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Some progress in the last few days, the low relief buildings are just about complete (show window displays to make). You can see them in the photos below, they are not in their proper location, just propped up for the photographs. They form part of the backscene and will only be used if I exhibit the layout, but I’ve had to make them now as part of the scenery has to be built round them.

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I also had a friend round yesterday and once I had cleared all the modelling materials off the tracks, we actually had a train running. It did reveal though that my 2-10-2T couldn’t get in one siding as the bunker hit a brick wall, not sure yet wheather to ban the big loco from that siding or remove part of the wall. I’ll have to try running all my stock to see if anything else has a problem.

I also had a bit of a scare when everything stopped working. This was eventually traced to a tin foil tray being put on a section of track shorting everything out. Once this had been removed, still nothing would run. I began to think that perhaps the short had destroyed my original MTS system. However, after 10 monutes or so it started working again. Phew.

There is unlikely to be any progress on the layout for several months now, I’ve been invited to take my OO layout to a big exhibition in June, so I need to use my modelling time to get it ready. I’ll still be logging into G scale central though.
 
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A clever use of the arch in the low relief backdrop.

I wonder if he MTS has a trip inside which resets after a while?
 
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It’s over a year since I touched the G scale layout. Work stopped to let me concentrate on getting my 00 layout ready for the exhibition at the Great Central Railway in June last year. All the preperation paid off as the layout ran faultlessly for all three days. Since then, work, life and a bout of flu prevented any progress. However, being a part time bus & coach driver I’ve been told to expect no work while the virus is around. So I’ve stocked up on scenic supplies and plan to use the time to try and finish the G scale layout.

The first job is to complete this area.

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Before I start I’m hoping someone can help me. I think the markers in the photo below show how far trains can go without fouling points, but where exactly do they go? Between converging tracks? One on each line? Which side of the track, right or left?

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Cheers.
 
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It’s over a year since I touched the G scale layout. Work stopped to let me concentrate on getting my 00 layout ready for the exhibition at the Great Central Railway in June last year. All the preperation paid off as the layout ran faultlessly for all three days. Since then, work, life and a bout of flu prevented any progress. However, being a part time bus & coach driver I’ve been told to expect no work while the virus is around. So I’ve stocked up on scenic supplies and plan to use the time to try and finish the G scale layout.

The first job is to complete this area.

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Before I start I’m hoping someone can help me. I think the markers in the photo below show how far trains can go without fouling points, but where exactly do they go? Between converging tracks? One on each line? Which side of the track, right or left?

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Cheers.
They go exactly where a train would sideswipe another at a point. This is the link to my thread on the ones I built. Even the odd prototype pic of one in Germany, same principle applies in Switzerland.

 
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ColinK

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Fouling Point Markers, that’s the name I couldn’t remember. Thanks for your reply, I actually prefer the ones you made, brilliant use of left overs.

I was looking forward to making progress, much to my surprise I got a call from work, ‘can you come in tomorrow? We’ll probably need you all week.’
 
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No work today, so I’m having a rare ‘me’ day and working on the G scale layout. Today’s task is to use square section plastic to form outlines inside which the buildings fit. That way I can remove them if I ever exhibit the layout. The actual plastic sections will vanish under the landscape, which I’m planning to do on my next free day.

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One question I would appreciate your thoughts on is the ground round the servicing pit. Should I board it (more coffee stirrers)? Just general earth with coal crushed in? Can’t be chequerplate as I haven’t got any.

My time won’t all be available for the G scale layout though, yesterday while driving a bus a gent flagged me down and gave me a loco he wants painting. Plus today my wife has been put on furough so she is at home with no work to do.
 
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No work today, so I’m having a rare ‘me’ day and working on the G scale layout. Today’s task is to use square section plastic to form outlines inside which the buildings fit. That way I can remove them if I ever exhibit the layout. The actual plastic sections will vanish under the landscape, which I’m planning to do on my next free day.

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One question I would appreciate your thoughts on is the ground round the servicing pit. Should I board it (more coffee stirrers)? Just general earth with coal crushed in? Can’t be chequerplate as I haven’t got any.

My time won’t all be available for the G scale layout though, yesterday while driving a bus a gent flagged me down and gave me a loco he wants painting. Plus today my wife has been put on furough so she is at home with no work to do.
A look at some pictures of servicing areas will show that the Ash option is what you need with odd lumps if coal. If you have a log burner (or know someone who has) that ash would do nicely. Also some damp area done with a splash ir two of varnish would fit the bill.
 
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Thanks, I spent an evening looking at my books and decided that for the little coaling/stabling siding I’m building, the ground around the pit should be grot - as Dunnyrail suggested, basically ash and coal, together with a bit of oil and grease trampled into the ground. I think flat baseboards don’t look right so I’ve built up the ground using what I had available. Good progress but it does look a mess at this stage. The white area top left is ready mixed filler, the red bits are terracotta coloured DAS (white would have been easier but I didn’t have any) and the rest of the white is Sculptamould. You probably can’t see it on the photo but I’ve pushed some ‘coal’ into the DAS around the pit. More will be added later. It can dry over the weekend as I’ve been called into work tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be able to start painting it next week.

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