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Piedmont Blues - O scale (2 rail) exhibition layout.
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 Posted: Sun Nov 12th, 2017 10:42 pm
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Daniel Beresford
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Good evening everyone,

After selling my last HO scale exhibition layout, I've had nothing to take to shows. Myself and my second operator, Ford, have been knocking around the idea of making an O scale layout for a long while now, and decided that it was the right time to get the project off the ground.

We decided early on that we wanted to make an urban industrial switching layout, and that it would have lighting, signals, ambient sounds, and animations. The track would all be hand built, and we have started looking into dead-rail as opposed to DCC, though if this doesn't pan out it can easily be wired for DCC if needed.

The maximum size for the layout would be 16', as this would be about the maximum size we could transport to shows between us.

After looking at many suitable track plans, a modified version of Jack "Shortliner" Trollope's Box Street Yard was chosen, and construction of the layout began.

It's been a long while coming, but we've finally gotten to a stage where there's something to show!

The benchwork/baseboards for the scenic section are done - three 4'x2' boards - with the final board being a traverser table which may also end up being fully scenic eventually.

The track plan has been mapped out full size on the boards, and dimensions/footprints for the structures have been worked out too. I've cut out the roadbed - 5mm foamboard topped with 4mm cork - and I've been ferociously cutting ties from coffee stirrers ready to start laying the track.

The design of the structures is such that the layout will be viewed from all sides - so no backscene required. This means that thought has had to be given to ensure the illusion of realism isn't broken by viewing angles which would allow the sector plate to be seen, or the traverser table. Fingers crossed this will all work when it's built! :D

For now, here are the photographs of the baseboards showing the plan, with a few pieces of rolling stock to give an idea of scale.

The traverser table will go on the left end of the layout as seen in the photos, which will allow us to add 4'x2' extensions to the layout in the future, should the ability to transport them become available to us.
















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 Posted: Tue Nov 28th, 2017 03:43 am
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Well, it's been a while, but swinging by the C&L Finescale stall at Warley exhibition allowed me to pick up a bag of PCB ties to allow me to progress with the tracklaying.

Unfortunately I underestimated how many I would need, so I'll need to grab another bag before I can finish preparing the roadbed.

I started ballasting the sections that I had enough PCB ties to get done, and here's the results (though it's very much still drying in the photographs).

















It's a slow process, but it's getting there. :)



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 Posted: Tue Nov 28th, 2017 06:20 pm
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Hi Daniel :wave:



Lookin' good !


Great progress on the tracks. :bg:


Interesting to see a 'Box Street Yard' version in 'O'.



:moose:



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 Posted: Tue Nov 28th, 2017 07:04 pm
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Thanks Si!

Hopefully I can get some more done on it later this week. :)



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Nice trackwork Dan.

Any particular reason for using 5mm foamboard underneath the cork ?  I'd thought of doing similar but I was concerned about the foamboard getting crushed after a few weeks ops and "accidents". I made up up a small section of track to try it out but was surprised to find the noise level was higher with the foamboard - maybe my particular style of track laying. Or maybe Starbucks ties are louder than AnyOtherBurger's ??

I see you are using the "moveable sleeper/tie" method of operating stretcher bar. I've tried various other methods in 43.5:1 Brit O gauge but none look totally right. I'm currently working in 48:1 On30 "Bachmann" gauge (31.2") and the moveable tie seems to be the only strong operating stretcher bar.  Have you any other ideas ? 

Regards,   Michael

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Hi Michael,

Purely to boost the height of the trackwork so we can get a sector plate on the layout at one end without having to cut a hole in the baseboard.

I've always used a movable tie to operate the points. Even then, especially in HO scale, it can fail due to the break in the copper strip to prevent shorts.

If you figure something out, please let me know! :D



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Thanks Dan, 5mm foamboard explained & understood. I've had various novel ideas for switch stretcher bars but 'moveable tie' tends to win on speed & simplicity. Still experimenting.

Regards,     Michael 

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Well... it's been an interesting last couple of weeks after my father in law was taken into hospital, so there's been little progress recently. But after some free time yesterday, this is what PB currently looks like:











Hopefully I can get the trackwork finished before I go back to work on Monday night.



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As I'm on nights this week, I've been unable to work on the track any further, so instead I've been building a craftsman kit - Broach Supplies, by Kitwood Hill Models.



Verdict - it's a lovely kit, very interesting design, but it's been fiddly as all hell (even N scale craftsmen kits are easier than this!) and the instructions could do with a couple of improvements here and there. The functioning sash windows are definitely a highlight. :)



I've also added some of Kitwood Hill's furniture items to the annex of the building, make it look a little more interesting. :)







































Not much further to go on it before I can start painting it up. :)



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