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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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Track and wiring

Posted by Alan on 30th May 2015 in 0165, 0n30, Alan's Railway |

Progress on the modules has been slow, for which read non-existent. With the looming date of the Seaboard Southern show in September, at which these are expected to not only appear but be operational, it’s high time to extract the digit!

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Installing the Gapmasters

Posted by Alan on 29th April 2015 in 0165, 0n30, Alan's Railway, Erik's Railway |

Tim Horn‘s board kits have the centre line marked accurately* on the top surface to aid in laying track. The Frem0n30 standards demand that the track is laid right to the baseboard edge, which obviously makes it vulnerable in transit. This is where the Gapmasters come in, both aligning and anchoring the track at the interface.

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Corner Boards Assembled

Posted by Alan on 16th April 2015 in 0165, 0n30, Alan's Railway |

Flushed with the success of the straight boards, it was time to tackle the corner boards. As a precaution, which proved to be unnecessary, the sides were thoroughly wetted and bent, in the hope that they wouldn’t crack or split during assembly.

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Straight Boards Assembled

Posted by Alan on 16th April 2015 in 0165, 0n30, Alan's Railway |

Well, today was one of those dry days and, between two of us, the four board kits were assembled. Tim Horn‘s instructions were not specific to the boards ordered but only because they’d been modified to include the Frem0n30 endplates. However, such is the quality of his kits that instructions really aren’t necessary.

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Large Parcel Received!

Posted by Alan on 10th April 2015 in 0165, 0n30, Alan's Railway |

Early on Thursday morning last week, I received notification of a parcel delivery the following day, and then later an invoice for payment immediately. Having made payment, I waited – mostly patiently – until the Friday afternoon for the parcel, which eventually arrived at around five o’clock.

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Baseboard Joints

Posted by Alan on 20th March 2015 in 0165, 0n30, Alan's Railway, Erik's Railway |

Everyone who’s ever built a sectional or modular model railway layout knows not to rely on pins or glue to hold the track down at the baseboard edges, as it’ll tear or break eventually.

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Received Yesterday

Posted by Alan on 13th March 2015 in 0165, 0n30, Alan's Railway |

As alluded to my previous post, discussions are ongoing with Tim Horn with a view to building a new layout … and look what arrived in yesterday’s post!

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Combining Two Layouts

Posted by Alan on 21st February 2015 in 0165, Alan's Railway |

Driving back from the excellent Narrow Gauge South West show at Shepton Mallet with fellow members of the Surrey Area Group of the 7mm NGA, a notion was kicked around which, like a snowball rolling downhill, has grown into an idea.

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Green Gates Retired

Posted by Alan on 29th December 2014 in 0165, Alan's Railway |

Finally, the layout that I bought as Greengate from Colin Kennington at Narrow Gauge South West in 2011 and featured in the 7mm NGA Small Layouts Handbook, has now been retired.

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