Eridge Mk2 update

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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby Rod Cameron » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:08 pm

Clever dog that - Standard 4MT tank arrives from the north, dog jumps into 4-4-0 going back north and manages to get to Eastbourne in the south ;)
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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby grovenor-2685 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:43 pm

And I thought the clever bit was coming back 1st class ;)
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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby jim s-w » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:11 am

Rod Cameron wrote:
Mike Garwood wrote:How big a fiddle yard is being built for this? And what is the fiddle yard being built from - design etc...?


Mike

Eridge is double ended so there are two. The existing fiddle yards were built for Mk1 and are each six feet long and based on melamine coated chipboard that was spare after installation of fitted wardrobes at home 8-) . For Mk2 I think they need replacing with longer (and lighter) ones, certainly for exhibitions, maybe retaining shorter ones for the clubroom - where longer ones would not fit! I guess they would be made in similar fashion to the layout boards and using cassettes of some kind.


Hi Rod

You could curve round in 6feet and make it roundy roundy. Much less hassle in the long run. (just a thought)

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Jim

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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby pinkmouse » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:30 am

We'd have to annex the space in the clubroom first, and I don't think that would go down well with the other groups in there. ;)

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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby jim s-w » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:45 am

Hmmm

Just for shows then? Having dropped 2 trains off cassettes in the past (both my own - luckily) I am vary wary of them. Plus it turns a train from driver only operation to a three man crew.

Just thinking out loud, thats all

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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby pinkmouse » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:00 am

I understand where you're coming from Jim, and I have one or two ideas for rebuilding the FYs to make handling easier, but ATM they're way down the priority list - lots of wiring, fettling of trackwork, etc., to get on with first. Once we can run a train from end to end then we can worry about that. :)

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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby Rod Cameron » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:50 pm

Hi Jim

The idea of a roundy roundy has been floated in discussions in the pub in the past, but as Al says the confines of the clubroom and prioritising on other things rule it out at the moment. But the concept is attractive in principle I agree - not least because it removes any constraint on length of train.
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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby Rod Cameron » Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:38 pm

It's been a long time since this thread was updated, and it looks almost as if nothing much has happened in the last year. Not so, much has been done to tweak the trackwork to make it reliable - even if it's not all wired up yet - and at the London end the scenic base for the cutting is now ready for planting and the insulation foam is now encroaching towards the station area.

So here are a few snaps from last Thursday, with a variety of Mike's motive power being given a stretch on pulling and propelling back a train of 30-odd wagons into the up siding. This was done repetitively at well over prototype speeds with unfailing reliability - no video coverage I'm afraid. Here we have a J class 4-6-2T, a C 0-6-0 and a JB electro-diesel.

Compared with Mk1, Eridge Mk 2 is wider and so there will be more of the 'train in the landscape' feel. The outriggers fitted beyond the original trackbed boards are now being filled in with more insulation foam as a scenic base. The real Eridge was built on made ground in the form of a slight embankment across the stream valley, but the layout transitions into a cutting which didn't exist here in reality but provides an excuse for the three-arch bridge at the end (based on Ashurst).

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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby Terry Bendall » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:25 am

Looking very good Rod.

Rod Cameron wrote: Eridge Mk 2 is wider and so there will be more of the 'train in the landscape' feel.


Looks like there will be plenty of landscape to do the scenic work on as well. Which year do you want me to book you for at Scaleforum? 2015?

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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby Rod Cameron » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:44 am

Terry Bendall wrote: Which year do you want me to book you for at Scaleforum? 2015?

Terry Bendall


I'll have to consult with my colleagues over that one - if it is, it will be a mere 15 years after Mk1 was at Scaleforum in skeletal mode!
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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby Mark Tatlow » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:22 pm

I do like the look of that depth Rod (and team). It looks 2mm; and I mean that as a compliment!

What is the total width front to back?
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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby Rod Cameron » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:24 pm

Cheers Mark - layout depth is 4ft, and it will be that throughout. Lots of grass to plant!
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Re: Eridge Mk2 update

Postby Mark Tatlow » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:58 pm

Rod Cameron wrote:Cheers Mark - layout depth is 4ft, and it will be that throughout. Lots of grass to plant!


Well I reckon it is worth it. Looking forward to future installments............
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