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Author Topic: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)  (Read 4660 times)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #60 on: April 18, 2018, 07:35:57 AM »
Are they going to be superelevated?
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #61 on: April 18, 2018, 08:29:15 AM »
2 posts ago... ;)

I'll be super-elevating the tracks around the curve, and I need to put together a bridge kit for where the main line crosses over the old L&YR to Southport/Kirkby.
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #62 on: April 20, 2018, 01:05:10 AM »
Today I put together a KS Laser Designs bridge. This is a model of one at Manchester Oxford Rd, so it is relatively contemporary to the bridge over the L&Y at Wigan, I have a second kit which I'm going to bash to create the bridge over Wallgate (street).

Here it is







There isn't quite enough clearance for the L&YR tracks so I'll be curving them under the bridge, rather than having them straight as currently seen

I then finished up the embankment.





I thought about priming the bridge, but that would obscure the detail of the brickwork, etc. I'll try some washes of acrylic paint to see how that turns out.

Regards,

John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #63 on: April 20, 2018, 07:41:36 AM »
The bridge looks really good.
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #64 on: April 20, 2018, 02:40:20 PM »
The bridge looks really good.

I hope I donít ruin it with paint!!!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #65 on: April 20, 2018, 11:27:49 PM »
I got the embankment finished today with my first attempt at superelevation.

I created the superelevation using 1/32" balsa, for the track base, which I then packed on one side with another thin strip of 1/32 balsa.

The effect may be exaggerated, but I can always pack up the other side to reduce the cant, if necessary.

I would appreciate people's criticism on the curves, as I would like to do it 'right'.

Here's the down line with a wagon for perspective





And a very blurred close up showing the worst,steepest cant.



Here's the up line under construction.

First the strips of balsa to create the cant.



More balsa is then used to create a canted track bed and the track laid on top.



I the laid conventional curved track on the approach to the storage yard crossovers.



Over the weekend I have one more long radius point to salvage off my old layout, then I'll clean up all 4 points and lay them, not forgetting the tortoise motors underneath.

After that I can make a start on the storage yards proper.

Regards,

John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #66 on: April 21, 2018, 06:31:08 AM »
The curves look fine.  The embankment is a bit steep but I think we all need to compress things a bit to get everything into a model.
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #67 on: April 23, 2018, 02:39:00 AM »
Over the weekend I started to install the crossovers that will allow trains to cross from up to down and vice versa as they enter or exit the storage yards heading from the north end of Wigan NW.

I thought I'd show some detail on how I install the Tortoise motors that I am using.

First I mark the center of the tie bar and then mark out around a point motor.





I then cut out the paper and double check that I've got the outline correct



I then cut out a hole in the XPS and check that the motor is an interference fit.



I then cut out rebates so that the motor will sit below the track level.



Once everything is working the whole thing can be covered using thin balsa wood.



I'm now using points that were in place on my last layout, so they need cleaned up a little and any soldered rail joiners removed.

Regards,

John P


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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #68 on: April 30, 2018, 01:41:35 AM »
We finally got some warm weather here, so very little time was to be had in the train shed. I managed an hour on Saturday morning and decided to fix my 8 x 1 baseboard to its adjacent boards as it was far too wobbly and prone to move.

Once that was done I spent a happy hour and a half with a friend trying to figure out how to attach the mower deck back on to my lawn tractor.

Once attached the rest of the weekend was spent mowing our 5 acres of pasture.

Our 1/2 acre of lawn, on the other hand, is still dormant as we haven't got our water turned on yet.

I also had to water the 31 trees that we planted, I say trees, a more accurate description would be saplings, or even more accurate would be twigs!

Hopefully Iíll get some time in the evenings this week.

Regards,

John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #69 on: April 30, 2018, 06:58:49 AM »
Sounds like a few sheep would mean you had more time for railway business. As a bonus, selling the mower could provide funds for more stock  :beers:
If it looks right, it probably is right.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #70 on: April 30, 2018, 10:39:55 AM »
I like your style/thinking, Dave :thumbsup: :D

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #71 on: May 08, 2018, 01:26:38 AM »
So this week I was able to get the crossovers at the approach to the fiddle yards wired up to an NCE Switch8 and tested. They needed a bit of fettling but I got them all working.



I then laid out my plans on the floor and realised that I would hit the fridge before  I started the curve back round to the main Wigan boards.

So new baseboards were constructed and things were move around until I arrived at this solution.

First a tighter curve from the existing boards to the fiddle yard.



A view looking down the yard.



The gap where I'll need a removable section so that I don't have to crawl underneath the layout to get into the middle.



I also ordered some of these after seeing them on RMWEB.

They are Wago splicing connectors and IMHO are ideal for wiring up a DCC bus to droppers.



All 3 connections are shorted together, so you have a guzinter, a guzouter, and a third terminal for a power dropper. Two are needed for each DCC bus power drop.

No screwdrivers are needed.

Here's the box



I can't believe that its taken me 4 years to discover these things.

Regards,

John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #72 on: May 08, 2018, 06:58:36 AM »

I also ordered some of these after seeing them on RMWEB.

They are Wago splicing connectors and IMHO are ideal for wiring up a DCC bus to droppers.



All 3 connections are shorted together, so you have a guzinter, a guzouter, and a third terminal for a power dropper. Two are needed for each DCC bus power drop.

No screwdrivers are needed.

I can't believe that its taken me 4 years to discover these things.

Regards,

John P


Hi John - yup I spotted these on 'tin 'ternrt too ... SOOO easy to use! They come in "fives'ers" too, but the three'sers are fine for conecting droppers to the bus wires.

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #73 on: May 20, 2018, 04:37:49 AM »
Very little has been done over the past week because this arrived.







Anyway I finished playing and got some work done on the layout.

I'm making a lift up section so that I can get to the 1st operating well.

The hinged section is made out of ply.





I also built up the baseboard so that all the tracks will be level.



Next I need to add the first track, I plan on  soldering the tracks to screws mounted flush in the ply.

This is the first time I've tried this so we'll see how it goes.

Regards,

John P


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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #74 on: November 06, 2018, 07:52:43 PM »
So after a very prolonged hiatus, I've managed to get back to work on the layout.

I found that managing 6 acres is a bit harder than looking after our old garden.

I also had a Kidney Transplant in the middle of July, I've been waiting for 4 years, so not a moment too soon.

I am now fully fit and back in the trainshed!

First I had to dismantle the lifting section as it didn't work.

I should have done what Railway Modeller suggested many years ago, and raised the hinges above the baseboard so that the hinged track moves away and up from the fixed track.

I rebuilt it with raised hinges and Veroboard to solder the track, and this is the result.



This works very well.

I then isolated between the tracks using a small drill bit to remove the copper from the strip board.





Of course as soon as I looked at the pictures, I realised that I hadn't isolated the two running lines from each other!

More to come soon.

Regards,

John P

 

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