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Making stock boxes

Posted by Alan on 6th September 2015 in 0165, 0n30, Alan's Railway |

For years, in fact forever, my rolling stock has lived in the boxes it arrived in, regardless of whether I bought it new or used. In the case of Bachmann stock, that means either large or larger green boxes with a great deal of dead space inside. When you put it all in the cupboard, […]

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Laying more cork

Posted by Alan on 5th September 2015 in Erik's Railway |

In starting the middle board, we decided that we really would get it started and that involved laying some cork to bring the track bed up to the height of the other boards. This is just 3mm cork tile from the DIY superstore. It’s also something that Erik could do, under supervision.

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Starting the middle board

Posted by Alan on 5th September 2015 in Erik's Railway |

Today we had a planning session. Erik’s waited long enough for a more exciting and interesting layout, so we sat down today with some basic scenery, some track pieces and the centre board to work out how he’d like it to look eventually.

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Transit board modifications

Posted by Alan on 4th September 2015 in 0n30, Alan's Railway |

To transport the module boards safely, I made some transit boards out of off-cuts of 12mm MDF. These were always going to be a Mark 1 version, consisting simply of a square with a line of holes drilled to match those on the interface plate on opposite faces and a hand hole in the middle.

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First test run

Posted by Alan on 4th September 2015 in 0n30, Alan's Railway |

Have I mentioned that it’s only two weeks until the first showing of our modular layout at the Seaboard Southern Annual Exhibition at Horsham? Having progressed to the point of electrical continuity, it was felt that a full test was long overdue.

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Testing for continuity

Posted by Alan on 3rd September 2015 in 0n30, Alan's Railway |

Have made up all the jumper cables the other evening, the last remaining electrical job was to solder the dropper cables on the corner boards. These hadn’t been done because I wasn’t happy with the track alignment. However, with the first exhibition looming …

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The router table insert

Posted by Alan on 1st September 2015 in Uncategorized |

When I posted about how I’d started to build a router table insert for my old Bosch POF500A router using a cheap IKEA chopping board, I didn’t know then how I was going to cut the centre whole for the bit to come through.

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