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 Posted: Sat Aug 29th, 2020 09:57 am
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Great modelling Terry. I have been catching up with your layout thread and the attention to detail throughout is great.:thumbs



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Thanks Kev, very kind of you.


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One for Doug. Point rodding and signal wires to be installed.






Luffley! Thank you.

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It gets better and better Terry. Great attention to detail ! Doug beat me to it with the mirror suggestion but I wonder if its worth keeping a small one on hand for when you have visitors so they can 'take a peak' 
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Beautiful modelling - very precise and the little details are great - the whole scene is developing very convincingly.  I do like layouts where the modelling has a recognisable style and yours definitely fits that mould.  I love the bicycle too - is that your handiwork too?  (painting rather than making.  If you tell me you made it I'm putting in an order!!)
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Thanks Matt and Michael.  I have a small mirror doing nothing at present.  Good idea to have it on hand for visitors.  The bicycle is an etched brass kit by Shire Scenes, obtainable from Dart Castings. It comes off the fret as a complete model, just requiring folding to shape.  The pack also includes minute brilliants to represent the front lamp. The pack includes gents' cycles, ladies' cycles and tradesmens' cycles.  Highly recommended by me.  I previously used one from the same pack on Poppy Lane...



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Hi Terry.   I am uncertain about point motors/blades insofar as the “Satisfying thud” is noticeable by its absence on my planks, wether that’s good or bad is up to the individual? But I am for the quiet life.

Best wishes Kevin 


The SEEP point motors are installed.  I haven't yet thought about a control panel so operating switches have been temporarily fitted to test the point motors and ensure that trains will run  over all of the trackwork.  Having never used point motors before, I am finding it quite novel to flick the switch and watch the blades spring over with a satisfying thud!

I was quite gleeful when, having wired and fitted the first point motor, it all worked perfectly.  My glee was short lived however, as when testing the second point, the frog was completely dead, causing my test loco to come to a sudden halt.  That particular point had been recovered from my previous layout building effort so I looked at some others from the same source to try to understand why power was not reaching the frog.  I came across this...

The two circular holes in the centre of the picture appear to contain metal contacts to which the thin wire had been previously soldered, thereby providing power to the frog.  The wire obviously has become detached.  I wondered if the same had happened to the point which was not working properly.  I couldn't lift it to look underneath so I decided to take the bull by the horns and solder another wire from the side of one of the rails forming the frog, and connect it to the appropriate terminal at the relevant choc block.  Deep joy!  Power was restored.

The project grinds slowly forward.




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Hello Kevin,

                   Thanks for your post.  I'm glad that you are back to railway modelling after your recent health problems.  I have always used wire in tube or rods for point control and will probably do so again in future for small layouts. However, I still find it strangely satisfying to hear the clunk of the point being thrown at the flick of a switch.  Fitting point motors on Farleigh was a first for me, but I will certainly use them again.  The Dapol signal also adds to the noise with its loud, whining motor.  However, once again I am fascinated at watching the signal move at the flick of a switch and will buy more in the future. Actually, I already have some Dapol LMS signals in stock for a future layout.




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I use a mixture of SEEP, Tortoise and Servo motors.

That "clunk" produced by the SEEPs - or indeed, any solenoid motor, is indeed very satisfying and, no matter where you are around the layout, you know a point has thrown.

That's not the case with either the Tortoise or the servo - particularly if, like me, you have sound locos running.

I suppose it proves nothing is perfect - the risk of shaking your precious point apart with all that violent clunking or not being sure the point has thrown with the other 2 systems I use.  That's why, where it matters most, in my hidden storage yard, I installed the LED route indicators on the control panel.

p.s. It is indeed good to see you back in modelling mood Kevin - just don't rush into things - you've been laid up a long time.



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Hi Terry.    Thank you for your reply. I have a Peco 3 way asymmetric point, and I was considering electric point, whatever, motors are the best, but only to make the operation simpler.By the way I noticed that you are using catch points,are these bought as or converted from regular points, and are they worked by WIT or point motor?
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Hi Petermac.    Thank you for your PS. After a recent visit to hospital, theA& E doctor said wasn’t you here last week? So I must take it slowly, one step at a time. Best wishes Kevin 



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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Terry.    Thank you for your reply. I have a Peco 3 way asymmetric point, and I was considering electric point, whatever, motors are the best, but only to make the operation simpler.By the way I noticed that you are using catch points,are these bought as or converted from regular points, and are they worked by WIT or point motor?




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Hello Kevin.  The catch points are Peco products, as bought. Although they are capable of being operated I have installed them just for show, so they are not connected to any operating system.



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Some recent developments on Farleigh.  Fencing has been fixed along the rear of the yard and a gate has been installed.

I decided to install the signal cables, represented by 0.25mm nylon thread, which is almost invisible to the naked eye.  The pulleys are 3D printed products available from here:

https://3dprintingcorner.co.uk/

There are two signal cables, one leading to the starter signal and the other disappearing under the bridge to an imaginary home signal.  The foot crossing had to be re-modelled to give clearance to the cables.




Thoughts now turning to telegraph poles, telegraph wires and point rodding.

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