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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #60 on: January 02, 2018, 04:26:56 pm »
The Dapol auto coach is a good guide too.
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #61 on: January 02, 2018, 05:03:07 pm »
 :jawdropping: :goggleeyes:

How come I haven't tripped over this thread before??

That is a fantastic piece of work, and as someone said, very different from your standard station-and-fiddle yard set up. I shall follow this more closely from now on!

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #62 on: January 02, 2018, 07:28:33 pm »
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Have you anything wider than that coach you could test it with?

oo  :thankyousign: thanks for the tip - what is good wide stock to test with?

That depends really on what you will be running. As has been mentioned the later Farish 08 has caught folks out and the Dapol autocoach is quite wide. A close 2nd behind the 08 is the Minitrix 9F but if you run modern image then I'm afraid I can't advise you.

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #63 on: January 02, 2018, 07:35:14 pm »
For modern image, a Mark 3 coach, also any long wheelbase goods stock.

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #64 on: January 03, 2018, 09:40:10 pm »
 :NGaugersRule: thanks for the suggestions, I've tried a mk 3 and a cl158 and it's tight which I knew it was. But I'm too full of cold to sand it down in the garage so worked on something I can do indoors, a maintenance shed or maybe even a train care centre...






Scratch built from card, unfortunately as you will notice, I cut the roof out using a guide on the reverse but it wasn't in the centre of the roof sheet so I got a white stripe,  :-[
I'll print off a new roof sheet tomorrow and do it properly! The roof will also have sky lights to show off the Arduino controlled lights, flickery and random sequenced start up, random bulb failure and rare catastrophic failure needing them all to be turned (automatically) off and on again, the code for which I wrote today.

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #65 on: January 06, 2018, 09:09:43 pm »
Space is at a premium in Appleton, the Appleton Mountain Railway have managed to squeeze in a small train care centre. The approach and exterior yard has just had a lighting upgrade to new led floodlights, however inside the train care centre florescent bulbs light it with a characteristic yellow glow. The bulbs take a while to start, and one occasionally fails needing that row to be cycled.



All this is controlled by an Arduino, the sequence is somewhat random as is the failing/cycling of the bulb, not shown in the video.
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #66 on: January 06, 2018, 09:15:22 pm »
Very effective!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #67 on: January 09, 2018, 09:00:05 pm »
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Absolutely completely grade a+ bonkers!




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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #68 on: January 09, 2018, 09:32:37 pm »
Is that Ken Dodd's tickling stick in the middle of the pic? :laugh3:

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #69 on: January 09, 2018, 10:14:11 pm »
Is that Ken Dodd's tickling stick in the middle of the pic? :laugh3:

Is there room to tickle, and where? ???
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #70 on: January 09, 2018, 10:32:31 pm »
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Absolutely completely grade a+ bonkers!





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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #71 on: January 10, 2018, 09:45:43 am »
Quick question...

...I'm sure you've thought about this, but just in case you've overlooked it...

...have you made provision for retrieving loco's and stock that tumble from the rails under the mountain?

 ???
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #72 on: January 10, 2018, 10:11:19 am »
Its a very good question...

Most of the tunnels will be short enough to retrieve from the entrance but there are a couple of difficult locations. The track plan in essence follows around, and climbs up, an inverted cone with short tunnels to disguise that fact, so most of the track is near the outside, but there are a couple of deep return loops and these are the issue!

The idea is to fibre glass over the egg box grid and under the trackbed ply for the landscape surface which will create a self supporting structure, then some (quite a bit) of the egg box can be cut away. The right hand side will be open and it should be possible to reach in to access all parts although some will be a stretch. I am open to the possibility that i may need a lift off section of scenery but would rather not have to disguise the joins. Ive started to mock up the  landscape with cardboard.

There will also be extended fall protection so that nothing can drop too far.
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #73 on: January 10, 2018, 10:17:26 am »
Holy c...

I'm lost!

Mmm think of the poor drivers. The directors of the Appleton Mountain Railway are considering purchasing a loco for exclusive route learning purposes! (which i believe is a real thing!)

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #74 on: January 10, 2018, 11:02:14 am »
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