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Author Topic: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1970s  (Read 95945 times)

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #45 on: September 21, 2012, 08:52:36 pm »
Some nice scenic features i like the river and bridge feature... what happened to the wires and connectors in the river bed? I hope your not going to say there under the Modroc!

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #46 on: September 21, 2012, 09:41:18 pm »
Excellent video, and a very scenic layout  :thumbsup:

This is why I love N gauge - nice long trains running through scenery and not just over it  ;)


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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #47 on: September 21, 2012, 10:46:01 pm »
The layouts looking great Mike, love the stone buildings.
Keep on Smiling
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #48 on: September 21, 2012, 10:52:56 pm »
Very nice indeed.  :thumbsup:

Cudders
Hoping to make a start on the layout before Xmas!!

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #49 on: September 22, 2012, 12:04:55 am »
Some nice scenic features i like the river and bridge feature... what happened to the wires and connectors in the river bed? I hope your not going to say there under the Modroc!


Thanks for the feedback!

The good news is that the wires were moved out of the way and the river bed lined with plastic to keep the material away from the wires and connectors.

The bad news is that the wires are not as accessible as I had hoped. The wires you can see are DCC bus feeders, point motor and lighting wires, so I am hoping the connectors stay connected!!!

If I was starting again, I would have made the wiring more accessible...

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #50 on: September 28, 2012, 11:01:38 pm »
Lovely work, mate. Your layout has a new fan here in Oz!
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #51 on: September 29, 2012, 03:54:49 am »
Another great looking layout on here.
Again,I only wish that mine turns out a fraction as good as this.My problem is I spend more time ensuring that every time I make any alterations to the track,I have to run all my fleet over it to ensure smooth running,which is getting more exhaustive by the month.
In the last month alone,six new loco's have found a home on my layout.
Anyway,this layout is one I will keep an eye on.

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #52 on: September 30, 2012, 03:41:33 am »
Another great looking layout on here.
Again,I only wish that mine turns out a fraction as good as this.My problem is I spend more time ensuring that every time I make any alterations to the track,I have to run all my fleet over it to ensure smooth running,which is getting more exhaustive by the month.
In the last month alone,six new loco's have found a home on my layout.
Anyway,this layout is one I will keep an eye on.

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Thanks Pete

I would say 6 new locos is real (and maybe expensive!) progress! I tried to keep the track work relatively simple on my layout as this is not my strength. That way I can focus on scenery and detailing - that is my passion in modeling. Good luck with your layout.

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #53 on: October 03, 2012, 09:22:00 pm »
Very nice layout.  :thumbsup:

I'm also building a. Layout using Kato Unitrak  ill try and get some pictures shortly.

I have a lot of Kato points on mine I'm considering trying to power them using Peco switches but I'm not sure if this is possible. :hmmm: I want to place small switch banks around the layout near the points rather than have a single bank. This will make it less confusing to operate and save me having a huge bank of Kato switches.

My Layout is DCC controlled and modern era.

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #54 on: October 04, 2012, 12:14:43 am »
Hi Andywsr

Thanks for the feedback. I have used Unitrack for my fiddle yard, which includes 16 points. I have these wired up to a bank of Kato switches and they work very reliably. Similar to you, I wanted the switches close to the fiddle yard so that I can see what I am doing, so this bank of switches is separate from other switches on the layout(see below).



These are linked up to a 12v DC power supply situated under the baseboard. Don't make the mistake of using the 16v AC 'accessory' hookup on most controllers as this will probably burn out the Kato points...

I considered using other makes of switch with the Kato points, but a number of posts on this and other sites put me off. it seems that the motors within the Kato points are very different than Peco or SEEP motors and that a different switch type is needed. So I don't think you can use the typical SPDT or 'passing contact' switch that Peco would recommend for use with their point motors.

The only thing I have against the Kato switches are size and cost, but for me the simplicity of wiring them up and the reliability won through!

Elsewhere on the layout I use Peco points and motors and have rigged up two separate control panels in different parts of the layout using SPDT switches. The picture below shows how one of the (unfinished) panels looks today - I need to find a way of representing the tracks between the switches on the panel!



I hope this helps

Mike

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #55 on: October 04, 2012, 07:45:50 am »
Hi Mike

Lovely work. Thanks for all the info, vids and pics.

Envious of the space you have. I'm limited (for now) to a portable 72"x30" board.

Please keep the updates coming.

Dave G

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #56 on: October 04, 2012, 08:43:33 am »
Hi Mike,

Looking at your fiddle yard I might redesign mine - what width/depth is the board carrying your yard please?

For portraying the tracks on your panels, have you thought about pin striping tape which I believe is available from most car accessory shops?

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #57 on: October 04, 2012, 09:18:44 am »
During the planning stage I used masking tape to show where some of my tracks would go. Cheap, you can write on it and an easy peel but it does become a bit of a fiddle on bends.

I finally printed off full size the final AnyRail plan to lay on the board to make sure I wasn't being over-enthusiastic - I was!  :D

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #58 on: October 04, 2012, 11:59:49 am »
In the old days (no sprays, even though they did exist), I would paint the entire panel black, then cut and stick masking tape in the general manner of the track plan, then paint over the entire panel with white paint!! Peel off the tape, and OMG it worked! Off course the panel was a cm thicker 'cos of all the paint!

But I still like those panels. These days computer stuff can surely be done.
Cheers George
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #59 on: October 04, 2012, 11:03:06 pm »

Looking at your fiddle yard I might redesign mine - what width/depth is the board carrying your yard please?

For portraying the tracks on your panels, have you thought about pin striping tape which I believe is available from most car accessory shops?

The fiddle yard section is 10 feet by 2 feet. If you look at the picture you can see where the 8 foot board joins a 2 foot one by the bank of point switches. There are 5 roads for each track and each of them can accept a loco plus 7-9 Mk1s. As it is a "roundy roundy" layout there also has to be space for the track to enter, turn and exit the fiddle yard which takes up a surprising amount of space. I laid out and traced the track design on white wallpaper to make sure I could build this section to the correct dimensions. If anyone can recommend a piece of Mac software that I can use to draw the track design I will try and get a plan of the layout posted.

Thanks for all the suggestions for how to make my panel look like the real deal. Today's  flat grey primer looks functional at best... I like the pinstripe idea - I remember a very wobbly application to my first car back in about 1986 (a silver Ford Escort if anyone is interested!)

 

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