London loft build

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lozstlouis
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:09 pm

January being the month with the longest wait to pay day ever means I have run out of railway funds this month. Last spend was on this lot:

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Get paid again on the 30th so can go get some hardboard to stick on my frame for an eventual back scene. I can't progress with the next stage of the build until I have done this work as I need to move the frame around to gain access. Once done I can then build the second half and contemplate from track bed construction! Slow burner but all things come to those who wait....
OO in the loft. Lenz 90 making it go.

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Re: London loft build

Postby briantwigley » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:08 pm

That looks like the Royal Mail 128 - I had the blue one but sold it a while back, a superb running model. Can't wait to get a few for my new layout..

Ryan

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:22 pm

Have been slack of late. Built the framework - but lacking the back scene boards. Get paid Tuesday so going to attempt to get them over the Easter weekend... With any luck!
OO in the loft. Lenz 90 making it go.

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:32 pm

Bought some hardboard for the back scenes today:

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So as I have a day or two away from work and the sun is out I can work outside and make some progress!! As you can see still not a lot changed since last posts! Slacker I know!

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So if I post again in 24 hours I hope to show something for my efforts! Will also please the fellow house dwellers if some of the random lumps of timber vanish from around the house...
OO in the loft. Lenz 90 making it go.

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:59 pm

Didn't quite happen... Doh!
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Re: London loft build

Postby js1975 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:26 pm

And? Progress?

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:43 pm

Well have been distracted by another domestic project to convert the shed into a den for the teenage daughters (x3). New floor, built some units, filled with teen stuff:

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Now that is almost done - some cosmetics to complete, I will try & turn my attentions back to the loft. Although its quite warm up there currently. Despite to Veluxs..
OO in the loft. Lenz 90 making it go.

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:07 pm

This weekend I completed the basic framework. This time instead of using small lightweight battons, I invested in some CLS studwork timber to use as the support. I have some big spans to cover and lessons learnt from the original layout dictated I upgraded the basic frame with something chunky. So out came the chop saw (as featured in one of my first posts) & we completed something I had started some months ago...:

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I chopped a pile of 1' lengths & screwed them to the wall to act as fixing points for a horizontal section which when levelled supports the west end of the layout.

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Then I extended building on what I had constructed previously to complete the studwork frame. I used coach bolt to extend across the longest span. It is pretty solid!

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Next I was going to thread a bus wire round the whole frame work before I start any track bed construction. My usual choice for a bus wire is 2.5mm twin & earth. I strip out the live & neutral to use as the bus wire & the save the earth for droppers from the track. Previous posts in this thread describe this on previous layout. Worked well!

Onwards...
OO in the loft. Lenz 90 making it go.

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Re: London loft build

Postby js1975 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:54 am

Nice progress.

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:40 pm

I have repositioned my small work bench. Seemed a good idea to do this before it got covered again in the junk generated by layout building. It used to be on the right of the picture, just beneath the Velux. I have no put it centre. Mostly because the top of the bench was obscured by the new wider framework. So would have been more of a deep shelf than a useful work space. It looks a right mess at the moment. Work in progress is all I can describe it as:

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Means the metal draw units are now in the gap that I used to crawl through to get to the central well. So the route in now has to be to the right beneath the Velux windows. Its still a crawl but I think it uses the space better. Time may prove me wrong of course!

Have some ideas for a track layout - will be trying to put it in pictorial form shortly!
OO in the loft. Lenz 90 making it go.

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:29 am

Have been making some boards to make back scene. Not very exciting to look at so no pics yet. Track layout is also still in my head - & keeps changing! When I get the back scene work completed I can then start to think about the track bed. Debating on doing the snooker table approach or keeping it open frame... hmmmm
OO in the loft. Lenz 90 making it go.

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:31 pm

A diversion. Went to the Spa Valley Railway gala on Friday. Got train from London to Eridge - only had time to hang around on the platform for an hour and then had to head back to town. Couple of snaps:

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Old & new

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Spot of lunch

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Quite like the idea of an expansion gap on my layout...

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OO in the loft. Lenz 90 making it go.

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Re: London loft build

Postby Notroh » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:04 pm

Blimey!

Only diesel to drink by the looks of things!! :)

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Bet you had a lovely hour...

Peter
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Re: London loft build

Postby js1975 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:38 pm

Does Peco not make an expansion gap? Or am I thinking of those funky catch point gadgets?

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Re: London loft build

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