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by Black-Marlin
Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

Hi Gavin Any chance of a wider shot from this angle?: http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii283/Blackmarlin84/FlyingScotsmanCopse.jpg Cheers mate Tim I'll being going home for a week or so in a couple of weeks, so I'll see what I can do for you. There's a much nicer digital camera there too, so I'll...
by Black-Marlin
Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

Very nice, Mr Marlin; looks like a fun layout for playing trains on 8) it is! :D Although it's still very much in the preliminary stages of its development, it's coming along nicely. I like the variety of stock I have. Normally I run like with like, but sometimes it's worth ignoring history and reg...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

do you have more to tell us or are you up to date yet!???? :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: Well, Chris, since you insist...! http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii283/Blackmarlin84/BlackFiveTheGlasgowHighlander.jpg http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii283/Blackmarlin84/Switchtracks.j...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

Hats off to a splendid effort so far.I am particularly impressed with the way you have managed to use set track without it resembling a 'train-set' and I must say I much prefer the revised loco area and the idea of lifting that siding. Looks terrific! Cheers, great stuff Tim Thanks Tim :) . As for ...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

Yes, I've done the same thing on the 'edge' side of the turntable. Although I like the idea of parachute-retarded rolling stock! Sounds like the old Hornby-Dublo 'Battlespace' wagons - you know, the ones that used to launch helicopters or satellites or fire missiles or have toy soldiers pop up from ...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

So with track finalised, pinned, and the 'Siding of Death' lifted, it was time to think about ballasting. First of all I replaced the siding with a strip of meadow, because who wants to look at ten feet of gravel? Here are the pics: http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii283/Blackmarlin84/Puttingthesa...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

TOM M wrote::shock: :shock: :o :o :o wow


Thanks! :D
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

After much thought about the turntable, I realised there was a way to make much more efficient use of the space. If I moved it down, connecting to both the main line and the marshalling yard, I could use a third controller and power clip to power the turntable and everything off it (this is where th...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

I'm in Aberdeen, Scotland, and the layout is in Bangor, Northern Ireland) Who taught you Geography? Someone who failed to take into account the truly stunning irony that probably the single best place to study Northern Irish literature is the North-East of Scotland. As a result I'm limited to model...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

Even though I used Hornby's Virtual Railway CD-ROM (so it's the old one, not the new DVD) I found that life was much easier if I laid track, saw what worked and what didn't, and adjusted accordingly. Apart from anything else, the CD wouldn't permit a layout more than 10' x 6'! :evil: In the end I us...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

wow :shock: it looks really good, especially the planes!!! if there is a run way, then there is like a certain scale for it :?: so that it is the right length, are the planes the same scale as the trains? :wink: Ah - my (not-so-) secret shame. There was a vague approximation of a runway: it was not...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

With a new attic, though, I had a lot more room to play with. My layout now, Starlingford, which is progressing achingly slowly (not my fault - I'm in Aberdeen, Scotland, and the layout is in Bangor, Northern Ireland) is 10' x 16', which is considerably more interesting! With the addition of some su...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Starlingford - The End of the Line
Replies: 2010
Views: 336487

Starlingford - The End of the Line

Edit 31/03/2016 **Given the huge and somewhat unwieldy length of this thread, below is a table of contents, to facilitate the finding of things in the topic. I hope this helps those of you trying to navigate around 7 years of Starlingford's development online. Regards, Gavin** 1: A Star(lingford) i...
by Black-Marlin
Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:36 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: John Geeee's Garden Shed
Replies: 758
Views: 107214

Tom, it sounds as though your Flying Scotsman could do with a thorough oiling. Check the wheel alignments on the pony truck (the small wheels at the front) to ensure they haven't been pushed back on the axles and are therefore catching on the chassis. And oil them! The same lack of oil probably expl...

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