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When i left school back then i was lucky enough to enroll on an engineering apprenticeship. I think this lead me in good stead. I was always one of those children that pulled things apart but actually put them back together again. My first engine given to me at the age of Seven, a Triang Princess Elizabeth. The rest as they say is History. Later in life i got back in to Model Railways and started building Pine Road. This could lead anywhere so i hope you enjoy my Blog.

Monday, 30 November 2020

New Road. up and running.

It's running. After a whole weekend of crawling about under the layout wiring up, fitting servos, fitting micro switches and wiring up the frog polarities. Yes, she's running.
You want a video don't you.

Friday, 20 November 2020

The new layout or New Road as it's known as

I thought it was time for an update on New Road.

It's been a busy week, installing servos, building control panels, finish building the track and wiring it all up.
Undernieth the layout looks a bit of a mess at the moment but this will get tidied up in time.
Will still have some servos to wire in.
I have gone down the megapoints system on this layout as cobalt are rare as hens teeth at the moment.
The Megapoints servo controller has been installed.
The upper level trackwork has been tested and seems to be fine.
The lower level trackwork is also fine, one sleeper I forgot to gap and a check rail was slightly to tight. Lots more testing to do before we go any further.
As you can see I have started to build the arches. We needed to cut out three of them as one will be a mechanics garage, another is to be a , well I havnt decided yet, the third is to be an access road under the arches to the other side. (Who knows what's on the other side) I thought it might be a good idea to hack these out before laying the lower level trackwork.
I have also cut out the bridge for the lower section to access the fiddle yard.
That's was awkward getting that to fit and look right.
We have also built and wired up the control panel.
Another mess. It's to early to say yet as to my thoughts on the Megapoints system is like. After being use to cobalt, this system is a lot more involved and can't really refere to it as a 'plug & play system. Saying that, the control panel looks the dogs.
 All in all a busy week. Just waiting for a crimping tool to arrive so I can make up some extension leads for the servos, fit micro switches for our frog polarity and the jobs a good'n.
Would you like a video, ok go on then. This one is a bit shaky as trying to hold points with a piece of wire the control and the camera, I'm male and unable to multitask.
Here it is. First run.

Back to work next week for a rest.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

EFE/Kernow Beattie Well Tank.

Picked them up today.
The new batch from Kernow/EFE.
Beattie well tank. First the southern green lined version.
and I couldn't resist.
The lswr Pea green (as preserved) example.

Monday, 2 November 2020

The new layout lower section.

The new layout now has a name. New Road is just east of Brentford and on the outskirts of Ealing. It's also a name of a road where I once lived. Has to be doesn't it.

I have started laying some if the track on the lower section.
One more left hand point and another double slip to make and think we are done.
Last week I popped into are local model shop and picked up these books.
How's was that for timing.