Estate Elongate

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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:48 pm

And a few more photos of bits and pieces of vegetation that have grown up since last week ...

... at the bothy ...

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... by the gate into the woods ...

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... looking back through the gate ...

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... at the logs ...

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... and the general area at the Stable Yard end of the loop ...

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Point levers are now installed.

Now, I must get on with installing track on Rotaverser Mk II ...

Hours of fun ...
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:01 pm

Well, I've spent the last two weeks fiddlin' and fettlin' with the Rotaverser Mk II, including a few days wasted with sticking thick card onto the trackbed, and then discovering that it was too thick and ripping it all up again ...

Anyway, the track is now down, wired and tested, so a few photos are in order ...

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... here is the contraption in place against the left-hand scenic board. The sophisticated method of getting power to the right bit of track is a result of the experiences with Rotaverser Mk 1 ...

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... a view along the tracks. Track 3 is aligned and power plugged into the correct set of sockets. The traces of glue from the abortive card-sticking are visible despite the black paint ...

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... in order to keep the sliding top layer of the Rotaverser in contact with the scenic board I've fixed soft iron strips to the latter, and magnets to the underside of the former. A light pull will separate them ...

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... A close-up of the spaghetti that is the wiring at one end, held down with blobs of hot glue, and the numerals by each track to remind me which set of sockets to plug power into ...

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... and finally, a view of the various Rotaversing layers. The white stuff between the two middle layers is a block of foam packing - there are 8 of these positioned around the pivot. They provide some levelling, and resistance to movement to stop the track alignment from drifting off course ...

This evening I'm fitting a form of removable end stops ... hours of fun ...
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby chris stockdale » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:17 pm

Bill,

I have the utmost admiration for yourself and all those who use track power. Your photos of lovely spaghetti show why.

Back in the day, as a callow youth, my Triang-Hornby set was run through just the one set of leads to the track. I can’t really remember why I never took it further - probably because my many drawings of track plans had no where to call home.

Arriving at, ahem, ‘mature’ middle age I was glad to dive into G scale (on 45mm), 7/8ths and 1/12, all powered either by batteries and RC or steam.

Oh, the relief...

:D :D :D

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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm

... Thanks, Chris ... I think ...

Last night I rigged up end-stops for the Rotaverser ...

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... nothing sophisticated - some wood and some garden wire ...

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... plus a blob or two of hot glue ...

Next job is to paint the wood - white with red stripes, I think ...

Hours of fun ...
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby PeterH » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:10 pm

Wow, that’s a work of art in itself. You could almost have the Rotaverser as the model and the rest the fiddleyard. Though a different prototype.
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:04 pm

Yes, I was wondering whether to hide the Rotaverser, but decided that people would probably want to see if it actually works ...

Anyway, after all the scenic work and Rotaversing, and as the sun was shining, I decided to have a little running and photo session this afternoon ...

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The three Smallbrook Katie kits ...

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... and with their drivers. 'Ice' Biscuit has got the best drive - again ...

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Selina Smith-Crisp with Ettie and the brake van in the loop ...

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... and Kaffie with a couple of Tops passes on the other line ...

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... while 'Ice' sits in the stable Yard under the eagle eyes of Stackers and Sir Huntley Palmer awaiting clearance of a loop road so he can show them what he can do ...

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'Ice's grand-dad acts as pointsman at the yard exit, with a stool, as befits his advancing years and lumbago ...

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... with the next set also attentively manned ...

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... but the guy at the far end of the loop is taking rather too relaxed an attitude ...

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... the little area beside the loco shed now has a proper seat - yes, we can see you skiving off again ...

Hours of fun ...
Bill

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Too soon old, too late smart.

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