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Author Topic: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)  (Read 7263 times)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #90 on: December 03, 2018, 02:52:30 PM »

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #91 on: December 03, 2018, 03:02:02 PM »
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #92 on: December 03, 2018, 03:15:28 PM »
Yeah, but you get Dash-9s running down the street!

I'd still sooner model the WCML though!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #93 on: December 16, 2018, 10:18:59 PM »
This update is actually from last weekend but as the board was being upgraded it has had to wait.

After more testing with 2 Pendo's I decided that the crossovers and curves just past the lifting section had to go as I was getting derailments with Northbound (clockwise) Pendos.

I lifted all the track and points from the lifting section up until the embankment north of Wigan NW.

I then lifted the baseboard and rotated it through 180 degrees as the points and point motors were not aligned properly, this allowed me to cut new holes for the point motors.

First I relayed the curves from the lifting section out to make them smoother and larger radius.



I then started to relay the points and point motors.



I also packed and levelled out the track at the far end of the baseboard.



I can now run 2 Pendos at speed without them derailing



Regards,

John P


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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #94 on: December 16, 2018, 10:31:40 PM »
Lovely models as they are, I find my Pendos very intolerant of poor track - so a good barometer for sure!

Looks great though, very envious of your space!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #95 on: December 18, 2018, 03:03:15 AM »
OK so I lied.

No sooner had the clockwise track been fixed that the anti-clockwise track started playing up again, or maybe it was the other way around.

I found a couple of areas that needed attention, including the transition from the fixed baseboard to the lifting section.

First I carefully undercut the fixed end of the lifting section as there was a slight crown where the tracks met.

This allowed me to lower the track and then pack it so that both sides of the track are now level.



I also had to fix issues around a point motor that had been recessed too far into the baseboard.

This is before



Trains passing over would cause the track to flex downwards and bogies could derail.

I packed under the track with ply which stops it flexing and has the added benefit of making the point motors less obtrusive.



At least they will be less obtrusive once some scenery has been done.

I now really do have Pendos running in both directions at speed.

I've also been adding the various sound functions to City of Manchester in my Z21 app.

Grandchildren arrive Friday so its just playing trains from now until January 7th.

Regards,

John P



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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #96 on: January 08, 2019, 04:27:57 PM »
Happy New Year!!!

Lots of test running (playing with trains) was accomplished with the help of my grandson over the holidays.

This did highlight some track and wiring issues which have now been rectified.

I was also able to chip my Dapol CL67 and a Dapol CL68 Defiant, both last years pressies, plus a Dapol CL66 GBRF Lesia, one of this years pressies.

Getting the lights to work on the 68 would have been nigh on impossible without help from Julian (jthjth) to whom I owe many thanks.

I still have 2 68's plus the Farish CL66 Evening Star to chip but I'm running out of storage sidings.

I was able to do more work on the storage sidings, but have now used almost all the outputs on my NCE Switch 8's so I have had to order some more!

Here's a couple of pictures of the work so far.





Regards,

John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #97 on: January 09, 2019, 02:26:34 PM »
Presume there are more fiddle yard roads to come? You can never have too many storage roads, and with a large layout with a variety of traffic I'd have as many as conceivably possible!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #98 on: January 09, 2019, 04:09:07 PM »
I've planned on 8 roads on each side.

I may also add more storage once I've planned out the layout south of Wigan.

I'm also considering setting up the route through Wallgate as an end to end rather than being part of a figure of eight as per my original plan.

That way I could set up some computer controlled DMU's to shuttle through Wallgate and I could also add the Waste Terminal at Knowsley plus the end on connection to Merseyrail at Kirkby, or as there are no MerseyRail electrics available I might use a bit of modellers licence here.

It would also make it much easier to setup the line through WNW as a continuous run.

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John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #99 on: January 27, 2019, 11:46:59 PM »
I haven’t been able to get much time in the shed recently as work has got in the way. I have managed to get 6 storage sidings laid and have started to get more stock out of storage.
This weekend I got a Dapol EWS CL66 sorted and a Northern Rail CL156. I wasn’t so lucky with a CL86 and a Farish CL60 which have both been consigned to the workbench.
I also ran in 2 CL86’s on DC. These are Freightliner Grey versions and may get a body swap if I can’t get my Freightliner Green 86’s fettled.
I also spent a happy hour sorting through unpacked boxes to find the rest of my locos.
Before I get too much more stock running I’ll need to get some more points, so that I can lay out more sidings.

Regards,

John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #100 on: February 05, 2019, 04:35:25 PM »
This weekend was spent getting more loco's and MU's out of boxes and testing them out.

I've ended up with 4 loco's needing attention ( 2 Farish & 2 Dapol). I've got another half a dozen awaiting decoders but all run fine on DC.

The rest are in the storage yards.



The through roads are in the middle, with 3 storage roads either side, that consumed all the outputs on 2 NCE Switch 8 accessoy decoders.

Loco's waiting for something to do.



Plus all my Pendolinos are on the layout and running well.



I can just about get 2 Pendolinos end to end in the first storage roads. So next up is to buy more points and build more storage. There is a bit of space but virtually none of my rolling stock is on the layout yet.

Regards,

John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #101 on: February 19, 2019, 02:04:03 AM »
Ok let's see if this works.

My first video

Pendolino's at Wigan


Not sure how to embed it yet.

The inane whistling will be dealt with most severely!!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #102 on: February 19, 2019, 07:03:36 AM »
I'm afraid the video is unavailable, according to YouTube.
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #103 on: February 19, 2019, 07:40:50 AM »
Same issue for me ...

When you click Reply you will see a YouTube button ...



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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #104 on: February 19, 2019, 02:26:54 PM »
OK Here goes.

I'd made it private so perhaps that was the issue.



Let me know if this works.

Thanks,

John P


 

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