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Old 11th March 2010, 00:31   #1
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Default Ffarquhar Branch - Part 2

Now that I'm actually laying track, I thought I would start a new thread. The old thread, which was mostly kicking around design ideas can be found here. I was kind of surprised to find that I had started the old thread exactly one year ago today.

Anyway, I have a bit of the mainline laid - between Knapford and Elsbridge, so I thought I would work on the Knapford Station tracks. The station itself will be on one module while the approach tracks are on the adjacent module. This means a fair number of connections bridging the two. I'm using the "brass screw into the plywood subroadbed and track soldered to the top" method. Here are a couple of pictures:

Here's one soldered up:

They haven't been cut yet - I want to get the electrical drops in first - but I've run trains across them and everything seems good so far.

The end of the station tracks meets a small drop-off. Kind of scary, so I've started building buffer stops. Here are the first two:

And here's one doing its job:

What do you think?
They're made of I-beam styrene with a basswood beam and cut tacks for buffers. Of course, they'll look a lot better after they're painted up.

I have quite a few more to make, and I've also started assembling the station - I need to know it's exact placement so I can do the next bit of trackwork.
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Old 11th March 2010, 03:01   #2
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Rick: They're quite presentable and will look good after some weathering.
The only quibble I have is that they usually don't have actual buffers on them, just a plain, heavy plank of wood. Ones that have buffers are usually the big hydraulic ones at the ends of terminal stations. (Model versions have springs.)
For your situation, you need good stops. I have a picture somewhere of a set of sidings in a similar position and on 10 tracks there are only about 2 intact stops -- and 8 piles of broken timber.
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Old 11th March 2010, 06:10   #3
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Yeah - I knew I hadn't seen many with actual buffers - but about 50% of the ones I see on the Thomas videos have buffers, and I kind of like the looks of them. Plus, I plan to use Kadee couplers and I didn't want them slamming against the wood.

But maybe I'll just use them like that at Knapford, because it is a terminal stop, then make plain ones for everywhere else. Plain ones would certainly be easier!

I appreciate the comment.
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Old 11th March 2010, 10:12   #4
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Good track so far Rick, keep it up!!
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Old 11th March 2010, 12:16   #5
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I'm sure that once weathered they will look very good!
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Old 13th March 2010, 00:12   #6
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Hi rick, I can't remember which thread you were on about the operating of the bridge but I found this footage from Model Rail Scotland and thought you might be interested. Bridge opening start's at 1.15 to 1.58

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCfk9LfExTE

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Old 13th March 2010, 00:45   #7
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Thanks Doug - that was great. I liked the touch of closing the gate before the bridge went up. Didn't even think of that before.
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Old 13th March 2010, 14:02   #8
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Great video, Doug. Aside from the bridge, that wobbly track coming down out of the moors looked kinda neat.
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Old 13th March 2010, 14:42   #9
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You are all welcome. Seeing someone elses work can at times give us that idea that we have been searching for, and some food for thought. I was at a loss as to the best arrangement for my station untill I saw what I was looking for on a youtube vid.

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This thread was just posted on another forum.
http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/ind...0&#entry101459


More detail to incorporate!
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