London loft build

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:05 am

Got some stuff from Rapid Electronics:

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Must get that track all down.
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:45 pm

Having a rethink already... This vid shows the current state.

https://youtu.be/c42lnRpacQs

I am going to not continue with this track layout. You can see some of it isn't right. Have had a better idea. Going to ditch the mid loop/centre run around and make it into a station terminus. Then at the rear and maybe the end make a hidden section with just scenics around it. Another idea I had was to run an elavation behind a hidden section so the line goes into a tunnel but appears on a high level section on the other side of the layout...

So in the top right hand corner of this picture below disappear into a tunnel mouth or suchlike:

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Appear at a higher level, maybe 80mm, in the top left of the layout in this illustration:

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High level continues all the way down the left hand section:

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This centre section then becomes a terminus station. Or some other feature that goes nowhere. Maybe a depot? Maybe too dull. Not sure yet.

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Re: London loft build

Postby js1975 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:34 pm

some work to do yet then!!

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:58 am

Well I wasn't happy with what I had done so up it came (again) and then I tried using some set track as a template for the harder parts:

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And it came out quite well. Although its a little tight in set track terms so I softened the radius slightly and he flexi looks ok:

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Took me a couple of hours hacking about with the Dremel etc but got this junction tacked down ok:

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It then occurred to me that I could do bit of a cheat & use set track on what I plan to be hidden sections. I got some of the transition Peco track sections and nailed them into my first area of concealed running:

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So after a full evenings effort:

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Today I am planning on starting to build an incline which will be concealed - then appear on the other side of the layout. I can't get the scale of the incline right in the space so i'd rather hide it an have the high level track just appear from a tunnel mouth. So it will run hidden on the thing area of baseboard against the rubbish looking wall. That way I can hide the wall, the set track & the incline. Work in progress....

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:45 am

Am in need of a trip here http://bit.ly/1nVZ9Rv this morning. Maybe after I go to Wickes to get some bendy ply for the track base on the slope.
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Re: London loft build

Postby js1975 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:25 am

Did you find a straight in the end? I bet nowhere was open over weekend.

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:44 pm

I tell you what JS the whole thing was a fnck about... Anyway Janes sorted me out on Tuesday:

https://youtu.be/h6RjgUqhLz0

Have added the start of an incline.
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Re: London loft build

Postby End2end » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:47 pm

Looking great. I love the 2 operating wells. :)
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Re: London loft build

Postby TimberSurf » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:05 pm

Your gradient is way too steep!
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Re: London loft build

Postby smeghead28 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:17 pm

TimberSurf wrote:Your gradient is way too steep!


It is a little extreme ;)
Mine goes up 4 inches over 8ft and that is considered steep!

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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:19 pm

Its gonna be hidden. Not for viewing. And stock is gonna have to take a run at it. There's no choice as its that or nothing! Love a challenge.
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Re: London loft build

Postby carnehan » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:32 am

Blimey. Have you tried it yet Loz? Looks like a roller coaster. :lol:

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Re: London loft build

Postby Bufferstop » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:12 am

Taking a run at an incline is a bit risky even when you can see it. Better make sure there's a way to rescue anything that doesn't make it :o
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Re: London loft build

Postby lozstlouis » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:33 pm

So that section is about a metre long & the incline is about 70mm. Then it stays at that level along a 9mm ply top held up on a length of CLS. Haven't built the descent yet... At weekend I will try and power up that section & run a loco dragging something & see what happens! TBH am not sure what else I can do to maintain what I want in the space available. Experimentation!!
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Re: London loft build

Postby Bufferstop » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:01 pm

What's going to have to climb it, the transitions from flat to incline have to be gradual unless it's only 0-4-0s and short four wheel wagons. The ramps up to coaling stages were often this sort of gradient but the loco stayed on the level, and it was the wagons at the other end of the rake that went up the slope.
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