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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 I am using  Peco short radius turnouts including Y’ turnouts.

Canute Road Quay is starting to take shape

Canute Road Quay is starting to take shape

From the pictures left you can see that I have now completed following: painting of the baseboard with matt black paint to all the external fascias, leaving the inside faces and underneath white, the trackwork is now laid and glued in place (I actually on the recommendation of a fellow modeler simply used superglue for this) the LED lighting is in place (more of which anon) also the brickwork of the quayside along the very front edge has also been added.

Another view on progress so far.

Another view on progress so far.

Although not visible from the picture the DCC Concepts Cobalt point motors have been installed, and initial track feed and frog wiring completed. This has not yet been taken back to the control panel (which I have also made up, but more about this in a future post) as this will itself be mounted on the small bespoke fiddle yard module on the left hand end and I am still awaiting this from Tim Horn Baseboards.

The next steps will be the initial weathering or the track sleepers and painting rail sides in track colour, the addition of the check rail for the inset trackwiork sections and the construction of the remaining buildings. In addition to the low relief Bachmann Scalescene bonded warehouses, I have opted for using Skytrex Models resin components for the engine shed and the two warehouses / loading docks located at the front using laser cut components from LCut Creative.  Once in place I can make a start on the various ground covers.

Improving Peco turnouts

With respect to the Peco turnouts there are a number of improvements that can be made especially electrically to ensure better running which includes:

A diagram showing modifications to Peco points from underneath

A diagram showing modifications to Peco points from underneath

Firstly, I always recommend  switching the frog polarity using the built in micro switch on the point motor (or a separate micro switch depending on the motor type you are using, the DCC Concepts Cobalt point motors convenient have two built in switches) and therefore not relying on the switch blade contact, which can be unreliable if any dirt gets between the stock rail and switch blade.

The Peco short radius 'Y' turnout does not have wire links so requires the actual rails to be cut between the frog and links between the stock rails and the switch blade (just visible)

The Peco short radius ‘Y’ turnout does not have wire links so requires the actual rails to be cut between the frog and links between the stock rails and the switch blade (just visible)

This requires any electrical link between switch rails and the frog to be cut, and as such is made simple on most Peco points as there is an exposed wire link underneath the point that can be cut. However on the short radius ‘Y’ points this wire link does not exist and therefore requires the actual rails to be cut between the switch blade pivots and the frog.

A diagram from above

A diagram from above

Secondly, I electrically link each switch blade to its adjacent stock rail with a short wire link as this ensures good electrical continuity. Conveniently Peco leave a gap in the sleeper webbing, on most of their turnouts, to ease the soldering of this wire link, which is then hidden one ballasted etc.

Hopefully the diagrams / images to the left help to show this more clearly.

Picture showingthe tiebar has been cut either side and the spring and housing removed

Picture showingthe tiebar has been cut either side and the spring and housing removed

To improve the turnouts visually I also remove, by simply cutting them off the hand operating lugs either side of the tie bar and as I am using DCC Concepts Cobalt point motors that are of the stall rather than solenoid type that hold the switchblades in the required position the non prototypical Peco spring housing and spring can also be removed, these are held in place by a metal clip that can be easily unclipped from underneath the turnout.

I hope that the above post is of interest and use especially with respect to wiring and improving Peco elctrofrog points and clarifies the issue on the short radius ‘Y’ point where the wire links underneath are not provided by Peco.

Watch this space for further updates on Canute Road Quay over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

The results from the annual Wishlist Poll for for 2016 for new N and/or 00 models are now available. The purpose of The Poll is to provide an easy way for modellers and collectors to tell the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run railway models what they would like to see made from new tooling (excluding models announced, tooled or made since 2000).

In 00 the SR U class 2-6-0 tops the SR/BR(s) list and was second overall (the BR Standard 78xxx 2-6-0 was 1st) . The top 10 for SR/BR(s) were as follows (overall position / number of votes):

  • U Class 2-6-0 (2nd/400)
  • Q Class 0-6-0 (11th/ 339)
  • P Class 0-6-0T (24/285)
  • Z class 0-8-0T (26/275)
  • Lord Nelson 4-6-0 (32/256)
  • 4 COR EMU (34/255)
  • A1X terrier 0-6-0T (35/254)
  • Class 442 Wessex EMU (39/249)
  • K Class 2-6-0 (40/247)
  • SR Maunsell Kitchen / Restaurant First Coach [Dia 2650/1/5/60] (45/244)

The complete 00 results file can be downloaded here 2016-00-most-wanted and by category here 2016-00-results-by-category

In N gauge the N15 King Arthur 4-6-0 topped the overall most wanted. The top 5 for SR/BR(s) were as follows (overall position / number of votes):

  • N15 King Arthur 4-6-0 (1st/102)
  • Lord Nelson 4-6-0 (7th/88)
  • Rebuilt Merchant Navy 4-6-2 (10/79)
  • S15 4-6-0 (11/75)
  • Class 205 Hampshire/Berkshire 3H (11/75)

The complete N results file can be downloaded here 2016-n-most-wanted and by category here 2016-n-results-by-category

A full discussion about the results can be found on Rmweb here. 

As always it will be interesting to see how many of these items feature in the manufacturers plans in the coming years.

This months picture…

N1 No. 1822 heads  past the shed at Fisherton Sarum. The N1 is a conversion from a Bachmann N class. M7 class No. 47 sits in the carriage siding.

N1 No. 1822 heads past the shed at Fisherton Sarum. The N1 is a conversion from a Bachmann N class. M7 class No. 47 sits in the carriage siding.

I make no apologies, once again, for this blatant plug, but as I am long time member, and indeed past Chairman and now Publicity Officer, of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society it would be wrong of me not to promote this year’s WYCRAIL ’16 exhibition that takes place this coming Saturday, November 5th 

Once again it is being held at the excellent venue of The Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP12 4UD

HWDMRS BadgeWYCRAIL ‘16 will have over 30 (yes 30!)  high quality and inspirational model railway layouts, of both British, North American and Continental outline and in a wide range of scales and gauges including Z, N, 3mm, 00, H0, EM, P4, 0 and narrow gauges. Full trade support will be attending ranging from tools, kits, electronic components to R-T-R models and books.

The venue is conveniently close to the M40 Junction 4 and the free vintage bus service will once again be operated between Wycombe Railway Station (Chiltern Line) and Wycombe Town Centre  to the Cressex Community School.

Further information and details can be found on the Societies website at www.hwdmrs.org.uk

I look forward to seeing some of you there, please come and find me and say hello.

The annual Wishlist Poll for new N and/or 00 models has started today. The purpose of The Poll is to provide an easy way for modellers and collectors to tell the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run railway models what they would like to see made from new tooling (excluding models announced, tooled or made since 2000).

There are plenty of Southern Railway / Southern Region related items to vote for, hint hint. In 00 gauge in the past items including the recently announced by Hornby, for 2017, H class tank along with previous Southern related models such as the the Air-Smoothed Merchant Navy, S15 and Adams Radial tanks that were all in the Top 50 of previous polls and have now been either announced (or delivered).

There are 20 categories covering steam locos of the Big Four and BR; Diesel & Electric Locos; DMUs; EMUs; Coaches; Non-passenger-carrying Coaching Stock; Freight Stock; General Service Stock; Standard Gauge Industrial Locos; and finally London Underground.

The poll will be running from today, 10th October, until the 29th October; and the direct link to the poll is here. Full details can be found on MREmag or RMweb.
Lets hope that by voting Southern we can continue the great expansion in Southern related models being produced in the future!

This months picture…

Adams 0-6-0 0395 class number 3441 sits in the headshunt at Fisherton Sarum awaiting its next shed pilot turn. The postman is on his rounds in the background.

Adams 0-6-0 0395 class number 3441 sits in the headshunt at Fisherton Sarum awaiting its next shed pilot turn, she is built from a DJH kit. The postman is on his rounds in the background.

Earlier this month I announced my new little timesaving / timewasting project Canute Road Quay. Last weekend I took the opportunity to visit the excellent Scaleforum exhibition and collect from Tim Horn the kit of laser cut parts for the 4ft x 1ft main baseboard for this project. Tim classifies this design as a ‘Scenic/Photo plank board’ which includes the rear and side backscenes boards and top fascia.

The Tim Horn baseboard after just a couple of hours of assembly

The Tim Horn baseboard after just a couple of hours of assembly

This is the first time that I have used Tim’s laser cut board components and all I can say is ‘wow’ and that I totally recommend them. Tim can supply his baseboards with either with MDF or birch ply tops, the later being my chosen option. The quality and fit of each of the components is excellent and results in a very simple assembly using only wood glue, a small number of screws and a few clamps. Including allowing time for glue to cure between stages assembly was completed without rushing in a few hours last Sunday.

The eft hand end of the baseboard including the cut out for the exit to the 'fiddle yard'

The left hand end of the baseboard including the cut out for the exit to the ‘fiddle yard’

It certainly makes things easier for someone like me whom carpentry is not really my thing. The result is a totally square, robust, lightweight, professional looking baseboard assembly, that now awaits a coat of white primer, including the underneath, to seal it all around,  followed by a matt black top coat coat to the front, side and rear fascias. Tim also includes a single piece 3mm ply fascia to go on to the front to cover all the tab joints, giving a totally smooth final finish, which I have yet to affix.

A sneaky peak of things to come with the trackwork being positioned along with a couple of the buildings.

A sneaky peak of things to come with the trackwork being initially positioned along with a couple of the buildings.

I have taken the opportunity prior to painting to cut the trackwork to size to allow for holes to be drilled in the correct places for the point motors (As on Fisherton Sarum I will be using Cobalt slow acting point motors), and track feed / point frog droppers etc. The well thought out design of the Tim Horn baseframes include cuts outs at the top of the baseframe cross members for cable runs etc.

I also took the opportunity to discuss with the Tim the possibility of obtaining a small 1ft x 1ft cantilever section for the left hand end ‘fiddle yard’ to support the off scene cassette. Due to the fact that I intend to utilise the 12″ locomotive cassette from Fisherton Sarum (along with a small number of other items such as the transformer box) the top surface of this section needs to be 4mm lower than the main board to ensure the rail and cassette heights line up. As it happens I am not the first the first ask Tim for such a board and in fact he had one on display that uses the same modular construction concept as the main board, to ensure it matches and aligns correctly, but allows him to change the final top height, during the cutting process to suit a customers needs depending on the type of cassettes they are using.  The back of this board will match the rear of the main board and I will add some simple supports to be able to hold a number of the cassettes out of the way. This ‘fiddle yard’ board has now been duly ordered. The front face of this section will also contain the switches for the point motors, track sections (yes I am still DC control) and the uncloupler push buttons.

So the next step is the priming and painting of the baseboard…

 

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