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Title: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 03:54:55 pm
Hi. Having taken the original Geominster as far as possible and learning a terrific amount along the way I felt it time to start afresh. The prospect of the fiddle yard concept Nelevator has opened a lot of avenues to produce a great layout in the small space I have so it made sense to start again with an almost clean slate except of course for the allocation for Nelevator when it arrives. Exciting times  ;D

This is as far as it has got though, apart from the plan of course which I will put here soon.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/11/thumb_32886.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=32886)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on December 13, 2015, 04:03:50 pm
Nice bit of Sundeala George!! Looking forwards to seeing the plan and how you get on with the Nelevator.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 13, 2015, 04:04:39 pm
Thanks for the update, George. I have enjoyed watching your progress with Geominster but I am sure that your new layout will be even better with all that you have learned. I look forward to watching your progress with this new layout.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 04:06:25 pm
Nice bit of Sundeala George!! Looking forwards to seeing the plan and how you get on with the Nelevator.
 :beers:

Thanks Bob, a Christmas startup possibly depending on commitments.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2015, 04:28:56 pm
As a confirmed Sundeala user I like your 'blank canvas', George.
Don't forget to 'condition' the board before you use it (full details can be found on their website)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 04:35:20 pm
As a confirmed Sundeala user I like your 'blank canvas', George.
Don't forget to 'condition' the board before you use it (full details can be found on their website)

It will be a few days before I can do anything with it as I am busy leading into Christmas and it was quite a shape courtesy of Travis Perkins, but cuts very well with little waste, the new layout being approximately 3600mm x 750mm so 3 x 1200mm pieces from the sheet fitted perfectly.  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2015, 04:48:19 pm
Careful use of a circular saw and jig saw (followed by a light filing) can produce good shapes by even one such as I who can turn perfectly good materials into  :poop: :-[
Unless conditioned, it will have a tendency to warp despite cross bracing, though.
If you have bought the 9mm thickness it can also make good platforms of odd shapes if required which then just need topping by some 2mm material e.g. card, plasticard etc.
Please remember if sawing Sundeala to wear a safety mask as the dust is quite hazardous.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 04:56:00 pm
Sounds like a good choice of material then Mick, I thought it was a safe material to use anyway out with the dust mask and steamed up glasses it will be. Offcuts for platforms I had not thought of but sounds really good although I may use mdf I have because I want to bore out some of the base so I can have surface connections for lighting etc. Time will tell I guess.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 05:03:05 pm
The Plan!

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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2015, 05:03:53 pm
Sounds like a good choice of material then Mick, I thought it was a safe material to use anyway out with the dust mask and steamed up glasses it will be. Offcuts for platforms I had not thought of but sounds really good although I may use mdf I have because I want to bore out some of the base so I can have surface connections for lighting etc. Time will tell I guess.

If you possess (or have access to a belt sander) the ramps for platforms can be quite easily formed, George. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2015, 05:06:28 pm
The Plan!

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Very nice! Love those curves (almost as nice as Liz Hurley) :D ;)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 05:07:19 pm
I do indeed Mick along with far too many other tools and machinery being a retired carpenter & joiner.  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 05:08:59 pm
The Plan!

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

Very nice! Love those curves (almost as nice as Liz Hurley) :D ;)

The previous layout was far too train set so I also wanted a sweeping facia so by following the tracks I get some room space centrally and also not so much scenic work  :laugh3:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on December 13, 2015, 05:21:09 pm
The Plan!

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

Very nice! Love those curves (almost as nice as Liz Hurley) :D ;)

The previous layout was far too train set so I also wanted a sweeping facia so by following the tracks I get some room space centrally and also not so much scenic work  :laugh3:
Looking good George. I'm guessing those curves at the end are radius 2 or 3 (or there abouts). They look really tight on my layout and I've hidden those curves. Might be worth thinking about some way to break up the look of those tight curves.
Love the station area and a nice big area to show off your locos.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 05:55:15 pm
Hi Bob, they are radius 3 and 4 and will be on view but I hope to put a road bridge on one or both so partly concealing the full extent of the curve. I have the suspension bridge to use if I can and was thinking an end to end going nowhere automatic controlled back and forth loco maybe. Not keen on tunnels but I may create an embankment alongside one curve and take the focal point off the track. I am hoping to build an easy access trouble free layout. I hope the sweeping station area is a big focal point. Nelevator has created ideas I would never have thought of. I must confess that there has also been a lot of input from a good friend who has stimulated ideas and I have found an extra pair of eyes a great help. Thanks Tim.  :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on December 13, 2015, 05:58:51 pm
Hi Bob, they are radius 3 and 4 and will be on view but I hope to put a road bridge on one or both so partly concealing the full extent of the curve. I have the suspension bridge to use if I can and was thinking an end to end going nowhere automatic controlled back and forth loco maybe. Not keen on tunnels but I may create an embankment alongside one curve and take the focal point off the track. I am hoping to build an easy access trouble free layout. I hope the sweeping station area is a big focal point. Nelevator has created ideas I would never have thought of. I must confess that there has also been a lot of input from a good friend who has stimulated ideas and I have found an extra pair of eyes a great help. Thanks Tim.  :beers:
Sounds good George. I'm sure what you've planned will help break up those curves. Whats next on your agenda??
 :) :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 13, 2015, 06:10:59 pm
I think actually getting the layout board built would be best Bob  :) , then I could lay the front curved track and shape the facia to follow it.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 13, 2015, 11:13:58 pm
 :hellosign: nice plan George, looking forward to seeing this take shape.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Jimmy77 on December 16, 2015, 02:54:19 pm
Looks like a really nice plan, good luck with the build!

Cheers,

Jimmy
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 27, 2015, 07:08:05 am
I have finally found the time to dismantle and remove the remainder of the previous Geominster Layout and started work on the new one. I have decided on Sundeala surface on 9mm MDF cut into 120mm strips forming a good strong framework, I drilled the braces to allow the wiring to be neatly passed through and also to reduce some of the weight. The beginning of the assembly placed on the floor and screwed together.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33437.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33437)


A few of the cross braces fitted and the formation of the support for the Nelevation Fiddle Yard.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33438.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33438)


The first of the Sundeala boards resting in place on the framework trialing the actual fit in my Railway Room. I was disappointed at this stage by the way the Sundeala had curled but it was the best board that the Supplier had at the time. I am hoping it will fix down nice and flat as I do have a lot of braces on the frame for screwing it in position.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33439.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33439)


All three boards in position with just four screws in each holding them on place. I am satisfied now that by screwing the Sundeala down at approximately 150mm centres to the framework that it will lay flat, I tried holding the curled edges by hand and they are extremely easy to go into place.  :laughabovepost:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33440.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33440)


Beginning the track laying, it is so simple pushing the fixing pins into the baseboard after using plywood on the previous project, this is definitely an improvement. The track is being loose laid to check the positioning of the point motors does not conflict with any braces which at this stage are easily moved aside as they have screwed and not been glued.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33441.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33441)


More track in position, this is the way to go. I will be fitting the point motors directly to the underside of the point and drilling a 40mm hole through the baseboard the centre determined by the spindle hole of the point.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33442.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33442)


The sweeping curve of the track through the new Geominster with one of the two 8 car FGW HST's scheduled for use in position to compare size with available space. It looks promising to me with just another 5 tracks to lay in parallel. The front fascia of Geominster will be shaped to follow the curve of the nearmost track. The switch control panel will be fitted into the curved panel along with the NCE Powercab outlets, The main power switches will be easily accessed in the front flat fascia on the right side.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33444.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33444)


A close up of FGW HST looking impressive, I think this will be a good layout both in terms of looks and usability.



Today I hope to add the rest of the track and pilot drill the point motor centres and the actual track footprint. As I detest ballasting I will be using as before the Javis granite mat under the entire track, this I found very successful previously and also will allow me to conceal the point motor hole. The track will then be removed, the Sundeala removed and any braces requiring adjustment to allow the fitting of the point motors without obstruction. Then I can put in the power supplies and bus wires. The point motors will be wired using spade connectors and connected to the DCC decoders as before, no soldering needed. I intend having a power block accessible from above probably concealed by some buildings so that any lighting cabling can be threaded through and connected from above.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on December 27, 2015, 08:10:25 am
Looks like you've been really busy George. I'm totally impressed by your wood working skills. I wouldn't have the skill or patience to get my baseboard work looking as professional as yours.
Those long sweeping runs are gonna look great, especially once a bit of the scenic work is done.
You've given me a bit of incentive to crack on with my track wiring now having seen how far you've got in such a short time.
Happy new year George and look forward to seeing the next installment of your work.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 27, 2015, 08:34:16 am
Thank you Bob, a Happy New Year to you as well, it has been frustrating lately waiting to get started but it has given me time to think. I learnt a lot from my earlier efforts and I am trying to address the issues that let it down. I decided on a level baseboard and will introduce a few differing levels through scenery. Ultimately I want to see trains running hence the long sweeping front, there will be six lines through there so I hope to have movement fairly continuously.

Now that the Christmas rush at work is passed I am only wanted two days a week it will give me time for trains and other things. I hope to complete the track laying today and mark everything ready to uplift and commence wiring.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 27, 2015, 09:57:42 am
Great to see the progress being made, George, although I'm sure you'd prefer to have more work and less modelling time. I think we're in for a treat as the layout develops.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 27, 2015, 02:23:52 pm
  :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:  Looking good so far George, nice woodwork.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 29, 2015, 02:51:30 pm
Very good to see such fast progress, George. I'm sure that this new layout will look excellent.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 30, 2015, 07:21:33 am
Some more progress made over the holiday

All the boards are fixed down and an access panel to the electrical connections made so all the connecting can be done from above the baseboard, wires from lighting etc can be passed through the board from above and fed through to the access panel and simply connected.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33531.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33531)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33528.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33528)

The wiring blocks controlled by switches in the fascia panel for lighting etc.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33529.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33529)

Close up of the panel removed, this will be concealed by a lift off scenic section.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33530.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33530)

Baseboard with the transformers and basic wiring attached, the DCC Bus will be fitted after the dropper wires have been attached to the track and the Point Motors DCC Bus will be connected once the point motors attached to the points have been fitted from above, Peco points will be used and wired via small spade connections which saves soldering onto the point motor.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33527.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33527)

All ready now for track laying after the front curved fascia panel has been fitted with the switch panel attached and the controller outlets.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 30, 2015, 08:23:02 am
Thanks for the detailed update, George. Highly impressive work.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on December 30, 2015, 08:58:05 am
and you always tell me I have too much time ;), well done George, start is brilliant.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 30, 2015, 01:07:50 pm
well done George, start is brilliant.

Seconded. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 30, 2015, 07:10:25 pm
and you always tell me I have too much time ;), well done George, start is brilliant.


and too much money  :-X

Thank you, I just hope it all works Ok.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on December 30, 2015, 07:18:34 pm
and you always tell me I have too much time ;), well done George, start is brilliant.


and too much money  :-X

Thank you, I just hope it all works Ok.
Amazing progress George - I really need to get my finger out and get on with my layout. Great stuff. :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 30, 2015, 07:22:42 pm
The last two days at work taking stock to Knightsbridge for the green bag buying brigade. Now a few jobs at home and back on with Geominster, I think the front fascia and switch panel need completing then onto track laying.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 30, 2015, 11:04:03 pm
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:     cracking start George all looking good, admire your speed & tidyness.
regards Derek
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mustermark on December 30, 2015, 11:37:34 pm
Very nice neat work George. Great progress.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 02, 2016, 07:14:52 pm
Some more progress on Geominster, I have now completed the curved fascia and fitted the NCE Powercab sockets along with the switch panel for controlling the supplies to the track and four other outlets probably mainly lighting. The fascia now needs screw heads filling and painting but this will wait until the track is laid.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33655.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33655)


I started track laying today, I have decided on Javis granite mat, I like the colour and also the relative simplicity of ballasting, I have decided this time to mount the point motors directly to the points so this requires a hole be drilled in the baseboard which I will conceal later. The benefits of fitting the motors directly being that it is easier to align them and on test they give a resounding snap when changing. I have numbered all the points with the proposed decoder number for simplicity later, I am also using as before crimped spade connections to the motor which saves soldering.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33656.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33656)

The track laid so far complete with work in progress mess. The granite mat will be trimmed and shrubbery added to conceal point motors.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 02, 2016, 11:05:50 pm
Nice work, George :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on January 02, 2016, 11:14:15 pm
Yup, very neat.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Webbo on January 03, 2016, 12:03:18 am
George, I very much like your attention you have paid to layout table design and wiring strategy to ensure relatively easy and straightforward implementation of your layout's electrics. All of this seems like a whole lot of extra work at the beginning, but I'm sure that anyone who has struggled with wiring systems under baseboards appreciates what you have done. Personally, I dislike the wiring tasks on my layout, not because the electrics are difficult, but because crouching down and having to fiddle with something just above my head hurts. Perhaps I should have designed myself a special chair on wheels for under the table that I could sit in while performing these tasks.

I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on this layout.

Webbo
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2016, 12:11:43 am
Agree with all of Webbo's comments above. Working under the layout is a real pain and not getting easier as the years roll on.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 03, 2016, 06:37:42 am
Agree with all of Webbo's comments above. Working under the layout is a real pain and not getting easier as the years roll on.

Thanks Webbo and Bealman for your kind compliments it has added work at the layout stage but hopefully payback time is in the not too distant future.
As some of you who followed my earlier layout thread will know I used to be a carpenter who worked on kitchens and bathrooms and having spent most of my life trying to work in a cupboard or under a bath I know only too well how difficult it is. Add in my advancing years and less suppleness it makes any way of avoiding inverted working a big must have so a lot of thought has been built into avoiding this. The entire board will need to be lifted onto the back edge for fitting the DCC bus wires and DCC Point Decoders but that should not be too difficult and working in a standing position. The lighting items will be fitted from above when ready and the same process will apply to threading them through to the control panel and then they can be fitted from above.

Any additional items needed will be again fitted from above and the wiring threaded through and pushed upwards through the control panel from below.

I really want to complete this layout without the dread of having to face tasks that would make me want to delay anything making the whole build a pleasure without chores. To date that has been the case, I did not really want to fit the fascias yet but by doing so the electric panels are done and wired, in fact if I connect any of the dropper wires I can test drive what has already been done. I just need to slacken the switch panels to paint behind and the fascias will be complete but at the moment the risk of dirty fingers will mark clean paintwork.

Hoping for some more progress today .....
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 04, 2016, 06:58:27 am
Some more track laying today, the dropper wires all fitted as the track is laid.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33749.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33749)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33750.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33750)

Platforms will be where the wood blocks are. I need to fix the other return end before laying any more mainline track.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 16, 2016, 06:54:58 am
I have made quite good progress over the past week, all the dropper wires connected to the bus,  the points wired and connected to the DCC Decoder PCB's and the Hornby Railmaster also connected to the Decoders as well, wires all tidied and strapped.

I plugged in the NCE Powercab and SB5 but somewhere there is a track short. As I used pre soldered fishplates for the dropper wires they are nicely concealed beneath the track, useless for trying to sort out whic or where I have created a short, I have disconnected a number of the droppers and the short seems to have stopped, I ran out of decent daylight yesterday so had to stop and will continue later today. Sorting out the short circuit seems a massive task as it is compounded because the points direct a circuit to whichever direction they are set, I think the best way to track this out is to visually inspect each set of dropper wires from the top and try and establish how or why this has happened, and of course put it right.

I wouldn't mind but I was careful to keep the dropper wires the correct polarity, well I thought I was!

 :confused2:

Hopefully the next post will be positive with updated photographs.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on January 16, 2016, 07:19:59 am
i know the feeling, hope you can get its sorted today
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 16, 2016, 07:38:12 am
i know the feeling, hope you can get its sorted today

Thanks Maurits, spoilt yesterday and I am off to Astolat Show in Guildford this morning but back on the case after lunch.  :worried:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 16, 2016, 10:52:30 pm
Mimic panel done and ready to allocate the DCC point codes.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34331.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34331)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 16, 2016, 11:33:43 pm
 :hellosign: George best of luck with wiring, panel looks good thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 16, 2016, 11:55:29 pm
:hellosign: George best of luck with wiring, panel looks good thanks for sharing
regards Derek.

Hi Derek, thanks. The points are all wired to the decoders and ready to go, the decoder bus wire is in, just needed Railmaster drawn which it is now and hopefully the points will perform.

Just a small issue with track power at the moment which hopefully can resolve tomorrow.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 21, 2016, 09:17:23 pm
Hi, an update. The track power issue is now resolved, there was a short circuit somewhere that needed all the dropper wires disconnected and systematically reconnected and in doing so I managed to cross two of the dropper wires into the DCC point decoder bus!
Sorted now and works a dream, far better than my previous layout and so nice to have the space to run good length trains. The points are all connected to Railmaster and all work with the exception of one which only throws in one direction, I think I will need to change the point motor, I have plenty spare from the old layout.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34601.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34601)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34603.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34603)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34604.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34604)

Platform templates made and the Mainline can accommodate an eight coach and two car FGW HST!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34605.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34605)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34606.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34606)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34607.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34607)

The cardboard template at the back of the Heritage Line is the mock up for a higher level road that will continue across the rear and down to the station areas hiding the bottom two tracks of the Nelevator and reduce the visual impact of the curved tracks at each end.


Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on January 21, 2016, 09:23:42 pm
Looking good George - things are progressing fast. One problem though, there's not a single kettle in sight!! How can you live with that Sir. (and I'm not talking the tea making variety of kettle!)
Seriously  - nice work.
 :D :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 21, 2016, 09:29:14 pm
Looking good George - things are progressing fast. One problem though, there's not a single kettle in sight!! How can you live with that Sir. (and I'm not talking the tea making variety of kettle!)
Seriously  - nice work.
 :D :beers:

Thanks Bob, I did have a good running session with City of Bradford, A2 Peppercorn and Duchess of Hamilton all going round, didn't take a photo and now back safely in boxes while building work continues. Tornado did not make it as there seems to be part of the rods come adrift from the wheels, not sure I can fix it so may need despatching to GF.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 21, 2016, 09:31:53 pm
 :hellosign: George  :greatpicturessign:  & all is looking superb, glad electrics are sorted thanks for sharing, Love the blues.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on January 21, 2016, 09:35:49 pm
Really coming along!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 21, 2016, 09:56:29 pm
Especially for Bob Austin

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34609.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34609)

 :D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: LittleDan on January 21, 2016, 10:00:23 pm
Looking good George (better to comment here than keep emailing huh?) :wave: I do agree a full HST set does look impressive, hopefully be some TGS's for those soon...  :angel:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 21, 2016, 10:08:20 pm
Looking good George (better to comment here than keep emailing huh?) :wave: I do agree a full HST set does look impressive, hopefully be some TGS's for those soon...  :angel:

I think the carriages with lighting looks great but not so keen on them standing in sidings alight so the Nelevator will be good as the only tracks live are the two base ones, so while not on the layout they are not glowing.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on January 21, 2016, 10:24:25 pm
On the way home from Barrier Reef yesterday we passed heaps of empty trains standing in sidings all lit up. Mind you, they were electic commuter sets, a bit different to a stand-alone rake of coaches, I guess.

While I'm here, welcome to the NGF, LittleDan!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: petercharlesfagg on January 22, 2016, 09:25:10 am
Hello George,

Yet another of those situations where the sheer quantity of threads and layout owners updates get ahead of my visits!

I must admit to not visiting your efforts before, which is really bad form because your layout is very impressive.  (I mean that it isn't flannel!)

One day soon I hope to be posting images of my own feeble efforts with a new baseboard etc. but in the meanwhile I take inspiration from yours.

Regards, Peter.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 22, 2016, 08:30:44 pm
A couple more photos, I managed to get two more Auto Ballasters to complete the rake, I have been looking for these for ages. Due to a rather severe back pain I have just been taking it easy for a few days, no over reaching or bending, now on the mend I hope to do some more on Monday.

They look fantastic on the track, I have plans for filling them with ballast ready for service.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34624.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34624)

The raised area at the rear will be a higher level street scene.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34625.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34625)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 22, 2016, 09:25:48 pm
Hi George

Another fan of the Auto Ballesters here  :thumbsup:

I bagged myself a rake when they first came out, encouraged by the Mrs-to-be ("If there a good price you will only regret it if you don't now").

Right at the end of me era, but as you say really excellent models.

Like the good Mr C F above, I appreciate this thread and if it was possible would have it on my "NGF Fav" list.

Especially looking forward to seeing the Nelavator.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on January 22, 2016, 09:34:10 pm
comming along nicely George. like the sexi curves
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 22, 2016, 09:42:38 pm
comming along nicely George. like the sexi curves

Thanks Maurits but not as curvy as your Helix.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 22, 2016, 09:44:42 pm
"Especially looking forward to seeing the Nelavator."


So am I, it will be a great feature and dispense with a lot of storage boxes also.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 22, 2016, 10:56:12 pm
 :hellosign: george, take it easy your progress is looking superb,  :greatpicturessign:  thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 09, 2016, 07:35:48 am
Due to a rather busy schedule very little progress has been made until yesterday when I finally managed to get the shaped platforms edged with stone paper and the surfaces completed with black mountboard and cut the vinyl tape for the platform edges. Fitted ten station lights to the Heritage Line platform and now just need to straighten the track alongside and also some of the lights need straightening and aligning. Wiring should be simply be placed into the groove cut in the platform base and connected back to the supply by just two wires.

Geominster wall plaque.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35276.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35276)

Proposed wall supporting high level road behind the Heritage Station.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35277.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35277)

MDF shaped platforms awaiting finishing
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35278.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35278)

Platform wall and top surface, will weather any joins.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35279.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35279)

Platform ready to be wired and fitted, track aligned to platform edges, vinyl white self adhesive edging lines, the Mainline will also have the yellow safety lines fitted.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35280.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35280)

I now hope to get on and finish all three platforms and connect lights etc.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 09, 2016, 08:11:57 am
Thanks for the update, George. Your platforms look very good, particularly the surfacing and white lines. I really should do the same for mine at Cant Cove.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 10, 2016, 11:48:38 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: George, impressive platforms thanks for the update
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 15, 2016, 07:48:45 pm
A little more progress the last couple of days as Geominster now has two Mainline and one Heritage Line complete with ten streetlights to each, I hope to connect them to the power tomorrow but having tested they all work and look great and just need plug in terminal blocks to illuminate! Photo tomorrow all being well taken in the dark of course.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 15, 2016, 09:19:46 pm
Thanks for the update, George. I look forward to the pictures in due course.
Best wishes,
Chris
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on February 15, 2016, 09:26:05 pm
 :photospleasesign: :photospleasesign: :photospleasesign: :photospleasesign:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 15, 2016, 09:45:57 pm
:photospleasesign: :photospleasesign: :photospleasesign: :photospleasesign:

Lol, tomorrow after dark! After wiring them into the power circuit in daylight. :sorrysign:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 16, 2016, 06:30:24 pm
As promised and especially for Maurits here are some shots of the platform lighting at Geominster.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35513.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35513)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35514.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35514)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35515.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35515)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35518.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35518)

Still some work to do aligning the lamp heads and platform furniture but now I have working light to see better :-)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on February 16, 2016, 09:28:13 pm
Excellent job of both the lights and the platform linings, George :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 16, 2016, 09:30:29 pm
Excellent job of both the lights and the platform linings, George :thumbsup:

Thanks Mick, sorry if the lights are a bit bright, I hope they didn't hurt your eyes. Good to hear from you again and I wish you a speedy recovery to your normal wit and charm. Not many follow my build so your comments are much appreciated. :)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on February 16, 2016, 09:46:23 pm
Very impressive, especially the third photo. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 16, 2016, 09:48:38 pm
Thanks for the update, George. You have done a superb job with both the platform lights and the platforms; the linings are really excellent, too. Already it is looking highly realistic. However, you've given me another reminder to get my landlord round to wire up my track and platform lights!
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 17, 2016, 02:17:57 pm
 :hellosign: A big  :thumbsup: George, nice lights, look spot on thanks for the update
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 19, 2016, 09:00:08 am
Time to go.

I posted just one photograph of my platform lighting effort on a Facebook Group and in two days has had 60 Likes and 12 Comments, this thread and post with far more detail and description of things has had a mere couple of thanks and a couple of comments from the few that actually follow my progress.

Such a shame but seems a complete waste of time resizing pictures etc for such little response. It is not encouraging, so a big Thanks to everyone that took the time to read and help me this far.

Bye, regards, George
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 19, 2016, 09:54:07 am
Good morning George, I really enjoy your updates. As has been remarked before, elsewhere on the NGF, far more people watch and read than post thank you's or responses. I do hope that you will continue to post.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: 25901JFM on February 19, 2016, 10:46:48 pm
Hi George  :sorrysign: I have to say I am very guilty of following posts and not actually commenting or giving thanks.  Whilst I'm on Facebook, I am not a big user of it.  That said I am a member of the NGF group on there.  I'll be sorry not to see any further developments on here, but if myself and others lurking in the background participated more...
John
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 19, 2016, 11:04:13 pm
 Thanks John.

If you or any others silent or otherwise want to watch developments then Geominster is the Facebook page, it is closed group so you will just need to request to be invited from that page.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: 25901JFM on February 19, 2016, 11:14:53 pm
Thanks John.

If you or any others silent or otherwise want to watch developments then Geominster is the Facebook page, it is closed group so you will just need to request to be invited from that page.

I am already on the Facebook group so will give it a look the next time I go on there, it may actually get to go on Facebook a bit more often.

John
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 19, 2016, 11:16:50 pm
Sadly it has far more activity than Forums these days. Check it out.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: LittleDan on February 20, 2016, 08:58:13 am
George, agreed as above I do have a habit of sitting in the background and watching, shame there will be no more updates. As one of the minority that doesn't use Facebook I will be unable to keep up with you progress. :-(

LD
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: railsquid on February 20, 2016, 09:20:16 am
As fate would have it, I was catching up on this thread yesterday on the train and went to the trouble of scrolling back up to the top of a post to add a thank you (definitely an argument for the button to be at the bottom of a post), but didn't get see this page. Oh well.

FWIW I post pictures of my layout here as it makes a good record of progress, it's a bonus if anyone else comments/thanks. If I want the instant gratification of likes etc. I go to Facebook.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on February 20, 2016, 10:53:47 am
George, your layout is great. Please don't rate your abilities on internet likes or thank you's!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 20, 2016, 11:48:57 am
 :hellosign:  :thankyousign: for sharing your layout on the forum George. I for one really enjoy seeing your progress. I am not on Facebook so will be disappointed if you no longer post on here
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on February 20, 2016, 12:47:01 pm
Sorry, George, but your decision to only post progress on Facebook has lost you a keen follower as I'll never be found on Facebook.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: 25901JFM on February 20, 2016, 03:57:34 pm
Just had a nose at the FB group.  Personally I prefer the forum as you have a thread to follow for peoples projects & discussions.  Not being an avid FB user it appears to be just a bunch of random postings which makes it difficult to follow someones progress as all their post are not together.  Then there is the time factor; there just are not enough hours to browse in so many different locations.  Whilst I'm guilty of not participating enough on here, I do enjoy the postings that the dedicated members of this forum produce.  The fact that several contributors around the UK and the world can even "virtually" link their layouts makes for some very interesting reading and I really hope this continues!  Now I just need to get my act together and get something planned, the space has been identified I just need to find the time and get my brain in to gear.  Actually I think it may need a jump start before getting it in to gear...
Definitely disappointed that I won't be able to follow Georges progress on here any more.
John
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on February 20, 2016, 06:14:01 pm
I too read the majority of posts here but certainly am unable to reply to them all. I have a thread here that is read by several but only a few post. It does not concern me as those who want to post, will, and the posts I make hopefully help others. I find this a great community where answers can be found and questions put without fear of seeming stupid. I do not like nor use Facebook so I'm afraid I wont be able to follow your progress.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 20, 2016, 06:42:15 pm
Sorry, George, but your decision to only post progress on Facebook has lost you a keen follower as I'll never be found on Facebook.

Sorry Mick but it is a far more active community, my Facebook page is closed so only those that I know will ever see it, that way it is not open to some of the abuse Facebook is known for. This Forum unfortunately is read but not replied, I will miss you also and if you want to see Geominster on Facebook let me know and I will gladly grant access to you or anyoe else who wants to follow the progress. Chris from Prague is a regular there now, he said he ddnt do Facebook either. Times change you know.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 20, 2016, 06:43:06 pm
I too read the majority of posts here but certainly am unable to reply to them all. I have a thread here that is read by several but only a few post. It does not concern me as those who want to post, will, and the posts I make hopefully help others. I find this a great community where answers can be found and questions put without fear of seeming stupid. I do not like nor use Facebook so I'm afraid I wont be able to follow your progress.

Not a problem at all just a far more active Community.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 20, 2016, 07:35:01 pm
Well, actually, I use Facebook for non-model railway posts, George and am not on it a soften as I am here.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on February 20, 2016, 10:24:22 pm
george, are we posting for the likes and the comments or to enjoy our readers ?

I personnaly post to enjoy people and I am not super bothered if people don't say thank you. it's a bit down to the style of the forum, the next buttom is underneath a post and to say thank you you have to go up.

I normally enjoy what somebody is posting, click next and off to the next poster.

regarding comments, again if somebody has something usefull to say great but a whole treat with only thank you for posting and great is also a bit boring, not talking about all sorts of non topic related answers

hopefully you see my point, see the read counter on your topic and you know that a lot of people are following you.

and btw, your platform lights are looking great , its about time that you start ballasting instead of beeing Mr grumpy
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 20, 2016, 10:33:23 pm
Changes nothing Maurits, I say thanks and comment frequently, just a courtesy thing nothing to do with grumpy at all. All the ballasting that is likely to be done has been.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on February 21, 2016, 08:26:24 am
george, are we posting for the likes and the comments or to enjoy our readers ?

I personnaly post to enjoy people and I am not super bothered if people don't say thank you. it's a bit down to the style of the forum, the next buttom is underneath a post and to say thank you you have to go up.

I normally enjoy what somebody is posting, click next and off to the next poster.

regarding comments, again if somebody has something usefull to say great but a whole treat with only thank you for posting and great is also a bit boring, not talking about all sorts of non topic related answers

hopefully you see my point, see the read counter on your topic and you know that a lot of people are following you.

and btw, your platform lights are looking great , its about time that you start ballasting instead of beeing Mr grumpy
I think this post pretty much echoes my feeling also George.
I follow your posts on Geominster and many other layouts with interest but don't feel the need to say thanks to every post or to receive thanks for my posts.
I don't do facebook, like many others here, and it will be a shame if we can no longer see your work on this forum.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Tank on February 21, 2016, 10:28:22 am
Sadly it has far more activity than Forums these days. Check it out.

None of the Facebook groups get more activity than here.  Both the forum and Facebook have their pro's and cons.  If you want instant gratification for your photo's then I agree that FB is the way to go, but if you like to keep your layout as a thread so folk can follow your progress over the months/years, then the NGF is the way to go.  The NGF is a long term way to show off your skills.  It would be great if members on here would comment more on the layout threads, but I think that's the pro of FB in that it's instant to hit 'Like' or type and hit enter.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: wreck on February 21, 2016, 11:15:39 am
I am a reasonable new member and among the many silent admirers on this and many other threads on the forum.

Being new to the hobby, the forum is an invaluable resource of information from people like yourself who provide inspiration and "this is how I did this" information, which unfortunately, will most likely get lost in all the other Facebook posts.

I didn't even realise the Forum had its own Facebook page.  :uneasy: So I am not sure if the post you are referring to was on the forums Facebook page or another group on Facebook, but I couldn't find it after joining the Fb group  :worried:

As Tank already said, the mediums of the forums and facebook are very different, and it will be a sad loss to a very fine layout thread. I hope I can find your posts on Facebook but will continue to follow the layout threads here as a fantastic source of what can be achieved - hopefully I will start my own when I stop procrastinating and reading everyone else's threads, and also come out of the shadows in appreciation of the time and work that others put towards their forum threads.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: jonclox on February 21, 2016, 02:35:29 pm
I don't do Farcebook or Twotter and have no intention of joining either especially as some people would expect to be praised and grovelled to whenever they made a post.
So sorry I may look as if Ive no interest but I`ll stick to this forum   :(
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: MrDobilina on April 29, 2016, 04:49:28 pm
Looks like the layout was going well, shame to hear that you've gone for the lazy (by this I mean that you decided not to take the time to upload photos to imgur, postimg, or any of the dozens of image hosting sites if you were having issues here, seriously you go to all the trouble of planning and making a great looking layout and fall at the last hurdle when you come to show off your work to the world? really?) and instant gratification route rather than using the forums to advance your and our own knowledge.

Such a shame that I will not be able to learn more from this post as I was just looking into Sundeala board and their cost and eco effectiveness compared to ply or other wood after reading through this thread.

Hope that it is going well and you are still enjoying it.

Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on April 29, 2016, 07:58:28 pm
I am indeed still enjoying the building of Geominster, not done very much lately due to work commitments and the delay in Nelevator arriving. A shame that you never got to express your opinion while reading the posts, the silent followers only had to chip in and tick a box to encourage continuation of the progress of the build. Nothing to do with gratification but just satisfying to receive encouragement like a few good people did. A bit like playing football in front of a silent crowd it needs input to create the atmosphere. Good luck with your layout and I hope you find time to post your progress I am sure it will be of great interest to many.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: MrDobilina on April 29, 2016, 08:06:55 pm
I am indeed still enjoying the building of Geominster, not done very much lately due to work commitments and the delay in Nelevator arriving. A shame that you never got to express your opinion while reading the posts, the silent followers only had to chip in and tick a box to encourage continuation of the progress of the build. Nothing to do with gratification but just satisfying to receive encouragement like a few good people did. A bit like playing football in front of a silent crowd it needs input to create the atmosphere. Good luck with your layout and I hope you find time to post your progress I am sure it will be of great interest to many.

Will do :)

Just to point out I only joined in March so missed the whole thread
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on April 29, 2016, 08:16:47 pm
The entire thread is still visible along with the fore runner Geominster where many lessons were learned culminating in dismantling it and starting over.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: MrDobilina on April 29, 2016, 08:48:25 pm
The entire thread is still visible along with the fore runner Geominster where many lessons were learned culminating in dismantling it and starting over.
Cool thanks

Just wanted to make sure you knew I wasn't a silent participant as I only found it today :) still love it. Have you added ballast?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on April 29, 2016, 09:34:53 pm
well time for some updates then George ;)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on April 29, 2016, 10:30:56 pm
well time for some updates then George ;)

Hello Maurits, there are updates on my layout Facebook page if you want to see how it is going, as said before it is a closed group just ask to join, that way those interested can follow but the topic remains free of stupid comments so associated with Facebook. Geominster is the Facebook page just search for it if you want. Thanks, George
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 29, 2016, 07:05:29 am
A lot of work has been done to Geominster behind the scenes in the past few months, mainly planning and thinking.

I have also returned to part time work which has meant less time than I had last summer.

I have been accumulating some locomotives I wanted and have a good excuse to run on my Heritage section. Time maybe for an update shortly with news of where I have progressed to. There are a huge number of photos to resize and post which maybe of interest.

I will endeavour to do this over the next few days.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 29, 2016, 08:55:53 am
Good to 'hear' from you, again, George. I'm really looking forward to seeing all those photos. of your stock additions on your layout.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 29, 2016, 09:37:03 am
As someone who will resist Facebook until I shuffle off this mortal coil I'd very much appreciate seeing your pics, George.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 29, 2016, 10:17:32 am
As someone who will resist Facebook until I shuffle off this mortal coil I'd very much appreciate seeing your pics, George.

Very pleased you haven't shuffled yet Mick.  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 29, 2016, 03:10:01 pm
Well the long overdue update. Where do I really begin? Firstly I have been busy at work with the Summer Sale at Harrods, I have been trunking into Knightsbridge from Thatcham twice a day in the 18 tonne truck. I have also made several decisions regarding Geominster locomotives and rolling stock and what I want to run. The Heritage Line which started as an idea has developed into something of an obsession and I have bought several Steam Locomotives which initially I decided I preferred Diesel but with this layout i can have the best of both. I have bought about 12 two aspect signals for the Mainline and a couple of semaphore signals for reality in the Heritage section, all working or will be when installed. I have been waiting for the arrival of Nelevator the vertical fiddle yard around which Geominster was designed last September and have been treading water slightly waiting for it to be manufactured. As I still have a lot of work to do underside of the layout I still needed to separate it from Nelevator so I could upturn it for wiring etc. So I decided to build the support for Nelevator as a shelf, fixed securely to the wall and a cutout in the baseboard of Geominster that slotted around it.

Well Nelevator arrived a couple of weeks ago and fitted perfectly into the shelf, I had intended to connect the four tracks into and out of by sliding extending track but it proved too fiddly and likely to cause derailments so I simply attached four lengths code 55 track which clips perfectly into the Nelevator track clips as it was designed to. I just need to disconnect these four short pieces of tracks and Geominster is separated. I intend fitting a lot of the electrical items from above then upending and connect the layout in one swoop.

So, Nelevator quite simply is brilliant, OK not cheap but easy to use once the levels are adjusted to compensate for the weight of locomotives etc and I now have access to twenty tracks loaded with my stock, additionally I can admire what I have in the display case that encloses it. Being new I have been testing the operation and all that remains to add are the front and rear perspex covers which are on the way here as I write this update.

Having access to all my stock means I have discovered so many items forgotten about so some will be sold and others used for the first time. I still have a few levels to fill and I do of course need to create realistic rakes, to date I have concentrated in filling Nelevator and of course testing the locomotives and am happy to report very few problems with either the layout or Nelevator.

Some of the new arrivals along with views of nearly filled Nelevator.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/2383-290616145523.jpeg (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/2383-290616145523.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/2383-290616145523.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=41485)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/2383-290616145712.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=41486)

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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 29, 2016, 03:34:58 pm
 :laugh3:

Well that was worth the wait!

First N'elavator I have seen installed on a layout and it looks great. I had a good look at TINGS and Warley last year, would love one.

Thanks very much for posting  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 29, 2016, 03:53:48 pm
:laugh3:

Well that was worth the wait!

First N'elavator I have seen installed on a layout and it looks great. I had a good look at TINGS and Warley last year, would love one.

Thanks very much for posting  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk

That is because it is the first one off the production line. It has taken a lot of track design to accommodate it but it does look great, when the covers arrive and I get it all loaded up again I will put photos up with the name proudly showing.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 29, 2016, 03:55:56 pm
Fantastic to see the Nelevator 'loaded up' and I'm so pleased you're happy with it.
The layout is looking good and I so envy you those long curves :envy:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 29, 2016, 04:06:24 pm
When I get Nelevator loaded and covers fitted I think I will try a video round the layout on board the small camera wagon I have adapted. That would really show off the curves. When I started the rebuild I wanted to get away from straight track at the front, I saw the N Gauge Layout "Banbury" which stimulated thinking to do it this way, I also managed to reduce the front fascia by 150mm which fits in my room much better and not so space intrusive.

I have a lot of scenery and lighting to work on but hey, I can now use what I have built so there could be delays in work progress.

This is also a distraction having to work a couple of days a week.

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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on June 29, 2016, 08:02:29 pm
Hi G.

good to see finally an update. looks good. like the almost full nelevater.  time for some ballasting now mate
'
M.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 29, 2016, 08:29:38 pm
Many thanks, George. Highly impressive.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Tractor37 on June 29, 2016, 08:35:18 pm
Hi George. Just read your thread for the first time today and have to say I'm impressed with the way its going.
Impressive work indeed. That nelevator is something else to.
As for looking on Facebook I'm afraid that isn't going to happen after experiencing the nasty side of it in the past. So I'm pleased you are still posting on here.  :thankyousign:
Keep up the good work squire.
Jas...  :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 29, 2016, 08:43:48 pm
Hi G.

good to see finally an update. looks good. like the almost full nelevater.  time for some ballasting now mate
'
M.

Have used ballast mat to save loose ballasting, life is too short  :D :D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Biggy on June 29, 2016, 10:03:16 pm
I have enjoyed catching up on this thread. I only just picked up on it today because of the nelevator
I want one! But I only have a small layout so cant justify the cost. >:(
Glad you came back to the forum i have been a silent watcher for a few months due to time constraints but happy to add my thanks for your efforts
great layout
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on June 29, 2016, 10:22:25 pm
Great set of photos.  :thumbsup:  I wont say I'm jealous, but........ :envy:
The Nelevator looks a great bit of engineering and an excellent way of keeping stock. What happens when you run out of room? Another Nelevator?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 29, 2016, 10:41:38 pm
Great set of photos.  :thumbsup:  I wont say I'm jealous, but........ :envy:
The Nelevator looks a great bit of engineering and an excellent way of keeping stock. What happens when you run out of room? Another Nelevator?

Ah thought that one already. Another room another layout, another Nelevator. ;D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: mika on June 30, 2016, 09:40:49 am
I love that station. Simply great with its gentle curve. :greatpicturessign:
Wonderful selection of stock and the Nelevator looks brilliant.

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers
Michael
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 30, 2016, 12:18:19 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for posting George, set of  :greatpicturessign:  love the Nevelator  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 30, 2016, 08:13:54 pm
Today the covers for Nelevator arrived packed in a wooden crate for safe travel. I unloaded all the stock for safety and then removed the original temporary covers and replaced them with the lightweight new ones. Then had to put all the rolling stock back onto the tracks.

Photographs below showing how it looks nearly full.

Another new arrival today the Royal Guardsman in LMS, beautifully finished I will run it in tomorrow and fit the DCC chip.

Now Nelevator is up and running it is time to build a slide out shelf for the laptop to rest for operating the points and signals.

Really feel I can progress now and still have time for the occasional running session without having to keep getting stuff out and putting it all away afterwards.


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Another couple of new Arrivals Dapol Panniers, really good runners and navigate Peco Insulfrog points without a stutter

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Any offers to help me apply the right locomotives to the right coaches and also order they should run in? There is some leeway owing to it being a Heritage Line.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 30, 2016, 09:03:35 pm
So there I was, stood on platform 3 minding my own business and waiting for the 10.38 to Upper Fiddle, when all of a sudden this gigantic structure containing a multitude of trains rose up out of the ground!
I was shocked, I can tell you :o
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: keerout on June 30, 2016, 09:06:00 pm
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Gerard  :laugh3:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 30, 2016, 09:13:35 pm
So there I was, stood on platform 3 minding my own business and waiting for the 10.38 to Upper Fiddle, when all of a sudden this gigantic structure containing a multitude of trains rose up out of the ground!
I was shocked, I can tell you :o

I think you need to adjust your medication Mick. :laugh3:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 02, 2016, 09:20:27 am
A couple more photographs to add, the modification to the Hornby Railmaster control plan for operating points and signals.
The laptop is on a removable shelf and can be put away after operating.


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The Royal Guardsman in LMS recently assigned to the Heritage Line



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Western Enterprise in Desert Sand.




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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on July 02, 2016, 09:39:43 am

Western Enterprise in Desert Sand.

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Thanks so much, George :envy: :envy: :envy:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on July 02, 2016, 10:13:05 am
Thats is such a cool livery on a cool locomotive.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 02, 2016, 10:37:33 am
Thats is such a cool livery on a cool locomotive.   :thumbsup:


They got it sooooo right  :D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on July 02, 2016, 10:39:21 am
Indeed they did. A masterpiece.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 03, 2016, 10:53:06 am
 :hellosign: Thanks for the  :greatpicturessign: George, gotta agree the Western looks sooooo good in Desert Sand
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 03, 2016, 11:32:01 am

Another couple of new Arrivals Dapol Panniers, really good runners and navigate Peco Insulfrog points without a stutter

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/2383-300616203732.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=41540[/url])

Any offers to help me apply the right locomotives to the right coaches and also order they should run in? There is some leeway owing to it being a Heritage Line.


I'd look for some GWR livery Collett and Hawksworth coaches to run behind those Panniers, George. If you're more relaxed about authenticity, olf GWR Livery Graham Farish generic 'Mainline' and 'Suburban' coaches look good, too. (I have a matching pair of both types in GWR Chocolate & Cream as preserved GWS stock.) A couple of GWR livery autocoaches would also be authentic as when autofitted tank locos. were unavailable standard pannier tanks were also used, but they had to run around the coach(es) at termini.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on July 03, 2016, 03:58:21 pm
Possibly the Dapol 'B' set, too :hmmm:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 03, 2016, 04:03:26 pm
Possibly the Dapol 'B' set, too :hmmm:

Yes, of course. I always forget about those as I have mine in a separate box on a different shelf.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 03, 2016, 04:33:13 pm
Possibly the Dapol 'B' set, too :hmmm:

That had crossed my mind, ehattons have some quite reasonable price thanks NN. I do have loads of GWR coaches just not been brought up on model railways I am struggling to get to grips with SK RFO etc etc 
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on July 03, 2016, 08:06:32 pm
I am struggling to get to grips with SK RFO etc etc

Please don't go there, George :no:
When I get some stock out to make up a passenger train I have to keep the boxes in the same order as the coaches on the track as I wouldn't know which one goes in which box otherwise :dunce:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 03, 2016, 08:11:10 pm
Aha, I mastered that Mick, I have a stock pc programme so i put all the details on there, the code of the box but also the carriage or running number of the coach, I have in the past bought form local shop for a quid a pkt of sticky coloured dots and put one underside of the coach and the same colour on the plastic inner.

Need a magnifying glass though to read the carriage numbers. :-[

What I have not a clue about is the running order :dunce:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on July 03, 2016, 08:27:38 pm
Looks like I need to expand my Excel spreadsheet with some extra details, George. It's gonna take some time with almost 200 coaches but, hey, I ain't going anywhere in a hurry. Dapol sometimes put the running number on the box label e.g. my Colletts, and I have a magnifying glass :D


What I have not a clue about is the running order :dunce:

I don't worry too much about that as, if anyone complained about my coach formations, there'd be a helluva lot more they could complain about so the door would be shown to them >:D
I have a rough clue about such things and can always call on the forum genii.

Methinks I should have paid more attention to everything in my yoof instead of just the locos.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 03, 2016, 08:48:46 pm
Some example train formations from the WR in the 1960s:

The standard formation of six-coach sets (though not all were standard) on Paddington-Birkenhead trains was BSK, SK, FK, SK, SK, BSK, which
changed to BSK, SK, CK, CK, SK, BSK in the September 1964 carriage workings.

"Cambrian Coast Express" 1961 Winter rake - 7 vehicles, all BR standard (Mk 1) coaches in BR WR Chocolate and Cream: BSK, SK, FK, RU, FK, SK, BSK.

BSK = Brake Second Corridor
SK = Second Corridor
FK = First Corridor
CK = Composite [1st/2nd] Corridor
RU = Restaurant (Unclassified)

Note, it was very common to have the brake end at the end of each train for safety reasons.

Other Common Vehicles (Missing From Above):

BCK = Brake Composite Corridor (ideal for a single coach train or, paired with a SK or a BSK, or both, as a two or three-coach train)
RMB = Restaurant Mini Buffet
RFO = Restaurant First Open (a purely seating coach; usually paired with a RU)

BG = Brake Gangwayed
CCT = Covered Carriage Truck
GUV = General Utility Van (Bogie version of CCT)
These last three were used for luggage, mail, parcels, express goods traffic

I hope this helps.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 03, 2016, 09:56:23 pm
Thanks Chris, I have cut and pasted that to Word for future reference. I know I have Heritage Line rights to run in whatever order but nice to have a starting point that would be correct, thanks for that.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 03, 2016, 10:00:41 pm
My pleasure, George. I think the above rakes 'look' right.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on July 03, 2016, 10:36:54 pm
Pasted and copied as well, thanks.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 08, 2016, 07:42:13 pm
Well Geominster passengers need some bench seats, nothing really suitable on the market so I decided to make my own, 300gsm card cut the leg sections and the benches, all ready to assemble. The usb shows just how tiny they are. The finished benches will go inside the platform shelters.


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The finished article can just be seen drying by the storage box.


Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on July 08, 2016, 08:24:00 pm
I think all I need to say is " :goggleeyes:"
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 08, 2016, 08:33:19 pm
The seats are a little high so I will cut them down slightly before assembling.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on July 08, 2016, 10:18:26 pm
I'm glad your eyesight is better than mine. I have a tendency to modify my finger tips. :(
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 08, 2016, 10:21:06 pm
I'm glad your eyesight is better than mine. I have a tendency to modify my finger tips. :(

Not cut by hand, designed on pc and use a cutting machine .
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 08, 2016, 10:52:35 pm
 :hellosign: Nice work George, thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 23, 2016, 06:59:39 am
Well not a lot of progress mainly due to work and a few days away. But I have bought some Oxford Transits and the signwriter dropped by yesterday to the Geominster Ford Dealer to do the work.


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After some discussion with Dapol I have also decided to renew my Club Membership, there is a new lady called Andrea who responds quickly to any queries and Neal Morrlle has been appointed Marketing Manager. Now there seems to be good communication and Neal being an N Gauge modeller can only be good for Dapol and us N Gauge people. I have booked my place at their Open Day 1st October, is anyone else going along?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on July 23, 2016, 07:49:57 am
like your vans Mr. G.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 28, 2016, 08:02:25 pm
A new arrival at Geominster, a Graham Farish Black Class 08, I have been looking a while for one for the Heritage Line Sidings.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/2383-280716195436.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42396)

I am still assembling the platform shelter seats and just this evening drawn and cut out on the pc the roof canopies for the shelters, these I will fit once the seats and people are in place.



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Also advised today by Derails that the new Graham Farish FGW Class 150 DMU is finally in stock and along with some Teak Coaches, JNA Network Rail Wagons second release so different numbers, and semaphore signals should be here tomorrow.

And taken the plunge with the new Dapol Royal Scotsman and ordered the BR Blue and also the LNER Teak Coach Set.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 28, 2016, 08:06:40 pm
A new arrival at Geominster, a Graham Farish Black Class 08, I have been looking a while for one for the Heritage Line Sidings.


([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/2383-280716195436.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42396[/url])

I am still assembling the platform shelter seats and just this evening drawn and cut out on the pc the roof canopies for the shelters, these I will fit once the seats and people are in place.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/2383-280716195806.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42397[/url])



The BR Black Class 08 (as they became) looks very good, George, as do your shelters. You've ordered quite a few new models, too, I see.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 28, 2016, 08:18:34 pm
I have indeed Chris, and as far as I am aware GF will be sending the new Class 60's into shops in the ear future. The Dapol Flying Scotsmans are due out shortly as well, I need a Lottery win.  :)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 28, 2016, 10:07:55 pm
So, I hope you'll be lucky, George! 8-)

Whilst I cannot justify a BR Black Class 08 (I don't think any in that livery came that far southwest), I could a BR Black Class 04 (as they became) as BR SR had at least one in that livery at Plymouth Friary shed (so one could have been loaned to North Cornwall for trials!).
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 30, 2016, 08:59:22 pm
A little more done today to the Platform shelters and also a running session which got a little congested along all four tracks.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/2383-300716205315.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42424)

The Heritage Line storage tracks ad engine shed.



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New arrival Class 150/1 First Great Western, very quiet and smooth, shame it caused grief putting in the DCC chips.



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Congestion on the mainline.



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And finally got the Western in Desert Sand out for a spin and to show Newport Nobby, sorry Mick. :-[



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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on July 30, 2016, 09:52:42 pm
Looking very good.  :thumbsup:  The Western Desert Sand is a very attractive loco. Slightly :envy: ous
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on July 30, 2016, 10:15:51 pm

And finally got the Western in Desert Sand out for a spin and to show Newport Nobby, sorry Mick. :-[


I'm now repeating the mantra "I must not let George wind me up" :computerangry:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 30, 2016, 10:28:40 pm

And finally got the Western in Desert Sand out for a spin and to show Newport Nobby, sorry Mick. :-[


I'm now repeating the mantra "I must not let George wind me up" :computerangry:


Click on the photograph for a really good enlargement. :laugh:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 31, 2016, 11:31:48 pm
 :hellosign: &   :greatpicturessign: George, nice looking fleet, The 150 looks spot on, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 01, 2016, 05:43:00 pm
I thought that now we have passengers at Geominser next thing we would need are fences to keep them off the tracks so I designed and made these, can be done in any colour. :claphappy: :claphappy:


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/2383-010816174111.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42463)

Just to indicate how detailed they are



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/2383-010816174156.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42464)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/2383-010816174236.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42465)

Very happy with the results
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 02, 2016, 12:10:35 am
 :hellosign: Very nice fences George &  :greatpicturessign: thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 11, 2016, 03:44:23 pm
Not a lot going on at Geominster except some thinking about scenery and the town scene. Two bridges need designing and building soon to help conceal the return loops of track at each end. I have purchased another B1 in LNER Green by Dapol, new and unused so currently running in, this will complement B1 LNER 1234 both quite hard to find new.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/2383-110816154242.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42780)

I am expecting two new Class 60's tomorrow, Colas and Coal Sector Adam Smith, the 60's are very good runners so hopefully these new ones will be also.

 Thanks to Derails my favoured Supplier.  :claphappy: :claphappy:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: LittleDan on August 11, 2016, 04:23:50 pm
I am expecting two new Class 60's tomorrow, Colas and Coal Sector Adam Smith, the 60's are very good runners so hopefully these new ones will be also.

 Thanks to Derails my favoured Supplier.  :claphappy: :claphappy:

Can confirm they are nice runners - had both out to test before they were sent to you today and both ran great - like the Class 150/1 which was also another good one.

No problem, anytime mate  :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on August 11, 2016, 06:54:02 pm
whats the grief with the new gf dmu ?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 11, 2016, 07:26:04 pm
whats the grief with the new gf dmu ?

Well usually when I have bought a DMU or HST etc that needs a chip for the trailing car and leading car it is a simple programme Chip and hey presto all works, this time the direction of the chip needed changing because when fitted both ends showed red or white at the same time. I was kindly directed by another member here how to reverse the dummy end chip so they work correctly. I think that GF must have set the pcb wrong and not handed so to speak. But it it does run nicely and I am pleased with it now.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on August 12, 2016, 06:25:00 am
ow ok, thats ann easy one to solve if you know how, like them so will get a couplle myselves.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 12, 2016, 07:15:24 am
They look really good Maurits and run  very quietly. I know how to sort them now  ;D .
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on October 08, 2016, 05:05:08 am
Hi, I just cannot believe two months have gone by since I posted. Actually the layout has been a bit neglected recently whilst I have been going through a few changes. I have now reached retirement and decided to leave my part-time HGV driving job at Harrods, I am keeping my options open for any more work but for now there are a lot of distractions at home. I enjoy gardening so I hope to spend more time outside organizing, tidying and planting. My other hobbies of woodwork, picture framing and pen making seem to have been left by the wayside for a couple of years and it would be lovely to be creative again. The house needs a few rooms decorated and of course some quality time spent with my wife and little dog. So there we are, a few good reasons to retire and of course Geominster needs a lot of time working on scenery.

Nelevator has been used during some running time and still amazes me, it looks terrific loaded with stock rather than have everything stashed away in boxes in a drawer, it certainly allows me the chance to use all my locomotives simply by selecting a level and bringing them onto the tracks. A few minor alterations have been made allowing for better control and a couple of minor teething problems sorted.

Despite at the outset of returning to railway modelling preferring diesel to steam that has all changed now and as a result a rather large collection of steam locomotives have entered service at Geominster. The general plan of having a Heritage Line has been altered to accommodate the large stock level so I now intend to operate steam locomotive day trips on the mainline mixed with modern day traffic, the best of both worlds I believe.

Anyway the latest progress on the layout, I have roughly shaped Celotex to form some hills around the Heritage Line engine shed, so far just coated with one layer of plaster bandage but gives a different aspect to the flat track layout. The next plan is to join the three sections together and apply more plaster and then paint with earth colours and plant some trees and bushes before creating a small village scene.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/2383-081016045932.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44258)


Nelevator partly loaded with stock.



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/2383-081016050101.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44259)


A few recent purchases



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/2383-081016050256.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44260)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/2383-081016050440.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44261)


I will try and update again soon.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on October 08, 2016, 05:43:27 am
Lovely locos, and the Nelevator looks great! Glad to hear it's working well, too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on October 08, 2016, 03:12:20 pm
I'm glad to hear all is going well, George, and thoroughly approve of more steam locos appearing in your collection :thumbsup:
If you're anything like me you'll wonder how you managed to find time to work when there's so much else to do, so I wish you a long and happy retirement :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on October 08, 2016, 03:27:14 pm
Many thanks Mick, indeed how I got everything done and work six days a week sometimes upwards of 12 hour days is incredible. I do enjoy decorating and have pride in our home so it is nice to actually get the place up to scratch again, last week a couple of days doing the lounge, today and tomorrow the conservatory then a break doing some pruning outside, if it rains. So what plenty else to do. I have actually calculated it is not worthwhile working as my pensions take all my tax allowance and the last couple of weeks I have been taking the last of my holiday pay and been stopped around 45% of what I was paid? So with a clear conscience I am doing the things I enjoy, being paid by the Govt and looking forward to getting on with Geominster when I feel like it. We bought a caravan this year so we will be off touring in 2017 and not just snatching four or five days away due to part time work but taking as long as we please going wherever we want. All looks good. 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 09, 2016, 10:55:54 am
Many thanks for the recent updates, George. A Desert Sand D1000 will have special derogation from the Chief Civil Engineer to run through Cant Cove, assuming they are ever on sale, again. 8-(
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on October 09, 2016, 12:57:47 pm
 ;) a caravan , souns as space for a mobile layout
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on October 09, 2016, 06:36:45 pm
I can highly recommend retirement. I've never been so busy. It certainly sound as if you wont be bored.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on October 09, 2016, 07:37:20 pm
Many thanks for the recent updates, George. A Desert Sand D1000 will have special derogation from the Chief Civil Engineer to run through Cant Cove, assuming they are ever on sale, again. 8-(

You could always ask N Nobby for a loan of his Desert Sand
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on October 09, 2016, 09:10:07 pm
Many thanks for the recent updates, George. A Desert Sand D1000 will have special derogation from the Chief Civil Engineer to run through Cant Cove, assuming they are ever on sale, again. 8-(

You could always ask N Nobby for a loan of his Desert Sand

What have you done with yours, George, as you are nearer to Chris? :P
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on October 09, 2016, 09:16:31 pm
Under contract to the Heritage Line Mick until 2018  :Don't
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on October 09, 2016, 09:17:44 pm
Under contract to the Heritage Line Mick until 2018  :Don't

Too late. I think I just did :-[
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 09, 2016, 10:11:44 pm
A nice idea but, somehow, I don't think D1000 would ever find its way home, again! 8-)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on October 12, 2016, 03:06:56 pm
I have been looking for an alternative to track pins and found these, various quantities and sizes and screwdrivers to suit, all that lot and screwdriver for £8.35. inc postage.

http://www.alansrobinson.co.uk/model%20railway%20track%20pins%20and%20track%20screws.html (http://www.alansrobinson.co.uk/model%20railway%20track%20pins%20and%20track%20screws.html)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/2383-121016150644.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44408)

And a comparison between Peco track pin and screw


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/2383-121016163122.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44409)


and in situ



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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on November 11, 2016, 02:15:01 pm
I have not done too much lately at Geominster,

started the scenic area by laminating mountboard to create a raised area then used some wallpaper lining paper to blend the slope with grass paper to finish.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-111116140321.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45364)


the beginning of a footpath from the village to the town


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-111116140655.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45365)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-111116140756.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45366)


the beginning of the bridge to the village

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-111116140941.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45367)


scratchbuilt station building with multi storey car park above the photograph shows it mixed colour it is in fact all the same as photo 3

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-111116141038.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45368)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-111116141136.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45369)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-111116141225.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45370)

This is all a big learning curve for me as it is my first railway layout, now fully functioning the planning and building of the scenery is my next challenge. I am struggling with imagination as to how I can conceal the curves at the ends of the layout hence the bridge and wooded area. Anyway I am fairly happy with the effect.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: wookie on November 11, 2016, 03:59:46 pm
All looking very nice to me  :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on November 11, 2016, 04:39:23 pm
Thanks for the update, George.

I am struggling with imagination as to how I can conceal the curves at the ends of the layout hence the bridge and wooded area. Anyway I am fairly happy with the effect.

That's a tricky one owing to the sidings being where they are but, personally, I'd remove the bridge and hide the whole end curve in a tunnel with rock faces surrounding the sidings. These could be created from cork bark or by pressing crinkled up kitchen foil into plaster :hmmm:
Failing that I'd go for a very deep cutting the end curves run through.
Tricky one :-\
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on November 11, 2016, 04:48:24 pm
Thanks for the update, George.

I am struggling with imagination as to how I can conceal the curves at the ends of the layout hence the bridge and wooded area. Anyway I am fairly happy with the effect.

Thanks Mick, I made a rule, no tunnels especially on curves where I am bound to get derailments! Hence the track is all reachable, if the compromise is seeing it then so be it. A cutting is always a possibility :-)
 

That's a tricky one owing to the sidings being where they are but, personally, I'd remove the bridge and hide the whole end curve in a tunnel with rock faces surrounding the sidings. These could be created from cork bark or by pressing crinkled up kitchen foil into plaster :hmmm:
Failing that I'd go for a very deep cutting the end curves run through.
Tricky one :-\
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 11, 2016, 05:20:08 pm
I do like that car-park (which is odd because in reality that are normally considered eye-sores!), it's an impressive bit of scratch building  :thumbsup:

Re the curves, I would go for a combination of a cutting and dense woodland personally  :hmmm:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on November 11, 2016, 05:41:39 pm
Coming on well. +1 to a cutting and vegetation.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on November 28, 2016, 07:25:16 pm
Well a trip to Warley on Saturday was very productive albeit expensive also, found two three pack sets of Greenergy TEA Wagons from Revolution apparently over ordered and going begging, well not actually begging. I missed out on the Pre Orders and so pleased to find these. Now packed into Santas Sack for the time being.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-281116192240.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45831)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-281116192320.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45832)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-281116192352.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45833)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-281116192441.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45834)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: port perran on November 28, 2016, 08:07:35 pm
Those TEA wagons do look good.
Thanks for the photos.  I trust that santa won't get your parcels muddled come the big day !
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on November 28, 2016, 08:10:23 pm
Those TEA wagons do look good.
Thanks for the photos.  I trust that santa won't get your parcels muddled come the big day !

I hope so as well, I have had things gone missing before in house! May just take them into safe custody to make sure the elves dont get their hands near them.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on November 30, 2016, 07:18:11 pm
Having struggled with my CMX track cleaner because it was so heavy and would not stay on the tracks properly I accepted defeat and put it in the drawer  and not used it. Also the couplings supplied were not really compatible. Last week I decided to create a double header train to see if that would manage. I have never as yet done this but it was so simple with the NEC Powercab and actually created a consist number to use the same locos again. At the same time I had an idea if the bogies and wheels were the problem what about swapping them so I ordered a pair of Dapol bogies from KJB models cost me a princely £6.29 inc postage. They arrived today and I just spent 20 minutes fitting them to the CMX, just needed to remove the plastic pin and open the hole to 3.5mm and the new bogies just fitted in. Tried on the track and the CMX rolls along on it's own where the layout is slightly out of level so pulling it round the layout doing the cleaning work only needs one loco to push or pull it. Result! Also I now know how to create and run double header locos so a double whammy and the couplings stay together. :bounce:


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-301116191420.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45867)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-301116191522.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45868)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-301116191555.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45869)




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2383-301116191626.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45870)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 30, 2016, 09:11:42 pm
Very impressive piece of thinking George.

I have read of many people struggling with haulage power for the CMX. Are you a member of the NGS? Would you consider writing a small article for the journal?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on November 30, 2016, 09:12:33 pm
That looks extremely wide, George. Does it pass platforms etc OK? :worried:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on November 30, 2016, 09:20:55 pm
That looks extremely wide, George. Does it pass platforms etc OK? :worried:

Yes Mick it is quite wide but it clears all my platforms ok, remember you need quite a clearance also for steam valve gear. It works at Geominster. The chassis of the CMX is quite narrow which makes the clips appear to protrude more.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 04, 2016, 07:51:24 pm
I managed to spend some time today on scenics.

Trees, hedges and some fencing built and populated with some cows as well.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-041216195009.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46061)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-041216195044.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46062)


Quite pleased with results on what was previously a dead corner of the layout board.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: port perran on December 04, 2016, 08:14:56 pm
Looks very tranquil.
Great modelling.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: keithbythe sea on December 05, 2016, 04:23:04 pm
Good use of the site, very well modelled.

And all that fresh milk too.   :laugh:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 05, 2016, 10:48:28 pm
 :hellosign: Very nice modelling George, excellent way to fill the corner
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 06, 2016, 10:49:12 am

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-041216195044.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46062[/url])


Quite pleased with results on what was previously a dead corner of the layout board.


An alternative could have been a cemetery but your pastoral scene works well.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 06, 2016, 11:08:36 am

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-041216195044.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46062[/url])


Quite pleased with results on what was previously a dead corner of the layout board.


An alternative could have been a cemetery but your pastoral scene works well.


No cemetary at Geominster Mick, maybe a wedding or christening at the front of the church when I get around to locating it :-)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 12, 2016, 07:24:10 pm
A mixed effort this weekend, I managed to fit some more fencing trackside and put some of the roads into the Heritage Line cottages, but then while putting the fencing to the cottage rear gardens I managed while digging the fence posts with my awl to go through the grass and straight into the point motor concealed under it and broke the point. Typically after 5.00. pm Saturday so I had to wait until yesterday to check local shop for a replacement and then wait until today to collect it. Not the simplest of jobs replacing the point and fixing into position and wiring the motor again but all done now and working again. While shopping yesterday the answer to one of my next problems was solved by finding some square headed pins to permit straight fitting of the concrete fence around the Heritage Line which is of course constructed from cardboard.

Anyway a few shots of progress, not greatest pictures due to lack of light but will give the idea where it has all got to.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-121216191755.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46281)



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(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-121216191913.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46283)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-121216191948.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46284)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-121216192023.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46285)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-121216192109.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46286)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-121216192150.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46287)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-121216192224.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46288)

Also managed to create a DCC running number list and attach to the layout facia by the control panel.



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I hope to progress further in the near future.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on December 12, 2016, 07:42:00 pm
Coming along nicely George. You mention your local shop, I'd be interested to know what shop you use in your area?
 :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: port perran on December 12, 2016, 07:45:47 pm
Coming along well.
Please do keep the updates coming.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 12, 2016, 07:50:24 pm
Coming along nicely George. You mention your local shop, I'd be interested to know what shop you use in your area?
 :beers:

Well Bob, local to me is about 4 miles to Berkshire Dolls House which surprisingly considering the name stocks quite a lot of N Gauge, Peco Farish etc, cannot make any progress on the website but they are open 7 days a week and very helpful when I rang to see if they had a Peco SL-388 point which to be honest I did not expect them to have one but actually they had two so saved me a wait for Postie and I was able to carry on without delay. Give them a call.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on December 12, 2016, 08:01:32 pm
Coming along nicely George. You mention your local shop, I'd be interested to know what shop you use in your area?
 :beers:

Well Bob, local to me is about 4 miles to Berkshire Dolls House which surprisingly considering the name stocks quite a lot of N Gauge, Peco Farish etc, cannot make any progress on the website but they are open 7 days a week and very helpful when I rang to see if they had a Peco SL-388 point which to be honest I did not expect them to have one but actually they had two so saved me a wait for Postie and I was able to carry on without delay. Give them a call.

Is that the one in Twyford? Never been in there. Have driven past it a few times but found it difficult to park.
 :thankyousign:
 :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 12, 2016, 08:07:24 pm
Yes Bob that is it, opposite the shop leading to Waitrose there are a few places on the street, the car park if you £ just stay out of private spaces opposite bowling green, if that fails just a few yards after that going from traffic lights there is a road and you can park up there, but if a walk but ok if not raining. Must been lucky today found space in the road!
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 12, 2016, 08:36:57 pm
Nowt wrong with the pics, George. Nice work :thumbsup:
Trust you're still happy with the Nelevator??
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 15, 2016, 07:17:48 am
Yes Mick, Nelevator is still doing the job it was bought for, storing stock and displaying it and most importantly allowing access without needing another room for a fiddle yard.

Latest arrival at Geominster, another Dapol Schools this time Repton. I never thought I would say this but I really do like the Schools series, in the flesh they look far better than the catalogue pictures. Repton is by far the best runner, very smooth and almost silent running straight out of the box. I have been having a bit of a cull of surplus stock allowing purchases of new models. I will do a photo call later of the additions.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-151216071242.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46356)

I am currently working on some scenery in the yard of the Heritage Line, first time for me doing scenery but I am happy with the overall effect. I enjoy making the fencing from cardboard and now I have found some square head pins to hold it in place when drying the task has got very easy. I will try and get some more photos later when daylight as the photographs are so much better than flash assisted. These short daylight days are a pain.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on December 15, 2016, 08:15:46 am
That's a lovely looking locomotive in an equally looking livery.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 15, 2016, 08:31:15 am
That's a lovely looking locomotive in an equally looking livery.  :thumbsup:

All the Schools look very nice with lovely details.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 16, 2016, 05:12:08 pm
Look at what Santa brought earlier, now been run in and DCC chipped as well and having a run round Geominster right now. This a lovely looking Locomotive in a very attractive blue. Full marks to Dapol and also to Derails for getting it to me so quickly.


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



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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: LittleDan on December 16, 2016, 06:02:29 pm
Looking good, like I said, a surprise in the parcel which mainly was full of specially ordered Maunsell coaches - counted them out and thought "they've sent one extra!" before realising what it was....

Regards,

Dan @ Derails
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 16, 2016, 06:17:38 pm
Looking good, like I said, a surprise in the parcel which mainly was full of specially ordered Maunsell coaches - counted them out and thought "they've sent one extra!" before realising what it was....

Regards,

Dan @ Derails


Would have been happy for some of the Maunsells to have accompanied Scotsman.  :D

Maybe Nunney Castle might slide under the radar as well.  :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 24, 2016, 09:10:37 pm
A little more progress on the village at Geominster, waiting for some playground apparatus.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-241216210854.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46596)

Merry Christmas everyone.




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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 30, 2016, 02:40:20 pm
Well I would have uploaded a video of my new Graham Farish sound DMU but the system will not let me. It is on Facebook if anyone is bothered, Geominster is my Facebook page. If anyone c an help get the video up here then I am ready to listen.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Sprintex on December 30, 2016, 02:59:10 pm
Videos should ideally be uploaded to a YouTube account and the link posted, not uploaded directly to the forum.


Paul
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 30, 2016, 07:35:07 pm
Well I would have uploaded a video of my new Graham Farish sound DMU but the system will not let me. It is on Facebook if anyone is bothered, Geominster is my Facebook page. If anyone c an help get the video up here then I am ready to listen.

Not being happy with Photobucket I subsequently use 'Dropbox' where I can have 2GB free and it's easy to copy a link onto the forum.
Only Me (the forum techie) is on leave until 3rd January.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 30, 2016, 07:41:52 pm
Well I would have uploaded a video of my new Graham Farish sound DMU but the system will not let me. It is on Facebook if anyone is bothered, Geominster is my Facebook page. If anyone c an help get the video up here then I am ready to listen.

Not being happy with Photobucket I subsequently use 'Dropbox' where I can have 2GB free and it's easy to copy a link onto the forum.
Only Me (the forum techie) is on leave until 3rd January.

I thought I was reading a help line from NN until the last sentence  :smiley-

laughing:

Happy New Year Mick. Break the habit of a lifetime look at the Facebook Page, go on you know you want to.  :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 30, 2016, 07:56:50 pm
Happy New Year to you as well, George :beers:
Sorry, but my laptop is programmed to explode if the letters Faceb are exceeded with an 'o' :worried:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on December 30, 2016, 08:12:47 pm
Well I would have uploaded a video of my new Graham Farish sound DMU but the system will not let me. It is on Facebook if anyone is bothered, Geominster is my Facebook page. If anyone c an help get the video up here then I am ready to listen.

Not being happy with Photobucket I subsequently use 'Dropbox' where I can have 2GB free and it's easy to copy a link onto the forum.
Only Me (the forum techie) is on leave until 3rd January.

he s not , been there all day. George get a youtube acoount, that's much easier
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 30, 2016, 08:30:33 pm
Well I would have uploaded a video of my new Graham Farish sound DMU but the system will not let me. It is on Facebook if anyone is bothered, Geominster is my Facebook page. If anyone c an help get the video up here then I am ready to listen.



Not being happy with Photobucket I subsequently use 'Dropbox' where I can have 2GB free and it's easy to copy a link onto the forum.
Only Me (the forum techie) is on leave until 3rd January.

he s not , been there all day. George get a youtube acoount, that's much easier

Here you go then



Especially for NN the Desert Sand waiting in the wings on Nelevator.  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 31, 2016, 11:15:37 am
How very quiet :hmmm:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: jond on January 02, 2017, 02:49:09 pm
George - It's great to see all your updates, I've been away from N Gauge and this forum for around 9 months, and having made a few attempts at creating even a small layout without success, this inpsires me to go and make it happen!

Thanks
Jon
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 04, 2017, 07:30:10 am
A lot of time over the Christmas break to think about Geominster  and the direction forward. I have now templated the ground area between the Heritage Lines and Mainline tracks and laid a tarmac track serving the park and rear of Heritage Line, having had success with making slopes cut from mountboard I decided that I would continue and the photographs show the results. I have also constructed the road to the station complete with roundabout which will lead back out of Geominster to an upper level along the rear wall.

When I started model railways about five years ago with my original OO gauge I looked at Metcalfe buildings and tried a couple but was never happy with them and struggled to get them to look right, now I have decided to try again with N Gauge and I am pleased with the results so far, the appearance is good and I have decided to populate Geominster with them, I may illuminate some during the building. The bridge is the first one I have made and as I only wanted a narrow access into town used just one half of the width which compliments the rest of the road system I am adopting. I have just started work on the station.

Geominster has given me everything I wanted in a layout, running trains, the challenge of electrics, and now scenery. I am content with the overall finish and that is why I have decided to use better models as this will probably be the last layout I will construct, after all I want to have time playing with my efforts. It may not be prototypical but I am happy with it all and proud to have managed as far as I have. I have bought some good locomotives and rolling stock and sold off a lot of items that were probably bought on impulse.

The photographs bring the thread up to date in terms of progress and I hope to do more shortly. The combination of Hornby Railmaster for point, signal and mimic panel DCC control works well alongside the NCE Powercab for locomotive control. Who knows I may get time soon to arrange the trains into rakes ready for running.

Enjoy.


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I have even managed to adapt a display system for the locomotive DCC numbers which is constantly being updated by any additions.


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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on January 04, 2017, 08:05:17 am
Thanks for the updates!  :thumbsup:

Looking great.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 04, 2017, 09:21:56 am
Looking very good, George.
Not so sure about the NCP car park on top of the track, though :hmmm:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 04, 2017, 09:25:15 am
Looking very good, George.
Not so sure about the NCP car park on top of the track, though :hmmm:

Not on the track Mick, the tracks end before it and platform leads into the station and NCP multi story.

Rule 1 may need to be waved at you :P
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: port perran on January 04, 2017, 09:26:25 am
Looking really very good indeed.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 04, 2017, 09:37:39 am
Looking very good, George.
Not so sure about the NCP car park on top of the track, though :hmmm:

Not on the track Mick, the tracks end before it and platform leads into the station and NCP multi story.


I can see the buffers but in photos 1 & 2 it looks as if the rails continue under the building.
I must be having an optical delusion :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on January 04, 2017, 10:08:25 am
Very possible, Mick  :D

Your fiend in Aus.  ;)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on January 04, 2017, 08:58:07 pm
Looks good but the main thing is that you are enjoying it and that is what it's all about. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: railsquid on January 05, 2017, 05:18:17 am

When I started model railways about five years ago with my original OO gauge I looked at Metcalfe buildings and tried a couple but was never happy with them and struggled to get them to look right, now I have decided to try again with N Gauge and I am pleased with the results so far, the appearance is good and I have decided to populate Geominster with them, I may illuminate some during the building. The bridge is the first one I have made and as I only wanted a narrow access into town used just one half of the width which compliments the rest of the road system I am adopting.


([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/2383-040117072548.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46850[/url])


Thanks for posting that, by happy coincidence I was just wondering about how that bridge looks placed over a double track as I'm planning on using the red brick version.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 08, 2017, 09:28:20 pm
I managed to do quite a lot at Geominster this weekend. I have built the upper level retained by the brick wall and gives road access to the Heritage Line Station via a footbridge yet to be built. The backscene trees are by Wordsworth and are perfect for the setting I wanted to create, just resized them and cut and joined them. The station building will be fixed to the paving base board and is removable for access to Nelevator tracks. Next to do is the access road to the station.


Why are the photos inverted they are ok in the file they are stored grr. ??

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It's the right way up for me  :thumbsup:

Looking very good too. Are you going to hide some of the Nelervator?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 08, 2017, 09:30:58 pm
I managed to do quite a lot at Geominster this weekend. I have built the upper level retained by the brick wall and gives road access to the Heritage Line Station via a footbridge yet to be built. The backscene trees are by Wordsworth and are perfect for the setting I wanted to create, just resized them and cut and joined them. The station building will be fixed to the paving base board and is removable for access to Nelevator tracks. Next to do is the access road to the station.


Why are the photos inverted they are ok in the file they are stored grr. ??

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/2383-080117212212.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47118[/url])


It's the right way up for me  :thumbsup:

Looking very good too. Are you going to hide some of the Nelervator?

Skyline2uk


No not going to hide Nelevator but would appreciate help upturning the stupid photos they look good the right way up.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 08, 2017, 09:34:14 pm
 :hmmm:

So are they showing up-side down when you preview your post? Or when you publish?

Like I said I am looking at your posts and they are perfect.

Did you take the photo on your phone? Currently viewing this in my iPhone.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 08, 2017, 09:35:55 pm
Taken on the ipad and then saved into pc file are then the right way up but when I view the post the are inverted ???
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 08, 2017, 09:41:21 pm
Taken on the ipad and then saved into pc file are then the right way up but when I view the post the are inverted ???

I am afraid this is a known problem with Apple. I have found the only reliable way round it is to use DropBox and post links.

Apart from that it's a rather tedious trail and error method.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 09, 2017, 12:54:08 pm
Lets start again the right way up then.

I managed to do quite a lot at Geominster this weekend. I have built the upper level retained by the brick wall and gives road access to the Heritage Line Station via a footbridge yet to be built. The backscene trees are by Wordsworth and are perfect for the setting I wanted to create, just resized them and cut and joined them. The station building will be fixed to the paving base board and is removable for access to Nelevator tracks. Next to do is the access road to the station.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/2383-090117125156.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47135)



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Hope that is better and apologies for the Aussie version earlier.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: port perran on January 09, 2017, 01:03:00 pm
Looking very good indeed.
My type of layout with attention to the detail and the scenery. Keep the updates coming.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 09, 2017, 01:38:52 pm
Thanks for correcting the pics, George. The rush of blood to my head standing upside down was doing me no good at all :no:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 09, 2017, 02:53:56 pm
Thanks for correcting the pics, George. The rush of blood to my head standing upside down was doing me no good at all :no:

Was getting quite worried about where you had got to Mick. Must take a while inverting yourself these days  :help:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 09, 2017, 03:40:07 pm
Couldn't access the  :censored: forum for 3 hours this morning, George :no:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 09, 2017, 04:22:34 pm
 :thankyousign: George,

 Great modelling and  :greatpicturessign:

Also pleased that we have saved NN from too much blood rushing to his brain.  :D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on January 09, 2017, 09:06:41 pm
Nice set of photos, thanks. I nearly dropped the laptop turning it over to look at the original!
Could it be that the rush of blood to NN's head was not as important than the lack of blood his nether regions?  :confused1:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 09, 2017, 10:25:18 pm
Nobby's nethers are not up for discussion :stop: :telloff:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: lil chris on January 09, 2017, 10:33:13 pm
Looking good there George, glad you sorted your pics out, I have the same problem when I take my pics with my phone which is a Samsung not Apple it is a common problem but easy to fix.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on January 09, 2017, 11:21:06 pm
Yep, great pics.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 22, 2017, 04:34:38 pm
A little more to report from Geominster.

I have decided to abandon the wall in front of Nelevator in favour of getting a better view of the through tracks and ensuring that I can access any problem issues with the track. The high level retaining wall and back scene will remain and I just need to print the right back scenery and attach it,

I have to admit when I started N Gauge I considered that buying houses and buildings would be cost prohibitive, however as time has progressed I feel that the ready to build items are far superior to my card scratchbuilt efforts and as a result I bought a couple of Metcalfe models to build and assess. I am delighted with the appearance and can now visualize the layout using them. As a result I have bought a few kits from various sources and started the build. Below are the first few I have constructed and I am delighted with them especially as they have all been bought fairly cheaply. The most expensive one I have was about £10 but mostly they've been around a fiver each. I have always loved the Mainline Station but being discontinued thought I was going to scrap the use of one but I did manage to track one down still packaged for £5.35. on our friendly auction site, so I will construct it and see if it looks better than the one I had settled for.

Below are some of the buildings etc already assembled, in my opinion not all bad for a first attempt. They bring Geominster to life and will be positioned when I have built some more.


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And finally the stock pile still to build.

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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 22, 2017, 07:20:43 pm
Looking good, George.
I assume you'll be colouring the white corners with something?
Regarding the penultimate pic there is something doesn't look right i.e. big steps in the road between the walls :confused2:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Carmont on January 22, 2017, 08:03:01 pm
Looking good, George.
I assume you'll be colouring the white corners with something?
Regarding the penultimate pic there is something doesn't look right i.e. big steps in the road between the walls :confused2:

I think it's just that the roadbed hasn't been "laid".......
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 22, 2017, 08:53:53 pm
Looking good, George.
I assume you'll be colouring the white corners with something?
Regarding the penultimate pic there is something doesn't look right i.e. big steps in the road between the walls :confused2:

Are you referring to steps entering the PO Mick? If so there will be pavements built when planning consent is obtained.

Also I have my eyes on Mrs G craft stuff, she has some duster like pads that colour card edges 👍 May need to buy her a set for birthday so I can borrow them.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 22, 2017, 09:19:11 pm
Very good scenic work, George. The buildings look really good indeed (and I'm not a fan of cardboard kits). A really nice layout.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 22, 2017, 10:10:53 pm
Looking good, George.
I assume you'll be colouring the white corners with something?
Regarding the penultimate pic there is something doesn't look right i.e. big steps in the road between the walls :confused2:

Are you referring to steps entering the PO Mick? If so there will be pavements built when planning consent is obtained.


No, George. The 'ramp' leading up to the bridge. I think 'Carmont' may have it right.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 22, 2017, 10:27:06 pm
Looking good, George.
I assume you'll be colouring the white corners with something?
Regarding the penultimate pic there is something doesn't look right i.e. big steps in the road between the walls :confused2:

Are you referring to steps entering the PO Mick? If so there will be pavements built when planning consent is obtained.


No, George. The 'ramp' leading up to the bridge. I think 'Carmont' may have it right.

Ah, too clever for me today Mick. Doh.  :dunce: when I decide where it is going I have some Road surface to place on the steps, might even glue the ramp to the bridge as well. 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 24, 2017, 12:28:39 pm
Just had time to make the Metcalfe Engine Shed, I will cut the spacer out when I am ready to finally fix it in position, nice large windows offer good views of the work going on inside.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/2383-240117122305.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47807)

Also a couple of new arrivals, the replaced Flying Scotsman BR Blue



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/2383-240117122415.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47808)

Class 67 EWS 67002 a rare find.



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/2383-240117122457.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47809)

An old Class 108 I managed to get from one of the NGF Members here



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/2383-240117122558.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47810)

Class 67 Diamond Jubilee, a great locomotive so quiet and smooth, thanks Dapol



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/2383-240117122652.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47811)

Class 60's double heading


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/2383-240117122743.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47812)

Metcalfe Signal Boxes are under construction at present.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 25, 2017, 09:27:42 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: George, thanks for sharing
    regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: ptopo on January 29, 2017, 03:49:59 pm
Some really neat working and lovely pictures. nice stuff. Cheers

PT
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on January 29, 2017, 06:19:10 pm
coool, only the shed is very, very clean ;)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 29, 2017, 06:21:46 pm
coool, only the shed is very, very clean ;)

Just been rebuilt as the old one was too dirty to grace Geominster. No weathered stock anywhere either Maurits. 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 14, 2017, 08:44:57 pm
New arrivals at Geominster.

Reverted to using the camera for a photograph the correct way. Shame that ipad photos appear inverted in here.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/2383-160217091933.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48705)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/2383-160217092009.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48706)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: wookie on February 15, 2017, 11:46:52 am
Aha! Australian trains  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on February 15, 2017, 08:54:59 pm
Down under or up under? :confused2:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 16, 2017, 09:22:23 am
Aha! Australian trains  :smiley-laughing:

Not anymore :-)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 16, 2017, 09:32:38 am
Western Sovereign was so hard to find but is a very nice looking locomotive, prefer non weathered as everything at Geominster is pristine, as said elsewhere even the rails, the neat grass and clean cars, my ideal world.

 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/2383-160217092727.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48707)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/2383-160217092819.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48708)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: wookie on February 16, 2017, 09:36:14 am
Yes, I have this one - lovely looking engine.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 21, 2017, 10:03:16 pm
I tried a little video earlier of Geominster, if this turns out ok I will attempt more and see if I can get the shots better. Meanwhile the link should take you to the two DMU's in service.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG-PSzBHuO4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG-PSzBHuO4)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on February 21, 2017, 10:08:28 pm
That works just fine for me, George :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 21, 2017, 10:11:58 pm
That works just fine for me, George :thumbsup:

It was aimed specifically at you Mick, I will get the Westerns out for a run next, Nelevator was replaced today so tomorrow if I get the time I will connect the tracks in and out of it and proceed to stock it up. I will try and get a steady hand for the next video. 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on February 21, 2017, 10:16:22 pm
Thanks, George, but if it was aimed specifically at me those DMUs should have been green :D
Hope the replacement Nelevator is OK
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: lil chris on February 21, 2017, 10:21:57 pm
The DMU ie the 108 was green Mick, are you going colour blind mate. Nice pics George thanks for the updates, that engine shed does look big compared to mine.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 21, 2017, 10:23:57 pm
The DMU ie the 108 was green Mick, are you going colour blind mate. Nice pics George thanks for the updates, that engine shed does look big compared to mine.

Sorry Chris it is blue, it is the GF sound version.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 22, 2017, 05:35:15 pm
Nice video George, thanks for sharing
        regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: wookie on February 23, 2017, 04:50:21 pm
Wow, lovely set up George!
Very jealous of your Nelevation  :laugh3:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on February 27, 2017, 03:23:42 pm
With Tornado stopping to pick up passengers on Wednesday and I am hoping to get some photographs there I thought it appropriate to add Geominster when Tornado visited with support coach.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/2383-270217151920.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=49086)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/2383-270217151955.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=49087)





(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/2383-270217152031.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=49088)

And the Engine Shed now sited in the Heritage Yard. The fencing contractor has now completed the fence.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/2383-270217152133.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=49089)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/2383-270217152303.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=49090)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 06, 2017, 08:16:24 pm
Well things have been fairly quiet recently at Geominster, in fact a lot of thinking has been taking place and some plans been prepared for some slight changes to the track layout. Nelevator is currently forming the two main through lines which needs to be changed to improve the scheme of running so I have decided to extend the depth of the layout by approximately 125mm which will allow the two main through lines to pass in front of Nelevator with access to it from new points and crossovers. This will also allow the Heritage Line Station to have trains standing and not interrupting any through trains.

Incorporated into this scheme is the need to put down a new floor in the train room as I have ruined the carpet so I will be fitting laminate floor which needs to go under the layout supports and office furniture. Quite an upheaval but I believe a vast improvement all round at the end.

Geominster has just seen the return from Bachmann of the repair of my two Cross Country Voyagers which were pretty poorly but now run a dream. The GF Springbok is a new addition along with the Dapol Class 66 Evening Star recently released. Photos enclosed.

There is now a Metcalfe Church basking in the sunlight this evening complete with the cars for a wedding, the bride and groom and vicar along with the photographers will be kept safely boxed until the layout works are complete.

Geominster Church

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-060617201122.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52498)

Class 66 Evening Star

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-060617201221.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52499)

Cross Country Voyager passing through Geominster

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-060617201434.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52501)

Errant Flying Scotsman now sold.
 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-060617201544.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52502)

New Level Crossing

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-060617202520.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52503)

Geominster Church

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-060617202609.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52504)

Graham Farish B1 Springbok. Bought to replace a poor running Dapol Flying Scotsman in LNER livery which despite everything was not compatible with DCC and Geominster.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-060617202813.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52505)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 06, 2017, 08:23:54 pm
Many thanks for the update, George, but isn't that "Flying Scotsman" rather than "Tornado"?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 06, 2017, 08:31:11 pm
Many thanks for the update, George, but isn't that "Flying Scotsman" rather than "Tornado"?

Just seen that :-)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 06, 2017, 09:23:53 pm
It's all looking good, George, and I look forward to some pics of the lines bypassing the Nelevator.
I certainly don't envy you the task of laying laminate flooring under the layout, though! :no:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 06, 2017, 09:35:50 pm
It's all looking good, George, and I look forward to some pics of the lines bypassing the Nelevator.
I certainly don't envy you the task of laying laminate flooring under the layout, though! :no:

Thanks Mick but the layout will be moved aside, in another life not long ago I was a carpenter :-) apart from bad knees it will all be ok.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 07, 2017, 12:21:51 am
 :hellosign: Thanks for the latest   :greatpicturessign:. Hope all goes well with improvements
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: jond on June 07, 2017, 11:24:54 am
The church looks great - will get one of those for my new layout..

Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 07, 2017, 03:04:00 pm
The church looks great - will get one of those for my new layout..

It is a beautiful model, quite easy to make as well and cheap but the effect is what I wanted.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 11, 2017, 09:13:07 am
All the thinking has been done and decisions made, planning consent obtained and as soon as the gloss painting to the doors and landing is done work begins. I have decided on a frame that fixes to the wall behind the layout, the front supported by the chests of drawers already in place and Nelevator also fixed to the rear wall allowing the layout to be slid forward and tipped onto rear edge for wiring works etc. The tracks entering and exiting Nelevator will be fixed to the layout board and clipped to Nelevator tracks, the track can then be removed from the points leading in and out. Here is the planned alteration.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-110617091246.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52638)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 11, 2017, 09:52:15 am
Hopefully I'm not being too thick here, but what do the numbers represent please, George? :dunce:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 11, 2017, 09:58:31 am
Hopefully I'm not being too thick here, but what do the numbers represent please, George? :dunce:

Easy answer to that Mick, they are the e DCC codes for the point motors. 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 17, 2017, 06:04:17 am
Well it has been a very busy week here at the home of Geominster. There was some overdue decorating indoors needing completing so all the doors and frames and stair balustrades were gloss painted meaning it was a clear run at the train room. The carpet had been ruined with various amounts of glue being spilt over the last few years so I had decided to have a complete refurbishment of the entire room. I had bought laminate flooring and decided it would be more forgiving and practical. So also this week has seen the removal of the fitted office furniture and contents and half the floor laid, then reinstated the furniture and decided to change the layout support cupboards and utilise the old book shelves to support Geominster. So I moved the layout aside and completed the flooring, altered the book shelf height to suit the desk height and built a sturdy framework to sit on top. I managed to get the layout placed back on top and because it has been lowered approximately 50mm looks so much better from sitting level. The next step is to build and align the support framework for Nelevator and fit it, then infill the remaining baseboard to provide the extra depth I needed to bypass Nelevator with two extra mainlines. Looks fairly straightforward and will be done early next week. The whole of Geominster will remain detachable from Nelevator for underside wiring without inverting myself. Below is an account of where it has all reached.

Original support and room with book shelves removed on the right.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-170617060320.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52754)

Geominster roughly in situ and ready for the Nelevator support to be built and the rear of the old baseboard extended to enclose it.



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-170617060411.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52755)

Geominster turned through 90 degrees and moved out of the way for works.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-170617060627.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52756)

General overview before tidying and moving stuff back in, shelves to be fitted and filled.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-170617060712.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52757)

Still some work to do and alignment of shelf units but already far more space in the room and I am very pleased with the result. Well worth the effort. The blue tape marker shows where Geominster fitted previously and the small extra room needed to clear the window properly.

I will post more photographs when the layout is running again and I can cross the landing safely without falling over boxes and piles of books.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-170617060752.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52758)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Innovationgame on June 17, 2017, 06:25:24 am
Well done on an excellent job.  Rebewing flooring is always a daunting task.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 17, 2017, 09:48:53 am
By heck, Bob, you've put some work into that and it looks extremely good :goggleeyes:
I look forward to seeing the Nellie re-installed and the bypass tracks.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 17, 2017, 09:57:47 am
By heck, Bob, you've put some work into that and it looks extremely good :goggleeyes:
I look forward to seeing the Nellie re-installed and the bypass tracks.

Bob  :no: It is George  :D  thanks Fred. :P

It has actually improved things far better than I had hoped. I am hoping to get the Nelevator framing in place  today ready for Father's Day visit from an unsusepecting son-in-law to provide some lifting muscle. :-)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 17, 2017, 09:59:35 am
By heck, Bob, you've put some work into that and it looks extremely good :goggleeyes:
I look forward to seeing the Nellie re-installed and the bypass tracks.

Bob  :no: It is George  :D  thanks Fred. :P


Oops! Sorry, Joe. :-[
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 17, 2017, 09:10:18 pm
Not a lot of progress today as expected but I have made the Nelevator support frame and decided that instead of extending the back of the layout then continue the Nelevator frame right the way along the back wall and Geominster can then butt up against it. Hopefully I can put this into practice tomorrow.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 19, 2017, 06:45:32 am
Despite the searing heat today I managed to get the Nelevator base put into place and with assistance lift Nelevator into the final position. I hope that I can infill each side today and also fill the hole in the baseboard from the previous position. Firstly though I am going to put the layout on it's back and check all the cabling etc to see that all is well and nothing has been disturbed during the refit. Hopefully I can get some trains running again.Then I must finish the shelf supporting units and bolt them all together and align everything so that I can move my books etc back into place from their temporary home on the spare bed.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-190617064219.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52802)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-190617064248.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52803)

The actual increase in the layout depth has only been 80mm as I was able to remove some temporary board at the back which was supporting some scenic area. This has however given me a larger flatter area along the rear to fit some scenic low relief buildings.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 19, 2017, 06:39:01 pm
Finally the support shelves are secured, the layout pieced in ready for Network Snail and tracklaying and then some scenic works. I see some great possibilities for Metcalfe Low Relief houses etc. I have moved most of my room contents back in and emptied the areas that I had cluttered during the works. Too hot for work now but Geominster runs again so can manage a few laps with locos. Gardening duties tomorrow but can cope with that now everything has been reinstated with greater potential by shifting Nelevator back a little.

Patched in baseboard waiting for scenery

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-190617183525.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52815)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-190617183554.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52816)

The raised area still fits just needs some slight tweaking and turning of the track to Nelevator level three.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-190617183616.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52817)

Laptop for elink point and signal control on a slide out drawer tray.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-190617183746.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52818)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 19, 2017, 08:10:23 pm
Great work and all looks very neat, George.
Signed
Captain Chaos :-[
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 19, 2017, 08:15:00 pm
Great work and all looks very neat, George.
Signed
Captain Chaos :-[

Thanks Mick, pleased it still all works, it is going to be a bit tight getting into Nelevator and that will have to wait till it cools down. Not doing trickery in tropical temperatures.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 20, 2017, 07:45:42 am
Great upgrade. Looking good.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 21, 2017, 06:35:14 am
Just some more planning yesterday and a lot more thinking :-)  Got the great news that GF Nunney Castle sound fitted is arriving with me today and also a complete surprise that GF 37 Colas livery is also with it. I think I got Geominster running again just in time otherwise those two would be sitting in boxes while I rushed to get some track running. Hopefully if Hattons deliver the replacement long nose pliers I broke I can uplift some track and start track laying the new alterations. Also due to arrive today is GF Nunney Castle with sounds and Class 37 Colas livery, didn't know that was out yet. Thanks to Derails for getting them here quickly. :-)

Layout support shelves in place and loaded up.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-210617063137.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52831)

Track plan alterations in planning stage.




(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-210617063334.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52832)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-210617063406.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52833)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on June 21, 2017, 07:17:11 am
What impresses me is the neat and tidy presentation of the layout, with smart fascia and organised storage underneath.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 21, 2017, 07:30:53 am
What impresses me is the neat and tidy presentation of the layout, with smart fascia and organised storage underneath.  :thumbsup:

That is all down to being a carpenter and joiner for most of my life  :D  Shame the storage isn't so tidy though and you would not want to witness me crawling along behind it all.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on June 21, 2017, 08:45:12 am
 :laughabovepost:

You don't want to know about the underneath of my layout!
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 21, 2017, 09:41:11 pm
DPD did finally get here after deciding first thing that they couldn't make it. Castle Class Nunney Castle with factory fitted sound is excellent and also Class 37 Colas runs well. If you only ever get one sound locomotive choose Nunney Castle.  :bounce:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-210617214037.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52843)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-210617214107.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52844)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 26, 2017, 12:04:32 am
 :hellosign: Thanks for the updates &  :greatpicturessign: George, looking really good
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 26, 2017, 06:12:41 am
A successful weekend at Geominster. I managed to complete the track alterations and connect everything electrically including adding in four more point motors and decoder boards for them. I have tested the track for running and all seems OK. I have yet to programme the DCC codes into the elink PC mimic but hope to do that today and assign the correct directions on start up and check all are correct. I do have a couple of minor track adjustments to make on the crossover links. Anyway here is where it stands right now. You will see some slight damage yet to be repaired and where the two point motor holes were previously still need covering. The possibilities for train running have improved by the addition of the new main lines and relocating Nelevator rearwards so that it does not form part of the general running but used as intended as a vertical storage unit allowing trains to be prepared ready for use on the tracks. The Heritage Line station platform was shortened slightly to allow the track to fit from the main lines and as a result has created the ideal location for the car park for patrons, a level crossing will be added for access and cobblestones for the car park base. I am not very good at forward planning and as a result most of Geominster evolves through trial and error or alterations but it is progressing well in my opinion and that really is what this is about.

The new baseboard support made recently enabled simple inversion of the layout to work underneath by it standing it on the rear edge. I meant to take photographs of all the spaghetti wiring but I forgot so I will do that next time especially for mick to admire the electrickery involved. :-)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-260617060907.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52949)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-260617060941.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52950)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-260617061015.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52951)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 26, 2017, 09:13:28 am
Looking very good, George :thumbsup:

I meant to take photographs of all the spaghetti wiring but I forgot so I will do that next time especially for mick to admire the electrickery involved. :-)


I'm in no hurry for nightmares so please don't fret about that :no:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 27, 2017, 05:07:09 am
I tested the newly fitted point motors today and after minor adjustments to the default direction settings they are all fully functional. So with Geominster back on track I decided to attempt to change the design of the mimic panel slightly. I recall designing it originally and felt afterwards it was not as clear as it should be and as a result not that simple to use, some of the tracks were angled wrongly. Here is the result of the changes, not completely finished but now replicates the actual layout in a far easier way to follow and route plan. My next task is a track clean and to repair some of the damage to scenic areas done when making the recent changes. The room also needs tidying as well and to plan the next stages of scenery.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2383-270617050604.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52960)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on June 27, 2017, 08:59:05 pm
Very neat and readable. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 28, 2017, 12:35:22 am
 :hellosign: Nice work on the panel George, thanks for the updates
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 20, 2017, 06:34:18 am
Another update of recent work here at Geominster. I have been working on the upper level mainly which will feature a shuttle in the background and have added wedding cars and guests to the churchyard, I have some gravestones still to fit. The link from the upper level back to Nelevator is almost complete and girder bridge and supports added. I have also been delaying making some pylons I bought about a year because they were so fiddly so I finally had a go and they are turning out alright, still the pointy bit to finish one off and then the insulators but it gives the background some height. The other news is that I saw the price of Seafoam trees and discovered they come from seeds so I tracked some down and they should arrive shortly so I intend trying to grow them for bushes etc. The next job is to connect the layout to Nelevator and stock it up to empty the boxes of stock still piled up after the room and layout alterations. The warm weather has prevented much other progress as my room faces the sun and after about 11.00. am gets very warm. I have finally managed to get a GF Duchess of Hamilton in green for £85 still wrapped, I have been looking for a while but resented the prices being asked.



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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 20, 2017, 04:40:18 pm
Looking good George. Intrigued by the seafoam trees, I await further updates...
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 20, 2017, 11:39:35 pm
Looking good George. Intrigued by the seafoam trees, I await further updates...

  Ditto
    regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on July 21, 2017, 06:23:52 am
top, have you got the nelevator already fully wworking ?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 21, 2017, 07:58:16 am
top, have you got the nelevator already fully wworking ?

Hi Maurits, after relocating Nelevator into the position and laying the new main lines and points I have only had it working unloaded. The reason being is that once I lay and fit the track to it and load with stock It would be vulnerable to being jolted while I fitted the other boards. Now that is done it is time to connect the track to the inlets and load it up. I wanted to complete the pylons first as I have had them a while and hate not completing something before moving to the next. Plan is by Sunday pylons done and set aside and four short lengths of track to Nelevator laid which must be removable so
I can still draw the layout forward to invert and work on the electrics whilst it is stood on the back edge. Watch this space.

Seafoam seeds arrived and I will sow some later.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 21, 2017, 06:22:01 pm
The pylons are now almost completed, somewhat flimsy and a little distorted but now all painted and considerably stronger so i can put them in place. I have laid the tracks into and out of Nelevator this afternoon and tested them and all are working without problems. I had to slightly alter the Railmaster mimic plan in order to get the point directions showing correctly and all responding to the correct DCC codes, all done now see the screenshot below. Later I will check that Nelevator all runs up and down correctly stopping at the right levels and not fouling any tracks after the relocation into the layout. I do not anticipate any issues with this as it was all set up correctly previously.

Hornby Railmaster Mimic Plan for DCC point control.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2383-210717182126.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53591)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Milton Rail on July 22, 2017, 02:34:59 pm
Great updates, well done with the pylons, the one you had on the layout looked great, I toyed with getting one or two, but decided against, I do have one of their bridges to build though.... similarly fiddley.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 22, 2017, 03:18:07 pm
Great updates, well done with the pylons, the one you had on the layout looked great, I toyed with getting one or two, but decided against, I do have one of their bridges to build though.... similarly fiddley.

Thank you, the pylons are extremely fiddly but very impressive, fortunately they are at the back of the layout furthest from discerning eyes 😄. Nelevator is running alright and I have just secured the tracks in and out of with a very small screw through a sleeper on each one, this ensures that any movement will not Spring the track from the clips, a problem I did have occasionally on the previous setup. Just going to begin loading Nelevator with stock 👍 .
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on July 27, 2017, 10:54:34 pm
Well, the Seafoam seeds are beginning to germinate 👍 As we are going away next week it looks like I will have to take them with me to nurture them. 😄
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on July 28, 2017, 09:57:58 pm
Have a good nurture and holiday too :)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on July 28, 2017, 10:01:44 pm
Should we alert HM Customs that George may have some odd weed on his person? :laugh:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on July 28, 2017, 10:15:47 pm
Blame it on Andy Pandy. :doh:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on July 28, 2017, 10:17:24 pm
Blame it on Andy Pandy. :doh:

Have you by any chance confused AP with The Flowerpot Men?
Flobob ;D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on July 28, 2017, 10:50:18 pm
The weed has confused me. :smackedface: Bill and Ben are putting the finger on AP.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 15, 2017, 08:11:45 pm
Should we alert HM Customs that George may have some odd weed on his person? :laugh:


George has indeed got Sea Foams growing, no photo at moment as camera is upstairs and iPad with flip it sideways but has germinated and growing well. Maybe tomorrow sneak preview 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 17, 2017, 04:37:16 pm
As promised here are the photos of the Sea Foam seedlings all planted out ready to grow into lovely trees and bushes :-)

If they are big enough by TINGS I was thinking of donating some if anyone was interested.

Except for NN of course who wont be there :-( but I will make an exception because he is nice guy and send him a plant in an unmarked brown parcel if he wishes.


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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on August 17, 2017, 09:10:00 pm
That's very kind, George. I know nothing about this product. I won't end up with a whack off beanstalk growing out of my bungalow, will I? :worried:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 17, 2017, 09:13:53 pm
It might be advisable to put it outside the bungalow and a few metres away in case the roots damage your foundations and give off toxic fumes affecting your breathing. 😲
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on August 17, 2017, 09:16:59 pm
It might be advisable to put it outside the bungalow and a few metres away in case the roots damage your foundations and give off toxic fumes affecting your breathing. 😲

Are you sure it's not Triffid, Giant Hogweed or Deadly Lampshade? :uneasy:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 17, 2017, 09:18:56 pm
It might be advisable to put it outside the bungalow and a few metres away in case the roots damage your foundations and give off toxic fumes affecting your breathing. 😲

Are you sure it's not Triffid, Giant Hogweed or Deadly Lampshade? :uneasy:

Trust me it is Sea Foam, Google it no you will find pickies.Very rare to get seeds and I have a lot more 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on August 17, 2017, 10:00:31 pm
Can you smoke it as well? :laugh3:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 17, 2017, 10:03:48 pm
Can you smoke it as well? :laugh3:

Not until it has grown quite a bit 😄
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on August 17, 2017, 10:15:46 pm
Yes it's a bit like a one drag fag at the moment. I shall follow this with interest and see if I can get the seeds or plants here.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on August 18, 2017, 08:34:12 am
Are you sure it's not Triffid, Giant Hogweed or Deadly Lampshade? :uneasy:

Or the much feared Purple Dangler? :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on August 18, 2017, 04:50:27 pm
Chiltern Nurseries sell the seeds under the Latin name of Teloxys Aristata. A Google search produced several different names, confusing. I shall order a packet and sow them in December. Northern European plants seem to germinate better then as it's not too hot. I promise I wont smoke them. ::)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on August 18, 2017, 05:23:55 pm
yep code is 1235A, I have got 2 enveloppes full with seeds but forgot them in March, so need to wait another couple of months.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on August 18, 2017, 05:53:43 pm
yep code is 1235A, I have got 2 enveloppes full with seeds but forgot them in March, so need to wait another couple of months.

Lol mine will be oak trees by then 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on September 26, 2017, 04:44:41 pm
Not much happening at Geominster recently mainly due to an impending house move. It is time to live somewhere quieter and nicer than where we are at the moment so destination Cotswolds is in progress.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2383-260917164137.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56189)


Geominster needs reducing slightly in length to fit this room but can have an extended section creating an "L" layout. Started planning this but I will leave the alterations until the move is complete.



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The heritage line now has six Dapol Schools locomotives, all running well after slackening the screw attaching the front pony wheels a quarter turn
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: port perran on September 26, 2017, 04:46:24 pm
Good luck with the move.
Looks to be a fine house.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on September 26, 2017, 05:01:43 pm
Very best wishes for the move, George.
Your future garage looks bigger than my bungalow :'(
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 26, 2017, 05:06:30 pm
I wish that everything goes as you would wish, George.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 26, 2017, 05:43:25 pm
Good luck with the move George. Nice looking house.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Innovationgame on September 26, 2017, 08:24:04 pm
Whereabouts in the Cotswolds? I Used to live in Moreton-in - Marsh.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on September 26, 2017, 08:29:17 pm
Whereabouts in the Cotswolds? I Used to live in Moreton-in - Marsh.

Not far from Moreton-in -the-Marsh it is a small village about two miles from Chipping Campden next to National Trust Hidcote. 👍
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Innovationgame on September 26, 2017, 10:11:30 pm
Whereabouts in the Cotswolds? I Used to live in Moreton-in - Marsh.

Not far from Moreton-in -the-Marsh it is a small village about two miles from Chipping Campden next to National Trust Hidcote. 👍
Boyce or Bartrim?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: 25901JFM on September 27, 2017, 11:46:15 am
Good Luck with the move.  Look forward to seeing the alterations once you've settled in and get some spare time to adapt the railway to its new home.
John
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on September 29, 2017, 08:05:41 am
Here is the first plan idea for the new home for Geominster. I need to trim about 400mm from the present length of the layout and intend shortening the mainline station slightly to accommodate the change and allow the mainline to continue via a viaduct and then a tunnel to return to both Nelevator and also the heritage station. I have included a couple of holding sidings which will be behind the viaduct, As the door is in the bottom corner there will be a near 360 degree view of the viaduct and should make an excellent visual feature. All subject to change of course.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on September 29, 2017, 08:28:24 am
Looks lovely! The new plan sounds great, too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on September 29, 2017, 09:50:10 am
Sweeping curves - lubbly jubbly :drool:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 29, 2017, 10:04:28 am
Sweeping curves - lubbly jubbly :drool:

Fully agree with both the above comments. Looking forward to seeing the revised version, George.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on October 01, 2017, 08:15:48 am
A little more homework today and discovered that Travis Perkins are selling basic kitchen cabinets including semi gloss white doors which will be perfect for supporting the entire layout whilst offering superb concealed storage of all sorts for around £35 for a 1000mm unit, I will not fit the legs and plinths so they will sit lower and be a perfect match for operating. Exciting times.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on October 01, 2017, 08:20:06 am
Tailor made, mate.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Train Waiting on October 01, 2017, 04:15:16 pm
A little more homework today and discovered that Travis Perkins are selling basic kitchen cabinets including semi gloss white doors which will be perfect for supporting the entire layout whilst offering superb concealed storage of all sorts for around £35 for a 1000mm unit, I will not fit the legs and plinths so they will sit lower and be a perfect match for operating. Exciting times.

I think kitchen cabinets are an excellent support for a layout and they certainly help to keep things tidier.  I used the legs to get a height of three feet for the track on 'Sandrock'.  At the 'newer' side of the Train Set room, I have used the same arrangement, but with the track level increased to 41", as I think that gives me a better viewing level when seated.  The cabinets certainly make for a substantial base board as I have stood on both!  All I need to do now is build the new layout/s...

Best wishes.

John 
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 07, 2017, 09:35:02 am
 :hellosign: Nice plan George, looking good, hope all goes well & looking forward to developments
    regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on November 30, 2017, 05:26:14 pm
It has been a while since last posting and a few changes have taken place. Firstly the move to the new home in the Cotswolds is off for a variety of reasons so Geominster will not be travelling in a furniture van. However not needing so much room in my den for office work I have decided that I could have a small extension to the layout which would create a lot more running track.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/2383-301117172234.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58749)

The idea is to create a viaduct and either a girder bridge or retaining wall supporting the six tracks in the Viaduct area, I could use the the two sidings to hold a train before reappearing again through the main layout. I will see how it develops,

The train room has been partly decorated and with the layout supporting units arriving tomorrow I can progress the new layout boards and complete the decorating. Having been acceptig it all had to be moved for the past four months it is time to get trains running again.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on November 30, 2017, 08:18:03 pm
Thanks for the update, George.


The idea is to create a viaduct and either a girder bridge or retaining wall supporting the six tracks in the Viaduct area, I could use the the two sidings to hold a train before reappearing again through the main layout. I will see how it develops,


I must be a bit thick tonight (got a cold) but I'm not sure I understand. Will the trackbed on said viaduct/girder bridge etc be the same height as the rest of the track as it looks as if there's no room for a suitable gradient if the viaduct is raised up above the rest :uneasy:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on November 30, 2017, 08:39:20 pm
Yes Mick, I am not a great fan of gradients and prefer simple 😄 . I intend stopping the level surface each side then creating some kind of ravine and build the viaduct over it. Must be the cold weather mixed with aged brain cells I cannot quite imagine it, I might get the desk and base cupboards and decorating done tomorrow and the extra baseboards done over the weekend, that would help picture the end result. I planned the two sidings so I could use them to hold a train while another goes through and of course could use them for storage. The loop in the corner will have a cover to conceal it after two tunnel entrances and in the event of derailment can be easily accessed for the hand of George to intervene. 👍  I need to get trains running, it has been nearly four months since much went round.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on November 30, 2017, 08:44:43 pm
Yes Mick, I am not a great fan of gradients and prefer simple 😄 . I intend stopping the level surface each side then creating some kind of ravine and build the viaduct over it.

I guessed you'd probably put a 'dropped section' between the 2 ends.

I need to get trains running, it has been nearly four months since much went round.

Amen, brother. We can do without withdrawal symptoms, eh? :)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 01, 2017, 07:23:22 pm
Yesterday and today I have been busy re decorating the train room, sadly been let down by the supplier of the cupboards to support the layout but i have used my time wisely and now have a very nice freshly emulsioned room. Pictures show where it is tonight with a promise of cupboards to replace the bookcases tomorrow and new desktop on Monday. 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/2383-011217192100.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58799)

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I hope to get the new baseboard constructed over the weekend and in place ready for track laying.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 01, 2017, 07:30:01 pm
Looking very good, already George. Thanks for the photos.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: wookie on December 01, 2017, 07:48:27 pm
That looks absolutely spiffing old chap  :D

Was the Nelevation worth the price?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 01, 2017, 08:10:27 pm
Thanks, yes Nelevator is redundant at the moment due to works on layout but has performed well and it is so nice to admire the stock as opposed to keeping it all in boxes. I originally had it in the main line but decided to use dedicated sidings to use it, makes it simpler and I can prepare the next train out whilst still using the main lines. I intend straightening the front facia of Geominster creating a scenic area in the front.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: JohnN on December 01, 2017, 08:26:57 pm
That's a cracking layout George. Looks like it's a lot of fun to operate.

Ironically, I was admiring the baseboard construction and was going to comment on how good the curved front fascia looked. But I can see how you might want to get the space back for scenery.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 01, 2017, 08:28:37 pm
I bet watching the Nelevator is more stimulating than some of the TV rubbish ;D
Good looking paint job, George.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 01, 2017, 08:41:08 pm
That's a cracking layout George. Looks like it's a lot of fun to operate.

Ironically, I was admiring the baseboard construction and was going to comment on how good the curved front fascia looked. But I can see how you might want to get the space back for scenery.

Actually the boss commented that because it is curved it exposes the top of the cupboards beneath it so thought it best to address that and gain some scenic space at the same time.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 01, 2017, 08:42:05 pm
I bet watching the Nelevator is more stimulating than some of the TV rubbish ;D
Good looking paint job, George.

Indeed Mick even empty watching it go up and down is entertaining. :-)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: RailGooner on December 01, 2017, 08:44:06 pm
How do you improve a faultless layout like Geominster? ??? Make it BIGGER! :bounce:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: JohnN on December 01, 2017, 08:48:03 pm
Actually the boss commented that because it is curved it exposes the top of the cupboards beneath it so thought it best to address that and gain some scenic space at the same time.
Well I certainly wouldn't want to be the cause you getting you into trouble with the boss. I have one too and I know to pick my battles.  :angel:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 01, 2017, 08:51:31 pm
How do you improve a faultless layout like Geominster? ??? Make it BIGGER! :bounce:

Thanks and use it more 👍 Had to undo some scenic bits but the overall picture looks good and looking forward to progressing it over the next few months.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: RailGooner on December 01, 2017, 10:07:54 pm
Looking forward to looking on as you progress George. :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 09, 2017, 09:18:42 pm
Well this week despite having a lot of other jobs to get sorted before Xmas I have today completed the track on the extension to Geominster. All the droppers are connected albeit via a temporary connection but I am pleased to report all is running and working well. The extra board has increased to running lines by about 75% in length and given far more interest as I had hoped. I have put the two boards together for playing/working on and next up is the viaduct area. I have a turntable to fit on the original board so I will be giving serious thought exactly where that will go. The point motors are attached but will not get connected until the New Year when I hope to invert the main board to carry out modifications to lights, turntable motor and other elelectrical works, the temporary bus wire can be incorporated correctly. I can also at the same time connect the new point motors into the DCC boards to operate from the mimic panel. The new track plan has created quite a lot of scope for scenic ideas and that is something I will be pondering over a glass or two during the Xmas festivities. I have made a short video of the test running over the entire layout and extension and if I can figure out how to post it here then I will or otherwise just post a link. Hopefully I can add some photographs also tomorrow.

https://youtu.be/Vchqyc7T7Ik  Link to the Youtube video, the locos are running a bit on the rapid side, I think it is because they have not been run for a while and loosened up a bit as they ran, anyway it all worked as planned, they also run the opposite direction and therefore the correct way round. 😄
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 09, 2017, 09:31:47 pm
Excellent :claphappy:
Good to see locos running again, George!
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 09, 2017, 09:34:14 pm
Excellent :claphappy:
Good to see locos running again, George!

Certainly is Mick, since embarking on moving beginning August very little movement on the tracks. I will have to make up for lost time, I have a couple of sound locos that I think will sound good over a long run.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Innovationgame on December 10, 2017, 06:38:36 am
What's the block bell code for runaway train on wrong line?  :-[
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 10, 2017, 07:39:06 am
What's the block bell code for runaway train on wrong line?  :-[

🙈🙈 I had been trying both tracks both directions and got carried away by the success a video of it working seemed appropriate. Rule one kicked in . 😂
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 20, 2017, 06:56:49 am
Update at Geominster and the extension board. A lot of progress has been made recently so here are the latest photos. I have now fitted the desktop and have a good working area, the doors have hidden all the boxes stored within them. The fascia boards have all been fitted to the front of the layout boards and need filling and painting and the new viaduct feature has been fitted with just a little more to complete it and then some scenic work to tidy up the slopes. As I mentioned previously I have straightened the front fascia board and it has created a good scenic area in front of the Mainline station, some cottages and a through road are my thoughts on that space at the moment. I do intend having a tidying session today and put all the remaining boxes away ready to start again over the festive period, and of course a running session is in order just to check everything works well.


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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on December 20, 2017, 07:14:37 am
That looks brilliant. I love the neat fascias with controls mounted, and I have to admit that it's the first time I've seen a Nelevator in situ on a layout.

Top marks here!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 20, 2017, 07:37:36 am
Thank you for the kind words, it is encouraging when people like what you are doing. I notice that I haven't posted a photograph with the laptop mimic panel in operation, I will amend the layout plan to the new version and post as soon as I have done that.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Innovationgame on December 20, 2017, 07:53:22 am
It's all starting to look very polished.  The pictures show it off really well.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 20, 2017, 08:00:14 am
Many thanks, George, for this extensive and informative update. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I look forward to the next instalment from Geominster.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on December 20, 2017, 09:31:44 am
Another admirer of the neat fascias here - oh for the time when I get that far with mine!
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 20, 2017, 09:54:21 am
Another admirer of the neat fascias here - oh for the time when I get that far with mine!

Only discipline here from my part. I want to run the trains but feel I must get it to a state where I can pick up or put down scenics, very near that point now, so progress will probably be much slower.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 20, 2017, 10:38:14 am
What a super job you've made of the layout, George. Award yourself top marks :claphappy:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 20, 2017, 11:10:24 am
Just a few more photos after tidying. You will see the pull out drawer for the laptop when in use. I still need to amend the layout plan.


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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: austinbob on December 20, 2017, 11:19:53 am
Amazing George. Superb work.
 :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: JohnN on December 20, 2017, 02:13:09 pm
Top work George. It all looks very professional.  :thumbsup:

I particularly admire the curved fascia on your return loops round by the desk. Very neatly done.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on December 20, 2017, 05:58:13 pm
A lovely set of photos of a great layout.  :thumbsup:  Beautifully tidy. I wish mine was like that.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on December 20, 2017, 07:24:18 pm
cool, I do agree with everybody, the fascia's are top class, did I see correctly it's 6 mm mdf ?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 20, 2017, 07:41:29 pm
cool, I do agree with everybody, the fascia's are top class, did I see correctly it's 6 mm mdf ?

Yes Maurits, most of the fascia are 6mm mdf, canít hide anything from you, the curved section is laminated from three 2mm boards glued and screwed to the curvature. Will look good once filled and painted white. Thank you everyone for your kind comments.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Maurits71 on December 20, 2017, 07:45:56 pm
ok, so you do the corners 3 times ?, it's a really good idea :)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 20, 2017, 07:54:58 pm
ok, so you do the corners 3 times ?, it's a really good idea :)

I spent 45 years as a carpenter and joiner so know a few tricks 😄 The mdf I get for the picture framing back boards I use only 1220 x 600 mm small sheets only a few pounds each.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 22, 2017, 06:44:04 am
I have amended the new mimic panel to show the extended section of Geominster but to keep it all on one screen I have kept the return loop out of the plane, it does however show clearly to me the direction set and the points to do that. I do need to allocate the codes t the latest additions which will be done in the New Year when the boards are separated for a few wiring alterations and the addition of the turntable in the Heritage Line yard, this will mean the cottages and playground will be moved elsewhere to create he space. A new road bridge will be constructed to replace the existing one. I have been working on the backscene behind the viaduct and I have learnt how to cut and split the image from a panoramic photograph into usable and printable sizes. I should be able to use some of my own panoramic photos to produce an effective back drop.

The latest mimic panel.


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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 22, 2017, 09:51:28 am
I have been working on the backscene behind the viaduct and I have learnt how to cut and split the image from a panoramic photograph into usable and printable sizes. I should be able to use some of my own panoramic photos to produce an effective back drop.


Sounds interesting. I look forward to seeing the results.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on December 22, 2017, 09:53:15 am
Curved corners though, Mick  :D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 24, 2017, 06:42:00 am
A mock up of scenic background from Wordsworth showing Sir DANIEL Gooch on the new viaduct, this is going to be one of the best places on Geominster for railside photographs. I just need to tidy the viaduct and colour the edges.


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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2017, 07:07:47 am
Looks great!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Train Waiting on December 24, 2017, 08:59:27 am
Looks great!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Seconded!  An excellent picture and I look forward to seeing more in due course.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Innovationgame on December 24, 2017, 09:36:28 am
A mock up of scenic background from Wordsworth showing Sir Graham Gooch on the new viaduct, this is going to be one of the best places on Geominster for railside photographs. I just need to tidy the viaduct and colour the edges.
I hadn't realised that any Castles were names after cricketers.  Or was he a time lord who served as the first chief mechanical engineer to IKB?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 24, 2017, 10:08:23 am
A mock up of scenic background from Wordsworth showing Sir Graham Gooch on the new viaduct, this is going to be one of the best places on Geominster for railside photographs. I just need to tidy the viaduct and colour the edges.
I hadn't realised that any Castles were names after cricketers.  Or was he a time lord who served as the first chief mechanical engineer to IKB?

maybe that should be Sir Daniel Gooch then.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 24, 2017, 10:38:18 am
Pic looks great, George :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 27, 2017, 10:25:09 am
I have now painted the fascias to the layout, they contrast nicely with the cabinets underneath and I am pleased with the results. I do think presentation is important and although the layout is unlikely to appear outside this room it is in part of the house where visitors come. Now I can concentrate on planning and creating the scenic areas and run trains in the meantime. Of course a very long way to go but that is why this hobby is so enjoyable, always something to do next. Anyway here are the latest photos with a mostly tidy room.



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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on December 27, 2017, 11:40:08 am
Oh dear. That puts my mancave to shame, and Harry & Meghan are coming tomorrow :help:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on December 27, 2017, 12:00:44 pm
Oh dear. That puts my mancave to shame, and Harry & Meghan are coming tomorrow :help:

Amazing what a couple of coats of Homebase grey matt emulsion can do.  :D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: wookie on December 27, 2017, 03:11:05 pm
Very impressive George.
I have the paint ready to paint my board fascias, but gawd knows when I'll get round to it - so much ealse to do!
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on December 27, 2017, 09:09:38 pm
Puts my mancave to shame too :hmmm:.  Must do something about it.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 30, 2017, 05:10:31 pm
Very impressive work, George. My working area is a complete mess! I plan to do some tidying up, soon, though.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: pjmrail on January 02, 2018, 07:04:06 pm
Hello George.

I'm new to the forum and have a Nelevator on order. I notice that yours is behind cupboards Do you have any access issues or do you not generally need access to the bottom of the Nelevator? I am putting mine behind bookshelves below the layout and wondered whether I need to make the shelving units removable for access to the bottom of the Nelevator.

Any help and information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Philip
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 02, 2018, 10:28:38 pm
Hi Philip. There should not really need to be access below the track level, but in my case the layout is 900mm deep and the units about 500mm deep so there is a small space behind the units. If all else failed and I needed better access the the layout detaches from the Nelevator support and that gives full access then. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: pjmrail on January 04, 2018, 12:44:41 pm
Thanks George that's very helpful!
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 07, 2018, 04:27:13 pm
Not a lot happening this week except making a few Workers Cottages and templating the newly regained land/layout space by straightening the fascia board from curved. I intend to have a main road running along the front with the cottages backing onto the railway line with converted cottage as a cafe and post office. I have been experimenting with an old turntable I had and now fitted the motor to drive it and also the controls to rotate it clockwise or anti clockwise, the set came with a speed control as well for crawling rotation to assist in alignment. All works and needs installing ready for the turntable alterations.
 
Just seen the new releases from Graham Farish for 2018, a few items look tempting but not as many as I feared. The N Class Southern but would have preferred without sound, the Class 57 GWR, Castle Pullman Set and some of the Hawksworth carriages. Sure there will be more when the catalogue arrives.


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Finally the grass has grown around the viaduct and some bushes planted.



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And an update with the switches mounted in the fascia board and the grey templates for the front street scene.



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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 11, 2018, 05:21:58 pm
Afternoon George.

Cracking stuff! Every time I see an update it makes me want one of those Nelevators.

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 16, 2018, 05:04:58 pm
I have been putting off deciding and fitting the turntable I bought last year. This afternoon I took the plunge literally and retro fitted it to the baseboard which has various cables and decoders etc etc underneath. Fortunately I used Sundeala for the base surface so I was able to cut through it carefully with a Stanley knife and check the space below before enlarging the aperture to accept the turntable. All in place now and working so next to do is some tracklaying and power supplies to the them. The control panel I bought is superb allowing very slow movement to align tracks. Time permitting I may remove the temporary power supply and thread it back to a dedicated supply.


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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Train Waiting on January 16, 2018, 07:38:51 pm
That looks marvellous, George.

It is all so very tidy.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 16, 2018, 09:15:38 pm
From my experience of cutting 9mm sundeala with a stanley knife, that must have taken some time, George. The end result does look good.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 16, 2018, 09:19:15 pm
From my experience of cutting 9mm sundeala with a stanley knife, that must have taken some time, George. The end result does look good.

Was a lot quicker than plunging a jigsaw in and repairing all the electrickery beneath. Took about half an hour to cut out, no photos allowed if the hole 😲 the end result is clean and good though.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 17, 2018, 09:30:26 pm
I have a Peco turntable kit for a future planned layout and will have to motorise and control it, George, so would be interested to learn how you managed it. What is the control panel that you referred to, please?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 17, 2018, 09:35:51 pm
I have a Peco turntable kit for a future planned layout and will have to motorise and control it, George, so would be interested to learn how you managed it. What is the control panel that you referred to, please?

Hi Chris, I bought the motor and the controls from two different suppliers. The controls are excellent have a forward and reverse button along with a variable speed controller, I will find the ebay link and post it. Also the motor supplier.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 17, 2018, 09:56:32 pm
I have a Peco turntable kit for a future planned layout and will have to motorise and control it, George, so would be interested to learn how you managed it. What is the control panel that you referred to, please?

Hi Chris, I bought the motor and the controls from two different suppliers. The controls are excellent have a forward and reverse button along with a variable speed controller, I will find the ebay link and post it. Also the motor supplier.

Many thanks, George. That would be very useful.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 17, 2018, 10:04:14 pm
http://www.locomotech.com/ (http://www.locomotech.com/) Was the motor supplier. I used the deluxe version as not a lot more expensive.

Item number on eBay :172886908250
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 18, 2018, 08:20:58 am
Many thanks, George. That is very useful. Together they should make an excellent combination with the Peco turntable kit.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on January 20, 2018, 05:54:32 pm

Especially for Mick. YouTube of Geominster

https://youtu.be/6TPS232aChk

A quick update of the layout showing Class 40 running. The turntable is now fully functioning and just requires a slight levelling of a couple of tracks.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 20, 2018, 07:31:42 pm
Class 40 looks good, George, especially with the 'sunlight' glinting off the Silver Bullets :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on March 30, 2018, 07:03:30 am
I have just noticed it is a very long time since I posted updates to Geominster. I have been doing a lot of work to the layout recently and hopefully I can show the photographs of how far it has progressed. This week for example I have been working with the vinyl cutter to produce some much finer cut road markings and road signage, I have ordered new vinyl stock and it should be here Saturday so I can cut new pieces and update the road along the front of Geominster, also there has been a lot of work done on scenic areas and I have tried to finish some of the areas that have been incomplete for a long time. I never expect to get the layout finished but it is satisfying when you can look at part of it with a view to improving something rather than what to fill the space with. Meanwhile here is a teaser of what is to come using the old vinyl sheet.

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Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on April 05, 2018, 07:44:49 am
As promised here is an update of recent work at Geominster.

Forming of the cutting for upper Geominster, the idea being to conceal trains from view while seated without the need for a tunnel which from experience is where all derailments and trouble occur.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/2383-050418070901.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63840)

You now see where the train goes under the bridge and then out of view returning along the rear track behind the viaduct.



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I decided the old road markings were way too big so I experimented with getting them nearer to scale.



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This is the latest arrangement which looks vastly improved

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The crane assembled and painted with vinyl signage. I tried Humbrol enamel paints but didn't really get on with them so have switched to Tamiya acrylics, these suit me better, drying quicker allowing me to progress without waiting too long for the next coat to be applied.

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Nelevator partly stocked following recent layout alterations


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Test pieces for road markings and close up of school entrance



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I hope this is useful to understand where progress has reached, thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Train Waiting on April 05, 2018, 09:09:15 am
Looking really good.  And such a lovely environment for a layout.

I agree about tunnels; a nice feature but requires really easy access because things tend to happen in tunnels - that well-known law.  Or a cutting!

I tend to find enamels paints easier to work with than acrylics (counter-intuitive, I know, and the brush cleaning isn't fun) but I am persevering with acrylics.  It is a good idea to change brands, as you have done, to see if there is one which suits you.  As an aside, my chum Richard is a professional painter and decorator.  His heart sinks when a customer wants him to use Farrow & Ball paint as he feels that he just doesn't get on with it.  And it has, I understand a really good reputation as a first-rate product.  It's a personal thing; like me with fine Scotch - the finer it is, the viler it tastes to me!

Many thanks for the super pictures.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on April 05, 2018, 09:30:49 am
Nice work, George :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on April 05, 2018, 10:06:36 am
I love that curved fascia.  :thumbsup:

It's weird and most definitely showing me age, but like Train Waiting, I prefer enamels to acrylics. Building an old Revell kit for work reasons a few years ago, I used the stuff from that war games shop, and found it horrible to the point of useless.

Just me, I suppose.  ::)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on April 05, 2018, 10:15:51 am
I do use mainly acrylic these days, but must confess to still thinking of it as Homeopathic Paint :D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 05, 2018, 09:57:16 pm
 :hellosign: Looking really good George, loving the crane  :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 20, 2018, 04:39:46 pm
I really must post an update but thought a share of the wind turbine kit I recently bought, made and painted to give the layout some movement apart from the locomotives. I still need to finalize its location and complete the area which I am working on with the pylons and farm setting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPeaSJdlCbA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPeaSJdlCbA)
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 20, 2018, 05:11:10 pm
I trust it's quieter than the real thing, George? :uneasy:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on June 20, 2018, 08:48:42 pm
Aren't the output cables a little dangerous trailing along the ground? :worried: :D
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 23, 2018, 06:36:05 am
Just a few more photos of recent work. I had some problems with the layout mimic in Railmaster and sought advice on the Hornby Forum, the problem was I had two pairs of points operating together on my viaduct, the plan was to be able to use them as a passing line, when firing the points they worked together but only from one point button and one of the direction arrows would not register correctly. All sorted now as per photo. Some aerial pictures of the layout still very much a work in progress but will give the extent of the work and all the trackwork. The mimic panel has been abbreviated to fit on one screen.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618061018.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66780)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618061100.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66781)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618061137.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66782)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618061216.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66783)

With the addition of the wind turbine it was necessary to reduce the speed to a realistic rate. I added a speed controller to the switch panel allowing much more variation.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618061358.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66784)

In doing the additional wiring I decided to trace out the switch panel and list their uses, in doing this i discovered the multimeter I had was broken and giving false readings, I bought another and the job was simple.



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618061552.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66785)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618061654.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66787)

I wanted a service station on the layout and metcalfe had just released theirs so I assembled it, the pumps are very fiddly however it did allow me to try out some locations for it and in doing so I have finally managed to decide what will be the plan for the mainline station area, a few photos showing evolvement and and it is now ready to continue, I have some lighting to do and road markings but I am happy with the plan as it is progressing. I am building the station area on a mount board which will allow me to work easier at the desk, saving backache reaching over and allowing me to do the fiddly fences and road lines, people placement etc then I can glue the entire section in place, it isn't sitting flat at the moment due to the wires trailing beneath it waiting to be threaded through the baseboard and connected



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618062052.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66788)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618062134.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66789)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618062236.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66790)

The following pictures show the templated paper for the area and the design of the garage and town square, there will be a drop off point for passengers, a short stay parking bay, a bus stop, and a car sales area on garage forecourt,, it also allows my aged multi story car park to be positioned near the station and at the same time allowing access to the main control power area for future wiring.



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618062628.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66792)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618063036.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66793)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618063109.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66794)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/2383-230618063141.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66795)

That is about all for now, I am still looking for the best site for the wind turbine and pylons in the farm area but as everyone knows the layout is always a work in progress and improvements are always in your mind. I have enjoyed creating the layout to this far and it all works how I hoped it would, some more trees and greenery will improve the overall look of it and of course more people. I have about 100 bare figures to dress with paint and I am hoping to spend some time doing this during the next couple of weeks. Thanks for looking at the thread.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 23, 2018, 07:21:57 am
Thanks for the extensive update.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on June 23, 2018, 08:59:34 am
Looks smashing, George :thumbsup:
I do have a concern about the clearance to the track in the last pic, though :uneasy:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Bealman on June 23, 2018, 09:13:35 am
Yes, thanks for the update!  :thumbsup:

Could be the camera angle or just temporary placing, Mick?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on June 23, 2018, 09:53:52 am
Looks smashing, George :thumbsup:
I do have a concern about the clearance to the track in the last pic, though :uneasy:

No need for concern Mick, thanks, the mountboards is bending slightly as it is still freestanding not yet glued down, I did anticipate a comment and explained that earlier 😳😳
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Mito on June 23, 2018, 08:45:07 pm
I like the idea very much and look forward to seeing it all fixed down. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 24, 2018, 12:36:48 am
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:  Thanks for the updates George all looking really neat & tidy excellent work
    regards Derek.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on September 07, 2018, 06:55:01 am
Just a quick update from Geominster, I have been busy and not had a lot of time for layout progress but I did make this little video showing the GF Class 40 sound and Dapol silver bullet wagons. Not one for rivet counters so look away now :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qnikcq3WLM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qnikcq3WLM)

I have now bought two more wind turbines and waiting for the PCB controllers so they can be erected, and once that is done I can work on the area around Nelevator and restock it ready to work. Still plenty to do but the dark days of winter will allow more time to be spent on scenics, some of the hill and farm area needs planning and completing and the town is desperate for ideas and work to be started.
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on September 07, 2018, 11:09:27 am
Smashing vid, George, but I'll try not to think what that train of Silver Bullets cost :goggleeyes:
Our hobby ain't cheap, is it?
Title: Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
Post by: georgehgv on September 07, 2018, 11:16:56 am
Thanks Mick, no not cheap and silver bullets are addictive. 13 x OMG as much as that ? sssshhh.