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Brookline
« on: July 05, 2020, 10:15:56 PM »
I think we're passed the planning stage, so thought I'd better start a build thread.

The plan was:



The baseboard looks like:



And I'm currently at this point:



The plan is it will be a multi-era, multi-country layout with interchangeable tunnel portals, buildings etc., to enable me to run anything I want. The 'hiding' (siding) at the back will be hidden and run to the edge of the board to facilitate access to a cassette system...   ...eventually!

I'm also planning to make it DC or DCC so I can run all stock, the turnouts will be Cobalt IP Digital, hopefully with a manual control as well. I haven't done anything this complicated before so I'm expecting some bumps along the way!


The planning thread is here...

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=48917.0
« Last Edit: July 05, 2020, 10:41:44 PM by emjaybee »
Brookline build thread:

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=50207.msg652736#msg652736

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Re: Brookline
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2020, 10:32:42 PM »
Hi emjaybee,

I missed the planning thread but looks like a nice project and nice woodwork to go with it. Looking forward to your progress.

What countries do have in mind if not too nosey at this earlyish stage?

Cheers, weave  :beers:

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Re: Brookline
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2020, 10:51:16 PM »
Hi emjaybee,

I missed the planning thread but looks like a nice project and nice woodwork to go with it. Looking forward to your progress.

What countries do have in mind if not too nosey at this earlyish stage?

Cheers, weave  :beers:

'Lo bloke!

I've put a link in the O.P. to the planning thread.

Stock/running wise, well, there's the obligatory LMS stock, and I've a few US diesels of Burlington Northern flavour, thanks to the silver tongued rascal in Ireland. So that's my first thoughts, but I'm thinking of sort of universal interchangeable baseplates with the buildings/whatever on.

In reality, I suppose you could switch anything in/out. It's just that I know my way around the first two more than Continental stuff.

Who knows, maybe someone will think it's quirky and interesting enough to exhibit, I'll just need about four years notice at this pace though!

 ;D
« Last Edit: July 05, 2020, 10:54:05 PM by emjaybee »
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Re: Brookline
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2020, 09:01:59 AM »
Wow emjaybee, I've just seen your layout amazing!!!  I love the multi level woodwork, that's some complicated stuff and rather challenging.  My first layout was like that but I was 7 years old and my dad built it, it was HO tho blah...  hahah we had a huge basement and my mom hated it, the nice part was he also built a 25' bar in the other room and a kitchen for my mom HAHAHAH! 

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Re: Brookline
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2020, 08:57:17 PM »
Mad busy with work, but managing to snatch a bit of time here and there in the odd evening.

Most of the track is now laid, with the exception of the two sidings. They'll have to wait until I fathom out how my uncoupling will work.



With it being a lot of curves in flexitrack I came up with this way of holding the stuff in place while the Copydex dries. Penny washers and small screws seem a lot less stressful than pushpin and bean tins!


« Last Edit: July 31, 2020, 08:58:24 PM by emjaybee »
Brookline build thread:

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=50207.msg652736#msg652736

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Re: Brookline
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 06:35:43 AM »
With it being a lot of curves in flexitrack I came up with this way of holding the stuff in place while the Copydex dries. Penny washers and small screws seem a lot less stressful than pushpin and bean tins!
Now that's inventive! Great carpentry work too, I'm envious.

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Re: Brookline
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2020, 11:14:09 AM »
With it being a lot of curves in flexitrack I came up with this way of holding the stuff in place while the Copydex dries. Penny washers and small screws seem a lot less stressful than pushpin and bean tins!
Now that's inventive! Great carpentry work too, I'm envious.

The nature of the beast means it's not practical to only join on straights, and trying to get smooth (ish) joints with the following curves was doing my nut with pins and tins.

This way I can glue the first 8", connect, position/bend the start, screw down 4", glue, bend, screw, glue, bend, screw. I'm 95% happy with the track laying.
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Re: Brookline
« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 12:09:05 AM »
Having installed the four Cobalts and had a frustrating time setting them up, documented elsewhere, it was time for a first run round of stock.

https://youtu.be/5Espmq4oayo

All the Cobalts are going to have to come out again as the actuating rod is just a couple of mm too long and catches on the bogie sides, despite me thinking it would be okay if they were the same height as the pimple on the operating bar of the Peco points.
Brookline build thread:

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=50207.msg652736#msg652736

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Re: Brookline
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 01:13:50 AM »
Nice smooth test run!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Brookline
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 06:16:53 AM »
All the Cobalts are going to have to come out again
Don't do that, just snip the excess off in situ with a pair of snub-nosed cutters. It might take a bit of pound-force, but preferable to removing the motors and starting over.

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Re: Brookline
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 06:39:50 AM »
All the Cobalts are going to have to come out again
Don't do that, just snip the excess off in situ with a pair of snub-nosed cutters. It might take a bit of pound-force, but preferable to removing the motors and starting over.
I totally agree.  I always put my hnd over the top to catch the flying end.  It can hurt the hand a little, but is much preferred to eye damage.
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Re: Brookline
« Reply #11 on: Today at 05:02:57 PM »
Fellas! You stars! Everyone is saving my sanity of late.

I'd have whipped them beggars out and been cursing for hours trying to realign them. Ping, ping, ping, ping, job done.

Thanks.
Brookline build thread:

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=50207.msg652736#msg652736

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