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Author Topic: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)  (Read 7784 times)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #135 on: May 25, 2019, 03:22:09 PM »
That was an excellent tutorial. I remember the area in the 80s / 90s

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #136 on: June 13, 2019, 03:15:05 AM »
Work has been progressing on the track to the south of Wigan. Five points have been added, giving access from Wallgate to the main line and from the mainline to the Atherton line, plus one to form the crossover from Down Fast to Down Slow.

I've started to add in the curved tracks for the mainline and have been test running as I go with a CL68, a Pacer, and a Pendolino.

Here are some pics.

Looking south at the crossover from Wallgate to the mainline.



And the crossover from the main to the Atherton line



And the curves taking shape before the next sets of points.





Once the main is finished it will be out with the plaster bandage to form a surface on the Woodland Scenics risers used for the incline on the Atherton line
and on the line leading from the fiddle yard.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #137 on: June 13, 2019, 05:25:15 AM »
looking good ,and well researched !!  protototypical

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #138 on: June 13, 2019, 11:24:18 AM »
Gotta love those curves :heart2:
(Oops - Liz Hurley's just sprung to mind..................again) :-[

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #139 on: July 01, 2019, 04:15:57 AM »
So time for another update.

I've now laid the track for the Westhoughton/Atherton line round the curves and also for the track leading from the storage yard.

First everything was covered in plaster bandage and then given a coat of brown primer, I have to be careful here as too much primer will cause the XPS baseboard surface to disintegrate.







I also masked all the existing track as the paint from those rattle cans seems to get everywhere.

This is the track leading from the storage yard.





I was then able to complete the curves on the mainline and make a start on the complex point work around Springs Branch.
Getting 2 Tortoise motors positioned underneath the adjacent points was a bit of a challenge because, as you can see on the plan, they are followed immediately by 2 more adjacent points. I ended up cutting a section of baseboard out for both points as a single piece and then instead of halving the depth on the whole piece I stepped it so that the mounting rails on the 2 Tortoises could overlap. In this way, and by mounting the motors on the outside of the points, I was able to get them to fit, and. more importantly, to work.



At this point, forgive the pun, I have had to stop as I only have 1 RH and 1 LH point left and I have had to order more points from Hattons so that I can get the track laid in some kind of logical fashion. I have also decided to simplify the layout here by abandoning the various points associated with Springs Branch itself. This will create a "simple" 6 track main, as I am also ignoring the Liverpool line.

As we have a four day weekend coming up over here, I hope the points arrive, otherwise I might have to start ballasting :(

Once I have the full main line in place then I'll review things to see where I have space for more storage sidings and potentially some rail served industry.

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John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #140 on: July 01, 2019, 07:03:05 AM »
Wow. To able to finish both westhoughton. Atherton and springs branch looks good. Thank you for the scenics update. This too looking good. Pleased with the result?

 

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