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Clay Mills Junction

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  1. The lighting does give it an atmosphere, lots more lighting needed though. To a certain extent it hides the unfinsihed bits too 😂. My Dad had his original 3-rail Hornby layout from when he was a boy, we had an 8x4' layout when I was a boy and I had presents of various trains and locos during my childhood which I still have. Dad worked for BREL through my childhood, first at Springburn Works in Glasgow and then moved to BREL's Head Office in Derby before a spell at York Works. He moved on from ABB as it was then when it was rapidly contracting out of the rail industry. I call it Dad's layout because it is in his garage and I'm not there much of the time. Most of my current fleet stays at Dad's until I have somewhere to run it properly at home. Home has mostly been a workshop up until now. The two fleets mostly overlap, I have a bit more blue-grey stuff where Dad sticks to sectorisation era. The blue-grey stuff tends to come home with me though.
  2. So, just to prove that the work I've been doing at on my Dad's layout is real. Here are a couple of photos with the main lights in the garage off and just the lights on the railway on. First is a view of the Western end of the station, both pictures were taken on my phone which makes the scene brighter than it looks to the naked eye, I think that the real light intensity is more natural than it shows in the pictures. The transformer for the lights is set at 9v rather than the 12v the lights are intended to run at so even with higher value resistors they are still coming across bright in the pictures. I've posted pictures of the 158 in Platform 1 before and behind it is my blue-grey HST set. Second picture is a view from the Eastern end and shows more of the platform lights and the concrete footbridge built from two ratio kits and some odd bits and bobs. There is still some detailing and lighting to be put on the bridge and it will need weathered. A retaining wall needs to go behind Platform 4 along the back wall and a backscene behind that. I'm encouraging my Dad to do the retaining wall soon so I can finish the station lighting with a row of single lights along it the same design as the doubles I've used on Platform 1 around the station building and between platforms 2 and 3 in the centre.
  3. I'm at my parents at the moment. If I can get them both together and take a side by side I will. As I remember, the TTS setup went straight in to Quinag with no modification.
  4. I never updated this thread after I fitted the speakers. So apologies. I tried a small megabase speaker and a single iPhone speaker in series (links below) giving 12ohms on the circuit. The megabase speaker needed filed so the casing is less thick but hasn't affected sound. I had to cut down the fan housing but kept enough of it so it retains the fan in place and you can't tell from outside. The iPhone speaker is so thin that it fits in the space above the PCB. It is currently pointing towards the exhaust ports, I suppose if I wanted more sound I could chop away the side of the ports but it seems loud enough. The megabase speaker seems balanced with the treble of the iPhone speaker. I'll try to get a video of it at the weekend if I'm home in time. https://www.roads-and-rails.co.uk/collections/speakers/products/25x25x7mm-square-megabass-speaker-4-ohm https://www.roads-and-rails.co.uk/collections/speakers/products/35x20x4mm-iphone-speaker-with-wires-for-dcc-sound-8-ohm
  5. My Dad has two class 60s. They are different inside, those sold before TTS don't have space, those sold after TTS came out were redesigned with a space. As you told me, TTS decoders are 8ohm only so there are few speaker options. I think I'd be more likely to look at a flat speaker rather than butchering the engine room detail (one of the best details on the 60 in my opinion). Are the fuel tanks an option?
  6. Progress for the garden railway today, but not on. I removed the row of big, thick, coarse paving slabs from the side of the garage, that is now all of them gone. I'm replacing them with some lighter slabs that were in the front garden. The previous owner of the house put them in when his sons had their own cars and needed more driveway space, I'm removing them to put it back to grass. I've got more work to lay them properly but they are roughly in place. For the turf to go down next year I need to build up the level of the soil, luckily I need to remove more soil from the corner of the garden to accomodate the blocks for the curved viaduct, so that solves the problem of where the spoil goes. Back up to Mum and Dad's on Sunday. I'm hoping that I can get a video of my lit HST set going through the lit up station area that I can share.
  7. It made me sick. lol. I think I was 5 or 6 at the time.
  8. Yes, I'd hope though that a price change at this stage would be final and indicative of release being soon. I do want an APT (as I went on a real one) and I do want a Class 91, I've put money aside for both. With a big squeeze on finances coming, I know these will be my last new purchases for a very long time.
  9. I suspect some of the 2020 releases are not too far away now. e.g. the Class 370, the five car set has just had a £50 price hike by the looks of it.
  10. Spotted this on my bike ride today. Not sure what class it is, but definitely a 3-car EMU.
  11. A bit of disrepair isn't unrealistic for BR days. Is there a TSR in place?
  12. yes, it isn't limited to any one scale or indoors or outdoors. My Bachmann 47712 doesn't like a lot of stuff, my Dad's 47710 is much more tolerant (47712 has less lateral movement in one bogie I can't figure out why and loosening the top screw on the bogie tower doesn't improve it). My Dad has one corner he doesn't want to re-lay but I do. It seems the cork underneath has expanded and caused the track to cant the wrong way (things lean over like a Citroen 2CV). Yet there is only one carriage that has a problem with it. If I re-lay it, I'd put maybe a 1/2mm cant (superelevation) the correct way.
  13. I just meant 99% of the time we stand over our layouts looking at them from heli-view. I see what you mean about cess view now, I didn't appreciate what you were getting at before; where head height is about wheel centre height and very close.
  14. I think we all view the real railways from trackside or bridge level. Can't think many of us were lucky enough to fly helicopters for trainspotting 🤣 so that seems a bit unnatural. The problem really is getting the camera in to a decent position for ground level. I do like "cab ride" videos too.
  15. Ah, still likely to be power spikes. As decoders are designed to detect and run DC they'll be fine with the current of standard controllers. As long as your power source isn't a car battery 😂. If you get a blanking plate in there then you've lost nothing and don't have the danger of it blowing. The inline car bulb works with DC too. In fact my Dad's controller from when he had his 3-rail as a boy has one built in.
  16. Do you have bus filters on your railway for DCC? Decoder frying tends to be spikes caused by momentary spike shorts across point frogs and stuff. Bus filters can absorb those as can a car brake bulb inline. The bus filter is just a capacitor and resistor so cheap and easy to make, I got the instructions from Brian Lambert's DCC page - haven't had a decoder blow on my Dad's layout since I installed them.
  17. I still like Paint! too. They've only removed the icon for that but it is still there. Use the search at the bottom of the start menu for paint. You might be lucky and find movie maker is still there too.
  18. Take the free stuff out of Windows so you have to pay for the replacement.
  19. I totally agree with you both on the costs. In the manufacturers defence they have been hearing from modellers "more detail," "more realism." I do find that the ever greater realism is leading to ever greater fragility. Models are less handleable, some are much less tolerant of track imperfections and some are less reliable. Add to that the cost to do all of this and the low quantities of model runs (a delibrate ploy by manufacturers or just what they think they can sell?) that lead to new models fetching more on the used market than they did new. I think there is a balance; the oldest Hornby, Lima, Mainline etc. stuff does have its deficiencies - poor low speed running, lack of pickups, lack of weight and existence of traction tyres. The price of the old stuff does seem to have gone beyond its value. Whether that is because the new stuff has gone up so much or scarcity, even accounting for the creep of inflation doesn't explain it all. It does seem to be demand led and people are willing to pay those prices for older stuff, I just don't know who those people are.
  20. Hi, well I expected to get bit more progress today but unfortunately the promised good weather didn't come about. I did get some more sand under a couple of blocks but nowhere near the progress I had hoped. I'll see if I can get an odd hour here and there in during the evenings. The garden is quite well lit and I'm going to get some more work lights for other things as well. One of my plans is to have the railway working as well at night as during the day. So the station will have to have lights - I'm getting on quite well with installing lights on my Dad's station and that is very impressive with the room lights out. One thing with lights on my garden railway will be that I don't want to push the limits of my Sprog3 so the lights I'm thinking will have to be on a separate loom or more likely where they are to be battery powered. Also the lights I've installed on my Dad's indoor layout I don't think will be remotely shower proof so if I don't find something more resilient then the whole station would have to be removeable, unless I can get a clear plastic sheet to make an invisible canopy over the whole thing. Mick, the tendonitis was me pushing things too hard on the bike. My own stupid fault really. Today was my first ride of over an hour since I did it in June, I'm just building back slowly. Thanks for the tip about the file, I just bought a new file before discovering an old one so I'll use the old one for any adjustments. I'll try to get it as good as I can to start with though as the adjusting seems to create a lot of dust. I would like to get the blocks and track along the back in position before winter really sets in. That would allow me to use winter to create the station platform and buildings and to light it ready for spring. I have a really big job to do on the garage before the railway can run down that side, to replace a big window and repair of replace the rendering but also reduce the size of the window (that's why you don't get any pictures of the garage side of the garden. )
  21. My secondary school backed on to the BR Technical Centre's test track to the west of Derby. I remember hearing something different on the track during a sports lesson in late 1989, it wasn't a diesel I recognised the sound of. That was the last lesson of the day so after school I hurried home and went straight out and down to one of the bridges just in time to see the back of 60001 as it headed back to Mickleover, that being its last test run of that day.
  22. I think the fear of people being that bad is greater than the probability of it actually happening. Perhaps exaccerbated by a sensationalist media? There was a story about the war memorial in Burton being vandalised after armistice day a few years ago with all of the reefs being thrown all over the place. Lots of people were shocked and it was a huge thing with police doing door to door in the area and the local rag leading in condemnation of the vandals and it even made the regional TV news. They eventually found CCTV from the college showing it was the wind overnight that had thrown the reefs and poppys everywhere. There was another story I remember of complaints about a graveyard being vandalised with headstones being toppled. Turned out the council had surveyed the condition of all of the headstones and laid flat any which they deemed were in danger of falling and could cause injury or greater damage. The correction stories obviously got a lot less coverage than the original stories. Anyway, good that the driver and fireman get recognised as well as the machine and designer. Just a shame it took 68 years to come about.
  23. I'm not IT illiterate (I know that's a double negative, but a positive probably overstates my abilities) so I can take on all or some of the admin. It doesn't sound too onerous but someone to share the responsibility would be good. It sounds like we might have 4 or 5 who would contribute to the financial side of things. We probably need to get an idea of expenditure required and what contributions people pledge to the running. Then set up a way of collecting contributions, the danger being in inadvertently creating a club, though it seems people are willing to donate to complete strangers on social media using things like Patreon so maybe that is a model. The only thing I do think is that if the costs are quite high and the contributions don't get near then it gets left to someone to cover the rest; I had guessed that Mick was personally funding it before but never thought the costs would be as much as they are. Perhaps there could be a contributers area so the subject of money can be discretely discussed?
  24. Dammit, I never thought of an underground reservoir. That suddenly makes a little water feature in the corner of my garden feasible...😂
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