West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

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Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Postby Bufferstop » Wed May 08, 2019 8:08 pm

I think you've just confirmed my suspicions about hand built commercial pointwork, it's all to easy for it to have the same problems as your own handbuilt pointwork might. Assuming the cork was laid competently, and you are happy with the plain track, I'd be inclined to take a slitting disk to it and replace the pointwork with code 75 Peco, either the new BH rail, or the FB and b***** the sleeper spacing purists.
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Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Postby flying scotsman123 » Wed May 08, 2019 8:40 pm

From reading here I do wonder why a good number of people are members of model railway clubs when they apparently have so little interest in doing any modelling. Sometimes sounds like they're just there so they can run their trains on someone else's very nicely made layout, which isn't why I'd join a club if I was that way inclined.

Hmm, 9th June, my trips "home" (although I seem to spend more time at the GWSR than home when I'm back from uni) are getting rather frequent, will have to ponder whether I can really justify coming down again - I would like to Geoff!
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Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Wed May 08, 2019 9:54 pm

Hi FS123,

You have it in one. Many join to run their stock on the clubs test track, sometimes because they don't have
anything at home. I can't complain about that, it's a reasonable reason for joining a club.
Then on the other side you have exhibition types that spend all their effort and most of their time in running
their own layouts at exhibitions. I quite like that so long as they make certain the club is associated with their

I always think of a guy who will remain nameless, he had much more value in his railway collection than the family
home had cost him, but didn't have a layout at home !!

In many respects I like the almost unlimited range of reasons why people join a club. We have a few builders and
agricultural workers. They find it difficult to be gentle enough with stock and scenic items, often unintentionally
braking things. On West Bay the horses have wire inserted into their legs and superglued deep into the base boards
so that minor accidents won't have the said items "falling off". My experience of building 2 x Thomas layouts for children
to drive has helped me develop a good idea of what is likely to happen and hopefully to avoid unnecessary destruction !!

Bufferstop, changing is just too much to contemplate, and to be fair some of the problem is made worse by that Loco
having no compensation, not even unintentional slack in the bearings (good old Hornby). I did contemplate removing the
wheels and seeing if I could very lightly file either the bearings, or axles to develop some slack, but doing that to a
£120 loco that's fitted with a £30 decoder was something I've decided to duck out of. I seriously believe if I had made the
points insitu on the base boards I'd have been checking with a straight edge and been slightly more accurate.

(9th June - 21 booked from here at present.

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Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Postby Lysander » Wed May 08, 2019 10:00 pm

That is exactly our experience Scotsman: few want to model, the majority just use the test tracks. It is deeply frustrating but they pay their subs and you cannot enforce modelling.

Re. Markway Geoff, we paid a small fortune for a very large and complicated piece of set-piece geometry for the club’s O gauge layout. It came without a wiring diagram and when one was eventually supplied it was incorrect. It took nearly a year to sort it and get if operational.

Absolutely never again. I agree your preference for Peco Code 75 Geoff. Its always better to use a universal standard , even if the sleeper spacing is a little off. But who visiting the exhibition would know (or care)?

Is a shunter’s chariot, wired with extra pick-ups, a solution for the little tank?

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Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Thu May 09, 2019 8:36 am

Hi Tony,

The spacing problem can be overcome by cutting the web that ties all the sleepers together. Just thinking about it
may make one flinch, but the time taken to try and match our fussy locomotive to uneven track will probably have
taken as long !! It will weaken Peco track, but I have no doubt the resulting track would still be much stronger than
the plastic sleeper SMP. As to sleeper length, just live with it !!

Anyway I'm back to my favourite subject wagons, fixed Parkside mounting blocks and Bachmann narrow tensionlock
couplings into 4 wagons last evening.

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Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Postby Richard Lee » Thu May 09, 2019 9:58 am

Interesting to hear of your experiences with Marcway. I used Marcway points and SMP flexi-track (sold by Marcway) for my main layout, and am not surprised that even someone more skilled and experienced than me isn't 100% happy with it. I also re-did the smaller layout with Peco Code 75 points and off-cuts and remnants of the SMP flexi-track. Apart from my track-laying, the results didn't look too bad to me. If I was to do a new layout, I would be tempted to use Peco Code 75 points, but with their Bullhead flexi-track.

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