This latest "A view from the line" post takes for the first time a closer look at Canute Road Quay and more specifically the track work inset within concrete along the quayside. There are a number of methods of re-creating inset track and this post describes the method I have used on Canute Road Quay and hopefully … Continue reading A view from the line #18 Inset track on Canute Road Quay
Since my last post showing progress on Canute Road Quay, with respect to the concrete road area and inset trackwork along with making the grass 'grow' I have been busy completing the rest of the buildings and adding a mix of details. The two main front buildings have been assembled from the excellent laser cut card … Continue reading Making Quay progress, Canute Road Quay nears completion… if such ever happens..
Well the annual event that is the Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC has now been and gone and by all accounts it appears that it was a good show, not that I was able to see as much of it as I might have liked. I had a good weekend on the … Continue reading Warley 2016 updates from a Southern Perspective [updated 30/11/16]
My new little timesaving / timewasting project Canute Road Quay has progressed slowly over the last few weeks. This post brings you up to date with that progress and also the details the modifications that I make to Peco electrofrog turnouts to improve both the appearance and the electrical performance that is especially important as … Continue reading Quay Points… an update re Canute Road Quay and / or improving Peco turnouts
As with many sheds the turntable was a vital part of the set up, engines would usually come on shed be turned, coaled and watered before moving to their allocated shed road prior to their next duty. Depending on the size of shed sometimes physically operating the turntable would have been the responsibility of the … Continue reading A view from the line #16 The turners role and facilities
A particular pet hate of mine is viewing layouts that have no backscene, even simple a plain blue or grey painted back board is better that nothing. The last thing I want to see is the clutter behind the layout and the midriffs (being kind) of the operators. A good backscene helps create impression of … Continue reading A view from the line #13 creating the impression of depth – effective backscenes
Well the annual event that is the Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC has now been and gone and by all accounts it appears that it was a good year for the show. I certainly thought that this year there was a good selection of layouts, attendance was apparently up by 8% and … Continue reading Warley updates from a Southern Perspective
One the benefits of recently changing to slow acting 'stall' type point motors as per my Controlling Interests #3 post, where I describe my fitting of DCC Concepts Cobalt slow acting motors, is that the unprototypical spring and spring housing in the middle of the Peco turnout is no longer needed, removal of this certainly improves the … Continue reading Controlling Interests #4 looking to ‘turnout’ inprovements