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 Posted: Wed Apr 13th, 2016 10:39 pm
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Uncoupling 2

To uncouple stock in the fiddle-yard and for the odd occasion where uncoupling is required other than at the designated magnet positions, this is my weapon of choice...





I made this one in about ten minutes from some 60 thou styrene and a small length of Evergreen styrene tube.  I think its use is obvious... slip it under the droppers and tilt it back using the small piece of tube as a pivot.


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I have one of those as well, mine was made using a piece of clear CD case and some sprue from a Airfix kit



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Hi Terry,

I'm very pleased you now have it sorted and it helps confirm what a great meeting place this forum is.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to a local club here in France, but have made good use of this forum's excellent planning resource and my branch line will be much the better thanks to it ;-)

I do like your use of the 'quick jack' that time saving device in many a race track pit lane.

Continued good luck with this enjoyable build which also champions an effective and logically uncomplicated approach to railway modelling.

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Thank you for your kind words Bill. 

The track has been altered and the wiring is completed.  A loco has been test run to all parts of the layout and everything is working well.  Single sleepers have been cut from an offcut of C&L flexible track and the chairs cut off.  These have been slid under the rails at those places where there are gaps in the sleepers and have been glued in place. I am currently continuing with the job of painting the rail sides with acrylic paint, a job only slightly less mind-numbingly boring than ballasting.  Unfortunately, ballasting comes next!

Here are a few photos just to give a flavour of the track layout...


The first picture shows the new platform road on the left leading into the now straightened goods shed road.   The lineside industry has been repositioned to the siding on the right.



Here is the fiddle-yard with two sidings facing each direction, together with the central road which can either be used as an extra-long siding to marshal or receive a train, or as the through road for continuous running.


Buildings

Some close-ups of the proposed principal buildings.  These are mock-ups using cat biscuit boxes.  They have a lovely brown inner surface which is ideal for this exercise.


Station Building. 

I was looking for a building small enough to fit on a short platform, without overpowering the scene.  I remembered the late John H. Ahern had completed a number of building drawings aimed at railway modellers, and one of them was an attractive small country station with attached living quarters.  I dug out the drawing from my collection and quickly decided it would suit the location admirably. I quite like the idea of modelling Mr.Ahern's buildings as a kind of homage to the great man.  If you have a copy of 'Miniature Building Construction' by Mr.Ahern, you'll find a picture of the station building on page 146.  If you haven't got a copy and enjoy modelling buildings in card, find yourself a copy without delay.  This book really is the modeller's bible as regards making buildings from card .

Goods Shed.


The eagle-eyed might recognise this as a mock-up of the Scalescenes model, and you would be right.  Currently, it fits the bill but I might change it if I come across another design which  I feel would look right. 

Industrial Building.


This is also based on another drawing by Mr.Ahern, a lineside factory.  An attractive sketch is shown on page 148 of 'Miniature Building Construction'.  I haven't yet decided on the nature of the industry but any suggestions would be welcome.

More as the layout develops.

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It dawned on me that I have already built a building in card to one of John H. Ahearn's designs.  In the final chapter of 'Miniature Building Construction' there is a sketch of a very attractive small lighthouse.  I decided to construct a working model from this drawing.  This has absolutely nothing to do with the current layout under construction, but if you have an interest in card buildings, you will find the story here:

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=9614&forum_id=14

Make yourself a large mug of your favourite brew, sit back, relax, and enjoy watching someone with ten thumbs attempting to create an unusual building for no other reason than it seemed like a good idea at the time!  

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made myself a coffee and sat bacvk and enjoyed the lighthouse build,a brilliant little model
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Thank you Owen, very kind.

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Layout Update.

Progress has been rather slow but I am pleased to report that ballasting has been completed on most of the track and awaits weathering.  The two station yards (upper and lower) are to have their sidings ballasted with what appears to be ash, with that 'sunken down to ground level look.'  To achieve this I am using Hobbycraft own brand air-drying clay.  Using a small screwdriver, I take a small piece from the block and position it between the sleepers. I then dip a finger in a jar of water and run it over the clay which immediately smooths down and fills any gaps.  I run a damp, stiff brush over the tops of the chairs and along the rail sides to clean off any excess clay and them lightly dab with a paper towel to soak up excess water...





Unfortunately, the acrylic paint previously painted on the rail sides has been washed off and will have to be done again.  I have applied the clay directly to the baseboard surface without any PVA glue being painted on first, as seems to be the accepted wisdom.  It appears to be adhering ok at present.  I would be interested to know if anyone has previously had a disaster in doing it this way.



I also decided to make a start on the ground form between the siding in the lower yard and the curve of the 'main line.'  A cereal packet was cut into strips and glued across the gap...






There is much talk these days of using paper towels for creating scenery.  But where to obtain them?  I looked on the internet and decided that a case of over 1,000 at £10 was uneconomic.  I didn't want to get arrested creeping out of MacDonalds with the complete content of their toilet under my arm, so I decided to revert to good old newspaper.  Better still, a free newspaper.  I tore-up some pages of the London Evening Standard and stuck the small pieces over the card framework with Poundland PVA.  About three or four layers of paper were added in total, each layer being liberally brushed with PVA...






A quick coat of cheap acrylic paint and this area is ready for the ground cover, which will be grass in this case.  But that isn't going to happen until I get the track and ballast painted...






I am undecided what to do with the area behind the curve in the picture above. To the right will be the station platform.  To the left is a corner of the baseboard which might lend itself to a small farm, or even the edge of a village.  Other ideas welcome. This area can be seen on the top left corner of the plan in the 40th post in this thread.



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Whilst chatting to my wife, I mentioned my dilemma as to what to put in the corner to the left of the station site.  'A windmill' she replied, without giving it a second's thought.  Blow me!  I've been lying awake at night trying to get to grips with this problem and SWMBO comes up with the perfect answer in half a second and her mind has already moved onto something else!  Coincidentally, we had a holiday last week on the Isle of Wight and I discovered that there is a surviving tower mill in the care of the National Trust at Bembridge.  I managed to find some holiday postcards giving good views of the mill which negated a site visit to take photos.  I will be starting a separate thread showing the build, but this is where we are at currently...







There are plenty of photos on Google if you want to see the real windmill.


The build can be found here...


http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=14417&forum_id=14



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Hi Terry, I'm moving house at the moment but intend to get a 12'x8' shed to house my layout. Weybourne which I've dismantled although the main station baseboard is in one piece and was built in a 10'x6' shed would need some adjusting (expanding!) so i am following your build with added interest to see what a 12x8 shed will 'yield'!!
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Hello Ron.  Make sure that you insulate your shed and install heating and lighting.  Way back in this thread there is a drawing showing the trackplan.  Basically, I've opted for a through station and goods facilities on one side of the shed and fiddle-yard on the other side.  Good luck with yours.

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Hi Terry. I am a real skinflint. I preferred the cheaper option for my WIT point control, admittedly sometimes I don't get it correct first time. But when I do its great. And now I have an idea, but I'm not certain which is the best way to proceed. It is the three spare connections on the DPDT slide switches, I could add them to a light(LED) circuit to indicate the direction that the points are? all the best Kevin



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I'm not sure about that Kevin.  Electrics is not one of my strong points.  I wonder if one of the electrical experts on this website can help?

Re the layout.  I wasn't totally happy with the siding submerged under air-drying clay so I lifted it and re-laid with new track.  I'll do a layout update as soon as I finish the timber-framed cottage build which I am doing on another thread.

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Layout update.

Basically, because of my lack of detailed knowledge regarding the London Midland Region, I have decided to 'morph' this layout into a 'typical' British railway with a nod towards the Midland.  In other words, there will be some Midland style features but in other respects, the model will be typical of a railway anywhere in Britain.  Personally, I am happy with the freedom which comes with not being too tied to a particular company or location, especially as I recently bought the Oxford Rail Adams Radial Tank and two Hornby coaches to go with it.

I am looking to see where I might include a small oil depot.  I have a large number of tank wagons and it would be a shame not to run some of them.

As I have no particular plans for the scenery, I thought I would start the scenery at the far left of the layout and gradually progress towards the right, letting the terrain evolve as I go along.  The area in the left hand corner will be the site of the windmill and has been prepared, now awaiting the application of flora and fauna.  A sunken road is being prepared which will run from this area toward the station, gradually rising to bring it up to baseboard surface level on the next baseboard.  Mdf was screwed beneath the baseboard to support the road and 2mm greyboard forms the road surface...



The station building will be situated at the top of the incline on the right where the pieces of card are lying on the baseboard.  Papier-mache is advancing down the layout. 2mm greyboard formers on the left.  The inclines are ridiculously steep but I an working in a narrow area.  Artistic license rules.  The end of the road nearest the camera will be heavily wooded to conceal the road's exit at the baseboard edge.  Well, that's the theory anyway!




Another use for a Shreddies box...




More as and when things progress.


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You might have said but I missed it, but what year are you modelling?
I'm rather partial to 1962ish.  This is pre Beeching, lots of steam and I do like some of those 1st gen. diesels.  I'm particularly fond of the Class 108 DMU.  The pre-nationalisation infrastructure was also pretty much unchanged.
Doing BR you are free to include locos from other companies, so that's liberating.
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Another use for a Shreddies box...




More as and when things progress.


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You'll impress Doug with that Terry but i think he's more of a cornflako man.



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John, circa 1960.  I love the green diesels too.  I'll find an excuse to run my class 108 through the scene.

Alan, I've got lots of cornflake packets too!

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Whilst painting the ballast this afternoon, I was disturbed at how easily some of it came away.  Spent an hour applying more diluted pva to the whole of the trackbed.

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Apologies for not posting any updates recently.  Progress has been rather slow.  However, my railway mojo has returned and I have started on the scenery.  I bought a tub of 'earthy brown' matt emulsion paint and this is being applied to all ground areas before applying any grass etc.


 This is the area previously shown between the main running line and the lower goods yard:


 



 


As you can see, the goods line in the foreground has yet to be ballasted.  The brown paint looks rather grey in this photo but it is brown in real life.


 You might like to look back over this thread to see how the road started life.  This is how it looks now:


 


 



 


More soon...


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So grey is the new brown then, cool ;-)

Glad to hear your mojo is back on track Terry, well done that man.

Good greenery btw,

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