Picton layout update

some shots of my messy garage and Picton progress.The builders aluminium  level in top of last photo is where the viaduct will be built. The blank module will have the start of a passing siding to be completed on the next module and there will be another 1 and a half modules after that with the last module being wide enough for a return loop.This return track will be on the rear half of the modules hidden by a view block and the hidden track  will come down and around behind the viaduct and enter the module housing the aluminium toolcase.There will be a view block running up the middle of the 2 modules with road crossings where the roads finish approx. This will enable a longer run on the layout and the end of the line will be part of Blenheim station and yards or maybe Spring creek marshalling yards. I want to also build the double deck bridge at Seddon , so plenty of possibilities.

I have uploaded a short clip of the DG testing the new track.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn8YBuxybxk

nice pictures, wait a minute,

nice pictures, wait a minute, there are none... 

sorry about that folks! Its

sorry about that folks! Its been a while since i have uploaded pics . Pictures should be up now!

Love it! Kinda reminds me of

Love it! Kinda reminds me of my garage looking at the walls! What is the steamer next to the station?

Hmmm. Those horizontal risers

Hmmm. Those horizontal risers remind me of a certain Spiral layout! Good to see your trackwork progressing.

Russ

Hi Peter . The steamer is a

Hi Peter . The steamer is a later model Bachmann J class 4-8-4 fitted with an MRC sound decoder in tender. At some stage i would like to use it under one of your loco shells. It runs well especially at slow speeds.

Can I recommend the

Can I recommend the Streamlined Ka Shell? :P

Question, how does the point

Question, how does the point switching system work? Are the switches for LED indicators?

Question, how does the point

Question, how does the point switching system work? Are the switches for LED indicators?

Hi Belgrove, Thanks for the

Hi Belgrove, Thanks for the question.The switches are very similar to how Herr Druff has done his point switches on his Paekakariki layout. I use a double pole double throw slide switch and link it to the point with some fine stiff wire which has a plastic cover slipped over it . right angle bend at each end of wire for 1)a hole in the switch lever and 2) the plastic slide for the point blades. I make sure that the point blades are set in the middle of track by carefully placing styrene wedge each side and then work out where to bend the angle for switch lever hole. Someone suggested putting a double kink in wire to allow for adjustment and pressure on blade, but seems to work okay as is. I have wired up a red and green led with resistors to one switch to show mainline alignment. These were special LED units off a machine of some sort with square lens and a plastic case. I will endeavour to wire up more, but only limited supply.I thought about wiring up signals to points in the same way, but  am now working on a signalling system using a processor similar to an arduino with optical detectors. It also involves building my own signals, so will be a work in progress. John

Ok, thats interresting. Just

Ok, thats interresting. Just wondered if you had seen this photo of Picton (about 1980)?

And for your interest seddon rail over road bridge

excellent!thanks Belgrove.I

excellent!thanks Belgrove.I have a copy of the top photo, but not the bridge shot. Its a great angle, just what i have been after.

I might have another couple

I might have another couple of pics of the bridge if you want. Let us know if you want.

I have might have another

I have might have another couple of pics of the bridge if you want. let us know if your interested.

Great photos. That bridge

Great photos. That bridge would make an impressive model.

Picton station, in the good

Picton station, in the good old days =)

 

Iron Gate, Kaikoura coast (loco, KA)

 

Goose Bay, east coast between Blenhiem and Kaikoura

If I have broken some

If I have broken some rules/done something that I wasn't surposed to do in regards to the photos that I posted, I'm Sorry and if they need to be removed please feel free do do so.

Sorted I think. The confusing

Sorted I think.

The confusing copyright issue rears its head again.

I will point out that its fine to post a link to these photos, or post them as long as you have the photographers permission.

Motorised_Dandruff wrote: . .

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The confusing copyright issue rears its head again.

I will point out that its fine to post a link to these photos, or post them as long as you have the photographers permission.

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Yup, confusing but. . .

I use this method which is not just linking, but displaying someone else's image from its source - save "going" there. That way you haven't copied anything anywhere but get to have the image display on your page!

example of an image sitting in somebody's flickr :

 

No copyright worries?

We don't need photographer's permission here because it's only just displaying the actual pic they have posted on flickr?

Wee Duggie?

      I would add in the

      I would add in the owners flicker photostream name as well.

I still don't quite think its Kosher though (you could post someones entire photostream if you desired, which seems a bit wrong).

I guess I'll just have to be prepared to do some judicious 'pruning' if we get pinged.

More modules added to Picton.




More modules added to Picton. Working on foam for elevation area at present.Messy stuff! By the way! I know, as has been pointed out, that there is no passing siding at elevation.

Progressing well.  GS

Progressing well. 

GS Daylight on an overnight ferry crossing at Picton?

Russ

Ha! Wish it was a daylight

Ha! Wish it was a daylight instead of a Norfolk and Western J class. At least then it would have been a Kato instead of a Botchmann. Mind you it runs very  smooth ,if a little noisey. Peter has already suggested a top for this chassis. I still want to get a DJ first though, before venturing into steamers.

i like your idea but why not

i like your idea but why not place the track closer togethere like the ?


 


 


 


 


 


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Finally have completed a

Finally have completed a circuit for my Modular layout. Time to run trains for a bit.


Check out: http://youtu.be/ajra0_Z8Cd0


as well as part 2  here : http://youtu.be/HT1uY-iGGm0

Nothing beats watching them

Nothing beats watching them move.Cool stuff.yes

Nice work. Like the second

Nice work. Like the second part with ground level views.

more photos do it do it

more photos do it do it cheers

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some progress finally on my

some progress finally on my Picton Layout. The start of actual scenery! real dirt with commercial ground cover and Kiwifruit dust near the railway track to represent weed sprayed area. The trees and shrubs are yarrow and oregano from the orchard/garden. these are covered with homemade coloured sawdust.ballasting and more details to follow.







 


thanks for your help Wes.all

thanks for your help Wes.all sorted. John

looking good

looking goodyes

The gentle curve there looks

The gentle curve there looks great!

A little bit more progress on

A little bit more progress on layout. Fence was all soldered together using a jig. The posts were rail (just an experiment to see how it would look.Over scale , I know!) some very old Magnet? wire and single strand wire for battons. A few more trees added and more details to come as well as ballast at the end.



 


Hey fence looks good, well

Hey fence looks good, well doneyes

cheers

 stu

Superb job on the fence Beaka

Superb job on the fence Beaka ! Whip up a couple of metres for Russ yes


How long did it take to make that length of fence, and did you use Grant Morell's method ?

thanks guys! ECMT- similar

thanks guys! ECMT- similar method to Grant Morrells. I found by placing the rail upside down in slot cut out . it kept it fairly flush with batton height and stopped the rail from moving around much.Also easier to solder to the wider area of rail. Took several hours work spread over about a week. The old magnet wire had to be gently filed where it was to be soldered to posts and battens as it had tarnished badly. Next step is some cross fences with gates!!laugh

Best post and batten fencing

Best post and batten fencing I've ever seen in NZ120!  I didn't think wire fine enough could be obtained, let alone atached successfully.  

did you get it from wiring coils in a transformer?

Thanks o-4-4-0T. To be

Thanks o-4-4-0T. To be honest, I am not sure if it is magnet wire.Its a very large coil, for the size of the wire, and wrapped on a roll made of similar material to old Triang models. The roll is  getting brittle and pieces breaking off which makes it challenging to keep wire on it . Not sure where I even got it. I reckon it must be decades old. I had to very gently use a fine file over it where i was soldering on to posts and battens. Also had to use flux. I am also going to try using some on telegraph poles. Wish me luck!

I found it easier to use

I found it easier to use super glue, so seeing yours done with solder makes it even more impressive. Getting the wire to hang nicely on poles can be tricky - looking forward to some pics.


How many gates do you need ? I got a pack of these : Farm Gates 1:120 from Coaster's Shapeways shop.

Where did you purchase the

Where did you purchase the bachmann steamer loco from Beaka? 

Im looking around but that kato GS-4 steamer is a bit pricey and a lot just to use the chassis from. It's a shame kato doesn't supply a chassis in their Assy parts range 

Hi Scott. I purchased the

Hi Scott. I purchased the Bachmann J steamer a few years ago.It is DCC ready and I got it from Modeltrainstuff.com


I see the price is a bit different now(US$119) .  I paid US$60 on special and I ordered a few other bits and pieces to make it worthwhile with the postage being fairly steep from USA. I see they don't have any GS4's in stock at present. Might be worth checking in Japan next time you are over to see if any J's around in hobby shops. The early  model J's were crap like the Gt Northern 4-8-4's. Cracked plastic gears,etc. 

The Bachmann J is currently

The Bachmann J is currently on sale at Modeltrainstuff : http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Bachmann-N-Class-J-4-8-4-NW-p/bac-82153.htm


I'm not sure how pricey their postage is ?

cheapest postage is US$21.68

cheapest postage is US$21.68 which brings it up to around NZ$200 including postage. I contemplated  getting a heavy steam decoder by  soundtraxx recently when it was on special for US$90 but the postage was US$15. I think companies like this use a separate company to do all their packaging and posting (just a guess) and this leads to the high cost of postage! Looking at the currency rates at present is not too exciting for imports from The US either.

Scott. you could always do a

Scott. you could always do a J Loco. These chassis are very nice runners


http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1178821546

Thanks for the link I'll

Thanks for the link I'll certainly keep an eye on it. 

Now Shapeways need to do another free shipping promo too!

Another possibililty for a Ka

Another possibililty for a Ka is the Kato FEF-3 steam loco which is a fairly new release and still rather expensive at present. Maybe someone can advise if it is indeed suitable! (The chassis has been getting rave reviews from what I hear.)

new structure to add to the

new structure to add to the layout. Many thanks to  Coasterboy for his patience and efforts! Its a model version of our actual home on the orchard. I am going to enjoy painting it compared to the full size structure!





Very cool Beaka, that

Very cool Beaka, that certainly makes it a unique building to have on the layout!

cheers Scott. some new wagons

cheers Scott.


some new wagons arrived for Picton today from Trademe. I had bid and won on 2 auctions from same seller for  one of the La and one of the Q wagons. He emails me to advise there are 3 of each in total at same price as winning bids ($5.50ea). Yes thanks!! They have Peco chassis with scratchbuilt tops and someone has done a beaut job of them.



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