Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Rippers » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:04 pm

Yep - hitting the ground running within days of the first showing of Holcombe Brook and Tottington its time to wheel out our next mad-cap venture.

In this case an un-named layout that could be best described as 'Trainset Plus!'. :shock:
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One of two layouts (the other was N) built be a local and no sadly deceased lone modeller which along with a lot of tools, buildings, locos and stock was gifted to our group by his widow who wanted to see it put to good use and not be thrown on the tip! :o .
Apparently she contacted all the model and railway societies in the area (our contact came though the NE railway society!), and yet only we were prepared to put the time in to go and see if we could assist her...whereas other societies simply turned her away, teling her to call a trader or didnt bother to call back at all . (which is a shame when someone is seeking help :( ).

Anyways the layout is in the 11.6ft by 5.6ft region on 4 boards (no legs at present as it was designed to be storred in a converted wardrobe and supported on cupboards for use.
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Code 100 throughout with around 30 turnouts - with loco facilities and 2 good yards the plan is quite intensive to say the least - but well thought out and we suspect quite opperationally challanging once up and running.
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Here Tappa can be seen putting his technical drawing skills to good use in producing a working plan of the track layout and boards so that we have a drawing on which to base a plan of the electrical sections (which are numerous and confusing....)
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Hence all the lables as we find them.....there are dozens and dozens of individual wires, no instructions and several control boxes of switches (with no lables) ...no more than two of which we suspect will be needed.......... question is which two! :mrgreen:
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Therefore a lot of time is spent at present puzzling over and puzzling under the layout trying to make sense of it all.....

Hopefully though, once it is all sorted and working. We hope that we have found it a welcome home with an enthusiast of the trype that has bought models for years with the intension of building a layout.......but never had the time. With this he will have all he needs with just enough scenic work to give him the chance to add his own touch to it. Therefore honouring the request that it be put to good use.
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Richard Oldfield » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:16 pm

Hi guys.

That's not just trainset-tastic, that's definitely trainset-mungous :D :D

I think you're going to have some fun with this.

It's a not dissimilar story to how we came to have the P4 layout, Bangor, for restoration and perhaps eventual exhibition.

Good luck.

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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby steve1 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:33 pm

One of the bonuses that came with the layout was a collection of unbuilt Superquick building kits, with price labels such as 53p on them (!). As I have never built a Superquick kit, I was allocated a couple and told to get on with it. So, the water tower and office kit were bashed out along with a loco shed. Turned out the loco shed didn't fit with the office attached, so I was given a second one to get it right. Incidentally, I was impressed with just how good these kits are, especially given their age.

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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Clive » Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:01 pm

steve1 wrote:One of the bonuses that came with the layout was a collection of unbuilt Superquick building kits, with price labels such as 53p on them (!). As I have never built a Superquick kit, I was allocated a couple and told to get on with it. So, the water tower and office kit were bashed out along with a loco shed. Turned out the loco shed didn't fit with the office attached, so I was given a second one to get it right. Incidentally, I was impressed with just how good these kits are, especially given their age.

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You didn't know what you have been missing all these years :) :)
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Rippers » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:57 pm

A couple of weeks and a lot of head scratching over the wiring later............
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and not only is it a lot greener and less dusty but also it works.................. :mrgreen:
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and it kept Tappa occupied for hours.............. :shock:
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Not sure about the 'scale' signalling though! :face:
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Mind the thought of the press visiting us soon has gone to Mally's head...........seen here practicing his best newspaper feature pose!
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby iak » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:19 pm

Ah ha...
Its alive............... ;)
What is next gents?
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Tappa » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:39 pm

What is next gents?


Good question - don't think we know, although a little 0n30 loco was on the test track last night.
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Rippers » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:10 pm

iak wrote:Ah ha...
Its alive............... ;)
What is next gents?


With us lot it could be anything..........4mm, 7mm, 3mm.....US, Irish, Welsh......you name it!

First job though is to get Hospital Gates all ship-shape and waterproof! :shock: ..as it is scheduled for a trip across the North Sea in the near future..... err whats the Flemish for 'mental hospital'?. :?

After that probably a smaller layout scheme or two more suited to smaller shows and 2 and a car transportation.......... as as most of our smaller D&E layouts were palmed off..sorry passed on :mrgreen: to new owners a while back and we like to be able to offer a range of different layouts and fresh ideas rather than just churning out the same old stuff over and over ........as it keeps us entertained.

Besides which we just enjoy researching and building them....... which is as it should be.
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Yorkshire Pullman » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:14 am

Rippers wrote: err whats the Flemish for 'mental hospital'?. :?


Try geestelijke ziekenhuis, it's actually Dutch but the two languages have a similar base. If that doesn't work the French translation is hôpital psychiatrique.

Asylum might be an easier way of describing it. The word is phonetically similar in several European languages, asiel in Dutch, asile in French or asyl in both Danish and German.

Mind you, if you search for Flemish mental hospital on Wikipedia the first return is Flemish parliament...
Does that tell us something about politicians, be they Belgian or any other nationality? :scratch
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby John B » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:26 pm

Apropos of nothing, apart from it being a brilliant word: The German for "hospital" is "krankenhaus".... :mrgreen:
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Rippers » Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:06 pm

Working it may be but the work doesnt stop there...........

At present the sections are not set up in such a way so as to make operation easy........ it takes two ontrollers just to do a single circuit of the layout! :face: ......... therefore the wiring is in for a degree of re-arangement....

Hence the radical repositioning of the layout! :mrgreen:
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Note.....on top of the usual suspects a certain W&U modeller who frequents these parts.............. not that Alan will have learnt anything from our methods! ;)

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Especially Colin's gentle method of creating a perminant space for the contol and switch panels......!........... whilst trying not to add more sections to the track work!!
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Re: Oh No not another ERFG restoration project!

Postby Rippers » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:32 am

Just by way of a conclusion...

We can confirm that subsequent to all that rewiring and reworking to accomodate 4 controllers, plus the addition of a set of folding legs by Colin. The layout was collected by its new (and very delighted) owner last weekend and now has a safe home in the South East.

Once his new garden workshop is completed he is looking forward to completing the scenic side of the layout whist it plays host to the locos and stock he has collected for years.

We look forward to seeing the pictures of the model in the future and consider it worthwhile that our efforts meant that it now has a safe and secure future.
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