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by Dragonfly
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Uxbridge Vine Street (not the real one)
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Uxbridge Vine Street

EDIT: When I started posting this, your attachments weren't showing. It now appears your track plan is something completely different to what Vine Street was, so please disregard. :-) A good place to start would be this webste: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/u/uxbridge_vine_street/ Looking at th...
by Dragonfly
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building
Replies: 782
Views: 62685

Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

An ST-227 is exactly half of an ST-225, so just replace them with one of those. As for the track not connecting up, that's totally correct. It shouldn't. It's because the diagonal line of the diamond crossings are by their nature longer than the ST-200 straight, to keep the geometry right. So don't ...
by Dragonfly
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building
Replies: 782
Views: 62685

Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Could you use Hornby crossovers for this bit? They are left- or right-handed, slightly offset for precisely this use.

And with the cut-down flextrack bit, it would probably be easier (and save a couple of ££), to replace that whole load of tiny straights with one ST-201 and cut that to length.
by Dragonfly
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Much Oakley (N-gauge shelf)
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: Much Oakley (N-gauge shelf)

So, a little bit of movement over the weekend. Literally, I mean. After laying the first pieces of track, testing each stretch to ensure it was powered. Video Link 1 And then continuing to lay out the rest of the track, as much as I can anyway, having knackered one set of points. IMAG0852a.jpg Point...
by Dragonfly
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)
Replies: 128
Views: 6620

Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

I never met the Rev W, but I've met Christopher Awdry on a couple of occasions, at various events. Very interesting guy. As for their inspirations, there are a couple of books on the topic. Rev W Awdry wrote "Sodor: It's People, History and Railways", which includes pretty much everything ...
by Dragonfly
Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Clatter - N-gauge in a Coffee Table
Replies: 35
Views: 6387

Re: Clatter - N-gauge in a Coffee Table

I'll certainly be planning on making more progress in 2017 than I did in 2016, for sure. Not much new to show, really, aside from a bit more polyfilla here and there. One reason for stalling was that I'd started planning to build the terraced houses' replacements, which is a bit of a mis-step as tha...
by Dragonfly
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Much Oakley (N-gauge shelf)
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: Much Oakley (N-gauge shelf)

Looks like a good plan to me, I do like a good micro. Thanks very much! So, back home after a week away visiting the family, so back to work. Stopped off at Trident Trains on the way home, and picked up the last needed pieces of track too, so no excuse not to get on with it now. First step, laying ...
by Dragonfly
Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)
Replies: 128
Views: 6620

Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Good choice! The Wye Valley is a lovely part of the country too, so great inspiration for scenic work. As for stock, a Class 25 is always a good choice, or maybe a Class 20, and a Standard 4MT tank (80xxx class) is a very standard (boom boom) piece of kit at many heritage railways, so I'd always sug...
by Dragonfly
Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Much Oakley (N-gauge shelf)
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: Much Oakley (N-gauge shelf)

...and all tucked away for Christmas now. A few arrivals in the post yesterday, including the board for the fiddletable, a bunch of second-hand but near-perfect track, thick underlay (3mm thick, hopefully to match the fiddletable and magnets), and a pack of small but strong magnets. So come New Year...
by Dragonfly
Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dragonfly's Workbench
Replies: 37
Views: 3417

Re: Dragonfly's Workbench

One last test, of course, before heading West for Christmas, is of course to check that the boxes actually fit in the bookcase. I had tested with the individual boards, but knowing my luck...

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...oh! It actually worked! A tight fit, but that's perfect, no unwanted movement that way.
by Dragonfly
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dragonfly's Workbench
Replies: 37
Views: 3417

Re: Dragonfly's Workbench

So, the N-gauge shunting layout now has a name and a thread: Much Oakley I started looking at the possibilities for easily converting existing types to twin power systems when I read the makeup of the Spanish train that was involved in that disastrous crash. It was a high speed electric train (loco ...
by Dragonfly
Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Much Oakley (N-gauge shelf)
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Much Oakley (N-gauge shelf)

Afternoon all, So, as referred to in my workbench thread, I'm working on yet another new layout. Clatter is still in progress, and I'm hoping to build these two side-by-side. They include a few different features, though, so there should be enough to keep me interested in both. Background: I bought ...
by Dragonfly
Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dragonfly's Workbench
Replies: 37
Views: 3417

Re: Dragonfly's Workbench

I will say I can't be bothered with such a refined stock control system, yet without at least a basic record of what you have and where to find them life would be more difficult. I spent hours the other day checking my two independent stock lists as a variance of 2 wagons reared it's head. Now fixe...
by Dragonfly
Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dragonfly's Workbench
Replies: 37
Views: 3417

Re: Dragonfly's Workbench

Thanks for the kind words TimberSurf. Well, databases are my life 5 days a week, plus university too, so I've found it a good way to learn, as it gives me something to apply it to, you know? Definitely agree about deciding on fields; it's taken me a couple of cycles through to get to this, really. I...
by Dragonfly
Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: B1 class 61190 spare axle centres
Replies: 13
Views: 1025

Re: B1 class 61190 spare axle centres

It could also be worth contacting Replica Railways. They do old-style Bachmann B1s and a number of spare parts; even when not listed on their website, email them.

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