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Author Topic: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane  (Read 54512 times)

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #135 on: September 17, 2014, 11:24:37 AM »
Hi Neal,

Was great to meet you on Saturday (Excellent choice in T-Shirt  :thumbsup: ). Was fantastic to see Horseblock 'in the flesh' and, as I said the other day, the photos make it look much bigger than it actually is. A very well executed little layout with plenty of operation, amazing how much interest you can create based on trains just 5PCAs in length! Cracking little layout once again :)

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Ollie

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My Previous Exhibition Layout - The Sheaf Valley Railway
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24.0

My Current Exhibition Layout - Wenlock
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #136 on: September 17, 2014, 07:04:09 PM »
Here's a few I took at TINGS - very nice layout!




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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #137 on: December 01, 2014, 05:42:47 PM »
A piture from this weekends Letchworth MRS show, just before opening. It's not often you catch me out the front! Thanks Mick Boyd from the Luton Club (and former work colleague) for sending me this.


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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #138 on: January 13, 2015, 10:52:05 PM »
Diary dates for shows in 2015. Here are the runners and riders:

Enfield Town show 27th June
 
http://www.enfield-town-mrc.org.uk/page5.htm

Chelmsford Show 24th October

http://chelmsford-and-district-mrc.webs.com/chelmsfordexhibition.htm

Shoeburyness Show 21st and 22nd November

http://www.shoeburynessmrc.co.uk/

We are open to offers if show organisers have empty 6 feet square spaces to fill on other dates!  ;D

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #139 on: March 27, 2015, 05:30:54 PM »
Latest bookings for exhibition are East Ham on the 7th and 8th November 2015 http://www.ehmrc.org.uk/exhibs.html and Luton on April 9th 2016. If there are any exhibition managers looking for a small gap to fill in their show, we take up a 6x6 square and keep stuff on the move to entertain the paying public. We would however rather avoid any more invite in November 2015 as we have two full weekends already!

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #140 on: June 01, 2015, 10:53:29 PM »
I've decided to change from Neodymium magnets for uncoupling and use the proper full size Dapol ones instead. I'd used different sized magnets as the layout developed and these made it difficult to set up the couplings to work reliably. The stronger magnets grabbed the lighter wagons and hauled the opposite end up in the air. This restricted the wagon fleet that could be run.

Operators have been asking for a bigger target area for uncoupling as well. (Well, Jon actually, but he's a good operator so I'll humour him!) this has driven my choice to use full size magnets and not try and hack them in half.

Some pictures of the replacement Dapol magnets with sleeper infill awaiting reballasting.




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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #141 on: June 02, 2015, 06:54:56 AM »
Jon pointed me over here from the beginners thread, this is an amazing layout and I'll continue to watch with interest, thanks for the inspiration! :)

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #142 on: June 15, 2015, 05:42:14 PM »
So HBL got some TLC today with me sorting out some of the wear and tear from taking to and from exhibitions. Whilst it was set up I took the opportunity to test run the stock over the new magnet set up and also try out some new stock.



The lightweight NGS kit wagons didn't like the old neodymium magnets, but performed well on test today. Without the lightbar fitted the light on the front of the wagon works throws a wicked shadow in this shot.



I also found a few missing springs on the Dapol couplings, so replaced them losing as many as I fitted followed by a test to ensure all was well.



A rare bird had an outing in the form of this Greater Anglia 153.



Normality returned when the LM Dogbox turned up later.




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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #143 on: July 02, 2015, 12:31:52 AM »
Well last weeks trip to the Enfield Town show went well, with the magnets working most reliably (although without us calling on the near impossible to achieve delayed action facility). Just a quick bump to remind people we are at the Beaconsfield show this coming Saturday 4th July.

http://www.beaconsfieldmrc.org/page21.html

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #144 on: July 02, 2015, 12:54:28 AM »
I read all this thread the other day - Its very nice indeed.

You have managed to get a lot in a small space, without it looking like a "lot in  small space" if ya know what I mean :)

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #145 on: July 02, 2015, 11:28:56 AM »
I read all this thread the other day - Its very nice indeed.

You have managed to get a lot in a small space, without it looking like a "lot in  small space" if ya know what I mean :)

Thank you Jason, that was what we aimed for!

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #146 on: July 04, 2015, 11:17:02 PM »
Some pictures of HBL on the road at Beaconsfield today.

















It was good to meet the Hoseley Field boys, Portpatrick and others. Jon (PostModN66) and Callum my son did sterling service today in a hot hall today. The Dapol magnets continue to behave in the main. The CDU packed up for a long minute or two which gave us a concern, but it kicked back into life.

Mods, can someone spin the two pics on their side please? They have defeated me!



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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #147 on: July 28, 2015, 11:42:42 PM »
Show invite update! We have committed to exhibit at the following shows.
 
East Ham (East London Finescale) 7th and 8th November 2015. http://www.ehmrc.org.uk/exhibs.html

St Albans (Chiltern MRA) 16th and 17th January 2016. http://www.cmra.org.uk/stalbans.html

Luton April 9th 2016.

Basildon 2nd and 3rd July 2016.

Whitewebbs Transport Museum, Enfield, 24th September 2016.

Wycrail 5th November 2016.

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #148 on: July 29, 2015, 12:43:57 PM »

I also found a few missing springs on the Dapol couplings, so replaced them losing as many as I fitted followed by a test to ensure all was well.

I always put the wagon and my hands inside a plastic bag when refitting those springs - if they ping off you have a good chance  of retrieving them  :D

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Re: Modern Image layout - Horseblock Lane
« Reply #149 on: September 04, 2015, 09:20:08 PM »
Hi Cooper, I'm a very late comer to the joys of your layout.  I haven't seen it before.  It's given me a great idea for the backdrop for my new British layout, with that nice factory behind your station.  Is it a Walthers factory?  I think I may use the same kit.

Andy
Montrose and Highland Railroad



 

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