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 Posted: Sat Feb 4th, 2017 02:11 am
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Robert Comerford
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As a warm, dry option when my outdoor 7mm layout is unusable due to inclement weather I have decided to make a small HO layout again. Very hard to come to grips with such small models after years of being in S and O gauge but I will give it a try.

The  75mm foam boards and the track have been used many times before.

In this photo you can see how I have a low tech method developed over many years for designing possible track layouts :>;)

Like the outdoor layout it is principally for train watching. A storage yard will be attached off  the far end.
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I put the hours in yesterday after the glue had set and laid in a loop of track.
Enough DCC bus was installed under the layout to allow the track to be wired so a train could circulate.
Here is that first train.

The track is being held to the foam with staples made from paper clips. I do this until finally ballasting when all is in its permanent position. The track will also have cork  inserted under it at some time to help form the ballast shoulder.
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Here we see the state of play after the second day of track laying.
The inner circuit is done but yet to be wired.

I will need to make a CDU for the layout as the point to the future storage sidings is not easy to get to so will have to be motored.
Might actually lay the storage sidings in code 100 just in case someone comes with a model equipped with pizza cutter wheels for me to test.
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" code 100 just in case someone comes with a model equipped with pizza cutter wheels "


Hi Bob :wave:


Lookin' good !


My ol' vintage Tri-ang F-Unit would plough through a large deep-pan with ALL the toppings, NO PROBLEM !


You can watch the rails getting thinner with each circuit, as the serrated growler-wheels grind down the soft nickel-silver !!


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Hi Bob,I suppose you know about Peco PL11 surface mount point motors? Might be easier than digging holes in the baseboard for the more usual twin-coil under-mounts. Can supply a  photo or 2 of PL11's when I get home later tonight. 



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Hi John, I do know about those point motors. I helped a friend solve an installation with one some time back. I have some of the regular ones in stock so will make use of what I have for the branch line exit. If I decide to motor the fiddle yard I might look at those for the job.

Hi Si, yes the original Triang wheels were something else. As a kid I still drooled over neighbours sets however. Gross wheel profiles, track that rusted before your eyes and then expect the shopkeepers to stock a competing range only slightly smaller....no wonder they had problems in the end.

Still I would have killed for a Sydney suburban set.

:>)

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The Sydney Suburban Set.

Re-introduced to the catalogue in 1968.

THREE ! cars this time & NEW Super-4 track !!

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Childhood dreams Si!!
Even today they still evoke a certain charm.

Now I have accurate models in HO and will eventually have a set in 7mm too.....when I build it :>)

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Hi Robert :wave:


It's interesting, people talk about things like 'accuracy' & 'realism'...

...but at the end of the day, our 'models' are ALL still just lumps of pretend-plastic !


What either IS or ISN'T modeled or injected in plastic is ALWAYS a choice, whether it be Tri-ang or buffed up brass.


The fact is, that 'accuracy' is an opinion in the eyes of the beholder...

...& often not even what is seen; sometimes just a 'price point' or CLAIM by whoever of indeed 'a dream' !


It's amazing what a few bits of fine wire & a spray of dirt can do to evoke a certain charm. ;)


:moose:


Si.


Keep up the good work Robert, & treat yourself to some vintage Tri-ang ( if you can afford it ! :shocked: ) ...

... you can run it at night or when the pizza-cutter critics aren't around ! ;)



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