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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #60 on: December 27, 2017, 08:36:37 PM »
Well, this is the first day I got to play again after the Christmas break. I finally managed to re-connect all the tracks between the 2 sections, no mean feat for me I can tell you. I have actually removed one set of points and the spare track which used to go to it will now be a siding for parking a set.

Anyway, 6 hours to repair 4 tracks was what it took as I did have to remove some scenery to get to one part. The upper level on this was not well thought out when it was put together and I thing I shall have to make it removable at some point. Aside from anything else it is nigh impossible to clean the tracks underneath it.

However, the fruits of the day's labours in the short and rather poor quality video below. Now for some tidying up. Tools and stuff everywhere  :laugh:


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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #61 on: December 27, 2017, 08:59:55 PM »
Looking very good.
Not so sure about that white statue in the field though  :D
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #62 on: December 27, 2017, 09:19:44 PM »
Ah yes, the bottle of track cleaner. Got through loads of that today. A combination of dirty tracks, insulfrog points and a 0-6-0 loco which isn't running at its best made it an interesting hour or so getting it running. I genuinely am beginning to question the wisdom of going DCC on N Gauge, they all seem to run like a bag of spanners but yet they run perfectly on DC. Bizarre. All my old OO stuff worked really well on DCC although as I think about it I have always used electrofrog points and home-fettled track. All my OO track was based on flexi track but I stripped a load of it down and got the rails rhodium plated before re-assembling it all. It was a royal PITA I can tell you but it really did pay huge dividends when it came to track cleanliness.

So, the latest calamity is that the bridge over one of the lower level tracks is not actually wide enough to let a rake of Pullman carriages pass under. They get jammed at the first carriage. More scenery to tear down and adjust  :veryangry:

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #63 on: December 27, 2017, 09:37:27 PM »
I really like the layout. It looks really good.
As for DCC, thatís some sort of black art to me, but I admire those that give it a go. Hopefully, it will all work out in the end.
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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #64 on: December 27, 2017, 09:43:31 PM »
Iíve been worrying about the title of this thread ďAnd so it beginsĒ

Where had I heard it before? Then I started watching the Babylon 5 reruns and it came to me!

Kosh says, "And so it begins", and reminds Sinclair that he has forgotten something. When Sinclair goes to Delenn's quarters, she is already in a cocoon and undergoing a mysterious transformation.

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #65 on: December 27, 2017, 10:16:42 PM »
nice work reconstructing this layout

maybe you need to add more track feeds to improve running? certainly to sections that are isolated when points are changed anyway!

good luck


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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #66 on: December 27, 2017, 10:49:19 PM »
You may be right, although I have added loads of track feeds to it already. Itís just poor over the insulfrog points which got me to thinking about replacing them with electrofrog........and that would be enough of an awkward job for me to consider replacing the tracks one at a time with the best quality stuff I can lay my hands on. I have been looking at the fiNe code 40 stuff and pondering ......

The other thing is that one part of the layout has foam insulation under the track but the left and centre sections were built straight on to the mdf board. You can tell when a train traverses the 2 parts by a large change in the sound. It will get to the stage where it bugs me enough to do something about it but for now I would just like to play trains  :D

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #67 on: December 28, 2017, 12:08:58 AM »
Watch that front coupling on your Pannier - it's clipped in upside down!

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #68 on: December 28, 2017, 07:01:13 AM »
Electrofrogs with hex frog juicers will make a big difference to running over points.
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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #69 on: December 28, 2017, 07:12:58 AM »
My own layout had track laid on cork underlay, until I got cheap and lazy and laid it straight onto the ply baseboard.

Bad move, and yet another restoration job.  :thumbsdown:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #70 on: December 28, 2017, 10:48:29 AM »
Good to see a train running, so have a break and enjoy some trains! :)

Watch that front coupling on your Pannier - it's clipped in upside down!

Cheers,
Alan

Strewth! Well spotted, sirrah :goggleeyes:

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Re: And so it begins
« Reply #71 on: December 28, 2017, 11:02:02 AM »
Watch that front coupling on your Pannier - it's clipped in upside down!

Cheers,
Alan

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