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« on: November 14, 2012, 08:04:32 pm »
ok so im making the most of my time off on the sick by building an exhibition layout. will probably measure a total of 12x3, considiting of 3 scenic sections measuring 4x1 and 3 fiddle yard sections measuring 4x2.

anyhow...background....(entirely made up but every layout has a story and i quite like making up stories for layouts, especially peoples who dont have one, its fun!)

The moorside valley railway was a bustling railway through the heart of england. not belonging to any one company at the time such as the LMS, many companies used it as a way of getting from one side of the country to the other. During the Beeching years, the railway was shut down until a group of entusiasts re-opened the 19 mile section between.....(erm......google maps.....aha!)...between Market Rasen and Bracebridge Heath.

The section im modelling is a fictional station at Mulsanne Park. A busy section as shuttle services run between Market Rasen and here, along with the main services that cover the 19 mile length of the line.

The railway like most heritage railways run steam locomotives with a good mix of BR/LMS/LNER etc locomotives.

now and again you may seen a northern rail service run through as an agreement was reached with network rail and northern rail for a local service, but thats yet to happen yet (mainly because i dont yet own a 156!)

here are a couple pictures below as a sneak preview of whats to come :)

in this one, a 9f sits in the siding waiting to depart with a demonstration goods train, while black 5 "The Glasgow Highlander" departs for Bracebridge Heath. in the other direction visitor engine "tornado" pulls in with the dining train.


another shot of Tornado arriving, Black 5 shunting a defective coach from the middle of its set, 9f waiting patiently and LMS Jubilee awaits departure with the shuttle service.


Another shot of the Jubilee service with rake of suburban teaks


final picture for now, standard 4 tank returns with the Jubilees shuttle service while the demo freight train sits in the siding, 9f having returned to shed.


Show Dates
Wylam Puffing Billy celebration
Gateshead 2013
Bowes Railway Open Weekend 2014
Hartlepool 2014
Bowes Railway Bonfire Night 2014
Spennymoor Model Railway Show 2015
Great Central Railway Model Event 2015
International N Gauge Show 2015
Redcar 2016 (possible)
Pickering 2016 (possible)
Warley 2017
« Last Edit: June 26, 2015, 09:57:51 am by portland-docks »
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 08:09:45 pm »
oh yeh forgot to add....

tomorrows plan?

finish laying the track from modules 2-3 :)

well, not laid properly but temp pinned to see how i like it, then get some new track to replace some bits as some of its knackered :/

oh well :) hopefully have it ready for exhibition use early next year....oh and this layouts also going to be themed in winter, so lots of snow and ice! brrrr!
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 08:15:11 pm »
Sounds like a good plan, P-D.
As a steam afficionado, that's a nice stud of steamers you have too :thumbsup:

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 08:19:19 pm »
well what i will also do tomorrow is get my entire fleet out for a photo opportunity.

that will allow everyone to see what is in my collection, but it will also allow people to help me overcome a problem.

the problem is, the layout is going to be DCC run using the Bachmann EZ command system. however a couple of the locos i have arent DCC compatible unless they were hard wired. i know the ez command system allows for analogue trains to be run on channel 10, but when i put my 4p on the track it buzzed like crazy! so i took it straight off.

is there a way round using non dcc trains on dcc layout?
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 08:59:21 pm »
You either have to put up with the buzz, ok for a short while but best not leave a non-DCC loco on the track stationary to long or convert it to DCC.  It's a lot easier than you think, old Poole steamers just need the bottom brush isolating, DCC Supplies sell a "DigiHat" which makes it easy-peasy, remove the bottom brush (careful of the spring) and holder, insert the replacement nylon holder, re-insert brush and spring (if you haven't lost it!). I've converted a dozen so far without any problem and they come with full instructions, see http://www.dccsupplies.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=525 for full info.

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2012, 09:02:52 pm »
Is that to convert old poole steamers to dcc or just to allow it to run on dcc lines?
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 09:07:09 pm »
The fitting of the DigiHat allows you to convert it to DCC, you can then fit a decoder, although you obviously have to hard wire it.  If your worried about doing it there a few companies who will do it for you.

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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2012, 09:08:38 pm »
How much would it cost for someone to do it?
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2012, 09:12:06 pm »
Not sure now, I've only ever had one loco done for me when I first started in DCC nearly 3 years ago and I think is cost about 18 plus the cost of a decoders, contact DCC Supplies (there are quite a few other who I think offer a similar service - Digitrains?, Wickness Models?, YouChoos?) for a price, they're very helpful.

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012, 09:15:16 pm »
As an addendum to the above, I've recently bought a Farish 4P which needs converting, perhaps I should do one of my tutorials when I do it, won't be for a couple of weeks though as I've got a lot on my plate at the mo, will try and fit it in sooner but can't guarantee it.  :)
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2012, 09:18:43 pm »
Hmmm i will have to trial and error!
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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2012, 12:05:43 am »
is there a way round using non dcc trains on dcc layout?

No. If there was everyone would be using it. The DC stretching works sort of for big chunky motors like HO scale American ones but its not good for stuff.

You need a digihat and decoder, plus I'd strongly suggest tender pickups if not fitted already. On the bright side the 4P has a tender with nothing in it, so you can fit sound  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2012, 10:44:37 am »
well update,

the rough track laying of the layout is now done, so i now know how i want it and how it will look. all i need to do is take my insulfrog points to the club tonight, try and swap them for electrofrogs, if thats all successful i can buy a few lengths of flexi track, some point motors and begin putting the track down properly.

so since its finished(ish, here a few shots i took this morning....consists of my entire fleet minus the duchess of hamilton who i didnt get out for some reason, and sir nigel gresley who is away at the works at the moment undergoing a rename/ renumber.

anyways enjoy :)

busy times down the engine shed (style of shed subject to change), with an LMS jubilee and a BR jubilee (soon to be named Ashley) waiting their turn on the line


the designated freight locomotive 9f gets serviced infront of visitor engine Mallard, while black 5 "glasgow highlander" has its day off in the shed


at the back of the shed, failed locomotives B1 and Standard 4 tank await maintenance


the smallest of our shuttle services, the terrier with a rake of 4 wheel coaches, soon to be repainted into one livery, (what livery yet i dont know), sits in a siding awaiting its return journey


at the other end, Tornado steams in with the lunchtime diner, while Royal Scot (soon to be named Chantelle) steams out with afternoon service. in platform 3 Manor class "hinton manor" awaits departure after the Royal scot, while LMS 40 1111 awaits departure from the siding with the Demo Bass Brewery Train


Hinton Manor awaiting departure with a rake of suburban teaks, at some point it will have its own western stock


LMS 4p sits patiently while tornado steams in


later in the day, the 9f steams past the engine shed with the demo goods train


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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2012, 11:04:56 am »
LB&SCR livery might be a good one for the 4 wheelers. It would go with the Terrier then. Plus it's a relatively simple livery.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LBSC_661.JPG

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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2012, 11:11:25 am »
Any pics of that?
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