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 Posted: Mon Jun 12th, 2017 01:45 pm
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Shunting lamps and 'real' coal added to the Sentinel - ready to go!
(I also added some coal to the Black 5 while I was at it)


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 Posted: Mon Jun 12th, 2017 04:58 pm
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Hi Merv,

The weathering and now lamps and coal look particularly good on your Sentinel. Mine arrived the other day and it really is a lovely, but diminutive loco. I can't see the decoder through the cab windows in yours, so where have you hidden it? 

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 Posted: Mon Jun 12th, 2017 06:28 pm
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Well Bill the best way to explain about fitting the DCC chip is to show you - so here's 'the reveal'!

It's a Digitrax DN136PS. I first tried a direct plug-in chip but found it ended up just a little too high for the body. Black tape or tape painted black also helps as does careful camera shots!

I also removed the glazing from the sides as I noticed in photos they had been when at Brid - in fact strangely so had the front and rear glazing though I decided to leave them in as it hid the chip better!

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 Posted: Mon Jun 12th, 2017 10:15 pm
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Ah, the old sticky black tape ruse Merv and very well executed to boot!

I need to separate the body from chassis to see just how much room there is for crew, but suspect the unfortunate duo will feel legless before they shunt their first load. I do seem to be relieving too many little people of their legs of late, but I keep telling them it's all in a good cause.

Thanks for your reveal Merv, it's much appreciated. I really like your railway and can see the attraction for your period, which really should be right in my zone, but the force of God's most wonderful, is hard to resist for a country lad at heart, as myself.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 12th, 2017 10:42 pm
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I did try to fit a 'little chappie' and even after giving him the inevitable amputations I found it a tight squeeze - in fact to such an extent that I broke his arm as well so I gave up!!

By the way, Brid usually only operated these with a driver/fireman solo ....grafters up Yorkshire tha knows!

It's true we all tend to have allegiance to the area we were either born/bred in and there's not many places where all regions were represented together so I'll make do with North Eastern and visiting Eastern and Midlands locos (inc. Great central) - that's the beauty of a holiday destination to model.

I too am a country lad at heart - just a different part is all! (also happens to be near the sea!!)
You've have your 'God's wonderful Railway', I'll make do with having come from 'God's own County'!

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Hi Merv and thanks again for responding.

I tend to use HO figures for all non-uniformed little railway people needing squishing into small places (often road vehicles), but I may well take a big flat file to the side or back of loco crew by way of administering a crash diet.

Following extensive and continuing research, I know only a little of GWR operations and procedures, but there is even much to know and admire throughout other regions. My 85 year old French teacher is imparting much knowledge of the systems over here, his dad having been a loco fireman, so the research continues and one's never too old to learn new things.

The journey continues,

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Hi Merv
I am a very late latecomer to your thread but must join in with the praise for what you have achieved.  Yes, we all know that things are compressed but the tones, colours, atmosphere of the place are excellent and a great spur for those of us building similar compressed layouts.

Are there any vids of some trains running?  The photos seem to suggest that the coaching and wagon stock is somewhat shy!  I would also be interested to see the storage sidings off-stage as I believe that these are often the key to really good operation.

Great stuff

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 Posted: Thu Jun 29th, 2017 03:10 pm
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Hi & many thanks for your kind comments Barry, as I don't spend as much time as I would like on the layout I've up to now concentrated on the south side of the station i.e. predominantly the shed area. I do have coach and freight stock though still boxed awaiting weathering and whilst there are a few sidings (in particular the coal drops) the main sidings (goods yard and excursions bays) are yet to be built as well as the station. However, I may take a diversion from locos and signalling in the near future to place some rolling stock in the available sidings that do exist....but please be patient!
No videos either I'm afraid of anything running though the turntable does operate via DCC so I may at some point post a vid of that but to be honest I'm more of 'diorama scene setter' than a 'train runner' variety of modeller.

Three of my locos are non-DCC ready and I've recently converted two which are the dreaded 'split frame' variety.
The third one (WD 2-8-0) should be simpler and I will post that when I've done it but for now here's some pics of both my V1 re-shed coded 53B Hull Botanic Gardens and a J39 I've re-numbered and shed coded 53A Hull Dairycotes.
Three pics of each: (1) chassis dismantled (2) DCC chip fit reveal and (3) re-assembled, though the J39 still needs weathering.













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 Posted: Mon Jul 10th, 2017 05:41 pm
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The Bachmann WD proved more of a challenge than I had anticipated - I initially tried to fit the chip above the boiler but there wasn't enough room so I ended up disassembling the boiler and removing the smokebox end where I did find enough space. It also meant removing the inner weight and cutting off a small piece that normally protrudes into the smokebox, I could then run the 4 wires from the chip through towards the motor.

The first pic below shows the assembly breakdown and the 2nd with it reassembled and extras fitted (e.g. vacuum pipes, screw coupling and brake rods) + renumbered cabsides and shed code (53A Hull Dairycotes). I need to find a small number 2 to complete the smokebox number plate, fit lamps and finally weather.





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I've never been a fan of WD's because the ones I remember seeing as a young boy were so filthy,rusty and run-down.Your WD is positively beautiful!!! Please don't ever even consider weathering it.I've taken to it so much I'd probably go and get one in N gauge,but I don't think they were around in the 30's.
   ........Still,tempting!
   I'm a massive fan of this layout too by the way!

Cheers,John.B. :thumbs

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 Posted: Mon Jul 10th, 2017 10:23 pm
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Cheers John B.

I don't remember WD's being anything else but all filth and rust, so I'm afraid I will have to weather it at some point though I agree Bachmann have made it a nice shade of black.  I suppose I should have added a sound chip and speaker in the tender then I could have emulated the typical 'clanking' sound they made as well!!

Here is the turntable which is 60 feet and only just takes the WD!



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I really do like this layout - very realistic and impressive. I like the DCC conversion pictures as well - currently have around 6 loco's to convert, all split chassis! How did you hide the wires between the tender and the loco? I used a piece of un-melted heat shrink and painted the visible wires all black but wonder if there is a better way. Cheers. Ian



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 Posted: Wed Jul 12th, 2017 10:53 pm
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Hi Ian, many thanks for your kind words. I feel I must reciprocate by saying I've looked at some of your pics and particularly liked your loco servicing and night scenarios.

As for the connecting wires on the J39, nothing complicated as they go under the cab and front of the tender and there is little visible anyway. So I just arranged them as flat as possible and from the side view there's only one wire thickness visible and painted black. So there you have it and no doubt your method could be better!

Best of luck with your conversions - cheers.

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Further enhancement to the WD - fire/coal irons storage rack to RHS of the tender:




In the mid 50's to early 60's several D11's were allocated to Sheffield and many made the trip to Brid on summer excursions. So I bought the Bachmann D11/1 'Prince Albert' however, not only does it have the wrong lining but I had no photo evidence of it actually visiting at Brid. I decided it would become 'Prince of Wales' so set about changing it and adding lining which I have never done any kind of before and must confess I found very challenging! You may note that it has the small lion emblem which it had for a few years during the late 50's - the only one to ever have done so apparently. Perhaps Doncaster ran out of the larger ones the year it went into the plant?

As this superb model has an opening smoke box door and an emulation of the interior fire tubes and blast pipe, I thought I'd have a go at changing it's appearance from plain black plastic so I added some metallic paint with other colours and also added some ash:-







The present glossy coat suggests it's not long been out of the plant but further weathering will be applied when I do a job lot (with variations of course) to the rest of the fleet.

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Hi Merv
I don't know how I have missed this thread, but somehow it has escaped me. I have just read it from start to finish and I wanted to say that I think the modelling is quite superb. I really like the stream that you constructed early on. The weeds below the surface look very convincing. Also, your weathering of the finely constructed buildings is excellent and just right. I will continue to follow progress on this layout now that I have discovered it.

The open smoke box looks so realistic.

Bob

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Another great loco there Merv.



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Smoke box and ash?! Why not... when the loco is parked in front of the the sheds it will make a great cameo. Nice work. 



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As previously mentioned I said I'd do a mass weathering of locos eventually, so now having started I'll post a few examples:-

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Hi Merv

This continues to be a really good inspirational layout - thanks for the time taken to post for us.

The weathering looks great, especially in the sunshine but I see that 61138 (a B1 based at Sheffield in 1962 according to my Chris Banks book) has disgraced herself and dumped the front pony truck in the ballast!!  Have you got a breakdown crane on the layout....... :mutley :mutley

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Oops!! Well spotted Barry - that 'big (shaky) hand in the sky' must have had problems that day - no excuse even for a geriatric like me!! :hmm

As for the shed code - I believe it started it's BR days at King's Cross of all places but certainly 41A buy 1959 and a brief spell at 41D Canklow (at least in 1961) and then back to 41A & probably had made many a trip to East Yorkshire.

As you like sunny pics - here's one on a late summer's afternoon....mmmm well let's say 'summer of '59'!


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