Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby alan_r » Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:58 pm

Brilliant ideas for hiding and extending point levers!

A very creative solution. I'd never have thought to use smaller items like your keg pallet or a car, but as you have identified, scenery is allowed to move on the layout rather than being a formal lever all the way to the edge of the board and keeps it close to the point for easy identification. It also makes it nice and big to find and handle rather than my standard of just leaving the tiny lug on the side of the point.

This is definitely an idea I will use for future layouts for manual points where I don't want to have a powered point motor. Thanks for sharing an inspired solution! :D
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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:24 pm

Thanks for the comment alan_r, my first scenic point lever was a diesel pump in a yard. I needed
one more point on that particular layout board than ports on the point decoder. It was either
another £35 for one little used point, or find another way !!

At long last the yard is fully ballasted, I tend to stitch sections to reduce the length of any
particular length to reduce the amount of water going onto the boards.

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Time to start the buildings at the headshunt end

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The headshunt was ballasted a couple of days back so I took the chance to weather it up
to the level crossings.

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That darker centre line is not seen by the naked eye, something from the flash ?

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Always doing testing - in truth just an excuse to play !!

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The little Ruston struggle with more than 4, because to get Kadees to work well you need
brakes.

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby glencairn » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:50 am

Another excellent layout in the making, Geoff.

When will you be sending out bottles of beer? Then I can put an order in. :lol:

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:04 pm

The little Ruston struggle with more than 4, because to get Kadees to work well you need
brakes.

It's surprising what it can shift, with free running wheels and all of the slack taken out of the train before starting. I don't have a long enough siding or headshunt to reach it's limit, but as you say just one wagon with the brakes on soon snookers it.
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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:15 pm

Hi John,

It's a tough little devil. Here at my last exhibition before lock-down.
Yes it's a Thomas layout, but that's what was booked !!

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Is that 7 ? and power to spare, nope that's 8 !!

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:51 pm

Today I've started wiring in the yard fencing.
Remember this is a club layout for any club member to exhibit if they get a request.
It's a layout for preferably adults to drive as opposed to the club 'supervisor'.
This means it could have a tough life so dainty work need to be Tough with a capital "T"
Perhaps not the best picture, but this 7 strand fencing is attached to nails fed through
from underneath and superglued both top and bottom all around the nail heads. The
wiring is 15 lb breaking strain fishing nylon.

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The lower wires hidden in this shot as I look towards building in some coal bays. Unloading
by standing on the open door was forbidden as frequently the prop failed, or the worker
just fell off.
I'm planning to add an outer layer of black net to represent mesh wiring.

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby glencairn » Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:09 am

Great work on the fence, Geoff. Seven strands? Gosh! If I was doing that I would be up the wall and round the bend. :lol:

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:22 pm

A few days since I last added anything.
Here it was before I took outside to black paint all the outside.

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Now looking rather more professional, the small white square down the other end is the
socket for any on layout LED lighting requirements.

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So exactly what is the track layout ?

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Next job ? adding clouds to the sky, have to finish the sky before any other low relief buildings, or
walls can be stuck in. The painting will be by sponge, using pure white and then another with a
greyish hue to add along the cloud undersides ….. Pure white worked on St Oval, not tried the
secondary colour before, always need to try to improve and try new ideas.

Oh and as far as running goes it's been working almost perfectly using the little Ruston. Did have
to help it with a finger push a couple of times, 4 wagons O.K, 5 wagons just about, 6 wagons just
a step too far. Remember that these wagons all have brakes and DON'T roll freely, a necessary
evil to get first class results from Kadees.

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:41 pm

Some coal & coke in place, visibly differing grades.

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Even getting some grass down

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Soon I'll have no option than to concentrate on my low-relief buildings.

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I even got around to weathering the track bed ballast

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For once time is not in short supply !!

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:52 pm

my first scenic point lever was a diesel pump in a yard

I opted for mechanical point operation when I worked out that sitting on a revolving tall chair, in the middle, I could reach any point around the periphery. Materials are real cheap, straightened large paper clips and bits of steel rod, the brass bits out of chock connectors and the heads off map pins for knobs. Rods and wires have been good enough for the prototype for a couple of centuries, they'll do for me.
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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby glencairn » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:41 pm

Dad-1 wrote:
Soon I'll have no option than to concentrate on my low-relief buildings.

Geoff T


I found it easier to start at the back (Backscene) and work forward. Maybe because I like painting. :)

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby glencairn » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:46 pm

I like the idea of different grades of coal for different suppliers. Not often modelled as such. Love it.

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:57 pm

Hi glencairn,

See it's like this - It's a club layout and I wasn't going to do it all.
However the track work is so specific, as is the location of Kadee
magnets. So that was what I concentrated on to start with. Also
nothing feels better than being able to run trains.
Then we have Lock-Down !! I get carried away and just end up by
doing most of it, but knowing it'll have a hard life it needs to be tough
and well made.

One member is making the crane - I hope up to standard. In addition
it has to have a fully enclosing lid, that I do not intend to make.
Storage is to be in the club room cellar, standing on one end.

Bufferstop, there is no system that's faster than a hand operated mechanical
method, you can flick it at the last moment, useful when you've not set
the point correctly !! By the time you pick up a probe it'll be too late and
dialling in numbers through a DCC system, no chance ……

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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:02 am

That whoops, that was a close one moment :roll:
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Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:12 am

Yes and occasionally that last moment catches the wagons wheels …..
with the inevitable result !!
Back to thinking ahead and looking both ways before you cross.

This morning I had the job of wiping down our kitchen worktop. Under where each
fence post was rested a small ring of grass flock, one of the dozen spots well
stuck down with a drip of PVA.
Thoroughly cleaned up before the Boss came in for breakfast !!! All back in my
garage until my final grass laying session. I have to do it indoors as when you
sprinkle the fibres the slightest drift in the air takes the fibres any and everywhere.

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