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I thought it was time to write an update on progress on my layout-Blossom Hill. For those who do not know, it is a 00 gauge modern era tail chaser, going around the layout room of about 26 x 16 feet. So far work has focused on building the base boards and track laying along one wall. In all about 10% of the layout is complete. Later I will produce a track plan and take some overview shots. however, here are a few pix of areas that are nearing completion:



This is the small culvert bridge crossing Jacob's Creek!






A small platelayers hut sits on the main line:







Looking back from a small siding off the main track:






Then at the far end, beyond what will be the station complex, we have a small industrial area. Here are some views:









Finally a short video of a class 37 at speed on the main line:



I will post some views of the MPD area in my next piece.

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Like the look of your layout, have you used cotton for all the wiring from pole to pole, and the Industrial area looks very good, looking forward to seeing a plan, and of course more photo's.

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Like the 'under the arches' shots Reg. Very artistic.

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A couple of pictures of the MPD area:













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Reg you old dog you have been hiding these piccys from us.

From what i have seen so far you are cooking on gas now

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great stuff, Scalescences and Metcalfe kits, a man after my own heart!

I like the coiled barbed wire.

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Reg I had no idea you had so much built. Love the look of the industrial area and Jacob's Creek. Named after the winery?

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Hi Reg, nice to see an update on your layout. There's a few scenes there that we haven't seen before.

I'd forgotten how much space you had available, a plan of your proposals would be much appreciated, as would an updated overall photo of the room.

Just one question, about the grass on the first photo of Jacob's Creek, can you tell us how it was done. It looks very good, so I thought I'd pick your brains :thumbs:thumbs  

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... and it's a sound 37 too. It's almost enough to make me change scale.
Great to see the photos and video Sparky, glad you are making progress, look forward to more.
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Oh no - I've just seen and heard the video. I have to have one of those diesels.

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Reg you sly old dog you, no idea how far you had got. Last i heard you was doing the bridge conversion. Lovely video and a lovely sound 37. Well done.

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At last Reg, at long last, you've treated us to some pictures of what I know to be a super layout. I'm really glad to see them and it's a treat to see some of your scenic work. :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs I recommend people sit back and watch this one develop.

A diesel with sound as well eh Reg? Cool!:cool wink

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Hey - that looks really good Sparky.

Love the photos through the arches. :thumbs:thumbs

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A diesel with sound, it's a Class 37 and it's blue - doesn't get much better than that Reg!  Some great pictures, love the occupation bridge.

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Many thanks for the kind comments lads , novice came over and helped with the piccys ,that was a learning curve on its own.:lol:

Alan the telegraph wire is silk worm invisible elastic .the product info very kindly passed on to me via chris nevard who has used it to better effect on calshott burtle.one can separate tiny strands to get a very thin line as i think chris may have done ,in this case though i have taken the easy way out and used it at full diameter wire.

RJR the coiled barbed wire is fuse wire 5amp i think. painted over with silver glitter glue from hobby shops.the  piccy shows how i should have taken more care in coiling it and fixing it to the support.

yes Mike c it is supposed to be jacobs creek of winery fame .also blossom hill is a californian wine you may not find over in oz.

Jeff the grass is dyed carpet underfelt ,a little goes a long way.if you cannot find any i have some left i can post it to you .

 i have learnt via this thread how the camera picks out the bits that looked fine to the eye ,from above the layout .the view under the arches for example shows an awful finish to the parapet wall top so i will have another go at that.. the wall lights are springfield fitted with .8 mm led,s they are a so and so to solder but look good when dimmed down as they flicker as the prototype,.

 i would like to do a how to on soldering those ,but my camera will not allow piicys that small that close.,and stay in focus..more soon when further progress is made thanks again .

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Reg,
    What a great looking layout....and where HAVE you been hiding it???
    More pictures,please!!!

Cheers,John.B.:shock:

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A running day at Blossom Hill. Some short videos of various locos showing their paces on the line:

First a B12 on freight duties:



Next a Network Southeast Class 33



Followed by a Green Class 37:



And now a NSE Class 47 express:



And finally a green class 47 freight:



Enjoy

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Thanks for the great video's Reg. My favourite has to be the class 37, just love the sound, brilliant :doublethumb.

I take it you have sound on all your stock then.

You have to bring your class 37 next time your down so i can hear it for real on my layout before i put one on my wish list for next year :lol:.

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All that layout, and sound as well. Makes me go all DCC. A very nice effect.

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Some examples of the use of .8mm led,s fitted to springside lanterns and tops of street lamps.
















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liked the vids,very impressive and the use of those small led`s
looked really good.

:cheers:thumbs:thumbs:lol::lol::lol::cool:

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owen69 wrote: liked the vids,very impressive and the use of those small led`s
looked really good.

:cheers:thumbs:thumbs:lol::lol::lol::cool:

And I agree with Owen on this. :doublethumb

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Great videos Reg and I love the view through the arch!

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Terrific Videos, the sound does make them special.
Didn't know you could get .8mm Leds? Might be just what I need for the lamp on Pentrecourt Halt.
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Absolutely marvellous Reg both video and still shots. Great modelling to surely make this one of the best layouts on the forum. Blossom Hill certainly has blossomed. Looking forward to being in the UK again next March when a closer view of those sound diesels is a must.

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great videos, still like the under arch shot in the last picture

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Today Reg (Sparky) and I were supposed to visit a railway exhibition at Tring, however, for a variety of reasons we did not get beyong Reg's railway room. We had a brilliant day testing locos and we also did some work on the track of Blossom Hill MPD and in developing the next section of track. The layout is not far off from running right around the room.

Whilst testing I took a few pictures of various stock items and I am sure Reg won't mind me posting them on his layout thread:

The first train tested was a new Bachmann Chiltern Railways DMU, which produced a good turn of speed running the long straight through Blossom Hill station:







On loan from the Upton preservation society is this Hornby Duchess:






A number of BR Blue Diesel locos sitting in the approach to the MPD:






A class 24 and 37:






An old Hornby Hymek, sitting in the goods yard headshunt at Blossom Hill:






Another Class 24, this time in green;






A Network South East class 33 express:









Going the other direction a NSE Class 108 DMU:





And finally a shunting thingy. Reg did tell me what it was, but it is a brilliant little machine that runs really well:





Overall a great day, and given the weather was better than going to the exhibition!

Bob(K)

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Very nice too. Reg must be well pleased with those photographs.

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nice set of pics ,some lovely stock.
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Thanks for putting those on bob ,and for your company today.:cheers

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Novice, that's just not fair !!  I'd already selected my "Memebers Choice" for next week and now you post those !!!!

Some great looking locos - particularly the first one of the Chiltern DMU - some really tight focussing there :thumbs and I even like those blue ones  - it must be down to the bad head cold I've got just now (in fact, it's extremely severe and almost life-threatening but Liz doesn't understand :roll::roll:)

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It's good to see those photos and a huge :doublethumb for the Trackmobile!
You say it runs well. I'm guessing it's DCC. Mine is DCC equipped but it's not that good on DC.

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Great to see some more photos of Blossom hill Reg thanks for taking them Bob they look really great You two must have had a good playing day did you like Bobs sound Duchess Reg? You can get sound decoders for all those Diesals you have mind you it would cost a lot to put them in all of them.

Have you started the station area yet?

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Yes it was a great day Brian . Re the duchess sound it was/is very very good . realistic in all modes .i particularly liked the "flank flonk" when it was stationary the coal shovelling too was a nice surprise. The trackmobile b t w is dc or dcc. I have ordered a shunting trolley from chris ,and will show that on here when it turns up .a bit of delivery time on that just now though .

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Excellent!!

Fully deserving of a blue diesel award!

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IMPRESSIVE, Reg! Do your steamers have sound as well? What about the B12?

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Great photos and videos there Bob.  :doublethumb

 

I hope no one else has asked this and I missed it (sorry of I did): what sound is fitted into the class 37? It didn't sound like either the standard Bachmann unit, or the Howes unrefurb one. :question

A nice layout wth lots of atmosphere - I particularly like what you have done with the platofrm buffers and buildings beyond (especially good now it has featured in the heading photo for the month).


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I just had another look at the stills, Sparky.  The detail is impressive!

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Just caught up on here Reg.  A lovely lot of rolling stock on there mate, very nice indeed.

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Come on Reg you old devil im sure your holding back on some more great photos of Blossom Hill which we would all love to see:lol::lol:

cheers Brian

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Dont forget the video as well Brian, thats a must have now we know he can do them :thumbs

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To be honest lads ,its a long way off being completed ,you have probably seen just about what is worth seeing at the moment. i could take pictures of the whole room and baseboards with a bit of track planning going on .but it will not be that interesting . .see what i can do tomorrow to add something.

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Me again, Reg! Do your steamers have sound? If so, how did you manage?

Thanx,

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Hi Sergio . I don't have any steamers with sound yet .There is a piccy of a duchess that belongs to novice ,that has sound and is most effective ,with any luck novice may visit me again before his return to the sand, if so i will ask him to bring the duchess and we can film that with the sound going , It is most impressive even the coal shovel and throwing coal on the fire . Iwill ask him if we could do that.

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This is to try the new photo system,



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And what a splendid example to try it with Reg!

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Christrerise wrote: And what a splendid example to try it with Reg!
:shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock:

You're obviously not well yet Chris - on my computer that loco is green  --  yes, that's G - R - E - E - N

Great photo Reg :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs  Unlike Chris - I love green locos almost as much as black steam ones !!!

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Lovely photo Reg

How about some more now you have got the hang of the new upload:lol::lol:

Actually my favourite diesal colour is the Two tone green i like the blue as well but if pushed i would opt for two tone green.

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Petermac wrote: Christrerise wrote: And what a splendid example to try it with Reg!
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You're obviously not well yet Chris - on my computer that loco is green  --  yes, that's G - R - E - E - N

It was a "splendid" example 'cos it came from Kernow MR Center :mutley:mutley:mutley

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Blue , Green what does it matter, still a good photo :thumbs

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You can't get anything past Mr Rail - he is correct though and this is one of my favourite limiteds that we have done, even if it is green :roll:

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Glad that worked ,I was working under instruction from novice ,but will try some more later tonight without his help .See how it goes .Suppose i had better find some more green loco's :cool wink

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Wow a green Loco at lats. Lovely Loco Reg :thumbs

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Hi Reg, another little gem! Still finding my way round the layouts featured on the home page. Have you published a track plan before or did I miss it? I guess from one of your comments it may be you are designing it as you go along.

Some excellent shots in your posting.

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you are right there are some excellent shots of Blossom hill but we have to keep on the ol devils back to get him to post more im sure there a lot more progress shots Reg can post:lol::lol:

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Well a little progress made on track work.  No plan as such ,but i could post some pics of the layout so far. Novice is coming to visit tomorrow,so since its a bit tidyish just now ,its a good time to take pics of the layout in sections to give an idea . plus couple of how to's , well how i did them anyway .:lol::lol:

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Sir, your public (the membership) awaits the updates that will follow shortly. :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs:thumbs

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Heres hopeing with Bob visiting tommorow with his camera the forum bandwidth is stretched to the limit with the amount of photos Reg will be uploading to the gallery:lol::lol:

cheers Brian

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Well i for one cant wait for this update, a long time in coming.

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Sorry guys we fitted some chips and were so busy testing ,Bob could not stay long so we never got around to taking the pics, i promise to do some this week end. :oops:

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You see what happens, put 2 old guys on a layout, they start to do things and because of their age they go slkow and therefore not alot is done, :brickwall:mutley:pedal

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I was visiting Reg today, following our trip to the Royston MRE and I spent a bit of time testing some stock on Blossom Hill. Reg has installed a rather magnificent suspension bridge, with lights and I took the opportunity to take a picture. Here is one of Reg's locos (Bachmann Class 24) crossing the bridge, with all the lights on:

 




Looks pretty good to me!

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Excellent.  Now all I have to do is remember where I saw it for next weeks HPOTM.  Could you photoshop that right hand light a bit, Bob?  Tilt it to the right a touch . . . :thumbs

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OK Reg, how come you have been hiding work on the layout from us. Naughty boy.

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He is a sly old fox he is secretly beavering away all the time on blossom hill only Bob(Novice) gets to see the progress.

Cmon Reg no more excuses get that camera clicking otherwise i will flood your email box with pms from everyone on the forum every ten minutes:lol::lol::lol:

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As you say a sly old dog. Come on Reg where are the pics. No excuse now mate, get them on here.

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That bridge shot is beautiful....even from a non-railway lovers' position,it would still be a very 'arty' shot.
    ........... no more hiding your light under a bushel,mister!!!!:lol:
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I had not realised a pal of mine had the bridge on Youtube . anyone interested can find on Youtube as "Afternoon running session"

Heres the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDO39iX_s48 ( added by henryparrot)

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Thanks for the link Brian. As you can see  lots to do to finish that area .Water, shingle, weed etc . In attendance that afternoon were novice (thats his A4) and Simon .now a deleted member.

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I shall have to take a look at that Reg. Any more progress on the layout?

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Unfortunetly not Bob. Still decorating and looking after s w m b o .Had a quick run of Simons heljan class 15 . :lol:

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Ooh, been looking at those, how did that run? Also how did it negotiate the points around your fiddle yard area, which I know you were working on last time I was there?

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The class 15 ran very well bob. The lighting on this model (i think its a Heljan thing) is not easy to discern but is there. .quite smooth running ,and quiet.

 Those points on the fiddle yard .I bought second hand at an exhibition, one in particular has and still is a problem i have to clean the small tab on the moving rail quite often ,when i get back on to wiring i may be able to solve it  without removing the point and disrupting otherwise satisfactory work.:thumbs

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Reg yes it is Heljan

Heres a piccy of the lights forward first



A reverse direction you can just see the two red lights the flash makes them duller they are bright normally




Nice loco runs well like all Heljans

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Thanks Brian. Simons lights are not as bright as those . could be because the loco was not chipped and we ran it on dc?

 I will show him these piccys  and he can look to see if something is amiss.  :cheers

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I paid Reg a quick visit whilst home in UK for a couple of days ( I fly back to Liberia tomorrow) and took a look at Blossom Hill. Reg and I also did a bit of testing of his new Prodigy DCC system, which I have to say was very easy to use and overall very good. In doing so I followed a couple of locos around the track and here is an overview of Blossom Hill:

Starting at the fiddle yard, exiting from the top of the picture:




The track turns left, over the stairs via a rather grand suspension bridge:







Then left again, over Jacobs Creek down towards Blossom Hill station:




Past a small headshunt siding:




Into the planned station area, with sidings about to be laid on the right:




A new development has been the insertion of two double slip points (still to be weathered) located at the far end of the station throat and on the goods loop, to access the new area of sidings. The wiring up of the turntable is also completed:







Also a new factory complex, based on converted old buildings, is being scratch built in the area of the arches (note the canal):




Finally the track swings left, running over Reg's work bench and turns back towards the fiddle yard:




A great layout with some superb long runs for lengthy expresses and freight trains to stretch their legs.

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Thank you for taking the photographs and posting them bob . My word the camera shows up the crooked track :oops: . Safe journey .:thumbs

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I see the staircase route follows closely the Gordon prototype - with marginally less damage!

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Reg.  What a great layout!   :thumbs

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Firstly thankyou Bob for taking the photo`s

Trying to get Reg to take some is an impossible job:lol::lol:

Reg Blossom hill is really beginning to Blossom you seem to have moved on extremely well in all areas the station areas and new sidings look like your are going to put in a few hours there the double slips fit in well and they do save a great deal of space pointwork wise i have just bought a set myself to use in my goods yard.

Are you putting motors on the points and slips i cant remember .

Your scratchbuilt factory complex looks really good

Im glad you are happy with the prodigy everyone who has one of those seem very happy with them.

Now do we have to wait to Bob to get back from Liberia for more photo`s?

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Ditto from me Bob and Reg. :thumbs

A super looking layout - I particularly like the place names - I wonder, is there a "Claret Farm" or something ? :roll:

I'm assuming you like the Prodigy Reg.  Is that your first DCC system ?

Hope you have a god trip back to Liberia Bob. :cheers

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my kind of setup, good long running rails for trains, more please.

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Sol wrote: MaxSouthOz wrote: Reg.  What a great layout!   :thumbs
Ditto from me too.


Ditto as well mate, lovely.

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Yes,come on Sparky,we can't get enough pictures of this.Its one of the most interesting layouts on the forum at a most interesting stage of its development.
   You really have to stop being so shy mate,its a layout to be proud of!!!
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Thanks Max . As you can see loads to do .

DD. That staircase ,have to admit several Shell wagons derailed at that point and hit the deck.  As it happens the stairs were carpeted and most just bounced ,one however hit the tiled floor at the bottom ,that lost a buffer and ladder ,so not too bad .:roll:

At the moment work is ongoing to a L E D supply, and 12volt supply, a switch for the welding unit (a Max supplied unit) together with a C D U supply. .  Further attention is needed next on the turntable as it works in spasmodic jerks! Bit of a laugh watching bob lining it up with the outgoing tracks. It is fed and controlled via an old Duette .  That 'also the 16v C D U supply and 12 v supply from appropriate outlets on the ends of the casing.

Thanks for your interest.:thumbs

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A great layout and train room you have there, Reg. Good to see the photos and always splendid to see work in progress. It can inspire all sorts of ideas. Please keep the photos coming, especially as you work on those sidings and the station area.

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I don't know how I've missed it for such a while so I've just read the whole thread and enjoyed every minute.:thumbs

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Thank you for those kind comments on Blossom Hill,and the questions posed.
Brian .yes the points do all have motors including the new double slips,they are Peco left over from the kids loft layout ,tested out ok (most of them) so are have been reused. They are conto;;ed via Peco passing contact switches housed in the appropriate boxes by Peco ,These also take the on /off switches for lighting and welder.The double slips are tricky to operate , when setting routes the loco's  go down the wrong road .Hopefully i will get used to the correct setting in time.:roll:.
Yes the Prodigy is fine,and so far  does what i ask it to. I find it easy to operate , change addresses and use the sound and light functions. In fairness i have not yet tried to read or tinker with decoder c v's yet but will get around  to it., and see how that bit goes.   The factory was supposed to be a copy of that in a film i saw many moons ago, I have since found it on youtube and my version is nothing like it should be. " Geoffrey Keen --chance of a lifetime " But i don't think i will change it now its half way through.

Peter  "Claret farm  "what a good idea,  maybe" Merlot mile " or" Chardoney  road?" any suggestions for a name to the station between the fiddle yard and the corner opposite the MPD welcome.  A brief history on the controllers . I changed half way through the wiring to go for DCC . I bought a Dynamis ,but did not get on very well with that ,too much jiggling to change anything ,plus i did not really like the joystick control. I had realised it may go out of contact with the base station , should i turn my back on it, but found it a pain after a while.to hold the handset over my shoulder.  Novice found me an e-z command on fleabay ,i got on much better with that .Very easy to use both to change addresses and use functions ,but it would only hold 9 loco addresses and as i was chipping a larger stable i was looking for another controller with a bigger capacity.  So far the prodigy has turned out ideal ,but we will see. Another good feature of this is the ability to move from the base station to extended outlets around the layout .Just unplug and move across anf the traffic is not interupted whilst doing so. The handset retains the instructions last fed in to it. I have bought some cable and further outlet sockets from Maplins and at present in the proccess of wiring these in.
So then thanks again for your interest shown chaps . most encouraging .

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sparky wrote: Thank you for taking the photographs and posting them bob .  Safe journey .:thumbs


Thanks Reg. Just to let you know that I got back to Monrovia safe and sound, but very tired on Sunday. The dust covers are off Watton Erith and my suitcase full of N gauge stuff is unpacked and hopefully this weekend I can put the station complex on to the layout.

Thanks for a great day over at your place and at the Royston exhibition.

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You are welcome Bob, i look forward to the next time. Any members on here withing easy traveling distance is welcome to visit , always a beer in the fridge .:thumbs

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I have been constructing a canal museum, with shops and cafe under the arches at Blossom Hill. Here are some pictures:








Here is a view of the sluice gate;



And a peek through the window of the nearby machine shop drawing office:



Also a few shots of the local MPD, which has recently been completed:







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Some super stuff there Reg. :thumbs

I really, really like the cafe scene - it looks so natural and absolutely heaving with detail.

I'm hoping you're going to give us a run through how you did it all - particularly the stuff in the drawing office ........:roll::roll::roll:

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A few more:









And a 9F chugs past at the head of a coal train:





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Great stuff there, Reg!   :thumbs   There's so much to look at and admire.  Sol and I have both built one of those cranes - you need the patience of Job.  I really liked the weathering on the wooden doors of Spies Heckler.

The telephone lines look like they were a lot of work as well.

Must go back and have another look around.  ;-)

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I paid a visit to Blossom Hill today to see what progress has been made and took a few pictures. First of all Reg has done some excellent work around the canal area, where he has a warehouse under construction. The level of detail is superb both inside and out. Although there is still much to do it is taking shape nicely:





Then a quick tour of the MPD, shows lights have been added, fuel tanks and a bit more detail around the engine shed:







Finally a bit of train spotting.

A 9F simmers in the sidings:



And I took my Blue Pullman for a burn up on the long straights of Blossom Hill:





Another great day!

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Some great shots Bob. :thumbs

I just love that canal scene - particularly the white canal side house which fits in perfectly.  It looks as if the warehouse is Scalescenes clad and, together with the "heritage area" on the opposite side, will make a beautiful study area for the layout.

The shot of the Blue Pullman galloping along the straight is a masterpiece.  Reg obviously designed this location for such shots - really conveys the image of speed.  Thanks for taking the trouble to update us :cheers

How long are you home for this time and did you get that Hollywood posting you were hoping for ? :lol::lol:

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Here are a couple of videos from the same day:

The first is the Blue Pullman


http://s230.photobucket.com/user/Novice_2007/media/BblossomHillBluePullman025.mp4.html?sort=3&o=1

And the second is of Deltic:

http://s230.photobucket.com/user/Novice_2007/media/BblossomHillBluePullman026.mp4.html?sort=3&o=0

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Petermac wrote: Some great shots Bob. :thumbs

I just love that canal scene - particularly the white canal side house which fits in perfectly.  It looks as if the warehouse is Scalescenes clad and, together with the "heritage area" on the opposite side, will make a beautiful study area for the layout.

The shot of the Blue Pullman galloping along the straight is a masterpiece.  Reg obviously designed this location for such shots - really conveys the image of speed.  Thanks for taking the trouble to update us :cheers

How long are you home for this time and did you get that Hollywood posting you were hoping for ? :lol::lol:

Thanks Peter

Home just for another ten days - short one this time.  I got offered Mogadishu, but felt it was a bit too exotic!

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Hope you enjoy the rest of your leave Bob. :cheers

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Hi Reg

I wasn't that interested in the diesel/modern era, but I think you've just converted me :cool wink

Did you model the canal museum and shops on an actual place? It just looks similar to somewhere I've been.

(Perhaps I've just spent too many holidays visiting museums).

That Deltic is certainly not 'hanging about'.

Great stuff  :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs


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Hi Ed .
No particular place ,just trying to fit in with the space formed by the curved viaduct, and the fact that the corner needed to have some sort of activity to fill in with.  i used  some " shops under arches" from Scalescenes ,added some figures and LED ,s . Like Topsy it just grewed.
I enjoy scratchbuilding ,trouble is Ed i find it takes so long ,the remainder of the layout doesn,t get any attention.  Blossom Hill has no platforms yet!
Thanks for your interest ,i will try to show some more pictures later.

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Perhaps i should have added ,i have steam and diesel loco,s.  The steamers though derail now and again,especially the pony trucks.  In fairness that,s probably down to my track laying.   The diesels though are more forgiving, are more likely to not stall on points ,so in order to have a happy running session ,they get used the most.

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That's the problem Reg.

I'm a "steam man" myself - love the glamour and raw power associated with steam locos plus, they take me back to my youth but, as in the real world, the diesel models outperform the steamers in almost every way.  I decided to compromise and go "transition" era. :thumbs

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During the Christmas break I popped over to Reg's to see how he has progressed with Blossom Hill. The first thing noted is that he has decided to focus on Network Southeast and so there is a build up of red white and blue rolling stock - notably a super looking Hornby VEP:


The canal area has received some attention too











There are some lovely little cameos with all sorts to catch the eye:





Also inside the mill there are all sorts of goodies:





The terraced houses also contain a wealth of detail too













And to finish with another train - a class 33:



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Thanks for sharing those photos, Bob.  It really is a great layout.  :thumbs

I've always imagined that if I lived there, one of those long canal boats would make a groovy home.

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A really cracking collection of photo's there Bob. Reg has paid a lot of attention to detail in this layout, a real pleasure to view, thanks for sharing it with us. 

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I want to know how I have missed this superb layout over the time I've been here...? I will re-read this thread over the weekend, but what I have seen is fantatsic. :thumbs

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Really nice work Reg. so nice to see the layout progressing, many thanks for the photos Bob.

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Thanks lads,  Platforms are started ,a bit more water in the canal to add (PVA)   Then repairs to the suspension bridge damaged by the cat trying to get out of the window on to the shed roof.:roll:   Thanks again to Bob for taking the photographs.

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One platform nearly finished ,needs a bit of weathering ,i will try to put piccys up, to night but struggle with that.:roll:

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I'm still trying to catch up Reg and I've got this far now.

A really stunning collection of photos from Bob of a super layout.  I love those little cameos around the canal.  The scaffolding on the terraced houses is also a brilliant addition.

It's so often the little details that lift a layout above the also-rans and yours is full of these details.  Excellent. :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs

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Thank you Peter. I seem to take ages to progress these days,but enjoy it just as much.  Like Marty says "life gets in the way"

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sparky wrote: One platform nearly finished ,needs a bit of weathering ,i will try to put piccys up, to night but struggle with that.:roll:

Not to worry Reg. Mr Dapol will be over in March for his quarterly inspection of progress, so best get cracking!

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It looks like i have the afternoon   clear for modelling today.    Yeehaa

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A bit of train spotting at Blossom Hill. I popped over to visit Reg and see how he has got on since my last visit. The platforms are in, a footbridge is under construction and lights are being fitted on the platforms. Here are some pictures. First an overview:



And now some NSE stock:













A BR Class 25 runs through the relief line at the head of a cement train:





A Chilterns Line Turbostar calls by:



The platform seats are the new laser cut kits from Metcalfe.



A Class 47 at the head of a rake of MK 1s.



An old Green Class 24 in the headshunt:



And finally a 9F hauls a tanker train through the station:


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Some very nice stock there Bob. :thumbs:thumbs

Pity the old Class 24 is just rusting away in that siding - does Reg want to give it a new lease of life here in France ........along with that lovely 9F ? ......:roll::roll::roll:

The Metcalfe seats look pretty decent.  How many do you get in the kit ?

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Thanks for the photos, Bob.

That's a nice weathering job on the Class 24, Reg.

Did you do it yourself?

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Thank you for your interest Lads.  
Peter-  The Metcalfe  station seats come in two types ,GWR and plain as i have used.  You get 4 single benches and 1 double bench in each packet.  You can find these together with park benches on the Metcalfe web site.    They make up easily and are self coloured.
They come with a what they call a jig printed on the card.   This is a stiff folded piece of card that is supposed to hold the bench uprights in place while you glue the wooden slats on.  I may be heavy handed but i found they  bench uprights would not hold in the jig very well.  It was easy to stick these uprights on to double sided tape which held them firm on the workbench.  When spacing these out, one has to go by the printed bolt holes in the slats in order to glue the slats in the appropriate spot.  They recommend using UHU which takes a little while to dry ,with the jig one can only make up one seat at a time , with the double sided tape method they can all be made up in a few minutes.

Max- The weathered class 24 came pre weathered ,is one of my best runners ,you know you get one loco that never lets you down ,tha,ts the one.  Its a Bachmann .

Spent a pleasent few hours with Bob (novice) yesterday , who was kind enough to "get the photos up"  Thanks Bob .
I still struggle to get photos on here myself , something i do wrong ( among plenty of ether things).

Thanks again for looking in.

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I recognise one of those smiling faces. :cheers:cheers

Great shot Reg but where's Bisto ? :hmm

Fantastic station building - what is it ?

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Could not get the text up with the photo together .  The first picture is of course Dooferdog and Marty.  The second an attempt to Anglatise a continental station for Blossom Hill .  Does not look right so will try something else.
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sparky wrote:.......................................... The first picture is of course Dooferdog and Marty...............................

Of course it is - that's two smiling faces I recognise .............:thumbs

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those pics brought back a few memories,that was the hog roast in cornwall,great days
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Yesterday I paid a short visit to Blossom Hill and took a few pictures. Reg has redone the canal water:





New lights on the platforms:



An unnoticed corner - note the razor wire:



New station building:



A news stand:



And some trains:











Hard at work draughtsmen in the office next to the canal:



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Congratulations on picture of the week. I think you could be in for more.

Well done

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Great photo's Bob and a great layout!:):)

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So good to see the ongoing development of Blossom Hill.... 
This one....



Is terrific... 
Thanks for the photo's Bob, keep working at it Reg.
Looking forward to the next installment.

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Thanks for the kind comments lads,and to Bob for taking the pictures.
There is a waste effluent barge to sit on the canal together with some workers. a fisherman waiting to be put in place ,and a few ducks ,then i can turn attention to other jobs .
In particular an olde worlde building and stables with  some filming going on. an excuse for a hansom cab and some period characters..
Don't know when though as its gardening time really ,
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Can you tell me where you got those excellent platform seats from please??

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Sorry just read top thread and see they are Metcalf !!:chicken




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The seats are from Metcalfe Ron, they do various types .

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I can,t see how to start a new topic so i will post on here.   I have what i think is a problem with my prodigy controller.
It will operate locos in the normal manner , but when Novice and i fitted a train tech signal to the track in accordance with the method used on his layout at home.  We got the smoke from the accessory decoder, which of course promptly burnt out.                 I checked the voltage on the track to find 2 volts dc  and 20 volts ac .  All literature and the unit itself states that the operating voltage is 15 volts dc.
So then i sent the unit back to Gougemaster, explaining what i had found ,and asking for the unit to be repaired. I was pleased when it arrived back in the post ,but without an invoice for repairs.  However they included a note that no fault was found.
I bought a new multitester and tried again with obtained the same 20 volt ac reading as before.  i telephoned the Gougemaster tech dept today and was told this is normal ,referring to  the workshop notes taken by the Gougemaster tech boys .a normal test was carried out and no fault found.
Novice is back at work abroad now so i am unable to enlist his help.  Would any prodigy owner be kind enough to check the track voltage on their layout and advise me what they find.
I really am at a loss just now as something is wrong somewhere and Gougemaster will not agree .  I am not looking for a freebie repair here ,but they say nothing is wrong.

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I have just bought a Prodigy advance 2 and will check tomorrow, I also run about 5 TrainTec signals with no problem, straight into the  bus wires..

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that would be most helpful . Thanks Ron.

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Did you manage to test the track voltage for me yet Ron?

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Hi reg, just done it, 15v AC, didn't register any DC ?
You may have a fault by the sounds of it, I've just bought a Prodigy Advance 2 set up and so far all OK.
Hope you can get it sorted,

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If you had 15volt AC that is what i found Ron.  What is throwing me is i thought it was supposed to be 15volt DC?
Ah well if your reading is the same as mine then my unit should be OK.
Only thing now is , why did it burn out the accessory decoders on the signals that novice brought over to try .
These plug directly on to the track ,so are supplied by the track feed.
They worked OK on the track that novice has ,also fed with a prodigy.
Thanks for looking Ron . Not sure what to do now . 

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Hi Sparky,

I'm not 100% in these things but remember this is DCC you are taking a reading from. Paul ( Victoria Road fame ) can maybe clarify things here but your multimeter may throw out strange readings. I know mines does when I try testing the track voltage.

I might be completely wrong. Hopefully Paul will pick up on this and make comment. Maybe even try sending him a PM. You don't want to go roasting any more decoders.

Hope you get things sorted.

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Thanks Toto, Bit of gardening now ,but will send Paul a pm later today.
Thanks again.

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Nae bother,

He's PDG at these things and hopefully there will be a perfectly rational explanation that will let you move on.

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A normal multimeter will read DCC about 1.5 Volts low.

Every DCC modeller should have a RrampMeter, which takes account of the root mean² (RMS).

http://tonystrains.com/rrampmeter-by-dcc-specialties/

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I've got two, Toto.

One is wired in series with the DCC system and gives a read out of the current draw at all times.

The other one is for track checking.

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Not at these prices!

http://www.digitrains.co.uk/ecommerce/dcc-accessories/metering-and-testing/rrampmeter-v2.aspx

(and it's out of stock anyway).


I would have thought Reg, that if there was a problem with the track voltage you would have loco decoder problems as well.

From reading elsewhere, 15v AC is (although wrong) a common result when using a standard multimeter on DCC. Any DC reading is irrelevant as the DC current only exists between the decoder and motor within the loco.

From what Gaugemaster have told you, if an accessory decoder has burnt out it is therefore almost certainly a short.

I don't have and haven't seen these signals, but since Ron has the same signals installed perhaps he could post a picture of the track connections to the signals on his set up.

Might give a clue to the problem.



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Hi Ed, I simply have each of the 2 wires soldered to the main bus wires, I then use the controller to set address's and a sort of 'U' wire to set the light colour.

Hope that helps?

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g0ibi wrote: Hi Ed, I simply have each of the 2 wires soldered to the main bus wires, I then use the controller to set address's and a sort of 'U' wire to set the light colour.

Hope that helps?

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Dunno, any help Reg?


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Well yes lads that is a help in a way.
I just need to wonder now why The accessory decoder on the signal burnt up.  We did use the method you describe of shorting out the connections to bring the desired colour on.

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Hi Max,

Just read up on the Rramp meter. Very handy indeed. I've sent away ( stateside ) for the mark 3 with the battery back up. I think I'll incorporate it on the main incoming feed between the NCE controller and the layout to see what is being drawn. I could also take it out the circuit ( join it through ) and use the meter to take readings all over the layout in order to work out volts drop etc as well.

Great little invention.

Sorry for pinching your thread Sparky.:thumbs

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That,s OK Toto.  I think i will just carry on using the prodigy as it drives loco,s alright, but i will use a separate plug in 15volt tranny for signals . 
Thanks to those that took an interest.:thumbs

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Hi Sparky,

There may be further comment yet as a definitive reason would be good to ensure that you don't go frying any more decoders. Expensive things.

It would be good to understand why it's happening.

Fingers crossed.

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Thanks Toto .  One of the guys may come up with the Answer.   Gougemaster don,t want to know.

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Hi Sparky

The 15V AC reading is about right, normal multimeters are calibrated for a 50 - 60 Hz sine wave, DCC uses a square wave at approx 7.1kHz considerably higher than the mains hence the error, the Rrampmeter is designed to work at the DCC frequencies and a square wave.

I have some more reading of your thread to find out what your problem was. Just started reading (from the last page back :roll:)

Be back later - dont panic, if your loco's are working then the system is basically sound, just need to track down the culprit.

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Hi Reg

Only had to go one post back :roll:

Which model of signal was it ?

As someone has already mentioned looks like a short.

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Hi Paul, just caught up , the signal was a train teck signal belongabob , it worked ok on Bobs (novice )layout slid in to the track ,picking up juice and address from there . With a Prodigy i should add.  On my layout we just got white smoke:roll:

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Hi Reg

Was the track powered up when you inserted the signal, just wondering if it may have shorted as it was inserted.

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To be honest Paul i just connected it temporary to the bus as a try out, thinking it was the same as hooking the signal through the track . As i say it was to try out at that time.:cry:

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There is a photo of the Metcalf station covered with Scalescenes paper , together with the u shaped umbrella struts as guttering .
It has since been improved ,as i seem to have found myself going towards NSE livery so some changes were made .  I will try to get some up to date pics on showing a bit more work to the canal area .

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Should have said its on Blossom Hill post 131.

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I found out this morning that plastic weld and liquid flux are both in the same size ,shape colour bottle .Struggled to solder some droppers on for a while.   Doh.  Good job you lot were not watching. :oops: :oops:

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I paid a short visit to Blossom Hill the other day and Reg updated me on progress to date. He has been working on a vinyard and wine processing area. His desk was covered in micro grape vines awaiting their foliage!

In another part of the layout Reg has expanded his fiddleyard to accept more longer trains (the area to the left of the picture):



He has also continued to detail the station area - an overview:



The completed footbridge:


More detail around the station building and entrance, although the road has still to be laid:




The news stand:




Looking forward to seeing the completed vinyard!

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 Hiya Reg Thats the Images in the early pages of Blossom hill restored, the later posts all seem fine ( Guys please let me know if any aren't displaying right, I've checked em in Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari on both Pc and Tablet)

A couple of things for you to look at :-


Post 17. . . 5 Videos hosted via Photobucket I can't get to. . . do you have copies on your PC that you can re host somewhere else ?


Post 99. . . 2 video Links Posted by Bob K. . . again via Photobucket (As Novice) That I cant get to. . . Bob ? could you re do them via Youtube etc ?


Oh and Finally   A really dodgy Picture in post 122. . .  no Idea who let THAT be posted ?     :mutley


Hope you have a great, and productive new year and I look forward to some progress updates on this thread :thumbs




Cheers    Matt                                                                                               ✔      Barchester

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Another super photo Rescue Matt.
Great effort.

... and the dodgy photo is a beauty!! :thumbs

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Thank you Mat  great news.

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Bob is coming over on Sunday ,we are going to the chiltern area show at Stevenage . I will ask him to take  photo of Blossom hills Vinyard,  Bob calls it a wine mine  you will see why if he takes the shots.

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Looking forward to the update Reg, always something interesting going on at Blossom Hill... and I’m intrigued by the wine mine!

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Post 99. . . 2 video Links Posted by Bob K. . . again via Photobucket (As Novice) That I cant get to. . . Bob ? could you re do them via Youtube etc 


Hi Marty
I cannot retrieve the videos from Photobucket and not sure that I still have the originals. My laptop was stolen a few years back and I lost a great deal of imagery.

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Hi Bob it was myself (Matt) who posted about the missing videos. No problem if you can't access them anymore, it was just on the off chance you still had copies 
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I just wanted to thank Reg for his advice to have a look at Blossom Hill.  This space shares a surprising number of similarities with my own and I have already identified some interesting ideas to have a go at.  I particularly like his suspension bridge over the staircase, which should help to ensure that nothing goes for a trip down the stairs but, unfortunately in my case the lines have now been laid across the staircase so I am left with the job of making the run secure with walls and fencing.

There are other very interesting ideas though!!

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Over a year ago I promised to take some pictures of Reg's Vinyard; well after several attempts, I fanally remembered my camera and took some pictures.  In some ways it is good that I did delay, as Reg has made some good progress:


Above is a shot of the vines, with a small drainage ditch, backing on to the bottling factory.  There is still more work to be done in blending the scene into the layout.

Next is a view of the factory, with a couple of tankers. In the rear is a narrow gauge railway, that runs through the rocky outcrop to more vines further along the track - a new buffer stop is under construction:


To the right we have the sales area, with a couple of people sampling the products!




Reg, is also building a pub off to the left of the vinyard. Bit of a theme here; Blossom Hill layout, vinyard and pub?

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Good to see things moving forward on Blossom Hill the vineyard looks really smart.


Reg i suppose the next thing will be  a beer Brewery then you will need a hop field.


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When I finish titivating the vineyard ,I thought a scalescenes country pub just to the left hand side where there is a chance to add something more , I usually manage scalescenes stuff ok ,but found the instructions for the pub not quite so clear in places .  I thought to try a thatched roof ,and maybe a couple of add ons.   looking forward to finishing that area ,would like to start on echo falls , thats the bit under the  bridge in front of the window sill .  going to have to have a venicular down to the river ,and a jetty . a small halt at the top I suppose.


                 

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