Skuse Hillside Light Railway - Video of the first ‘official’ running!

PhilP

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Definitely one to run up the flagpole, and see who salutes!
:)
 
Chris Vernell

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Ready torpedoes!
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Xav204

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Congratulations for the new house
Welcome to Skuse Hillside light railway
I'm sure you will find a way to save some space for the SHLR
 
Rich Skuse

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Just a quick update with some snaps for now, bought a few more points and some buffer stops. Finished the loop. Ran a loco round light engine to see that it wasn't going to do a barrel roll, few bits I need to work on but yea.

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Buffer stops

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Started playing with yard layout. I wanted to use the crossover but I think in hindsight this is just a bit messy and silly, plus the wagons don't like it all. The bogies can't cope with the constant direction changes over track that isn't 'just track' and derail too much.

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It looks fun though..

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Pulled a train around for a bit to see how the line would do with stock

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I did take some video but I need to find time to splice it together a bit. More soon!
 
dunnyrail

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Just a quick update with some snaps for now, bought a few more points and some buffer stops. Finished the loop. Ran a loco round light engine to see that it wasn't going to do a barrel roll, few bits I need to work on but yea.

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Buffer stops

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Started playing with yard layout. I wanted to use the crossover but I think in hindsight this is just a bit messy and silly, plus the wagons don't like it all. The bogies can't cope with the constant direction changes over track that isn't 'just track' and derail too much.

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It looks fun though..

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Pulled a train around for a bit to see how the line would do with stock

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I did take some video but I need to find time to splice it together a bit. More soon!
A left hand point would possibly have worked better leading to the Crossover. You may have needed some odd short sections to get things to match up but sure it would all flow smoother.
 
Rich Skuse

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A left hand point would possibly have worked better leading to the Crossover. You may have needed some odd short sections to get things to match up but sure it would all flow smoother.
That’s all the points I have left now. Going to have a play with it all and see if we can’t come up with a better idea, even if it means no crossover.
 
PhilP

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I can't help but think that crossover will end in tears...
It severely limits the amount of stock you can get, in both roads...
You WILL get more stock. I promise you! :giggle: :nod::nod:

ALWAYS...............
Make sidings, and passing loops, as long as possible.

PhilP.
 
Greg Elmassian

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Must be a terminology difference... here in the US a crossover is the switches that connect 2 parallel tracks, those closest to you in the picture.

A crossing is normally called a "diamond" in the trade, to keep it from being confused with a road crossing the rails. A diamond can be seen on the right track just past the crossover.

So, in the UK crossover = US diamond.... if so, what is the track configuration called a "crossover" in the US?

(pardon the pneumatic hoses on the track)

 
Rich Skuse

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Must be a terminology difference... here in the US a crossover is the switches that connect 2 parallel tracks, those closest to you in the picture.

A crossing is normally called a "diamond" in the trade, to keep it from being confused with a road crossing the rails. A diamond can be seen on the right track just past the crossover.

So, in the UK crossover = US diamond.... if so, what is the track configuration called a "crossover" in the US?

(pardon the pneumatic hoses on the track)

I wouldn’t assume I am using the correct terminology mind you, I have heard it called many things. Someone will probably come along at some point to confirm the UK name :wasntme:
 
Greg Elmassian

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I was referring to everyone calling something a crossover and I cannot figure what picture he is talking about... I'm guessing it's the small "yard" with a diamond crossing in it...

But want to learn the UK terminology...


Greg
 
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I was referring to everyone calling something a crossover and I cannot figure what picture he is talking about... I'm guessing it's the small "yard" with a diamond crossing in it...

But want to learn the UK terminology...

Greg
Ah, right, yea, the diamond crossing in the yard is the bit I mean by crossover, I think we are both on the same page, just me using (probably) the wrong words :)
 
Rich Skuse

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I can't help but think that crossover will end in tears...
It severely limits the amount of stock you can get, in both roads...
You WILL get more stock. I promise you! :giggle: :nod::nod:

ALWAYS...............
Make sidings, and passing loops, as long as possible.

PhilP.
Missed your post, my thoughts exactly on the stock holding. Initially I thought it’d make the yard a challenge to use to add ‘play value’ but the more I look at it the more I realise I already have enough stock to not fit in that yard, I have 2 tank wagons, 3 flats, 3 coaches, a goods van, a brake van, 3 mineral wagons, a short LGB plank wagon, 3 locomotives.. so it will be being relaid one evening this week methinks.
 
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I was referring to everyone calling something a crossover and I cannot figure what picture he is talking about... I'm guessing it's the small "yard" with a diamond crossing in it...

But want to learn the UK terminology...

Greg
My UK terminolorgy has always been a diamond crossing.
 
PhilP

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Probably laziness, and a 'stream of consciousness' from my fingers.. :rolleyes:
Sorry for the confusion.. :(
 
Rhinochugger

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I think the early model railway manufacturers probably didn't help - as a youngster, a diamond crossing was almost always referred to as a crossover :emo: :emo:
 
Rhinochugger

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I think that was a "double crossover" just to really confuse things, having 2 crossovers at the same place also requires a diamond crossing:

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Oh yes, and I seem to remember that Jon (Zerogee) has a word for that in model form - and yes, it is repeatable.

So, the confusion is a bit of bad terminology combined with some transatlantic differences - which is probably a recipe for disaster :mask: :mask: :mask:
 
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How does the joke go with the railways getting double crossed over their diamonds?
 
GAP

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Also known as a "scissors" crossover, for obvious reasons
In Aust it is commonly referred to as a scissors crossing as well.
A double slip will do the same job while taking up less space, I used them extensively back in my HO days.
Terminology can get confusing when communicating wit people in different countries eg Points / Switch/Turnout all do the same thing, albeit turnout is a model train term to avoid confusion with electrical switches.