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Author Topic: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway  (Read 35478 times)

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #105 on: June 29, 2016, 07:05:29 am »
A lot of work has been done to Geominster behind the scenes in the past few months, mainly planning and thinking.

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

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

I will endeavour to do this over the next few days.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #106 on: June 29, 2016, 08:55:53 am »
Good to 'hear' from you, again, George. I'm really looking forward to seeing all those photos. of your stock additions on your layout.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #107 on: June 29, 2016, 09:37:03 am »
As someone who will resist Facebook until I shuffle off this mortal coil I'd very much appreciate seeing your pics, George.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #108 on: June 29, 2016, 10:17:32 am »
As someone who will resist Facebook until I shuffle off this mortal coil I'd very much appreciate seeing your pics, George.

Very pleased you haven't shuffled yet Mick.  :laughabovepost:
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #109 on: June 29, 2016, 03:10:01 pm »
Well the long overdue update. Where do I really begin? Firstly I have been busy at work with the Summer Sale at Harrods, I have been trunking into Knightsbridge from Thatcham twice a day in the 18 tonne truck. I have also made several decisions regarding Geominster locomotives and rolling stock and what I want to run. The Heritage Line which started as an idea has developed into something of an obsession and I have bought several Steam Locomotives which initially I decided I preferred Diesel but with this layout i can have the best of both. I have bought about 12 two aspect signals for the Mainline and a couple of semaphore signals for reality in the Heritage section, all working or will be when installed. I have been waiting for the arrival of Nelevator the vertical fiddle yard around which Geominster was designed last September and have been treading water slightly waiting for it to be manufactured. As I still have a lot of work to do underside of the layout I still needed to separate it from Nelevator so I could upturn it for wiring etc. So I decided to build the support for Nelevator as a shelf, fixed securely to the wall and a cutout in the baseboard of Geominster that slotted around it.

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

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

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

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

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/2383-290616145523.jpeg









































« Last Edit: June 29, 2016, 03:12:50 pm by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #110 on: June 29, 2016, 03:34:58 pm »
 :laugh3:

Well that was worth the wait!

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

Thanks very much for posting  :thumbsup:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #111 on: June 29, 2016, 03:53:48 pm »
:laugh3:

Well that was worth the wait!

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

Thanks very much for posting  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk

That is because it is the first one off the production line. It has taken a lot of track design to accommodate it but it does look great, when the covers arrive and I get it all loaded up again I will put photos up with the name proudly showing.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #112 on: June 29, 2016, 03:55:56 pm »
Fantastic to see the Nelevator 'loaded up' and I'm so pleased you're happy with it.
The layout is looking good and I so envy you those long curves :envy:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #113 on: June 29, 2016, 04:06:24 pm »
When I get Nelevator loaded and covers fitted I think I will try a video round the layout on board the small camera wagon I have adapted. That would really show off the curves. When I started the rebuild I wanted to get away from straight track at the front, I saw the N Gauge Layout "Banbury" which stimulated thinking to do it this way, I also managed to reduce the front fascia by 150mm which fits in my room much better and not so space intrusive.

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

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


Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #114 on: June 29, 2016, 08:02:29 pm »
Hi G.

good to see finally an update. looks good. like the almost full nelevater.  time for some ballasting now mate
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #115 on: June 29, 2016, 08:29:38 pm »
Many thanks, George. Highly impressive.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #116 on: June 29, 2016, 08:35:18 pm »
Hi George. Just read your thread for the first time today and have to say I'm impressed with the way its going.
Impressive work indeed. That nelevator is something else to.
As for looking on Facebook I'm afraid that isn't going to happen after experiencing the nasty side of it in the past. So I'm pleased you are still posting on here.  :thankyousign:
Keep up the good work squire.
Jas...  :beers:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #117 on: June 29, 2016, 08:43:48 pm »
Hi G.

good to see finally an update. looks good. like the almost full nelevater.  time for some ballasting now mate
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Have used ballast mat to save loose ballasting, life is too short  :D :D
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #118 on: June 29, 2016, 10:03:16 pm »
I have enjoyed catching up on this thread. I only just picked up on it today because of the nelevator
I want one! But I only have a small layout so cant justify the cost. >:(
Glad you came back to the forum i have been a silent watcher for a few months due to time constraints but happy to add my thanks for your efforts
great layout
Not sure its supposed to do that

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #119 on: June 29, 2016, 10:22:25 pm »
Great set of photos.  :thumbsup:  I wont say I'm jealous, but........ :envy:
The Nelevator looks a great bit of engineering and an excellent way of keeping stock. What happens when you run out of room? Another Nelevator?
You know you're getting older when your mind makes commitments your body can't meet.

 

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