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giles b



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About 15 wagons, all the coaches (built so far) and two locos have been fitted with Kadees, now. But I've only got two packets left of the centreset couplers used most widely - enough for four items of stock. Three pairs will have to be locos, and I'll use the last pair on the ends of the quarry open wagon rake. I'll have to work out a hook and loop temporary coupling for joining the individual wagons together for now.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of spare hours today, so managed to get couplings onto two more locos; one more to go. At least I've found an easier way of doing the work.
One of the engine crews had gone AWOL, but luckily turned up today. They're two of the Langley castings for Victorian figures, so have been painted rather swiftly. They will be allocated to the converted GWR 101 loco, as this is the only one with a styrene footplate that can be drilled to take the spigots under their feet.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put the layout up in its entirety on the upstairs landing (too lazy to carry everything downstairs!). It seemed larger than I'd thought, or maybe the landing is smaller than I realised. Just a bit of track-cleaning to do, and a check on any ballast in the flangeways and it should be fine. At least the power still goes everywhere, despite the ballasting.

Started on the mill yesterday and had a re-think about the cottage by the level crossing. I think a combo of styrene, card and plaster buildings is a bit much, so will substitute another part of the mill for the cottage pictured earlier.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



The mill is taking shape. I quite like the two small buildings in place of the cottage.
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Blackcloud Railways



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, much more convincing this way. It fills the site well.
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giles b



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished the mill complex today. Having screwed it to the backscene, there was a light leak at the left hand end. To cover this I've added a chimney, and made the small door the entrance to the boiler room. I'll probably add a coal pile, a man resting on his shovel and a wheel-barrow to reinforce the point. It gives the excuse for a coal wagon to be unloaded in the goods yard from time to time.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The WRG's annual Small Layout Show is this Saturday. Details in the Events section. See you there.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting learning curve, on Saturday, with the layout's debut. After a short while it became clear that the unconverted locos were a little too lively, even with a feedback controller. I hope the return of the two original controllers (both needing new pots) will improve this situation. For the show, the blue saddle tank from Shellsea was transferred from a display of rolling stock to operational use, giving the four engines needed for the timetable.

Having said that, there seemed to be a major flaw in the operating cards, which seemed to be at odds with the train movement graph. The result was that a whole train appeared to be missing by "mid-morning", which had a knock-on throughout the rest of the day - a situation only too familiar in real life!

The loco conversions sparked much discussion, and it was a good thing the body on one loco had not been glued in place, so the new gearing could be inspected.

The first picture shows the borrowed loco on a passenger train bound for Bridgnorth; the mixed periods of the coaches is apparent.


The big engine shunting


The blue loco again, this time heading a goods train bound for the branch line.


Finally, the long saddle tank engine is seen leaving for Bridgnorth at the head of a passenger train. Those in the know thought it looked like an Armstrong engine - possibly because it's painted dark green (not the GWR shade, though, but Japanese National Railway green). I must check the caption on the photo that inspired the conversion, as that showed a loco from an independent railway as far as I can recall. It also shows a tramway coach, also borrowed from Shellsea.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Footsore from travelling between two fiddleyards? Very Happy

Glad to hear that it went well. Both passenger trains really look the part, proper mis-matched sets.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right about the walking, Bob. I took a tall stool, but hardly used it. The coaches are a mixed bunch, as you say, made a bit more so by the use of a tramway coach from Shellsea, which was standing in for my third Rocket coach which awaits conversion. I was also using the tramway's fish/brakevan which seems to fit in with either layout quite well.

Meanwhile, I found the "lost" train, which was due to a missing instruction on the operator's train sheet. Once it went up the branch mid-morning, it never came back. One other matter may need looking into; as the loop is so short, some of the shunting/train passing moves mean that there needs to be a limit to the number of wagons or coaches that can be used on these trains.

There are more pictures of the show available at: http://wealden.weebly.com/2017-show-pics.html
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super pics on the linked site. I like the exits to fiddleyards on the 3mm scale layout. The station footbridge one end is a neat cut off while a totally believable combination of overbridge, buildings and trees at the other is an urban view blocking situation often seen but seldom modelled.

Just one reservation with this scene though, on a steam era railway it is unlikely that trees that close to the tracks would get a chance to reach maturity. A combination of lineside fires and undergrowth clearance by PW staff would mean they could not grow like that. Perfect for a later modelled period though.

Advice to modellers - Observe the prototype and restrict mature trees to private land adjacent to the railway instead if you need them for view blocking. As a general rule they shouldn't be growing on embankments or in cuttings before the 1970s. If you're not old enough to remember steam trains yourself (I am, and the lineside near the house I grew up in has changed beyond all recognition since the early 60s) then there are plenty of old photos for reference.
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