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 Posted: Fri May 28th, 2021 10:43 am
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So I thought I would start a thread on the actual layout/testing ground/learning area. It has no name, location, nor a history at the moment, but needs to be somewhere in the country where canals were not uncommon.

The layout has already undergone one significant change - the original baseboard joint just to the left of the throat point was with a baseboard at a lower level, as I was planning on having a small viaduct feature. However no matter how many times I redrew the arches, I just couldn't come up with something that looked realistic - I think the drop either wasn't deep enough, or the space not long enough - so I remodelled. This also allowed me to come up with the canal basin transhipment siding, something that again would have been difficult to justify with a 20 foot drop just yards away!

At the same time I added a third loop in the station, very much a la Tywyn.



Having tested the layout shunting potentials I am happy with this layout, and now need to take up the track and remove the baseboard to cut out the basin - you should be able to see the pencil marking. I intend to fix a sheet of plywood just below the main baseboard, then use some clear acrylic sheet as the water level. This hopefully will give me about a (scale) foot between the water level and the quayside, appropriate I think for a canal basin.

When re-laying the track I'll need to pay more attention to the connections, the Y point doesn't seem to be that good on its electrical connection - the engine pauses on it. It's the only point that I have any trouble with. Maybe I will need to do some wiring to make it smoother?

The electrics are one feed to the track just at the station throat and another feed at the headshunt, with all rails isolated at the points at that end. The only isolation is by the points themselves.




The canopy is a very old (airfix?) platform canopy kit that I found in all my "junk" that Dad probably bought back in the 1970's! I thought it would look alright as a rather run down secondhand shelter for goods being transhipped. It's been given a rough coat of flat earth over the green plastic.

The canal barge came from a model shop in Church Stretton back in the 1990's. I cannot now remember the name of the manufacturer but it was a resin mould with a few white metal castings for the tiller, chimney and other "bits". I had a go at painting the GUCC Co Ltd lettering freehand.



The station building is again of 1970's vintage and originally saw service on the childhood loft layout at the intermediate station, on a road bridge over the tracks with a footbridge down to the platforms. Maybe I'll replace it with something scratchbuilt in the future.

The fiddle yard baseboard is about 8 inches wide and runs down beside a bookcase, not giving much room for access. I was going to use points but these take up a lot of space. My latest idea is to put in a traverser within the baseboard, 3 tracks (so would need to be 5 tracks wide) This may be where my electrics (and carpentry!) gets pushed. At each end would be 3 run off tracks to allow the locomotive to "run round" the stock.

The entire layout is just over 9 feet long and the station board is 18 inches wide.



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Hi Alan,I will follow your progress with great interest. You may give me some ideas for a future extension of Wombat Creek with a narrow gauge railway serving the gold mine and affiliate businesses. 



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Looking forward to watching your progress :thumbs. I like the waterline model of the canal barge, do you know if they are still available? I am sure my layout will, at some time, incorporate a canal.

Cheers and all the best for the build, Andrew
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Alan,Andrew,
If you are looking for barges/additional barges/canal locks/paraphernalia,may I suggest Scalescenes??? Mine are n gauge, but they must be super easy to make up in OO scale!


Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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Hi Andrew,

Thank you.

No, I'm afraid I cannot remember the name of the manufacturer except it might have had "Midland" in it. It was a green box with a clear window to allow you to see the model inside. I've tried looking online to see if I can see a similar one on eBay but no luck. Since it was purchased back in the early 1990's I suspect they are long out of business.



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Hi Alan,
My layout here has a traverser and some construction details, ball race drawer slides are the key, flat underneath the traverser baseboard. Its 4ft long and 6 tracks wide on a 2ft wide baseboard, no extreme carpentry skills required as I don't have any :)

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Thanks Roger,
That looks like what I have in mind, although I was planning something more complex in cutting a hole into the top of the baseboard - looking at yours its better to have the traverser resting on top of the framework. I'll have a longer look at your layout this evening.



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Why is it that when you relay track it doesn't go together as it came apart? The platform line now has a definite bow in it.

Hopefully tomorrow the clear acrylic sheet will arrive (I've been informed that it has been dispatched) and I can cut and fit it and then take a new photo showing the work done over the last week.



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So the Acrylic sheet arrived late Saturday afternoon, but I put off cutting it for a few days. At 3mm thick I was worried about how to cut it.


Eventually I went with the route of scoring the sheet half a dozen times using a metal angle iron from an unbuilt set of metal shelves. I then fastened the angle iron and sheet to the dining table with clamps (with the piece to fit the layout under the angle iron) and sharply broke down the rest of the sheet. It worked!


The break is not perfectly straight, but for a first attempt I am more than pleased, it just needs some sanding of the edge. Oh and one of my runs with the blade slipped leaving a score mark on the surface (b****r)


I need to use either some modelling clay to form the canal basin walls, or make them out of plasticard, both appropriately scribed.



The effect is exactly what I wanted, with reflections off the still water of the basin.


The station area has also had cork sheet fitted in place and relaid. I didn't cut any holes for point motors, and will need to decide on manual operation or wire in tube I think.






The Van body is a Ratio kit, whilst the Moy coal lorry dates way back to the '70's and was built by my Dad, I think from an Airfix military set. There is a WWII Airfix commando figure with his hands in the air surrendering that has been turned into a coalman with coal sack on his back, and another jumping down off the lorry who will eventually make a reappearance.



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Hi Alan,Look forward to see more of your progress!



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Will your canal walls be brick or stone Alan ?

Scalescenes do some very effective designs which, in many cases, I'd defy anyone to tell they were untextured.  Certainly worth looking at their range. 

I like your grounded van body - looks as if it's been there donkey's years.



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When I started writing this reply it was going to be - Stone Peter; however, looking at some photos I have of the Diglis Basin at Worcester and the canal I can see that some of the canal is edged with brick, so it calls for some more research!

The first two photos show stone edging in the basin.




This photo, along the canal, shows brick edging.



Then we're back to stone edging again!



I've been looking for some cobblestones for the area between the canal basin and the siding, underneath the canopy.

Thank you for your comment on the grounded van body -it was a little modelling project before I had any idea of building a layout. 



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