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Author Topic: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries  (Read 1165 times)

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Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:52:43 am »
Hi all, a little update, I wasnt happy with my original plan for Halwill jnc. so I binned it entirely which then got me thinking about another place in the WC where I can run my Favourite Hydraulic locos, so after searching about and some input from a few friends I settled on Burngullow which is just West of St Austell in Cornwall and the section of track adjacent to the now defunct "Blackpool Clay Dries"





Here is the track plan



The layout boards are those I was originally going to use for the first plan, so sticking to 11ft x 3ft over four boards for portability I began to lay the track, all points are medium or short Peco code 55 Electrofrog and each is coupled with a DCC Concepts Cobalt IP Digital point motor.





I want to try and make the layout as automated as possible, so for that I have two Digitrax DCS100 Control stations (one is used as a booster), these talk via loconet to a Digitrax PR4 (usb to loconet) device which allows for computer control using itrain or Traincontroller, the layout is built so each board is self contained with one or two block detectors located on the board to minimise inter board connections.  the layout is to be protected by a Digitrax PM42 power manager so that each board will have its own circuit breaker to avoid shorts and decoder destruction.

Below is the yard for the Clay sidings, some stock loaded on in order to work out where detection sections need to be and for placement of dapol uncoupling magnets...Whether or not this will work under automation is yet to be seen as each board has an unfortunate amount of wiring to install and glue down.



Currently it has taken three weeks of evenings to wire the first board due to the complexity of the block sections



(DCC is two wires someone once told me!!)



So there we have it a wired board one!



Not a lot of track for all that wiring eh!???  :o :o

Here is a picture of the as yet unfinished Western end of the fiddle yard, I have yet to router out the edge of the boards and install copper plate to solder the track to



The ends of the scenic section have yet to be attached and each will be finished with a road bridge over the line as per the original location, I am mulling over the "what if" scenario of GWR not closing the Burngullow station and it still being there along side the signal box in the mid to late 60's...

You might me wondering why there is only a small amount of ballast present, I did this to set the track in place so I could then razor saw the track as it crossed baseboard joins, I've found this to be just right for setting the track in place prior to cutting on other layouts.

More updates as I move forward, for now this is the only movement on the layout as board one is wired I was able to check the track polarity and move the first two points.!!








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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2018, 10:08:00 am »
Brilliant.  :thumbsup: :beers:

Love the double heading panniers in the pic!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2018, 11:39:31 am »
Hi,

Looks great. The electrics will be completely over my head but look very neat.

Looking forward to the build.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2018, 12:13:50 pm »
The points on the crossover you show on YouTube can be given the same digital ID and then they will both move together. That's what I've done with my new Cobalts.  It makes setting the crossover much simpler.
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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2018, 03:24:19 pm »
The points on the crossover you show on YouTube can be given the same digital ID and then they will both move together. That's what I've done with my new Cobalts.  It makes setting the crossover much simpler.

They are set like that already, but thanks for the heads up :D



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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2018, 03:46:55 pm »
It's looking very good, Paul (from someone who lives in a burngullow)
Your points sound like my knees when I get out of a chair.
The wiring looks extremely neat and, in fact, did not give me any sense of horror that certain members have inflicted on me with gratuitous pics of writhing wires.

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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2018, 04:09:05 pm »
Nice to see another Cornish model.
Itís been done several times in both N and the gigger gauge by folk down here so interesting to see your take on it.
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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2018, 04:38:57 pm »
When  will this one be for sale Paul ?
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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2018, 10:52:13 pm »
Hi Paul,

Nice work so far!  Can we occasionally run it with Class 66s, CDAs and HSTs to Penzance??

A Western can even put in an appearance on silver bullets - hired in!

https://flic.kr/p/ipjHf8

Cheers

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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2018, 08:42:22 am »
Looking really good. I cannot wait to see this one develop.
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2018, 08:55:38 am »
Hi Paul,

Nice work so far!  Can we occasionally run it with Class 66s, CDAs and HSTs to Penzance??

A Western can even put in an appearance on silver bullets - hired in!

https://flic.kr/p/ipjHf8

Cheers

Ben A.

That was the plan, as not much changed between 1970 and 2000..... So pretty much can decide an era for a show....

I'm intrigued if anyone has any pictures of N gauge layouts that have been based on this before please as when I started this idea a search returned nothing exact, yes there are layouts with clay dries etc but cant find what Port Perran mentions above..



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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2018, 12:51:20 pm »
So a bit more work over the last few evenings, installing Copper strip on the edges of the fiddle yard boards to stop rails coming away, then soldering the track to these in situe and once cold using a razor saw to cut through the board joins.







Only another 120 solder joints to make !!!....



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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2018, 01:03:08 pm »
Paul

This looks wonderful China clay trains really look fab can't wait to this progress hopefully a 37 or 2 can make an appearance

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Re: Burngullow & The Blackpool Clay Dries
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2018, 01:58:19 pm »
The prototype location looks a perfect balance between rural calm and industrial activity. Enjoying what you've shown us thus far and looking forward to more. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2018, 08:14:53 pm »
Superb work mate  :thumbsup:

 

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