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Roger



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed Thanks Jordan - glad you think so pal.

It was daft really but I sat and thought "what do I want from this most of all?"
Answer was - some simple shunting fun in O gauge, as I like the chunky-ness of it, two sidings and a headshunt long enough for the Hymek and 4 wagons - i only have 5 items of rolling stock plus the Hymek and i dont like having them put away in a drawer. Oddly enough the fact that there's no ballast or much in the way of scenery/ground cover/painted rails and sleepers etc etc like i would normally "worry" about has made it all the more enjoyable!

Currently I have 5 small playing cards with the wagon name written on each, shuffle them and pick 4 and with 3 link couplings about 20 mins is wasted! I think one more wagon will make it even better so good excuse to treat myself!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do have a small O Scale uk-outline layout Withyn Reach, which is 10ft long in total, but the trouble with it is that it can't operate without the fiddleyard/traverser, and has the point control and switches at the back. It is also extremely heavy, from the way I built the baseboard,which precludes my moving it from Shed to Loft.
My current dilemma is whether to keep it - I haven't operated it for over a year- or dismantle it and use the track to build an Inglenook on smaller boards I can get indoors...
Your layout is tilting the balance... Laughing Wink
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Roger



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a great looking layout Jordan and you would sure have all the makings in it to use on a new project! The way i see it - if it's a pain to set up/move around to use it and if time goes by and its not been used at all - time to start over!?!

Roger

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a 3rd option J, flog it and use the proceeds to build something new. Personally I think Withyn Reach is rather good.........

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bungus The Fogeyman wrote:
.... flog it .....

The trouble with that is that layouts very, very rarely ever get sold for anything approaching the value of the component parts, never mind make any sort of profit....
Glad you like it, though...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's difficult, sometimes, when a layout's primary purpose changes from (say) show to home use, as the controls or fiddle yard may not be in a convenient place to make the change. I have this problem with Lazy River which would be good to use at home, but which relies on operation from behind the backscene. I could redesign a portable control box, but this would still leave the fiddle yard partly behind the scenery, and a rebuild to correct that would make the layout too large to get into the car to take to shows,

The next layout is being designed to be worked from in front of the fiddle yard with controls on the end panel of the scenic secton. Hopefully this will make it dual-use.

I know this doesn't helpmuch for Wythin Reach. Looks like it may be a candidate for a rebuild into a loft-friendly layout. Good luck with any alterations you undertake.
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Roger



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep its a tough one. Sell or re-use.

I've sold 5 layouts over the last 6 years - made a profit on two of them in actual terms of what they cost me - or so I tell the wifey! Yes, i did honest. Twisted Evil

But it freed up space in my railway room for new/not so new ideas, so i was happy with that.

Roger
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi........an observation of an observation?

Why not look at making it lighter?

The frames themselves can be made somewhat holier....one of those drill bits with a circular cutter on the outside could do the trick?

Sympathetic hole-making wont be detrimental to the structural rigidity of the frame......?

May even be possible to make a suitable cut across the boards as well?

One doesn't have to end up with two equal halves?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that a 6th wagon has joined the fleet, shunting has become even more fun!
Drawing 4 cards from 6 means about 15 to 20 minutes is then spent solving the puzzle!

Very Happy

Very happy I do be

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a really enjoyable day at the ALSRM show at Reading yesterday (followed by a visit to Pendon Museum and a pub), I am feeling inspired to get on with scenic-ing the Toooning Fork. Made a start today on a small embankment at the rear and a couple of low relief buildings.

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And there we are - pretty much 80% done now. Ballasted, weathered, low relief buildings made from left overs and corrugated card, painted and weathered/toned down, lots of weeds now growing, General clutter (& Sgt Pepper Very Happy ) and the usual railway related rust and grime! Luvly.

Track cleaned and shunting duty has started again. Great way to waste an hour after the usual day full of lollocks

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are photos forthcoming Roger?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.trainlife.com/albums/view/5324


Just took a couple of progress pics - sorry about quality - poor light.

I am pleased with the way it's looking so far - always some more to dabble with, weeds to plant etc Very Happy

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