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Author Topic: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue  (Read 618 times)

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Offline Shropshire Lad

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Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:03:51 PM »
Well after two years of trying things out on a 'prototype' layout I finally made a start on the first board for Milburn Central today.
Milburn is situated in the very North East of England and is home to an eight platform dual level station. The lower level is on the main line serving Scotland and also sees Transpennine services as well as trains servicing the busy Royal Mail depot. Somewhat unusually Milburn also sees push pull services between two Scottish cities.
The upper level sees mainly local DMU operated services but a steam hauled tourist train also calls in the summer months.
The time period modelled roughly equates from the start of HST operation until the withdrawal of the Deltics but if it's close then i'm not too fussy about exact timing, an example of this being my B tanks which are ESSO branded because I don't like the plain ones!
Hoping to make some progress in the next few days but I'm expecting it to be a while before I have a running loop again. I might have to invest in a rolling road I think.
Cheers Colin
I've been reminded that a station like this would have seen cross country services too and as the current cross country operators are effectively funding the construction of Milburn Central through my employment by them it might be wise to add these services to the description  :D
« Last Edit: August 30, 2018, 08:30:38 PM by Shropshire Lad »

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2018, 08:01:15 AM »
This sounds fantastic, Colin.  I was a student during this time period and made occasional trips Up to Newcastle, so your era and setting will be familiar to me.  I also managed to travel on a couple of SLOA steam specials on the S&C and Cumbrian Coast.  I look forward to seeing how this develops.

Best wishes.

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2018, 10:11:40 AM »
Sounds like an interesting prototype to base your model on and I look forward to seeing a track plan and further development.

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2018, 11:39:50 AM »
Me too!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2018, 08:43:56 PM »
I've pretty much finished the lower part of the main board today, pics to follow when it's lighter.
It's given me chance to lay some track out which has resulted in the scrapping of the plan that I had drawn out as didn't look right. On the plus side I've confirmed that the planned platform layout should all fit so my 8 car HST will fit with some elbow room!
The main board is home to the lower storage sidings so I need to start laying those out so that the upper part of the station can be built over them ( with access and occupancy detection)

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2018, 07:20:46 PM »
Well I finally got time to do a little more work today! The first set of storage sidings for the lower line are in and tested and the board is finished for now. More bracing will be added when I've finalised the track layout.
There's another board to be fitted to the left hand side at 90 degrees which will give me roughly 8 feet by 2 feet for the 'straight' part of the station.





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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2018, 07:23:00 PM »
First test train video.
There's a few 'clicking' joints but I'm happy enough as it's my first attempt!
https://youtu.be/uwbbkjPGtN0

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2018, 07:38:02 PM »
Looks very smooth. Well done.
Iím a bit worried about the guy trying to fire an airgun at the loco though!
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2018, 09:31:25 PM »
Good stuff!


Iím a bit worried about the guy trying to fire an airgun at the loco though!


I'm more worried about that wall socket :uneasy:

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2018, 11:58:42 AM »
Managed a little more track laying before a, going to work and b, getting distracted and running a couple of 40's through the bit I've finished 😀.
Sorted the socket out too @Newportnobby. It usually has a vase in front of it so I hadn't noticed it'd been missed!


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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2018, 02:06:59 PM »
My dearest wife was pleased when I told her that I'd been busy before work, I've got a feeling she's going to be disappointed 😁


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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2018, 08:22:44 PM »
The first board is now in its new home and the second is under construction but an eleven day stretch at work is slowing down proceedings!
I have been collecting some bits and pieces for the next section of tracklaying which includes one of the biggest junctions :uneasy:



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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2019, 10:22:25 AM »
Well work on the layout ground to a halt due to changes to the domestic arrangements but it does mean that when construction restarts on Milburn Central it will around six feet longer than planned!
In the meantime I've been experimenting with a few things including, my first attempt at drawing then printing with a 3D printer, an underboard point servo mount. The pivot hole is a little too big but overall I'm fairly pleased. 
https://youtu.be/sk3wPbuA4sg

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2019, 11:41:49 AM »
Looks good! What software did you use for the drawing?

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Re: Milburn Central - North Eastern BR Blue
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2019, 12:23:29 PM »
Thanks Jimmy, I used Tinkercad. I have never done any kind of drawing on a PC but it was really easy to use.
Cheers Colin

 

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