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Re: The Circle Line

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:00 am

Same happened to us when our patio was done, dust everywhere!

I have a diamond disc for my chopsaw which for me is a more controlled way of cutting stone.

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Post by pandsrowe » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:01 am

Another way to cut slabs is by using the diamond disc to score a line on the cut point on both sides of the slab, then supporting the slab on blocks a smart blow on the cutting line with a rubber mallet usually results in a clean break of the slab. Obviously this doesn't completely remove the dust problem but it certainly reduces it to a more acceptable level.
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Re: The Circle Line

Post by idlemarvel » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:56 pm

Good idea for straight cuts Phil, and I use that technique for bricks/pavers, but I needed curved cuts for the most part.
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Re: The Circle Line

Post by idlemarvel » Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:43 pm

Bang on schedule, I have finished laying the track bed so I now have a complete circuit. I planned to finish this phase in June so just made it. First picture shows the last bend to be laid. In the background you can perhaps see a small pond in the corner.
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Second picture shows the completed station platform. In the background on the right is a crossing gate.
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Next step is to assemble and lay the track. I have allowed the whole of July for that but as my grandparenting duties end mid-month I hope to finish this before the end of July.

Other news is that my loco has been completed so I am going to pick it up this week.
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Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:25 pm

Exciting times, the track work should make it all feel like it's coming together.

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Post by idlemarvel » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:40 pm

I have started building track panels and laying some track. Just two panels so far but the layout is so small there are only 10 panels in total so 20% of the way there! Well not quite as I have to add the ballast and do some fettling but should be done by end of July if not sooner.
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The spirit level is just for show but it is level! For those interested the track is 5/8" aluminium with recycled plastic sleepers and chairs from PNP. I have set the sleepers to approx 150mm spacing which if you scale it up is the same as on PECO SM-32 track. This is to give a narrow gauge feel to the railway. (PNP do more prototypical mainline type sleepers as well.)
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The track panels are assembled from the rails, chairs and sleepers. The rail comes in 2.5m lengths. The chairs slide onto the rail and then plug into the sleepers. There's a nice touch if you want to ease the curves a bit, if you turn one chair through 180 degrees that widens the gauge by 1/32", and if you turn both chairs 1/16". The rails are connected with fishplates and 4 bolts. The process of building the panels is a bit laborious but somehow satisfying!
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Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:49 pm

Proper big boys railway in progress!

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Re: The Circle Line

Post by idlemarvel » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:57 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:49 pm
Proper big boys railway in progress!
Yes it does feel like I'm building a proper railway. The "navvying" bit is over thank goodness and it's more "engineering" now.

At least I should finish before Crossrail.
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Re: The Circle Line

Post by Dwayne » Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:49 pm

Looks great.

In the deepest, darkest, recesses of my mind there is an ember that glows of building a ride on railway on my hallf acre lot...

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Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:56 pm

You certainly have the space Dwayne...

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Post by ge_rik » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:26 am

idlemarvel wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:57 pm
At least I should finish before Crossrail.
And cheaper :(

Really enjoying watching this develop. As Tom says, a proper railway..... 8) 8)

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Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:32 am

If I had the space I would be building something similar as I plan to buy or build a NG steam 5" gauge loco that should be able to handle small radius curves.

I have browsed the PNP site many times and I would certainly use plastic sleepers and chairs like you are:

https://www.pnp-railways.co.uk/products ... -fittings/

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Post by idlemarvel » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:09 pm

So the "golden spike" moment has arrived and I have assembled, laid and joined the last track panel!
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I have checked the level / grade and "pitch" (is that the right word? I mean slope left or right). Even though these are tight curves I have not provided any superelevation as speeds will be very low and I think it would further encourage the outer wheels to climb up the rail. Tomorrow I will try the bogie driving truck to check clearances and any dips or peaks in the trackbed. Then I can finish the ballasting and maybe run a train. I have collected the loco, and just bought two car batteries (the loco is 24 v) which are charging in the shed as I write this. Nearly there! :D
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Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:46 pm

Exciting times Dave, I think the term is 'camber'.

Are you able to take an aerial photo of the entire line from a 1st floor room in your house?

I have purchased my first 5" gauge loco and awaiting delivery but will post that in another topic.

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Re: The Circle Line

Post by idlemarvel » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:27 pm

Excellent can't wait to see your loco.

My house is 25m from the track so it's unlikely that an aerial photo would show much, but I'll take a look from the loft window.
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