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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Troy's Trams   Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:32 pm

Time to start anew.If it's OK Carl I'll use this thread to chronicle the trials and tribulations of my new tram and railway line which has been started this weekend.
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:58 pm

A fresh start of a new tram /railway line! cheers

Pictures! bounce ! Pictures! bounce Pictures! bounce


Hoping to follow your chronicles and I wish you good luck and a lot of fun with this new enterprise!
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:11 pm

Sparkeswood wrote:
....If it's OK Carl ......

No ifs required. I'm really very pleased, post away. king

BTW, what (has) happened to the 'old' line?

...and this new tram, I don't suppose it will be diesel powered....mmmm geek
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:16 pm

really looking forward to this one!!

mikey
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:02 pm

I decided to start again using the shed as a base for the layout.The tram station and depot will be in here along with a mainline passing loop and the terminus for a point to point/live steam line.I'll post a line diagram of what I'm up to when I've worked it out in my head.
The existing garden line will stay operational and be upgraded and added to section by section.
The shed was adapted with a good working platform at a good height fr the tram terminus.I didn't want to use too much space so I kept it fairly tight..





The back end of the shed allows two paking sidings.Due to the slope of the garden it's been very difficult to determing the levels.



Armed with copious bottles of beer I did what I do best.No plans.Dive in headfirst Very Happy



I slung a few bits of track about and the tram terminus became qite clear.



I wanted the ability to use multiple tracks from any direction.Using MTS I wanted a good busy street scene.



Slips were very useful for this.This is the front end of the street...



And this is the backend,again using electric double slips accompanied by points.



You can see the raised section where the main lines will go through.
Tram section is finished now but I forgot to take a picture.Everything is electrified from a central source.I've also allowed MTS and analogue block sections to work together so that everything on the tram line doesn't have to be chipped.Al point will be seperately analogue controlled.Can't be arsed with fiddling around.
Switch...click.Basic... Wink

I'll take some more piccies tomorrow if anyone is interested.
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:04 pm

Looks pretty impressive Troy especially the shelf construction and the double slips.

Also some nice stock kicking around.

I did notice however that all the beer had disappeared between pics 4 and 5. drunken
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:53 pm

Cheers Carl.I'm pretty terrible at keeping in contact arn't I. Embarassed So much has gone on recently and there's so much I want to achieve with the tramway.
I looked for your number in vain on my PC so if you could PM and I'll ring.
Anyway.
Plans are...(well not plans.This is what is what I'm building.)
Trains....main line...10 amp..analogue..block control...4 locos..two stations (automatic)
Train or tram...Point to point...5 amp...timed end to end (this will also be the live steam line)
Trams...double loop with tram terminus....digital control with analogue route control.
This should allow for a minimum of 7 vehicles to operate whilst I do nothing but watch and nurse my glass.
With the tramline on digital,it allows for multiple trams all over the place...
Bliss Very Happy
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dtsteam



Location : Preston, England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:30 pm

Good to see you back in action Troy. I've ended up with a similar control system - analogue for the railway and DCC for the trams. We run a couple of trams by themselves, and then try and drive a third between them - great fun ! It was your suggestion to use DCC for the trams, and its spot on- there is something very satisfying about pacing the car in front, and then pulling right up behind it. I'm looking forward to further episodes of this rebuild.....

PS How did Oscars diesel turn out in the end ?
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:20 am

Nice pictures of a very impressive (re-)start! Complex looking terminus, that will make a busy street scene for sure! I assume the trams and trains go out of the shed through openings in the shed wall?
Is that a Union Pacific Doodlebug on the top shelf? Very nice!!!

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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:38 am

Shed tram section is laid.Going to electrify the points today.
Oscar's diesel is laid up in the repair shed.The side has been rebuilt and it's awaiting paint.

Here's a shed plan...

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stockers



Location : Kent, England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:24 pm

That plan look pretty darn neat Troy. I must get over sometime soon (and you here). Its mad - we cant be 5 miles appart.
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Wed May 18, 2011 5:19 pm





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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Wed May 18, 2011 5:51 pm

GREAT looking pavers!



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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Fri May 20, 2011 5:52 pm

Yes very good looking pavers ‘Details Please’ don’t leave us in suspenders! Question Question Question
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sat May 21, 2011 4:21 pm

I'm starting to get the 'look' that I'm after.I'll stick the brick details up later if it all works out.Some of us dabbled with them before with good effect....

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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Mon May 23, 2011 9:37 am

Did you make the cobblestones yourself Troy or are they purchased, it looks as if you glued them individually to a plastic sub surface?
They are looking fantastic anyway.
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Wed May 25, 2011 5:57 pm

Yes,they are individually laid.Only 4000 so far silent .A strangely calming exercise.
They come from here...

Minaco

Very expensive for what they are but the effect is worth it.
Was it Patrick that had the roofing moulds?

Anyway,I' ve adjusted the road height using plastic trunking lid,and cobble on top.I can't afford to cobble the whole lot so I'm going to come up with a cunning plan Embarassed
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Wed May 25, 2011 6:56 pm

I love cunning plans...... cheers cheers
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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:20 pm

I was sent this the other day from the museum newsletter.Made me smile Smile

I suppose I'd better get on with it then... Wink ..

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:17 pm

Blimey, how did I miss this?

Well for what it's worth Troy, I am sorry to hear about this - but that obit was great - "Ying Tong Song".... now that's class!


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Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:30 pm

By the way, that is some great work on the block paving too - definitely food for thought there

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Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:52 pm

We have power Very Happy

Motive power
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Carl Hibbs
Admin


Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:22 am

Are you going to add overhead?

And where did you get the street lamp from?

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Sparkeswood



Location : Kent,England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:05 pm

The streetlight is one salvaged from the garden in London..There were loads but I can only make about four decent ones out of the remaining bits.
Overhead is a must for the shed,and hopefully all of the tramline.I want the trams to have working poles and pantographs.This might be a bit (ahem) not strictly to prototype but I have better things to do than make perfect traction poles ect Wink
I managed to lay my hands on some 'tarmac' paper.Comes on a big roll (a bit like the the grass stuff),which I'm going to use for the rest of the road.Cobbles are far too expensive I'm afraid.Progress is slow but I'm very happy to be building it.Makes a big difference having a shed for a base.You can walk away without having to put it all out of the weather.
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Troy's Trams   Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:39 pm

The lamp looks vaguely reminiscent of the LGB style one?

Like this, maybe?

http://www.dragon-gscale.co.uk/lgb-50500-street-light-2419-p.asp

A bit pricey, but they look the part...

Neat video by the way, i light the atmosphere that the streetlamp gives

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Clive

Fat Controller of the S&CGR

http://www.scampington-chipside.co.uk
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