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Title: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 15, 2012, 09:44:52 PM
Starting this thread to show the progress of this first, "all my own work layout" (well nearly all, got a friend to make the baseboards).  It is located somewhere that is mainly GWR/WR with Southern and LMS visitors.  I know it has a lot of track, that was one of the criteria as per my grandson's brief but with some careful scenic modelling I hope to make it look less so.

This is the final track plan, minor mods have been incorporate to improve operation and is a fully DCC Digitrax controlled layout using Railroad & Co's Train Controller PC software.  It allows continuous running together with out & back operation with some stations having dual roles.  The branch line station on the reversing loop is a cut down Bampton & Brize Norton station on the former East Gloucestershire Railway which was later taken over by the GWR  This station is run to a 1950 timetable with Claywell being Oxford and High Hackton platform 7, doubling up as the terminus at Fairford.  The roads are not that straight on the model, just easier to insert using XTrkCad.  :)

It is designed to easily break down into sections for possible exhibition.  The basic size is 2.70 mtr x 1.7 mtr. and for home use has additional detachable 12cm wide scenic sections clipped to 2 sides of the layout, these can be replaced for exhibition use with larger clip-on sections and possibly a fiddle yard to add more variety.  To this end, 2 of the main terminus tracks are extended as through roads via a level crossing across one of the clip-on sections, as is a hidden part of the reversing loop.

Still lots of work to do, I've only painted & ballasted about half of the trackwork so far which is all Peco code 55 laid onto 4mm cork.  Only just started some of the scenics, will slowly add pictures as work progress.

It's thanks to this, other groups and the internet that I've been able to do this, as other than doing some of the scenic modelling on my dad's and brother's layouts, many, many years ago, a lot of it is very new to me, especially DCC control, of which I knew absolutely nothing when I started this a couple of 2 years ago.

Postscript - just noticed that the Fairford Branch website http://www.fairfordbranch.co.uk (http://www.fairfordbranch.co.uk) has added a new working timetable to the site (my branch line worked to the passenger timetable) so I will have construct a new schedule to include more operations)  :)

Caz

Track Plan
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/thumb_1551.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=1551)

Some tasters

Early construction
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/thumb_307.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=307)


Tunnel at High Hackton
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/thumb_310.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=310)


Three Bridges
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/thumb_1562.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=1562)


One of the clip-on extensions - the High Street
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/thumb_298.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=298)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/thumb_301.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=301)


Claywell Goods Yard
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2314.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2314)


High Hackton Station
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2311.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2311)


Bampney Village under construction
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2771.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2771)


Bampney almost completed
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3556.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3556)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Donkey on July 15, 2012, 09:54:09 PM
Caz that looks fantastic  :thumbsup:. Great looking plan, I look forward to seeing this develop. Thank you for posting pics.

Marty
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on July 15, 2012, 09:59:12 PM
Wow!!!

That is something special, Caz. Have to say your pointwork and ballasting are great (when are you next in the UK? :evil:)
I bet that is great fun to operate, and I love the setting. Don't forget you could include the odd Eastern Region visitor via the Cambridge/Oxford line. Maybe a cross country Cambridge to Bristol or some sort of football special excursion :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Mustermark on July 15, 2012, 10:04:50 PM
That's a fantastic track plan.  And great building work too.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: keerout on July 15, 2012, 10:07:46 PM
Looking good!  :thumbsup: 'specially like the high street, with the lights! (some more:  :camera: ???)
Gerard  :wave:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 15, 2012, 10:24:14 PM
Have to say your pointwork and ballasting are great (when are you next in the UK? :evil:)

Sorry Mick, just come back from the UK, if I'd have known, I could have done with a bit of railway therapy whilst there  :evil:

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: longbridge on July 15, 2012, 10:37:09 PM
Wow now thats what I call a layout Caz, I think trying to work something out like that with my feeble brain would be a disaster, looking forward to seeing future pictures, Awesome.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Sprintex on July 15, 2012, 10:54:52 PM
What a fantastic and elaborate track plan  :thumbsup:

Well modelled too with excellent scenics and a nice well-lit high street  8)


Paul
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 10:30:32 AM
Hey Guys, thanks for the compliments, couldn't have done it with some help from you all and inspiration from the magazines including H's wonderful Nspirations.

Caz   :beers: :beers:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 10:39:47 AM
Here's some info on the terminus at Claywell.  It is a modified Kibri kit of Osterbruken station with some interior detail added including separate room and clock lights.

Caz

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Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on July 16, 2012, 10:44:09 AM
Hi Caz,

Still can't see anything (in either IE or Firefox)
Just says ' You are not allowed to view these files. Please make sure you are connected to the server'

I have asked Admin to have a look into the problem as I really want to see these pics!!
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 10:58:01 AM
Patience, patience Mick, perhaps because I was still uploading them you may not have been able to see them,  now finished uploading so try again.   :thumbsup:

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on July 16, 2012, 11:34:15 AM
Patience, patience Mick, perhaps because I was still uploading them you may not have been able to see them,  now finished uploading so try again.   :thumbsup:

Caz

Still nothing there, Caz.
Admin are suggesting you create a new media file and upload into that. All your settings seem to be OK ???
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 11:43:29 AM
Strange, I've just been onto the thread using both my mobile phone and firefox, neither of which were signed in so I was just a guest and I could see pictures using both   ???  Have you tried hitting f5 to do a cache refresh?

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on July 16, 2012, 01:06:14 PM
Hi Caz,

Further to the PM i just sent, Admin have advised me they have fixed summat that was broken, and your pics are now available to view in glorious colour. Nice :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Tank on July 16, 2012, 01:14:38 PM
Stunning pictures, and layout.  Very jealous!!!!! :thumbsup:  Sorry about the problems with your pictures.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 01:28:45 PM
Thanks Tank, being retired and no SWMBO (or even a HWTHMBO) make a big difference. (HWTHMBO = He who thinks he must be obeyed  ;D   ;D   ;D )

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: tim-pelican on July 16, 2012, 04:02:22 PM
Looks great Caz, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Pengi on July 16, 2012, 04:18:44 PM
Absolutely stunning, Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jack on July 16, 2012, 04:22:46 PM
Very Nice work Caz!  :thumbsup: Thanks for taking the trouble of up loading all those pics  :camera: Much appreciated (...and more ideas to 'borrow'  ;D )
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Mustermark on July 16, 2012, 05:59:58 PM
 :o 8) :thumbsup:

 :camera: :thumbsup:  :computersmile:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: galway on July 16, 2012, 06:07:22 PM
Great looking layout  :thumbsup: love the High Street and especially the station  :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 07:04:43 PM
I'm overwhelmed with the compliments, thanks, didn't realise I'd done that well compared with a lot of the magazine layouts I've seen.

Caz

Here's the construction of some of the river and some of the countryside, first efforts all got ripped up as it just didn't look right.

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Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Sprintex on July 16, 2012, 07:11:14 PM
Excellent work Caz  8)

That could quite easily put a few "exhibition" layouts to shame!!  :)


Paul
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 07:14:22 PM
And some piccy's of train's actually running on the layout.  Hope to soon upload some video that my son-in-law shot on his mobile phone last time he came over, then you can hear it run as well.

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See http://www.fairfordbranch.co.uk/  (http://www.fairfordbranch.co.uk/)  for info on the Fairford Branch

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: scotsoft on July 16, 2012, 07:23:41 PM
I just laughed out loud at your comment about the passengers waiting in the station - very prototypical  :evil:  :smiley-laughing:  :smiley-laughing:

Great pics and looking forwards to the videos, I have the popcorn on right now  :beers:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on July 16, 2012, 08:37:48 PM
Modelling of the highest standard, Caz :thumbsup:

Mind you, the Geordies want their bridge back, please :evil:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jerry Howlett on July 16, 2012, 08:41:41 PM
Suitably impressed... Dam you it looks like I better stop with enjoying the summer and head back to the cantina for a bit more "hands on" modelling stuff. I blame my lack of progress on the  :NGaugeForum:     :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: scotsoft on July 16, 2012, 08:54:34 PM
Mind you, the Geordies want their bridge back, please :evil:


It cannot be, our one has rings on it  :thumbsup:

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cheers John.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 10:35:12 PM
Here's the first couple of videos, only short mobile phone clips.

Caz

Hackton departures
http://youtu.be/ScXhmhqTSSg (http://youtu.be/ScXhmhqTSSg)

Hackton arrivals
http://youtu.be/gnroGxKzKRs (http://youtu.be/gnroGxKzKRs)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2012, 10:39:10 PM
And a couple more

14xx arrives and a 57xx departs.
http://youtu.be/j8bKdq7eUig (http://youtu.be/j8bKdq7eUig)

DMU arrival and 57xx departure.
http://youtu.be/XjQboSbLRa8 (http://youtu.be/XjQboSbLRa8)

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Avis1434 on July 16, 2012, 10:39:48 PM
Superb Caz. Better than many of the exhibition layouts I have seen! :thumbsup:
Photographs are the only way to see first hand just how well it has turned out. :camera: Can't wait for video.  :P

Keep up the good work and encourage us other modellers to get on with their layouts! :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Avis1434 on July 16, 2012, 10:41:15 PM
Well I never - no sooner said than done!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup:

Absolutely brilliant Caz!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: tim-pelican on July 16, 2012, 11:02:17 PM
Great. Not only do I now have regular layout-envy, I have a hankering for sound too ;)

Many :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: EtchedPixels on July 16, 2012, 11:29:13 PM
Awesome stuff. I love the tunnel effect. I'd seen that done for platforms and locos in OO but that tunnel in N is superb as an effect.

I'm pondering using a different speaker for my DMU - I too found the Digitrax one really lacking in bass. The steam is excellent although I think you need to have words with that pannier driver about braking technique 8)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Mustermark on July 17, 2012, 03:31:29 AM
Stunning. :o 8)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Pengi on July 17, 2012, 05:55:38 AM
This layout looks and sounds sensational - well done Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on July 17, 2012, 07:15:18 AM
Great videos, i particularly like the lamps on the loco in "Hackton departures"  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on July 17, 2012, 08:04:23 AM
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Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Shaun Harvey on July 17, 2012, 09:44:11 AM
not my era but a simply stunning layout and really enjoyable vids. As EP commented - the tunnel smoke idea was really clever and looked great - I will follow this thread with interest - Good Stuff!
 
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 17, 2012, 11:37:06 AM
Great videos, i particularly like the lamps on the loco in "Hackton departures"  :thumbsup:

Glad you enjoyed the videos, hope to do some better quality ones soon.  Almost all the locos on the layout have been fitted with loco lamps using the 0604 SMT leds wired into the decoder.  Likewise, all the coaches are fitted with lights and people, the guards van's have rear lamps, again using the 0604 SMT leds.

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 17, 2012, 11:41:43 AM
Awesome stuff. I love the tunnel effect. I'd seen that done for platforms and locos in OO but that tunnel in N is superb as an effect.

I'm pondering using a different speaker for my DMU - I too found the Digitrax one really lacking in bass. The steam is excellent although I think you need to have words with that pannier driver about braking technique 8)

Thanks EP, coming from you that's a real honour.   Re the DMU sound, since the video was shot I've been in and redone the sound files to give a bit more umph, what didn't help in the vids was that out of camera shot was a steamie idling all the time and masking some sounds.  If I could afford it, I'd probably re-sound the DMU's using one of the CT or Zimo sound decoders but for now the good old trusty cheap Digitrax will have to do.

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Dock Shunter on July 17, 2012, 12:04:47 PM
Fantastic looking layout........ :thumbsup:
Great to see the DMU sneaking in amongst all those Steamers......... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Malc on July 17, 2012, 05:00:39 PM
A really impressive layout , totally agree with NPN green with envy icon.
Malc
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Guy on July 17, 2012, 08:36:28 PM
Very impressive and like your video clips.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 18, 2012, 08:25:03 PM
Here's a few more piccy's just to show it's not all picture perfect and still under construction.

Signalling is colour light on the main lines with the new Dapol signals on the branch.  Once the new Dapol bracket signals arrive then some of the colour lights could be replaced.

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Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on July 18, 2012, 08:49:01 PM
W-wow!

Dave
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Mustermark on July 18, 2012, 08:58:05 PM
 :o  Love the 2 on the signal... 8) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Sprintex on July 18, 2012, 09:21:42 PM
Nice work with the bracket signal too  8)


Paul
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 19, 2012, 01:22:15 PM
Claywell tunnel, video showing the smoke generator effect.

Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney - Claywell Tunnel smoke effect (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GseHwh30jnY#)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Michiel on July 19, 2012, 01:42:30 PM
I really like your layout. When I first saw your track plan, I was very sceptical. But you succeed in making a over-cowded track plan into a very realistic look layout. Great vision, great job! I like it a lot!  8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 19, 2012, 01:53:15 PM
:o  Love the 2 on the signal... 8) :thumbsup:


Thanks Mark, the train has to know what platform they're going to don't they - although it's always platform 2 as you cant get working numbers that small yet!   :beers:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: MinZaPint on July 20, 2012, 11:57:14 AM
This is really superb modelling, the pics and vids are great, keep posting I shall need a regular fix to keep me motivated  :thumbsup:  :wave:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Michiel on July 20, 2012, 01:30:36 PM
I am very impressed with your layout. But I've a question about the smoke. At the tunnel entrance, do you have a lot of residue of the smoke on your layout? Is there any oily film you can notice, or is the smoke completely clean without any residue effect? What brand of smoke-liquid do you use?
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 20, 2012, 01:53:08 PM
Hi Michiel,

Glad you liked the layout, still a lot to do though, especially more ballasting  :(

The smoke generator is about 12cm inside the tunnel between the 2 tracks.  Access is by lifting up the warehouse above the tunnel where a hole has been drilled to allow a pipette to reach the generator and refill as needed.  I've not noticed any residue so far but I've only had in operation for about a month and then only when a train goes through the tunnel so perhaps early days yet.

I obtained both the generator and oil from Peters Spares, the generator is the117, the biggest one they do (I think), see http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEUTHE-No-117E-SMOKE-GENERATOR-UNIT-NEW-/320925007372?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item4ab89efe0c#ht_1628wt_1110 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEUTHE-No-117E-SMOKE-GENERATOR-UNIT-NEW-/320925007372?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item4ab89efe0c#ht_1628wt_1110) and the oil can be found at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MODEL-TRAIN-SMOKE-OIL-MEGA-STEAM-COAL-FIRED-STEAM-SMELL-60ml-/320809909875?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item4ab1c2be73#ht_2656wt_1110 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MODEL-TRAIN-SMOKE-OIL-MEGA-STEAM-COAL-FIRED-STEAM-SMELL-60ml-/320809909875?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item4ab1c2be73#ht_2656wt_1110)

As it's a DCC layout it is driven via one of the outputs of a CML DAC20 accessory decoder which in turn is triggered when a train enters the section.

Hope this helps
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: EtchedPixels on July 20, 2012, 04:11:17 PM
As it's a DCC layout it is driven via one of the outputs of a CML DAC20 accessory decoder which in turn is triggered when a train enters the section.

Is this with transponding to detect the train type or do diesels just smell funny?(*)

Alan
(*) I'm aware this is a viewpoint some people hold anyway
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: REGP on July 20, 2012, 04:14:37 PM
Fantastic layout, especially liked the lights and smoke, would love to see more of it.

Ray
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 20, 2012, 07:56:26 PM
As it's a DCC layout it is driven via one of the outputs of a CML DAC20 accessory decoder which in turn is triggered when a train enters the section.

Is this with transponding to detect the train type or do diesels just smell funny?(*)

Alan
(*) I'm aware this is a viewpoint some people hold anyway

No I don't use transponding the Railroad & Co software keeps track of where each locomotive is.  I then set up the block to only trigger the smoke when a steamie is running on the schedule, diesels don't trigger it but looking at some real life diesels I've seen I could probably use it for some of them, that is if I ever buy any.  The only diesels on the main line are the 101 & 108 DMU's although I might buy a Class 22 to go with the CCT van and recreate the train shown on the Fairford Branch website.  Oh, I'd forgotton I have another Diesel on pre-order, I'm going to use Rule 1 to run the Blue Pullman I  ;)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Donkey on July 20, 2012, 09:32:49 PM
Caz, more great pics and now videos of your excellent layout! Thanks for posting. The smoke effect tunnel is brilliant  :thumbsup:

Marty
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Gordini5 on July 23, 2012, 05:07:43 PM
Great looking layout, wow indeed. Can't wait to see more. Almost seems a shame to remove the colour signals. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Mr.Grumpy on July 25, 2012, 11:31:53 PM
I would personally love to see more pictures of your high street illuminated at night. The resolution of the pictures just doesn't do it justice, truly amazing modelling and lighting.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chinahand on July 26, 2012, 03:51:54 AM
Hi Caz,

Just found your thread and must say that your layout has to be one of the best I've ever seen. When I saw your opening post saying you were about to start your first layout on your own I was certainly not expecting the track plan you showed and when you posted the first pictures I was absolutely gobsmacked. Stunning  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I'm interested in using spray foam for landscape construction myself and wonder if you could give me some tips. One problem I've found in trials is judging how much to apply as it expands far more that I epected. Do you just spray blobs of it and then carve the final shape or have you managed to create the contours straight from the can ?
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 30, 2012, 01:42:29 PM
I would personally love to see more pictures of your high street illuminated at night. The resolution of the pictures just doesn't do it justice, truly amazing modelling and lighting.

Cheers for the compliment MrGrumpy (I'm sure you're not really - or are you  :smiley-laughing: ).   I'm hoping to get a friend who is a member of the local camera club to come round and take some better pictures  :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 30, 2012, 01:59:27 PM
Hi Caz,

Just found your thread and must say that your layout has to be one of the best I've ever seen. When I saw your opening post saying you were about to start your first layout on your own I was certainly not expecting the track plan you showed and when you posted the first pictures I was absolutely gobsmacked. Stunning  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I'm interested in using spray foam for landscape construction myself and wonder if you could give me some tips. One problem I've found in trials is judging how much to apply as it expands far more that I epected. Do you just spray blobs of it and then carve the final shape or have you managed to create the contours straight from the can ?

Thanks Chinahand glad you like it and welcome back to the western world  ;)

Using spray foam is great fun, if you're not careful it goes everywhere  :smiley-laughing:   I made up some 3 or 4mm ply formers for the areas that I wanted and sprayed the foam into the area created.  ONLY spray about half of what you'll think you're need as I was amazed just how much it expanded   :o  You can always add a bit more once the first lot has set which is a lot easier that trying to remove it from where you didn't want it to go (won't go there, as I still get nightmares  :(  ).

Once it has set, I then used a very sharp large kitchen knife to carve roughly into shape and a smaller one to finish off.  Don't be too impatient as it seems set on the outside but is still very gooey inside.   I then used kitchen roll dipped into a mixture of PVA,and brown poster paint and layered it in sheets over the foam, some places I used two layers where I wanted extra strength.  Once set, it is surprisingly strong and doesn't chip like a plaster mix would.  Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chinahand on July 30, 2012, 02:03:16 PM
Thanks Caz. that was very helpful.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on August 01, 2012, 10:52:30 PM
Just an update on what's been happening on the layout, well not a lot really (see below for other current projects) other than I've finally finished painting all the track sides, points etc track colour - what a mammoth job, about 80 mtrs of track, nearly 70 points, crossings, a double slip and 2 scissors crossovers, now got to finish the ballasting  :(

Other concurrent projects include sorting out the automatic uncoupling for yard shunting, scenifying the Claywell goods yard and the MPD and as if that wasn't enough, now trying to work out how to add sound to a new Farish Class 08 which Mr Hatton kindly delivered this week, almost forgot, also starting a scratch build platform canopy project as I need lots of them, what was that about a woman's work never being done  :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on August 02, 2012, 06:37:21 PM
what was that about a woman's work never being done  :)

Well - the only bloke who got his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe ;D
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on August 02, 2012, 10:12:33 PM
Cor, my own man Friday, now that's a good idea, always fancied a toy boy   :evil:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: cudders on August 02, 2012, 10:49:15 PM
What a superb layout.  :o

Excellent track plan with plenty going on. The way you have done the scenery really brings it to life.

You have serious modelling skills. Maybe you can teach us blokes how to do it properly  ::)

We need alot more pics though so keep em coming  :thumbsup:

Cudders
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on August 03, 2012, 09:14:06 AM
Hear, Hear!

Brilliant work, Caz.

Dave
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on August 03, 2012, 04:03:47 PM
Thanks Cudders and Dave for the comments,  :-[  much appreciated and will try to do better.  I don't think I can teach most of you guys anything except perhaps, read, look learn and by patient, you've had years of practice modelling and normally have mates to help out when you're stuck. 

My skills have mainly come from all the layouts you guys have done, together with all the how-to articles and asking stupid questions on forums like this one   :)   I look, learn and copy the things that look good on the various layouts and real life pictures seen in the mags and on the internet. 

Mind you, I have made some horrendous mistakes by the trial and error method which has meant ripping it up and starting it again but has been, and is great fun, I just love learning and despite reaching my retirement years will never stop learning, it keeps me young.

Hope to have more pics when I finish scenifying the Claywell MPD and goods yard, but progress has slowed down now as it is too hot here to do much in August  :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on September 28, 2012, 09:24:08 PM
Now the heat of the high summer is over I can get back to modelling.  Currently working on finishing the MPD, tidying up and detailing the goods yard and at last constructing High Hackton through station and footbridge. 

The station building sits on a skewed road bridge over 6 tracks and 4 platforms and has taken quite a bit of working out how to do it.  Success at last, it's looking good and has a P&D Marsh modified lattice footbridge connecting the platforms and linking to the station building, hope to get some pictures posted this weekend.  Still needs a lot of detailing but until I get all the track ballasted that will have to wait.

I'm also in the process of fitting B&B couplings to some of the stock to improve automatic coupling and uncoupling, tried the D&G first but the B&B's although fiddly to make seem to work much better and are more reliable  :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Pete Mc on September 29, 2012, 05:35:17 AM
Fantastic layout Caz,I love to see multi level track plans and this doesn't disappoint in that regard.
I need to get my finger out and get cracking with mine,trouble is,theres too many great layouts on here for me to add my mediocrity too.Some might disagree with that,but we'll wait and see when I start a thread.

Pete
 :Class31: :Class37: :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jerry Howlett on September 29, 2012, 07:07:55 AM
Now the heat of the high summer is over I can get back to modelling.  ...

That was my excuse  :uneasy: I need to find another as I am frightened to start ballasting. Fancy a trip to Italy ?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on September 29, 2012, 09:01:26 AM
Go for it Jerry

Once you've started it's not so bad. I use Copydex as it's a bit more forgiving and as it's latex the sound, in my opinion, is better.

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jerry Howlett on September 29, 2012, 12:18:26 PM
Great excuse ! copydex, can't get any until my UK trip in November, thanks Dave now back to the card modelling. :laugh:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 09, 2012, 08:49:41 PM
Finally got round to getting some pictures of High Hackton Station (too many visitors lately), it took a bit of thinking how to do a high level station and connect it to the platforms below.   Bought a P&D Marsh white metal kit footbridge, fiddly to make but I think the effort is worthwhile, especially as I had to make it skewed to make it parallel to the road overbridge.  I'm quite pleased with the outcome, if anyone can see any glaring errors then please let me know.

Another milestone reached today, half of the main layout is now ballasted, just the other half and the terminus station to go.

Anyway, here's a few piccies of the end result, it still needs station furniture and people adding.

General view of the station, canopies are scratch built using plasticard.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2308.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2308)

This view illustrates the skewed footbridge.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2309.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2309)

Close up of the main building and the dropped door to footbridge level.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2310.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2310)

View from platform 1.  All the colour light signals are made from CR Signals kits.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2311.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2311)

Postie is collecting the mail as the local bus pulls into the layby.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2312.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2312)

A roadside view.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2313.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2313)

Night time.  The canopies are are fitted with warm white SMD leds.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2305.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2305)

Platform 8, the local B set has the all clear.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2306.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2306)


Finally, some pictures of the re-modelled Claywell goods yard.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2314.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2314)

The coalman loading his lorry.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2315.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2315)

The busy Claywell yard.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/thumb_2307.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2307)



Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: davieb on October 09, 2012, 09:00:17 PM
hi Caz  :wave:

your layout just keeps getting better and better each time you give us an update  :envy:

i think i may as well give up now and go back to fishing or another of my past hobbies  :uneasy:  :help:

can't wait for the next update  :bounce:

dave  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: galway on October 09, 2012, 09:20:59 PM
Great pictures  :camera: the footbridge looks fantastic, its very well done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 09, 2012, 10:02:43 PM
hi Caz  :wave:

your layout just keeps getting better and better each time you give us an update  :envy:

i think i may as well give up now and go back to fishing or another of my past hobbies  :uneasy:  :help:

can't wait for the next update  :bounce:

dave  :thumbsup:

Cheers Dave, but don't give up, you just need patience and a lot of spare time, being retired the spare time I have in abundance  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chinahand on October 09, 2012, 10:10:53 PM
Excellent progress Caz and some first class photos. The high level station and footbridge have really worked well and the build quality is top notch.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: scotsoft on October 09, 2012, 10:13:23 PM
The photographs are just stunning, you can practically hear the guards whistle blowing and the general hurly burly of a station  :admiration:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on October 10, 2012, 07:04:22 AM
Really great stuff, Caz.

Thanks for the update. Please keep them coming.

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on October 10, 2012, 08:27:11 AM
Hugely impressive, Caz :thumbsup:
I only hope my own efforts come out any where near as good :wave:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Mallard on October 10, 2012, 11:31:43 AM
This is great, love the pics, but especially love the footbridge. I tried to do something similar on my last layout but failed miserably!  :doh:

Nice work, inspiring! :)

Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 10, 2012, 04:52:19 PM
This is great, love the pics, but especially love the footbridge. I tried to do something similar on my last layout but failed miserably!  :doh:

Nice work, inspiring! :)

The footbridge was quite difficult to assemble, glueing was a bit hit and miss so in the end I assembled it using a combination of soldering and superglue.  The lattice sides I soldered to the decking to make sure it had a strong backbone, I didn't have any of the special low melt solder so went very carefully using my smallest (11w) iron and some fine solder, just a quick touch was enough.  Once the sides were soldered to the decking I filed any high points off. 

Did the same with the stairs, sides were soldered to the steps but when assembled these were superglued to the main structure with just a dab of soldering between the top of the stairs and the main decking to give it strength.  The fiddliest bits were the bridge supports, tried soldering but it wasn't successful so ended up just glueing them together, hardest bit was waiting for each individual section to fully dry before assembling into towers.   :sweat:

Once all was fully assembled I gently cleaned it as much as I could and used matt spray paint bought from the local DIY store.  Luckily that had a near equivalent to GWR stone No 1 for the base and I then used Humbrol enamel and a fine 00 brush to do the rest.

It turned out much better than I thought it would and is quite a strong model once fully assembled using the method I used.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Guy on October 10, 2012, 05:17:50 PM
great pics and a superb layout.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Gordini5 on October 11, 2012, 04:58:42 PM
Caz

Looking superb and great work on the footbridge.

David
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: portland-docks on October 11, 2012, 06:03:31 PM
Can you build my new layout! Lol
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 11, 2012, 07:31:35 PM
Can you build my new layout! Lol

Are you paying my air fares and bed & board then   :laugh:   
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: lil chris on November 07, 2012, 10:31:23 PM
Thats a great layout caz very impressed If I can get mine half as good I will be happy.I'm still a bit rusty yet its a good few years since I built a layout which I built for my two sons.Cant wait till I retire, next year with a bit of luck.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on November 08, 2012, 07:08:50 AM
Thanks Caz.

I keep returning to your layout for inspiration. Great stuff. Wish I was half the talented modeller that you are.

 :greatpicturessign: Please keep them coming.

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: GerryB on November 08, 2012, 11:05:22 PM
Some inspiring elements to your layout Caz. Most impressive!!

Gerry
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on December 03, 2012, 08:10:00 PM
What with visitors and trying to fit decoders in little locos the main layout has been suffering but at last I've managed to start work on Bampney Village.  The actual station layout is based upon Brize Norton & Bampton on the Fairford Branch and forms part of the layout reversing loop.  It is also used on the time tabled Oxford to Fairford branch line trains.

The village itself is completely freelance and is constructed on an easily removable drop-in hole filler part of the layout which can be popped out to give easy access to the centre of the layout.

Anyhoo, here's how it's progressing, still a lot of work to do and more buildings to construct etc.  Nothing's stuck in position or wired in yet, still have to do some messy landscaping with kitchen towel, plaster and PVA.

Initial planning and construction using a combination of 10mm & 5mm ply.

NOTE:  Since doing this I have completely remodelled Bampney, see http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=19645.msg201012#msg201012 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=19645.msg201012#msg201012) for the update

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2763.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2763)


Card used for road layout plan.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2764.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2764)


The module on the workbench, starting to take shape.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2765.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2765)


View from above the tunnel.  Getting the angled corner shop constructed correctly exercised the 'ol brain box.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2766.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2766)


Still on the workbench, looking down the High Street.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2767.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2767)


The Village from the station, finally inserted into the layout to check it all looks ok.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2772.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2772)


And from Bampney crossing.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2771.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2771)


The top of the village down towards the station.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/thumb_2773.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=2773)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on December 03, 2012, 08:15:05 PM
Hah! Visitors and decoders my ar foot ::)
It's pretty obvious what you've been up to..................and it looks damned good, as usual :envy:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on December 03, 2012, 08:16:24 PM
Hi Caz

 :greatpicturessign:

Grand looking buildings! Are some Metcalfe based?

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Pengi on December 03, 2012, 08:16:57 PM
This is great work Caz, thanks for posting how you have done it. A wonderful layout! :claphappy:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on December 03, 2012, 08:41:33 PM
Hi Caz

 :greatpicturessign:

Grand looking buildings! Are some Metcalfe based?

Dave G

Thank Dave, yes, the majority are Metcalfe, the church is a Heljan 160:1 model I picked up for 3 Euro in a bargain box at one of the local model shops.  I guess because it was a UK model, none of the natives were interested.  ;D  I was a bit worried it would look out of scale but by putting it slightly raised over the surroundings, hopefully I've overcome the scale difference.

The only Metcalfe one I've modified is the corner shop as the road goes at an angle and I wanted the building to follow the angle, took a bit of thinking how to modify it as it meant both the building and roof needed extending.  All the building have been fitted with individual rooms so that when lit, the whole house doesn't light up, just individual rooms. 

As I'm DCC I can control when and which lights come on, so shop and railway building lights can be lit during the day, 1800 hours or so, the shop lights go out and the downstairs room lights come on.  From about 2200 hours, the bedrooms light up and the downstairs lights go off, finally the bedrooms go off.  Damn clever this DCC stuff.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Donkey on December 03, 2012, 08:48:18 PM
Looks great Caz, well up to your usual high standards :thumbsup:

Marty
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on December 03, 2012, 08:48:53 PM
I'm beginning to wish I went DCC but I guess it's never too late.

I've been buying new locos that are mostly DCC ready so at some point I can bite the bullet. A few more bits of rolling stock to get before that though.

Love the idea of controlling the lighting too.

Brilliant stuff and you're right about the church, it looks very nice and a neat way of disguising the slight scale difference.

Keep the pics coming!

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Sprintex on December 03, 2012, 09:36:59 PM
One word . . . . . . bluddybrilliant!  :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: galway on December 03, 2012, 10:39:51 PM
Excellent work and the church is exactly in the right spot, reminds me of somewhere I've been/seen but I cant for the life of me remember (maybe somewhere in Wales with a chapel in the middle ??? ), anyway looks great  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chinahand on December 03, 2012, 10:50:03 PM
Great work Caz and excellent photos to show it all off. Keep it up gal.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jerry Howlett on December 05, 2012, 11:06:17 AM
Once again Hats off !  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: justintime on December 30, 2012, 01:43:11 PM
My first visit Caz and as a complete novice I found it very encouraging.  If I can get to half this standard I would be a happy chap.  Thank you and please keep the updates coming, Ian. :heart2:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on January 02, 2013, 09:47:00 PM
Thank you and please keep the updates coming, Ian. :heart2:

Should have the railway room back at the weekend as the Christmas visitors leave on Saturday and can get back to working on the layout again, getting severe withdrawal symptoms  :(

Can then do the video of the Blue Pullman with twin sounds decoders, finish off the Dapol pannier sound install tutorial and do the DIY Dapol light bar tutorial.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: mikecu on February 02, 2013, 05:31:21 PM
Wow what a great set of pictures, I just wish I had time to spend on my layout , still day job finishes, again, on April 6th 2013, perhaps I will properly retire this time. Just think an extra eight hours a day to play trains. Thanks for the posting the layou looks absolutely fantastic. 
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on February 02, 2013, 07:49:54 PM
Thanks Mike, glad you liked the layout, that's the benefit of being retired you get to finally do what you really want to do.  Been working on Bampney my branch line station for the past couple of days and hope to have some more pictures soon.   :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on February 04, 2013, 02:39:13 PM
Another little update with some pictures of my Bampney station which is based upon Brize Norton & Bampton station in Oxfordshire.  I'm just hoping to catch the flavour of the original and have used the info found on Martin Loader's Fairford Branch (http://www.fairfordbranch.co.uk) website to model my reversing loop branch line station.  There's still a bit to do with some more detailing but I hope you get the idea.  Sorry for the quality of the pictures but I've had to use my phone camera as I'm having problems with my normal camera at the mo.  Here's a link to my Fairford Branch thread on the NGF http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=6590.msg75103#msg75103 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=6590.msg75103#msg75103)

Here's my re-creation of one of the scenes of the original
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3553.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3553)  

and the original
 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3558.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3558)


Station approach
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3561.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3561)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3560.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3560)


View from the bridge
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3556.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3556)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3559.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3559)


View back toward the bridge but in my case it's a tunnel  :)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3554.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3554)


Goods yard end of the station
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/thumb_3555.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=3555)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on February 04, 2013, 02:43:27 PM
Very nice, Caz :thumbsup:
Your layout totally belies its size - there always seems to be heaps of room :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: justintime on February 04, 2013, 02:51:15 PM
Beautiful work Caz  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Dock Shunter on February 04, 2013, 03:14:07 PM
Super work Caz..... :thumbsup:
I love that first picture in relation to the original..... :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on February 04, 2013, 03:14:49 PM
Very nice, Caz :thumbsup:
Your layout totally belies its size - there always seems to be heaps of room :)

Perhaps it's my wand that creates the illusion, my ex mother-in-law used to think I was a bit of a witch, but I might add, only because I used to do aromatherapy at one time and she used to think I was mixing up potions when using the oils.   :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on February 04, 2013, 03:17:43 PM
I bet all your diseasels are delightfully fragrant :laugh:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: longbridge on February 04, 2013, 07:07:04 PM
Lovely work Caz and a fine copy of the real thing  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Pengi on February 04, 2013, 07:10:11 PM
Terrific work Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Sprintex on February 04, 2013, 09:50:48 PM
I can only agree with the above posts, you have captured the essence of the original location very well  :admiration:


Paul
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Stuart on July 08, 2013, 07:34:45 PM
My word you do set a high standard "whiteswan". Your photo's show how well the model stacks up to the real world. A real inspiration  :)
stuart
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 08, 2013, 09:06:26 PM
Thank you Stuart, glad you like the layout, still quite a bit to do but due to a car accident recently not much has been done for the past couple of months and so no updates have been posted  Now all mended (car quicker than me) and hope to actively start work again on the layout shortly after I've hoovered off the layer of dust that has accumulated in the meantime.

Next update should be the completion of Bampton village with lighting etc, all the street lights etc arrived just before the accident as did the TomyTec tram track which will require a small baseboard modification to incorporate it in the layout and we then should have working trams as well.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: mereman on July 08, 2013, 10:15:10 PM
WOW about all I can say.

I hope you are soon back to full fighting er modeling fitness.

Now how the 'ell do I get anything to look half as good as that, can't even blame work as I'm also retired, but Mrs mereman keeps finding me jobs ;)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: CarriageShed on July 23, 2013, 09:48:03 AM
...(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Still playing catch-up with this marvellous thread, Caz, and pondering the smoke effect inside the tunnel. From what I've seen of the smoke unit you're using, it can be powered with rechargeable batteries and has its own manual switch (I'm not sure about the latter, but that's what it looked like in the pictures). So my question is whether it would be possible to manually trigger the smoke effect on a good old-fashioned DC layout?
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 23, 2013, 10:13:28 AM
The smoke unit is powered from one of the buses, can be either 12vDC or 15v AC from memory, AC seems to work best, starts it smoking quicker.  My unit is triggered by track occupation and type of loco so it only comes on if it is a steamer, that's the beauty of DCC, not sure how you would trigger it using DC, perhaps one of those opto gizmos from Heathcotes

I've used the Suethe 117 generators which are larger than the type that fit into locos as you get a longer smoke time, here's a link to where I buy mine and the they also do various perfumed oils  http://www.ebay.com/itm/SEUTHE-No-117E-SMOKE-GENERATOR-UNIT-NEW-/321138986856?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item4ac5600f68 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/SEUTHE-No-117E-SMOKE-GENERATOR-UNIT-NEW-/321138986856?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item4ac5600f68)

The perfumed oils are for some reason not listed in his eBay store but on their website, see http://www.petersspares.com/megasteam-smoke-oils-wtih-smells.irc (http://www.petersspares.com/megasteam-smoke-oils-wtih-smells.irc)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Sprintex on July 23, 2013, 11:59:30 AM
On DC you could trigger it with a reed switch in the track and fit magnets to kettles only so diesels won't trigger it ;)


Paul
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Trev on July 23, 2013, 02:52:49 PM
Hi Caz

From the time the unit is triggered, how long is it before there is enough smoke to give the right effect. Just wondering about speed of trains and time in the tunnel.

Thank you
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: CarriageShed on July 23, 2013, 03:13:55 PM
The smoke unit is powered from one of the buses, can be either 12vDC or 15v AC from memory, AC seems to work best, starts it smoking quicker.  My unit is triggered by track occupation and type of loco so it only comes on if it is a steamer, that's the beauty of DCC, not sure how you would trigger it using DC, perhaps one of those opto gizmos from Heathcotes

Thanks for the details, Caz. I'll be sure to store them all until I can make use of them.

I think you've started something with this tunnel smoke idea  ;)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: mereman on July 23, 2013, 03:16:27 PM
Thinks: How can I have a tunnel in the flatland of South Norfolk, a molehill is counted here as a high point on maps :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 03, 2013, 01:55:56 PM
Well I ran the trains this week for the first time in 5 months, been too hot to do much here in the summer plus I have had my daughter and her husband move nearby and have been busy catching up with them (they were living in Abu Dhabi but he has taken a very early retirement). 

Much to my surprise after a quick hoover and then a circuit by my Tomix track cleaner also in hoover mode most of the trains ran perfectly except one of my new style 101 DMU's which has got the jerks, looks as though perhaps a stripped gear, hard to see but as I think it is now out of guarantee so it may have to have a holiday with Bob at BRLines.  I think the Blue Pullman is still my favourite loco, looks absolutely magnificent gliding through the scenery.  Still don't know how I am going the be able to run the Arnold version when it arrives, a real Rule 1 exception  :hmmm:

Hope to continue modelling next week and get all the building lights fitted into Bampney village, nice to be back modelling after all this time.   :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Pengi on October 03, 2013, 03:37:13 PM
Glad all is working and hope the 101 can be fixed. i agree that the Blue Pullman is a fantastic model. Would the 'Arnold version' be the Brighton Belle by any chance  ;) ?
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 03, 2013, 07:22:44 PM
Would the 'Arnold version' be the Brighton Belle by any chance  ;) ?

It might be  ;)   :D
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Pengi on October 03, 2013, 07:36:57 PM
I half wondered if you meant the Arnold ICE3  :)

As Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney is now turning sparky  . . .

. . . Hattons have a Class 350/2 Desiro 4-car EMU 350 238 in London Midland livery at a bargain £99 - an impressive model  :) And if you want a lovely DMU, then there is the Voyager, of course . . .
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 03, 2013, 08:16:05 PM
They are far too modern for Claywell at least the Brighton Pullman goes back to the right period  :)   (craftily hides the FGW HST from view,  :-X)

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on October 04, 2013, 09:51:37 AM
With my layout being based in a similar area as yours, can I ask what excuse pretext you have used to justify the BP, Caz?
It's a big leap from the BP's usual stomping ground and I have used "testing over the WR metals as a precursor to the Western Pullman being introduced" :whistle: :angel:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: MinZaPint on October 04, 2013, 10:39:15 AM
Sounds like time for "Rule 1" to me Mick  :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on October 04, 2013, 04:17:34 PM
Sounds like time for "Rule 1" to me Mick  :)

Sorry, David, but I don't do 'Rule 1' :no:
Needless to say I couldn't resist the BP but I do justify everything on the layout.
Even my A4 has run a footie special across the Cambridge to Oxford line :angel: :D
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jerry Howlett on October 05, 2013, 04:06:12 PM
With my layout being based in a similar area as yours, can I ask what excuse pretext you have used to justify the BP, Caz?
It's a big leap from the BP's usual stomping ground and I have used "testing over the WR metals as a precursor to the Western Pullman being introduced" :whistle: :angel:
Sod the ERA Mick.... Caz is meant to be modelling A GWR BRANCH LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok I may be SLIGHTLY in  :envy: of the Blue critter however due to a small windfall Mrs H has treated me to a WD, I tried to go to the £210 6 - car blue thingy BUT .....       
Like Caz, I am just getting back to the layout after the summer months of visitors, so hope this new blood will get me back into running trains again.

Jerry
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 10, 2013, 06:00:23 PM
Just to clarify, the branch line is really the reversing loop bit, the rest of the layout is double track main line down to the West country with the branch starting at Oxford and running to Fairford and back.  The main line goes to a sort of Bristol or some other west country seaside location so I am justly claiming Rule 1 I think, but hell, it's my layout and if I want to run the Rocket or an HST I will   :P   :P   :P
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jerry Howlett on October 12, 2013, 12:39:31 PM
 :laughabovepost: :sorrysign: for the Blue thing reference :whiteflag: :whiteflag: :whiteflag: I may just be suffering from  :envy:
Jerry
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on October 14, 2013, 07:48:59 AM
Hey I saw and TOUCHED the original Rocket in London... run it!!  :thumbsup:

Is there a N gauge Rocket even in kit form?

George
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on October 14, 2013, 10:12:06 AM
:laughabovepost: :sorrysign: for the Blue thing reference :whiteflag: :whiteflag: :whiteflag: I may just be suffering from  :envy:
Jerry

That reminds me, I really must do a video of it now it has twin sound decoders, to hear the engines start up separately sounds awesome.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jerry Howlett on October 14, 2013, 01:36:00 PM
:laughabovepost: :sorrysign: for the Blue thing reference :whiteflag: :whiteflag: :whiteflag: I may just be suffering from  :envy:
Jerry

That reminds me, I really must do a video of it now it has twin sound decoders, to hear the engines start up separately sounds awesome.

You do that and I will take up fishing....  Well I would if there was a river or lake nearby. Ok apart from the fact I would need to sell stuff to buy fishing gear and that Mrs "H" will kill me if I don't get some trains running again soon.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on December 23, 2013, 09:32:26 PM
Just to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Claywell, High Hackton and Bampney, spending Christmas with family who have recently moved here which will be nice and am really looking forward to it.

Claywell hasn't seen much activity in the past couple of months, the new love in my life as taken first place but hope to get cracking in the new year on incorporating the new tram layout into Claywell High Street, yes I know, I still have to do a couple of videos as well, that's my New Year's resolution.

 (http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/artists/viannen/viannen_12.gif)   (http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/artists/viannen/viannen_04.gif) (http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/artists/laie/Laie_16.gif) (http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/artists/vishenka/d_sunny.gif)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on December 23, 2013, 09:41:26 PM
I do like the top hat your new love is sporting :D
Seriously. though, have a great Festive season with your family around you and don't think about the weather we're copping for :beers:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: samoyd on January 03, 2014, 12:16:41 PM
Hi Caz.
            I am a newbie and boy what a layout. I just cant wait to get started.
You have given me some inspiration I will be watching for updates.
Photos fantastic.

                                              Ken
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on January 03, 2014, 02:42:38 PM
Thanks for the compliments Ken, glad you liked the layout, I started from scratch with no preformed ideas but used lots of help from the internet, just use your imagination, don't be too impatient and most of all, enjoy the journey.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: samoyd on January 03, 2014, 07:17:28 PM
Thanks Caz ,
                       Compliments are deserved.
   I will let you know how I am progressing.
                                                                     Ken  :thankyousign:   :wave:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 11, 2014, 05:10:45 PM
"We apologize but due to engineering works there will not be any trains running to Claywell this weekend, this is due to track re-alignment in the terminus approach."

For nearly two years now the terminus approach has been bugging me and I was just not happy with how it looked, trains going to platform 1 came off the curve, straighten up and then a reverse curve over the crossover.  This is going to be replaced with a new junction which will start on the curved approach using the Peco curved points and hopefully improve both the look and running of the terminus. 

Here's the initial works, I was surprised how easy it was to "de-ballast", I just used some warm water and damped the ballast down a little to soften the PVA mix, left it a couple of minutes and was able to lift the track quite easily, even managed to recover the ballast.   :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Claywell,_High_Hackton__amp;_Bampney_Layout_Constructio_shy;n/Dir_1/medium_13869.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=13869)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on July 12, 2014, 02:33:30 AM
"We apologize but due to engineering works there will not be any trains running to Claywell this weekend, this is due to track re-alignment in the terminus approach."

Like it!  ;D

Yeah, I have used the method you describe in the past, and it works fine with a little care.

George
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chatty on July 12, 2014, 09:57:34 AM

Caz

I think it should be a considerable improvement.

Look forward to the finished track work and restoration of regular services.

Kind regards

Geoff
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 17, 2014, 08:02:51 PM
Well this is turning out to be a bigger job than I imagined plus the hot weather doesn't make it any easier.

Claywell as you have never seen it before, in pieces to enable easier working.  It breaks down into 7 pieces to make it more manageable and all pieces are aligned with pattern makers dowel and electrical connections are via 25 or 37 way "D" type connectors embedded in the end of the boards to enable quick connection and disconnection.

The centre module
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/thumb_14061.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14061)

The terminus arrival roads with the new junction top right and top left, the new siding and headshunt for pilot storage.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/thumb_14062.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14062)

Oh dear, what a mess
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/thumb_14063.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14063)

Showing the details of the board joint connectors etc
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/thumb_14064.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14064)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: jonclox on July 17, 2014, 08:28:01 PM
Great stuff Caz  :thumbsup:

the second picture down of the board on its side is exactly what my whole layouts been like for a few weeks (I hadnt any trestles though so ended up using chairs to balance everything on)  :worried:
It going to look fantastic once its completed
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on July 17, 2014, 09:42:29 PM
Just goes to show what a great job you've made of everything, Caz :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on July 17, 2014, 09:59:26 PM
Now, that is what my old dad would have called 'very neat'.

I'd have to agree!  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chatty on July 20, 2014, 03:24:00 AM
Caz

You layout at the moment seems to be the same as the permanent state of mine.

But it still looks pretty neat.

Kind regards

Geoff

Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on July 20, 2014, 04:02:30 AM
Very neat alignment method and connectors. My own layout is in 7 sections, but I sure wouldn't want to try and break it down these days... it was all too easy in the past to just run wires over section joins....  :-[
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 20, 2014, 11:52:47 AM
At one stage I did start doing exactly that, wiring across the joins and then realised that if I had a problem it was going to be a nightmare to get at the layout easily so bit the bullet and went back to the original concept and now stick religiously to it.   :angel:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on July 20, 2014, 12:54:48 PM
Should our planned house move actually happen, I'll have loads more space so may pinch your idea Caz, if I'm up to it technically.

Hoping that I'll be picking brains like mad again come September!

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 20, 2014, 04:02:09 PM
No problem Dave, always happy to share, all I've learnt has been from others sharing, I just pass it on.   ;)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 29, 2014, 09:50:48 AM
Well the track relaying is now almost complete, just got one sticky Seep PM1 to sort out.  :(

Whilst the layout has been broken down I've finally taken the plunge and been trying to sort out the river and sea lock side of the layout as I've been putting it off for ages so here's a little update of what I am trying to do.

The lock lies near the head of a river so is close to the sea at Claywell and as can be seen the later arrival of the railway has almost hidden the canal's existence.  The only time this feature will be clearly seen is if I ever exhibit the layout as this side can have the false sky removed so it is viewable from that side.

I've used the Faller straight viaduct as the basis for my arches and some blue card to represent the water although the card gets painted eventually and then some water added.  This will now have to wait until mid to late September as it is getting just too hot here to work comfortably, just have to test run some trains in the meantime.   ;)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/thumb_14318.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14318)


These were then modified and extended with some stone walling.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/thumb_14317.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14317)


Construction detail using 10mm ply for the dock etc

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/thumb_14316.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14316)


A little filler and a bit of paint

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/thumb_14319.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14319)


A side on view before the river paper was added

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/thumb_14320.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14320)


Now need to paint the river a suitable colour before adding the water.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/thumb_14321.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14321)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: scotsoft on July 29, 2014, 09:58:12 AM

These were then modified and extended with some stone walling.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/thumb_14317.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14317[/url])



That is a great use for your spare curlers Caz  >:D  :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on July 29, 2014, 12:27:56 PM
Any other use is not worth thinkin'' about
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chatty on July 29, 2014, 01:03:33 PM
Any other use is not worth thinkin'' about

These were then modified and extended with some stone walling.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/thumb_14317.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=14317[/url])



That is a great use for your spare curlers Caz  >:D  :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:



I think after those two quotes Caz is thinking up another use for them.   :D
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 29, 2014, 01:11:17 PM
As this is a family forum I won't say what I'd like to do with them suffice to say it could bring tears to their eyes.   ;)

Local model shop has these clamps at 8.00 for a pack, local Chinese bazaar, 1.50 per pack.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Tank on July 29, 2014, 02:46:11 PM
Stunning Caz!  Very jealous.  :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Malc on July 29, 2014, 04:02:24 PM
I agree with Chris, I am also very jealous. I'm even more jealous when I read your threads about fitting sound chips!
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Sprintex on July 29, 2014, 10:20:57 PM
Unusual piece of modelling, like it :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: scotsoft on July 29, 2014, 10:26:09 PM
Local model shop has these clamps at 8.00 for a pack, local Chinese bazaar, 1.50 per pack.


The local £1 shop had these as a pack of eight last year, they are now a pack of six  :thumbsdown:

However they are still great value and are good strong clamps  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 29, 2014, 10:27:36 PM
Stunning Caz!  Very jealous.  :)

Boss, does this mean I get a raise?   But then again, a raise on nothing means I still get nothing.   :-X
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Tank on July 29, 2014, 10:31:16 PM
 :D  Thanks for answering your question!
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on July 30, 2014, 02:35:47 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on July 30, 2014, 08:34:24 AM
Nice work, Caz.  :thumbsup:

The big bridge looks really good. Is it a German kit, Faller perhaps?

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on July 30, 2014, 09:56:27 AM
Stunning Caz!  Very jealous.  :)

Boss, does this mean I get a raise?   But then again, a raise on nothing means I still get nothing.   :-X

Good behaviour points deducted for posting a 'begging letter' >:D
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on July 30, 2014, 11:43:59 AM
Meanie old NPN!  :P

My old granddad used to say 'He who asks won't get. He who doesn't ask, doesn't want.'

Confused the heck out of a 8 year old and it still does 58 years later!

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on July 30, 2014, 12:14:48 PM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

George
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 30, 2014, 03:12:00 PM
Nice work, Caz.  :thumbsup:

The big bridge looks really good. Is it a German kit, Faller perhaps?

Dave G

It's a Kibri kit, comes with track bed, piers, hand rails, I've modified mine slightly by adding and extra girder to hide the ply track bed and cork.

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on December 05, 2014, 10:12:49 PM
Haven't posted an update for quite a while as not done a lot in the past few months that is noticeable as it has been all tweaking for automatic uncoupling and operation so decided to shoot a couple of videos with my camera phone and here's one of them, just a spotters eye view from Hackton road bridge.   :)

http://youtu.be/jpAzNWYqF5g (http://youtu.be/jpAzNWYqF5g)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on December 05, 2014, 10:25:16 PM
Excellent stuff, as always, Caz. Triple  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Trainfish on December 05, 2014, 10:26:30 PM
Good stuff Caz but I think you need a few people on those platforms  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Tdm on December 05, 2014, 10:45:24 PM
Nice work, Caz.  :thumbsup:
The big bridge looks really good. Is it a German kit, Faller perhaps?
Dave G
It's a Kibri kit, comes with track bed, piers, hand rails, I've modified mine slightly by adding and extra girder to hide the ply track bed and cork.
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

I too have a Kibri bridge on my layout and I am pleased with it but I painted & weathered it somewhat (not that I am very good at that sort of thing).

Was a bit wary of the kit at first as I am not very good at making things, but it was easier than I thought, and has spurred me to order the Kibri viaduct kit to complement it which arrived from Osborns today.

When I have assembled it and installed it I will do a new video of my small layout (Oh - if I only had the space you evidently have Caz). The extra track I was waiting for from Hattons arrived yesterday too, so now I can complete the layout - hopefully for Xmas, and maybe, who knows Hattons will send me the Class 37/4 I have on pre-order as they are now in the shops according to another post on here.

Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chatty on December 06, 2014, 07:32:26 AM
So Caz, you got it back together again.

Were there any left over parts   :D
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 06, 2014, 08:50:43 AM
Wow Caz that video clip is amazing I wish I could put sound in my Locos it does add to the realism but as Trainfish said you could do with some more people unless of course the video was mid day when it wasn't so busy.
I can't remember how big your layout is I must have read it somewhere on one of your posts.
Bob
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: port perran on December 06, 2014, 08:57:43 AM
Great stuff and a lovely layout.
It's interesting to hear sound added to a layout. It works but probably not really my cup of tea.
I too would add some people (they really bring a layout to life).
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Agrippa on December 06, 2014, 09:23:14 AM
Wow Caz that video clip is amazing I wish I could put sound in my Locos it does add to the realism but as Trainfish said you could do with some more people unless of course the video was mid day when it wasn't so busy.
I can't remember how big your layout is I must have read it somewhere on one of your posts.
Bob

Page 1 of the topic has the track plan, dimensions , scenic shots etc, it's spectacular !
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on December 06, 2014, 10:56:16 AM
4.38 of sheer enjoyment.
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: wookie on December 06, 2014, 11:04:53 AM
That video is superb!  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 06, 2014, 11:07:51 AM
Thanks Agrippa I went back and read the original thread I often forget to go back to the Original page on a thread but I will do now on such brilliant layouts like Caz's . I love the idea of sound but there is no way I could afford it I'm also not keen on computer controlled layouts I like hands on and operating errors are part of the fun but Caz's actual layout and modelling is fantastic .My layout looks ok from a distance but don't look too close you can see the faults.
Bob
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on December 06, 2014, 01:24:40 PM
Good stuff Caz but I think you need a few people on those platforms  :thumbsup:

The platforms are not finished so didn't want to populate them until they are.  Saying that, I'm not really happy with them and thinking of doing completely new ones, that's if I can borrow a "roundtoit" from someone.   ;)

Glad you all liked the video, hoping to do one showing the shunting in the coming weeks and more of the layout operation.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: MinZaPint on December 06, 2014, 02:03:48 PM
Just enjoyed your video, one of my favourite layouts and very inspirational  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Guy on December 10, 2014, 02:41:56 PM
Great video and excellent layout Caz, it is really atmospheric with the added bonus of sound.

Are the platform canopies scratch built and if not, who is the manufacturer?
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on December 10, 2014, 07:21:23 PM
Thanks Guy, glad you enjoyed the video, I can sit entranced just watching them, makes all the effort I put into building the layout and programming the schedules very rewarding.

As for the canopies, they are a mixture of Ratio posts (from set 208 if memory serves me well) and scratch built canopies using plasticard and micro strip as I didn't like the canopies supplied with the kit.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on February 24, 2015, 08:57:13 PM
Just so as I can keep track of all my bits and pieces adding this in here as a link to a video of Claywell terminus shunting using Dapol EasiShunts.  http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=26472.msg286901#msg286901 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=26472.msg286901#msg286901)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: wookie on February 24, 2015, 09:27:02 PM
That is a truly amazing video.
I would never trust my easishunts enough to even consider something like that!
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: GWRgirl on March 01, 2015, 11:36:35 PM
Hi Caz,

What a lovely layout you are creating looks lovely as well, goes to show with some hard work and a lot of thought what one can do to be creative well done to you. My partner and myself are building a table top layout which was supposed to be a coffee table one but ended up with a 6ft by 2ft 4 with 13m toughened glass top and front. Will try and post some photo's if I can as its still an on going process. By the way Cas I have managed to get that diesel railcar running after spending most of this afternoon checking things over found there was a lot of dirt stuck between the wheels and bogie frames which you couldn't see with the naked eye.
Gloria.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Tony G on April 19, 2015, 09:52:35 PM
Just read this thread from the beginning, what a great inspirational layout. You have really brought this layout to life. The sound, the lights and smoke a true magical theatre in miniature, and the outstanding modelling really is in a class of it's own. I can see some serious thoughts have gone into this layout and love the way it comes to pieces. In my experience some big layouts can just out face you, but by braking it up you can just work on an area when the mood takes. Great job! Looking forward to seeing more progress on this layout.

Regards

Tony
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on June 06, 2015, 08:13:55 PM
As I now have 2 Class 22 diesels, 3 x 101 DMU's and one 108 DMU, rather guiltily I've decided to add a MPD to Claywell's shed, not sure how to fit it in but this is my initial thoughts, any suggestions gratefully appreciated.

Note the short head shunt just to the left of the proposed addition and above the proposed extension wording can't go any further as it backs onto a a main river.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25711.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25711)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on June 06, 2015, 08:32:35 PM
As I now have 2 Class 22 diesels, 3 x 101 DMU's and one 108 DMU, rather guiltily I've decided to add a MPD to Claywell's shed, not sure how to fit it in but this is my initial thoughts, any suggestions gratefully appreciated.

Note the short head shunt just to the left of the proposed addition and above the proposed extension wording can't go any further as it backs onto a a main river.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25711.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25711[/url])


Hope there's a strong set of buffers on that piece of track, Caz :worried:
Just a thought, though. If you are one of the few who fit the detailing parts to one end of your diesels, how about accessing the MPD via the turntable such that the detailed ends are always where you want them? This would also apply if one end was fitted with the Easi Shunt couplings.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on June 06, 2015, 08:37:44 PM

Hope there's a strong set of buffers on that piece of track, Caz :worried:
Just a thought, though. If you are one of the few who fit the detailing parts to one end of your diesels, how about accessing the MPD via the turntable such that the detailed ends are always where you want them? This would also apply if one end was fitted with the Easi Shunt couplings.

Thanks Mick, did diesels go onto turntables?  I was trying to create a separate shed as the turntable gets very busy when I'm running lots of schedules,  there are quite a few engines (kettles) that have to be turned before going back on duty.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on June 06, 2015, 08:48:41 PM
Damn - I thought I was going to be shot down at first but a quick glance at Wickedpedia shows my idea has merit...........
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_turntable (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_turntable)

Obviously those weird single ended jobbies they have in the USA would have to be turned (although they have plenty of land for triangles) but I can imagine many a class 20 has visited a turntable. Maybe not so the class 22s :hmmm:

Other than that, I reckon you've made a good job of slotting it in and planning the access.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Zimonski on June 07, 2015, 07:30:38 AM
Inspiring video! It's interesting to see that the Dapol couplings couple up ok on curves, that's a bonus.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on June 07, 2015, 07:57:58 AM
Yeah.... I like the plan too, Caz. Very Peter Dennyish. You know he was my hero - always adding on and making improvements to his layout.

Very impressed!  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Ian Morton on June 07, 2015, 12:16:04 PM
Turntables survived well into the diesel era - Old Oak Common had one that lasted (IIRC) into the 2000's.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on June 07, 2015, 12:37:21 PM
Yes indeed! I have seen pics of above.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on June 07, 2015, 06:56:09 PM
Inspiring video! It's interesting to see that the Dapol couplings couple up ok on curves, that's a bonus.

I was quite surprised how well they work as well, in a couple of places I've had to file the magnet to get it to conform to a curve and it still works fine.   :)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on June 22, 2015, 07:13:05 PM
Doing some mods to Claywell terminus by adding a MPD and also a pilot loco bay between platforms 4 and 5 and encountered a problem with the sighting of the extra point for the pilot loco bay as mentioned on the "what are you doing now" thread.

Right where I wanted to put a point and associated point motor for the loco bay there was a substantial cross member and loads of wiring underneath and no way of accessing the area from underneath.   :worried:

Eventually came up with a "Plan B" although a little brutal it was all I could think of.  Instead of fitting my usual "Seep" point motors I thought if I fit a Peco point motor I can fit it to the point and insert the whole lot from the top.  It meant drilling a series of holes in the baseboard to make a hole for the Peco point motor, plus a little work with a chisel and hammer and hey presto we had a suitable cavity.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_26235.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26235)

Once happy it fitted and no obstructions etc I made up a thin card blanking plate to cover the hole and fitted it between the point and point motor.  Once all painted and ballasted it should be almost invisible, dead chuffed that I managed to sort it out.   :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_26236.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26236)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on June 22, 2015, 07:54:56 PM
That's a very neat job, Caz.

It would have scared me witless digging a hole like that.

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Sprintex on June 22, 2015, 08:00:03 PM
Nice bit of work there Caz :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: port perran on June 22, 2015, 08:22:23 PM
A very neat bit of patchwork there. :claphappy:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on June 22, 2015, 10:14:19 PM
Brutal but successful!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 10, 2015, 08:58:25 AM
Great job there Caz but I bet there was a lot of rerailing to do afterwards from all the vibrations from all that chiseling.
Bob
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: port perran on July 10, 2015, 09:27:30 AM
 
Great job there Caz but I bet there was a lot of retailing to do afterwards from all the vibrations from all that chiseling.
Bob
:D :D
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 11, 2015, 05:23:05 PM
Great job there Caz but I bet there was a lot of rerailing to do afterwards from all the vibrations from all that chiseling.
Bob

No re-railing at all, I just moved all the stock off of that section before breaking it apart to work on that section only, one of the many benefits of a layout that easily breaks into separate boards.   ;)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 11, 2015, 08:00:08 PM
I knew you would be clever enought to have been prepared for something like a modification. I wish I could think ahead like that I just blunder along and worry about things when they happen.
Well done .
After seeing other peoples layouts as well as yours I think I will put card under my points as I have to replace them it does look better than a gapping hole, and as some of the points are 35 years old I reckon I'd better stock up on a few just to be ready for the inevitable failure.
Bob
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Ditape on July 11, 2015, 08:40:57 PM
I used that idea on all of the points on Snoozebury but I  used a hole cutting bit in my drill if I  remember correctly about 28 mm .I printed  up some grey disks about 35mm on to light card to go between the point and the motor with a  suitable slot for the operating pin when ballasted you don't notice any thing and it makes changing points relatively easy.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 11, 2015, 08:53:47 PM
Trust you girls to get things right but then us blokes let you get the ideas right then we copy you .I will do that as I said when I have to change the next points that fail.
Bob
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on July 17, 2015, 09:24:14 PM
Just to keep a record of things re Claywell in one place, here's some videos etc I've posted recently on the Forum.

Dapol N Gauge Pannier fitted with a Zimo MX648 sound decoder

http://youtu.be/n7oKZ_fbmbk (http://youtu.be/n7oKZ_fbmbk)

Peco Collett fitted with a CT SL76 sound decoder

http://youtu.be/lJBgG0TM6XQ (http://youtu.be/lJBgG0TM6XQ)


BachFar Unrebuilt Merchant Navy fitted with a Zimo MX648 sound decoder

http://youtu.be/Us-UlgA6ROY (http://youtu.be/Us-UlgA6ROY)


Dapol Class 22 Diesel fitted with a Zimo MX648 sound decoder

http://youtu.be/KBV32UCjIwk (http://youtu.be/KBV32UCjIwk)


Goods traffic passing through High Hackton station

http://youtu.be/Yqe6y_EKmZY (http://youtu.be/Yqe6y_EKmZY)


Another busy day at High Hackton

http://youtu.be/NIYZsVnEPUU (http://youtu.be/NIYZsVnEPUU)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: puffabilly291 on November 28, 2015, 01:35:18 PM
Hi Caz

Just gone thru the complete thread after you gave me some feedback to my post and I have to say again double wow!! brilliant layout..... but I ve got to ask also did you convert all your locos to sound personally???
It is something I would love to do but not too sure if I have the skills..............

keep the pics coming they are a great source of what can be achieved in N gauge

 :thankyousign:
PB291
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on November 28, 2015, 03:20:23 PM
Hi PB,

Glad you like the layout, been great fun building it and yes, I do all the sound installs myself, even the Farish 08 and the Dapol Pannier (I love a challenge).  I originally used the Digitrax SDN144PS chips and either using publish sound files or creating my own but the Digitrax chips were a little large for some of the recent installs.  The CT SL76 was my next one and although nice and small it is not as good as the Zimo 648/649 which is what I now use, there are still a couple of places I have to use the CT due to size limitations but wherever possible it's Zimo for me now.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 28, 2015, 06:04:08 PM
Great work and very nice to hear but, as I have so many locos. awaiting DCC-fitting (a Summer Saturday in North Cornwall requires a LOT of locos.) I think it will, alas, be a long while before my motive power is fitted with sound chips.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Milton Rail on December 02, 2015, 07:34:45 PM
Been through your whole thread (had to be careful as my boss came offshore yesterday and is sharing my office + I had my annual appraisal with him today!) - but wow, can only echo the sentiments of all the other people - fantastic & inspiring modelling.... am hoping I can get even a fraction of the standard on the PRPS

Seriously good layout

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Dugard on December 04, 2015, 07:32:16 PM
Just like to congratulate you on an amazing layout, if mine ever comes within a fraction of it I'll be amazed (just starting out). Just one question, you mention in the first post about having 12cm side sections for scenery "clipped" on to the board. I could do with doing the same and would ask how you do this.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on December 04, 2015, 07:40:09 PM
Hi Dugard,

Glad you liked the layout, sure gives me a lot of enjoyment.   :thumbsup:

Yes, re the clip-on scenery sections, I'll take some pictures so you can see what I've done but you will have to wait until next week as I'm going away for the weekend and won't be back to the layout until Monday.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on January 02, 2018, 09:34:13 AM
After an enforced absence of over a year due to ill health the covers have finally been removed from Claywell and after a bit of a clean up, hope to have the layout back up and running again real soon.   :thumbsup:

After the clean up the first 2 things to sort out are:

1/  Finish the Railroad & Co Train Controller goods train sequences that set up a long double headed goods train leaving Oxford and then splitting parts of the train at the various stations on the way, Witney, then Bampton and finally Fairford plus remove the double head loco after arrival at the first stop as the train will then be much lighter and the 2nd loco is not needed.  The reverse will then be done, a short goods to leave Fairford and grow as it makes its way back with the second loco being added at Witney for the journey back to Oxford.

2/  Fit sound into the recently acquired Union Mills 0-6-0 Collett, have already started this and it is quite a challenge and definitely won't be for the faint hearted as serious surgery is required   :worried:

Look forward to catching up with all and seeing how you've all progressed over the past year.    :beers:

Caz
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Webbo on January 02, 2018, 09:39:15 AM
Terrific to see you back in action Caz.

We have been missing you.

Webbo
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bob Tidbury on January 02, 2018, 09:46:55 AM
Caz its great news that you are feeling a lot better and Im sure we all will all look forward to seeing your work again and as to DCC and sound in your Collett Goods I know if its at all possible you can do it .
But please dont over do it and take your time we dont want you ill again .
Last of all Val and I wish you a Very Happy Prosperous but most of all Healthy NEW YEAR.
Bob and Val Tidbury
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on January 02, 2018, 09:56:11 AM
Sorely missed, you have been.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Jerry Howlett on January 02, 2018, 10:10:27 AM
Only thinking about your protracted absence this morning and here you are!!

 :claphappy: :claphappy: :claphappy:  Welcome back.

Jerry
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on January 02, 2018, 10:33:08 AM
Great to have you back, Caz!

A great start for 2018!  :claphappy:

Dave G

Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: port perran on January 02, 2018, 10:52:53 AM
Good to see you back and posting again.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: lil chris on January 02, 2018, 10:59:38 AM
Happy New Year Caz, nice to see you back.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on January 02, 2018, 11:31:32 AM
Echo all of above. Fantastic!  :thumbsup: :beers:

George
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 02, 2018, 11:33:36 AM
Great to have you back, Caz!

A great start for 2018!  :claphappy:

Dave G

Seconded. Take it slowly but post photos. when you can, please.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: silly moo on January 02, 2018, 01:36:22 PM
Happy New Year. I'm so pleased you are back, it's not been the same without you. Looking forward to reading your posts again.

Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: MinZaPint on January 02, 2018, 03:55:57 PM
May I add my best wishes, it's good to have you back and I look forward to seeing more of your inspirational modelling  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: REGP on January 02, 2018, 04:06:20 PM
Welcome back Caz,  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: mk1gtstu on January 02, 2018, 05:01:42 PM
Welcome back & I hope your feeling better  :)

Cheers, Stu
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on January 03, 2018, 10:48:54 AM
Thank you all for my welcome back and your kind wishes, it's great to be back. 

A very Happy New Year to you all,   :beers:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Malc on January 03, 2018, 03:15:58 PM
Glad you are recovered, Caz. Itís been quiet without you.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Hailstone on January 03, 2018, 04:11:40 PM
Welcome back and happy new year  :beers:

All the best,

Alex
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Tank on January 03, 2018, 04:51:17 PM
Great to see you back on here Caz.   :claphappy:  I had lots of members ask about when you were back, and it's wonderful to see that you've had lots of messages.   :thumbsup:  Take care and don't burn yourself out on here!!!!
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: woodbury22uk on January 03, 2018, 05:52:45 PM
Wonderful to see you posting again. Stay healthy.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: colpatben on March 17, 2018, 06:59:39 AM
I have just returned from a two week break in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, so we have missed the worst of the early March weather in the UK.

One of the best attractions of the area in my opinion is a visit to Casa Caz in Benalmadena and the layout featured in this Topic namely:  Claywell, High Hacton & Bampney (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=6570.0)

What a wonderful layout this is and the automation and presentation are ĎAb Fabí we just sat with a Cerveza  :beers: and chatted as the trains moved around the layout in a display that is astounding. Just watch the videos in the preceding reply #213  (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=6570.msg318116#msg318116)to see what I mean.

This one in particular is a joy to behold.



If you are ever intending to visit Southern Spain and are anywhere close to Casa Caz, if you PM Caz and she is available then you will be assured of a warm welcome.

 Pie Mash & Liquor (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40329.0) could probably be supplied by prior arrangement with the Proprietor.

I can honestly say that Caz is in fine fettle and is fully recovered from her recent spell of ill health.

Thank you @Caz (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=202) for the invitation to visit, I'll be back soon.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on March 17, 2018, 07:21:23 AM
Cool! It's always great to hear about far flung members meeting up!  :beers:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on March 17, 2018, 08:28:56 AM
That's great to hear on all fronts. Sadly my passport was taken off me at the same time as I was banned from sharp things so I won't be calling on her (Phew - I hear Caz say) :laugh3:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on March 17, 2018, 09:20:17 AM
All rather splendid!

 :thankyousign:

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on March 17, 2018, 12:46:16 PM
Thank you for the glowing report Colin, what can I say, it was my pleasure and I really enjoyed having someone else share in the operation of Claywell.  Look forward to seeing you again sometime.   :beers:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on June 06, 2018, 07:16:21 PM
I'm still developing Claywell with little touches and the latest efforts are working shunt signals.  I got one working mechanically but the mechanism was very fragile so opted for electrically working version in the end with working lights.

Some (eight) have now been installed on Claywell in the Hackton/Fairford area and run by a CML SIGM20 DCC accessory decoder to drive the LEDs.  They are fitted with red/green dual 0604 LEDs which was a challenge in itself.

They've also been programmed into the Train Controller software so all the right shunt signals operate at the correct time, looks great when the Fairford Flyer reaches Fairford and shunts its carriages into the siding and then goes to the turntable to turn and then returns to collect the carriages and go to the station for the return journey.  I'll try and do a video over the coming week and put it on youtube.

Here's a couple of pics, they're small so you need good eyes.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/202-060618191052.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66123)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/202-060618191406.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66124)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Newportnobby on June 06, 2018, 08:14:52 PM
You, Caz, are a leg end :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Malc on June 06, 2018, 09:48:23 PM
Looking good Caz. Looking forward to seeing the video.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: port perran on June 06, 2018, 10:02:27 PM
Excellent work.
I too am looking forward to a video.

Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Hailstone on June 07, 2018, 01:18:19 AM
Would you do a tutorial on how you built the shunt signals? I am sure there are many others who would like to know how you made them.

Regards,

Alex
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on June 07, 2018, 07:36:12 PM
Would you do a tutorial on how you built the shunt signals? I am sure there are many others who would like to know how you made them.

Regards,

Alex


Basically a bit of a kit bash, bi-colour LEDs and ingenuity, will try and put a tutorial together when I make the next batch.

Here's a pic without the lights on so you can see them a bit more clearly, shows up my hurried painting, need to redo so of them.   :-[


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/202-070618201158.jpeg)
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: JohnBS on June 09, 2018, 10:21:48 AM
Caz,
Just found your thread - a super ambitious layout. Must be great fun to watch the trains go by.
John
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on June 21, 2018, 06:58:13 PM
Pleased to say Claywell has just had its loco shed extended to help display and utilise the growing compliment of locos.  It still needs ballasting etc but I want to prove it all works flawlessly before that.

The shed at night

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/202-210618185047-66767451.jpeg)


and a couple of shots at day time.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/202-210618184702-66766528.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/202-210618184545-667581814.jpeg)

Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 21, 2018, 07:08:08 PM
Thanks, Caz, for an excellent set of photos. The loco. shed area looks very good with a fine fleet of locos. stabled.
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: atnas666 on June 22, 2018, 11:10:13 PM
Caz this is crazy  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: daveg on June 23, 2018, 06:47:18 AM
Looking great, Caz.

I'm 3 years in to my build and more than half the track has yet to be ballasted. A bit like you, I'm leaving that job until I feel all other areas are working 'reliably'.

Dave G
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Bealman on June 23, 2018, 07:02:26 AM
I see you've modified the Fleischmann turntable to make it look a bit more English, Caz.  :thumbsup:

Sort of a shame in a way cos I kinda like the little hut it comes with!

However I can see the little guy there operating it.

Good one!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: Caz on June 24, 2018, 10:30:53 AM

However I can see the little guy there operating it.


Good spot George, I realised after I'd taken the photo he was almost hidden, should've given him a more starring role as he's out there in all weathers, night and day without even so much as a tea break, poor guy.   :D
Title: Re: Claywell, High Hackton & Bampney
Post by: chrispearce on November 01, 2018, 05:11:38 AM
 :goggleeyes: For some queer reason I have only just found this. Why I haven't seen this thread before I don't know. I have to join the ranks of admirers and say what a fab layout. Great track plan which goes very convincingly from big city station to out-in-the-sticks. I've always liked the idea of arranging scenery in this way as a real feeling of journey is achieved in a limited space which is quite an art. The crafty use of scenic blocks and breaks and forced viewing angles is fun to plan. Even more fun to try to achieve! Well done Caz and more grist to your mill!  :thumbsup: