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Bunkerbarge
It was in June's edition of Railway Modeller, Page 448, the layout is Rock Junction by the Alnwick Model Railway Club.  Scanning the picture and putting it here would be a breach of copyright but I'm sure you get the idea.  Just have a look at one in WHSmith's!!
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SmallScenes
Hi Bunkerbarge,

I'll have that somewhere in the shed ......... Can't get at anything because Castell Mawr is scattered in any and every available space.
Today I lost patience and removed the final lamp that simply won't work with ANY resistor in it's circuit. An unused version from the shelf
soldered in and working fine as supplied with a 1K resistor on my 4.5V !!
SO frustrating, even removed with a 220R resistor on the + supply it will work if the croc clip is attached so as to isolate from the resistor,
but nothing at all if power through, croc clip on the resistor leg so no soldered, or any other interface in the supply !!!!!

At least I've now cleaned 4 boards, checked all points and frog switches are serviceable. 8 More boards to go. No suitable pictures taken,
perhaps a shame a some good pictures always ascs as a driver for enthusiasm.

Geoff T.
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SmallScenes
Let there be movement .......



Geoff T.
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
A military flavour, superb terrain on the sides, and added interest with the military flavour. Super colouring, love it.

Jaz Avalley

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SmallScenes
So far so good. After replacing one lamp I now have all 14 platform lights functioning.
Now the planning bit I hate.
This is in effect a large scenic twin track oval, with 2 exchange siding for each line.
I have to decide what locomotives I take and then try to match stock to suit

A one day show and no time, or inclination to alter stock through the day. After a struggle
I've decided on 7 locos, would have preferred just 6 but even now I think I should have a 57XX.
Ideas today :-
GWR Castle with 9 coaches
LMS Webb Coal Tank with between 3 & 5 LMS coaches
GWR 38XX heavy freight, perhaps 37 mixed LMS/GWR wagons
BR 42XX Coal out of Wales
BR Collett Goods either pick-up, or plate/trestle/steel loading. An early Bachmann, but my favourite !!
BR Dean Goods with sound pick-up freight
BR 56XX Iron Ore into Wales

Exhibitions are show business - entertaining is the aim, not indulging oneself MMMMmmmmm ????
Using stock boxes as packed that's taking 174 wagons.

When I say keep it small & simple, I really do mean it.

Geoff T.
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SmallScenes
A long time with no posting here.
I've been spending my time preparing locos, stock and in particular layouts ready for :-
Bridport & District MRC Summer Exhibition on 27th July (next Saturday) at Colfox Academy, Bridport.
It wouldn't be so difficult were it not for me having responsiblity for 3 layouts. Yes, others can supervise say Thomas
which was designed for children to drive, but checking everything works is down to me. In addition the clubs West Bay
layout was built by a colleague and myself, but he has moved to Hampshire so again I find that I'm in the hot seat.
I've already warned next year my input will be much more limited.

One job has been checking wagons that have not been used for a year or more. This little dear kept de-railing and I
decided to replace the wheel-sets with Hornby because they have a deeper flange. That and a small adjustment to the
brake blocks seems to have solved.

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Just one wagon from the 9 stock boxes and 198 wagons now ready for Fridays transport. Not all will get a run, but it's easier to take complete
boxes rather than trying to re-distribute from their normal home which would then have to be reversed to keep my TOPS system accurate.

I doubt we have anyone on here near enough to Bridport, but should you drop in have a few words with me !!

Geoff T.
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All back home, I survived without any serious problems. My main difficulty was the intermittent failure of the Peco PL13
polarity switches. IF I decide to run Castell Mawr again I shall replace with frog juicers.
A couple of Cameo shots from my buddy Derek, I don't even take a camera, too busy not enough time !!

My fiddle yard/exchange sidings

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A cameo scene at the builders merchant at the south  by the station throat

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Geoff T.
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley

SmallScenes wrote:
All back home, I survived without any serious problems. My main difficulty was the intermittent failure of the Peco PL13
polarity switches. IF I decide to run Castell Mawr again I shall replace with frog juicers.
A couple of Cameo shots from my buddy Derek, I don't even take a camera, too busy not enough time !!

My fiddle yard/exchange sidings

IMG_0058.jpg 

A cameo scene at the builders merchant at the south  by the station throat

IMG_0060.jpg 

Geoff T.

what caused it to be intermittent?

and very nice fiddle yard, i often see ones with space for some scenic detail and think why wouldn't you?

Jaz Avalley

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Briperran
Glad the show went well except for the little problem like Jaz love your builders yard cameo it looks superb

Brian
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SmallScenes
Hi Jaz,

The Peco PL-13 polarity switches are a simple sliding switch that attach onto their solenoid motors.
Sometimes they just don't make a contact. For example you run along the main line and everything works. Then you switch the point
to bring something out of the siding and the loco stalls on the point as you have no power to the frog area. Pull the loco back, switch
the point through several movements and then it may work ! They are so intermittent you just never know when it's likely to fail.

I don't know IF/When this layout may see light of day again - were I intending to use again, at say a 2 day show  I'd put frog juicers in
because of space limitations I'd not change the point motors, I also find I can hear when the point changes some 15 feet away, I need
that confirmation as I'm often too far away to see what's happened.

As you can see a driver may be a long way from the action !!
An overall view during set-up

  
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Today I tried my first 'Frog Juicer' and although I want to test in complete darkness to check on any visual
sparking it certainly functions well enough.
It's not fitted to this layout, but I have ordered another 6 and will probably add to the most problematical points on the above.

I was building a single point shunting board and going to rely on the frog being supplied with power via the switch rails. I suffered
occasional stalling through poor contact. No real problem, but on my experience of Peco PL13 sliding switches there was no way i
would use one of them again. Anyway the point was changed manually, I had a pack of 3 Gaugemaster switches and at last fitted
one. It works perfectly withoout upsetting the DCC sound so I'm happy with the results.

Not happy about letting a club member look after my shunting layout. Damage done - A cycle shed and loading gauge destroyed
as well as a home made polarity switch damaged. I will no longer let ANY of my layouts out without me being there.

Geoff T.
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