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Postby westbrom » Sun Jun 03, 2007 6:26 pm

I agree with Tim, the second plan is better for the reason stated.


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Postby YardMaster » Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:07 pm

well, two recommendations for the second plan are good enough for me! The second plan it is!

Progress is continuing. I've sealed the baseboards with PVA in preparation for painting etc - may start getting track down within the next week. more pics will be coming when I have enough progress to show! :)

thanks for the advice Westbrom and Infrontcat!


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Postby YardMaster » Thu Jun 07, 2007 1:19 pm

just a quick update, now i've done enough work to make a visible difference!

In short, i've put down a cork layer across the whole board, and put brick paper on all the side and rear retaining wall, as can be seen in these photos:

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Next job is to work out exactly where the tracks are going to go, and to make a start on painting the cork layer the corresponding colours for the ballast or grass that goes above it - unfortunately, it looks like getting track laid will not be started by the end of the week as i hoped (especially as i'm going away over the weekend!)

i'm having lots of fun with building the layout though, which is the main thing!

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Postby mark_brody » Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:17 pm

Looking good to me squire.

I'm not sure I would worry about painting where the ballast is going though. I'd just put it straight down onto the cork. You won't be able to see through the ballast once in place. But for the green type scenery, yes I'd paint earth colours underneath.

My main advice at this point is to have a dry run with the track and really test all the angles of curves etc etc. And maybe leave it a day or so to give you time to really think about it. When I did mine, Ijust dived straight in and have spent many nights since, lifting track and moving it. Although it's not a major job to do its frustrating when you want to be cracking on.

Hope my bit of advice helps, glad you are enjoying it...

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Postby YardMaster » Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:52 pm

Hi all!

Just a quick bulletin, to report that this project still is in thew land of the living - although work is progressing extremely slowly at the moment (and i mean extremely slow - due to A levels!). Almost all the flexitrack has been cut to length, and, once power feed points are decided and I get some holes drilled in the baseboard, tracklaying might even start!

Thanks for the advice so far everyone!


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Postby YardMaster » Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:52 pm

Ok, now i've actually got some material for a meaningful update!

Yesterday i had a six hour blitz on the layout, and got the trackwork down and fixed to the board (I prefer to do these jobs all in one go, as opposed to in dribs and drabs - one advantage of a small layout!)

As can be seen in the photos, the track is down and all ready to be wired up - might even havesome trains running by tonight! :)

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A view of the layout from above the 'tunnel', looking towards the station (coming soon!)

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another view in the same direction.

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a view in the opposite direction - from the station to the shunting yard and 'tunnel'.

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finally, a view of a 16t mineral wagon requisitioned by the engineers department to carry fishplates (It made a handy pot to keep them in and stop them spilling everywhere!)

As can be seen in the photos, I still need to fill the gaps between track sections with sleepers and put the track pins in hard - but I'm pretty pleased with how its gone so far!



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Postby sishades » Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:43 pm

Hi, Like you I have just finished my first ever layout/diorama of a turntable and corresponding offshoots. I used a plywood base, and layered it with cork. I then cut strips of cork that were slightly wider than the track and layed the track on that. The effect is to raise the track up a small measure thus producing a slight embankment upon ballasting. The track was then screwed into the cork using micro screws. The PVA in the ballast then stuck everything into place. Lastly be very careful around points.

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Postby leopard » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:51 pm

nice to see I'm not the only one who uses open wagons to keep stuff in..

remember a 'works train' (unpowered) with a few coal trucks with track pins, fishplates of both sorts etc in them.. very useful things your average coal wagon

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Postby peak » Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:26 pm

Coming along.
Looking forward to seeing it progress. :D
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Postby westbrom » Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:57 pm

Coming along great, looking forward to seeing your progress.


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Postby YardMaster » Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:58 pm

Another advance to report ...

I bit the bullet this evening and decided to start ballasting on the layout - here are two photos of the section i've done so far...

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looking towards the station

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loking towards the shunting yard

The ballast is a bit coarser than I would have liked, but it looks ok in these photos.

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Postby Metrocamel » Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:04 am

Nice work Yardmaster! Coming along well. The balalsting looks good.
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Postby YardMaster » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:43 pm

Ballasting continues apace - as can be seen in the photos, the entire yard end of the station is now ballasted!

http://images1.fotopic.net/?iid=ypx26f& ... quality=70

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I had to change the type of ballast halfway through doing the sidings due to running out of the old type - sadly, the join is not quite invisible - never mind! :)

now to move on to the station...

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Postby YardMaster » Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:41 pm

weelll... after 6 months of no progress, I've finally rediscovered my enthusiasm and have begun on the ballasting in the station area.

So my layout is not dead, but is starting (hopefully) to pogress once again!

Pics coming when a bit more ballasting is done!

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Postby 80064 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:47 pm

Hiya! Your links dont appear to work, have photopic changed their rules overnight??

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