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Author Topic: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout  (Read 6338 times)

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #75 on: April 20, 2020, 10:58:14 AM »
Impressive waY to spend sunday afternoon. Looking good and just how long did that take ?

Ah, that would be telling, but let's just say afternoon to early evening!
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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #76 on: April 20, 2020, 12:11:42 PM »
Hi Darren, very impressive, like it a lot, one thing occurred to me though in Kingscross you have the 3 lines with the centre siding, connected by 2 lots of points - what about using a 3 way point in the centre siding connecting to the 2 platforms either side.
Anyway keep up the good work!

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #77 on: April 20, 2020, 12:25:11 PM »
The 3 way point may save space. Track shack look the likeliest source or a certain internet order firm I can think beginning with the letter e.

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #78 on: April 21, 2020, 12:08:55 AM »
Hi Darren, very impressive, like it a lot, one thing occurred to me though in Kingscross you have the 3 lines with the centre siding, connected by 2 lots of points - what about using a 3 way point in the centre siding connecting to the 2 platforms either side.
Anyway keep up the good work!
Tony

Thank you Tony! I did consider that but a) an order right now might take a few weeks to arrive and b) Iíve been playing around with the spare points I have and moved a few things around, better use of space and will re-use a Y point instead. Iíll post up a revised diagram soon, but hereís the mock up:

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #79 on: April 21, 2020, 12:27:47 AM »
That looks neat and just needs pinning.

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #80 on: April 21, 2020, 07:24:03 AM »
Looks Good to me

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #81 on: April 21, 2020, 12:33:10 PM »
Oh Lordy- the new double slip has arrived and they sent Electrofrog. Bit of a baptism of fire as my first electrofrog point!

Iím not too fussed as I was going to switch the power feed depending on the route setting anyway, so kind of makes sense to go with electrofrog- but still I am a little bit daunted. Iím sure I can figure it out Iíll have a little look around on the forum tonight, after work. Back to my conference calls now!


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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #82 on: April 21, 2020, 12:35:11 PM »
And you needed non electrofrog ?

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #83 on: April 21, 2020, 01:03:50 PM »
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Darren - embarrassingly I've forgotten who did this for me but it might help (attached)

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #84 on: April 22, 2020, 08:23:00 AM »
Thanks @Newportnobby - I'll take a look this evening.
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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #85 on: April 27, 2020, 10:51:32 PM »
Right - I have had a good look at the wiring now and actually it's not going to be that hard. If you consider that for each half of the diamond all the rails are connected to the same power, which makes sense, and each has it's own feed wire. There are two other leads - one for each frog, which you change the polarity for depending on the route set. I will double insulate both sides of the double slip (so 8 * IRJ in all). So I just need to do a little drawing to figure out all the permutations and I'm sorted.

Sorry no photos this weekend, I did make some more progress on the hidden sidings, but nothing photogenic! More soon.

In other news, I have been researching ways to build the King's Cross station canopy - anyone had any experience with the following?
Ideas are:
1) Scalescenes (download)
https://scalescenes.com/product/r005a-large-overall-roof/



OR
2) N-Scenic Grand Canopy Kit (laser cut card)
https://www.n-scenic.co.uk/collections/n-gauge-buildings-and-structures/products/n-gauge-canopy-station-3-versions


« Last Edit: April 27, 2020, 11:16:52 PM by DarrwestLU6 »
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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #86 on: April 28, 2020, 11:22:44 AM »
Number 1 @DarrwestLU6 looks similar to Barlow's roof at the old st pancras. I would opt for number 2 personally. Compare the two photos to real life snaps. Should know working trains out of both terminii. Both look good . But if costs bother option 1 is okay the glass frontage to me looks good

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #87 on: April 30, 2020, 10:18:59 PM »
Bit more progress this evening on the hidden sidings round the back. Iíve grown to really love my second hand Tracksetta to get those smooth curves. Here just checking I have enough clearance for some wide valve gear...


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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #88 on: April 30, 2020, 10:24:05 PM »
That's progress

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Re: Hogwarts to Kings Cross - A compact, folding layout
« Reply #89 on: April 30, 2020, 10:45:39 PM »
Hi Darren,

Just been catching up on your progress, its coming along very nicely! How long are your platforms going to be? Looks like you would be able to get a fairly long rake in there.

I've seen a couple of layouts with the OO large overall roof, and the end result did look very good.

I'm also planning to use a few double slips, hopefully I can get my head around the wiring too!

Cheers,

Jimmy

 

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