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 Posted: Fri May 12th, 2017 09:05 pm
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Yarslow is a 4mm scale BR(E) layout set in the 1960's.  Locomotives and rolling stock from the usual suppliers with a few coach and wagon kits.  Track is Peco code 75 with analogue cab control.  Control is through 3 Gaugemaster feedback units.  Signals are Ratio static models - better static than nothing!!  The layout has taken 5 years to build including long periods of inactivity caused by other obligations.  Videos posted on the Yarslow YouTube channel including details of the cartridge storage system, operational aspects of the stopping freight trains and attempts to make my layout different to everyone elses.



Early days with baseboards under construction.  The 12 x 8 shed is fully insulated.  Daylight flourescent tubes and a dedicated ring main electric circuit is fully RCD protected - as an electrician I am fully aware of the needs for safety!!



Peco point motors are driven via a CDU and have added switches to feed the live frogs as required.  Modifying the plain points is easy and luckily, the single slip is already factory ready!!  Its amazing how much wire you get through on even the simplest layout - analogue of course.



Ballast, scenery and signals starting appear.



Signal box diagram.  Double track line runs around the shed with each cutting off to a cartridge for train storage.  Separate loco and train cartridges provide for maximum variations.  Trains are 6 coaches or 20 wagons/Brake van maximum but on a layout this sze, that looks OK.  On the diagram, the lay-by at the top curves around to follow the main lline and the short siding leads to a factory.  Bottom left is the branch to Highmarsh.  In essence, this a double track version of Edington Junction on the S&DJR.

Below - various views of the layout showing that there are still jobs to do.




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Lovely layout! I'm off to look at your Youtube channel with interest.



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Great looking layout Barry, and what a tidy shed :thumbs

Like Peter, I'm off to watch your videos.



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Thanks Peter

I try to keep the "tidy" thing quiet in case the wife thinks that I could transfer those skills to the house...........

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Just realised that Yarslow features on Picture Of The Week.

I am genuinely touched by that - many thanks  Alan     :doublethumb

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I'm impressed Barry!!!!  Now if you could hide the tidiness thing from your wife to avoid the domestic stuff and give a me a hand to tidy mine in the interests of model railways, 10,000 miles not withstanding!!!!

Well done mate!

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Spurred on by the Mod's kindness, here are some trains - just to prove that I have some.  Note that I have not got round to weathering anything yet - it's another job on the list!!  The cartridge train storage system allows me to have a choice from some 40-odd trains to run on the layout.



Class 25 with a mineral train.  Most of these photos were taken before loco headcodes and crew were fitted although wagons have loads and coaches have passengers.  This was the first loco bought for the layout and is a firm favourite.



The wonderful Q6 0-8-0 which could probably pull the shed over if required.



The 36 inch radius curve through the platform does not look too bad, especially when viewed from low level.  The office chair seen in the photos above brings eye-height to about 4 inches above the baseboard top when operating.  Yarslow sits on a secondary main line so there are no A4's or similar - they would not have come this way so I stick to lesser engines to create a more realistic scene.



The layout is meant to be in NE Region so a K3 on a fish train was an obvious choice.  The Metcalf station building is due for replacement.



I have two of these B17's for the Inter District trains.  The Gresley  coach behind the tender is a strengthener and is an Ian Kirk "all 3rd" kit.  It's a pity these are hard to find now as they make up really nicely.  Anyone with an articulated set they don't want would be an instant friend!!



Standard 3MT 2-6-2T with an ordinary passenger train.  The first vehicle is a Mk I BG.  The signal behind the engine protects the exit from the lay-bye and the tracks in the foreground are the yard sidings.



Hornby's D16 has poor pulling power so it makes a great choice for the Inspection saloon.  The coach is a mod from a Hornby clerestory with bay windows cut and full interior.  There is reference to this vehicle in the YouTube video about making layouts different.



More Hornby clerestories painted to look like old vehicles that represent a special working for the local boys boarding school.  All trains running on the layout are copies (or based on) trains seen in photos.  Books like the LNER Passenger Trains tome by Steve Banks is a must if you want to get this stuff right.  Works by Bob Essery are also very good - they talk about real railways, not what other people model.  The D49 is as old as the coaches.



The branch runs from about where the brake van is to the overbridge - probably the shortest branch line in the known modelling World!!!  However, it gives a reason to the freight operations - see YouTube again for the video on how I run my stopping freight trains.  The J72 is the regular branch engine.  The brake vans sit at the end of the lay-bye for reasons that escape me now!

I'll post some more later.  For more, you could go to the Yarslow YouTube channel for moving pictures - the wonders of technology!!



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Barry Miltenburg wrote: Just realised that Yarslow features on Picture Of The Week.

I am genuinely touched by that - many thanks  Alan     :doublethumb

You're welcome Barry plus you've now given me some nice puzzle pics.



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Welcome to the club Barry, and what a marvellous layout, some great photos, definitely deserves Picture Of The Week.  :doublethumb



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Hi Barry.  Purrfect! Every time I see such a well built layout, I think that someone is using postcards instead of photos.Seeing your " Cut and Shut" inspection  coach, reminds me, if you've got a minute sometime? I will have to send you a PM on my "Tri-ang Clerestory Coach project" as it looks like I have bitten off more than I can chew.
       All the best. Kevin



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Happy to chip in if I can.  I might need some help on PM's as I not familiar with that method of communication.

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Hi Barry.  Thank you for your reply. I have just had a look at your YouTube channel. very interesting. As it happens I am a Southern fan, I read about Terry Goughs article on buying old Tri-ang Clerestory coaches and converting them to LSWR coaches, but I have been told that the end result is not " very convincing ".all the same, now I have them I would like to utilise them.  All the best. Kevin   PS I will probably be shot at dawn, charged with "thread hijacking". Because the PM message is sent to a member by going to a members details and clicking on PM, and you get a new page, then fire/ write away.



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Barry that is a very nice layout with plenty going I to are off to view the YouTube channel. :thumbs



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Hi Alan.   Puzzle Pics?? That's a new one on me. Please tell me, where do I find details??  All the best. Kevin



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No details really Kevin.Any photo posted can be used for the weekly puzzle.



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Having a bit of spare time I thought I would share some more Yarslow pictures with you.  I draw great inspiration from other people's layout pictures and hope this pays a bit back.

All of my pictures are examined for outstanding jobs - the roadway in the first picture doesn't meet the wall for example!!  Similarly, the shot through the road overbridge reveals that it appears to be flying.

By the same token, it can be pleasing to confirm that a particular scene works - the view across the yard is similar to the one I get from my operators chair whilst a bit of weathering and a crew do a lot for that ancient Hornby J52.  The weathering and passengers in the Gresley coach bring it to life and careful choices of real trains (from Steve Banks' books) brings a B12 with a pigeon working.  The leading vehicle is another Ian Kirk kit. 

I didn't realise how poor the original Hornby B12 was until the new version arrived - what a difference nearly 50 years makes!  I had an old B12 on my train set when I was 10 - you remember the one with the "chuff-chuff" noise made by a bit of metal strip rubbing on an abrasive pad under the tender.  Kids today don't know they're born..................

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Thanks, Barry.  I am enjoying the photos of your excellent layout.

Thanks for posting them.  :thumbs



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Hi Barry,

Nice set up. Lots of detail in there. Keep up the good work.
I too will have a look at your Utube videos as I am curious about your cartridge storage system.

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Very good looking layout Barry.  I'm trying to do a representation of an ER branchline terminus with my 7mm layout.

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Some excellent video's Barry. Your cartridge system has given me some inspiration as I too have storage issues.

Keep up the good work.

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