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Offline NeMo

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Hello from Hertfordshire
« on: May 21, 2013, 06:35:52 PM »
Have been lurking here for a while, learning masses and enjoying the discussions. Nice light-hearted antidote to those days when work does my head in! Decide it was time to take the plunge and say "hello".

Nominally set in the West Country around about the late 60s through to the late 70s, my aim is to create somewhere my 9Fs and diesel-hydraulics will look about right. I've got some other engines I run from time to time that don't belong, most recently a Union Mills 'Adams' 0-6-0 that's an absolute treat to watch.

After having tried out Peco Streamline on several previous layouts that didn't last more than a few months each, I've switched over the Kato Unitrack. Once ballasted (and eventually air-brushed with grimy paint) it looks pretty good, I think. Buildings are mostly kits, but there are one or two ready-made buildings as well.

The track plan is very simple. The outer loop doesn't have any points at all: my 9Fs and Dapol 73s seem to consistently derail on Unitrack, so I use this outer loop for them.

The inner loop has one passing loop and two sidings, one of which is alongside what I've interpreted as a former cattle dock that's been extended into a general siding for use by some sort of agricultural supplier. It contains bits from two Ratio cattle dock kits with a scratch-built extension and a bigger ramp for trucks. At some point I'll build a covered area for one end of the platform. It's big enough for four VGA wagons, which in my imagination are being used to transport agricultural chemicals or materials of some sort, perhaps seeds or fertiliser.

The station is a combination of Metcalfe platforms with (so far) a Kestrel building on one side. I'll need to add another building and a footbridge in due course. The nearby village is mostly Kestrel buildings, painted white and black to suggest the whitewashed walls seen very commonly in the Quantocks and adjacent parts of Somerset where my layout is meant to be set.

Some pictures below.

Cheers, Nemo


Overview a few months back


Class 14 passing some track workers


A scene on the station platform (track recently ballasted, but needs painting)


Warship 'Kelly' heading a train of mineral wagons


The village (definitely a work in progress!)


Class 14 in the freight siding
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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 07:45:04 PM »
Hello and welcome Nemo, nice layout you have there sorry to here about your derailments on your inner loop, anyway hope you enjoy your stay.
Geoff

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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013, 07:47:58 PM »
 :welcomesign: NeMo, some lovely work on your layout - the pub is terrific
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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 07:48:33 PM »
Hi Nemo :welcomesign: Im a relative newbie, but all on here are friendly and helpful, hope your stay is a long one.

Nice layout  :thumbsup:

Ian.

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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 07:58:14 PM »
Hi nemo, welcome aboard!!

Both myself and Sprintex are both from Hertfordshire too :D



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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2013, 08:30:49 PM »
Hi NeMo  :welcomesign:

Thanks for the info and excellent pics.

Please keep the info coming and if ever you need to pick a brain or two I'm sure there are a few here that will be happy to help!  :)

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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2013, 09:06:43 PM »
Thank you all for the kind words of welcome; much appreciated!

I'm sure I will have questions in due course. Between this site and the N Gauge Society, I'm finding modelling in N a lot less intimidating than I feared. There didn't seem to be much in books or magazines.

Cheers, Nemo
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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 09:17:38 PM »
Welcome aboard.
That's a great looking layout you have developing there. Good stuff.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013, 09:18:39 PM »
Hi Nemo - welcome to the forum :wave:
9F's and Hydraulics,eh? A choice I very much approve of.
Just for my curiosity, what make are your 9F's please?
Nice layout, by the way :thumbsup:

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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2013, 10:26:54 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  A lovely looking layout that you're making. :greatpicturessign:

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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2013, 11:28:36 PM »
I'm very surprised the 73s derail as I ran 73s on unitrack a lot - but the older ones the wheel gauging was sometimes way off so its perhaps not entirely a surprise. It's not hard to regauge them fortunately.

I don't know which 9F you have but some of them had real problems and Dapol did a fix kit that added a spring to keep the front truck down properly. A 'fix kit' is or was available from Dapol if yours is one of the problem batch. Worth checking with Dapol if you are not sure.

Nice attention to detail with the milk churns and the bricked up station window.
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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2013, 04:52:50 AM »
Welcome in NeMo :wave:

Some great scenic work there :thumbsup:

Might be best to start your own thread in the 'Layout Construction' section so you can keep us all updated with your progress, with plenty of :camera: of course! ;)


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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2013, 08:19:32 AM »
Hi NeMo and  :welcomesign:

That is a great layout you have gong there and thank you for posting the pictures of it  :thumbsup:

Feel free to ask any questions you may have  ;)

cheers John.

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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2013, 09:12:08 AM »
Love the realistic clock in the background, was that scratch built or from a kit?  ;)

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Re: Hello from Hertfordshire
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2013, 12:58:00 PM »
Welcome, Nemo. The layout looks absolutely superb, and your scenic work is inspiring me in advance of building my own layout for the first time in many years.

As for the points problem, with or without the Dapol fix that EtchedPixels mentioned, have you tried reverse points? If they face in the opposite direction to travel, do they still cause derailments?

 

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