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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #600 on: February 02, 2018, 09:25:16 AM »
I agree with the comments above. It all looks very well done.
On a separate issue I am just starting to acquire Unitrack for my next layout and was wondering what thickness cork you used between tracks to raise the ground level as it were?

Thanks.  Iíve used 3mm cork tiles from Wickes.

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Re: The Capital Lines/Tingley End
« Reply #601 on: February 02, 2018, 12:55:51 PM »


This is Tingley End, my temporary return loop briefly glimpsed in the last cab ride video.  It's based on salvaged expanded polystyrene packaging so as to be light and easy to move around the room as the layout grows.

The Kato Unitrack is glued on top of 19mm thick blocks so as to allow some scenery to drop below rail height, while other areas will be raised above the line with yet more expanded polystyrene - that's next on the do-list.

I've marked the radii of the various pieces of track used, all of which are sawn from Kato super-elevated double track pieces so I can easily have a banked single line without having to wedge risers under the outer rail.  The radius decreases to a minimum of 282mm on this section (none of the rest of the layout will be below 315mm) but still allows a 4-CEP fitted with Dapol short dummy knuckles to get around without any problems.

I shall probably be adding a little greenery to this module quite soon, as a break from ballasting, wiring and rail painting elsewhere!

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Re: The Capital Lines/Tingley End
« Reply #602 on: February 02, 2018, 03:15:50 PM »

This is Tingley End

I'm really not going to ask :no: :worried:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #603 on: February 02, 2018, 03:19:57 PM »
 :laughabovepost:
She who must be obeyed says I am spending too much time on this forum. I love her dearly but what does she know?

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #604 on: February 02, 2018, 05:30:44 PM »
Well, it has been rather chilly!  :cold:

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Re: The Capital Lines/Tingley End
« Reply #605 on: February 02, 2018, 09:36:20 PM »

This is Tingley End, my temporary return loop briefly glimpsed in the last cab ride video.

A transition curve and super-elevation...  The dining car crews on your trains will be grateful for this!

It shows what can be done with Kato 'Untrack' (and a saw!).

Many thanks, Steve.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #606 on: February 03, 2018, 09:47:30 AM »


Most of my rolling stock has yet to be unpacked post house move, indeed I've left it that way to encourage layout building rather than playing!  However, after watching the above video this morning, I'm thinking "Gimme Back My Bullets" at the very least 8)

If you're a YouTube user, this chap is well worth subscribing to - always excellent, pro-quality material :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #607 on: February 03, 2018, 12:08:51 PM »
Thanks; amazing looking machines and high quality video!

The one at around 3 minutes in appears to have lost its 'nose cone'.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #608 on: February 03, 2018, 02:18:07 PM »
The nose cones slide open to allow coupling of units, so it might just be that youíre seeing. Iíll have to have another look.

The N gauge models have this feature too, incidentally :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #609 on: February 03, 2018, 02:46:47 PM »
The nose cones slide open to allow coupling of units

They mate?  :smiley-laughing:

Certainly cool looking locos........

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Re: The Capital Lines/Ground Signals
« Reply #610 on: February 03, 2018, 07:28:32 PM »


Streuth O'Blimey and strike a light guvnah, but that's a small one!  A working ground signal from CR Signals turned up this morning.

It looks a little rough in this overly inquisitive close-up photo, to be honest, but the real test will be what it looks like on the layout from normal camera truck viewing distance :)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #611 on: February 03, 2018, 09:57:27 PM »
I didn't know you could get working ground signals. I just assumed they would be too small so never looked. I'm interested to see how you get on with it.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #612 on: February 03, 2018, 10:22:25 PM »
I didn't know you could get working ground signals. I just assumed they would be too small so never looked. I'm interested to see how you get on with it.

Lit ones are available, working semaphore ground signals I have seen, but usually kit / scratch built

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #613 on: February 03, 2018, 10:53:20 PM »
Yes, sorry, I realise now that it's a light one which I've seen before. I initially thought it was a semaphore ground signal. Teach me to look/read twice before asking a stupid question.  :-[

Good to know kit or scratch built ones are an option.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #614 on: February 04, 2018, 01:35:29 AM »
The nose cones slide open to allow coupling of units

They mate?  :smiley-laughing:

Certainly cool looking locos........

Live coupling action:



In case anyone's taking notes, the red-topped trains are E6 "Komachi" Shinkansen which run on the line from Akita to Morioka, which is a "Mini Shinkansen" line, aka a conventional line which has been upgraded for Shinkansen running but which is not a proper high-speed grade-separated line. Involves some dual-gauge track at some point too. The trains usually join together at Morioka for the high-speed run to Tokyo.
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Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

 

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