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  1. Little Lawley

    Hi Chris Did you check the point over before laying it good idea to check the tags on the spreader bar are properly pushed in and all other bits underneath are OK. Some times the little tags that transfer the power from the stock rail to the blades need a little tweek with a jewelers screw driver be gentle they bend real easy and are easily broken. Also check the back to back measurement is correct on Wilbert that the pick ups are clean and making good contact with the wheels are the wheels clean? Is the track clean it has to be clean dirt is your worst enemy this will cause HR contacts which makes things stop or stutter. Layout size doesn't matter the same attention to track work and wiring etc is required for good reliability so check all your rail joints as well. Its an insulfrog it should not need more wiring however the question does need to be thought about should I have used an electrofrog point for this layout. At worst you will need to run extra feed wires to the track with some switches and possibly some insulated joints so you can switch off the feed from the area it is not wanted, You should not need to mess about trying to solder wires to the insulfrog point. Wiring is not the mystic dark art it sometimes seems to be. Just do what I did learn a little bit at a time as you need to do something, then more as you want to be able to do something a bit more fancy. regards John OH and after thought! is the track fixed down if not that will allow the track to move possibly enough to break the electrical contact
  2. new year new project

    Hi all Done regards John
  3. new year new project

    Hi all Well given that more board work is out for now some time was spent getting some trains ready to use. these are display models by Tomix that can be used provided you use the extras packs Tomix make to turn them into usable models. One contains a motor TM-TR02 I need two and could only find one the other kits contains proper model railway wheels weights and couplings, admittedly "N" ones rather than 009 ones but that can maybe change later. just have to paint steps white ,then add steps to loco then all done. The open wagons had to be repaired as the tabs on one side broke these are very thin and fragile. regards John
  4. new year new project

    Hi all Well the roster is over for another couple of weeks Yay no calls So the top frame for board?? two is done have to go back to the sheet metal works don't think I have enough 3mm aluminum triangle gussets to brace the legs left. Once up on its legs its time to put the first set of pattern makers dowels in place. Well that's it for now. regards John
  5. Terminus, All Change!

    Hi Dave Variety is the spice of life. Since you seem to be into the tiny layouts at least finding the storage space should not be a problem Looks like your going to need an other storage shelf on the wall. regards John
  6. new year new project

    Hi all Well it was relatively cool today so got some time in the shed. Turning big pieces of wood in to little pieces of wood for the next section of bench-work The next one is to be 6' X 3'6" which will give the total width of 10" As you have already seen how it goes together no point boring you with a repeat performance. regards John
  7. Gilfach Forgoed

    hi Oh! the prototype for the archetypal train-set station regards John
  8. new year new project

    Hi all Done for now have to do normal things like clear the drive way and go to the big smoke for a new car, so won't be doing much of anything for a couple of weeks at least. That's section one done for now two more to go. regards John
  9. new year new project

    Hi all the only solid piece of overall board has now been cut and shaped. Tomorrow will stretch bed sheet over frame then mount the piece of board the old bed sheet is to deal with any oops moments until the scenery can be done properly. The last thing I want is for a train to hit the floor first section just about done two more to do then the rest of the track bed. regards John
  10. new year new project

    Hi all Well its been red hot and humid into the bargain for the last few days. Just got enough time today before the Council regulations put an end to industrial type noise for the day. To get the adjustable feet on the layout nothing fancy just a "T" nut in the leg and a nut and bolt for the adjustable foot. regards John
  11. Hi AJV1 Good start making it achievable but don't forget to push the envelope occasionally, I assume from the plan its a roundy roundy layout. "N" gauge stock has come a very long way since I was modeling "N" and I am not sure who makes what any more. Looking at the plan as drawn your back scene looks to just go straight across the back have you thought about curving it round the sides note I say curve because corners always look like corners and curved corners disappear into the scene. Try and create the illusion of space by not crowding in to much stuff and make sure it looks like that truck could get into that yard space. And don't forget to plan in a start point for that extension that just is not going to happen it eventually does or at least gets a very serious thought going back to zero ops is not fun regards John
  12. new year new project

    Hi all Cue ZZ Top its got legs If you can't do this, or you do not want to do this on your new model railway bench work then it is just not strong enough. regards John
  13. new year new project

    Hi Bob Thanks for the advice and I am over there as well That is Just a small section of a much more substantial layout that is not as large as you would think it is, the rest of Ted's layout is very impressive. I have seen a few of Ted Polet's video's It will take a bit of saving to go and look at the real thing Its cheaper to fly to a lot of overseas places than to fly to Victoria and visit the PBR regards John
  14. new year new project

    Hi all Well with the new year coming I decided to commence a new project. The MSLR is still in use and needs a good clean which will get done when I work how to do so without damaging anything. So since I have been tinkering around the edges some what with narrow gauge I decided to take the plunge and do it properly it will be 10' X 8' I rounded up the sizes from some pretty funny measurements. its NOT The San Juan Central but the book has been used as a sort of guide as has A Narrow Gauge Adventure This is the first of three frames for the layout no pretty fancy carpentry here just brutalist practical engineering. I call it alum-girder bench work on account of the aluminum angle instead of the heavy wood L girder. I can easily move this on my own something I could not do with the normal L girder construction. regards John
  15. Line Closed

    That won't work on giant capebara (Spelling) will it?? Oh dear! Mr mouse is a train fan who has not worked out the light at the end of the tunnel might be another train. regards John