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Author Topic: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)  (Read 32365 times)

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #390 on: May 16, 2018, 10:52:28 pm »
At first glance at the photo I thought you'd pinched one of my spaghetti photos! Do you have a wiring diagram for this? I'm liked you, I find electronics difficult but something like this I could possibly manage, I think ???

I got the circuit from this page which I found via Google: (2nd diagram down)

https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/366584/how-to-convert-a-digital-signal-from-5v-to-24v

Quite possibly there is a relay out there which has the signal sensing circuit built into it, but I haven't yet found such a thing.

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #391 on: May 20, 2018, 07:46:53 pm »
Having been closed for several months for major engineering works the Longframlington branch has reopened to regular traffic. Here a J39 waits to head back to Morpeth with the morning train.





Later the same day the same loco is captured shunting the goods yard before departing past the "Percy Arms" to which the signalman will shortly retire for a spot of refreshment. In the absence of level crossing gates he has had the job of stopping road traffic with a red flag to add to his normal duties.





Meanwhile, back in 2018... the control board for the frog switching relays is now fitted and performing exactly as hoped. I am sure I will find the missing level crossing gates eventually. Generally the layout is running well, with the uncouplers behaving themselves, but the unstable trackbed around the station throat continues to cause me concern: trains seem to have a rougher ride through the pointwork than they did when the layout was last in use, although I might be imagining this.  At some stage I will have to bite the bullet and either pull up the track and relay it, or start another layout.  I recently acquired yet another book on North Eastern branch lines featuring the Allendale branch, the terminus of which has absolutely everything anyone could wish for in a model, including a turntable, coal drops and an attractive rural setting (it was nowhere near Allendale Town, which explains why it closed in 1952). But for now I will just enjoy being able to run trains again.

Richard

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #392 on: May 20, 2018, 08:01:51 pm »
It looks suspiciously like youve been using the Belstone coupling system, which I have to say looks absolutely first class. The only N gauge give away has been illiminated and it looks brilliant.
Well done Richard.

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #393 on: May 20, 2018, 10:52:49 pm »


Following a series of derailments at the station throat the track gang were hauled out of various public houses and set to work straightening switchblades and repacking sleepers. Two trains have now passed over the offending pointwork without incident.

(2018: Pointwork has been prodded with screwdrivers, tweaked with needle nose pliers and secured in its new alignment with some astonishingly good cyano adhesive (Ergo 5705) which sadly appears only available through the motor trade.)

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #394 on: May 21, 2018, 05:50:16 am »
Excellent work! I bet the track gang nipped over the fence to have a kick about in the goal painted on the back wall!

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #395 on: Yesterday at 11:54:54 pm »
A very pleasant evening - did a few minor jobs around the layout then had a long operating session with huge amounts of hands-free shunting, during which almost nothing went wrong. 





I added a couple more vehicles - a Karrier flatbed with a load of packing cases, and a Hillman Imp.  The street scene needs a bit more work, it looks rather bare and undetailed at the moment.



I built up another cassette for the fiddle yard.  I really need to get round to making the drop-down flap for the end before there is a nasty accident.



An unusual visitor to Longframlington - Haymarket-based D5307 with an inspection saloon. 



J39 runs round a train which includes a horsebox.



Viewed from the roof of the Percy Arms, the J39 departs for Morpeth. I found the missing level crossing gates :)

Since the layout is running well I might turn my attention back to finishing off some of the scenics.  A few people dotted around, station nameboard, point rodding and a bit more work on the houses and streets-should keep me busy over the Bank Holiday.

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #396 on: Today at 12:00:22 am »
One more for now - 61184 of St Margarets is a long way off its usual patch and in desperate need of some attention from the cleaning gang.


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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #397 on: Today at 01:24:14 am »
Don't forget, the roads were less crowded in the 1950s & 1960s than they are now.  A couple of people having a chat, a few children getting up to mischief, a policeman keeping an eye on proceedings, perhaps.

 

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