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Pauljag900

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Welcome to the forum Paul.

I am also an N scale modeller. I'm building a layout using Kato track, for my Kato RhB Swiss stock atm.

Your Japanese layout is, or was, very impressive. I wish I had a Man Cave like yours too!

However, I've been into G scale for around 25 years, although ill health last year stopped me being in the garden so I've not done much with rebuilding my current railway for a while.

Feel free to ask about G scale here. I might be asking you some Kato questions later....
thanks mate,it ll be a pleasure to answer them,assuming I can of course!:)
 
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Gents,
if I m out of order here then I apologies in advance but as I ve had a few comments about my previous N gauge layout I ve put up two links to YouTube videos of it when it was up for sale,hope that’s ok and not too far off topic
Its your thread, drift is your prerogative :)
 
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thanks mate,it ll be a pleasure to answer them,assuming I can of course!:)
There is a thread about Kato Trams in N, links to your vids would be appreciated in that thread I reckon. As there are a few Kato N guys in this forum, including me.
 
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Hi everyone,
my name is Paul and I live in Chester,Cheshire,Uk.
so by way of a brief ish intro,
I m more in to modelling than trains and started in n gauge japanese about 6 years ago.I m 60 years old now and I suffer with arthritis and last year my hands were becoming quite sore particularly at the base of the thumb,i destroyed a locco when trying to put it back together after a routine clean and service so after a lot of thought and deliberation I decided to call it a day on the N gauge and switch to G scale.
To begin with it will live in a 12x8 shed but hopefully will extend around a small rockery next to it.
I m calling it Red River Station,purely because that’s the name of the station building. Basically it ll just be two loops based loosely on a small American town,I say loosely as I bought two Piko starter sets and they only do the two steam ones with smoke and sound and one is german
not a lot to report at the moment tho it is up and running,
be nice to speak to you all ,
paul
Hi Paul
Welcome to the forum. Your experience with modelling is the same as mine. I. Was modelling in 00 but developed the same problem.,arthritis in my hands as you describe at the base of the thumbs.
As a result I moved to G gauge and things are a bit better. I to am modelling in a small space 8 x 12 ft ( the garage) and will move out into the garden when the garage layout is sorted.Pico starter sets the same.
The best thing about a layout inside you can play in all weathers..
Good luck with Red River Station. Keep shunting.
Best
Don
 
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What is that material under the track it almost looks like a 1/2 inch of black foam.
 
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Hi Paul
Welcome to the forum. Your experience with modelling is the same as mine. I. Was modelling in 00 but developed the same problem.,arthritis in my hands as you describe at the base of the thumbs.
As a result I moved to G gauge and things are a bit better. I to am modelling in a small space 8 x 12 ft ( the garage) and will move out into the garden when the garage layout is sorted.Pico starter sets the same.
The best thing about a layout inside you can play in all weathers..
Good luck with Red River Station. Keep shunting.
Best
Don
Hi Don,
thanks for the welcome buddy,perhaps we can give each other tips?
 
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What is that material under the track it almost looks like a 1/2 inch of black foam.
It’s actually laminate floor underlayit’s a high density foam which is very strong but easy to cut,it also has superb sound deadening qualities and it’s cheap as chips mate.I first used it on my n gauge layout so I could sink the tram tracks into it so they woud be level with the ground.

this is it,

i stuck mine down with spray adhesive.
 
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Latest accusation arrived today,a bachman street car that will run the tramline.Courtesy of my beautifull daughter,a belated Xmas pressie
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And yes I need to sort the pole out as is loose
 
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Looks just like the one I was following on eBay last week, right done to the driver, but decided not to bid.
This was a buy it now but I was following the one I think you re talking about. It went last night for £79 plus postage.
 
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The locco hanging up is a tin plate ornamental model that my grandkids bought me which may find its way onto the layout at some point;)
I assume you mean the ac dc poster? It’s just a poster from eBay,but yeah,the best rock band ever imho
Hi Paul

I have only just seen your posting, been too busy with other things.
So a belated welcome.
And, very importantly, when people mention AC/DC, I like to take the opportunity to mention that my friend was actually a band member of AC/DC.
It’s not much of a claim to fame, or anything else, but one has to grab every such opportunity! lol.
cheers and all the best with your new railway.
 
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Hi Paul

I have only just seen your posting, been too busy with other things.
So a belated welcome.
And, very importantly, when people mention AC/DC, I like to take the opportunity to mention that my friend was actually a band member of AC/DC.
It’s not much of a claim to fame, or anything else, but one has to grab every such opportunity! lol.
cheers and all the best with your new railway.
Hi Tas,
thanks mate,as a matter of interest which band member was it?
 
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Latest accusation arrived today,a bachman street car that will run the tramline.Courtesy of my beautifull daughter,a belated Xmas pressie
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And yes I need to sort the pole out as is loose
The pole can be held down in the Brass Clip at each end of the Tram. Without overhead it will spring up like yours has, it is possible to keep it at a better height by using some black cotton to hold it down.
 
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The pole can be held down in the Brass Clip at each end of the Tram. Without overhead it will spring up like yours has, it is possible to keep it at a better height by using some black cotton to hold it down.
Cheers mate
it only arrived late afternoon yesterday so not looked at it properly yet,I just ran it quickly to check it was working and noticed it was a bit loose.
thanks for the tip I m going to take a proper look in a bit.
 
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Cheers mate
it only arrived late afternoon yesterday so not looked at it properly yet,I just ran it quickly to check it was working and noticed it was a bit loose.
thanks for the tip I m going to take a proper look in a bit.
Hi Paul
How goes it this week with the layout.? I like your tram it looks like a nice bit of kit. Have you managed to get the upper track sorted ? Not got much done on Hemlock Central this week due to hospital appointments
Don
 
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Hi all,
a quick update on red river,I braved the weather with my son and constructed the raised tracks for the trains.This gave me enough space to put in a double tram line as I can now push the buildings back under the train tracks.
one tram is on a loop the other on a back and forth control board.
view from the shed doors,the box section on the left will house the electrics.

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the Main Street section,the railings across the platform area will eventually go all around.
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not so much room on this side so will be more rural with single story buildings and no road
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small tram depot/station will be fenced off with a small church and school in front
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looking back from inside,I disconnect the curves and the board slides out.

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So with the forced lockdown and three weeks off work I found myself with nothing better to do than work on the layout.
One tram is on a loop and one on a cheap back and forth shuttle control

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So with 3 Weeks off work and nothing better to do plus the nice weather I decided to make a start on the garden railway.
the overall area is about 4x3.5 meters.
for now I ve used the track from the shed layout plus some large radius curves from a very good friend of mine.
i ve ordered 100 new screw connectors and where the track crosses on the flags it will be screwed down,the rest of the flags will be removed.The beige flags at the front of the shed will be left as they are and a small station and platform will go there with a few other buildings and lights.
There will be a small pond sitting inside the rock area and the rest will be planted then gravelled.
the story so far,

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Day5 has seen the basics finished,plants in,pond in,needs a few more plants for in the pond.
few connectors to fit then it’s done.
time to start thinking of buildings etc.
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Inspired by Dunnyrails halt I proceeded to make a small halt for the layout,

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