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Hello I would like to introduce you to my Layout the Bickley Central. The layout is located in the basement of my residence in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. It's a two era layout right now currently firmly set in the 1970's. I will be going back to the 60's soon. Its a folded dogbone style layout with a hidden storage yard below the station. It measures aprox 17' x 17'. Its freelance in design but has some LMS influence.



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interesting bottles of glue you have there william :D :D looks a massive space. any chance of a track plan sometime, looks like it may have the wow factor.

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That bottle of glue is a product from the brewery in the brewery section of the layout. Sometimes after working on a model and it falls apart I need one of those bottles of glue just to stay in one piece.


Track plan of the layout.

Each small square = 3" Total size of layout is 15' x 15' 3"







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Thats a lovely layout William brilliant example of how good a dogbone layout can be.
Obviously you have had to use a large amount of those special bottles of glue you have to complete the layout.
Do you swap buildings over and other things when you change era?
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Nice layout William, I especially like the way you have incorporated the gentle curves instead of using straight track. It give the layout a more realistic look as far as I'm concerned. Please keep the pictures coming.

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Always post pictures before using the glue! :shock: :shock:

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I usually dont change the buildings over, I have a few more modern buildings that I most likely will incorporate in my next change of era. I thought about having a building all boarded up or vandalized.

I usually change the vehicles over but since I am modeling the 60's then 70's I usually dont bother much with them.

I Have included a couple of shots of other areas of the layout





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What about those buildings William, kits or scratchbuilt? I particularly like the big warehouse type one.

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The buildings are a mixture. The big warehouse is the Heljan Brewery, the others are Design Preservation Kits from the States. I am also using the Walthers Building Modules. Also a few Wills kits thrown in for good measure.

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William this looks very good indeed. I love those street scenes. Your asphalt looks excellent, and the buildings belong in their setting because you've weathered and painted them so well.
I think I could tolerate a few dozen views.... :lol:

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Hopefully I will have some more photos of street scenes in the next couple of days. I have been busy working on the layout for a photo shoot that needs to be done for Sat.

Here are a couple of shots of the coal mine and viaduct and a general view of the layout.













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Yep - this one has the WOW factor :!: :!: :!: :!: Gorgeous layout :D

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Thanks for the compliments

The project that I am working on right now is a canal scene. It involves a staircase of locks.



I scratch built the lock gates from some Wills engine shed doors and parts from the water wheel kit. The other parts were used on the coal mine.

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Good photos, William. We like photos on here :lol: The viaduct is a beauty.

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As well as being a beauty it is good to see that it shares a dual purpose as a work bench too.... flexible, that's wot our members are :lol: :lol: :lol:
Great layout... a really nice use of the folded dogbone style.
Looking forward to seeing more as it develops.
Thanks for the photos.
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The viaduct is built like a rock, it most likely is stronger than my workbench.

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Fantastic William - Now I know what to do with my basement once I can start putting wieght on my foot again.

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Very nice layout William, my it looks so ..... neat! Is that normal?

Couldn't help but notice there were no people, is there a reason?

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That has deffo got the WOW factor, brilliant layout mate.
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William - that looks very, very good. I note we have yet another "master craftsman" on the forum !! :lol: :lol:

Looking at all the space you have, I wonder, do you have a house on top of your basement or is it all for model railways ? Must immediately dash out and buy a basement :wink:

Love the viaduct on a curve - that's my "turn-on" - features on curves, be it a station (as, hopefully, mine will be) or a bridge or other structure. It seems to suggest that the railway has followed natures true contours rather than making nature follow our railway.

Look forward to more photos and, one of my favourites - a "how I did it" thread.

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Yep, that really is a knockout. How I envy you that space!
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Wayne Williams wrote:Very nice layout William, my it looks so ..... neat! Is that normal?

Couldn't help but notice there were no people, is there a reason?

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I have been busy painting people so on the next set of photos you will see all of a sudden there are people on the layout. To paint my people I usually paint them black first and then dry brush the colours on after. You get a much more realistic looking figure that way

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Petermac wrote:William - that looks very, very good. I note we have yet another "master craftsman" on the forum !! :lol: :lol:

Looking at all the space you have, I wonder, do you have a house on top of your basement or is it all for model railways ? Must immediately dash out and buy a basement :wink:


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I did'nt use all the basement " need a furnace water heater washing machine etc... I tried to persuade my wife that I could get everything moved upstairs and I could use all the basement, but she gave me one of those looks us married folks know about.

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Ah yes William, those looks. They are just as effective today as they were more than half a century ago when I was first married. Of course I get them for different reasons now. :roll: :wink:

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I like how well the H0 scale buildings and the 4mm scale stock go so well together. I think it would only be with very small buildings that we would notice the difference in scale.

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Brilliant William. This looks a real peach of a system and I for one would like to know more about it. Some of the scenes are really terrific. :D

I like the way you have kept everything that may have distracted from the railway out of sight or covered up so that the viewer can concentrate on your work. May I ask how long you have been building it? :)

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Les wrote:
May I ask how long you have been building it? :)

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I started building the layout in the Winter of 2005 with the demolition of my old layout.

By the Spring of 2006 I had the baseboards up and was starting to lay the track. All the track on the visible section of the layout is Peco code 75. The hidden sidings are my old code 100.

One thing I did when I rebuilt the layout was a total removal of everything in the basement area. I repainted the floors, installed overhead storage space with doors, and a suspended ceiling.
Under the cupboards I installed lighting behind the vallances.

The layout was built using L Girders, and the wiring was done so that I can convert to DCC one day. However I found that I can operate the system very well without DCC, and I might stay with DC.

She is fully signaled with automatic Multiple Asperct Signals. Operated by Heathcote Electonics. The hidden sidings have Infra Red Detectors.

One thing that I have found usefull on building such a large system is I usually build small sections and fully scenic them. Then I start on the next scene. The Coal mine actually was built as a removable scene that I worked on while watching TV or relaxing in the back garden.


During demolition and installation of cupboards

After boards were up





You will notice that the old backscene from the layot was not used. I painted a new scene on a hardbaord and clued it to the walls. I curved the corners so the it flowed as one scene without sharp corners. I used digital photos of buildings I got from various sources from the internet.







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Great work, William. I really like the tree-covered hill you've painted in the corner :!:

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MikeC wrote:Great work, William. I really like the tree-covered hill you've painted in the corner :!:

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Unfortunately that was my previous backscene the new one eliminated that hill. :cry:

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:oops: oops It's still a fine-looking layout though, backscene included.

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Thanks for all the info. :D

I just have to say that what you have achieved in less than two years is incredible and it will certainly spur me on. I have specifically learned two valuable lessons from your post. First to complete one scene before tackling another and second even if you change the backscene later, it pays to get something in place early on, even if it is just blue backwash, to set off what you are doing - a sort of continuity thread. :D :D :D

I'll follow this thread with a great deal of interest.

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I have been busy cleaning up the layout and I am starting to populate it with some people.




ALso a atmospheric shot of a class 47 on the viaduct.



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Great little scenes, is that a wee black Scotty Terrier behind the green... what is it? a Morris... van?
All you need now is to tell us that he is on a "steak out :lol: " infront of the local butcher shop and I'll know we have another story teller amongst us, which for me is part of the magic. :P :P :P

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Marty wrote:Great little scenes, is that a wee black Scotty Terrier behind the green... what is it? a Morris... van?
All you need now is to tell us that he is on a "steak out :lol: " infront of the local butcher shop and I'll know we have another story teller amongst us, which for me is part of the magic. :P :P :P


He waiting for his owner in the second hand book store. He has just finished putting his mark on the green morris minor car parked in front of the store. :lol: :lol:

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Good scenes, William. Eager for more.
What have you used for your roads? They look good. I'm experimenting with water putty, and happy with it so far.

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Now that looks a lot better with people and cars. I like your road too, please explain how you did it.

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Wayne Williams wrote:Now that looks a lot better with people and cars. I like your road too, please explain how you did it.

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The roads were just painted plaster, I painted them in a grey colour then used darker shades to get that worn look and olil stain.

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Looks like a lot of effort doing your room and then the layout. All looks brilliant i must say. I just hope i too can have a layout as good in the years ahead.
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William - your layout gets better and better. Love the street scenes - so accurate and such attention to detail. :wink:

What about a thread on how you paint your people ? I noticed you said you were busy painting them and painted in overall black first. I remember seeing an article on just such a method somewhere (maybe it's in the Index on here - sorry Bob :oops: :oops: ). It would be great to follow your method step by step.

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Petermac wrote: how about a thread on how you paint your people ? I noticed you said you were busy painting them and painted in overall black first. I remember seeing an article on just such a method somewhere
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If you google the platelayers model railway group in Canada and then find members web pages, find the link to Brian Fayle, it is the reference you will need. He has a step by step instruction on painting people.

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Alternatively you could always look in the Index under F for Figures. :roll:

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Robert wrote:Alternatively you could always look in the Index under F for Figures. :roll:

I KNEW it would be there but when I saw "figures" I thought "Flamin' sums again" :oops: :oops: :oops:


Thanks for the link Marty and for the wink William.

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OK then, what about P for Painting, it's all cross referenced.

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Robert wrote:OK then, what about P for Painting, it's all cross referenced.

I'll look there then Bob - can't think of any unusual connotations for "P" !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Petermac wrote:Robert wrote:Alternatively you could always look in the Index under F for Figures. :roll:

I KNEW it would be there but when I saw "figures" I thought "Flamin' sums again" :oops: :oops: :oops:


Thanks for the link Marty and for the wink William.

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But when I thought 'figures' my wife was looking over my shoulder and I decided to go to the BBC news site.... Can't be too careful :?

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But when I thought 'figures' my wife was looking over my shoulder and I decided to go to the BBC news site.... Can't be too careful :?


Never said a word Tim !!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Sorry I have not posted for a while. Work got a little busy, however, I did have some free time to work on a few projects on the Bickley Central
I finished the canal, and gas works.












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Welcome back william. I thought we had lost you, but you have come back in style with more super pictures. Is that a scratch built gas works or have you used a kit. Which ever it does look very good.

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William, I have read this topic now from the start as I did not join until late last year.
A very good layout room & layout - taken with the track plan & the scenery you have done to date.

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Sorry, first time I have seen this one as well. Looks great - love the viaduct and the gas works!

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glad to see you back William,missed the progress on the layout,
but you have made up for it,looking really good,hope we can see more.
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Great to see you back on here William, kept your place warm for you. The gas works is a wonderful addition to the layout, like it.

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Really nice William, I like the way the colours you have used in your scenic work blends so well with your backdrops.

Are you going to do any more weathering on the various tanks? and are the trees homemade (in the shot looking down to the canal)? they look really good.

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Some great progress there the gas works looks really good blends in well with the railway scene.


cheers Brian.W

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William,
Like Chris Trerise,this is the first time I've seen this layout,and its absolutely awesome.Love those curves,and REALLY love that viaduct!!! And WHAT A SPACE to run trains in! I'm green with envy,mate.Cracking layout,and looking forward very much to seeing more of it.

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Thanks for the comments, I will post more photos later today, my wife wants to go funiture shopping for the recreation room. Means less money for trains I guess. I am planning to post some photos of the trees and how I made them. The gas works is a Walthers Kit plus some scratch building. I have weathered it using roof brown and rust paint. Off course I had painted the gas holder a nice blue before I weathered it. The other associated tanks will stay black, with roof brown paint.

The other project is a neighbourhood of terrace houses.

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The renovations of my house are over and I have had a bit more time to work on the layout.  I modified the industrial cameo a little, I moved a couple of buildings around and added a few more.  I also did some repainting of the roads. 

Most of the buildings I have been using are Walthers and I must say they look the part. 
 


 
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Wonderful shots, William - and I really love that canal lock:D

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Thanks, it was all scratch built using odds and ends in the tool box

 

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Once again, It's been a pleasure to catch up on Bickley Central's progress. Thanks for the updates.

Perhaps, when time permits, you could show one or two more detailed shots of the canal, with brief explainations.

I've got a canal to build on my layout, as well as one to detail / finish on the club's exhibition layout.

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I will get some shots of the canal as soon as possible

 

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Love that street scene with all those vehicles...a real feel of activity and motion.

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How I built the canal locks

I built the lock gates using some left over Wills engine shed doors. You can also use the wood planking that comes with most of the Wills builing kits.  I then faced these with horizontal bracing made from some left over plastic (again some left over plastic from a Wills kit usually used for gable ends).  I then used some more plastic to make the arm that allows the gate to open. to make the sluces I used the parts from the waterwheel kit from Slaters.  The railings were from the junk box.



 



 

The water was from woodland scenics (realistic water) I found it very easy to use and the results are A+.

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Since I have changed the layout a bit I though I should show the whole layout.

 

 



 

 

 

 







 

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This really is a super layout. Thank you for the notes on the canal. Until you explained I thought it was also commercial kits, that is a wonerful modelling job you have done. Have you posted a track plan of the revised layout, if not it would be great to see it.

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Thanks for the update you have been extremely busy and you have done some cracking work

As many members have already commented your canal system is superb

Around the locks have you used static grass or is it some form of matting you have teased up and coloured

cheers Brian.W

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From the pictures of the whole layout I can see that there are many more closeups you could do for us if you have the time. This forum is crazy for pictures (I am anyway). :lol: I have just got to put a couple of those shots on the front page side panels. Great.

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William - great to see more of this splendid layout.

The canal is most impressive - "Bingley Five Rise" spring to mind. :roll: It's a real living scene you are creating there - as Bob said, photos, photos, photos - please, please, please !!!!  Then,  when you've posted more photos than you could imagine, you'll have to get your mind around to the "How I did it" bits !!:roll::lol::lol:

p.s. Don't plan a holiday !!:???: 

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William, this layout is a winner - you have done a fabulous job on it all but the canal is exceptional. Brilliant.:D

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the pics are really good,you must be proud of it all, well done.

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Thanks for the comments.  I will post more photos later of some other areas of the layout.

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Is it possible you could tell us how you do the roads they look really life like and the buildings scratched built?.

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Keep 'em coming, William. It's good to see such a fine layout and fascinating to see how it's being modelled in another part of the world.

Some of the "how to" notes you could write would be most revealing (just like your canal explaination is). I find that when I occasionally buy Model Railroader or another American magazine there are some different approaches to scenic work that are very worthwhile reading.

keep up the good work and keep us updated   ...   we love it!!

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Just an overhead shot of how my roads look.  I usually start with a plaster base for my roads then I sand as smooth as possible.  I then paint the road a light grey with an airbrush, I then use roof brown for the edges and then paint a stripe down the middle of each lane.      



 

 




another view of the viaduct with a classs 37 crossing with a coal train



I am also working on some row houses on the layout, I am awaiting for a rainy day to work on this. There are lots to do on this part of the project.



Thanks for all the comments

 

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Good progress William, the canal and lock look the part.
I particularly like the vegetation around it.
Is the wee scotty dog still doing his business around the place?

Oh, MikeC, did you notice that Mr Nolan has gone on holiday? :lol:

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 Marty I hadn't noticed til you pointed him out. I just went to the layout, and sure enough - no sign of him :shock:

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Either he's won lotto or you are paying him too much :D

The question is... and I'm just speculating mind nor do I approve of idle gossip... does the rumble on the Swanhurst grapevine about Mrs Powell's only daughter's unexplained departure on the 3.15 to the city last thursday have any relevance? :shock: :roll: :lol::lol::lol:

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I made the trees using wire and hot glue method, I then used a combination of woodland scenics foilage and old scouring pads (the plastic ones) 

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Marty wrote: Is the wee scotty dog still doing his business around the place?



Ah the wee scotty dog, he gone right now and will appear somewhere else on the layout, His master couldnt find the book he was looking for so he will have to go into city to one of the bigger merchants.  Problem is the city isn't built yet.:cry:

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The Bickley Central in the mid 1960's

One thing I made sure that I could do on my layout The Bickley Central was to be able to change eras.

With an assortment rolling stock that has become larger than I can accomodate on the layout I have found that having multiple eras usefull.  It can be the late 50's mid 60's and early 70's by changing road vehicles and occasionaly a building or two. So for the next while I am in the 60's

 
My display cabinets


 

 



The other end of Bickley Central



At the warehouse district a class 20 is waiting for the flagman to let it cross the road

 

 



An express rumbles over the viaduct

 



a busy scene at Bickley Central Station



An ore train on the viaduct


 

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:wowThis is one awesome layout. What a fantastic amount of work you have done. That viaduct is so live like as is the scenery around it. I love the stock you have avaiable to change era's. How often do you change the year William ?.

I wish it was my layout i tell you, any chance you want a free holiday, come here and then do my layout:thumbs, free board and lodgings mate :lol:.

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More lovely pictures of your layout how many years have you been working on it in its present form?

I have a loco and rolling stock storage problem as well i just have shelves above the layout and below it usual problem is im trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot.

I like multiple eras and no specific region once i start doing my extention and rebuild one of my ideas is to have differant parts of the layout in differant time periods

I dont know if it will work as it is just an idea at the moment .

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This layout is just superb and that viaduct, well what can you say but Fantastic :wow :doublethumb

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Terriffic shots William.

You've certainly got some stock there but it looks great on display rather than sitting in boxes.  What bit I have, sits in boxes and I wonder if that's one of the reasons I'm so slow at doing any building - that and spending too much time on here !!!:hmm

Keep sending the photos - they're an inspiration to us all.

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         While its great to see 'finished' areas on a layout as brilliant as this one,its also good to see the station area being developed.Please keep posting updates on that area.Love those display cabinets...very neat!

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William,lovely shots of the railway,always enjoy seeing them,i only wish i was as tidy tho my stock is all over the place,must try your example  make some shelves for them.
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Building display cabinets is not that difficult, I had all the oak milled at a local lumber yard. Once I had all the wood stained and varnished  I then assembled it as a cabinet.  The most difficult part was hanging it on the wall (Oak is heavy).  For the longest time all my stuff was in tool boxes, great  for taking stock to shows, but not for displaying.  I have over 50 locomotives and tons of rolling stock that range from the late 50's era to the 90's.

The reason why I decided to model from the late 50's, to the early 70's is that I didnt have to change the railway infrastructure when I change era's.  All I do for the 50's is have less traffic on the road and then when I model the 70's the road is more crowded with traffic.  I have also change a few buildings and plan to make some interchangble buildings for the city.  For example a building being demolished and a newer building in its place for each era.

I back down stairs to start working on the city so you will see more photos of that project plus the row houses will be finished soon.

 

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William, I really enjoy the pictures of your layout and stock.
Looking forward to seeing that station area develop too.
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Me too Marty, this is a terrific layout the pictures of which I keep looking at and keep seeing something different.:mrgreen:

William, that diesel in the station at the head of the blue coaches, is it one of the rare Co-Bo's?

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http://www.silverfoxmodels.co.uk

they do resin kits for it

 

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That's it Brian. I remember cabbing one of the originals at Trafford Park shed when they first came out. Going through my slides recently I came across a photo of one - very interesting loco.;-)

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The loco in front of the passenger train in the station is just a common class 24.

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I 'm  new to the forum, and have just spent a really enjoyable time reading your thread, what a great layout you are putting together, you have a real talent of just getting it right.

Looking forward to seeing more.

 

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Just love that viaduct !!! and the canal locks beneath

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Just received from the folks at Hattons my new HST I already had the MK3's and an old HST from Hornby but it couldn't haul the set around my new layout.  The gradients were just too steep













 



Enjoy



 



 



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Oh yes William - we most certainly will !!!!!!

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I was thinking that a video would be good, I am charging my video camera and I will go play on my computer to figure out how to do just that.  If you have any guidance I would appreciate it.

 

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Darn VISTA my video camera is not VISTA compatible, have to fire up my old computer and see if I can do anything about it

 

 

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Well I have managed to upload a video to You Tube Once its available or processed I will post it here.  Sorry for the quality I am new at this video posting stuff and I will polish up on my skills as I upload more videos.  Any hints and comments are more than welcome

 

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Here it is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A3EmfkzDRk

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Enjoyed the video. Nice and busy. Good variety in your scenery. Good scenery it is, too. That last train I glimpsed wasn't hanging about! I'd be happy to see some more videos and photos.

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   By the way,those trains were certainly shifting! Scale speeds of about 90mph I reckon.

Lovely layout!
 
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I will slow the trains down a bit on the next video, I was trying to get a feel of the camera and operating at the same time.  Next video I will be working on tonight will feature the HST and the blue period.  

 

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I am working on  another video:lol::lol::lol:, I am getting the hang on this stuff.;-)  I have found that holding the camera still and letting the trains run into the scene looks better:Happy.  Also Windows Movie Maker is making it easier.  I am still learning though.  

 

 
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Great to see some trains really shifting with the taps open.  All this slow speed shunting etc is all very well and good but I love to see some really going for it!

Love the correct operation of the colour light signal as well - and that viaduct always impresses :pathead

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i loved the 31 with the tank wagon train

Look forward to more of your video experiments

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Another video from the studios of Bickley Central.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_GGd68nwBM

 

Enjoy

 

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The signals ( Modified Ekon) are operated by Heathcotte electrics infra red devices hidden under the track and are interconnected. All my signals are Multiple Aspect and show the correct yellow.  The station signals are done a little different and are intelocked with the points.  An easy thing to do with tortose point motors.  My next movie I will go back in time and operate steam but that is next week.

 

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Major work happening on the Bickley central, I am currently installing a Branch line up to the industrial area of the layout. I am also building some coal drops off the branch line.  The turntable had to go and the MPD has been drastically reduced in size.  Photos and vids will be coming once all done. 

 

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Looking forward to seeing your work on the branch line, however I have just viewed your video from 3 posts earlier. It looks stunning and I especially like the cutting/bridge area. The grass work on the side of the cutting looks superb.

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Unfortunately that has gone under the knife so to speak, there is a retaining wall there now to carry the branch line.:cry:. The good news is it does look more interesting, and the coal merchant at the coal drops does look like he has a roaring business.  I will post some photos, but have to wait for my camera to catch up to me.  Its 100 miles away at my Mum and Dads, forgot it to pack it up after my visit to them.

 

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At last an image of the coal drops, sorry ab out the quality just used my video camera



 

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Just caught up on this thread and boy what a layout you have there and all those various Loco's. Love it, love it. Love the HST on the viaduct.

If my layout gets anywehre near like this i be well chuffed but i very much doubt it.

Well done.

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Hi william, I've just spent some time catching up on your progress and I love what you are doing. Superb work and excellent detail.

PS A better photo of the coal drops would be appreciated when time permits, it gives me yet another idea :exclam:exclam

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Impressive photo of the coal drops William :thumbs

I'd love to see the one you're going to do for Jeff :roll::roll: - there's an amazing amount of "dirty" detail in there and it would be great to see it more clearly revealed in all its' grime !!!!!:hmm

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I finally got my camera back so here are a few photos

 

 



 

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Nice shots Bix.  I remember those bogie steer trucks.  Nearly indestructable as I remember . . .

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Snowed in today so I am downstairs working on the layout, I have been slowly working changing the colour of the long grass to a more yellow dried out look.  Got my Birthday present today a blue falcon loco, runs fantastic so maybe tonight I will work on some detailing.  The next big project is the town itself, a major undertaking it looks like.  I will upload more photos soon.

 

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Like the coal drops. Must be a mucky place to work when a wagon drops it's load of coal.

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The coal dust and all that must have made life rather miserable for all concerned including neighbours with the washing out.:lol::lol::lol:

 

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Hi William.  The shot with the video camera is great.  The slight pixellation makes it look like an oil painting.  The composition is very good.  Once again, the scene works because it makes sense from an operational point of view.  It's a beautifully made model, to boot.  Well done.  Max

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Thanks, I will be doing some more photos later. The layout is a mess right now with tools etc all lying around as I work on it. We are getting a bit of snow so besides shoveling the stuff there isn't much else to do except play trains.

 

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I worked from some photos I had found on the Internet and modified them to fit the area.

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I haven't been working much on the layout lately I have just finished a 22 day stretch at work and I am knackered.  The layout room looks like a disaster zone, tools all over the place with numerous project on the go.  So please stay posted and visit soon I will have some progress photos.

 

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Take care now William, we will still be here when you are ready to show us what's happening.

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As for that four letter word "W**k" we have replaced that on a couple of other boards I belong to with "Attendance" ;-)

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Sometimes I need those kick in the pants, i have been busy organizing a railway show here in Stratford, lots to do and little time to do it in.  I just got back downstairs to work on the layout, I should have photos soon.

 

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:doublethumb:wowWilliam, just traced through the thread. Thanks for sharing some stunning photos of your Layout. Cool! For a beginner like me, it's an inspiration!

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Well I have been busy down in the railway room building the retaining walls around the station.  The town scape that I am building will include quite a few buildings so I have also been busy building them.  I also put in some sidings for the gas works and built another building for them to represent an unloading facility for the coal wagons.  While doing all this I also built a more refined control panel that is ready to be installed on the layout.

Pictures will be coming soon on the progress of the Bickley Central.

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Not touching the viaduct, I am working on the area where the station is.

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Major work is happening on the Bickley Central.  I am currently building a town around the station.   The gas works has been fully installed in a corner and the city buildings are currently being installed

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Yes I have been busy, the horrible weather we have been having has given me the opportunity to get to work on the city scene of the layout.  The gas works in the other corner was quite a project, requiring a new set of sidings to be installed. 



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That's just how I like to work.

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Back from Vacation, I was out West to British Columbia, After a hectic week of work I am now going down into the basement to work on  the layout.  Some projects need to be done including a rewire of the new control panel.  I will post some pictures of the progress.

 

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Started working on the layout ballasting track, and such then I got very sick with the flu.  The whole family is down with it right now.  I have been off work for a week now, I am on Tami Flu so that is helping but boy what a week it has been.

 

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There is a lot of people getting it. Hope it passes soon and everyone gets better.
Then you can get back to the good things in life... like ballasting track!!!
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 A nice layout which I've just discovered,(I'm sure I need to delve deeper into this forum).

I especially admire your pit head winding gear. I'm no mining engineer but it looks far more convincing than many others I've seen. Having browsed many American scene mags donated by a friend I thought railway modellers on the other side of the pond were fortunate to own houses with basements which is alien to us Brits, it gives a great area for creating a railway although I would need to be able to see daylight. Nice to see another modeller who considers scenery a vital component to running trains.

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Thanks Dave for your comments,  your layout is the inspiration for some of the scenes on my layout.  The Coalmine  gear is actually ready for a replacement with even better quality set of wheels from a North American Supplier.  Hopefully I will get to work on the layout this afternoon.

 

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An update on the Bickley Central
 

As promised I have some recent photos of the work being done on the Bickley Central.   I managed to get a few shots of the town that is now called Maryford.  In the distance is the gas works and large warehouse.  The grey building is the coal unloader for the gas works. It was built with wills asbestos siding.  
 



 

A view of the station building.  With the traffic slowly backing up, behind the bus.

 



 

The coal drops with added detail. 





 

Another view of the station with a couple of passenger trains just arriving.





 

An inspiration from David, a demolished house.  The bricks are made with Das.



 

I hope you have enjoyed the photos.

 

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demolished house brill..

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Lovely work there William. The demolition site and the coal drops are very well done.

I see you have the traffic banked up behind the bus just as would happen in reality, except that you are following what is normal for you with right-hand driving. The bus seems to have doors about to open into the middle of the street :thud

I'll admit to having some right-hand drive cars around the layout as well - you're not alone :thumbs

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all the traffic is on the the left , so where are the doors on the bus ?

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right see it now,:roll: some one did a crafty shuffle then ?

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Personally i would of stopped the bus and then see if the oap would try and run the traffic to get on the bus only to tell them its aint 9.30am yet sorry :mutley

Seriously i like the coal drop andf the demolished house. Well done.

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That gas works and warehouse fill that corner up very well.

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I am a new member........just discovered this thread........I  am green with envy you have incorporated many of the features that I am talking of doing in 2011.........canal....coal mine.......hadnt thought of a gasworks but looks really good so maybe an idea for 2012

The scratch built lock gates are brilliant I was going to buy a Langley kit but they are very expensive your work is equally effective. When I get nearer the time I will, if I may, pick your brains about the coal mine.

Keep up the good work...this is a topic I will be watching with great interest.....

Greetings from one Canadian Modeller to another......albeit this one is in Lotusland (Canadian Joke to the rest of you guys).....................actually lotusland is a bit damp right now

 

 

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When I am up in your neck of the woods I must call you and drop on by.  I usually spend a couple of weeks in Vancouver every couple of years.  If, however. you are down this way ( for example visiting the Great British Train Show) you more than welcome to see the Bickley Central in the flesh.

To everyone not in the know, Every two years the Platelayers Society holds a British Train Show just outside of Toronto.  I belong to both the Platelayers and The Buffers model railway clubs here in Ontario.  The Buffers Layout is usually on Display at the Great British Train Show.

 

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Nothing gets you madly working on the layout until you realize that you have company coming over for New Years Eve and they want to see you trains.  so I have been stuck down in the basement working hard getting the Bickley Central in Bristol Fashion.  I have already rebuilt the control panel and wired it, I did some track laying on the branch and Ballasting another significant area.

 

So this is what the Bickley Central looks like right now.

1st photo  A branch Goods train approaching the level crossing with a main line goods in the background approaching the station at Maryford.

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2nd Photo.  A view from the goods yard looking toward Maryford, and station




 

3rd Photo.  Looking from the bridge at Maryford toward the gas works and goods shed.




 

4th Photo  Shunting at the coal mine.






The next set of photos are a collection of shots showing the whole layout from left to right. As you can see I still have tons of work ahead of me.   

 










I hope you enjoy the photos, and to everyone a Happy New Year

 

William



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While I am in the mood to take more photos here are some more,

Below a class 3 shunts some coal wagons for the brewery.

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Photo 2 Going back to pick up a van.



 
Photo 3  Things got a little hot in the bottle plant, the fire brigade comes to the rescue.



 


Photo 4 Shunter coming back with empty coal wagons after dropping off some full ones




 
 Photo 5  a busy scene as a class 8 pushes some coal wagons up to the Brewery, an express rushes from Maryford, with another  express leaves the tunnel on its climb up to Maryford.


 

Photo 6 another busy scene with lots of business for the two shunters.




Photo 7 the back of the bottling plant. It seems that the fire is out.
 

 






Again I wish everybody a Happy New Year.

 

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Happy New Year to you also. :cheers

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happy new year to you and yours.
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Thanks for the comments. I am again down in the railway room (got to tidy up some electrics and then do an inventory of all my stock and enter it into my computer. I might even do a bit of painting -still got to tidy up the back scene-.

Oh yes I will run a few trains as well.

Of to play trains then

William

 

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The problem of having a multi era layout is to decide what era you want to model.  So for the first half of 2010 the Bickley Central will be firmly set in the early to mid seventies.  so all my steam and green diesels have been inventoried and stored till later.  So far the inventory taking of the stock that runs on the layout is going well.  However its only a couple of hours before a whole bunch of people are over to help ring in the New Year, so better help the boss with the preparations.

 

Happy New Year

 

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As always William, I do enjoy looking at your layout and seeing your ideas coming to life. It is a great layout, which gets better and better. I notice on a couple of the pictures that you are using uncoupling ramps (at least I think that's what they are). How do you get on with them. It is something I have been messing around with but cannot make up my mind which ones to use. I also find that the ballast clogs them up a bit. I would be interested in any comments you may have based upon your experience.

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The Un Coupling Ramps I use are the Peco ones, I have good luck with them except my Little Class 3 hates them.  I usually install them after I have put the Ballast down.  I then clean out the ballast between the sleepers where I will be installing the ramps.  Doing this stops them from being plugged.

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I am busy on the layout installing some point motors and installing some signals.  As with any job it just got bigger since I am now interlocking all the signals.  My usual pose in the layout room is a beer in hand and a puzzled look as I try and figure out how to do it all. 

Some photos will follow soon

 

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I am pleased to hear of the progress William. If the "Beer-in-hand" method works for you then why not use it? I'm afraid if I tried that the little fiddly wires would somehow vanish altogether or turn into more of a jumble than they already are.

Respect to those who can interlock signals in miniature. :cheers

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bickybtrains wrote: The Un Coupling Ramps I use are the Peco ones, I have good luck with them except my Little Class 3 hates them.  I usually install them after I have put the Ballast down.  I then clean out the ballast between the sleepers where I will be installing the ramps.  Doing this stops them from being plugged.

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Thanks for that William. Good tip.

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I agree with you there Rick - even a "wine in hand" makes my small wires look like twice as many !!!

Interlocking signals is another of those "black arts" that I don't understand !!  Could someone explain how they work - I know what it means but how do they do it ?:???::???:

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Petermac wrote: I agree with you there Rick - even a "wine in hand" makes my small wires look like twice as many !!!

Interlocking signals is another of those "black arts" that I don't understand !!  Could someone explain how they work - I know what it means but how do they do it ?:???::???:

Peter one site  http://modratec.com/ may help you there

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Interlocking signals especially colour light signals involves some electrical magic with the built in toggle switches found on tortoise point motors and a  wiring matrix.  The way I do it is first to get one signal to work with the point motors and then attach it to my Multiple Aspect Sequencer from Heathcote.  The next signal is then connected up so it will show the opposite sequence, so on and so on....  This usually gets complicated after a while:sad: , but it does work.:lol:  What I am wiring up, is the departure end of my station.  It has a goods yard, a loop in the station and a junction to the branch line.  I am also installing shunt signals as well.

 

As always a picture can say much more.



 





Once all is done the point motors will be hidden by a signal box and a bridge pier will hide the other point motor that is not in the photo.  All easily accessible for maintenance.  If anybody ask why I didn't put the point motors under the baseboard its because my storage sidings are in the way.  And yes I knew that would be a problem when I built the layout but I was intending to hide them anyway.


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The link that Sol gives for Modratec also has explanations of interlocking and a free piece of software that should be looked at by all those interested in the subject. They also have a version for the Mac as well as Windows.

http://modratec.com/download.php

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I've downloaded it Bob - you have to register with them to do so - but haven't had time to look at it yet.

Hopefully, it will clear some of the thick mist surrounding this subject - even they refer to it as a "black art" and they know what it's all about !!!!

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I prefer electronic interlocking at least I can get my head around wires and stuff.

The web site for mechanical interlocking looks good though.

A comment on my last photo.  Although everything looks rough I always write down what I am doing and affix it to the relevant circuits.  Once it all works I then write it out neatly in pen.  I also put a photo of the finished wiring in my little book of wiring diagrams that I also have so that trouble shooting is easier.  It made it easier to change my control panel when everything was neatly diagrammed and labeled.

 

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The little book is a good idea William. :thumbs  I always mean to do it but once everything works, I don't need it...............:roll::roll::roll:

That's why, if I get a fault, I have to take evertything apart.  When I re-start my layout, there will be a little book !!!:cheers:cheers

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Hi William

As always love your layout!!

Two questions:

[1] How do you link the the throw bar of the point to the surface mounted Tortoise? Are there any issues?

 

[2] Maybe the answer to this should be posted in Matilda's travels......assuming she gets to Vancouver before Ontario (although I realise you are close to the centre of the universe.......joke for 122 bemused rest of the world members)......how big should the Maple Leaf Transfer be? Shall I send the Mountie, Grizzly Bear, Beaver and Can of Maple Syrup on to you or have you any other ideas

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John,

I still attach the throw bar and the wire from underneath, I just put a channel of plastic under the rails so there is no short.  I also make sure I use an omega loop so that I can adjust the wire if needs be.  I will get a photo for you.  I would assume a maple leaf would be good, any size.  Still down stairs working on the signals gets complicated, especially now I have more than two signals to worry about. 

The next project are still the shunt signals.:brickwall

Hope you get some cooler weather for the big event.  Could send you ours it was cold today.

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The current plan is that Matilda will come to you John before she goes to William but please go easy on that maple syrup !!!  I'm planning to get her to you before April 20th then to William before she goes off for her trip to Moldavia around the end of May.

But then - the best laid plans of mice and men...........................................

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bickybtrains wrote: John,

I still attach the throw bar and the wire from underneath, I just put a channel of plastic under the rails so there is no short.  I also make sure I use an omega loop so that I can adjust the wire if needs be.  I will get a photo for you. William


A photo would be great William I cant quite get my head around the concept! 

Peter: I was thinking just enough syrup to fill the van although in truth I think it comes from William's part of the country....not BC......perhaps a small salmon but there arent many of them left here now

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I thought I should show how I connected up the Tortoise Point motor to the Peco points. You can see the omega loop, the wire is then connected directly to the Tortoise point motor. The black tube is some shrink tubing that is glued in place.  This prevents a short.






The next photo shows how everything is put together and hidden inside a signal box



 

Once everything is finished  this area will become the future MPD.  The goods shed will be moved to the other end of the layout.

Here is a series of photos showing the lift up flap that has the signal and point motor wiring on it.







If you notice the wiring and track diagram are now neatly printed on the flap.

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And the control panel for the whole layout which also flips up for ease of wiring and trouble shooting.



And showing the guts of the control panel. 



 Hopefully this is helpful

 

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That Tortoise Signal Box is NEAT, William & the Box won't jump around when the motor is activated either.

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Thanks William that is much clearer but.....being really stupid (which I can be) what is an omega loop.......and once you have one do you solder it to the bottom of the tortoise spring?

Sorry to be so slow 

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All very clearly explained thank you.

I do like the use of a signalbox to disguise the Tortoise; add this to the index under "101 uses of lineside structures" ;-)

The wiring and panel work is also well set out and looks to be very competent. Having everything hinged like that would surely make life easier in the event of a problem.

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John, the omega loop usually is springy wire in this shape  so it takes up what maybe too much  input to give a reduced output - I think in Williams case, the tortoise rod can be long & is bent as required. Sometimes, modellers use a Z shape to do the same thing .

Also seem item 1005 on http://www.gemmodelrailways.co.uk/GEM_Web_Site/Mercontrol.html

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Thanks Ron I think John now has a clear idea what an omega loop is.  You are also correct in how I managed to connect the wire from the tortoise to the point.  Its just an extra long wire bent into shape.


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More work is happening on the Bickley Central, especially since I cannot get near the TV with the Olympics on 24 / 7.  To think this all started when I wanted to put a couple of signals on the layout I ended up putting lights on the whole layout, street lights on the street, and lights in the station canopies, plus I ended up building an engine shed, and  installing a new goods yard. 

photos to come in due time.

 

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I shall look forward to seeing those William.  Sounds like you have been very busy...:thumbs

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now this a have to see,i like lights on layouts they give it life.

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Well women's Hockey is on tonight so I might be glued to the TV watching them get Gold.  But I might get some Photos tonight.  So stayed tuned.

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Not much happening on the layout I have been hauling the Buffers MRC layout around to a couple of shows here in Canada.  I thought I would have some time to update everyone on the Bickley Central when disaster stuck and my computer packed it in.  I finally have it back.

Updates soon on the progress on the Bickley Central

 

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Finally I am getting ready to work on the layout.  I have moved a few things around, built a MPD.  This weekend being a Long weekend I intend to clean up the layout room, (its a mess) and continue with the electronics and signalling.

Photos of the progress will be posted soon

 

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Well I am down in the layout room looking at the mess it is and I have started the big clean up.  Progress so far has been a thorough clean up of the floor and repainting of the floor.  This evenings  project is a full clean up of the layout and to start running some trains.

 

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Nothing like a good clean up to get in the way of running trains... Ah, sorry, to get you in the mood for running trains. Enjoy, I hope it's all still working OK.
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Been working on the layout.  Every time I get the tools out I end up creating another project that needs to be done. Since I am doing some wiring I decided that the control panel that I had only rebuilt needs to be bigger.  Then I am in the process of installing more street lights, signals, and more point motors.  Hence the reason for the redesign of the control panel.  When will it all end.:???:

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C'mon, show us a photo of the carnage :thumbs

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Updates Coming soon, but I am working non stop doing snow duty (we had 20 cm expect another 15 cm and a storm is on the way in two days).   I am also working at both jobs, so after 16++ hours of work all I want to do is go to bed. :sad:

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So... what's snow duty? A volunteer role to keep the roads clear or just your driveway because if you don't, you won't get the car out of the garage?

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I work at a retirement home on a part time basis( right now full time)  ( 11:00 p.m. to  7:00 a.m) when it snows I have to snow blow out 194 door ways,  and numerous drive ways, so I stay on at the retirement home for the morning.   I also run a renovation company which requires me to be available 8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.  Hence there is little time to work on the layout.  Usually I work at the retirement home every other weekend, and my renovation business usually is very slow in the winter months.

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bickybtrains wrote: I work at a retirement home on a part time basis( right now full time)  ( 11:00 p.m. to  7:00 a.m) when it snows I have to snow blow out 194 door ways,  and numerous drive ways, so I stay on at the retirement home for the morning.   I also run a renovation company which requires me to be available 8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.  Hence there is little time to work on the layout.  Usually I work at the retirement home every other weekend, and my renovation business usually is very slow in the winter months.

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Judging from that William, I'd have said there's little time for anything at all !!!! :shock::shock::shock:

When do you sleep ?

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Hopefully later next week It will get back to normal.  We were lucky with the snow, a town a half hour away has so far reached the 2m mark with snow and that's only over three days.   However we have an Alberta Clipper  (A storm that originates in Alberta Canada and whips across Canada at a high rate of speed usually dumping a pile of snow on us) on its way for early next week.  I most likely will get to work on the Bickley Central during the Christmas Holiday.

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Marty wrote: So... what's snow duty? A volunteer role to keep the roads clear or just your driveway because if you don't, you won't get the car out of the garage?

Marty........ What's 'Snow':hmm......:lol:

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It has been a tough year for my renovation business I have lost half my income so its been tough being motivated to work on the layout.  However a big clean up is in the works at the Bickley Central.


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Hi All

Although the layout is in a total mess while i work on it some areas are still presentable.   This view is the MPD at Maryford Station.  That's the main station on the Bickley Central.


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Nice to see you have gained a bit of enthusiasm William

I think most of the world has seen a downturn business wise hopefully with the turn of the new year confidence will return and people will begin to spend again.

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I think my problem was everybody bought cars with those wonderful $$$$$ from the government and not windows and doors.  Best thing is when you at the bottom of the pit there is only one way to go and that is up.

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You had the scrappage scheme like we had here

Yes many took advantage of it one of the downsides here apparently was that all the cheapo runabout cars dissapeared so anyone looking for something cheap to buy was stuffed as people had either traded them in or bought them cheap to get their £2000 of their new car.

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I managed to get a couple days of modeling in on the layout.










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Wow!  Not bad for two days.  :mutley

It really is a lovely layout, William.  :thumbs

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Great photographs bicky but that last one is exceptional. Love it

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I had fun doing the front garden on the last photo.  I should be getting some photos from a photo journalist in the next while.  I will post them as soon as I get them.  I will make sure I get the OK from the photographer to post them.



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Great Photos William. I have always admired your Coal Mine and that Victorian Villa (is it new?) is just perfect

You have solved my header nomination problem:thumbs:thumbs

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Thanks for the kind comments, The villa is new its one of those plonk and play bachmann product.  I got to get around to painting it. 

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The road, the pavement, the trees, the fence, the garden... it all looks so right... tremendous job on one of my favourite layouts... so pleased to see some progress. Well done William.

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Many thanks for shareing your wonderfull models development William, those scenes from your railway are brilliant.

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Well its snowing outside again and I have the modeling bug so out come the tools again.

My next project is in the other corner from the main station.  I plan to install a bridge over the main line and coal mine branch.  On the near side I think a couple of council houses.  I will be hiding the point motors with a warehouse built to suit the location.



The above photo shows the location that will be developed in the next couple of weeks.



This is what I am proposing to do.




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Now that will be good William. :thumbs

Whilst I knew they were big, I had no idea just how huge those tortoise motors were :shock::shock:

The warheouse/factory idea to hide them is a stroke of genius.  It will fit in perfectly.

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You fit them - the Tortoise, on top then William ? Can you get a close up photo of the method you use to connect to the tiebar please?

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I was wondering how you were going to disguise those point motors William. It should look superb. Two things caught my eye on your previous pictures. I really like that spoil running down the slope from the mine, it adds so much realism. Also it is rare to see flowers on model railways and your splash of colour in the last picture of the group looks super. Finally your hand painted backscenes give a lovely feeling of depth.

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Sol wrote: You fit them - the Tortoise, on top then William ? Can you get a close up photo of the method you use to connect to the tiebar please?Essentially I just use piano wire with an omega loop and then just attach it to the tie bar from underneath with an upward bend in the wire.


Or I use a adapter for peco points.  I had a few in my scrap box.   Alternately you can use the peco adapter that is made of plastic.





On the note about the back scene.  I use a combination of a painted backscene and digital photos.  I am still working on the urban back scene to add some depth.  I usually past photos of buildings onto black foam board to add a little depth.  I use Scalescene terrace house backs or scenerybuilder terrace houses that have been cut out and scanned.  Again some photos will help.



The above are scalescenes



A combination of scenerybuilder, scalescenes and Hornby plonk and play buildings













The above buildings are the Hornby plastic terrace houses.

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I like those Hornby "plonk and play" buildings William :thumbs

On another note - is your artic driver for hire ?  If he can park his trailer in that back yard, he must be good ......:roll::mutley

p.s. I'm with Novice - that spoil heap looks excellent. :pathead

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There is a lane-way between the house and the wall.  He has to back all the way in:lol:.  One of those things I guess I just put there to get it out of the way when I was working on the engine shed.:brickwall.  Another addition to the coal mine will be a narrow gauge track.

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I have watched a truck driver perform miracles before.  You should see the one try and deliver windows at my shop after a snow storm.  We have trouble with a pick up truck and a trailer getting backup to the shop.

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:hiWilliam,

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Thanks for the comments,  I have just finished working at a trade show so I ave not done much work on the layout.

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Had tons of fun in Northern Ontario although we have had a pile of Forest Fires up there.  A few were close by.  I was in a town when the smoke came rolling in like a thick mist.  Told the wife and kids lets get going and left town.   There are over 5000 fire fighters fighting those fires.  Lucky thing was the torrential rains later in the week.  I spent time in Winnipeg Manitoba and then went camping with my old scout troop.   By the time I got home I was tired and then I had to work.

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Living in what is said to be the most fire-prone place in the World I know a thing or two about how those fires can affect the population and how quickly they can travel.

Glad you're all OK. The best advice is always to follow official advice. Get out early or stay and defend the property but only if you're equipped to do so.

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My instinct said get going and that is what I did.  From the infoI got the fires were a few KM away and were not a threat.   I felt uncomfortable with the smoke and followed a trucker out of town knowing he would be in touch vi radio with other truckers going the other way.  Since the fires were North of me and I was going West I felt comfortable going West.  There was some spectacular fires in Alberta that caused some major damage to a town, fortunately in Ontario there hasn't been such damage.

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Just an update on the progress of the Bickley Central.  I am in the process of rewiring the layout and installing a new control panel.  The control panel is bigger than the old one, with more bells and whistles on it.  That said, I am looking forward to spending more time on the layout during the next couple of weeks.  Unfortunately the weather here has been rather nice, so installing windows and doors has been a priority ( the problem of owning a window and door company).  The economy here is starting to improve so people in South Western Ontario are starting to open up their wallets. 


By the way Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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bickybtrains wrote:  The economy here is starting to improve so people in South Western Ontario are starting to open up their wallets. 


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Does that mean William, that you can spend more on the hobby then?

 

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Weather, Canada, December, not normally words associated with conditions needed for new window fitting! I hope you do find time to work on the layout as Bickley is one of my favourites.

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Weather here is a balmy plus six celsius and foggy no snow on the ground at all.  Weather on Christmas day is rain.

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Day 2 of working on the layout, major rewiring project in process.  Hopefully I will be finished in the next couple of days.  While rewiring I am  installing more signals and point motors. 

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Things are going well on the Bickley Central.  This is my second attempt on the control panel and I am happy with the results.  As with any project, this one got bigger than I thought. Rewiring was a bit more difficult, hence it took a lot longer than I expected.  The control panel will show the aspects of the signals, track occupation in the hidden sidings, and hopefully a bit better flexibility in operation.  I am glad that I labeled all the wiring but it still has been fun tracing wiring where the labels fell off. 



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I think it's lovely to see 'To London' on the panel of a layout in Ontario, being talked about by Aussies at home in Kangarooland with ex-pat Brits in France throwing in the odd comment!

Isn't it a great hobby?

 

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gastwo wrote: Doug, don't forget there is a 'London' in Ontario !!

:oops::oops::oops::oops::oops:

Oops..

Sometimes I think I'm a plonker. On other occasions I know I'm a plonker.........

 

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I put London on my control panel so that I know where the trains are going or coming from.  :lol:

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Nice looking panel. Are the signal lights controlled from the panel, if so how? be nice to see a picture of it all lit up!

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Just an update on the Bickley Central.

I am about 70% done the "massive project" of rewiring, re signalling and control panel refurbishment on the Bickley Central. A project that I thought would have taken a few days has taken a life of its own, hence the title of "Massive Project".
I have enjoyed the challenge and I will have a control panel that will be much easier to use, signals that work properly and more flexibility in operation.
Photos will follow showing the control panel all lighted up soon.

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I'm really looking forward to the changes you have made William. It has been a lot of work for you but I'm sure the end result will have made it all worth while.

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More updates on the Bickley Central. 

Usually when I rewire a layout  ( I have done this before) it only takes a couple of weekends, this time its taking longer because I decided that it would be a great idea to have a more interactive control panel.  I also have decided to move some signals and add a few more signals, thus more rewiring. 

So here is a couple of pictures of the work.

Wires pulled out.



Wires at the new control panel.




Most people are asking me why I have not gone DCC yet.  Well, with over 50 locomotives to convert, I decided that money would be better spent elsewhere on the layout.  Yep I do run all the locos since I change eras every so often.

Hopefully I will have everything running soon.

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The wiring project is still ongoing, I am now adding the extra signals in the station area and adding more street lights on the layout.  I should have everything completed soon.  The next project are new skirts for under the layout and she will be ready for my open house in July.

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It has taken a long time but the control panel is finished.

1.  All the wires have been labeled and wired up.
2. All the lights in the buildings are working
3. All the signals are working and the corresponding signals on the control panel are working.
4. Everything all labeled and wiring schematics have been drawn

All I have to do is:

1. A new skirt for the layout
2. Some scenery to be completed
3. Fix up the back scene

 
And I have two weeks before my open house.  :shock:

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And William, if you don't have anyone come on your Open Day, the entire train system will work perfectly - but as soon as the first visitor steps into your layout room, Murphy will show his head & cause a problem or two.
Guaranteed to happen !

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Murphy showed up a few times while working on the layout.  So I know he will at the open house.

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The Bickley Central is up and running at last. All the jobs that I wanted to do are all completed, the new skirt looks fantastic, the signals work like a charm, the control panel does its job very well.  Now all I have to do is clean all the rolling stock and start playing trains. 

When I started this project in the winter I thought it would take a few hours, however I wanted to interlock all the signals with the points.  It became a bit more challenging than I thought.  Now that everything works I feel chuffed.

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Congratulations on interlocking the panel. Something I want to do but have put waayyyyy down the list.
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Update on the Bickley Central




As promised some photos of the Bickley Central.

I have been working hard to get the layout ready for my open house.   I am hosting two clubs over for light refreshments and to play trains. 

The first photo is the warehouse that is built over four point motors:  The point motors were built above the base board since under the warehouse is my storage sidings.  No room to put those clunkers without causing some obstructions








The next photo is showing the Station and High St.




The Control Panel  that started the whole rewiring project.



The scrap yard






And last just a quick over view showing the coal mine







The next set of photos will come later next week from the open house.



Thanks for now


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Some brilliant shots there William. :thumbs  The layout looks great and very "railway like".

I see you have 2 levels.  What is the height difference and what gradient have you used to connect them (assuming they are connected) ?

I'll have 2 levels but am struggling a bit with a usable straight line gradient for some decent length trains.  I want to avoid grades on a curve if at all possible and it's amazing how much space pointwork takes up ..........:shock::shock:

I had hoped for 1:80 or even 1:100 but that's just not going to be possible. :cry:

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Wotdavesed!

Two years ago I made my 'temporary' panel.....it's still there. Hope the day goes really well,

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Super modelling! 

Very realistic and that scene with the roadbridge over the tracks absolutely hums with life.   Gives us mere mortals something to aim for!

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Looking forward to the next set of photos,good luck with the open house.

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The two levels are connected.  The total height difference is about 3 inches.  The total run from one level to the other is about 15 feet.  I do have some severe curves hidden in the tunnels aprox 22inch radius.  All my bachmann Locos can handle 6 coach trains.

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Thanks William - your 1 in 60 seems to be the key and some 50% "easier" than the maximum recommended of 1 in 40. :thumbs

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Thanks.  I will post a video or two of the the railway, showing the climb up one of the gradients.   One thing that usually drops my jaw is watching my 9F haul with ease a 10 coach train up that incline.

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Another great layout with some superbly observed modeling. I'm so glad I joined this forum and have thus been priviledged to see your layout William. That's some space you have and you are certainly making the most of it.

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Thanks for the comments, just one question how do I upload a video?

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Go to http://www.YouTube.com  and open an account, then upload the video there for hosting.

Then once it's uploaded, go to its thumbnail and copy and paste the link into the Post Reply box.

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Here is a video of the Evening Star hauling ten coaches up one of the inclines on the Bickley Central.  Also there is a view of my control panel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky7qQigTOoc&feature=plcp

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G'day William,

Just read your thread and watched your Youtube links, it's a great layout, very nice. Good to see the road vehicles on the correct side of the road. Some of you folk in the northern hemishere do drive on the wrong side of the road, let alone having the steering wheel being on the wrong side of your vehicles... Hope to see more of your layout soon.

Cheers, Gary.

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The Bickley Central had a visit from The Midland Pullman today.  My friend had bought one from Hattons and wanted to see how it ran.  After we got it all coupled up she ran very well.  It is a Very impressive model.








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Hi William

Happy New Year from Lotus land!

The layout looks good......I have always liked that Viaduct

When I saw the Blue Pullman I thought for a moment it was your Santa Claus post:lol:

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I did get a few things from Santa, but not the Blue Pullman.:sad:  I said to my wife that my birthday is coming up in February maybe she would get me one.  I can always have hope.:mutley

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Another photo of my visitor on the viaduct.  



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Another Update from the Bickley Central.

So far the M.P.D. and the small goods yard had not been wired up, so I have spent the weekend wiring them up and ballasting them.  The unusual feature for these areas are they are lift up sections to access the points in the storage siding and also the wiring for all the signals at the station.   Any way, everything is working fine and another section of the Bickley Central has been completed.


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I also have been busy working on the scrap yard.  So here are a couple of photos of the scrap yard.



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Lovely work William ......you always create really interesting cameos

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That scrap yard looks excellent William. :pathead

How much of the goods yard and MPD is lift-up ?  I'm just wondering how you manage to line up all the various tracks and also, avoid any damage to all that superb detail. :roll:

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Darn, another few year iI might catch up to you..  ie  really NICE layout :lol:

But I must say that you comments and pictures of the Blue Pullman are not helpful....I am currently doing everything I can to avoid spending the money...     but its soooo pretty !!!!  and just my era.. well, sort of. 

 

    

 

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You could always change to LNER Andy.  "We" didn't have a Blue Pullman - "our" brown ones were perfectly good enough ...........;-)

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Petermac wrote: That scrap yard looks excellent William. :pathead

How much of the goods yard and MPD is lift-up ?  I'm just wondering how you manage to line up all the various tracks and also, avoid any damage to all that superb detail. :roll:

The best way to explain how the lift up sections are designed is to have a photo essay of sorts showing you how they are designed.

For the MPD I only have to worry about two tracks running into the engine shed.  The ends of the tracks near the join have been soldered PCB sleepers. 

I have attached jumper cables from those tracks to the engine shed so I have power to those tracks.


I use a piano hinge at the back of the lift up section so that there is no chance of movement.


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Some more photos of the lift up sections.



This photo is showing the arm I use to keep everything up.




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The next set of photos are showing the sidings at the other end of the layout.  Again I use a piano hinge as well as PCB sleepers with the rails soldered on them.

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The reason I have lift up sections is to get access to the storage siding below.  Also all the wiring for the signals, point motors are attached to the backs of those lift up sections. 


For access to the rest of the storage sidings I have these fold down flaps across the front of the layout.

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Must say that the lift up section looks very effective William.

As for the rest of the layout, it looks very very impressive. Lots of hard work certainly pays off at the end of the day...

Looking forward to your next update..

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Very neat William. :thumbs:thumbs

Lots of wires under there .........:shock::shock::shock: you must be on DC otherwise there would only two ......:roll::lol::lol:

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AndyG wrote: Darn, another few year iI might catch up to you..  ie  really NICE layout :lol:

But I must say that you comments and pictures of the Blue Pullman are not helpful....I am currently doing everything I can to avoid spending the money...     but its soooo pretty !!!!  and just my era.. well, sort of. 

 

    

 


Thanks for the comment,  I have been working on this particular layout for a few years now.  I usually only have the occasional hour or so in the evening to work on it.  Normally I set out with a particular task in hand and do it.   Also I found it usefull to do sections at a time an fully scenic them as well.   I find that I don't get bored when I do it that way.  

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Petermac wrote: Very neat William. :thumbs:thumbs

Lots of wires under there .........:shock::shock::shock: you must be on DC otherwise there would only two ......:roll::lol::lol:


Most of the wiring is for the signals and point motors.  Very little wiring is to the tracks!  I was thinking of going DCC then I looked at all my LOCOS and then mentally calculated up how much it would cost me.   I then thought what advantage DCC would have and the time involved in converting some older Locos etc... Once I weighed all the options I came to the conclusion I  can better spend my time modelling and playing trains.   If I was starting from scratch, new collection of LOCOs, new layout I might have gone the DCC route.   With that in mind I did build the layout with DCC in mind.  The Bus wire is heavy wiring with droppers every few feet. 

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Some more work is happening on the Bickley Central.  The industrial area is under a major rebuild.  Photos to come soon

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Looking forward to that William, 
I like the work done to the MPD and scrap yard and the static grass across the front of the scrap yard is very good.
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G'day William,

I just looked through the whole thread (again), very impressive. Too think that some areas have been rebuilt or about to be, I wonder how you can improve on what is great already ??

Cheers, Gary.

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I'd agree - it's a superb layout William and I wonder how you can improve on it.  As Marty said, the goods yard detailing is very impressive but my all time favourite has got to be your viaduct.  Whenever it's in shot, I make a mental note to try to fit one into my layout - still without success !!! :cry::cry:

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Just noticed, you ran a Blue Pullman,

Are you DC or DCC?

If DC, How did it cope with the DC, what lights work etc etc.

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I`m still DC I don`t think I will go DCC Since I can run now four trains and wire and switches are cheap the cost to convert would be not worth it.( Now if I was starting from scratch I would go DCC) The Blue Pullman worked flawlessly all lights on the interior were on, ran better than my HST. It took the grades with ease.  I was so impressed with it I ordered one. 


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bickybtrains wrote: I`m still DC I don`t think I will go DCC Since I can run now four trains and wire and switches are cheap the cost to convert would be not worth it.( Now if I was starting from scratch I would go DCC) The Blue Pullman worked flawlessly all lights on the interior were on, ran better than my HST. It took the grades with ease.  I was so impressed with it I ordered one. 


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I was afraid you might say it ran very well.  been considering and considering.  They look so nice :lol:

I've heard that DCC chips and high frequency track cleaners don't play well together, so I will have to work out some way of taking them off-line if I want to be able to run DCC stuff. 

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I dont use a high frequency track cleaner at all, so I don't worry abut the possible trouble with DCC Chips.  I had thought I would need one but ever so often I give the track a good clean and I avoid plastic wheels and the layout always runs like a dream. 

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So far this is what is happening on the Bickley Central.  I added a return loop to the industrial area of the layout.  Although it introduces a reverse loop, which is easy to deal with electronically, it will allow me to have better operational possibilities of this particular area of the layout.




Hope you enjoy

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Ok, I give-in then. You can improve on perfection...! ;-)

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bickybtrains wrote: So far this is what is happening on the Bickley Central.  I added a return loop to the industrial area of the layout.  Although it introduces a reverse loop, which is easy to deal with electronically, it will allow me to have better operational possibilities of this particular area of the layout.




Hope you enjoy

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 Ah, a rubbish tip.. good idea.

Great way to fill an empty space  :twisted:

 

Comment, courtesy Barossa valley :mrgreen:

 

ps.. You should see the mess under my layout at the moment !!  

maybe I ought to take a photo.. but white poly snow doesn't make for an interesting picture !

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Dusted off the layout today.  Had a few trains running, fixed a couple of solder joints that had failed, cleaned and dusted and now I can get to work on the layout.   Still working on the goods line up to the brewery, a bunch of wiring to finish, a few more street and yard lights to build and install. 



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Good to see you getting back to your railway William.
I am looking forward to what you have in store for the future.

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More work is happening on the layout.   Got a nice Christmas pressy of a bachmann 10000 so I see another era change happening on the layout.   Pictures of the work in progress coming soon

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So far this is what has happened at the Bickley Central.   I have rebuilt the whole section, moved the factories around and built a viaduct.  This how ever created a reverse loop that isn't really a problem since it will switched by the points and signals.

Some more buildings are due to be placed in the area to fill it up a bit.









Enjoy the pictures and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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Good to hear from you William.................looks like you have been pretty busy:thumbs

Just out of interest (I am DCC of course :roll:)  how does the reverse loop switch get triggered?  You mentioned signal control...........

Hope you are surviving the weather back East

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It always looks good William. :thumbs

What make is the big factory/warehouse in this shot ? It's an impressive structure - I particularly like the canopy.  


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Excellent William,
Great to see your railway with its new look.
The old axe job can revive things after the initial smash up.
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:mutleyI have had my moments John.:cool wink

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Thanks for the replies.   To answer the question about what make the warehouse factory building is.  It is a Heljan product.  I believe its a malt house, its part of the Heljan Brewery Kit.   Its a huge kit and this one in particular is 20 some years old.   It has been modified with some canopies from Wills plastic Kits station canopy.

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I finished work on the industrial area of the Bickley Central.

This is the new Brewery Sidings




This is the viaduct that goes back to the main line.  I had to hack this through the scenery and through the coal yard.








Enjoy

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This has come up very good. You can't tell that it has been cut & shut. Excellent. :thumbs

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Nice result. :thumbs

I love that road scene - so typical of a busy yet uncrowded main road in the 50's and 60's although it looks as if the vehicles are somewhat later models ....................:hmm

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Yup that scene is from 1968:lol:

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What an Excellent layout you have, you packed so much into the space you have. You must have thought really hard about what you wanted to achieve before starting.
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Thanks,  I should scan some of the drawings and plans that I drew up before I decided on the design that became the Bickley Central. 






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I had a couple of visitors on the Bickley Central yesterday.   Though I might share with everyone.









A photo of the rear back gardens of a row of terrace houses.



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Excellent pics. Very nice Garratt and APT, although I do like the terrace house backyards, nicely done ! :thumbs

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Very nice set of photo's you've shared with us here William. I think, my favourite has to be the scene of the back of the houses, so typical of the scenes I've seen travelling by train in the length and breadth of England. Thank you.



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just great to see this layout again,like the pics
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Waggie wrote: What an Excellent layout you have, you packed so much into the space you have. You must have thought really hard about what you wanted to achieve before starting.
You've certainly inspired some additions to my plan


I thought I should respond to the above quote with some notes I did prior to actually constructing the layout.   Originally I was going to make it as a modular layout that I could take to exhibitions.   However since the club I belonged to had an exhibition layout I thought that I could make the layout a permanent fixture in my basement.  







The original concept was going to be a dog bone style. With the station on one of the ends.   However I thought that the station  platforms would be difficult being on curves that were rather sharp.  Hence the final concept ,oved the station on the longer wall.  This also allowed hidden siding to be built under the station.








The other area I wanted to have was a complex of industrial buildings.  This section was going to be removable and I would take it to shows. 





However, the idea of making it removable fell to the wayside. 

There you have it, the concept and philosophy behind the Bickley Central.

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I'm sorry for not writing for a while, but over a month ago my mother died.   It has been quite a journey and her last days on earth were peaceful.   She died with my Daughter and Dad at her side.  My mother encouraged my hobby in a significant way.  She was always there and always bought a locomotive for me at Christmas.    Last week I enjoyed a quick trip to the UK for a memorial service for her.

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Glad you are back William; however, when ones mother passes on it is a very very difficult moment in many ways and time is needed to heal the wound.

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So it has been a busy summer, spent a bit of time in the UK.  We did a memorial service for my mum in the UK, she is buried here in Canada.  Met up with family, traveled around by train, visited York, Edinburgh and London.  Got back to a pile of work and only just recently got to work on the layout.  

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Hi William,Sorry about your Mother,
I guess you picked up some good railway thoughts in England.
Glad to see you back with your great railway.

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A few ideas, but I spent most of my time in the UK as a tourist.  I have been working on a timetable and operating waybill system for the layout.  I will share  soon.  But for a teaser I am using wagon labels to identify my wagons.

I print them on both sides with one being the loaded wagon the other empty.

On the Bickley Central the Branch Line is where all the shunting is done so I can have other trains running on the UP amd Down all the time while I shunt the branch line. 

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I am also working on a time table as well.   I have uploaded a fast clock to display of my lap top.   Once I have everything together I will run through the whole lot to see what I need to do to fine tune an operation session.   My idea is to to be able to do everything in a hour or two.  

Many years ago a friend of mine had a free lanced North American Layout which we had operation sessions on.  I use to enjoy it.  Since my system isn't as expansive as his system I think I can still find it fun to operate.  He use to have tabs that fitted on his rail cars that had a destination and return info on it.  It was a very simple system but worked very well.

I have emulated his system but instead used way bills.


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As with the real railways over the Christmas season I have been busy doing some work on the railway.   I got a few building kits which are now built and sit on the layout.  I have ballasted the rest of the track, and I can say that the layout is about 90% complete.   Once all is cleaned up, I will attempt to operate the timetable and operating procedures.  I hope everybody had a good Christmas with tons of railway presents.

Happy New Year

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I thought I should start 2015 with a photo taken on my Layout.  Its a reproduction of an actual Photo my dad took in 1960 at Stafford near the Crinoline Bridge.  

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A few more Current Photos of The Bickley Central.



On the curve leaving Maryford Station A Up Goods train on the main line.  In the background is a Christmas present from my Mother In Law.


 
On overall shot toward the Town of Maryford.  In the background is another pressy The Station Hotel.  In the Station is an express from London on its way to Sheffield.   An oil train in the loop and a full M.P.D.



Just on the outskirts of town.  In the back groud an express passenger train from London bound for Sheffield is on the main line.  Shunter on the Branch is dropping a 16 t coal wagon off at the coal drops.   In the foreground a Goods train has just come out of the tunnel and on its last leg of its journey to Maryford.




Blutted Sidings -Due to TAB Brewery having a rather large Brewery Here-.  TAB has been located in this area for many decades here and its large Brewery Dominates this suburb of Maryford.   The Other industry is an engineering works which is across the road from the Brewery.  A branch line from Maryford serves this area.

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Hi William,

Really fantastic scenes. I love the coal drop and the demolished house in particular. Really good work.

Cheers

Toto

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Hi William, I have just gone through your thread from start to finish and I must say I am very impressed, your eye for detail is excellent, I just wanted to ask, early on you said you were going to revamp your colliery scene with new pit head winding wheels, did you source some? cos I am looking for 4 sets for a project I am planning and I am struggling here in the uk.

Cheers for now, Pete.  

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Pete,

My brother has drawn up plans, and had two complete headgears etched for him in brass, wheels included, they look the biz, if you need anything, I can give you his email, but not at the moment as I'm in Sorrento.

If your interested, send me a PM from Saturday on and I can sort it.

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Thanks for that Phil I will be in touch.

Pete.

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Sorry that I have not posted much, I am getting ready for my open house.   Every so often I host two British Railway Clubs in Ontario.  The Playelayers and the Buffers.   Pictures will follow after the event.

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Looking forward to it William.

Have you got much done in the intervening time?

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My open house was well attended. I think at least 40 people came over. Photos will be coming soon.   I have not done much on the layout except fix a few electrical issues.   Most of the scenic work is finished.  
William

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I now have time to work on my layout.   I am changing the era to the early seventies so a bunch of photos will be on the way in the new year.   For the last couple of years the layout era has been the early 60's.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas from lotus land William:lol:

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