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Title: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 15, 2012, 10:26:05 pm
Hello everybody.

I have been browsing this forum for the past few days growing increasingly impressed and nervous in equal measure. Impressed because there are some really lovely layouts on here, and nervous because mine, “Filton TMD”...isn’t quite up there yet.

Before I describe my effort, just a brief word or two about myself and what my modelling is about.
Firstly, railways are a bug that bit me young. Apparently I saw my first train going over a bridge in South London and was a lost cause ever since. It was a Network Southeast EMU that was running through my (then) local station Raynes Park.

This should, logically, mean that I grew up a fan of all things sparky third rail, but I regarded the trains running around my local patch as “boxes” without “proper” locos (this has since changed, I am growing to like model DMUs and EMUs a lot).

My favourite train was, and is, the Class 43 / HST (or as I insisted on calling it back then, “Intercity”).  To me, getting on a HST meant I was going somewhere far away, somewhere exciting. Oh, and there was / is the noise!

Few noises have stayed with me and make the hair on the back of my neck stand up like a HST starting or revving up. It’s up there with the spectacle of hovering Harrier, a Vulcan go-around and Formula One engine screaming around Wembley Stadium. 

Anyway, the layout. I model what used to be called “modern image”. I like steam engines, but I am far too young to have grown up with them.  My chosen period for “Filton TMD” is the privatisation cross-over period.

This period was chosen as I happen to think that the BR sectorisation triple-grey is the best livery ever applied to mainline diesels, I think the “Swallow” livery suits the HST the best and Network SouthEast is great on just about anything! However, my loco fleet also includes class 66 and class 67 locos, and seeing as these were never a part of the BR plan, EWS is allowed too.

Oh yes, spot the deliberate mistake! I know that the 67 came along way after BR was officially gone, but I operate a strict policy of “if I like it, I run it” and so both regional and historical anomalies can be found on my metals.

Filton TMD was started in 2007 as a way of displaying a growing collection of locos that, until then, were stuck in boxes in London after I had moved full time to Bristol (after graduating from Bristol Uni). I had a big baseboard that was built for me by my mum in her house, but it was far from transportable. I reasoned that a smaller, transportable layout, would provide a means of running my fleet and, at the same time, allowing me to develop my modelling skills.

My old layout was, really, a big train set. No ballast, minimal scenic’s and manually operated points that also acted as isolating sections. Filton TMD is therefore my “first time” for:

•   Sectioning of a layout / DC wiring.
•   Ballasting
•   “Proper” scenic’s
•   Point motors
•   And, eventually, signals and lighting.

Here are some photos of the early stages, so you can get an idea of the track plan and loco fleet. The layout has come a long way since then, but it was over 4 years ago!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF2025.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF2022.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF2040.jpg)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Flax on February 15, 2012, 10:41:25 pm
Hi and welcome!

Know what you mean about being impressed and aprehensive.  There's a lot of really good modellers on the forum (don't regard myself as one of them..maybe in a few years) but that doesn't matter.  Learning and having fun is what it's about, and I've found all the stuff I've read and the comments I've received very helpful. 

Really like your intro - and agree on the HST noise!  Would like to see some pics of where you are now with the layout!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on February 15, 2012, 11:02:21 pm
My favourite train was, and is, the Class 43 / HST (or as I insisted on calling it back then, “Intercity”).  To me, getting on a HST meant I was going somewhere far away, somewhere exciting. Oh, and there was / is the noise!

 . . . I think the “Swallow” livery suits the HST the best and Network SouthEast is great on just about anything!


I think I'm in love!  :smiley-laughing:

Seriously, welcome to NGF and believe me there's no need to be nervous - no-one cares on here if you are a complete beginner who doesn't know their A4 from their elbow, or a know-it-all who really DOES know it all  ;) We're all here to help each other get the most out of N Gauge.

Plan looks like it has plenty of interest anyway  :thumbsup:

If you haven't seen it already try the following video - especially the throttle-up at 1:49 - pure heaven!  8)

HST South West summer 1991 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHBNDxuxSBo#)


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: polo2k on February 16, 2012, 01:52:42 am
welcome.

Who doesnt love a little boost (Is the Sklyine as in Nissan?)

as its late ;)

http://youtu.be/rkXJST4bExs (http://youtu.be/rkXJST4bExs)

or

http://youtu.be/hQUT_bBO_IU (http://youtu.be/hQUT_bBO_IU)

or

http://youtu.be/-Jkwt79AxDQ (http://youtu.be/-Jkwt79AxDQ)

or

http://youtu.be/jn7iTcjUmTo (http://youtu.be/jn7iTcjUmTo)

and for some train content

http://youtu.be/EqzSJOnW9-c (http://youtu.be/EqzSJOnW9-c)

and everybody say bye bye turbo
http://youtu.be/GSJw8AhtdrA (http://youtu.be/GSJw8AhtdrA)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris on February 16, 2012, 07:01:54 am
First of all welcome to the forum and nice little intro to your layout thread. Feel free to ask any questions on this forum and look forward to seeing your layout as it progresses.

Oh, and for HST starts, you'll probably not find one better than this:-

Valenta Sunset. THE MOTHER OF ALL HST STARTS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ICcOu0NkM#)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Jack on February 16, 2012, 07:45:37 am
Welcome aboard :wave:

Oh the sound of a Paxman Valenta start up and those turbos!!! I can't quite figure out which I prefer HST's, 37's or 47's, but then again variety is the spice of life.  ;D

More clag less steam  :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:

Remember today's experts where yesterdays beginners.

Jack
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Lawrence on February 16, 2012, 08:33:41 am
Welcome aboard Skyline, feel free to start your own layout thread in the layout construction section, and I can assure you it doesn't matter if you are a modelling muppet like me or a genius like quite a few on here, you will fit in, gain knowledge and be encouraged to share your failures, successes and hints and tips in equal measure
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 16, 2012, 07:56:35 pm
Thanks for the kind words of welcome.

@Sprintex:

I think I'm in love! 

Flattered :-D And thanks for the video, many HSTs in the livery of choice. Where was this filmed?

@Polo2k...

Yep it’s Skyline as in Nissan...in my case the R34 but since the new GTR arrived I think I have a new favourite! No I don’t own either, GT5 is the closest I am likely to get!
And as for the last Video...is that supposed to happen?!

@Chris: If that class 43 was in “Swallow” livery I would be worry about the clag stains :-P

@Jack: Nice little saying, will remember that this weekend when I glue my fingers together again....

@Lawrence: That’s why I am here :-D

Ok, so Filton TMD is currently in its fourth home, and as I type half-assembled in the front room / workshop of my house. Progress in the first house was broken off just after cork track-bed laying and test “grass” patch.

2nd home came and went with TMD not seeing the light from under the stairs.

Much progress was made in home three with the layout becoming operational with sectional wiring using my home-made control panel (GCSE electronics and soldering...thank you Mr Evans!)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0044.jpg)

Incidently, the cross-baseboard joint was dealt with electrically by use of these fantastic plug and socket connectors from Amberly Services.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0048.jpg)

Amazingly this worked perfectly first time. I was so shocked that I immediately decided to correct operational issues that arose with my initial plan of manually controlled points (namely, I could not be bothered to keep moving!). The whole point of Filton TMD was to “display” my locos in a depot setting, but this was not going to be as much fun if I had to set routes manually.

So, buoyed by the success of sectional wiring, I took the plunge and ordered the following from Rails of Sheffield.....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0072.jpg)

My research into point motors revealed that SEEP motors were available with built in accessory switching at no extra cost. So, my ambitions growing at an exponential rate....and having just discovered the CR signals website......I ordered more Peco switch racks than I needed. I also soldered all the point motor contacts with short length of wires connected to circuit blocks. This would make “phase 4” (signals) all the easier when I could afford it (that day has not come, but it’s not forgotten either).

Final photo for now....the (then) loco fleet. None placed, all driven into position, and I never left the fiddle yard to set the routes  :)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3136.jpg)

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: porkie on February 16, 2012, 08:40:23 pm
This looks great,

Love the plan and pics

Keep them coming
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on February 16, 2012, 09:04:14 pm
And thanks for the video, many HSTs in the livery of choice. Where was this filmed?
Dawlish Warren, Devon. You can sit on the sea wall and have HSTs passing your head about three feet away - sadly no Valentas any more but it's still awesome  8)

Yep it’s Skyline as in Nissan...in my case the R34 but since the new GTR arrived I think I have a new favourite! No I don’t own either, GT5 is the closest I am likely to get!
Would love an R33 GT-R V-Spec meself, although I wouldn't say no to a new 'R35' as a gift ;) Why anyone would want to pay six figures for a Ferrari, Lambo, etc when they could pay £70k and have the same performance, 4 seats, active 4WD and a decent boot beats me!

I also soldered all the point motor contacts with short length of wires connected to circuit blocks. This would make “phase 4” (signals) all the easier when I could afford it (that day has not come, but it’s not forgotten either).
I did the same, also make it easier to replace if any of the motors should fail  :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 17, 2012, 01:09:38 pm
Before I get too far into Filton TMD, time for some nostalgia. I came across these photos of my old layout recently, so here are some (scanned, so not brilliant quality) pictures of my childhood efforts.

This is a general view of the layout and board. Before track was removed, the depot at the back grew two more roads and three more sidings plus long head shunt was added on the right, but very few (if any) extra buildings were added.

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

Note the HST on the left along with my most prized possession, a Kato Eurostar and add-on pack. The HST eventually gained enough coaches to make  up 7 MKII set. However, in my youthful ignorance at least two MKIII’s were in the older “Executive” livery, and I think a MkIV might have snuck in too!

The next photo shows a line-up of motive power / stock. Some of this stock was on long term loan from a friend, and have since been returned.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/LondonLayout2.jpg)

Early on in the planning and construction of Filton TMD, I sold my Swallow HST set on eBay. It was obvious it was never going to get the space it needed to run and was just gathering dust in a box. Also, after years of use (it was my third ever loco), it had began to show its age. It was a bit battered and not free running, so a (very!) detailed description on eBay saw it sold for a very reasonable price (for all concerned). 

It is a long term goal to replace this set with at least 1 full length Swallow train. Dapols new model looks excellent and I would be keen to see it alongside the latest Farish offering for a back-to-back test. Does anybody here own a Dapol unit? Is it possible now to roster a full rake using Dapol MKIII’s? What’s verdict on the Farish offering? Has it been re-tooled or is it just cosmetic updates?

Sorry for the many questions, but when (or if!) I ever finish Filton, my next project (space providing) would involve mainline HST running.  In the mean time I will console myself with my boxed “Original” great western Cream and Green Farish HST. This, in my humble opinion, is the 2nd best livery to ever appear on a HST.

Oh, and before I go, the Eurostar is still mine and I am keeping her!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 20, 2012, 10:12:02 pm
So on with the saga.....

Electrical work completed I turned to the scenery.  The track plan had been partially conceived to work with the scenic items I wanted to include (and partially to use the pointwork I used on my previous layout!), so I knew roughly where everything was to go.

First up, after the green “splodge” on the right hand end, were the platforms.  I was keen to expand on a technique I first tried in London. Keen observers of my previous post will see my first ever home-made platforms on the left side of the layout. These were made using Balsa Wood, painted grey to represent concrete. The method proved to be much more cost effective than purchasing Graham Farish items, even with several versions succumbing to the aforementioned parental unit and her obsessive cleaning!

With the platforms of “Filton West” (as the station was to be christened), I took the concept further and added “concrete” tops using grey, extra fine, Woodland scenic ballast. Photos of the construction are shown below.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3139.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3137.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3140.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3145.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3149.jpg)

The finishing touch was to hand-paint the yellow “warning line” on the platform edges. The first efforts proved to be far too course, and in my opinion even the current “extra fine” ballast is too course. I may attempt to correct this in the future as a friend has some very fine sand used for her Chinchilla sand-baths, and I might have to ask her where she gets it!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3184.jpg)

Hideous gap at the joint with the ramp on the end was quickly corrected!

As I type this, I have just finished a session painting my station fencing and benches. My Graham Farish footbridge (shown above) has also been re-painted to make it fit in with the (hopefully not too..) overwhelming NSE Red theme!

I may post pictures of this as a sort of “on my work bench”, though that may give “spoilers” of where the layout is today!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on February 20, 2012, 10:19:13 pm
Hi Skyline.
The platforms look really good. As you say, maybe the gravel is still a little coarse but I like the construction method :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on February 20, 2012, 10:21:00 pm
Looking forward to seeing the red paint. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...School-Boy Error Alert!
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 25, 2012, 09:11:00 am
Morning all,

             At the beginning of what should, hopefully, be a day full of modelling for me. I have a mind to do some "On my work bench" style entries to show current "mini projects" for the buildings on Filton TMD, but the depends on progress today!

In the meantime, here are some more photos of layout construction, along with the (first of many!) "school boy errors" that have occurred along the way.

The focal point for Filton TMD is, obviously, the maintained depot itself (in this case the classic Peco diesel shed). Ever since I obtained my first one of these kits I have experimented with creating "concrete covered" or "inlaid" effect track.

For Filton TMD, I decided to use a technique developed on my old London set-up. Again this used my old stand-by, Bulsa wood :-).

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3218.jpg)

However, whilst it was successful in London, that was using dead-straight Peco set track, over a lot smaller area. It also only had a token covering of grey paint to represent concrete. On Filton, I tried to be much more ambitious.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3219.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3397.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3594.jpg)

All was going well until I painted it. Firstly, the "grey" undercoat spray promptly turned blue when dry!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3743.jpg)

Secondly, the Bulsa has curled, warped and lifted.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3781.jpg)

It’s not awful, but having seen numerous examples of plaster-covered rails on this forum and in person at Exhibitions, I am now certain it was the wrong way to go. I even met one chap at Warley 2010 that made very good use of some good quality cardboard.

Mine has been improved somewhat with the use of Milliput, but my eyes keep being drawn to bad bits. In the end the whole lot may well be ripped up and re-done.

So there it is, my first ever tip on this forum. Don't use Bulsa for your hard-standing!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on February 25, 2012, 09:52:01 am
Hi Skyline,
Sorry to hear of your problems, the least of whiich is the colour. The idea seems sound enough. What did you use to secure the Balsa to the baseboard please?
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 25, 2012, 05:24:35 pm
A combination of ordinary white PVA and double sided tape. In fairness the tape is causing the most bother, so hopefully it will be easy enough to lift and re-stick.

Looking at it today though, I think it’s more than salvageable...maybe....

Skyline
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Fratton on February 25, 2012, 05:45:52 pm
it might be more expensive than normal PVA but try rocket card glue for glueing balsa, it's super strong when dealing with balsa to wood and sets trong, i use it for all my card and small wood projects,,,
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 25, 2012, 10:38:18 pm
Thanks for the tip Fratton, where can I get some of that stuff?
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: polo2k on February 25, 2012, 10:51:57 pm
if your glueing to wood, PVA should be perfect, make sure you weight it well and leave it 24 hrs.
It might also be a good idea to make new pieces, the ones that are down may not take well to a second gluing, plus you never know if you've missed a bit till you have to rip it all up cos it wont run.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 27, 2012, 09:49:35 pm
Evening all,

Busy building my “test case” / station shelter for Filton West as well as finishing the red paint attack. The plan is, if my new technique works, I will begin serious planning for the “empty corner” of the layout and the hopefully unique building that will occupy it.

I am happy with the general effect so far, especially as the red benches and re-painted footbridge as it’s nice to have an overall theme.

Not quite ready to show the station shelter yet as, frankly, it could go either way!

So in the meantime here as some more construction photos.

As I mentioned recently on the “happy thread”, Filton TMD has had contributions from many kind-hearted souls who take pity on a poor bloke suffering from an affliction such as n gauging.

Here is the first example, a lovely signal box that was given to me one Christmas by the same guy who loaned me some stock on my previous layout. It’s not exactly modern, but I wanted to include it as it as such a nice job. I have in mind that it might get “the treatment” to age it, maybe even a visit by a local scallywag with a spray can. Not sure at the moment if I have the heart though!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3607.jpg)

The next shot shows the start of the structural work for the embankment and tunnel at one end of the layout, something I am pleased with as it’s given me no trouble to date!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3610.jpg)

This is a picture of the test board I used with some spare track and scrap points. This was used to help me hone my (only once use on a cousins 00 project) ballasting skills and to help me choose the colour combination I wanted.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3736.jpg)

It was at this point I decided that I would, again, push myself further from my initial brief and paint the rails themselves. So out came my spray brush and the resultant effect is best shown here.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3761.jpg)

Another job that I spent a lot of time thinking about was what to use as a back scene / retaining wall. Scalescenes to the rescue. First section is seen here, and despite the fact that in reality the wall would be truly monstrous in size, I think it suits the layout quite nicely.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3762.jpg)

So, Filton marches on. Just to end today with a more up to date stock shot. A couple more locos and wagons rakes have been added since this shot (indeed some locos have not yet turned a wheel!) but it gives a flavour of my tastes....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3724.jpg)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: OwL on February 27, 2012, 10:26:38 pm
Great looking stud of locos and your ballasting looks good too. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on February 28, 2012, 09:37:33 am
The layout is coming along very well. :thumbsup:  Nice collection of loco's.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bikeracer on February 28, 2012, 11:48:35 am
A cyanoacrylate glue such as "Zap" is very good for instant gluing of balsa wood,it also comes in gap filling,slow setting and other varieties.
Plenty of other cyano glues on the market,but over the numerous years I was building model aircraft "Zap" brand was the best I've used.
Sometimes it pays to moisten the balsa,spit on a finger tip works.

Allan
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 28, 2012, 07:05:31 pm
Ello ello...

    A quick one on the move tonight, mainly to say thanks for the kind words once more.

Great looking stud of locos and your ballasting looks good too. :thumbsup:

Owl, thanks for that, never been commented on my ballasting before! This was my first ever attempt at n gauge ballesting and I am glad it turned out in a way that I can live with on the layout. Which, at the end of the day, is what its all about.

The layout is coming along very well. :thumbsup:  Nice collection of loco's.

Thanks Tank, its a lot further on that this now, but its worth telling the whole story don't you think?

@Bikeracer...

Thanks for the tip, will look into this :)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: agwrobession on February 29, 2012, 12:41:48 pm
I second the comments, this is coming along really nicely, and that signal box looks perfect
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 29, 2012, 07:21:34 pm
I second the comments, this is coming along really nicely, and that signal box looks perfect


Thanks very much agwrobession...

On we go...

With the ballasting complete (without a single gummed up point ) and everything progressing as I had hoped, I plugged it all in again and had some running trials (aka playing trains ).

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3781.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3782.jpg)

In the second photo you see my EWS MEA / MFA rake. Its here I must have a bit of a rant......

....WHAT is with the insides of these wagons?! Why must they be painted in such a jarring colour? I know that many modellers will chose to add loads (as I intend to eventually), but surely Graham Farish realise that we sometimes want to model empty trains? Why make it so essential to paint / weather you wagons when some of us (me very much included) have never taken so much as a brush to our brand new models?
Anyway. Running trials over, and successful, I moved onto the hill / tunnel / scenic break. The basic structure for this was constructed in a couple of hours and I even remembered to paint inside the tunnel to stop plain wood  from peeking out from the supposedly gloomy portal.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3786.jpg)

Unfortunately I forgot to paint the Peco tunnel mouth before I stuck it down.  This will have to be tackled later on, when I am feeling brave and skilled enough to complete what should have been a very simple job!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3785.jpg)

Last photo for now shows my solution for the other end of the layout. My second scenic break was to be a small section of road on a fly-over (in this case, a section of the A38). This was constructed, again, using balsa, but recently I have decided to replace the rather crude supports with the miracle of styrene strip and tube.
The results are much finer, though I fear I may have gone too far and made scale supports too weedy for the job! Shall report back on that later....

Skyline.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on March 04, 2012, 11:08:09 pm
I didn't want to comment about it on the Class 60 thread, but I see you've cracked open a tin of red paint on your fencing and footbridge.  Top marks!  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 05, 2012, 06:29:30 pm
Thanks muchly Tank :-)

           It's a bit of a "spoiler", but the longest stretch of straight track is in the station, and I don't much fancy shoving my new 60 around just a photo.

Got my station shelter to finish (also in NSE red) and the a good long think about "NSE-ing" my Farish Station.

More updates as time permits :-)

Skyline
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: longbridge on March 05, 2012, 08:56:11 pm
Thats a very busy looking layout you are creating there and its coming along great :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on March 05, 2012, 09:26:52 pm
Coming on a treat, ballasting looks good too, not too perfect  :thumbsup:

It is a long term goal to replace this set with at least 1 full length Swallow train. Dapols new model looks excellent and I would be keen to see it alongside the latest Farish offering for a back-to-back test. Does anybody here own a Dapol unit? Is it possible now to roster a full rake using Dapol MKIII’s? What’s verdict on the Farish offering? Has it been re-tooled or is it just cosmetic updates?

Missed this question somehow! I have both Farish (China) and Dapol versions. The Farish version runs well enough due to a new chassis, DCC-conversion is a solder-job however and the body detail is unchanged, so still very poor with printed-on lights and generally not much detail. The Dapol version is a world apart! Excellent detail on body sides and the roof detail is amazing. DCC conversion is a plug-in affair and the working directional lights are very accurate with low intensity marker lights and brighter head lights. The only criticism I can level, and one that applies to many of the DMUs around also, is that the dummy car is too light and the lights tend to flicker over pointwork sometimes. The addition of some lead strip inside sorts it  ;)

One thing I didn't do was buy the Dapol coaches. They are very nice and as well-detailed as the PCs, but at nearly 20 quid a pop I personally don't think they're worth the extra over the Farish ones, especially as I already have more than enough  ;D If I was buying from scratch however I would probably go with the Dapol ones. As for availability it's the same as everything else nowadays - they get released in batches and you have to be quick or pre-order to get them before they go! Also I don't think the Buffet and TGS have seen the light of day yet?

Hope that helps  :thumbsup:


Paul

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 05, 2012, 09:46:18 pm
Hey there 

Well people keep saying nice things (thanks Dave / railbug), so I guess I better keep posting...

Next came the completing of the road surface “up the hill”. This went well and the results can be seen below. 

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3802.jpg)

Also just visible are they green patches one the hard standing that show where I filled in gaps using Milliput. This was the first time I had used this product and I think I will be using it again. So long as you keep it as instructed so it doesn’t go hard, it’s a doddle to work with.

It was at this time (late 2010) that I decided to pay my first visit to the Warley show. It was a superb exhibition and, as with this year’s event, I came away with a keepsake (or four)....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3981.jpg)

I tend to buy bigger purchases at exhibitions like Warley and these four beauties had been on my wish list for some time. BUT, once again the course of the un-painted wagon interior strikes!! These Seacows are some of the best wagons that Farish offer...but I don’t recall ever seeing bare plastic inside an engineering wagon on the network 

Shall have to have a crack at some wagon loads.

Anyway onwards and upwards.  Also seen in this shot is my first scenic corner, with Lyddle End power sub-station and lovely (if a little pricey) Kato etched fencing from Sharp Models. Fencing was another area I spent a lot of time thinking about, and as I write there are four types on the layout.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3986.jpg)

This shot shows the wonderful modern warehouse that the increasingly (and deservingly) famous eBay seller “jeff0052” provided me. Excellent quality and very good service. Despite the best efforts of Royal Mail who managed to lose my first model, jeff then provided a replacement in double quick time. However, as is normally the way with these things, the original item arrived! I offered to return the warehouse, but happily jeff had already been compensated.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3989.jpg)

So I ended up with a spare warehouse, which was promptly used to provide stick-on detail for a smaller (Kestral) plastic warehouse. My FedEx depot now needs some vans and a proper security gate to compliment the (again Kato) “Pallaside” fencing.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4018.jpg)

I am rather happy with my colour match (a mix of warning panel yellow and stone grey acrylics), even though it doesn’t look as good on photos.

Stay happy all!

Skyline2uk 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 05, 2012, 09:50:08 pm
Sprintex, thank you for your detailed response. All noted for the day when I get space for a mainline blast to Paddington....

Just one more question, you say the Farish example runs well, how about the quality of the Dapol running qualities? If its anything like my 67 it will be a no-brainer :-)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 11, 2012, 07:00:49 pm
Couldn't find the relavent thread, but I thought I would share one of the eBay bargins I have had over the course of this layout.....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3165.jpg)

......This little gem cost £40.00, and works perfectly. Its in my second favourite passenger livery (looked good on HST's too for the short time it was on them).

@ Moderator, feel free to move this to the "eBay bargin" thread if there is such a thing!

Skyline
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 16, 2012, 07:43:58 pm
Filton TMD has gone into temporary storage in preparation for the imminent arrival of pals for my birthday bash.

But I recently received three of these NSE clocks for "Filton West" (tank will be pleased to know the NSE red attack continues apace!).

If you fancy some then he has four left on the 'bay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NSE-STATION-CLOCK-N-GAUGE-MODEL-RAILWAY?item=120636086907&cmd=ViewItem&_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D2%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D7048136901894578585 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NSE-STATION-CLOCK-N-GAUGE-MODEL-RAILWAY?item=120636086907&cmd=ViewItem&_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D2%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D7048136901894578585)

I have also been given some Farish passengers (standing and sitting  ;)) for the aforementioned  birthday from Beloved. Not allowed to play with them till the big day though  :(

I am really pleasantly surprised with the quality of the Farish figures; many more will eventually come to live in the Industrial Filton lands....
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on March 16, 2012, 07:48:17 pm
That seller is great, and he has a lot of NSE models.  He only made OO gauge clocks, bins, signs and cameras, but I convinced him to make them in N Gauge.  :P  I'm yet to fit mine though.  :(
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 16, 2012, 07:54:42 pm
So we have you to thank Tank!

Nice work  :)

I have my eye on a mobile phone mast next, then I think I will rock over to Scalescenes for my signs.

After I my station shelter is completed I may or may not post pictures!



Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: SymonC on March 16, 2012, 08:01:15 pm
Filton TMD has gone into temporary storage in preparation for the imminent arrival of pals for my birthday bash.

But I recently received three of these NSE clocks for "Filton West" (tank will be pleased to know the NSE red attack continues apace!).

If you fancy some then he has four left on the 'bay:

[url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NSE-STATION-CLOCK-N-GAUGE-MODEL-RAILWAY?item=120636086907&cmd=ViewItem&_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D2%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D7048136901894578585[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NSE-STATION-CLOCK-N-GAUGE-MODEL-RAILWAY?item=120636086907&cmd=ViewItem&_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D2%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D7048136901894578585[/url])

I have also been given some Farish passengers (standing and sitting  ;)) for the aforementioned  birthday from Beloved. Not allowed to play with them till the big day though  :(

I am really pleasantly surprised with the quality of the Farish figures; many more will eventually come to live in the Industrial Filton lands....


He only has 2 left now ;D
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 16, 2012, 08:03:11 pm
Does dustylionflower offer commision  8)

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on March 16, 2012, 08:34:19 pm
I used Electra to get my station signs made up.  They're superb as they were mainly NSE, but some of the older 1970's BR signs as well.  They're also already made with an adhesive backing.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...call a sparky ;-)
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 02, 2012, 09:57:41 pm
Like the proverbial bad currency, Skyline is back...

....But as I type this Filton TMD is not. After a successful birthday weekend, the front room is now in a suitable state to re-install the layout. However time to do said event has thus far eluded me. 

For my birthday I have received a lovely cement wagon and Peco Train Shed Unit from a very unexpected source. Beloved sister and her partner actually ventured into a model shop and chose some small gifts for the layout, a very nice thought which will get its own photo entry soon. Beloved herself got me some much wanted DVDs, including Battlestar Galatica (my latest TV passion) "The Plan".

I say soon as camera recently decided to have an electronic tantrum and wipe my memory card. I was very annoyed as I had some great shots from the Southwest Model Show. Did anybody else go to this show? It was great, even if I did get attacked by a Darlek (no, not joking!). I was very tempted to pick up a model Viper Mark II from a Sci Fi stand. Unfortunately he only had the Mark VII which just isn't as magic :-)

Blimey that was a long speel about not much n gauge! So here is a shot or two of the fiddle yard and my control set-up. It’s a personal triumph of mine that it all worked first time :-P

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3992.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3991.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF3993.jpg)

As soon as its back out I will resume building and blogging :-)

Stay appy

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on April 03, 2012, 09:04:16 am
Hi Skyline,

Glad to see you back, and it's always a Brucie Bonus when relatives have been persuaded to purchase additions to layouts. I'm still trying to educate mine into getting the correct era stuff tho' :evil:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Jerry Howlett on April 03, 2012, 12:59:20 pm
Hi Skyline,

Glad to see you back, and it's always a Brucie Bonus when relatives have been persuaded to purchase additions to layouts. I'm still trying to educate mine into getting the correct era stuff tho' :evil:

ERA! "You were lucky"... my stepson (not into railways at all) was in Arundel and passing gaugemasters shop paid a visit. He bought me a Metcalfe models coaling stage.......in OO !!! Doogh.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 03, 2012, 07:50:15 pm
Quote
Hi Skyline,

Glad to see you back, and it's always a Brucie Bonus when relatives have been persuaded to purchase additions to layouts. I'm still trying to educate mine into getting the correct era stuff tho' :evil:


Hey, I am just grateful they tolerate it :-P

So as mentioned my birthday has come and gone for another year. An early present this year was my new class 60, but I think I will treat myself to a rake of suitable TTAs to go with it (Its Petroleum Sector after all :P).

It’s a buying pattern over the last few years that new locos and rakes arrive in or around March / December. Photo below shows my (excellent) class 67 and parcels stock, together with HAA rake. THAT was a Hattons parcel I wanted to get out of bed for  ;D

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4000.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4001.jpg)

One day a Class 58 might arrive to match and haul them....it never ends does it  :evil:

....oh and I have some Perspex that will but cut and screwed into place to protect stock from the edge  ::)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 18, 2012, 08:08:13 pm
Hey hey....

       So still no more progress, other than clearing away birthday presents to make space for the layout. I have however visited "Trainwest" last weekend and had a very nice day.

Only one British n gauge layout, and that wasn't modern, but I spent so much time watching "Leavesden" it didn't matter......

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0080-1.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0082.jpg)

This wonderful 7mm "NSE" era layout totally stole the show for me. I know it’s not n gauge but one day, one day in the far far future I aim to have a set up like this running around my garden. It’s so far ahead it might as well be mythical....but one day

Anyway back to scale....


(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0089.jpg)

A fantastic layout called "Bishop Wearburn" flying the flag for n gauge 8)

Trade support at Trainwest was very good, with N gauge for sale in large quantities. Unfortunately no stock that I was looking for. So I made do with some bits for another project I have in my head for the layout....yes another one! Does anybody else have a list of things they want to do on their layout that stretches off into the far distance!?

So, no big purchase from Trainwest.

However, I was very very luck yesterday and managed to secure the exact number of a certain wagon I have wanted for some time from "The Kerno Model Centre" at an amazing price. And the number I wanted was the number they had left!!

They were dispatched yesterday and I will put a photo up as soon as the parcel is in my hands...

Only clue for now is that it’s a rake to go with my lovely new Class 60   

Anybody like to guess?




 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: tim-pelican on April 18, 2012, 09:08:38 pm
Trade support at Trainwest was very good, with N gauge for sale in large quantities. Unfortunately no stock that I was looking for. So I made do with some bits for another project I have in my head for the layout....yes another one! Does anybody else have a list of things they want to do on their layout that stretches off into the far distance!?

Hehe... most of it, at the moment!  And at least another couple of layouts in my head that I'd like to build!

Nice pics, looks like some good layouts, even if most of them were a funny size ;)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on April 18, 2012, 09:27:11 pm
For anyone who wants to see more of Bishop Wearburn.

Bishop Wearburn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WLh6qNXI4o#)

There is also an 8 minute clip on You Tube but the layout must have been next to an annoying sod with piercing sound in what I think is a class 40 (pathetic horn sound too). Much though I love class 40's, it got on my box just listening to it :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...look what the postman brought me!
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 26, 2012, 09:34:13 pm
Ey up!

Ok so the update is a bit late but work has just been off the scale recently.

Really like my job, and were it not for a bit of personal paranoia I would join what’s your job thread, but one day I might add a photo neatly sums up both the job and the layout name...

Anyway, here, as promised is what I found on Kernow's website and is now sitting in a neat stack next to Filton TMD...

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0109.jpg)

8 of these little stunners have arrived to form a lovely rake for my Class 60. Another incentive to get my arse in gear and finish some of those projects I mentioned last time  :)

Sorry about poor quality reduced to my phone as camera XD card has gone on strike!

Oh, and on the wagon front here is the brilliant gift I got for Christmas from a self confessed handbag addict. I didn't think there was a force in the world that could get her into Modelzone!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0107.jpg)

Now, how to make best use of it on the layout? Suggestions welcome  :)

Finally for now, here is evidence of progress. A while back I sourced this Lyddle End War Memorial on the 'Bay. Quite happy with its new home, and the Farish road works bought to give some credibility to some good awful road joints!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0101.jpg)

Stay appy all..
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on April 26, 2012, 09:47:20 pm
Pleased to see you've provided the workforce with a thunderbox ;)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 27, 2012, 04:46:48 pm
Yes, the workforce that I plan to model (prototypically I feel) completely missing.....

......unlike the permanent way, which is long over due for some engineering works  :D
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on April 27, 2012, 06:25:08 pm
Trade support at Trainwest was very good, with N gauge for sale in large quantities. Unfortunately no stock that I was looking for. So I made do with some bits for another project I have in my head for the layout....yes another one! Does anybody else have a list of things they want to do on their layout that stretches off into the far distance!?

Hehe... most of it, at the moment!  And at least another couple of layouts in my head that I'd like to build!

Not just me then!  :smiley-laughing:

I have hundreds of ideas for my layout, most of them silly little details that will hopefully add to the overall effect . . . . that's when I START on the scenic details that is!  ::) Then there's the Swiss Nm gauge layout I want to build next, and the one after that with the REALLY long mainline run, and then . . .  ;D


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...now officially home of a scratch built structure
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 28, 2012, 07:16:51 pm
After many weeks where I didn't get round to it, my "test of concept" project to build a station shelter has reached a point when:

A) I it’s in one piece
B) I am happy enough with the result to share it with the good people of the N gauge forum.

Seen below in Tank-approved NSW red, I have only to add some thin plasticard strip to represent steel supports and it is ready to accept passengers. Wondering if they deserve seats now!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0032.jpg)

This was completed using:

A laptop.
Microsoft Word (yes, I know, not a first choice graphics package!).
Thin, printer-friendly card.
Printer-friendly Perspex.

Photos below show the pattern I used and the Perspex experiment page I used to get the right tint of "glass".

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0034.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0043.jpg)

Having practiced this technique, a much more ambitious building is to be built to occupy the last bare corner on the layout.

Watch this space!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on April 28, 2012, 10:18:42 pm
Lovely looking shelter, and not just because of the colour!  Would you make kits, or completed models?  How much would you sell them for?
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 28, 2012, 10:53:24 pm
Lovely looking shelter, and not just because of the colour!  Would you make kits, or completed models?  How much would you sell them for?

LOL Tank I am flattered.

But I think charging people money for something printed off Word would be cheeky and possibly enrage Bill Gates in some way.

As for the completed article, this is one of my better photos, not shown are the numerous superglue finger prints and miss-cut card. Again, charging for this would be a bit rude!

I would happily share the word file with anyone who wanted it. But it’s very very simple.....




 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: EtchedPixels on April 29, 2012, 10:16:04 am
I would happily share the word file with anyone who wanted it. But it’s very very simple.....

If you share it with people and ask them to share any improvements they make or additions you may well find it grows and improves as everyone fiddles with it.

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 29, 2012, 11:38:49 am
Well if people think they can make use of it, and of course put their own twist on it, then I am all for it Etched.

Ok,  silly question, is their a way of putting the word file on here?

Skyline
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on April 29, 2012, 12:23:57 pm
Email it to me if you like. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 29, 2012, 04:26:43 pm
File has been sent to Tank.

As I said to him, I forgot to mention my use of Platicard strip in my notes I added to the word file in a hurry!

Keen to see if the more gifted people on here can do anything good with this method. I myself was inspired by the excellent modern buildings on "Ring Road"...

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 10, 2012, 09:39:48 am
Morning all....

So latest progress on the layout is shown below.

Firstly the staff of Filton West have expressed a wish to become involved in the annual “Bristol in Bloom” competition, a fiercely fought contest that should see the appearance of the station significantly spruced up in the coming months.

The first improvement aimed at bagging the much sought after “Golden Pansy” is the adding of five small planters along platform 1, together with two larger ones in front of the station building and an eco-friendly water butt too.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0110.jpg)

Meanwhile the staff of the TMD have been informed by the good people at the Health and Safety Executive that they must install a proper swarf extraction system. Collecting the swarf in buckets and “chucking it over the back” is just not good enough apparently. This is why some ducting has appeared on the side of the depot building.

Also along the Horticulture theme, the local parish have decided that the war memorial could do with some trees to add to the sense of peace and tranquillity around the memorial itself. This is of course peace and tranquillity that will arrive after the road crew and “thunderbox” leave.....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0104.jpg)

So, at great expense, four of the finest “Fakeous Birchous” (of the “Plastictreecous” genus) where brought down from Chirnside on the Scottish borders....Well actually they come from last year at the Warley Show when I found a stand called “The Model Tree Shop”.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0105.jpg)

Thanks to beloved for painting the tree truncks for me  :)

Got some more things on the go today, so might even get another update in later....
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on May 10, 2012, 10:45:25 am
At least said thunderbox is hidden from view now :smiley-laughing:
Good work :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Mustermark on May 10, 2012, 11:55:55 am
Good bit of detailing there. I liked reading the back stories too. :thumbsup:
Title: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Don’t fence me in....or, as it happens...do!
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 23, 2012, 09:14:51 pm
So a little project for my limited modelling time this week, I made up some modern-style motorway barriers to protect the main line from traffic...in this case a Tomix HGV. You will have to forgive the gap under the roadway as its not actually glued on yet, trying to work out if that’s a good idea yet or if there are other jobs that should be done first!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0119.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0120.jpg)

The barrier was made up using plasticard strip, painted grey. It is finished off using Miniscene chain link fencing to add a bit of mesh (as found on flyovers near me). Said Miniscene fencing was spare from two packs I bought to fence off the main line on the last “bare” corner of the layout.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Photo0118.jpg)

Ahh yes, the bare corner. The building planned for this is still in my mind. I have taken some photos of the one I want to model, and I am just starting to mark out its footprint.

I have a feeling this building will take as much time as they station, depot and bridge combined. As it’s based on a prototype that’s a bit of an odd shape, and I want it to have lights, I really want to plan it carefully. 

When I finally get a set of plans together, they will of course appear here.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 11, 2012, 05:50:02 pm
-I regret to announce that the "Anytime update" Filton TMD service is delayed by approximately several weeks. I'm very sorry for the delay to this service-

TMD has been packed up and is awaiting protective caseing for a move to its new (and hopefully more permanent) home.

I have shown a lot of restraint recently, not buying any more items until work can re-start. Any luck and the entire layout will be in running order in a few weeks :-)

In the meantime I shall continue viewing this forum whenever I can.

Keep up the good work people

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on July 11, 2012, 09:38:09 pm
Here's to a happy new home for the layout and best of luck with the move :beers:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 11, 2012, 10:23:19 pm
Thanks Nobby, hopefully take some photos "in situ" when its all done...
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Modern N gauge on July 18, 2012, 09:27:39 pm
i like your motorway bridge its very good  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 19, 2012, 02:23:32 pm
Thanks very much  :)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 13, 2012, 08:42:26 pm
Just a brief service update....

Filton TMD has a new home and, thanks to a certain Swedish furniture store, some new legs.

Its not quite ready to play with yet though ( :(), despite having three new locos, a dummy loco and a rake of wagons to try out.

This is because the first of two house warming parties is this weekend and TMD needs to be packed up for a wee bit longer.

Still, once the HF track cleaner is wired in and all systems go, I can have a play!

Just a note for fellow HST fans.....BBC 4 tonight at 21:00  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on September 13, 2012, 08:55:58 pm
Just a note for fellow HST fans.....BBC 4 tonight at 21:00  :D

Booked on Sky, DVD recorder ready, pint mug of tea on standby  :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 16, 2012, 07:59:48 pm
Evenin all,

Well what a palaver. Spent most of this afternoon getting the two halves of Filton TMD back together for the first time in over a year...I am sure I designed this better! The rails across the joint proved very very awkward (and join the long list of things to improve next time).

Have you ever had a few hours in this hobby when you wonder why on earth you invest so much effort?! I few choice words so it together in the end, but it needed the assistance of beloved.

Anyway, here it is in its new home, my new "man cave". Under the stairs and some of the rear of the living room has been given over to n gauging, on the basis that beloved got the spare room for her work.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4849.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4850.jpg)

Not shown in this photo are any buildings or stock or new toys (I literally set this up an hour ago), but you can see the new Perspex sides. As with most things I try for the first time on this project it's not perfect, being a bit brittle and miss-aligned in places but it does the job. Alas it didn't protect the end of the rails over the joint (doh!) but vast majority of the layout arrived out of the van un-molested.

So next is track cleaning, wiring in the HF cleaner and cleaning wheels (some of which have never turned!).

Watch this space... :)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: K-N-Gauge on September 16, 2012, 08:44:25 pm
Looks good :) xxx
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on September 16, 2012, 08:49:17 pm
I share your pain mate  ;)

I put my layout together for the first time in (gawd knows!) and although my rails line up OK and my new control panel works  :claphappy: I've also had many hours of track cleaning and still not as clean as I want it, various items of older stock derailing, two locos not working at all, and my two DMUs will NOT go up a gradient that they previously went up without a problem!  :veryangry:

So in answer to your question "Have you ever had a few hours in this hobby when you wonder why on earth you invest so much effort?" the answer is YES !! :D


Paul

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Shaun Harvey on September 17, 2012, 11:50:04 am
Evenin all,

So next is track cleaning, wiring in the HF cleaner and cleaning wheels (some of which have never turned!).

Watch this space... :)

Not sure if youj've purchased any new locos recently. I got a dapol A$ and it warned about HF cleaners. Phoned ujp NG lines who confirmed that the relco or Gaugemaster are a no no with a lot of new locos as they have sensitive chips in already whcih can tell if you are DC or DCC. Much to my anguish I took my Gaughemaster HF cleaners out.

Shaun
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: K-N-Gauge on September 17, 2012, 02:03:32 pm
i found when i brought a dapol 14xx when they first come out, running it with my gaugemaster hf cleaner the 14xx would make a clicking noise and would jump up and down in speed. i never really thought it would be the cleaner but i disconnected it one day and the loco worked perfectly! Thats been a good few years this that model came out so its been a while since the motors didnt like hf cleaners
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on September 17, 2012, 06:38:01 pm
I like your 'man cave'... My version is the shed, along with the garden clutter, with occasional activity on the computer table. Mrs Dreyfus wouldn't allow a layout in the living roon, but you have a nice space there for playing modelling.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 17, 2012, 09:49:14 pm
Hmmm...

Thanks for the advice re HF track cleaner. My most recent loco's are Dapol 67 and Farish 60. I will be a bit annoyed if either of those don't like the cleaner.

I am not DCC (I knew that you can't use DCC and HF cleaners), and majority of the fleet is older Farish.

Maybe a circuit to switch it in and out?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 17, 2012, 10:03:52 pm
Yep, a switch in the circuit is the way to go....

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=4909.msg54350#msg54350 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=4909.msg54350#msg54350)

N gauge forum, answers to all!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Shaun Harvey on September 19, 2012, 06:01:52 pm
Hmmm...

Thanks for the advice re HF track cleaner. My most recent loco's are Dapol 67 and Farish 60. I will be a bit annoyed if either of those don't like the cleaner.

I am not DCC (I knew that you can't use DCC and HF cleaners), and majority of the fleet is older Farish.

Maybe a circuit to switch it in and out?

Skyline2uk

Let me know what you do with the switch,  - which type and how it goes if you give it a go!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 21, 2012, 09:52:01 pm
Holy appalling soldering batman!

Yes I have broken out the iron again and I am desperately trying to produce functioning circuits on Filton TMD. 

As per the last few posts on this thread, I am now not just adding my new HF cleaning into the power feeds, but adding two switches to allow selected sections to use the cleaner or not. This should, hopefully, avoid my Dapol fleet from getting damaged.

All the above is just words though as despite a trip to Maplin today to re-stock on supplies, I am still no good at soldering. It took thirty mins to get into the tin of tip cleaner, in the end I gave up and chain-drilled the lid until I could peel it off.....I kid you not!

Anyway, another two hours later and one of the two DPDT switches in soldered-up with six wires and I have began laying out the wire route on the board. 

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4851_zps1ca5a3b7.jpg)

Shaun, IF it works, will put the wire-diagram in here (with suitable disclaimer) for all to see.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on September 22, 2012, 12:10:58 am
. . . I am still no good at soldering. It took thirty mins to get into the tin of tip cleaner, in the end I gave up and chain-drilled the lid until I could peel it off.....I kid you not!

From looking at that picture maybe you should change your choice of drink  :D


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Gordini5 on September 22, 2012, 08:56:40 am
Holy appalling soldering batman!

Yes I have broken out the iron again and I am desperately trying to produce functioning circuits on Filton TMD. 

As per the last few posts on this thread, I am now not just adding my new HF cleaning into the power feeds, but adding two switches to allow selected sections to use the cleaner or not. This should, hopefully, avoid my Dapol fleet from getting damaged.


I know what you mean sometimes. Not exactly theraputic is soldering, or wiring up for that matter IMHO. I did the same for my layout as I have 2 peco collets and have not tried to remove the DCC card and hard wire the loco's. Well worth it when it's done though and what a smug smile you have :D.

I also would look at changing your drink. Not good for the eye's :beers:
Anyway, another two hours later and one of the two DPDT switches in soldered-up with six wires and I have began laying out the wire route on the board. 

([url]http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4851_zps1ca5a3b7.jpg[/url])

Shaun, IF it works, will put the wire-diagram in here (with suitable disclaimer) for all to see.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 22, 2012, 10:31:46 am
Ahem....

Lighter Fluid....Earn it!

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 22, 2012, 05:54:46 pm
Just a small post after 4 hours of work....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4853_zpsa26b4c37.jpg)

....and it works!

Well, in terms of running trains, this little white box (my first effort in plasticard) does not bugger up the electrics.

One thing that took me a bit by surprise was that, when I flicked the switch to the HF circuit, the test loco (Farish Dutch Class 33 "Seaking") moved off...and in the opposite direction!

Now, the direction change was just a crossed wire in a screw-terminal. It took a few more moments to realise that just because the HF unit is not getting any power, does not stop current flowing to the track.

Still, moving locomotive on TMD after more than 15 months  :claphappy:. Good old Seaking, probably my most reliable loco and a real bargain.

Next will be a repeat DPDT switch for controller 2 and then power to the HF unit itself.

Oh, and one more positive, all 9 point motors have survived their second house move fully functional.  :bounce:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Gordini5 on September 23, 2012, 11:48:07 am
Glad to hear all gone to plan!!

David
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 28, 2012, 05:22:43 pm
Well, its all set up and as the two Poole era 08s will testify, it works. Both controllers, on both cleaning circuits.

I know the wires are a bit of a mess but I can't find my packet of BT style cable fixes.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4855.jpg)

Still, I am pleased that the system works, but also glad that I read this forum before any Dapol / newer Farish fleet came out of their boxes.

For those who want to use one of these in a similar way to me, and at the request of Shaun H, here is a diagram showing what I did.

ATTENTION: Because of the problems highlighted elsewhere on this forum, and Dapol's official advice, CARE MUST BE TAKEN when using any HF device. THIS CIRCUIT WILL NOT PROTECT DCC CHIPPED LOCOS!

Please be careful (I tested the set up as systematically as I could before any locos were run), I CAN'T BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE CAUSED!!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/HFcleaningcircuit-1.png)

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS (of controllers AND cleaner) BEFORE use.

DO NOT USE HF CLEANERS WITH DCC!

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 01, 2012, 10:10:19 pm
Running update:

Track cleaning session yesterday and loco wheel cleaning today.

A few faults to correct on the layout (newer, longer loco's fouling platforms, hard standing, perspex edging) and one dodgy point (always has been).

Real scare when my class 60 firstly sat there and did nothing on the "Tidy Track" (after 10 or so others had chugged away happily) and then didn't budge at all on the layout......Then I noticed my new white box of tricks was set at off. Sir Charles then hummed off in a very smooth and slow manner. Relief and satisfaction that the track was clean followed!

Only real disappointment was the discovery of what is very probably the dreaded "split gear" on my "SS Great Britain" class 47. I think BR lines could be getting some custom soon...

Seen here is my 150/2 making is powered debut on platform 3. Runs very well but a bit with a bit of a squeak...

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4856.jpg)

Stay happy

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Community Service....
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 20, 2012, 06:21:04 pm
So...

This weekend the local "Mis-fits" have been out in and around Filton and, as part of their community service, repaired the war memorial that was damaged last week to such local outrage....

As you can see, some hoodlum broke off the right hand cross arm.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4859.jpg)

After an hour of work, I think the little snipes have done a passable job...

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4860.jpg)

....just some light work with a paint brush to blend in the white stone and restore the cross.

Stay appy all

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 29, 2012, 09:39:12 pm
Hello hello, 

Much fiddling, fettling and playing this weekend, and a visit to a local toy fair.

The result of all this is that I have been actually running trains and not just shuttling locos forwards and backwards to test clean track.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4866.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4865.jpg)

This was the first time Sir Charles has had a train to haul and also the first outing for my TTAs. You can also see Filton Parish Council's proposed site for the "Play Train".

The photo below shows both successful track cleaning and final proposed locations for buildings, furniture etc

All of the street and platform furniture is not yet glued in place, the clocks very obviously so! In doing this it became obvious that I was at least two clocks short. I have now ordered a couple more from this nice chap.....

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/WOODEN-RAILWAY-WORKSHOP/Model-Railway-N-Gauge-/_i.html?_fsub=1911842010&_sid=118392720&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322 (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/WOODEN-RAILWAY-WORKSHOP/Model-Railway-N-Gauge-/_i.html?_fsub=1911842010&_sid=118392720&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322)

I will be back here and may well furnish the entire station with kit from this shop! I will wait until after Warley (dealer going to be there so I can get some more benches too) just in case I see some stuff there, but I doubt it.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4869.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4868.jpg)

Final development this weekend has been my picking up of some of these little "dust monkey" cleaning pads. I forget where and by who this topic is covered recently on the forum.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4862.jpg)

I have deployed all four into my wagon fleet. Well, actually only my MEA / MFA's, as they are the two types a wagons that accept the monkeys best.

This is my new cleaning train which will be hauled by either the trusty 33 or (when I clean it enough to make the little so and so work reliably enough!) a class 73.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4872.jpg)

Well that's enough form me.

Stay appy

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on October 29, 2012, 09:47:31 pm
Nice to see your progress, Skyline :thumbsup:
Don't be tempted like me to play trains instead of making more progress :-[
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 29, 2012, 10:15:20 pm
Thanks Nobby....

Theory is that now all the actual modelling is small things that can take place without putting all the stock away again...well, except the construction site, but that is a major project!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...Clean and ye shall recieve....
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 02, 2012, 07:35:58 pm
Evening folks...

...today I have solved one of the niggling problems that have been around since the early days of TMD, namely the fact that my outside frame 08 fouled the platforms at Filton West (others on the forum have had similar issues with the 08 I see).

Likely for me, my platforms are wooden, so out came the scalpel and (not stolen from beloved) emery boards.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4880.jpg)

Obviously I need to touch up the paint  ;)

And this is the aftermath....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4879.jpg)

The result of this work, and my cleaning efforts, is best shown with this short clip:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/th_DSCF4882.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/?action=view&current=DSCF4882.mp4)

Happily for me the little Gronk is now part of the trio of locos that I roster for the "cleaning" rake. The 08 is seen here at "30" on the Gaugemaster controller, probably still over scale speed but a pleasant trundle none the less  :D

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on November 03, 2012, 04:45:32 pm
Good work (and you can do your nails too :D) :thumbsup:
Title: Vandals and Renewing Your Railways
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 18, 2012, 05:44:49 pm
So, I was away this weekend, visiting some University friends of beloved in Lincoln. Whilst I was away it would appear the local little darlings have decided to break out the spay cans....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4885.jpg)

Banksy they are not, but it was only a matter of time until the "blank canvas" of the retaining wall attracted the attention of the hooded menace....

I just wonder how long that vintage signal box will last?!

On a more constructive note, I visited a Toy Fair whilst in Lincoln. It was well stocked with N gauge goodies and I came across a dealer that had some new stock on display.

You might have read my thread about my musings on shopping at Warely next week...

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9220.msg97051#msg97051 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9220.msg97051#msg97051)

...but the fund for this visit has taken a substantial bashing as SOMEHOW these stunners were bought and paid for (with a nice discount) and in the boot before my wallet knew what hit it!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4887.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4886.jpg)

A note to beloved at this point, after standing next to me going "if its a good price and you want them then go for it!", you can come n gauge shopping more often!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4891.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4890.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4889.jpg)

She also dug up some lovely little phone boxes that I have seen go for silly money on eBay. What a team!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF4888.jpg)

Can I just add my praise to these models, I just spend 30 minutes inspecting them and rolling them around the layout (perfect loco, 66135, still off getting mended  :() and I am thrilled.

Such a fine level of detail and quality that we surely could never have dreamed of 10 years ago when Bachman tool over the Farish range? The packaging is even easy to get them out of, and joy of joys, the interior is not grey plastic!!

Happy Skyline
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris on November 25, 2012, 12:07:51 pm
Those autoballasters are superb models. They are on my hit-list for next year too.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 17, 2012, 11:27:31 am
Well my 2012 work is done (unless the phone rings, which is won't if it knows what is good for it) and 99.9% of the Christmas chores done, I have some grand plans for progress on TMD....

....so grand I know they won't all get done, but I am also determined not to rush.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5081.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5080.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5079.jpg)

Shown here is the footprint of my new building which I am still scheming up on the laptop. Test one past....it fits!

If you look at earlier entries on this thread you will see my test build of a station shelter. This building will employ the same method of construction, but with a better suited glue for the windows (glue n glaze from Delux Materials) which should hopefully avoid the fogging seen on the shelter.

Stay happy

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chinahand on December 17, 2012, 11:48:00 am
Hi Skyline.

Just found your thread for the first time and you've certainly come on in leaps and bounds since your first post. That's a great looking layout you have now and the new buildings will fill that corner nicely. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 17, 2012, 02:18:42 pm
Thanks very much Chinahand.

It has not progressed any further today as yet, so no points for that. However, just returned from SGMW where I ordered some stuff to go into the building....and resisted an original livery DRS 47...so many points for that!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 18, 2012, 10:30:35 pm
Hey guys,

Not n gauge and not strictly related to Filton TMD, but I was doing a bit of sofa modelling yesterday and found the following pictures:

http://www.penmorfa.com/Conwy/one.htm (http://www.penmorfa.com/Conwy/one.htm)

Now the flask train(s) shown on this page are of interest to me for two reasons:

1) They was taken just pre-privatisation, showing Dutch livery class 31's on nuke duty.
2) The train has Queen Mary brake vans, giving me an excuse (I only needed a small one!) to get hold of at least one of them myself.

Now, when are we expecting the new 31s from Farish? Will a Dutch example follow any time soon after?

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...sore fingers but better running trains....
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 03, 2013, 09:33:38 pm
An evening of activity has, as is so often the way, resulted in me being exactly where I was when I got home from work!

I was running in a loco and one of the points in my fiddle yard cross-over decided to disintegrate  :worried: 

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5084.jpg)

In fairness to Peco, this point may well be 18 or so years old and it was in a vulnerable position at the edge of the board. Still, not the best start to a running session I have had. 

So it was either go to Bristol Antics ( :goggleeyes: £9.90!) or drive down to Model Railways Direct (£7.90) or, get out the elbow - grease. I chose the latter and spend a good 90 minutes cleaning an old right hand point I found in the tool box.

By gum it worked!

Anyway, not especially exciting but there is a lesson there. Somewhere  :hmmm:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris on January 06, 2013, 12:19:38 pm
Yup - don't use setrack points!! Had a couple of these fail on me too so all my pointwork was streamline after that. That's a pretty catastrophic failure though!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on January 06, 2013, 01:04:22 pm
£9.90! :o  I remember when they were £4.55 in the 90's at my local shop (which has long gone now).
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...sore fingers but better running trains....
Post by: AndyGif on January 06, 2013, 02:42:06 pm
An evening of activity has, as is so often the way, resulted in me being exactly where I was when I got home from work!

I was running in a loco and one of the points in my fiddle yard cross-over decided to disintegrate  :worried: 

([url]http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5084.jpg[/url])


have you been subcontracting your infrastructure maintenance to the lowest bidder.....
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 06, 2013, 03:50:33 pm
 :laughabovepost:

I promise you a certain "B B" maintenance firm has been nowhere near the layout!

Still all sorted now and been cleaning the TMD itself and got some decent running today. I can't find the layout thread it was on but a spark of the blindingly obvious re track-cleaning and the top of rail has helped a lot today.

Also stuck all my NSE red clocks onto the Filton West platforms (and stuck a fair few of my fingers together). Not had the progress I wanted this weekend, but the clocks really lift the layout.

Had a small crisis of confidence having seen the massive standards being set on the new layouts appearing on here these last few days, but at least I can get my locos moving  ;)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: SD35 on January 06, 2013, 05:44:38 pm
I'm with you on the 31s.  I'd like a pair of coal sector ones for the nuclear train.  I think the first new ones to be release are going to be unrefurbished though.  Still....more time to save up....or spend the money on other goodies.  ;D
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 12, 2013, 06:57:07 pm
Evening all,

Well after understandably long time (Bob is busy!) I now have my fleet back up to full strength, as my 37, 47, 66 and 159 are all back and running well.

Its worth noting that BR lines quoted ten weeks and that's exactly (to the day) how long it took.

So here they are, three split gear recoveries and a bearing (/ rubbish design!) problem.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5090.jpg)

The 159 is still a bit noisy, but its not getting jammed up and buzzing now. Also shown in the photo above is my 66, finally doing what I had in mind and hauling the JJA rake. Looks great too  :D

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5094.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5095.jpg)

The two photos above show my entire passenger fleet, its nice to have them all running. Its also nice to get those clocks glued into place, so I hope Tank approves the look of my station  :angel:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5097.jpg)

My metals sector class 37 back on the metals....Also shown behind is my dummy class 67, currently in disgrace as its not managed to run around the inner loop behind its powered sister without coming off. I suspect its because its not meant for 9 inch radius curves. My fault, but still annoying.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5096.jpg)

And the SS Great Britain is running again. I really like this livery, one day I would love a full length HST in this scheme  :claphappy:

Stay Appy

Skyline2uk



Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Pengi on January 12, 2013, 09:19:37 pm
159s can be noisy on the 'big' railway too!!

You have a nice selection of trains, including the SWT Turbostar (which I am always pleased to see).


 :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 12, 2013, 10:33:00 pm
Don't think I have ever been on a 159....

Been on a 170, and they seem quite nice. The Turbostar was bought a while back simple because they run through my old local station (Raynes Park).

Quote
You have a nice selection of trains, including the SWT Turbostar (which I am always pleased to see)

Thanks Pengy, coming from you that's high praise. If / when I have the space I would run a lot more worms like yours  ;)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Pengi on January 13, 2013, 07:58:01 am
I always look forward to seeing the progress on this layout - you are doing an excellent job. I think the 170/171s are the real unsung heroes of today's railway. The 159 was the UK's most reliable train last year and it is really nice to travel in - it was a FGW 158 that was noisy
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris on January 14, 2013, 07:39:39 pm
Great photos and good to see the fleet back to full strength.

Those Dapol dummies are very prone to derailing. I had the same issue with one of their dummy 66s and that was on 3rd and 4th radius curves. The main problem with them is lack of weight. A few small lead weights might help, but as you guessed they're not really built for 9in radius curves.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on January 14, 2013, 08:45:51 pm
Friend of mine in the local NGS group has the same problem with a dummy 66, lack of weight means the leading bogie shifts rearwards lifting the trailing axle off the rails. Again that's running around 2nd rad curves so it's not the tight radius that's to blame, although it probably exacerbates the problem  :hmmm:


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 14, 2013, 09:10:28 pm
Thanks guys

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lack of weight means the leading bogie shifts rearwards lifting the trailing axle off the rails

Sprintex this is exactly what is happening, though interestingly not on my 2nd radius curves. I may add some liquid lead (or whatever that Delux Materials stuff is called).

As it stands, 66001 will be a static addition to the TMD until I get far enough down the list of things to do on the layout....

Interesting side note, beloved took a look at the stock on shed and said

"Maybe you should build a bigger track"

 :beers:

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on January 14, 2013, 09:12:27 pm


Interesting side note, beloved took a look at the stock on shed and said

"Maybe you should build a bigger track"

 :beers:

Result! :claphappy:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on January 14, 2013, 09:28:57 pm


Interesting side note, beloved took a look at the stock on shed and said

"Maybe you should build a bigger track"

 :beers:

Result! :claphappy:

I've said it before and I'll say it again . . .


Some of us can pick the right women, and some of us can't  :D


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 14, 2013, 09:33:17 pm
 :laughabovepost:

Not sure my one would react the same way as yours if she was to come home to the front room totally filled with layout Sprintex, "playing trains" would not be her first thought  :worried:

Did that 747 get build yet? Banter aside, will still be an impressive model?

 8)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on January 14, 2013, 09:40:27 pm
Not yet, I stupidly mentioned that we could put working wing and body  navigation and strobe lights in it as it was built, and put it on a stand fitted with a switch  :doh: Has delayed the build somewhat  ;)


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 10, 2013, 07:51:06 pm
Well hello there everybody...

So, a grand total of Zero progress on the layout of late, save track cleaning which is now dirty again!

The reason (or should that be reasons?) for no further building are shown below:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/2013-01-31195831_zps97591b0f.jpg)

White fella is called "Binky" after Death's very own horse (who was white) and the Brown fluff ball is "Sir Diddymus". We have been having fun with these guys, getting them used to their new home. Oh, in case you are wondering, they are fully grown, being "Roborovski" dwarf hamsters. Come on, I model in n gauge, was never going to have large scale hamsters was I  :P?

Just entered the forum photographic competition (two pictures, both layouts taken at Warley this year).

I have also been doing a lot of laptop modelling, browsing eBay and the shops. As a result my watch list is full at the moment and these arrived in the post yesterday:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5204_zps80b6fa26.jpg)

(Handy writing reminds me what colour they are!). This now means I have all the components I need to start building the last structure for the layout, thus removing any excuse not to crack on with it.

Next weekend I have some alone "man time" to kill, so should progress.

Glad to see the forum thriving, keep up the good work all  :)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 02, 2013, 10:57:11 pm
Right.

Well I finally got round to really getting stuck into that new building for the bare corner....and its not gone that well  :( First there was the faff of getting the printing right, either the ink on the acetate came out of the printer smudged or muggins here messed it up  :doh:

Then today I discovered a monumental measuring Large Chicken :)-up and which wrote-off two of the walls (yep, the biggest ones!) and this evening I went to look at the first dry bit of gluing only to find the ink on the wall had gone pink!

Now I know the building in question very well and its NOT pink.

So back to the drawing board and I think plasticard might be drafted in. At least I can paint that!

Ho-hum

Skyline2uk.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: scotsoft on March 02, 2013, 11:09:55 pm

this evening I went to look at the first dry bit of gluing only to find the ink on the wall had gone pink!

Now I know the building in question very well and its NOT pink.

Newportnobby has just taken delivery of a load of pink ballast if you want to improvise  :D
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Claude Dreyfus on March 02, 2013, 11:48:02 pm

([url]http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/2013-01-31195831_zps97591b0f.jpg[/url])



You bad man! They are alarmingly cute and fluffy!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 03, 2013, 12:08:12 am
You bad man! They are alarmingly cute and fluffy!

And about the right size for a small bread roll  :sorrysign:

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 03, 2013, 09:56:57 am
 :laughabovepost:

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Newportnobby has just taken delivery of a load of pink ballast if you want to improvise  :D

Ahem, well its 2013, one must not judge.....Or is Mr Nobby just trying to re-create "The Fat Controllers special Weed Killing Ballast?"

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You bad man! They are alarmingly cute and fluffy!

Well, yes. But they are also the fastest thing on earth. I swear the brown one (Sir Diddymus) breaks the sound barrier when he wants to!

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And about the right size for a small bread roll 

Well, the white one (Binky) has started to nibble my fingers, so I might be tempted to return the favour!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on March 03, 2013, 02:09:41 pm
Cute Robbo's  ;)

We have one too, called Henry (as in Ford of course :D ), and yes they are a bit rapid!  ;D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3861.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3861)


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 03, 2013, 03:10:51 pm
Henry is also V cute  :D

Nice to see he is available in Brown...i.e. not just black (I know I know, he never actually said that...)

We have had some trouble with them today, Binky is chasing Diddymus and they do appear to be fighting a bit, but they are sharing a bed fast asleep as I type  ???

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on March 03, 2013, 03:52:17 pm
Might have to watch that mate  :worried:

Our two chinchillas (or 0 gauge hamsters? :D ) are brothers and they were fine for a while. Then one day there was a terrible squeaking and one had chunks out of his ear! :o Got worse from then on and had to separate them permanently.

Posted this pic before, but here they are as youngsters still sharing the same cage:-

(http://www.sprintexnet.co.uk/Images/080928%20Austin%20and%20Morris%20resize.JPG)

Morris (beige) and Austin (grey) - after the first two Minis ever built: No.1 a Beige Morris Mini Minor and No.2 a grey Austin Seven  :D


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 03, 2013, 04:03:39 pm
Yeah there are plans in place for separate cages should it be required. Will be a shame as they started off so nicely together.  :(

I have had some experience with a friends Chinchilla's. They are also bloody quick, and I can bet they would be nasty if they got in a fight.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...(including Hammy wars)
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 14, 2013, 09:37:13 pm
Well, its been up and down in the Skyline house these last couple of weeks.

Hammy relations deteriorated badly, to the point where Sir Diddymus had his backside bitten  :o

They now each have their own cage, which is a real shame as we only bought Robo's so we could have a pair together. Oh well, they are safe and that's most important.

On the construction front, I am also sad to report I am back to square one as the card build did not turn out as well as I wanted. I am going to the Nailsea show this weekend (anybody else?), may try and pick up some plasticard for another attempt.

Still, to end on a positive note, today I got this in the post....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5226_zpsfad6dc66.jpg)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5225_zpsbfe01b60.jpg)

I have been after a Regional 153 for AGES (like 3 years!) but they were always too pricey or I found something else....Well this week I got an early birthday present so I decided to grab this one off the 'Bay.

Initial impressions are that it runs very well indeed (asked for it to be oiled and tested prior to delivery). It also looks great working around my layout. The one thing that I have noticed is that the yellow warning panel ends are a totally different type of yellow to my Regional 150/2

Is this prototypical or is it Dapol / Farish disagreeing? If the latter, who is right?!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...(including Hammy wars)
Post by: Sprintex on March 14, 2013, 10:14:19 pm
Hammy relations deteriorated badly, to the point where Sir Diddymus had his backside bitten  :o

They now each have their own cage, which is a real shame as we only bought Robo's so we could have a pair together. Oh well, they are safe and that's most important.

Oh dear  :worried: Fighting seems to be more of a problem with males (just like humans then! ::) ), I've heard of plenty of people that have kept females together with no problems. Same happened when I had a pair of male rabbits years ago. I think it's the male-rodent instinctive urge to mate, and neither wants to be the 'receiver' - can't blame them!  ;D

On another note . . . nice trains  8)


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 15, 2013, 05:03:36 pm
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Oh dear  :worried: Fighting seems to be more of a problem with males (just like humans then! ::) )

DOH! We read literature that suggested the other way round, hence we chose males.

Oh well, you win some you loose some. They are both fine now, still enjoying them.

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On another note . . . nice trains  8)

Cheers, I can recommend the 153 if you don't have one already. May look at getting a light bar, or do you think its not worth it until (if) I go digital? Baring in mind that may be several years off?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: scotsoft on March 15, 2013, 05:20:20 pm
(if) I go digital? Baring in mind that may be several years off?

The combination of (if) and several years does not bade well and could mean a long time in darkness.

For it is written - let there be light and there was light and everything was groovy :idea:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 15, 2013, 05:30:40 pm
 :laughabovepost:

"And low, the digital faithful doth look to increase their flock"

The proportion of my fleet that is digital ready is growing, but the cost of chipping them all and then buying the controller is not appealing at the moment. Its 90% for any next layout though.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 17, 2013, 08:49:11 pm
Just a very quick post to say Sunday has not been as crammed full of model railways as Saturday, but it has seen some very good results.

1) I have settled on my chosen material for the new building. Plasticard purchased from the Nailsea show has given much much better results than just card.

2) Whoever it was on here (can't find the post) that suggested scraping the inside of point blades with a scalpel THANK YOU! My depot point work has been electrically "dead" for some time, but today my new 56 crawled into the TMD with a very satisfying action.

 :D :claphappy: :bounce: :claphappy: :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 23, 2013, 11:56:23 pm
 :veryangry:

You know when you have visitors around and they say "Go on then run some trains"? Well we had some neighbours around today. I said "it will probably de-rail now". What did my 66 do? Come to a grinding hault with all the hallmarks of yet another split gear. This would be its 4th repair, but seriously considering cutting my losses.

Defo a Friday afternoon job!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Pengi on March 24, 2013, 07:24:19 am
What rotten luck - a similar thing happened when I wanted to show off my newly fitted promenade lights (luckily only a bad connection) unlike your poor old 66.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 24, 2013, 09:05:51 am
Thanks Pengy.

Might try to use this to my advantage and build some repair confidence myself. Have you ever dismantled a Farish 66?

Skyline2UK
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on March 24, 2013, 09:28:25 am
Sorry to hear that!  4th time as well....   :(  I hope you had another loco to entertain the guests in the meantime?!?! 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Shaun Harvey on March 24, 2013, 09:37:44 am
:laughabovepost:

"And low, the digital faithful doth look to increase their flock"

The proportion of my fleet that is digital ready is growing, but the cost of chipping them all and then buying the controller is not appealing at the moment. Its 90% for any next layout though.

Skyline2uk

You are not wrong there. I purchased another four chips on Friday which was an expensive trip out. Not used them yet. I might chip my HST and a DMU so I can se some other things running too as well as engines. I haven't finished wiring yet and a bad back has kept me in the house so no hurry here at the moment. Keep up the good work. S

 :wave:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 24, 2013, 10:46:20 am
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I hope you had another loco to entertain the guests in the meantime?!?! 

Yeah there was plenty to choose from, but me being me I couldn't bring myself to run the JJA rake with anything else  :-[

Will do some research today into repair methods.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 24, 2013, 12:59:46 pm
66135 rides again  :bounce:  :claphappy: :bounce:

After reading some descriptions and advice on this thread, and several variations on a theme of Google search later I took a deep breath and started work on dismantling the errant EWS shed.

Now I should explain that this is the very first time I have dared to even remove the body from a China built Farish unit. I don't think the Poole ones count as some of the bodies drop off on their own  :worried:

So I gentle removed the body shell (very grateful no wires for the lights are attached to the body) and then donned my inspector hat to work out which bogie house the damaged gear. This was done by gentle lifting one bogie at a time and seeing if the other would rotated freely on the track.

Problem bogie found and I then (after checking Google again) gentle pulled the wheel-set off.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5276_zpsb1d405cd.jpg)

I rolled the set back and fourth and found that it would jam after running an inch or so in either direction. Next step I thought was to remove one axle at a time to isolate the problem wheels. This is where I was stuck for a bit, as I could not work out how to remove the wheels, the bogie looked like a solid unit. This is when I posted an appeal for help on the train surgery page.

As luck would have it, I got an excellent, detailed response from 508111 about two seconds after I posted saying I was all done. I am grateful for his advice, especially as it went further than I needed to go (only by luck though, see below).

I worked out that using a small screwdriver I could gently take the entire bogie frame off (being thankful that I used a lipped tray to catch the coupling spring as it makes a bid for freedom).

Each axle then pops out quite easily in turn. I noticed (having also read on this forum) how spindly an fragile the pick-ups are. These were protected using tweezers as I popped the wheels back on.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5275_zps36ab505f.jpg)

Upon removing the middle axle (second one I tried), I ran the bogie again and it still jammed. Beginning to fear it was one of the smaller intermediate gears at fault, thus requiring even more dismantling, I rotated the remaining axles with my fingers, closely looking at the messed gears.

Then, with an audible "oh surely its not that easy", I spotted a tiny piece of grit on an intermediate gear. Once poked / gripped out with tweezers, I was amazed to find the bogie ran freely in both directions.

Shown below is the tools I used, with one screwdriver pointing towards the fluff / grit I removed.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5278_zpsbd10693e.jpg)

And here is a close up.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5277_zpse542638b.jpg)

Beloved said "surely that has not stopped the train running?!" to which I replied "well in fairness in 2mm to the foot that's probably the size of a fist!"

I carefully re-assembled the hole lot and, after asking beloved to assist in putting my eyebrows back on if it went bang is a shower of cogs and springs, put the loco back on track and applied power.

Off she trundled  :D  :D  :D

How chuffed am I? Just a bit.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: 508111 on March 24, 2013, 01:32:26 pm
And here is a close up.

([url]http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5277_zpse542638b.jpg[/url])



Nice going. It always pays to keep the mechanisms of your engines in good, clean & tidy order.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 24, 2013, 02:01:39 pm
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Nice going. It always pays to keep the mechanisms of your engines in good, clean & tidy order.

You are so right 508111.

Thanks again for the advice. If in future I get a genuine split gear I should have a better idea how to deal with it now. I will also be able to give a more through service to my fleet and, who knows, take on a "Spares or Repair" job from eBay.

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Pengi on March 24, 2013, 02:02:38 pm
Excellent result - well done!  :claphappy: :claphappy:


Will you be getting the neighbours back?
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 24, 2013, 02:05:03 pm
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Will you be getting the neighbours back?

Hmmm, I might, but you think I should limit the running exhibits to Poole Era locos, I would really not like to have to operate on my lovely new Dapol 56!

Have you ever had any trouble with your fleet? I bet the ICE units run like clockwork?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Pengi on March 24, 2013, 02:15:08 pm
So far I've had no major problems with the fleet. The Kato trains are very reliable runners. I did have a problem with a South West Trains Turbostar giving up the ghost. With the help of members of the forum, I took it apart and reassembled it and it is working fine now. As a result I have a bit more confidence with dismantling locos.

My second-hand Fleischmann ICE-T is a bit of a slow runner so that will need some attention. It came with incandescent interior lighting in each coach and I'm wondering if it is taking too much power.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: scotsoft on March 24, 2013, 02:21:48 pm
I does make you wonder how many "broken" locos are lying in drawers all because of a small piece of grit.

A big well done on your first repair and a massive boost to your confidence  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 24, 2013, 04:52:11 pm
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I did have a problem with a South West Trains Turbostar giving up the ghost. With the help of members of the forum, I took it apart and reassembled it and it is working fine now. As a result I have a bit more confidence with dismantling locos.

I have one of those  :confused1: :worried: Well if the worst should happen I know who to ask!

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I does make you wonder how many "broken" locos are lying in drawers all because of a small piece of grit.

Indeed Scotsoft, it gets me wondering too. Just discovered I am missing a locomotive buffer. The old me would have been really annoyed about that, but I think (fingers crossed) I have found a place that does replacements.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on March 24, 2013, 04:56:12 pm
Well done in throwing away your 'L' plates and inspiring others to have a go :claphappy:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 24, 2013, 05:00:03 pm
 :laughabovepost:

Well lets hope those who follow my example don't swiftly come and seek my blood because they are left with a pile of cogs and springs  :doh:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on March 26, 2013, 08:34:21 pm
That's amazing. Thank you for a wonderful set of pics. As NPN says, he wonders how many modellers have locos sitting in boxes just because of problems like that. Well count me as one of them. I have heaps. You and 508111 have given me the motivation to give it a go.... but I must admit I am still scared shirtless about flying springs and stuff!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 26, 2013, 09:01:34 pm
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You and 508111 have given me the motivation to give it a go.... but I must admit I am still scared shirtless about flying springs and stuff!


Bealman, rather than send you to yet ANOTHER thread, I have copied it again on this one (just make sure you pay attention to the last bit!!).....

Here are some close ups of the original photos I took of the dismantled bogie.

This is a picture of the bogie as it should look after being detached from the loco. I found this took relatively little force to achieve, and I was also careful about where I held the bogie and body so as to avoid damaging detail.

The red circle shows the end of the bogie to use a small flat head screw driver on.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Class66Bogiewithframepointhighlighted_zps6fefc4a7.jpg)


Now, in the photo above, the bogie is sitting on its wheels. To remove the frame, you want to turn it over, so the gears are exposed underneath. Then, using the small screwdriver head CAREFULLY pri-off the frame. It should lift off and over (towards the coupling end).

BE VERY CAREFUL at this stage as the coupling spring may well make a break for it. I did this work on a lipped tray, might make more sense to try it inside a box so you can contain it if / when it goes "ping".

Photo below shows the bogie and frame separated (and an axle removed).

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/Dismantledclass66bogie_zps847d3a57.png)


The numbered red circles in the photo above show which way round the frame / bogie fits together. The bogie is back on its wheels in this shot. The "2" circles are where the screwdriver is used to separate the two assemblies, the "1" circle is the coupling housing (coupling and spring not shown).

I hope this helps. The biggest tips I can give are:

1) If you are not confident DON'T DO IT.
2) Take your time and be CAREFUL!

Please don't come after me if it goes wrong  :-[
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on March 26, 2013, 09:46:21 pm
Thanks for that, and don't worry, if it goes wrong it'll be my fault, not yours, so I won't be coming after you. Well, not until August, anyway.... that's when I'll be over there, and I can't afford another airfare in the meantime!  :D
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 26, 2013, 09:49:11 pm
 :laughabovepost:

Didn't notice there was the small matter of the rest of the world between us! Well good luck if you do have a go, and if it works out ok, do post the results  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tractor Matt on March 26, 2013, 10:46:56 pm
Here is my tip has i had the same problem with one of my Dapol 66's. Its also a tip i use when i make my wagons. Open a see through food bag and asseble or deasseble the wagon or bogie inside the bag so when the spring does fly into space you can catch it in the bag.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on March 26, 2013, 11:07:55 pm
Good tip! Here's a one from Rod Stewart (yep, he's into model railways) - apparently when he's working on kits and the like he spreads a sheet between his work bench and himself to catch the bits. Another one of his tips is not to drink too much red wine while you're working.

I just don't like thinking about if you get up to go to the loo or something and forget you've got the sheet attached to yourself.....  :whistle:

Seriously, the bag idea is a good 'un. Thanks!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 27, 2013, 08:08:38 am
Another one of his tips is not to drink too much red wine while you're working.

Good tip!  It'll be white from now on :beers:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: scotsoft on March 27, 2013, 08:22:44 am
Another one of his tips is not to drink too much red wine while you're working.

Good tip!  It'll be white from now on :beers:

 :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on March 27, 2013, 09:37:12 am
Wake up Maggie, there's bits on the floor I wanna show to you.....  :headbang:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 27, 2013, 08:33:53 pm
"Its late September and the rake should really be running now....."  :headbang:

 :doh:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on March 27, 2013, 08:39:35 pm
If only I could find that spring....  :headbang:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 27, 2013, 08:41:33 pm
.....Then I could run anything..... :headbang:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on March 27, 2013, 09:09:47 pm
Oh Maggie, I wished I'd never even thought of it.....  :headbang:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 27, 2013, 10:04:44 pm
.....that Seacow in BR DDDDddddduuuutch..... :headbang:

 :doh:

I'll get my coat

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on March 27, 2013, 10:12:37 pm
At the time never meant too much..... :headbang:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 31, 2013, 09:37:48 pm
Well a very nice Birthday / Easter weekend has been had and once again Beloved sister and her partner have given a small contribution to the layout fleet....

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF5285_zps95ea26d3.jpg)

A rather nice black Farish TTA. No keen readers on the thread will know I have a rake of green TTA's, but also that I have a mixed Green / Black rake of TEA's. No further excuse needed to add black TTA's to the roster  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on March 31, 2013, 10:44:14 pm
Nice one, Rod. You did indeed have a good Easter.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 03, 2013, 09:59:25 pm
I have a cunning plan....

I have decided that since the layout is currently in "storage" mode (i.e. split in half and with the protective case on), I will not re-assemble it (i.e. get distracted by playing trains) until the new building a various other projects progress.

Its not as noble as dodger112958's effort, but need to exercise my willpower too!

 :dighole:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on April 04, 2013, 08:06:28 am
Good move ;)

I find the same with mine. Since I can only have half of it out to work on at a time I don't get distracted so more actual work gets done. Bit difficult to run much with just a U-shape and a "branch to nowhere" to work with :D


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: colprit on April 08, 2013, 12:15:58 pm
another good tip when taking your train apart is to do it in a clear plastic bag, that way the spring from the coupling won't get lost as it will stay in the bag.
colin
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on April 08, 2013, 12:23:56 pm
Tractor matt suggested that. It is a good tip.  :beers:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: texhorse on July 30, 2013, 06:01:51 pm
That really is an excellent tip!  It's so simple, yet I never thought of it previously.

 :thankyousign:

Andy
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...(Still a saga and still ongoing)
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 16, 2013, 09:48:34 pm
Ok this is not strictly a layout update but its the closest I have got to modelling lately.

Illness, work (and therefore tiredness), various visits and holidays and other "jobs" have meant the layout covers have not been lifted for much of the summer.

The Viper (on my Workbench) now has some decals on, and is likely to be finished before the layout work starts again.

However, I have been able (motivated by the lady of the house on a quest for more space) to organise all of the useful articles from my magazines into one folder. Its even organised Alphabetcially.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF6151_zpsf6bdd89f.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF6151_zpsf6bdd89f.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF6153_zpse1d7c488.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF6153_zpse1d7c488.jpg.html)

As the chance to actually run something is not going to arrive soon, here is a shot or two of my newly completed train. Not sure its 100% prototypical, certainly the pictures I have seen from trains in my chosen time period have at least 1 class 31 rather than a 33 (albeit in Dutch) and more than one Flask + Queen Mary, but this stock suits the compact nature of Filton TMD.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF6156_zpsd07f3351.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF6156_zpsd07f3351.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF6157_zps94fcf61f.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF6157_zps94fcf61f.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF6158_zps82ead197.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF6158_zps82ead197.jpg.html)

Have a list of projects to do on the layout, really think I should finish the Viper first though.

However, a couple of nights ago, whilst being unable to sleep, I found myself sketching out another track plan  :o

Worrying indeed.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: redtrain on November 14, 2013, 11:53:39 am
Hello,

good looking layout idea and really interesting read. I did notice that you were using short points into the TMD and elsewhere. What's your experience with them? Any trouble with large diesels? I ask because although I use Kato Unitrack for my layout I was playing with the idea of using some Peco points on a part that I don't need automatic control over because they are more compact and cheaper. Not sure though if large locos like them though.

Marcus
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on November 14, 2013, 12:54:05 pm
Hi Marcus,

I have used the Peco small points (not setrack) in my fiddle yards and on the branch line.
They are actually not much smaller in length than the medium ones (there's just 0.7mm in it) and have a radius of 12".
My loco stud contains all types of diesels and steamers and everything, including Dapol pacifics and 9F, traverse the small points with no issues at all :no:
I think the small points are a bit small for main line work but I have also used them as a crossover between the main lines and all is fine. Hope this helps
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 14, 2013, 09:21:42 pm
Hi Marcus,

Thanks for taking the time to read my thread  :D

I second what Nobby has said, but with one proviso: If I could re-do Filton TMD again I would take more time over track-laying. The small radius points punish poor laying  :doh:

Also, as you would have seen earlier in the thread, I have managed to destroy one set (I think because that one was right on the baseboard joint, again a mistake I won't repeat  :confused1:)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: redtrain on December 09, 2013, 06:04:28 pm

Thanks for taking the time to read my thread  :D


Skyline, the pleasure is all mine.


My loco stud contains all types of diesels and steamers and everything, including Dapol pacifics and 9F, traverse the small points with no issues at all :no:


newportnobby, thanks for this. Very helpful to know when you can get a pair of Peco's for the price of a Kato turnout. The majority of my turnouts are Kato 6" precisely because I read so many negative views on the 4" ones. I got a couple and have had no significant problems at all so I am always a little unsure what to think of smaller turnouts.

Marcus
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 05, 2014, 02:10:39 pm
Hello all,

Its been months I know, I struggle to find time for the layout at the moment. I am sure this is something I have in common with many on this forum.

Still, there is some positive in that I have made a bit of progress on the building that will eventually fill the last mocking blank on the layout.

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF7269_zpsc0b39996.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF7269_zpsc0b39996.jpg.html)

This has proved the concept of construction and its also buoyed my enthusiasm for the project.

Stay happy

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...STILL a Saga and STILL Ongoing...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 08, 2014, 07:12:49 pm
Hello all...

Progress......

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF7291_zps336e6c2b.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF7291_zps336e6c2b.jpg.html)

That is all  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: dodger112958 on February 09, 2014, 08:54:33 pm
Finding the time, always the problem, stops you doing things you want to do. Still you are doing something now.
Ian
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: MattC on February 19, 2014, 05:03:00 pm
Hi there, Skyline!

Sat for a good hour reading your thread (looking for ideas, going wood shopping this week for my early 70's Sheffield-themed TMD) and I must say, what an incredible layout!

Really admire your attention to detail, and those lovely Railtrack Autoballasters. May have to break my strict rule on era-correct rolling stock for a rake of those...

Keep up the good work!

Matt C
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 19, 2014, 06:46:20 pm
Quote
Sat for a good hour reading your thread (looking for ideas, going wood shopping this week for my early 70's Sheffield-themed TMD) and I must say, what an incredible layout!

Matt C, I have gone all red  :-[

Thank you very much for taking the time to read the saga so far  :thumbsup:

This is my first proper layout and its been with me for the last 6 or 7 years and slowly adding to it when I can. I find it a great escape and I am happy with some of the things achieved. Of course I could always have done something better, and I have a whole list of lessons learnt, but that's half the fun  :D

Ref the Autoballesters, strictly speaking they stretch my era too, but I am firmly a "Rule 1" kind of guy. This is a hobby so it should make you happy  ;)

Some more developments in the works for this year, so if you see this thread pop-up on the "show all unread posts since last visit" page, have a look and see what I am up too.

Look forward to seeing your layout too  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 22, 2014, 06:55:45 pm
Evening all,

So far this weekend, not had much in the way of railway time.

I have, however, picked up a tool which should enable the quality and ease of build of my final layout building to to increase. Found this set of digital calipers in Aldi for £8.99:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF7294_zps84052296.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF7294_zps84052296.jpg.html)

Which has allowed me to resolve the tolerance issue on my three stories. Before I got these, assembling the floors (using internal walls only), resulted in a miss-match of 5mm.

In our chosen discipline this is in the region of 2.5 foot out  :goggleeyes:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DSCF7293_zpsf1bac57c.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DSCF7293_zpsf1bac57c.jpg.html)

Stay happy all

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: A.Carter (BiG-T) on February 22, 2014, 07:52:29 pm

Which has allowed me to resolve the tolerance issue on my three stories. Before I got these, assembling the floors (using internal walls only), resulted in a miss-match of 5mm.

In our chosen discipline this is in the region of 2.5 foot out  :goggleeyes:



I've worked with builders who work to the same tolerances.....

Tony
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 22, 2014, 08:12:13 pm
 :laughabovepost:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Anthony Lloyd on February 22, 2014, 08:58:16 pm
Which has allowed me to resolve the tolerance issue on my three stories. Before I got these, assembling the floors (using internal walls only), resulted in a miss-match of 5mm.

In our chosen discipline this is in the region of 2.5 foot out  :goggleeyes:
I've worked with builders who work to the same tolerances.....
:claphappy:

Aint we all Tony :-)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bob Wild on February 23, 2014, 11:56:17 pm
I have, however, picked up a tool which should enable the quality and ease of build of my final layout building to to increase. Found this set of digital calipers in Aldi for £8.99:

Ah, these things digikal - how things have changed since I were a lad. But I've got one of those too, and its marvellous.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 13, 2014, 06:58:37 pm
I just thought I would do something to show that "Filton TMD" is not dead or forgotten.

I have continued to visit various model shows (most recently Trainwest, where I enjoyed talking to the owner / operators of "Vale of Oxbury" and "North of England Line") and occasionally building more sections of my last building for "Filton TMD".

I have also been collecting more ideas for future projects (couple of kits for my birthday as an example) and cataloging my fleet.

This has all been in preparation for what will hopefully be some really great news for my layout (well two bits to be exact)  :D

Stay happy all

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Man Cave officially in use :-D
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 14, 2014, 08:09:59 pm
Hello all

Well, in the post TINGS (for me, and by the time this gets posted, the members who visited today) merriment I am pleased to report that my new Man Cave is in use as intended  :D

I managed my first real modelling session in months and months today, around 2 hours at the end of which the cave looked like this:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/FirstSessioninManCaveNo32_zps1d0aa03c.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/FirstSessioninManCaveNo32_zps1d0aa03c.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/FirstSessioninManCaveNo33_zps62d0a6db.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/FirstSessioninManCaveNo33_zps62d0a6db.jpg.html)

 The shear joy of making this much mess and still being able to close the door on it all if I get too tired / stressed / downright angry, cannot be over-stated  ;D

The main reason being this mess is the aim to finally resolve a long niggling electrical problem (as mentioned much further back in this thread) under the fly-over on the left hand side of this layout.  To do this I have added two new power feeds (less tidy wires here):

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/FirstSessioninManCaveNo31_zps1ee2e5e4.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/FirstSessioninManCaveNo31_zps1ee2e5e4.jpg.html)

As is always the way, nothing is as simple as all that. Once again the curse of Peco track struck (also alluded to earlier in the thread) and a No.2 radius curve disintegrated  :veryangry:. So I have replaced that with some flexi whilst installing the new insulating fish plates. And, though some serious track cleaning is still needed, my test dummy old class 08 seems happy enough going across the once dead section  ;)

So, there you go, Filton rides again.

So, to leave you with my recent purchases. Two Grampus from the Yeovil NGF meetup and the telescopic wagons plus unbranded 58 are fresh from TINGS 2014. £45.00 that bone was...cheers Dapol!

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/DapolClass58TelescopicandGrampus_zps49e31f76.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/DapolClass58TelescopicandGrampus_zps49e31f76.jpg.html)

The bone was such a bargain I decided to pop over the the BH Enterprises and pick up some Depot Plaques and Confused Arrows logos for it. This is a first for me, and I will chart the results as and when they occur (good or bad  :worried:)

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Sprintex on September 14, 2014, 08:14:07 pm
Nice to see you getting going with it again :thumbsup:

And I now know what a 'bone' is after you posted it on another thread and I had NO idea what it was  ;D


Paul
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 14, 2014, 09:03:13 pm
Quote
And I now know what a 'bone' is after you posted it on another thread and I had NO idea what it was  ;D

 :laughabovepost:

Mate, my bad should never assume people know what nick-names you are using are all about....Yeah I have been referring to Class 58's as "Bones" for a while, can't recall where I saw it first  :hmmm:

Just clocked your bargain on the purchase thread, nice grab! BTW I am not sure being Scottish has anything to do with asking for a bit off the asking price....I tried it at Dapol on my bundle. Didn't work, but always worth a go  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: B757-236GT on September 14, 2014, 10:12:07 pm
Which reminds me, did you still want my renumbering handout!

Richard
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 14, 2014, 10:20:06 pm
Quote
Which reminds me, did you still want my renumbering handout!

Very much so!

Especially as I am 80% decided a Deltic is coming to play in Filton this year  :D

Slyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 27, 2014, 09:52:50 pm
Hey hey

Some time spent at the Chippingham Model Railway Show this afternoon followed by a few more hours in the cave.

A most pleasant time adding a few bits and pieces that I had picked up over the last 18 months or so onto Filton, and finally populating it!

New features are:

Fuel storage and loco jacks for the TMD itself

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000267_zpsa6e10f91.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000267_zpsa6e10f91.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000277_zps03cf8b22.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000277_zps03cf8b22.jpg.html)

More trees and a foreman (on the yellow markings infront of the smaller building) for the parcels depot

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000269_zpsf617c0bb.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000269_zpsf617c0bb.jpg.html)

Some actual workman for the road:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000271_zps9375fccc.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000271_zps9375fccc.jpg.html)

And track maintenance crew: 

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000270_zps25fd1234.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000270_zps25fd1234.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000272_zpse57095c9.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000272_zpse57095c9.jpg.html)

Plus passengers (standing and seated), station staff, a bike shed and bikes (from Chippenham today) for the station:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000273_zps4b31e7e8.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000273_zps4b31e7e8.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000276_zpsb604d5e0.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000276_zpsb604d5e0.jpg.html)

I think the addition of a few tiny people really adds to the atmosphere, glad the fact the layout is not moving anymore means I can get them out of their boxes.

"Helicam" shot of the layout to close for now:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000278_zpsd2871fdb.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000278_zpsd2871fdb.jpg.html)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cjdodd on September 28, 2014, 08:23:01 am
Should have said you were going I would have come and said hi.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 28, 2014, 09:12:47 am
Was very much a spur of the moment thing, very impressed with your first n gauge layout  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Greybeema on September 28, 2014, 10:05:39 am
Great work and great to see Filton TDM back keep the photos coming...

Afraid a 'Bone' to me is still a B1 bomber...
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 28, 2014, 02:41:12 pm
Ooohhh yeah, B1! Well official title is "Lancer", but much like the 58 we can't choose our nicknames!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: B757-236GT on September 28, 2014, 10:16:30 pm
There were some in the RAF who nicknamed them prancers because they seemed to do very little show off! Give me a Handley Page Victor anyday quartermaster!

Richard
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 07, 2014, 07:01:47 pm
Hello chaps and chapesses

Just a short report to say that I have just came down from the man cave having set up Filton TMD with a selection of locos and trains to show the layout off to some young visitors tomorrow.

Fingers cross things go better than the last time Filton TMD was shown off....but I have already found ANOTHER Peco point that is on the verge of disintegrating..... :worried:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 04, 2015, 05:19:10 pm
Hello!

Well its been a while since I did a proper layout update, but things have been happening on Filton.

Firstly, in the style of Network Rail, the previous weekends have seem some much needed engineering work going on in the fiddle yard. I suspect we all know what the outcome of the 12inch to 1 foot boys work ( :-[), but having replaced three sets of points and re-laid the track entering from under the fly-over with improved electrical feeds, Filton is working well at the moment.

Next, I have been running in some new traction. The wagon fleet has been expanding this year with some telescopic hoods, but a bargain 58 found a new home with me too. However, ever since they were announced I have fancied an upgraded Class 37.

The thought process was; I really like the look of those BAA wagons, wouldn't it be nice to get a new matching tractor to go with them?

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000296_zps2195d3c0.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000296_zps2195d3c0.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000297_zpsad2f1104.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000297_zpsad2f1104.jpg.html)

Have to say the 37 514 runs very nicely. I especially like the lights on this model, very subtle and appear to flicker very little.

The BAA's are nice too, but the loads will be glued on sooner rather than later as they are rather fiddly and appear to slip sideways around bends. Granted, the sideways movement may be related to my 9 inch inner loop and should give me an incentive to ease-back on the throttle  :worried:

Finally, I have been pleasantly surprised to find just how far I managed to progress with my scratch-build in our old house. I was sort of putting off opening the box for this, but having done so and planted it on the layout, its not that bad.

Note that no walls are glued as yet (indeed two walls are not finished), but I wanted to see where I was headed:

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000301_zps2654cc22.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000301_zps2654cc22.jpg.html)

(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000300_zps6b8330d2.jpg) (http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Skyline2uk/media/P1000300_zps6b8330d2.jpg.html)

It may be a tight fit (I suspect the boundary of the permanent way may need adjusting), I should hopefully find time to get this finished, this covering the entire layout for the first time in its 7 year life!

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cjdodd on January 04, 2015, 05:45:43 pm
Looking really good. I'll have to bring round some traction and rolling stock one day and play trains :-)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 04, 2015, 05:47:45 pm
Cheers

Ohh, new trains to play with, that's always good  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 28, 2015, 08:10:06 pm
Do not adjust your computer! This is a new Filton TMD post!

So in a couple of weeks we will be celebrating 1 year in our own house. Why do I start this thread with this fact?

Because it has a lot to do with the lack of posts on here! Well, to be precise, the 5 page 88 job "snag list" we have been working through is the real reason. I have been enjoying DIY to be honest, its satisfying improving your own house (especially when you DO improve it and nothing goes wrong).

So, enough house talk. Here is what I have been planning to do with the layout for a long time: Add a cassette system to allow ease of adding and removing stock.

I am sure many of of us are in the situation I am in; the layout and fiddle yard long since filled to capacity with locomotives and rolling stock. I have seen many different designs around the "cassette" concept, but mine is based on 25mm (high) by 40mm (wide) cable trunking.

This photo (taken and uploaded on an iPhone, sorry for funny angle!) shows the progress made so far. A very thin piece of plasticard sheet is stuck to the board using double sided tape (having removed the old track and cork track bed). I am then using L-section platicard as guides to align each cassette to the track on the rest of the yard.
In the shot below, the left hand (bottom) L-section is secured in place, the other side will be secured using my first "cassette" as a template.

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


This second shot is mocked-up to show how the final build will work. If it does work, will be happy to answer questions if people would like to know more.

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Its all going suspiciously well so far....

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 29, 2015, 08:24:57 pm
So I got home from work and decided to finish off the "base" section of the cassette system.

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This seems to have gone well. Well enough for the prototype cassette to fit nicely and show no lateral movement.

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So far its all good. Enjoying working on the layout again, and making a big mess working too (I don't think I am alone in my "process" resulting in such chaos).

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: port perran on June 29, 2015, 08:33:41 pm
So I got home from work and decided to finish off the "base" section of the cassette system.
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This seems to have gone well. Well enough for the prototype cassette to fit nicely and show no lateral movement.
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So far its all good. Enjoying working on the layout again, and making a big mess working too (I don't think I am alone in my "process" resulting in such chaos).
Skyline2uk

Glad to see more pictures and progress.
You are not alone in being messy. I envy those people who can work neatly. Personally I spend half my time looking for tools and bits and bobs which I only pit down a few moments ago.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 01, 2015, 08:04:04 pm
Hello all

Sweaty engineering today, both home and work.

So I added the "interface" track (shades of work language right there) and, suitably aligned, I am now waiting for the glue to dry.

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As mentioned in previous posts, my "process" is not a tidy one. Hence my man cave currently looks like this:

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Not sure if these were mentioned before in this thread, but the female Skyline in residence made me these lovely "Arrival" and "Departure" boards for our anniversary last year.

I have made a start with some suitable board markers, listing the arrivals which I plan to represent on the layout. Think it will add another dimension to "playing trains"  ;)

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Finally, the obligatory "look how hot it is" photo...

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Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 05, 2015, 05:46:38 pm
Success  :claphappy:

This Class 67 has just been driven onto the cassette with no fuss.

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And so I now have to make up as many extra cassettes as I need, the limiting factor at the moment being how many ST11 pieces of track I have (3 left) and the need to find a more precise way of cutting the cable trunking.

But as it the way with my brain, I am already looking at the next project....

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The picture above shows my newly obtained low-loader (the grey one) from the NGS / Bentley show at Corsham yesterday. I was so lucky to find this on the Osbornes stand, they seem to have gone missing from E-bay recently. As I hope this arranged shot shows, the goal of the project is to perform a "cut and shut" with the white lorry I already had, so as to fit my old Farish 56 on the back.

Progress, however slow, will be documented on here.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Trainfish on July 05, 2015, 08:35:09 pm
Looking good Adam but personally I just use a re-railer  :goggleeyes:

I'll be watching your cut and shut closely as I want to do the same to carry a tube train, well, 1 car of a tube train anyway.

Nothing has happened on my layout as it's too hot up there. I need to go up there next week though to test my new Blue Pullman and Brighton Belle. Watch that space  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 05, 2015, 09:06:32 pm
Lol, well eventually the idea is to see if I can manufacture a cassette which can hold an entire train like, say, a BP or BB (if such a thing ever found its way to Filton, I am told the BB is a bugger to un-couple  ;)).

Ref the truck, will see how it goes before publishing my efforts 😝.

Sorry to hear your man cave has been too hot, know how you feel (see previous posts).

Skyline2uk

P.S. Not sure my cassette concept will stetch to full length HSTs, very cool as yours are!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Trainfish on July 05, 2015, 11:27:15 pm
That makes sense now regarding a complete train, thanks  :thumbsup:

Staying slightly off topic I don't think it's just the temperature in my loft which has slowed stopped progress. It's also the fact that some track has come unstuck due to the type of glue used and the boring job of painting white lines on 5' long platforms. I will re-start soon though, maybe the BP and BB will help re-ignite the enthusiasm.
Oh, and a little thing called work keeps getting in the way too  :doh:

By the way, I do get confused by your layout. One minute it has loads of scenery and the next it doesn't. Have you got 2 similar layouts or do I need to lay off the beer? 

Posted Jan 4th
(http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Skyline2uk/P1000296_zps2195d3c0.jpg)

Posted July 1st
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Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on July 06, 2015, 09:25:06 am
Looks to me as if the first pic is of the scenic side and the second is of the fiddle yard with the scenic side covered up, John.
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Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 06, 2015, 01:11:17 pm
 :laughabovepost:

Nobby has it spot on, I try to cover up the scenic side when I am not working on it / playing.

This room is primarily a man cave, but negotiations for it were concluded by agreeing to use it for guests some times, cover is useful then too!

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Trainfish on July 07, 2015, 01:01:16 am
I blame Marstons and that board on the top  :doh:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 25, 2015, 04:04:45 pm
Do not adjust your interweb!

This is indeed a Filton TMD thread update  :D

I have been in a very long slump when it comes to actual modelling recently. I have enjoyed visiting shows and running layouts, but my own projects have stalled.

Part of this was down to the way I am. I have had the fact that I would be subjected to an external audit (sounds painful, I know  :goggleeyes:) at work hanging over me for the best part of a year.

Like most things I dread, it takes up a lot of my thought and drains motivation. Happily, also like most things I dread, this turned out to be about 5% as bad as I thought it would be.

So, this weekend I was positively  :bounce: with enthusiasm to be useful and productive. It started yesterday (when the mrs-to-be was out wedding dress shopping  ;)) with me attacking all the clutter in my man cave. The main purposed was to organise and throw out rubbish.

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The other hoped benefit would be that I found the LEDs and missing plastic that I needed to push on with my scratch-build. Of course these were not found by the time I had to stop yesterday and I was needed to go and meet our potential DJ, but I was pleased with progress at getting organised.

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Happily today, after sorting out the garage and putting away the garden furniture neatly (see, told you I was motivated  ;D), I carried on in the man cave and came across missing components very quickly.

I would say they were in the last place I looked, but you knew that  ;)

So, with tidying complete, I actually did some modelling. First up, I started to glue in place the internal "pillars" for my office building.

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Now these are not actually going to be structural. But 1) The prototype has them and 2) They are hollow and thus perfect for hiding the LED wires needed for internal lighting.

Whilst these were drying, I started off on another project which I had mentioned previously. I won't put those pics up just yet, that is another topic really.

Finally, I rewarded myself with some posed set-ups of my latest (and last for a while) pieces of stock:

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So, thanks for reading through this mammoth post. I am hoping the other project will progress well now, so I may get a chance to post that soon  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk   

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 25, 2015, 07:06:24 pm
Many thanks for the update. Glad all is well. I look forward to the next update.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cjdodd on October 25, 2015, 08:04:57 pm
Good to see you've got your arse in gear  :)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 25, 2015, 08:30:01 pm
 :P

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 28, 2015, 08:25:02 pm
Not strictly layout progress, but I have been modelling:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=12963.msg341840#msg341840 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=12963.msg341840#msg341840)

Skyline2uk
Title: A major milestone in the history of Filton TMD (still an ongoing saga)....
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 12, 2016, 09:24:59 pm
Good evening.

I apologise for this thread being rather quiet recently. Normally this means that there has been very little modelling on my behalf. However, I am happy to say that over the last month or so, quite the opposite is true.

Firstly there was my transporter project, which is on my workbench thread.  Secondly I have had a large, ongoing layout to-do list on the wall of my man cave even since I took ownership of the room. It is now much shorter (until I re-write it with other things bouncing around in my head!). 

One thing that was bugging me ever since I installed it was the tunnel mouth. I should have painted it beforehand, but I rushed.  As shown below, this has now been addressed.

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Next on the list was the road entrance to the TMD. I knocked-up a security office, barrier and obligatory safety notices. I am happy with the barrier and sign, less so with the office which may be re-visited to see if I can improve it.

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The TMD is slowly collecting more warning notices, most recently limited clearance, stop before proceeding, road numbers and (obscured in the picture below), a hard hat sign next to the foot entrances.

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I have also painted up the scrap track and old axels stored at the back of the TMD, plus yet another set of notices on the side of the site office. 

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And then we come to the main project. That blank corner of the layout which has been lurking in the wide shots of Filton TMD , never seeming to progress.  Ever since I started work on this layout (way back in 2008), the left hand corner of the layout was marked with the name of building which I would love to model. I included a "?" after the name as I didn't honestly know if I was capable of producing a decent representation of it.

If you scroll back to page 4 of this thread (April 2012), you will see my scratch build of a platform shelter. It was billed as a "test of concept", and I deemed it a success. So, fast forward to 17th December 2012 (page 7 of this thread) and the "ground breaking". I think I actually started cutting plastic on this date.

Well, fast, fast, fast forward to this evening when I put the finishing touches to the car-park and thus marked the full covering of the scenic side of the layout for the first time it its 8 year history. Hey, nobody said this hobby should be a quick process.  ;D

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I am rather proud of this. It's not perfect, and the glazing on the stairs especially is not done any favours by the camera, but it is 100% from scratch. A combination of printed card, painted card (from cereal bars of all things), plasticard and acetate glazing.

I really struggled with motivation to finish this build. Various things like Viper Mk II and lorries and new stock kept distracting me and the process of marking out and cutting the various pieces was often really dull. But a few weeks back I started gluing it all together and got on a role. Best of all it looked close enough to the prototype for me.

Thanks for reading through this far, I am hoping for some more modelling time tomorrow so might get another post then.

Until then, I will finish with some overall shots of the layout as it is today.

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Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 12, 2016, 10:02:48 pm
Many thanks for the long-awaited updated and very nice photos. Whilst all the new additions are excellent, I liked the children's train, in the field, in the last picture. 8-)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 12, 2016, 10:08:15 pm
Thanks Chris

Well spotted! Yeah, that's another mini-project which has now moved up the list and will be made more like an actual playground eventually  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on March 12, 2016, 10:09:29 pm
Great to see your progress and that building is a smashing job :thumbsup:
Can't see how you get into the car park, though :confused2:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 12, 2016, 10:16:50 pm
Cheers Nobby

Cars will (when I find some suitable ones) enter via the "rest of the world" (i.e off the board).

The prototype building is surrounded on three sides by its car park, though the railway is not so close :-)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: wookie on March 13, 2016, 06:40:41 pm
Very nice modelling  :thumbsup:
Title: Officially.....Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 13, 2016, 07:47:35 pm
The local press....well, the local press website editor....were in attendance to officially name the TMD today.

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Other than the depot pilot 08, the transient nature of the locomotives that are serviced in the depot means there is no specific pool. As such BR decided Filton was an ideal candidate to try out a new style logo incorporating 4 of the sub-sectors. Ironically, the construction sub-sector was not randomly selected for inclusion. However with the departure of 56059, no other construction sector locomotives are rostered on trains in the Filton area any time soon.

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As they say, there is always one. And in this case, a spotter who was running late and missed the official ceremony. All he was able to capture was this view from the A38, showing the matching sign on the rear of the TMD.

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Skyline2uk 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 29, 2016, 07:23:17 pm
Evening all.

As per my post on the forum Facebook group, I was a lucky boy for my birthday.

In addition to the generosity of my mum who gave me some N gauge tokens with which I can now enjoy some real shopping, I received this little collection from my future in-laws.

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A real surprise, especially since it turns out they came across a model shop whilst on a visit to Northamptonshire and thought of me.

This afternoon I spent some time making some little additions:

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The staff at the TMD now have some rudimentary facilities (next to the site office). Well, rudimentary is better than none.

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Due to an admin snaffo, National Express were forced to press a vintage coach into service. The Rovers Supporters Club couldn't miss the away game could they?

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Speaking of vintage, the shift manager at the Fed Ex depot came to work in his rather smart Morris van today. Here it is seen parked next to the head of security's Landy.

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Across the track, Filton Parish Council have finally began the process of improving the children's playground. These benches have been delivered to allow parents to rest whilst their offspring enjoy the play-train. Litter bins have also arrived, but Bert the groundskeeper hasn't got round to installing them yet.

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Finally, some enterprising chap called Bob has spotted a gap in the lunchtime market. Both the Fed Ex staff and those of the TMD can now enjoy a fine selection of Hot Dogs, Burgers and Kebabs for their hard-earned lunch.

As an aside, I happen to know that Bob approached the owners of the newly completed office building opposite the TMD for permission to set up in their car-park. However, he was turned down on the basis that his products "do not fit in with the company well-being campaign". Charming!

Watch this space for many planned future developments  ;)

Skyline2uk   
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: wookie on March 29, 2016, 07:32:33 pm
Hmmmm I see that Bob has moved his burger trailer from the Wookery goods shed yard.
Looks like all the BR and factory staff are going to go hungry!  :veryangry:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 29, 2016, 07:40:16 pm
Thanks for the latest update. there are some very nice details now being added to further improve what was already an excellent model layout.

I've been tempted to buy a "Bob's Hot Dogs" stand, too, but so far am sticking with converted brake van bodies to serve the two beaches at Cant Cove.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 29, 2016, 07:58:48 pm
Many thanks @Chris in Prague (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2895)

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I had never seen this model before, its really detailed for its size. The three vehicles are my first trio from Oxford, impressed with quality and will be getting more.

Re your catering on "Cant Cove", I think your solution is a nice original one!

@wookie (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=3504) Sorry mate, but Bob may have a brother?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 29, 2016, 08:06:02 pm
Thanks. I agree though that the Oxford models are very well detailed. I have bought quite a few for Cant Cove but they are nearly all boxed away.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Trainfish on March 30, 2016, 12:51:53 am
Bob's van looks great in that position Adam, just need a few people next to it now with cups of tea and burgers in their hands. And of course the obligatory white van parked next to it too. I bought a couple of O*f*rd (sorry Swindon Town fans can't type that placename) diecast vehicles too....................

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Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 30, 2016, 08:51:22 am
Cheers John

I have a transit or two on my list.

Was aware of your collection, a project as large as yours deserves nothing less  ;D

I suspect I am go going to encounter the same problem as many on this forum: nice as the Oxford range is, suitable cars for my era are in short supply.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: wookie on March 30, 2016, 11:31:59 am
I bought a couple of O*f*rd diecast vehicles too....................

I have a lot of both Oxford and BT vehicles. At birthday/Fathers Day/Christmas my offspring ask me for a wants list  :D
I'm not missing many that fit my period.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Maurits71 on March 30, 2016, 09:30:13 pm
thanks for the updates, i love your modelling
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 31, 2016, 12:44:34 am
thanks for the updates, i love your modelling

From you sir, that is high praise indeed  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Marcus Amison on April 02, 2016, 08:35:08 am
Your layouts looking really good :thumbsup: I noticed the Perspex along the front of your build, are you building this for exhibitions?  The thought of taking anything I built to an exhibition scares me. All those more experienced builders casting a critical look........scary stuff. :'(
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 10, 2016, 12:02:29 pm
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Your layouts looking really good :thumbsup: I noticed the Perspex along the front of your build, are you building this for exhibitions?  The thought of taking anything I built to an exhibition scares me. All those more experienced builders casting a critical look........scary stuff. :'(

High Marcus, sorry I saw your kind words when you first posted them and I thought I had answered you!

Anyway, better late than never.

I am familiar with your layout and have read the entire thread, and I am very impressed. Your philosophy of re-visiting things you are not happy with has rang a bell with me and now I have at last covered the whole board I shall be doing the same at some point.

The perspex, which actually is something I would like to replace as it is very brittle, is a safety thing. It is there to:
 
A) Stop the trains plummeting to their doom, especially from the fiddle yard where the track is right on the edge.
B) Protect the detail on the edges from knocks. The layout now has its own room but it has been moved through several houses.

It was never design for exhibiting. Much as I love the experience of running layouts at shows (being very grateful to the owners for the opportunity), Filton is not suitable. For starters it does not even fit very well in my car!

I have several projects lined up on the layout which I hope to document on this thread in the coming weeks. Please do have a look if you can, I certainly will be viewing your thread, Mrs Skyline-to-be is a fan of your farm and its residents  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Trainfish on April 10, 2016, 02:22:06 pm
Filton is not suitable. For starters it does not even fit very well in my car!

I think you need a bigger car!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 10, 2016, 04:18:22 pm
Another layout....

That is "cheaper"... How I shall spin it anyway...

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: B757-236GT on April 11, 2016, 08:31:40 pm
Another layout....

That is "cheaper"... How I shall spin it anyway...

Skyline2uk

I told you what to do! Go and speak to the nice man at Clevedon Garages (other garages are available) and he will sort you out with a car like mine. Having said that mine is now too small too so its to be converted onto a 1 year deal. Only trouble is ive been told my prefered replacement will need to be ordered by June for delivery in December!!!!!!

Also if you ever want to sell your 26 and dogfish set you know where to come.

Richard

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 11, 2016, 09:43:42 pm
Ok Mr Webb, much as I am a fan of the Blue Oval, an estate is overkill for our needs.

Also....blasphemy.... I preferre the chassis on the Astra these days....

And no.My dogfish  :P

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Waz on April 12, 2016, 05:30:52 pm
The attention to details that are often missed on larger scale layouts is really good along with the developing story of how the layout has come along. Looks like a very interesting track plan as well, looking forward to following the development of this
Title: Filton at night....further developments around the TMD....
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 14, 2016, 08:49:32 pm
Evening all

So I was planning on posting this after I had done some more work, but:

a) I was worried the effort involved in installing this would be wasted, so I hooked it up to a power source to test it...

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b) I was actually really happy with the effect which resulted:

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In person, it isn't as bright and actually shows up the internals really well. I especially like the effect on the car park. Only thing is, the LEDs are not too bright and as such I don't actually need the PWM I bought. Oh well, it was £2.10 posted (from China!), and I may yet find a use for it.

Lots more to do, so will keep posting for those interested  ;D

Skyline2uk   
Title: Re: Filton at night....further developments around the TMD....
Post by: Marcus Amison on April 17, 2016, 02:45:42 pm
Evening all

So I was planning on posting this after I had done some more work, but:

a) I was worried the effort involved in installing this would be wasted, so I hooked it up to a power source to test it...

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Your wiring looks so much neater than mine. I don't even know where to start with mine. Spaghetti junction springs to mind...Lol

b) I was actually really happy with the effect which resulted:

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In person, it isn't as bright and actually shows up the internals really well. I especially like the effect on the car park. Only thing is, the LEDs are not too bright and as such I don't actually need the PWM I bought. Oh well, it was £2.10 posted (from China!), and I may yet find a use for it.

Lots more to do, so will keep posting for those interested  ;D

Skyline2uk
Title: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...the ongoing depot development
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 19, 2016, 10:11:39 pm
Evening.

So some more progress on the depot itself tonight.

I have long planned to add some markings to the hard-standing. I am not sure if this is even remotely prototypical but I wanted to have a go.

I reasoned that the layout of Filton TMD (with direct road access) would surely mean there was a need to at least point out where you shouldn't park!

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I spent a bit of time experimenting with printing, trying acetate and considered using paint pens. In the end I asked for advice on the NGF and N gauge Facebook groups.

I was recommended car pin striping, but in looking for this online I came across a site that does tape designed for white boards. This was available in all the colours I needed, in thicknesses down to 1.5mm

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I drew on experience from factories in defining green as safe walking paths, yellow as general warning and red as do not pass.

Also added tonight is this yard lamp.

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I managed to wire this up to the same lighting circuit as my office building, which surely means I am pushing my luck with the leccy gremlins now?!

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More work is due on the depot. Quite amazed at relative progress on the layout of late, what on earth have I been doing for the last 5 years?

Skyline2uk










Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...the ongoing depot development
Post by: Newportnobby on April 19, 2016, 10:23:48 pm

I reasoned that the layout of Filton TMD (with direct road access) would surely mean there was a need to at least point out where you shouldn't park!

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But there's always someone who thinks they can just abandon their diesel and try and disguise it with a tarp that's miles too small ::) ;)


More work is due on the depot. Quite amazed at relative progress on the layout of late, what on earth have I been doing for the last 5 years?

Skyline2uk


Procrastinating, old boy, procrastinating :P
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 19, 2016, 10:25:49 pm
 :laughabovepost: :D

Truck driver reported to shift manager good sir  ;)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Waz on April 19, 2016, 10:31:24 pm
The yard markings look really good, that's a good idea of what to use, did you seal it down after fitting or is it just relaxing on the hold of the tape?
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 19, 2016, 11:13:19 pm
 :hellosign: thanks for the updates them markings look spot on
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 20, 2016, 07:33:52 am
The yard markings look really good, that's a good idea of what to use, did you seal it down after fitting or is it just relaxing on the hold of the tape?

Thanks Waz

At the moment the tape is just secured using its own adhesive, but I have some Matt varnish which I may experiment with. Will probably make up a small test piece to see how it reacts.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on April 20, 2016, 08:41:05 am
The detailing is looking really good.  Well done! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: MrDobilina on April 20, 2016, 09:55:56 pm
Very nice!

Just been going through this thread and love some of the tips :)

Did you ever replace your hard standing? What would you recommend instead of balsa wood?

How do your platforms look now?
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 20, 2016, 10:06:45 pm
Ah Mr D

Very kind of you to read through this epic...

You have however noticed my shame: 1) no that's the original hard standing and 2) platforms also unchanged.

Re the hard-standing: I have made it tolerable using Milliput and careful work with a scalpel. If I was to start again I would use plasticard as its mainly straight track. In future on bigger projects I would look at plaster / polyfiller.

I am thinking long and hard about re-doing the platform tops using fine sandpaper. Now is the time to do it as I have more platform furniture on order plus looking at lights.

However, I am sort of fond of them as they are. It reminds me of when I started out on the layout and they are sort of unique. Not massively over-scale, I will ponder the effort / risks....  :hmmm:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on April 20, 2016, 10:12:22 pm

I am thinking long and hard about re-doing the platform tops using fine sandpaper. Now is the time to do it as I have more platform furniture on order plus looking at lights.

However, I am sort of fond of them as they are. It reminds me of when I started out on the layout and they are sort of unique. Not massively over-scale, I will ponder the effort / risks....  :hmmm:

Skyline2uk

Procrastinating again, Mr. Truck Driver :telloff:
Signed
The Shift Manager :-X
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 20, 2016, 10:16:42 pm
 :D

Geeze Nobby, nothing gets past you does it? Don't you have some playing testing to be doing with your new 5MT?  :P

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on April 20, 2016, 10:48:05 pm
:D

Geeze Nobby, nothing gets past you does it? Don't you have some playing testing to be doing with your new 5MT?  :P

Skyline2uk

Not being one to let the grass grow under my feet and having left no turd unstoned...............

https://www.dropbox.com/s/de7jz57jrnkajnl/5MT%20on%20parcels.MOV?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/de7jz57jrnkajnl/5MT%20on%20parcels.MOV?dl=0)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 26, 2016, 08:26:56 pm
Hello again.

Traditionally I post things on here when I have actually finished a project, but this time I have made an exception.

Inspired by the work of @Marcus Amison (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4374) , I am trying to improve old work and have re-visited the one piece of fencing that I was not happy with.

I suppose the intention was good, to use some recycled stuff to scratch build my own fence for the depot. However, the result always looked a tad amateurish and the posts were definitely far too thick. So, on my Birthday cash list was some of the Ancorton Barbed-Wire fencing. Tonight I finished the first stage of installation: 

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

Now all is left to do is install the actual "barbed wire" on the top section of the posts. I say "all that is left", but I am thinking I need to be VERY awake to tackle this.....The cotton supplied with the fencing is rather fine:

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

And I have to fit three lengths of this across the posts  :goggleeyes:

Even as it is, I am pleased with the improvement.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on April 26, 2016, 08:35:31 pm
And very good it looks, too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Marcus Amison on April 26, 2016, 11:03:24 pm
Hello again.

Traditionally I post things on here when I have actually finished a project, but this time I have made an exception.

Inspired by the work of @Marcus Amison ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4374[/url]) , I am trying to improve old work and have re-visited the one piece of fencing that I was not happy with.

I suppose the intention was good, to use some recycled stuff to scratch build my own fence for the depot. However, the result always looked a tad amateurish and the posts were definitely far too think. So, on my Birthday cash list was some of the Ancorton Barbed-Wire fencing. Tonight I finished the first stage of installation: 

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

Now all is left to do is install the actual "barbed wire" on the top section of the posts. I say "all that is left", but I am thinking I need to be VERY awake to tackle this.....The cotton supplied with the fencing is rather fine:

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

And I have to fit three lengths of this across the posts  :goggleeyes:

Even as it is, I am pleased with the improvement.

Skyline2uk
Its nice to know that I have inspired you to revisit parts of your layout. Your fencing does look excellent and finishes off your depot nicely. I have revisited several areas of my layout that I wasn't quite happy with. Only small, barely noticeable changes, but big enough to improve on What my abilities were originally capable of. I will continue to re-work as time goes on, but then that's what makes it so enjoyable.  :beers:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga of a bloke with back-ache....
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 28, 2016, 09:41:22 pm
.....and squiffy eyes!

I spent what must have been an hour putting on the first barbed wire this evening. It has come out ok, but I haven't taken a decent enough photo to show you!

This is the best one for the effect, a bit blurry but you can see the wire.

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

In more visible news, I extended the "safe path" and added a dirt-track so the depot staff can reach the ground frame at the entrance.

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

Off to bed, my eyes are in need of a rest  :confused1:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 28, 2016, 09:49:10 pm
Very nice work.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Marcus Amison on April 29, 2016, 03:39:59 am
I like the look of your cross hatch. May try the same, adds a little colour as well as realism. Looking really good :beers:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 29, 2016, 07:38:10 am
Thanks everyone.

@Marcus Amison (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4374) and anybody else who is interested, I got the tape I used for the depot markings here:

http://www.jammydog.com/1mm_yellow_gridding_tape_for_whiteboards.htm (http://www.jammydog.com/1mm_yellow_gridding_tape_for_whiteboards.htm)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Trainfish on April 29, 2016, 11:20:45 am
Shame they don't have white tape as it would be good for roads. If we brought back blackboards then maybe they would make white tape  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on April 29, 2016, 11:30:26 am
In Aus the blackboards were actually green. Must have been the slate.

Anyway not hijacking thread.  :beers:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 29, 2016, 04:28:45 pm
In Aus the blackboards were actually green. Must have been the slate.

Anyway not hijacking thread.  :beers:

lol, don't worry mate, you and Trainfish make a fair point.

Re the Aus bords, I seem to remember American TV shows showing schools / colleges with green boards, Aus supplied or vice versa  :hmmm:

There are a few options for road markings, paint pens and various stickers / decals / vinyls. I used some pens but am thinking about adding to my roads with some markings available from the 'Bay.

Skyline2uk 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 09, 2016, 07:40:45 pm
Good afternoon all

Had a full day on the layout yesterday. On the face of it not a huge amount of progress (apart from the now customary eyes being pushed to the limit), but three things done to a good enough standard (for me!).

The barbed wire fence on the TMD now has two lines of wire. To be honest, I think I will stop there, it looks like it is supposed to and the photos are the same!

I have also fulfilled a promise to @Maurits71 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1374) , in completing the children's play-train:

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

Quite chuffed (huh huh) with this, looks like I wanted it to and I may have to look out for some figures to populate it  ;)

The fence (Faller "iron railings") for this came in a much larger quantity than I though, so I have lots left and managed to bash together this for the TMD:

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

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I saw something similar in the NGS journal a few editions ago (made out of etch) and thought I would see if I could do a cheaper version.

The most expensive thing on this was the Plasti-strut steps, but again I have a fair bit left. I sprayed this inspection platform (and the park fence) with primer yesterday and tonight I have made up a second set.

I reckon I will make 3 or 4 in total for the TMD (2 left hand 2 right hand). This being said, the learning curve is not getting any easier and I will have to get back in the mood for another two!

Skyline2uk


Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on May 09, 2016, 08:44:46 pm
Thanks for the update.
I guess after the demise of steam the drivers became a little lazy so required steps to get them up into the cabs :-X :P
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: B757-236GT on May 09, 2016, 08:52:13 pm
Adam
Yes the pack looks alot bigger than i thought too! Good to see it being put to use. Havent seen much use of yellow spray paint though!  :D

Richard
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 09, 2016, 09:18:45 pm
Have patience my friend, the primer is on and Yellow coat starts if the rain stops tomorrow  ;)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 09, 2016, 09:24:38 pm
Thanks for the update.
I guess after the demise of steam the drivers became a little lazy so required steps to get them up into the cabs :-X :P

Now now Nobby, I didn't have to have any Kettles on the layout you know, and this one is in a special livery  :P

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 09, 2016, 09:40:25 pm
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Nice modelling those access steps look spot on, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Bealman on May 09, 2016, 10:31:09 pm
An excellent use of surplus bits  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Maurits71 on May 11, 2016, 07:32:47 am
 :thankyousign:, love the kids area, rest top modeling ;)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 13, 2016, 08:41:03 pm
Evening

A small amount of modelling this evening.

I came home to be handed a small package by Mrs Skyline-to-be, which contained my NGF order for some NSE furniture.

This is my first experience with 3D printed models, but gave them all a light wash and scrub.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/f83na3jy0q6ww3v/IMG_1692.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/f83na3jy0q6ww3v/IMG_1692.JPG?dl=0)

Question is, how best to paint? Would a coat of Halfords primer be suitable / advisable or should I go straight to brush-painting using the correct NSE red?

Oh, talking of NSE red.....I know I am painting the benches and bins in this classic shade, but what about the ticket machines / permit to travel machines? My memory suggests these were actually orange (as does a couple of Google images), but is this paint fade or design? Thoughts on all the above gratefully received.

And, whilst on the subject of paint, I broke out the yellow supplied by @B757-236GT (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=665) tonight and got the second coat spayed on the first set of inspection steps, and the first coat on the second.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dv2smlt55w7l0g8/IMG_1693.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/dv2smlt55w7l0g8/IMG_1693.JPG?dl=0)

In the background is an off-cut of the Faller Iron fence which I thought I would spray-up to see how it looks. Wondering what to do with it now  :hmmm:

Skyline2uk

 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 13, 2016, 10:48:21 pm
 :hellosign: Nice modelling, even more impressive now painted, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on May 14, 2016, 09:34:21 pm
Yes, orange for the ticket machines and permit to travel, and red for everything else!  :)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 15, 2016, 07:49:00 pm
Yes, orange for the ticket machines and permit to travel, and red for everything else!  :)

Cheers mate, thought as much, will mixed up a batch.

Any thoughts on the use or primer?

Slyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on May 15, 2016, 08:22:11 pm
Use an acrylic primer, not enamel primer.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga..."I name this tug...."
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 16, 2016, 07:36:44 pm
A warm evening to you all.

Some more modelling today after work.

I have finished painting second set of access steps and 1st coat of primer on the NGF station furniture.

However the main purpose of this post is to mark another milestone in the development of the layout. Today for the first time ever I have "done something" to an out of the box loco. I know (I do!) it is but a tiny TINY step along the road of modelling experience, but adding the name plates to my Farish Class 60 is a task I was really concerned I could mess up.

Below is a photo that shows all the tools I used. Were it not for this forum, I would not have tried "Glue and Glaze". I apologise I cannot remember the member who shared this knowledge!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8s92mn5sfim12z2/Technique.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/8s92mn5sfim12z2/Technique.jpg?dl=0)

So, having managed to glue the plates on straight and with no over-spill, here are some photos taken of the naming ceremony  ;D

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1k54w5jyol0qkxv/Charles%20B%20on%20shed.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/1k54w5jyol0qkxv/Charles%20B%20on%20shed.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/66jcdbpgc6tb0yc/Charles%20B%20name%20closeup.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/66jcdbpgc6tb0yc/Charles%20B%20name%20closeup.jpg?dl=0)

And finally, something I would like the opinion of my fellow forum member of.

What do we think of this spare piece of fencing being used in the location shown below?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gnnr45hvpnlapto/Fence%20test.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/gnnr45hvpnlapto/Fence%20test.jpg?dl=0)

I really want to avoid adding things just for the sake of it, but also sort of think this looks vaguely prototypical  :hmmm:

Appreciate some views  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on May 16, 2016, 08:27:54 pm
The fencing looks just fine to me :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: port perran on May 16, 2016, 08:31:34 pm
Ditto to what Nobby just said.
Looks great.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 16, 2016, 10:05:08 pm
Sorry, I cannot see a reason for having the yellow fencing there, although it does look good, I agree.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 16, 2016, 11:25:04 pm
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Thanks for the updates, the fence looks good too, a good spot to lean &  :hmmm: while watching the trains
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 17, 2016, 06:41:11 am
:hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Thanks for the updates, the fence looks good too, a good spot to lean &  :hmmm: while watching the trains
regards Derek.

The fence would certainly give people a good place to lean on and watch the trains.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 21, 2016, 01:48:52 pm
Good afternoon fellow inhabitants of the 2mm world....

A few small bits of work to report on.

NGF NSE station furniture slowly being painted.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fskeck34x15gpa4/Benches%2C%20Bins%20and%20Machines.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fskeck34x15gpa4/Benches%2C%20Bins%20and%20Machines.jpg?dl=0)

I say slowly as I am brush painting rather than spraying. I think I have some red aerosol available, but seeing as I have some actual NSE red from railmatch, it seems lazy not to use it. Besides, the coverage of the enamel is looking better after three coats.

The machines (tickets and permit to travel) are having to be painted in acrylic as I had no yellow enamel to mix up a suitable orange shade. So, some "Rosso" red and "warning panel" yellow mixed up has resulted in what I think is a reasonable colour match for the orange used on the real thing.

Another small project which I crossed off yesterday was some proper signage for the station:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z4wdefntabixztu/Station%20Signs.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/z4wdefntabixztu/Station%20Signs.jpg?dl=0)

NSE style graphics pulled together on MS Word.

Also, got a nice surprise yesterday. My future in-laws were happened to stumble across a book sale and picked up a stack of old Railway Modellers for 10p each, plus some modelling books for 50p each. Some interesting titles which should keep me amused for a while.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2gpiwdxezyznkj/Mags.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2gpiwdxezyznkj/Mags.jpg?dl=0)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 24, 2016, 10:27:31 pm
Good evening all.

@Tank (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2) will be please to know I have today completed the painting and installation of a complete set of NGF station furniture, plus added my home made station boards.

As can hopefully seen from the pictures linked below, Filton West is now able to boast a full compliment of NSE signature pieces.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cr80k033kgp8u5d/Filton%20West%20Overall%202.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/cr80k033kgp8u5d/Filton%20West%20Overall%202.JPG?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/km7fzw0hu6k3imi/Filton%20West%20Permit%201.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/km7fzw0hu6k3imi/Filton%20West%20Permit%201.JPG?dl=0)

Each set of benches is now equipped with its own bin (complete with white stripe which is yet another thing I may need to approach spec-savers about). Also, two permit to travel and ticket machines (one of each per platform) are installed so the locals can at least think about paying for a ride!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cqe5l4fef5zavf0/Filton%20West%20Platform%20End.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/cqe5l4fef5zavf0/Filton%20West%20Platform%20End.JPG?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j1wewtjbz87itfe/Filton%20West%20Bay%201.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/j1wewtjbz87itfe/Filton%20West%20Bay%201.JPG?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/n59ks4qld00o7fp/Filton%20West%20Ticket%201.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/n59ks4qld00o7fp/Filton%20West%20Ticket%201.JPG?dl=0)

In infrastructure news, the running in period for "Ivor" was completed without problem. That is, until my only surface mounted point motor decided it didn't want to report for duty anymore! What had in fact happened was the tie bar had started flexing, allowing the motor bar to pull over the lug.

The Filton TMD engineers scratched their beards and decided the best way to deal with this was to glue a small piece of 1mm plasti-strut underneath the tie-bar. This provides the required support without impeding the point-movement.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/t5cdo7o9ioe6oto/Problem%20Motor.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/t5cdo7o9ioe6oto/Problem%20Motor.JPG?dl=0)

Happy with the result, and in the interest of proper testing you understand, the entire Filton TMD passenger fleet was brought out of storage and run for the first time in at least 2 years. And, as a bonus, the all behaved, even the notoriously piccy (and ancient) NSE Class 159  :D

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nid3ok49dq696nj/Passenger%20Fleet%202.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/nid3ok49dq696nj/Passenger%20Fleet%202.JPG?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qa90002f9737ovx/Passenger%20Fleet%201%20Close%20Up.png?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/qa90002f9737ovx/Passenger%20Fleet%201%20Close%20Up.png?dl=0)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on May 24, 2016, 10:33:11 pm
They look great, well done!  Nicely painted.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 24, 2016, 10:34:04 pm
Excellent work. Thanks for all the photos.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Only Me on May 24, 2016, 10:34:52 pm
Although its way too tooth-pasty for my area  :D, the station and platform signs look absolutely excellent well done :)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 25, 2016, 12:33:33 am
 :hellosign: Really nice work  :greatpicturessign: thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Movement!
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 26, 2016, 10:15:30 pm
A fine evening to all.

So, today I have done zero modelling and much playing  :claphappy:

I won't even pretend it was testing to be honest, I just really wanted to run some trains. Having said that, there was some stock that had never turned a wheel on my layout, so that got preference.

I also took the opportunity to experiment with the photographic locations on the board. Whilst the layout is rather small overall (and the scenic section only half the plan), I have tried to minimize the amount of "real world" on display in these pics.

My mindset was trying to imagine where an eager spotter / snapper of the railway might position themselves (ok, one is a bit naughty if they managed it!).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/e8log42vitzyfaj/From%20the%20A38.JPG (https://www.dropbox.com/s/e8log42vitzyfaj/From%20the%20A38.JPG)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/81dkt5fdrz76f7f/From%20the%20car%20park.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/81dkt5fdrz76f7f/From%20the%20car%20park.JPG?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jii91zf5lo8w9p4/From%20the%20footbridge.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/jii91zf5lo8w9p4/From%20the%20footbridge.JPG?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c6kojrxcza7go45/From%20FedEx%20roof%21.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/c6kojrxcza7go45/From%20FedEx%20roof%21.JPG?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2a315fgfhgneb3e/From%20the%20park.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2a315fgfhgneb3e/From%20the%20park.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0d4fgs0xyeswwba/With%20the%20workmen.JPG?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/0d4fgs0xyeswwba/With%20the%20workmen.JPG?dl=0)

And, just to prove that this is actually a functioning railway, here is a video showing some of my newer locos passing the signal box:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sjx2xmi4c9htste/P1000506.MOV?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/sjx2xmi4c9htste/P1000506.MOV?dl=0)

Having watched this a couple of times, some thoughts that spring to my mind:

1) That stock, especially the engineers stock, needs some loads.
2) That signal box really needs a name (despite being long since redundant). I have Filton TMD and Filton West station, so any ideas for the 'box?
3) The stock looks far too clean. In fact all my stock is. The day when I seriously start thinking about how to weather it all draws near......

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 26, 2016, 11:50:49 pm
 :hellosign: Really  :greatpicturessign:  & excellent video, box could be Filton no2  box. Superb work & thanks for sharing
regards Derek,
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 27, 2016, 05:50:04 am
Thanks for the excellent pictures and video. You have a very attractive layout with a very good selection of rolling stock. In the second photo., the left-hand edge of the passenger platform has neither a ramp nor, instead, a fence to stop passengers falling off.

Yes, the engineers' stock, needs some loads.

If the signalbox is disused, the nameplates would have been removed.

If the depot had a washing plant installed that would explain why all the locos. and DMUs are very clean.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 27, 2016, 07:56:16 am
Thanks gents, very kind  :thumbsup:

@cornish yorkie (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4216) , that sounds like a really catchy name, it has been christened as such in my mind now, so thanks  :thankyousign:

Also, as @Chris in Prague (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2895) correctly states, the name would probably have been removed. Maybe I should try and replicate a faded sign?  :hmmm:

Also, the other excellent suggestions made have gone on my to do list, the protection of passengers at the end of platform 2 being a priority!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 28, 2016, 05:39:53 pm
Evening all.

Now for something a bit different, what is probably my most unusual locomotive: 37601.

The first of an original fleet of 12 37s converted for European Passenger Services (EPS), intended to haul day and night services between various uk cities and Paris / Brussels.

The service itself never happened, but the 37s were used as "Thunderbirds" to drag Eurostar sets (with barrier vehicles) until they moved Temple Mills.

The model is part of my small channel tunnel collection (including 92 and 10 coach Eurostar set). I found it at a swop meet at Bristol Temple Meads for £40.00 back in 2005. Clearly a modified Poole Farish, but not a bad job!

It wasn't really going to get much use on "Filton TMD", until I recently found out the 37/6s were to be based at Bristol St Phillips Marsh to cover Plymouth and Swansea. That's good enough for me!

Local spotters got a treat today as the already full depot received 37601. Having not turned a wheel for at least 8 years, she didn't do bad at all!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/e7szcj26s5jve0c/37601%20No.1.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/e7szcj26s5jve0c/37601%20No.1.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3zufienmk2zho1u/37601%20No.2.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/3zufienmk2zho1u/37601%20No.2.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/twuemoroh0qfek5/37601%20No.3.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/twuemoroh0qfek5/37601%20No.3.jpg?dl=0)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 28, 2016, 05:42:37 pm
A very nice and unusual model, Adam. Thanks for the excellent photos. in this update.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 28, 2016, 10:43:49 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: A very nice find which looks right at home, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 05, 2016, 10:41:54 am
A happy Sunday to all

So I had a brief play with the "Time Lapse" function on my iPhone today.

Intention was to film a typical operating sequence (if there is such a thing on my layout), but I ran out of storage. I also didn't intend to have my hand on show working the panel, but its not a bad start.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6qdygxy39q4w62c/IMG_1757.MOV?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6qdygxy39q4w62c/IMG_1757.MOV?dl=0)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: wookie on June 05, 2016, 08:17:59 pm
Very effective little vid  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...The Great Tank Gala....
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 12, 2016, 07:16:50 pm
Any excuse for a play with the trains!

I used todays great occasion as an excuse to roll out some stock which almost never (and in one case, has never) appeared at the TMD before.

Some pictures below of the packed TMD and platforms.

Ivor placed the theoretically powerless 92 into position and 37601 was the last to arrive as it spent all night dragging a dead 373 power car from North Pole.

Other classes present were another 08, 47, 56 (STILL on that lorry!), 58, 60, 121, 153, 159 and 170.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/74k1ywdrmxzl53t/Great%20Gala%201.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/74k1ywdrmxzl53t/Great%20Gala%201.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1sznkhd9v3ckmwb/Great%20Gala%202.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/1sznkhd9v3ckmwb/Great%20Gala%202.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sqx3acuee2ux0sc/Great%20Gala%203.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/sqx3acuee2ux0sc/Great%20Gala%203.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ethqigw7sdfcv2k/Great%20Gala%204.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ethqigw7sdfcv2k/Great%20Gala%204.jpg?dl=0)

And last photo of the night, probably the best I am going to achieve in my "behind the depot fence" attempts  :)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0v89y3q4mq0j1d3/92%20Behind%20the%20fence.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/0v89y3q4mq0j1d3/92%20Behind%20the%20fence.jpg?dl=0)

Have a good evening.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 12, 2016, 07:46:05 pm
Thanks for the latest update with excellent photos. of a very interesting and varied fleet on shed.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 13, 2016, 10:41:23 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: really effective that last one, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 29, 2016, 06:11:33 pm
Happy Bank Holiday all!

I have had a very relaxed week off, but the majority of my time was spent doing small jobs around the house. Having said that, I did manage to do some work on the layout, including the fitting of some fencing to one side of the TMD hard standing.

I think this has really added to the look of the depot, makes me wondering why I didn't do it sooner. Having said that, I didn't think I would get round to adding lighting to the TMD so soon, so its all relative.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/1081-290816172821.jpeg)

The only thing now is I can see right inside the depot building, so I guess some extra detail will be needed!

Also, with the new lighting circuit, I am increasingly grateful that I stuck to a rigid colour code with the wires!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/1081-290816172924.jpeg)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 29, 2016, 10:12:56 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for the updates, the lighting is very atmospheric, & really tidy wiring, nice work
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: port perran on August 30, 2016, 07:52:18 am
Looks excellent. I always think that adding lighting creates atmosphere.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Mirrlees on September 02, 2016, 10:10:06 pm
......

Also, with the new lighting circuit, I am increasingly grateful that I stuck to a rigid colour code with the wires!

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/1081-290816172924.jpeg[/url])

Skyline2uk


I think I  might have to have a word about your wiring Mr Excel Man......

(http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk275/Choates_Lane/Little%20Ashton/2014-04-29%2016.49.09_zpslp4m3ya8.jpg) (http://s282.photobucket.com/user/Choates_Lane/media/Little%20Ashton/2014-04-29%2016.49.09_zpslp4m3ya8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: lil chris on September 02, 2016, 10:26:45 pm
Both those wiring pics look very good, I try to keep mine tidy wish I had been a bit more rigid with wiring colours.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Charliemouse on September 06, 2016, 10:25:21 pm
A little bit of masking tape or if you have one label from a label machine at each end of every wire, with a number on it (you can make signals "s123" and points "p234", "l" number for lighting etc... Makes trouble shooting at a later date so much quicker.
Also if you chose to move or change something then just change your number key list.
I do the same with my race car builds and though it takes minutes during build it can save hours later!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 17, 2016, 05:00:34 pm
Good evening all.

It's been a bit of a stressful week in the Skyline household, so this afternoon I turned to n gauge to relax my soul.

Firstly, after some research and advice from the Facebook group, my class 58 finally received its cast BR arrows today:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/swy5thrc1chz9yd/Photo%2017-09-2016%2C%2015%2042%2037.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/swy5thrc1chz9yd/Photo%2017-09-2016%2C%2015%2042%2037.jpg?dl=0)

I will now look out for some correctly sized depot plaques for her. The ones I have are correct for my 56, but too large for the 58. Of course the only spare arrows I now have are too small for the 56!

Anyway, I have a photo of the real loco running in this condition, so it's good enough for me:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ceox4af1xqul60/Photo%2017-09-2016%2C%2016%2002%2058.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ceox4af1xqul60/Photo%2017-09-2016%2C%2016%2002%2058.jpg?dl=0)

Also finished today was a load I knocked together for one of my Railfreight open wagons (forget the TOPs code, but I know the model was £4.50 new from Beatties!):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/igqyu0ut6pr7z7v/Photo%2017-09-2016%2C%2016%2024%2051.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/igqyu0ut6pr7z7v/Photo%2017-09-2016%2C%2016%2024%2051.jpg?dl=0)

It's reasonable to my eyes, but like everything needs weathering / toning down.
Anyway the whole thing is removable so it's no harm done.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pkkhg4tiqqclhaa/Photo%2017-09-2016%2C%2016%2024%2033.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/pkkhg4tiqqclhaa/Photo%2017-09-2016%2C%2016%2024%2033.jpg?dl=0)

I have another wagon with enough material to do the same load again, but may do some wooden sleepers.

Happy weekend to all

Skyline2uk







Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 18, 2016, 06:37:31 am
Thanks for the update; excellent photos. You've done a very good job with these.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 10, 2017, 08:29:57 pm
Hello and a belated Happy New Year to you all.

Traditionally the first post on this thread after Christmas would be showing my haul from the festivities. This year I am unable to provide as it hasn't been manufactured yet...

So whilst I patiently (!!!) wait for my brace of Revolution 92s to arrive, I must also report that not much has happened recently on Filton, save another wagon load being made up.

My main n gauge related activities have been assisting the NGS 5 Towns Area group in production of NGS kits. Sitting in "The Bunker" with ample Tea and Biscuits plus the occasional Bacon Bap whilst chatting about the hobby and gathering parts is a nice way to spend a few hours.

There is an upcoming event in the Skyline household which will dominate the early part of this year, but hope some modelling will be achieved (even as a diversion!).

Skyline2uk

 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on January 10, 2017, 08:48:56 pm

There is an upcoming event in the Skyline household which will dominate the early part of this year, but hope some modelling will be achieved (even as a diversion!).


In a roundabout way, are you telling us you're heavily pregnant? :worried:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 10, 2017, 08:55:16 pm

There is an upcoming event in the Skyline household which will dominate the early part of this year, but hope some modelling will be achieved (even as a diversion!).


In a roundabout way, are you telling us you're heavily pregnant? :worried:

:no:  ;D

Wedding Bells Nobby.....as I am sure you know  :P

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 23, 2017, 08:27:36 pm
Evening all

So a little post to show what I managed to achieve on Saturday whilst manning the "Demo" table for the NGS at the Calne show.

Below are some shots of my work area:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hogv6k41bp9yl0l/Photo%2021-01-2017%2C%2011%2003%2050.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/hogv6k41bp9yl0l/Photo%2021-01-2017%2C%2011%2003%2050.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/s957vhid2be4qll/Photo%2021-01-2017%2C%2011%2003%2057.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/s957vhid2be4qll/Photo%2021-01-2017%2C%2011%2003%2057.jpg?dl=0)

And here are two shots showing some finished work; first the new etched depot (Tinsley) plaques on my 56013 (lower model)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wgnjc8in2tvbt5u/Photo%2021-01-2017%2C%2013%2037%2041.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/wgnjc8in2tvbt5u/Photo%2021-01-2017%2C%2013%2037%2041.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cnmg0706ur6padh/Photo%2021-01-2017%2C%2014%2053%2051.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/cnmg0706ur6padh/Photo%2021-01-2017%2C%2014%2053%2051.jpg?dl=0)

Second my improvements that I made to my transporter.

Specifically these were the ones mentioned at the end of my NGS article published last year; new number plates / lights (shown above) and new finer chains.

I had many chats with interested parties over the course of the day, and even had a picture taken for the local newspaper  :-[

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 23, 2017, 08:41:51 pm
Very nice work, indeed.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: port perran on January 23, 2017, 08:47:02 pm
Excellent stuff skyline.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 25, 2017, 09:20:55 pm
 :hellosign:  & thanks for sharing very nice work
    regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 01, 2017, 07:10:13 pm
Evening all

So, Bert and Ernie, the workers who have been standing looking at a hole on the Industrial Estate access road for years, are very happy today.

They have not long taken delivery of a "nearly new" JCB, thanks to the very impressive skills of @AR (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5545).

You can see the machine in the following links:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7b7uq3e2rlkug3d/Photo%2001-02-2017%2C%2017%2046%2006.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/7b7uq3e2rlkug3d/Photo%2001-02-2017%2C%2017%2046%2006.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/woh747hddbh7ru8/Photo%2001-02-2017%2C%2017%2045%2043.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/woh747hddbh7ru8/Photo%2001-02-2017%2C%2017%2045%2043.jpg?dl=0)

I honestly can't rate Alex highly enough, a real talent!

I will have to do some better shots when I can, plus give Alex some positive trade feedback, when I remember how  :dunce:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: AR on February 01, 2017, 07:14:48 pm
Evening all

So, Bert and Ernie, the workers who have been standing looking at a hole on the Industrial Estate access road for years, are very happy today.

They have not long taken delivery of a "nearly new" JCB, thanks to the very impressive skills of @AR ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5545[/url]).

You can see the machine in the following links:

[url]https://www.dropbox.com/s/7b7uq3e2rlkug3d/Photo%2001-02-2017%2C%2017%2046%2006.jpg?dl=0[/url] ([url]https://www.dropbox.com/s/7b7uq3e2rlkug3d/Photo%2001-02-2017%2C%2017%2046%2006.jpg?dl=0[/url])

[url]https://www.dropbox.com/s/woh747hddbh7ru8/Photo%2001-02-2017%2C%2017%2045%2043.jpg?dl=0[/url] ([url]https://www.dropbox.com/s/woh747hddbh7ru8/Photo%2001-02-2017%2C%2017%2045%2043.jpg?dl=0[/url])

I honestly can't rate Alex highly enough, a real talent!

I will have to do some better shots when I can, plus give Alex some positive trade feedback, when I remember how  :dunce:

Skyline2uk


Hi,

I'm glad it arrived safely and that the workers are happy haha! I have to say it was a pleasure (if a tad challenging at times) to build and its great to see it in situ!

Cheers,

Alex
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 01, 2017, 07:22:37 pm
A really superb model, Alex. Looks just like the real thing in place.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Mito on February 01, 2017, 09:36:44 pm
+1 to all above. It really does look great. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 19, 2017, 04:35:08 pm
Good afternoon

Today, whilst the Mrs-to-be is away being a Hen over the weekend I have been pottering around the house. I say "Pottering" as last night I may have indulged in a beverage or two whilst enjoying "The Battle of Britain". I have thus been a bit more lathargic than usual.

However, I did have the energy for some tinkering in the railway room. I have finally gotten round to installing this little gizmo to hopefully stop the rest of my LEDs expiring in the layout;

https://www.dropbox.com/s/223ofi2lfuors1e/Photo%2019-03-2017%2C%2015%2052%2035.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/223ofi2lfuors1e/Photo%2019-03-2017%2C%2015%2052%2035.jpg?dl=0)

That done, I gave my steel rake a run.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i53k2ye0dsury74/Photo%2019-03-2017%2C%2015%2052%2053.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/i53k2ye0dsury74/Photo%2019-03-2017%2C%2015%2052%2053.jpg?dl=0)

I have a few bits and pieces "on order", plus a long term plan which after "the event" in May, should make me a more active contributor to the forum once again.

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 16, 2017, 07:33:41 pm
Happy Easter everyone!

Today, after cleaning both household cars, I resolved to stop the rot and clean the trainroom again (thanks @Tank (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2) for your post on the Facebook group to motivate me).

As a form of reward, some trains were set running, both containing new stock.

On the inside loop is the new consist nuclear flask train:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8oiafmklabm13ia/Photo%2016-04-2017%2C%2018%2044%2010.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/8oiafmklabm13ia/Photo%2016-04-2017%2C%2018%2044%2010.jpg?dl=0)

The SR Queen Mary next to the 31 is the new item. It was a good find at Trainwest, especially as the NGS is sold out of this livery. This is a long term project to recreate a photo I found of a nuke train in Wales.

I still need another flask and another Class 31 in Coal, plus barrier wagons (from the photo one is some form of bogie bolster).

On the outer loop running light engine is my latest loco; Dapol EW&S Class 56. I completed 30 minutes running in each direction, in this photo running wrong road.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hx8qtia71qk9as6/Photo%2016-04-2017%2C%2018%2038%2015.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/hx8qtia71qk9as6/Photo%2016-04-2017%2C%2018%2038%2015.jpg?dl=0)

Very happy with this one, well up to the standard of my other 56 and pair of 58s.

Skyline2uk





 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on April 16, 2017, 10:02:19 pm
Was my photo THAT bad?!  LOL  Glad to have helped! :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 16, 2017, 10:13:53 pm
Was my photo THAT bad?!  LOL  Glad to have helped! :smiley-laughing:

Not bad mate, it was more you saying you were finding stuff that hadn't run in years....

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on April 16, 2017, 10:15:54 pm
Ha ha!  I see now.  Yes, I think about half of my stock has never been out of the boxes. :'(
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: 37214 on April 17, 2017, 11:38:39 am
New to this forum and just read this thread, very inspirational.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 17, 2017, 08:53:18 pm
New to this forum and just read this thread, very inspirational.

Very nice of you to say so!

As you can see, it's been a long time coming, but I have enjoyed it immensely and that is the whole point.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Forum input requested.
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 20, 2017, 08:10:49 pm
Holy time warp Batman!

It's EWS day on the layout in honour of my latest locomotive and my recently repaired 66.

The new 56 has acquired some rather pleasing crawling abilities, as well as a curious whistle like noise when throttling up. I sort of like that too!

So here is a short video taken from the office car pat as 56089 on minerals  passes 66135 on ballest. Please ignore the BR stock in the background, I couldn't be bothered to swop it for the rest of my private fleet  :-[

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwaecam2408tit1/Video%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2045%2012.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwaecam2408tit1/Video%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2045%2012.mov?dl=0)

Now, I turn to the collective wisdom of the Forum;

Notice please the unloaded nature of the mineral train, especially the MFAs at the front.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mhesvqxq5kz701/Photo%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2044%2027.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mhesvqxq5kz701/Photo%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2044%2027.jpg?dl=0)

These have grated on me for years, the plain grey internals just not looking the part.

I have just started to embellish my stock with etches, but hesitate to add loads. These two wagons are not especially rare or valuable (but I like them). Even when I add loads, I want to do something about the remaining exposed grey, so paint?

So, what do people think? Should I have a go?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Forum input requested.
Post by: Mirrlees on April 20, 2017, 10:40:38 pm
Holy time warp Batman!

It's EWS day on the layout in honour of my latest locomotive and my recently repaired 66.

The new 56 has acquired some rather pleasing crawling abilities, as well as a curious whistle like noise when throttling up. I sort of like that too!

So here is a short video taken from the office car pat as 56089 on minerals  passes 66135 on ballest. Please ignore the BR stock in the background, I couldn't be bothered to swop it for the rest of my private fleet  :-[

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwaecam2408tit1/Video%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2045%2012.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwaecam2408tit1/Video%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2045%2012.mov?dl=0)

Now, I turn to the collective wisdom of the Forum;

Notice please the unloaded nature of the mineral train, especially the MFAs at the front.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mhesvqxq5kz701/Photo%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2044%2027.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mhesvqxq5kz701/Photo%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2044%2027.jpg?dl=0)

These have grated on me for years, the plain grey internals just not looking the part.

I have just started to embellish my stock with etches, but hesitate to add loads. These two wagons are not especially rare or valuable (but I like them). Even when I add loads, I want to do something about the remaining exposed grey, so paint?

So, what do people think? Should I have a go?

Skyline2uk

You have a Dog Box!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Forum input requested.
Post by: RailGooner on April 21, 2017, 12:00:14 am
Holy time warp Batman!

It's EWS day on the layout in honour of my latest locomotive and my recently repaired 66.

The new 56 has acquired some rather pleasing crawling abilities, as well as a curious whistle like noise when throttling up. I sort of like that too!

So here is a short video taken from the office car pat as 56089 on minerals  passes 66135 on ballest. Please ignore the BR stock in the background, I couldn't be bothered to swop it for the rest of my private fleet  :-[

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwaecam2408tit1/Video%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2045%2012.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwaecam2408tit1/Video%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2045%2012.mov?dl=0)

Now, I turn to the collective wisdom of the Forum;

Notice please the unloaded nature of the mineral train, especially the MFAs at the front.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mhesvqxq5kz701/Photo%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2044%2027.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mhesvqxq5kz701/Photo%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2044%2027.jpg?dl=0)

These have grated on me for years, the plain grey internals just not looking the part.

I have just started to embellish my stock with etches, but hesitate to add loads. These two wagons are not especially rare or valuable (but I like them). Even when I add loads, I want to do something about the remaining exposed grey, so paint?

So, what do people think? Should I have a go?

Skyline2uk

Definitely Skyline2uk, have a go but take it slow.

I enjoy weathering models - just my non-passenger stock, doubt I'd ever do more then a bit of shading of bogies on passenger stock. And personally I think they look better weathered. I start with a selection of pics of each prototypes and try to replicate each one individually.

The first weathering I ever did was a model tank. I made the mistake of not reining in my enthusiasm for the task, weathering it to death. I created the result of a tank, a football pitch, and a small allotment, having been sent through the teleportation machine from the film 'The Fly'. :sick2: Better to start by doing very little with very long breaks. :D
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 21, 2017, 07:31:53 am
Quote
You have a Dog Box!

 ???

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Forum input requested.
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 21, 2017, 08:31:28 am
Holy time warp Batman!

It's EWS day on the layout in honour of my latest locomotive and my recently repaired 66.

The new 56 has acquired some rather pleasing crawling abilities, as well as a curious whistle like noise when throttling up. I sort of like that too!

So here is a short video taken from the office car pat as 56089 on minerals  passes 66135 on ballest. Please ignore the BR stock in the background, I couldn't be bothered to swop it for the rest of my private fleet  :-[

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwaecam2408tit1/Video%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2045%2012.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwaecam2408tit1/Video%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2045%2012.mov?dl=0)

Now, I turn to the collective wisdom of the Forum;

Notice please the unloaded nature of the mineral train, especially the MFAs at the front.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mhesvqxq5kz701/Photo%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2044%2027.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mhesvqxq5kz701/Photo%2020-04-2017%2C%2019%2044%2027.jpg?dl=0)

These have grated on me for years, the plain grey internals just not looking the part.

I have just started to embellish my stock with etches, but hesitate to add loads. These two wagons are not especially rare or valuable (but I like them). Even when I add loads, I want to do something about the remaining exposed grey, so paint?

So, what do people think? Should I have a go?

Skyline2uk

You have a Dog Box!

Ohhhhh, you mean my Reginal 153 (just Googled what "Dog Box" means). Yep, had that for a while, and no its not for sale....

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on April 21, 2017, 10:48:38 am
The only Dog Box I was aware of was the one I was always in during my married life :-[
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 21, 2017, 11:00:48 am
The only Dog Box I was aware of was the one I was always in during my married life :-[

Oh good, something to look forward too....Especially if the NGS Hunslett arrives at an "inopportune moment"....

Skyline2uk 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on May 29, 2017, 04:44:19 pm
So the train crew of the Filton area have some new rolling stock to play marshal into important revenue earning services....

Firstly, the nuclear flask trains are now strengthened with another FNA and a pair of RNA barrier wagons.

31 135 can be seen below with two versions of the now double flask train, one with redundant HEAs as barriers and one with the new RNA runners.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/povfsrp5ir9kyjw/Photo%2029-05-2017%2C%2015%2048%2011.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/povfsrp5ir9kyjw/Photo%2029-05-2017%2C%2015%2048%2011.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/g2q0t2qggcqbjv3/Photo%2029-05-2017%2C%2015%2049%2018.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/g2q0t2qggcqbjv3/Photo%2029-05-2017%2C%2015%2049%2018.jpg?dl=0)

Another addition to the fleet is the (rather nice) Polybulk hopper:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwbn5hf6odtwnvz/Photo%2029-05-2017%2C%2015%2056%2006.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fwbn5hf6odtwnvz/Photo%2029-05-2017%2C%2015%2056%2006.jpg?dl=0)

And this is a short video of the new "Speedlink" freight I am intending to grow. This is a side-project which I have started to make use of some old (and seemingly random) railfreight wagons in my collection.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9bvfeje5zasog3a/Video%2029-05-2017%2C%2015%2054%2019.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/9bvfeje5zasog3a/Video%2029-05-2017%2C%2015%2054%2019.mov?dl=0)

It also allows my resident 08 an excuse to stretch its legs more often.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 01, 2017, 06:46:24 pm
Very quick update to show the last of the two new wagons in my fleet, SPA steel wagons to strengthen my steel train.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/1081-010617184551.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52353)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Newportnobby on June 01, 2017, 08:22:51 pm
Very nice. I especially like the yellow wheels. :-X
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 01, 2017, 08:33:12 pm
Very nice. I especially like the yellow wheels. :-X

It's the only Kettle to be seen on my layout  :P

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 07, 2017, 09:26:07 pm
A quick set-up of trains using Brush Type 5s this evening....

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v2h9a5mtcj5fa9i/Video%2007-06-2017%2C%2020%2051%2011.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/v2h9a5mtcj5fa9i/Video%2007-06-2017%2C%2020%2051%2011.mov?dl=0)

Like the EW&S 56 from April, this livery has grown on me significantly since they were actually on the network  :thumbsup:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fr8jivki36rj9z6/Photo%2007-06-2017%2C%2020%2052%2033.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fr8jivki36rj9z6/Photo%2007-06-2017%2C%2020%2052%2033.jpg?dl=0)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Innovationgame on June 08, 2017, 07:07:05 am
I wouldn't like to be that platelayer!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 15, 2017, 09:46:48 pm
And now for something completely different....

I had one of those evenings today, you know, when it all goes wrong?

I decided I wanted to run some different stock but didn't really want the faff of putting other stock away (leave aside the fact that about 75% of my stock was out already), so started shunting trains into sidings.

Almost immediately the nuke train de-railed when I backed it out of the longer fiddle yard siding. Closer inspection found a miss-joint on a point which must have been there for months if not years.

So I resolved to lift the point and re-lay it. Of course the point promptly started to disintegrate like 3 previous points in the fiddle yard....

I bodged it back into a working condition, but that's the second bodge in the yard and it really needs sorting.

So that's what's I will be doing tomorrow; replacing and cleaning track!

Anyway, I did get a more unusual train running  :D

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1amady3bivzjv9q/Video%2015-06-2017%2C%2021%2025%2035.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/1amady3bivzjv9q/Video%2015-06-2017%2C%2021%2025%2035.mov?dl=0)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: RailGooner on June 15, 2017, 10:12:09 pm
Bit fast through a worksite! :o
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 15, 2017, 10:22:10 pm
Bit fast through a worksite! :o

This is true....But "The Sapper" had been stuck at the back of the Depot for months and I wanted to run it to free it up. Still; no excuse to the H&S boys  :o :goggleeyes: :o

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: RailGooner on June 15, 2017, 10:27:54 pm
I think it may have been going fast enough that none of the PW gang saw it. :D
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: SmileyFace on June 16, 2017, 10:10:07 am
Very quick update to show the last of the two new wagons in my fleet, SPA steel wagons to strengthen my steel train.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/1081-010617184551.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52353[/url])

Skyline2uk

That security perimeter fencing looks excellent. It looks a little like an etch but could you tell me who actually makes it? Thanks.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 16, 2017, 11:07:37 am
Hi Smileyface

I am fond if that fencing too, I can't find the original manufacturer but it appears to be very similar to this one from Gold Medal Models (not familiar with this shop, just had the image on Google):

http://www.hobbylinc.com/cgi-bin/s8.cgi?str_s=Barbed+Wire+Fence+-+Etched+Brass+Kit+--+400+Scale+Feet+-+10+Sections&ss=1 (http://www.hobbylinc.com/cgi-bin/s8.cgi?str_s=Barbed+Wire+Fence+-+Etched+Brass+Kit+--+400+Scale+Feet+-+10+Sections&ss=1)

Skyline2uk



Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 16, 2017, 04:49:09 pm
After fighting my way through traffic (especially annoying when it's caused by people gawping at an accident) and getting the track I needed, engineering work on the fiddle yard was campleted this afternoon:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/1081-160617164736.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52748)

I have also cleaned all the yard track, and started to re-stock the layout with a mind of trying an actual running sequence tomorrow.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: SmileyFace on June 16, 2017, 09:59:45 pm
Hi Smileyface

I am fond if that fencing too, I can't find the original manufacturer but it appears to be very similar to this one from Gold Medal Models (not familiar with this shop, just had the image on Google):

[url]http://www.hobbylinc.com/cgi-bin/s8.cgi?str_s=Barbed+Wire+Fence+-+Etched+Brass+Kit+--+400+Scale+Feet+-+10+Sections&ss=1[/url] ([url]http://www.hobbylinc.com/cgi-bin/s8.cgi?str_s=Barbed+Wire+Fence+-+Etched+Brass+Kit+--+400+Scale+Feet+-+10+Sections&ss=1[/url])

Skyline2uk





Thanks for the info. Certainly a new name I've never heard of before but their etched security fencing certainly looks the part.
Title: Filton TMD.....Class 159 in for heavy maintenance
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 27, 2017, 08:35:14 pm
So recently the NSE 159 which often serves Filton West has suffered a grinding failure just before entering the tunnel at the West end of the station.

As this is at least the 4th time this unit has failed on me, I initially thought "right let's see if I can finally get hold of a replacement chassis from China". Hence my "wanted" posts on the forum and Facebook N'porium sites.

However, a member on Facebook has responded suggesting I try to replace the offednding cog myself. He even gave me a link to a supplier with some of the equivalent Bachman (newer, lower profile) wheel sets in stock. So, I got out the miniature screwdrivers...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/1081-270617202824.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52976)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/1081-270617202914.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52977)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/1081-270617203006.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52978)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/1081-270617203055.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52979)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/1081-270617203138.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52980)

This went quite well, I was able to identify the bogie with the problem, but unlike the experience with 66 135, I am not 100% sure that it's an axel that's failed.

Anyway, as I have got this far I have ordered 4 replacement axels. Will keep the forum updated as to progress (good or bad).

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Webbo on June 28, 2017, 05:29:34 am
Hi Smileyface

I am fond if that fencing too, I can't find the original manufacturer but it appears to be very similar to this one from Gold Medal Models (not familiar with this shop, just had the image on Google):

[url]http://www.hobbylinc.com/cgi-bin/s8.cgi?str_s=Barbed+Wire+Fence+-+Etched+Brass+Kit+--+400+Scale+Feet+-+10+Sections&ss=1[/url] ([url]http://www.hobbylinc.com/cgi-bin/s8.cgi?str_s=Barbed+Wire+Fence+-+Etched+Brass+Kit+--+400+Scale+Feet+-+10+Sections&ss=1[/url])

Skyline2uk


Or perhaps to this stuff from Osborn Model Kits not to be confused with the shop in Bideford:

https://www.pwrs.ca/view_product.php?ProductID=210840 (https://www.pwrs.ca/view_product.php?ProductID=210840)

Webbo
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Now with Class 159 service!
Post by: Skyline2uk on June 29, 2017, 08:33:51 pm
Well that went well  :D

New wheel sets arrived today and after a slightly fiddly re-built (pick-ups on these are tiny and delicate), the NSE fleet is back up to strength!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/09zhqbotxz06atx/Video%2029-06-2017%2C%2020%2014%2012.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/09zhqbotxz06atx/Video%2029-06-2017%2C%2020%2014%2012.mov?dl=0)

So that's two Farish locos I can now change wheels on...

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: 37058 on July 11, 2017, 10:17:49 pm
Wahay I've found you  :claphappy:

Time to have a good butchers through your thread now, and gather some inspiration for my little roundy roundy.

Cheers
Anthony
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Brush day...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 12, 2017, 08:04:00 pm
So, after the farce that was the naming ceremony of 60059, the only way I could console myself was to purchase another (already named!) Tug...

So in honour of 60046 joining the ranks, I have taken some gratuitous depot shots.

Incidentally, I have no idea why I have come down with an urge to buy class 60 locomotives, but I think I am better now...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7c4z0fhmblqf4sg/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2044%2048.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/7c4z0fhmblqf4sg/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2044%2048.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a4cq8me6srhxmo9/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2049%2025.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/a4cq8me6srhxmo9/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2049%2025.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/khwgsx74njokt8i/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2049%2037.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/khwgsx74njokt8i/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2049%2037.jpg?dl=0)

In for a penny, in for a pound (plus it's not like I need an excuse!), and they share body shells...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fybqe08vw88duia/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2052%2002.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fybqe08vw88duia/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2052%2002.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/43icp1pll9mo9ii/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2052%2018.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/43icp1pll9mo9ii/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2052%2018.jpg?dl=0)

Note: RF distribution Gronk shown because Filton TMD has no over head or third rail provision. And I am a pedant.

And finally, my now most numerous sector fleet:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l0n0r1tx6ebghj9/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2055%2039.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/l0n0r1tx6ebghj9/Photo%2011-07-2017%2C%2017%2055%2039.jpg?dl=0)

Skyline2uk

P.S. Hoping order for replacement plate for 60059 is being processed as we speak...
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 12, 2017, 08:29:52 pm
Thanks for the update; an excellent set of photos.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 22, 2017, 11:43:27 am
A minor victory today

60059 is properly named and entered into regular service.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/70gqriwd5xz91xv/Photo%2022-07-2017%2C%2010%2049%2005.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/70gqriwd5xz91xv/Photo%2022-07-2017%2C%2010%2049%2005.jpg?dl=0)

A lesson has been learnt, but the effort was worth it!

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 22, 2017, 10:33:54 pm
The stock build-up on Filton continues.

Really like these, the first new tooling coaches of any type I have had.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/1081-220717221125.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53641)

Looking at another TSO to go along with the two here, along with the BSO which is shown here at the back of the rake.

And of course a suitable piece of NSE traction, most likely 47 715.

But in the meantime, thinking Porterbrook 47 817 will be a reasonable stand-in, although not sure it ever happened.

Skyline2uk




Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on July 23, 2017, 06:17:39 pm
As mentioned yesterday, MK2s put into service this afternoon:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1fbk8u2s5x07lic/Photo%2023-07-2017%2C%2017%2051%2044.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/1fbk8u2s5x07lic/Photo%2023-07-2017%2C%2017%2051%2044.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kuays7jqwfmyixj/Photo%2023-07-2017%2C%2017%2052%2032.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/kuays7jqwfmyixj/Photo%2023-07-2017%2C%2017%2052%2032.jpg?dl=0)

And a tiny video of the through service:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pk472x77rhd9rsj/Video%2023-07-2017%2C%2017%2049%2027.mov?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/pk472x77rhd9rsj/Video%2023-07-2017%2C%2017%2049%2027.mov?dl=0)

Quite pleased with the way 47 817 is running, may still give her a dab of oil.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 05, 2017, 06:10:10 am
 Thanks for your update. The dark blue NSE livery rolling stock always looks very good, particularly as a uniform rake. I don't think the Porterbrook liveried locos. ever appeared on NSE stock?
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 05, 2017, 07:29:52 am
Thanks for your update. The dark blue NSE livery rolling stock always looks very good, particularly as a uniform rake. I don't think the Porterbrook liveried locos. ever appeared on NSE stock?

I believe you are correct Chris, I have taken steps to obtain correct traction.

Watch this space!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 11, 2017, 07:05:38 pm
The end of an usually busy weekend in Filton TMD and the surrounding area.

Passenger numbers were such that NSE 47 715 was kept on to haul the MK2 stock direct from Temple Meads to Avonmouth. But more than that, yet another 47 arrived in the shape of the unique livery 47 47 522, seen below with its sister.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0h4ca1rxl4pdiyv/Photo%2011-09-2017%2C%2017%2034%2035.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/0h4ca1rxl4pdiyv/Photo%2011-09-2017%2C%2017%2034%2035.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yyqqjf5s9orp523/Photo%2011-09-2017%2C%2017%2034%2012.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/yyqqjf5s9orp523/Photo%2011-09-2017%2C%2017%2034%2012.jpg?dl=0)

Now run in and performing brilliantly, this was my loco purchase from TINGS.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6iw6jas1fh3lsjt/Photo%2011-09-2017%2C%2017%2034%2057.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6iw6jas1fh3lsjt/Photo%2011-09-2017%2C%2017%2034%2057.jpg?dl=0)

Meanwhile at the Depot, the re-wheeling project of the local class 159 reaches its conclusion:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p7c9endh3b6mct0/Photo%2011-09-2017%2C%2017%2035%2002.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/p7c9endh3b6mct0/Photo%2011-09-2017%2C%2017%2035%2002.jpg?dl=0)

After a bit of fettling (mainly of track which is my fault), this unit is now fully fitted with new lower profile Farsih wheels and running well.

Finally; reports are coming in that a lot of crashing, banging and colourful language has been heard coming from inside the TMD building...

Rumour has it an unknown diesel entered it for "unspecified work" a few weeks ago, but nothing more is recorded.

Who knows what will be seen in the future?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: port perran on September 11, 2017, 07:59:57 pm
Thanks for those pictures.
Excellent.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: free debt man on September 12, 2017, 09:25:49 am
Not to mention the help given by the operating team of Filton TMD (Adam) to the Little Ashton TMD at TINGS. Very much appreciated by all at the depot and the retail outlet next door (NGS Display stand) which had a great number of very welcome and enthusiastic customers.
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 12, 2017, 09:48:57 am
Not to mention the help given by the operating team of Filton TMD (Adam) to the Little Ashton TMD at TINGS. Very much appreciated by all at the depot and the retail outlet next door (NGS Display stand) which had a great number of very welcome and enthusiastic customers.
 :thankyousign:

More than welcome sir, a truely great way to spend a weekend. One day I really would love to do it with something I have built!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 07, 2017, 03:32:11 pm
Good afternoon

Previously mentioned mysterious goings on at the TMD continued today, with some further turning blue of the air earlier this morning.

Just after lunch the doors where thrown open and a northern visitor emerged into the afternoon sun, complete with new shiny depot plaque.

My march through the fleet, upgrading names, plaques and arrows with etched versions continues with 47 306 “The Sapper”.

The first picture shows my preferred tools, the most important being Delux Materials “Glue and Glaze”. The is a very forgiving glue in that it bites but does allow for lots of adjustment before setting solid. Any over-spill can easily be removed by use of a cocktail stick.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c9k8g36o452jxrm/Photo%2007-10-2017%2C%2013%2025%2016.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/c9k8g36o452jxrm/Photo%2007-10-2017%2C%2013%2025%2016.jpg?dl=0)

On this model, Farish kindly printed a version of the Tinsley rose, which is perfectly covered by the Fox etches.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/93bxyg51zywdv4r/Photo%2007-10-2017%2C%2013%2039%2016.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/93bxyg51zywdv4r/Photo%2007-10-2017%2C%2013%2039%2016.jpg?dl=0)

Finally we see the shiny new cab side of “The Sapper” outside the TMD

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dq15ulwero2l3nq/Photo%2007-10-2017%2C%2014%2001%2005.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/dq15ulwero2l3nq/Photo%2007-10-2017%2C%2014%2001%2005.jpg?dl=0)

I am told by the shift manager that any further blue language should be restricted only to occasions when something has gone wrong....so earplugs in then!

Skyline2uk






Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 07, 2017, 03:44:17 pm
Thank you for the update. Excellent work.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 07, 2017, 11:44:29 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:  Many thanks for the update, very nice  :thumbsup:
    regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 03, 2017, 04:45:15 pm
Hello everybody and welcome to a bumper update by means of a summary of recent modelling activities.

The big news is of course the new stock which has arrived in Filton via Birmingham International. Class premier 56, Romanian built 56001 is seen here on shed having had its name plates polished.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/aoz0dmjbi9gdwce/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2018%2018.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/aoz0dmjbi9gdwce/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2018%2018.jpg?dl=0)

I do like these 56's, but I hope the lights last a bit longer than its coal sector classmate! Still, having had a light oil it ran very well on test at the NGS stand at Warley. Full running it will be completed after the Filton track is cleaned.

Next up is the big boost the the area's NSE fleet:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mdznoepvi90jk4m/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2048%2013.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/mdznoepvi90jk4m/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2048%2013.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3hr8es3m6iswy8q/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2041%2057.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/3hr8es3m6iswy8q/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2041%2057.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9awrq8j9ok4oukv/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2042%2023.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/9awrq8j9ok4oukv/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2042%2023.jpg?dl=0)

This is a lovely set, I feel I really should have got one sooner. That said, according to the certificate in the box, this is the 11th one so its clearly been sat in a warehouse / on a shelf for a while.

I like the little extra's that come with the set (although I really don't have any use for the signal box as yet).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jno3y4kj5ijshry/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2038%2006.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/jno3y4kj5ijshry/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2038%2006.jpg?dl=0)

Another fantastic find for me at Warley was, like the above Capital Connection set, also 30th anniversary related.

As will have become quite obvious to those who have read this thread, I am a huge fan of the triple grey "Sector" liveries. This year marks 30 years since it was unveiled to the public by BR, and I found this poster (part of a set released back in 1989) for sale on a fantastic display stand at Warley:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/x80bwjybmzpbnh3/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2028%2055.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/x80bwjybmzpbnh3/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2028%2055.jpg?dl=0)

And it was only £1!

Just need a suitable frame now, and then choose a piece of man cave wall to display it.

Also on display in the man cave (safely at the back of my workbench) is my beloved 92022:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ntq5rbb6hbq2dan/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2011%2059.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ntq5rbb6hbq2dan/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2011%2059.jpg?dl=0)

And now an apology.....from this point on we stray away from N gauge.... :o :goggleeyes: :help:

As some will know, I was lucky enough to enjoy a fantastic honeymoon on The Rocky Mountaineer with Mrs Skyline. We returned with many amazing memories, photos and souvenirs, including this rather nice HO model of the train's GP40 locomotives:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z96g7k5o3ltoelu/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2045%2026.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/z96g7k5o3ltoelu/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2045%2026.jpg?dl=0)

This display case (from Ten Commandments, as is the N gauge version) was sourced at Warley at Mrs Skyline's request so it can spend the month of May (our wedding month) sitting on our mantelpiece.  For 10 months it will stay in the man cave, and during December.....

https://www.dropbox.com/s/f4rk8bvis1xlvsm/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2047%2032.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/f4rk8bvis1xlvsm/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2047%2032.jpg?dl=0)

A joint household project to create my first winter diorama including lights, snow, a small pond and as the years go by (so is the plan) an increasingly random assortment of Christmas related items! Still got a lot more work to do on this (not least add the perspex).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wn8vxoei8xonx6d/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2047%2037.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/wn8vxoei8xonx6d/Photo%2003-12-2017%2C%2014%2047%2037.jpg?dl=0)

Oh, and the lamp seemingly out in the middle of nowhere? Well it does work and eventually going to be our nod to the classic "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe".....

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 03, 2017, 09:53:51 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for posting,   :greatpicturessign:
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 17, 2017, 05:24:58 pm
Good evening all

So there has been much modelling in Skyline Towers of late, but I would be lying if I said it was all in the 2mm world. However, the Filton fleet has not been neglected.

One of the highlights of 2017 was receiving my first example of @37058 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=90) (Mr Sutton's) work.

I am a big fan of the 60, I wanted a Coal Sector one, and then up comes a tweaked version from West Coast Respray at a really good price. Authority was gained from SHMBO and 60048 arrives at the TMD.

Anyway, tonight I added my own little touch to "William Wilberforce", some of Shawplans excellent arrows:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i886tjyohhd97bx/Photo%2017-12-2017%2C%2015%2057%2026.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/i886tjyohhd97bx/Photo%2017-12-2017%2C%2015%2057%2026.jpg?dl=0)

If I don't get a chance to post again beforehand, a Merry Christmas from all at Filton TMD  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...The GGG....
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 03, 2018, 04:11:58 pm
A very tired greeting from Filton TMD.

I am absolutely shattered after being kept awake all night by storm Eleanor. I was in a foul mood this morning but seeing as it would appear nothing is damaged inside or outside the house, I should not complain.

Anyway, to cheer me up a bit, and to welcome the latest edition to the "post private" fleet, today I had the "Triple G" event.

No, not the usual triple grey, this was the "Great Gronk Gathering":
 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/1081-030118160540.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60126)

Two of these are original Poole models (one of which celebrates its 24th year with me this March!) that don't often see the light these days. Was nice to photograph them all for once.

Also, further news from the workshop.

47715 has been spotted out and about in the Filton area without the /7 trademark cooling pipes. A chance convo with @37058 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=90) last week resulted in this 3D print arriving today:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hh7dv3yk09j83ox/Photo%2003-01-2018%2C%2011%2015%2002.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/hh7dv3yk09j83ox/Photo%2003-01-2018%2C%2011%2015%2002.jpg?dl=0)

Another little job to keep me amused.

After I catch up on my shut-eye of course  :sleep:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on January 03, 2018, 04:47:20 pm
Excellent.  I do love the 08's!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: port perran on January 03, 2018, 04:50:50 pm
They look so good all gathered together.
No damage from the storm here either. I always go down to the allotment after a storm and creep round the corner to see if the greenhouse is still there!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on January 03, 2018, 05:00:05 pm
They look so good all gathered together.
No damage from the storm here either. I always go down to the allotment after a storm and creep round the corner to see if the greenhouse is still there!

Quite astonished that I had a still covered BBQ and all our fence panels this morning!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 04, 2018, 12:01:00 am
 :hellosign: Many thanks for the great photo, here in the West all seems to be standing although I heard this Evening Portreath sea wall got a battering
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Duff Days.....
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 19, 2018, 06:25:45 pm
Quite a special evening on the TMD...

Project “Arg please don’t let me have messed up the masking again” has finally born fruit...

As members of the Forum Facebook group may have seen, Filton TMD has produced its first ever re-paint...well strictly speaking it was a commission from Tinsley...in the form of 47 145 “Merddin Emrys”.

As usual, the TMD staff felt this momentous occasion warranted an event (and lets be honest they don’t need much of an excuse). So, for all those who read my ramblings, I present “Duff Days”:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/1081-190218175905.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62078)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/1081-190218180059.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62079)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/1081-190218180238.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62080)

As you can see this is a colourful gathering of the local Class 47s, specifically two Poole built examples (SS Great Britain and Portabrook), an old tooling China model (The Sapper in Triple Grey, fittingly a sister of 47 145 as I suspect its body formed the basis for my respray) and three newer tooling 47s (both NSE versions and the unique Parcels green).

47 145 itself is on a Poole chassis from a Virgin class 47 (the body for which was sold on).

I am toying with the idea of putting together an NGS article showing how I managed to get something that I am told can be recognised as ‘145 without looking at the numbers on the side  ;D

The whole experience was certainly a real insight into the skill that outfits and individuals who offer re-sprays have. My respect for them is boundless!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 19, 2018, 07:37:43 pm
A truly wonderful collection. Thanks for these excellent photos. and the detailed update.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 26, 2018, 06:08:28 pm
Evening all

Just a quick post to show 47 145 earning her keep.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ghyag13caqe0cwr/Photo%2026-02-2018%2C%2017%2041%2040.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ghyag13caqe0cwr/Photo%2026-02-2018%2C%2017%2041%2040.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/skyqlicocgbbr8j/Photo%2026-02-2018%2C%2017%2041%2024.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/skyqlicocgbbr8j/Photo%2026-02-2018%2C%2017%2041%2024.jpg?dl=0)

She is a bit noisey at the moment (not sure how long her workings have been in storage), will probably be oiled / serviced soon (not least as yours truely has got some white enamel on the wheel treads).

That said, running is quite acceptable for her age, no discrace here.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: 37058 on February 26, 2018, 07:56:33 pm
47145 looks wonderful mate.

Nice one Adam. Has been a while since I last checked in here.

Cheers
Anthony
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 26, 2018, 08:11:25 pm
47145 looks wonderful mate.

Nice one Adam. Has been a while since I last checked in here.

Cheers
Anthony

Flattery indeed!

Cheers mate, great work in the MK2s btw.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: 37058 on February 27, 2018, 08:43:54 am
47145 looks wonderful mate.

Nice one Adam. Has been a while since I last checked in here.

Cheers
Anthony

Flattery indeed!

Cheers mate, great work in the MK2s btw.

Skyline2uk

Cheers mate. Yes, they are nearly finished apart from one. Decided to change the running number on the second BSO in the end - Such a purist!! Should have some photos tomorrow. 

Cheers
Anthony
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on March 16, 2018, 05:26:42 pm
Well this is odd....

There seems to be a large pile of wood in the trainroom....

https://www.dropbox.com/s/y2o2ocb8go2mmov/Photo%2014-03-2018%2C%2021%2047%2005.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/y2o2ocb8go2mmov/Photo%2014-03-2018%2C%2021%2047%2005.jpg?dl=0)

What on earth is that for  :hmmm:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 16, 2018, 05:55:57 pm
Very intriguing!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Tank on March 16, 2018, 06:13:29 pm
Look forward to seeing what happens...! 
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: DaveGlew on March 16, 2018, 07:01:04 pm
Great things to come I'm sure
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 16, 2018, 10:13:59 pm
Good evening

So just to show Filton hasn’t been completely forgotten, here is a new rake which I picked up from Trainwest this past weekend.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ykjoigljv7z97b3/Photo%2015-04-2018%2C%2020%2005%2037%20%281%29.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ykjoigljv7z97b3/Photo%2015-04-2018%2C%2020%2005%2037%20%281%29.jpg?dl=0)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/prfy4vdzwq1uwas/Photo%2016-04-2018%2C%2017%2032%2036.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/prfy4vdzwq1uwas/Photo%2016-04-2018%2C%2017%2032%2036.jpg?dl=0)

I was immediately drawn to the unusual colour scheme and the fact that these aggregate hoppers would look good behind 56001

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vl9xzgnia32zfk9/Photo%2016-04-2018%2C%2017%2031%2040.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/vl9xzgnia32zfk9/Photo%2016-04-2018%2C%2017%2031%2040.jpg?dl=0)

These were part of a collection which once belonged to a much missed member of our N gauge area group who sadly passed away last year. Our group was asked to sell it on behalf of his family and I purchased these.

I am happy to remember him with a train on my layout.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 27, 2018, 04:34:01 pm
Not yet any modelling and I don’t often do an entry on this thread just for a parcel, but this one was very interesting.

If you were to care to scroll back a couple of pages or so you would see my 159 was recently overhauled with new style Bachmann axels. As a finishing touch I have been thinking of replacing the standard couplings on the driving cars with more prototypical scharfenberg versions.

Having found a stock of ‘round to its, I recently placed an eBay order with Plaza Japan and today received my parcel, complete with...

Sumo wrestling results

https://www.dropbox.com/s/le73igmm54shlnh/Photo%2027-04-2018%2C%2013%2057%2012.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/le73igmm54shlnh/Photo%2027-04-2018%2C%2013%2057%2012.jpg?dl=0)

A rather plesent message to postie

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fr9w95oapevaor0/Photo%2027-04-2018%2C%2016%2030%2004.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fr9w95oapevaor0/Photo%2027-04-2018%2C%2016%2030%2004.jpg?dl=0)

The couplings themselves

https://www.dropbox.com/s/orwv797kh4xwypc/Photo%2027-04-2018%2C%2016%2016%2006.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/orwv797kh4xwypc/Photo%2027-04-2018%2C%2016%2016%2006.jpg?dl=0)

And a cat approved box  :D

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pnua6fio4l8fns4/Photo%2027-04-2018%2C%2013%2051%2012.jpg?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/pnua6fio4l8fns4/Photo%2027-04-2018%2C%2013%2051%2012.jpg?dl=0)

Installation on the unit will follow shortly.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: wookie on April 27, 2018, 07:54:46 pm
Love the note to the postie!
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Mito on April 27, 2018, 09:04:52 pm
Love the note to the postie!

And me :thumbsup: The boss looks very comfortable in the box.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 27, 2018, 09:48:35 pm
Love the note to the postie!

Seconded; a great idea.
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 27, 2018, 10:15:54 pm
Love the note to the postie!

Seconded; a great idea.

One of many I suspect we would benifit from if we imported them from Japan (not least N gauge mechanisms!).

I would love to visit Japan one day, but I worry I would flounder without a person with a working knowledge of the language  :worried:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...Goodbye for now.
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 26, 2018, 12:29:58 pm
Good afternoon all

It’s a sad day today.

After a decade the layout is being packed up and placed into long term storage (otherwise known as “the loft”) and it’s future isn’t certain.

All good things must come to an end and the imminent arrival of Mini Skyline means we are one room short.

After negotiations with the management, the former railway room is to become Mini Skyline territory and I am merging railway activities with Mrs S and her Rainbow / Guiding work in a newly refurbished office.

It’s not all bad for n gauge in this house though; the negotiations resulted in planning permission for the new exhibition layout (around which part of the office has been designed) and I still have plenty of N gauge projects to be working on.

As for Filton TMD, one of two things will happen:

1) It will be sold off at some point.
2) It will remain in storage until such time as the Mini Skyline shows any interest in resurrecting it.

To all those who have read, commented and / or given advice: Thank you!

Hopefully it won’t be too long before the NAPA TMD thread become more active, and I should have some workbench activities to share.

Finally, come and say hello on the N Gauge Society stand / neighbouring “Depot de Camion” at TINGS!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: free debt man on August 26, 2018, 12:49:24 pm
When will Filton TMD be exhibited? or private showings be arranged?

For pictures & comments for Depot de Camions see

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38247.90 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38247.90)
Title: Re: Filton TMD...an ongoing saga...
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 26, 2018, 01:07:16 pm
When will Filton TMD be exhibited? or private showings be arranged?

For pictures & comments for Depot de Camions see

[url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38247.90[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38247.90[/url])


Well in theory it will be stored ready to show, so time will tell on that!

Skyline2uk