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 Posted: Tue Sep 6th, 2016 01:21 am
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Being the lazy sod that I am, I find that not having to do weathering for outdoor structures a boon... nature does it for me :>;)


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 Posted: Tue Sep 6th, 2016 03:00 am
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A NSWGR layout based in the late 50's/60's was exhibited at the Gauge O Guild convention at Telford in the UK last weekend. The convention is open to the public as well as GOG members.
A big and expensive exercise for the owners of this exhibition layout to transport from Australia to the UK and now to have to be returned.
Done especially for the 60th anniversary of the guild.
Here is a clip of it as it was a couple of years back.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP6CQoOg2V8

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Bob

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 Posted: Tue Sep 6th, 2016 11:37 am
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Hi Bob, yeah I saw the last page of your other post, I bought a few years back those PVA brass plated strips to build my own point will give it a go.

Gee the coldest it has got up here in winter is -5 degrees and we have very heavy frost, this winter was a mild winter, not frost.

That is some layout your friend has built going by his track plan and all scratch built, I am flat out doing a day here and there, have a disabled son but working on the layout tomorrow.

Friday I will be working on fitting a spring to a kadee on one of my NR class locos and replacing the draw bar on the Flying Scot duel tende with those Lima stile couplers, the second water tender is powered.

Yeah I am the only member that is modelling the 737 as a train load, plan to build four of them including a 757 which is the same width as the 737. Got the wind turbine blades as a train load too but on the drawing board, have made one so far, need to be able to bend on curves, I am thinking of using fiver glass, hope it will bend the blade lengths are 20 inches long, modelled on the 45mete blades.

I was at AMRA's show on the Saturday was on one of the exit doors close to the coffee shop, gee we would of passed each other not knowing, are you going to next years Brisbane train show.

Tony.

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The repair crew started their work on the platform today. regards  Bob

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Hi Bob how has the repair gang going with the repairs on the platform, that seams to be our night mare with timber outside mother nature sure can do some damage.

Some of the blokes on another forum are using that plastic wood for track bases, expensive way to do.

Wen t to AMRA yesterday a lot more members there was quitter in the afternoon I managed to run my Indian Pacific with 18cars and two NR class locos. Had a couple of issues with the coaches derailing, I am going to have to fix the couplers as some have the bigger Lima couplers and small could of being the problem.

Here is a pic of the clubs garden railway they have three gauges

We had the first storms yesterday for spring, nice rain good for the grass.

Tony.

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Hi Tony, the only wood on the platform is the balsa sides.
That and the ply station and goods shed are issues despite being given many coats of shellac before painting.
They will be replaced with styrene ones eventually. All my styrene structures have only to be painted occasionally.

Yes, I have been there and watched a couple of trains running one day.
Long trains with bogie mount couplers will tend to pull the bogies sideways causing the problem you describe.

You can read the materials used on my layout on the start of the other thread...very little wood.

Bob

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Hi Bob I won't that problem with the layout being modular set up, the only hassle is setting it up and packaging it up.

With Sydney Central station building will have to build it out of MDF board 3mm with pine frames.

Looks like I will have to bite the dust and body mount the couplers to the carriage body, big job got about 30 to do, the only way to have a smooth running train.

Tony.

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With many wet days lately I have been doing more work indoors. A job I hate is bulk ballasting however it needs to be done. A cheat method I often used when laying track I knew was to only have a short life was to spray the track and ballast area a dark grey  and bring the ground cover up to the edge of where the ballast would be. There is not much room for altering things on this layout so I will just have to get on with it. :>;) Here is a photo of part of what I have done so far. cheers  Bob

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Hi Bob, I haven't made up my mind if I will do any ballasting if I do I am thinking of heavy grade sand paper, the blokes in England use roofing felt, has a rough s stone affect, I don't think we can get it over here.

I am painting all my modules a darkish glay colour now was thinking of a course glay colour sand but if for some reason you to move the track be hard to lift with out damaging the track.

Tony

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 Posted: Fri Sep 16th, 2016 08:21 am
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Because the track is harder to remove,clean and re-lay once ballasted is why I developed the method of using paint and bringing the ground cover up to the ballast line. Feel free to use the idea yourself Tony, I did not patent the idea ! :>;)
Cheers
 Bob

 p.s. I use Australian Export 'machinery grey' as the base paint these days. Detail it with chalks or dry brush later if desired.

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