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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: 756
Views: 55420

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: 1013

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: 5979

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: 6025

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: 1013

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: 5979

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: 1013

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: 34
Views: 2693

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: 34
Views: 2693

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: 1013

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: 34
Views: 2693

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: 34
Views: 2693

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: 950

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.
by Dragonfly
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Control Panel Design Software?
Replies: 15
Views: 1346

Re: Control Panel Design Software?

Are you able to do it in two parts, on Anyrail? One for the front, one for the back (with the connecting line on both)? Then copy-paste the images together in Paint? Failing that, if you make the two sections, email them to me, I'll put them together and email back. You can open and view files with ...
by Dragonfly
Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Clatter - N-gauge in a Coffee Table
Replies: 35
Views: 6025

Re: Clatter - N-gauge in a Coffee Table

Right *blows the dust off the thread*, apologies for going to ground on this. For the best part of a year the whole thing was put on hold due to lack of energy and motivation to sort out my workspace. Now that's finally done, I'm making baby steps towards progress on this. Firstly, to answer your qu...

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