Sunday, 3 February 2019

Click here to watch Track is a a bit wobbly at the moment.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Not much progress

I've been busy doing other things lately so the layout has not had much updating. I did paint the baseboard with some discount brown paint that I found in Hobbycraft. The holes in the layout that give me access to the rear will be filled in with an easily removable section once work at the back is complete, as I am hoping not to have to access the back too often once it is finished.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Electifying the points

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.

Remember you can click on the picture for a bigger version)

Friday, 28 December 2018

Post Christmas modelling

I wa pleased to see that a few items off my wish list appeared recently as presents, either on Christmas day or on my birthday on Boxing day, so I now have to get to work with the reconstruction of the model so I will have somewhere to put the new items. I still have to get the track level, there are still a few dodgy areas where trains might derail to put right, then I can get some scenery sorted out. I will have to buy new backscenes as the old ones faded in the sun, but I now have a blind which I can pull down to keep the sun out of the room. The left hand point was a mistake, I really needed a right hand one, so I've ordered one from Hattons, and to make up the parcel a bargain priced loco was put on the order and should arrive soon.

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)

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Testing newly laid track

I've been away for a while so I thought I would test some of the newly laid track with this small train.
Click here to watch the video.

Friday, 12 October 2018

On a rainy day

We have very stormy weather today, not nice to go out in, so as I had nothing else planned I have done a bit more on the railway. Having decided on the location for the brewery and the goods shed, these are now in place with some track laid to serve them. You can also see the location of the town, behind the main line at the back of the layout

Clicking on the pictures will let you see a larger version

Also in place, approximately at least, is the Railway Hotel, which will serve the station (which is yet to be completed)

Monday, 8 October 2018

Testing the track circuits.

Having created power distribution points around the layout it is time to test it with a train. Click here to see it under test.