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by John Donnelly
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 407
Views: 147277

Re: New Street progress

Looking great Jim. One thing I've been meaning to ask - is NS your first foray into P4 or have you built other layouts previously?

John
by John Donnelly
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann 46 to P4 using Ultrascale conversion
Replies: 59
Views: 25707

Bachmann 46 to P4 using Ultrascale conversion

Got my Ultrascale conversion for the Bachmann Class 46 yesterday and, after I'd figured out how to remove the bogie sides and bottom, the conversion took all of 30 seconds :thumb However, I'm finding that the loco is incapable of negotiating a B6 turnout - the pony wheels are OK but, as soon as the ...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Track Planning & Layout Ideas - New Builds Started
Replies: 205
Views: 67058

Re: Knuckles's Layout Plans

Thats quite an ambitious plan for a first layout in P4 (mine consists of 3 straights and a single turnout :D ) but good luck to you :thumb

John
by John Donnelly
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Changing frog polarity...
Replies: 20
Views: 9960

Re: Changing frog polarity...

Thanks for the responses. Nigel, I do believe you've hit the nail on the head - my test loco (my only P4 loco for the moment while I wait for a set of Ultrascale wheels for a Hornby 08) is a Class 20 the wheelbase for which is long enough to run over the dead frog... Thanks Keith, knew I'd get the h...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Changing frog polarity...
Replies: 20
Views: 9960

Changing frog polarity...

I'm now at the point where I'm wiring my first turnout. The relevant rails on the turnout have been bonded, power is being fed from the heel of the turnout and the two diverging roads are isolated from the turnout and have their own power connections. I've not added any wiring to change the frog pol...
by John Donnelly
Mon May 28, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting - am I missing something?
Replies: 15
Views: 8709

Re: Ballasting - am I missing something?

Tim V wrote:One trick I've used successfully is to tip the ballast over the track, then tap gently underneath the track under the baseboard, this action settles the ballast down.


Cheers Tim, I'm off on my hols tomorrow so I'll give it a try when I get back.

John
by John Donnelly
Mon May 28, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting - am I missing something?
Replies: 15
Views: 8709

Re: Ballasting - am I missing something?

grovenor-2685 wrote:Sounds more like it hasn't set properly, perhaps you should be more patient.


Thanks Keith,

I'm not getting that far, the ballast is just being laid dry at the moment, I just can get it to stay between the sleepers while trying to remove the excess...

John
by John Donnelly
Mon May 28, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Ballasting - am I missing something?
Replies: 15
Views: 8709

Ballasting - am I missing something?

So I've managed to lay and wire my C&L track and all is running surprisingly well, I can even run a bogie coach over my first turnout :D I've sprayed the rail sides and I'm ready to ballast. I'm using fine ballast and laying it dry to be fixed in pace with Klear - problem is, no matter how caref...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 23, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04
Replies: 64
Views: 36775

Re: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04

Hi John,

Many thanks for that, it is much appreciated. Having spend last night wiring up my new layout, I think I need a lot of practice with the soldering before I venture in to a chassis :D

John
by John Donnelly
Mon May 21, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04
Replies: 64
Views: 36775

Re: High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04

Nice work John, do you think this could be attempted by someone with no previous experience of building chassis or ever soldering?

John
by John Donnelly
Mon May 21, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Making a start, my P4 plank...
Replies: 134
Views: 47152

Re: Making a start, my P4 plank...

You'll find the full story to read at Forum Index » The trains themselves » Diesel and Electric Locomotives >> High Level chassis kit for Class 03/04 Thanks Flymo. Progress continues first with the bridge at the left hand side: http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn4/johndon1968/IMG_0290.jpg I've ad...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 16, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Making a start, my P4 plank...
Replies: 134
Views: 47152

Making a start, my P4 plank...

Before jumping headlong in to a larger P4 layout, I've decided to start with a 4' * 1' shunting plank which will be completely self contained. Track consists of a single B6 turnout from a C&L kit and C&L flexi track. Scenics will consist of a large factory building with low relief factory bu...
by John Donnelly
Sat May 05, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 407
Views: 147277

Re: New Street progress

Just had a quick nose around - looks good to me...

John
by John Donnelly
Wed May 02, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 72543

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Knuckles wrote:I just checked my emails for you...

Your Ultrascale Online Order Acknowledgement - 31/01/2012


A while ago. ;)


I see, still got a while to go for mine then :shock:

John
by John Donnelly
Wed May 02, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 72543

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Out of curiosity, when did you place your order with Ultrascale - just trying to get an idea on when my order might arrive ;)

John
by John Donnelly
Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann class 20's
Replies: 23
Views: 13599

Re: Bachmann class 20's

Thanks Terry, much appreciated.

John
by John Donnelly
Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann class 20's
Replies: 23
Views: 13599

Re: Bachmann class 20's

Apologies for resurrecting such an old thread but I've just, for my first P4 loco, converted the Bachmann 20 using Gibson wheels. Whilst the conversion has gone well well and the loco runs (although the pickups may need a bit more tweaking) I did find that, due to the increase in gauge, I'v had to r...
by John Donnelly
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 72543

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Looks good - be interested to see what you think of the C&L kit...

John
by John Donnelly
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log
Replies: 173
Views: 72543

Re: Knuckles's Turnout Construction Log

Nice to see another 'novice' at work - I just built my first turnout (a B6) from a C&L kit last week...

John
by John Donnelly
Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2012
Replies: 59
Views: 23379

Re: Scalefour North 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Scalefour North, stocked up with some Gibson wheels and track from C&L as well as a shiny new Class 20 which I bought only because Gibson had replacement wheel sets :D Hopefully by next years show I may even have started on the layout. Learned a lot about track cons...
by John Donnelly
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2012
Replies: 59
Views: 23379

Re: Scalefour North 2012

It's a shame as I was hoping to stock up with P4 Track but, of course, Len's health comes first - here's to a quick recovery...

John
by John Donnelly
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: jim s-w
Topic: New Street progress
Replies: 407
Views: 147277

Re: New Street progress

My first post having just rejoined the society. Jim your model is absolutely inspirational - I'm planning on a small P4 layout representing a slightly imagined approach to Newcastle Central in the early 1980's and looking at the stuff you are doing is giving me loads of ideas. Is your concrete splee...

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