Exeter St Davids OO

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bootneckbob
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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Mon May 26, 2014 8:01 pm

Been busy today but I have the start of the Northern helix done and the tunnel hole put in the shed ready to extend in to the garden in due course. Didn't quite go all the way through but enough so I come in from the outside in the right place!
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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby Dad-1 » Mon May 26, 2014 9:23 pm

Good forward planning ..... I admire you, taking the risk of going through walls.
Not the risk to railway, but the risk from other external forces, although not
perhaps the cat !!

Geoff T.
Remember ... I know nothing about railways.
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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Tue May 27, 2014 12:37 am

Hi, I will have a guard over the entrance to keep out the larger wildlife whilst not in use and the tunnel it's self will be another external box attached to the shed which will act as a buffer for the weather and bridge the gap between the shed and the raised lawn.
I had to at least plan to get a run out in to the garden as the layout it's self will be all station activity with no real high speed running trains to admire.

I have a bit of a mammoth task of wiring in all the point motors/decoders and droppers to feed the track before I go any further with the helix now; still all part of the fun!
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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:07 pm

Just a bit more work, mainly firming up the helix and the return loop.

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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:04 pm

Yeah, that reverse loop wasnt as simple as I thought! I've redesigned the track to be more simple now, I'll get a picture up later. I have now laid all the track for the fiddle yard, and completed the northern helix; just need to improve all the elecrical feeds and wire in the points. I can then crack the southern helix and then get on to the scenic level!!!
Wont be to long now before Exeter St Davids takes shape:-)

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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:33 pm

Just a few photos showing the progress on the fiddle yard level. I just need to make the other helix at the far end of the shed now.
I also discovered my Merchant Navy class can't haul a full rake up the helix so I'm going to try DCC powerbase and see if that helps. The loco doesn't belong in my era, I just wanted to make an exception to get one steam loco!
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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby Horshay junction » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:14 pm

Looking good mate

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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:05 pm

Thanks. I've only just really been made aware of Peco code 75 after 4 years of planning this! Haven't gone firm yet but I might do the scenic upper level in code 75. Any thoughts??

Slight downside to a change is I have a fair amount of flexi and points in 100 already.

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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:30 pm

Ok had a bit of time in the shed this weekend. Decided not to do code 75 and I'll just stick with the 100. Got the whole of the base done, well laid and wired with two reverse loops. Just need to get all the point motors in now.
No point in putting any photos up at the mo. The work on the second helix is also underway now.

Main news this week has been another disaster with Hornby RailMaster. Honestly it took me ages to get it sorted the first time; now the new 1.56 version has cocked everything up again.

Bought Bachmanns new 101 too to add to the DMU fleet. That's a 108, 101 and the Sprinter, all ran out of Exeter during my time frame of the late 80's.

Oh well back off to work and have a rest for a week!

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Postby bootneckbob » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:15 pm

Time for an update. Top level (scenic) is all but finished off. Just got to lay the track off to Exeter Central/Waterloo and Exmouth.
I've decided that although this is based on Exeter St Davids, the traction yard is pure free play. I had to locate off where the North yard sidings are and after much thought I decided to just make it up and its actually really well placed as its right by where I will mainly be controlling the trains from.

I have also fitted 70% of the point motors, and today finished off by programming the first point / decoder combo with Railmaster.
I have to say Railmaster has been working really well now but I dare not update it in case it all goes wrong again!

I forgot how difficult it is to get pictures up on here too, so only one for now.

This is looking from the road crossing to the station, with platforms 1-6 left to right.
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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:58 pm

The sidings at the north end.
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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:37 pm

The concrete sections are the new bits of track laid after the 1985 resignalling work.

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Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Postby bootneckbob » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:05 pm

Update on this layout. We ended up moving house so the whole thing was dismantled and stowed away. That was a year ago and now I'm just starting the groundwork in the garden for what will be a new shed for the layout. As I'll be doing all the work it will take ages and I'm hoping to get it built and the layout completed before I die;that's the plan anyway and who know's how long I've got. Oh well, at least the new layout will be even bigger than the last one and more importantly I'm doing it on one level (almost all of it anyway) and doing away with the helixs.


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