London loft build

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markeg
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Re: London loft build

Postby markeg » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:59 am

Hi,
I thought you said you bought a Dremel, not a DEMU?
All looking good.
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lozstlouis
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:02 pm

The none DEMU tool arrived...:

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I was going to chop some ply today & make shapes to fill gaps. But its pissed with rain all day so not had a dry time to do anything. Very dull. Back to work Monday so may not get a chance now for a week or three.
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:22 pm

A minor progress update. Have copied a technique from Richard of Everard Junction http://bit.ly/1Q1AeBZ fame. The cork laying (only two sheets so far) has been progressing down the northern side of the layout:

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I was using anything heavish & flat to keep it pressed down. So far I am pleased with the result. Have got 10 more rolls of cork ordered up from my local http://bit.ly/1nVZ9Rv shop. Its quick to do so not a chore of a task! Unlike ballasting.... zzzzz
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:01 pm

Slow progress but the 'corking' continues around the layout. You can hardly see the joins!!

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Whizzed up to the Biggleswade show last weekend. Its small but very nice. The pub in town also had a beer festival. It was but two get one free - or something like that. So I obliged. Made the journey back to SW19 fly by!

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Re: London loft build

Postby js1975 » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:53 am

Any progress to report on?

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:08 pm

Well - sort of. The cork covering is ongoing. It feels never ending:

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Although the end is in sight - sort of:

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I should get this nailed in next couple of weeks. The drying time is what drags it out. I lay a section, wait 24 hrs and then do the next. Except most of the time 24hrs turns into 10 days!!

Am starting to order random bits of track ready to think of a trackplan. This time I am going code 75 so its all got to be bought again as my previous track was code 100.

Onwards...
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Re: London loft build

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:27 pm

If you intend to have any hidden trackwork you could re-use any remaining and suitable code 100. Use the Peco adaptor track or solder to brass screws or copper clad strip as for baseboard joints. I'd traded/ ditched the last of my code 100 when I built my movable fiddle yard, I would have preferred it as it's slightly easier re-railing on the deeper track.
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:49 am

Hey Bufferstop - did you have to do much modifications to older stock? Back to back or depth adjustments/re-wheeling? I am considering building a small test rig to see how my older (20 years+) stock runs. Am assuming (we know what assumption is...) that my newer stock will be fine...!!
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:12 pm

Post came this morning:

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Which gave me a flash of inspiration!! Have a 'nothing' gap in corner of a bedroom. I always thought about filling it with shelves. However, some scrap material is at hand & I thought maybe space for a small layout... End to end shunt possibly. Anyway this afternoons project to whack it in the gap:

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Spare material:

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But first to watch the Baku qualy...
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Re: London loft build

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:29 pm

lozstlouis wrote:Hey Bufferstop - did you have to do much modifications to older stock? Back to back or depth adjustments/re-wheeling? I am considering building a small test rig to see how my older (20 years+) stock runs. Am assuming (we know what assumption is...) that my newer stock will be fine...!!


Very little, The oldest stuff I had was around 1980 Hornby. It was mainly a back to back question on most of the troublesome stuff. The Hornby wagons with moulded axle/wheel centres all in one ran atrociously but it was wobbly rims and distorted needle points that was the problem. I've since acquired two locos for updating which did need re-wheeling, a genuine Triang dock shunter with the knurled tyres, bumped on the chairs a little but it spent most of its time a few thou above the rails due to the knurling. That got a set of replacement wheels axles and gears from Ultrasacle. The other was a seventies Triang-Hornby Nellie with cast open spoked wheels, I bought a set of Romford/Markits wheels and axles, they do a Triang size axle complete with knurled centre section for the gear and quartered ends for the Romford wheels. When it arrived it would run on plain Peco code 75 bu stopped dead with a loud clunk when the flanges ran into the ends of the checkrails. Both are performing well on their original Triang motors.
The only other big problem runner has been a Hornby Class 110 three car set, it would have gone straight back had it not been a 50th birthday present, bought for me by my father, the last he was able to go out and buy himself. It wouldn't stay on the track whatever the rail height was. As I wasn't prepared to take it back I had to sort it. It took me several years and many sets of wheels. It had a ringfield bogie and all of the other bogies had the dreaded plastic axles, but just for good measure the bit of the axle between the wheel was a square cross-section. Not only did I have to replace all of the wheels (fortunately Hornby replacement ones had become available and were a reasonable price) but the bogies were reluctant to turn due to the weight being carried on the top of two plastic pillars on the bogie cross member. I solved that with a foam rubber cushion which transfered the weight and allowed the bogie to twist. The ringfield I replaced with a Tenshodo Spud which makes for very smooth starts and stops. I wanted to recreate the starts I remember from the DMUs at New Street =, they would get the right-away, but the signal at the far end of the platform would still be a yellow, so they would creep towards it and get a rolling start when it went to green, which made a very rapid start and plenty of momentum to get out of the tunnel and up onto the flyover.
So my answer to running on code 75, unless you have lots of 50's and 60's stock the rail height won't give you nearly as much trouble as the generally poor running gear on a lot of 70's or 80's stock.
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:15 pm

Wow thanks for your reply Bufferstop. I also have a couple of Hornby 110 units - 1980's vintage. So I may be following your experience with that one!

Have now constructed a small 4' x 2' baseboard with a back scene plank thing. Took me about an hour to build using the ply top & CSL sections as the frame. Not my finest effort (bit slap dash) but most of that is underneath so nothing on show!

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The ply had warped slightly where it wasn't stored flat. So you can see the gaps in the frame. Although its tight at the top end if that makes sense. Not too bothered by that though.

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Now in situ. Am going to fix it to the wall - or maybe make some supports so I can lift it off as & when. Can't really rely on the chest of draws as not very level. Old house, rickety floors etc.

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Anyway slightly distracts from the loft this project does!
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Re: London loft build

Postby js1975 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:48 pm

So starting another? Brave man!

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:21 am

Zero activity on either. Lack of bits due to finds being spent on summer holidays etc. Anyway yesterday I went to the Network SouthEast Railway Society thing at Finmere Station. Its not a public site and the station is now just a platform that they have rebuilt on site of the original station. It was all a bit ramshackle but the spirit as good. Only took a couple of pics.

This 20' ISO sea container had a mini exhibition inside it. Neat way of lashing an reproduction sign together.

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Star attraction was 4CIG 1753.

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It was dragged by this 73 that had the coupling adapter plate I think that was used on Eurostar duties?

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And this

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Re: London loft build

Postby manna » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:48 pm

G'day Gents

Nice pics love the chimney coming out of the green EMU, is it steam powered :lol:

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:49 pm

Have been a bit absent of late. Been buying stuff & this weekend will post an update!
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