 07:37:52 pm
Whoop whoop weekend and no commitments so far so hopefully I can work on the retaining wall and the entrance.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4367/37391350285_fd31048ac2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YY9rKc)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on October 01, 2017, 08:48:09 pm
Evening all.

Managed to squeeze a few hours into modelling and more specific the entrances. Really happy with the result and must admit it makes a great impact.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4471/37388140476_f5c2d0b9c8_b.jpg)

Weathering is done mainly with the air brush, with a dry white wash as a finish.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4370/23583717528_9c48a66c92_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4485/23583720628_396f001059_b.jpg)

next job is to build another 12  ;) which will take some time I think.

Best regards

Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: weave on October 01, 2017, 09:03:10 pm
Hi Maurits,

Another layout that I've only ever 'thank you'd' so just to say fabulous stuff and looking forward to more.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Newportnobby on October 01, 2017, 10:21:58 pm
They look very impressive, Maurits :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Ben A on October 01, 2017, 10:39:42 pm

Hi Maurits,

Nice paint job there.  Look forward to seeing it in the flesh next weekend!

Cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: daveg on October 02, 2017, 06:24:51 am
Nice!  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 02, 2017, 07:32:09 am
Excellent,  :thankyousign:  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Malc on October 02, 2017, 09:44:13 am
Looking good, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Milton Rail on October 03, 2017, 04:01:05 pm
Excellent work as usual!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: STEVE44 on October 03, 2017, 04:31:39 pm
Hi, must say them tunnels look good. looking forward so seeing more.

Steve44
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 07, 2017, 10:03:19 am
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Excellent tunnels Maurits, looking good
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Maurits71 on October 08, 2017, 08:49:41 am
New Revolution Trains Class B tankers on tour @ Hills and Meadows



(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4486/36895527933_05754f86d6_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4458/36855051334_aba8c374a0_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37517128086_43243200c2_b.jpg)

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Bealman on October 08, 2017, 08:59:28 am
Let me guess.... Ben A is there!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 08, 2017, 09:26:57 am
Beautiful tank wagons with excellently weathered brickwork in the background. My hearty congratulations to all. I'm looking forward to my "ESSO" tank wagons.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Chetcombe on October 09, 2017, 05:09:17 am
Yeah, they all look good, but the Esso ones in particular look fantastic.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - station is getting shape
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 09, 2017, 08:10:54 am
Yeah, they all look good, but the Esso ones, in particular, look fantastic.

I believe that, at least in the 1960s, ESSO had the contract to supply BR WR with diesel fuel so you can easily justify running some. 8-)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Maurits71 on October 21, 2017, 08:02:04 pm
Evening.

The biggest fun :hmmm: of a big layout that everything you do you need to do loads, after helixes it's now retaining walls.

Not finished yet but looks pretty cool
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4444/37836583581_20387b79d7_b.jpg)

2nd project I am working on at the moment is a corner pub , people who know me know that I have said that I want the majority of the buildings beeing designed and build by my selves instead of buying factory made stuff, the new Cameo I have is in this matter a massive help.

So based on this pub in London I have started to design something similar with an extra floor
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4480/37578927050_f9242cbd2b_b.jpg)

and this is what I have achieved so far

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4449/37804791302_33ce19bd4f_b.jpg)

Took 2.5 hours to print, on purpose on the slowest setting but really pleased with the outcome
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 21, 2017, 08:15:39 pm
Looks very good, so far. I'm sure that the finished version will be excellent.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Maurits71 on October 25, 2017, 08:21:16 pm
Evening all,

Evening.

Have made some good progress the last 2 nights, The pub side is getting shape, now in process of adding details like curtains, will also make an interior for the pub it selves with some light effects likely

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4460/37877792506_580e9bfc8e_b.jpg)

I have planned that the front is going to be the most visible part, still not sure why cAFE is spelled with a small c.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4462/24079583678_2812dfd600_b.jpg)

The other side, which as it looks is a complete separate building ( see link below )

( google maps link : https://www.instantstreetview.com/@51.495594,-0.115019,311.59h,3.92p,1z (https://www.instantstreetview.com/@51.495594,-0.115019,311.59h,3.92p,1z) )

Is printed, took over an hour :), painted and weathered although I am a bit concerned if I haven't overdone it, but  ask me this question later
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4445/37877809666_c7bd7ddacb_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4447/37877799176_6d1d6d7daa_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Newportnobby on October 25, 2017, 08:38:51 pm
Sorry to be thick, Maurits, but if it's a pub why is called a café? :confused1:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Maurits71 on October 25, 2017, 08:49:37 pm
well I would suggest that you go down and ask them the question. When I was there I left in a state of.... so can't remember if I have asked the question.



on the other hand, in Holland a pub is called cafe, but that's me being a smart cookie now :) :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: daveg on October 25, 2017, 09:24:08 pm

on the other hand, in Holland a pub is called cafe, but that's me being a smart cookie now :) :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:

With a small letter c and all the others BIG!

Really nice modelling, Maurits. The sign can be remade I'm sure.

Dave G

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: daveg on October 26, 2017, 02:23:32 pm
Thanks!

I can see some lettering or artwork above the letter c in cAFE but can't zoom in to see what it may be.

Dave G

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Only Me on October 26, 2017, 02:26:09 pm
Thanks!

I can see some lettering or artwork above the letter c in cAFE but can't zoom in to see what it may be.

Dave G



Says
Thanks!

I can see some lettering or artwork above the letter c in cAFE but can't zoom in to see what it may be.

Dave G




Its a Flat Cap....

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d1929349-Reviews-The_Corner_Cafe-London_England.html#photos;geo=186338&detail=1929349&aggregationId=101 (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d1929349-Reviews-The_Corner_Cafe-London_England.html#photos;geo=186338&detail=1929349&aggregationId=101)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Malc on October 26, 2017, 08:36:31 pm
According to the Trip advisor reviews, it’s just that...a Café, not a pub.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: MinZaPint on October 27, 2017, 05:10:36 pm
well I would suggest that you go down and ask them the question. When I was there I left in a state of.... so can't remember if I have asked the question.

I got my thirst buds all worked up, must be alcoholic brown sauce!  :pint:  :D the building looks fit for purpose though, just needs a change of signage  :greatwork:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: talisman56 on November 04, 2017, 08:46:27 am
Sorry to be thick, Maurits, but if it's a pub why is called a café? :confused1:

Just be thankful it's not a 'Coffee Shop'... :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Maurits71 on November 05, 2017, 08:36:05 pm
Happy Sunday.

For a change I had some time this weekend to give the trains a good run, still suprised that even after a long spell as this time you push the button and all run as they supposed to do.

Today started with some home build buffer stops. below shown without lights.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4468/37485334444_1a5c09d9fd_b.jpg).

And with lights  ;)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4558/37485324314_762c3979e3_b.jpg).

As I was in the mood also started detailing this stretch, footpath, dummy point motors, cabling etc.



(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4559/38139922756_6e45caa7a7_b.jpg)


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4445/37485330684_abaa890cb6_b.jpg)

And end of the day a surprise visit from Crispy Bacon Dave ( people on RMweb will know him ) who brought me a lot of celotex expanded foam , so de coming weeks and have something to do ;) ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Milton Rail on November 06, 2017, 10:46:30 am
Lovely detailing Maurits, the pub/café is excellent, as are the buffer stops - thanks for the great pictures
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Maurits71 on November 18, 2017, 04:17:15 pm
already a long time on my things to do list, it will run on the heritage line, thanks to my buddy @Only Me (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1328) who supported me big time with the conversion



Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 19, 2017, 06:50:01 am
The diesel railcar looks very interesting, Maurits. May we have some close-up photos., please?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Bealman on November 19, 2017, 06:53:59 am
I'm interested in the stops. Are they plasticard?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Building a corner pub
Post by: Maurits71 on November 19, 2017, 09:34:23 am
The diesel railcar looks very interesting, Maurits. May we have some close-up photos., please?

will do once it's finished  ;)

I'm interested in the stops. Are they plasticard?

They are scratch build, using evergreen strips, some left over plastic card and a red smd led.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: Maurits71 on November 21, 2017, 09:34:55 pm
evening one of my long term projects is getting to an end

As usual I design what i like to see on my computer ready for printing using my Cameo printer, I intend not to make something really 100 %, it needs to look a bit like the original , in this case it's based on Harlow train station.



(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4546/38512372956_9886153778_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4554/24696870518_cb64a6837d_b.jpg)

This was a big print job, a couple of sheets so several hours, mainly because I have set the printer on the lowest speed.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4516/24696868528_4e277aef92_b.jpg)[/url]

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4585/38512365016_d925de18a3_b.jpg)[/url]

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4522/38537307902_fd1bb1b91a_b.jpg)[/url]

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4552/38512359146_d0a670f4aa_b.jpg)[/url]

as it's my amateur design it takes a while to build, and a while is over 20 hours so far

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/37680688505_19e2954cd9_b.jpg)

this is how it looks placed where it's going to be placed,

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4529/38568802931_e97d2d421e_b.jpg)

the pieces of paper are a mock up for the canopies.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4533/26792374519_7ceb3b23cf_b.jpg)[/url]

But before I start with the canopies I want this building completely finished, needs guttering, ladders, a GSM mast and weathering off course. ;)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4548/38512328966_6a0199d9c8_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: Newportnobby on November 22, 2017, 09:35:36 am
Smashing piece of scratchbuilding, Maurits :goggleeyes: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: Bealman on November 22, 2017, 09:41:54 am
Looks great!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: Maurits71 on November 23, 2017, 08:42:17 pm
Thanks all,

have made some good progress on the canopies tonight. and progress in the meaning of I have made some mock ups


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4567/38572783322_bc5e410b31_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4566/37717345545_becc3f6c7d_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4563/38572787542_b06a0e60a0_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: pape_timmo on November 24, 2017, 06:58:52 pm
Hi, I’ve just found this thread, and subscribed to your YouTube and FB links, so I’ll be reading over the next few days to try catch up.
Looking excellent tho.

Cheers, Timmo
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: Maurits71 on December 09, 2017, 04:37:20 pm
Happy Saturday all,

Have had 2 air brush sessions this week to paints track/ ballast and another night for cleaning the tracks so was quit busy and a mesh. but did a good running session last night almost 1200 kilometers in a couple of hours without any major failures so pleased.

spend today on the first of four canopies, as mentioned station is build with Harlow in mind which I have adapted to my own liking.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4727/38222183894_3cf3a6781d_b.jpg)

3 more to go :)


best regards, Maurits
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 09, 2017, 09:34:19 pm
Hello, really nice modelling Maurits, thanks for sharing
        regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: Ben A on December 10, 2017, 10:04:54 am

Hi Maurits,

Nice progress on the station scene!  And your technique for producing the station footbridge is really effective - thanks for posting.

Cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: Maurits71 on December 10, 2017, 10:35:15 pm
Happy Sunday all.

despite the snow here read playing outside with the kids I have managed to do a bit more. was looking at some pictures yesterday of Harlow station and decided that it would look better if I had on boh sides of the bridge canopies, and with number 1 finished it looks indeed much better.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4516/38969991061_942846ae31_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4575/38253660534_de6043b81c_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4732/38933305332_b979d12991_b.jpg)

so hopefully I can find some time to get the others done.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: weave on December 10, 2017, 10:58:12 pm
Hi,

Looked good anyway but your plan looks better to me and will look GREAT.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: Maurits71 on December 13, 2017, 08:43:23 pm
Evening all, last canopies finished and all connected, really pleased that I changed my original plan as this looks so much better.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4586/39038059431_0078a4d6a8_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4566/24173078117_eb5bcbac6d_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4591/38322400394_143c1d296b_b.jpg)

tomorrow night will be a bit exciting as I haven't tested yet if there's enough clearance for all trains
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 13, 2017, 09:57:27 pm
 :hellosign:    :greatpicturessign:  Good luck with your testing Maurits, looking superb
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - foot bridge on the way
Post by: daveg on December 13, 2017, 10:10:56 pm
Looking very nice and the lighting finishes it off really well.  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New video
Post by: Maurits71 on December 16, 2017, 11:14:46 am
Happy Saturday.

Done some details over the last couple of days, AWS ramps now placed at the correct distance of a signal

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4555/27298802719_7cb3a39325_b.jpg)

Axel counters are apparently normally placed in pairs so I had to add a few

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4579/27308875129_f46b023962_b.jpg)

also did a good few hours last night without any major issues, so had an opportunity to shoot some video's, just click on the picture.

(https://i9.ytimg.com/vi/dbiaeVX_3bI/3.jpg?sqp=CNj009EF&rs=AOn4CLDPWRlmhPT4GgpkVTuo5LddR5ujAQ&time=1513421699924) (https://youtu.be/dbiaeVX_3bI)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New video
Post by: Mito on December 16, 2017, 06:10:17 pm
Super video. I think I'm a little jealous. :goggleeyes: :envy:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New video
Post by: Innovationgame on December 16, 2017, 06:29:48 pm
I did like the smoothness of the video.  It was good to see the two cameras in action at opposite ends of the station.  It is a very professional looking job!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New video
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 16, 2017, 11:23:58 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for sharing Maurits, all looking excellent  :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New video
Post by: Bealman on December 17, 2017, 12:10:07 am
Excellent and professional footage.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - New video
Post by: Graham on December 17, 2017, 12:31:45 am
great to see the 2 cameras operating together. the canopies really look good.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Maurits71 on January 14, 2018, 07:46:11 pm
Thank you all for the kind words.

Although I am aware I haven't done an update here ( yes I know I have done lots on face book ), quite a few jobs are done and pending.

Main current Job is to cover helix number 5, from all the most ackward one to do, down to the fact it's difficult to get there, second, it's much higher than the surrounding parts of the layout.  Walking the dog a while ago around Sandy radio tower I thought that was the solution for this part as it's grass land and a quarry. not that I am going to build a quarry ( ermmm yes I am going toactually but not on Hills and Meadows, ) it justifies some rocks . so below in the pictures the progress sofar.

first trial

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4751/38981576704_6271c76e9d_b.jpg)

Rocks are made from plaster of Parish and painted , I have looked a lot of youtube videos so it's basically following what these guys are doing

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4617/38981573714_eb54db1c33_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4710/38981570264_789d093d25_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4762/25818163728_fbf687427b_b.jpg)

Once dried and painted I have used sculptamold to cover the lower area's first time I have used this product and think it's great.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4763/38981566544_a9af52869f_b.jpg)

Takes a while to dry and once dry I have painted everything with creap brown paint, air brushed the surroundings around the rocks.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4745/38981558684_d2463bf9c3_b.jpg)

Started with static grass today which will continue over the next couple of days.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4625/38981562154_f249d8c6fb_b.jpg)

The 4 houses you can see in the first picture are almost done and will start on the Radio tower hopefully after the =Canterbury show.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Maurits71 on January 19, 2018, 08:08:08 pm
Happy Friday all,

productive few days and really like this kind of work down to the fact that you can result within minutes. Used the air brush first to create shadows around the rocks and to high lite the foot pads.

Once this is dry the fun started, static grass.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4753/24914069607_bfa5ee8e90_b.jpg)

The trick with static grass is firstly a proper unit, I am using the flock it unit bought from the green scene, secondly take your time.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4603/24914070367_8902f49d59_b.jpg)

I normally leave it overnight to dry before I am going to hover all the excess.

on the picture you can see the difference between the work I did yesterday and today

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4743/39074021704_c08cb481bc_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4750/24914066487_3fb4c25383_b.jpg)

next step is a second layer with 2 mm grass in a darker colour around the edges before I can start adding bushes and trees.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4722/39752496652_0d49957073_b.jpg)

Best regards, Maurits

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 19, 2018, 09:06:38 pm
Very good work, Maurits. Very useful for those of us yet to try static grass.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: JohnN on January 19, 2018, 10:55:06 pm
It certainly looks like you are managing to blend the area into the backscene well. Top work.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Maurits71 on March 03, 2018, 07:39:33 pm
Evening all.

despite the lack of updates I have done quite a lot recently

Finished the 3 houses, small little jobs left like the gardens and fences, lights are fitted but not connected yet.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4698/40597756681_ee903d53d5_b.jpg)

Second big job was to make my own impression of Sandy heath radio transmitter using brass. not scaled otherwise it wouldn't fit but it looks alright

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4629/25727307457_60fc213ef5_b.jpg)[/url]

As people might be aware I can see the radio transmitter from my study and like in real it's a massive thing

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4676/40597753681_cf4c92dac7_b.jpg)

Like the real thing it has got the 5 red lights you can see from miles and miles away

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4713/39702916865_9669cba44c_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: RailGooner on March 03, 2018, 07:59:51 pm
Can't think of a lot to say about that besides, WOW! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

 :greatwork: :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Newportnobby on March 03, 2018, 08:45:29 pm
You've made a smashing job of blending everything in with the background, Maurits.
With that monster radio transmitter I'd suggest sobriety at all times when operating the layout :uneasy:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Malc on March 03, 2018, 09:14:05 pm
Are you fitting the stays?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Mito on March 03, 2018, 09:19:05 pm
Can't think of a lot to say about that besides, WOW! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

 :greatwork: :greatpicturessign:

Exactly :jawdropping:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Graham on March 03, 2018, 09:45:38 pm
Second big job was to make my own impression of Sandy heath radio transmitter using brass. not scaled otherwise it wouldn't fit but it looks alright

from memory it had a couple of small buildings at the base, one just for BBC, and another for ITV & other users such as mobile phone co's. mind you it is over 30yrs since i did any work there.
cheers
Graham
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Maurits71 on March 04, 2018, 08:08:04 am
Are you fitting the stays?


I am indeed.


@Graham (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1058) you're right, buildings are still there, I will do something similar although slightly away from the transmitter
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Bealman on March 04, 2018, 08:32:20 am
Reminds me of Pontop Pike and the ITV one who's name I forget that were erected up at Consett when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Malc on March 04, 2018, 12:01:12 pm
Reminds me of Pontop Pike and the ITV one who's name I forget that were erected up at Consett when I was a kid.
Bilsdale.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Milton Rail on March 04, 2018, 08:45:05 pm
Cracking job of the radio mast Maurits.... I am almost surprised it does not now act as a booster for you wi-fi signal in the room :)

Lovely job of the rocks and surounding scenics too
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 04, 2018, 09:49:32 pm
 :hellosign: Very very impressive radio mast Maurits, looks spot on
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: The Q on March 05, 2018, 09:06:04 am
"Second big job was to make my own impression of Sandy heath radio transmitter using brass. not scaled otherwise it wouldn't fit but it looks alright"

Chicken, it's only 240Metres high (787ft) so that would roughly scale as 1.5 metres high model on top of a 160 foot above sea level hill. :bounce:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/6067-050318090451.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62608)

Fantastic modelling :no:

Back to working out how to build a Type 84 radar Aerial for my layout...
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Maurits71 on March 05, 2018, 08:00:32 pm
Youtube time

click on the image please :) (https://youtu.be/YY-EtX7gpUI)
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/YY-EtX7gpUI/hqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Newportnobby on March 05, 2018, 09:14:10 pm
Wonderful :claphappy:

BTW - clicking on the image didn't start anything but clicking on the wording 'click on the image please' got it going :confused2:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Innovationgame on March 06, 2018, 06:33:38 am
Youtube time

click on the image please :) (https://youtu.be/YY-EtX7gpUI)
I clicked on the image and nothing happened: it's just a JPEG.  But then I noticed the hyperlink underline in the text above.  That's really snazzy video editing!  It looks as though you do that for a living!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Maurits71 on March 13, 2018, 08:39:45 pm
Evening

Just finished the guy wires, really pleased how it looks now, need to finish the fencing around the concrete blocks , add some trees and bushes and a couple of small buildings

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4785/38983662190_5a092fcbe1_b.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4781/39898871245_03de06aa9b_b.jpg)

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Mito on March 13, 2018, 08:56:57 pm
That really is quite spectacular. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: PostModN66 on March 13, 2018, 09:15:48 pm
Nice work.

You need to add a couple of BASE jumpers at the top.....and an ambulance parked at the bottom!  :worried:

Cheers Jon  :)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: The Q on March 14, 2018, 07:40:17 am
and a police car and a couple of coppers saying to each other I'm not XXXXX chasing him up there..


And for the Modelling,, WOW
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Newportnobby on March 14, 2018, 08:54:17 am
Congratulations on getting the mast vertical, something I probably couldn't have managed :no:
Looks very good.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - grass lands around the radio tower
Post by: Bealman on March 14, 2018, 09:08:02 am
Ignoring NPN's remarks, top job!
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - and there was light
Post by: Maurits71 on March 18, 2018, 07:29:21 pm
Evening all.

Finally able to finish this little project, thought it was an easy one but turned out to be rather complicated.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/795/40842288122_2952c0f6cf_b.jpg)

It's removable if needed.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/789/40842272122_e6063e4591_b.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/787/39990429215_8e1b8f6d40_b.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/817/40842269022_2337e380f7_b.jpg)

Next stop is to start the branch line above the main helix ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - and there was light
Post by: ntpntpntp on March 18, 2018, 08:32:30 pm
Very nice!   Reminds me of the model of the Stuttgart TV tower that NCI's Stefan Wörner has made. (It's been at TINGS as part of their modular system).

https://youtu.be/O90v4-eK_HU?t=141
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Maurits71 on June 17, 2018, 06:36:43 pm
Happy Sunday and Fathers day, apologies for the lack of updates. I have been busy with work and all sorts of other things so there was little time left for the layout.

Despite the lack of time I have done quit a bit but mostly not visible, have looked if I could use Itrain to run my layout, the answer is yes but I needed to change so many things that I stay to the current software which to be honest is still miles ahead of Itrain. have started to do some more scenery and last week finally found the mojo :) to start with the last bit of the layout.

Overt he last year I had various thoughts what I was going to build on this side. A big TMD was the original plan, a quarry was another but have now decided to have another station, one which looks a bit like Tormouth, although I keep it as a single branche line, the sea wall will be a bit like Dawlish and there's a 2 track reverse loop.

Picture shows the reverse loop, if my calculations are correct the inner loop is 240 cm long
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1790/27989934387_447d0ffa93_k.jpg)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1805/28985885178_db88136882_k.jpg)

and part of the visible bit.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1790/27989929467_242507f5e2_k.jpg)

Scenery wise as it's like the Dawlish/ Teighmouth area hills, a few big rocks and tunnels  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 17, 2018, 07:08:03 pm
Many thanks for the update. Another station, one which looks a bit like Tormouth (one of my favourite layouts), although on a single-track branch line with a seawall section, a bit like Dawlish, sounds great. I look forward to seeing it take shape.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: wookie on June 18, 2018, 10:04:02 pm
Those levels are bewildering!  :confused1:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Black Sheep on June 19, 2018, 02:45:38 pm
Just caught up with this project again, the scrubland with the tower on it looks brilliant,

Quick question I wanted to ask if I may, how wide do you usually create your twin track supporting sections and single line supporting sections?
Been trying to work out how wide mine need to be so that nothing catches on each other and on the retaining wall tops
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Maurits71 on June 21, 2018, 11:14:34 am
15 mm measured from the outside track is normally enough, but it's a bit trial and error
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 23, 2018, 11:21:06 pm
 :hellosign: Always good to see your excellent layout, thanks for the update & looking forward to the installment
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Maurits71 on June 24, 2018, 11:27:25 am
Happy Sunday

small update to report, base layer is sorted including part of the track plan of the station.


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1830/42261477664_6d87715c3c_b.jpg)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1782/42261475224_b8f18ab23e_b.jpg)

below, part of the reverse loop and fiddle yard

[img]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1838/29107526138_8279dec743_b.jpg[/img

track laying will be done over the next couple of weeks  ;)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Maurits71 on July 31, 2018, 07:42:24 pm
Hello and a very good evening, my apologies for the lack of updates, the Missus decided that the whole house needed a re decoration which I finally finished last weekend. Not a great job down to the temperatures but hee, everytiing to keep her happy.

Did a nice run on the layout yesterday, good couple of hours without any issues, so need to find motivation to finish the last addition which I mentioned earlier, need a holiday first.

Did start on my impression of the Princess Risborough Signal box as I wanted a larger signal box as available, not done/ finished yet but first lines are on paper

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/848/42863413365_4d5c497241_b.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/856/42863413525_3158764171_b.jpg)

couple of more hours and than I can start printing, windows are already printed and they look great.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Maurits71 on August 27, 2018, 06:57:12 pm
Evening, last stretch of the boring track laying  ;), double reverse loop with polarity switch.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1888/42498490190_b596877bd0_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: pape_timmo on August 27, 2018, 08:46:26 pm
Excellent work Maurits, how is the signal box coming along? Cheers, Timmo
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Maurits71 on August 28, 2018, 08:35:50 am
Excellent work Maurits, how is the signal box coming along? Cheers, Timmo

not too bad, will post some photo's later
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Maurits71 on September 01, 2018, 08:35:22 am
Happy Saturday all.

weather looks lovely so it looks like that my original planning which was spending time in the train room is changed to a sun bed and entertaining the missus. which in all fairness isn't a bad thing to do as well  ;) ;) especially with the kids going to friends all day.

anyway back to train related stuff.

I have done a bit more work on the signal box, basis is more or less finished, need some painting to finish, just noticed them on the picture. will start with the inside now. will add some working lights and a full interior inside so quite a job to do. work is also started on the roof but that's a bit more straight forward.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1896/44399205281_8cc767ffa9_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: Bealman on September 01, 2018, 08:52:16 am
Going from strength to strength!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - last addition to the layout
Post by: pape_timmo on September 03, 2018, 01:44:15 am
That’s quite some structure Maurits. Looks very imposing. Can’t wait to see the detail you put into it.

Cheers, Timmo
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: Maurits71 on October 06, 2018, 10:06:09 am
Something to celebrate today.

a good 3.5 years after starting with Hills and Meadows, using a good 350 metres of track, around 75 points I have just finished the last bit of track laying.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1907/43317814530_83030a0d07_b.jpg)

will try to get all points working and droppers done this weekend before the big clear up which is needed as the whole room is one big mess.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: daveg on October 06, 2018, 10:29:35 am
Congratulations and Wow, Maurits!

Having followed the build right the way through I am more than impressed at the speed, quality and the size of your layout.

Looking forward to seeing how the next couple of years go.  :D

Dave G

Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: weave on October 06, 2018, 10:42:01 am
Congratulations and Wow indeed.

Well done that man  :thumbsup:

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 06, 2018, 11:39:28 am
Congratulations and Wow, Maurits!

Having followed the build right the way through I am more than impressed at the speed, quality and the size of your layout.

Looking forward to seeing how the next couple of years go.  :D

Dave G

Seconded! An incredible achievement.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: rhysapthomas on October 06, 2018, 11:54:37 am
Congratulations its been a very impressive if daunting (for us and you) effort good luck with the rest of the layout
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: Newportnobby on October 06, 2018, 02:52:37 pm
Seems like a guided tour is necessary, Maurits ;)
Have you got a camera truck handy?
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 07, 2018, 08:26:30 pm
 :hellosign: Nice one Maurits   :thumbsup:, lokking forward to the next 3.5 years
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: Bealman on October 07, 2018, 10:53:37 pm
Wot they all said!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hills and meadows - Track laying finished
Post by: talisman56 on October 08, 2018, 01:07:40 pm
Well done Maurits.

Does that mean I can now get some Code 55 in my local emporium now? :D