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 Posted: 17 Jan 2016 05:31
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Hi,This is an intro to my 1st O-Gauge shunting layout, which is still been built and yet to be named.
After several years collecting o gauge bits and pieces plus some damaged and part built rolling stock it was time to take the plunge and build a layout to put them all on, but what to build, track design is a black art to me.
Ian Rice to the rescue .... in his book "Design for Urban Layouts" ISBN 1 902877 08 2.there is a plan  called "Monksgate Goods Depot" planned for a 11' x 18". With a few slight alterations I have stretched this design to 16' x 3' using the same layout plan but adding one additional kickback siding and a scenic strip at the front.
The boards are made from 50mm Foam board with a ply surround and additional supports.The main features/requirements are :-  
1) The layout is operated on DCC 2) Track work is Peco with some mods done to the points plus one Marcway "offset" three way3) Points operated via wire in a tube to slow action motors which control frog polarity.4) Point control panel can be mounted front or rear of the boards, operated with manual switches5) Buildings are /will be lazer etched or scratch built.6) Wagons are kit built from Parkside, Slaters and some Brass etched.7) Locomotives are all sound fitted, some with lighting effects and all will be weathered.8) Couplings to operate any where on the layout.
I started building the layout in June 2015 and the clips below will show you where I'm at.
THE FLEET...SO FAR
COUPLING 1ST TEST

MORE COUPLING TESTS

Kim



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Hi Kim, thanks for the excellent videos, your layout looks great, loads of operating potential :thumbsup:, the uncouplers are new to me, do you use magnets?
I watched another of your videos, the radio controlled Bedford lorry, I tell you what, that would make an excellent subject for a blow by blow thread, I have seen one other in a magazine article, but it didn,t go into a great deal of detail, sooo any chance?......

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Hi Kim,

The links seem to be taking a bit time loading. May be cause I'me on an IPad at the moment.i'll try again on the PC.

I'll be back. Cheers and thanks for posting.

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Spoke to soon ....... They are there now........ Fantastic videos. I especially liked the last one with the flawless coupling routine.

Thanks huge for posting. A lesson on how it should be done.

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Hi Kim
Great start to your layout there and some nice locos.
New Dapol Terrier too did you install the DCC or is it the factory sound?
We have the little blue Bodiam over here in NSW nice little runner on DC. Not sure what they were thinking with the fire box glow a less than convincing red light.

Some nice sounds from your fleet I guess you are using Zimo decoders? And if I can ask, who's sound profiles, source of supply, speaker used ??etc
Would like some pommy asthmatic sounds for my Hudswell Clark.

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Nice, really nice

Between all these O gauge threads its becomming harder and harder to resist.

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SMR CHRIS wrote  'Would like some pommy asthmatic sounds for my Hudswell Clark.'
Just tape Toto for ten minutes when he gets up in the morning :avatar:
Some great video there Kinmbo,   Paul is struggling to resist temptation with all this O gauge going on ! :thumbs:
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Thanks Pete, the un-couplers are from John Shaw, at Winterleyproducts.co.uk. ( no connection, just a very happy customer) No magnets required on the layout so they will un-couple any where even on bends and point work if required. Its best to have a look at his site as there are pictures and video clips that show them working, very simple idea and at normal viewing distance can hardly been scene.( they do need painting black or dipping in a blackening solution first) The main reason for trying them was the ability to un- couple with out having to plant magnets every where.The Bedford is one of three 1:43 and 1:50 scale models I converted using possibly the same article you have seen. I'll dig out the list of suppliers and find the build photos for you.
Thanks Toto, yes I'm really pleased with them, having tried lots of different types before committing to them.
Thanks Chris. I did the install on the Dapol Terrier using a YouChoos sound project on a Zimo decoder with a few tweaks to some of the sound effects. Very pleased with the result, just need to run it in and get it into the paint shop for weathering. Firebox "glow" has been disconnected, I'm going to have a play with 2 led's, red and amber to get a better effect.
Paul, its taken two years to convert, but there's really no excuse. Some great ready to run models available now including the Minerva Peckett which is an excellent model. I will look forward to see you join the growing list of new small O_Gauge modellers.
Thanks Matt I'll get some more posted as soon as.



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A little bit of progress over the weekend....heres a selection of pictures showing where I'm at. Last one is the Ian Rice plan that started this project off. 



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Brilliant :thumbsup:.



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Superb, I'm always interested in O gauge projects as it's something I'll never be able to do... more please.

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Top work with your model railway their Kim
Another great example that you don't need masses of room to model in O scale and with a few loco and a modest amount of rolling stock you can have hours of fun shunting around.
I looked up the couplings but realised that won't work for me as the stock has to all go in the same direction and my stock ends up turning around in the fiddle yard but have to say that is a interesting concept for hands free coupling uncoupling at any location.

Some great little scenes coming together, I really like the Coal drop.

You said the buildings are to be Lazer etched, etc are you doing this your self or from proprietory kits.

is the engine shed one you have scratch built your self or is it a kit kit? it looks great I will be needing a shed or two like that for my next project.
Steve Fay put us on to some nice kits but the Ozzy $ against the pound makes them a little pricey.

Thanks for the info on the DCC sound I fitted a YouChoose supplied Zimo to a customers loco (GWR Duke "OO") as a Christmas Pressent from his wife the week before Christmas, and was impressed with the sound and motor control.

Keep the updates coming really enjoying this.
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Thanks Pete, Ian & Chris.
Chris. The engine shed is from http://www.lcut.co.uk.  item no. B70-01. In fact it is two small engine shed kits which have been joined. I ordered two canopies for the proposed warehouse scene plus some small out buildings, one of which is now attached the the rear side of the shed. This gives me enough space to hide three small locomotives completely and measures up at approx 65cm long. Still to be glazed, doors hung, bit more weathering and then "planted" in the layout. I've also fitted a row of LED's down the middle and one in the office. The kits are heavy, I took advantage of my mothers visit last September as you do !!, so not sure how much postage would be from the UK. Nice kits to put together and easy to modify, they take up paint very well.


Yes the coal drop scene will be nice oce i sort out a few snags with the fencing and wall. Working on this part today, just left some parts for the glue to dry. Ive been playing around with figures as you will see below.

Ive done a "DoG" as well for a club member, plus another 10 or so Zimos for the club and they have all worked very well. 
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Hi Kim great looking engine shed and office, all of my buildings are Lcut but covered in scalescenes brick paper, didn't have the expertise to paint them but yours look excellent.

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This looks really good

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Love the idea of the coal drop cameo on the lower level, Adds a nice spot of interest :thumbs:
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