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Author Topic: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia  (Read 1711 times)

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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2020, 11:19:13 AM »
So after leaving the shed for a few days, the colour of the roof and some errors in construction were really starting to bug me. So I started a second build to see if I could fix or address these. I am much happier with the result.









The main "itches" that have been "scratched" in this rebuild:

  • The shed walls are straighter and have less flexibility and buckle. These long walls also include some feature details in their design which make them more interesting than a plain straight corrugated wall.
  • The roof details and edging have been made less prominent and fit better with the overall design. I have similarly included a banded feature detail across the roof which matches more like what the prototype looks like on Google Maps. I will also be added air conditioner/extractors to the roof like that on the prototype.
  • I have included guttering and down pipes on this new build (although I do need to get one additional Plastruct strip and one packet of Evergreen strips to finish this off). I have also included a place holder panel for where the "Metro" operator sign will be placed.
  • The roof construction is far more sturdy and should be able to better contain internal illumination which I am looking to add to the model.
  • Finally, I will also not be painting it all in the dark red like the previous build. Instead, I will be using either the same or slightly lighter shade of green with a white trim/detailing. The red colour may be employed for the gutters and down pipes but will first see how the rest of the model looks with this reduced colour set.
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2020, 10:09:48 PM »
that is looking good Rob.

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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2020, 10:16:30 PM »
Wot Graham said.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2020, 11:01:43 AM »
This evening has been spent doing some scratch building for this layout. This work has focused on the auto-shop at the rear of the layout (marked):





I used the Google Maps satellite image for dimensions and the Google Street view above as guides, along with a photo which I took of the side of the building from one of my visits to Bayswater Station:



And so, the results of my scratch build efforts this evening:




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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #34 on: January 27, 2020, 04:44:00 AM »
looking good Rob.

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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2020, 09:14:00 AM »
After purchasing an NCE PowerCab system two months ago and finally purchasing my first DCC enabled locomotive (unpainted NSWGR 48 class locomotive from Gopher Models - which I am considering installing a new shell on to turn into a VR T class locomotive), I was able to run a train on this layout, using DCC for the first time yesterday!

My initial thoughts:

  • The track needed cleaning which is in no way unsurprising given that the layout has been sitting in the garage where I have been doing other work.
  • I love controlling the locomotive with the DCC controller
  • It was straight-forward to detect and reconfigure the DCC address and operation parameters of the DCC locomotive.
  • The DCC locomotive (or at least this DCC locomotive) appears to be more temperamental with respect to the quality of connection on the track - Where I swap out the DCC system for a DC controller and run a single DC locomotive on the layout, it runs much smoother and is more responsive to the application of power through the DC controller.
  • The mechanism in a second (DC only) locomotive (that I purchased with the DCC locomotive above through a local Facebook group) appears to need some attention and TLC (and at this stage, definitely doesn't appear to be worth what I paid for it) - I'll probably make another thread to solicit some guidance on how to fix this mechanism *grumble*
« Last Edit: April 28, 2020, 09:15:35 AM by rob_au »
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #36 on: May 08, 2020, 01:40:24 AM »
Good news! I received notification yesterday that my order of point decoders from DCC Concepts has finally been shipped. This means that I will be able to finalise the track electrical wiring and finally be able to progress this layout.

Is it wrong that because of this delay I am actually looking forward to weathering track and ballasting?  :)
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Re: Bayswater Station - Victoria, Australia
« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2020, 01:46:06 AM »
Yes, Rob, I'm afraid it is. Looking forward to ballasting? Major mistake.

But don't worry, there are people on this forum who actually find it therapeutic  :worried: ;)

Good news about the pending delivery, though.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

 

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