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Offline Portpatrick

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2775 on: August 21, 2018, 04:45:04 PM »
Allanbrae gets its first public outing on 13 Oct, at our Open Day.   Yesterday I drilled holes on the back of the baseboard frame so I can operate it from behind.  At home it is operated from the front.  Must now check all the cassettes are fine.  Have tested the more complex movements, eg arrival and shunting of mail freight and sleeper trains.

When it goes to the Marlow and Maidenhead show in January it will have a proper fireproof skirt across the front and ends.  My wife has no time to do this before 13 Oct, esp as we have not yet sourced the treated material.  We may end up cutting Portpatrick's in 2 and using part for Allanbrae and the hole for Portpatrick.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2776 on: August 22, 2018, 09:34:41 PM »
I'm sitting with a small libation watching two trains running round.  An 'A2' with a passenger train and a 'J27' with a goods train.  Both trains are running very nicely.  Every now and again, I slightly adjust the speed of one of the trains.

This is the life!


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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2777 on: August 23, 2018, 09:44:06 AM »
Some points have arrived, so tomorrow night, I start laying track for the new fiddle yard, before I put a hillside over it...

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2778 on: September 18, 2018, 07:28:22 PM »
Testing my Fleischmann BR50 following repairs. Last time out, it wasn't running well... which wasn't surprising as I discovered that the solder joint between one of the wires from the pickups (on the locomotive wheels) and the tender (where the motor is located) had broken. Slightly to my surprise, and much to my relief, I managed to disassemble the locomotive sufficiently to be able to re-solder the joint without melting the loco body... and it's back in service :) .


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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2779 on: September 19, 2018, 10:57:10 AM »
Testing my Fleischmann BR50 following repairs. Last time out, it wasn't running well... which wasn't surprising as I discovered that the solder joint between one of the wires from the pickups (on the locomotive wheels) and the tender (where the motor is located) had broken. Slightly to my surprise, and much to my relief, I managed to disassemble the locomotive sufficiently to be able to re-solder the joint without melting the loco body... and it's back in service :) .

Well, testing revealed that the other wire had also been on the point of breaking - I'd checked it when repairing the first wire and it seemed ok, but the loco started glitching a short while later and investigation revealed that the other wire had now broken. So this morning it's back on the workbench for an identical repair on the other side. Just hoping this won't become a regular feature because there isn't any spare wire left!
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2780 on: September 24, 2018, 07:28:28 AM »
Making a start on the "rebuild" of our Calne layout.....points replaced with Electrofrog (luckily, bought before the birth of these much maligned Unifrogs !) and now starting to replace all the platforms and buildings in the station and goods yard with more authentic versions.









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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2781 on: September 24, 2018, 09:02:23 AM »
Getting Allanbrae ready for its first public showing on 13 October.
« Last Edit: September 24, 2018, 09:04:04 AM by Portpatrick »

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2782 on: September 24, 2018, 09:35:54 AM »
Making a start on the "rebuild" of our Calne layout.....points replaced with Electrofrog

That looks very good. Have the electros improved anything?

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2783 on: September 24, 2018, 04:58:57 PM »
Getting Allanbrae ready for its first public showing on 13 October.

Good luck with that.  :thumbsup:

Don't forget to report back with photos if poss.  :camera:

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2784 on: September 24, 2018, 05:47:48 PM »
I'm getting an engineer's train together. The wagons are Parkside Grampus kits. I just happened to find an olive green brake van in Cheltenham today. I've printed the wagons today and tomorrow they will get a coat of olive green to match,border maybe black  then I need to get transfers. Finally they will receive a healthy dose of weathering.



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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2785 on: September 24, 2018, 06:29:49 PM »
Recently finished adding some castellated ornaments to the top of my tunnels. Had been meaning to do it for ages. It became a 'rainy day' job, but has worked out quite well in my opinion?

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2786 on: September 24, 2018, 06:59:37 PM »
Getting Allanbrae ready for its first public showing on 13 October.

Good luck with that.  :thumbsup:

Don't forget to report back with photos if poss.  :camera:

Dave G
Getting Allanbrae ready for its first public showing on 13 October.

Good luck with that.  :thumbsup:

Don't forget to report back with photos if poss.  :camera:

Dave G

THanks Dave. 

There are 2 aspects which will require further attention before its appearance at Maidenhead and Marlow in Jan 19 and Silverfox next August
1) I need a fireproofed skirt round the front and ends.  Have not sourced the material yet.  Though my wife has suggested we (or rather she) cut the skirt for Portpatrick Town into 2.  One long enough for Allanbrae the other to add back whenever PP goes on show.
2) I will be running a draft sequence.  Not sure how it will pan out.  With regular interval DMU services plus the odd Voyager, sleeper, mail, and freight it may prove too boring.  If so I will edit it from a straight sequence taken by the days timetable operated straight through (it works well on PP) and perhaps cut a few hours out!!

It will also be interesting to see how I get on with cassettes rather than a sector plate. for the fiddle yard.

Noted on photos.  I will only have the phone and my Essential Tremor ridden hands to take pics but I will do what I can.  When PP was at the last open day the vicar of the church whose hall we were using took a couple of movie sequences and posted them on his churches Facebook page.  He also operated for a full day sequence with me lasting 45 mins or so.  I apologised to his wife later!

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2787 on: September 24, 2018, 08:14:52 PM »
I bought a fireproofing spray and applied it to my curtains.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2788 on: September 24, 2018, 09:19:22 PM »
I bought a fireproofing spray and applied it to my curtains.

Yes I did that on a previous layout and we might well end up doing that..  But with PP SWMBO found some already proofed material and bought that.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2789 on: September 24, 2018, 10:45:14 PM »
1. building then fitting the legs to my new baseboards
2. building a tomytec derelict factory and auhagen conveyor belts kit which i may use on new layout if they look alright
3. 'research' on youtube, ebay, ngf, flikr and in traction magazine...



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