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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2925 on: January 19, 2020, 11:47:28 AM »
Ballasting  :( :(

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2926 on: February 14, 2020, 05:39:28 PM »
Laying track..remembering to add power feeds BEFORE going down....https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/Smileys/NGF/veryangry.gif
Having nightmares about how much ballasting I have to do.https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/Smileys/NGF/goggleeyes.gif
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2927 on: February 28, 2020, 04:49:19 PM »
I've ordered loads of goodies to keep me busy this weekend.

I'm playing with Arduino Uno to create a programming track using DCC++ and JMRI.

In addition, I'll be creating a scale train speedometer (aka a Speed Trap)! This will be using infrared and an Arduino Nano, with digital display output.

Yes, I'm nerding out. :D


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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2928 on: February 28, 2020, 05:05:48 PM »
For East Surrey N Gauge, helping build our new fiddle yard, ready (I hope) for NGSE 2020.

At home, putting a little weight onto Farish Conflats, gluing the containers on, and fitting N Brass chains.

I've also had a good sort out of things in the man-loft...  And found a few items that I'd forgotten that I had!

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2929 on: March 14, 2020, 03:56:54 AM »
Just installed the double track catenary poles on the main line loop.
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2930 on: March 18, 2020, 10:00:35 PM »
The plumber and builder finished the bathroom just in time for any lockdown (and if not to work on outside stuff for a while - stopping the former stable/coach-house now garage from falling down) so I got all my space back and a bathroom.

I've been repairing a slightly damaged 6x4 baseboard that went through the child wants trainset, child doesn't want trainset cycle. The legs are not very strong but I may well change those for proper legs later. It's now sat in the middle of my space. I also got various bits of old layout arranged around a wall and sort of tentatively connected to one another to make something. Some work needed there to deal with things like not quite being the same height and not actually intended to function as a standalone layout.

And then my wife inspects the refurbished bathroom, looks at the big old wooden cupboard one side of it and suggests a nice way to deal with the rather manky top it has would be to put a layout on top of it !

So all in all quite a good day and something to keep me sane for the next couple of months

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2931 on: April 05, 2020, 01:09:16 PM »
It's been 2-3 months since I last ran anything and, at that time, I had a dicky point in the main line fiddle yard which meant when anything was set going, I never knew if it would pass through the yard or get stuck, meaning a crawl under the layout to retrieve it.
This morning I replaced the small code 55 point with a curved code 55 one but, was it an easy task?
No :no:
As anyone swapping out a point knows, it's damned difficult joining all 3 tracks, let alone when the replacement point is larger and the track to the toe end had to be shortened. After much filling of the swearbox and possibly amusing the neighbours with my whimpers of pain owing to the dreaded 'Fishplate Finger' syndrome, I finally completed the job and had much fun running a class 25, then a 20, then a 14 and finally an 08. It's just so good to have the peace of mind a train will come back round :) :) I was amazed at how well they all ran on track uncleaned in so long!
The only problem is I have another 3 to do to make running smoother but, after today, they can  :censored: well wait until it all gets lifted when I finally get round to adding motors to all the points and wiring back to control panels

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2932 on: April 05, 2020, 01:14:53 PM »
And then my wife inspects the refurbished bathroom, looks at the big old wooden cupboard one side of it and suggests a nice way to deal with the rather manky top it has would be to put a layout on top of it !

A layout in the bathroom, eh?
Most people make do with rubber or plastic ducks.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2933 on: April 05, 2020, 01:25:38 PM »
I’ve been working on ideas for a little corner of my layout that needs “filling” with something.



I’m going to keep working on this idea and see how it develops. It’s my first go at a metcalfe mini kit for the benches and I have to say they’re VERY fiddly but I managed this and the shed set too so all in all a nice evening spent “playing”. I’ve also printed a new decal for the burger van so it will soon be under new management.   :)

It's taken me a long time to catch up with this thread, but I finally managed it.  One post in particular has really stood out for me.  I love this kit.  Well done Mate!

For myself, I have finally managed to get to grips with Peco Insulated joiners.  I am supergluing them into my points and then putting a piece of scrap rail underneath to stop it bending, while I push track into it.

I model American N Scale, and have just finished relaying sidings into my corn syrup plant.  Now I need to relay my fuelling roads, headshunt and join the tracks to the existing loco depot sidings.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2934 on: April 05, 2020, 01:39:16 PM »
I have been unashamedly playing trains on my part finished layout, but yesterday started to actually clear boards a bit (mostly stock) in order to start some localised scenic work pending eventual acquisition of my backscenes, after which things can hopefully go up a gear.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2935 on: April 05, 2020, 02:18:41 PM »
As I can't start my proper layout until my flat renovation is done, and that can't be done until the lockdown ends here in Spain, I've been building a small layout with the spare bits I've got around the place.

Just did a quick cleanup and placed what I've got to give me an overview of progress so far.


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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2936 on: April 05, 2020, 02:24:08 PM »
Synchronising 68 001 and 68 034 for push-pull operation on a test train.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2937 on: April 05, 2020, 03:07:40 PM »
Sorting through a lot of my stored items, and giving them a run on the layout, going back in time  ;D






If it looks difficult it probably is, but might as well get on with it anyway!

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2938 on: April 05, 2020, 03:23:37 PM »
Unfortunately doing absolutely nothing on my layout  :(

I am still working full-time (although from home) during the week, following a change of heart from the company - who initially weren't letting us. Weekends and evenings are being spent re-doing the kitchen. I have finished re-wiring the lights, am 2/3 of the way through replacing the ceiling and I can't get to my layout, even if I had the time, as the remaining unused plasterboard is blocking access. If I get a break, I may replace the armature shaft and intermediate shafts' gears on my Poole era 101, as the replacements from BR Lines arrived a couple of days ago.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2939 on: April 05, 2020, 03:23:45 PM »
Looks good andy. Turning the clock back ?

 

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