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 Posted: Fri May 17th, 2019 08:48 pm
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Just a quick back-reference really.

Post 25 of this thread told the story of the "Boys" school special and how I ended up with 2 trains - one full and one empty.  The full one runs under headcode B and the empty one under code C.  The other dodge concerns the loco.  I will probably use D49's for this service - its the early 1960's and a working of this type would be an ideal turn for these old girls eeking out their last few days.  Hornby make a Railroad D49 "Cotswold" but there are no alternate names.  I bought an old Hornby D49 "Cattistock" which was not as good as "Cotswold" in terms of body detail nor in terms of chassis as it had the old horrible tender drive unit.  I managed to get another "Cotswold" cheap and simply swapped the "Cattistock" body - a bit of fettling under the boiler was all that was needed to make it fit. 

This means I now have 2 D49's which are the same Railroad chassis but different era bodies.  The chassis is actually very good.  I also have a spare "Cotswold" body of course.

The clever bit might be to re-instate the original body giving me two identical locomotives - except that one will run with B headlamps for the loaded "Boys" train and one with C lamps for the ECS working.  They will simply shuttle between the storage sidings and Highmarsh on the new layout so will never be in the scenic area at the same time so the illusion will not be found out!!  I don't even have to have the same crew as I can assume they change en route.

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 Posted: Sat May 18th, 2019 06:45 pm
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Smashing layout and nice to see a track plan with proper regard to facing points and crossovers too, although to be a pedant the Lay by siding would probably have become a goods loop during WW2 to avoid delays and increase line capacity. 



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 Posted: Sun May 19th, 2019 09:39 pm
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Hi Simon

Do you know, I hadn't considered that but it sounds so logical. 

In WW2, we had a regular submarine run to Murmansk from the North East supporting the convoys that delivered support to the Russians.  It was very seasonal given the icing of the Arctic ports.  As I imagine that Northborough could have been a submarine base, anything that increases line capacity would be a good thing.

Thanks for the thought - I will scribble a facing connection in and see what it looks like.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 25th, 2019 04:33 pm
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For various reasons, none of which are railway related, house hunting has been on the back burner for a couple of months but on our return from Nice (Women's World Cup Football - COME ON YOU ENGLAND!! - sorry), we are back in the saddle and starting to look again.

That means that, inevitably, the current Yarslow layout will be dismantled.  So, this afternoon, Dr Beeching was seen walking around the place whistling through his teeth.

He has decreed that, with immediate effect, all regular services are to be withdrawn and only those trains required to fininsh the current work-in-progress video are to remain on the layout.  All locomotives and rolling stock is to be boxed up other than those items needed to test Long Dyke which will remain under construction.

The proposed re-wire has been abandoned and the station building will not be renewed as planned.  Work to complete the signal box and goods shed will continue as these buildings will probably feature on the new layout.  Other outstanding jobs (like the overbridge at the UP end) will now be left undone.  Any non-railway buildings, like the factory, that may be needed on the new layout will be saved and may be upgraded.  The locomotives may get weathered but, for now, they will be in storage.

Superfluous "messing about" projects - trying to motorise and improve an old Airfix turntable, trying to make a pair of ancient Hornby class 110 DMU's run properly and attempting to make working signals from a Ratio LNER signal kit that I think is older than I am - will be suspended.

The main focus will now switch to building bits for the new layout although in the absence of a definitive space, no further projects willl be started.  Those sensible one already in hand (Long Dyke module, Middle Junction track-laying and testing, a Ratio Provender Store kit and a MSG brass signal kit) are to be completed.

The latter is a bit of a leap in the dark for me.  I have never claimed any real soldering skills but I have acquired a temperature controlled iron and a range of solders and am of the opinion that until I try, I will not know whether or not I can do it.  I will either end up with a working NER starter signal or a pile of scrap brass.  In the past I have been keen to encourage others to have a go so I am heeding my own advice.

Boxing the stock will allow me to update my Rolling Stock Register - a spreadsheet detailing all of the coaches, wagons, engineering vehicles and brake vans I have.  They are categorised much like the TOPS system in the 1970's.  Each vehicle carries a unique reference number and I will note the boxes with the same number.  It has helped me to keep track of what I have and what I need going forward but if anything else, it will help whomever has to sort out the railway when I am pushing up daisies.

I have enjoyed Yarslow and look back on the various incarnations of it with happiness.  Here are a couple of pics to finish.


Yarslow Mk I - aka Edington Junction - poor scenery, old Airfix kits and colour light signals.  I did not have frog polarity switching so the point in the foreground (leading to the loco shed) was a constant source of pain.  The B1 is still in use although it is probably now hauling a much more authentic carriage consist - I claim the ignorance of youth.



Transition - the empty 12ft x 8ft shed that originally housed Yarslow Mk I was moved and allowed the construction of Yarslow Mk II.  Old bits of painted "sky" still remain on the far end.  The baseboards on the right were not re-used.  The big black thing is a packet of 8ft x 4ft 1inch expanded polystyrene sheets - I am still getting through them all - but it was a cheap way to buy them.



Yarslow Mk II - better ballasted track, point rodding and a better backscene with proper looking trees.  The signals looked good but still didn't work but at least the locomotive was carrying the correct headcode.  After this picture was taken, the track was painted and weathered as well.  The train is a 4-set of non-corridor stock which will appear on the Trinity Square services on the new layout.



The final phase.  With its replacement signal box and goods shed in place, this is the final view of the old Yarslow before dismantling begins.  Those passengers may have a long wait for their train!!


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Good luck with the house hunting... are you staying in the UK or making a dash for a more sensible country?

Very sad that Yarslow 2 is going, but looking forward to seeing whatever comes next....

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Moving home is traumatic for any model railway modeller i know i did knock me for six when the wife announced we should move soon some years back.

But i recovered and am now building the new layout.

I hope you find a home that meets all your railway needs Barry then you have the pain of dealing with the conveyance which in England is a ridiculous system.

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Hi all

Just off to sunny Liverpool to join up with the Netball World Cup. 

Had a great time in France where the ladies didn't quite make the World Cup Final.  Missed out on Lords tickets but England managed to beat a very resiliant NZ XI to win their World Cup.  I hope I am not the kiss of death for the England Netball team!!!

Some of the time in Liverpool will be house-hunting.  We have seen a few things up there with outhouses and gardens big enough for chickens and trains.

Yarslow Mk II is now devoid of rolling stock and I am going through the loco stud giving each one a full service (wheel clean, oiling axles and bearings, tweaking brushed where needed, mending those plastic wheel inners I mentioned earlier etc).  I am also going to finish the detailing with pipes, bits and beaks on the front ends where the couplings have been removed.  The weathering will have to wait but it will give me something to do between moving and starting on the railway - I estimate spending 6-9 months re-wiring, plumbing and painting alongside some of the more trivial jobs like knocking down walls and extending rooms!!!  It will also give me time to mend the signals I snapped off packing up the rolling stock :cry:.

The "Train room" is a must-have on the house list and Mrs M is still adament that I get the 24ft x 16ft that I want as an absolute minimum.  To be honest, whilst 36ft x 18ft (David Jenkinson's old empire) would be brilliant, the additional cost both financially and in terms of time would put me off.  The general feeling seems to be that I'm mad enough with 400 sqft!!

So I am going to sign off this thread as Yarslow Mk II is, to all intents and purposes, defunct.  The new layout already has a thread so I will post progress on there.

(stands, salutes, whistles "The Last Post", turns out the lights) :lol:

Barry

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