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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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