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Offline Dancess

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Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:53:20 pm »
Hi,

After abortive attempts have finally knuckled down and got some work done. Am still not totally happy with some aspects but trains run over all parts of the track. I realise that I have more stock than can be fitted on the layout at one time so will be able to run as 3 different regions/ periods - LMS, SR and Standards + Green diesels. Currently I am working on different areas of the layout as paint and glue takes some time to dry.
The terminus is a crib of Burnham on Sea as my attempts at a terminus were rubbish but the prototype nearly always seems to work.

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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 01:56:46 pm »
That's coming along nicely. More progress than I have made in the last 3 months and I envy your ballasting...

Jerry
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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2018, 02:22:03 pm »
That looks really good. Excellent progress.
I think were all the same in not being happy with some aspects of our work (its very easy to be self critical) but to my eye what you have done is lovely.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2018, 03:34:54 pm »
I think you're being a little hard on yourself and the camera is a cruel critic in itself.
It looks pretty good to me.

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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2018, 04:44:21 pm »
That is starting to look very good. I look forward to more updates!

I have similar plans regarding running multiple eras. My original plan was for a transition era layout, but I bought a very nice UM loco in LNER apple green originally intending to repaint it, but then thought - why not run pre-nationalisation trains occasionally? All I need to do is make progress on the layout... ho hum...

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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2018, 06:22:37 pm »
Looking good Dancess.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2018, 12:27:26 pm »
That's coming along nicely. More progress than I have made in the last 3 months and I envy your ballasting...

Jerry

Many thanks for the comment. Must admit that I use one of those ballast spreaders though it seems to put too much down. My method is

Use ballast spreader then dry brush along so ballast is level with top of sleepers

Spray with water so ballast is totally wetted

Mix PVA/Water 50/50 and add some black paint and mix in

Flood between rails with mixture and leave

When all mixture has soaked in use a stiff brush and brush along ballasted track

Dilute some dark brown paint about 75% water to paint and using a soft brush carefully paint between the rails, this will also soak into the ballast.

Run index finger between rails to level things out and leave to dry.

That's what I do and it works for me.
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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2018, 09:58:22 pm »
Thumbs up from Oz!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2018, 06:56:37 am »
My method is to tipple it along between the rails with a tea spoon, which allows me to control carefully the amount spread.  I then use a watercolour brush to spread it along the track and over the shoulders, add a little more to infill the shoulders where necessary and brush the shoulders into reasonable straight edges.  Finally, I use my finger tip to press it down both between the rails and along the shoulders, until nice and firm.  I use ballast magic, so all I need to do then is spray water with a mister and that means I dont have to worry about getting glue in the wrong places.  But each to his own, of course.
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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2018, 11:39:42 am »
Just a quick update with train arriving at Barneycombe. Have managed to recycle an old baseboard so Muttley Junction will be extended.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In5NOY9ZmQQ
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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2018, 08:33:35 pm »
A quick update, the last post mentioned extending Muttley Junction by using an old baseboard, this has been done and now there is a station, Muttley, with associated goods yard, lineside industry and loco depot.

 


Loco depot is on left, lineside industry bottom right and goods shed behind camera. Station top right by signal box.

Have nearly finished laying all relevant track but here comes my one problem with living here in France - I've run out of rail joiners!  :veryangry: So no more track laying for at least a week as it takes that long for any order to get here.

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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2018, 09:25:33 pm »
I'm liking your track plan :thumbsup:

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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2018, 04:50:44 am »
This is looking very good! - do you have a track plan, please?

Cheers

Phil

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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2018, 11:04:38 pm »
In case anyone is interested here is a very rough drawing of the track plan.

Capacity of platforms are

Muttley Platform 1 5 Mk 1s with run round
            Platform 2 7 Mk 1s

Barneycombe Main Platform 3 Mk 1s with run round
                    Excursion Platform 7 Mk 1s with run round.

I appreciate that all movements at Muttley won't be to prototype but in testing it all seems to work and simple shunting takes a long and enjoyable time.

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Re: Barneycombe and Muttley Junction
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2018, 03:20:26 pm »
While waiting for my order of rail joiners to arrive (hopefully Monday or Tuesday) I came across a can of expanding foam and somehow ended up with this. Not sure that I want to keep it on layout though  :(

For information it's about 4ft long and 6" high

Any opinion welcome.










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