Highlander66

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So, progress to report... yes, seriously, I have progress.  Where possible I salvaged the old baseboards and added new to form the next generation layout which at measuring this week gives me a running length of roughly 65 feet on each of the two mainlines and almost the same on the freight/branch line.  a branchlike station is planned to come out from one side on a peninsula board being connected to the line by a 'wye' which will need an autoreverser unit fitted (already gotten)

The dual mainlines run at a level above that of the freight/branch line for most of the circuit and there is a passing loop in each direction of almost 10 feet in length so that I can fit a full Sleeper set or my GNER HST sets or rail tour charter hauled by the West Coast locos or preservation 37's.  The lower level branch will be served by my fleet of Scotrail 170's, 158's and 150 in addition to various freight diagrams powered by the 60's 66's 67's and 37's.

I'm mounting the track on to ply sections and wiring them etc before putting them on to their respective supports (I have found that this makes dealing with the point motors a great deal easier) and foam boards will be used all around to give depth and contouring for the scenery etc.

Work being quiet over the Christmas should enable me to get quite a bit of the track and wiring done - I'm desperate to get some stuff running again - it's been way too long.

I'm happy with the huge amount of space that running around the edge of the loft provides me with now, and the plan is to have a couple of armchairs in that space with a mini fridge under the boards, my projector is already mounted on the roof beams and sound system installed - the 'man cave' will be my bolt hole :) IMG_4940.jpg

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Great to see you back pal! The new work looks really good! Love the idea of putting track down in sections - may contemplate such a thing whenever I get round to building something big.

Those sleeper coaches look incredible! Custom respray or did you manage to find them on eBay? A very smart and no doubt a sight to see running.

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41 minutes ago, Jack said:

Great to see you back pal! The new work looks really good! Love the idea of putting track down in sections - may contemplate such a thing whenever I get round to building something big.

Those sleeper coaches look incredible! Custom respray or did you manage to find them on eBay? A very smart and no doubt a sight to see running.

Hi Jack, cheers, good to be back doing something enjoyable!  Yes, the MK 3 coaches are professional resprays and the MK 2 coach 'lounge car' is from another supplier.  I had the 67 custom sprayed to the correct colour as well (Hornby do a very poor colour match).  It's a cracking livery and I did London-Inverness back in March for the first time in 10 years so I'm looking forward to seeing the new real coaching stock appear in 2018 on what is an iconic service.  I just need to knuckle down over the next few weeks and get on with it.

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Excellent stuff! They certainly look professional to me. No doubt it's R3sprays in Falkirk? Sort of thing they like doing.

The colouring did confuse me, but you didn't need to tell me Hornby's colour was off - no surprise there lol Yet to ride on the Caledonian so should really get to it. Especially with the unusual locos that keep appearing on the Far North ones.

Have you considered painting the bogies and maybe putting etch disk brakes on the wheels? Something I'm in the process of and instantly improves the Hornby mk3.

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1 hour ago, Jack said:

Excellent stuff! They certainly look professional to me. No doubt it's R3sprays in Falkirk? Sort of thing they like doing.

The colouring did confuse me, but you didn't need to tell me Hornby's colour was off - no surprise there lol Yet to ride on the Caledonian so should really get to it. Especially with the unusual locos that keep appearing on the Far North ones.

Have you considered painting the bogies and maybe putting etch disk brakes on the wheels? Something I'm in the process of and instantly improves the Hornby mk3.

Yes, R3sprays was the source of the MK2 coach but the Class 67 and the MK3's came from JDM Models, which is where I got my rake of DRS coaches from too.  JDM use the actual paint colour from the Caledonian fleet, it's stunning, the donor coaches were FGW Night Riviera sleepers which means that I have all of my 16 purple Caledonia Sleeper MK3's for mixing with the new in typical prototypical fashion :D  I like the idea of tarting up the MK3 bogies, sounds like a plan in the making :thumbsup:

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Just now, Jack said:

Oooh! Heard of JDM but never really had a look.

Keep up the good work! And of course, more photos please.

I saw them at the Perth show in the summer and had to have the DRS coaches and then followed up with the sleepers.  here is the web page and they can also be found on Face-thingy with a link form his site.  The service from John and the team has been outstanding.

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