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Old 10-04-2018, 07:55 PM   #31
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Thanks guys.

I have a line on some possible corner supports.
I get banana boxes in work and they sometimes come in with battered boxes and they have extra supports in the corners. A few of these would work wonders.

I also got some 2-3mm corogated plastic sheets from work, I'm thinking I could make some buildings as painted up the plastic would look like corogated metal.
Ideal for a trackside but.
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:01 PM   #32
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Hi guys

small update and info request.



This is the layout in situe on the board but not pinned.
I stupidly miscounted how many right hand points I needed from the shop today so I have had to temporarily put one of my old hornby ones in which I do not want to use on the layout.
I should have the new point on monday when I'm off work, just means a small wait, I will probbly pin all I can down tonight and leave the last 3 sidings until monday.


What I am after finding out is would a small country terminus like this which primarily dealt with freight and some passenger traffic for the local tourist area. Would it have a signal box?



Also from my crude paint drawing would the station have had a home or a distant signal at or near the station based on the spur off to the coal mine, normally it wouldent have had more than one train running at once on the line given it only had 3 stations in total and baring the connection to the mainline at hooton was a single track.
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Old 16-04-2018, 05:13 PM   #33
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Small update this week.
Major in some ways but small in others.



My PM-2 point motors arrived, all 7 of them.
I went out and cleared one of the local Maplin stores of 16/0.2mm wire for them as well, I could only get two sets of 10m black and two of green.

I relieved them of a 40W soldering iron, my first foray since high school into soldering.
A nice set of wire strippers from b&q which i missed from the photo.
Pin vice as well with 20 bits, not sure were 5 of them have gone mind you haha.

Last two things were from The range, a tiny ball Pien hammer, perfect for pinning my track as it's head is smaller than the rail gap, then my helping hands.

Now all I am waiting for is my 6 SPDT switches to arrive and my CDU.

That gives me time to practice my soldering, I know i'll get better with time but it's nerveracking thinking about doing it for real for the first time on a layout.


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Track is all pinned as hattons delivered my R/H point with my motors.
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Old 16-04-2018, 06:17 PM   #34
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A tip that I have found useful when fitting Seeps.
Solder wires to the point motors on your work bench first. Make them about 6” long and if possible follow a consistent colour code. Terminate the wires in a chocblock strip. Fix the motor under the board and screw the cockblock to the board. Then run longer wires from the chocblock back to switches, CDU etc.
This avoids the need to solder under the board and provides strain relief on the soldered joints on the PM.
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A tip that I have found useful when fitting Seeps.
Solder wires to the point motors on your work bench first. Make them about 6 long and if possible follow a consistent colour code. Terminate the wires in a chocblock strip. Fix the motor under the board and screw the cockblock to the board. Then run longer wires from the chocblock back to switches, CDU etc.
This avoids the need to solder under the board and provides strain relief on the soldered joints on the PM.
Thanks for the tip, I was about to get some 3amp ones today but they were sold out, I am not 100% but I think that is all I need, as I'm not doing any of that yet and it will be done bit by bit i'll be able to buy them as I go.
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Update time.

Backscene boards are on, despite me cutting the hole in one on the rough side not the smooth, whoops.



MY ballast arrived in the post too, I've gone for Woodland Scenic Brown, medium grain.
I've done endless research about the area I am modelling and the ballast on the tracks was mostly brown, I also felt medium would be a good size rather than the course or fine.



Time to ballast my first ever track.....
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:47 AM   #37
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I've not done many updates on this post for a while, but I have finished all ballasting except round the points which will be done in a different manner but it wont look out of place.

I have wired up and installed my first point motor on the layout, I have also wired 3 out of the remaining 6 motors ready to be installed over the next week.

The station building is almost complete (as can be seen on my other thread in kit building)

Todays update is a quick bit on my mimic board.
Just a 3mm bit of ply with the layout drawn on atm in pen but I intend to go over with paint and fix it all in place properly on the layout.
It will be cut down as this is an offcut of ply we had in the shed.

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Old 10-05-2018, 09:50 AM   #38
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Use lining tape to mark the track.
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:21 PM   #39
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A number of people have sprayed there track with Humbrol No.29 before laying the ballast (be careful to mask the points) - this gives the rails the right colour before the ballast is laid.
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Old 15-05-2018, 08:33 PM   #40
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Update on my layout.
A week off (only 3 days into it mind you) has been good for getting some layout work done.
All 7 point motors now installed, common return daisy chain wired, and all A terminal wired.


Mimic board built and switches installed, common returns daisy chained together too.


Hopefully tomorrow can bring some more progress.
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