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Duncan's Mine - Update May 2011
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Andy in Germany



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that may be it- I like the idea for the flexibility.

I was thinking this would convert very well into a European NG setting: the R/H end could be just long enough for a railcar going to 'the terminus' occasionally, after shunting wagons it has brought thus far, or maybe having a local shunter to do this. I could shunt wagons off either end as well...

Like I need another idea...

But then, just straight track-so it'd be cheaper than having points...

Must. Resist. Temptation...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the layout had it's first 'big' show this weekend at Hull.

It now has a full fascia/pelmet with inbuilt lighting. Photos will be taken & will also go to Carl A, as he requested.

Some minor teething troubles, a rail unsoldered from the copperclad at the end of one siding. Easy to fix though. I need to revise the stock slightly to reflect the stuff moved in and out and put the other set of jennies into operation. I also need to revise the 'road' loco(s) used to reflect the non-mine movements to make them more appropriate. My Southern Pacific GP18i is very nice, but hardly suitable for North Michigan! The N&W GP9 fits in well but something else of that sort of size would be handy. I have some NYC stuff which might do but I'll keep an eye out for a more suitable loco.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a couple of pics of it with it's new fascia:

http://img373.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fascia1gn4.jpg

http://img60.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fascia2qk7.jpg

And a couple of views:

http://img390.imageshack.us/my.php?image=view1fw0.jpg

http://img223.imageshack.us/my.php?image=view2xi0.jpg

I wish I could work out how to upload images directly on here... Sad

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

steve wrote:


I wish I could work out how to upload images directly on here...




Steve, click the "Quote" button at the top of this post to view the format for pasting photos into the forum from Photobucket.

I find photobucket.com much easier to use than Imageshack, you'll need to register an account but there is no charge and you can use a separate Yahoo or similar email address if you don't wan't to give Photobucket your regular address.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've revived this thread as DM is undergoing a fiddleyard/sector plate rebuild.

I've found that the the length of the sector plate is too restrictive under full operating (exhibition) conditions. It was built (I suspect) for UK 4 wheel stock and even the ore jennies that are the most used vehicles on the layout are so big when being 'delivered' by a road loco such as the RS-1 or the GP9 that even 2 of them intrude into the scenic section.

So, I am building a new sector plate that is 24in long rather than the 14in of the original. I'm replicating Neil Rushby's original design but just longer. A test fit shows that a Geep + 2 x 40' cars will fit comfortably in the revisied length.

I've spent the afternoon cutting the ply base, shaping the end and making sure it will slide smoothly. It's currently sitting in the garage with a load of weight holding down the cork strip as the glue dries.

I'll take some pics when there's a bit more progress.

Incidentally, I placed some German stock on the layout and thought that it actually looked pretty well at home. I'm considering the possibility that I can run it as either US or German in future.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad you revived the thread Steve as I haven't been on this forum long and had not "discovered" it!
Just spent an enjoyable hour or so looking through the entire thread (photos take a while to download for me)....very inspirational!
I look forward to seeing the layout with German stock, as I'm in the early stages of building a H0 european micro layout myself.
Many thanks for the inspiration,
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

steve wrote:


Incidentally, I placed some German stock on the layout and thought that it actually looked pretty well at home. I'm considering the possibility that I can run it as either US or German in future.

steve


Whereabouts would it be 'in Germany'?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well there was copper mining in Rammelsberg and coal in the Black Forest...

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The extended fiddleyard/sector plate (Fiddleplate? Sectoryard??) has now been finished and installed.

Soldering up the track & the tube & wire locator was "fun" as getting the correct height for both needed some improvisation. The copperclad I used wasn't thick enough to bring everything up to meet the rest of the layout so I had to think a bit (difficult usually!).

Eventually, I located a second lot of copperclad (a 7mm sleeper I think it was) that did the job when sawn up. I had to replace one section of this sleeper when the copper peeled off the paxolin and, as I didn't have anything else suitable, I improvised by sawing up a half pee piece(!) which turned out to be the right thickness.*

After this it was plain sailing to reconnect the wires to the power sockets and test. Everything worked fine so I glued the track down and it is now drying out.

Photos will follow in due course (with Jack's help again, hopefully) and the last twiddly bits will be finished off ready for its first appearance in its new form at the HUll MRS promotional event at Hull Paragon station next weekend (21/22 Aug.)

steve

* Yes, I know it would have been better to have put a spacer under the copperclad first [i]now[/i]! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the track glued down fine and after extensive testing this afternoon I'm very happy with the results.

I've asked Jack to do his magic with the photos and hopefully they will explain better than words what I've been driving at.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pics for Steve









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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captions for the pics Jack very kindly posted for me:

1. The new sector plate from the front.
2 & 4. The new sector plate from the back, operating side.
3. Shows what will now fit in the new space.
5. The layout with German stock on it.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the new sector plate should really make a difference to operating the layout Steve, I seem to recall struggling a little when I had a play at Hull the other year due to the short length of the orignal...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully so Colin. Very Happy

I'll let you know after I try it this weekend at Hull station! The club, Hull MRS, is having a promo event at the station and DM is one of the layouts attending.

Fancy a train ride this weekend anyone??? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to say that I found out today that the extension has made an exponential improvement to switching the layout.

Memo to self for future projects - decent length fiddleyards!

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