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 Posted: Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 03:32 am
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Got to agree about the old layout photos, looks like a great little layout.
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Thanks for the comments.  Of its time it was OK but nothing exceptional.  To show how old it was, though, the Western was a Trix model and the Britannia had a smoke unit in it!  I'm not sure where the Western is now, but the Britannia (which was one of my favourite locos back then) has disconnected coupling rods and I'm not sure if it is worth attempting a repair.

Back to the current layout......  whilst going through my unsold stock I came across a cup holder from New Rail Models so thought I would make use of it.  It folds up rather neatly......



and holds a cup or can quite firmly, though I suspect it might also be used for bottles (or other things!).



I have been experimenting with different types of ground surface and edging for the platforms but haven't stuck anything down yet as I'm trying to work out what looks best.

At Warley on Saturday I bought some Peco buffer stops and Train-Tech buffer stop lights........ this is something I did earlier today...



and ten minutes later after some surgery on the buffer stops........



The lights are interesting as there is no soldering necessary - they just fit between the rails.  The ballaster is a little purchase I made from Greenscene when I went to the Great Train Show a few weeks ago, but more of that when I get to the ballasting!




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This afternoon I have started adding stone edging to the platforms.  An essential tool for this I have found is the decorators tool for sealing wallpaper joins - I will also need this for the platform surfaces.

One other thing I have discovered this afternoon is an issue with some sugar-cube speakers.  One I installed recently had started to separate and the quality of sound on both of the speakers in question wasn't as good as I had hoped. I wrapped the outside edges and bottom of the speakers in blu-tack and that has both solved the separation problem and improved the sound quality.  I needed to increase the sound volume levels on both Zimo speakers by adjusting CV266 - now much more realistic!



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A couple of photos to show progress on surfacing and edging the platforms of Oxsea station.



I debated what to use to cover the central parts of the platforms and eventually decided to use tarmac for the substantial part of the actual platforms but paving slabs for the ends closest to the concourse and for the concourse itself.



I also painted the edges of the wood where the platform is split across two of the boards so that the join does not become too obvious.  When the edging paper is stuck on I leave a small piece to overlap and fold this around inside the split.

I decided that I would have to complete the platform edging (stone paper) before ballasting, as well as putting in Kadee uncouplers.

Whilst at the Warley show last Saturday I bought a couple of the Berko starter signals (one pack shown below) and these will go on the platforms, just before the sloping ends.







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Yesterday evening I managed to install and set up the first of the Berko platform starter signals in conjunction with 2 x Traintronics TT301 decoders (one for each signal head).  I programmed the decoders from the programming track before installation.  After installation the green lights came on........ but nothing else!

Today I went back to this little problem, expecting it to be user error......  and it was!!  Another senior moment yesterday meant I hadn't programmed CV1 on the two decoders.  These decoders are very easy to program, though it has to be done with a connection to the programming track.  They are even easier when you get it right!!  However, there can be some complicated maths involved (I won't bore you with what that is!) so I constructed an Excel spreadsheet to do most of the basic calculations for me.



Because it isn't possible to put the actual Signal Number into CV1  it is necessary to do calculations on the values of CVs 1 and 9 to generate the number required.  These are then fixed.  The value of CV2, however, depends on the type of signal and how many lights it has and whether it has feather(s), which is why it is blank on the spreadsheet - I fill this in by hand when I have done the required calculation manually.  Ground signal calculations are much more straightforward, hence those columns have been filled in.

One annoying thing I have come across is the fact that when the layout is switched on the signals default to green.  I want them all to default to red on power-up but the manual doesn't explain how this can be achieved.  Hopefully I will have a solution to this before too long, having contacted Traintronics by phone today to see if they can resolve this issue.



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Haven't had a lot of time over the last couple of days but have managed to complete some of the platform surfaces.  Hopefully that will be finished tomorrow.



I'm hoping that the joins will be covered up, or at least not be quite so obvious, when canopies, passengers and lighting become part of the scenery!  The surfaces from the ScaleScenes range have been printed by colour laser printer onto high quality printer paper.




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Looks good, John.  :thumbs

I like the paint damage on the wagons.

What brand of Laser do you have?  We tried a wireless Brother recently and took it back to Officeworks.



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Thanks Max.

The wagons are unmodified Bachmann - I think they were from a couple of bulk packs but if I remember correctly I was a little disappointed that the numbers on them were the same!

The laser I use is a Samsung CLP-315 - it has a very small footprint and (so far, touching wood!) has been very reliable. Consumables are quite expensive, though.



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Thanks, John.

I'll pass it on.



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One other thing about the Bachmann wagons is that they are very light.



My solution is to add some lead fishing weights I bought many years ago on one of my visits to France.  I have quite a few of varying weights and sizes.  I will probably cover them up with some large sized ballast at some time in the future when I have finished some of the more pressing tasks.

Well I've given up for the time being on getting a CV fix from Traintronics for the signal aspect problem mentioned above but I've installed the second Berko starter signal and TT301s and have a temporary solution for the problem which is to create a macro which is stored in the NCE DCC controller and run it as the first thing I do when the power is switched on. 



All the macro does is very quickly set all the signals to red (below) from the current default of green (above).



Now the surface of the platforms has been finished I will start to think about some of the scenic work which needs to be completed here - this will include the construction of some Metcalfe canopies which I bought a few weeks ago on one of my visits to Footplate in Kidderminster.  Sorry the photo below has been rearranged in the uploading process - on my computer it is vertical!



Unfortunately I only bought a couple of packs but it looks as though I am going to need quite a few more!!  I might wait to actually make the purchase until I have constructed one of the existing packs, both to see what they look like and whether there is any possibility of modifying them for what I actually want.






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John, for lightweight wagons, I use 1/16th thick lead flashing cut to the base size, scribed if needed to represent planks, glued in and painted to match the insides - once weathered, hardly noticeable but adds weight.



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Thanks Sol - I'll keep that in mind as I have a number of wagons that are going to need additional weight.



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Haven't had much time today so only managed to add the additional LED lighting under board 3, which I had intended doing a couple of weeks ago.



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Well today I thought I had better start the mammoth task of ballasting as it is going to take some time to do, so I got together the kit I required.  I started with the fold up section of the layout just inside the shed door.



Items are - Greenscene ballasting device, Greenscene Gs/412 ballast, Woodland Scenics brush-on adhesive, a pipette (cheap from Hobbycraft) for putting the adhesive on with, a paintbrush to help spread the ballast and a mist sprayer with a mixture of water with a small amount of washing up liquid.



The idea of the ballast spreader is to fill the thing with ballast then run it along the rails - there are two grooves in the base of the spreader to ensure you keep it on the rails.  It seems to work quite well and would be even better if the track hadn't been laid of foam trackbed.  The problem, as you can see above, is that the ballast falls down the sloped edges of the trackbed.



I then used the new paintbrush to clear away most of the excess ballast from the centre of the track, run the brush along the rails to remove any small pieces of ballast which might have got caught between chairs and top of the rails (which might obstruct trains running), tidy up the ballast along the edges of the trackbed (and hide the trackbed slope) and tamp down (using the brush vertically) to pack the ballast between the sleepers.



Once I was happy with the rough position of the loose ballast I used water/washing up liquied spray to give the ballast a good soaking - the washing up liquid helps the water to disperse between the pieces of ballast and thus the adhesive.  I then used the pipette to drop the adhesive on the ballast - it spread quite quickly into the ballast in the centre of the track and then out to the sides.  Had the track been direct on the baseboard that would have been it, but becuase of the trackbed slope I had to then go along each side of the track and put adhesive on the ballast packed along the sides, shown above.

Just remains to see what it looks like tomorrow!!!



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Well it doesn't look too bad.  Got rid of ballast on the sleepers, but will need to fill blank areas along the outer roadbed flanks but will do that after the ballast on the other track across the folding link boards has dried - did that track this pm.  Will also fill the area between the two tracks and level that out.  Have cut some grass mat to fill the flat grey areas but will stick that down tomorrow once the glue on the ballast edges has dried.



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Well done with the ballast John,
It can be a trying job at best.
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Thanks Derek.  I knew it was going to be challenging as there is so much to do and I have been putting it off....  However, I couldn't really do much more until the ballasting has been completed.  It looks as though it will take much more ballast than I had anticipated!!



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Managed to patch up some areas of ballast which I had missed or where it had slipped down the sides of the trackbed and left bare patches.  It still needs a little bit of tidying up........



but once that is done and some weathering (both of the ballast and the rails) hopefuly it won't look too bad.

I have also experimented with some grass mat ...........



I'm rather limited with what I can do with this area across the doorway as the two boards fold back on each other, the one on the right folding over the one on the left, so I can't use anything scenic which has too much depth.  I looked at the possibility of using some Greenscene hedgerows (above) which I bought a few years ago, but I think I might have to resort to lichen to hide the join between ballast and grassmat.  As long as I have something to keep the flock of sheep I have to go into this "field" from escaping!!



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I've found a solution to the ballast problem of the lightweight Bachmann mineral wagons - I have quite a few packs of Hornby Ore Load left over which I haven't been able to get rid of.  Whilst the loads are the right width they are far too long, but they are easily cut (bit dusty, though) to fit and with a little paint and infilling in one or two places can easily be made to look like coal or anything else, come to that!  The offcuts can also be paired up to fill another wagon so there is no waste.

I also had a few packs of sheep left from retail sales, hence the flock finding its way onto the bridging section!  It's unfortunate that all the sheep are the same size and stance but I suppose in Hornbyland that's the way things are.  I'll try to find some alternative sheep which give a little variation in position and size.



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cut and shut the sheep.... head of sheep A goes on the tail of sheep B... go on... you know you want to! :lol:



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