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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #285 on: April 08, 2019, 10:05:33 AM »
I, for one, appreciate your experimentation and look forward to the results of the 2.5mm x 2.5mm x 7mm :thankyousign:

Seconded! I admire your patience and systematic approach which will, I'm sure, result in a satisfactory result for all locations and purposes.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #286 on: April 08, 2019, 12:07:16 PM »
Good work!  I'll check the Easyshunt thread.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #287 on: April 08, 2019, 12:44:09 PM »
Very clever stuff, Pete.

Best wishes.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #288 on: April 09, 2019, 11:18:30 PM »
This evening I finished 6 tankers fitted with an easishunt at one end to go on the end of rakes of 10 tankers (refuelling rig has 10 slots a side).
Fitting the NEM pocket conversions was a rather fulfilling job.  Followed the instructions and no problems, however the recommendation is to use epoxy glue as super glue wont bond the plastic: I found the exact opposite.  Have had 3 of the 6 pockets come off this evening, all re-glued with medium Zap-A-Gap CA and now solid.


Obviously then had to run some tests to make sure everything still works

It does  :D
This all took longer than anticipated so playing with the 2.5x2.5x7mm magnets will have to wait until Thursday evening now (I have checked the fit between the sleepers though and it looks fine)
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #289 on: April 10, 2019, 01:36:16 PM »
Excellent, Pete.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #290 on: April 16, 2019, 12:24:06 AM »
Oooops, I have made an error! :-[ :(
The majority of the testing that I did in the last week was with 2 locos leading me to go with the new size magnets.  Having now installed them, when I move tanker and open wagons over the magnets either pulling or propelling there are no problems, but when I stop to release tension and  uncouple, 40% of the time I get this:


May get a different result when the magnets get covered with ballast though and I do have some stick-on lead tape; will just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.
I have converted 2 open steel wagons(each with an easi-shunt coupling at one end) to use as barrier wagons at each end of a tanker rake and I have 4 more Peco kits on order which should be enough to be going on with.

I ballasted over the magnets this evening so the pva should be dry by tomorrow and permit some more testing.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #291 on: April 16, 2019, 07:12:13 AM »
Oh, dear, Pete. I hope that, with some adjustments, you can solve this problem.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #292 on: April 16, 2019, 10:03:56 AM »
 :doh:

Oooops, I have made an error! :-[ :(
The majority of the testing that I did in the last week was with 2 locos leading me to go with the new size magnets.

By 'new size' do you mean the 2.5.x.2.5 x 7.0 magnets, Pete?

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #293 on: April 16, 2019, 10:03:02 PM »
:doh:


By 'new size' do you mean the 2.5.x.2.5 x 7.0 magnets, Pete?
Yes, afraid so, the 7mm square ones......and some 3mm diameter x 4mm long magnets mounted on either side of a sleeper gap as well.  Still occasionally doing it with a couple of mm ballast over the top. The next fix will be to apply some self adhesive lead tape (used by golfers to trim clubs) under the wagons to weigh them down.
Managed a bit more scenic work this evening: on track for the fuel depot to open in time to meet the delivery of my NGS shunter  :)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #294 on: April 16, 2019, 10:15:51 PM »
On it's return from Cornwall to Exeter, 76063 had to stand in on a short run to Churston taking some wagons that had recently arrived from well out of the area to Sharkham Wagon Works for some cosmetic work.
The first time visitor to South Devon was caught leaving Parsons Tunnel


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #295 on: April 17, 2019, 06:46:14 AM »
I've had trouble with the strength of the magnets.  In my case, one of the magnets comes unstuck from the board and attaches itself to the coupling.  I have now stuck it down with PVA and I hope that will do the trick.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #296 on: May 04, 2019, 11:02:45 AM »
Looking forward to an update, in due course, Pete. It is rumoured that the special horsebox belonging to the mysterious Sir George Widgeon of Doncaster, is timetabled to pass through South Devon on its way to Tregonning from Doncaster, and also BR SR's sole BR Standard RFO S9 resplendent in immaculate BR SR Green with a party of VIPs. A pair of [Minitrix] BR Lined Maroon BR Standard coaches (CK and BCK) on Swindon's experimental new B4 bogies, which had worked via Worthy Junction, have also been reported in the area on another special Easter weekend working.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #297 on: May 28, 2019, 10:26:40 PM »
Been a while but I haven't stopped since Easter.
Slowly progessed the fuel depot board scenics to arrive at a reasonable point ready for the arrival of the NGS ESSO shunter:

Base layers of assorted WS fine turf followed by coarser materials to build up the texture and depth.  Laser cut 1/32" ply fencing on the out-side track

2mm and 4mm static grass on the hill next to the depot: not decided what to put in there yet.

several different types of fine ballast.  Airbrushed sleeper grime and dark rust on the rails with a dusting of weathered black between the rails and over the fuelling rigs.

Am happy with the way it has turned out so far.  Need to leave it at least another 24 hours for everything to dry-out properly.  Will then develop the flat area infront of the sidings with some underground tanks, a couple of small buildings and some general pump/filtering/valve depot infrastructure plus define the road route and surface.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #298 on: May 28, 2019, 10:45:32 PM »
A grubby goods van, palvan and brake van seen at Tregonning in Cornwall at the weekend have worked their way up via Okehampton and Exeter to appear in a short goods heading for Brixham, seen here passing the fuel depot loop about a mile out from the station


Previously, a short rake of full mainly private owner tankers had been made-up in the loop awaiting the remaining tankers to complete filling at the rigs.  The 40 Tanker+ 4 barrier will then depart overnight to the Cotswolds where the Aviation fuel will be off loaded into the RAF underground pipeline distribution network.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #299 on: May 28, 2019, 11:10:43 PM »
Love the look, were you able to figure out the magnet issue?

 

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