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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3120 on: March 17, 2019, 07:15:17 PM »
I realised last night that I hadnít taken the filming of 5572 running around its train for Sub-cycle 1b.  So, first thing this morning, it was off to the Train Shed to film the run-around.  After that we went for a walk in the country park while the video was exported from my editing software.  In the end, I found an error and had to do it again, not once but twice, which shows that I hadnít paid enough attention during the editing.  But eventually, I managed to upload the video to YouTube and here it is.

 


After we returned, we had coffee and then I set about the last (well almost) of the pruning jobs.  I still have a climbing hydrangea on the garage wall to attend to, but that will have to wait for a few days.  In the afternoon, I dug up the rest of the dreadfully coarse grass clumps.  Here are some.


And here are some more.  That is definitely the last of them.


Then, after the inevitable cup of tea, I made it down to the Train Shed again.  I thought I ought to keep running the trains so that they donít get used to doing nothing, so I filmed Sub-cycle 2a for future release.

Then I decided that the roads on this side of the London Road Bridge needed some more hedging.  I cut two pieces, one to hide the edge of the road descending towards the railway village and the other to stand behind the scrub that I had glued into place yesterday


I need to trim one of the hedges to length and then I will flock them and glue them into place.

I have decided that the houses, pub, shop and cottages on the opposite side of the station to the town are going to be known as the railway village.  It was built principally for railway workers and the employees at the creamery (milk depot).
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3121 on: March 18, 2019, 07:44:02 PM »
Today we were back to a normal table tennis day.  My early session in the Train Shed allowed me to film sub-cycle 2b, ready for editing.  I made a bit of a mess of the session because, at one stage, I must have switched the camera off and on and the rest of the session comprised a lot of shots of the floor, with the camera switched off during running operations.  But I had time to move the trains back again and reshoot the sequence.

After table tennis, we had a bit of shopping to do and then, when we returned home, I didnít have time to get my teeth into anything, so I finished editing Sub-cycle 1c and uploaded it onto YouTube.

 


In the afternoon, I had to take Celia to a meeting, so I filled in by starting the next set of video editing.  Then I had a fight with the scan function on our old Epson printer.  We intended to get rid of it but the scanner should still work.  I needed to scan a letter from the bank about U3A, but it was quite (actually very) difficult to get it working.  The Epson scan function had disappeared from my desktop but, in the end, I managed to get it working from Celiaís desktop.  However, that wasnít the end of my woes, because the size of the scan was problematic and printing correctly proved difficult.  Eventually, after four attempts, I managed to get it to print OK.

I decided to install the printer properly again on my own desktop, but had difficult with Windows Scan.  Eventually, I did managed to get it all working properly, but that was a deal of the afternoon wasted. 

After that, I had only time for a short visit to the Train Shed, but I managed to cut the hedges to the correct length and coat them with scatter.


Then I stuck down the road surface from the London Road Bridge down to the station yard.


I think I will try to make a complete set of videos of all the Sub-cycles.  I have now filmed five, so there are forty three to go.  That will allow me to run trains a bit each day while filming, if possible, in the early session.  Then I will try to do some scenic work in the afternoon sessions.  Of course, in a couple of weeks, the clocks will go forward and I might even be able to manage one or two evening sessions as well.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3122 on: March 19, 2019, 07:28:30 PM »
Today was a gym day.  I did manage an early session in the Train Shed.  I filmed the next Sub-cycle (2c).  I, again, made a few mistakes but I got it all in the can in the end.  After the gym, it was our usual (although less usual these days) visit to J Sainsbury.  In the afternoon, I had some serious compost bin manipulation to do, plus disposing of some of the carpet that had been stored there temporarily.  Then there was some serious U3A work to do.  But, eventually, I got to work on the videos and here is the next one that hadnít been posted before (2a).

 


After a cup of tea, I managed another very brief session in the Train Shed.  I stuck down the new hedges.


Hereís a view from the other side, showing the scrub in front of the roadside hedge.


Then I removed the weights from the road surface that I had stuck down yesterday.


It needs quite a lot of fine tuning and embellishment, but I think it will be OK in the end.  I will carry on with a filming session again in the morning and then see what else I can do in the scenic department.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3123 on: March 20, 2019, 08:30:20 PM »
Today was a gym day and I managed another early session before we went.  I filmed the next Sub-cycle (3a).  I forgot to say that yesterday, 6713 began to play up on its run into Marton Hinmarche and refused to run properly at all on departure.  So I gave it the IPA treatment, but it didnít like that without a time for infusion and evaporation.  So I put it on the mainline and pressed down on the boiler to give it maximum conductivity until it would run under its own steam (so to speak).  After half a lap of the mainline, it seemed perfectly amenable again, so I returned it to the branch and it ran as good as platinum.

We had to go out in the afternoon today, so I didnít change into gardening attire.  However, a cherry tree that I had ordered arrived and I had to do some quick thinking because it was a bare root tree.  I put it in a large pot and filled it with topsoil, which a pressed firmly down to give it a temporary home until Friday, because we were due to go to Sheffield tomorrow.  However, after an incoming phone call, we have had to change our Sheffield trip to Friday, so I can plant the tree tomorrow.

Apart from the filming, I managed to edit two videos and I have posted the first to YouTube.

 


Before we went out in the afternoon, I had another little foray to the Train Shed and looked at the state of the scenery.  I am still unsure about the layout of the roads, etc, and I thought about some more hedges.  However, it occurred to me that I needed some fencing.  I thought I might try using thin strips of 0.5mm Plasticard for the fencing rails with posts made from thin strips of 3mm Plasticard.  Here are the first two cuts, one of each thickness.


The 3mm Plasticard is difficult to cut with a craft knife or razorblade, but I have a sturdy craft guillotine that I was given and that seem to cut the 3mm Plasticard easily.  Iím not sure about the dimensions of the fencing, but post 10mm (5ft) high with triple rails of 20mm (10ft) long between them seems reasonable.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3124 on: March 21, 2019, 07:41:35 AM »
I think that triple rail is the way to go for the fencing. Iíve tried to make traditional post and 4 rail but it just doesnít seem to look right at n scale. Good luck with your fencing.

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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3125 on: March 21, 2019, 05:43:46 PM »
We were supposed to have a day out today, but our daughter got in touch yesterday to say that she would be at a conference today and could we pick her up from Brough station.  So we rearranged Thursday and Friday, which means we will have our day out tomorrow and today became household chores day.  I had finished most before coffee time after an early start, so I had time for a session in the train Shed before coffee.  Before I went, I uploaded another video.

 


I completed the next video shoot which went well until 5572ís run-around.  It ran round well enough, but they refused to cross the points back again.  In the end, I gave it the IPA treatment, but that made it much worse because, after the IPA, it needed a good running-in to get everything working again.  So I left that until last and then set the mainline for some circuits.  It still wouldnít start and I had to set the acceleration to zero and struggle with it for a while before it would make any headway.  However, after a while, it began to run again, although with a few stops on the way round.  It needed about half a dozen circuits before I could reset the acceleration back to normal.  Then I returned it to the branch and it completed the run-around perfectly.

While 5572 was running in, I had a go at fence construction.  First, I cut three 20mm long rails and two 10mm long posts.  It was quite fiddly to fix the rails to the first post but, with the aid of a pair of tweezers, I managed it in the end.


The next step was to add the second post, which also took a little fiddly manipulation, but here is the result.


The rails are 0.5mm Plasticard and the posts are 1mm Plasticard (I wrongly described them yesterday as 3mm Plasticard).  They are stuck together with Humbrol liquid Poly.  Once they are painted, they should look good, I think.  The next task will be to add additional rails and posts, which could take quite a time.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3126 on: March 21, 2019, 06:13:58 PM »
Iíll be interested to see how those fences work out Laurence.
Could we see a photograph with a little figure or perhaps a horse so that we can gauge scale?
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3127 on: March 21, 2019, 06:23:07 PM »
Iíll be interested to see how those fences work out Laurence.
Could we see a photograph with a little figure or perhaps a horse so that we can gauge scale?
Martin
I'll see what I can do tomorrow.  Of course, the bottoms of the fence posts are intended to be sunk into the earth, so I may show them upside down to start with.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3128 on: March 22, 2019, 06:36:51 PM »
Today, we had our deferred day out.  The early Train Shed session was devoted to filming the next timetable sub-cycle (3c) and I also uploaded the latest edited video (3a).

 


After that, I took a picture of the fence, as requested, and placed it upside down, as promised, with a human figure (actually two, a man with a child on his shoulders) and a horse.  A number of things are apparent from the picture.


a)   The fence has about the right dimensions for the human figures;
b)   The horse is a bit small for N gauge;
c)   The posts require shortening because I will probably just glue them in place;
d)   The fence is a bit clunky.  I think the posts arenít too bad but the rails are a bit thick (like the creator).

Then we had a trip out on the train from Hessle to Meadowhall (Sheffield).  It was a 142 (bus chassis) and took about an hour and a half each way, but it was quite enjoyable although, at one point, there was a bang and a severe lurch that felt as though the train was about to derail.  The 142s get a lot of bad comments but, considering they were introduced to allow replacement local trains at a time of great austerity in BR, I think they serve pretty well.  Compared with some of the local steam trains that used to operate these types of service they get along pretty well, although they are, of course, near the end of their operational lives.

After we returned, I had another short session in the Train Shed and extended the fencing a little.


It is very fiddly and difficult to get it to align properly.  I think I may change my technique to the one I used to use for (full-sized) arris rail fences with each rail spanning two widths and overlapping alternately.  I could even extend that to three widths because there are three rails.  I also need to try to cut the rails slightly thinner.  I will have another attempt tomorrow.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3129 on: March 23, 2019, 09:42:22 AM »
Great work on the fencing Laurence, I think you are right about the rails, a touch thinner, but nevertheless, great modelling

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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3130 on: March 23, 2019, 07:18:27 PM »
This morning was a normal Saturday routine for us, walking into Hessle t to the butchers.  I had my usual early session in the Train Shed, continuing filming, this time filming Sub-Cycle 4a.  Everything would have run perfectly if it hadnít been for the idiot operator pressing the wrong buttons on a couple of occasions.  However, I did get it all right in the end. 

After we returned home, we had coffee and then changed to buy a lot of top soil, partly to fill the salad bed that I had made to fit on top of the old, now defunct, BBQ.  The rest was to top up the sloping bed outside the conservatory that we split into two tiers last year because the slope was too great and the earth kept sliding from the back down to the front, leaving all the roots exposed.  So I spent the rest of the morning humping sacks of top soil and emptying them into the various allocated areas.

In the afternoon, before I visited the train shed again, I uploaded the next completed video, Sub-cycle 3b.

 


Then I set about the fencing again.  I made some less clunky posts and rails and began to fit them together.  My first attempt was by means of putting the rail on alternate sides of the posts, with a 20ft run (to scale of course, 40mm in reality) on one side and then a 20ft run on the other.  I took another picture with the horse, which looks more in keeping.


Then I decided to try the overlapping technique that I have used for real-life fencing.  Hereís the first section under construction, placed roughly where it will be on the layout.


In the end, I finished that section because it was getting increasingly difficult to keep the bottom of the fence parallel to the ground.  Here it is in its final place, although I have still to paint it.


I think my next attempt will be a shorter section with hanging rail ends to connect them to the existing post at the end of the piece I have already finished.  I can then paint all the sections before finally fixing them together to ensure they remain in alignment with the ground.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3131 on: March 24, 2019, 07:23:37 PM »
Today we went for an early walk in the sunshine.  However, I did manage a stint in the Train Shed before we went.  I filmed the next sequence (4b).  I ran out of luck with smooth operations right at the end.  4571 played up a lot in its final run into the Norton loops.  It was ok until it failed to drop its train.  Then, as I tried to refilm it several times, it began to stall.  When it didnít stall, it failed to drop its train.  Clearly, it needs IPA plus running in, plus the coupling fret on that end of the coach may need a little adjustment.

After our walk, we went off to a garden centre for coffee and to buy another blueberry.  We have had great success with blueberries in the past but, since transplanting them to the fruit bed, they have both withered and, eventually, died.  We bought one a couple of weeks ago when we thought that one of the original ones would survive, but it looks as though it is too far gone.  This time we are going to keep them in large pots, which is what we have done successfully in the past.

In the afternoon, we had to take some emergency action because the salad bed that I had made to go on top of the old BBQ, turned out to be too heavy when filled with soil, so we had to empty it and lift it down and build a couple of low brick pillars to mount it on instead.  The old BBQ may now become a raised flower bed.  During the day I also uploaded the next video sequence 3c.

 


Then I had to cut the grass again.  The new battery mower is a joy to use, but the strimmer is less satisfactory.  That is not because it isnít a joy to use, but because the little plastic blades, that are used instead of reels of cord, wear out very quickly.  I got through two today, although one had been partly worn last time I used the strimmer.  Then I pulled the last of the parsnips and cabbage, so we will have to start buying again.  I think we have enough potatoes to last until Easter.

After a cup of tea, I had another session in the Train Shed.  First, I gave 4571 the IPA treatment and then set it to run round a mainline loop.  I actually ran very well, although it did have two or three episodes where its front pony truck fouled points, causing short circuits.  I does seem to be a weakness of the small prairies.  Fortunately, on the branch where they run during normal operations, I have changed the two approach points for Unifrogs, which prevents the short circuits, unless there is a derailment.

While 4571 was running round the mainline, I began creating some more fences.  In the end, I made two more runs to connect up to the first one.


Then I adjusted the fret on the coach coupling.  By that time, I had decided that 4571 would be fine on the branch and put it back in the Norton run-around headshunt.  I tried pushing its train out of the loops back onto the branch and then bringing it in again.  This time, it dropped its train without a problem. 

Then I tried lining up the two new sections of fencing with the original one.  I thought it might be a good idea to reverse the fence sections so that the post were nearest the camera.


Iím not sure that it works that way round and so Iíll probably try reversing them again.  The only real advantage with the reverse view is that the joins are not visible.  However, I will not know how the joins will look until I paint the sections and permanently join them.  I still have to make a lot more fence sections before I get to that stage.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3132 on: March 24, 2019, 07:41:35 PM »
That fence works well Laurence.
I think adding a few small bushes would break it up a bit and, of course, they could be used to hide any joins.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3133 on: March 25, 2019, 07:20:47 PM »
Today was table tennis day.  My traditional early session in the Train Shed was devoted to filming the next sub-cycle (4c).  On this occasion, 6417 proved to be the villain of the piece.  First of all, it wouldnít start.  Then, when I did get it started, it wouldnít run round to the station without stopping.  So I gave it the IPA treatment and tried to run it in a circuit on the mainline.  However, it still wouldnít start so I had to resort to setting its acceleration to zero.  Even then, I needed to give it a lot of encouragement to get it going.  But once going, it ran nicely and, after half a lap, I reset its acceleration back to normal and coasted it to a stop.  Then I let it accelerate away again and all was well.  I was able to put it back in the UP loops and carry on filming as normal.  Everything else was fine.

Later, I uploaded the latest little video of the layout.

 


In the afternoon, I busied myself taking down all the bubble wrap from the inside of the greenhouse windows.  Once it was all folded, I had to make room in our storage shed for it.  That included rationalising all the netting that we keep in there which we use to protect the raised beds.  Then I moved all but one of the frames that we have around the raised beds.  They have to be moved in rotation with the crops.  I also removed the cabbage netting now that all the cabbages had been harvested.

After a cup of tea, I returned to the Train Shed to continue fence making.  I started a bit of a production line by cutting enough posts and rails to make four more runs, which I then assembled.


Finally, I placed them all roughly in position along the run in to Gatsby Tunnel.


I will need another five runs to complete that section of the layout and then I will need to have a go at the run in to Oakwood Tunnel, along the top of the far side of Black Horse Cutting.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3134 on: March 26, 2019, 08:35:05 AM »
The fencing is looking great Laurence, good idea to put the posts rail side, would imagine that in reality the fencing contractor would set the posts, then work from the field to fix the rails  :thumbsup:

When can I place my order for 2000mm of it for Perthshire? :D

 

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