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Modules finally named and ballasted

Posted by Alan on 30th April 2016 in 0n30, Alan's Railway |

In other news, the dry weather today was exploited and my boards have received ballast! Davidson Crossing, Sunstone Creek, Balfern Curve and Inworth Curve are now drying in the shed.

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Modules depths reduced to 100mm

Posted by Alan on 30th April 2016 in 0n30, Alan's Railway, Wood Butchery, Woodworking Jigs |

Using a jig that I constructed last night from bits of wood in the shed, we have this afternoon reduced the depth of all the Tim Horn board kits in stock to 4″ from 6″, or 100mm from 150mm in modern money.

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Autumn Modelling Day 2015

Posted by Alan on 19th November 2015 in 0n30, Alan's Railway |

At the 7mm NGA‘s Surrey Area Group Autumn Modelling Day, I took my four module boards to set up in the hall with Brian’s, partly to show other people the concept but also to try out other operating methods.

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Why the sporadic updates?

Posted by Alan on 27th October 2015 in 0n30, Alan's Railway |

Ask any woman and the one thing that no man can do is multi-task. Who am I to argue with that apparent fact? Railway modelling comes way down the priority list when you have a family and updating a blog about railway modelling below that!

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Painting the module boards

Posted by Alan on 24th October 2015 in 0n30, Alan's Railway |

Another hiatus, another school holiday! Having put my Dear Lady Wife and Son / Heir on a plane to Slovakia for half-term, I was able to take the module boards out of the loft and treat them to a coat of paint.

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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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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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Batch making legs

Posted by Alan on 31st August 2015 in 0n30, Alan's Railway |

The modular boards didn’t come with sky hooks so I’m going to have to make five sets of legs, one more than the number of boards I have, so that I can set them up at home for working on it.

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