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Hi all,

So another layout of mine that has been stalled for a good few years now and I though posting it up on here may give me the reason to get it back out and start work on it and the possible exhibition invite for October 2021.

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Please excuse the bad photo as its the only one i could find of it before I made a start on the track.

The layout is 4ft 6 inch across and folds in two for transporting and stoage. It will be DCC with computer control to enable lunch time covers at shows and also to allow me to set it up at home and watch the trains go by.

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First task was to ake up the plain line work using the 2mmFS easi track track bases which as you may be able to make out is a sprue with two sections of base per sprue. I spent several mornaing and evenings threading the rail in to the bases after dressing he end of the rail.

When you build things you find little short cuts to make things easier to do and again as you can see in the photos I first started to thread the bases on to the rail using the same side of the sprue. This reduced the amount you could thread on so I would have to keep cutting the bases off the sprue,slide the bases down and start again.

One morning by accident I threaded the other side of the sprue on and found that you could put more bases on without cutting the sprue and get the bases in the correct postion.dsc00693_8400083834_o.thumb.jpg.4d3c43d6d8a182de233c0dac93e9992e.jpg

This improved the production rate and I managed to get all the track for the front made up in just over a week.

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Hi all,

One of the issues with a round layout is you have to have curved track work which means handbuilt track work, well I didn't really have a choice as you have to build your own track work in 2mmFS. So after gluing down the templot plan I made a start gluing down the sleeper strip. Lost count how many there was to glue down.

 

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Lovely looking work and hours of fun to follow, thanks for update. 

viz sleeper strips keeping the sprue attached is key even with the jig and yes once rail tip slightly honed to give  a fine end rail is easy to make. 

The point blades will be fun with the curve, good luck!

Robert     

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On 15/1/2021 at 12:14 PM, Robert Shrives said:

Lovely looking work and hours of fun to follow, thanks for update. 

viz sleeper strips keeping the sprue attached is key even with the jig and yes once rail tip slightly honed to give  a fine end rail is easy to make. 

The point blades will be fun with the curve, good luck!

Robert     

Thanks,

I found it easy with or without the sprue attached. The key to it all is getting the end free of burrs so that the rail slides in nice and easly and dosnt slice the chairs in two.

Curved point baldes are the easy bit in my eys but when my first go at point building was a 1:8 curved 2mmFs point then anything after that is easy.......isnt it?? 🤔

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Yes deburring  rail and ensuring web is clear of debris/burr is key. I found the tiniest drop of lube oil worked wonders as well.   Good to know your first point was "straight-forward."  But it is a learning to swim - I had built some 3mm points and the next was   a 2 foot gauge 3way stub point- ably helped by a school gang!   Layout follows a tradition of cricular 2mmfs layouts. Mine is an N model of Powderham - but currently stored in Wales having wiring refurbished, but I am not in wales !

Happy track building .

Robert         

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Next up has been crossing construction.

Now just to add to the fun (they do say the hobby is fun......right 🤔 ) I had to have the crossing V jigs custom made as i have 1:12, 1:13 and a 1:14 and the ones avaiable from the 2mmFS assocation stores only go up to 1:10.

I will take a photo of the jigs when I next get the box out but this is the result of about an hours work

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Thanks

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