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Today I have started putting in the 3rd rails around Chelford station.  My goodness these are fiddly bits to deal with.  I'm just thankful that I had already cut out all of the necessary pieces from the sprues.



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The last couple of weeks have been a little frustrating.  Having carried on with installing as many long lengths of 3rd rail as I could I then had to stop work on the railway, discovering damp in the "gardening" corner of the shed.  I had to lift the carpet and clean off the black areas on the lower walls in the corner of the shed where I keep mostly garden implements and equipment.  Then I had to let the floor area in the corner dry out before putting clear mastic along the floor/wall join.  I also put a strip of timber along the outside of the shed between the existing outer shipboard layer and the internal frame, just as a precautionary measure in case there was moisture getting in from below.

Having got back to the railway I then decided that I really didn't like the 3-way point at the right hand end of Chelford station and I have been wrestling since then with various point/track combinations, none of which I have been particularly happy with.  I'll have to see if I can solve the issues later this afternoon.



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Hi John.    Have you put any thought into “ an arrangement of Y points “ ? Laid close together they can make an interesting alternative to a three way track plan .  Best wishes. Kevin



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Hi Kevin

No, I don't have enough room for that sort of arrangement, so I have decided to lose one of the sidings I had planned and use large radiius points.  Getting to the far corner of the layout is a challenge, even using the folding steps my wife bought me, but I have managed to paint the plasterboard around the corner pale (sky?) blue and also finished painting the baseboard before laying the new pointwork and two sidings.  Just need to fit point motors.

Also need to construct the main platform of Chelford before I can ballast the track and add 3rd rails.

Last weekend I was in Kent at my brother's house and did a little more for him on his N gauge layout.  It made me realise that I am much happier with HO/OO scale!!  However, I did fit a couple of decoders in some EMUs he had, including the Hornby/Arnold Brighton Belle (for which I have added a guide at https://clarahost.clara.net/www.bromsgrovemodels.co.uk/arnold_5BELdccinstr.htm).  At first the loco wouldn't run very well but I found that running it in and lightly oiling the worm gears over each bogie now allow it to run properly.

This week I need to do some soldering to add control boards for some Traintronics signals I have installed on the Chelford board and also to wire in the buffer stop lights on four sidings.



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Hi John   It was just an idea, that I picked up on YMRC. Sky blue may work for my backscene?Best wishes. Kevin



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Passed Driver wrote: Sky blue may work for my backscene?

That's what I was hoping!!!  At least it gives a base on which to build something!



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Cheers John    Who would have thought , that one small layout would cause so many questions? Best wishes. Kevim



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Haven't got anywhere near the shed this last week, let alone the soldering.  Too much to do in the garden once the weather changed for the better and it stopped raining (at last!).  Not going to be able to do anything now for a few weeks with other commitments but will try to get Chelford board completed as soon as possible.



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Having been abroad for the last four weeks and then confronted by some high temperatures which made it impossible to spend any time in the shed, I only managed yesterday to get in for just a few minutes.

I have finally managed to get the last Tortoise motor installed on one end of a double slip outside the main Chelford approach. I thought I had finished installing point motors at this end of the station but discovered one point that didn't throw when I expected it to!  I also had great difficulty fitting the motor as the hole for the actuator arm wasn't quite big enough so I had to use my Dremel with a grinding attachment to make the hole a little larger from beneath (the double slip is already fixed in position and ballasted!).  However, when I left it yesterday all was working well.  Too wet today to get anywhere near the shed.......



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Fortunately we have missed most of the heavy storms that have been around this week, but it has been very warm in the garden and quite hot in the shed which has had the sun on it most days.  This means that I have only been able to spend up to an hour at a time in there, with temperatures well over 30 degrees most days.

Today, however, I managed to complete the installation of track and point motors on the Chelford section of the layout - another milestone completed!!  I just need to build the platform for the main station building, ballast the track, paint it, install 3rd rails and signals ........ and I'm sure there is something else I've temporarily forgotten!

Then I can start on the engine shed/turntable board.....



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Hi John    The Hot Shed problem? I don’t know if you have enough clearance for insulation inside the roof?  Or you could plant a sedum roof “ , they are supposed to keep the inside cool.  Best wishes.  Kevin



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Hi Kevin

Walls and roof are well insulated  - I did that years ago before I started on the layout.  As for sedum, I'm not sure the roof is that strong!!  I'm also not sure I would want to provide creepy crawly things with another medium to provide access inside.  I already battle with spiders and the occasional ant (which in itself is a recent and somewhat worrying occurrence as they must be getting in from underneath and I have so much stuff stored under the layout).



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Hi John.   Thank you for your reply. That is a good point that you have made there.  Best wishes. Kevin



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Following a week visiting two of the Italian lakes I have spent about an hour each day (can't spend any longer as shed too hot!) doing a number of things including ballasting (though I ran out of glue and had to wait a couple of days until I could find time to get to Footplate in Kidderminster) and installing some signals on the Chelford board. 

Whilst installing the Traintronics signals, together with their TT301 DCC control boards, I thought I would revisit the Absolute Aspects problem signal I bought.  I can set all of the CVs as provided by Paul Harman of Signalist for use of extended accessory packets but I'm completely stumped as to how they can be used on the NCE Power-Pro command station.  I even found instructions for the relatively new NCE Light-It decoder which can, like the Signalist decoder, use extended packets (see the link at https://clarahost.clara.net/www.bromsgrovemodels.co.uk/NCE_manuals.htm) and whilst the manual goes into great detail about the flexibility of the decoder and what it can be used for (including control of signals) it doesn't explain how the CVs that have been configured from the handset can actually be used from the handset.

So if anyone has any bright ideas (which doesn't include the use of a computer) I would be really interested to hear your thoughts!



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During the last couple of days I have battled on against the heat in the shed in small bursts and have managed to complete installing third rails on two of the four tracks through Chelford station.

However, I am very concerned about the very high temperatures being observed in the shed (over 36 degrees when I went in there yesterday) and the effect this might be having on models and accessories.  I have already noted that a number of the sticky backed cable tidies I have used have come adrift and some of the models feel very warm to the touch.  I have explored several possible solutions but not of them seem to meet all of my criteria for reducing the heat in the shed.  This morning I have opened the door so that it is halfway open - which will work unril the sun moves further round, then I will have to close it.



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Hi John.

Perhaps something like this might help.
https://www.dyson.ie/fans-and-heaters/dyson-hot-cool-overview.html
I don't know anything about them but maybe there's some place near you which might be able to give a demo ?


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Hi Tony

Thanks for that.  I started to look at this as an option until I saw the price!

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Yes they're not cheap are they ?

Perhaps you might get one on special offer ?


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I have spent some time trying to find out a little more about these very expensive gadgets to see how effective they are at cooling things down.  Couldn't find very much on that aspect of the device, even on the Dyson site, but came across this response from Customer Support at Dyson to someone who complained about the ineffectiveness of these devices in cooling down a room:-

I'm very sorry to learn of the disappointment you're having with your Hot+Cool machine. It's important to note with our Air Multiplier machines that they are not air conditioning units. They will not lower the temperature of a room but rather circulate the air and blow it onto the user creating a cooling sensation.



So I think I'll give these a miss and continue my search elsewhere.



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Earlier last week I managed to complete most of the ballasting of Chelford and finish wiring upp three buffer stop lights, this being done in short stints to avoid the increasing temperatures in the shed.

However, I'm not sure now when I will get back to the railway as my head is all over the place, having received the devastating news on Friday that my wife is seriously ill.  I will just have to take each day as it comes............



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