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Author Topic: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)  (Read 20875 times)

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #225 on: November 19, 2019, 10:06:51 AM »
Oh no! He's started whistling again! :whistle:

at least I managed to keep from whistling this time.


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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #226 on: November 19, 2019, 12:53:07 PM »
Looking great! Always good to see long trains really stretching their legs, rather than having the two ends bent through 180 degrees!

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #227 on: November 19, 2019, 02:33:30 PM »
Maybe a vid with an a c electric or a unit slowing for the wigan nw stop and then easing out on the right of way be good. Im not a racetrack fan.

Give me a break  :D

It's baby steps as far as the videos go. Once I've worked out how to hold the camera and operate trains at the same time you might get lucky.

And in any case the videos are for my grandson you lot are an afterthought.  :P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #228 on: November 19, 2019, 02:36:08 PM »
We love them really oh and yor layout john.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #229 on: November 29, 2019, 12:40:16 AM »
Well I'm very pleased to report that the Up & Down Slow and Freight lines are now finished, which means I'm done with track laying and electrics for a while.

I did a test run on the Slow lines but have yet to test the freight lines.

Here's the final bits of the jigsaw and my version of Bamfurlong Junction.







I can now run 6 trains at a time  :D

Or I could if, I had enough hands, eyes, and iPads.

So either I wait for my grandchildren to get a little older, or I start to think about some form of automation.

But for now I'll content myself with driving no more than 2 trains at a time.

Next up will be starting to do ballasting and adding some scenery.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #230 on: November 29, 2019, 12:54:29 AM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
   Thanks for the updates John, looking good   :thumbsup:
        regards Derek.
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #231 on: November 30, 2019, 04:24:42 AM »
Here's couple of videos of test runs on the freight lines.

The second is best viewed with the sound muted.





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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #232 on: November 30, 2019, 04:47:33 AM »
Very smooth running indeed.  :thumbsup:

Not the catchiest of tunes, though.  ;)
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #233 on: November 30, 2019, 06:36:55 AM »
Super work on bamfurlong and those freight lines john. Algree with george there on the tune

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #234 on: November 30, 2019, 07:54:35 AM »
this is seriously making me consider taking everything else out of the garage and just filling the garage with the layout.

looks amazing.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #235 on: January 16, 2020, 06:23:04 PM »
So after a long break over Christmas, I finally got back into the train shed this week.

Hmmmm, where do I start?

I received a number of Oxford vehicles and Metcalfe kits for Christmas and had put some together in the warmth of the house. I went out to the shed over the weekend and decided to clear some space at the end of Wallgate station, this involved pulling the paper plan from the baseboards and sweeping up lots of junk. It also, apparently, involved creating short circuit.

Finished tidying, got various goodies out of the box, including a Dapol 'Biffa' CL66 and after chipping decided to run it in. That's when I found the short.

Three days later, and having unwired a lot of sections and having lifted track to isolate the short, I had finally got it fixed and everything wired back up.  :veryangry:

So time to run a train.

I ran a Pendolino out of the storage yards to make space for running in the new CL66, it ran fine until it hit the 4 track lifting section.
Here I could see each carriage lift off the baseboard and then derail once it got to the first curve.  :'(

On taking a look, the one track on the lifting section that doesn't have a rail joiner in the middle had lifted and was bowing upwards. Now the shed has been unused for a month and it's been very cold so expansion can't have been the issue. BUT I did have the lifting section open, and therefore upside down for a month, so I can only assume that the track sagged. Anyhow it was easily fixed with a soldering iron and a track pin to firmly hold it against the baseboard.

Next I got the Pendo running again and then gave the CL66 a run in.

I took a load of pictures and when I checked them there was a little message saying "No SD card"  :doh:

So here's one I took earlier of the new loco with some new wagons.



I've also decided to start ballasting, painting track, and adding some scenery. There will be pictures.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #236 on: January 19, 2020, 01:16:32 AM »
So, it's what we've all been waiting for!

Ballasting and scenics.

My Pendolinos might race round my layout like true thoroughbreds, but the ballasting will be mind numbingly slow :)

I'm starting on the freight flyunder at Springs Branch first, mainly to get some practice before I try any of the station areas, and also because there does need to be some structure building. I've decided to use Metcalfe retaining walls to divide the Fast lines from the gradient, here are a few pics to show the general idea,







None of this is stuck down, and as you'll see later I've already moved the walls a bit to give more clearance for trains using the freight lines.

Today I removed the walls and then cut away some of the plaster bandage and polystyrene to give a better transition to the gradient.

I added a thin sheet of balsa to cover the gap between the risers that I had used and the rest of the baseboard.

Next I painted the rail sides grey, and ballasted the track, I soaked the ballast with dilute PVA and have left it to set over night.

I also glued the first piece of retaining wall in place butted up against the balsa.

Here are some more pics.









And an overview



I have pulled all the track pins, since I took the photos. I'm also going to let everything dry thoroughly before test running a loco. Wet paint, glue, and ballast probably wouldn't do the gears any good.

BTW after studying lots of pictures, my running lines will be grey and anything that isn't used very often will be rusty.

All comments, criticism, and advice welcome.

Regards,

John P

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #237 on: January 19, 2020, 06:20:18 AM »
Looking good. Take your time and work bit by bit. Those retaining walls look good.

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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #238 on: January 19, 2020, 07:50:40 AM »
with the size of your layout I am sure you will be tempted to rush it, but as @crewearpley40 said, take your time, I know I rushed in my early attempts and regretted it.
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Re: Contemporary NW (Wigan Wallgate and North Western)
« Reply #239 on: January 19, 2020, 07:59:16 AM »
Ballasting around points surely is tricky. But even the best layouts have been achieved by time spent . There are many methods of and for ballasting.

 

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