Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Mike Garwood » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:43 am

Rod

Well done! What a feat to get a working loop AT an exhibition! Don't think I'd have been that brave, more power to you and John. Looking forward to your next installment.

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby DougN » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:35 am

Gees is it 5 years since I saw the viaduct at Scalefourum! That is a surprise. Well done and it is lovely to see that things are still moving forward. :thumb
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Andy W » Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:39 am

Very impressive.
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Terry Bendall » Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:12 am

Balcombe Viaduct will be at Scaleforum this year. Just one more reason to come along. :D

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Re6/6 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:38 am

Mike Garwood wrote:Rod

Well done! What a feat to get a working loop AT an exhibition! Don't think I'd have been that brave, more power to you and John. Looking forward to your next installment.

regards

Mike


Thanks Mike. Track laying on the hoof was 'hairy' to say the least! Memories of the original(?) Wallace and Grommit film. Definitely not the way to do it!

Various trains kept appearing at my right hand before reversing back as the track laying progressed....but hey....we got it all going and the punters and management seemed to like the rather unusual spectacle. We had folk looking underneath who were interested in the trestle and square mild steel tube method we use for the undercarriage.

All things considered, it turned out to be a good weekend after all.
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Rod Cameron » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:01 am

OK boys and girls, we don't let the grass grow under our feet down 'ere in Devon, so now that the viaduct and Balcombe are finished - no that's not quite true but we can see the end of the tunnel! - we're looking again at the next phase of the plan, Lewes.

So you start with Templot usually, and this is a draft plan laid out on the floor of the clubroom last night (inside TT2, so it's quite compact and bijoux by our standards). This is looking back towards the station, with the Brighton platforms to the left and London to the right. The train is a down excursion to Eastbourne from the LMR, and to its right is the line to the Bluebell line, Uckfield and Eridge. Yes Eridge, please keep up at the back.

They all said we were mad with just the viaduct, but that is structurally complete. Balcombe is a mere stopping station. So who still thinks we're bonkers (form an orderly queue please)?

Seriously, nothing much more will happen on Lewes until after Scaleforum, but the overall plans are still intact even if still on the back burner. We will keep you informed.

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Mike Garwood » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:15 pm

And I thought LMJ was bonkers! You really are pushing boundaries...BRILLIANT. Really looking forward to seeing this develop.

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby billbedford » Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:21 am

Will there be room of other layouts a shows yours goes to?
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby dal-t » Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:46 pm

Very impressed by the track-holding qualities of that 2-D printing - does it supply current as well?
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Rod Cameron » Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:48 pm

billbedford wrote:Will there be room of other layouts a shows yours goes to?


Haha, we did once calculate that you could get quite a few more in at Stoke Mandeville if everything from Balcombe to Eridge via Lewes was on show - we'll discuss the details with exhibition managers when it starts to get near that size!
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Crepello » Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:07 pm

or "How We Out-Retfored Retford".

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Terry Bendall » Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:39 am

Rod Cameron wrote:we'll discuss the details with exhibition managers when it starts to get near that size!


I shall look forward to that discussion. :D Shall we pencil you in for 2025?

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Rod Cameron » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:09 am

Terry Bendall wrote:
Rod Cameron wrote:we'll discuss the details with exhibition managers when it starts to get near that size!


I shall look forward to that discussion. :D Shall we pencil you in for 2025?

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Nah, let's go for 2020 ... (we can do some conceptual thinking at Scaleforum!).

Back near the end of page 1, I said

"If the full ensemble ever made it to fruition, we'd be looking at 126 ft top to bottom and 73 ft left to right. Just for context the main hall at Railex measures 160 ft x 120 ft (thanks David )."

This was before the viaduct/Balcombe became a roundy, so its a bit shorter but a bit fatter at the top end, but still 'loadsaroom' (!).
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Philip Hall » Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:13 pm

Perhaps the best idea would be to put the layout around the edges of a hall and the rest of an exhibition in the middle. Can you arrange some sort of auto lifting flaps at various points so that people can get inside?

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Re6/6 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:09 pm

Now there's a thought Phil!
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Rod Cameron » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:27 pm

Philip Hall wrote:Perhaps the best idea would be to put the layout around the edges of a hall and the rest of an exhibition in the middle. Can you arrange some sort of auto lifting flaps at various points so that people can get inside?

Philip


On the Brighton they often tended to use underpasses (like at Horsted Keynes). But yes we always thought in terms of an edge-based display, provided you could cater for emergency exits and other required access (see, we are serious about this!).
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Andy W » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:55 pm

Rather than around the inside of the hall - why not get a bit more ambitious and put it around the outside of the hall, or even around the nearby running track? That way you could extend your empire to include Oxfordshire! A series of tents and servants with umbrellas could protect the whole thing from the elements. ;)
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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby Mike Garwood » Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:59 am

Andy W wrote:Rather than around the inside of the hall - why not get a bit more ambitious and put it around the outside of the hall, or even around the nearby running track? That way you could extend your empire to include Oxfordshire! A series of tents and servants with umbrellas could protect the whole thing from the elements. ;)


Putting ideas like this in their heads has a dangerous way of back firing. LMJ started out as a modest 23 feet long, then someone made a suggestion and all hell broke loose. 8-) It's now 40 feet long!

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Re: Ouse Viaduct/Balcombe/Lewes project

Postby barrowroad » Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:40 am

Same thing happened with Barrow Road; started as a 8ft - 10ft diaorama just the shed without the main line, then someone suggested adding the main line and well you can't have the main line without passing trains so it needed a fiddle yard - now 30ft x 13ft. I've drawn the line at making the two gasholders behind the shed!

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