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Title: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on December 12, 2011, 12:36:55 pm
Time to stick my head above the parapit and post a few pics of my layout. Here goes;

Overall view
(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/Southbridge/DSC02114.jpg)

Out in the country
(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/Southbridge/DSC00171.jpg)

Busy station
(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/Southbridge/IMG_0423.jpg)

Station view
(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/Southbridge/DSC00167.jpg)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Lawrence on December 12, 2011, 12:51:08 pm
Very nice work Graham, nice to see the curved backboard too, looks better than having the sharp corners  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Flakmunky on December 12, 2011, 12:51:52 pm
I really like your layout! How long is it?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Dock Shunter on December 12, 2011, 01:01:05 pm
Don't know why we havent seen this before now Graham.....
You have built a cracking layout there...... :thumbsup:
I like the way you have painted the tunnel entrances...... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on December 12, 2011, 01:16:25 pm
Thank you for your kind comments.

The layout is nine feet long, two feet wide and yes, the curves go down to nine inch radius "out of sight" at the back.

It is booked to be at East Grinstead (March) and Folkestone (October) in 2012 if you would like to see it "in the flesh" so to speak.

The tunnel mouths are from SD Mouldings. Being on the curves, they are a little tight to gauge and some filing was required but I quite like them.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: keerout on December 12, 2011, 01:46:05 pm
WOW, just out of nowhere?   :o  looking great  :thumbsup:
Are these signals working??
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: polo2k on December 12, 2011, 01:48:49 pm
Lovely looking layout  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on December 12, 2011, 01:57:51 pm
Not quite nowhere, there was a Southbridge Mk1.

The layout was displayed at the Tonbridge show (My home club) a couple of years ago but shift working meant I could't get to others. I've now taken early retirement.

The signals are PD Marsh and although I used to be a Network Rail Signaller and a volunteer Signalman at my local railway, they don't work.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on December 12, 2011, 05:30:17 pm
What a smashing bit of modelling, Graham. Well done indeed :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Alex on December 12, 2011, 05:56:00 pm
Hi Graham,

Well done on a very nice looking layout. I like the over and under bridge set up.

Alex
 
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: port perran on December 12, 2011, 06:43:24 pm
That looks really good. Impressive.
Very well done.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: tadpole on December 12, 2011, 07:13:05 pm
LIKE   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Tank on December 12, 2011, 08:23:05 pm
Brilliant looking layout.  Very impressive!
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: davieb on December 12, 2011, 08:32:32 pm
great looking layout you have there  :thumbsup:

just wondering are those trees you have "sea moss" trees or something else

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: grumbeast on December 13, 2011, 07:31:41 am
Lovely layout Graham

  The branch swinging out from under the main is a really lovely feature

  Graham (B too! :)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on December 13, 2011, 09:37:56 am
great looking layout you have there  :thumbsup:

just wondering are those trees you have "sea moss" trees or something else

dave  :thumbsup:
Some of the trees are "seamoss". While they do look wonderful to begin with, I find they are high maintenance on a portable layout like this and they do become brittle over time. Sadly I've replaced some trees with the more standard commercial type for the time being but I am thinking of making some out of wire or dead conifer which is an idea I've seen and seems to work.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 04, 2012, 09:24:06 pm
Just to let you know that Southbridge will be venturing out of darkest Kent and will be at the East Grinstead Show 17th & 18th March 2012.

Come and say hello.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: MinZaPint on March 05, 2012, 12:34:42 pm
This really is a very nice layout, superb modelling and my era. Best wishes for the East Grinstead exhibition unfortunately to far for me to go.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Mustermark on March 05, 2012, 04:32:11 pm
Very nice indeed. I love the tranquil, countryside 'steam-era' atmosphere you have created.  It makes you feel like no one locks their doors and there is hovis and bisto.

Are you thinking about installing working semaphores now they are out? It seems that would be very satisfying for a signalman!
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: jonclox on March 05, 2012, 04:44:16 pm
I`m not only impressed but very jealous of that fantastic layout  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 05, 2012, 05:44:33 pm
Thankyou for the complementary comments. I'm not sure they're totally deserved. We'll see what people think of it when they see it "in the flesh" so to speak.

Working signals? Hmmm. That could be expensive.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Jack on March 05, 2012, 08:44:19 pm

Nice work.  :thumbsup:  I'd love to see this in the flesh but sadly for me the this side of Laura is a long way away from your side of the country!

Jack
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 14, 2012, 03:13:29 pm
Well the layout is all packed up and ready to go to East Grinstead early Saturday morning. I know it's only Wednesday but it makes sure I take time to clean and lubricate the stock so everythings as good as I can get it.

Details of the show can be found at http://www.egmrc.org.uk/exhibiti.htm (http://www.egmrc.org.uk/exhibiti.htm)

After this show it's next planned outing is Folkestone in October.

Now, where did I put the Gremlin killer?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: R31 Mark on March 15, 2012, 08:52:53 pm
Absouloutely beautiful little layout mate! Just my kind of thing  :wave:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 17, 2012, 09:24:03 pm
Had a good day at East Grinstead today. Only two Gremlins.

A push button switch appeared broken on setup but worked normally as soon as I showed it the soldering iron.

Half way through the afternoon a changeover switch decided it wanted to be an on/off switch. Tomorrow morning it will become and ex switch!

Lots of nice comments but no-one from this forum?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: SD35 on March 17, 2012, 09:31:38 pm
All the praise is justfied.  Its simple and neat and shows what effect and atmosphere you can achieve without cramming every bit of available space with track.  I would be very proud of that.

Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: daveg on March 18, 2012, 01:23:20 pm
Nipped over to East Grinstead this morning (Sunday).

Worth the visit and good to see the great layout and have a chat.

Bought a few bits including a GF Prairie tanker which has blown the budget for both April and May! Must now get on with some basic construction work but still waiting for my track and points order to arrive from Hattons. They shipped it by post last Monday and it'still not got to Sevenoaks. Grrrrr!

Hope the guy you helped in that nasty crash recovers OK.

Regards

Dave

Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 18, 2012, 06:57:01 pm
Nipped over to East Grinstead this morning (Sunday).

Worth the visit and good to see the great layout and have a chat.

Bought a few bits including a GF Prairie tanker which has blown the budget for both April and May! Must now get on with some basic construction work but still waiting for my track and points order to arrive from Hattons. They shipped it by post last Monday and it'still not got to Sevenoaks. Grrrrr!

Hope the guy you helped in that nasty crash recovers OK.

Regards

Dave
Good to meet up. Hattons are normally very good but once they've posted it, it's out of their hands.

Last we heard the guy had been flown to Kings College Hospital London. Needless to say we had a very casual drive home and made it safe and sound.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GWR-Kris on March 19, 2012, 01:21:56 pm
nice layout, do like the track going over another line, what sort of incline is it, must be steep, to join the main line so quickly.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 19, 2012, 04:25:25 pm
nice layout, do like the track going over another line, what sort of incline is it, must be steep, to join the main line so quickly.
It's about one in thirty with a slight incline of the main line over the bridge. A 14XX and auto coach manages it OK. The GWR Terrier has no trouble at all along with the Farish Panniers.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: daveg on March 19, 2012, 05:55:27 pm
I was really impressed with the quality of the slow running of fairly long trains and all on DC so I understand.

Without sounding like a Luddite, it made me a load happier deciding that any move to DCC is well into the future.

I'm jealous of the inclines but being limited to 72"x30", any real slopes are out of the question despite me planning to run short trains; 2 coaches or 6 or so wagons.

Still awaiting my track so the project is stalled until the postman decides to make the delivery. Does that mean I've got to wash the car?

Regards

Dave

Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 19, 2012, 06:09:34 pm
I can confirm that I run analogue using Gaugemaster series W handhelds. Clean track, clean wheels and only metal wheels allowed. On two day shows I take all the stock home for a good clean and check on the Saturday night.

I've tried DCC and didn't like it at all. That said, I did watch a OO DCC layout at Ally Pally a few years back. It was a simple branch terminus with sound. The sound was excellent and I spent some 15 minutes listening to the "crew" fussing around the loco before I realised I'd only seen a couple of actual movements.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 09, 2012, 08:30:16 am
In case people are interested, Southbridge will be at The Folkestone Show, 6th/7th October 2012. Unless things change (Hope not), I'm located in the Channel Suite with a nice view of the English Channel.

http://www.folkestone-mrc.com/page56.html (http://www.folkestone-mrc.com/page56.html) refers.

Come say hi.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Dock Shunter on September 09, 2012, 02:29:47 pm
Hope the exhibition goes well for you Graham...... :thumbsup:
Would be great to see Southbridge......hope you can bring it "Up Norf" someday... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GreatWestern2012 on September 09, 2012, 02:40:00 pm
Hey Graham.

I may be able to make it to Folkestone on stewarding duties after all, I know you have one or two people already helping you, however, if you need a standby, I'll be happy to do so just in case.

Cheers.

Matt.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 09, 2012, 07:31:52 pm
Hope the exhibition goes well for you Graham...... :thumbsup:
Thanks.

Would be great to see Southbridge......hope you can bring it "Up Norf" someday... :thumbsup:
You mean Watford?  :goggleeyes:
Seriously. It depends on getting an invite, costs making sense and SWMO agreeing I can be trusted :hmmm:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 09, 2012, 07:33:31 pm
Hey Graham.

I may be able to make it to Folkestone on stewarding duties after all, I know you have one or two people already helping you, however, if you need a standby, I'll be happy to do so just in case.

Cheers.

Matt.
Thanks Matt. I'm sure there will be a number of TMRC members having a go (Just so long as they keep the speed down).
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: portland-docks on September 10, 2012, 08:39:37 am
Wherev iv seen this before? Was it in the n gauge society book a smallwhile back or a railway modeller? Iv seen it somewhere before and i was almost tempted to copy it lol
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 10, 2012, 07:22:20 pm
No idea.
It's not been in any magazine and it's only been to the Tonbridge and East Grinstead shows. It was on the Tonbridge MRC website but that was hacked a while back and it's not been fully rebuilt yet.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: portland-docks on September 11, 2012, 10:36:58 am
Huh....oh well i still lovethis layout!
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GreatWestern2012 on September 13, 2012, 11:37:26 pm
Hey Graham.

I may be able to make it to Folkestone on stewarding duties after all, I know you have one or two people already helping you, however, if you need a standby, I'll be happy to do so just in case.

Cheers.

Matt.
Thanks Matt. I'm sure there will be a number of TMRC members having a go (Just so long as they keep the speed down).

Hi Graham.

Unfortunately I won't be at Folkestone this year stewarding, I wasn't at the club meeting, so couldn't put my name down for duties and it was the last week for doing so.

Matt.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: cudders on September 14, 2012, 08:42:03 am
Beautifully executed layout. a real stunner.  :thumbsup:

Cudders
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 14, 2012, 01:26:10 pm
Hi Graham.

Unfortunately I won't be at Folkestone this year stewarding, I wasn't at the club meeting, so couldn't put my name down for duties and it was the last week for doing so.

Matt.
Why not ask Colin if he can add your name?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 14, 2012, 01:27:06 pm
Beautifully executed layout. a real stunner.  :thumbsup:

Cudders
:thankyousign:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on October 03, 2012, 04:48:56 pm
Not long until Folkestone now. Heavy duty track cleaning completed and the layout is now crated ready to be loaded into the car.

Wheel cleaning tonight  :sleep:

Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on October 03, 2012, 06:09:37 pm
Have a great show, Graham. Here's to smooth running :beers:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on October 03, 2012, 07:13:59 pm
Have a great show, Graham. Here's to smooth running :beers:
Many thanks  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on October 07, 2012, 08:29:35 pm
Back home after another good show. A couple of issues cropped up but trains kept running and quite a few nice comments.

Bargain of the show had to be a Hornby 0-4-0. Brand new at only 5. Runs like a dream. Yes, I know it's OO but I've been given the task of building a layout for my Grandson in time for Christmas.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on October 08, 2012, 08:10:32 am
Glad all went well, Graham :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: portland-docks on October 27, 2012, 11:05:40 am
Couldnt possibly get more pics up could you? I love this layout and love looking at the pics, a fideo maybe?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on November 01, 2012, 12:51:28 pm
Sorry for the late reply - only just got back from Florida  :(

Southbridge is currently crated up as I have to build a small OO layout for my Grandson for Christmas but I'll have a look around my hard drive to see what I can find - once I've got over my jet lag.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on December 16, 2012, 08:19:47 pm
Well I've finally managed to finish my Grandson's Christmas present so Southbridge is back up and running. Here's a couple of photos as requested.

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/Southbridge/DSC02902_zpsafbc969b.jpg)

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/Southbridge/DSC02901_zps067658a0.jpg)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on December 17, 2012, 10:08:57 am
Very atmospheric and evocative, Graham :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Jerry Howlett on December 17, 2012, 05:10:59 pm
 :thumbsup: More reasonfor me to take up fishing... :envy:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on February 24, 2013, 01:30:35 pm
SOUTHBRIDGE ATTACKED BY HAMMER!

That got your attention.  ;)

I'm making changes to the hidden sidings. For some time now I've been concerned that guest operators have been struggling with the double slip arrangement that was needed to get trains off the branch to the down main and vice versa (Down Main being bi directional for this purpose). As a result the branch has only really been used for Auto train working.

So I've bitten the bullet and removed the branch line sidings. The branch line now has a dead end.

I now have to remove the incline and provide a flat surface for the new main line sidings. This will almost double the main line hidden siding capacity which will allow for a greater variety of trains to be run. An added complication is that, with the branch "dead end" coming under the hidden sidings, I have to arrange for a removable board in case the Auto Train meets with some disaster.

Happy days.


Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on August 02, 2013, 06:53:35 pm
For those not following the TINGS thread, due to Stapleforth St Stephens having to withdraw, Southbridge will now be attending in it's place.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: SD35 on August 02, 2013, 08:14:06 pm
I shall look forward to finally seeing it in the flesh.  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on August 02, 2013, 08:17:41 pm
Wot he said :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on August 02, 2013, 09:28:58 pm
Hope it lives up to expectations  :worried:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on August 31, 2013, 09:46:47 am
One week to go to TINGS.
Let the wheel cleaning commence.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Geoff on September 01, 2013, 08:22:20 am
Best of look Graham at Tings, I hope you enjoy showing Southbridge, and I hope to see your layout on the Saturday.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 01, 2013, 08:36:43 am
Best of look Graham at Tings, I hope you enjoy showing Southbridge, and I hope to see your layout on the Saturday.
Many thanks. I'll either have a beaming smile or hiding under the layout with a soldering iron in hand  :worried:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 08, 2013, 09:41:57 pm
Back home from TINGS and shattered  :sleep:

Thank you to everyone who said hi and for the kind comments.

Only two casualties over the entire weekend. One push button that gave up the ghost and one Dapol Hall that decided to start derailing it's tender around 2pm on the Sunday (I've no idea why).
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: portland-docks on September 08, 2013, 09:50:36 pm
You layout was brilliant i loved it!

I was the member who passed over the sheet of paperwoth dapos announcement on about th grange, black nufc sweater ;)

Really good layout hope to see it again sometime :)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: ChrisB on September 08, 2013, 09:52:29 pm
Yep, loved your layout.

Third casualty being the power that kept tripping out on Saturday perhaps?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 08, 2013, 09:55:52 pm
Thank you.

The power didn't cause us any problems - a quick flick and it was back. The cheer that went up everytime it went out raised a smile though.

Southbridge is next appearing at Romford http://www.iwemrc.org.uk/exhibition.asp (http://www.iwemrc.org.uk/exhibition.asp) refers.

However, there was a third casualty - our feet! We had some carpet to stand on but I really need to get a pair of fold flat stools.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 09, 2013, 09:48:25 pm
Hi Graham,

Nice to meet you on Saturday. Have to say i loved the layout, well what's not to like about GWR stuff :P Oh and thanks for letting the following visitor have a quick run :P
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/SDC16297.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/SDC16297.jpg.html)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 10, 2013, 06:38:05 pm
Hi Ollie,
Good to see you. Glad you liked the layout and thanks for posting the pic. Nice one.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Atso on September 14, 2013, 06:37:18 pm
Hi Graham,

Great layout, I got to see it last weekend and really hope to eventually emulate that kind of modelling on my own layout! Sorry I didn't say hello you all seemed rather busy answering questions at the time!

I did get a couple of pictures though!

(http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k481/Atso-Cad/DSC06024_zps9e4c1bc9.jpg) (http://s1112.photobucket.com/user/Atso-Cad/media/DSC06024_zps9e4c1bc9.jpg.html)

(http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k481/Atso-Cad/DSC06025_zps8344206b.jpg) (http://s1112.photobucket.com/user/Atso-Cad/media/DSC06025_zps8344206b.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 14, 2013, 06:40:13 pm
Nice photos. sorry you didn't get the chance to say hi.

It did get a little hectic from time to time.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 28, 2013, 08:57:04 am
Southbridge is out and about again next weekend. This time we're off to the West Essex show.

http://www.iwemrc.org.uk/exhibition.asp (http://www.iwemrc.org.uk/exhibition.asp) gives details.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GreatWestern2012 on September 30, 2013, 06:39:56 pm
Looking forward to helping out again on the Sunday! :D Not to mention having a scout around the exhibition for whatever might catch my eye! Heh Heh Heh...

(That's especially if I can't find anything of what I might be looking for when stewarding at Folkestone's exhibition on the Saturday with TMRC, again, Heh Heh Heh!)

:no: :) ;) :D ;D ::) :angel: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: D1059 on September 30, 2013, 09:10:44 pm
Thought I recognised the layout at Leamington. Looks nice

Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on October 02, 2013, 03:09:51 pm
Preparation, preparation, preparation.

Today is wheel cleaning day. That's loco, carriage and wagon wheels (Boring but essential). I then found that one of the wires between the loco and the tender on one of my Manors had come unsoldered.

That loco would have been a failure before we started.  :-[
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on October 02, 2013, 08:36:54 pm
Preparation, preparation, preparation.

Today is wheel cleaning day. That's loco, carriage and wagon wheels (Boring but essential). I then found that one of the wires between the loco and the tender on one of my Manors had come unsoldered.

That loco would have been a failure before we started.  :-[

At least you spotted it, Graham :thumbsup: The devil is always in the detail ::)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on October 05, 2013, 07:36:07 pm
Good if quiet day at Romford today. One strange fault involving poor electrical contact on a point blade. Quickly fixed but I'll investigate why the seep switch didn't come into play later.

Now back home and waiting for the "catering department" to supply food. Once fed I'll be cleaning wheels ready for tomorrow.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on October 08, 2013, 04:55:04 pm
This update is a little late for reasons that will become clear.

Sunday was a good day. Nice to meet Ray (REGP).
This weekend was a weekend for Seep motors to play up and the switching of one motor on the single slip decided to go and enjoy the sunshine outside. It came back in after a while and normal service was resumed. One baseboard track joint appears to have moved slightly and I'll be looking at that as well.

One the way home the layout took a diversion to Pembury A&E as I received a call to say my sister's horse had kicked her in the head! She has got away rather lightly with her cheek bone breaking out through the side of her mouth (It could have been so much worse) but it meant I didn't get home until very late and the car wasn't unloaded until yesterday.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on October 08, 2013, 05:40:07 pm
Yikes :o
So sorry to hear about your sister as that sounds awful :(
I hope she's on the mend soonest.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: CarriageShed on October 08, 2013, 06:01:49 pm
Seconded with the 'on the mend' sentiments. Shouldn't horses be taped off by the health and safety Gestapo to keep them clear of the public?  ;)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: REGP on October 08, 2013, 11:33:54 pm
I was sorry to hear about your sisters accident and trust she is on the way to recovery.

I am more inclined to shy away from horses rather than ride them.

As to Sunday, it was good to meet you and get the chance to view your layout Southbridge in the flesh so to speak, so much better than the photos.

Ray
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on January 21, 2014, 06:09:05 pm
Just to let everyone know that Southbridge will be venturing out again over the weekend of 1st/2nd March to the Tenterden show.

Details can be found at http://www.hornbymagazine.com/view_event.asp?ID=1901 (http://www.hornbymagazine.com/view_event.asp?ID=1901)

Just looking at the previous post, readers will be glad to hear that my sister is fine. She has had a very, very lucky escape and she knows it. Thanks for everyone's kind words.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on February 27, 2014, 01:35:29 pm
Southbridge is all packed up ready for the long drive tomorrow evening (One whole mile) to the Tenterden show.

Stock cleaned, loco wheels nice and clean. Lubrication where required.

Oh yes! There's a chance of snow  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 01, 2014, 07:52:41 pm
Had a good day at the Tenterden Show today. No sign of any NGF members but (hopefully) three invites to other shows in the pipeline.

The only down side was the Gauge 1 live steam layout in the same hall. Very dirty wheels at the end of the day as a result and lots of track cleaning required tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: CarriageShed on March 02, 2014, 10:50:24 am
Had a good day at the Tenterden Show today. No sign of any NGF members but (hopefully) three invites to other shows in the pipeline.

The only down side was the Gauge 1 live steam layout in the same hall. Very dirty wheels at the end of the day as a result and lots of track cleaning required tomorrow morning.

Tenterden is quite hard to reach from some parts of Kent. When I used to live in East Kent, it was often quicker to go to London and then to Tenterden. That can be rather off-putting. Anyway, I hope the show was a good one.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 02, 2014, 05:52:40 pm
Good numbers attended today and yes, Tenterden isn't the easiest place to get to if you don't have a car although there is a good bus service from Ashford.

Southbridge behaved itself which is more than can be said for the visiting operators. Never seen a whole rake of open wagons berthed vertically before!  :scowl:

Only one major casualty of the weekend was a Dapol light Prairie whose centre wheels seem to have given up on the idea of turning at the same speed as the others :confused1:

Unless late invites arrive the next outing will be Bexleyheath on 20th and 21st September.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 15, 2014, 07:42:39 pm
Southbridge will be heading off to the Chatham show in a few weeks time.

details at http://www.chatham-mrc.com/show/home.php (http://www.chatham-mrc.com/show/home.php)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Michiel on May 16, 2014, 08:24:05 am
I just discovered this thread. What a beautiful layout you've made! Waaw! Really fantastic. My congratulations!
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: belstone on May 16, 2014, 08:36:07 am
I agree with Michiel.  Lovely layout, instantly recognisable as Great Western territory even without any stock on it.  Scenery has a definite Western feel to it as well.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: PhilD on May 26, 2014, 12:03:42 am
Hello Graham,

What a fantastic layout - any chance of some more photos, including the fiddle yard please? or a track diagram?

Terrific modelling

Phil
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 26, 2014, 08:04:39 am
Phil,
Thankyou. I was going to say "come and see it" but then I noticed it would be a bit of a trip. I'll see what I can do re photos. I'll include the fiddle yard although that's not very inspiring (IMHO).
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on May 26, 2014, 10:52:55 am
I'll see what I can do re photos. I'll include the fiddle yard although that's not very inspiring (IMHO).

Not sure I'd agree there, Graham :-\
There are so many different configurations of fiddle yard you may be surprised who gets a  :idea: moment
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 31, 2014, 08:07:02 pm
Here are a couple of photos of each end of the hidden sidings.

Nothing spectacular. There are three loops for the up line and three loops for the down line.
(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/20140531_094009_zpscb49695d.jpg) (http://s168.photobucket.com/user/Graham1500/media/20140531_094009_zpscb49695d.jpg.html)

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/20140531_093953_zps75e1e1be.jpg) (http://s168.photobucket.com/user/Graham1500/media/20140531_093953_zps75e1e1be.jpg.html)
Each loop can hold two trains each. Each loop has a short isolated section just over a loco length before the fouling point of exit point.

Just over one third of the way along each loop from the entry point is another isolating point. This means that each loop can hold one longer train than would otherwise be possible and one short train. The catch is that you must remember to call the rear train forwards and remember where the long and short trains are.

As the branch only has an auto train on it, it now ends in a dead end under the hidden sidings. Stopping the train in the right place is 100% accurate thanks to a diode. An access hatch gives access for track cleaning and train rescue purposes.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Malc on May 31, 2014, 08:35:19 pm
Looking good Graham, keep up the progress reports
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on May 31, 2014, 08:44:31 pm
Thanks, Graham.
Looks a tidy and practical job :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on June 07, 2014, 06:49:43 pm
A little less than one week to the Chatham Show.

Time to start cleaning wheels and track.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: jonclox on June 07, 2014, 07:02:46 pm
That's a great and well thought out fiddle yard  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on June 14, 2014, 09:13:33 pm
Had a good first day at Chatham today and I've just spent a happy (?) hour or so cleaning wheels. It's quite frightening how dirty the wheels can get in a single day.

First jobs tomorrow will be track cleaning and replacing a push button that has decided not to work every time.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: ColinH2202 on June 14, 2014, 10:26:09 pm
It's quite frightening how dirty the wheels can get in a single day.

Blame it on that live steam layout in the corner  >:D

Forgot to say the 2884 was looking good after its little mishap  :)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on June 15, 2014, 08:51:28 pm
Blame it on that live steam layout in the corner  >:D
Live steam plays havoc with the track. At the Tenterden Show I had to stop operations around 2pm each day to clean the track again. >:(

Forgot to say the 2884 was looking good after its little mishap  :)
Thankyou  :D

Still, today was a good day and we've made it home safely. The next outing is Bexleyheath in September.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 05, 2014, 05:54:57 pm
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :veryangry:

In two weeks time Southbridge heads off to the Bexleyheath show http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/erithmrs/exhibit_bexleyheath.php (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/erithmrs/exhibit_bexleyheath.php) refers.

I've been preparing the layout and, with my hand very close to a signal, I've sneezed  :censored:

Good job I have spares.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on September 05, 2014, 09:08:38 pm
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :veryangry:

In two weeks time Southbridge heads off to the Bexleyheath show [url]http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/erithmrs/exhibit_bexleyheath.php[/url] ([url]http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/erithmrs/exhibit_bexleyheath.php[/url]) refers.

I've been preparing the layout and, with my hand very close to a signal, I've sneezed  :censored:

Good job I have spares.


Good grief! Your nose has come off? :o
Just as well a spare was to hand :sweat:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 05, 2014, 09:29:03 pm
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :veryangry:

In two weeks time Southbridge heads off to the Bexleyheath show [url]http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/erithmrs/exhibit_bexleyheath.php[/url] ([url]http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/erithmrs/exhibit_bexleyheath.php[/url]) refers.

I've been preparing the layout and, with my hand very close to a signal, I've sneezed  :censored:

Good job I have spares.


Good grief! Your nose has come off? :o
Just as well a spare was to hand :sweat:

If only.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 15, 2014, 07:50:48 am
Southbridge is heading off to the Bexleyheath show this weekend http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/erithmrs/exhibit_bexleyheath.php (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/erithmrs/exhibit_bexleyheath.php) refers.

Let the track and wheel cleaning begin!
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 18, 2014, 07:36:35 am
Only two days to go before Bexleyheath.

Anyone going?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 21, 2014, 08:21:10 pm
Back from Bexleyheath and very tired.

Technical problems early on Saturday were resolved which seemed to be caused by something making the track filthy within a few minutes of starting running. I've still no idea what caused it but everything needed to be cleaned twice during the day and all wheels cleaned at home last night. It would be nice to claim there was a live steam layout nearby but there wasn't. Still, I think everyone enjoyed it.

Still trying to figure out why one visitor was disappointed that I wasn't running continental stock (On a GWR steam layout ???)

One loco was declared a failure on Saturday night. An Ixion Manor managed to break both (yes both) it's wires connecting the loco to the tender. Little wonder it ran rough.

Anyway. I have a list of things to attend to before it's next outing which is to Lancing on 8th November.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 20, 2015, 10:06:45 am
For those who wish to see Southbridge, it's next outing is on Saturday 9th May at Watford.

http://www.southwesthertsmrs.org.uk/page4.html (http://www.southwesthertsmrs.org.uk/page4.html) refers.

Currently this will be its only outing for 2015.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 01, 2015, 09:09:42 am
With just over a week to go, wheel cleaning is well underway in preparation of the Watford show.

Don't forget to say hi.

Hopefully the M25 and Dartford crossing will behave.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 07, 2015, 05:04:56 pm
I'm sad to report that an incident occurred in Southbridge Signalbox today.

Whilst attempting to operate the Down Outer Home Signal, a pull of some 1200 yards, the wire broke. The Signalman fell back against the window which, complete with it's frame, fell onto the loop line below. Fortunately the Signalman was able to stop himself from following it.

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u188/Graham1500/20150507_1351151_zpsi4mbjuev.jpg) (http://s168.photobucket.com/user/Graham1500/media/20150507_1351151_zpsi4mbjuev.jpg.html)

Have you ever tried to reinstate one of these windows with the box in position??????????????? ???
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: port perran on May 07, 2015, 07:21:01 pm
I'm glad the signalman was OK.
Hope you get that window back in position OK. I can imagine it's not an easy task.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 08, 2015, 07:18:33 pm
I'm glad to report that the carpenters worked overnight to reinstate the wayward window.

Layout now packed in the car ready for Watford tomorrow.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: port perran on May 08, 2015, 07:37:20 pm
I'm glad to report that the carpenters worked overnight to reinstate the wayward window.

Layout now packed in the car ready for Watford tomorrow.
Hope you have a great show in Watford and get lots of nice comments.
Hopefully everything will work properly when you set up. It's always a tense time when you first switch on with fingers crossed.
Good luck.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: REGP on May 08, 2015, 07:58:14 pm
I'm glad to report that the carpenters worked overnight to reinstate the wayward window.

Layout now packed in the car ready for Watford tomorrow.
But hows the Signalman?
Ray
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 08, 2015, 09:32:02 pm
I'm glad to report that the carpenters worked overnight to reinstate the wayward window.

Layout now packed in the car ready for Watford tomorrow.
Hope you have a great show in Watford and get lots of nice comments.
Hopefully everything will work properly when you set up. It's always a tense time when you first switch on with fingers crossed.
Good luck.

Seconded. Signalboxes are always a challenge to model well.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 09, 2015, 05:16:24 am
The Signalman is fine thanks  :D
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 09, 2015, 09:32:39 pm
Southbridge has now made it back home all safe and sound. My thanks to South West Herts MRS. Hope it was a good show for you.

As usual a couple of Gremlins crept out of the woodwork but they got sorted until I can have a proper look at them.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Atso on May 10, 2015, 03:42:34 pm
Hi Graham,

I was a pleasure to meet you and see Southbridge yesterday. Despite the gremlins the layout was a joy to watch but I can't get over how small it is in the flesh - seems much much bigger in the pictures!

Thanks for the chat and look forward to meeting you again.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Portpatrick on May 10, 2015, 04:25:40 pm
Southbridge has now made it back home all safe and sound. My thanks to South West Herts MRS. Hope it was a good show for you.

As usual a couple of Gremlins crept out of the woodwork but they got sorted until I can have a proper look at them.

Graham

Good to see you and team again.  Also an excellent layout with a clear and consistent "story" - like my own Portpatrick Town.  Perhaps my general roving duties as Hall Manager meant I missed the force of any gremlins.  With Dudley Frey, when we reassembled it in the clubroom after your show we found an electrical fault at the church end which by rights should have brought the whole edifice to a stand before opening at Tonbridge.  Thankfully another fault compensated.   Needless to say I did nothing except watch a back episode of Lewis when I got home.  Glad to be off my feet!  My wife went to get the fish and chips for supper, though she had been busy with the exhibitors lunches, but she was released by 3.30 once that side was cleared up.

Our gate numbers were down on last year, but we still made a respectable surplus.

Colin
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on May 10, 2015, 07:08:58 pm
Went Gremlin hunting today.

The intermittent problem with my single slip turned out to be the Switching on the Seep point motor coming apart so a new point motor is needed.

The problem with another point motor turned out to be a mounting screw working loose! It's a ten minute fix with the baseboard on its side but not the sort of thing you can do in the middle of a show.

In both cases it's essential to keep things moving elsewhere and work out a strategy. It sounds like we got away with it.

Colin, please thank your wife for lunch. Very nice and much appreciated. Shame your numbers were down though.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Bob Tidbury on May 10, 2015, 09:56:37 pm
Your strategy worked , I thought your layout ran very well while I was watching,it looked good as well.
Bob
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on August 18, 2015, 10:33:51 am
There's not been much news from me as I've been busy on the K&ESR. Southbridge has only one outing booked at present - Canterbury in January 2016.

I've (Hopefully) put together a slideshow http://s168.photobucket.com/user/Graham1500/slideshow/Southbridge (http://s168.photobucket.com/user/Graham1500/slideshow/Southbridge) 

Does it work?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on August 18, 2015, 10:50:12 am
Very nice, Graham :thumbsup:
You might want to enter a couple in the Photographic Comp in the 'Model' section and, if you feature the 22xx, you might even get brownie points from the judge ;)
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: JasonBz on August 18, 2015, 01:01:57 pm
Yes it works for me :)
Very nice it looks too.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on January 03, 2016, 09:56:01 am
For those who are interested, Southbridge will be attending the Canterbury show over the weekend of 23rd/24th January 2016.

http://www.ccmrs.ic24.net/Page_4x.html (http://www.ccmrs.ic24.net/Page_4x.html) refers.

Come and say hello.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on January 21, 2016, 03:10:59 pm
For those who are interested, Southbridge will be attending the Canterbury show over the weekend of 23rd/24th January 2016.

[url]http://www.ccmrs.ic24.net/Page_4x.html[/url] ([url]http://www.ccmrs.ic24.net/Page_4x.html[/url]) refers.

Come and say hello.
It's this weekend folks. Come and say hi.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: port perran on January 21, 2016, 06:13:01 pm
Rather a long way for me to be able to attend I'm afraid but good luck and enjoy the show.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on January 26, 2016, 03:29:35 pm
We had a good time at Canterbury. The show was very well attended - even Sunday was busy.

The layout generally behaved well. One point motor got sulky and two locomotives had stage fright but, with plenty of spares available they just got placed in the naughty box.

The next outing currently booked is Redhill on 9th April http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/11721-Event (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/11721-Event) refers.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 20, 2016, 08:13:25 pm
Just to let you know that Southbridge's next outing is to the East Surrey N Gauge Group exhibition on 9th April.

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/12374-EastSurreyNGauge_Exhibition (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/12374-EastSurreyNGauge_Exhibition) refers.

See you there?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on April 05, 2016, 08:16:12 am
Tonight the track and wheel cleaning starts ready for Redhill.

It's truly amazing how much muck builds up during a one day show.

I've also got some new, wider angled LED lights so hopefully the layout will look brighter  8)

See you there.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Gary Burcombe on April 05, 2016, 09:42:46 am
Ditto the positive comments re your lovely layout, maybe one day I'll get to see it in the flesh.  I have an enquiry though.  You tell us how much you are cleaning track and wheels and I am interested in what regimen you have to carry out this onerous task?
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: MrDobilina on April 05, 2016, 09:58:55 am
Looks great, I love how you've managed to squeeze a lot in but left a good amount of room for scenics and flowing country!
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on April 05, 2016, 03:20:17 pm
Ditto the positive comments re your lovely layout, maybe one day I'll get to see it in the flesh.  I have an enquiry though.  You tell us how much you are cleaning track and wheels and I am interested in what regimen you have to carry out this onerous task?
No problem. Let's deal with the track first. Plain track is dealt with by using a standard track rubber. The rubber is moved/rotated so you don't end up with two grooves in it. If that happens you finish up cleaning the sleepers instead of the tops of the rails. Points are dealt with by using a cotton bud dipped in Isopropanol. You can buy this from a chemist but they will probably ask what you need it for. I normally get mine with little trouble as my explanation is met with a "You couldn't make that up" comment. Make sure you have a window open when you use it. The areas between the point blades get treated to a very old burnisher that I was given when I worked as a telephone engineer in the 70's. Sometimes I use a Dentists probe. Finally I have a very old, small, battery vacuum cleaner and all of the track is vacuumed to get rid of any bits of track rubber.

Locomotive wheels are cleaner with a mixture of a Peco wheel  brush and that Isopropanol again. Non driven wheels get the Isopropanol and cotton bud treatment but beware stray strands of the bud.

Wagons/coaches sometimes collect some stubborn much from somewhere. I use a Peco wheel scraper for those. Otherwise it's a thin piece of absorbent paper laid over a piece of plain code 80 track , Isopropanol applied to the areas covering the rails and each wagon/coach run over it with gentle downward pressure.

I don't take the Isopropanol to exhibitions. Upon setup the plain rails get a final clean with a track rubber. Points get cleaned with a fibre pen and that vacuum comes back into use.

After all that, I still get the odd bit of dirt. My pet hate is being in a hall where there is a live steam layout. The oil and grease in the air can foul the layout within a couple of hours and it takes ages to sort out afterwards.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on November 05, 2016, 10:05:17 am
Southbridge will be at Broadstairs over the weekend of 26th/27th November.

http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/events/221377/?key=model-railway-exhibition (http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/events/221377/?key=model-railway-exhibition) refers.

Come and say high. If it arrives in time I intend to run the new Dukedog.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on November 17, 2016, 08:45:54 am
Southbridge will be at Broadstairs over the weekend of 26th/27th November.

[url]http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/events/221377/?key=model-railway-exhibition[/url] ([url]http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/events/221377/?key=model-railway-exhibition[/url]) refers.

Come and say high. If it arrives in time I intend to run the new Dukedog.

The Dukedog will be running.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on November 27, 2016, 08:52:19 pm
Back home from another successful show.

Only one more invite - Pevensey in 2017. Perhaps it's coming to the end of its exhibition life.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Invicta Alec on January 14, 2017, 02:48:59 pm
Just read all 9 pages of this thread.

Thanks Graham, I picked up a couple of invaluable pointers for us novices .

Alec.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on July 14, 2017, 08:25:50 pm
With the summer holidays approaching it's only right that Southbridge has a holiday! So, on Saturday 22nd July were off to Pevensey.

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/14691-ModelRailwayExhibition (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/14691-ModelRailwayExhibition) refers.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 02, 2017, 09:02:27 pm
Having woken up to the fact that Photobucket have changed their t's & c's, I've loaded a few pics onto the forum. They can (Hopefully) be found at http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;su=user;cat=3092;u=298 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;su=user;cat=3092;u=298)

Can someone let me know if the link works please?

Southbridge's next (and possibly last) outing is to Croydon on 7th & 8th October.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: rhysapthomas on September 02, 2017, 09:10:00 pm
The link just worked for me
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Newportnobby on September 02, 2017, 09:28:07 pm
Works fine for me, too, Graham :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 02, 2017, 09:47:51 pm
Many thanks.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on September 30, 2017, 11:10:31 am
Next weekend Southbridge will be at the Croydon MRS exhibition https://www.croydonmrs.org.uk/WhatOn/exhibition.html (https://www.croydonmrs.org.uk/WhatOn/exhibition.html) refers.

Come and say hi.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Bob Tidbury on September 30, 2017, 12:06:39 pm
Hope to see you there both days on the BHE stand as usual.
And the link.worked for me to.
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: Tank on September 30, 2017, 12:32:33 pm
I should be there in the morning, but it's my youngest boys birthday party, so not sure yet.   :-\  Look forward to saying hello again if I do make it.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on October 06, 2017, 07:55:42 pm
Southbridge is now all packed up ready for an early start tomorrow morning. Hope to see everyone at Croydon.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: PhilD on March 26, 2018, 01:39:05 am
Hello Graham,

You've created a beautiful layout there.

Is it possible for you to add some more photos to your gallery - I'd like to see more of the track/point arrangements if possible

Cheers

Phil
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on March 26, 2018, 02:57:42 pm
Hi. I'm away on holiday at the moment but I'll see what I can do when I return.
Title: Re: Southbridge.
Post by: GrahamB on July 13, 2018, 01:04:31 pm
Just to let everyone know that Southbridge will be at Tinkers park over the weekend of 4th/5th August.

https://www.tinkerspark.com/home/model-railways-plus/ (https://www.tinkerspark.com/home/model-railways-plus/) refers.

Come and say hi.