The MSLR in OO scale

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The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:08 am

Hi
It is the Dawn of Time oops!! wrong story.
This is the beginning of the MSLR My Small Light Railway.
And will be a rose colored look at the English rural railway in OO scale.
Trains are limited pretty much to train set size due to the layout only being 4'6" square,
but I have managed to keep it to a minimum of second radius.
The plan is adapted from SP1 on page 2 of 60 Plans for Small Spaces By C J Freezer
by Peco Publications.

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I will be trying to get two sidings in the middle.
A small enough goods shed could be a problem I may have to make that.
The board is made and pictures of that will be taken during the week it will be easier to take an under side view before the legs go on.
Soft board for top surface should arrive tomorrow so it will be start moving on it.
Track will be Peco set track which will be layed on cork underlay.
The first passenger train is a Hornby 101 GWR tank Bachmann cattle wagon and Toad with a Triang TC balcony coach a lucky find in good condition with the after sales interior.
Would have preferred the railway children one but they are as scarce as rocking horse( you know the rest).
Now living in Aus any comments and thoughts would be appreciated.
I cannot just nip down the road and be in English open country side any more
have not been able to do that since I was 12Yo.
Before you ask i am building a small railway to Keep my link with sanity and while I work out
when the shed will be ready for a decent sized model railway.
Conversion work won't be cheap.
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:20 am

Hi
Its earlier than I thought so here is a picture of the underside of the bench work.
It is a variation on the US "L" girder bench work the heavy wood girders being replaced with
50 X 50 X3mm aluminum angle. all other wood is whatever the metric equivalent is of 2"x1"
The top the white stuff is 18mm melamine a bit heavy but it was free it was DVD shelving in a video shop.
Unusually for me there is a solid top Ordinarily I would prefer an open top, with only the track bed or town sites solid.
The two angles on each end of the construction are for the unlikely event of the layout being Extended.

More to follow later in the week.
regards john
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underside
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:32 pm

Hi
Soft board arrived today aluminum gussets for legs cut over all not much progress.
so here is a not so good picture of the passenger train.
Any thoughts on a suitable station name or other useful coaches welcome.
In the absence of a 2-4-0T or 0-4-2T have had to settle for an 0-4-0.
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby Michael Thornberry » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:27 pm

Hello Buz,
Surely Western Australia is not the most desirable place to be if you were hoping to retain any vestiges of sanity :lol: However, mate, I hope you get real lucky :) Nice start to your Lay-out, excellent board-work. Could I suggest a trilogy of small stations for the Lay-out Name ie. Exmouth Harbour, Exmouth and Learmouth. That should give you plenty of scope for water, bridges and some nice scenery. Hope the names sound familiar and I'll keep an eye on this one,
Kind Regards,
Michael Thornberry.

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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:59 am

Hi
the MSLR has reached its first mile stone we have a standing table.
MSLR table.jpg
MSLR table
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leg detail
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Now I have to consider how to attach the back scene which will be 12" from the back of the table nd needs
to be curved on the LH side.
Have to think about that as like the legs it will need to be removable.
The end joining plate is clearer in the table pic, and the table has passed the key
test me sitting in the middle of it.
regards John
PS On Call for the week so I don't expect a lot of progress over the next week.
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:09 am

Michael Thornberry wrote:Hello Buz,
Surely Western Australia is not the most desirable place to be if you were hoping to retain any vestiges of sanity :lol: However, mate, I hope you get real lucky :) Nice start to your Lay-out, excellent board-work. Could I suggest a trilogy of small stations for the Lay-out Name ie. Exmouth Harbour, Exmouth and Learmouth. That should give you plenty of scope for water, bridges and some nice scenery. Hope the names sound familiar and I'll keep an eye on this one,
Kind Regards,
Michael Thornberry.

Hi Michael
Yes the names are familiar.
but I would now need an atlas to find them :roll:
Where I am might be hard on the sanity :x :evil: but its easy to get a golden spike for when I need it :D
Don't suppose you know the manufacturer of an odd guards van say Brecon & myrther tidville (spelling) or at least something a
bit odd looking.
Light Railways have the disturbing habit of having odd Vans so that will probably have to a kit from ???
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:35 am

Hi
In spite of disturbed nights due to being on call,and rest periods that go with it.
I have managed to get the soft board top layer on the table.
Not really much point in a picture as it will just look like pic MSLR table with another
layer on top.
I am hoping to make some droppers on the weekend so I can attach some sort of
fascia board to the layout .
I am thinking of using lining boards the Aussies will be aware that these look
like thin T&G floor boards and are used for lining house walls.
Still haven't nutted out the curved part of the back scene so if any one can assist
with how I can get the curved end part done it would be appreciated.
Laying the cork track bed will be started on soon, as I have the split cork road bed and T pins.
Freight stock is a bit thin at the moment so ordered two milk tankers an NE open and LMS van
This seems to be the right sort of thing to get for the vision I am trying to create a rural
Light Railway all be it a rose colored one.
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:57 pm

Hi
Well I am back at it and the truth about plans change has once again been proved true.
The loco depot has been re arranged.
The split cork underlay has started to go down.
For those un-familiar with it it is basically two thin strips of cork.
That are glued down held with "T" pins till dry then the pins removed.
It raises the track and gives a better ballast profile and does have some limited sound deadening qualities.
But it does require attention to accurate marking out and constant checking as you go.
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You will note the Y shaped track bed at the far edge of the picture if you compare that with the plan in post one.
The change becomes rather obvious.
It was changed to be able to get more coal into the loco coal siding or perhaps some urgent stores to repair the
loco on site.
In short it was an operations branch decision.
The small size of the layout is very apparent in this picture.
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:13 pm

Hi
having finished for the night 1/2 the cork required for the line is down and drying.
######## have to go and get more wood for the fascia.
I managed to cut it to short twice and have no idea, how I managed that apart from I am trying to miter the corners and was never good at it but it gives a neat finish when it works..
Any way at least the droppers that support it are in on one side will put the droppers in the other side
tomorrow and hopefully finish the cork.
The ends don't need droppers they have the extension plates behind them so fascia can just be bolted to them with countersunk machine screws.
The ordered goods wagons have arrived so at least when the track is down will have something to use
on it.
Still have not really come up with an idea for a second coach as Bachmann's Henrietta is taking forever to arrive if it ever does and one balcony coach isn't really enough to run the passenger service.
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:32 pm

Hi
Well at it again tonight the cork laying is just about finished, and the first fascia board went on
just don't study the miter cuts.
Unfortunately broke a clip on my tripod so no picture yet.
Since no one seems to know how I curve the end of my back scene its just going to go
straight across the table about 12" from the back of the board giving an effective
scenic area of 3'6" X 4'6"
Putting one end of the passing loop behind it, I may loose a hidden siding leaving only one hidden siding.
It's better than none and the layout is small enough that loco lift's might help as small cassettes
any thoughts on this idea.
Like some one said "a plan is only good till the first move is made".
But must recheck some measurements before determining if I loose a siding or not.
Will try a baby hobby clamp and see if I can stabilize tripod with that, tomorrow and see if I can get a picture of where I am up to.
Hope to be laying track by the weekend but I am not counting on it.
Have to finish fascia and make it look presentable.
Will still have paint to cork and fascia grey and board surface green before starting on the track
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:26 pm

Hi
no work on layout today.
The main effort was moving it to where it was going to live.
Before I was ready to, its rained for the last two days and the solar tube above it decided to start dripping fortunately I was home when it started.
So no damage to the layout the soft board top would have just turned to mush if it had not been moved.
Any way here is the picture I promised yesterday.
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cork nearly done
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The dark line next to the hammer head marks the end of the scenic-ed world.
If the word platform can be seen thats were the station is it will take up about half the width of the table on the right with a dead end as well as the curved main platform.
I wonder would a tiny low halt the other side of the table be over doing it??
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby kennyGWSR » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:48 pm

when i saw the title 'the MSLR' i thougth you meant the Mid Suffolk Llight Railway. :lol:
i like this and will keep watching with great interest.
good work!

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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:25 pm

Hi Kenny
Thank you for the kind words and encouragement.
regards John
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby Si_Donal » Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:40 pm

For a "Light railway" brakevan two products spring to mind. The smallbrook studios LSWR van is a very generic looking vehicle. Also the Slaters ex Midland van was frequently sold off to smaller railway concerns. It only has one veranda.
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Re: The MSLR in OO scale

Postby buz » Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:39 pm

kennyGWSR wrote:when i saw the title 'the MSLR' i thougth you meant the Mid Suffolk Llight Railway. :lol:
i like this and will keep watching with great interest.
good work!

kenny

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Hi kenny
Just so you don't feel too disappointed. :D
I Don't normally go for Ltd Ed wagons they are over there and I am over here which can make things a bit hard for Ltd Ed wagons purchases.
But I have two of these, the as close as possible RTR brake van no idea what loco I should get
to haul them but if some one can tell me and its RTR I will get one.
And no I don't have plans to build the strange MSLR one of van converted from an open wagon.
regards John
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