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  1. I came across an interesting issue with the tramway this week. The reversing loop has a DCC reverser circuitboard wired to a short length of track. I's decided on a length slightly longer than my longest tram, a twin bogie 8 wheeler. This short section was required because trams can follow each other round, unlike trains which are kept apart by signals. I needed to avoid the situation where one tram was entering the reversing section of track while another tram was leaving it and a short section seemed like the best option. That was until this week when a friend brought round his modern Blackpool Flexity tram. This is a 3 bogie, 12 wheeler and it's about twice as long as my short section of reversing track! I may have to rewire the board so the entire return loop baseboard is run through the reverser circuitboard to allow my mates tram to run. That said, the quick test we did, which stopped short of the reversing section, showed that the Flexity wasn't that flexible and it derailed on my 8 inch curves. I'll have to take it apart and see if I can make any adjustments to it so it can snake around my tramway.
  2. That last building was going to be a hotel, but has just switched purpose to a cinema and is awaiting a refit! Truth is that the last build is a actually removable so I can use the electrical socket that is on the wall behind it. That's why its so much larger than the others. All the buildings the back scene are made of scrap and junk I had lying around. The backboard is some old hardboard a friend gave me. discounting the rolling stock, I've not spent more than £10 on any single item on this layout.
  3. Big push to get this ready for the weekend. I've been working on the back scene buildings all day. Pretty much done now, apart from the one on the right. Next stage is to fix them all into position. When it comes to the scenery my scale is way beyond approximate, I'm just making it up.
  4. This layout has taken up most of my modelling time this year. Yet visually very little has changed since these photos were taken. What is interesting is that the fact that none of the building are attached to the baseboard. I have come to realise that the track layout would be suitable for other layouts on OO or HO. I'm tempted to do a UK industrial scene and possibly a North American HO tramway. However, the curves are 8 inch radius, so my rolling stock choices are limited.
  5. My tramway has relocated from the loft to the conservatory, a sure sign summer is over. I'm taking to my coffee shop on Saturday along with a couple of other layouts to entertain the regulars.
  6. Hi Griff. Interesting to see that you have gone up in scale. I've been working in On30 most of this year and doing much the same as you in converting HO models into larger scale wagons and locos. My layout was meant to be going outside, but my wife likes it too much and has persuaded me to keep it into the house. If I get my act together next year I'll work out a away that it can become part of a garden railway. Here's a pic of a BR Class 06 that I've upscaled into On30. cheers, chris
  7. Sorry for the 3 postings here. Not sure how that happened.
  8. Hi Thomas, The high speed turnouts are very impressive. I've not seen any that size, or with moving frogs. Working on the installation inside is a very sensible idea, It should ensure you make some reliable turnouts. Chris
  9. Hi Thomas, The high speed turnouts are very impressive. I've not seen any that size, or with moving frogs. Working on the installation inside is a very sensible idea, It should ensure you make some reliable turnouts. Chris
  10. The 56 on the Tarmac train is the most impressive train I've seen running on a garden railway.
  11. Cheers Griff. I got the temporary backscene sorted and took it all down to our coffee shop on Saturday. It went down a storm. Lots of work still to be done raising the baseboard level up to the track. I've got a good supply of hard board ready for that purpose. I cycled up to Grosmont today and found that the secondhand model shop that used to be in Pickering is now at the other end of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. I purchased a handful of 1:43 scale cars that will fit this scene nicely. I do have a slight problem with this Snickleway. My wife likes it so much, she wants it in the house rather than the garden. The whole reason I started with garden railways was because our house is too small, I've no idea where we are going to put it. Not the worst problem to have.
  12. Track complete. Electrics sorted. DCC Street Car running. Todays job is the back scene.
  13. Lots of progress on this in the last few days. 2 4ft by 2ft baseboard have been constructed. Nearly all the track has been laid. The buildings are basically ready. The back scene is getting close. I'm planning on Taking it to my Coffee Shop to show it on Saturday, so I need to get a move on. The big job is the electrics, point motors and DCC Accy decoders. Best crack on.
  14. Amblethorpe gained some unintentional notoriety yesterday. Occasionally I write articles for the CityMetric website. My recent one was a series of ideas on how Pacers could live on beyond their 2020 deadline. Needing to illustrate the article I decided to use pictures of my trains on Amblethorpe, some of which I staged specifically for the article. Because the pictures were clearly of models, I failed to mention to the editor that the pictures were of models. A New Pacer Life was published yesterday. And it didn't take long before a reader took to twitter to ask "Where is Colwick station?" I replied "It's a terminus on my Model Railway." my editor, Jonn, then gasped "but... the picture... what... explain" and from there it went viral. Jonn was live-blogging and interrupted his blog to write about it https://www.citymetric.com/transport/new-rail-timetable-thameslink-chaos-britain-live-3926 look for the entry at 1350hrs I ended the evening taking requests on twitter for which train to run next on Amblethorpe and then posting photos of them in service. It was a lot of fun.
  15. A quick update on my tramway. I built a fairground on a return loop baseboard. I also scratch built a helter-skelter I'd built the baseboard and track last winter, so back in December I pushed on to complete the scenery. I spray pained cardboard for the tarmac areas and used metcalfe papers from the cobbles. Grassmats and ballast was next Wet and dray paper for the crushed stone/cinder paths. more grass matting to complete There has been some further "dressing" of the scene. But I still need to put the overhead in on this board. Here are some other pics from the other areas of the Tramway. I have done some more dressing work since t here photos were taken. It's now all packed away in the loft so as not to distract me from my summer homies in the garden.
  16. A new train will run along new track, however badly laid the track is. Two weeks, two, months and two years later, trains will refuse to move. Track needs to be well laid and have a good electrical feed. Both of these are a paint get right, sorry. Painting your baseboards will help, but won't protect them. A covering in roofing felt will give them at least a 10 year lifespan. I alway thought the people on here warning against gradients on garden railways were over the top. You need to ensure that every length of rail has a reliable connection to your power supply. You can't rely on "fish plates" to do this. Each and every rail will need a wire soldered to it! I've written a guide here My more general advice is to get a train up and running as quickly as possible on a short stretch or loop, it's very exciting having trains running around in your garden. Here's my first train in May 2010. Then get on with it and enjoy building a garden railway. The building is less exciting, but more satisfying. One final piece of advice. Learn as you go along. Don't try too hard to get it right first time. Nearly everything I build in my first year of construction (2010) has been ripped out and replaced. That was over 10 metres of baseboards! Nothing I have build since 2011 has needed to be replaced.
  17. An Aldi bird box has been given a Gothic make over. I visited a different branch of Lidl at the weekend. They still had some of the bird feeders, but at the reduced price of £6.99. I purchased another 3.
  18. I noticed that these grass matts are available from Lidl and Aldi this week. The one I've used had held up very after 2 years of constant exposure.
  19. Switched my weekly shop to Aldi this morning. They had bird boxes of a similar design, albeit not quite as good design, but for only a fiver. I bought 3. Plenty of fettling to be done.
  20. I've been repainting stock, building wagons, constructing buildings and falling on my On30 feet this winter. This loco and coaches came in a "novelty" livery. That has been removed and repainted black and olive green, DCC has also gone in. Moving up scale to 1:48 (staying at 16.5mm gauge) I decided to look into wargaming models. There is some really good stuff at what they call 28mm, which is the hight of the figures. Later cut MDF at reasonable prices that make very impressive models. A quick couple of coats with aerosol primer and a little black paint on the windows and this station is straight out of a western movie! In the foreground is a lumber wagon, that started life in 1980 as a Hornby Freightliner flat. So far I've only bought one wagon, the tanker, mainly to give me a model to copy. The 4 wheel wagon is a 30 year old Hornby wagon with the body removed and replaced with a larger scratch built open frame. Kadee couplers were also added. The 8 wheel gondoliers started life as an American HO box car. Again the body was removed and a new one created from Correx, Plasticard strips and coffee stirrers. Being american it came with Kadee couplers so there was very little cost over the £5 I paid for the secondhand wagon. Last week, doing my weekly shop in Lidl I came across some novelty bird feeders. They were in the shape of houses, which looked impressively close to 1:50. Finescale they were not, but they did have an American model village vibe about them. I bought 3 at £7.99 each. When I got them home I removed a few features that weren't required, mainly the hook you would hang it from, and they really looked the part. I went back to lidl and bought another 5, so I have 2 of each design. I want my On30 railway to be a lot less serious than my other modelling projects and these literally cheep and cheerful "models" are certainly less serious. I've made a start on "improving" them by repainting one into light blue, but appearing from adding a chimney or two I won't be doing much to them. They may inspire further constructions in this style.
  21. The long winter has dragged through into early spring reaching all the way to April showers. Not the weather for our hobby. I have wintered mainly on a diet of my model tramway and building On30 stock, the later is for my next garden railway which will at ground level, below the Amblethorpe shelf. Work on Amblethorpe has been focused on two areas, the conversation of a BR Mk2 coach into a Network Rail DBSO driving coach and prior to that, exhibiting Amblethorpe at a show! My wife, Sarah and I own a small coffee shop. For over a year me and my mate John have been taking about putting on a mini model railway show in the shop. This winter the 3 of us actually did it. We had two layouts, my tramway and an indoor version of Amblethorpe. John provided most of the baseboards and track, I supplied the station and most of the scenery. Colwick station lives on it's own board, baseboards were added to this and a station throat was built. Half a dozen of my scenic sections were then placed around the track. It was all cobbled together, but created a good overall effect, if a little cramped when compared to the normal space my trains run through. At the construction stage, on the lounge floor. Working to a deadline was good for removing procrastination. 1 large and 3 small scenic sections needed to be built, just for this one off show. I didn't have time to muck around getting things perfect, yet still came out with very impressive results. This is a lesson I need to learn in railway modelling (and in life). The event was very successful. We allowed children to drive the trams, which was hugely popular. The magic of the model railway still works on children in the 21st century. There was plenty of awe and amazement from the locals. Several of my scenic sections got a good spring clean for the event, which has them looking at there best this weekend as I finally started the 2018 running season.
  22. Yes I did mean the DS52. They are my decoder of choice these days. They are powered off the DCC bus, with built in CDU. They are easy to configure. They are easy to program. They can driver two motors off one output. They work with a long cable run. I can install them outside with only crude protection from the weather. They are cheap. If one fails (and that hasn't happened yet) they are simple to replace.
  23. I'm still at the stock acquisition stage on my narrow gauge railway. Can't get my head round where I will build the garden railway. I've got a couple of locos and a few coaches. In the middle of bashing some OO wagons into 7mm narrow gauge ones. Wakefield show is at the weekend. I'm planning on popping over to make some purchases of donor vehicles.
  24. No. Some Accy decoders are designed to work with two wire solenoids, some are not. It's worth reading their manual before you buy. Manuals for this kind of devices can usually be downloaded from somewhere.
  25. SBR appears to be an ideal adhesive for ballast. Probably best to switch this discussion to the ballast thread.
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