Metrocamel's layout **new station pics added**.

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Metrocamel's layout **new station pics added**.

Postby Metrocamel » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:11 am

Hi all, here's some pics of my layout.
Two loops one second radius and one third radius with sidings on a separate board. A scissors crossing takes the track to them and a tunnel takes up one end of both loops.
Bad quality but enjoy.
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Pacer derailed at points :( :roll: .
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Tunnel inside view.
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Ballasted area, a bit heavy and tends to make some locos bump so for the screwdriver I think :wink: .
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The full lenth of the tunnel, sonn to be painted.
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The scissors crossing, 06 shunter and Pacer shown for a scale purpose. The idea was to allow both loops to connect to the sidings without having to go from loop to loop and interupt the other trains running.
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Ballasted section of track again.

More pics soon people. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
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Postby live-frog » Tue Aug 22, 2006 8:15 am

Good progress Metro.
I've given up on ballasting because I had continuous running problems on my first layout. I just use a grey underlay and that's sufficient for me - not for the purists , by I never was that pure !!
There's an underlay that 'Ironduke' swears by called 'AMI Instant roadbed' which allows ballasting to be a much cleaner operation. I don't know how much it costs tho .

Ron

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Postby Lofty » Tue Aug 22, 2006 8:21 am

Good start Metro

Ron is certainly right about ballasting, it’s a pain in the…

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Postby Dave777 » Tue Aug 22, 2006 8:37 am

See I don't mind ballasting - bung the telly or radio on, do a bit at a time. Quite theraputic really.


Before you finish those tunnels it might be an idea to put some brick paper on the inside of the cardboard (or embossed sheet if you want to go the whole hog). I remember having a papier mache tunnel on my very first layout as a nipper and even then I thought it looked a bit naff because the trains disappeared into this big 'hole'. Real tunnels are actually tunnels, lined with bricks. The improvement in realism is enormous (and you'll want to do this job before putting the top of the tunnel on - it'll be damn difficult once it's complete!)
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Postby westbrom » Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:26 am

Coming along nicely there Metro.


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Postby waz » Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:36 am

Hi Metro !!

Great progress!!

For what it's worth, I'm in the "don't do ballast camp". It wrecked my second layout and I had to start over, but glad I did. Mine is beded on thin styrene then ballast up to the edge.

Keep up the good work.

Best regards

BILL.

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Postby Mikol » Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:27 am

nice! could you grab an overall shot og the layout, i got a bit lost with where some of those pictures are! :oops:

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Postby Paddy D » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:11 pm

nice job
for ballsting i use a 40mm brush turned sidewades becasit clears the rail first time and the sleepers on the out side perfectly

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Postby Metrocamel » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:20 pm

Thanks for your comments.
I will continue ballasting but I'll put less ballst on next time.

Mikol- I'll get another photo up soon.

More to come.

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Postby live-frog » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:34 pm

Hello Metro , I would like to ask you a big favour please .
Your bridge - I want to scratch build one very similar to that , a double version in effect to span 2 pairs of lines . I'm looking for some measurements please - can you help please ??

Here's a sketch of what I'm after
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I'd really appreciate it if you could help but also fully understand if you tell me to sling my hook or just ignore !!

Thanks anyway
Ron

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Postby Metrocamel » Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:07 pm

The tunnel mouth is sort of an incomplete circle so if I find it's diameter, radius, centre etc would you be able to make them then?
I can find out the size of what the full circle would be and how much should be missed off at the bottom. Then the distance from top to bottom and right to left.
Will that help?
I'll post the measurements later, also with the side wings if you want.

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Postby live-frog » Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:09 pm

Metrocamel wrote:The tunnel mouth is sort of an incomplete circle so if I find it's diameter, radius, centre etc would you be able to make them then?
I can find out the size of what the full circle would be and how much should be missed off at the bottom. Then the distance from top to bottom and right to left.
Will that help?
I'll post the measurements later, also with the side wings if you want.


I certainly can , that's very kind of you
Thanks
Ron

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Postby Metrocamel » Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:54 am

Sorry I've been busy with something lately, I'll post updates and the measurements soon.

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Postby dr5euss » Thu Aug 24, 2006 12:19 pm

Hi Ron,

I also have a couple. Here are the measurements (hope you don't mind, Metrocamel):

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Postby pointstaken » Thu Aug 24, 2006 5:19 pm

Live-frog -

AMI (who made the roadbed) have apparently gone bust.

Like George's avatar, they're now a dead duck !!

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