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by John Donnelly
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Still not 100% certain but I'm probably going to go with the method in the 4th post of this thread on RMWeb with the copper clad pads connected by a wire: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/125633-tiebars-and-point-motors/ Plan is to get the track completed on the main lines (the lef...
by John Donnelly
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

With the easing of lockdown, the layout is now back 'home' at the club and here are the scenic boards set up: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/IMG_2203.jpeg http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/IMG_2204.jpeg As an aside, another club member is bu...
by John Donnelly
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 127
Views: 38110

Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Cheers for the reply Allan. I appreciate that I may not be 'getting it all right' but if everything was super detailed, the layout would never be populated with stock. Of course, the layout itself still has to be finished as well... :mrgreen: As for the shows, I fear it could be a couple of years be...
by John Donnelly
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 127
Views: 38110

Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

I'm a bit burnt out by the tracklaying on South Pelaw and with my current office/study undergoing a refurb, I've not really got any space for modelling either but, this afternoon, I dug out a couple of almost finished wagons and got them completed. They aren't super detailed, nor are they sprung or ...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Boston Frodsham
Replies: 24
Views: 10568

Re: Boston Frodsham

I really like the representation of the water in those scenes, it looks very natural. I saw the links from Jim S-W to some products, which look quite interesting, but if you could share how you achieved that convincing surface effect I would appreciate it. Mod Podge glue and an airbrush can be used...
by John Donnelly
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Weathered Wood
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

Re: Weathered Wood

There are number of videos on YouTube that cover the use of these paints, one below but there are plenty more...

by John Donnelly
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Plywood sleepers
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Plywood sleepers

I've glued down about 3,000 0.8mm sleepers so far for my current project and, once the ballast is down no one will have any idea how thick they are. I am using plastic chairs though although I have driven pins through the sleepers at the board joins so track can be held more securely.

John
by John Donnelly
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Guidelines for the SGW
Replies: 23
Views: 19162

Re: Whatever happened to the SGW?

John, like you, I wasn't happy with what I had designed (based on a very tight version of Wantage) within the size, so I have a twinkle of an idea that is slightly larger (and plays better with my wagon fetish). Cheers Paul As it happens, my 6' layout has come from similar thinking and allows for a...
by John Donnelly
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Guidelines for the SGW
Replies: 23
Views: 19162

Re: Whatever happened to the SGW?

Has the SGW died a death? it all seemed so promising then seems to have withered away... I would have thought lockdown might have been an ideal opportunity to blow the dust off a few schemes? Steve Mine died when I realised that it was operationally flawed. My current projects are 40' and 6' long r...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 27, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

The best laid plans... My plan was always to get all the track laid, wired and fully functional before moving on with anything else. However, with lockdown meaning I only have access to two of the three scenic boards, this has not proved possible so I'm been dotting around doing different bits here ...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 20, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Cable Support Posts - a candidate for 3D printing?
Replies: 2
Views: 1088

Re: Cable Support Posts - a candidate for 3D printing?

Thanks for the reply Guy, much appreciated.

I'll have a walk up to the location and do some measuring...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 20, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Cable Support Posts - a candidate for 3D printing?
Replies: 2
Views: 1088

Cable Support Posts - a candidate for 3D printing?

For my model of South Pelaw, I need to include a lot (at least 100) cable support posts. As per the photo below, a lot of these posts remain at the location almost 40 years after the last train ran. http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/IMG_1986.jpg It seems to me that these ...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 20, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout
Replies: 38
Views: 4677

Re: Layout Fiddleyard Planning - 4ft radius turnout

I'm by no means an expert with Templot but I get the same figures as Gordon with an A6 turnout having a radius of 1205mm (47.4") and a length of 267.65mm

John
by John Donnelly
Tue May 19, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Structures for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 33
Views: 10525

Re: Structures for South Pelaw Junction

The second of the buildings for the traveller camp is now complete.

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by John Donnelly
Sat May 16, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Structures for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 33
Views: 10525

Re: Structures for South Pelaw Junction

At South Pelaw Junction, next to the bridge that I have already modelled was, what today would be called a travellers camp although, when I was a kid it was called something entirely different... Made up of a number of small buildings and some caravans it was built in the 1960s, expanded in the 70s ...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 13, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

CornCrake wrote:Nice straight rails, what's the secret?


First rail laid up against a straight edge with lots of looking along the rail from low down as I go. Second rail is laid with as many track gauges I can get my hands on.

Fortunately, the plastic chairs on ply sleepers allows for adjustment if need be...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 13, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Porcy Mane wrote:
Flour & water paste ????

P


Not quite that old school, watered down PVA.

Hope you're well...
by John Donnelly
Tue May 12, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Having screwed up and ordered the wrong chairs from the stores, track laying is on hold so I figured I might as well start with some of the land forms. The original plan was to use polystyrene but, as a trip to B&Q for stuff for toy trains isn't exactly essential travel, I've gone old school and...
by John Donnelly
Thu May 07, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Waiting on more track parts so here are a couple more photos: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/IMG_2006.jpeg http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/IMG_2007.jpeg http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/IMG_2008.jpeg
by John Donnelly
Fri May 01, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bogie Bolster body side stripes
Replies: 4
Views: 2199

Re: Bogie Bolster body side stripes

Cheers Paul, much appreciated.

John
by John Donnelly
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Thanks Dave, I've gone all night without getting any sleep so got an early start on track laying again this morning.
by John Donnelly
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Another turnout completed (apart from the tie bar and a few chairs that will be fitted after testing): http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IMG_1983.jpg Not the best photo as it is against the light and the depth of field isn't great but, hopefully, if shows the flow of the ...
by John Donnelly
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Testing, testing and more testing... It occurred to me this morning that an ideal vehicle for testing the track was my never fully completed Penbits Bogie conversion of the Bachmann Class 24. Mechanically it is complete but cosmetically, I never finished it as the SLW 24 came along. As it has no bog...
by John Donnelly
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Another, small, milestone tonight as both the up and down main have been completed across the two boards I have at home (giving a 12' run in both directions) so, for the first time, the bridge has two, fully functional, tracks running under it... http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads...
by John Donnelly
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37387

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Track work continues...

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