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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2022 11:41 pm
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That's looking really good. I think point rodding would tip me over the edge. :)



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 Posted: Wed Nov 16th, 2022 07:55 pm
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This is the last bit Pete so I am spurred on to finish it.  I have a 5-way angle made which needs fitting in front of the box and then the rods need gluing down.  After that, a bit of tidying sees the job finished.

As promised, here is a picture of my Dapol Class 22 which has now been running in and now takes its place in the storage sidings.  Its train is an unfitted freight comprising all the kit-built and unpainted wagons in the fleet.  I will tackle them as a job lot when I run out of other things to do (!!)



She needs all the front-end paraphenalia added and will be weathered in due time.  She runs really well and copes with the 17 wagon train easily.  There are switches underneath for head and tail lights which, for now, I have turned off.  I will have head lights on if the discs are not fitted  If I were to be uber-critical - no driver - but that really is being picky!!



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 Posted: Sun Nov 20th, 2022 08:38 pm
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Those Class 22s are such sad looking locos - the turned down eyes and turned down mouth makes them look somewhat ugly to me........... :hmm

That's a heck of a lot of rolling stock you have sitting behind old misery eyes Barry - are all your trains made up of fixed rakes ?



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Hi Peter

They were sad because they spent more time being mended than they did pulling trains :lol: :lol:

The trains are made up into fixed rakes with the exception of the Stopping Freight (Pick-up goods), the vans train that trips into Trinity Square, the parcels train and some of the engineers trains.

I rotate my stopping freight consists using blocks of wagons - between 0 and 4 per block - and have posted a video on my YouTube channel (Yarslow Model Railway - Stopping Freight Trains on Yarslow) explaining how its done.  I am sure there are better ways but I like this one.

The vans trip works much the same way using a smaller number of bigger blocks.  The parcels train simply rotates one or two vehicles - the rest remain in the fixed rake.

The engineers trains rotate full and loaded ballast and equipment wagons between the storage sidings and the PW yard at Yarslow.

The above is all done to make sure that every time the timetable is run, the consist of various trains changes - just as it would in real life.  The "Special" trains on the cartridges run by rotation and there are slots in the timetable to allow various routes to be taken.  This may mean that the engineers train might arrive at the yard on Saturday, travel up the branch to do something on Sunday but not have a path to return to storage until the next Weekday.

It all sounds confusing because its easier to show/do than it is to write it down.  Perhaps you have done me a huge favour here by triggering the question - I will do a video for the channel explaining the timetable and showing some of these trains and the variations :cheers.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 21st, 2022 12:55 pm
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Barry Miltenburg wrote: ..................................................................... Perhaps you have done me a huge favour here by triggering the question - I will do a video for the channel explaining the timetable and showing some of these trains and the variations :cheers.

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Always happy to oblige Barry ................... :mutley :cheers

I'll go and have a look at your Yarslow channel where hopefully, everything will become clear ..... :thumbs



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Busy week and weekend.  Ballasting at Yarslow South now complete having done the point rodding.  Scenery extended to settle in the overbridge which is now fixed in its final position.  Road and scenic base coat needs to be completed in the corner.



The groundwork has been done although, having done the ballasting, the weathering powders need putting down again - schoolboy error doing them first!!  A backscene is needed across the door.  The MiniArt building mentioned a few posts ago is coming together and will sit in this area behind the grey brake van.



I built some Playcraft signals some time ago and have made them operate although only manually at this stage.  This 3-armed signal controls (l-r) the siding next to the signalbox, the exit from the branch onto the main line [distant and home] and the exit from the branch to the No.3 platform road.  The latter is the usual route for branch passenger trains although the "Boys" train, and others, run onto the main line.  Not sure I will use these but it is good to be able to visualize the signals around the layout.



These ancient "Crescent" signals are probably older than me and won't be used but what lovely things they are!!




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Coming together nicely, Barry. I'm looking forward to starting some scenery... when I've finished the electrics and control panels.



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