7mm Birmingham Moor Street

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Focalplane, 9 April 2019.

  1. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Adding to the above, so far the traversers have cost me very little. I have been using materials rescued from earlier projects or bought for some reason and never used. The C&L chairs, for example, were bought “just in case”, while various bits of brass just happened to be lying around. Even the 15mm plywood sheet had been bought several years ago and carefully stored flat between two house moves. The result so far has been remarkably close to mimicking the prototype as drawings and photos on warwickshirerailways.com have been successfully incorporated into the build.

    But now some money will have to be spent. Being Sunday, though, I don’t have to rush!

    Last evening I did some tidying up of the track laying, adding sleepers/ties where there were gaps. I am pleased with the efforts involved though I do somewhat regret the decision to use Peco track. It is simply a question of the time that would be required in building a relatively large layout that put me off building track from scratch using Templot. This is, after all, a layout I want to see finished.
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  2. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    No longer a chicken, Simond! (see post #119)
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  3. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    The two coach sidings’ track has been laid today:

  4. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    As I am soon to be doing a lot of wiring I thought I would share this photo taken down the street the other day:


    It’s an old “grange” or warehouse that will be turned into a residence. Our village house had a similar building but on a larger footprint. In Houston such projects were called “scrapers” as the bulldozer was the first tool on site. The French are adopting a similar strategy but I guess the neighbours would object to a bulldozer. The house on one side just went up for sale. Bon courage.
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  5. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    The somewhat cavalier approach to electrickery reminds me of my days in India.

    I must dig out a few photos...

  6. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    No work on Moor Street today, we went hiking in the Pyrenees to a lake at 2,000m elevation from a trailhead at 1,600m. Listed as "easy" in the French hiking guides, it was anything but easy and took us "anciens" twice as long and left us feeling old, tired but definitely fulfilled.

    Here's a photo:


    The location is étang Laurenti in easternmost Ariège. Saw 11 other people all day, three of them young Gendarmes keeping fit. Sadly, I doubt we will ever go back.
  7. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Stunning scenery, beautiful. Certainly beats the view from the office today in Birmingham.
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  8. michl080

    michl080 Western Thunderer


    the Pyrenees are such a lovely region. I walked a portion of the Grande randonee GR10 many moons ago. We climbed the pic Carlit which is only 10km from where you were. I remember it was very hot, the sun was very intensive and 2500m elevation took its toll.

    Did you have a chance to see the solar oven, the grand four soleire?

  9. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer


    The way we drive to Axat and the region is along the Agly valley, not the Tet which is where the solar oven is located. Both valleys are stunning but the Agly is less well known and with a good road as far as Axat which is where the Red Train now terminates. To keep "on track" here is a photo from the Red Train at Axat:


    The locomotive had pulled a load of British rail fans on a tour of the Little Trains of France (I think it is called that). All a big coincidence last June. They piled on to two coaches and drove off, no doubt to experience the Yellow Train in the Tet Valley.

    Chris, don't look out of your window!

  10. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    I'll pretend to see this instead...

  11. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Well, Chronopost delivered three packages from Amazon today and I have unpacked them and have wondered what to do with them, despite Simond's excellent PMs on the subject. A few pieces of the puzzle are still on the road or in the air so I won't start on anything yet. The most obvious pieces are the linear stepper motors for the two traversers. Fine pieces of kit by the look of them. I'll take a few photos later but what I do intend to do is to give a blow by blow account of what I am doing in constructing the traversers. It's going to be a challenge, not only the Arduino part but also the mechanical connection of the motor to the traverser. I am going to need a few metric nuts and bolts!
  12. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Two photos:

    First the linear stepper motor for one traverser


    Second, various bits of electronics necessary for the traverser's operation. I'll do a "naming of parts" later


    When I know what to name them!
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  13. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    image.jpg Out tonight, but will post some stuff over the next couple of days.

    Meanwhile, build one of these!

  14. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Thanks, Simon

    Believe it or not I don't have the veroboard I thought I had, so meanwhile I have ordered a pack of them!

    That's a nice gabbro work surface you have there!

  15. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    The bloke told me it was “Norwegian Blue Granite”. I said “beautiful plumage”...
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  16. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    I am always amused by lay opinions about the colour of granite. I'll say no more because too much knowledge hurts the kitchen work surface industry. Your work surface does however resemble larvikite, a unique igneous rock found in the Oslo graben. As students we called it "montagueburtonite" after the facings on Burton's the Tailors shop fronts. To see one today, go to Waterstones at the top of the Bullring where it meets New Street and High Street. In Birmingham, of course!
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  17. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Well, it's raining chats et chiens this morning (I can't remember the French equivalent for this expression, can anyone remind me?) and I have been entering some French Railway photos in a new gallery, but I should really be focusing on Moor Street. I am still waiting on deliveries from suppliers for the traversers and the all important Tufnol sheets for the traverser plates won't be here until sometime next week. I think I need to finish the track laying in the hoist roads today.
  18. Slow Train

    Slow Train New Member

    It's raining ropes
    Il pleut des cordes

    Really enjoying the Moor Street and the Southern French thread- keep em coming
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  19. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Ah, oui, d'accord! Merci.

    Waiting for cork underlay to glue down and then I can lay some more track. Meantime, I found some Nitromors in the garage and have decided to strip down my LMS Compound paint as it was a poor job, even by my standards. I have the DCC sound decoder ready to install but that will now have to wait. Compounds on the Snow Hill - Paddington line? Unlikely as the last Compound was stored then scrapped from Monument Lane before the WCML electrification program started. But it is one of my favourite locomotives so Rule 1 will apply. Believe it or not, I saw a Caledonian Single at Moor Street along with City of Truro in 1960 on the way back home from a day at Tamworth. I was not alone as this photo attests.

    BTW, is Nitromors still legal?
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  20. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    "BTW, is Nitromors still legal?"

    Only in legally licenced bars!

    But seriously, in the UK it's certainly still sold in the DIY sheds.
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