The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Andrew » Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:59 am

Sorry about your check-rail woes, but I reckon they'll be worth it in the end, the trestle looks superb, as does that lovely curve into the bank...

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Trevor Thompson » Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:20 pm

Firstly preserving the wood. I am using wood preservative which Screwfix sell. For the track I am soaking the drilled sleepers in it overnight and then drying them over the Rayburn.

For the viaduct I intend to use the same stuff - but I was going to spray it using the compressor and either a proper spray gun, or perhaps the device I have for injecting wax oil into a chassis. Experiments to take place soon! Either way I am not intending to add any colour - just let it weather. Just need another spell of dry weather with light winds.

I have "cut and shut" those check rail chairs on the point. I used 2.3mm drills as spacers and clamped the rails up to the spacers as in the following photo. I did drill out the false bolt heads and glued and pinned the chairs down in their new position:
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and finally a photo of the finished point:
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The gap between the check rail and running rail ended up being a pretty even gap of between 2.45mm and 2.5mm - which seems perfect to me. Of course the final test was with a wagon and coach - nothing attempted to climb the frog - so I think that is a success.

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Old Man Aaron » Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:02 am

That point (and trestle) has come out very nicely. Nice robust throw, too. :salute:
Drill bits make great precision spacers, I use 1.5mm bits between the wheels and frames of Roundhouse locos when setting for 45mm gauge.
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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by ge_rik » Tue Oct 19, 2021 8:29 am

Old Man Aaron wrote:
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That point (and trestle) has come out very nicely. Nice robust throw, too. :salute:
Drill bits make great precision spacers, I use 1.5mm bits between the wheels and frames of Roundhouse locos when setting for 45mm gauge.
Thanks chaps for a really handy tip. Not thought of using drill bits as precision chunky feeler gauges or spacers.

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Trevor Thompson » Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:37 pm

They can also be used as bore gauges - assuming you have a variety of closely spaced sizes. If the drill just fits into a hole then you can get a pretty good idea of the hole size by measuring the drill diameter. Just be aware that drills are often less than the nominal diameter.

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by ge_rik » Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:36 pm

Trevor Thompson wrote:
Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:37 pm
They can also be used as bore gauges - assuming you have a variety of closely spaced sizes. If the drill just fits into a hole then you can get a pretty good idea of the hole size by measuring the drill diameter. Just be aware that drills are often less than the nominal diameter.

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Do you use the shank or the pointy end?

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Trevor Thompson » Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:42 pm

The shank end

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Jimmyb » Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:50 pm

Trevor Thompson wrote:
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The shank end

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But make sure it has no burrs where it may have spun in a chuck :)

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Trevor Thompson » Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:12 pm

It has been raining here for the best part of the week - which has slowed progress down a bit. I have however managed to lay track into the passing loop at Dduallt station:
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The photo was taken before the track was fixed down - which I hope explains the kink in the near track!

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by ge_rik » Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:24 am

There's nothing like a shot of freshly laid trackwork to start off the day, to my mind ...... :thumbup:

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Trevor Thompson » Fri Oct 29, 2021 3:54 pm

The passing loop is complete, and I will now be able to run trains up the line to the new station. It isn't finished but this should give you an idea of what things will be like:
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The station building and signs are not permanent yet, and the landscaping into the bank behind the station needs completing - or I will end up with grass everywhere again.

The weather is deteriorating here in West Wales (we have had a week of rain and wind) so I don't know how much further I will get before the spring. However I hope to at least get track laid as far as the steps:
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And for next year further extension towards and through the hedge into the vegetable garden.

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Peter Butler » Fri Oct 29, 2021 4:31 pm

Trevor, I live in West Wales too and the weather here has not been anywhere near good enough to accomplish what you have, so well done! Not only is it wet and windy but very slippery underfoot too, especially on sloping ground similar you yours. Top marks for sheer determination.
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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Trevor Thompson » Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:57 pm

Thanks Peter.

It is getting slippery and that is what is about to force me to give up. Still as you say progress is being made.

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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Old Man Aaron » Sat Oct 30, 2021 2:07 am

Wonderful flowing trackwork is always nice to look at. You've already really captured the FR feel. Shame about the weather changing, time to focus on the mechanical side of things eh?
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Re: The Railway in the Valley of the Mill

Post by Trevor Thompson » Sat Oct 30, 2021 9:46 am

Old Man Aaron wrote:
Sat Oct 30, 2021 2:07 am
Wonderful flowing trackwork is always nice to look at. You've already really captured the FR feel. Shame about the weather changing, time to focus on the mechanical side of things eh?
Yes can't put off cleaning the lathe much longer! I am thinking about painting Linda, and getting back to K1.

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