Tixeter Junction - UPDATE

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Tixeter Junction - UPDATE

Postby skyblue » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:14 pm

I thought I'd put up some pictures of the layout that I am currently building. Its my first attempt (it was started around 4-5 years ago), and progress is slow. Unfortunately I've only recently started to take pictures, so there's little progress to see. The layout is a 'tailchaser' and consists of double track mainline loop with a single track branch around the sides. Overall size is around 10ft x 8.5ft. The layout is roughly based on a secondary mainline in Devon, and I try to operate mainly GWR and ex-GWR locos, including a Castle, Prairie, Pannier Tanks, Mogul (now non-working) and Collett Goods. However, I have recently acquired an excellent Hornby West Country, Torrington in Malachite Green with BR numbers. Other locos feature, including a J94, A4, Class 37, 47, HST, Class 52 Western.
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Torrington leaves Tixeter Junction.

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A Collett Goods sits in Platform 4 at Tixeter Junction with a train for Biderton.

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This should soon become a town scene.

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A view of the junction and branch line.

I apologise for the quality of the photos, thanks for looking.
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Re: Tixeter Junction for Biderton

Postby jamest » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:51 am

Hi,

Looks really good - any chance of some more photo's?

I always like to get a sense of the track-plan.

I'll watch with interest.

Cheers,
James

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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby skyblue » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:49 pm

Here are some photos to help you get an idea of the track plan:

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This area is the station at Biderton during rebuilding (it used to be round the corner to the left of the picture).
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The completed station at Biderton, also showing the village.
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The more industrial side of the layout, as can be seen there is still plenty to be done.
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The level crossing just outside the main station.
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As can be seen the layout has hideously tight 1st radius curves on the inner main line, which limits the Castle Class (old Hornby one) to running on this line. The branch line and outer mainline loop are 2nd radius, still far too tight but it works.
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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby keith73 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:20 pm

Welcome to the forum, great layout you have there. Nice detail. I like the station area. Is it complete or still a work in progress?

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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby skyblue » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:56 pm

Keith73: If its the branch line station you're referring to, the main structures (signal box, waiting hut, booking office) are all in place, but I haven't done any detailing. The junction station is pretty much complete, but I need more figures (there are practically none on the layout) and I find it hard to find large packs of good quality 'normal' people- they all seem to be doing something. The layout as a whole is probably 60% complete, there is nearly a whole 2x8ft board still to fill, and with the current rate of progress, it will be a long time before its finished - I may even leave home before its finished.

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5077 Fairey Battle rushes through Platform 2 at Tixeter Junction with a through train.
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Western Gladiator sits in Tixeter Junction station.
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Re: Tixeter Junction - Update

Postby skyblue » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:43 pm

There has been some progress on the layout, over on the Biderton side. I have re-grassed the churchyard and vicarage garden and generally patched up some areas that were looking a little tired. I have also made a start on an embankment to run along the back of the layout, and today have been painting my first backscenes (no pics of these yet).
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The embankment takes shape.
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Scatter and bushes are added (I have patched up the bits that are bare- I should have painted the plaster of paris first but I didn't).
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Torrington passes the camera on a Pullman service. I got the coaches from a friend who has replaced his with the premium Hornby ones, and they look just the part with Torrington.

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The troublesome Mogul - do I 'scrap' it or not? - (see More Mainline Mogul Madness on the General section of the forum)
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The next area to be tackled - the factory sidings off the branchline.
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I hope to have some pics with the backscene up on Wednesday.
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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby skyblue » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:45 pm

Continued (I reached the 5 attachment limit).

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No. 5077 Fairey Battle with the Merchant Venturer.
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Thanks for looking

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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby hornbyandbf3fan » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:13 pm

Great layout, hornbys bullied Pacifics are brilliant models and you're layout is done to a great standard. Do you have a YouTube channel?
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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby Eastern » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:49 pm

Welcome and nice to see a new layout on NRM! Nice selection of locos and rolling stock as well. I understand about the 1st radius curves- on my old layout I had Hornby R605 curves which mean't only a limited number of locomotives could be run.
Look forward to more updates.
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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby skyblue » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:25 am

hornbyandbf3fan wrote:Great layout, hornbys bullied Pacifics are brilliant models and you're layout is done to a great standard. Do you have a YouTube channel?

Sorry, I don't have a youtube channel.

Eastern wrote:Welcome and nice to see a new layout on NRM! Nice selection of locos and rolling stock as well. I understand about the 1st radius curves- on my old layout I had Hornby R605 curves which mean't only a limited number of locomotives could be run.
Look forward to more updates.

Those 1st radius curves are a pain - I can only run the Castle Class on the inner loop (its the old style castle), all my other locos that can handle 1st radius are reserved for branch line duties.

There is a large amount of the layout still to be completed, but I hope to get some done this week. I'll post some pics of any progress.
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The Collett Goods sits in Platform 3 at Tixeter Junction with a stopping train on the branch line.
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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby skyblue » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:59 pm

I've done some more work on the layout today, including putting up a bit of the backscene, filling in gaps in the scenery, and building a cattle/sheep holding pen to serve the cattle dock at the village station. Here are some pictures.
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This view shows the edge of the holding pen which serves the cattle dock. The wagons seen behind the cattle dock have been repainted from Hornby Roadshow wagons, had smaller couplings added, been weathered, and had tarpaulins added. Unfortunately the gap between the two backscene boards shows more than I had hoped.
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This is the holding pen, which is made out of two sheets of Wills stone sets and uses mainly Ration GWR station fencing and gates. I have added weeds between the pieces to hide the gap.
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This view shows the pannier tank (a slightly detailed Hornby model) leaving Biderton station with a short train of open wagons. On the right of the photo is a new Wills pagoda hut, which replaced my attempt at a scratch built version.

The backscene was made from sheets of hardboard, painted with Revell 59 (Sky) and with small clouds added with white acrylic. The sheets were then glued and stapled onto the main board. Hopefully tomorrow or Friday I'll finish off the village area (after 4 years) and move onto the goods yard on the other side of the layout. I have recently received a Wills Crafstman water mill (fully built) from a relative, so this will be installed at some point in the future.

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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby hornbyandbf3fan » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:22 pm

nice work
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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby dan8400 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:49 am

Hi Skyblue,

You have made yourself a great layout there. Looks like lots of fun to operate. Some good station action and some goods and loco servicing too. Scenery looks good too. I like the close up photo of the garage. Really good detail in there!

Hope you keep plugging away at it. It'll never be finished :wink:

Not sure if you mentioned if it is DC or DCC and what control system you are using for your locos and points etc

Thanks
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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby skyblue » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:23 am

The layout is DC, using a HM2000 controller for the mainline and a HM Clipper unit for the branchline. The Clipper has a variable wave switch, which allows more realistic shunting. However, some locos behave strangely when operated with this controller, so I try and keep these locos on the mainline. I stayed with analogue control mainly because of the cost of going digital. All the points are hand operated, apart from one in a deep cutting which uses a Hornby point motor. The electronics are very simple - a power clip on each loop, so this does limit some of the shunting operations slightly, however the points have been positioned to allow as much shunting as possible.

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Re: Tixeter Junction

Postby skyblue » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:27 pm

Today I've got some more scenery done on the layout. The area behind the cattle/sheep holding pen and barn built yesterday was filled in with grass, and the goods yard on the other side of the layout was ballasted and some of the scenery in that area was added.
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This was the area I filled in today. Before I did this the outline of the station that used to sit on this site could be seen. Now I can say that I have completely finished the scenery on this side of the layout (for now).

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This is the goods yard which I ballasted the entrance to today. The tracks behind the warehouse/factory will most likely at some point be embedded in cobbles, but that is unlikely to happen for a while.

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This view is looking past the warehouse along the mainline.

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Austerity 0-6-0ST 'Cadley Hill No. 1' stands on the colliery siding.

Thanks for looking


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