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by 4307
Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Examples of really short sidings?
Replies: 40
Views: 11130

Re: Examples of really short sidings?

I have been meaning to take a photo of this location for some time - the site of a short coal siding at Great Malvern station. It served the Imperial Hotel seen in the background, which is now Malvern St James Girls School. According to the map, it would have branched off at the ducting bottom right...
by 4307
Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Iain Rice's book on track?
Replies: 5
Views: 3187

Re: Iain Rice's book on track?

Definitely worth a read as it contains so much information and gives some good suggestions, but I had a lot of problems when I tried to follow his method. It was my first attempt at building track and I cannot recommend his way for a beginner, but for someone more experienced it may be appropriate. ...
by 4307
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

I have now completed wiring the layout itself, and am currently making up the control panel. Having power to the track and trying to run my partially converted Bachmann Pannier threw up a number of issues, especially gauge narrowing in many places. The first turnout worked fine but there were derail...
by 4307
Sat Dec 20, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Desk Top Magnifier and Light (LED)
Replies: 5
Views: 2636

Re: Desk Top Magnifier and Light (LED)

A suggestion I have not yet tried: From IKEA, a FOTO Pendant lamp, aluminium (001.258.11), £12, fitted to the ceiling with up to 1.6m drop, ES fitting and from Homebase, TCP CFL Spiral Daylight Bulb 23w ES - 1 Pack (550183), £6.99 Two of those over a workbench giving the equivalent of 210W of lighti...
by 4307
Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

I have done some wiring but still far from complete: DSC01594.JPG I used small pieces of copper stripboard to connect wires to, using superglue to fix the strips to the MDF. I soldered the wires to the tags using a cored electrical solder (by Antex from Maplin). I tried pre-tinning the wire but it d...
by 4307
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

The curve in the siding that has been described as section 7 in your wiring diagram does look rather sharp? Could you ease it? I think this may be distorted perspective on the photo. There is a photo in my very first post on Elmleigh which shows less of a sharpness. But I have just measured the ins...
by 4307
Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:55 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

Gentlemen - a lot of interesting replies, thankyou for taking the time. You could reduce the wiring complexity by using "common return". My limited knowledge of electrics would not have led me to think of that, but I can see the sense in having a common return as it would simplify the wiri...
by 4307
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

Wiring I will make up a temporary control panel which will eventually be on the board for the fiddle yard. Operation is DC using an old but little used Gaugemaster D controller. This offers two separately controlled track feeds and a 16v source. My layout has seven isolated rail lengths and this is...
by 4307
Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

Rob There must be loads of options but on Manston Brewery I incorporated it in one of the fiddle yard boards and connected to the main board with a d connector. The 'frame' holding the handsets is held in place with velcro. More options means more difficult to make a decision! I like the idea of inc...
by 4307
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

After a long slog, I have relaid the track using cork as underlay - no paper template, no camping mat. On the remaining sections of track, I superglued all the chairs to the rails and got the sleepers aligned before glueing them to the cork. I also fitted droppers to the underside of the rails. DSC0...
by 4307
Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Beginners Workshop in Bristol.
Replies: 44
Views: 12892

Re: Beginners Workshop in Bristol.

To add to my list of topics, another one I think would be useful would be:
- operating signals (semaphore and ground), and linking that to operating turnouts.

Dave Harvey
by 4307
Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Beginners Workshop in Bristol.
Replies: 44
Views: 12892

Re: Beginners Workshop in Bristol.

I would be interested in attending this event. While I cannot claim to be a total novice, I have certainly struggled to get up and running so I would still regard myself as a beginner. To see alternative ways of construction and hear what works best in different situations would be beneficial. Topic...
by 4307
Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

This forum is full of advice and information! Sometimes hidden as a one-liner reply to a post, they need searching out. My search for adhesives for camping mat found nobody in support of using it, and the few who had would not use it again. The consensus of views suggested a cork base, the track con...
by 4307
Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: An Inglenook in P4
Replies: 43
Views: 17746

Re: An Inglenook in P4

Making a Good Impression My preferred method for buildings and other architectural features uses good quality white card, embossed to represent stone or brick etc. and coloured using artists watercolours, a technique often referred to as the 'Pendon Method' and indeed I've used it for many years fr...
by 4307
Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

Looking again at the track, camping mat etc, it is quite clear that the double-sided tape is not sticking to the camping mat - it is however stuck well to the MDF and by the look of it, very firmly to the paper underlay. I am left wondering whether I should find a suitable adhesive that I can apply ...
by 4307
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

Operating the Turnouts My first thoughts were to use a wire in tube method to operate the turnouts but decided against this as the pull-push mechanism would be exposed on the edge of the frame and susceptible to damage when moving the frame around. Fine I think for a static model. In the end I opte...
by 4307
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

Fixing Track to Baseboard I have been following Iain Rice's method for track laying in "An Approach to Building Finescale Track". The suggestion is to move the completed track to the baseboard in its finished form but I did not complete the wiring, ballasting or point blades as I still ha...
by 4307
Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

Thank you all for your comments. Terry, lots of interesting thoughts there. It is difficult to decide what jigs and other aids are worthwhile in the very beginning. This layout only has two turnouts and it will be a considerable time before I am likely to build something else, so some items did not ...
by 4307
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

To continue with what I have done so far: Soldering the Rail I found soldering definitely needed practice and given the number of alternative views on how to do it, the only way was to experiment and find my own method. It has taken me all of three years to build the limited amount of track on this ...
by 4307
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Re: Elmleigh

Not exhibition quality? Don't put yourself down, I'm sure Terry will bite your arm off... Agreed! You should see the under-pinnings of Royston Vasey or Humber Dock. I'm no wood-worker. It's what's on top that counts! - As long as it holds together... And welcome to the SGW! I'm looking forward to s...
by 4307
Fri May 30, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Elmleigh
Replies: 53
Views: 19836

Elmleigh

The concept of my workbench started as a single length of track to test run a loco conversion. It seemed better to include a turnout especially a crossover as it would be more of a test, so it became a double track. If I was testing the running of stock on this, then I also wanted another line on wh...
by 4307
Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2014
Replies: 97
Views: 28670

Re: Scalefour North 2014

A much better venue this year - everything in one hall, spacious and plenty of room to move around. Well supported by traders and excellent layouts to be inspired by. Brighton Road and Flintfield did it for me. Wakefield may be twice as far away as Aylesbury but so much easier to get to (even if I d...
by 4307
Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee
Replies: 17
Views: 6972

Re: Crossing Vee

If the diverging rail had been filed to a finer point the outer face might have been smoother. you really need your rail tapers on both switches and Vs to be nice and flat. ..... For this sort of job a 4 cut (fine cut) file will produce a much nicer finish than the original photo's show. Nice and f...
by 4307
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee
Replies: 17
Views: 6972

Re: Crossing Vee

Thank you all for your comments. My concern was the side view in the first two photos and it is heartening that you do not see this as a problem. it looks from the photo to have a very slight hump on the upper rail, just where the filing starts You are right Nigel there is a slight hump on the upper...
by 4307
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee
Replies: 17
Views: 6972

Crossing Vee

I would be interested in the views of those of you with more experience than me of how this crossing vee looks . Enlarged photos like these exaggerate imperfections but the gap at the end of the splice rail where it sits against the point rail does not seem right, although the diagram in the digest ...

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