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Author Topic: The Tora Bora Line  (Read 20849 times)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #225 on: March 05, 2019, 07:21:09 AM »
Cracking work Pete, they are looking great!

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #226 on: March 05, 2019, 10:01:15 AM »
Consider my gob well and truly smacked :jawdropping: :wonderfulmodelling:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #227 on: March 05, 2019, 09:03:28 PM »
Cracking work Pete, they are looking great!
:hellosign:  Seconded, absolutely superb  :thumbsup:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #228 on: March 06, 2019, 09:10:43 AM »
Apologies for:
1.  Yet more photos of the filling rigs (decided that is what I'm going to call them from now on).
2.  The blackness of everything making it difficult to see the detail.
3.  The unflattering level of zoom that highlights all the faults/errors.

Anyway, before we left on our Crufts trip yesterday evening I didn't have the time to fit the ladders and steps, add the hoses or secure the wire hand rails, but I was able to do a quick mock-up:

I know there are errors, but overall I am very pleased with the effect.

What has become even more apparent is that I am going to have to employ some form of uncoupling system to work the sidings.


We are not back until Saturday evening but I should be able to get a solid man-cave session in on Sunday which will allow me to complete the last few tasks and apply some weathering.
« Last Edit: March 06, 2019, 09:19:25 AM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #229 on: March 06, 2019, 09:15:24 AM »
Very impressive work, Pete. Very fiddly work but well worth all the effort. Once suitably weathered (which will also enhance the incredible detailing), the filling rigs and train will look highly realistic. It will be a very notable feature of your layout. Really superb work.

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« Reply #230 on: March 06, 2019, 09:16:07 AM »
That is brilliant.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #231 on: March 06, 2019, 09:27:11 AM »
 :thankyousign: for your kind comments chaps .....

Does anyone use a remote uncoupling method?  Am considering the Dapol system or a home produced method using 2x1mm rare earth magnets and under-board electro magnets. 
Pros and Cons to each. Plenty of time to think about it over the next few days though  :hmmm:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #232 on: March 06, 2019, 09:41:05 AM »
That mock up is looking fab, great work.

Good luck at Crufts!

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #233 on: March 06, 2019, 06:22:30 PM »
Does anyone use a remote uncoupling method?  Am considering the Dapol system or a home produced method using 2x1mm rare earth magnets and under-board electro magnets. 
Pros and Cons to each. Plenty of time to think about it over the next few days though  :hmmm:
I am using Dapol easy-shunts on the branch goods, using a 67XX class and they are OK, although the toad brakevan sometimes takes a few shunts to uncouple.  But they were a failure with my small prairies because the pony trucks didn't like them.  For that reason, for the prairies, I am using 2mm thick Neodymium magnets buried below the track and Peco frets on the coach bogies.  It is a bit of an art to bend the fret to the required profile, but it works pretty well.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #234 on: March 06, 2019, 08:01:14 PM »
Wow :wonderfulmodelling: :greatwork:
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #235 on: March 06, 2019, 10:47:29 PM »
Apologies for:
1.  Yet more photos of the filling rigs (decided that is what I'm going to call them from now on).
2.  The blackness of everything making it difficult to see the detail.

What an amazing project! Have you come across a book called "Oil on the Rails" by Alan Coppin, which charts the history of moving petroleum products by rail in the UK? Lots of historical information, photos, maps, Wagon builder registers, etc, etc.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #236 on: March 07, 2019, 12:02:41 AM »
Does anyone use a remote uncoupling method?  Am considering the Dapol system or a home produced method using 2x1mm rare earth magnets and under-board electro magnets. 
Pros and Cons to each. Plenty of time to think about it over the next few days though  :hmmm:
I am using Dapol easy-shunts on the branch goods, using a 67XX class and they are OK, although the toad brakevan sometimes takes a few shunts to uncouple.  But they were a failure with my small prairies because the pony trucks didn't like them.  For that reason, for the prairies, I am using 2mm thick Neodymium magnets buried below the track and Peco frets on the coach bogies.  It is a bit of an art to bend the fret to the required profile, but it works pretty well.

Thank you for that Laurence.  Have arrived in Birmingham after a good trip with lots of thinking time on the motorway.  Still too awake for bed yet.....
On the drive I was leaning towards the Dapol Easy Shunts (just have to check I can fit the coupling to a Peco tanker wagon kit) but I have now taken onboard your comment re small Prairies.  I need to write down the positives and negatives for both options and take it from there.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #237 on: March 07, 2019, 12:13:45 AM »
What an amazing project! Have you come across a book called "Oil on the Rails" by Alan Coppin, which charts the history of moving petroleum products by rail in the UK? Lots of historical information, photos, maps, Wagon builder registers, etc, etc.

Mike
Thank you Mike.   No I hadn't seen that book before, wish I had though!
Have found a used copy on Amazon with proceeds going to charity.....it has been ordered :claphappy:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #238 on: March 07, 2019, 12:33:19 AM »
Thank you Mike.   No I hadn't seen that book before, wish I had though!
Have found a used copy on Amazon with proceeds going to charity.....it has been ordered :claphappy:
There are four copies on US Amazon with prices ranging from $15 to a rather wonderful $855. Hmm, I wonder which one I'll go for?  :confused1:
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #239 on: March 07, 2019, 07:39:05 AM »
Hi Pete, great work, looking very impressive.  :thankyousign:

 

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