Newton Broadway

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  1. SRman

    SRman Full Member

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    I have posted another video to YouTube of a trip around the high level tracks, this time behind one of the Hatton's Andrew Barclay locomotives.

     
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    I have been doing various smaller jobs scenically lately, including adding more layers of static grass and a few figures. I really want to add fences but it is probably better to leave them a little longer until I finish having to lean over the layout edges to do more track laying and wiring.

    The first photo shows the results of adding some lighter grass around and area that will be fenced off.

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    Static Grass - Lighter Colour Added by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


    Next, some children with bikes playing on the public footpath that runs beside the siding. This also will gain fences on both sides (can't have the kiddies running onto the tracks or over the embankment and retaining wall on the other side!). I also intend to have some trees and bushes along the ridge, eventually.

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  3. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    The grass looks nice, thick, lush and rich in colour. :thumbs:

    Has the chap in the blue overalls (above) got a pistol in his hand and committed an offence ?? :avatar::avatar:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    No, Gary.

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    She's actually a young girl and she's waving her hand (possibly in admonishment) at the seated young boy.
     
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    From the previous pic, the bicycles look like people ! Those two better watch out that their parents don't travel by on the train and spot them ! :oops::rolleyes:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    A few more new items have arrived tonight, in the shape of a Dapol LSWR B4 0-4-0T No. 96, Normandy, a Hatton's Beilhack snowplough, and (from a couple of days ago) a Hatton's P class 753 in SECR livery, together with two of Hornby;s 3-plank wagons in SECR livery.

    The B4 was DCC-fitted out of the box. It has been run-in on the rolling road, but a slight tight spot remains going forwards only. I have managed to free it up a bit, but it is still evident at crawling speed. As can be seen in the video, it is fine at more normal operating speeds.

    I took a short video on my mobile phone to show all of these items off in one go.

    No attempt was made at period accuracy for this video! :avatar: :avatar:



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    The snowplough looks awesome, still to watch the video yet.:thumbs:
     
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    I didn't see an option to have the B4 supplied DCC fitted when I ordered mine from 'Rails", Jeff otherwise I might have saved myself a bit of 'faffing about' in trying to get a decoder small enough to fit. Anyway, I'm hopefully going to get delivery of a Gaugemaster DCC23 decoder tomorrow, so with luck, that should sort it. Looking at the supplied "Owners Manual" that came with the loco, it states that no 'running-in' is required, and mine was certainly smooth enough out of the box on DC. I guess it's a bit like modern cars as opposed to years ago when you had to 'run-in' a new car for the first 1k miles, whereas now it's no longer necessary (but I still do it!).
    Keith.
     
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    I agree with you, Keith; I still run my locos in, regardless of what the manual says. In this B4's case, it did improve the running with that tight spot.
     
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    Having lost most of the school holidays with a virus and lung infection, I have finally done a little more on Newton Broadway ... not much, but it's a (re)start.

    I drilled holes for the working Dapol Semaphore signals and planted two of them. Both are upper quadrant Southern Railway types, with one having a lattice post and the other a rail-built post. I may have to get another lattice post one as the location looks to require a taller signal because of the curvature and buildings in the way. I also have a couple of distant signals but I need to consider their positions carefully. One should be on the viaducts but I haven't figures out a way to fit it there, yet. Neither signal is wired up yet, so they are permanently at danger at present.

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    The weeping willow tree was only loosely planted, but fell over while I was trying to take the photos! This was also a good test of my new phone camera (an Asus zenfone 3 zoom - camera seems good and the battery life is remarkably good).
     
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    The Dapol working semaphore signals are now working! I have temporarily wired them to a 12V DC power supply, although for the future I really want to step the voltage down a bit. I have some momentary on push button switches to work the semaphore arm motors, while the LEDs remain lit (one of the reasons for stepping down the voltage, to dim them a bit).

    The Ivatt diesel electric 10001 has just had extra lamp irons fitted , made from a staple inserted into drilled holes, with extra dummy marker lights added beside them (actually just holes drilled into the front, filled with Krystal Klear). They barely show against the black paintwork. I also glued the discs on, just two per end - remember, while on the Southern Region, these were for route indication, not the type of train.

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    Fantastic scenics, as Gary said, nice and lush. What have you used for your foot paths. Looks like a medium grade stone ballast material ?
     
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    The signals look great and I like the lattice work in the post, very nice ! :thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Hi Tom.

    For that gravel path, I used Bachmann Scenecraft brown ballast as you guessed correctly. It is the fine grade, though, rather than medium. I also tend to mix a few other things in to take away the uniformity a bit.
     
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    Thanks for that. May have a use for the idea myself.

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    I have slowly been switching over to modern image with Network South East stock predominating on Newton Broadway's high level tracks.

    This video is the result of around 10 - 15 minutes of videoing, followed by a lot more time editing the footage. Filming would have taken a lot less time if the Hornby Pullman coaches had behaved properly!

     
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    Some very nice additions to the fleet.
     
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    In trying to run two Hornby 4 VEP units in multiple (i.e. a DCC 'consist') I ran into difficulties with the speed matching - they clashed rather badly and didn't want to work together at all. On checking, 7830 had a Lenz Standard decoder fitted (my usual standard for these) but 3588 still had a Hornby decoder in it - I forgot I had bought this one at a greatly reduced price already DCC fitted, and had never got around to putting a decent decoder in. Anyway, now I have worked that out, 3588 has a Lenz decoder fitted and is working reasonably comfortably with 7830.

    My usual settings with these decoders are starting voltage (CV2) = 0, acceleration (CV3) = 25, and deceleration (CV4) = 18. Kadee couplers are used between units. At some stage I'll modify the consist settings so that the headcode, tail red headcode and interior lights are all operated by the consist address.

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    Just shows the difference in decoder settings/ behaviours. I think I had two horny decoders ( not through choice ) out of about 70 odd DCC fitted OO gauge loco's. Their max peak current rating is not so good especially if you are fitting to Heljan loco's.

    Nice units and the layout us looking great.

    Cheers

    Toto
     

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