Oh no, what have I done ?? An O gauge layout...??

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  1. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    The third baseboard has been built and erected. It is 3mm lower than the existing two but that will be remedied once the cork goes down under the rails.


    I have changed the design slightly by adding a curve at the left hand end and a road bridge, aka scenic break. This curve will lead on to a small fiddle yard. I'm using the Lima set track curves as a template for this. The Lima curve track has a 30"radius radius which will suit all my locos and rolling stock.


    Now to get some track down...

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Loads of potential there Gary.

    Pete.
     
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    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    Not a vegetarian layout then Gary?? :facepalm:
     
  4. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    No Ron, no vegans were harmed or will be harmed in the making of this layout ! :avatar:

    Yes Pete, hopefully plenty of operating potential. I can see a short train enter, loco run around train, detach brake van and park in short siding then shunt such wagons into the appropriate spots. during this phase of operations, the empty cattle vans will need to be collected, salt van moved about and the loaded meat wagons taken off scene.... ;)

    Now, back to the base board...

    I wasn't happy that the third base board had no moulding on the front edge, so I had to fix that !

    This is the existing moulding on the 1st and 2nd base board...


    The difference between the two basebaords, baseboard 2 and baseboard 3...


    A strip of MDF was glued and nailed to the baseboard edge and rasped down to the required height...


    Then the moulding was applied to match the existing, or at least close enough !


    I'll have to sand back the existing moulding and treat all three the same, probably just paint the frame and mouldings black !

    As they say, the devil is in the detail.... :avatar::avatar:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Lots of potential with the additional length and the curve into the scene,
    Gary you better let Toto know that it’s small locos only
    A 55 deltic or my 9F won’t get round that curve either.
    Very suitable for Ixion Hudswell Clark’s or Minerva’s range of tank locos,
    Are you going to stick with the 3 link couplers or try one of the available alternatives, like “Sprat and winkle”?.
     
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    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    I have not yet decided on couplers yet. Maybe you could advise me on the bets fit for my rolling stock. Which ever way, it needs to be simple and easily obtainable !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Couplers are a very personal choice
    I really like seeing the 3 links but for exhibiting can get tiresome, not so bad in O as you can see them and I’ve started using a magnet on a stick instead of the old style hook, works as long as the last link is a steal one, I still have to try Gormo’s version of the 3 link coupling system in Oscale to see if it will work but as my stock turns during the sequence it’s not really suitable at the moment.

    I like the Sprat and Winkle as you can propel wagons with them without the buffers getting locked on tight turns, as the coupler dose the pushing if you set it up in that way.
    can be used in a delay mode. Auto uncoupling using magnets in the track.
    Easy to use manually as well we have found a soft brissel bush you may remember that on my dads layout.
    Then there’s the Kadees but they don’t look good at all on British O scale sort of stand out like the dogs doodar’s only really suitable for between coaches as per the prototype.
     
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    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Oh, as for the radius of the curve, the old Lima Class 33 runs around it easy !

    I'll wait on the couplers to be decided upon in the future. No rush into that just yet as I still have a layout to build !

    Thank you Chris for your insight into the varieties available. :thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    :avatar:Ha Ha those Lima 33 will go round anything, I think they would get round a 18”curve.
    The Dapol Jinty will go round the peco set track ok but the Dapol 08 has issues and will bind up, with not enough side play in the mechanism due to the outside fame and cranks.

    There are so many couplers systems to choose from it’s going to depend on what suits your operating plan that will ultimately decide what is the most suitable.
    If in doubt stick with the 3 links.
     
  10. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Thanks Chris for the extra info regarding radius. I have also read elsewhere that the Dapol Pannier will run on a minimum radius of 1020mm (40"). So I will look at what can be done to accommodate a larger sweep At the moment, 30" (760mm) is going to be two tight for other locos, but will be fine for what I currently have. Now I'll just play around with my track plan before laying track so I can get this right for the future.

    Thanks again. :thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    I printed out the track plan yesterday as a centre line diagram to save on ink. Now the fun of laying track will shortly begin...


    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    And we're off. :avatar:
     
  13. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    When I got home from visiting my parents today (dad was taken to hospital yesterday) there was a parcel sitting on my verandah at the front door. It contained some goodies all the way from the UK !

    My Parkside kits have arrived...


    I better pull my finger out and get some track down soon !! :)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    York Paul Full Member

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    Some nice kits there Gary, the brake van makes into a lovely kit... the brake rigging is a bit fiddly initially to work out how it all fits together but well worth it in the end. :thumbs:
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Great stuff Gary. I hope your dad is alright. :thumbs:
     
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    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Thanks Paul & Toto.

    My dad is ok, considering he is 90 years of age, a few ailments tend to creep in... ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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