3D Printing at Burton Crumpnold

The reason for the lack of updates for the last couple of months is that I have been learning the joys of 3D Printing.
I reasoned that a lot of the ‘scenic’ things I like to add to a layout I could make myself..
.. I went for the Ender3 V2 which only cost £230 ($310) with 2kg of plastic filament..
As is usual with 3D Printers the first prints were to help prove everything was set up OK, plus a few addon’s for the printer to help it run better.

So far I have been limiting myself to ‘OO’ gauge..
… Here are some of the first ‘Useful’ items I have made so far.

.. As yet unpainted – I have been looking for some boats to add to Burton Phoenix’s scenic corner for ages to it was great to start here.. One thing about 3D printing – it’s not fast – the canal boat tool over 4 hours to print.

I have also been able to ‘print’ an ‘OO’ gauge Ballast spreader, a couple of Back to Back gauges, and some ‘TrackSetta’ style Curve Templates – most of which were on the ‘shopping list’. So I am already starting to get a return on the 3D Printer.

And just because I could …. Some door plaques for me and the misses

Next thing is to relearn the art of painting….

Hornby Peckett – Our Birthday Present

January is birthday time for me and Camilla – so we decided to buy one the Hornby Centenary Peckett locomotives.
What made it extra special for us was the inclusion of the replica ‘Peckett & Sons of Bristol’ makers plate.
My wonderful misses Camilla, as well as being a railway enthusiast herself, is a West Country Lass.
…The Peckett does also look rather special in it’s limited edition packaging

Looking forward to giving it it’s first run..

Beatles Eurostar – First Run

It took nearly a month but the Beatles Yellow Submarine Eurostar has had it’s first live run.
.. As the train is quite long and Burton Phoenix, the current OO gauge layout is end to end, it was a case of using the ‘deploying the train set on lounge rug’ approach.


The Livery is quite excellent, and different on both sides as can be seen here:

2021 at Stowey Green

Now all the track is laid to the rolling stock’s satisfaction this is the current state of Stowey Green.

I have built a scenic ‘back board’ and have scenic art work to add to it.

Now it’s time to add the station access roadway in – and give the landscape a bit of colour.

More Stowey Green Track Issues

I noticed that some of my longer wheelbase locomotives were struggling at one end of the upper board..
Caused by the classic flexible track ‘dog leg’ effect where the curve is to tight..

So it was back out with my steamer to unballast the offending track..

As before I dealt with the problem by using a spare piece of peco set-track.
.. I also decided not to cut the track between the boards as it give a smother run for the locos.

I will probably ballast the track on the upper board (right side) but leave the left clear so I just unhook at the fishplates should I need to remove the upper board for any reason.

Bit more scenery at Stowey Green

Now the Christmas holidays are over I have been able to ‘unhide’ Stowey Green from the corner of the dining room..

I have added a bit more hilly/undulating ground on the main Stowey Green board. I think it helps to prevent the flat baseboard look.

First stage was to glue down some good old polystyrene ..

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Then glue down some J Cloth…

Next I use a mix of poster paints and PVA glue to usually a sort of dark green to use as a base colour for later.
.. This is the finished result – not so easy to see – but will be clearer later.

Emergency Track Laying at Stowey Green

.. Just goes to show that you can never test the track enough…
I discovered that the track in the inner sidings had created what is known as a ‘dog leg’ on the flexible track just after the point.. Which caused some of my locomotives to gaily throw themselves off the track..

So I decided the best course of action was to pull this section of track up and try again…
…. with a bit of steam.. and reasonable care I managed to get the track off.

Fortunately this section of track only had one power connection and a single point to contend with.

So here is the inner section with the re-laid track.

.. In order to be sure of a proper curve this time I used a 2nd radius half curve of track..

After reconnecting the power and refitting the point (and LOTS of testing) the the track was ballasted (again)..

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While I was doing the ballasting I also added a bit more ‘scenery’ as can be seen with the glued down J-Cloth over a few pieces of polystyrene.
I have added a few areas of undulating ground to try and stop everything looking flat..

Presents under the Christmas Tree

A ‘surprise’ present from Santa for me and the wife from under the Christmas Tree…
… A Beatles themed Eurostar Trainset..

Believe it of not is really for both of us.. My Misses is a train lover – and more importantly a bit of a Hippy..

.. Running photographs to follow…

Early Christmas Presents for Stowey Green

I have managed to get some of the increasingly rare Hornby ‘Lyddle End’ End Gauge Cottages for the Stowey Green Layout.

… I am working on the scenery of Stowey Green, so more pictures of what has been happening – including the new cottages will be here soon.

More Scenery Track Ballasting at Stowey Green

I have been busy working on the hillside scenery and ballasting the track. Unfortunately there are no pictures of the rather messy construction of the ‘hillside’. In keeping with the recycled nature of this layout it was built using the rather messy ‘J cloth’, PVA glue method with bits of polystyrene which was using in the original Burton Crumpnold layout.

Next was the track ballasting.
I found the ballasting process much harder in N the ‘OO’.
The ballast is much finer so even with care it was easy to foul up the points.

Everything has been tested and all seems to be OK, just a bit more cleaning to do to improve the ‘look’ of the track bed.

The next stage is to work out the details of roads and ‘the countryside’.

So here is the layout with all the current buildings. The yellow pencil lines is the proposed ‘road’ using a level crossing towards the top left of the layout.