4mm Meldon Quarry

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by AdeMoore, 17 October 2019.

  1. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    Dave gave it a whirl think it’s better even though I forgot to slide it over 2 cms and get those curves in the shed road and siding.

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    The slide over would also bring the loop more parallel to the platform line.
    Hope I have your idea right this time! Famous last words.
  2. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    No worries Ade, anything to oblige. They're only ideas and tips I've acquired having built many layouts myself over the years when modelling HO (BLS and Cotton Belt). I've yet to build a layout in O scale (London Transport for my sins) but I do have an idea though....

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  3. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    Ok track is going down but as this is my first proper layout, learning how to wire it up properly is taking time to research!
    I want to keep it simple so easier/ faster to build.
    As I’ll be doing DC isolation to sections need planning. Which I think I have sorted in my mind. 6 sections, the engine shed the siding baseboard edge side by the shed, the platform and the outer ends beyond the points, finally the siding by the other building. Anyone care to counter that?
    Then I’ve gone for electrofrog points. So hoping not to rely on the switch blades for switching the frog. I’ve been researching manual points, most use a SPDT switch using wire in tube method, I’m thinking I like the knob and dowel method very basic piano wire through the dowel and then up through baseboard and tie bar.
    But how to integrate a switch, I’m thinking maybe a 2 way rocker switch with a roller catch attached to the dowel to operate it.
    As per poor quick sketch.

    As always all comments gratefully received.
  4. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    Hi Ade

    I'd go for a simpler option using this type of microswitch.

    Mount them on small blocks (or thick washers to give clearance for the operating rod) under the baseboard and use the point pin to activate them.

    I've drawn a picture to try and illustrate.
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  5. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    Dave like it beautifully drawn and an easier execution I would think.
  6. Brian T

    Brian T Western Thunderer

    Had a quick look through your picture link and found some very nice pictures,(the USA tank street running in Southampton was especially nice .. :thumbs:)

    But this pic was a bit puzzling ....

    Surely they were`nt used as a platform`s,as there only look`s to be just enough room to stand on,let alone open a carriage door!.

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  7. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    Hi Brian, thanks for looking in,
    The Southampton photo is rather nice of a bygone age before health and Safety went mad!
    Here Rob Anderson think it works even if your not a Facebook person not even evidence of a man with a red flag to stop drivers driving straight into the train! Though he does appear here !
    “1957.........The glory days before "Health & Safety" came to the rescue of "Stupid People" (tongue in cheek....lets not have a row.)” Rob Anderson quote.
    Those platforms are like the Carriage cleaning ones the Southern did, Im pretty sure they were for quarry workers only. Certainly not a public platform I wouldn’t think although there was a cluster of cottages behind that building back then, so maybe they used the platform as well.
    Would like to know for definite.
    Cheers for the comments.
    Edit predictive text!
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  8. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    Need this on another Forum but uploading limit to low! So will link back to here!
  9. daifly

    daifly Western Thunderer

    Which will only work if the viewer is a member - otherwise all they see is a thumbnail!
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  10. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    Dave I’d clean forgotten that but was soon left in no doubt!
    Don’t realise how easy it is posting here and RM when you try elsewhere and you have 2.7kb of upload limit otherwise you need a host elsewhere.
  11. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    Had a Birthday over the weekend and my brilliant family gave me this.

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    There she is well number apart as I intend it on the layout lovely model and super detail and super smooth slow running. E883FAF2-8344-45B6-8387-BD6BDA31C3AB.jpeg

    Well pleased more soon.
  12. Brian T

    Brian T Western Thunderer

    Oooh that`s nice.

    Beat`s a pair of socks.....:D