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Offline Pete Smith

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Appleton Mountain Railway
« on: February 15, 2016, 08:38:52 PM »
Hello all!

When will the rain stop!! Got bored indoors and a conversation sparked a memory of running a oo class 91 with working overhead lines 25 years ago, not a lot of scenery mind as that was set in plywood world!

And so Appleton Mountain Railway was born. It will be a privately operated Railway with a single track line from the great plain all the way up appleton Mountain to the Tensing/Hillary summit station. There will be a passing switchback 1/3 the way up and a halt (Field Halt after Field BC) 2/3 the way up to balance running. field because of the spiral tunnels... ...probably got carried away here but hey its all about imagination.

The passenger line will run automatically, controlled by arduino and ir sensors with a bit of luck including alternating platforms at the Plain station.

On the plains will be a freight service running aggregate and other stock tbc. This will also use part of the mountain line to access the hidden quarries.

The line is privately run and uses heritage stock, currently this will be

Passenger service:
cl25 pulling up to 3 assorted coaches, the line is reversing but currently nothing is tailing it, imagination will be a stop gap until something is procured, probably a dummy cl23 (because off the deltic engine and shorter length).
A ex db class 614 dmu for a bit of colour

Freight
A lovely dirty cl66 because I like them!

Size is about 2.7m x 1.2m  and 0.4m above baseboard top. In 2modules so I can hoist into the garage loft...

That's the plan anyway, module 1 baseboard made and 80% module 1 track laid.

Idea is to learn a lot and hopefully start with a challenging build as its solving problems I'm after, I'm sure I've created lots of those...

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« Last Edit: February 16, 2016, 04:08:27 PM by Pete77smith »

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2016, 08:59:48 PM »
G'day from Australia, Pete, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Now this sounds like a very interesting project - certainly different!
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2016, 09:02:35 PM »
Welcome aboard Pete.
Sounds an interesting layout indeed. I look forward to pictures in due course.
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016, 09:13:12 PM »
 :hellosign:
Welcome to the forum, I look forward to seeing more of your project.
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2016, 11:22:15 PM »
 :hellosign:  :welcomesign: look forwards to developments
regards Derek.

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2016, 11:37:04 PM »
I like things out of the ordinary.

Look forward to seeing a track plan and pictures of progress.

Webbo

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2016, 08:35:04 AM »
 :thankyousign: Thanks for the kind welcomes, this is the track plan, drawn in AutoCAD. If you can read them the arrows are spot heights (the datum changes for ones with little s prefix for reasons of ease of change). Obviously not even quasi-prototypical (although the prototypical layouts on here are great im sure I couldn't do one justice) but in isolation sections of track should be sensible-ish.

« Last Edit: February 16, 2016, 08:37:09 AM by Pete77smith »

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2016, 08:58:19 AM »
Whoa ho! Cool!

This is going to be one awesome project!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2016, 09:51:03 AM »
Holy smoke!

Rather different from the standard UK layout design of a double track oval with a station on one side and a fiddle yard on the opposite side.

Pete, you are going to have a great time building the scenery on this layout (especially on the right hand half).

Great plan.

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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2016, 10:24:07 AM »
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2016, 07:40:10 PM »
Some piccies, first an overall view, temporary wiring.


Class 25 doing some high speed track testing


Class 66 test pulls coaches to the current railhead, will be chilly when they get to the summit with no heat but its only a gauge test.

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2016, 08:16:08 PM »
You have been very busy!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2016, 09:50:25 PM »
I'm looking forward to seeing this develop. Got dizzy looking at the track plan. :)
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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2016, 02:23:02 PM »
 :hellosign: Thanks for the updates, interesting  :greatpicturessign: 
regards Derek.

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Re: Appleton Mountain Railway
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2016, 12:17:36 PM »
Added all the droppers, just waiting on a 4pdt switch to arrive before the control panel work starts. Bought some voltage variers from eBay and a power supply and a load of switches... Either going to be expensive or cheap!

Relayed 1 curve with settrack instead of flexi, it was r1 and was causing issue and replaced a roco point with peco.

Started building the mountain, will be GRP over chicken wire. Claret everywhere but less messy than polystyrene! Made plywood tunnel portal frames.

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2 locos will live in a tunnel in the mountain like the Swiss airforce do with their fighter jets so made the entrance to that.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2016, 12:18:49 PM by Pete77smith »

 

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