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TREVOR GIBBS MODEL RAILROAD PAGE -

Part 2

Updated January 14th 2004


MAIN

MODEL PAGE 2

MODEL CHASSIS

LATHE TURNING 1

LATHE TURNING 2

LATHE TURNING 3

OPERATING THE LAYOUT

Ersatz Ground Signals

TRANSISTOR THROTTLES I USE

SCALE SPEED

FURTHER PICTURES

OTHER PROJECTS

EXHIBITIONS


PASSES


I have been busy with a number of projects and updated my steam fleet… which will still become “Canadianised” one day. The Layout has hardly changed but what you will see are a few different views as well as the start of my rebuilds. 

THE LAYOUT

I have a few views here showing the layout from the other side. Except for the last two, these were taken with a digital camera from work and taken in the evening so the lighting was not optimal... and although it was OK the camera being a 1 Megapixel was not ideal either!!!. The last two were taken early 2004 with my new digital camera (3.2 Megapixels) in the late afternoon in mid summer (January in this part of the world) so the light was probably still not optimal! Oh well!!!

 

This is an overview from the throat of the yard… the curves in the yard and at the rear add a little more length. More importantly though, I believe that these curves add the impression of length to a small llayout.

 

 

 

This is my Mantua Berkshire(remotored with a can motor) at the back of the layout. This view will be difficult to replicate when I move the layout around but it will be in the present room. This Engine has no problem moving with 15 freight cars at 1-2 smph

  

Further down the track… note the gentle S curve which I had when I first built this layout to a 10x4 foot size. This S curve was a “must have” even though this is a smaller version layout. The points/turnouts at the rear of the layout here are controlled by rods underneath the layout. Would you believe that all these years later as of early 2004, I still have not powered or wired my turntable or the roads off it… one of these days!

 

 

My recently acquired USRA 0-8-0 and 0-6-0. These are beautiful locomotives but probably not as powerful as  I was led to believe from the advertising. You will notice that I am running out of stall space in my loco depot and the diesels have less work to do these days… I just cannot bring myself to put stuff on the shelf!

 

You might notice that small ground signals which are effectively small fouling pegs. They were made from styrene offcuts and surplus Kadee coupler pockets cut so that they represent signal shield/visors. A dab of yellow paint makes the “lens” and as they are in yard boundaries is appropriate. I have now got some Bidirectional LEDs appropriately sized so the next long term project will get these signals and others actually working. Check out the Menu link at the top of the page.

Another view of the 0-8-0 . This picture does not do justice to this engine

but is a better effort than my previous entry on the earlier version of this page



A Bachmann Russian Decapod.

I have always liked the look of the centre mounted headlight of these engines and I quite like this one. Northern Alberta Railways had 2 Decapods which worked right at the north end of the system but probably nothing like these ones... has anyone out there got photos??? I can't imagine that too much railfanning got done that far north







That should have shown you enough of the layout between the two pages so far so now you can see one of my other projects