Tm'osdell HO scale garden railway

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Glad you saw that as well Chris, does look a bit tight but suspect Tony has it planned.
Hi John, many thanks yes I have a lot planed, will explain as I go, more update pics of what I did yesterday, stepping up on spending more time on the layout .
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No claims to Master status here, but I've found if you keep the cars 40' or less you can go as tight as a 15" radius, but I always used 18" as my minimum for short curves. Longer cars, like 90' heavy weight passenger cars, are happier with 22" minimums. Always use a larger radius if possible for continuous curves/loops as they are more problematic. There are exceptions for cars that have the couplers mounted to the trucks rather than the car frames as they are more tolerant of tight curves, but they will require more side clearance. "Testing beats damage control".:smiling: PaulE
Hi PaulE, yeah agree what you say all to do with what area you have for a layout, my fist layout was in under our pergola and it was 18 feet long by 7 feet wide, radius was 6 foot wide main line. I was looking on the net and discovered HO/00 scale garden railway from the Uk very popular, the only way to have larger curves, how my layout was born, with lots of changes and a move to new address.
My main line curves are 7 foot radius, but I do have large S bend and those curves are 12 foot radius, the trains will look awesome indeed running on them and only single track not double. More progress pics to come later today, mowing duty first. Tony:smiling4:
 

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THe latest pics of the mainline loop decking construction is well under way, after mowing the yard I continued work on the approach module accessing the terminal platform track on 5 platforms , the third pic.


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Tomorrow i will finish the module, I have a piece of wood clamped to the module so I can work out to measure and cut the end ply be doing much the same as I have done to the first two station modules just want an easy set no bolts or clamps, one screw to hold both modules in place.

More pics to come, Tony from down under.
 

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THe latest pics of the mainline loop decking construction is well under way, after mowing the yard I continued work on the approach module accessing the terminal platform track on 5 platforms , the third pic.


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Tomorrow i will finish the module, I have a piece of wood clamped to the module so I can work out to measure and cut the end ply be doing much the same as I have done to the first two station modules just want an easy set no bolts or clamps, one screw to hold both modules in place.

More pics to come, Tony from down under.
HI Tony looks like you are stickin in on this railway are you gonna have building an scenrey on the boards or just tracks ?
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HI Tony looks like you are stickin in on this railway are you gonna have building an scenrey on the boards or just tracks ?
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Hi Chris, yes I did a bit more work today after afternoon coffee to see how the curved module will join up with the station module, very well indeed .
Will mainly having scenery around the bridge and station, your question about building , not many, plan to back a city scape back scene .
had a look on google wow some pretty modern city scenes to choose from some in 3/D, the fence can be another back scene mountains.
Where the curves on the curved module will be two points so the locos can shunt around the train , hook up to the back of the train in ready to continue back to Adelaide from Perth . How are you going are you starting to cool down .
Tony


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Good progress by the looks of things Tony.
 

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Good progress by the looks of things Tony.
Thanks John, have started laying track, points and two cross overs , double slip and single slip, the double slip is access to platform two and the middle track, the single slip
is access to the middle track from the station module to shunt around the Indian Pacific at East Perth terminal the end of IP's journey from Sydney, extra fun .
On the loop and station modules triple track
When the IP arrives at Sydney depending on if the train has 28 passenger cars , has to split up onto the island platform 2 and 3, when I complete the layout the curved approach module, if only has 18 cars will arrive platform one, I am not sure if I will motorise the cross overs , be on my toes then.
If I have some friends over for a running day, I will need a chief controller, hopefully my wife .



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Before I can nail the curved track down, I have to cut a 6 inch ply piece so I join up the two modules, that be Fridays job and the same the other end, that way the track will line up every time .
Tony from down under, starting to warm up 29 degrees now, quite warm working at the side of the house, might set up my gazebo up
 
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Tony how many sets of those orange support did you have to buy, they can't be cheap .
 

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Tony how many sets of those orange support did you have to buy, they can't be cheap .
Hi John, I have 4 of those yellow saw horses what we call them, did have the cheap wooden ones , sew they cost a bit but worth it as they fold up well $45 a pair .
I use the 4 when I am joining two modules together same height to cut the track on the module join, rest day going out for dinner tonight with a group of friends and meeting afterwards long night .
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Latest update on the layout , finished laying the track and points on the first station module 20200924_161426.jpg

The triple track id part of the terminus station platforms , the other track is the main line for the island suburban platforms , there be a 7th single track on the left module edge and extension to be added to make of the double track and other island platform.

I plan to change the station building to what other station I will have on the layout , track to be covered.

No more work on the layout till next week be working on the ship .


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The pics show on how I solder the tracks down on the module ends, line up, the first pic using the fibre glass brass plated strips works well 20200927_143051.jpg

Second both modules track bridging the module join .

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Third pic the test coach running over the cut module join track .

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Last two pics with the two modules pulled apart and joined back up again, the big test will be when I run the test lock over the module track join , all my straight and curved sections be the same way, of course the brass has to have a grove to stop the shorting out .

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Will be working on the S/w approach module today, first I have to fold in the legs on the second station module .

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The curved decking is in , next time will fold out the legs to set up the first station module, the join the two approach modules level them cut the legs and move onto the curved decking, which will clear the bottom down pipe making it easier, to bridge the gap on joining the curved decking.

Once I have done that I can continue on with the track laying, bus wiring, most of the points be powered, especially the ones at the back of the layout and further away, will have working signals, I make my own, want to learn how to build three way signals .

Pic one the green tarp I will covering the from the fence to the window cover, will be buying two more, on Tuesday was pretty hot in the morning, modules were hot even in the afternoon when the shade was over, January Feb be very hot. Haven't got a double track deck cut for 6 foot radius curve .

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Pics two and three I am thinking of moving the curved decking out 6 inches or move the layout six inches down to clear the down pipe.

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I won't be doing any work on the layout till after the 31st of October, from the 19th

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HI TONY sorry i hav'nt been lookin in on your railway layout as some how i missed it but im lookin in now an WOW Tony its really comin on now an i see what you mean about the curve on the layout its bigger than i thought so the trains wont pull off the tracks an are the points gonna be eletricfied ?
grand work here an Tony can u draw out from the top veiw a quick track plan as from what ive seen you have changed it an i cant get the actual track layout in my head how this is all gonna be
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HI TONY sorry i hav'nt been lookin in on your railway layout as some how i missed it but im lookin in now an WOW Tony its really comin on now an i see what you mean about the curve on the layout its bigger than i thought so the trains wont pull off the tracks an are the points gonna be eletricfied ?
grand work here an Tony can u draw out from the top veiw a quick track plan as from what ive seen you have changed it an i cant get the actual track layout in my head how this is all gonna be
chris
Hi Chris, many thanks, yeah will look heaps better once I set the station module up with legs folded out so I can level up the two approach modules and move onto the curved decking, should be a look easier with clearing the down pipe so I can connect the curved decking with the S/W approach module closest to the house.
Bought two more tarps, Sunday I will screw in the hooks for the eye lets of the tarp and rope for the other side., the 7foot curve with the trains running on it will look awesome, I used to have only six foot curved sections on my first layout and the trains looked ok running on them.
Will check out your Tiger progress, Tony
 

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I have decides to change the points around on the first station module so then the suburban trains will face the right way and run continuously from station to station with point switching set and run a freight train.

IN first pics changes is the two express points towards the front of the pic and where the small plastic box is where the third track will go, Wednesday Thursday the days are cooler will work on the track changes .

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pics two and three be changes in the points and track, the second pic I be adding a small cross over to access the outer track from the inner track for the suburban train.

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The last pic the curved module the outer track be moved closer to the the edge to the module, will join the two modules together so I can solder the brass trips on the rails.

I have changes the stuff in the shed around making more room to work.

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Have finely finished nailing he track and points down , next big is the bus wiring , the curved point out on it's own is only there temporary till I ad in the track leading to platforms 1and 2


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The layout wont be at the side of the house any more, it gets too dam hot in the morning so the layout is back at the shed and the grass is pretty level there, the legs will have feet on them to stop them sinking into the grass o much, there be a big return loop like at the side of the house. Be room now for a small railroad town .

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Not much work on the layout this week , hopping Tuesday depend on the weather rain is predicted.

Tony from down under
 
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