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WINKFORD - a OO9 layout
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Jordan



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What mechanisms are under the 009 locos, then? I'd have thought using RTR N Scale chassis the running would be good?

A trick I use to improve running is to run a graphite stick over the rails - something like this on Ebay
Clean the rails and loco wheels as usual, then go over the rails with the graphite - makes them look filthy dirty and onlookers would think nothing would run well on such grubby track, but it makes a big difference to loco performance!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The locos both run on dapol 45xx chassis and both are fine actually.. a little stalling here and there despite wiring the points up.. but I think that's as much down to cleaning and fettling at the moment.

My main 'problem' i think is the shunting side of things. I've added weight to the wagons but they are by nature quite light and after playing with nice 'heavy' US HO slow switching for a little while, I need to re-acquaint myself.
Anything being shunted into the coal siding gets de-railed too, which is something to with angles and curves I'm sure, as the couplings are locking up.

In my quest to try various scales/gauges over the last few years, I've been generally disappointed by 9mm (OO9, N) it offers such promise (the scenic possibilities etc). I'm going to keep at it, as I know some people have great success with 4mm narrow gauge but I wonder if maybe I'm beginning to understand what I like and what I don't (which would be great!!)

I have a sneaky feeling that my next venture will be Gn15 (back to my roots).. or picking up on the inspiration from seeing Jim's marvellous O gauge creations recently.

PS, thanks for the graphite tip.. once it's all cleaned up I will be going over it with a soft pencil I've used before (I think Steve Bennett was the wizard I first heard this tip from?)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I was taking some pictures of scenic progress this evening, I thought I'd pose a standard gauge loco and a couple of wagons to see how things might look if Winkford ever goes down that road..(I quite like it!)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might just regret posing that Pug on the crossing, Martin. It looks all too plausible - a Wisbech & Upwell look-alike.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

giles b wrote:
You might just regret posing that Pug on the crossing, Martin. It looks all too plausible - a Wisbech & Upwell look-alike.

Seconded!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Send for the PW gang and some longer sleepers. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the others, that little Pug does look rather good. Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow...save some money, and make it dual gauge?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I've come to the end of the OO9 road for now. I'm really pleased with how Winkford has turned out visually. But, I'm distinctly lacking in a desire to play with it.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a bit of a challenge and redo it as standard gauge in HO scale?

Most of the buildings will be OK as houses come in different sizes and OO scale RTP/kits tend to be on the small side anyway. With home made trackwork and the slightly smaller scale you might still be able to squeeze the loop in but if not assume it's just off stage and propel trains into the station.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Winkford is up for grabs (not for free of course!) See bring and Buy.. if I don't get any interest, I'll have a go at the standard gauge conversion and sell off all the oo9 stock and bits.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some considerable time later...

Having ripped up the narrow gauge tracks a while ago, Winkford has been sitting in my loft, awaiting it's fate.

I could do with some help chaps.. I've narrowed it down to two options.. any ideas?

(I just re-read the HO suggestion! more choices!)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I thought I might convert Winkford I was going along the route of your Option 1, however I'd hoped to get a second goods siding in. From memory it would have been a trailing siding at the rear of the baseboard to serve a small rural industry. I always try and provide three places/needs to serve with wagons, as this seems to give an interesting shunting task. Even if the second siding is no more than a short dock for one vehicle (cattle, end-loading, or what-you-will) I would urge you to look for a place it would fit. BTW I was planning the short platform on the near side of the loop, just beyond the level crossing.

Option 2 however does give a better uncluttered feel - but like you I do prefer a passenger option, even if it's a Market day only "special".
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there is a danger in option 1 of the loop looking a little too short and having the knock-on effect of making the layout look shorter. I think option 2 gives a 'longer' look. There is nothing stopping you having a low platform and propelling passenger stock in - there is a loop the other side of the crossing somewhere!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

colpeake wrote:
I think there is a danger in option 1 of the loop looking a little too short and having the knock-on effect of making the layout look shorter. Colin


That's true, but there's room to move the first turnout at least one wagon length nearer the level crossing (the coal office might need to move slightly). Or if the first point was a RH or small wye you could get the extra loop length without the office moving.
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