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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #195 on: August 27, 2014, 07:00:02 AM »
Terrific video - so smooth!
Just one Pendolino, give it to me, a beautiful train, from Italy

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #196 on: September 12, 2014, 04:40:58 PM »
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Much work on the less than glamorous undergubbins of late.  This is a small control panel for a set of loops and the main line.  Cobbled together using some robust plastic from an old 3.5" disc box (there's life in old floppies yet!) it provides a socket for a Lenz DCC handset and four switches to control the signals and power to the four lines.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #197 on: September 20, 2014, 05:00:53 PM »
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Tracklaying on the scenic part of the railway.  Here I've cut some Kato concrete slab track so I can curve it, the radius is just under 48 inches here and has a proper transition curve before it.  I've used some Timber Tracks laser cut templates (from C&L Finescale) to help with alignment, they're actually P4 but the gauge doesn't matter if you're only using the edge.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #198 on: October 09, 2014, 11:06:50 AM »
Postie just delivered a pair of 4 aspect signals from CR Signals.

Being a prepared sort of boy scout, yesterday I installed all the wiring, switches, section breaks, etc, and tested all trains stopped by where the signals would go and tidied everything up - I'm using asymmetric DCC in conjunction with constant braking distance for a degree of (semi) automation here.

This morning I find I didn't actually drill any holes for the signals :veryangry:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #199 on: October 11, 2014, 06:10:28 PM »
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The Hornby/Arnold 5-BEL is definitely my favourite toy at the moment.
Would have been better still without the sole bar cutouts, traction tyre and coupling gaps, but already I'm wondering if 5 cars is really enough :D

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #200 on: October 18, 2014, 02:45:22 PM »
Most of the last week's modelling time has been spent trying to trace an annoying short  :veryangry:

As my wiring is normally careful and methodical (if not actually tidy!) I don't normally have many problems, but this was a swine to fix.

My own fault, lazily piggy-backing the wiring for the N gauge layout on top of the old OO wiring.  All those dangling bare ends were an accident waiting to happen :-[

On the plus side, having ripped most of the old stuff out to fix the short I now have enough wire on the loft floor to last me a lifetime 8)
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #201 on: October 18, 2014, 03:00:13 PM »
Been there, done that, got the tee shirt and the baseball cap. :'( :dunce: I won't be doing that again, all fresh wiring from now on, I have learned my lesson.
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #202 on: August 19, 2016, 09:10:17 AM »
In the middle of a protracted house move process here, might just be coming to an end - touch wood :worried:

Model railway has been safely packed away for what must be getting on for the best part of two years now, so three cheers for Unitrack if not buyers and estate agents!

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #203 on: August 19, 2016, 09:48:56 AM »
Thanks for the update, Steve. I really hope all will go well for you and quickly so that you can resume work on your layout.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #204 on: August 19, 2016, 12:51:28 PM »
Good to hear from you again, Steve.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #205 on: August 19, 2016, 01:53:56 PM »
Welcome back, buddy!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #206 on: September 15, 2016, 11:10:30 PM »

Good to see you back Steve.

Will the move have an impact on your plans for The Capital Lines?

Cheers

Ben A.



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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #207 on: May 06, 2017, 09:34:56 AM »
After 6 aborted house moves in the last year Iím not one for premature poultry enumeration, but seventh time lucky might see us in a new house soon.  Down payments have been made, solicitors activated and, The Goddess of Chains* permitting, we might be on our way early next month.

Itís a new build 3 storey and Iíve been allocated** the entire top floor as a man cave, which gives me a 23 feet by 14 feet train set space - bar a corner cut out for an en-suite which will end up being a somewhat over-specified paint-brush cleaning facility.

So The Capital Lines could be rising from the packaging real soon now :beers:


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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #208 on: May 06, 2017, 10:54:35 AM »
** I didnít even need to ask, which makes me deeply suspicious!
Be afraid.

Be very afraid!

Good news, finally, Steve.  :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #209 on: May 06, 2017, 11:03:53 AM »
I do hope that everything goes well, Steve, as it should give you space for a very impressive layout.

 

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