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Obbles has a new hobby
« on: Oct 25, 17, 11:19 AM »
I'm reverting to childhood.  :)

Julie and I are going to build an OO gauge rauilway. Early days yet as we are still planning the layout and clearing the space to put it.
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #1 on: Oct 25, 17, 06:56 PM »
Model railways are great for any age !  :)
I would like to, but don't have the room, as our 3rd bedroom (as it is officially listed), only has room for a couple of PC's and two chairs, and even if removed, there is not really that much room for a decent track layout.
I reckon you will get much joy and pleasure building it (deep pockets too probably), and the joyful experience of having every thing done and ready, when you first run your engine or train to check that there are no faulty connections and stuff. A bit like when turn on a PC you have just built, but with a train set, you can play with all the working parts... ;D

What do you reckon, all done and dusted early next year ?
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #2 on: Oct 26, 17, 07:11 PM »
Hopefully, we won't start landscaping until all the track, points motors and signals are installed and working. I will be doing the major construction and electrics, and Julie will make models and paint things.
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #3 on: Oct 26, 17, 09:50 PM »
Look out for grandchildren if you have any.  ;D

The garage is also a good place to set up in.  ;)

Have fun you two & post a photo one of these days.
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #4 on: Oct 27, 17, 10:33 AM »
No grandchildren yet but one is imminent, due 1st November.

We are going to build it in Julie's studio, henceforth known as the train shed. It is 15ft x 12ft and well insulated. The layout will be 12ft x 6ft 6in. Still clearing her art stuff out at the moment. When I have something interesting I will most certainly post piccies.
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #5 on: Oct 27, 17, 07:31 PM »
My Dad built a fair sized train track in a spare bedroom back in the late 50's on a wooden 'bench' as he was pretty good at making models, and made sure he was there to supervise when us kids were using it... :)

But it reminds me of my time in Cyprus at RAF Akrotiri, 1965-1967.
Scalextric cars, which we new as 'slot cars', and manage to get permission to take over a non used parachute packing building, which was pretty huge inside, plus it was just over the road from our two storey 'flats'.
The building materials like hardboard, 2" x 4" time for frames and legs, hand saws, jig saws (for cutting the track slots, nails, screws, copper tape (for the tracks), car/lorry batteries paint etc...where all scrounged from the MU chaps, so we only had to buy the cars, and a few other bits.
It took us quite a while to build, and then check all the track was conducting electrikery properly, and the battery connections to the track had no faults, and I think we painted the hardboard surface green or grey, which I think was the RAF colours for vehicles. We used the jig saw to cut 'cut outs' around the track for the marshalls to use, so that they could quickly put cars back on the track if someone went to fast, or 'nerfed' and car off the track.
Once testing was done, by dry runs around the track with our cars to finally make sure there were no dead spots, we were all happy. It took about a month or so before it was finally finished, as me and mates plus others volunteering to help out.
That's when we put word around to all the various 'camps' on Cyprus, to have family friendly races against other teams. We had a tea urn, and we supplied nibbles and stuff so that the onlookers could stuff their faces and cheer on their teams.
It was great fun and became quite popular, with everyone tuning up their cars and stuff, with their small tool boxes and kit, like running in their tyres to warm them up, for better grip.
It was still going when I left in 1967, and wonder how long how long it lasted. Happy days.

Yep I know it's OT and a bit long, but then I am known to ramble on a bit sometimes...well, lots actually.... ;D
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #6 on: Nov 01, 17, 04:46 PM »
I have a small one. Had it years. :)

I still add bits, now and then. Most buildings are self made, too.

Before you ask, I DO have a Thomas loco, along with Annie and Clarabel...  :)

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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #7 on: Nov 02, 17, 10:48 AM »
My mate had a Hornby wind up train set, just the usual oval track, but his engine could pull a rocket on a flat bed, with other carriages or coal wagons, and it actually worked, because when it was stopped, you would press a spring somewhere and the rocket would shoot off the flat bed for a couple of feet.
Sad I know, but it did amuse us as kids.... :)
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #8 on: Nov 13, 17, 03:46 PM »
I have found the ideal train set for you Keith. Just perfect for your second childhood   :bolt:

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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #9 on: Nov 15, 17, 09:47 AM »
Used to have one of them  :yup: want something better now ...  :neener:
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #10 on: Nov 18, 17, 05:48 PM »
Not a good day, the cork won't stick and I've killed my soldering iron  :embarassed:
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #11 on: Dec 15, 17, 05:18 PM »
 :ra: :ra: :ra: :ra: :ra: :ra: :ra: :ra:
Had my first two DCC trains running today  :) :) :)
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #12 on: Dec 15, 17, 07:16 PM »
Vid!!

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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #13 on: Dec 17, 17, 10:54 AM »
I'll have a go later today.
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #14 on: Jan 17, 18, 06:58 PM »
Have had a few problems; family, Christmas, booze, uncoupling and derailing (trains). Have removed the foam 'ballast' that I was using and I'm having to completely re-lay my track, this time being much more pedantic about making the track comfortable. As you do, I have also 'improved' the layout, I have added a fiddle yard (parking for stuff that you aren't using) and a level reverse loop for a loco that struggled getting up the hill (go google reverse loop  >:D ::) ). Done most of the track but need to get underneath to connect things up. Can't wait to having trains running again.
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 26, 18, 07:01 PM »
Vids!!!  ;D

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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #16 on: Jan 28, 18, 08:51 PM »
No vids, but some recent photos.

Have re-layed all the previously existing track and can now run passenger trains both directions at full speed.

Have found that 'kits' lack a lot of the detail and texture that we want, so preferring Hornby/Bachmann (resin) finished buildings.

Still sorting out the branch line, have simplified things by cheating, now (when delivered, will) have a two car DMU which doesn't need to turn around. Still have to finalise the branch line track and bridges that will bring it across at high level. Will need to re-re-lay some points to achieve this.

Fiddle yard will now be landscaped and double as a goods yard.

Still have lots of things to sort out, but it is just so absorbing.

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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #17 on: Jan 30, 18, 07:36 PM »
Looks like Pecoworld!

I think the building of it's THE thing, rather than ever finishing it.

I had a layout, years back. It never got finished. I was always doing something with it, to improve it (Or not). For the ballast, I ended up using Ballast Scatter Mats, coz it's dead easy.

After a while, I got bored with the track being so... flat. So, I made some banking, to make what looked like cuttings, along with a tunnel and some embankments.

All Papier-mch.  :)

Most of the building were cardboard kits, coz they looked more realistic than plastic. But, over the years, I made a few, myself. Matchsticks, for some. Lolly sticks, balsa, that kinda thing.

Not terribly easy, but very gratifying, when I'd made them.

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« Reply #18 on: Jan 31, 18, 12:03 PM »
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Looks like Pecoworld!

I think the building of it's THE thing, rather than ever finishing it.

I had a layout, years back. It never got finished. I was always doing something with it, to improve it (Or not). For the ballast, I ended up using Ballast Scatter Mats, coz it's dead easy.

After a while, I got bored with the track being so... flat. So, I made some banking, to make what looked like cuttings, along with a tunnel and some embankments.

All Papier-mâché.  :)

Most of the building were cardboard kits, coz they looked more realistic than plastic. But, over the years, I made a few, myself. Matchsticks, for some. Lolly sticks, balsa, that kinda thing.

Not terribly easy, but very gratifying, when I'd made them.

I've been to Pecorama, fantastic light railway in the gardens and some great model displays. Came home with a train set, that is how we got started.

This layout (now version 18) has dual track inclines with a dual track girder bridge over a road. Coming off at the high point of the incline is a branch line that will cross three bridges diagonally across the centre to get to a high level station. We intend to cover over one of the incline curves with tunnels so that we can add extra height above it.

We have looked at plastic and card kits and don't really like them much, so as expensive as it will be we are going for Skaledale and Scenecraft resin ready built models. We do rather like the laser cut MDF model kits though and have several, some bridges have been built and painted and some some others like station canopies and fences are still to be done.

In the future we are going to get a static thingy so that we can make green and such fibres stand on end as grass etc. (one area will be a cricket pitch). Have had a look at lighting and would like to add street and building lights.

Had a look at sound as well, one loco, a Castle class, has Dolby TTS and a loco on order will have Loksound. Have a Noch Soundscene for the church, but it is just cacophonous bells ringing, no singing, no organ and you can clearly hear where it loops. Not impressed for what it cost.

The major pleasure will be in the building but with a DCC setup we also get pleasure out of running the trains, particularly ones with sound. I don't think that it will ever be finished, we'll always have something to do to it.
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Re: Obbles has a new hobby
« Reply #19 on: Feb 05, 18, 01:24 PM »
You know, I assume, that you can get "real" steam locos... ;)

The card buildings I had were really good. But, I think the people that made them closed down, many years ago. :(

Pity, coz those buildings looked more realistic than any I've seen, since.

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« Reply #20 on: Feb 06, 18, 12:00 PM »
Seuthe do a range of them, some suitable for plastic bodies but I've also seen that melted chimneys can be a problem.
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