Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby railwayjim » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:02 pm

Really interesting construction developing, can't wait for the next instalment, brilliant work!!

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:39 pm

Well I can't keep a good man waiting - thanks for the comment Jim.

Board 4 is a very much open-plan affair supporting the viaduct with a slightly lower base for the river bed, and of course the viaduct piers.

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This shows the separate “street ground level” & “river bed level” boards ready to be dropped into place.
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Bottom boards in place, the viaduct supports stand proud and await the trackbed.
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Track bed affixed Paint.jpg
The gap at the front of the board is Duke Street and Board 5 will join where the gap ends on the right. This allows Duke Street to continue rather than being blanked off like the river is further to the right.
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Bringing out the curvature - paint.jpg
The curvature of the viaduct is accentuated here - also, though not noticeable, there is a 1 in 100 gradient from right to left - in retrospect this was more trouble than it was worth as I had to bring it back down to the original level at the start of the fiddle yard!
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Down track being laid on viaduct.jpg
Always satisfying to start tracklaying on any board - trouble was I had to try and stop the ballast from falling off the edge - bit more of a clean-up job needed here!
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby js1975 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:42 pm

Nice looking timberwork there. Keep it up.

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:34 pm

Thanks for your comment js1975. Unfortunately, in Robert Burns’ own words : “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley” and the 5th photo brings that home!

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This is the down track laid across the baseboard join. In 10 to 15 minutes the excess ballast will be hoovered up and the masking tape removed. When the PVA is dry the 2 brass screws either side of the join (and on the far side of the track) will be soldered to the rail, and then cut across the baseboard join with a fine slitting disc. (The screw on the right isn’t the best sited one - so immediately after taking this shot I manouevred the track over towards the camera in order to make better contact with the screw.) Eventually the screws will be painted with track weathering paint.
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2013-03-26 15.35.12Paint.jpg
Both tracks laid now - I was able to take advantage of the slight overhang of the viaduct trackbed to solder the track feeds to the bottom of the screws.
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2013-04-06 11.02.10paint.jpg
Board 5 at an advanced stage of construction – the curved trackbed board is resting in the background on board 4. Note that electrical connection blocks have already been attached at the far end – much easier to attach them now before the baseboard bottom is fitted.
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2013-04-07 17.15.44Paint.jpg
The trackbed about to be attached.
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2013-04-16 13.28.03Paint.jpg
The trackbed is coated with PVA ready for the closed cell foam. Not everything was plain sailing - the more eagle-eyed among you may notice that the edges of the trackbed board are a lighter colour than in the previous shot. That’s because I found the original curved board would not lie flat - I think I must have cut it in the wrong direction from the basic sheet of plywood and/or it was a poor quality sheet. So I re-cut it from a new sheet at 90 degrees to the original cut, unscrewed, cut and levered off the original and the new one did the trick.
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby carnehan » Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:23 pm

I have to look at these photos a couple of times to take all the detail in. The construction method is staggeringly impressive, mind boggingly confusing and quality craftsmanship. Keep those posts coming squire.

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby luckymucklebackit » Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:31 pm

This is incredible progress in a week Ex-Pat, should be finished by the end of September (or do I suspect a case of "here is something I did earlier" :D )

Looking like a magazine standard layout in the making

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:47 pm

Thanks Paul & Jim for your extremely flattering comments.

As far as time lapse goes, I am acutely aware that many years ago comedians in particular would perform their acts, and you would always know when the end was coming. Modern trend however calls for the act to apparently be in full swing, and then totally without warning we’re let down with “You’ve been a wonderful audience…etc..” Be warned!!

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:13 am

2013-04-23 09.25.36paint.jpg
Board 5 now complete. You could argue that it isn’t complete because the track doesn’t go right to the end of the board. But of course I need to build the next board before running track across the gap.
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2013-04-30 16.41.24paint.jpg
The southern throat of the fiddle yard proved exasperatingly therapeutic in just playing around with points to get the right (or wrong) combination. In the end it turned out rather different from the stage reached here on Board 6.
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Board 7paint.jpg
Board 7 You can’t beat a good H & M Duette - so versatile - just right for weighting down fiddle yard’s roads 6 & 7 whist the track glue dries. Roads 4 & 5 ready for laying. Quite a relief not having to apply ballast in the fiddle yard.
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This gross miscalculcation resulted in the dismissal of the Chief Civil Engineer. Despite his protestations that he’d surveyed everything correctly there was absolutely no way those tracks from Board 8 were going to join up.
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So emergency work was called for. Here water has been applied to roads 1 to 3, and road 3 has already been removed. I had to re-site the points further to the right (losing a foot or more storage in each road) and also perform a bit of framework “surgery” into the bargain.
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Coopslner » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:57 pm

This looks absolutely epic, you say that you have also had to compromise but hell, that is one beast of a track plan. :shock:
I am shuddering at the thought of wiring mine never mind all the turnouts you have got. It will be fantastic when it is done.

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:31 pm

Thanks for the comment Coops - I'm sure you'll manage to wire yours, and perhaps even enjoy doing so!

Board 8

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Rough layout for Board 8. The northern throat for the fiddle yard allows road 6 (the one behind the coach) to be bi-directional. A similar arrangement on board 6 at the other end enables the solitary “Waverley” rake to enter from either end and depart from the same end after a loco change.
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Board 9 provided a new challenge in that it would include not only the continuing descent of the Back Railway and the continuing rise of the coaling ramp, but would also feature the turntable. On this note I had, in 2013, decided to purchase a turntable kit. Unfortunately however, 12 months later and it had not come to market, so I gave up on it and decided that I would have to scratch-build it.

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So I set out the test layout for board 9. This wasn't the final layout however as I decided to bring the far right point onto this board rather than have it on the lifting flap. Edit: Forgot to mention that the wooden frames on the far left are my jig for more accurate drilling when assembling the baseboard framework. A long side length for example would be laid top-down along the the length of the jig. Pilot holes will already have been drilled into the side length. I then insert the appropriate smaller piece of framework (top-down of course) at 90 degrees between one of the channels coming in from the left and can then drill through the pilot holes to get as near perfect as possible aligned holes for screwing together.
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The framework is complete (with a cardboard cutout representing the turntable) prior to unscrewing/gluing and re-screwing the framework.
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Luckily I found a pudding basin of the precise diameter required for the turntable well, and drew round it.
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Then I drilled approximately 150 or so holes round the inside of the circle (I found this much easier than using a knife or saw) and was able to leave a reasonably clean edge after trimming.
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby manna » Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:19 am

G'day Gents

What a large build going on, hate this stage, boards half up wiring and track everywhere (shudder) but you seem to coping alright :D

Going to be a good one.

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:55 am

manna wrote:G'day Gents

What a large build going on, hate this stage, boards half up wiring and track everywhere (shudder) but you seem to coping alright :D

Going to be a good one.

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Thanks manna - sorry for the delay - couldn't find the laptop amongst the mess!

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The basic board 9 is now virtually complete.
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It just needs the trackbed for the Back Railway to be screwed/glued down, and attention given to the coaling stage ramp line.
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Warts and all! Tracklaying is now well under way, but the new Chief Civil Engineer’s career temporarily falters as a slight adjustment has to be made to the Up Main.
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The 4 blocks on the right-hand side of the board are to support the coaling stage ramp line trackbed.
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The glue securing the coaling ramp trackbed can be seen.
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby railwayjim » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:53 pm

Wow Ex-Pat, I am speechless, the trackwork in picture 4 looks absolutely stunning, keep the updates coming.

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby manna » Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:50 am

G'day Gents

Staggering, is a word that comes to mind. :shock: :shock:

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:40 pm

Thanks Jim and manna- I've just about stopped blushing - whilst I am happy with what I've got, I do still however envy your (and others') layouts.

The next update will cover the lifting flap.


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