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Old 28-06-2018, 07:35 PM   #41
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Default Sproston update.

Back again - The layout is operated by cab-control using a Gaugemaster 100m with a second Gaugemaster hand held controller mounted on the 'hidden sidings' side of the layout. Centre 'off' double pole miniature switches are mounted geographically on the panel track diagram for the power feeds. Also mounted on the panel are the seven isolating 'push to make' buttons used for holding locos. These are positioned one at the stops end of the bay, one for the loco shed, one for the turntable and one for each of the hidden sidings. The last four are useful if a train is driven into the hidden sidings and the operator is distracted - forgetting to stop the train in time! However being only 9" in length they are ineffective on vehicles with pickups on both bogies, (cl121 'Bubblecar' and cl 22 diesel).- ask me how I know!!
The two controllers feed to the tracks via a Gaugemaster HF2 (High frequency Track Cleaner). - so no coreless motored locos allowed...
The miniature sprung centre 'off' point switches are mounted in rows in the centre of the panel, these operate seep pm1 motors mounted underneath the baseboard, fed through a Gaugemaster CDU. Points are paired if they form a crossover using one switch, so they throw together - as per prototype practice. The 3 points positioned in the hidden sidings are operated by 'Peco' surface mounted motors,these have no spare contacts to use so 'slave' motors are used( 3 spare seep pm1's ) repeating the point indications shown on the panel using red and green LED'S.

The hidden sidings are 'viewed' using two 12v miniature cameras - one located at each end, and connected to a 7" 12v monitor mounted next to the main control panel - a basic system but it works..
Thats probably enough for now, so I will add some more pictures,
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Old 10-07-2018, 10:34 PM   #42
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Default Sproston continued.

Sproston is set 'somewhere in Cheshire' within the period circa 1956 to 1964.

(Pre the appearance of BR small yellow warning panels on diesels and dmu's or railcars). The line is jointly operated by BR(WR), with BR (LMR) running powers.
The layout is run using a sequence timetable, with the time gaps between the individual trains reduced to a sequence, however shunting takes almost as long as it would on the real thing...

Structures are a mix of Metcalfe, Peco, Ratio, Wills, Dapol, and RTP buildings by Bachmann and Hornby...some have extra detail added to them.
Motor vehicles are made by Oxford Diecast, BT, EFE, Corgi and pocketbond Classix. Most have had passengers added.

All the coaching stock used on the layout has had passengers fitted, - this was a long job!! Steam locos all have crew, along with fire irons and real coal added. The one diesel and railcar also have crews. Most road vehicles have people in them if they are obviously 'on the move' -this is especially true of the Crossville bus and the Western National coach.

The entire layout is populated by about 100 'little people'.
Time to add some more pictures relevant to this entry.

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Old 10-07-2018, 10:56 PM   #43
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Nice photos Sigtec when it comes to layouts size does not matter we have just moved to another house and I have to go up to the attic room now which is narrower than the last house.
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Old 10-07-2018, 11:20 PM   #44
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Thanks John, yes it's surprising what can be carefully 'packed' into a small space - during early construction of this layout I had thought it was was going nowhere, but as time passed and more detail was incorporated found I became more enthusiastic - a strong case of 'less is more'- more or less....
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:57 PM   #45
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Here are some more photos relating to the previous entry.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:54 PM   #46
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Beautiful top class layout in every way. If you could find a way to
post some video of run throughs and shunting, that would particularly
fascinating on such an advanced layout.

Google had a free video editing service, not terribly difficult, which I think
is now gone. I use Vimeo, and find it relatively simple to use, should the
bug bite you.
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Old 13-07-2018, 07:15 PM   #47
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Thanks for your kind comments Chops, I will have to look into your suggestion, it's not something I've considered before, so I will have to do some investigating - bear with me...
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Old 28-07-2018, 03:02 PM   #48
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Sproston is a small market town (Wednesdays) that has yet to feel the impact of the 'Beeching Axe'. The Creamery is run by United Dairies, and sends two loaded 3000 gallon tankers - usually twice a day to the Capital, along with producing quantities of cheese and butter from any spare milk when that is available. The milk arrives from the farms mostly by lorry now, although in the past many churns came by rail.

The creamery employs 70 people, most working two shifts to keep production going.It has its own gated private siding, accessed from the shunting spur to the goods yard which runs behind the signalbox.

The small loco shed has coaling and watering facilities along with an ashpit, and a normal allocation of two engines, an auto fitted pannier for the push -pull service and small prairie for local passenger/school trains. It also has a 60' turntable, as many of the longer distance arriving trains are headed by small tender locos.
The station has two platforms - the bay is used mainly by auto trains or for parcels traffic. There is also a side loading/parcels dock which is the kickback access for the loco depot, this loading dock is the best place to load or unload horseboxes...

The goods yard has three sidings, nearest the station platform is the goods shed road for 'smalls' - perishable or part wagonload traffic. Next siding is the shortest (cattle dock road ) also used for unloading when not required for livestock traffic . These two sidings have access to a 2 ton yard hand crane between them - the goods shed has an internal 10 cwt crane . Finally comes the coal road, the two resident coal merchants being Cyrus Sharp, who is also a general haulier, and T.(Trevor) K. Compton, they both have buildings and offices around the edge of the yard. The coal siding is also used when available for loading/unloading - especially for large heavy items (Type BD containers are 4 tons -and well beyond the lifting capacity of the yard crane)
These loads will require the use of either the Coles 6 ton crane or the Shelvoke & Drewry 'Freightlifter'.

A joint GWR/LMS loading gauge spans the yard exit track just before it joins the loop....
More to come later..
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Old 22-08-2018, 04:47 PM   #49
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Hello again everyone, here are hopefully some different pictures taken around the layout, although with a layout of this size, it does not take long to cover most of the angles when it comes to the taking of photographs...

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Old 22-08-2018, 05:07 PM   #50
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Very nice layout you have there. Well done. R-
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