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Re: Simple branch line

Postby jamest » Tue May 03, 2011 1:03 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:I have not used cork underlay for track, however, I am going to give it a go this time to improve running.

The Peco stuff seems quite expensive when you can go to Wickes and buy 305 x 305 x 3.2mm pack of 9 tiles for £6.02!

Any reason why you can't do this? I would guess you can use PVA glue to stick this stuff down onto MDF?

Cheers,

Tom


Hi Tom,

Like the look of the layout and I'll be following your progress with interest.

I'm starting on a long thin layout and I have used the tiles from Wicks. They will secure ok with PVA - just make sure you weigh or pin them down well to make sure they don't lift up at the edges.

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James

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Re: Simple branch line

Postby tom_tom_go » Sat May 07, 2011 9:31 pm

Hi James,

Thanks for the advice.

Nice to see a Class 37 fan as well, I have two with DCC sound models and they always make me smile when I start them up!

Cheers,

Tom
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Re: Simple branch line

Postby tom_tom_go » Sun May 15, 2011 10:18 am

Progress is slow due to 16mm live steam project in the garden and work!

However, here are some pics of the baseboard nearly finished and on temporary trestles in the room the layout is going to be located:

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The cardboard cut outs give you an idea of the backscenc which I will build out of MDF later. You have to imagine the road bridge and the lane sweeping down to the station :)

The GWR 0-4-0 (pictured) I bought off eBay was a right tired old girl so I complained to the seller and got a fair bit off the price so it justifes at least the price of the coaches. Fortunately, I have a spare more modern Hornby 0-4-0 diesel so the motors have now been swapped and she now works well. The extra con rods you get on a steam 0-4-0 are missing because they need to be polished up due to rust so that's the last time I buy any second-hand OO off eBay again as this is the second time someone has lied about the condition of what they are selling! :evil:

The diesel will be replaced with a steam 0-6-0, maybe the new Hornby GWR tank:

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Next update I will post when I have actually done some real work on the layout ;)

Cheers,

Tom
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Re: Simple branch line

Postby Alexander Court » Sun May 15, 2011 11:12 am

Looking really great :D

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Re: Simple branch line

Postby buz » Sun May 15, 2011 3:57 pm

Hi tom_tom_go
Looks very promising indeed.
I realize the primary object is to build a railway for the children.
But I would suggest reconsidering the station building.
It looks far to big for the available scenic space something smaller and
more branch line would fit better.
just my thoughts.
regards John
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Re: Simple branch line

Postby rovermaestro » Sun May 15, 2011 4:27 pm

Thanks for sharing progress. The 4 wheelers look great. I quite like the station building. I think the pics are a bit deceptive. The full frontal one exaggerates the size a bit but the oblique ones from above and behind show it to be quite narrow. Its quite striking. Either way looking forward to the development of the roadway and scenery behind the station. Looks as if there will be a lot of operational fun.

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Re: Simple branch line

Postby tom_tom_go » Tue May 17, 2011 8:27 pm

Thanks for the comments so far chaps and John point taken on the building. At the moment I am just using what I have stored away so a more prototypical 'branch line' booking hall will no doubt be purchased later on.

And rovermaestro thank you for your visual observations - I have never looked at the design like that. It just goes to show you do not have to build a massive layout to grab people's attention!

The 0-4-0 went digital this evening with a Lenz decoder now installed. It's tamed the little beast to be a nice slow runner which was never possible on DC, very pleased :D

Cheers,

Tom
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Re: Simple branch line

Postby tom_tom_go » Tue May 17, 2011 8:36 pm

And I thought I would share this with those who have not already seen it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GUcDenA5H0

I would love to replicate this into a digital version with my 0-4-0, another project to add to the list!

Cheers,

Tom
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Re: Simple branch line

Postby tom_tom_go » Tue May 24, 2011 11:56 am

Sadly the 0-4-0 died despite my best efforts after finding her in bits after an accident. Not the kids fault as the layout was just sitting on top of the temporary trestles and so easily jolted.

However, the management have ordered two new loco's (the new Hornby 0-6-0 GWR I mentioned which will be converted to DCC) and I got a brand new limited edition GWR 0-4-0 at a silly price and it's even DCC ready, yay!

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So to stop any more accidents I have made the removable legs for the table although I think they will need strengthing with horiztional supports later on:

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The layout now takes up even less space in the bedroom!

I also got the cork tiles from Wickes (example of one pictured) which are great value for money and easily cut so once I get the point motors I can start laying the track.

Cheers,

Tom
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Re: Simple branch line

Postby dan8400 » Wed May 25, 2011 9:46 am

Hi, really like this idea. I get that it is a 'train set' for a younger modeller but it still looks like there would be lots of operational interest when you decide to 'help' :wink:

I have been toying with the idea of a compact layout (sometimes a large layout drives you mad!!). Although I have trains moving now

Keep up the good work

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Re: Simple branch line

Postby buz » Wed May 25, 2011 12:36 pm

Hi tom_ tom_go
Keep your eyes open for good Hornby dublo manual signals at reasonable prices.
good for the children to play with being all metal construction.
Good for Dad because they look the right size unlike the triang or modern Hornby ones
which are closer to "O" scale.
Have you thought of putting a layout sized shelf underneath for storing trains etc.
regards John
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Re: Simple branch line

Postby tom_tom_go » Wed May 25, 2011 4:33 pm

I confess Dan the railway was really designed for me for operational interest ;)

Hi Buz and yes I know what you mean about the signals as I have some Trix railways that was my mothers and it's more to scale and all metal. I am still debating though whether to make the signals electric with movement of the points (obviously can't use the Hornby stuff here).

And great minds think alike about the shelf. This is also where the controllers will go for the trains, points, etc.

The new loco's arrived today so I thought I would show you all, these have also been converted to DCC by me:

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BTW the 0-4-0 is not DCC ready so I must of mis-read this somewhere on the net, however, it is capable of having a chip if desired.

Very impressed with the 0-6-0 given it's price! Good detail and even came with vacuum hoses.

Cheers,

Tom
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Re: Simple branch line

Postby rovermaestro » Wed May 25, 2011 8:46 pm

This has to be my favourite small layout. Love the track level view of the locos in the last post. Thanks for the updates.

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Re: Simple branch line

Postby ceejaydee » Wed May 25, 2011 10:32 pm

I echo the positive comments about this being a good thread to watch for lovers of small layouts.
Proves that you can almost always have enough room for a continuous run in OO if you are prepared to compromise.
Look forward to the layout really blossoming when the scenic work begins.
Regards
Christopher D.

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Re: Simple branch line

Postby tom_tom_go » Thu May 26, 2011 10:45 am

Positive comments always spur me on so I really appreciate this.

I had no idea this design would please so many!

Cheers,

Tom
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