North Wales inspired layout 1970s

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Mountain » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:49 am

Two brackets by a symbol of a diamond crossing symbolize a double slip. One bracket looking symbol by the diamond crossing symbolize a single slip, the slip being on the side of the bracket. Hope that makes sense Chops. :)

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Stonedtrainman420 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:30 pm

Chops wrote:I've been dwelling upon an American HO point- to- point, which is a rarity over here. What I really like about this track plan is that it allows the shunter to travel around the other end of a given wagon. This is really good stuff. The two mains and the fifth from the top line would allow
corresponding tracks to fit club module NMRA standards, as well. Thanks for posting.

BTW: that line on the left going to Mostyn- is that a double slip or a diamond crossing where the brackets are?


Thats just a left hand point, both of the tracks into mostyn feed in on the bottom left hand corner to form a sort of triangle shape, i'm going to be building a mock up of the whole layout soon so ill put a better picture up of the track plan for you

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Stonedtrainman420 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:36 pm

Mountain wrote:I find that Lima did a nicer class 47 then Hornby used to. However with the Lima 37, though theirs was better it did not have the roof mounted horns. All the ones I saw had them. We did on rare occasions see 25's down my area of South West Wales but they were rare because the local depots trainstaff didn't sign for them. They were used on ballast trains when they put new ballast down.


I've found a lot of the lima stock seems to run a lot better most of my carriages are lima as well as a railfreight 47 i have too, i'm debating dropping the body of my hornby 47 onto this loco as the lima one runs so so much better but i prefer the looks of the hornby one, although with the 37 i know the lack of roof horns would be a big put off for myself, thats interesting about the ballast trains too, i find the variety of stock and how often it got changed in the 70s/80s very interesting especially in wales! Might have to take a bash of modelling a ballast train soon

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Mountain » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:28 pm

In the early to mid 1970's as South Wales was part of the western Region they saw the last of the diesel hydraulics and I remember asking train drivers who used to work them. I remember one train driver telling me how he used to pull a 16 coach express out of London Paddington to South Wales with a single Hymek and he kept to time all the way. I asked him how it compared to a loco like the larger class 47 (As these pulled expresses in the 1980's down here) and he said they just didn't compare. A class 47 would struggle to pull it and one would need to double head to have a hope of keeping to time. He said the hydraulics were very deceiving as even a small one could outperform a larger diesel electric.

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Stonedtrainman420 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:20 pm

Mountain wrote:In the early to mid 1970's as South Wales was part of the western Region they saw the last of the diesel hydraulics and I remember asking train drivers who used to work them. I remember one train driver telling me how he used to pull a 16 coach express out of London Paddington to South Wales with a single Hymek and he kept to time all the way. I asked him how it compared to a loco like the larger class 47 (As these pulled expresses in the 1980's down here) and he said they just didn't compare. A class 47 would struggle to pull it and one would need to double head to have a hope of keeping to time. He said the hydraulics were very deceiving as even a small one could outperform a larger diesel electric.


I think the main reason for withdrawing a lot of the diesel hydraulics was the fact that they required a lot of fine tuning and maintance, in some ways there similar to a lot of the turbo diesel cars we see today, from what i've read they out performed most diesels on ths rails but with the diesel electrics most could be fueled, oiled and ran pretty easily. It must have been great to speak to people who actually got to drive a lot of these trains we would call 'classic' today. I'm only 22 myself so by the time i was old enough to be aware of them, a lot of these locomotives had been withdrawn sadly. Although i have a few of memories of seeing virgin HSTs and a couple of EWS class 37's up and down the place.

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Stonedtrainman420 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:28 pm

Just a quick update, managed to get the hornby class 25 lubed and running well, plus i've spent some more time collecting stock and a few scenic bits:)

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These are some buildings, both getting weathered and the station building is going to be whitewashed to replicate the old one at talacre.

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I've also got a hornby class 47 in blue too and thats had a good service and that runs like clockwork! I just haven't photographed it yet. I also have a bachmann class 40, some mk1s and a couple of 12t box vans on the way plus i have all the wiring and track ready so i should have everything i need, my next big priority is constructing the baseboards so i can building a mock up of the trackplan so i know whats going were, so far im having the staggered loop with a run around, an oil/chemical siding, two freight sidings and also either a goods shed or a carriage shed (depending on what i'm feeling on the day)

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Chops » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:14 am

Looks grand to me. The simple fact you have the passion to put this together, along with your memories of a time and place in most satisfying to see.
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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Stonedtrainman420 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:04 pm

Had a test fit of all the boards today and i'm very pleased indeed :D everything fits okay, however, i've had to modify the loop as the design i had come up with didn't work :( but i've retained the overall shape and design, i've curved the goods yard to replicate the one at bangor and im going to extend the scenic run when its fully built so that i can have a beach and some sidings to replicate mostyn. At the top of the board i'm planning to have a loading siding for nuclear flask trains/oil trains. The boards 6x6 with a 4x2 run off

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And here is my fleet of locos, fully detailed with their respective trains (note: the class 25 is going to be a nuclear flask train i'm just using a flatbed with a box as a placeholder until it arrives)

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Now i just need to build the baseboard fully and do some finishing details, some of my wagons and all my mk1's have the older style U couplings so they're due to be upgraded to NEM couplers soon, when i start building my baseboard i'm going to move my post to the under construction section :)

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby HarryR » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:11 pm

Oh!!

Now I see track down, this is much more interesting. Bookmarked to make sure I keep up with developments. I will be quite happy to copy your ideas (acknowledged of course) so good luck with the build. :)

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Chops » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:52 pm

Very exciting. I am most intrigued by the tight selection of motive power. I find that especially hard, what with the vast evolution of British rail since Trevithick. Thus, to have my cake and eat it too, I model 1926, and can fast forward to ca. 1960's by virtue of running "Steam Preservation Days" so I can sneak in a Deltic or a DMU. What you are doing: excellent. Looking forward to more updates.
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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Dave » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:52 pm

And here is my fleet of locos


I do like a bit of Blue 8)

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Phat Controller » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:15 am

interesting use of a tight space, look forward to more scenery. well done :wink:
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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Montfort » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:34 am

Nice start. I'm following this topic with interest. :D
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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Stonedtrainman420 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:14 pm

HarryR wrote:Oh!!

Now I see track down, this is much more interesting. Bookmarked to make sure I keep up with developments. I will be quite happy to copy your ideas (acknowledged of course) so good luck with the build. :)


Thanks for the comments, feel free to borrow any ideas i put on here a lot of the track design is things i've robbed from trawling though forums and old trackplan books anyway so knock yourself out! :D

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Re: North Wales inspired layout 1970s

Postby Chops » Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:03 pm

Montfort wrote:Nice start. I'm following this topic with interest. :D


Me too. Looking over the point to point plan, it has something that often is lacking, and that is the ability to escape around the given wagon and couple from the other side.
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