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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Today on the CFHC   Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:48 pm

Motivated by the excellent progress on other layouts now spring has come, decided that it's high time to update progress on my own track.

I'm afraid I don't have an imaginative story behind my railway, just a desire to provide a workable scheme to run a large cross section of loco's and rolling stock. I would have liked to make it French but to date everything is German(LGB) metre gauge or British Narrow Gauge 1:18. Equally the name CFHC is just a working title until something springs to mind.

The whole layout area is about 30 meters by 20 meters with a 1:25 slope across the whole area.

I initially planned like others to use R1 curves and turnouts but have now abandoned that in favour of a fast level loop incorporating two R5 turnouts.

Here's the final scheme I'm working to ...



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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:58 pm

I've posted these pics before, but they show where I'd got to last Autumn...



I'm standing where the stream and bridge are going


Baguie the dog is lying on what will become the passing loop

Tomorrow I'll take and post some pics to show development in the raised sidings area

I hope to make progress over the coming weeks, I had 4 Cubic Metres ballast (for concreting) delivered today and Flexitrack and rail bender should be en route

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:46 pm

Beautiful day today so ready for some serious concrete mixing ...
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:48 pm

The pond is in ...



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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:49 pm

This is my temporary outside loop - R1's looking silly outdoors ...

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:52 pm

The raised sidings area ready for surface concrete ...



And afterwards ....

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:48 pm

Progress at last brian! Just wondered if you had put a foundation under those stone blocks?. I did the same thing about 5 years ago by building a raised flower bed.The weight of the blocks and loads of rain caused the ground level to drop and broke up all my concrete within 6 months. If you have done a strip foundation then ignore this!!

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:23 pm

Some great Empire building.
I like the different levels and the figure of eight track plan. I have that here too but much lower.

Are those sidings for 'steaming up' and maintenance or just storage or station area?

If they are for steaming up, access and bending over might be a bit difficult although the height is good.

As you are going to run regular steam I would recommend a good accessible dedicated steaming bay off the mainline where you can make a mess.

Also if you have 2 passing loops each half way round the circuit you can run two trains non-stop hands-free in opposite directions.

And I don't think there's anything wrong with the name, CFHC sounds good to me. Surprised
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:36 am

Thanks for the tips guys...

No concrete foundation, but the stones have had 5 months of wet weather to settle, so here's hoping.

The sidings area was for a few buildings and stock storage - to date I've steamed up off track - but a seperate feed area is a good idea. Perhaps the passing loop can be for steaming up in the meantime. I can only afford R1 turnouts into it, so fast counter running trains are probably off the menu for the time being.

Anyway I see this very much phase one - just get some permanent track bed down - I'm hoping things will develop over coming years!

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:32 pm

More days of fantastic weather, so have been hard at it with the concrete mixer again.

Having concreted the "passing loop" area, I find I have enough room for three tracks and following Carl's advice a steaming up branch (marked red on the plan)




Pics of actual track in area tomorrow.

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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:28 pm

If you do all your steaming up and preparation here it will keep most of the mess off the mainline especially with Accucraft locos not being the cleanest.

If you can do it, it is advisable to have some sort of drip tray or good drainage under the track for oil and water. Steam oil doesn't really evaporate and stays a stick mess lying around.

Looking good Brian. While Zelda's warming up you can assemble your train in the loop ready to go.
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:40 am

carl hibbs wrote:


If you can do it, it is advisable to have some sort of drip tray or good drainage under the track for oil and water. Steam oil doesn't really evaporate and stays a stick mess lying around.

Thanks Carl, I'm ahead of you on that one, quite fortuitously the concreting in that area isn't completely finished, so I was going to make a kind of drained ash pit with strong brass angle instead of track. Who knows, may have coal fired one day???

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:48 pm

Wow, I missed this in the week... good progress Brian, here's hoping for some continued good weather for you!

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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:20 pm

Going very well Brian. Smile

I can see you are in the "Zone"............progress will be steady from now on. Wink

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fm12



Location : 87210 Haute Vienne, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:47 pm

Hi Brian.
I`m in the same situation as you,building up slightly from ground level so as to have a crossover loop.I was also thinking of useing gutter sections sunk in the soil and then filled with ballast as a means of avoiding track movement if I have any settlement problems.I like the idea of brass angle over a ash pit for the steaming bay.Have just started to mark out where I think track should be laid,but plans are still abit fluid.
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:01 pm

Haven't been able to do any more today, as have been off doing this ....



Helping a friend down near Villebois de Lavalette train her horse for Carriage Racing !
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:04 pm

Did manage to grab a couple of shots this morning of track laid out in the passing loop area -

Shows the general layout ....



And this is the fortuitously unfinished area where the "steaming up pit" can go! ...



Hope to do more tomorrow if Equine interference allows!

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:08 pm

fm12 wrote:
Hi Brian.
I`m in the same situation as you,building up slightly from ground level so as to have a crossover loop.I was also thinking of useing gutter sections sunk in the soil and then filled with ballast as a means of avoiding track movement if I have any settlement problems.I like the idea of brass angle over a ash pit for the steaming bay.Have just started to mark out where I think track should be laid,but plans are still abit fluid.

Have you seen Carl's post on Ballast? Where were you hoping to get yours from?

Fancy sharing a tonne?

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fm12



Location : 87210 Haute Vienne, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:28 pm

Hi Brian
From my user name you might have gathered Im a lorry driver Volvo fm12 and sometimes have spare capacity coming back from England.I was thinking of bringing back some sacks of horticultural grit,but did not respond to Carls thread because it might be late in the year before I have space on the trailer.Sometimes the trailer is nearly empty and I might have only 3 pallets on but if the shipper insists on having it sealed,empty space cannot be utilised.
But yes could share a tonne,what was you thinking of.Im in Le Dorat 87210.
Just a thought loading for England next week,might be coming back by car for Easter if you are not desperate maybe can put some bags in the boot,or do you have a angle on suitable ballast over here.

Van
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:56 am

Van,

Thanks for your interest and yes I ideally need some ballast before the summer.

Most of my layout uses 'sable de loire' which is like large sand mostly used in aquariums, 1-3mm granules and I was asking around for other alternatives.

It seems most of the French people get 'gravillons' or 'mignonettes', from quarries either free or minimal cost. I haven't found any quarries near me yet.

I have found sources of ballast farther away and a resonably priced source of sable de loire but delivering it here near Paris is cost prohibitive at the moment.
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:00 am

Some great progress Brian.

Looks like you and Mikey will be well operational this summer.

I wonder how Peter is getting on in the North....?
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:27 am

fm12 wrote:
Hi Brian
From my user name you might have gathered Im a lorry driver Volvo fm12 and sometimes have spare capacity coming back from England.
Van

In that case Van, sod the ballast how about 40 gallons of Black Sheep Bitter ??

No seriously that's a great offer, but I'll check out the local quarry first !

Cheers Brian
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:31 am

small world brian, we were in villebois yesterday shopping! you've got the bit between your teeth now havent you! ( thats not the horses bit). Its amazing what a good bit of weather can do


Mikey
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:45 am

carl hibbs wrote:
Some great progress Brian.

Looks like you and Mikey will be well operational this summer.

I wonder how Peter is getting on in the North....?

I have been stuck in a bit of a rut doing nothing. confused
Just been on a visit back to the UK for three weeks to see new Granddaughter, so now I really should get on with some work.
I cleaned the canal out yesterday, as I had not had any running water it had filled up with horrible brown / green, slug / weed, so had to scoop out umpteen bucket loads after pumping out several 1,000 litres of water.
So next is to extend the lock and get building the inside storage and access line. At least the weather has improved and started to warm up. I will be complaining that it is to hot next.
lol!
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Today on the CFHC   Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:13 pm

A quick update. The steaming area is concreted with under rail pit.

Zelda in position for firing up ....



Her carriages await ....

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