Wordless Wednesday Clan

  

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Wordless Wednesday playing trains!

  
  

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Tracing Tuesday

  
Wiring up continues with temporary switch locations for DC isolating sections. Once the sections are tested I’ll remove the switches and trace the wires into the main loom to the control panel. 

The layout will be DC/DCC with the change being facilitated by only swapping controllers, as I do with Albion Yard. The isolating sections in DC then become DCC power districts, so any short circuit finding can be helped by switching sections on or off. Point switching and polarity changes as mentioned in an earlier post are powered from a separate source, so once these sections are wired in there will be a small panel to make for the sections . This will be separate from the points and signals panel, but both panels will be separate from the layout chassis, to allow flexibility when operating as a peninsula section. 

 
These panels aren’t huge pieces of hardware, for ‘Shelfie’ the panel is an old 35mm slide box, and they’ll be similar here due to the simplicity of the layout. Another day or so and all board wiring will be complete, and I’ll be able to run a test session. That I’m looking forward to, as that’s when the project really comes to life!

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Many Happy Returns..

  
Like most of us I spend a good deal of time thinking and planning future projects, and sometimes help others with theirs. What you see above is just that, in the foreground is some 3D ‘thinking’. When the Forest of Dean (FoD), project gets underway I want it to be pretty well structured, and not suffer from too many changes, there will be some, that’s a fact of life. Last weekend I took Bawdsey to Larkrail. To do that meant moving quite a bit of stuff to dig the layout out of storage. A by product of this was to set Shelfie up on the chassis I’m using for the new  Southern project. Whilst Shelfie was up I happened to store some of the Berry Wiggins bitumen tankers on the new Southern board which has just had the track receive it’s first coats of paint.

  The law of unintended consequences comes into play here, the tank wagons looked good sitting on the track and my mind turned to ‘Whimsey’ a FoD  layout design element if ever there was one! Whimsey goods yard was a simple linear twin loop layout, in latter years being an unloading and storage depot for Bitumen for road construction and repair. So, out came some Peco OO track and the simple Whimsey track plan was quickly mocked up in front of Shelfie. I know the rough space in terms of footprint I need and I feel it would work particularly well as a peninsular section, the thin nature of the prototype working in it’s favour. I really enjoy some of this 3D planning, you instantly get a feel for if the plan will work within the allocated footprint, this saves a huge amount of time and frustration. Not so long ago I was shown a layout design for a modest space, around 8ft x 2ft scenic footprint. Using lining wallpaper, Peco track, and a few items of rolling stock I was able to show that the design would look cramped, there was no space allowing the layout and trains to breathe. It helped the builder realise his design wouldn’t work as he hoped, potentially saving him future problems. The downside being it can also cause frustration when you realise the grand scheme, even if a branch or short line project won’t work. 

So what of the happy returns then? Well this diversion reminded me of the articulated truck you see here, it’s two kits, the tractor unit and the trailer tank.  I bought them to build a representation of the articulated bitumen tankers that operated out of Whimsey, and messing about with the layout design reminded me of this shelf queen, sitting there, waiting it’s time. So taking it out of the box reminded me why it had sat on the shelf, the tractor unit chassis  was a flat bed rather than aprototypical open frame chassis looking a bit ‘meh!’ in the process. I can fix that I thought, so out came the drills to make a pepper pot pattern, and the blades to cut away the solid section. Success! An hour or two of work has got this unusual truck well under way to completion, that satisfaction now feeding the creative motivation to build and plan more ‘stuff’. 

  
So the process of preparing for an unrelated exhibition has meant me returning to my core interest, and getting a shelf queen underway again. Maybe I should get Bawdsey out more often!

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Wordless Wednesday (R3243a)

Hornby R3243 R3243A R3243B R3418 R3417 R3242A

Hornby R3243 R3243A R3243B R3418 R3417 R3242A

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Throwback Thursday, better late than never …

A few weeks ago on a Thursday, I wrote about using double sided tape to hold down or rather ‘up’ Tortoise point motors. albionyard-back-on-track/ Well all went well overnight, or part of it. In the morning I arrived to find two of the point motors on the floor and one hanging ready to join its mates. This was officially ‘disappointing’, I’d thought my solution would be a quick and easy fix to get the track up and fully functioning. I tried a second time with only slightly better results, it was clear that the tape would be unable to hold the motors.

Unibond double sided tape cat no. 1507603

Unibond
double sided tape
cat no. 1507603

At this point the benefit of the blogging community and readers stepped in in the form of todays hero, Brian Patterson from South Africa. He suggested that I search out Unibond double sided tape, I did, (see UK packaging above) and got some from a local B&Q store. I replaced the old tape with the Unibond product and the difference is incredible. Overnight the motors were held firmly in place, a month on they show no signs of loosening, and the 6ft long (9mm thick MDF) track board can be physically moved laterally holding onto a point motor body. Thank you Brian, your suggestion potentially saved a huge amount of messing about! Over at Llangunllo, radnorailwaystrack-finishing-touches Geoff too has been working on track, with an interesting comment regarding linking to blogs and using suggestions from the community. The point motors are acoustically uncoupled from the board and you can only hear the low volume whine of the motor/gears as it performs the switch function. All the motors are wired up and running from a mobile phone charger.

Project 'Southern'

Project ‘Southern’

The chassis of the baseboard is made up as can be seen here, at this stage I haven’t got the full footprint worked out which may seem a bit weird, but I’m still thinking through some lighting concepts for the presentation. Pete Kirmond’s Laramie being a big influence on how I might manage the lighting and fiddle yard. Many readers will note an unashamed influence and connection to the Ian Futers style of terminus design. On this view you are looking to the station throat, and the fiddle yard length and style will be determined by the scenic join and as previously mentioned, lighting. Its highly likely it’ll be a peninsular  type of design with the viewers able to walk around at least three sides of the layout. This view will be one the public gets, looking down the layout to the fiddle yard. Multiple unit use will reduce the amount of presence required by the operators in the scenic section. At the moment I’m thinking the right hand line may drop and curve away from the current alignment to give a Kings Cross, York Way, widened lines feel. That will also give challenges to the building alignment and heights. Its quite interesting working in this very fluid way at the moment, because this won’t be part of the Forest of Dean project I can afford to experiment a bit with the design and construction. The FoD project has the potential for a peninsula or two, so I’ll learn the craft with this one!

On the Forest of Dean project I was fortunate enough to spend a while looking at Hattons 14/58XX pre-production models a week or so ago, and talking to Dave Mylett about them.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the initial model samples I was shown, and only had the opportunity to take a couple of phone snaps of them. ehattons.com

Hattons 14XX H1412

Hattons 14XX
H1412

Hattons 58XX H1410

Hattons 58XX
H1410

On the basis of looking at them and speaking to Dave Mylett, I have ordered one of the plain black top feed versions. There are some clever ideas with them, for the DCC sound fitting the bunker coal is removable allowing a sugar cube speaker to be fitted easily with I understand connections ready for the speaker to be attached. The sound will be helped acoustically with apertures in the base of the bunker to allow the sound out. Turning them upside down briefly indicated that the splashers may have sufficient clearance for the EM/P4 contingent. Axle diameter looked to be in the 3mm area but I wasn’t able to determine if the chassis would be an easy conversion. Visible behind the leading driver was a cross head screw into the side of the chassis, so it could be the there is the facility to dis-assemble the chassis to swap wheelsets for those that wish to. Please note these are just my very brief overview of those shown to me. The colors of the black versions looks particularly good in the flesh, a dark charcoal grey or ‘light black’ giving a nice eggshell finish. I wasn’t so keen on the BR green version and lined black, the lining on both appearing to be too heavy and thick. I don’t think they’ll be the best steam outline models we’ll see, but feel they will stand favourable comparison to the major players, and that any cosmetic shortcomings will be a relatively easy fix.

Also to be seen were the J94 samples for Hattons, to be frank they didn’t catch the eye or imagination like I hoped they would have. The detail and appearance of the 14/58XX appears far finer than for the J94, and they will be almost contemporary products from the same manufacturer. Note the J94 is a standard range DJM model with limited edition liveries for Hattons, where the 14XX is a Hattons commissioned model. Having looked at the J94’s I’ve no compulsion to place my Brassmasters  kits on ebay on the basis of looking at these admittedly pre-production examples.

To close, a week or so ago a friend advised me that John Hayes had passed away which is a great loss for the hobby. I’d lost regular touch with John over the past few years, usually catching up at scaleforum, but am eternally grateful for the help he gave me after my fathers passing. We had an engineering workshop to dispose of, and John helped dispose of machinery and tooling to friends in the vintage motorcycle restoration field. It was good to know they were going to a good home and something my late father would have appreciated too, he like me being into, and riding motorcycles. I was also extremely fortunate enough to spend some time over the years with John learning skills, (you really felt like the sorcerers apprentice watching him), and still have some of the tooling and jigs he made to help me with some of my earlier projects. John’s skillset was immense and he was very, very modest about that talent. For those of you familiar with his modelling skills, if you can imagine those transferred to full size historic motorcycles, you get an idea of the quality of the bikes he maintained and restored. Older vehicles like those rarely capture my attention, they’re just not ‘my bag’, but I always asked for a sneaky peak at the bikes, just to appreciate the quality of the art of engineering he achieved, and to see what a proper English bike should look and sound like! Good luck to ya mate! RIP.

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Wordless Wednesday (fifty shades of grey)

 

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