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

Greg Elmassian

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So after all that, I am taking the reference to crossover to be the diamond crossing in this picture:

(yes I am indeed anal).

So now I can comment on the layout, my original intent: While that track configuration is inventive and imaginative, it is not very good operationally, and uses space on a track that could have more storage space, by having to leave the diamond area clear.

The "S" curve out of the switch leading to the diamond is not great, and it appears the alignment between the curved track and the diamond is not great either.

I'd pull that switch and the diamond and wait for a better usage. if you wanted you could use that right hand switch on the "outer" curve to make 2 sidings from one.

 
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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)

Greg, nice track configuration, but...how do get the stock to stay on the curve at the back?
 
Bill Barnwell

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When looking for one of the "diamonds" back about a year ago I found that most manufactures referred to them as crossings or cross overs and switches were called switches or turnouts, by both American and overseas manufactures seems like there is no consistencies among the people who make them. So what does that tell you, beware what you are buying and ask for a picture cause who knows what they are
 
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So after all that, I am taking the reference to crossover to be the diamond crossing in this picture:

(yes I am indeed anal).

So now I can comment on the layout, my original intent: While that track configuration is inventive and imaginative, it is not very good operationally, and uses space on a track that could have more storage space, by having to leave the diamond area clear.

The "S" curve out of the switch leading to the diamond is not great, and it appears the alignment between the curved track and the diamond is not great either.

I'd pull that switch and the diamond and wait for a better usage. if you wanted you could use that right hand switch on the "outer" curve to make 2 sidings from one.

with Greg on the right hand switch feeding the diamond, crossing, crossover, try going back to the switch coming from the main line and in place of the curve there add a left hand switch and move the diamond closer to the feed switch (away from the cars, have the new left hand switch feed the diamond this will get rid of the S curve and give you a longer siding where the red and tan cars are
 
Rich Skuse

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Heya all. So we had a quick re-lay of the yard, I would like to get more R1 points at some point and sort some more interesting running options in the yard but for now it’s functional and hasn’t caused any derailments yet. So Corbs, my ‘track plan advisor’ and ‘Video PR manager’ came over Friday night for beers, BBQ and the first ‘proper’ running of the line. It was good videoing it as it helps highlight issues on the line that need attention. The plan was to shoot a load of video before we lost the light then have food, but we ended up filming til about 1AM interspersed with bbq and beers. Some quick snaps of the keen videographer..
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He has released the video on his YouTube channel, railway mania. Worth checking out his other content too, but here you are, in all it’s glory. I particularly enjoy the night running section, you can tell more and more beers had been drank as the trains got longer and longer. o_O

 
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I was a little worried about cinders from the bbq in that first shot! :eek: :tmi::giggle::giggle:
 
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Excellent video..

I especially liked the the 'electric' music, in the Night Freight section..

Think it was by that German electro-synth group...

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Garten-Bahn!
:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
 
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Looks like a lot of fun
 
dunnyrail

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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)

Railways using different words to describe things separated by a big pond.
 
Chris Vernell

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Just to confuse matters further, a "crossing" in some prototype sources is what we call a frog.
 
dunnyrail

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Heya all. So we had a quick re-lay of the yard, I would like to get more R1 points at some point and sort some more interesting running options in the yard but for now it’s functional and hasn’t caused any derailments yet. So Corbs, my ‘track plan advisor’ and ‘Video PR manager’ came over Friday night for beers, BBQ and the first ‘proper’ running of the line. It was good videoing it as it helps highlight issues on the line that need attention. The plan was to shoot a load of video before we lost the light then have food, but we ended up filming til about 1AM interspersed with bbq and beers. Some quick snaps of the keen videographer..
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He has released the video on his YouTube channel, railway mania. Worth checking out his other content too, but here you are, in all it’s glory. I particularly enjoy the night running section, you can tell more and more beers had been drank as the trains got longer and longer. o_O

Nice Music on a Vid for a change, like the Dog as well.
 
Rich Skuse

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Nice Music on a Vid for a change, like the Dog as well.
You have Corbs to thank for the music. :D Well, and the video.
Maddison isn't quite sure of the trains still. She minds them less outside than when I used to run them in the house but she is still wary of them if she isn't paying attention. Have a picture of a mucky pup, because who doesn't also love dogs. :rofl:

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