Gwion
Hello, 

During these difficult times, I thought it would be the perfect time to start a post on my model railway.

To give a bit of background, my layout is based mainly around West Wales, it features the station areas of: Aberystwyth, Strata Florida and Llangurig (East Wales). The size of the layout will eventually be something similar to an 'F' shape, measuring 14ft long, and 6ft wide on the branches off. Currently only the terminus of Aberystwyth is in situ, however further progress is expected in the coming week. 

Each station is heavily based on the original track plans, with minor moderations made for optimum operating potential. The fleet is almost entirely based on 1930s GWR stock, but with a few exceptions! 

It's DC controlled, with each station having it's own 'signal box' with communication for operating.
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This is the main control for Aberystwyth station, the front of the panel is ready for the fitting of three rows of various toggle switches. 
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This is what it looks like inside currently. At the top right you can see the switch used for the acception of trains into the section, a second identical switch is at the next station's signal box for acknowledgement. 

At the bottom left, the wireless blueRailways system can be seen. Track 1 is used for either train movements externally 'in section' from station A to station B or/and internal station movements. Track 2 is exactly the same, other than the train external movements are between stations A and C. 

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This is the telephone box for communications from Aberystwyth to the next station.
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This is what it looks like inside. On the inside of the door, a bell push system will be installed. This enables the signaller to describe the movement/scenario through morse code to the next station.

When these basic (!) stages of electronics are fitted and tested in each station, it will be possible to 'play trains' with as little as one person, or as many as three signallers and additionally (if required) a driver for each of the locomotives in use (otherwise the role of the signaller).

This decision will be made through the use of a switching instrument on each control panel to determine whether it's computer control (Raspberry Pi program) or manual control (human).

If you managed to read this far, well done! 😂


Please let me know what you think. 
Kind regards,
GWR
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Bunkerbarge
Firstly welcome to the forum Gwion, that's quite a comprehensive first post.  There are certainly some interesting thoughts there and I'm looking forward to seeing how they relate to the layout itself.

Thanks for taking the time to share your project.
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Gwion
Thank you Bunkerbarge for your kind words. I thought it would be a good way to let people know it's out there. I tried to get a bit of a community started on YouTube about a year and a half ago, but that hasn't been so successful. Here's the link if anyone's interested:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1HgiaikPpN_x_Lajxc2M0g

Currently there are just two exploring videos available, however during the coming weeks, I'm hoping to record some of the construction process going on.

GWR
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Bunkerbarge
Sounds interesting Gwion and you can add links to your posts here so the YouTube movies can be used to support your descriptions here.  Have a look through this thread for example, scroll down to the Final Competition Entry :

https://www.dccconceptsforum.com/post/competition-entry-scopwick-signal-box-fc1876-quotfinal-competition-entry%E2%80%9D-9900369?&trail=75
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Gwion
Wow, thanks for letting me know. That signal box just looked top notch! 👍 I'm amazed, I'll have a look at those videos later.

GWR
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Gwion
Afternoon one and all. 

I thought I'd post a couple of images regarding the progress on my model railway.

Over the weekend I have been reinforcing the first two boards with a strip of 2x1. They both had temporary posts to keep level (seen below). 
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This is what they look like now. 
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Now that has been done, I've started construction on the third board. This 5ft board will complete the full length of the rear 14ft stretch. 
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I will try to keep you up to date as much as I can. I will also be uploading a YouTube video within the next week or so.


Regards, 
GWR
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Bunkerbarge
Looks nice and secure.  A lot firmer than I ended up with!
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Gwion
Thanks @Bunkerbarge
I'm sure your layout's not that bad. My previous layout was on the floor in a 4ft x 2ft space in a room! That was supported off the floor for wiring space by four 1in doorstop's from Charlie's!

GWR
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Gwion
Morning all, 

Just thought I'd give you the heads up on my first video, Building the Baseboards:


Regards, 
Gwion
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Gwion
Afternoon all. 

If any of you are interested, tomorrow (15th) at 12:00 midday there will be a Premiere on a new series called 'Model Railway Maintenance'. Tomorrow will be episode 1:


Regards, 
Gwion
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Gwion
Here's the link to my video of 'Tackling the Track - Part 1' which Premiere's tomorrow (22nd) at 12:00 midday:

Enjoy!
Gwion
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Gwion
Here's the link to my video of 'Tackling the Track - Part 2' which Premiere's today (29th) at 12:00 midday. 

Enjoy!
Gwion 
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
i've said it before and say it again this is a aways the most exciting boy fir me, the planning and getting the shape on the board, after that it is just filling, this part you have total freedom to move it bout and check its working, and maintenance aspects, thank you for sharing

Jaz Avalley

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