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Author Topic: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia  (Read 1714 times)

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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2019, 12:05:22 PM »
I really would recommend some tracksettas, Rob, not least a straight one (or two)!
You won't need the full set so I'd suggest you just select the ones you think will be most useful.
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2019, 05:21:53 AM »
I've just looked your prototype up on Google Maps. It is a through station. Are you modifying it to run as a terminus or is it part of a circuit?

Work so far looks very good and your carpentry is immaculate. Your baseboards will last forever! :goggleeyes:
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2019, 08:13:56 AM »
I really would recommend some tracksettas, Rob, not least a straight one (or two)!

Good idea!

I went to pick up the remaining track that I need for this layout today but forgot about this advice. In my defence, I also forgot the additional joiners and wire that I also wanted to get and somehow acquired a HO locomotive and some track that are going to be part of a smaller, side layout project. For which I also forgot to get rail joiners.
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2019, 08:17:00 AM »
I've just looked your prototype up on Google Maps. It is a through station. Are you modifying it to run as a terminus or is it part of a circuit?

Work so far looks very good and your carpentry is immaculate. Your baseboards will last forever! :goggleeyes:

It's a through station, but I am leaving it unchanged. Unfortunately there are some space constraints that I need to work with. Besides, I figure that there is enough in the design that allows me to play with layout and operation "as is" without getting bored.
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2019, 08:23:53 AM »
Hi Rob,

Will you be looking to exhibit it once ready?

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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2019, 08:39:01 AM »
Will you be looking to exhibit it once ready?

I hope so, but there is so much to do before I can even begin to think about that.
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2019, 10:07:42 AM »
So, I have started to add the track underlay ...




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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #22 on: December 25, 2019, 12:22:46 AM »
After a few evenings of concerted effort, I have now laid all of the underlay and tracks.



This includes this set of connected points which required some modification from my plan as AnyRail over estimated the practicalities and available space for fitting these points so close together. Nevertheless, space has additionally been cut for throw-bars and under board point solenoids.



Each piece of track has at least one set of wires soldered to its underside. Any track longer than 30 cm (1 foot) has a set of wires soldered at either end.



Next job will be to connect the under board wiring and ensure smooth running over all of the rails.
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2019, 12:18:12 PM »
After connecting all under board wiring, I was able to successfully run a locomotive over the layout without any shorts. I say "a locomotive" when in reality, I only have a single N scale locomotive at this stage - Graham Farish 371-877A (https://www.bachmann.co.uk/product/graham-farish-class-108-2-car-dmu-br-blue-grey-371-877a/) - purchased for the memorabilia value as it reminded me of a locomotive that I had on my HO scale layout as a kid. This locomotive ran smoothly over the tracks and paused on only three of the seven points in the layout, but this is to be expected at this stage as I have not installed any switches or provided switchable power to the point frogs. Nevertheless, with the lack of shorts or dead sections of track, I consider this to be a highly successful first test of the layout.

I am now at a point where I need to spend money - for the DCC control system, point motors and the stationary point decoders that I want to run. As such, progress on this layout is likely to slow while I prepare for this expense. However, I have productive in the mean time.

One of the focal points of this layout will be the engine works shed. This is a photo of the corresponding prototype:



This shed is going to be scratch built on this layout using styrene sheets and edging from Evergreen and Plastruct. This shed is going to be placed on smoothed "concrete" surface with the tracks through the shed itself "cut" into the "concrete" surface. However, not having done such a build before, I decided to spend this evening to build a rough representative model out of paper card. I decided on this course of action so as to experiment with the size and placement of the shed on the layout (and ensure that any mistakes in cutting are performed with inexpensive card as opposed to styrene sheet).

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This evening of card scratch building has already been fruitful in that is has allowed me confirm desired measurements - such as the space between the two track entries to the shed needing to be narrowed - ahead of the styrene build. I will look to do the same with the more complicated station island and station building elements of this layout.
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2019, 11:43:51 AM »
While I have taken some liberty with the colour of the shed roof (and might still redo this in the same green as the corrugated shed walls), I am really happy with how this styrene scratch-build has come out, in particular the roof (although perhaps not the colour).








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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2019, 11:50:42 AM »
An excellent job Rob. Roof looks great as it is but I see what you mean.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2019, 12:01:00 PM »
Nice build @rob_au is it not legislation in Oz that roofs are red or us that only in certain parts????

Looks like a sun bleached red tin roof to me!!!!

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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2019, 12:06:59 PM »
An excellent job Rob. Roof looks great as it is but I see what you mean.  :thumbsup:

Thanks Chris and Craig.

The roof was actually very time consuming as each of the roof seams and the top/end cappings are separate strips of styrene that have been glued in place. Additionally, the roof (and indeed the shed as a whole) needed to be built in multiple parts due to the length of the shed (40 cm) exceeding that of the source styrene sheets.

Irrespective of whether I re-colour the roof, I will also be looking to incorporate some roof objects (like air conditioners/fans) and some internal lighting/detail to add to the realism of the layout.
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2019, 12:14:29 PM »
Rob, not much use to you now, or even if they ship to Oz let alone whether it will be cost effective but 2 of our sheds were 600mm long and 1 is 2METRES!!!!!!!

I use E.M.A model supplies from London.

I use their 0.8mm styrene sheet that's 650mm x 300mm in dimensions and they do corrugated sheet as well.

Plain sheet is very cheap, corrugated for the same size was about 18 / $36-40 bucks!!!! But when your building to a big dimension definitely worth it.

Their website is fantastic for EVERYTHING styrene related!!!

Leave the shed for a few days, if you can work on other parts of the layout without looking at it everytime thinking it's the wrong colour you can live with it!!!

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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2019, 12:24:58 PM »
Rob, not much use to you now, or even if they ship to Oz let alone whether it will be cost effective but 2 of our sheds were 600mm long and 1 is 2METRES!!!!!!!

I use E.M.A model supplies from London.

Thanks for the tip Craig. I'm having a look through their web site now and it looks like they will ship overseas, but will calculate shipping manually after an order is placed. Definitely bookmarked for future reference.
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