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Author Topic: The Capital Lines  (Read 82838 times)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #705 on: March 07, 2018, 07:33:26 PM »


Today: More timber cut and fitted, more track fixed and wired, assorted filling and rail painting.

The 4CEP EMU is descending the grade toward the eventual location of the return loop, whilst the 4F on the parcels working is returning tender first from same.

The row of DJM ballast wagons on the left sit on a new loop line.  This is still all fiddle yard, so siding space is the key here!

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #706 on: March 08, 2018, 03:39:00 PM »


Another board jigsawed into shape today, despite initial snow and rain putting a damper on outdoor activities.  How I miss the double garage we used to have!




And the £60 Dapol 56001 arrived.  A hideous green tinted grey :sick2: (no wonder they couldn't shift them ::) ) but it'll be a useful donor for something one day :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #707 on: March 09, 2018, 10:05:27 AM »


Right, I'm happy with the behaviour of trains running over the start of the various gradients so the boards are now glued in their final position.

Gaps have been filled with wood filler - this might count as scenery!  Does wood filler count as scenery?  Some of this has a 45 degree slope so I think it must be scenery  :)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #708 on: March 09, 2018, 10:16:23 AM »
Does wood filler count as scenery? 

If so, I have a scenic head! :laugh3:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #709 on: March 09, 2018, 10:42:04 AM »
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

My Box File Layout (South Wales Valleys Colliery) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10430.0

Porthkerry (A South Wales layout in BR Blue) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39654.0

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #710 on: March 09, 2018, 10:48:27 AM »
Does wood filler count as scenery? 

If so, I have a scenic head! :laugh3:

That’d be a no, then :P

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #711 on: March 09, 2018, 02:48:43 PM »
how much space  do you tend to leave each side of the running lines on the raised sections?

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #712 on: March 09, 2018, 05:02:28 PM »


how much space  do you tend to leave each side of the running lines on the raised sections?


I'll most likely be going for something similar to the Kato dimensions in the above photo.

Structural timber used so far is mainly recycled from the previous layout, however, so will need building up or cutting down when I get around to the scenic side of things.  The chipboard is to form/support the track bed at the moment and the wavy edges in photos don't necessarily reflect where the cosmetic edges will be.

Having said that, as this is still a fiddle yard zone I may well squeeze dimensions a bit if I need to cram another track in or something!

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #713 on: March 10, 2018, 09:21:43 AM »


I've just assembled some Greenmax dummy plastic signals and lineside equipment cabinets.  They need cleaning up and painting but can happily sit on the trainset in the interim.

Although simple (non-working) plastic kits the idea is they'll be lightly copydexed in place and, if scrunched by a wayward elbow, are relatively cheap and disposable.

I've tested working colour light signals on the railway already, but they're staying in plastic boxes until I can vouch for their safety.

The signals are Greenmax 2186 and the cabinets Greenmax 2181.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #714 on: March 10, 2018, 11:38:27 AM »
I've just assembled some Greenmax dummy plastic signals and lineside equipment cabinets.  They need cleaning up and painting but can happily sit on the trainset in the interim.

I've tested working colour light signals on the railway already, but they're staying in plastic boxes until I can vouch for their safety.

Never mind working signals - when are you going to get around to the working lineside equipment cabinets?

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #715 on: March 10, 2018, 01:04:15 PM »
I've just assembled some Greenmax dummy plastic signals and lineside equipment cabinets.  They need cleaning up and painting but can happily sit on the trainset in the interim.

I've tested working colour light signals on the railway already, but they're staying in plastic boxes until I can vouch for their safety.

Never mind working signals - when are you going to get around to the working lineside equipment cabinets?

Now there's a challenge! ;)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #716 on: March 10, 2018, 02:43:02 PM »
I've just assembled some Greenmax dummy plastic signals and lineside equipment cabinets.  They need cleaning up and painting but can happily sit on the trainset in the interim.

I've tested working colour light signals on the railway already, but they're staying in plastic boxes until I can vouch for their safety.

Never mind working signals - when are you going to get around to the working lineside equipment cabinets?

Now there's a challenge! ;)

Question is; unless said relay cabinate is faulty and sparking, how would you know it was working?!

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #717 on: March 10, 2018, 06:46:45 PM »
Never mind working signals - when are you going to get around to the working lineside equipment cabinets?

Not until I return to O gauge :)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #718 on: March 10, 2018, 07:35:06 PM »


After a day with guests I've returned briefly to the Greenmax 2186 signals.  After a spot of colour to represent the illuminated lenses, I wondered if they'd be enhanced by a drop of gloss varnish so gave it a try.

The milky appearance will go as the varnish dries and I suspect the results will be invisible on the layout, but as it only took two minutes I thought it worth a try.

Bit of an accident with varnish spillage on the left hand one, and those platforms don't look level!

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #719 on: March 11, 2018, 10:08:04 AM »


Needs some tidying up (eg matt varnish where the gloss varnish has over-run) but I'm quite pleased with the results now the varnish has dried clear.  Removes the dead-eye look from the dark aspects :thumbsup:

Whether it'll be visible from a moving cam-truck point of view is another matter, but at £4.33 plus postage for 5 I'm gonna deploy more of these on the layout in the interim, place-holders for working ones 8)

 

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