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Author Topic: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)  (Read 19274 times)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #315 on: May 06, 2020, 07:02:29 AM »
Impressive john. Scalemodelscenery used ?
 

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #316 on: May 08, 2020, 11:17:01 PM »
Evening all,

Well this is certainly one now on my 'watch list'. Looking great so far, nothing quite like making the most of n with full sized rakes. Watching with interest!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #317 on: May 14, 2020, 03:31:39 PM »
Hi All,

A bit more work done on the layout this week.

More ballasting and track painting, plus some more work on the platforms.

Platforms 5 & 6 are done for now, and work has commenced on Platforms 1 - 4.

Here are some piccies.

North end



South end



Overall view



And a close up



Nothing is fixed in place yet because

   1) I haven't worked out the best way to do that yet  :doh:

   and

   2) I'm not happy with the bay platforms and they need a bit more work.

The bay platforms are slightly out of true so I'm going to have to force them a little to maintain clearances.

Next up would probably have been the platform buildings but as my research trip has been postponed indefinitely that's going to have to wait.

I did buy some fencing, so next up is to complete the ballasting on the mainline over the flyunder, so that I can do some work on the bridge.

Regards,

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 #318 on: May 14, 2020, 04:02:06 PM »
Looking good john. Did you use the platform materials recommended ?

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #319 on: May 14, 2020, 04:50:54 PM »
Looking good john. Did you use the platform materials recommended ?

Yep, I think you may have missed post #309 though  :D

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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 #320 on: May 14, 2020, 04:56:12 PM »
I did notice. Would pva or wood glue be of use to fix those platforms

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #321 on: May 14, 2020, 09:06:44 PM »
Those platforms look really good to me John.

Very nice indeed..

Cheers Derek
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #322 on: June 23, 2020, 03:17:10 PM »
Hi All,

I put aside scenic work for a while and have been repairing some trains.

I have a Dapol Virgin Voyager that has been lying around for a while, so I got that working after a thorough clean of the wheels, I also had to replace the diodes on the PCB in one of the trailer cars to get the lights working again.
That has all been completed and I have given it a test run around my layout using a Digitrax decoder that I had lying around. I had read reports that some of the early versions of this model couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding, but my 4 car unit seems to work OK.

I also have a CL150 with split gears so I emailed Bachmann and they can supply a new motor bogie, so I'll be getting up in the middle of the night to place an order for that.

I have two CL150's, one with end doors and one without which have both been re-vinyled into the old Northern Rail livery (purple ish).
I've ordered two sets of the new Northern livery vinyls from Electra Rail Graphics to bring these models more up to date.

And finally I have a CL350 in London Midland livery that I had earmarked for TPE vinyls, but as they no longer run in TPE colours I've decided to let it run around in its original livery instead.

As a result of all this I need 8 decoders to get them all working, I have 3 Digitrax decoders which will be used for lighting, and I've ordered 7 MX617N's from DCC Train Automation. That's two more than I need right now, but the postage is the same whether I buy 1 decoder or 7, so they are being sent by Fedex for 20 quid.
(I've got my eye on a revised CL70 or two)  :)
This is still cheaper than buying the same decoders over here, after VAT is deducted the decoders cost me $21, in the US they are $30 plus postage.

So once all this stuff starts to arrive there'll be 4 new-ish trains running on my layout.

Regards,

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 #323 on: June 24, 2020, 06:00:21 AM »
look forward to seeing those 70's running on Wigan Wallgate

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #324 on: June 24, 2020, 08:36:55 AM »
That is an absolute bargain, frankly! Seems a bit daft it's markedly cheaper to get them send thousands of miles than for us to buy them domestically!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #325 on: June 24, 2020, 02:34:48 PM »
That is an absolute bargain, frankly! Seems a bit daft it's markedly cheaper to get them send thousands of miles than for us to buy them domestically!

I agree. The only things I buy here are Tortoise motors, NCE Switch 8 decoders, and scenic stuff.
It's even cheaper to buy a box of Peco flexi track from Hattons than it is to buy it over here.

I think the Zimo prices are a bit distorted by the fact that not many people here either use them or sell them, so there's no 'bargain prices'.

On another note, I woke up at 2:30am to call Bachmann and nobody picked up, so I tried again at 5:15am and they picked up straight away so the replacement bogie for my CL150 should be on its way soon.

Regards,

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 #326 on: July 05, 2020, 01:06:56 AM »
As my new decoders are stuck 8 miles down the road waiting for customs clearance, I decided to make a start on adding more sidings to my storage yard.
I bought the track ages ago, but I held off buying the point motors and decoders that I needed until a couple of weeks ago.

Anyway I've added two more NCE Switch 8's, which will allow me to add 5 more sidings on each side of the yard. I also bought a twelve pack of Tortoise motors so I can get 3 sidings done with those.

AND A FIRST FOR ME.

One of the Tortoise motors was DOA and one of the connectors on a Switch 8 was dodgy and required some fettling before it could be used.
I could get the Tortoise fixed under warranty, but over here you have to pay postage yourself, so at roughly $5 each way, and just $16 for a Tortoise it's not really worth the hassle.

I now have nearly 100 Tortoise motors and 12 Switch 8's and this is the first time I have had any quality issues with any of them.

As this is a 3 day weekend I have manged to get 6 points laid on one side of the yard so that I can add 3 more sidings.





The little pieces of track are Frog extensions, to save me wiring directly to the point frogs.

All have been tested and the frog wiring has been checked to make sure I've got the correct polarity.

As I had to move my rolling stock out of the way I took the opportunity to check platform clearances at Wigan North Western.





In reality it would be very rare for a Southbound freight to sit in Platform 1 like that, although it does allow access to the Atherton lines on the L&Y route to Man Vic.
I think Northbound freights sometimes end up there if they have been sent under the main as a get out of the way move.

I hope to get the rest of the track laid in these sidings tomorrow, and hopefully on Monday my decoders will arrive.

Regards,

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 #327 on: July 05, 2020, 04:20:15 AM »
Looking good john. Are you satisfied with the clearances that trains can sufficiently run through?

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #328 on: July 05, 2020, 07:09:11 AM »
that layout is really coming along.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #329 on: July 05, 2020, 07:51:12 AM »
It's all going to be very BIG!
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