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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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The Extension Begins

Posted by Alan on 29th May 2015 in Erik's Railway |

Erik’s been incredibly patient, his test track not being particularly testing. However, work has now begun on the centre board, on which the points and sidings will sit. Some of the sidings will cross the joins onto the outer boards but, in test track mode, this will just provide track on which to sit rolling […]

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Replacing The Electrics

Posted by Alan on 29th May 2015 in Erik's Railway |

The wiring on Erik’s layout was not what was originally planned, implemented solely to facilitate an operating session. Sure, it worked, but it could not be described as robust. It has therefore been completely replaced and Erik assisted with the tasks.

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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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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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Rail Riders – Class 47 406

Posted by Alan on 2nd February 2015 in Erik's Railway |

Way back when, my late brother was a member of the Rail Riders Club. Despite the logo being a stylised APT-P, the loco named after the club was a Class 47. At first, it was number 406 but later the name was transferred to number 488. I’ve always like the looks of Class 47 locos, […]

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Laying Some Track

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

After a three-month hiatus, it was decided that the Christmas period would be an ideal opportunity to make some more progress on Erik’s railway. So we invited Brian round for lunch and got cracking!

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Finishing Soldering Droppers

Posted by Alan on 20th December 2014 in Erik's Railway |

As mentioned previous, I’d started soldering feeder wires, often referred to as droppers, but I only got eight pieces of track finished before I packed it all away, and there it stayed!

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Power Bus Wiring

Posted by Alan on 2nd October 2014 in Erik's Railway |

As mentioned at the close of my last post, I’d ordered some wire for the power bus from an ebay supplier. Well, it arrived and it’s perfect!

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