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Author Topic: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)  (Read 11215 times)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #180 on: October 26, 2019, 04:37:38 AM »
Yes, you're going to have your work cut out for you there!

As a documented hater of ballasting, Good luck with that one, buddy!  ;)

But Graham is right - it's going to be a corker of a layout.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #181 on: November 04, 2019, 12:09:40 AM »
Work is slowly progressing as the mainline is getting ever closer to being finished.

I've completed the area which allows the 2 track main to spin off a single track branch, as both then cross over the Westhoughton line and head towards Golborne Junction.

As I found last time around, getting the frog switching right on the single slip took at least half an hour. In order for the frogs to be at the correct polarity you MUST select the correct combination of point motor settings in order to select the correct route. I suppose I could have cheated and use Frog Juicers but I decided to do it the hard way  :doh:

Here's a pic.



I also had to complete the Westhoughton line track laying as it would be hard to do that after the main line tracks were put in.

The 'flyover' bits are just plasticard painted black on the bottom and with a covering of plaster bandage on top with a brown base coat.



Here's view of the whole thing.



A loco has been test run up and down on all the routes.

The only thing stopping me from finishing this off quickly is that I've almost run out of rail joiners, and even though I bought a box of track 2 weeks ago, I've almost run out of track as well. Serves me right for doing a 6 track mainline.

Regards,

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Check out my layout thread.

Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39501.msg476247#msg476247

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #182 on: November 04, 2019, 12:35:28 AM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  Looking good John, great progress   :thumbsup:
       regards Derek.
       

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #183 on: November 04, 2019, 01:12:56 AM »
Thanks john. Its an exciting project worth waiting to view and must be pleased so far. Flyover looks good

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #184 on: November 04, 2019, 10:03:25 AM »

A loco has been test run up and down on all the routes.


I think we're in need of a vid of that please ;)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #185 on: November 04, 2019, 01:43:03 PM »

A loco has been test run up and down on all the routes.


I think we're in need of a vid of that please ;)

Yeah, the said loco already came off the rails at the end because I wasn't looking. So doing a video will have to wait.

It won't be long, honest.

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Check out my layout thread.

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https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39501.msg476247#msg476247

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #186 on: November 04, 2019, 08:43:20 PM »
Apologies for being dim or if I have missed something but has the track plan evolved or changed since the start of this thread? I seem to have lost the ability to relate your pics to the original 'fiqure 8' plan.

It is, as everyone rightly says, looking increasingly impressive.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #187 on: November 04, 2019, 09:13:20 PM »
Apologies for being dim or if I have missed something but has the track plan evolved or changed since the start of this thread? I seem to have lost the ability to relate your pics to the original 'fiqure 8' plan.

It is, as everyone rightly says, looking increasingly impressive.  :thumbsup:

The plan has changed from the figure of 8 as I realised that I would have ended up with Pendolinos running through Wallgate as well as North Western. The WCML now follows more of the outline of a letter U. From the fiddle yard it goes up, then down through Wigan, then round the bottom of the U and up through Springs Branch and then down again through Golborne Junction and back to the yard. The lines from Wallgate are tucked in the middle and I haven't got any definitive plans for them yet.

My SCARM plan is to big to post, but I may have a go at splitting it up and posting multiple plans to help make sense of it all.

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John P
Check out my layout thread.

Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39501.msg476247#msg476247

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #188 on: November 04, 2019, 09:51:12 PM »

My SCARM plan is to big to post, but I may have a go at splitting it up and posting multiple plans to help make sense of it all.


That, Sir, is showing off. ;) However, should it be possible to post the plan in segments, it would be really interesting. The room is large and the layout makes full use of the space so I find it hard to see what the plan is. Even a hand-drawn schematic would help.

Just a thought. The layout is obviously going to be an excellent model mainline and I look forward to seeing your progress. :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: November 04, 2019, 11:10:08 PM by chrispearce »
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #189 on: November 04, 2019, 11:54:00 PM »
Hi John, just been catching up on your post's. That is one impressive railway, I wish I had that much room. My new layout will be about 9' x 4'-6", I have managed to gain a extra foot in width, but overall the layout will take less room than my previous layout. You have some good ideas on there, I like the wago connectors for instance. I too seem to have a uneven floor in my loft. My fiddle yard had castors and tended to lean a bit on one side, the front was ok I had like you used height correctors. Over here you can buy height adjusters to fit to the side of a leg you could perhaps get some of those to correct your layout if needed.
« Last Edit: November 04, 2019, 11:55:02 PM by lil chris, Reason: speling »
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My new layout here, Irwell Valley Railway. https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=47127.0

my old layout was East Lancashire Lines.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #190 on: November 05, 2019, 12:07:47 PM »
This will be an excellent layout!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #191 on: November 05, 2019, 03:11:08 PM »
I had an idle half hour, so here's the current plan.



Except that there is now a lifting section in the 4 track section after Golborne junction, and the Westhoughton and Southport/Krkby lines may or may not join up.

Regards,

John P
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Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39501.msg476247#msg476247

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #192 on: November 05, 2019, 03:16:39 PM »
Wow!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #193 on: November 05, 2019, 04:02:39 PM »
thanks for that are you using OS maps / google maps to make a rough idea of the layout and its plan john ?

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #194 on: November 05, 2019, 05:09:21 PM »
thanks for that are you using OS maps / google maps to make a rough idea of the layout and its plan john ?

I used Google maps satellite view to get all the dimensions right around the 2 stations, but when it came to doing the main line south of Wigan I failed miserably as on the satellite view at least one track was always in shadow and totally obscured.

I knew that at Wigan NW the lines are from West to East, Down Slow, Down Fast, Up Fast, and Up Slow, but how they then got to be 6 tracks and then at Golborne Junction ended up with Down Freight, Up Freight, Down Slow, Up Slow, Down Fast, Up Fast baffled me.

But after asking on RMWEB I was given the Sectional Appendix for the area and I was then able to figure out all the junctions and just relied on Google maps for a few critical distance measurements. So the lines from Wigan Station Junction to Golborne Junction have been compressed significantly, and Springs Branch depot has been omitted completely.

I know, I know, missing out Springs Branch was a big blow, I should have bought a house with a bigger shed!

Regards,

John P
« Last Edit: November 05, 2019, 05:10:44 PM by jpendle, Reason: Typo »
Check out my layout thread.

Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39501.msg476247#msg476247

 

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