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by Mike_R
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Railroad Media
Topic: Michael Portillo
Replies: 2
Views: 17002

Re: Michael Portillo

And now Billy Connolly is doing a trip on Amtrak, Chicago to New York the wrong way (via LA).
Quite a few BNSF freights along with the Empire Builder in the first episode. Should be the Coast Starlight next week.
by Mike_R
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 33363

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

I think it is more important that the track is well ballasted and painted. That makes the rails and ties merge into the track bed and the type of track is less noticeable. I use HO code 75 tie spacing to make lighter laid track in spurs and yards. Use fine ballast, a lot of it is too coarse, I sieve...
by Mike_R
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Analogue wiring
Topic: Thunder and lightning
Replies: 2
Views: 11871

Re: Thunder and lightning

For my exhibition layouts I made up CDs, one with city sounds and the other out in the woods. I used free to download sounds, edited them in a sound program and burnt them to CDs. I then played the CD matching the layout on a CD player under the layout. The city one had a police chase, fire engines ...
by Mike_R
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Analogue wiring
Topic: Thunder and lightning
Replies: 2
Views: 11871

Thunder and lightning

I like this one http://www.broadway-limited.com/1598lightningandthunderaccessoryforany-scalelayout.aspx I had an exhibition layout which played a thunderstorm every 40 minutes or so, along with traffic and aircraft sounds. But flashing lights would look great. I did see a layout at Warley that relea...
by Mike_R
Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Railroad Media
Topic: Michael Portillo
Replies: 2
Views: 17002

Michael Portillo

Starting on Monday February 1st on BBC2 is a new series of Michael Portillo's Railroad Journeys, starting in New York. The first five episodes are in New York State.
by Mike_R
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: The Fun Starts Here.
Replies: 3
Views: 7963

Re: The Fun Starts Here.

I used heavy duty adjustable brackets, screwed into the wall studs with 3" screws. I also have some wood angle brackets on the front wall, one can just be seen at the right side of the second photo, behind the yellow clamp. They used to support a previous layout, otherwise I would have used the meta...
by Mike_R
Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: The Fun Starts Here.
Replies: 3
Views: 7963

Re: The Fun Starts Here.

Make sure what ever holds the layout to the wall is strong, you will put a lot more stress on them when angling the legs to the wall.
by Mike_R
Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: North Fork Springs
Replies: 32
Views: 41005

Re: North Fork Springs

Even a phone will work, JMRI works great with my wifi router.
by Mike_R
Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: North Fork Springs
Replies: 32
Views: 41005

Re: North Fork Springs

As well as the area shown on the plan,which gives more space for scenery I'm hoping the extra height reached by the inner track will sort out the unsatisfactory point where it crosses over the end of North Fork Springs yard. If I can push it out further I can get it behind a back scene, instead of t...
by Mike_R
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: North Fork Springs
Replies: 32
Views: 41005

Re: North Fork Springs

Well after a two year hiatus I have finally removed the airing cupboard and have plans for the new corner. The old layout hanging off the cupboard. http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm127/mikeruby_photos/NFS/NFS%20rebuild%20corner%205_zpspesizbky.jpg Now removed, an extra 10 square feet of space. N...
by Mike_R
Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 33363

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

Ahh back on line Another set of rocks after staining, there is a lot of white in many rocks, check photos of where you are modelling. http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm127/mikeruby_photos/NFSrocks4_zps9098154c.jpg A finished cliff with talus made from the large stones left from sieving ballast fr...
by Mike_R
Sun Dec 20, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 33363

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

Looking good! Do you want rocks that are in situ or rocks that have been placed there? I've used carved foam for both. This one is a carved rock face. I start with the rough shape of the rock face, then cut across with a knife in the direction of the rock layers, with other faults at around 90º. Fol...
by Mike_R
Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Layout Design
Topic: Hello folks
Replies: 7
Views: 24407

Re: Hello folks

Could you put a couple of tracks for storage behind the second side of the layout? That gives you visible layout on both sides of the shed and a fiddle yard. I had 12" high buildings in front of a four track sector plate on an exhibition layout. This meant that the whole layout had visible working t...
by Mike_R
Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 33363

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

It is definitely easier if you can design the boards to miss turnouts and motors, I have a habit of changing things after the boards are built! My North fork Springs layout has had the yard moved from outside the mainline to inside and then extended under some scenery. That put the turnout across th...
by Mike_R
Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls
Replies: 32
Views: 33363

Re: My First Layout - N Gauge Denesport & Lesley Falls

Yes the left and middle boards are hinged together. There were several reasons for this, mainly to decrease set up time and reduce the number of connections. There are no connections to make on this join the wires run across the join. The hinges are hidden by a bridge when setup. I've used hinged bo...