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by CDGFife
Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2015
Replies: 123
Views: 29396

Re: Scaleforum 2015

I had a stroll along the Aylesbury branch of the Grand Union canal before adjourning to Scaleforum on Friday, and mused on the problems of accommodation at Scaleforum and S4N. Ah, how about a narrow boat? Starting in Wakefield on the Calder & Hebble, then the Huddersfield Broad Canal, then the ...
by CDGFife
Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Just back in from the trip to Scaleforum I'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone that came and said hello at Cadhay Sidings over the weekend and for your positive comments and encouragement. It was great to put faces to a load of names and it was quite surprising just how many people have been fol...
by CDGFife
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Last update for a while as I'm off for work and then on holiday for the next week and a bit (although I suspect some buildings will be coming with me - nothing like a deadline to focus the mind!). CS-15-8-14.jpg Also added some of the woodland that forms the scenic break front right: CS-15-8-15.jpg ...
by CDGFife
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Making a start, my P4 plank...
Replies: 134
Views: 31261

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

John - condolences also from me.

The layout fully deserves the good feedback - it's looking really good. Just the right amount of grime for me!!

Cheers

Chris
by CDGFife
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Thanks for the comments - I'm glad you're enjoying what for me is a way of recording my progress! Guy - Once the first epoxy fill has gone off I'm using a centre punch which has a fine point but is also quite wide. It came with my Makita cordless. It is just the right shape to cause an indentation i...
by CDGFife
Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

I've definitely been doing the electrical continuity testing before the final epoxy has gone off. Apologies if that was not clear! Actuation is a topic in itself! But here is how I'm doing it: CS-15-8-12.jpg CS-15-8-13.jpg In terms of the electrical isolation resilience the first set of stretchers h...
by CDGFife
Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Apologies - Paul is of course correct it's a tandem - In my defence I was blown off course by the help video title "3-Way Tandem" on the excellent Templot site ;) IN fact my (almost period) BR track design handbook calls a "3 way" a "three throw", but does as expected c...
by CDGFife
Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

The 3 way turnout interests me too as I'd like to build one at some point but it looks a bit scary. Most complex bit of rail I have done is a single slip and that took a lot of working out. Building a three way turnout is probably no more difficult than doing a single slip. Terry Bendall I would ec...
by CDGFife
Sat Aug 15, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Another busy week on the layout! Added some more to the board 2 running line. It's now as far as I can get till Board 3 is ready for track! Talking of Board 3 the timber is here and most of it has been cut to size. Just need to machine and assemble. Also been busy working on the 3 way turnout: CS-15...
by CDGFife
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

With the first board, I put in the contours on the timber formers and then the track base but then laid the track. When I came to add the modroc/plaster bandage for the landform, I made a bit of a mess of my nicely ballasted track!! Hence with this board I thought I'd get all the landform done then ...
by CDGFife
Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Been busy on the second board this week Trackbed is down and have started laying sleepers/timbering and ballasting Some rail laid on the running line and across the board joint Also some scenic work on the cuttings and riverbank and a new stone wall Finally I've now ordered the timber for Baseboard ...
by CDGFife
Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 521
Views: 87039

Re: Brettell Road

All my Black Country rainy night railway memories are of sitting in New St waiting for the (blue diesel) train home to Wolves and therefore more suited to your other work! However this is looking really lovely.
by CDGFife
Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Been busy this week working on baseboards and legs: Second baseboard has been completed using 4mm birch ply. This weighs only 6Kg including the 12mm ply track-beds, which I'm quite pleased with. Believe it or not it also takes my (not inconsiderable) weight!! Second set of fold flat legs also comple...
by CDGFife
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Backache? I exhibited a layout for 15 years which was at traditional table top hight (3'6"). We used three link couplings too. Nobody who operated it ever complained about backache. Sore feet after 3 days of exhibiting yes, but not backache. After far too many seasons of chasing a hockey ball ...
by CDGFife
Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Thanks all for the comments re height. Guy's logic confirms my original gut feeling on putting board onto legs that it's a tad too high. I'm going to start by taking 100mm off the legs and see how that looks. It will still give me a track height of around 1190 but I can always take a little more off...
by CDGFife
Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Been a bit busy this week but have made a little progress on the "unseen" areas. The second baseboard is assembled and ready for its track bed to be added I've made some "proper" legs for the first board. See the photo below. I'm not entirely sure about the height. I've set the u...
by CDGFife
Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Been laying fence posts this week along with finishing the crossing gates (apart from the underneath mechanism!). Also added the siding gate and finished the surfacing on the bridge. Also the 3mm birch ply for baseboard 2 has arrived so next week will see that made up. Meanwhile: CS-15-7-1.jpg CS-15...
by CDGFife
Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Been a little busy lately but have made some progress on the layout: Built the two bridges for the lane over the river River bed is now moulded and painted First pass static grass is in place on the banks CS-15-6-7.jpg CS-15-6-8.jpg CS-15-6-9.jpg CS-15-6-10.jpg Also done some design work on the trac...
by CDGFife
Sat May 30, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

My plan for lighting at present is to use LED ribbon, but I'm not sure (as have not tested yet) which of the whites available will look best. The layout is currently set up in our sitting room with a single north-facing window providing the daylight. The bulb in the overhead light is an energy savin...
by CDGFife
Fri May 29, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Tried the MSE wire and also EZLine. Both look much the same but I found the EZLine much easier to get tensioned because of it's stretchiness, so that's what I've gone with. The photos below show the resultant fence now with Galv Steel spacers added. Almost a shame most of it won't be seen when the w...
by CDGFife
Tue May 26, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Thanks all for the comments Glad you're enjoying the pics - you can see my progress (by then) first hand at Scaleforum the ironwork (spectacle casting, balance lever + pivot, ladder, etc. ) on your signal looks very close to black to me. The HMRS livery register for SR/LSWR suggests that dark grey w...
by CDGFife
Tue May 26, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Been planting trees on the bank over the last few days. It's an attempt to get the feel of a SW England deciduous woodland in June! CS-15-5-15.jpg CS-15-5-11.jpg CS-15-5-12.jpg CS-15-5-14.jpg CS-15-5-13.jpg Next up fence wiring - I think fine thread (which I've used before) will be ok for the field ...
by CDGFife
Sat May 23, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Been busy detailing the landscape and laying fence posts this week. Progress is shown below:
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Front Right area now detailed ready for tree planting

CS-15-5-8.jpg
Stream water started plus detailing on the banks

CS-15-5-9.jpg
New picket fencing plus fence posts for railway fence

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Field boundary fence posts in plus stone wall started
by CDGFife
Thu May 07, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

Latest update photos follow: Finally got onto some more scenic stuff Most of the landform is now sorted The Up Home signal is now installed One side crossing gate now fitted (and moveable from below!) Painting and first pass static grass now begun At least it's starting to look like something now! C...
by CDGFife
Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Finally Made A Start in P4!
Replies: 210
Views: 37700

Re: Finally Made A Start in P4!

All of which leads me to the decision to run the DOWN (facing) signal wire UP from the box to the detection, round a horizontal pulley and then back down to the signal. It should actually make for a nice piece of interest.

Thanks all for the info

will post some pics once I get to it!

Chris

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