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Thanks Marty

I've just found this page on the internet (http://www.stationcolours.info/index.php?p=1_3_SR) which is extremely useful and provides some recommended sources of the correct colours.  Just need some time now to hunt them down!



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Wow !  That is a most useful site .  lovely old piccys.



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Indeed!  Brings back memories of the good old days!!

Haven't had time to do any modelling today - too busy trying to paint the shed and protect it from the elements (yet again!).



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Managed to find time today to undercoat the station name boards for Oxsea.



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Have spent the last hour or so trying to finish the ballasting of the upper level of the layout containing the gradient linking the top board with Chelford.

Also pottered about a bit trying to find some things I knew I had and at long last found the DCC Concepts station lamps I need for Oxsea.  Also found some station benches and other bits and pieces in a Hornby SR luggage van! I was thinking I would have to buy more but these benches just need tidying up and painting (when I have the correct paint!).

Have also decided to use a red brick goods shed instead of the stone built one shown on some of the photos, and also found a signal box which, although slightly damaged, I have now mainly repaired and need to line it in the correct shade of green.

I also found a couple of packs of Hornby bicycles and was disappointed to find that in one of the packs both bikes had been damaged, the handlebars having broken off.  Managed to repair those as well - very grateful for superglue!! Used pliers to manipulate the small parts, not wishing to get my fingers stuck together for ever!!



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I have Been creosoting all day,your fault John.:roll:



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Do I smell a cover-up here?



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Apologies for the lack of updates but I haven't done any modelling for the last 4 weeks as I have been abroad.  Hopefully something constructive to add in a few days.



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I have just put a couple of new Hornby Duchess locos (1 with sound) and a NSE 4VP Train Pack onto eBay - been having a sort out and found these, which don't really fit in with what I'm modelling and, in any case, I just don't have room for them any more!



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Sort outs are always therapeutic... or so SWMBO tells me :It's a no no

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Mmmmm....... not so sure about being therapeutic!  SWMBO has given up on getting me to throw things away (I think/hope!!) :lol:

Trouble is I have so much stuff to go through that I'm not sure I'll ever have enough time to go through it all whilst I'm still breathing!!!



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Haven't had much time to do any modelling in the last week but did manage yesterday evening to lay some grass matting on the other half of the bridging section across the shed doorway.  Will have to check later on today that it has remained flat and also add some shrubbery along the edges to conceal the join between ballast edge and grass mat.



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Shrubbery added alongside edge of ballast yesterday so today folded up the bridging section and - hey presto everything stayed in placed - amazed!!

However, today I also tried to have a little tidy up of one or two things, which included moving the last board to go into place, the engine shed and turntable board for Chelford, and as I slid it into place ......... bu**er ....... I had some time ago put an additional piece of thick plastic to provide additional support for the gradient section linking Chelford to Oxsea and thought I had put it sufficiently far back to allow the board to go in but apparently not.  It isn't very much, less than half an inch, but I now have to choose between trying to take out the superglued piece of plastic or cut a small section out of the shed board.

Decisions, decisions............

At least the Heljan turntable still works..............!!



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Whilst rummaging through the countless locos I still have unused and boxed I found a few more steam locos (Duchess, a couple of Britannias and a 4MT) which have just found their way onto eBay.



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Well today I have managed to fit the turntable/shed board into place.  Fortunately I hadn't superglued the piece of supporting foamboard in place but only lightly glued it and I managed to slide it along just far enough to get the board into place without upsetting the support it provided.

I also turned my attention to how I was going to link the turntable board into the Chelford board and as a result have taken out what always appeared to be an unnecessary section of track and two points, enabling me to make some slightly gentler curves where Chelford meets the gradient section to Oxsea.  It has also enabled me to make some changes to the planned route onto the turntable board and make an extra siding for the station pilot.

What I will have to do before I can finally leave the turntable board in place is to motorise all of the points at that end of the Chelford board and complete trackwork wiring otherwise I won't be able to get underneath!!

Whilst testing the trackwork links on the gradient between Chelford and Oxsea I came across a short circuit created when a loco crosses one particular set of points, so this will need investigation and rectification when I can find some more time, hopefully tomorrow, but it won't be easy as I need to lift one of two sets of points and insert an IRJ - with both sets of points already seated and point motors working!!



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Hi John

Probably a daft question, but can't you just cut a gap in the appropriate rail(s) with the points in situ?

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Hi Ed

Thanks for that.  It had crossed my mind to do that but I have found that the foamboard is rather flexible, and that combined with the changes in temperature in the shed (it doesn't freeze in there as I have a thermostatically controlled heater) from very cold to well over 30 degrees when it is sunny (it was over 32 degres when I went in there yesterday afternoon), might risk the rails being out of alignment.  So I really need to keep them aligned with an IRJ.

I'm hoping the task won't be too difficult as the track isn't ballasted yet but it is one rail between two adjoining points and I just fear lifting one of them will result in having to play around with re-aligning the Traintronics point motor.

More to follow......!!



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Fingers crossed, best of luck :thumbs


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IRJ inserted - wasn't too difficult, just a bit fiddly getting the set of points I removed aligned with the pin on the point motor.

However, problem still exists.  Got multimeter out and the problem seems to be with the set of electrofrog points so later this afternoon I will have to bite the bullet and remove this set of points (which are much more difficult to get out than the set I removed this morning) and investigate further, but the shed is getting too warm at the moment!!



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