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Re: The Teuchter Line a West Highland based model
« Reply #90 on: September 07, 2019, 11:07:46 PM »
Been an interesting couple of weeks. As I said earlier, I decided to take a break from detail modelling and crack on with the layout of level 2. Glad I did. Bit of a whopper of a mistake.
I had always decided to do a small bit of scenic work as the layout on level 1 wound itís way up to Fort William. I was unclear of what but a pic of Corrour kind of sold it to me. So thatís what I built.

The whopper mistake is that as I fitted the baseboards for level 2, it was 6 inches overhang on Corrour 🙄 Darn!

Itís OK. A bit of a rework on the track plan and I could squeeze in the route to Tom Na Faire, but I lose a lot of scenic space. I was going to model the hill behind Tom Na Faire as it would have given a lovely photo spot. Itís gone now sadly.  Luckily that section of the route is mostly field and I manage to keep the yard, albeit a little compressed.

I also spotted I had built baseboard wooden joists exactly where some points were after the rework, so had to have another fix and similarly, I was planning to build a bridge over River Ness but that hit a joist too. All fixed thanks to Anyrail. Just taken me a bit of frustration to sort it.  A bit? Well a day dogged off work, a lot of bad language, a sore foot from kicking my desk. That sort of thing.

Then my computer packed up, so no more Anyrail. Out with pen an paper..... very novel and now Iím worried in case I stuff it up. 😐 Iíve been sticking paper prints of points. Seems to work well. Iíve no wriggle room now though.

So back on track. Hereís a few photos  of the run on level 2 which is Fort William to Tom Na Faire.  So far, Iím concentrating on the run from the Fort William oil siding, FW junction and up to the depot.

This is the run up from level 1. Iíve used Woodlands Scenics shaper sheet to make the retaining wall, hill side as the run heads off to Spean Bridge and Corrour. It will be a mix of rock and hill with a road bridge over.



This is the start of Tom Na Faire Depot. All true to prototype if a little shorter. Itís a lot of points and point motors. It will be a few paydays until complete!

Also noticed at this point a bit of a design error. I have points splitting several lines but realised you canít really have multiple sets of points in parallel as the point mechanisms jarr. Another bit of offsetting fixed this.  With the rework though, Iíve had to lose the Clasp building and old Fort William cemetery at the yard entrance. All because Anyrail did not tell me my tack plan was stupid or at least not allow me to have split points in parallel. Newbie error. As I type this though, Iím thinking 3 way points may be an option where I need the route to split into 4.



Iíve also raised the track up in layers so road, line to Banavie, Line to depot are all a couple of scale feet up from each other.

This area will be the oil siding. Again raised up a couple of scale feet from the main line. Looking forward to scratch building the FW signal box and various houses. It will be fun getting the detail right in such a simple area.



And finally, the area that will be the helix up to level 3 to Banavie and Corpach. Itís a bit ambitious.....




While I was racking my brains trying to fix my measuring fail, I finished the Corrour station cafe outhouse with oil, propane and water tanks all fenced in. Needs a satellite dish yet.






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Re: The Teuchter Line a West Highland based model
« Reply #91 on: September 08, 2019, 12:15:24 AM »
Looks superb colin. Realistic

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Re: The Teuchter Line a West Highland based model
« Reply #92 on: September 08, 2019, 06:44:04 AM »
Award yourself 11 out of 10 for perseverence!  You have kept going really well in the face of adversity.
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« Reply #93 on: September 08, 2019, 09:12:32 AM »
Thanks for the kind comments. Iím going to start today soldering and wiring 26 points and cobalt IP Digital motors.

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Re: The Teuchter Line a West Highland based model
« Reply #94 on: September 16, 2019, 11:41:37 AM »
My wife just gave me a birthday surprise!  :claphappy: Erm not that kind, the gift kind.
She knows Iím modelling the Caledonian Sleeper and west highland line.
So for my birthday next month, we are off London to fort William on the Sleeper then the Mallaig Line. A few days exploring and photographing everything I can 😁
Her only proviso was that we stopped in Glasgow on our way home for dinner in our favourite restaurant. How could I say no?

Really looking forward to it.

Now if I could just fix this pesky track plan at Tom Na Faire.....
Losing 6 inch of baseboard is really knocking out my track plan.

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Re: The Teuchter Line a West Highland based model
« Reply #95 on: September 16, 2019, 11:59:06 AM »
Happy birthday colin. Enjoy the journey  and the splendour of the west highlands
« Last Edit: September 16, 2019, 03:50:55 PM by crewearpley40 »

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Re: The Teuchter Line a West Highland based model
« Reply #96 on: September 16, 2019, 03:48:50 PM »
We look forward to the pics..........................................scenic/trains, of course :angel:
Who's paying for the meal in Glasgow? :D

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Re: The Teuchter Line a West Highland based model
« Reply #97 on: Yesterday at 08:01:35 PM »
Points and pointy things...
22 points for Tom Na Faire depot and Fort William Junction.
Budget only stretched to 12 point motors though.
Should keep me busy for a few months!

Iíve worked out the revised track plan. It uses 3 asymmetric points but is quite neat and more or less the same length. Iíve been determined, having measured twice and cut one wrong anyway, to get Tom Na Faire depot with the right number of sidings. It would have been a shame to compromise given itís a bit of a showcase if ramshackle part of the model.  Itís still a squeeze towards the back scene but what can you do when you chopped off 6 inches too much!  I can get round it with some bushes and trees.

Laying, wiring, painting will keep me occupied for a bit.



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Re: The Teuchter Line a West Highland based model
« Reply #98 on: Yesterday at 10:04:02 PM »
that will keep the p way busy

 

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