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Offline Chris in Prague

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #315 on: August 01, 2015, 06:12:18 PM »
Many thanks for the updates, George, which I have been enjoying. Please, keep them coming.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #316 on: August 03, 2015, 06:33:37 PM »
Finally getting a little time to try out some of the locomotives I have accumulated over the past three years.

Advice wanted really to begin with, do you guys have issues with derailment of some stock, it seems that the heavier items are usually pretty sound staying coupled and on the tracks but some of them are so light that anything causes a derailment. So do you add a little weight to them to help keep them firmly on the rails? In particular so far I am having trouble with the dummy car of a Farish 170 Cross Country which is so light I am sure if I slammed the door the draught would blow it off the layout and the dummy car of Farish HST FGW the new one seems so close coupled it catches the carriage it is attached to and uncouples and derails. Would longer couplings help and a little weight added? When I have completed the fiddle yard I will be running the same rakes and intend putting a dob of tacky wax to each coupling s they stay together, I am not over bothered about prototypical look I just want to stop the hand of God intervening and placing things back on the rails.

As I said most of the heavier stuff seems OK  so it cannot be down completely to bad track laying, no uneven joints etc.

Any advice and help will be gratefully received. Thanks, George
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #317 on: August 03, 2015, 08:45:30 PM »
I added weight to my Dapol HST dummy unit as the lights would flicker as it 'bounced' over point frogs, it's fine now ;) Same with the unpowered cars of the Class 156s.

My rake of PGA hoppers have also been weighted as I felt they were too light to act realistically over junctions - you could almost see how featherweight they are :thumbsup:


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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #318 on: August 03, 2015, 08:50:46 PM »
Thanks Paul. What did you use for weight? I have a bottle unopened of Liquid Gravity, if I used some small mould maybe from plasticine or similar to pour a little into mixed with pva and then glued the resulting moulded LQ into wagon or carriage etc, reckon that would work?
Thanks again, George.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2015, 08:53:42 PM by georgehgv »
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #319 on: August 03, 2015, 08:56:56 PM »
Dapol HST I made a little box from card that I filled with lead shot that fits where the motor usually goes in the powered car. PGAs just had a single layer of shot in the bottom held by glue and covered with paint when I weathered the insides ;)

I see no reason why your method shouldn't work :thumbsup:


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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #320 on: August 03, 2015, 09:15:51 PM »
I might try my way first because I can adjust how many half marble moulded weights I need. Thanks.
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #321 on: August 03, 2015, 10:13:28 PM »
You need big nuts mate.


You know, the things that go on the end of bolts  :smiley-laughing:
They make great weights

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #322 on: August 03, 2015, 10:23:40 PM »
This might be of interest. It's American but could be useful. They have standards that cover just about everything! http://www.nmra.org/beginner/weight
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #323 on: August 03, 2015, 11:04:04 PM »
You need big nuts mate.


You know, the things that go on the end of bolts  :smiley-laughing:
They make great weights

Not sure about big nuts Wookie! But thanks anyway, all the nuts here are rusty!

Have had a few long weights over the years as well. :smiley-laughing:

Good link from Mito especially being old enough to remember ounces, NN do you remember ounces ?  :D
« Last Edit: August 03, 2015, 11:11:05 PM by georgehgv »
A new layout Geominster Mainline & Heritage Line has been created after moving home and not being able to accomodate the old layout.

This then is my third version which is vastly improved from previous efforts.

Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from  previous Geominster projects this is the latest one.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #324 on: August 03, 2015, 11:24:33 PM »
'Plant' weights (they look similar to lead strips) from an aquatics shop seems to be another recommended option: cheap and readily available!

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #325 on: August 04, 2015, 09:48:51 AM »
NN do you remember ounces ?  :D

Of course I do, George.
6 ounces to the chain, 2 pounds to the furlong and 1 mile equals 1 ton.
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #326 on: August 04, 2015, 10:43:06 AM »
NN do you remember ounces ?  :D

Of course I do, George.
6 ounces to the chain, 2 pounds to the furlong and 1 mile equals 1 ton.
Just off now to count my florins :D
Is that the ` florin' from the magic roundabout?
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #327 on: August 04, 2015, 10:47:41 AM »
Ive used the liquid gravity for a number of years now. It rarely fails to do its job if poured over a coating of poly cement and any surplus shaken off once its dried (or more added if needs be)
 One early experiment though had an over dose of it and was a  :censored: to tow even on its own
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #328 on: August 04, 2015, 01:40:35 PM »
All you people are in need of serious medical assistance and I blame sprintex for getting involved   ;D
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #329 on: August 05, 2015, 07:34:39 PM »
All you people are in need of serious medical assistance

Have you only just realised this?  :smiley-laughing:

 

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