A G3 micro layout.

Discussion in 'G3' started by geoff_nicholls, 12 March 2020.

  1. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    First test assembly of the boards for my new layout replacing Aldeburgh Harbour. 3.4m long, 750mm deep. A sector plate feeds the main(platform) line, a run round/siding, and a wharf siding with a switch back siding in front of the sector plate. At the opposite end another sector plate allows the locos to run round. The cutout is for the wharf. A shop from Rundle stands in for the station building.
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    The line from the wagon turntable will cross the main lines to reach a low relief goods shed at the back, as happened at quite a few ECR/GER/LNWR stations. If, as is hoped, the layout is eventually exhibited, I plan to substitute a 1.2m sector plate for that small one on the left, and run it as a through station. The station buildings and infrastucture will be interchangeable for running Early or Pre-grouping stock of the above railways.

    Next test is to try and fit the scenic section of Rundle in the room with it.

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  2. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    That Bury type (?) locomotive looks intriguing.
     
  3. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    It's one of David Viewing's 3D designs blown up to G3. There's more explanation in my Geoffs G3 Workbench thread in the G3 forum
     
  4. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    Thanks - I've just applied to join the forum to view more.
     
  5. lankytank

    lankytank Western Thunderer

    Geoff, is it planned to 'try' and link it to Rundle or are you just trying to get them both in the same room?
     
  6. Mike W

    Mike W Western Thunderer

    Blimey Geoff. You build complete layouts at the rate I build single wagons!
     
  7. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    I did try to work out a way to connect the two layouts, but gave up. The original circular version of Rundle will just fit nicely in the same room, but not the extended exhibition version.
    I'm hoping this one will work better and last longer than the previous ones, it's smaller and easier to transport. Hopefully any changes will be limited to scenic stuff and stock.
     
  8. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    Some figures for the 1851 version of the layout have just been delivered from Modelu. They are very nice. Also at £25 each (this is gauge 3) very expensive. but compared to them Preiser figure look like caricatures. They are also very delicate, I managed to damage the brim of the GWR Policeman's top hat. The brackets on the building downpipe are also Modelu, the loco is David Viewing/Shapeways.
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  9. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    They do look good don't they
     
  10. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    Yes, they DO look good. It's a pity that Modelu don't supply a Victorian loco crew.

    Jon
     
  11. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    I believe that they are going to
     
  12. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    as John Lewsey says, they are planning to. I have contacted the L & M expert, author, and loco driver Anthon Dawson suggesting he get himself printed in his uniform. He would be idea for Enigms/Lion
     
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  13. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    Geoff
    Thanks for that and fingers crossed.

    Jon
     
  14. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    Work is progressing well fitting the Bury locos' tenders with motor blocks, but I was a bit concerned about the low buffer height, the equivalent of 2' 9". That is what it was when the drawings used by David Viewing were published in 1838. Most of my early stock has a buffer height about 3' 2". So I fitted wheels on the L & B break van built by Wright (also a David Viewing print). There is a difference, but it shouldn't cause a problem when running, and I suppose it is prototypical.
    The loco is the second of the two Bury locos, an 0-4-0 'Luggage' engine. I was very worried about getting quartering right, but one wheel is slightly loose on the axle, I should be able set it up and spin the wheels to check for binding before the glue sets hard.

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  15. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    Quite pleased with this shot. L & B Bury 0-4-0, and ECR Parliamentary carriage.

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  16. Mike W

    Mike W Western Thunderer

    What are the wheels on the tender and van Geoff? Maybe its the picture but the rims look more delicate than Slaters. Are they maybe SpurII?

    Mike
     
  17. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    They're Slaters, but I got Walsall to turn them down by as much as they could. Probably only 1mm, but noticeable. I'm working on an idea for a much narrower wheel 5.5mm thick.
     
  18. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Great photo
     
  19. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    Geoff
    Is the Parliamentary carriage one of David Viewing's prints? Either way, I'm jealous.

    Jon
     
  20. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    I scratch built it in ply laser cut from my own artwork from drawings in the GERS Journal. It appears if my Rundle thread.