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

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  1. Gary

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

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    True to that Gormo... :thumbs:

    I have witnessed first hand what can go wrong with Cobalts at exhibitions and how awkward they are to replace when you are kneeling down under a baseboard looking up and everything seems to be back to front ! :facepalm:

    I promise I won't mention any names.... :avatar::avatar:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Now let me think....:scratchchin:.....who could that be.....:scratchchin:
    :whatever: Gormo
     
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    Took the day off work today as I had to wait for a delivery of a new washing machine... Can't get around wearing the same socks and jocks all week... Then again, being summer here, who needs socks and jocks ! :eek:

    So, to pass time today I decided to pull out a couple of kits that I had purchased a while back. On the work bench (read dinning room table) was a LNER 10t cattle van, LNER 12t goods van and a 7 plank open wagon. Still have to add the brake rigging to the 7 plank...


    So far, so good !


    I did manage to loose a spring in one buffer when I was screwing on the nut and the buffer decided to launch across the room...:mad: Oh well, these things happen.

    I'll finish off the 7 plank over the weekend and continue on with the LMS meat van, then whilst bits and pieces are curing, I'' start on the LMS 20t brake van. Funny how the brake rigging becomes easier to put together once you have done one or two kits ! ;)

    I'm was considering buying a few more kits but that may have to wait now after I forked out several $$ for a new washing machine and with car registration/insurance and all that coming up, I may have to wait until early-mid March...:( Oh well, I do have some embossed styrene on its way from the UK so when that arrives, I can continue with the cattle dock that I have started. No pics of that yet...

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    That's a useful way to spend a day off work Gary :thumbup: ... wish I could get a day off work but haven't had one of those since retiring ... :scratchchin:
     
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    Well, the embossed styrene sheets I ordered from the UK arrived today. Didn't notice until about 30 minutes ago when the cat (Charlie) came to the front door, crying out "let me in...!"
    So I have a few things to get on with..., 1. continue the build of the cattle dock and 2. complete the LMS 20 ton brake van, although I'm waiting on a parts bender... Then again, it will be a busy weekend as I'm heading up to Maitland/Paterson for an open day at the Rail Motor Society, taking my boys with me. That should be fun !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Have a great time with the boys Gary, the rest will still be there when you get back :tophat:

    Pete.
     
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    Well, it's been quite a busy few weekends. Last time I posted I mentioned that I was going up to Maitland and then to Paterson to visit the Rail Motor Society. That wasn't a bad weekend except that the Society's page said that they would be running shuttles..., not the case. :(

    Last weekend I was back up in Maitland where I rode the North West Zephyr to Werris Creek and helped mate Dave Coyle start on his small NSWGR shunting layout. This weekend was a full on weekend getting back home at 11.45pm Sunday night ! See separate thread ; http://platform1mrc.com/p1mrc/index.php?threads/a-day-out-on-the-north-west-zephyr.3978/

    This weekend I had my boys again and we headed off to the North Shore Model Railway Exhibition, see separate thread ; http://platform1mrc.com/p1mrc/index...ilway-exhibition-forestville-nsw-part-1.3996/ That was a full on day as well.

    Which this brings me back to today.., finally ! Throughout the last week I glued down some more insulation foam on the layout to carve up into land forms. I wish to make the scene like it was carved into the landscape due to the baseboards being flat.


    I have started carving the 'cutting' into the edge of the foam, but it still looks reasonably flat.


    I thought that this area needs a feature, so I revisited something I had done on Linden Ford...



    A railway crossing was drawn onto the foam. I aiming for a single lane country lane, the road way being only 11' wide.


    So the carving was started and some 3mm foam core for the road surface cut to suit the slope down to the railway line.


    The end result is this below, a nice little cutting and crossing...


    I'll be carving the rest of the foam up after work this week, that is if anything else doesn't get in the way... :whatever:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    I have had to come up with a name for this layout for the upcoming exhibition. I have chosen 'River Dee Meats'.

    The reasoning behind the name is that it is close to Wrexham, where LMS Jintys and GWR Panniers once ran (Wrexham to New Brighton line). The location that I chose is somewhere located south east of Wrexham, not far from Bangor-on-Dee, after all, there is a road to the east of Bangor-on-Dee named 'Station Road'. This line is fictitious, a small branch off the Wrexham - Bangor-on-Dee branch, that is if that line did exist once... ;);)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Wow, a month has almost passed since I last posted, so what have I been up to ?? Well a funeral, an exhibition, outings at open days and finally fitting decoders and Bachmann OO couplers to my rolling stock. I picked up three LaisDCC decoders off SMR Chris a while back. Four screws on the Jinties and six on the Pannier and the bodies were off. A very simple install. The tension lock couplers were super glued to a strip of styrene and then glued to the end of the underframes. Using these will make it easier to uncouple when exhibiting.

    Here are a few pics of the Bachmann OO tension locks on the O gauge wagons.


    ^ TLs fitted to wagons and they don't look too bad at all.


    ^ Coupled together on a straight section of track.


    ^ One wagon with sprung buffers, one with white metal cast buffers sitting on the curve on the layout. I'm thinking of changing the cast buffers to sprung buffers as it gives a little more freedom between the wagons due to the buffers compressing on the curved track.


    ^ Two wagons fitted with sprung couplers certainly works better.


    ^ A view from above with the two sprung buffered wagons sitting on the curve.

    Hopefully get some paint onto the wagons next, maybe later in the week or mid next week as I'm back on the road on Friday.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    G`day Gary,
    I still find it amazing that some bits easily transition between OO and O gauge. The couplings look fine, but my head says it shouldn`t..?????....:scratchchin:
    Well there you go.....we should not take anything for granted and make assumptions.....best to keep an open mind and experiment with things.
    I remember when you showed me that Lima O gauge track and you pointed out that the rail was actually code 100 OO gauge.
    That still does not make sense?????.......but that`s how it was done and it works fine..
    :facepalm: Ay yay yay yay.......don`t start using N gauge parts.....it will freak me out. !!!!:eek::eek::eek::eek:.....:avatar::avatar::avatar::avatar:
    :cheers::tophat:Gormo
     
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    Thanks Gormo.

    I will add that this is not my idea of using Bachmann TL's on O gauge stock. I read a RMweb thread 'Boxer Bay Railway' where the chap who owns this great little layout has fitted TL's to his stock. I must admit that the radius on my layout is far tighter than his and the TL's cope well.

    Cheers, Gary.
     

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