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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2015 03:08 pm
   
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Nice move Tony

Anything to save the back is worthwhile!

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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2015 10:30 pm
   
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Hi Herb, many thanks, that took a lot of thought and no way I was going to be on my knees getting sore knees, legs and back, will be doing the wiring the same way too.

The bus wiring will be plug and play same with the point motors and signals, oh yean I wont be using peco points motors and switches, will explain that in a later post, you will be shocked what I plan to use, may be a new post.

If you notice on the last pic the curve ply decking close to the end of the pavers there is a piece of ply sticking out, on the neck post will show how I did it, works perfectly and one screw holding the other end in place.

How the weather over your end of the world warming up, it is raining over here, not so cold, warm nights of 14 degrees,, be like this all week. Great time to get the track gang out and lay some track, aiming for June to run the test train.

Happy modelling from down under, Tony.

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 Posted: Mon May 18th, 2015 12:18 am
   
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Here are the pics of how I have worked out how to join the two curved modules together so the train will line up every time with out any movement.

Will be easy as well when setting up the layout, what I want is quick and easy bit like a jig saw, why it is taking me a quite a while building the layout can't be set up permanently.













After all this time I now have posting pic on the forum to a fine art now, pure awesome.

Going to be well worth the effort when the first train starts to roll on the layout with no derailments.

Happy modelling from don under, Tony

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 Posted: Fri May 29th, 2015 10:33 pm
   
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Breaking news, my latest expenditure from European eBay is on it's way from Slovenia, I bought a Mehano TGV Thaly's 6 piece set.

Both locos are powered so I can add-on more coaches to the full set of 10, which will happen once I sell the duel tender Flying Scot, a friend wants it and is willing to pay big bucks for so I will ring to ell he can buy it.

I already have a second Flying Scot and have big plans to sort that loco out so she can pull 11+ coaches with out the second powered tenders, got everyone thinking.

I have been after a TGV set on it's own for ages and came across this bloke, he is very good, has wired up directional cab lights in DC format on both locos and the locos is DCC ready.

Going to be my favourite train once I get the other four coaches, pity can't get the café car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV4umlzhhVo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB41dj7TXww&feature=youtu.be

Layout is coming along more track work tomorrow, want have the track down ready for when the new train arrived in time for my birthday end of June.

Happy Modelling from down under, Tony.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 25th, 2015 11:34 pm
   
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Good news is my Mehano Thaly's 6 piece set had arrived and also a month later bought the other 4 middle coaches to make up the full 10 piece awesome site indeed






I did do a video of the 10 piece Thaly's TGV but stuffed the video up trying to edit it, will have to wait now till September.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgSytDZvW98

Layout update have competed the curved modules and laid own track in the car port end, pics to follow.

At the moment I am on my other hobby woodturning turning a pedestal coffee table for a 60th birthday present, doing turning today.

Bugger had to buy a new lap top the other one failed, motherboard wouldn't boot up, this one is awesome ASUS went for a small screen 15inch, solid state hard drive.

Be hard buying more points and track for a while, just get the ones I need to complete the first track circuit.

Have started planning my station building, was going to get the Walther's Union station too hard to modify a clock tower.

Modelling Sydney Central terminus station building, have to cut back 7 windows to fit the building in the space I have, modelling the tram station as well, pics to follow.

That's the latest news from down under.

Tony :2t::wave:

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 Posted: Thu Apr 14th, 2016 05:55 am
   
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Hi all back into the layout construction, had a long hot summer, days are quite nice, perfect for working out under the pergola.

Have made a start on the spiral which is going out into back garden 9feet, have levelled the front corner module. It will be so easy once the spiral is built to set up, the curves will be coded and the curved decking be made the same way as the earlier curved track decking, join up every time with just two screws.

There will be a S bend curve involved as well on the lower deck of the spiral, using the decking from the old Tehachapi loop spiral.

aiming to run the first test train on the spiral end of June or hopefully the whole layout, can't wait.









First pic is of the spiral corner module and the piece of wood is the jig for the level so I can cut the legs as I work my way down.
The grade is quarter inch a foot on the spiral length of 24ft and height clearance 6 inches, I think works out to 2 percent grade, has a 7ft radius s well.

Will be starting work on the actual spiral this weekend hope to have it finished, also will have a S bend on the lower level, curve sections from the old Tehachapi loop.

Aiming to run the first test train end of June be good if the whole layout is finished, who knows.

Next posting will have the long waiting new track plan with a second section of the track and points coming into the station terminus platforms, 9 all up, and one through station.

Have started work on my station building modelled on the famous Sydney Central station building even will have working clocks, to be built in three sections, front and two sides.

Tony from down under on a high :glad::P:wave::2t:

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 Posted: Thu Apr 14th, 2016 07:35 pm
   
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Keep going cobber!

You are on a roll---


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 Posted: Sat Apr 16th, 2016 03:17 am
   
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Hi Herb, you will be glad to see the end of winter and my end of the world heading into winter morning have that nip in the air too cool to have the morning cupper, 10 degrees .

Thanks, here are couple more pics of extending the layout in the car port area around the car instead of under it, about 20 extra 20ft.






At last the long waiting track plan of my layout with a enlarged track plan as well.
The layout is based on the GSR line from Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, I am modelling Sydney Central station as well.

Stage two will have the Elizabeth river road rail bridge between Alice Springs and Darwin will have two reverse loops to turn the Ghan around the right way heading onto the bridge north to Darwin

Be an awesome site indeed crossing the bridge which is modelled to scale 19ft 500m long for the real bridge, hope o have some sort of camera to mount on a flat wagon to film the event, next post will dig out the pic of the bridge.







On a big high, today I plan to build the spiral, will take a couple of days, not working the whole day pics to follow.

Tony from down under


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 Posted: Mon Apr 18th, 2016 01:47 pm
   
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Spiral is well under way was a busy weekend working tow days, nearly half way there.
Here is a group of 5 pics first three of the spiral and last three of how I first curve track deck base screws to the corner module, took some thought, works well.



Pic two I deliberately darked the pic to see to bubble of level in the centre, I also made a level jig which drops the grade down 3/4 inch every 42 inches. Spiral length is 24 feet in length on a 7ft radius curve, dropping down 6 inches about 2 percent grade.



Third pic you can see the black bracket, half of it is in under the corner module.






I tried screws they were hard to get out, the bolts work well but not long enough do have longer ones experimenting



On a big high I am thinking of adding curved arches to strengthen between the posts to stop sagging, may not happen, more work next weekend.

What does everyone think.

Tony from down under :glad::cb::thumb::wave::2t:;)

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 Posted: Mon Apr 25th, 2016 03:04 am
   
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I had another great day working on the spiral yesterday interrupted by a couple rain down poor's, thanks to the module design I was able to pack the curved track sections quickly and set them back up again.







Pic three I just set the curve with the track on it to see how it would fit, it will be the same size as the last curve section.

Haven't put the the level on it yet that will be next weekend, spiral is nearly build, then the painting, track laying and wiring.

I have up with a way that at the track base joins the track will line up every time and allows me to nail the track down on saw stools with extra height so I don't have to bend down, same with the wiring.

Need some advice on wanting to delete the layout pics in the older post, they are still popping up on the inter net on other pages.

On a high Tony from down under

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