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 Posted: Mon Nov 22nd, 2010 02:14 pm
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ok, only oprob is how do i out the oits in, take it i have to cut the floor out to put it in.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 22nd, 2010 02:44 pm
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Correct you need to cut away the baseboard for the pits to fit in sounds difficult but actualy its easy. When I did the ones on Piccadilly I drew some pencil marks inside the rails then removed the track before joining the marks up with a ruler. Then it was just a case of cutting out with a jigsaw. :thumbs

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 Posted: Mon Nov 22nd, 2010 07:07 pm
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I know that not all inspection pits are of the same dimensions, but I paced one out recently, just as a matter of curiosity, and was rather surprised to find that it was slightly in excess of 50 metres long! According to my abacus, that equates to a pit about 650 mm long at 4mm = 1 foot, or just over 2 feet in English money. Now that's a big hole in anyone's baseboard!




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That pit looks like it's alongside quite a large MPD shed there Perry... Phil's only got a wee one.... (shed that is) and could make his pit small enough to service his largest engine?



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Bear in mind the pits were also used as ash pits for steam locos aswell so you can have more that one on the layout.

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Marty wrote: That pit looks like it's alongside quite a large MPD shed there Perry... Phil's only got a wee one.... (shed that is) and could make his pit small enough to service his largest engine?
He certainly could. The pits I'm planning to install (already built) on my MPD layout are only 150mm (6") long. It all comes down to space and compromise - as usual.

Phill: Here's a photo showing pits in situ outside a shed:



Maybe that will help inspire you. :thumbs

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 Posted: Tue Nov 23rd, 2010 05:17 pm
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Thanks Perry. Now i like the idea of them outside so i think i shall put them there then.

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Phill,

Whilst you're on the subject of Inspection Pits, you might like to take a look at:

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=7706&forum_id=62

It might be of some help - I hope.

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