Beech Hill

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:06 pm

Whilst there is still a fair bit of big stuff to contend with, while i'm waiting for the latest shipment from model railways direct, some bits for a little diorama I have in mind turned up


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I need to get a couple more vehicles and some street lamps and some chain link fencing to set this off

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:04 am

Been clearing up the layout of the clutter that makes it's way to the top. Once done, I replaced it with fresh clutter in the form of the locos you can see. They'll be on the move this weekend as I move on to ballasting. Pretty sure I still have some, otherwise it may be raiding the Kittie litter. The points are now all powered. Boy did that make a difference.

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The only thing with 25 points is trying to remember which is which

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:13 am

The points are connected to their own 16v supply via lenz ls150 accessory decoders. These were simplicity itself to get up and running. Rather different to the esu decoder. Assigning a CV to points means I can easily control them with the handset and when wired properly, give s visual indication of which way they're set. In time they'll be brought under computer control - just as soon as I can find a system that works well with touchscreen.


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Re: Beech Hill

Postby Lee » Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:09 am

dubdee1000 wrote:The points are connected to their own 16v supply via lenz ls150 accessory decoders. These were simplicity itself to get up and running. Rather different to the esu decoder. Assigning a CV to points means I can easily control them with the handset and when wired properly, give s visual indication of which way they're set. In time they'll be brought under computer control - just as soon as I can find a system that works well with touchscreen.


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Nice work so far there looks loads of operational interest in this, can't help but notice the Lenz ,if in need of a couple of them I have 2 spare I might be selling ;)

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:50 am

Cheers Lee. I might just take you up on that. I have a few more 150s left, but I also have a lot more points in the fiddle yard to power. A lot depends on whether the 150 can throw two peco pl-11 surface mounted switches at the same time

I find the lenz stuff to be frustrating - expensive and dated but the flip side is that it just works. Programming is a doddle.

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby Lee » Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:09 pm

dubdee1000 wrote:Cheers Lee. I might just take you up on that. I have a few more 150s left, but I also have a lot more points in the fiddle yard to power. A lot depends on whether the 150 can throw two peco pl-11 surface mounted switches at the same time

I find the lenz stuff to be frustrating - expensive and dated but the flip side is that it just works. Programming is a doddle.


No problem at all, i like the set up myself works very well yeah the price of all the modelling is all so expensive ;)

It might be able to do 2 in one, I think I did it with 2 seep points or normal points if I remember correctly back in the day, but with my memory anything is possible hahahaha.

Good keep up the good work

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:19 pm

Spent much of the day ballasting. Easy enough except for fishing it out of the points. I went for a blend on n scale and a few lumps of oo. The fab thing about it was the deluxe materials dry glue. I've run out, but when I get some more I'll post up.

Moving on, a few electrics today. Some more platform lights and then cabling up this. I think it's meant to. E a signal box. Anyway, a big bare area in the middle that I thought would look odd empty, so I made a little stand and some people for it. Looks like those Chinese painters get there fashion tips from another decade.

Unfortunately, phone didn't take such a great image when it was lit up so I'll get back to this. That top floor also needs more equipment in it. The figures look a little lost at the moment.
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Re: Beech Hill

Postby Mountain » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:07 am

What make is the signalbox?
Enjoying 7mm narrow gauge.

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:28 am

Its Bachmann

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby Mountain » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:03 pm

Its nice. One of the older designs.
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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:35 pm

Here is said box, posed with a 128 and a Sherpa van. Its not proto, but in RULE1, the post office is making a collection. Lights in the box come from handsignalman on ebay and are a mix of a single warm white LED upstairs and 2 yellow LEDs downstairs where partitioned off. The stone back wall is going. I think. I had intended it to be English Bond blue brick, but the stone wall (gaugemaster) is growing on me.

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby mumbles » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:52 pm

Great shots. I like that signal box. It's based on a real one I think, anyone know? Its escaping me.. :?:

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby m.levin » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:54 pm

Looks good, need more lights :wink:

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:58 pm

One of the platforms at twilight. Stone wall or brick wall for the right?

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Re: Beech Hill

Postby dubdee1000 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:35 pm

One of the problems of Beech Hill has always been it's bodged nature. Things that I wanted got plonked down and how they fitted was to be determined later. They never did. I wanted a town section, but the only place to put this was a higher level.

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I had a thing about trains driving through housing estates and that wasn't for me. The trouble with having a town on a higher level was how it tied into the railway, it being higher. Having houses on two levels just looked odd and very badly disjointed. So I had this odd section where the platform ended, a big gap and then the town began, albeit higher up.

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Funnily enough, the answer came rather close to home. Beech Hill has many nods to my home town Wigan. There is a coal mine, a works yard (springs branch), many terraced houses and it's to be electrified. The answer to the split level was found in Wigan. Wallgate to be exact. Wigan Wallgate has a small station building that drops down onto an island below. That doesn't really apply to mine, but to the side is this pathway that leads down to the platforms. You can see it in this image.

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Presumably this was to allow vehicles to trundle down from the main road to collect items from the railway or it could (as it does now), serve as a car park. Either way, it seems to be the solution of how to tie things together.


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