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Author Topic: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway  (Read 43872 times)

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #300 on: June 21, 2017, 08:45:12 AM »
 :laughabovepost:

You don't want to know about the underneath of my layout!
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #301 on: June 21, 2017, 09:41:11 PM »
DPD did finally get here after deciding first thing that they couldn't make it. Castle Class Nunney Castle with factory fitted sound is excellent and also Class 37 Colas runs well. If you only ever get one sound locomotive choose Nunney Castle.  :bounce:






Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

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

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #302 on: June 26, 2017, 12:04:32 AM »
 :hellosign: Thanks for the updates &  :greatpicturessign: George, looking really good
     regards Derek.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #303 on: June 26, 2017, 06:12:41 AM »
A successful weekend at Geominster. I managed to complete the track alterations and connect everything electrically including adding in four more point motors and decoder boards for them. I have tested the track for running and all seems OK. I have yet to programme the DCC codes into the elink PC mimic but hope to do that today and assign the correct directions on start up and check all are correct. I do have a couple of minor track adjustments to make on the crossover links. Anyway here is where it stands right now. You will see some slight damage yet to be repaired and where the two point motor holes were previously still need covering. The possibilities for train running have improved by the addition of the new main lines and relocating Nelevator rearwards so that it does not form part of the general running but used as intended as a vertical storage unit allowing trains to be prepared ready for use on the tracks. The Heritage Line station platform was shortened slightly to allow the track to fit from the main lines and as a result has created the ideal location for the car park for patrons, a level crossing will be added for access and cobblestones for the car park base. I am not very good at forward planning and as a result most of Geominster evolves through trial and error or alterations but it is progressing well in my opinion and that really is what this is about.

The new baseboard support made recently enabled simple inversion of the layout to work underneath by it standing it on the rear edge. I meant to take photographs of all the spaghetti wiring but I forgot so I will do that next time especially for mick to admire the electrickery involved. :-)











Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

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

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #304 on: June 26, 2017, 09:13:28 AM »
Looking very good, George :thumbsup:

I meant to take photographs of all the spaghetti wiring but I forgot so I will do that next time especially for mick to admire the electrickery involved. :-)


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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #305 on: June 27, 2017, 05:07:09 AM »
I tested the newly fitted point motors today and after minor adjustments to the default direction settings they are all fully functional. So with Geominster back on track I decided to attempt to change the design of the mimic panel slightly. I recall designing it originally and felt afterwards it was not as clear as it should be and as a result not that simple to use, some of the tracks were angled wrongly. Here is the result of the changes, not completely finished but now replicates the actual layout in a far easier way to follow and route plan. My next task is a track clean and to repair some of the damage to scenic areas done when making the recent changes. The room also needs tidying as well and to plan the next stages of scenery.



Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

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

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #306 on: June 27, 2017, 08:59:05 PM »
Very neat and readable. :thumbsup:
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #307 on: June 28, 2017, 12:35:22 AM »
 :hellosign: Nice work on the panel George, thanks for the updates
     regards Derek.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #308 on: July 20, 2017, 06:34:18 AM »
Another update of recent work here at Geominster. I have been working on the upper level mainly which will feature a shuttle in the background and have added wedding cars and guests to the churchyard, I have some gravestones still to fit. The link from the upper level back to Nelevator is almost complete and girder bridge and supports added. I have also been delaying making some pylons I bought about a year because they were so fiddly so I finally had a go and they are turning out alright, still the pointy bit to finish one off and then the insulators but it gives the background some height. The other news is that I saw the price of Seafoam trees and discovered they come from seeds so I tracked some down and they should arrive shortly so I intend trying to grow them for bushes etc. The next job is to connect the layout to Nelevator and stock it up to empty the boxes of stock still piled up after the room and layout alterations. The warm weather has prevented much other progress as my room faces the sun and after about 11.00. am gets very warm. I have finally managed to get a GF Duchess of Hamilton in green for 85 still wrapped, I have been looking for a while but resented the prices being asked.


















Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

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

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #309 on: July 20, 2017, 04:40:18 PM »
Looking good George. Intrigued by the seafoam trees, I await further updates...

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #310 on: July 20, 2017, 11:39:35 PM »
Looking good George. Intrigued by the seafoam trees, I await further updates...

  Ditto
    regards Derek.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #311 on: July 21, 2017, 06:23:52 AM »
top, have you got the nelevator already fully wworking ?
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #312 on: July 21, 2017, 07:58:16 AM »
top, have you got the nelevator already fully wworking ?

Hi Maurits, after relocating Nelevator into the position and laying the new main lines and points I have only had it working unloaded. The reason being is that once I lay and fit the track to it and load with stock It would be vulnerable to being jolted while I fitted the other boards. Now that is done it is time to connect the track to the inlets and load it up. I wanted to complete the pylons first as I have had them a while and hate not completing something before moving to the next. Plan is by Sunday pylons done and set aside and four short lengths of track to Nelevator laid which must be removable so
I can still draw the layout forward to invert and work on the electrics whilst it is stood on the back edge. Watch this space.

Seafoam seeds arrived and I will sow some later.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

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

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #313 on: July 21, 2017, 06:22:01 PM »
The pylons are now almost completed, somewhat flimsy and a little distorted but now all painted and considerably stronger so i can put them in place. I have laid the tracks into and out of Nelevator this afternoon and tested them and all are working without problems. I had to slightly alter the Railmaster mimic plan in order to get the point directions showing correctly and all responding to the correct DCC codes, all done now see the screenshot below. Later I will check that Nelevator all runs up and down correctly stopping at the right levels and not fouling any tracks after the relocation into the layout. I do not anticipate any issues with this as it was all set up correctly previously.

Hornby Railmaster Mimic Plan for DCC point control.


Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

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

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #314 on: July 22, 2017, 02:34:59 PM »
Great updates, well done with the pylons, the one you had on the layout looked great, I toyed with getting one or two, but decided against, I do have one of their bridges to build though.... similarly fiddley.

 

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