CHINESE HO EXHIBITION LAYOUT

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CHINESE HO EXHIBITION LAYOUT

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Post by TEAMYAKIMA » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:26 am

As a new member of this forum I just wanted to make you aware of my Chinese HO exhibition layout BEIJIAO - REAL WORKING STEAM IN 2004!

As of July 2019 it has been to two shows Bristol (2018) and Stevenage (Jan 2019) and is booked into two more shows this year Fareham (October) and Warley (November) - I hope to meet some of you sometime soon.

The layout features 17 coach passenger trains, banking on the industrial line and double headed 2-10-2's on freights.

The layout is still far from finished but here is a photo from the Stevenage show in January 2019

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Post by TEAMYAKIMA » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:37 am

Here is an early photos from our first ever exhibition - Bristol 2018 - the layout was even less finished then!

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Post by TEAMYAKIMA » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:57 pm

Since my last post here we have attended two exhibitions and TBH they were both quite difficult with lots going wrong. Part/most of this is caused by the layout being too big to set up at home and so all running problems only come to light at exhibitions.

In fact my operators told me that the Saturday at Warley (our last show) was the WORST day we have ever had to endure. Don't get me wrong - we kept trains running for the viewers, but at the price of the operators sanity! After the Saturday night de-brief session I was very seriously considering pulling the layout off the circuit for good - I could not keep putting my team through this stress.

The main problem has always been our failure to make the route selection work. There is an 18 road fiddle yard and many of the tracks have alternative route options and so the idea in installing route selection hardware/software was that you only needed to press one or two buttons on the walk-around radio handsets and the software would set up the road for you - this has never worked at any exhibition - hence operator stress!!

In a final attempt to save the day I invited Ted Smale of Sunningwell Digital Control to come over to see if he might be able to sort out our problems. He asked how the DCC loconet was set up - he suggested a VERY minor change - and in less than 30 seconds he (an expert) had sorted out a problem that had nearly killed off the layout.

Result? The Sunday at Warley was our BEST ever running session!

We also learnt a lot about the layout and what viewers like and don't like - changes are afoot and our next showing (Aly Paly in March) will be far better still - I hope to see some of you there!

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Post by TEAMYAKIMA » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:05 pm

On the Sunday at Warley a German YOUTUBER arrived late on Sunday and asked to make a video.

Unfortunately it was quite close to closing time and we had already started putting stock away - it takes two hours!

So he made this video, please don't judge the layout on this video as normally we do not keep running the same train round and round it was just that by the time he made this video we had reduced the variety of trains. Anyway enjoy it for what it is - the layout will be MUCH better by Aly Paly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_El57wy8_c

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Post by Gareth 73 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:40 pm

Awesome layout
Awesome video.
Wish I could of made it to NEC to see it. There's something about the Chinese steam locos that I like.
Glad to hear it's starting to behave itself for you.

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Post by Mr Bones » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:41 pm

Great layout thanks for sharing the video.
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Post by TEAMYAKIMA » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:30 am

To give you some context ……..

As the name of the layout suggests it is set in 2004 and basically everything you see was happening in China in 2004 - but not all in the same place. In other words I have combined several authentic China 2004 features into one fictional location.

1. At the back of the layout is an industrial railway serving several coal mines in the area and here linking to a steelworks off scene. This line runs 11 loaded coal wagons up to the steelworks and empties back down as well as scrap metal to the steelworks and finished steel down to factories in the city. The steelworks is up a 1/30 grade and so requires TWO bankers as shown in the video and 'YES' that is authentic and based on the Chengde industrial railway.

2. In the middle of the layout is a double track CHINA RAIL line which was fully dieselised in the early 1990's.

3. In the foreground of the layout is a single track 'regional' railway which was first opened in 1995. It's called a regional railway because it is not officially part of China Rail and was financed by local governments keen to spread the railway to remote towns and villages. The line is 590 miles long and when it first opened it was 100% steam powered, but now in 2004 diesels have taken over most of the line and this section out of the line's western terminus is one of the few remaining steam operated sections, but even here diesels are beginning to appear for crew training. Again this is 100% authentic based on the Ji-Tong line in the Chinese province of Mongolia.

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