An ongoing story of my first attempts to build a model railway
Well Hattons took a while (item was in stock but in the wrong warehouse, apparently) but they eventually dispatched the loco and point which I had ordered, so I fitted a motor to the point, drilled yet another hole in the baseboard and fitted it.
Next thing to do was to electrify all the points at the rear of the layout so I can operate them from the front using a spare power supply. (I use a spare power supply because when I used the Hornby Select, it sometimes tripped when operating points, and when it trips it defaults back to loco address 3 three, whatever number it was on before it tripped).
I try not to have a loco with address three as it starts on its own if I adjust the controller before selecting another number after a trip.
Having got the points electified and tested, I did a test run with a DCC loco and it runs round the circuit and through the reverse loop without any problem, thanks to the reverse loop module which I had for Christmas. I can now start to fit some of the track more permanently but have a few areas where a slight re-alignment of track will be needed before its fixed.
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The coach lighting has been fitted in one of my pullman coaches and looks good, but I now need some passengers to sit in the coach as it looks very empty. I also need lights for the other two coaches in this set, so I'll leave them on the Hattons wishlist for now.
The black car is an A40 Somerset (my first car when I passed my driving test, and the A35 van was my second vehicle)
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Also in place, approximately at least, is the Railway Hotel, which will serve the station (which is yet to be completed)