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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3000 on: January 10, 2019, 09:17:49 PM »
looking good Laurence, I have been using wet and dry for a number of years to represent a tarmac roadway, if you can get it on a roll even better than sheets.

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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3001 on: January 11, 2019, 07:14:32 PM »
When the catís away, the mice will play.  So, today should have been my weekly jobs day, but the joiner has gone and so we decided to have a day out, or at least, part of a day out.  However, we normally leave departure until about 0930 to allow the morning peak traffic to dissipate, so I managed to get quite a few of the jobs done.  That still left me time to have an early session in the Train Shed. 

I ran the first full cycle (1a/b/c) of the newly prepared version of the timetable.  5572 still needed a nudge to get started from the Shipton run-around and again from Platform 4.  All the branch uncoupling worked, although 6713 required about three shunts to drop the Toad brake van.  Everything else would have been perfect, apart from the fact that I forgot to reset the crossover to and from the Milk Loop from the UP main.  I found out when poor 6713 caused a short circuit at the first set of points it encountered on leaving the station.  I had to reset the route and then start that bit again.

Our outing was fairly unsuccessful.  We went to John Lewis in York to try to buy new carpet runners for the newly finished hall floor.  In the past, we have always found John Lewis to have a very comprehensive selection of carpets and rugs.  But it seems that there has been a policy change and their selection now is very meagre, which was very disappointing.  But we did have a nice cup of coffee and we popped into M&S next door, where I bought some items that I had on my list.  So it wasnít a complete failure.  We were able to get home again in time for something to eat.

In the afternoon, I completed some more of my jobs before returning to the Train Shed.  I have decided to give 5572 a running-in session of several hours, as I did with 9744.  To that end, I first rand the next full cycle (2a/b/c) to free up a loop on the UP loops board.  That would allow me to run 5572 through the two home loops of the Milk Train and the pick-up goods.  Again, apart from 5572, which needed a couple more nudges, everything ran perfectly, including the branch decoupling in the run-arounds.  Hereís 64960 bringing in the pick-up goods.

 


You my have noticed that the wheel-locking has almost (but not quite completely) disappeared, much to my relief.  After that, I inverted 5572 in the loco cradle that I built out of EPS and added tiny spots of IPA to its drivers and rear pony wheels (because they also have pick-ups).  Then I set it on a couple of circuits.  There were some stops, but I hope that, if I run it for a long time tomorrow, it may improve.  Thatís the hope anyway.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3002 on: January 12, 2019, 06:03:48 PM »
We had a very busy day today.  Naturally, we started by walking into Hessle to the butchers, as usual.  I had an early session in the train shed, sending 5572 of on its endless circuits.  While it was going, I thought I would use the time to begin some scenic work that would not affect the tracks or running.  Having seen Kevinís efforts at weeping willows, I was inspired to have a go myself.  I decided to crib some of Rogerís tree-making techniques as you will see shortly.  First, I started with an 80mm length of 3-core mains cable (3 cores, each 24 X 0.2mm), reckoning that would give me a tree a scale 20 feet in height with branches hanging down nearly to the ground.



Then I slit the outer sleeving to extract the inner cores.



The conductors of each inner core were then removed from the inner sleeving.



This exposed a bundle of conductors ready for use.



I then began to twist what would be the lower half of the conductors together to begin to form the trunk.



After that, we went out and had a cup of coffee in Hessle before we walked home again.  It was after that that the busy period started in earnest.  First, there was a quick trip to the Train Shed to set 5572 running again.  Then I had to rebuild Celiaís Harry Potter Office.  That entailed moving the filing cabinets back under the stairs and adding the various bits and pieces that I had removed before the hallway work commenced.  Then I had to move her desk back in.  That involved removing all the drawers and taking of the desktop (a real one, not the one on her computer) and moving the pedestals into position before refitting the desktop.  After that, I relocated the printer back on top of the big filing cabinet and got it working on the Wi-Fi network.  Then I had to move her desktop computer with all the gubbins and get it running again.  That took me the rest of the morning.

In the afternoon, before I restarted work, I checked on 5572, only to find it had stopped again, so I had to restart it.  Then it was back to work.  I first moved the shoe cabinet back but, of course, the plug in the wall (for the securing screw) was too low and so I had to drill a new hole and fit a new plug.  Then I moved all the bookcases back and, of course, the same was true of the securing plugs, so more work was required.  While I was at it, I drilled the sides of the wide bookcase and secured the ends of the shelves with screws, because the sides were bowing outwards and allowing the shelves to relocate themselves (itís only an old IKEA unit).  We have ordered some new bookcases, but it will be a few weeks before they arrive and we didnít want to leave a pile of boxes of books in the sitting room for several weeks.

By that time, I needed a rest and returned to the Train Shed again.  5572 was again stationary and had to be restarted, so I may need to run it for quite a while yet.  But, back to the tree.  I twisted all the bottom halves of the wires together to form a trunk and soldered them together.



Then I began to bend down the individual wires, one at a time. 



It was quite a fiddly job, but eventually I was satisfied and stuck down the trunk with Tacky Wax to see what it might look like when finished.



Next, I need to spray it with a brown colour to make it look like bark.  Then, I will try using 1mm spring green static grass for the foliage.  I will keep you up to date with progress.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3003 on: January 13, 2019, 06:24:49 PM »
Today, we decided to go on a rug hunt.  Before we went, I had a session in the Train Shed.  I set 5572 running again and tried to spray the willow tree.  However, the combination of air brush and acrylic paint didnít work very well with the bare metal wires.  In the end, I left 5572 running and we went out. 

We began by collecting a roll of P1000 wet and dry paper that I ordered yesterday.  I intend to use it for tarmac surfaces.  Then we had a cup of coffee in B&Q before buying a couple of lamps for the conservatory light to replace the one that has failed.  Itís quite an unusual lamp, but not too difficult to get hold of, a miniature spot with an ES (E27) fitting.  They usually have an SES (E14) fitting.  Then we tried to find rugs that would fit our hall but, once again, we had no luck.

After we returned, I checked 5572, only to find it stopped at a set of points.  So I set it going again and went off to clear up all the debris outside the front door that had accumulated as a result of the hallway floor fitting.  I also had a number of other things to do to get everything back to normal.  In the afternoon, I managed another two short sessions in the Train Shed.  When I arrived, 5572 had stopped again.  I set it running and concentrated on the tree.  But, while I was working it stopped repeatedly, with ever increasing frequency.  I gave it another dose of IPA but that seemed to make it worse.  I then ran it in reverse without changing lines, so it was running bunker first on the wrong line.  That seemed to work for a while. 

I set up my WWS static platform with some 1mm spring green static grass and hovered the tree over it, so the static grass flew up to coat the dangling branches.  The trunk got covered as well, but I scraped some of that off.  There is some solder showing at the moment but I have ordered some brown heat shrink from Radiospares, which should give a good trunk effect.  I left it for the glue to set, with 5572 still running around.

When I returned, 5572 had stopped on a set of points and its rear pony wheels were causing a short circuit between the free switch blade and the stock rail.  I set it off again and took a couple of pictures of the tree. 



Hereís another view of it.



Itís nowhere near good enough yet, but it is only the first prototype, so Iím not too despondent.  While 5572 was running around, having caused another two shorts, I though I would assign its branch passenger to 9744.  I also moved 5572 onto the Ďrightí line, which resulted in much better running, although it stopped a couple of times by the London Road Bridge.  I then began a branch-only session using 9744 instead of 5572.  The little panier performed very well, although it did have a stall in each of the run-around loops.  But it uncoupled and recoupled very nicely and pulled the train well around the layout.

Tomorrow, I will finish the branch-only operations and try to get back to normal full timetable operations.  Iíll need to consider how to proceed with the weeping willow.  I may double up the number of strands and try to groom the dangling branches more carefully.  I will also have to think about various paint treatments and more suitable leaf material.
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Laurence
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3004 on: January 13, 2019, 07:01:09 PM »
Hi Laurence,

your weeping willow looks excellent  :D :thumbsup: :D

I did not think of using static grass for the foliage. I looks as though it has given it a finer more realistic look. I like it

Thanks for another great update. I enjoy your updates, and am always amazed how you manage to fit so much into your days :D :D :D

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3005 on: January 13, 2019, 07:29:29 PM »
I am always amazed how you manage to fit so much into your days
So am I!
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3006 on: January 14, 2019, 05:33:49 PM »
Today was table tennis day, so I had a session in the Train Shed before we went.  I ran the remaining branch operations to get everything back to its starting position, ready to continue with the main operational timetable.  While that was going on, 5572 continued on its circuits, this time running in the forwards direction.  But it kept stopping several time per circuit, on each occasion with a rail joint midway along its driver train (that is a train of wheels, rather than one with carriages).  This seems strange because it runs perfectly well an inch or two either side of the problem joins, but not on the join itself.  Perhaps the vertical alignment is slightly out and the tyres of one or more of the drivers need a good clean.  Iíll have to investigate.  But, anyway, Iíve put 5572 back on the branch in place of 9744 and weíll see how it goes.  Then I started preparing a new willow tree.  I worked out a revised method of construction.

After table tennis, there were several household tasks that required my attention, including finishing the weekly jobs that I didnít complete on Friday.  A had another brief session in the Train Shed later and worked on the tree.  This time I stripped the insulation from all three conductors and then assembled all the individual strands to even them up as much as possible.  After that, I twisted the bottom half together to form the trunk and soldered them together.  Then, one by one, I carefully bent the free ends at right angles to the trunk so they fanned out, forming a wire disk.  My next job will be to apply PVA with a paint brush and then apply static grass in the same way as before.  However, this time I intend to use a darker shade of grass and mix in some 2mm grass in the hope that it will give a more realistic appearance.  Hopefully, I will be able to post some pictures tomorrow.
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Re: The Train Shed Project - Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3007 on: Yesterday at 06:43:38 PM »
Today was a bad day for Train Shed activities.  First, the gas man cometh.  So far, not quite like Flanders and Swan, but it could get that way.  The pressure of the boiler primary circuit has been dropping for months and I have reached a stage where it needs topping up more than once a week.  Then on Sunday the heating went off altogether.  I checked the boiler pressure and, although it was above the 1.0bar required for it to turn on, it was indicating low boiler pressure.  I let in some mains water and the pressure went up, but still now boiler.  So I let it top up to the maximum pressure available from the mains water, 2.5bar, but there was still no life.  I turned it off waited a few seconds and then turned it on again.  Still no luck.  I pressed the reset button and it went through the reset procedure, but there was still no life.  So I gave up and booked an engineerís visit.  The earliest appointment was Tuesday morning (today).

But, after about half an hour, the radiators started to get hot again.  How very strange!  Anyway, today I had to wait in the house for first the gas man and then for a delivery of some new hall carpet runners that I had ordered yesterday.  This meant there was no way I could visit the Train Shed this morning.  But the engineer called before 08:30, which was a good sign.  However, after an hour, he couldnít get the boiler to work under its correct set-up conditions and announced that it needed a new pressure sensor, which he would not be able to get until tomorrow.  That left us with no heating again.  I telephoned the HQ and, eventually, they agreed to get someone out today, but there was a snag.  There was no way to get hold of a pressure sensor until tomorrow. 

At this point I decided to repeat my actions of Sunday.  I increased the pressure, to no effect, switched the boiler off and on, again to no effect and then pressed the reset with the same result.  But, half an hour later, the boiler sprang into life again.  It really does seem that the pressure switch is only responding to excessively high pressure and, also, taking a long time to detect that the pressure is sufficient to switch on the boiler.  The gas man hasnít touched the skirting boards so far, but the boiler is in the loft, so Iím hoping to get away with not having to call out any other tradesmen.  But I do have to stay in again tomorrow.

Later, the carpets arrived and, by that time, Celia had returned from the gym.  So we had something to eat and I snatched a very brief session in the Train Shed.  I tried to apply some WWS PVA to what would become the dangling branches of the willow tree.  It wasnít very successful.  I need to find an adhesive that will stick to bare copper.  At the moment, it resembles a sweepís brush.



You can just make out some white spots of adhesive on some of the Ďbristlesí.  I then tried to apply some static grass, but I really need to find a better way to proceed.  I hope that, tomorrow, I will have more positive news to report.

There was a tiny bit of good news.  The brown heat shrink that I ordered from RS to sleeve the tree trunks arrived today.



There are five lengths, each 1.2m long so, at 40mm per tree, that should enable me to make 150 trees!

The day was rounded off with a bizarre visit to J Sainsbury.  When we entered, virtually all the fresh fruit and veg racks were empty with upturned boxes marked ďSorry sold outĒ.  Is this because they didnít receive deliveries, they had no staff to restock the shelves or panic buying earlier in the day?
With kind regards
Laurence
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