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Paul Hamilton aka "Lancashire Fusilier"
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Thought I should post some progress of the actual construction of my layout so here it is!

I won't duplicate the track plans etc that appear on the signalling forum at this stage until they are totally finalised which is imminent.

Also some goodies have come in from the Perth show and also prior to and since in fact! Here we have a detailing kit for my Jinty, a smoke generator for fitting to a loco under DCC control, a decoder for chipping a loco and a little gearbox kit that I used on my signalling thread earlier.



Oh and yes by the way this came too:



Some updates on the benchwork too:

Behind the door. I have a leg to install here as the hinged part will be coming off this corner and it is too much weight to have hanging out there and I don't wnat a diagonal back to the skirting board either.



The other side of the doorway with the bearing plate for the swing out section to rub on. Hardboard over ply and braced back to the main shelf. You can see the hinge that will be used here too.



Then its an underneath view showing the intact electrical switches etc and the bracing. This is all nice and rigid.



The opposite corner of the room showing that benchwork fully extends around the room now.



Purchased Templot last night which is good and can run it on my Mac using Parallels virtual windows XP and then print them out. Templates etc can be produced to exact specifications not relying on using templates of commercially available stock like XtrkCAD and WinRail etc. The templates can then be built on as a plan for points etc. Should be fun and oh yes, I've moved to EM too! That's right. I don't have much in the way of stock at the moment a Hornby Jinty, Bachmann Parallel Boilered Scot, a Hornby 2P, a Hornby 8F and a Hornby Fowler 2-6-4T. Rolling stock (about 12 items if that) is a mixture of Dapol, Hornby and Mainline that the majority of I don't like as the detail isn't there in my book all bar maybe some of the later Mainline cattle wagons and Dapol 6 wheel milk tanks all of which need re-wheeling to finescale standards anyway if they are to run nicely on C&L track. I was planning to build my own pointwork anyway and kitbuilding rolling stock so not a big leap really. So there you have it!
 

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Hi,

Is it just me or is anyone else having problems viewing the photos.

I've checked the properties and they appear to be on flickr.com but are shown as 'not available'.

Expat

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I've just tried logging on to flickr.com and discovered that it is a 'blocked' web site here in Dubai which probably accounts for me not being able to see the pics. Such are the trials and tribulations of living in a Muslim country.
 

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QUOTE (poliss @ 11 Jun 2008, 19:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have no problem viewing them. Maybe there's a setting that you need to tweak.

No. It's definitely the ISP. flickr.cm is deemed to contain "un-islamic material". I have no problems with Photobucket but flickr is a 'no-go' zone. The internet is heavily censored here. Can't get page 3 of The Sun for the same reason.

Expat
 

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I have the same problems when using this PC (the work one) My employer deems that some sites are not suitable for use. This includes itvlocal.com which for some reason is logged as a games site!

Regards
 

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Paul Hamilton aka &quot;Lancashire Fusilier&quot;
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QUOTE (john woodall @ 11 Jun 2008, 16:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Pretty solid looking baseboard construction!

Can I ask why you decided on Digitrax control, rather than NCE?

John

Thanks John. Bench work I am thrilled with actually as the track & bracket approach has yielded very stable benchwork with no legs or diagonal bracing required. Its 70mm x 18mm screwed to 30mm x 30mm batterns to form L girders with 45mm x 30mm section lengths connecting to the brackets and bracing every 300mm or so.

Good question regarding the choice of DCC, there wasn't a lot in it really and I read up extensively for a year or so on the total package (block occupancy, signalling, power management blah, blah, blah). Was going to just get the Zephyr to get going but scored a great deal on the DCS100 which is the radio controlled unit too and comes with the UR91 IR/Radio receiver and the DT400R throttle which I also liked a lot. I guess it just pushed my buttons more than the NCE did but I am notorious for misplaced brand loyalty too.
 

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Hi LF

Was just waundering how the layout was progressing? You have shared plenty of 'work bench' stories and would love to see some of them on the layout. Brass signals do scare me, but seeing your work gives me a small amount of confidence to at least think about them, any pics of your loft layout?
 

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I've just re-read this thread and realised that your layout is almost exactly the same size as the one that I'm building in my garage. It will be interesting to see how your track-plan compares to mine. Also your stock list indicates that your are interested in the same region. I've got much the same lot of engines.

I'm interested in your decision to use EM gauge. I thought about it for a long time but in the end decided that I didn't have the skill to build my own track work. If there was a ready made set of points in this scale I would convert very quickly.

Good luck with the project, Robert.
 

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Paul Hamilton aka &quot;Lancashire Fusilier&quot;
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QUOTE (bro sewell @ 15 Mar 2009, 22:40) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Was just waundering how the layout was progressing? You have shared plenty of 'work bench' stories and would love to see some of them on the layout. Brass signals do scare me, but seeing your work gives me a small amount of confidence to at least think about them, any pics of your loft layout?

Thanks for the feedback. The loft layout was dissassembled in December and stored in the roof space above my garage in Perth, Western Australia. The house has been rented out and my family and I have relocated across the country to Melbourne. New layout in progress. Track plans and so on to follow.

Do have a go at the signals. Instructions are very good and you can contact me at any time if you like. I have started scratch building mine now using tube and etches of various parts from MSE.

QUOTE (Robert Stokes @ 16 Mar 2009, 02:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've just re-read this thread and realised that your layout is almost exactly the same size as the one that I'm building in my garage. It will be interesting to see how your track-plan compares to mine. Also your stock list indicates that your are interested in the same region. I've got much the same lot of engines.

I'm interested in your decision to use EM gauge. I thought about it for a long time but in the end decided that I didn't have the skill to build my own track work. If there was a ready made set of points in this scale I would convert very quickly.

Thanks Robert, I did not have much stock so re-gauging 10s or 100s of items was never a turn off as it is for many folk. Also, I was unimpressed with the appearance of the commercial offerings. As such, with the right advice, I decided to tackle the process of track building which really is easier than making signals from what I have gleaned. Now I have only made a couple of vees and wing rails at this stage but will be posting a work bench thread on how I will be making point work using C&L timber sleeper templates and plastic chairs etc for my new venture. This new layout will be fine scale 00 to allow my friends from the BMRA to run their stock and to eliminate the initial requirement to re-wheel or re-chassis a number of locomotives to get a layout running. New build kit locos will be built to EM gauge however. For more info on the track plan have a look at Thread on the loft layout track plan and signal diagrams. I do actually have a Templot plan of the entir layout too with all the sweeping curves and pointwork. One critisism from those in the know about such things is that the layout lacks storage sidings for a layout of this size.
 
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