Masons Corner

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Masons Corner

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:30 pm

I really have no drive to produce another layout, but I can't resist pottering about.
I also love experimenting and what I might call Masons Corner started as a small
test come play area.
First I wanted to try out for myself 'Frog Juicers', namely automatic polarity switching
of frog power. This a response to the long term problems I've had with the Peco sliding
switch.
So I can't even call this a shunting puzzle, just the one point !

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There are cut-down Kadee under-board magnets, why cut-down, more experimenting.
under the back siding there is a 3/4 exactly the width of the small yard hut. Then we
have 1/2 a magnet under the front siding.
They work fine although it needs slow and accurate control for first class performance
You will notice the dirty ballast to identify where the magnetic zones are.


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One puzzle often faced is creating an almost exact cut-out for some scenic element.
Here I had bent and fixed the Peco platform edging first, then needed to fill in.

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The answer is to fold ridges into a sheet of paper along the edges, then cut out with
scissors, test for accuracy. Then all being well hold onto you planned component
material mark around and cut out. The results if done carefully should fit as here.

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Now you may not think that the curve at the forward siding is particularly tight, however
it is enough to cause problems with Kadees. One of my current moves is to try and
identify exactly what if anything can be done to get good working. Currently wagons
will not couple up.

The boards are planned (Currently) to be a corner in a quarry where masons work the stone
to customer requirements, then ship out by rail. Nothing fancy, no clever running, but I'm
going to try and make a sheer-legs type of quarry crane of a much earlier design than
likely to be seen within railway serviced quarry times !! Call it artistic licence !!

Geoff T
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Re: Masons Corner

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:05 pm

I don't know Geoff, your greatest gift seems to be inventing excuses to start another layout, albeit a rather simple one.
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Interrupted by visit from daughter in law, back now. There's not much to do on my layout ATM, but a few more months and some of the scenery is going to need a vac and then any bald bits going over with the electric tea-strainer. Meantime I've been experimenting with motors and gears to find out what can be done using the sort of parts that are produced in large numbers for various industries and are available via China and Hong Kong. The way prices are going I can see a return to the days of self build using repurposed parts from other sources. This time round there will be a much better supply of parts for small mechanisms and the tools to produce the blocks, brackets and other bits required without the metalworking skills required in the past.
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Re: Masons Corner

Postby Stainsacre » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:03 pm

Good to see that you are at it again Geoff 8)
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Re: Masons Corner

Postby glencairn » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:48 am

Due to family interest in quarrying, I shall follow this thread with interest.

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Re: Masons Corner

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:42 am

I think the problem with KD's and curved track is down to the accuracy with which they are made combined with how tightly they interlock. The old Peco/Dublo coupler, working on the same principal, had no problems coupling on a curve. it just looked even uglier than the first Triang "chopper" couplings.
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Re: Masons Corner

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:43 pm

Hi John,

Just Don't ever suggest 3 link !!!!
I believe you have a Hornby Ruston 48DS ?
Does it have NEM type pockets ? Hatton's pictures have the
blanking cover on the front & match truck on the back so
I can't see.
I was thinking one might be ideal for this.
Yes I agree I do not need another locomotive !!

Driving rain and high wind again, such that I can't be bothered
to venture down to the bottom of our garden where my shed
resides.

Geoff T.
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Re: Masons Corner

Postby RailwayRobbo » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:17 pm

Dad-1 wrote:Hi John,

Just Don't ever suggest 3 link !!!!
I believe you have a Hornby Ruston 48DS ?
Does it have NEM type pockets ? Hatton's pictures have the
blanking cover on the front & match truck on the back so
I can't see.
I was thinking one might be ideal for this.
Yes I agree I do not need another locomotive !!

Driving rain and high wind again, such that I can't be bothered
to venture down to the bottom of our garden where my shed
resides.

Geoff T.


Come on Geoff you're sounding like me. "Do I need another locomotive."
Of course we do.
I've got a Stanier Mogul waiting to come south when my daughter next visits from Sheffield.
Now Hornby announce the Standard 2 78XXX as well.
Now I have some empty spaces in the stock cupboard they've got to be filled with something.

Pete (RailwayRobbo)

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Re: Masons Corner

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:24 pm

Pete,

Perhaps your mistake was making room in the cupboard by selling
off some stock. When every storage space is full it becomes more
difficult to justify more …… although I think the shed has some space.

Geoff T
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Re: Masons Corner

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:20 pm

Hi Geoff the Ruston has NEM pockets, the wagon that comes with it has the ex Airfix snap in type with the box that always comes apart. If you are considering slow speed shunting then your track is going to be good enough to forget the wagon, I've consigned mine to the spare stock draw. If it did need the extra pickups I'd fit them to the shunters wagon.
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Re: Masons Corner

Postby RailwayRobbo » Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:12 pm

Dad-1 wrote:Pete,

Perhaps your mistake was making room in the cupboard by selling
off some stock. When every storage space is full it becomes more
difficult to justify more …… although I think the shed has some space.

Geoff T


I have a rule now Geoff.
All new purchases must be self financing.
I may have to wait till my birthday for the Standard 2 though.

Pete


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