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I'll give that some thought! What about headless chickens?? I know how they would feel!!



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Mmmm, Push me pull you sheep!!!



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Now that WOULD be different!



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Have spent part of this morning putting a decoder into a Hornby 2-HAL and setting up a page of instructions - see https://clarahost.clara.net/www.bromsgrovemodels.co.uk/hornby2haldccinstr.htm



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Having started chopping up the ore loads to fit the Bachmann mineral wagons I have a few offcuts and had been wondering what to do with them.  I have found a solution.......



I have a few North American hopper wagons that are rather lightweight so I put an offcut into each half and then filled with Black Coal (a Real Rocks Ballast I found which I had left over from Joes Trains stock I had) and glued with Woodland Scenics liquid glue.

I've also been progressing with ballasting and made a start on Oxsea station today - nowhere near finished yet as it needs some infilling and weathering........



Also found a dead section of track near the shed door end so had to sort that out today.......!!



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It's amazing what you come across when you're not looking for them and also had forgotten I had them.........





I have to admit they weren't all mine, a couple were given to me by a friend, but it brings back memories!! I was really more into buses but none of those spotting books survived.......... Living in Battersea I do remember spending long periods at Clapham Junction and also walking around Stewarts Lane and Nine Elms sheds, something that would be impossible today.



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Father Christmas didn't forget me completely!  I was given a Humbrol workstation to use for kitbuilding and also got the Wayside Station kit from Metcalfe.



I'm hoping to purchase the accompanying Wayside Shelter and then modify the two buildings and their canopies slightly to form the station buildings for the Oxsea terminus.

Still continuing to ballast track and when I have progressed a little further will start to use the Rusty Rails painter tool and acryclic paints to give the rails some weathering.

 



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Nice to see those old ABC books John.Many a lad in the 50,s/60,s would always have one leaving the house.
Thats a handy looking rail painter as well.
Also good luck with the ballast work.
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Thanks Derek.  More updates in due course.

BTW Forgot to say Happy New Year to readers of this thread......



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Ballasting continues..... and suddenly remembered I hadn't cleaned off the rails after spraying a water/washing-up liquid mix!  Not surprisingly locos run a little better now!

Have also found some other types of Joes Trains Real Rocks ballast I have left over so have been using that on more open mineral wagons to give them some weight.

Thought I also ought to identify point motors and signal decoders under the boards so have started to add self adhesive computer printed labels.



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Been away for the last 10 days so no progress to report - must get up to the shed soon but not today - jet-lagged!!



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Well I spent yesterday replacing a TCS M1 decoder in the power car of a Class 158 DMU with a Zimo sound decoder. Progress was relatively straightforward. Having tested everything before reassembling the power car, I then found the lights wouldn't work when I put the body back on. Discovered that a wire had come adrift on the plug which connects the lighting in the body with the wiring on the chassis.

So far so good. Then I tackled the trailer car. I wired in the M1 decoder I had taken out of the power car, but try as I could I couldn't get the lighting to work. I'm rather bemused by the wiring used by Bachmann with just two wires going to the circuit board. I'll try to resolve this tomorrow!!



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Hi John

Just caught up with your progress.

May be a bit late now, however.......

For ballasting the shoulder, I have (in the past) painted neat pva on the shoulder, then sprinkled ballast over it. Removed the excess when dry, then ballasted the flat sections.

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Hi Paul

Thanks for the tip. I have used that method before on a flat baseboard but not on a pre-formed foam underlay. I just thought I would try a different method of ballasting on this layout!!

I can't do any more ballasting for a few weeks, so any further progress on this front will have to wait until next month.



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Having failed to get the lighting on the 158 tralier car to work I thought I'd try something which I thought (mistakenly) would be easier and quite straightforward.  I mentioned somewhere in a previous contribution that I had one of my favourite steam locos, a West Country ("Swanage") which I had DCC'ed some time ago but which wasn't now working.  I decided to replace the existing old ZTC decoder (over 10 years old - and all of those I installed at about the same time have now failed) with a Zimo sound decoder and a small sugar-cube speaker.

I managed to manoeuvre the body off with detaching the speed cable.  Unfortunately, once the body was off one of the wires connected to the tender coupler came adrift.  However, I managed to remove the existing decoder (which was hard-wired) and solder in connections from the Zimo decoder and the speaker.  I then had a go at re-soldering the detached wire - not easy as the copper connector seems to have a layer of black paint over it.  I managed to scrape away some of the paint and solder the wire to the bare part of the copper connector.  However, when I placed the loco on the track - short circuit!!  One of my soldered connections to the black pickup wire has also come adrift!!  And it's not even Friday the 13th yet!

For the moment I have given up risking anything else as my patience is wearing a little thin - so things have been left for rectification until another day!!!



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Issues with the West Country resolved today and now working correctly. Found a dodgy solder connection with the 158 trailer car but still no luck with getting the LEDs to light up!



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Still no luck with the trailer lights so have given up on that until I can find time to have another go, but that will have to be next month.  Have started the construction of the Oxsea station building........  photos to follow next month.



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"Photo's to follow next month"

John your'e a tease, looking forward to them.

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Afraid I'm not available for the next couple of weeks and haven't had time to set up the camera!



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Well you did ask for a photo, so not wishing to disappoint........



This was the state of the building before I went away....... and it hasn't changed as I have arrived back with the mother of all colds and conjunctivitis!!  So there won't be any building for the next few days.

The sections of the building have not yet been fixed together, hence the gaps.  I want to see how this building and the additional wayside building can be fitted together to make maximum use of the canopies when used in conjunction with the Metcalf Canopies I have, also awaiting construction.  Also, before fitting the roof I want to prepare the building for lighting, so this might mean some additional interior fittings when I have decided what is going where.



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