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Author Topic: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)  (Read 9162 times)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #135 on: May 25, 2019, 03:22:09 PM »
That was an excellent tutorial. I remember the area in the 80s / 90s

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #136 on: June 13, 2019, 03:15:05 AM »
Work has been progressing on the track to the south of Wigan. Five points have been added, giving access from Wallgate to the main line and from the mainline to the Atherton line, plus one to form the crossover from Down Fast to Down Slow.

I've started to add in the curved tracks for the mainline and have been test running as I go with a CL68, a Pacer, and a Pendolino.

Here are some pics.

Looking south at the crossover from Wallgate to the mainline.



And the crossover from the main to the Atherton line



And the curves taking shape before the next sets of points.





Once the main is finished it will be out with the plaster bandage to form a surface on the Woodland Scenics risers used for the incline on the Atherton line
and on the line leading from the fiddle yard.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #137 on: June 13, 2019, 05:25:15 AM »
looking good ,and well researched !!  protototypical

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #138 on: June 13, 2019, 11:24:18 AM »
Gotta love those curves :heart2:
(Oops - Liz Hurley's just sprung to mind..................again) :-[

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #139 on: July 01, 2019, 04:15:57 AM »
So time for another update.

I've now laid the track for the Westhoughton/Atherton line round the curves and also for the track leading from the storage yard.

First everything was covered in plaster bandage and then given a coat of brown primer, I have to be careful here as too much primer will cause the XPS baseboard surface to disintegrate.







I also masked all the existing track as the paint from those rattle cans seems to get everywhere.

This is the track leading from the storage yard.





I was then able to complete the curves on the mainline and make a start on the complex point work around Springs Branch.
Getting 2 Tortoise motors positioned underneath the adjacent points was a bit of a challenge because, as you can see on the plan, they are followed immediately by 2 more adjacent points. I ended up cutting a section of baseboard out for both points as a single piece and then instead of halving the depth on the whole piece I stepped it so that the mounting rails on the 2 Tortoises could overlap. In this way, and by mounting the motors on the outside of the points, I was able to get them to fit, and. more importantly, to work.



At this point, forgive the pun, I have had to stop as I only have 1 RH and 1 LH point left and I have had to order more points from Hattons so that I can get the track laid in some kind of logical fashion. I have also decided to simplify the layout here by abandoning the various points associated with Springs Branch itself. This will create a "simple" 6 track main, as I am also ignoring the Liverpool line.

As we have a four day weekend coming up over here, I hope the points arrive, otherwise I might have to start ballasting :(

Once I have the full main line in place then I'll review things to see where I have space for more storage sidings and potentially some rail served industry.

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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 #140 on: July 01, 2019, 07:03:05 AM »
Wow. To able to finish both westhoughton. Atherton and springs branch looks good. Thank you for the scenics update. This too looking good. Pleased with the result?

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #141 on: September 08, 2019, 02:14:30 AM »
I don't know.

Get a kidney transplant and my boss thinks I should start working all hours again!

Summer has been hectic, working weekends and trying to mow the grass, so no time in the train shed.

But things are settling down again and I've been able to get some quality time out in the shed to continue work on Springs Branch Junction.

After some careful consideration I decided to abandon Springs Branch depot itself. This saved a couple of feet on the layout ans eliminated 5 points. The space saving allowed me to re-plan the freight fly-under so that it drops and rises again on the straight, rather than on a curve.

Another half dozen or so points have been laid and tested with just 4 left to go before I can get on to some simple straight track laying.

Here are a few photos on progress so far.





Looking south.



Making a start on the gradient for the fly-under.



I'm hoping to get this finished this weekend so that I can run a few trains.

Next I have to get rid of some junk in the shed and build more baseboards, but I may also build a temporary link so that I can get trains running around and around again.

Regards,

John P



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 #142 on: September 08, 2019, 06:31:52 AM »
looking good,maybe not a bad move abandoning the depot, but a shame !!!  look forward to scenics/ structures and some locos
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #143 on: September 08, 2019, 10:33:34 PM »
 :hellosign:
 Nice track work John, looking forward to seeing trains running
     regards Derek

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #144 on: September 08, 2019, 11:20:04 PM »
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 I may also build a temporary link so that I can get trains running around and around again.
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A well deserved reward for your labours John. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #145 on: September 24, 2019, 12:01:45 AM »
Thanks for all the comments.

I've managed to get quite a bit more done, and am now faced with building more baseboards. As the garage has a sloping floor, that's not quite as straightforward as it could be.

First I finished off all the point work for my version of Springs Branch Junction.





I ran a test train and got a short. After a happy hour sorting that out all was well and I made more progress on the freight underpass.



What with the trees and a test fit of some Metcalfe retaining walls you'd think I was doing scenery  :D



I also built a small add on baseboard and laid out a little more of the plan.





One obvious issue is that although on my plan I should be able to get between the curves on the main and the Southport/Kirkby line for access, I forgot to allow for the baseboards. So a bit of crawling will be required!

Next I'm going to complete all the baseboards for the mainline, but then I'll complete the tracks as far as the next junction and then probably run some temporary track to give me a loop to run trains again.

Regards,

John P
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 #146 on: September 24, 2019, 04:16:36 AM »
Looking awesome John if only I had the room you have to build such a big layout!

Are you tempted to build springs branch itself? I was there on friday and with the new EMU sidings its starting to look a lot different even though the engine shed still retains its vintage character!

Gareth

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #147 on: September 24, 2019, 05:26:43 AM »
john.

your version of springs branch Junction. looking good. i echo what gareth has just stated - please keep the updates heading this way

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #148 on: September 24, 2019, 09:01:24 AM »
Very envious of that space! It's just crying out for some Finetrax EV15 crossovers ;)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #149 on: September 24, 2019, 09:56:18 AM »
Looking extremely good and yes, I echo the sentiments re space.
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