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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #165 on: May 19, 2020, 09:40:54 AM »
That subtle curve looks great and very realistic - begs the question why most layouts have perfect straights at all!

Before retirement I was based in Edinburgh and drove down to a branch office in Galashiels every few weeks. The A7 tracks the Waverley route, which when I started in 2011 had no track at all. Over my 6 years in post the line was restored and before I retired I was able to let the train take the strain. I can confirm that the northern end of the route also has very few straight sections as much of it follows the "Gala water" valley.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #166 on: May 19, 2020, 10:32:40 AM »
That subtle curve looks great and very realistic - begs the question why most layouts have perfect straights at all!

Mike

I agree, curved track makes a big difference to any layout.

Unless of course you are modelling the main line into Hull aside the banks of the Humber then it is straight track for miles

Stay Safe and well

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #167 on: May 19, 2020, 11:21:26 AM »
Up line through the station now lifted and realigned.  The track came away very easily using a scalpel blade under the sleepers: as with the real railway, the ballast will play an important role in keeping the track where it should be.



While the glue is drying, a taste of things to come:  a B1, 61184 of St Margarets, clanks across the viaduct with a Niddrie-Canal Class E freight. As the train heads through the station the exhaust of the B1 will gradually give way to the sharp bark of a J36 at the back which will bank the train to Whitrope.  V2s and Pacifics normally worked these trains single handed: the lesser B1s and K3s generally needed a banker. These transfer freights between Edinburgh and Carlisle were the lifeblood of the Waverley Route and I will have to build an awful lot of wagons.

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That looks superb Richard, this is really going to be a layout to be proud of.

The freight is so typical of many pictures I have seen and I can just visualise my own sound fitted B1 echoing over the viaduct with J39 as banker making an equal amount of noise at the rear or the syncopated beat of A2 "Bachelors Button" pounding up the bank on its own!

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #168 on: May 19, 2020, 01:44:15 PM »

I agree, curved track makes a big difference to any layout.

Unless of course you are modelling the main line into Hull aside the banks of the Humber then it is straight track for miles

Stay Safe and well

Mike H  8)

18 miles between Selby and Hull. Tonbridge to Ashford is 24 nearly-straight miles.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #169 on: May 19, 2020, 10:25:08 PM »
Thank you everyone for your encouraging words. There's a very long way to go yet.  I suspect I will be spending this weekend wiring the two scenic boards - eight connectors of various kinds, seven busbars and assorted relay and control boards.  All for a section of plain double track with one siding.  I also have to make up various connecting cables (including some with "twisted pair" cables buried in them for the DCC handset sockets).  At that point, with luck, I will be able to run a locomotive over the viaduct.  After that, scenic contours.  Chicken wire and plaster-soaked bandages, or shaped polystyrene blocks?  I've never attempted landscaping on this scale before.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #170 on: May 20, 2020, 08:45:51 AM »
Most of the scenic work on 'Averingcliffe' was done by using shaped polystyrene with plaster bandage on top. Plaster bandage I found to be very therapeutic, if a bit messy! You could try both your methods on a bit of scrap board first to see which you prefer.
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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #171 on: May 20, 2020, 08:55:53 AM »
Most of the scenic work on 'Averingcliffe' was done by using shaped polystyrene with plaster bandage on top. Plaster bandage I found to be very therapeutic, if a bit messy! You could try both your methods on a bit of scrap board first to see which you prefer.
I always think its really interesting that as modellers we find so many different ways to do so the same thing. Plaster bandage I tried many many years ago and I didnt like the reslts (but I agree its very therapueutic), ive also used expanded foam, packing polystyrene, toilet rolls,  ceiling tiles, ply wood, chicken wire etc etc. My preferred method now is to use woven card covered in kitchen towel soaked in pva as advocated by Tony Wright. Its just another method.
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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #172 on: May 23, 2020, 07:43:18 PM »
Another milestone today...



Having installed and wired up all the droppers, busbars, inter-board connectors and the feed socket from the DCC station I can finally run trains the full length of the layout.  Some very typical Waverley Route motive power here, with A1 Pacific 60162 "Saint Johnstoun" testing the Down line, and the still unfinished V2 (60882) and J36 (65331) just coming off the viaduct in the Up direction.  I had to tweak the check rails on the turnout slightly as 60162's driving wheels were catching: the part soldered, part glued construction makes minor adjustments fairly easy.  I have installed the actuating servos for the turnout and catch point although I don't yet have the control boards for them.

Next job is to put in the uncouplers, then I can ballast the track which should keep me out of mischief for the rest of the Bank Holiday.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #173 on: May 23, 2020, 08:28:58 PM »
Another milestone

Congratulations on your milestone, it is always satisfying when you can get your trains running

Good luck with the ballasting

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