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 Posted: Thu Nov 23rd, 2017 05:01 pm
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HI all slowly getting back into the layout construction, I am working on the northern end front corner module,, a new module,  had some trouble with the module sides were from the other module and had a big gap easy fix. Have to do the same the other end as I discovered the ply end wasn't cut square out by 1.5 mm's easy fix again , that can wait till next week  Saturday is Queensland voting day I be at the polling booth all day 13 hours and party afterwards.

I may never be able to complete my layout dream now, so completing what I have, only be half the station complex and have cut the layout back 8 feet shifted the spiral to beside the car port, we may have to down size in the near future, so long as I get a couple of years running trains I be happy .

It is amazing what you can do with wood if you make a mistake, it was with the end of the module not square, this is how I was able to have larger curves come together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Once I have finished this module will work on the spiral, all the spiral decking is already cut and I have a special jig for the level to mark the legs and cut them every 42 mm'squarter inch a foot, spiral length is 24 feet to 6 inches in height to the bridge.
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 Posted: Thu Nov 23rd, 2017 05:09 pm
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Here is the pic of the other side on the module, I plan to cut 11 mm's off to square the end up and  instead of the module end under the ply top it will be 12 mm's higher.

I will turn the module over and take a pic of the other end tomorrow.

This way I don't waste the ply top, already wasted one piece, I need to buy two more sheets of full 12 mm ply will get them next week, to finish off the other end of the layout and bridge.

The other end of the layout will have a ramp up to the bridge, over 30 feet in length.

Tony from down under.


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 Posted: Thu Nov 23rd, 2017 05:17 pm
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I should of put this pic 002, instead of 003 , looking at pic two I cut off about 9 mm's to fix the gap and cut the module end 12 mm's longer have done that before on other modules in the past.

Just have to pain the end won't see it is close to the retaining wall of the garden.

Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 24th, 2017 08:39 am
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With the changes I be cutting off the track extension on the first station module and the piece on the front southern end corner module.

To make one separate lift out bridge section, will make it also easier to plug the bus wires up to the bus wire plugs each end, I am also looking at modelling a different station building or modify Sydney Central by cutting the width of the building, not needing the 6 station modules, aiming up just having what I have already to run trains earlier.
With the passing away of my son in early September and the QLD state election in November voting day on Saturday, busy day for me at the polling booth, rest day today.Back into the layout construction next week till it gets too hot to work under the pergola, stating to warm up, luckily I have a marquee, to stay dry and out of the sun, a few showers predicted and 30 degrees.
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 Posted: Fri Nov 24th, 2017 08:43 am
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The last pic showing the small piece I be cutting away, got to make it ease to set up to modules and plug up the bus wires, us modules never make up our minds:P 

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Tony,

how big is your layout now?  From all the construction you must have a mile of track down by now!

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 Posted: Sun Nov 26th, 2017 02:38 pm
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Hi James, it has being a while, I said to my wife to make her happy by cutting the layout back 8 ft but not really is actually 6 feet, I don't think I will venture back into the car port, at the side of the car port now where the spiral is.

I may venture down the southern end side of the house where there is a four foot wide path way adding on an extra 30 feet to the width of the layout, with a single line with concrete arch bridge, modeled on the North Fork bridge  built by WP on the Feather river California .

It would be nice if I could go  back into the car port, the track be a single track and the double deck bridge become double track passing loop, the layout is now 46 feet in length when built.

A couple of upsets that put the planning of the layout back a couple of months, be glad to get back into the construction of the modules, fixing up the front corner module first, was also glad to see the end of the Queensland state elections finish yesterday as well, which was a full on day at the polling booth I was at. The QLD Labor party is set to re-govern for another 3 years, seats still being countered, needs 47 seats to form government, 12 seats undecided tipped to pick up four, the other my son passing away in September.

Rain all week, will keep the temp down, make the most of it with summer a few days away, gets too hot under the pergola to work, plenty to do on projects in the hobby room.

How is your layout going James.

Tony from down under.

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Hi Tony :wave:



Came across this the other day ...

... thought you might like it ...

... I do !





From 1951 so it seems.



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 Posted: Mon Nov 27th, 2017 04:11 pm
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Hi Si:wave:, add on another 20 years, that loco is a Commonwealth Railways loco colour scheme, they used the GM loco at the beginning of Indian Pacific's operation 1970 era 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Pacific

Starting to cool down in the UK, summer only a couple of days away, sadly tomorrow I have to mow the front foot path do the whipper snipping and trim a hedge, my garden tools are 36 volt battery powered and the mower doesn't like wet grass, rain all week.

Now the QLD election is out the way I can get stuck back into finishing off the front northern end corner module, needed fixing up.

Tony from down under 



 

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Have completed all the front modules except for the suburban extension, that wont happen till after the layout is up and running, gee being at it for over 3 years now, trains would of being running if I didn't decide to scrap the Tehachipi loop and three set backs this year.

I finished fixing the northern end corner module on Saturday even nailed down track, two points and a diamond cross over, ready to start work on the bus wiring.

Before that I have the front southern end corner and first station module to modify, be on the next post. 

You can see where I fixed the front side of the module,,m the ply top wasn't cut square that was the only way to fix it, I haven't  cut the angle on the back corner of the module yet tillI set the module up and the same with the spiral, depend on the weather and time

Don't think I will be able to make a start on the spiral going away for Christmas on the 18th for 10 days first holiday in 26 years.

Tony from down under.

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