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Title: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on September 04, 2013, 08:48:47 PM
Not had the confidence to post a build blog before so here goes - First time for everything:

The boarding is all done and I've started on the trackwork but I'll start at the beginning.
It's an L shaped layout in my new shed extension (built just for trains - and planes/helis :) )
There is a main line that goes all the way round the board, a shorter inner line. The outer line also heads off up a level to a branch-line station. On the shorter part of the L is a shunting/industrial area.

This is the design:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6732.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6732)
Each square is 6" so overall it's about 8ft x 8ft (Door is at the bottom)
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Agrafarfan on September 04, 2013, 08:53:45 PM
Hi
Welcome to the forum :wave:. Nice neat layout. Everyone here is freindly so you will have a lot of interest in your layout. :)

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 04, 2013, 09:10:09 PM
Thanks for your kind words Agrafar.

Posting some baseboard construction details to give you an idea of how it works overall.

This shows the right hand side under construction just as you come through the door
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6733.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6733)

End board where the industrial area will be and all top boards done.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6734.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6734)
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 04, 2013, 09:18:00 PM
The boarding was all done at the end of August and since then I've had sone track delivered.
I did cost everything up and the number of points in the industrial areas means that part may just have to wait a little while longer.  :(
Still, there's a lot to be done anyway with the main loops.

A lot of these have now been done. This shows the south end, most of which will be under the raised area
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6738.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6738)

The north end with the outer loop heading off. You can also see the incline starting.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6737.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6737)


Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Sprintex on September 04, 2013, 09:20:18 PM
Hi and :welcomesign:

Looks to be a good plan, good use of space and lots of interest :thumbsup:

Keep the :camera: coming as you progress, always nice to see another layout take shape :)


Paul
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Geoff on September 04, 2013, 09:24:02 PM
You have a nice layout there thanks for posting the pics.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: mereman on September 04, 2013, 09:24:12 PM
 :welcomesign: Looks good. Will be keeping an eye on this. I hope to get some ideas for my build (just starting)
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Zaak on September 04, 2013, 09:28:46 PM
looks like a good plan will be watch this one
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 04, 2013, 09:30:15 PM
Thanks for the support guys. Lots of photos coming - I love pics too
Always willing to share ideas and please feel free to ask any questions.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 04, 2013, 09:44:16 PM
This week I started wiring the track up - I'm not normally this fast but I've just had a couple of weeks holiday  :)  1st week holiday with the wife and kids and my reward for this is to spend time modelling  :)

Under the baseboard I've run a couple of loops of heavy duty cable. Off this there are droppers from the tracks. These are soldered onto the track sides and then clamped ont to the power loop. I prefer this method as it's quick and I don't have to spend too much time crawling underneath the basboard.

Droppers poking though baseboard.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6739.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6739)

Wiring underneath the baseboard
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6740.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6740)

Wires soldered to track sides - Yay look a train finally
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6742.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6742)

Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: port perran on September 04, 2013, 09:46:01 PM
This is looking very promising.
Please keep the updates coming.
I'm envious of the space you have.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Jack on September 04, 2013, 10:08:54 PM
Nice shed with a very nice layout!

There is just one thing that is worrying me though if I may, are you able to get to a train if it derails, or whatever, on that section of track that's under the branch line, the yellowish area on your plan? It just that I noticed that you don't appear to have an access hole to get to that area for recovery and maintenance. It may be easy at the moment but will it be as easy when you've done the scenic work?

Apologies if I've missed something.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: scotsoft on September 04, 2013, 10:16:31 PM
You have a great space to work in there and it will be good to see a video of a train going round your layout.

I can just imagine my US locos running round there quite happily  :D

cheers John.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 04, 2013, 10:16:50 PM
No Jack you haven't missed anything. It crossed my mind the other day when I put the board on top and thought the same as you.
One access method will be from the side where I'll have a pull down flap.
The other idea I had was to have a piece of scenery on the upper level that can be lifted out.  Think I'll do that as well.

And just for you John, when I finish the wiring I promise to post a video. It'll have to be UK locos though  :)
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Sprintex on September 05, 2013, 05:26:22 AM
Be careful with that gradient too, any steeper than 1:30 and some trains may struggle, even 1:40 is usually considered a safe ideal. Really you should test it with all stock that will need to use it, but that's not always possible if you haven't bought them yet! ;)


Paul
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Newportnobby on September 05, 2013, 03:23:58 PM
Be careful with that gradient too, any steeper than 1:30 and some trains may struggle, even 1:40 is usually considered a safe ideal. Really you should test it with all stock that will need to use it, but that's not always possible if you haven't bought them yet! ;)


Paul

I must admit although the baseboard construction looks great, that gradient gives me cause for concern :worried: How much does it rise and in what length please? As the song says "There may be trouble ahead....."
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 05, 2013, 07:30:31 PM
Hmmm, I think you're right. It may be a bit steep.
As it stands, from the points to the raised area it's 95cm and a height of 8cm.  Thats 1:12  :doh:

I reckon I can get 120cm and will have to drop the raised area a bit. At 1:30 that would mean 4cm which won't be enough to get the trains under.
As it's a branch line the trains won't be that long. Possibly 1 or 2 carriages so the loco won't need to pull too much.

Requires further thinking - Any ideas guys ?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6745.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6745)
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: davieb on September 05, 2013, 07:43:21 PM
Looking at your photo you will also get problems at the start of the gradient  :hmmm:
Your stock will not like the sudden change in the angle of the track after the set of points  :doh:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Leo1961 on September 05, 2013, 07:59:31 PM
One possible way to reduce the gradient would be to lower the double tracks that go underneath the terminus, and raise them again as they emerge from the bottom left.

But of course this depends on how you have constructed the baseboard. 

Good luck with whatever you decide  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Sprintex on September 05, 2013, 09:28:33 PM
One possible way to reduce the gradient would be to lower the double tracks that go underneath the terminus, and raise them again as they emerge from the bottom left.


That's what I did, compound gradients ;) Easiest way would be to cookie-cut the baseboard top under the track and raise it up on battens, something like this?

(http://www.sprintexnet.co.uk/Images/res%20081215%20whole%20layout%201.JPG)

:thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Alex on September 05, 2013, 09:59:57 PM
Hi,

Very nice looking layout and in a shed as well.  :thumbsup:

Ever thought of doing an upper level layout as well? :angel:

Alex  :wave:
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: zwilnik on September 05, 2013, 11:25:39 PM
As that corner at the top right could be difficult to reach if a mainline train de-rails anyway, I'd shorted both main lines by bringing them nearer the front and making them more sweeping, broader curves and do the points for the branch line off the top of the layout so that it can start a lot earlier and build up height all the way around the back.

It would have an incline on a curve, which isn't ideal, but it would be at least half the incline and would be able to start a lot smoother, so shouldn't be an issue.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 05, 2013, 11:46:16 PM
That might just work Zwilnik.  Agreed, a curved incline isn't best but it would certainly give me the required distance for a decent gradient. Will have a play tomorrow and see what I can come up with.

Failing that it's going to be cookie cutter time  :)
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Only Me on September 06, 2013, 08:32:14 AM
Mine goes up at something like 1:24 which isn't ideal but all my 2 car DMU's and the 122 goe up and down as do all locos bar my 66's which have too long a wheel base, Sprintex will vouch for that, but i'd built the layout before thinking about gradient to the Branch line Terminus ! 

Sometimes get automatic uncoupling of wagons whilst traversing the gradient though  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 06, 2013, 11:07:36 AM
Ok, just done some testing with the track as it stands.
My little Class 03 diesel shunter has no trouble pulling 2 coaches up the current incline. (1:10)  :)
Agreed, it's still to steep but I think I can increase the length a little without too much major surgery.
I reckon I can get it to 120cm which would be much better.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Tom@Crewe on September 06, 2013, 12:42:50 PM
Ok, just done some testing with the track as it stands.
My little Class 03 diesel shunter has no trouble pulling 2 coaches up the current incline. (1:10)  :)
Agreed, it's still to steep but I think I can increase the length a little without too much major surgery.
I reckon I can get it to 120cm which would be much better.


I see what your saying but its better to get it how you want it now than later when all the scenic bits are in too, 12 months time you may want a larger loco with more coaches or a 3 carriage DMU to climb the hill.

This is a solution a bit more work I grant you but in the long run.....

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5511/9683563855_4e73b8265c_z.jpg)
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 06, 2013, 02:30:35 PM
Yep, that's what I think I'll do. Good solution all round.
Not too much work at the moment as it's only pinned down.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: E Pinniger on September 06, 2013, 02:37:02 PM
That incline looks similar to the one on my layout's branch line (though at least it isn't combined with sub-radius 1 curves  :-[ ) - from my experience, some locos will have no problems dealing with a gradient like this whilst others won't have a chance even without a train behind them!
Older Minitrix and Farish 0-6-0s should hardly notice the gradient even when pulling a train, but some newer steam locos with less weight and traction ability may struggle - my Dapol 14xx can't even manage the incline when running "light engine", though this particular model is notorious for its lack of traction. Bogie diesels (and DMUs) of any vintage should cope fine with the gradient, but may end up "grounding" at the top and/or bottom where the track evens out. Larger steam locos may have the same problem, though I haven't tried them on my own layout as the tight curves preclude anything other than 0-4-0/0-6-0s and smaller bogie diesels.
If I'd had more experience when I built my layout baseboard I'd definitely have gone for compound gradients to reduce the steepness of the incline.

BTW your layout trackplan looks very interesting with a lot of potential - definitely looking forward to seeing more updates!
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: Jack on September 06, 2013, 02:59:00 PM
I had a similar problem in trying to get the gradient right. Have you thought about moving your branch area so that it's in the opposite corner? That way you would still be able to keep your line cross over by using the one that's in the station area. It would mean that your gradient would have a gentle curve but it shouldn't bother most locos.

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
This is how I got around the gradient problem. From Cl66 to 08's, all go up with no problems with at least 6 silver bullets tanks in tow. I've even run a full HST up the 4% gradient without a problem.
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 06, 2013, 08:56:59 PM
Old incline removed and new one in place (Track not put down properly yet)
This feels a lots better now. Thanks for the suggestions guys.

Only problem is that I've run out of left hand turnouts  :doh: (That's a right-hand upside down)
Just have to pick a few up at TINGS tomorrow. Shame  :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6757.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6757)
Title: Re: PeanutValley
Post by: ChrisB on September 08, 2013, 08:30:32 PM
Ok, so incline has been totally re-worked and now starts before top curve (See diagram in Tom@Crewe's post)
This is a lot better - thanks for suggestions guys.

Lower section
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6898.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6898)

Mid section
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6899.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6899)

Upper section
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6900.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6900)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on September 08, 2013, 08:50:46 PM
First video of a run round from the outer loop to the inner.
(Please ignore the last 10 seconds - some doofus forgot to switch the points over  :doh:)

http://youtu.be/DO9zPajO7Hs (http://youtu.be/DO9zPajO7Hs)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Geoff on September 08, 2013, 09:20:21 PM
First video of a run round from the outer loop to the inner.
(Please ignore the last 10 seconds - some doofus forgot to switch the points over  :doh:)

[url]http://youtu.be/DO9zPajO7Hs[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/DO9zPajO7Hs[/url])


I just noticed a transformer and then noticed the powercab, are you using both to power your track if so how did you do it, or is the transformer a red herring?
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Badger76 on September 08, 2013, 09:28:46 PM
Great looking layout!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on September 08, 2013, 09:48:24 PM
I just noticed a transformer and then noticed the powercab, are you using both to power your track if so how did you do it, or is the transformer a red herring?


The power transformer is separate to the powercab. I used it on my last layout to power the CDU and LED's etc.
The circuit hanging off it is to convert 12v ac to 12v dc

I'm going to use it to power the servos for the points using this MERG unit. Plus as it has two 12v outputs it can be used for lighting and other things

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_6911.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=6911)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on September 15, 2013, 09:47:55 PM
Little bit of progress:
Track is now all laid and fully functional (excluding industrial area sidings). Hence reason for no recent postings - I've been playing  :)
I have a class 37 which has been playing up but gave it a quick service and it's behaving now. So she's pulling the crimson and reds. The class 03 is back on haulage duty.
Plus the MERG servo controller is also working and programmed so I need to connect it up to some points. That's the next job (if I can stop playing  :) )

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7028.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7028)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7029.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7029)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on September 24, 2013, 11:28:48 PM
Ok, so I thought I'd start work on the station area.
The main area was first laid out using some thick card. This was to get the overall shape and size and would then be used as the top layer of the platform. The mainline platform will take 6 carriages (I only have 5 at the moment)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7147.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7147)

Started work on building the side walls and underlying structure. This was done using the downloadable Platform kit (R008) from scale scenes and then bashed together. Most enjoyable.
Rear part of train and platform
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7148.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7148)

Front section here. The station house is Metcalfe kit PN109
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7149.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7149)

This shows the top covering after just being applied. Needs trimming and weathering but will look fine once finished and in place
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7150.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7150)

That's about it for now. Need to concentrate on completing the main platform area now. More to follow soon.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 02, 2013, 01:24:39 PM
Taking daughter back and forth to uni a few times really eats into railway time.  :( Feels like a full scale shunting operation sometimes
Still, a little more progress on the main station.
It's now fully built and covered. Needs some touching up and fixing in place but it's getting there. Important bit is that none of the carriages snag on the platform.

This gives the overall view of the station area. You can just make out on the base in the background where I've started to mark out roads etc.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7257.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7257)
(Yes the station changes colour. Obviously that's by design and not because the printer started to run out of ink! The lighter bit (under booking hall) is the new station area added later on so the flag-stones are going to be newer  :)  I'm not convincing anyone am I)

A lower view showing class 37 waiting for the off
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7256.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7256)

Before fixing I need to drill a few holes to allow for some micro LEDs to be placed in the booking hall.  Ones for platform lights can wait.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 02, 2013, 01:41:02 PM
This should give you a better idea of how the station approach roads will be done
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7258.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7258)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 27, 2013, 07:13:58 PM
Managed to get a few LED's (with built in resistors) that I can run straight off 12v. These will be used for shops & building and station lights.
Plugged 2 in to the main station - Seem quite white so may get some yellow glass paint just to tone it down a bit.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/thumb_7817.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7817)


Also started to ballast the station area and weather the bridge and tunnel.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/thumb_7818.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7818)
I'm sure the ballast looked a lot better before I glued it, but hoping it will look ok once dry.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/thumb_7819.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7819)
Not too happy with the smoke weathering on the bridge. Will have to work on that a bit more.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/thumb_7820.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7820)
Quite like the tunnel entrance though. The weathering has come out nice (unlike the weather!)

That's all for now. Hoping to do more scenery but I always end up 'playing with the trains'   :)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on October 28, 2013, 09:33:50 AM
Hoping to do more scenery but I always end up 'playing with the trains'   :)

An affliction many of us suffer from :-[ ;)
Thanks for the update :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on November 21, 2013, 11:11:33 PM
Not had a chance to do too much lately but here's a quick update.

Ballasting continues. I actually find it quite theraputic really - that's not an open invitation  :no: - just quite satisying.
Have also given the areas to the side of the tracks a coat of brown paint. Well it's supposed to be brown but looks more terracotta than anything. Will have to darken it. This is a base layer before the scatter goes down so I can rub away patches to show 'mud'.
An overall view of the layout
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/thumb_8432.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=8432)

And one of the road bridge over the tracks by the station
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/thumb_8431.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=8431)
It's a standard tunnel entrance but with polystyrene sandwiched between.


Also, inspired by Shauns excellent work on point rodding (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16019.msg174488#msg174488 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16019.msg174488#msg174488)) I thought I have a go myself.
Except that as I'm using servos to control the points I'm going to make these actually work.

As a proof of concept, I started with some 1.5mm piano wire which I slid (accompanied with a lot of swearing and bits twanging off left right and centre) under the track and hooked into the point slide bar. I reckon I could get away with 1mm as it's quite stiff still and I may switch to this later but I only had 1.5mm to hand.
I made an 'L' shaped piece to change direction out of some aluminium and this is held in place with a track pin. Seems to work quite well so far so I think this is a goer.

The rods will eventually disappear beneath the signalbox and then through the base board where the servos will be located.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/thumb_8433.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=8433)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/thumb_8434.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=8434)

That's about it for now. More to follow when I get the 1st point rod finished and working

Chris

Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Sprintex on November 22, 2013, 07:26:45 AM
Ballasting continues. I actually find it quite theraputic really - that's not an open invitation  :no: - just quite satisying.
 

At last! Someone else apart from me admits to actually enjoying ballasting :claphappy:

Good work on the functioning point-rodding :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on November 22, 2013, 10:43:07 AM
Functional point rodding will be soooo impressive.
Keep us posted with results please :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: moogle on November 22, 2013, 02:08:20 PM
I agree, impressive!
Neat looking station  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on December 31, 2013, 07:57:03 PM
After a lot of messing about trying to get the servos operating under the baseboard I've given up with that method. Too complicated and too many bell-cranks involved which just introduced too much slack.

So, the servos now sit through the baseboard and with direct (almost) connection to the points. I've connected 3 up and they all work fantastically. Nice smooth, slow movement. Next job will to wire it up to a mimic board but for now works just by connecting a wire.

Some pics.
Signal box in place with points control using servos underneath
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/thumb_9160.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9160)

This one showing the servos underneath.Just the one bell-crank here
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/thumb_9159.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9159)

Again with signal box in place
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/thumb_9158.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9158)

Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: port perran on December 31, 2013, 08:34:40 PM
Looking good. Those complicated point operations are impressive but well beyond my simple capabilities. However, well done and I'll follow progress with interest.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ScottyStitch on December 31, 2013, 09:37:29 PM
Ok, so I thought I'd start work on the station area.
The main area was first laid out using some thick card. This was to get the overall shape and size and would then be used as the top layer of the platform. The mainline platform will take 6 carriages (I only have 5 at the moment)
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7147.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7147[/url])

Started work on building the side walls and underlying structure. This was done using the downloadable Platform kit (R008) from scale scenes and then bashed together. Most enjoyable.
Rear part of train and platform
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7148.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7148[/url])

Front section here. The station house is Metcalfe kit PN109
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7149.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7149[/url])

This shows the top covering after just being applied. Needs trimming and weathering but will look fine once finished and in place
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/55/thumb_7150.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=7150[/url])

That's about it for now. Need to concentrate on completing the main platform area now. More to follow soon.


Can I ask what platform paving sheet you've used there?

Many thanks

Scotty
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on December 31, 2013, 10:06:38 PM
Hi Scotty

I use Scalescenes for a lot of my buildings.
The Station platform one was used here
http://scalescenes.com/products/R008-Station-Platform (http://scalescenes.com/products/R008-Station-Platform)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on January 19, 2014, 08:09:16 PM
Thought I'd better get some scenery done so decided to get messy with plaster of paris and kitchen roll.
In the past I've used papier mache but after reading someone else's topic on the subject (sorry can't remember who) I thought I'd give it a go myself. The mixture is quite runny rather than the usual stiffer mixture.

The underlying structure is just polystyrene shaped with a knife and stuck with PVA
(The farmhouse is stilling on a cover to hide the points servo - not sure if it's going to end up there or not yet)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9696.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9696)

This one shows the end result. I found that dipping the kitchen roll into the plaster of paris soaks up too much of the water. Using a paint brush and painting the polystyrene first, then laying the kitchen roll over the top and then smoothing in with the paint brush yielded the best results. Using fingers is also a good way to smooth the plaster in.
(The brown mess is me attempting to give the plaster of paris a base colour. Not worth it considering the amount of paint needed. I'll just paint it when it's dry)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9697.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9697)

Here's a low level view from the station
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9698.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9698)


Just a couple more pic's
This one is of the bridge with a new foot tunnel cut in. It also shows the new scratch built fence
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9699.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9699)

A better view of the fence. Cut using my new balsa strip cutter (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18812.msg190203#msg190203 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18812.msg190203#msg190203)) , then painted and glued in place
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/thumb_9695.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9695)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on January 19, 2014, 08:25:11 PM
The fencing is looking very good, as is the rest of the progress :thumbsup:
I found plaster of paris too expensive so just went for cheapo general purpose filler mixed with brown powder paint on my last layout. If anything got chipped at least it didn't show white ;)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on January 19, 2014, 08:51:39 PM
That's a good point about chipping.  :thankyousign: Didn't have any powder paint so used acrylics I had lying around . Wasn't good  :no:
I think I'll mix up another batch of brown plaster of paris as a top coat.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Malc on January 19, 2014, 10:29:33 PM
 Instead of plaster, I used strips of old cotton sheet about 1" wide by 12" long. I soaked them in a tin of old emulsion paint we had left over. It was a bit pink, but some brown poster paint cured that. You need surgical gloves on, but when it dries, it is light and strong. Put a few layers on and it's solid.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on January 25, 2014, 11:36:37 PM
Received my Minitrix Flying Scotsman back in the post this morning from being DCC'd by Wickness. :)
Lovely job Douglas -  :thankyousign:

So today, instead of some updates to the layout here's a short video
http://youtu.be/D1CoFMbkf3k (http://youtu.be/D1CoFMbkf3k)

Enjoy
Chris
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Malc on January 26, 2014, 10:20:09 AM
Looks like a nice runner Chris, plus it's good to see the layout in it's entirety.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on January 26, 2014, 10:27:27 AM
Thanks Malc
She needs a little running in and I'm hoping she'll run better slower. If not it might be a motor replacement job. :-\

It's a good point on layout photos. It's easy to focus on small sections of the layout.
I think I might do some tidying up and then take a few aerial shots

Chris
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Malc on January 26, 2014, 10:40:40 AM
That would be good Chris. As I have followed this thread, I got an impression about the general size, but when you showed the video, it really brought home the fact that it is huge. :D
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: bees on January 26, 2014, 02:15:27 PM
What a cracking looking layout and thread, I too have been building my layout in my shed over a similar timescale to yourself, I am really envious at how much you've achieved over such a short space of time!

Definitely a thread to follow

Steven
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on January 26, 2014, 05:19:47 PM
Here with some plan views of the layout. For reference the shed is 8' x 8'
That bit about tidying up never happened though :)  The cleaning fairies seem to be on strike at the moment

This is of the station area. You can see the tunnels going under the raised area which will have a station halt.  The train will go from there, down the hill, round a bit and then to the main station.
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

And this one is of the shunting yards. Still in planning but it shows the main-line loop going round
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

And one more just showing the general mess  :)
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on January 26, 2014, 05:35:37 PM
Better plan view of the station area
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

You can see the tunnel entrances and the upper level station.
The upper level is going to be based on a disused station I live near. (Stanbridgeford in Bedfordshire). The Station House still exists as do some of the platforms but it's a private house and gardens now.
http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/s/stanbridgeford/ (http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/s/stanbridgeford/)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on February 15, 2014, 08:57:19 PM
Done a bit of kit bashing lately along with putting down some roads.

I did have some printed roads that I thought I was going to use but once down they just didn't look right. So, I decided to use polyfilla with added colouring. Very pleased with the outcome. The polyfilla gives the roads a lovely texture and is very easy to put down. Plus, it's very good at levelling out any bumps and imperfections.

This is the station approach. When dry I'm going to try putting some white lines down.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10258.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10258)


The farm end. Track will need cleaning and white lines painted. A steady hand will be needed  :worried:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10257.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10257)


The main town end (Also showing the garage and new country pub - see below)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10256.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10256)


I've been looking for a nice pub for the station area. Found a great one from ModelRailwayScenery. It's the print and glue variety. It has great detail and quite easy to assemble.

Front view
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10261.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10261)

Rear View
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10260.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10260)

Front Detail
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10262.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10262)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Caz on February 15, 2014, 09:17:41 PM
Very impressed with the pub, looks very nice and well detailed.  Do you print it onto paper and then stick to card or directly to the card?
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on February 15, 2014, 10:17:40 PM
Do you print it onto paper and then stick to card or directly to the card?

It's printed onto paper and then certain parts glued to card. Once dry all the parts are cut out and glued together. Couldn't be any easier  :)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on February 17, 2014, 01:32:36 PM
Now that eldest daughter has left home, I've been given permission by SWMBO to move the layout from the cold damp shed at the bottom of the garden to the nice warm vacated room.  :)
Going to have to cut the baseboards (and track) for transportation and then use alignment dowels and clasps to re-attach. The bedroom will also serve as a guest room so I may have to pack the layout away occasionally. Luckily it's DCC so not too many wire connectors to do underneath.

Let you all know how it all goes once it's in it's new room.  :worried:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on February 17, 2014, 02:43:29 PM
Ee by heck - luxury :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on February 17, 2014, 05:20:30 PM
Ee by heck - luxury :thumbsup:
LOL

And a very lovely understanding wife  :)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on March 11, 2014, 09:05:46 PM
Well, she made it inside in one piece (well 2 actually). Shorter piece was only about 4' long so quite easy to move. The longer piece was 8' long and took a lot of head scratching to get it up the stairs and into the front bedroom. Unfortunately the places where I can cut the baseboard are limited. Most cuts would have had to go though points which is a big no-no obviously. The only places ended up next to a point and on a curve. Not the best of places but seems to have worked.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10867.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10867)

First job once inside was to solder the tracks where the baseboard was cut. Bit rough but once ballasted it will disappear.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10865.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10865)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10866.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10866)

The loco's all run very smoothly so happy with outcome.


For a bit of light relief decided to paint some road markings. All done by hand using acrylic paints and a fine paint brush
Started about 11pm the other night thinking it wouldn't take too long. Looked at watch later and it was 1:30 am !  Whoops  :)

Still, not too bad. See what you think
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_10864.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=10864)

Work has now started on the mimic board. Update on that to come
Off to play trains now  :)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on March 11, 2014, 09:25:09 PM
At least your white lines appear straighter than many councils' efforts :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on March 11, 2014, 09:48:04 PM
At least your white lines appear straighter than many councils' efforts :thumbsup:

That was just the look I was going for  ;)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Sprintex on March 12, 2014, 05:59:33 AM
Made a good job of moving it I reckon :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Caz on March 12, 2014, 10:25:34 AM
White lines are excellent, don't fancy a trip to the Costa del Sol, I've got a few that need painting.   :)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on March 12, 2014, 10:29:42 AM
Thanks guys.
One thing I have found is that because the road is made from polyfilla it's really easy to scratch/sand any rogue paint splodges with a knife.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on March 12, 2014, 03:04:44 PM
Thinking again about councils and roads, maybe yours are just a bit too good.
By the time separate goes have been made to the roads by gas, electricity, telephone, broadband and the council's extremely poor method of road repairs - ours tend to look like patchwork quilts* ::)

* Feel free to add any I have omitted
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on March 12, 2014, 03:13:55 PM
Pot-holes! That's what's missing. Knew there was something :-)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on March 12, 2014, 03:37:10 PM
Water Authorities - knew I'd missed one :doh:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on March 24, 2014, 02:58:19 PM
Since moving the layout inside it seems to have accrued a few non-scale additional items. Unfortunately, whilst my daughters built-in wardrobe is being painted the 'train room' has acquired all her junk so the build table is not available at the moment. It also means that the outside loop is a little out of action. Wrong type of power tool on the line ?
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/thumb_11119.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11119)

A few kits have now been built have been and placed (with lights inside). This is what the main station area looks like at present. The switches are for the points except the last one which does the lighting. The bit of track screwed to the front of the board is the pregramming track. Needs to be wired up to the NCE board and another switch.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/thumb_11120.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11120)


I've been trying my hand at some scenery. This is the west end of the station. The bridge still needs painting and weathering. The hedge is from pan scourer. Cut and trimmed, then painted.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/thumb_11121.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11121)

I've also started on the upper station. The tracks are down, with droppers slodered and connected. The points still cause the loco's to pause even after judiscious use of the track rubber. Needs more investigation. The platforms are scratch built from balsa and then coverered with printed paper. It's the quickest way I've found to build platforms. Balsa is nice and bendy plus you can sand it down to fit before covering.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/thumb_11123.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11123)


That's all for now. Time for a little play - Choo choo  :)
Cheers
Chris
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Ozymandias on March 25, 2014, 09:06:26 AM
This is a lovely-looking layout!

I note your point about white LEDs being a bit too white and "cold" to represent internal lighting correctly.

I bought some orange 12v "rice grain" bulbs from ebay and these give a much more realistic warm yellow tone in the buildings I've made.

Worth a try!  :-)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on March 25, 2014, 01:29:11 PM
Thanks Ozy

The original LED's I bought were too 'blue'. These ones are the right colour temp. but I think I just need to turn the voltage down a little. Currently sitting at 12v. Might try 9v and see how it looks. (Plus the photo was taken at night so the camer may have over compensated)
Someone mentioned on another thread putting a packing chip over the bulb which softened it. Might try that.
Failing that it will be the grain of wheat bulbs but that would mean upgrading the PSU to cope with the higher current draw !

Cheers
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Caz on March 25, 2014, 03:10:50 PM
If you want the older looking effect for lights then ask for "warm white" much nicer than the harsh bright white, it's what I've used in all my buildings.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on March 25, 2014, 05:19:08 PM
Yep, these are the warm white leds. I suspect the camera has just over compensated. Might try taking a few more pics tonight.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: johnlambert on March 25, 2014, 09:47:55 PM
Layout is looking great!  You've got some lovely buildings and scenery.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on April 14, 2014, 01:46:55 PM
Time for a little update folks.

I've been mainly working on the village area and the cliffs (more on that later). I couldn't figure out what I actually wanted in the village area so decided to create a few cardboard boxes to act as place-holders. This I think has made it a lot easier to figure out what's going where. This plan may change a little but it's pretty much there. Minus the detail of course! Any ideas for improvments greatly appreciated.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_11675.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11675)

I also decided it was time to have a go at the cliffs (Steep hills really). I'm quite pleased with the results for a 1st attempt - see what you think.
The base layers are polyfiller over polystyrene. This I then painted with a grey wash of varying shades to build up some depth. Some brown and yellow (ok Burnt Umber and Ochre) also applied. Chinchilla dust was used for the tiny rock fragments and then scatter applied for the vegetation. The green veg above the tunnel will have yellow painted on it when it's dry to look like gorse bushes - I hope !
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_11672.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11672)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_11674.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11674)


And after all that scenery work you've got to check the loco's to make sure they still work properly havent you.

https://youtu.be/-2xPddlGcNA (https://youtu.be/-2xPddlGcNA)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on April 14, 2014, 04:39:55 PM
The cliffs look very effective to me, although I might be tempted to put more greenery on them :hmmm:
Nice vid, too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on April 14, 2014, 10:11:20 PM
Looking at the pictures now,it certainly seems like I need more greenery around the tunnel area at least..

Cheers
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on April 22, 2014, 02:03:02 PM
Not too much progress - busy eating chocolate and enjoying having all the family round  :).
One thing I have done is make some chain link fencing. Found a cheap frying pan splatter guard in Tesco's at the weekend. Only 3. Very flimsy but perfect for the job. Easily cut into strips with scissors and then I just soldered some wire for the posts.
This one is pre-weathered - very shiny!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_11880.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11880)

This is the start of weathering process. Need to add ivy, weeds etc (Not a great picture  :()
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Peanut_Valley/Dir_2/medium_11881.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=11881)

Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on August 28, 2014, 01:40:42 PM
Sorry to say, not a lot of progress since my last post (4 months ago!!)
What with trying to move house and holidays there hasn't been a lot of visible progress.
At some point I'll have to pack the layout up for moving. Not looking forward to that as I'm sure something will get broken.

So, since the last post I've been doing a lot of track testing :) and a few more servo's have been wired up to their points and MERG Servo4 controller and then back to the control panel. I thought I had a few pics of this but can't find them now. I'll have to take a few to show how it all connects.

I also downloaded the Old Factory card kit from modelrailwayscenery in OO gauge, re-sized it and stuck it together. I think it's come out pretty good.
I've also added a lathe, pillar drill (made from balsa) and a table. Plus the obligatory LED lighting.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_15234.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=15234)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_15232.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=15232)

The overall area by the station is coming on nicely now
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_15231.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=15231)


I've started work on some crossing gates that will be automatically operated by an IR train detector and a servo.
So far I've scratch built 2 of the gates from plasticard. Actually, I only have flat sheets so all the formers are cut from this with a scalpel, metal ruler and a few drops of blood for good measure. Damn fiddly cutting 0.5mm strips I can tell you. Yes I know you can buy them but I'd run out and wanted to get started
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/thumb_15238.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=15238)
These will have a piece of piano wire down one side that goes through some brass tube to the underside of the board. Here it can be connected to a servo.

That's all for now folks - promise not to leave it another 4 months!
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Caz on August 28, 2014, 02:50:54 PM
Love the workshop, lovely detail.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on August 28, 2014, 04:35:46 PM
Great update, Chris, and I hope the move goes safely :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: scotsoft on August 28, 2014, 05:44:50 PM
You have made a very good job of the old factory download, it looks realistically dingy.

The kind of place where the workers get roasted in the summer and frozen in the winter  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 12, 2014, 08:48:33 PM
Well, the house move hasn't happened yet unfortunately. Let down 3 times so far! So I just have to console myself with more trains . Shame  :no: :)
Still, Peanut Valley still chugs along (pun intended  :) )

I've decided to work on the top station now: So, It's going to be called Highbanks and it will have a small single platform station, an engine shed and a goods shed/yard.
This pic should give you an idea of the overall idea.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17212.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17212)


The goods shed is a metcalfe kit I made ages ago for another layout which I found in a drawer and it's now been put back into commission.  It still needs some tidying up  but doesn't look to bad. The road area is chinchilla dust glued down (The balsa is to keep it all together). As the glue dries I use a wallpaper seam roller to get it all nice a flat. This shows it once I've painted it and it's almost dry.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17202.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17202)

I also downloaded the Scalescenes small engine shed wich is below. It's sitting on a concrete base area made from Das modelling clay which has been scored and then weathered. The base colour is a Dulux tester pot (you can send for for 3 free ones btw). Needs more weathering but it's coming along nicely I think
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17204.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17204)

I've also started work on a small coal stage scratch built from balsa. I'll post some pics later of that.

That's all for now
Time for some more 'testing'  :)

Chris
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on October 13, 2014, 09:39:36 AM
Shame about the house move, Chris, but at least the railway has benefitted from a bit more work :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: port perran on October 13, 2014, 09:43:06 AM
Hope the move happens eventually but the layout is coming along nicely.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 13, 2014, 09:48:51 AM
Thanks guys. I'm a bit nervous when we do move as to how the layout is going to fair. It took a little damage just getting it into the house from the shed. :worried:
Plenty of bubble wrap I think and it's certainly not going in the back of the removals lorry !
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 13, 2014, 01:50:01 PM
As promised some details of the coaling stage.
It's based on the ratio coaling stage but rather than buy and build I thought I'd do some bals bashing (Being an ex model aeroplane builder and flyer this comes quite easily)

Best described with pictures so here you go guys.
Front aspect
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17217.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17217)

Rear aspect
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17218.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17218)

First pass at weathering (Coal is still wet)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17219.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17219)

and in situ (Still requires surrounding area to be landscaped)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/39/thumb_17220.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17220)

Cheers
Chris
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 13, 2014, 01:59:07 PM
Very nice, Chris. I really must go to buy some balsa wood. I always used it in the past and agree it is a great modelling material.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 21, 2014, 01:37:12 PM
Just a few updates to mention

More work on the roads, ballasting and grassy areas. Plus all the 'high banks' have had a coat of polyfilla mixed with brown powder paint. Needs flocking now.
All the buildings have lights in them too which you can see in some of the shots. Warm white leds all connected together under the board.
Not sure what sort of building to cover the last servo with. Ideas pleas as my brain has drawn a blank.

Now the intersting bit - the pics 
Enjoy :)
Chris

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/38/thumb_17628.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17628)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/38/thumb_17627.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17627)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/38/thumb_17691.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17691)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/38/thumb_17693.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=17693)
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: Newportnobby on October 21, 2014, 02:14:37 PM
Just a thought, Chris. If you moved the signal box over would its base cover the servo?
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 21, 2014, 03:49:00 PM
Unfortunately not.

I'm thinking about cutting a hole in the board to set it vertically so that the arm is just flush with the top.
A lineside hut will then cover it up.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: port perran on October 21, 2014, 04:26:02 PM
I was going to suggest just that. Lineside huts were plentiful and can easily be scratch built or there are various available from Ratio or others.
Title: Re: Peanut Valley
Post by: ChrisB on October 28, 2014, 11:29:59 PM
Little update from the weekend.

Decided I'd have to mount the servo vertically in the board to make it all look right so after a lot of drilling and chiselling I finally got the servo mounted flush and working again. Even managed to drill through the wires but that's another story :-[
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/37/thumb_18033.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18033)

Now for something to cover it with. After a bit of Googling I found a nice lineside workshop/building that fitted the build.
I think it's from Luton Railway Modelling Club and is in 'O' gauge - see below.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/37/thumb_18032.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18032)

With just this to go on and in true Blue Peter style I managed to bash together my take on this. Works quite well except that the idiot builder used the wrong bricks! I bit of weathering will cure this. Plus I think the colouring of the other building to it's left it totally wrong so will require a bit of work. The chimney pots need re-colouring too. It's quite amazing the faults you see in the photos rather than just the naked eye.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/37/thumb_18035.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18035)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/37/thumb_18034.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=18034)

Now to get the superglue off my fingers ...

Enjoy
Chris