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PhilP

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With a little coordination.. You could get Pete to take a shot from the other side of the stock! :rofl::rofl::rofl:
 

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Now I understand. A couple of weeks ago Network Rail installed a sort of level crossing base so road/rail vehicles can get on and off the tracks. They put in floodlights too which unusually are switched on all night, every night. But they are positioned perfectly for Pete to take photos.
 

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Now I understand. A couple of weeks ago Network Rail installed a sort of level crossing base so road/rail vehicles can get on and off the tracks. They put in floodlights too which unusually are switched on all night, every night. But they are positioned perfectly for Pete to take photos.
Hope leave them on all night, the last couple of times I've been past is on the empties to Hardendale around 3am! Must admit, I'm envious of the view from your house beyond the railway
 

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I'm curious, no 'big pointy fence' (apparently) between you and the mainline. - Must be a carefully selected angle for the photograph.. :)
 

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Life has been very tough recently, working 3 days a week and caring for others on my days off. Today I finally got a much needed day off with some time for myself. It‘s exactly a month since I made a start on weathering my diesels and railcar and they hadn’t been touched until today. The morning was spent on dirtying the roofs and underframes - then it started to rain - which wasn’t forecast. Fortunatly it didn’t last long and after lunch I finished the job by applying two coats of matt varnish. Here is one of the locos. My aim was to get a sort of ‘well used but maintained’ look and I’m happy with the result, although the bogies could have more tonal variety. I did have some prototype photos to guide me.

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So that just leaves my three steam locos in ‘out of the box’ condition. I’ve never weathered a steam loco yet, so I’ll have to give it some thought before tackling them.

PS for Pete, a railway man came along a while ago and the lights for the road/rail transition point are now switched off except when its in use.
 
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At home today With the house to myself, but before I get busy, here is a pic of the weathered railcars.

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At home today With the house to myself, but before I get busy, here is a pic of the weathered railcars.

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Deutsch pacer:D just need to record one going down to Morecambe, mind you the squealing would break all your windows after 2 laps of your railway o_O
 

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I’ve got a 4mm scale pacer in bits on my workbench for fitting DCC sound. I had better keep the volume down to save the windows. :):):)

Todays G scale job started by splitting the layout into its 8 baseboards, first time I’ve had to do that. Where the tracks cross baseboard joints I’ve made removable sections, basically just a piece of track stuck to thin plasticard and ballasted. The rails are secured with Hillman rail clamps which have to be removed to split the boards and refitted when I put the layout together. Its proved to be a bit of a time consuming faff and I’m wondering if there are better solutions? i think the removable sections is a good approach as all the baseboard joints are on curves. I’m wondering if it would be better/easier just to use LGB fishplates/rail joiners. Whatever I use it has to conduct the power round the layout. Any advice appreciated.
 

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I would not rely on cross-joint rail connections to distribute power..

There are any number of connectors you can use for linking the track-power from board-to-board.. All will be better than two set's of push-fit joiners.

PhilP.
 

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Take a feed from the track on one board and wire it into a female choc-block. On the board you are joining up to, the first piece of track has a male choc-block wired from it. Join the two lengths of baseboard and connect the two lengths of wire. The track on each length of baseboard can just end without joiners. The wiring can be fed under the baseboard so it is out of sight.

Easier to do than to explain probably.
 

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Thanks for that, well explained as I understood it.

Meanwhile I’ve just finished todays job - weathering the track. It required taking each baseboard outside one at a time and airbrushing sleeper grime over the ballast. It has certainly toned down the cork chippings. Next task is to clean the rail head.

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Progress at last. As you may have read on another thread I had great difficulty getting backscene boards for the layout - I‘m no good at cutting straight and accuratly - I finally got some in June from White Rose Woodworks in Bedale, found quite by chance as my regular Summer Sunday job was driving the Lancaster - Richmond - Bedale bus service. However, with the project having been stalled so long, I just didn’t have the interest or motivation to do anything on the layout, instead I signed up for a online course via zoom learning to play double bass.

However, some enthusiasm came back a few days ago and with three consecutive days off work I’ve finally made some progress. The first day was occupied dismantling the layout and moving it all into another room - where it was very much in the way. Day two was occupied installing LED strips on the framework supporting the layout (the nice brown stained wood in the photo below). Today I’ve fitted the backscene boards and put the railway back in place.

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If you are wondering why the backscenes are on the inside, it is just in case I ever exhibit the layout. They will normally be removed when the layout is at home. I need them on at the moment is to enable me to finish the scenery, especially on the far side of the layout which will have some low relief buildings.

You may also be puzzled as to why I fitted lighting underneath wherethe layout is. I’ve not totally lost my marbles, on the shelf below the layout there is a 00 gauge railway hiding amongst all the boxes/junk. The 00 layout is due to be sold or scrapped after its final exhibition appearance at Chapel-en-le-Frith in February next year (should have been 2021 of course). So when the G scale layout is finished, I’ll move it down a shelf where it will be nicely lit by the new LED strips. A new 00 layout will then be built where the G scale currently resides. I hope its not such a long time to the next update.
 

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Progress at last. As you may have read on another thread I had great difficulty getting backscene boards for the layout - I‘m no good at cutting straight and accuratly - I finally got some in June from White Rose Woodworks in Bedale, found quite by chance as my regular Summer Sunday job was driving the Lancaster - Richmond - Bedale bus service. However, with the project having been stalled so long, I just didn’t have the interest or motivation to do anything on the layout, instead I signed up for a online course via zoom learning to play double bass.

However, some enthusiasm came back a few days ago and with three consecutive days off work I’ve finally made some progress. The first day was occupied dismantling the layout and moving it all into another room - where it was very much in the way. Day two was occupied installing LED strips on the framework supporting the layout (the nice brown stained wood in the photo below). Today I’ve fitted the backscene boards and put the railway back in place.

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If you are wondering why the backscenes are on the inside, it is just in case I ever exhibit the layout. They will normally be removed when the layout is at home. I need them on at the moment is to enable me to finish the scenery, especially on the far side of the layout which will have some low relief buildings.

You may also be puzzled as to why I fitted lighting underneath wherethe layout is. I’ve not totally lost my marbles, on the shelf below the layout there is a 00 gauge railway hiding amongst all the boxes/junk. The 00 layout is due to be sold or scrapped after its final exhibition appearance at Chapel-en-le-Frith in February next year (should have been 2021 of course). So when the G scale layout is finished, I’ll move it down a shelf where it will be nicely lit by the new LED strips. A new 00 layout will then be built where the G scale currently resides. I hope its not such a long time to the next update.
I feel your pain with large scale and other junk over the 00 layout.
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