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 Posted: Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 05:59 pm
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Just realised how long it is since I posted an update on here. Needless to say work has been progressing at a slower pace than I would like but given it is getting to well over 30 deg C by 11am it's not really condusive to getting lots done. So much of the ballasting is now complete and polyestyrene is being cut to form basic hills. The main stumbling block to getting the ballasting finished as trains running again is bridges. I need to finish some (well quite a few actually). Anway here is the current state of play of three that have been in progress for quite a while.

1. The Hornby suspension bridge for the branch line, modified for double track and shortened.

As you can see not yet finished but getting there. This photo shows it drooping a bit in the middle as I haven't inserted the aluminium support bars yet.

2. The girder bridge for the east coast main line (will be in front of the suspension bridge).

I think this is OK now although it needs weathering.

3. Girder bridge taking the branch line over the main line after leaving the station.

Needs painting and weathering.

So hopefully by the end of August I will have the last of the backdrops fitted and these three bridges in place if not fully finished with the scenics around them.

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Love the modification to the Hornby suspension bridge, I always wanted one when I had my layout as a child!



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Love those bridges.

Well done

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Can't believe I have photo of the week. Thanks for that - better get on and do some more on the layout. Been back to the UK for a couple of weeks so nothing to show just yet but did go in the car so a boot full of goodies. 80m of plaster bandage, paints etc and some picaxe chips for programming signals. Don't think the boss has quite twigged just how much of the boot full was mine.

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It's a dangerous thing going back to UK in a car Dave - it's funny how things just seem to mount up in the boot.

I'm flying back next month - for that very reason !!!  Every time I go by car, REsolve seems to DISolve and I end up having to eat  bread and water for 3 months after I get back ...............................



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Could be an opportunity to put some lighting in before its finished David .  In Spain at the moment but when I get back to UK I will show you what I did to the same bridge 



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Well not quite finished the way I want it yet but getting there. The suspension bridge is now finally in position and just needs track ballasting and scenics around it. The girder bridge can now be fixed and sealed in place ready for the water. Think I will do a trial piece first as I haven't done water before - picked up mod podge in the uk for ripples afterwards as seen on Chadwick Model Railway on youtube.



Switching between different jobs as and when I feel like it so progress in various places. Walls being sorted on the main scenic leg along with much cutting of polystyrene and plaster bandage work. I think I need to do a work plan for the next few weeks as I have members of the model railway club from down near the coast coming up in November and I would really like trains running again by then.

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Looking good :thumbs


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Good to hear from you Dave. Those bridges look very impressive. Belated congratulations on the header picture.
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Doesn't time move on. It seems only a few days since I was trying to get something running for the guys from the club on the coast to trek up here to see. As it turned out the trip had to be re-scheduled for early next year so that was ok. I hadn't run any trains for months whilst working on the scenery and hence filthy track, so with a week to go I stopped building and started cleaning. Four days before and the track was clean but a short on the right hand side meant that Traincontroller thought that all sections were occupied. Much choice language and loads of cable removed and droppers disconnected finally found the culprit but left me with loads of cable and droppers to re-install. There are times when I think a small plank layout might have been the way forward. Anyway given the extra time I have been working on more bridges.

Firstly there was the suspension bridge widening and shortening as above - bleep bleep.



That is the river on the left hand side of the board. The river on the right hand side needed four bridges. As the photo shows they are all now built but need end supports and fixing in place. Being a gluten for punishment the two centre bridges are from Modelux and are supposed to be single track. They are made of many tiny delicate pieces and, with some bits missing, needed "adapting". I do like them just now need something like red-oxide spray paint to give them a final coat.



At least once I have these bridges fully installed trains can once again run on the layout and I can build up scenery around the river without having to disturb it all again.

And finally, in case anyone can suggest modifications, I am conscious that reaching to the back endge of the layout when all buildings are in place may be an issue so have come up with the trestle below.



It has to be so high in the centre to go over the backdrop but I am thinking about getting the local fabricators to make a span that has a centre section that is like an inverted U so that the rest can be lower when I am lying on it.

Oh well - back to the bridges. A happy Christmas and New Year to all - and hopefully goodies as requested.

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Really like those bridges Dave, they look great :thumbs

                  and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours as well.


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Not sure which is more impressive the four railway bridges over the river or the man bridge over the layout itself.
What a great idea....I could do with something like that.

The layout looks great Dave........although the Metcalfe buildings look a bit lonely:lol: Lots of cutting out to come?

All the best for Christmas

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Hi Dave,

Micro Mark over here has a cantilevered step ladder allow you to work over the track in relative comfort. You might have a look and borrow the design.

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Thanks for the comments.

John. I hadn't realised bits of the factory were in view. The main factory is around somewhere almost (like most stuff it seems) ready to put on the layout. I am trying to put tiny smd lights in houses and other buildings although they are a bit small to work with - just glad I bought the pre-wired versions. I found that 4 in series along with a resistor can be powered from a 12v supply. By varying the resitor I can adjust the brightness a bit.

Nigel. Thanks for the pointer. Had a look at the creeper and it does look very useful - maybe talk to the local fabricator and see what he thinks.

On another subject - just poured the first river yesterday with hot air gun at the ready to assist in getting rid of bubbles. 20 minutes later and what a fantastic surface on the two part Fantasy Resin. Cover it up and leave to dry. Yesterday evening went to see how it was getting on only to find areas of bubbling that had now almost dried. Not sure if I can dig them out and put on a thin top coat or if the board is now scrap. Just glad it wasn't the river that is fixed in place.

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Hi Dave,

Bubbles in resin. You need a deairator. Cheapest simply attach to the cold tap, creates quite a vacuum. Use a largish air brush conical reservoir that has an air-tight seal and gently swirl for 15-30 seconds depending on the set time.

The other thing to watch out for is dust. The surface you are pouring into needs to be dust-free. Otherwise microscopic bubbles will congregate and get bigger.On


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Thanks Nigel. When it happened I had a look round the internet for possible causes for the bubbles and someone had said it might be a reaction between the resin and the insulation board if there were any gaps in the paint cover. Who knows, but I will try and do a belt and braces approach with some sort of vacuum as you sugegst for the other river. I have tried grinding out the bubble "patches" at one end with a Dremel and then filling the holes with resin. So far it looks Ok even if not smooth like it was. If it works when fully dry, then I think a thin top coat should get me back a flat surface.

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Modelling water always creates problems it seems.  I have yet to attempt it but there will be some on mine so watching with interest.



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