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A new Layout for a New Year

Postby NarrowGauge » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:45 pm

Having decided to start a new layout and after salvaging what I could from the partially completed (Just Started really) previous layout I spent the day thinking about the purpose of this new railway that I'm about to build. It was then I came upon this fruit box label on the net and instantly decided that this was just perfect for a new Gn15 Layout.
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To avoid copyright infringement I will probably tweak it in Corel Draw / Photoshop or something but basically it is just what I wanted.
So with an industry in mind I started today with the baseboard construction.
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the track sitting on the board is not attached and the curve will be a lot tighter. There will be a loop of track which goes behind a backdrop and one or maybe two sidings out the front to park a train or just some wagons.
My plan is to have removable loads on short 4 wheel wagons. Things that this rail may carry could be quite varied. Fruit from a off scene orchard, finished and boxed fruit, both fresh and tinned, bottled drinks or even general items to maintain a farm / factory area the possibilities seem endless.
BIG PLANS for my little layout :D
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Postby Artizen » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:04 pm

From memory, the last layout was looking nice so this has a good pedigree to follow!
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Postby NarrowGauge » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:15 pm

Its after 11pm already but its way too hot (26 Deg C) at the moment to sleep to I decided to edit the sign.

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Postby henrix72se » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:32 pm

+26C ... I only wish .. we have winter here...

Very nice label you got.

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Postby johna » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:13 pm

henrix72se wrote:+26C ... I only wish .. we have winter here...

Very nice label you got.

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And here in the UK we are going to be washed away with a large tidal wave tomorrow. :D :D :D

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Postby Artizen » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:12 pm

I can beat that ...

Today in Brisbane it is reputed to reach 37 degrees C and 41 degrees C tomorrow.

I can't see much modelling being done - just surviving!!!
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Postby NarrowGauge » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:33 am

Artizen wrote:... I can't see much modelling being done - just surviving!!!


Yep I tried but the heat won out in the end.
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That's 41 Degrees at 3:20 this afternoon
My brain is melting its so hot I can't think anymore


But I did manage to get some of the track down

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and have a little fun cleaning up

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I'd like to have done more but just can't cope with the heat at the moment and unfortunately it doesn't look like there is going to be any relief from the heat tomorrow either :(
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:51 am

Grew up in Georgia, where peaches were big deal. Looking forward to seeing what Aussies do to their peach orchards.
Weather?
Dig this in central Missouri:
Current Conditions
Fair
2°F
-17°C
Humidity 72%
Wind Speed Calm
Barometer 30.47 in (1034.1 mb)
Dewpoint -5°F (-21°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Last Update on 2 Jan 11:53 pm CST"

How about "Monday Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 1."
That's the same -17 C as above.
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Postby NarrowGauge » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:20 am

Track work finally finished and the electrics done also just have to continue the push rod mechanism for the point out the front of the layout.
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I hoping to get the back drop in place tomorrow morning and test the layout properly. I cant seem to find the DCC controller.
Its in the shed somewhere but it been way to hot to go scabbing through everything at the moment :(
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Postby NarrowGauge » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:07 am

So today was quite a productive day, I managed to cut the boards for the backdrop and give them a coat of undercoat /primer.
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At the back I decided to add a small shelf as there never seems to be enough space to just put things down when you are at a show plus it has the added benefit of stiffing up the custom wood back board as they are only the 3mm thin stuff to keep it light.
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Also as I had to go down to the airport in Brisbane yesterday I had a few minutes to drop into one of the local hobby shops. I managed to grab some flexible aircraft control rod cable. I'm going to use this to manually control the points and its associated switch (frog polarity switch).
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This will cable will attach to the aluminum arm thingy that is now attached to the slide switch. Just look at the picture you will understand.
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Still can't find that dam Bachmann controller :(
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Postby demaine22 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:28 am

Nice work Tess :)

I like the 'behind the scenes' area, excellent use of shelf space and the point control is simple, but effective!
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Postby NarrowGauge » Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:57 am

I Still need to complete the single track fiddle yard but I've had enough of making saw dust and noise for a while So I started making some clay pavers instead.
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:17 pm

Hi, Tess.
I like the look of the pavers or cobbles. How do you make sure the wheels don't hit the ones between the rails?
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Postby Artizen » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:41 pm

I am a little bit concerned about the pavers between the tracks. With such a narrow gauge, I would expect the pavers to run the other way - with the rails instead of across. This would alleviate some of the flange strike problems.

Also, most railways including narrow gauge used a metal flange welded to the inside of the rail to give the wheels a clean area to work inside. I wouldn't be too concerned about modelling this (it's a nightmare to get accurate) but you can hint at it when you come to final paint and debris.

Hope I'm not too late and you have already finished!
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Postby NarrowGauge » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:37 am

Artizen wrote:...I am a little bit concerned about the pavers between the tracks. With such a narrow gauge, I would expect the pavers to run the other way - with the rails instead of across. This would alleviate some of the flange strike problems....


I hadn't even thought about this until you mentioned it, but by pure dumb luck I think its okay. Nothing seems to be catching or riding up off the rails. I guess actually running a loco on the track will be the only real test. Still can't find that controller which is becoming a great source of annoyance.
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:06 pm

Interesting project Tess. I like the idea of a railway serving a fruit grower. The mechanical point control you are attempting is also a interesting idea.

Keep us posted on your progress.

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Postby NarrowGauge » Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:55 pm

Simon Andrews wrote:Interesting project Tess. I like the idea of a railway serving a fruit grower....


This YouTube video was also one of the ideas behind the layout
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4dDGTL3fTQ
while it is a tractor pulling the trailers a small loco could have just as easily perform this task as it only travels along set routes through the peach orchard and back to the processing plant.
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Postby NarrowGauge » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:20 am

I made some building mockups today to look at my placement options

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Postby NarrowGauge » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:41 am

Started Adding some detail to the front most low relief building this morning
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the Paddlock is scratch built using a bit of brass wire and a blob of solder, which is then filled down to the right size and shape.

I also had a bit of fun creating a sack barrow to move around a couple of boxes of peaches.
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Its made from more brass wire and a bit of brass flat bar. The wheels are some O Scale resin castings that I had made a few years back that I found in my scrap box of things. A quick spray of Wildfire Red and Hey presto :)
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Postby NarrowGauge » Sat May 17, 2014 1:41 pm

So with only a couple of weeks to go before the 2014 Toowoomba show I decided to rebuild two of the three buildings and start adding some scenic detail.

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This building will be replacing the center building which was the office.

and these next 2 pics are the right hand corner of the layout and really the only area that where is grass and trees.

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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sat May 24, 2014 6:45 am

Looking good, Tess. Did you make the bricks round the base of the centre building yourself?
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Postby thtroll » Tue May 27, 2014 8:47 pm

Those bricks really look great. They blend in beautifully with the ground cover.
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Postby Christian » Wed May 28, 2014 7:27 am

Wonderful work. :D
Make today a great day ! :D :D :D

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Postby NarrowGauge » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:40 am

Geeky Gecko wrote:Looking good, Tess. Did you make the bricks round the base of the centre building yourself?


Yes the bricks are made from 5mm thick off cuts of MDF.
I laid them on there edge (fury side out) and then painted them with a thin wash of red paint Just Once. Less is better and the more uneven you do, gives them a realistic look I feel.
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Postby NarrowGauge » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:47 am

So the Toowoomba Show was this weekend just passed and the layout ran well the whole two days.

I thought I'd upload a few pictures

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Sunday afternoon things didn't look good for Steve and the girl with the abnormally large hands was seen with a axe last talking to him.

This wagon load certainly created a bit of interest. Just had to remove it when the little kids came to look at the layout.
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