Wheeldon Mill

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  1. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    This is my introduction to my "O" gauge industrial shunting layout (or plank), Wheeldon Mill, it is loosely based on the steel works near Chesterfield Derbyshire in the UK called Stanton and Staveley Coal and Iron works, now just a distant memory, Wheeldon is a real place though it never played a role in the production of iron or steel it did have a railway running through it, the Great Central loop that closed in the `60s and very little now remains.The layout is 11ft6ins long by 2ft deep, trackwork is peco and points a mixture of peco copper clad and C&L, thats the basics I will go into more detail later in the thread as it develops.Just one photo to start as I think I may have to re-size my photos before uploading, this is the left hand end all track work will be infilled eventually after magnets and re-wiring for DCC.

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    Cheers for now, Pete.
     
  2. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Pete,

    What rolling stock will you be running on the layout ?

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  3. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Pete,

    I'm looking forward to your thread as I have recently purchased a Lima set, consisting of a 4F with wagons, then I purchased a Lima Class 33. The only track I have is the circle that came with the set...
    This thread, will be very inspiring to a new modeller of O gauge. :thumbup:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  4. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Tom, thanks for the interest, I have three 040 steam shunters,and two diesel shunters, it will be freight only mostly open wagons, I may have to build a few more as I only have around a dozen or so mind you I have been thinking of painting and lettering the sides differently so I can turn them round and it looks like a different wagon, we will see.

    Hi Gary, I hope I can live up to your expectations, its going to be a long build, luckily I have got a good start on it, the track is down I have wired it but I need to make sure its ok for DCC as at the moment its a DC layout, I have read some where that all I need to do is switch on all the sections and I am good to go but with my luck I will burn the whole layout down to the ground! Some of the buildings are well on the way but need finishing, I still haven,t decided where the right hand end of the layout is heading I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head.The locos I have are one finished and running with DCC sound, one nearly complete, my Andrew Barclay, a kit for an 0-4-0 Peckett, a Lima diesel shunter I have Anglicised and an old 03 diesel shunter kit I bought then found only half of it was there,I have got some of the parts to scratch build the chassis though so not too bad.

    I will try and find a couple of photos of the real Staveley works to give an idea of what I am trying to achieve.

    By for now, Pete.
     
  5. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Here are a few photos of Staveley works just after closure and while being demolished, apologies for the picture qualities they are photos of photos but should give an idea of the effects I will aim for.
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    If I can get the grubby run down feel of the site I will be chuffed to bits :giggle: time will tell.

    Cheers, Pete.
     
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    Pete...

    If I can make a little suggestion... why don't you leave it all wired up as DC with all sections switchable... then... where the two main DC wires enter the layout, wire these to a DPDT switch and have the other two legs wired to your DCC feed - Result: a switchable either or layout and all that needs doing is a DPDT switch... all you'd need to do to get it to DCC is throw the DPDT and ensure all isolated sections are switched to live... saves all the work and you get a better end result... jobs a good 'un.....
     
  7. jakesdad13

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    Cheers Mike, I will give it a go, anything for an easier life thats my motto!

    Pete.
     
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    A couple or so pics of the overall set up of the layout.
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    sorry about the messy workshop!
    looking toward the sector plate under the bridge.
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    the track leads from the sector plate behind the buildings to a two road fiddle.
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    thats it for now I,ve got to get dinner on.
    Cheers, Pete.
     
  9. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice one Pete, watching this one with interest as Wife worked at Staveley works many many moons ago!
    Keith.
     
  10. Toto

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    Hi pete

    good stuff. I like the ballasting. well compacted between the sleepers. looks well worn and settled in.

    these prototype buildings will keep you busy. great opportunities there though. keep us updated.

    cheers

    toto
     
  11. jakesdad13

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    As part of the foundry I have started to build a small iron smelter, it will mostly be inside another building I have yet to start but I couldn,t help but put detail into it that probably will not be visible, anyway here,s a couple of photo,s of how far I am up to now.
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    as you can see it,s nothing fancy, I did try and roll a cone for the top without success so I have cut down an old funnel which seems to have done the trick, I did enjoy emptying the body of the smelter.
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    The frame is built from plastic I beams with decking made from layers of card with Slaters chequer plate plasticard glued on.
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    The brick work around the base is from photos and film I have seen.This shows where it will be positioned (roughly) when it is finished and in place.
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    On the building next to it I have made a (non working) sliding door, I will show a couple of pic,s how I did that in a later post.
    I have clad the body of the smelter in plasticard that I scored sheets of riveted iron, with the rivets pressed out from behind.
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    To get it to roll round the tube I very carefully rolled it so as not to crack it on the scored sections, stuffed it inside a second tube, filled that with boiling water and left it for a few seconds before tipping it out and refilling with cold water, when I took it out it remained curled and is on the tube as shown without any adhesive, I will stick it in place eventually as a belt and braces fix.

    Anyway thats it for now, cheers back later. Pete.
     
  12. Toto

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    Coming on a treat. I think you've done this before.:avatar:

    Keep us posted.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
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    Now that looks really Interesting Pete ! a nice and unique scratch build. I know its such a hardship emptying the raw materials but someone has to do it :thumbs:
    Cheers
    Matt
     
  14. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Fantastic scratchbuilding. Very hot water comes in handy for bending styrene sheet. I used this method for bending handrails on my cement silo. :thumbup:

    Looking forward to the rest of this build, Keep up the great work.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Thank,s for the kind comment Gary, :thumbup:.

    I had a trip to a toy and train fair at Doncaster last week not expecting much in the way of O gauge, I was quite wrong as I managed to pick up a couple of ready built wagons, and if i had been a bit more flush I would have had several more as well as locos, any way these are them, unfortunately I am going to have to ruin the finish on them as they are out of era they have been very well built and I was able to buy them for less than the kit prices.
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    Thats it for now cheers all, Pete.
     
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    Always nice when that happens pete, you go not expecting much and come away with some great buys :thumbs:

    Cheers

    Matt
     
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    Hi Pete,

    will that mean losing the decals with the tare weight etc. Maybe you can get replacements once you have reliveried it. It looks in very good nick. Let us know how you get on with it.

    cheers

    toto
     
  18. Gary

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    Very nice kits Pete, I'm jealous...! :twitch:

    Recently I came across a site that sell O gauge models at reasonable prices, so I bookmarked the page, but cannot access it now. Built and painted vent vans for £20 - £25.00 each, open wagons from £15.00 ! They had a range of Parkside Dundas, Slaters, etc etc...
    The site is wagonandcarriage.co.uk , but all I get now is a message : 'The website can not be found'. :mad:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Hi guys I will be removing all the decals and re-painting it as BR W region new transfers and then heavily distress the whole wagon before weathering it, maybe as internal use only, not sure yet.

    I know what you mean Gary, it is bl@@dy infuriating, by the way, loved the videos, lots of handy ideas mate :thumbup:.

    Cheers, Pete.
     
  20. Gary

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    I'll just keep watching out for that elusive O gauge bargain...! :whatever:
    Thanks for your nice comments regarding weathering. :thumbup:

    Cheers, Gary.
     

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