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Author Topic: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)  (Read 511526 times)

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #690 on: October 01, 2014, 09:48:55 PM »
Unfortunately, the local photographer did not have time to take pictures of the latest arrivals at Cant Cove loco. shed being shunted into the building but, in the workers' lunch break, he did take this picture of the three wagons with their roofs already removed for repair and repainting. He was also very puzzled to see two strange additional objects . . . (or was it the effects of the Castle Ales?)


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #691 on: October 01, 2014, 11:46:01 PM »
If you plan on powering the motors from a seperate bus you might be better buying the digital motors instead, they have the decoder built in I think. Check DCC's site.....
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #692 on: October 02, 2014, 05:36:38 AM »
He was also very puzzled to see two strange additional objects . . . (or was it the effects of the Castle Ales?)




Maybe the photographer should see a doctor?
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #693 on: October 02, 2014, 06:04:51 AM »
If you plan on powering the motors from a separate bus you might be better buying the digital motors instead, they have the decoder built in I think. Check DCC's site.....
http://www.dccconcepts.com/


Thanks, Chris, for your reply. The idea is to have three separate power buses: one DCC for powering the locos on the track, one for powering point motors and signals (which don't have to be DCC), and one for powering lighting in buildings etc. I will ask a friend who is an electrical engineer for advice when I get to that stage but I want to put the actual under baseboard wiring in early on.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #694 on: October 02, 2014, 09:09:14 AM »
. . . The idea is to have three separate power buses: one DCC for powering the locos on the track, one for powering point motors and signals (which don't have to be DCC), and one for powering lighting in buildings etc.

Exactly what I ended up doing, more wiring but means you can still operate the points even when a loco is shorting out and also all the lights and colour light signals don't flash when you get a short.   :thumbsup: 

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #695 on: October 02, 2014, 09:15:04 AM »
. . . The idea is to have three separate power buses: one DCC for powering the locos on the track, one for powering point motors and signals (which don't have to be DCC), and one for powering lighting in buildings etc.

Exactly what I ended up doing, more wiring but means you can still operate the points even when a loco is shorting out and also all the lights and colour light signals don't flash when you get a short.   :thumbsup:

Thanks, Caz. I think there are a lot of practical advantages in having three separate power buses, as you write. The wires can be colour-coded, too, to help fault-finding. (Again, which I plan to do.) With three buses around the edge of the (relatively small) baseboard I can then get the individual wires run to the track, points, lights, etc. I plan to use connection blocks rather than soldering.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #696 on: October 02, 2014, 09:32:44 AM »
Just time to do some quick Halford's matt grey plastic undercoat spraying (including wagon roofs), early this morning:



With the paint dry, they can be prepared for final painting, later this week.

I also did some 'tidying up' of the black data panels on Jon's brakevan but more work is still needed.

Interestingly, the two strange objects have 'dematerialised' from Cant Cove. Four people were seen entering one, an old man with white hair, a young woman and a young man, and a young girl who they called Susan . . . Someone who simply said,"I am the Master", was then seen entering the other . . .
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #697 on: October 03, 2014, 10:16:23 AM »
It looks like the Cant Cove painters are in for a busy Monday as another wagon (Peco flat long wheelbase unpainted) has arrived to join the queue for painting in Castle Estates' livery due to increased traffic to / from the estates including to Trepol Bay as well as Penmayne, Wadebridge, Exeter, Plymouth, London and beyond. However, although only one 7-plank wagon was going to be repainted out of the two grey ones the second one has been recalled from Wadebridge for traffic to Trepol Bay now that the line to the busy harbour has been reinstated and a new contract signed with BR (SR).

A couple of crates of 'Castle Light Ale' for the painters arrived on the morning branch goods to Cant Cove and are safely stored in the shed manager's office. Sausage rolls, Cornish pasties and sandwiches to accompany the light ale have been pre-ordered from the 'Station Hotel' for Monday.

Photos to come.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #698 on: October 03, 2014, 10:34:07 AM »
Due to harbour wall repairs (ready for the winter storms) at Penmayne, more goods traffic to Cant Cove and Penamayne is expected from Trepol Bay where the harbour walls are in excellent condition!

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #699 on: October 03, 2014, 08:51:04 PM »
Due to harbour wall repairs (ready for the winter storms) at Penmayne, more goods traffic to Cant Cove and Penamayne is expected from Trepol Bay where the harbour walls are in excellent condition!
And....the Permanent way gang at Trepol harbour have completed the installation of a run round loop well ahead of schedule so that trains can, once again, run to and from the harbour area.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #700 on: October 04, 2014, 06:56:59 AM »
The managers of the Castle Brewery and the Castle Estates are delighted to learn that the PWM gang have done such an excellent job at Trepol Bay so quickly. Accordingly, some crates of Castle Light Ale have been sent in the latest van load of Castle Ales to thank them. The Wadebridge yardmaster has confirmed to the managers that the Castle Brewery van arrived safely at Port Perran and will soon be forwarded to Trepol Bay. At Cant Cove, the "Railway Hotel" and "Tramway Inn" look forward to its 'return' with the current much anticipated guest ale from the Headland Brewery.

The Cornish Loco. Pres. Society at Cant Cove are very pleased that the old ex-LMSR brake van body that they carefully removed from its chassis and then sold to a cafe owner at Trepol Bay arrived safely, too. After they have caught up with painting the new wagons for the Castle Estates (the proceeds going into the society's coffers to help them to support the summer steam train service) they intend hiring an ex-GWR diesel railcar for a trip to Trepol Bay to inspect the new harbour cafe as soon as it opens for custom and for a visit the renowned hilltop Headland Brewery.

As Trepol Bay will have a very active harbour area, (much busier than I plan for Penmayne which will only handle a limited range of goods, e.g. fuel oil for ships), the Castle Estates are now likely to be sending wagons to Trepol Bay, too, with exports and returning with imports! The may also open an office at Trepol Bay harbour.

I have so much academic work, this weekend, that I have not been able to do any painting of the new Castle Estates wagons that arrived this week or even finish Jon's brake van or mine, maybe tomorrow, Monday. So, no more photos. I regret.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #701 on: October 06, 2014, 08:48:50 AM »
This morning I managed to grab some time to 'tidy up' the black data panels on Jon's ex-LNER 'Wadebridge' brake van. Once the paint is dry, I will apply a final thin wash of matt black over the areas where I added more grey and drybrush the roof with grey to 'tone down' the matt black smudges. I then aim to post it off on Tuesday. (It will be sent to 'Wadebridge' for onward transfer.) I also plan to take some photos of it with my empty china cay wagons and one of my Class 22s (the 'Terrible Twins').

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #702 on: October 06, 2014, 09:52:31 AM »
I also got some time to paint the first (partial) coat of medium blue on the Castle Estate wagons (all Peco). One 7-plank open wagon will be for traffic to / from Trepol Bay. It's a sunny day, here, so I hope to take some pictures later.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #703 on: October 06, 2014, 03:30:58 PM »
The latest quick photo updates -- very little free time and no sunshine:

Jon's ex-LNER brakevan (slowly) nears completion in Cant Cove loco. shed:





The coupling is not broken, BTW. Just a slight repaint of grey around the black date panels then a wash with matt black over the fresh grey and drybrushing with dark grey on the roof and it's done! (I hope tomorrow.)

An overview of all the various projects and tools on my kitchen modelling table which really should be cleared:



Alas the two halves of the loco. shed can be seen which have still to have the shelves fitted. They then could be glued together and the painting 'touched up' where they join. However, I have liked using one half as a photographic backdrop!



The Castle Estate insulated van bodies and the 7-plank open wagon body (for Trepol Bay traffic in the foreground (plastic dust cover removed from this area) ). In the background, the body of the Castle Estate's latest long wheelbase wagon can be seen with the body of my second grey ex-LNER brakevan. Also Ratio brass windows which need a spray undercoat of Tamiya matt grey before painting; two will be for the stone tower supporting the water tank for Cant Cove loco. shed.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #704 on: October 06, 2014, 09:44:33 PM »
I thought my modeling table was bad, it doubles has my computer desk too. Like your weathering on your waggons and van's.
I intend to have a go at some of that in the near future. The wife bought me a new Iawatta airbrush last Christmas and I have not used it yet in anger.I have used one before I have a old Badger double action which is about 30 years old. I have now just got myself a book off Amazon,"Airbrushing for Railway Modelers",by George Dent.  So I have started to read it, it looks pretty good and very informative.
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