Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

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barhamd
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Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby barhamd » Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:45 pm

While I've been regularly posting on rmweb about the P4 layout I thought that those here who don't both with that site might like to see progress. I now have the five main baseboards which feature Clare station built and the track down and wired. This weekend I had fun playing trains and produced a quick video on youtube to prove that you can model in Scalefour without trains falling off the track.

A Cravens DMU (Bachmann) arrives from Cambridge.

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An E4 and pair of Gresley coaches arrives from Long Melford.

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Hope you enjoy it.

If you want more you can always visit the blog at http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/186-fen-end-pits-blog/

David

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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby Colin Parks » Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:12 pm

Hello David,

That video has cheered up a wet Sunday afternoon!

All the best,

Colin

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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby Knuckles » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:55 pm

Aahhhh....recognized. I believe we recently spoke on YouTube. I'm Sparkshot there.

Looking forward to seeing this progress. :)
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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby Le Corbusier » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:31 pm

great voice over ... loved it :thumb
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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby barhamd » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:34 pm

Double Aahhhhhhh

Hence the question about radius and potential P4 layouts, as per another thread on here.
I'm dropping down to about 40" at the tightest spots, getting a continuous run in the room which is ~19'x9'

Unlikely to see a Pacific but a 4-6-0 is a possibility.

David

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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby Dave Holt » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:19 pm

David.
Providing you allow sufficient side play on the centre drivers and enough sideways movement on the bogie, I don't see any reason why a 4-6-0 cannot traverse a 40" radius curve.
My earlier efforts, including a WD 2-8-0, a Fairburn 2-6-4 tank and a BR Standard 5 4-6-0 were all able to negotiate a 36" reverse curve, with no transition, test track; and that's on flexitrack with no gauge widening.
Limiting issues tend to be bogie wheels rubbing on front steps and loco to tender spacing - I like to keep this to scale, which can cause problems on sharp curves. The step issue can be solved by moving the steps outwards, slightly. If not over done, it's hardly noticeable in the finished model.
Dave.

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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby barhamd » Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:24 am

Some further work has resulted in the second line in the fiddle-yard getting wired and the two turnouts at the ends of the cassette roads being worked with servos. I've fitted these with 'Pocket money Kits' controllers from the MERG which cost only around £2.50 each. These just have a 12v input and three trimpots to set the start and stop location of the servo and its speed.

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The result is more trains going round and round and there is some more on Youtube to show it works.



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David

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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby Mark Tatlow » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:14 am

Satisfying playing trains for the first (or nearly first I appreciate) time isn't it!!

Keep up the good work!
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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby Dave Holt » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:28 am

That looks to be going very nicely - congratulations. I do like the weathering on the freight wagons. keep up the good work.
Dave.

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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby barrowroad » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:16 pm

Hi Dave, Nice video and good to see the full extent of your layout. You have a steel? locking plate and slide bolt in the corner near the houses - is this home made or a bought in item. The reason I ask is I am looking for something similar to lock and align the lift out section on my layout.

Keep up the good work.

Regards,

Robin

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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby barhamd » Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:43 pm

barrowroad wrote:Hi Dave, Nice video and good to see the full extent of your layout. You have a steel? locking plate and slide bolt in the corner near the houses - is this home made or a bought in item. The reason I ask is I am looking for something similar to lock and align the lift out section on my layout.

Keep up the good work.

Regards,

Robin


Hi Robin

I've got a couple of bolt-like alignment dowels, they are just home-made out of K&S tube.
These tend to work ok, the only issue is where I also want the bolt to conduct power, you'd think two concentric sizes of brass tube would conduct electricity but it ain't necessarily so. In those cases I find having a bit of sprung wire against the bolt then helps.

David

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Re: Stour Valley Dream - progress on P4 layout

Postby barrowroad » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:12 pm

Thanks David I thought you may have fabricated them. I did something similar with the fiddle yard on Sheep Pasture. I was hoping you had found some I could buy off the shelf.
Regards,

Robin


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