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Offline jonclox

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2014, 09:42:29 AM »
Looking good. Do you intend laying a track on the incline and doing a test run? It would be easy enough to do, with a run in from the bottom flat and a run off bit on the top flat, connect a controller and run a few locos with trains up and down and see how they go, to check for haulage, slipping, etc.

Best to check now before going further!
In agree.
Theres still a few doubts in my mind as  to whether the inciines are a bit steep. That final sharp bend at the top seems very tight....There again I could be completely wrong. I hope so because it looks a smashing layout so far
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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2014, 10:44:41 AM »
Thanks for that! Curves on inclines add extra problems and I wonder what the curvy bit is for before that elevated flat?

Jenko you could swing it out wide to the rear and then lay curves on the level to your scene?
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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2014, 11:19:03 AM »
Great bit of work so far but, like others, I think that little 'S' bend as it hits the top level may cause you problems.  I think it would be worth cutting that piece out and using as straight a section as you can to join the upper level and gradient, might save you a few headaches down the line.

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2014, 08:35:16 AM »
Just as an FYI, I put two slopes in my new layout, a shallow climb of 1:25 & a steeper descent of 1:15.5, with the trains only meant to run in one direction.

My old GF poole GP tank barely made it up the shallow climb (before it keeled over forever more), but the latest gen locos (2 Terriers, BachFar J39 & 3F Jinty, all DCC) all can haul a rake of 4 (old) GF 4 wheel coaches (which aren't the smoothest runners & mine all have extra weight in the form of lighting & a battery in each) on lowest speed step without even blinking, with the J39 able to pull 8 coaches. Having tested it for a while I discovered they all did it going the other way too - up the 1:15!

Looks great  :claphappy: - keep the pics coming!

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2014, 08:39:11 AM »
... forgot to say, all my climbs include a mix of curves, including #1 radius setback curves & also some points (streamline large electrofrog). All work fine.

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2014, 03:09:20 PM »
Just as an FYI, I put two slopes in my new layout, a shallow climb of 1:25 & a steeper descent of 1:15.5, with the trains only meant to run in one direction.

My old GF poole GP tank barely made it up the shallow climb (before it keeled over forever more), but the latest gen locos (2 Terriers, BachFar J39 & 3F Jinty, all DCC) all can haul a rake of 4 (old) GF 4 wheel coaches (which aren't the smoothest runners & mine all have extra weight in the form of lighting & a battery in each) on lowest speed step without even blinking, with the J39 able to pull 8 coaches. Having tested it for a while I discovered they all did it going the other way too - up the 1:15!

Looks great  :claphappy: - keep the pics coming!


Sounds promising then  :D. I have no old stock at all as I'm new to this and I'm going the DCC route so hopefully all will be fine.

But as people have suggested, I'm going to test run this section first just to make sure. But this will unfortunately be a little while off, as I my total amount of track equals 1 x turnout! Actually that's the entirety of my layout equipment!

If it turns out it doesn't work I will do exactly as a few people have suggested and straighten off the last s bend.

Last bit of work done to the baseboard, I think this is as far as I can go now until I have tested the slope. Need to get track asap!






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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2014, 03:20:18 PM »
Well it certainly looks nice so far  :thumbsup:
I realy hope it works out as you hope because its going to be a cracking layout  :)
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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2014, 07:32:08 PM »
Well it certainly looks nice so far  :thumbsup:
I realy hope it works out as you hope because its going to be a cracking layout  :)

Thank you for the kind comments. So do I, as so far it looks exactly how I pictured it in my head!

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #23 on: June 23, 2014, 02:20:44 PM »
I did say this would be a slow project  :D

But there has been some progress. Decided to go with the Metcalfe kits as I didn't really get on with the scale scenes stuff. I'm really impressed with the quality and detail in the Metcalfe kits.

I have got some, but not all of the track, so I decided to have a test lay with what I have got and see where I was going to put my buildings/scenery etc. I'm glad I did this as I have found that I can't fit as much track on the layout as I had first imagined. A couple of sections have had to be removed.

I also decided to make up some cardboard templates of other buildings so that I could come up with an accurate idea of how my layout would look.

I think I have come up with a suitable layout and one that will have a lot of interest without being to busy.


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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2014, 02:46:08 PM »
Looks like you've been having some fun. Probably like yourself, I can't wait to see trains running :D

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2014, 03:00:24 PM »
It's looking very good indeed, with very neat woodwork. I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

I think that small layouts are often more of a challenge than large ones, there's quite a lot of planning involved and it's a case of seeing how much you can fit into the space you have.

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2014, 07:57:45 PM »
Looks like you've been having some fun. Probably like yourself, I can't wait to see trains running :D

No I can't, but I am enjoying making the buildings at the mo

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2014, 07:59:32 PM »
It's looking very good indeed, with very neat woodwork. I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

I think that small layouts are often more of a challenge than large ones, there's quite a lot of planning involved and it's a case of seeing how much you can fit into the space you have.

Thank you. Yeah it certainly is a challenge getting in everything I had imagined without over crowding the layout and making it look messy

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2014, 03:35:05 PM »
Can anyone confirm that I am right in saying that the next stages for me are the following and in the correct sequence :

1. Mark where I need to cut slots for the point motors and the cut them
2. Pin down the track
3. Drill holes for drop wires
4. Solder drop wires to track
5. Ballast the track

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2014, 03:39:25 PM »
Play - I mean test the track comprehensively before ballasting ;)
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