Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby Grayum » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:22 pm

Great layout with super detail. Lucky you can have your layout at uni especially the space for it!! I couldn't get in my room if I tried to move mine in!
Keep up the updates..

G

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby olliereading1123 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:23 pm

Hello all!

Apologies for the lack of updates. Been busy building a layout for a member of this forum so had alot of my time spent doing that. This has been completed so it means as of next week Sheaf will be back! And with it's exhibition at Chapel En-le-Frith just over 7 weeks away i have a few things i want to get sorted so expect many updates! I've got many things planned for the layout including:
-Fitting of Dapol Magnets/Couplings
-Re-Ballast of the entire thing (Don't like how it currently is)
-Addition of Dapol Signals
-Construction of a Lighting rig

Oh i nearly forgot i've also got Sheaf booked in for it's fourth show It's in September and is easily the show i most wanted to get into, none other than.....

..The International N Gauge Show!!!! So yeah not bad for what currently will be it's fourth outing!

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby Jw90 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:35 am

Hi Ollie,

Looking forward to seeing the updates on the Sheaf again, seeing as you now have your lounge back :p, looks like ill now have to get my own thread up and running, thankfully it got back here all in one piece :)

Congratulations on the show, though after seeing Sheaf in person it will no doubt impress everyone who sees it.

Keep up the good work!

Jack

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby olliereading1123 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:33 pm

Ta for the good words Jack, glad to hear the layout got home, now lets see the thread started :D

Anyways i thought i'd provide some proof that Sheaf does still exist
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As you can see it's very cluttered owing to work i'm planning on doing.

I never put a pic up but this lovely item arrived before Christmas, very nice indeed! (Apologies for the blurry pic)
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And of course my Christmas Money went on locos and i picked up the following:
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And...
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Now to get chipping these and get cracking with the layout!

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby olliereading1123 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:16 am

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS ON SHEAF VALLEY RAILWAY

As mentioned a few days ago i am planning to re-ballast the track. After assessment i found the easiest way to do this is to lift the currently laid track. I thought i'd do it a board at a time so it still looks like i have part of a layout lol. Anyways this is what i've been doing for the past several hours:
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I've also had a thought, if i replace two of the points around the signal box with a double slip then i can arrive into either platform and the depot head-shunt from the main:
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I'll also be adding magnets for the Dapol couplings for remote uncoupling as i believe i've found a way to hide them and still have them work efficiently :D

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby SouthernBoy » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:56 am

Woosh! That's a shock to the system seeing your boards like that Ollie.

Good luck with the re-ballasting - out of interest, what's your plan for disguising the Dapol magnets? I've been reading up on the uncouplers and they sound quite interesting.

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby olliereading1123 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:11 pm

Hello all! (Southernboy this post will answer your question)

As i'm sure you are aware Dapol have recently released their magnetic couplings and magnets. They work very well indeed but the one problem i had was that in order to fit them you have to cut out sleepers between the track and you are left with a rather ugly magnet in the middle of your track.

I didn't want this on my layout so i've come up with a way to 'hide' them from view. I first tried putting the magnet under the track but i found that the uncoupling wasn't 100% reliable but i have found a way :D

I realised that under the sleepers wasn't high enough so what i did was lay a test piece on two pieces of 1/16th cork to give the height of 1/8th. I then did the usual of cutting the gap inbetween the sleepers but i also cut the gap out of the top layer of cork.
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I did this so when the magnet was added it sat lower than the tops of the sleepers.
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I then took the sleepers that i had cut out to fit the magnet and slices them in half lengthways.
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Then i took the 'half-slices' and glued them on top of the magnet lining up with the sleeper edges.
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Once ballast is added it is very had to determine where the magnet is.
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I have done a small video of the magnets in operation too (not brilliant owing to poor light and the track not being level!
http://youtu.be/gWCcMmVcOMQ


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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby olliereading1123 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:54 am

Update on Sheaf Valley's Winter Maintenance

Hello all, the re-laying work is continuing at a reasonable pace. This is how the station board was looking earlier in the week
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You may notice in this i have decided not to add a double slip, this is because it was cheaper to buy a standard point and it'd give me a longer run-around.

A little shopping trip on Monday to Work (Rails), Antics and Sheffield Transport models meant i had the following bits to play with
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So after a few hours work the new track was starting to take shape
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And this is where i got up to
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I did come across one problem, i 'forgot' to take note of where the track left the board so i had the following issue
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This of course led me to taking up the track on the C&W works board earlier than i planned, but on the plus side it's made me re-think the layout of the yard and it is quite possible a lovely new loco shed may be arriving within the next few weeks. So as of 10am today the whole layout looks like this
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So i best crack on with things!

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby ASFC » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:32 pm

I have been following this (quietly! :) ) since the beginning, and its a great layout, and a brave move to remove your hard done work, but your obviously cracking on at pace and I look forward to Sheaf Mk2 very soon!

Mat. :D
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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby cmeonthemove » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:38 pm

Been there and done it! Your layout will be so much better for the revamp (although the original was great already). Neat idea to disguide the magnets. Are you going to install some sort of marker to tell you where they are (e.g a post)?

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby olliereading1123 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:37 pm

Evening all!

Chris, i'll most likely put a tuft of grass near by to remind me lol

Work is continuing and i now have the main running line laid
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Further progress will be delayed a few days as i'm waiting for this lovely loco shed to come from Jeff0052
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More to come soon! :D

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby nickbrad » Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:11 pm

That is one lovely shed, looks like i may have to invest in a custom shed from him at some point.

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby olliereading1123 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:47 pm

It's Update Time! :D

with just over 4 weeks until show i've got my work cut out! But things are progressing and this is an overview so far
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This is the new shed, as you can see i have made the depot three lines instead of the 4 it was as i felt it was a bit crammed in before.
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The Carriage shed is exactly where it was before but the track on this board will be slightly altered too
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Scenery wise i picked these Ugly things up the other day
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Oh and talking of 'Ugly' things i may have bought a new loco...
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....And 6 GBRf Hoppers to go with it
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And a general shot of Geoff's Corner showing the Telegraph poles
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More to come later!

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby thebritfarmer » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:57 pm

The new version is coming along nicely.
All Aboooooard !!

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Re: Sheaf Valley Railway (South) - N Gauge Layout for Uni!!

Postby olliereading1123 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:30 pm

It (Re-)Lives!

I've spent the afternoon re-wiring the station board and amazingly it worked first time! (Well apart from 1 point which needs a clean!) This gives an idea of what things used to look like
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Oh and i got the first loco line laid too.
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